Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 13:09:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for February 6, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of February 6, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:
1. Presentations from Atlanta CSWA session
2. Women in Astronomy Database
3. New book called "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide"
4. Good use for unused Astronomy textbooks?
5. Study relevant to attracting girls to science
6. Inappropriate Question? & Responses -- Continued for WIPHYS
7. Response to the discussion on Physics textbooks
8. ALMA Project Manager (North America)
9. Position Announcement: WEPAN Executive Director
1. Presentations from Atlanta CSWA session
From: Patricia Knezek
The presentation prepared by Harriet Dinerstein and Neal Evans (U. Texas)
on the steps that U. Texas has taken to follow-up on the Women in Astronomy
II (WIA II) meeting, as well as the summary by Jim Ulvestad (NRAO) of the
recommendations from the WIA II breakout groups, are now available in pdf
format on the web.  Go to and click
on "Meeting Summaries".  Any other institutions that would like to post
summaries of steps that have been taken to follow-up on WIA II are welcome
to do so, and can contact Amy Simon-Miller ( for more
2. Women in Astronomy Database
From: Patricia Knezek
The CSWA would like to remind our readers that we maintain a Women in
Astronomy Database.  This database lists the names, professional
affiliations, scientific interests, example talk titles, and contact
information for women in astronomy and astrophysics.  New submissions are
welcome and strongly encouraged.
The Women in Astronomy list can be used to
    * find speakers for colloquia, scientific meetings, or school visits
    * solicit job applicants
    * sort by education, expertise, research interests, etc. for statistical
    * or search purposes
The information contained on this list was submitted by each person listed
using the CSWA Submission Form (internal to the database).  We urge you to
consider signing up, if you have not already done so.
3. New book called "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide"
From: John Huchra
[Eds. note:  This link leads to an introduction of this new book, and is
well worth reading, both for those who may need to negotiate job/career/
personal issues in the future AND those who are going to be hiring.]
A very intersting link to a new book. I think this is an important
one for women in science.
John Huchra
4. Good use for unused Astronomy textbooks?
From: Fran Bagenal
I seem to accumulate astronomy textbooks (glossy, color, barely touched) at a
rate of about 15 cm of shelf space per year. Every 3-4 years I feel a
compulsion to throw them out. There must be a good use for them. I find that
the local Boulder (affluent) schools and colleges are not interested. To be
honest, I do not have the energy to do the research. Does anyone know of a
clearing house or mailing list for getting textbooks to worthy causes? I am
happy to pay mailing costs.
Fran Bagenal
[Eds. note: There's already a response from one of the AASWOMEN editors,
Jim Ulvestad.]
You might think of contacting Don Wentzel about whether these would be of use
in any of the overseas countries (e.g., in Africa) that he's tried to help
out in the past.
5. Study relevant to attracting girls to science
From: Andrea Schweitzer
This study came out in May 2003, but I hadn't seen it until now and I
thought it would be of interest.
University Of Michigan Study Helps Define Why Fewer Women Choose
Math-based Careers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Girls and boys who are confident in their math
abilities tend to pick a science career based on their values more than on
their skills, a study by two University of Michigan researchers suggests.
The study found that both boys and girls who were people-oriented tended
to choose college majors in the biological sciences---medicine,
environmental sciences or social sciences---rather than the mathematically
based sciences such as engineering, physics, or astronomy. It also found
that math self-confidence, while stronger in boys than girls, played a
much smaller role in the choice of college majors and careers than
previously thought.
..Eccles and Vida's research suggests that those who want to attract and
retain more women in math-based academic programs and careers in industry
need to develop different intervention programs for girls and young women.
"It's not enough to simply try to raise girls' confidence levels," Eccles
said. "We need to develop interventions that will not only demonstrate the
utility of mathematics, but also show how the mathematically based
sciences do something concrete to help people."
The full story is at:
Andrea Schweitzer
6. Inappropriate Question? & Responses -- Continued for WIPHYS
> From WIPHYS of February 2, 2004
[Eds. Note: All today's responses continue to refer to the query in
WIPHYS 1/29/04, "Inappropriate Question?"]
1. Interviews at Conferences
2. Faculty Spouses
*******MESSAGE ONE *****
One question we have not addressed so far is how to handle face-
to-face interviews such as those that occur at conferences. Married
men and women, more often than not, are wearing wedding bands
and so the interviewer is immediately aware of his or her marital
status without asking inappropriately. However, if the interviewer
is not allowed to ask about specifics, they may "assume the worst,"
e.g. that the married interviewee is not as flexible in terms of
location as other, single competitors when that may not be the case
at all. Is it ever appropriate for the interviewee to address the topic
in order to clarify any possible incorrect assumptions?
Dawn Peterson
University of Rochester
*********MESSAGE TWO *****
The weak link for inappropriate questions is faculty spouses. Often
there is a dinner during the interview attended by faculty and their
spouses who (innocently or not) ask the interviewee -- Are you
married? Do you have kids, What does your husband do? I'm not
sure how "illegal" the questions are coming from them -- they aren't
employees of the university or technically part of the hiring process.
Kristy Dyer
> From WIPHYS of February 3, 2004
3. Interviews at Conferences
4. Wedding Bands
*****MESSAGE THREE *******
Interviewers are never taken aback if you work some information
about your personal life into your interview. Some people
(particularly more senior scientists) put their spouse's name,
profession, and number of children in their CV. I would be
surprised if most interviewers, even if they noticed the wedding
band, would "assume the worst," however. Most hires are
complicated in some way or another.
Heidi Newberg
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*****MESSAGE FOUR*********
Dawn asks about the observation of wedding bands at conference
interviews. This is certainly a potential problem. During our
survey, we found a number of women (and a few men) who
removed their wedding bands before going to interviews. It is
unfortunate that this is deemed necessary, but it may be the only
way to avoid the problem.
Kristy's comment about faculty spouses is well-taken. When we
interview candidates, a member of the search committee is always
present, and will interrupt a faculty spouse who asks such a
question (actually, it isn't difficult to make sure that any faculty
spouses who come to the dinner are informed as to the EEO
guidelines). I believe that such questions would still be illegal, even
if they come from a faculty spouse.
Marc Sher
College of William & Mary
7. Response to the discussion on Physics textbooks
From: Cecilia Barnbaum
[Eds. Note:  This response is directed at item #8 from the January 30, 2004
AASWOMEN, which reprinted a discussion on Physics textbooks that was ongoing
on the WIPHYS listserv.]
Too much emphasis on derivation and not enough on application,
you say? Are you kidding? Take a look at recent versions of Halliday, Resnick
& Walker. The mathematical rigor of the early version is gone.
And, in an effort I suppose, to make it "real" the editors now
have rabbits and penguins sliding down inclined planes--replaced
by armadillos in ver 7. Does that make it more "real?" More and more
over the years I have seen less and less emphasis on abstract thinking and
more on "hands-on."
Derivations teach students how to think on a different, higher level than
just doing number problems on their calculators.
NSF has pushed real-world, hands-on science until students can't
relate to an idea unless they can hold it in their hands. Their
rationale, in part, is to "motivate." If students who have *already
chosen* to be engineers and physicists need someone else to motivate
their study, then I'm not sure I want to drive over the bridges they
will build in 10 years.
Bah humbug.
Cecilia Barnbaum
8. ALMA Project Manager (North America)
From: Tavia Dillon
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is soliciting applications for the
position of Project Manager for the North American participation in the
Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). The project with a budget which exceeds
half a billion dollars is an equal partnership between Europe and North
America, in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. It is funded in North
America by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with the
National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and in Europe by the European
Southern Observatory (ESO) and Spain. ALMA construction and operations are led
on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO),
which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc.(AUI), and on behalf of
Europe by ESO. To ensure the project is managed as a unified endeavor, the
partners established the Joint ALMA Office (JAO) which reports to ALMA Board.
The Directors of the NRAO and ESO sit on the ALMA Board.
ALMA will be a millimeter-sub millimeter wave interferometer consisting of
(64) 12m diameter antennas located on the Chajnantor Altiplano in the Atacama
Desert of northern Chile and is to be completed by 2012. ALMA will be equipped
initially with dual-polarization receivers covering 4 atmospheric windows:
84 -119 GHz, 211 - 275 GHz, 275 - 370 GHz, and 602 - 720 GHz.
The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the
North American tasks in the construction of ALMA under the guidance of the
Joint ALMA Office. He/she will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of
the project schedule and work breakdown structure and the budget of the NA
part of the ALMA Project. This position reports administratively to the NRAO
Director and functionally to the ALMA Director and will be located in our
Charlottesville, Virginia headquarters. Extensive international and domestic
travel is required.
An established record of managing large scientific construction projects
including demonstrated success with cost and schedule control and successful
project delivery is required. Experience in the management of international
scientific projects is highly desirable. This position requires an advanced
degree in the physical sciences or engineering.
Those interested in applying for this position should send a cover letter
including the names of three references and resume to: Robert D'Angio, Human
Resources Manager, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA or
electronically to Women and minorities are encouraged to
9. Position Announcement: WEPAN Executive Director
From: Meg Urry
The Women and Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) invites
applications for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate
will have leadership, financial and administrative skills, fund development
experience, and demonstrate a history of building the visibility of an
organization. The position requires the ability to collaborate with a
member-driven board; demonstrated commitment and attention to diversity
issues; and effective communication with WEPAN constituents: members,
supporters and a decentralized staff. Candidates who are resourceful,
self-starting, and display a personal commitment to equity issues for women
are encouraged to apply.
WEPAN is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1990. It has a
membership of over 600 and is led by a 14-person board of directors from
academia and industry. Its members represent nearly 200 engineering schools,
Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations. WEPAN's mission is to
be a catalyst for change to enhance the success of women in the engineering
profession. Key strategies used to accomplish the mission include education,
training, research, collaboration, leadership, diversity, advocacy,
networking, sustainability, accountability, and volunteerism. (See
WEPAN has an annual operating budget of approximately $350,000, with an
additional annual project budget of approximately $150,000. Over the years,
WEPAN has raised over $5 million from federal, foundation, and corporate
sponsors in support of WEPAN initiatives. During its history, WEPAN has been
administered in a decentralized manner, with various responsibilities carried
out in three different locations. With steady growth in membership, financial
strength and stature, WEPAN is seeking its first full time executive director
to take it to the next level of organizational excellence. No centralized
office has yet been established, and WEPAN is open to location options.
to take it to the next level of organizational excellence. No centralized
office has yet been established, and WEPAN is open to location options.
Qualifications include: A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required, with a
post-graduate degree highly desired. Education and/or professional experience
in an engineering and/or science related field is preferred. Five to seven
years of association management experience or equivalent is required; faculty
or university experience desirable. The successful candidate will have strong
leadership skills, effective administrative and financial abilities, success
in fund development, and demonstrated skills in building the visibility of an
Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter as soon as possible,
but no later than February 13, 2004 to:
Kathy Henrichs, PhD
Tuft & Associates
1209 N. Astor
Chicago, IL 60610