Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 21:30:28 -0500 (EST)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for February 13 & 20, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of February 13-20, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
 
This week's issues:
1. Congressional Report on Diversity Among Science University Faculty
2. NRC Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science
3. Events at APS March Meeting
4. Summer Research Sites, University of Arkansas
5. Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Bates College
6. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
 
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1. Congressional Report on Diversity Among Science University Faculty
From: Jennifer Hoffman jhoffmanastron.berkeley.edu

This item was posted in a recent CSMA newsletter, and I think it's worth
reprinting in AASWOMEN. Dr. Nelson spoke at the Wo men in Astronomy II
meeting last summer, but at that time her astronomy results were not
available. The report linked here includes preliminary FY2004 data on
women and minority faculty from 47 of the top 50 U.S. astronomy departments.

> On Jan 15, 2004, Donna Nelson (chemistry professor at University of
> Oklahoma) and Laura Lopez (astronomy undergrad at MIT) presented a
> report before Congress on the representation of women and minorities
> among the faculty of universities in 14 science disciplines.
>
> The report was sponsored by the National Organization for Women, the
> Association for Women in Science, the American Association for University
> Women, and the National Women's Law Center. So far, it has been reported
> in NY Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and it will be included in
> the next issue of the Chronicle for Higher Ed.
>
> The primary recommendations were two-fold. First, begin to enforce Title
> VII from the Civil Rights Act and Title IX, with Congressional oversight
> of civil rights enforcement activities. It was proposed that Congress
> should investigate the activities of such agencies as the Office of
> Civil Rights to ensure they are conducting affairs properly. Secondly,
> the Higher Education Reauthorization act is coming up soon in the House,
> and it was proposed that provisions be added to try to get universities
> to examine their own practices as well as prohibit retaliation from
> institutions when someone speaks out against the environment there. Many
> of the people at the meeting considered some kind of financial penalty
> if schools do not conduct studies like the one done by the MIT female
> science faculty back in 1999. Most of the advisors at the meeting worked
> for the Women's Caucus in the House, and one is on the Hispanic Caucus
> (Hilda Solis from CA), and another on the Black Caucus (John Conyers from
> MI).
>
> The full report is available online at:
> http://www.now.org/issues/diverse/diversity_report.pdf
> and from the CSMA website at:
> http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csma

 -- Dr. Jennifer L. Hoffman
    NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of California at Berkeley

 
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2. NRC Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science
From: Debra Rolison rolisonnrl.navy.mil
 
Greetings, all.

The NRC Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science,
Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty had its first meeting on 29 -30
January 2004 in Washington, DC.

The URL for the committee is
  http://www7.nationalacademies.org/cwse/gender_differences.html

Appended below is the website information on the committee.

Fingers are crossed!

Debra

Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty
This study is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Project Scope:
This project will assess gender differences in the careers of science,
engineering, and mathematics faculty, focusing on four-year institutions
of higher education that award Bachelor^Òs and graduate degrees. The
study will build on the previous work of the Committee on Women in
Science and Engineering (CWSE) of the National Research Council, and
examine issues such as faculty hiring, promotion, tenure, and allocation
of institutional resources including laboratory space.

The NRC has assembled an expert committee with various levels of
scientific, engineering, and mathematics expertise, encompassing a wide
variety of backgrounds and viewpoints within academia and industry to
bring a full spectrum of experience to the committee. The proposed
members have expertise in their chosen fields as well as demonstrated
accomplishment in issues pertaining to gender, faculty, science,
engineering, and math.

A Final Report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately
18 month

Committee Biographical Information



Dr. Claude Canizares (Chair) is the Associate Provost and Bruno Rossi
Professor of Experimental Physics at MIT.

Dr. Linda Abriola is Dean of Engineering and Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering at Tufts University.

Dr. Jane Buikstra is a biological anthropologist and archaeologist and is
the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the
University of New Mexico.

Dr. Joan Girgus is Professor of Psychology at Princeton University and
Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty for matters concerning
gender equity.

Dr. Arleen Leibowitz is Professor of Policy Studies in the UCLA School of
Public Policy and Social Research.

Dr. Cathleen Synge Morawetz is Professor Emeritus at the Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Dr. Sally Shaywitz is Professor Pediatrics at the Yale University School of
Medicine and is currently with her husband, D. Bennett A. Shaywitz,
Co-Director of the NICHD-Yale Center for the Study of Learning and
Attention.

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3. Events at APS March Meeting

>From WIPHYS of February 9, 2004

There are several events of particular interest to women in physics
at the APS March meeting in Montreal, including a Workshop on
Survival Skills for Women Physicists on Sunday, March 21
http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/skills/ and a networking breakfast
co-sponsored with FIAP on Tuesday, March 23
http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/breakreg.cfm . You need not be
registered for the meeting itself to attend either of these events,
which will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Pre-registration is
strongly encouraged, either by fax or mail! 

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4. Summer Research Sites, University of Arkansas

>From WIPHYS of February 11, 2004

The University of Arkansas will host four NSF REU sites in the
summer of 2004, along with an internally funded summer
undergraduate research program with specific institutional partners
(the George Washington Carver Project). All students in these
programs will live together in the same dorm, and will participate in
joint activities designed to rapidly create a community of summer
undergraduate researchers. We anticipate that we will have about
70 students total participating in these summer programs.

We invite interested students to examine the web sites of these
programs and apply if the program emphasis is well matched to
your interests.

Site 1: Micro and Nanotechnology - Electronics/Photonics
Emphasis
Host Microelectronics-Photonics Graduate Program
Report Date: May 23, 2004 (9AM-5PM)
End Date: July 31, 2004
Stipend: $4500
Housing/Food: $1600
Travel (maximum): $ 400
Dallas Road Trip: July 16-18
Application Deadline: March 1, 2004 (All materials received)
http://microEP.uark.edu

Site 2: Modern Optics and Optical Materials
Host Physics Department
Report Date: May 23, 2004 (9AM-5PM)
End Date: July 31, 2004
Stipend: $4500
Housing/Food: Room and board in dorm
Travel: Some travel support available
Application Deadline March 15, 2004
http://www.uark.edu/depts/physics/reu04/index.html

Site 3: Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Host: Chemistry Department
Report Date: May 23, 2004 (9AM-5PM)
End Date: July 30, 2004
Scholarship: Up to $4400
Conference allowance: $330
Application Deadline: March 14, 2004
http://www.uark.edu/depts/cheminfo/uarkchem/undergraduate/reu/i
ndex.html

Site 4: Geology and Biology on Extra Terrestrial Surfaces
Host: Space and Planetary Sciences Graduate Program
Report Date: May 23, 2004 (9AM-5PM)
End Date: July 30, 2004
Stipend: $3500
Housing/Food: Room and board in dorm
Travel: Some travel support available
Conference allowance: $300
Application Deadline: February 28, 2004
http://www.uark.edu/misc/csaps/Students/REU.html

Site 5: George Washington Carver Project
Host: Graduate School
Special Note: Limited to Partner Institutions' students
Report Date: May 23, 2004 (9AM-5PM)
End Date: July 2, 2004
Stipend: $2500
Housing/Food: Room and board in dorm
Activities: Cost of activities provided
Travel: All travel covered
Application Deadline: March 26, 2004
http://www.uark.edu/depts/gradinfo/prospective/Carver/index.html

For general questions about these REU programs, or the University
of Arkansas' approach to making a summer community of
undergraduate researchers, please contact:

Ken Vickers
Research Professor, Physics
Director, Microelectronics-Photonics Grad Program
University of Arkansas
Phone 479 575-2875
Fax 479 575-4580
http://microEP.uark.edu 

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5. Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Bates College
From: Academic Services academicservicesbates.edu

The Bates College Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications 
from physicists and astrophysicists for a temporary position as Assistant 
Professor for the 2004-2005 academic year, with possible continuation through 
the 2005-2006 academic year.

The successful candidate must demonstrate interest in teaching in a vigorous 
undergraduate program, welcome the opportunity for close interaction with 
students, and be able to guide research by advanced undergraduate physics 
majors. Outstanding applicants who have not yet earned the Ph.D. degree will 
be considered for appointment as Instructor, with promotion to Assistant 
Professor following receipt of the degree. Salary is competitive.

Review of applications begins March 15, 2004, and will continue until the 
position is filled. Please mail a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 
brief statement of teaching and research interests, copies of graduate and 
undergraduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to:

Physics and Astronomy Search (#R2352)
c/o Bates College Academic Services
2 Andrews Road, 7 Lane Hall
Lewiston, ME 04240

www.bates.edu

Bates College values a diverse college community and seeks to assure equal 
opportunity through a continuing and effective Affirmative Action Program.

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