Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 18:50:21 -0400 (EDT)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for April 9, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of April 9, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
 
This week's issues:

1. Lynne Deutsch Obituary
2. Software and Tools for High-End Computing
3. Lecturer, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto
4. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
 
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1. Lynne Deutsch Obituary
From: Adrienne Cool  coolsfsu.edu
      Mary Barsony  mbarsonystars.sfsu.edu

The astronomical community has lost a person of extraordinary
generosity, love of life, and passion for science.  Lynne Deutsch died
on Friday, April 2, after a prolonged illness.  As a woman scientist,
Lynne was a continual inspiration by her example.  She overcame
formidable odds to be able to do her work, especially as an
instrument-builder.

As far back as the late 1970's, when she undertook a second Bachelor's
degree program in physics at U.C. Berkeley, Lynne had wanted to design
and build instruments.  Her first degree was in philosophy, also from
Berkeley.  Many of us from that era were diverted from our true calling
by the psychological intimidation of entering a classroom and being the
only female.  A reflection of Lynne's wry sense of humor and matter-of-
fact attitude was her term for herself and other women who had traveled
the second Bachelor's route to our profession: "re-treads."  To help
support herself, Lynne worked as an administrative assistant in George
Smoot's group at LBL, where she was exposed to instrument-building for
balloon-borne CBR experiments.  Through this connection, Lynne started
as an M.I.T. graduate student in Rainer Weiss's lab, designing and
fabricating far-infrared filters for balloon-borne astronomy.  She
then moved to Harvard, where she received her Ph.D. in 1990 working
with Giovanni Fazio on one of the first generation of mid-infrared
array cameras.  She subsequently held positions at NASA's Ames
Research Center and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst before
joining the faculty at Boston University in 1996.

As a faculty member at BU, Lynne was a leader in the development of
mid-infrared instrumentation.  Her latest creation was the Mid-
Infrared Spectrograph and Imager (MIRSI), now a Visitor Instrument at
the IRTF in Hawaii.  Since the fall of 2001, Lynne had been on leave 
from BU to work at SAO on pre-launch preparations for the Spitzer
Space Telescope, evaluating the characteristics of the Infrared Array
Camera to optimize its in-orbit performance and planning IRAC
observations of photodissociation regions to study molecular excitation
mechanisms.  Reflecting her broad research interests, Lynne published
work on practically all astronomical sources of mid-infrared radiation:
asteroids, comets, planetary atmospheres, novae, planetary nebulae,
starburst galaxies, and, most recently, Galactic star-forming regions.

Beyond her research, Lynne had a passion for teaching and mentoring
students.  She cared deeply about helping girls and women interested
in the sciences and involved high school girls in instrumentation
development in her lab at BU.  Many astronomers now scattered around
the world remember with pleasure and appreciation Lynne's open ear and
genuine interest in their work.  Her enduring kindness and generosity
of spirit will live on in all who knew her.

-- Adrienne Cool
   Mary Barsony
   San Francisco State University

Donations in memory of Lynne may be made to "Imaginary Lines," an
organization founded by Sally Ride to encourage and sustain girls'
interest in, and enthusiasm for, science, math, and engineering. Checks
marked "Lynne Deutsch Memorial Fund" can be made payable to "Sally Ride
Science Club" and sent to:

Imaginary Lines
9171 Towne Centre Dr., Suite 550
San Diego, CA 92122

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2. Software and Tools for High-End Computing
From: WIPHYS of April 7, 2004

Synopsis of Program: 
Because of the ever-growing complexity of scientific and
engineering problems, computational needs continue to increase
rapidly. Breakthrough-quality scientific discoveries and the optimal
design of large and complex artifacts impose enormous demands on
computing resources and the expertise to utilize them. But most of
the currently available hardware, software, systems, and algorithms
are primarily focused on business applications or smaller scale
scientific and engineering problems, and cannot meet the high-end
computing (HEC) needs of cutting-edge scientific and engineering
work.  This solicitation is concerned exclusively with high-end
software tools for extreme-scale scientific computation, which are
highly computation- and data-intensive, and cannot be satisfied in
today's typical cluster environment. The target hosts for these tools
are systems comprised of thousands to tens of thousands of
processors.

The ST-HEC program will support innovative research activities
aimed at building complex software and tools (on top of the
operating system) for high-end architectures. The solicitation 
can be read at 
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04569/nsf04569.htm 

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3. Lecturer, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto
From: Helen Smith smithphysics.utoronto.ca

[Ad text taken from WIPHYS.  Note that it is repeated at
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/overview/jobs/20040329_1.html
-- eds.]

The Department of Physics at the University of Toronto invites
applications for a full time appointment at the rank of Lecturer. 
The successful candidate will be expected to make a strong
contribution to our undergraduate program by coordinating
undergraduate labs, teaching lecture courses, training and
mentoring teaching assistants, participating in outreach activities,
and showing leadership in undergraduate physics education.  For
further information on our department and programs, we invite
prospective candidates to visit our home page at
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca .
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics and demonstrated excellence 
in teaching.  The initial appointment will be for a term of one year.  
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit hard copies only of a curriculum vitae,
statement on teaching experience and philosophy, and must arrange
for at least three letters of reference focusing on the candidate's
teaching excellence, to be sent to:
Professor Henry van Driel
Chair, Department of Physics, 
University of Toronto,
60 St. George Street,
Ontario M5S 1A7 Canada. 

Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 July 2004 until the
position is filled.  The University of Toronto offers the opportunity
to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities
in the world.  The University of Toronto is strongly committed to
diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications
from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons,
persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and
others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,
Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

-- Helen Smith
   Executive Assistant to the Chair of Physics Henry van Driel
   Dept. of Physics
   University of Toronto

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