Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 16:35:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for October 24, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of October 24, 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. AAVSO Director Janet Mattei ill
2. Gender and Science Study
3. MentorNet Seeks Mentors
4. 2004 AIP/APS Congressional Science Fellowships
5. Science and Technology Policy Internship
6. Research Associate, Theoretical Particle Physics, Indiana University
7. Tenure-track faculty position, Multiwavelength Astronomy, Louisiana 
   State University
8. National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tenure Track Astronomer
9. Faculty Positions, Boston University
10. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, Kalamazoo College

1. AAVSO Director Janet Mattei ill
From: Caty Pilachowski

[Eds. note:  The address for AAVSO is: AAVSO, 25 Birch Street, Cambridge, MA,

AAVSO Director Janet Mattei is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
She start chemotherapy in early September. Janet contracted pneumonia
a few weeks ago, and has been fighting that was well as numerous
other infections. While she she is still very seriously ill (and
still needs a bone marrow transplant), she has improved enough to
hear about and appreciate cards and good wishes from her many,
many friends in astronomy. Janet has been a good friend and mentor
to so many of us in astronomy, and contributed so much to the study
of variable stars. Please join in sending her your good wishes for
her expeditious recovery to robust health. Cards and notes sent to
the AAVSO will be collected for her.

2. Gender and Science Study
From: Dr. Nancy Swanson

[Eds. note:  The deadline is November 9 to participate in the Survey.]

A study is being conducted at Western Washington University
about the experiences of female scientists. We wish to determine
what the barriers were and are for women who wish to pursue a
career in science, past and present. We want to know what the
barriers were, historically, and what has and has not changed. This
survey is being distributed to determine the current situation. We
are surveying women from a wide range of backgrounds, education
and professional experience. The results will be compiled and
incorporated into an anthology.

If you would like to participate in this study please email Dr. Nancy
L. Swanson at or download the survey from:

3. MentorNet Seeks Mentors

> From WIPHYS of October 22, 2003

MentorNet (, the E-Mentoring Network for
Women in Engineering and Science, seeks female and male tenured
engineering and science faculty as mentors in its Academic Career
E-Mentoring Program. In this exciting new complement to
MentorNet's Industry E-Mentoring Program, women graduate
students and postdocs (male students may also participate)
interested in faculty careers are matched with tenured faculty
members for 8-month mentoring relationships conducted via email.

This is the first year of the Academic Career E-Mentoring Program,
you can have an important influence on shaping the program.
We currently have over 70 students from diverse fields seeking
matches in the program, but have particular needs for computer
science, biological science, chemical engineering and physics
mentors. Please consider volunteering as a mentor and publicizing
the program to your colleagues by passing on this message.

For more information, read below, visit or
contact To sign up, visit

4. 2004 AIP/APS Congressional Science Fellowships
From: Flory Gonzalez

The American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society are now
seeking applicants for the 2004-2005 Congressional Science Fellowships. Spend
a year providing S&T expertise to Congress. Application deadline: January 15,
2004. Send all materials to:

APS and AIP Congressional Science Fellowship Programs
c/o Jackie Beamon-Kiene
APS Executive Office
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3844
For more information, call 301-209-3094 (AIP); 301-209-3269 (APS) or visit or

5. Science and Technology Policy Internship

> From WIPHYS of October 24, 2003

The National Academies' Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy 
Internship Program is now accepting applications from graduate and 
postdoctoral students for its winter, summer and fall 2004 sessions. The 
program is designed to engage science, engineering, medical, veterinary, 
business and law students in the analysis and creation of public policy 
and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology and
government. The application deadline for the winter 2004 session is 
Saturday, Nov. 1. 

6. Research Associate, Theoretical Particle Physics, Indiana University

> From WIPHYS of October 22, 2003

Applications are invited for the position of postdoctoral research
associate in theoretical particle physics, with starting date available
from September 1, 2004. Initial appointment is for one year, with
probable renewal for a second year. We seek outstanding
candidates in theoretical particle physics who have overlapping
interests with the members of our group. Each application should
include a curriculum vitae, a description of research interests and
accomplishments, and a list of publications. Candidates should also
have at least three letters of reference sent to: Particle Theory
Group, Physics Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
47405, U.S.A. Applications received before December 15, 2003
may receive preference. Indiana University is an Equal
Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

7. Tenure-track faculty position, Multiwavelength Astronomy, Louisiana 
   State University
From: Geoff Clayton 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University in
Baton Rouge invites applications for an anticipated tenure-track,
assistant professorship in multiwavelength observational astronomy and/or
theory related to the interpretation of such observations, starting fall
2004. Candidates are expected to have an established record in
observations with modern instrumentation at two or more of the following
wavebands: optical-infrared, X-ray/gamma-ray, radio-mm, EUV-UV.
Experience in both ground-based and space-based observations is desirable.
The successful candidate is expected to teach at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels in both physics and astronomy and establish a vigorous
research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in
physics, astronomy, or related field. The salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Applicants should send a vita, a
description of research interests and experience, and the names of at
least three references to: Roger R. McNeil, Chairman, Department of
Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
70803-4001. Application deadline is January 15, 2004 or until candidate
selected. LSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

8. National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tenure Track Astronomer
From: Sally Adams

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) invites applications for
the position of tenure-track astronomer. The successful candidate will be
expected to pursue a vigorous research program in observational astronomy as
well as to actively participate in the NOAO Gemini Science Center. The
position will be located at NOAO's facilities in Tucson, Arizona.

The NOAO Gemini Science Center (NGSC) supports the U.S. astronomical
community in its use of the twin Gemini 8-m telescopes. Specifically, NGSC
is engaged in fostering and communicating with U.S. users and potential
users of Gemini; provides support to U.S. Gemini proposers, instrument
builders, and users; organizes U.S. opinion on Gemini matters; provides
selected operations support to Gemini; and assists in defining future
directions for Gemini.

An excellent opportunity exists for candidates to use their scientific
interests and experience to assist the U.S. community in exploiting the
cutting-edge facilities of the Gemini Observatory. Interested applicants are
invited to contact any member of the Search Committee (Chair is Dr. Taft
Armandroff, NGSC Director; see NOAO Employment Opportunities Web site for
full committee membership) with questions about this position or to discuss
how their research interests may overlap with potential NGSC activities.

The successful candidate will reside in the active research environment of
NOAO's Tucson Headquarters, which is located on the University of Arizona
Campus, and there are opportunities to conduct research at Gemini's two
locations in Hawaii and Chile.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of current
research interests. We would also be interested in a description of how the
applicant would contribute to the NOAO Gemini Science Center. Applicants
should also arrange for three professional references to supply letters of
recommendation to be sent directly to the address below by the due date.
Applications received prior to January 15, 2004 are assured of full

NOAO fosters a diverse research environment, including attention to the
needs of dual-career couples within the field of Astronomy. Women and
candidates from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to

Send materials electronically to:

For mailings please send to:
Human Resources Manager
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Attn: NGSC Tenure Track Astronomer
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732
FAX: 520-318-8560

9. Faculty Positions, Boston University
> From WIPHYS October 21, 2003

Pending budgetary approval, the Boston University Physics
Department plans to fill faculty positions in: (i) junior elementary-
particle theory (HET), (ii) junior elementary-particle experiment
(HEE), (iii) junior condensed-matter experiment (CME), and (iv)
senior condensed-matter theory (CMT).

In particle physics, current faculty interests in cosmology, quantum
field theory, electroweak symmetry breaking, flavor dynamics, and
particle phenomenology are complemented by experimental
programs that have significant participation in D0, Atlas, CMS, g-2,
and Super-Kamiokande/K2K. The HEE candidate should expect to
take a leading role in the next generation neutrino oscillation
experiment using the neutrino beam for J-PARC to Super-

CME faculty interests include correlated electron systems, quantum
magnetism, nanoscale physics, optical and electronic structure,
surface and interface physics, kinetics of phase transitions, and
polymer and biological physics.The CME position is targeted
toward studies of correlated solids. CMT interests include quantum
impurity problems, low-dimensional systems, disordered electronic
and magnetic systems, superconductivity, nanoscale physics,
spintronics and quantum computation.

Departmental faculty take advantage of extensive central resources,
including massively parallel computation, electronics, and scientific
instrument facilities, as well as facilities in the Photonics Center and
in the Engineering College. Applicants should demonstrate
significant research accomplishment and potential, commensurate
with the rank of the position. Interest and ability in teaching are
essential. Please submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications,
research plan, and three letters of reference to the appropriately-
targeted Search Committee, Department of Physics, Boston
University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.
Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. The URL is

10. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, Kalamazoo College

> From WIPHYS October 21, 2003

The Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track
appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning September
2004. PhD in experimental or applied physics required; some post
doctoral and teaching experience preferred. The successful
candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a research
facility on campus; a 400 sq ft lab and modest start-up fund
provided. Collaboration with nearby universities and national
laboratories encouraged; modest success at grant-writing expected.
Kalamazoo College is a highly selective nationally known liberal
arts college of approximately 1300 motivated undergraduates. The
Physics Department graduates about 10 majors each year, including
some who pursue a 3/2 engineering program. The Department
participates actively in the Center for Complex Systems Studies,
and is the home for the editorial office of the American Journal of
Physics. Completed applications received by December 15,
2003, will receive full consideration. Send curriculum vitae
including a statement describing teaching experience; a statement
describing research interests and how undergraduates would
participate including an estimate for start-up costs; graduate and
undergraduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable); and have three
letters of reference sent to:

Prof. Jan Tobochnik, Chair
Department of Physics
Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to
the cultural diversity of the College to apply and identify themselves
if they wish. EOE.