Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 15:33:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for October 17, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of October 17, 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Article on the bias of perceived attractiveness in teacher evaluations
2. Responses - "Electronics mnemonic"
3. Annie Jump Cannon Award
4. Program Director, Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Program, NSF
5. Tenure track Position, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota 
   State University, Moorhead
6. Chair, Department of Physics, Wright State University, Dayton
7. Faculty Appointments, Ohio State University, Columbus

1. Article on the bias of perceived attractiveness in teacher evaluations
From: Harley Thronson

I thought that you and your readers might find the following article . . .
um, well . . . amusing:


2. Responses - "Electronics mnemonic"

[Eds. note: In item #2 of the October 10, 2003 issue, the word "mnemonic" is 
incorrectly spelled "pneumonic".  We apologize for the error.]

From: Cindy Taylor

While in grad school at Dartmouth, I took the undergrad electronics course 
and our homework was to come up with a new one.  My friend, Allison Henle, 
and I came up with

Black            |          Black
Bugs             |          Brown
Ruined           |          Red
Our              |          Orange
Young            |          Yellow
Garden           |          Green
But              |          Blue
Venus flytraps   |          Violet
Grow             |          Grey
Well             |          White

For those who don't know, Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants.  We had a
British professor who didn't know what they were and was accusing us of not
having a politically correct one.

-Cindy Taylor

From: Caroline Simpson

Re: Resistor codes -- there is a page of various memnonics; many are
certainly not nice, but there are some fairly good alternatives listed
as well, including "Badly burnt resistors on your ground bus void
general warrantee."

Kris Sellgren

I wrote a letter that was published in Ms. Magazine in the 1970's, on
this very topic. The version I was taught was even worse:

 "Black Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly"

I guess it's "progress" that in 30 years they've dropped the racism,
but not the (incredibly vile) sexism.

I've never found an alternate mnenomic (but haven't tried very hard;
I've been working on OBAFGKMLT). The only thing that comes to mind
off-hand is to change "Bad Boys Rape" to "Bad Boys Rob". That at
least takes both the racism and the sexual violence out, although
it's still disgusting.

Kris Sellgren

3. Annie Jump Cannon Award
From: Patricia Knezek

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2004 Annie Jump Cannon Award in
Astronomy.  This award is offered by the American Association of University
Women (AAUW), which oversees the award in cooperation with AAS.  It honors 
an untenured woman postdoctoral scholar for significant research in 
astronomy.  The monetary award is $5000, and nominations are due to the AAUW
on February 10, 2004.  For more information and access to applications, 
please see:

4. Program Director, Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Program, NSF
From: Eileen D. Friel

National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences is seeking qualified applicants for
the position of Program Director, Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Program
(SAA). The incumbent will be involved in activities that include planning,
budget development, the merit review and proposal recommendation process,
the preparation of written material about the research supported by the
Division, and liaison with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and
organizations. Incumbents are expected to work with the astronomical
research and education community to broaden the diversity of participants in
NSF programs.

This position will be filled on a one or two year Visiting Scientist
Appointment, under the terms of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA),
or as a Federal Temporary Appointment. Temporary and Visiting Scientist
appointments will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act with a
current salary range of $81,602 - $127,168, depending on qualifications and
experience. For more information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments
or IPA assignments, visit Applicants must have a Ph.D. or
equivalent experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related
field, plus six or more years of successful research, research
administration, and/or managerial experience beyond the Ph.D.

Announcement E20040001-Rotator, with position requirements and application
procedures, is located on the NSF Home Page at Applicants
should submit a resume or application of your choice, up to three letters of
recommendation, and a narrative statement that addresses your background
and/or experience related to the position to or to the
National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resource Management, 4201
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Attn: E20040001-Rotator. Telephone
inquiries may be referred to Maria Sutton at 703-292-4364. For technical
information, contact Dr. Eileen D. Friel, AST Executive Officer,
703-292-4895. (Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-8044).

5. Tenure track Position, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota 
   State University, Moorhead

> From WIPHYS October 16, 2003

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State
University Moorhead invites applications for assistant professor of
physics, tenure track. The appointment date is August 19, 2004,
pending funding. Ph.D. in Physics required. Preference will be given
to applicants with demonstrated ability to teach physics, experience
with K-12 teacher education, potential to carry out projects
involving undergraduates, and interest in or experience with
outreach. Interest in interdisciplinary scholarship, use of active
learning approaches, and grants writing skills desired. The search is
open to candidates with research interests in any area of physics.
Responsibilities include teaching a physical science course for pre-
service elementary teachers, teaching upper and lower division
physics courses, advising, projects involving undergraduates, and
service to the university and community.

A complete vacancy notice is available at Applications must include MSUM
standard application (available at the web site above), curriculum
vita, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, at least
three current letters of recommendation (email accepted), a 1-2
page description of teaching philosophy, and a 1-2 page description
of a potential undergraduate project. Send materials to:
Dr. Matthew Craig
Physics Search Committee Chair
  MSU Moorhead
  1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56563.
phone: (218) 477 2439 fax: (218) 477-2290

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States when
employment begins. Screening of complete applications will begin
10/31/2003. Minnesota State University Moorhead is an equal
opportunity employer and educator. AA/EOEE.

6. Chair, Dept. of Physics, Wright State University, Dayton

> From WIPHYS October 13, 2003

Wright State University invites applications for the position of
Chair, Department of Physics. The department, housed in the
College of Science and Mathematics, has eight full-time faculty
members and offers bachelors and masters degrees in physics and
physics education. Areas of research focus include solid state
physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, computational biology,
molecular spectroscopy, superconductivity, nanotechnology, and
physics education. Faculty participate in interdisciplinary
Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. programs
and have strong collaborations with the Colleges of Engineering
and Education. The department has strong outreach activities with
regional K-12 schools. More information is available at

Candidates must hold a doctorate in physics or a closely related
discipline; have a record of excellence in research, teaching, and
service that warrants appointment at the rank of full professor; and
have leadership experience in program development and
implementation in an interdisciplinary environment. Preference will
be given to candidates with strategies for increasing external
funding and recruiting students, and an administrative style that
promotes a collegial environment and faculty involvement.

Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae
including brief statements of research interests, teaching and
administrative philosophy, and names, phone numbers, and e-mail
addresses of at least 3 references to Physics Chair Search
Committee, College of Science and Mathematics, 134 Oelman Hall,
Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435. Review of
applications will begin January 1, 2003 and continue until the
position is filled. Wright State University is EOE/AA

7. Faculty Appointments, Ohio State University, Columbus
> From WIPHYS October 13, 2003

The Department of Physics in the College of Mathematical and
Physical Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications
for several anticipated faculty appointments effective Fall Quarter
of 2004. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and an outstanding
research record. A commitment to excellence in teaching at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Rank will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Exceptionally qualified candidates in any of the departments current
areas of research will be considered. These are experimental and
theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics, biophysics,
condensed matter physics, high energy physics, and nuclear physics,
theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, experimental particle
astrophysics and physics education research.

The department currently has 51 faculty and approximately 40
postdoctoral researchers, 150 graduate students and 200
undergraduate majors. This entire research operation will move
into the new Physics Research Building, containing state-of-the-art
office, meeting, and laboratory space in the Fall of 2004.

Candidates at the junior level should submit a letter of application, a
complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a brief
description of research plans, and arrange for at least four letters of
recommendation to be sent to:

William F. Saam
Faculty Searches
The Department of Physics
The Ohio State University
174 W. 18th Avenue., Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Nominations and applications for senior positions should be sent to
the address above together with a list of at least six suggested
references. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Job
application assistance is available for dual career situations.

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative
Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals
with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.