Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 00:11:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for October 3, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of 10/03/03 eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. Princeton University may spend millions to improve gender equity on 
   science faculty
2. Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and 
   Related Fields
3. New NSF Programs
4. Job opportunities at NOAO
5. Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, University of Manitoba
6. Faculty Position, Physics Department, Purdue University
7. Faculty Position, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

1. Princeton University may spend millions to improve gender equity on 
   science faculty
From: Debra Rolison & Amy Simon-Miller

[Eds. note: The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, and the New York Times 
require that you have an electronic subscription to read their articles.  The 
subscription for the New York Times is free.]


Happy New Money!!

(... for those of you tuned to the Federal Government's fiscal cycle, today is 
our New Year's Day).

Princeton released earlier this week the findings from their internal task 
force, which assessed how the women on the Princeton faculty are (and were) 

No new news, *but* Shirley Tilghman, Princeton's President, has already 
publicly tasked Joan Girgus, a former Dean at Princeton, to develop a plan to 
recruit faculty women and improve the climate for women at the university.

One of the findings of note is that Tilghman's former department at Princeton 
-- molecular biology -- had lost women, going from 30% XX representation in 
1992 to today's 19%.

Ouch.  and that's for a field in which the "pipeline" is healthy.

The full story in Tuesday's New York Times can be read at:

[You may also wish to read] a story in the 29 September issue of Fortune 
magazine on professional women and their non-male take on power.  

One of the relevant quotes from this article is from Shirley Tilghman with 
respect to the university environment:  Getting more women to step up [to 
positions of leadership and power] depends on "consistently sending the 
message that the university welcomes and embraces people who have families," 
she says. 

One of the jaw-dropping quotes:  "Of three major fields -- government, 
business, and academia -- women have made the most progress in the latter."

My thanks to Olwyn Huxley, who works for the House Science Committee, for 
sending the Fortune article on to me.

and my best to you all,


(1) for more information than the Times could convey in their story of 30 
September, please refer to the task force's findings on the Princeton web 
site. The URL is:

(2) The 3 October issue of Science also reports on the Princeton findings 
in a news-of-the-week article by Andrew Lawler. That article is now available 
on the Science web site at:




From Amy Simon-Miller:

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article titled "Princeton U. 
Says It May Spend Millions to Improve Gender Equity on Science Faculty" in 
their September 30, 2003 article.  The article may be viewed at:

2. Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and 
   Related Fields

> From WIPHYS posting of 10/02/03: 

FIELDS, JUNE 9-12, 2004. 
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA
Submission Deadline: January 21, 2004
Sponsored by: East West Council for Education, Center of Asian Pacific 
Studies of Peking University

The 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and 
Related Fields will be held from June 9 (Wednesday) to June 12 (Saturday), 
2004 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will 
provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from statistics 
and/or mathematics related fields to interact with members inside and outside 
their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other 
fields are welcome.

See web address for complete information on topic areas and guidelines for 
submitting a proposal. 

Web address: 
Email address:

3. New NSF Programs
From: Eileen D. Friel

Nominees Sought for National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching
Scholars Awards

The National Science Foundation Director's Awards for Distinguished Teaching
Scholars (DTS) recognizes and rewards six to eight individuals annually who
are both meritorious scholars and exemplary teachers as evidenced by their
ability to integrate their research and educational activities and to
approach research and education in a scholarly manner. This year, for the
first time, the program involves a two-step process. Nominations are due
November 19, 2003, for the first step. A select group of individuals from
the first round nominees will be invited to submit proposals by February 25,
2004. The URL for the solicitation is:


East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students 

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students
in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, China, or Australia, an introduction to the science and science
policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the
language and culture. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from
June to August. Approximately 175 students will be supported for the summer
of 2004. Support includes international round-trip air ticket, living
expenses (accommodations, food and professional travel) at the foreign
location and a stipend of $3,000.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; be enrolled at U.S.
institutions in graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in science or engineering
or M.D. programs with an interest in biomedical research; and pursuing
studies in fields of science or engineering that are supported by the
National Science Foundation. DEADLINE: December 23, 2003. For further
information see  or

4. Job opportunities at NOAO
From: Joan Najita, Arjun Dey, and Chris Smith

Please note that NOAO has advertised several postdoc and staff
positions this year. We greatly encourage all qualified applicants
(particularly women and underrepresented minorities) to apply for these
positions. We also encourage any potentially interested applicants to
contact the us with questions or to learn more about these positions.

NOAO 5-Year Science Fellowship 
AAS job register #20262
Contact: Arjun Dey (

Postdoctoral Associate in Star and Planet Formation 
AAS job register #20307
Contact: Joan Najita (

Tenure-track astronomer 
AAS job register #20306
Contacts: Chris Smith (
Joan Najita (
Nicole van der Bliek (

NOAO is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We value 
and foster a diverse research environment, and are sensitive to the 
concerns of dual-career couples within the field of Astronomy.

5. Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, University of Manitoba
From: Kathy Niziol

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba invites 
applications for a full-time tenure track position at the Assistant Professor 
level in observational or theoretical Astrophysics or Astronomy.  This 
position is scheduled to be filled beginning July 1, 2004 or as soon as 
possible thereafter (subject to final budget approval).  The successful 
candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research 
program as well as teach at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Department is committed to expanding its recently formed Astrophysics 
program.  Current research interests emphasize neutron stars, microquasars, 
supernova remnants, interacting galaxies, and the Milky Way.  The Department 
maintains a variety of strong, externally funded research programs of 
international caliber in both experimental and theoretical physics and 
astronomy.  (See for further details.)

Winnipeg is a safe and hospitable city with a rich and diverse range of 
artistic and cultural institutions. The region provides ample opportunities 
for outdoor activities at nearby lakes, forests, and beaches. Housing prices 
and cost of living are very attractive by North American standards.

Applicants should possess a doctoral degree, relevant postdoctoral 
experience, and an established record of publication in leading journals.  
Applications including a curriculum vitae, a summary of research interests, 
teaching interests and philosophy, and contact information (including email) 
for three referees should be sent to:

Dr. Gwyn Williams
Chair of the Search Committee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2  CANADA

Telephone: (204) 474-9817;  Fax: (204) 474-7622

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and 
men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons 
with disabilities.  The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15, 
2003. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadian 
citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  Application 
materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with 
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba).

6. Faculty Position, Physics Department, Purdue University

> From WIPHYS posting of 10/03/03:

The Physics Department, at Purdue University, invites applications
from outstanding candidates for a tenure track position in
experimental elementary particle physics, astrophysics or
astroparticle physics beginning August, 2004. This is part of a
School of Science wide initiative, in the area of Management,
Analysis, Visualization, and Security Aspects of Massive Datasets.

Candidates should be leaders in forefront scientific discovery
involving massive data sets with expertise either in quantitative
analysis and fundamental data mining techniques and challenges, or
with the utilization of grid environments for access to and analysis
of data. We expect this faculty member to strengthen our current
program which involves leadership roles in CDF, CMS, CLEOc and
Veritas and to participate in the future expansion of our program at
the interface of particle physics and astrophysics .

This initiative is intended to expand and enable new science in those
fields that require access to, and analysis of, massive data sets. It
is expected to strengthen the core research areas, provide new
directions and synergies among scientists working in different
disciplines, and intensify the flow of expertise and inquiry across
traditional departmental boundaries. The position is expected to be
filled at the assistant professor level or beginning associate
professor level, although more and senior positions will be
considered in exceptional circumstances. The appointment will be in
the Physics Department with a possible joint or courtesy
appointment in Computer Science or Statistics.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. and are expected to produce a
record of excellence in research and teaching. Review of
applications will begin October 1, 2003, and continue until the
position is filled. Applicants should apply by sending a curriculum
vitae, a statement of career objectives, and the names of at least
three references. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure
that the letters of reference are submitted. More information on th
initiative, the research program and details on how to apply can be
found at 

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal
Access/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to building a
diverse faculty of excellence.

7. Faculty Position, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

> From WIPHYS posting of 10/03/03:

The Physics Department at Simon Fraser University invites
applications for one or more tenure track Assistant Professorships,
to take effect in September 2004, subject to final budgetary
approval. We are searching for individuals of outstanding
background and exceptional promise who will establish vigorous
independent research programs and who will have a strong
commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. The Physics
Department has a very broad research program in condensed matter
physics and materials science, as well as research programs in
biological physics, dynamical systems and high energy physics. In
this current search, we are particularly interested in theoretical
astrophysicists, cosmologists and particle physicists,
experimentalists and theorists in atomic and molecular physics and
experimentalists in soft condensed matter physics or biological
physics. However, excellent candidates in any area that
complements the department's existing research programs will be
given serious consideration. Exceptional candidates may be
considered for appointment as a Canada Research Chair. The
Physics Department's home page can be accessed via

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however
Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon
Fraser University is committed to employment equity and
encourages applications from all qualified women and men,
including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with
disabilities. Applications should include a curriculum vitae,
publication list and a short statement of research and teaching
interests. Candidates should arrange for three letters of
recommendation to be supplied in confidence. All correspondence
should be directed to Professor David Boal, Chair, Department of
Physics, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
BC, Canada V5A 1S6 by December 1, 2003.