Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 18:28:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for August 15, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of August 15, 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Gender & Science Digital Library
2. Women sweep Intel Competition
3. Vera Rubin wins ASP's Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal
4. AWIS-CT help needed
5. Instrumentation Astronomer, Australian National University
6. Research Astronomer, Australian National University

1. Gender & Science Digital Library
> From WIPHYS of August 14, 2003

The Gender & Science Digital Library is an interactive collection of
high-quality, gender-equitable science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) resources for K-12, higher education
(community college and university), women's studies, teacher
preparation programs, and informal learning environments.
Students, teachers, adult learners, and researchers will find
electronic or digital resources, including curriculum, lesson plans
and classroom activities, research & course materials for
undergraduate/graduate courses, teacher guides for equitable
science instruction, professional development and pre-service
resources, global research on gender issues in science, evaluation
and assessment tools, software applets, video and audio segments.
Details at,4079,,00.shtm

2. Women sweep Intel Competition
From: Michael Rupen

The August 2003 edition of Physics Today has an article (p. 28) on the top
three award winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair --
all of whom are women. The top prize winner, Elena Glassman from
Doylestown, PA, worked out the distances to various asteroids. See also

3. Vera Rubin wins ASP's Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal
From: Michael Rupen

The ASP has awarded Vera Rubin (Carnegie Inst. of Washington) their
highest honor, the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal. According to the
ASP press release, the Bruce Medal is awarded for "a lifetime of outstanding
research in astronomy." You can read more about the award and her impressive
career at
and about the Medal at
The list of honorees reads like a history of more than a hundred years of
astronomy, including such luminaries as Kapteyn, Hale, Eddington, Russell,
de Sitter, Hubble, and Shapley. Dr. Rubin is one of only three women so
honored since the award's inception in 1898, the other two being Margaret
Burbidge (1982) and Charlotte Moore Sitterly (1990).

4. AWIS-CT help needed
From: Ilsa Roslow Schwartz

Dear AWIS members and friends,
    The following appeal for help was received from a high school girl
in Shelton, CT. If you can help Elissa, or know of anyone who could, please
let me know, or contact Elissa directly and send me an email confirming
your contact.  We are now planning programs for the 03-04 year and welcome 
your suggestions, requests and help.
     Ilsa Schwartz

    Hi, my name is Elissa Voccola and I attend Shelton High School and
am a member of a robotics team there. I'm not sure if you are familiar
with this sort of team, but you can learn all about robotics and what we
do at My own team's website is

    On my team the current female to male ratio happens to be 8 girls to
25 boys. We have a group of great engineers who volunteer their own time
to help us every year with building a robot for our competitions, but as
wonderful as they are, the girls on our team aren't exactly eager to
jump in with the boys with constructing the robot. It just so happens
that we don't have any female engineers helping with our team, and I
have experienced a widespread agreement with the girls that they would
all feel more comfortable stepping up if there was an actual women there
who can show us that we too can be successful in building our robot. A
lot of the girls go on to pursue careers in science and technology and
seeing a women as successful as the ones affiliated with your
organization, actually utilizing what she's learned in the real job
world, would be incredible.

    There are a lot of responsibilities that go along with helping out
our team however. The official season starts in January when we learn
the "game" our robot will have to play or the problem it will have to
solve (even though there are several things we do before we start the
season). Then we have what we call the "six weeks of hell" when you're
pretty much at the high school constructing, designing, and etc. up to 7
nights a week. Most dedicated engineers get there 2-3 nights a weeks,
not including weekends. So living close to our town of Shelton would
probably be in anyone willing to help's best interest. It's a very
involved aspect of every member of the team's lives, and we're all very
thankful for the engineers we have. We travel to two regional
competitions and then a national one, but they are all optional of

    The experience you will have will be tiring and frustrating but
probably one of the best in your life, I can guarantee that. I hope you
can find at least one women in your organization willing to give up her
time to help a great cause and a great group of kids. I look forward to
any feedback you can give me by e-mailing me at

    Thank you for your time,
    Elissa Voccola

5. Instrumentation Astronomer, Australian National University
From: Theresa Gallagher

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA), headquartered
at Mount Stromlo, is keen to continue to develop its vibrant
optical/infrared instrumentation program by the appointment of a Senior
Instrumentation Astronomer.

The appointee will develop his/her own instrumentation specialties through
the award of external research and development grants and instrumentation
construction awards. He/she will also participate in on-going instrument
development projects within the School, including the integration of the
Near-infrared Integral Field Spectograph (NIFS) for the Gemini North 8m
telescope in Hawaii, the completion of the Gemini South Adaptive Optics
Imager (GSAOI) for the Gemini South 8m telescope in Chile, and the WIFES
optical integral field spectrograph for the ANU 2.3m telescope at the Siding
Spring Observatory.

The appointee will be an experienced astronomer with a well-developed
understanding of optical/infrared astronomical instrumentation and the
astronomical and technological opportunities that drive its design. He/she
will have the ability to lead teams of engineers as Project Scientist for
major new international instrument developments, will have excellent
communication skills, and will be willing to supervise PhD students in
instrumentation projects.

For further information, contact
  Prof. Penny Sackett
  tel. +61 2 6125 0266
and see the Web sites

The closing date in 31 October 2003. Applications from suitably qualified
women are particularly welcome.

6. Research Astronomer, Australian National University
From: Theresa Gallagher

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA), headquartered
at Mount Stromlo, is seeking an excellent early to mid-career Research
Astronomer to join its vigorous astronomy program.

The appointee will undertake full time, self-directed research in astronomy
and astrophysics, participate in RSAA's graduate training program, and take
an active rols in the life of the School. RSAA is at the forefront of
observational and theoretical research in exoplanetary science, stellar
astrophysics, interstellar medium physics, galactic structure, galaxy
dynamics and evolution, high-energy astrophysics, extragalactic astronomy,
and cosmology. The appointee will have expertise in observational and/or
theoretical studies in one or more of these areas, a record of independence
as evidenced by the ability to initiate and resource research programs, and
a substantial publications record.

RSAA operates the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories and has a
highly successful astronomical instrumentation program currently providing
instrumentation for the Gemini telescopes. RSAA staff have access to
Australia's radio and optical astronomical facilities/partnerships
(including the Australia National Telescope Facility, the Anglo-Australia
Telescope, and Gemini) and ANU supercomputing facilities.

For further information, contact
  Prof. Penny Sackett
  tel. +61 2 6125 0266
and see the Web sites

The closing date in 31 October 2003.