Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 13:47:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for July 11, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of July 11 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Conference on Women In Astronomy II
2. More CSWA Survey Results Online
3. Re: "Fun with Physics" in The New Yorker Magazine of June 2
4. Letters regarding arrogance in physics
5. Supportive grad schools
6. Marie Curie in Physics Today
7. AAAS seeks applicants for lecture series on women in science and engineering
8. AIP State Department Science Fellowship Program
9. X-Ray Astrophysics Postdoc
10. Women International Science Fellowship: deadline *15 July 2003*
11. Position available at the Dept. of Astronomy of the Geneva University

1. Conference on Women In Astronomy II

From: Amy Simon-Miller

The first pictures from the Conference on Women in Astronomy II are now
available at
Speakers and poster presenters wishing to post their presentation and/or
URLs can email them to .

From: Michael Rupen

The VLA/VLBA site director, Jim Ulvestad, attended the WIA-II meeting last
week, and came home all fired up about increasing the representation of
women at NRAO. He's also written a report listing the specific
recommendations discussed on the second day of the conference, with his
take on their application to NRAO in particular. This was sent to the NRAO
director and various personnel folks, and also presented at a meeting of the
local scientific staff. The road to real change is a long and hard one, but
it's definitely encouraging to see people in such positions taking such an
active interest!

2. More CSWA Survey Results Online
From: Jennifer L. Hoffman, for the CSWA

We have now posted raw survey data from the 1992, 1999, and 2003 CSWA
departmental surveys on the website at (see AASWOMEN, 6/20/03; also
linked from the CSWA website). We have also included some analysis of
the data, which was presented in a poster at the Women in Astronomy II

A little background: the 1992, 1999, and 2003 surveys all asked
institutional chairs to report the numbers of men and women among their
graduate students, postdocs, assistant professors (faculty), assistant
professors (research), associate professors (faculty), associate
professors (research), full professors (faculty), and full professors
(research). Decisions regarding precisely whom to include and how to
classify them were made by the institutional representatives. Because
of the difficulty in fitting complex departmental hierarchies into our
simplified ranking system, these classifications may not always be

We encourage each of you to look at the data for your own institution
and to initiate discussion among the members of your department
regarding these numbers and how they were determined. We welcome
feedback on the survey results, and are happy to correct erroneous data,
as long as the corrections represent a departmental consensus. Please
contact Jennifer Hoffman ( with questions about the
2003 survey or the data analysis presented on the web page.
  Dr. Jennifer L. Hoffman
  Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  Rice University

3. Re: "Fun with Physics" in The New Yorker Magazine of June 2
From: Jay Pasachoff

I read with interest K.C. Cole's biographical article about Janet Conrad,
hoping for a piece about an ordinary person becoming a physicist and
acting as one, but when I read that her uncle holds the Nobel Prize
in Chemistry, I realized that her inspiration and family background
was far from average.

  Jay Pasachoff

4. Letters regarding arrogance in physics
From: Neal Evans

[Eds. note: The letters referred to concern J. Murray Gibson's Feb. 2003
article in _Physics Today_, "Arrogance-- A Dangerous Weapon of the Physics
Trade?" The letters are available at
while the article itself may be found at .
Both cover the impact of arrogance as (among other things) "...a barrier to
the inclusion of underrepresented groups in physics" (Gibson, op.cit.).
The discussions Neal mentions refer to the WIA-II meeting.]

The letters to the editor in the latest Physics Today [July 2003]
reprise many of the themes we discussed. They make interesting reading...


      Neal Evans

5. Supportive grad schools
>From WIPHYS of July 7, 2003

[Eds. note: WIPHYS posted a request for advice on graduate schools in
physics which are supportive of women on July 2, 2003. The letters are 
still coming in.]

Choosing a Grad. School

Unfortunately, when I decided to go back to graduate school after
being out teaching HS physics, I didn't have a choice as to where to
go to grad school. The only place nearby (my husband had a full
time job in southeast Missouri) was Southern Illinois U. at
Carbondale. They had few women grad students and have never
had (not even now) a woman faculty member. Luckily I obtained a
great mentor for my grad work, Dr. Naushad Ali. What I did in
place of having a good number of female colleagues and mentors
was to join several Women in Science groups, in addition to the
Women in Physics group here. AWIS, the Association for Women
in Science, publishes a great quarterly magazine (now about 50
pages long!) with feature articles on women and science. This
group also is great at influencing public policy and supporting
women's health issues. The frequently testify before Congress and
govenment committees. Another group is SDE/GWIS (Sigma
Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science) and though it sounds
like a sorority (I tend to be a non-joiner) it does some very
worthwhile things. Both groups offer grants and fellowships to
women at various stages in their careers. And SDE has a listserv
group that considers different topics for discussion, depending on
topics that come out of the group. These groups helped me feel
connected, and would be great supplements to an already
welcoming environment. Good luck!

  Peggy Hill
  Southeast Missouri State University

6. Marie Curie in Physics Today
From: Michael Rupen

The July 2003 edition of Physics Today contains an interesting article
on the role of Marie Curie in promoting the medical use of X-rays. See
which unfortunately seems not to be available without a subscription.

7. AAAS seeks applicants for lecture series on women in science and engineering
>From WIPHYS of July 10, 2003

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
invites you to submit an application for a project that will showcase the
achievements of distinguished U.S. women scientists to wide audiences of
scientists, educators, students, and policy-makers in Latin America.

We are currently seeking applications from U.S. women scientists with
compelling personal stories about overcoming the challenges of pursuing
scientific careers who would be interested in sharing their experiences
with Latin American colleagues. Applicants will be selected on the basis
of their outstanding careers working in scientific fields traditionally
dominated by male scientists. These fields will include (but will not be
restricted to) the biological and physical sciences, mathematics and
engineering. The scientists' careers may span the academic, research, and
industry sectors. Applications from U.S. minority women, particularly
Latinas, are greatly encouraged. Applicants are may also nominate a
graduate student from their organizations to be considered in the selection
process. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Nine scientists and three graduate students will be selected to participate
in this project. The selected scientists and students will develop lectures
and visual materials to be presented at one of the following three major
scientific events in Latin America in 2003 and 2004:
- Annual Meeting of the Venezuelan Association for the Advancement
  of Science in Maracaibo, November 25-29, 2003
- Ibero-American Congress on Science, Technology and Gender in
  Mexico City, February 16-20, 2004
- Forum for Professional and Young Scientists of the Argentine
  Network of Gender, Science and Technology in Buenos Aires, April 2004

At these events, the selected scientists and engineers will speak about
fields of work, as well as their personal experiences as women scientists,
opportunities and obstacles in career advancement, strategies used to
prevail over such challenges, and the role of women in science and
technology. The events will also provide the opportunity for interaction
with the audience and the local women scientists, and the identification
and discussion of the major factors that influence pursuing a scientific
career and overcoming barriers to professional advancement.

AAAS will cover all travel and subsistence expenses of the selected
scientists and students related to their participation in the events in
Latin America. AAAS will also publish the papers and other visual materials
presented by the selected scientists and will publicize the panelists'
achievements and their experiences working with national and
international media. This project is funded by the National Science

For an application, please contact Marina Ratchford at AAAS (e-mail: ; telephone: 202-326-6490). Please submit your
application (original plus four copies) by August 18th 2003. Thank you
for your interest and participation.

8. AIP State Department Science Fellowship Program
From: Flory Gonzalez

This fellowship program represents an opportunity for scientists to make a
unique contribution to the nation's foreign policy. AIP will sponsor one
fellow annually to spend a year working in a bureau or office of the State
Department, providing scientific and technical expertise to the Department
while becoming actively and directly involved in the foreign policy process.
Fellows are required to be US citizens and members of at least one of the
10 AIP Member Societies at the time of application. Qualifications needed
include a Ph.D. in physics or closely related field, or equivalent research
experience. Applicants should possess interest or experience in scientific
or technical aspects of foreign policy. Applications should consist of a
letter of intent, a two-page resume, and three letters of reference. Please
visit for more details. All application
materials must be postmarked by November 1, 2003 and sent to:
  AIP State Dept Science Fellowship.
  American Institute of Physics
  ATTN: Audrey Leath, One Physics Ellipse,
  College Park, MD 20740-3843.
For additional information or questions, please contact Audrey Leath at or (301) 209-3094.

9. X-Ray Astrophysics Postdoc
From: Karen Knierman

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA), in conjunction
with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for High Energy
Astrophysics, seeks a postdoctoral research scientist to work with the
X-Ray Astrophysics Group on X-ray studies of compact X-ray sources.

The successful applicant will have responsibilities assisting the
Project Scientist of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) in
maintaining the performance of the Proportional Counter Array and
assuring that the observations are meeting the scientific goals. In
addition, the position responsibilities include analysis of X-ray data
from the RXTE and other high-energy satellites, such as Chandra,
XMM-Newton, and INTEGRAL.

The position requires a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or an equivalent
in the physical sciences. Theoretical research and data analysis
experience on the properties of compact X-ray sources and data
analysis is highly desirable. Computer skills and relevant laboratory
and/or instrument development work are also important. The position is
initially for two years with additional years contingent on
performance and continued funding. The position is available
immediately, but should start by the fall of 2003. Salary is
competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Universities Space Research Association is a non-profit university
consortium, chartered to broaden opportunities for collaboration
between university and government space research communities. EOE.
Applications received by 7/31/03 will receive full consideration. Send
curriculum vitae and contacts for at least three references via the
WWW at: and/or mail to:

Universities Space Research Association Cooperative Program
  in Space Science
7501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 206
Seabrook, MD 20706-2253

10. Women International Science Fellowship: deadline *15 July 2003*
From: Keivan Stassun

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces the
Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program. Supported by the
National Science Foundation (NSF), this program aims to increase the
participation of women in international scientific research by helping
establish new research partnerships with colleagues in Europe, Newly
Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Near East, Middle East,
Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Small grants ($4,000-5,000) will
provide travel and living support for a U.S. scientist and, when
appropriate, a co-PI to visit a partner country to develop a research
program. Funds can also be used to support a second visit to the partner
country or for a foreign partner to travel to the U.S. Men and women
scientists who have their PhD or equivalent research experience are eligible
to apply. Applicants who have received their doctoral degrees within the
past six years will receive special consideration, as will scientists
applying to work with colleagues in less frequently represented countries
and regions. PhD candidates are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be
U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Only fields funded by the National
Science Foundation and interdisciplinary research cutting across these
fields are eligible. For further information, visit the NSF website
. The next application deadline is July 15, 2003. Contact:
Marina Sansostri Ratchford, Senior Program Associate, Latin American and
Latino Initiatives, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Ave., NW,
Washington DC 20005; (202) 326-6490; fax (202) 371-9849; e-mail For further application information and region-specific
guidelines visit: .

11. Position available at the Dept. of Astronomy of the Geneva University
From: ISDC

The University of Geneva is opening a position of "Maitre d'enseignement et
de recherche" in its department of astronomy (Geneva Observatory).

The candidate is expected to contribute to the high energy astrophysics
research of the department and in particular to the scientific
exploitation of the INTEGRAL data. The Geneva Observatory is host to
the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC) where the successfull candidate
will work. The ISDC is in charge of receiving, processing,
analysing, distributing and archiving the INTEGRAL data. Beside its
service activities the centre actively contributes to research in the
fields of active galactic nuclei, X-ray binary systems and nucleo-synthesis.
The candidate is expected to participate to these research efforts.

The candidate is also expected to contribute to the running of the centre.
The duties will include an active participation in the leadership of the
centre both in its administration and in its project and science activities.
The successfull candidate will have to represent the ISDC in national
and international committees.

The successfull candidate will also contribute to the teaching of
astrophysics in Geneva through specialised courses and/or seminars.
The candidate will have the possibility to lead Diploma and PhD theses
in collaboration with a professor of the Observatory.

Candidates should have a PhD in physics or astronomy and a proven track of
high quality research. A good knowledge of large astronomical data
analysis systems is mandatory. Some previous experience in the
development and/or operation of a science data centre would be an asset as
would be a sound knowledge of the INTEGRAL instruments and mission.

Candidates should send 5 copies of: their curriculum vitae, list
of publications, statement of interest and research plan and one
certified copy of the highest degree to Prof. M. Mayor,
Observatoire de Geneve, 51, ch. des Maillettes, CH-1290 SAUVERNY,
before September 10, 2003.