Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 13:30:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for April 16, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of April 16, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. Baltimore Charter Posters
2. Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Helps Dual-Career Couples
3. Paid Leave at Public vs. Private Colleges
4. Grid Summer Workshop, June 21-25
5. Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
6. Instructor Positions in Astronomy & Physics at Univ. of Central Florida
7. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. Baltimore Charter Posters
From: Lisa Frattare

[STScI particularly encourages requests for bulk orders, rather
than just mailing one at a time! -- eds.]

The Office of Public Outreach at STScI has come across a
surplus of nearly 800 copies of the Baltimore Charter wall poster.

We are looking for takers of bulk, in-house and meeting distribution
(AAS, CSWA, WSF) amounts of this poster

If your group is interested in a large shipment, or you can think
of a group that might be interested, please contact Lucy Albert
( She will see that a shipment is sent to the
interested parties. Of course, we can do individual shipments as
well, and I believe we do a certain number per year of that now,
but we would like to see a lot of these move fast. 

-- Lisa Frattare
   Space Telescope Science Institute
2. Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Helps Dual-Career Couples
From: WIPHYS of April 16, 2004

[Original was in Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/9/04. -- eds.]

Eighteen universities in Northern California have banded together to start 
a web site that helps dual-career couples find academic jobs in the same 
area. The service is called the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.  
The 18 university members pay an annual fee to maintain the website, 
which lists all job openings for professors, administrators, and staff 
members.  The consortium includes the Universities of California at 
Berkeley and at Davis, as well as Stanford University and the 
Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.  Job seekers have free access 
to the site, which has advertised 13,000 jobs since it was launched in 
October 2003.  Details at

3. Paid Leave at Public vs. Private Colleges
From: WIPHYS of April 16, 2004

[Original was in Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/9/04. -- eds.]

A new report by the Family, Gender and Tenure Project at the
University of Virginia says private institutions are almost twice as
likely as public universities to offer paid leave beyond the six weeks
that doctors typically authorize for women after they give birth.
Thirty-four percent of private universities in the project's study
offered extended paid parental leave, compared with just 18 percent
of public institutions.

The report, called "Parental Leave in Academia," is based on a
national study of 168 institutions completed in 2001 by Charmaine
Yoest, a graduate student at Virginia, and Steven E. Rhoads, a
professor of politics there. The report is available at

4. Grid Summer Workshop, June 21-25
From: WIPHYS of April 13, 2004

[A related synopsis of NSF program on Software and Tools for
High End Computing was published in the April 9 edition of 
AASWOMEN. Although the meeting announcement below does not
give a web site, those interested in applying should see
and follow the link to the GRID Summer Workshop. -- eds.]

June 21-25, 2004, Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy
The University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas

Dear Colleagues,
We wish to bring to your attention the following opportunity
for graduate and undergraduate students. The Center for
Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA), a NASA University
Research Center at the University of Texas at Brownsville,
the Grid Physics Network (GriPhyN) and the International Virtual
Data Grid Laboratory (iVDGL) will sponsor a one-week intensive
Summer Workshop program in Grid computing and its application
in scientific data analysis.

The aim of the school will be to give the students a basic
foundation in distributed computing, and valuable hands-on training
in computing techniques.  The workshop introduces essential skills
that will be needed by students in the natural and applied sciences,
engineering, and computer science to conduct and support scientific
analysis in the emerging Grid computing environment.

Undergraduate or graduate students in CS, Physics, Math or other
sciences may apply.  Applicants should have at least intermediate
programming skills (one to two semesters of hands-on experience
in C/C++, Java, Perl, and/or Python) and hands-on experience with
UNIX or Linux.

The school's Scientific Organizing Committee consists of scientists
from CGWA, GriPhyn and iVDGL.  Workshop participants will
work with some of the world's leading experts in Grid computing,
through a blend of lectures, discussions,and hands-on computing
exercises on large-scale Grid hardware and software resources.

The curriculum will cover:
* Overview of distributed computing concepts and tools
* Concepts, tools, and techniques of Grid computing
* Discovering and using Grid resources
* Grid work scheduling and data management
* Web-service and Grid-service concepts
* Tracking, managing and sharing data and applications
* Techniques for collaboration

Full scholarship (travel, accommodation, and per diem) is available
for students with US citizenship, subject to evaluation of their
application. Students from Minority Serving Institutions are
strongly encouraged to apply. Limited scholarships will also be
made available for non US citizen students in exceptional cases.

The school will take place at the University of Texas facility on
South Padre Island (off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico) from June
21 to 25, 2004.  The deadline of application is May 1, 2004.
Selected candidates will be informed by May 15, 2004.

5. Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
From: Michael Rupen

[Prospective applicants, or those interested in suggesting possible 
candidates, are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Search Committee
directly at   Note that an obituary for the previous
Director, Janet Mattei was published in the March 26 issue. -- eds.]

DIRECTOR of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
25 Birch St
Cambridge MA 02138 USA

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
a not-for-profit corporation of about 1,300 members with a mission of
collecting and making available observations of variable stars, seeks a
full-time director based at its Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA headquarters.

The AAVSO is an international nexus for variable star data and research. The
organization gathers data from observers all over the world, coordinates
ground-based observing support for space missions, provides educational
programs on astronomy and variable stars and has programs and resources to
assist amateur observers in making valuable contributions to astronomy by
observing variable stars and other objects.

The director is the chief scientific officer of the organization and the
executive officer of the corporation. The director is responsible for all
scientific activities of the organization including the quality of the data
provided to professional astronomers and the long-term integrity of the AAVSO
data archives.  The director is also expected to carry out and/or supervise
an independent research program that is closely tied to the overall activities
of the organization.  The director manages an office staff of eleven to
achieve the goals of the organization.  The director is responsible for
organizational budgeting and out-year planning for the needs of the
organization.  Further, the director is expected to secure outside funding
from granting agencies to continue and expand the core functions of the

The qualifications for the position include: A Ph.D. in astronomy or a
closely related field, with experience working with variable stars and/or
astronomical database management; evidence of ability to manage an
organization of the size and nature of the AAVSO; and evidence of ability to
obtain grants from funding agencies or private foundations.  In addition, the
applicant should show clear ability to work effectively with a wide community
of professional and amateur astronomers, including technical and public
lecturing as well as willingness to travel internationally to meetings or on
promotional tours.

The AAVSO Council appoints the director for a term of not more than five
years, renewable indefinitely on mutual satisfaction. Salary for the position 
is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Individuals interested in
applying for this position are encouraged to contact the search committee
chair informally to learn more about the organization and the position.

Candidate interviews will be held in August or September 2004.  The starting
date is flexible, but should begin as early as possible after October 2004.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however,
applications received by July 15 are guaranteed a full review.  Please
address all applications to: Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, Chair, AAVSO Director
Search Committee, 2717 Schooley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306.

Applications should include the names and contact information of at least
three individuals who will serve as references for the candidate and may be
contacted by the committee.  A curriculum vitae including a publication list
and grant history should also be included.  Applicants should include a
statement of their vision for the organization's future as well as a cover

AAVSO is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applications from ALL
qualified individuals. The AAVSO is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and
a few blocks from the Center for Astrophysics and within easy commuting
distance of a number of other universities and scientific research

6. Instructor Positions in Astronomy & Physics at Univ. of Central Florida
From: Laura Woodney

The Physics Department is searching for one or two faculty in continuing,
nontenure-earning positions at the rank of Instructor or Lecturer to teach
introductory astronomy and physical science starting as early as the fall
semester, which begins August 8, 2004. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree
or equivalent in astronomy, physics or a closely related field, have
appropriate teaching experience, and be accustomed to using multimedia
teaching aids. Applications will be considered until the positions are
filled. Interested persons should submit an application letter, a teaching
statement, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Electronic
applications (in PDF format) are strongly encouraged and should be sent to  Hard-copy applications may be sent to Chair,
Instructor Search Committee, Physics Department, University of Central
Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-2385.  UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

questions may be directed to Laura Woodney ( or Dan
Britt (

-- Laura Woodney
   Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
   Physics Department
   University of Central Florida

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