Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 13:16:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Feb. 27, 2004

Subject: AASWOMEN for February 27, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of February 27, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:
1. Recommendations from WIA II
2. Ruby Payne-Scott - Radio Astronomer
3. CNN article on the deficit of women faculty
4. Culture of Power
5. Iowa REU program
6. Postdoc in Optical Interferometric Instrumentation at New Mexico Tech
7. Temporary Assistant Professor at Bates College
8. Visiting Assistant Professor in Astrophysics at Carleton College
1. Recommendations from WIA II
From: Pat Knezek

The CSWA anticipates posting its draft version of the recommendations from
the Women in Astronomy II meeting held in June 2003, on March 31, 2004.
These recommendations are based on the results of the breakout groups at
that meeting, and on discussions during the CSWA session in Atlanta in January
2004.  Watch this space for further information!

2. Ruby Payne-Scott - Radio Astronomer
From: Ellen Bouton

[Ellen pointed us to this transcript of a radio program on Ruby Payne-Scott,
recently aired in Australia.  Dr. Payne-Scott was one of the first radio
astronomers. -- Eds.]

-- Ellen Bouton

3. CNN article on the deficit of women faculty

Dear colleagues,

I would like to call your attention to this interesting article on the deficit
of women faculty that appeared on CNN today.  It is good to see this issue get
major media attention, and it highlights the continuing difficulties that women
face when deciding between academia and the corporate/industrial worlds.

Best regards,

4. Culture of Power
From: john huchra

[This article was published in the Tomorrow's Professor(SM) Listserv, to which
 one can subscribe at  The article itself is available 
 as a PDF file at
  -- Eds.]

Another interesting article.  This is what I see all the time
in academia and politics.
Not good.  But it *can* be beaten.

John Huchra
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

5. Iowa REU program
From: Cornelia Lang

This summer, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University
of Iowa will be offering an REU program with a range of physics and
astronomy research topics. A component of the program is on Scientific
Communications. Please encourage undergraduates to apply via our REU website:

A diverse group of students is sought and women are strongly encouraged to
apply. Applications received by March 15 will receive first priority.

Mary Hall Reno
Professor and REU Director
Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa

6. Postdoc in Optical Interferometric Instrumentation at New Mexico Tech
From: Michelle J. Creech-Eakman

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the
Dept. of Physics to work on the development and design of instrumentation
for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer.  The ideal
candidate will have experience both in optical/IR interferometry and
instrumentation design and commissioning.  The position will begin
on or about September 1, 2004, but an earlier starting date may be
arranged, pending final funding approval.  We anticipate the position
will last two years, with a possible third year renewal.

We seek a candidate who is interested in working on the design, fabrication
and testing of any one (or more) of the following: acquisition systems,
fast tip-tilt sensors, delay lines, optical and infrared beam combiners,
and low-noise detector cameras.  Experience with IDL, Light tools, and
Zemax or Code V are desirable.  Hands-on experience with optical/IR
instrumentation would be a significant advantage.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of interests
and research plans, and arrange for three letters of reference to be
sent to the address below. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2004
and continue until the position is filled.  For more details please visit
our website at or contact the Project Scientist below.
NMT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications
from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged
to apply.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Dept. of Physics
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM  87801

Attention: Michelle Creech-Eakman, Asst. Prof. of Physics and
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer Project Scientist

Telephone:  505-835-5809
FAX:  505-835-5707
Email submission/inquiries:

7. Temporary Assistant Professor at Bates College
From: Academic Services

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

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

8. Visiting Assistant Professor in Astrophysics at Carleton College
From: Joel Weisberg

The Carleton College Department of Physics and Astronomy will have a one year
position for an astrophysicist at the Visiting Assistant Professor level, to
start September 2004. Duties include teaching both astronomy and physics classes.
We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a
liberal-arts environment. We also look for the ability to contribute to the teaching
and research efforts in the department.  A Ph. D is required although we will
consider candidates who will complete the degree within a year.  Teaching experience
will strengthen the application. Carleton has a nationally-drawn student body of 1900.
The successful applicant will be one of two astrophysicists among the seven faculty
members of the Department. Teaching and research facilities for astrophysics include
the historic 8- and 16-inch refractors of the Goodsell Observatory; six 8-inch
Schmidt-Cassegrains equipped with CCDs, and numerous unix and mac workstations.
Over the last decade we have graduated 12 - 26 majors annually, of whom one-quarter are 
women.  We strive for a challenging yet supportive environment for our enthusiastic
and demanding students.  For further information on the department, check our web
site at
To apply, send materials describing your suitability for for the position, a resume,
and three supporting letters  to:  
  Chair, Visiting Position Search Committee
  Department of Physics and Astronomy
  Carleton College
  One North College St.
  Northfield, MN 55057-4025.
We will also accept electronic submissions (pdf format only) at
Applications will be considered as they are received; review will continue until
the positions are filled. Carleton College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer.  We are committed to developing our faculty to better reflect the diversity
of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are
strongly encouraged to apply.