Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 16:55:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for November 28, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of November 28, 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. More on historically interesting female astronomers
2. CSWA lunch session at AAS: January 8, 2004
3. Children and Careers: *DECEMBER 5*
4. The Value of Networking
5. Class Action Settlement at LLNL
6. Other View Points on LLNL Settlement
7. Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, UNC-Chapel Hill

1. More on historically interesting female astronomers

[There have been a number of replies to last week's request for information
on historically interesting female astronomers. -- Eds.]

From: Amy Simon-Miller

[T]he CSWA maintains lists of links to other sites, several of which
include lists of female astronomers (both historical and current):

From: Caroline Simpson

Regarding female astronomers -- the best info I found was the ASP slide
set. Most of it is available online, thanks to Geoff Marcy. I don't
have the link available right now; maybe emailing him would be best if
you don't have access to the slide set itself. I'll have access to my
list of websites next week. There are many, many out there, of varying
quality. The best ones seemed to have information taken from the slide

I do a powerpoint on historical women in astronomy; here are some of
the names: En'heduanna, Aganice, Hypatia, Sonia Brahe (she was very
involved in some of Tycho's work), Caroline Herschel, Mary Somerville,
Maria Mitchell, the women at the Naval Observatory in the early 20th
century, Willamina Fleming (she was Pickering's housekeeper originally!),
and Cecilia Payne Gaposhkin.

Caroline Simpson

From: Ellen Bouton

One of my projects as Archivist at National Radio Astronomy Observatory
is a Web presentation of what Nan Dieter Conklin calls her "Chronicle",
an essay about her life as the first US woman in radio astronomy.
( Although I have
not quite finished my work on the page (I'm still tracking down and
adding outbound links and illustrations), I wanted to pass on the link
to you. We expect to include a formal public announcement of the page
in the January NRAO Newsletter (



From: Meg Urry>

Geoff's web site is
and is very useful.

See also , which is Sethanne
Howard's web site (I believe).


2. CSWA lunch session at AAS: January 8, 2004
From: Patricia Knezek

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) will host a
lunch session at the AAS meeting in Atlanta, on Thursday, January 8, from
1:00 to 2:00pm, in the Regency V room. The focus will be a panel discussion
addressing the outcome of the Women in Astronomy II. There will be a brief
introduction reviewing the main issues and potential solutions that came
out of the meeting. Institutions that are working on these issues are
invited to describe their process and progress. This will be followed by
time for open discussion and questions. The CSWA will provide additional
information as the date for the AAS approaches.

Please contact Patricia Knezek,, if you
are interested in sharing your institution's progress.

3. Children and Careers: *DECEMBER 5*
> From WIPHYS of December 1, 2003

Join a live, online discussion with Mary Ann Mason, dean of the
graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley and
director of a new study that concluded that having children wreaks
havoc on the careers of academic women, on Friday, December 5,
at 1 p.m., U.S. Eastern time. See the Chronicle of Higher
Education under Discussion Forums (may
require a subscription). A related article by Robin Wilson can be
read at , "How
Babies Alter Careers for Academics".

4. The Value of Networking
> From WIPHYS of November 25, 2003

I am working on a chapter of a book designed to give women in
academia practical career advice. Specifically, I am writing about
the value of building formal and informal networks. I'd be interested
in hearing from any of you any anecdotes about networking or any
experiences you have had concerning the importance of networking
for advancing your career. Have you found it easy to become part
of a network or networks? Have you ever felt excluded from one?
Please reply to

Patricia Rankin, Professor of Physics
University of Colorado, Boulder

5. Class Action Settlement at LLNL
> From WIPHYS of November 24, 2003

[Meg Urry points out that "this posting is a little confusing,
  making it look as if the lawyers took everything. Basically, the
  lawyers get about the same amount as the women involved (but not
  loads more). Maybe that will make other lawyers more interested
  in helping women pursue such cases?" -- Eds.]

"University of California Regents today approved a tentative
settlement agreement in Jennings (formerly Singleton) v. Regents, a
class action lawsuit at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
alleging gender disparities in pay and promotion. The terms of the
settlement, which must still be approved by Alameda County
Superior Court, allow for $9.7 million in damages; $80,000 to be
distributed to seven class representatives; and up to $8.2 million in
attorney fees (the actual amount to be determined by an arbitrator);
and a one percent pay increase to all currently employed class
members." The full story can be read at

6. Other View Points on LLNL Settlement
> From WIPHYS of November 24, 2003

Other view points about the LLNL sex discrimination suit, and
another URL pointing to an AP story:,0,5392821.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

Earlier press stories about Dr Singleton's (and other's) suit:
1) Editorial,
2) "Women Sue Lawrence Livermore Over Equal Opportunities"
3) An article written by Dr Singleton for the AWIS magazine some
  time ago: "Gender Equity: It's Class Action AT LLNL"

Cherrill Spencer, SLAC

7. Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, UNC-Chapel Hill
> From WIPHYS of December 1, 2003

As part of a continuing commitment to advance under-represented
scholars in higher education, the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the availability of several
positions in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty
Diversity. The Department of Physics & Astronomy especially
encourages applicants in the fields of astrophysics, condensed
matter physics & materials science, gravitational physics,
nuclear physics, and particle physics. An introduction to
our research programs may be found at

The new Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for two years,
and are free to pursue their own research interests, although
we encourage collaborations with faculty in our Department.
Fellows may teach one course per year to gain teaching
experience, but this is not required.

Minority applicants must have completed their doctoral degree
between July 1, 2000, and July 1, 2004. Preference is given to US
citizens and permanent residents and the program is funded by the
State of North Carolina and places emphasis on under-represented

A complete application includes a CV, sample publications or
dissertation chapters, a statement of research plans, three letters of
recommendation, an application, and a statement about why you
should be selected. Application forms may be found at If letters accompany
application materials they should be in a sealed envelope.

All materials should be sent to: Carolina Postdoctoral Program for
Faculty Diversity, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and
Economic Development, CB#4000, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4000, and must be postmarked by February
2, 2004. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

For additional information, contact Prof. Bruce Carney
( or Prof. Laurie McNeil