Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 20:25:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for April 23, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of April 23, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. Vacancies on the CSWA
2. New Online Location for STScI/CSWA Survey Results
3. Women in Astronomy in Canada
4. First Woman Physics PhD?
5. AWIS Executive Director
6. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. Vacancies on the CSWA
From: Pat Knezek

As noted in the March AAS Newsletter and the most recent AAS electronic 
mailing, three vacancies for the Committee on the Status of Women in 
Astronomy (CSWA), will be filled by the AAS Council at its meeting in 
Denver the last week in May 2004. Current committee members are listed 
under Council/Committees on the AAS homepage,
If you are interested in working with the committee for a three year 
term, please consider applying!

AAS Members may themselves volunteer, or suggest other Members for one 
of the vacancies. To assist members of the Committee on Appointments 
who may not know everyone, please include the date of PhD, as well as 
a few sentences conveying the background and area of expertise of the 
named individual. Our goal is to have both quality and breadth across 
the AAS committee structure.

Input must be received in the Office of the Secretary no later than 
30 April 2004. Submit suggestions to Arlo U.  Landolt, AAS Secretary, 
by email to or at the Department of Physics
and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001, 
Tel: 225-578-1160, Fax: 225-578-7001.

-- Patricia Knezek

2. New Online Location for STScI/CSWA Survey Results
From: Jennifer Hoffman

The results of the 1992, 1999, and 2003 STScI/CSWA surveys of astronomical
institutions have been moved to a new server; I'm no longer maintaining
the site at Rice University.  Please update your links and bookmarks

      Survey results main page:  now at

      Combined survey results by institution:  now at

      WiA II poster:  now at

      New page compiling statistics from several studies:

Also watch for a new article discussing the 2003 survey results, coming up
in the June 2004 issue of STATUS!

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

3. Women in Astronomy in Canada
From: Nancy Evans

A study of women in astronomy in Canada has just been completed
and is reported in the current issue of the Canadian Astronomical 
Society newsletter Cassiopiea:

-- Nancy Evans
   Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
4. First Woman Physics PhD?
From: WIPHYS of April 21, 2004

[The following summarizes results of a discussion thread from the Women 
in Physics e-newsletter, in response to a query about the first woman to 
earn a PhD in Physics in the U.S. -- eds.]

*******MESSAGE ONE *******

Based on the information in UCLA's CWP database (which
recognizes women who have made substantial contributions to
physics prior to 1976):

Margaret Maltby was apparently the first American woman to earn
a Ph.D in physics, but from the University of Goettingen (1895).
The first American woman to earn a Ph.D in physics from a U.S.
university appears to be Isabelle Stone (University of Chicago,

Thanks to all who wrote with suggestions.
-- Celia Elliott
   University of Illinois 

******MESSAGE TWO ********

Daniel J. Kevles, in "The Physicists", p. 204, gives reference to 
these publications concerning women earning Doctorates in

"Dissertations in Physics: An indexed bibliography of all doctoral
theses accepted by American universities, 1861-1959", M. Lois
Marckworth, comp., Stanford, 1961

"American men of science", J. McKeen Cattell and Jaques Cattell,
eds., New York 1933, p.1264.

-- Marˇa-Ester Brandan
   Instituto de Fˇsica, UNAM, 
   Mexico City 

5. AWIS Executive Director
From: WIPHYS of April 22, 2004

The Association for Women in Science invites applications and nominations 
for the position of Executive Director. Applications and nominations 
should be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee and President of AWIS, 
Dr. Elizabeth S. Ivey at . Only electronic applications 
and nominations will be accepted. Questions should also be addressed to 
Dr. Ivey via email or phone at 860-286-8682. The job description and 
candidate profile can be found at the website, .

Applications received by May 15, 2004 will receive prompt consideration. 
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the 
position is filled. To be considered for the position, please submit a 
letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three 
current professional references. 

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