Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 12:07:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWomen for  2 July 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of July 2, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:
1. Re: Postings Related to Political Issues
2. Query: children's interest in science, K-12
3. Full Professor, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Germany

1. Re: Postings Related to Political Issues
[The following messages respond to our decision not to run a posting
 asking members to call their Congressional representatives regarding an
 upcoming vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment. -- Eds.]

From: Andrea Schweitzer
I just wanted to write (as an individual, not representing the Employment
Committee) to say that I agree with refraining from running political

This is going to be a very political campaign season, and we are going to
be bombarded everywhere with politics until November.

Everyone who wants to be involved with current politics is already on
email lists that give political information on upcoming votes, campaigning,
etc.  I think it is good to keep the AAS Women email list focused specifically
on issues of women in astronomy.

Regards, Andrea Schweitzer


From: Ellen Zweibel
  This is not easy, but I have given it some thought.
  I would be disappointed to see outright political advocacy in the 
newsletter (e.g. endorsing a particular candidate for office). On the 
other hand, the newsletter is an important networking tool for women 
astronomers and related professionals who may crave peer discussion 
but feel somewhat isolated. In a case like the Federal Marriage 
Amendment, what about publishing an information item directing 
interested parties to a website? After all, the newletter has carried 
discussions of family matters before. There are no easy solutions 

Ellen Zweibel
Departments of Astronomy and Physics, U. Wisconsin, Madison

2. Query: children's interest in science, K-12
From: Ann Hornschemeier

Does anyone know of a good resource on girls' (or children's in general)
interest in science at various steps along the way in K-12?   I have 
heard that kids tend to lose interest in science after middle school but just 
now I couldn't come up with good hard numbers supporting this.

Ann Hornschemeier

3. Full Professor, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Germany
From: "Sabine Moehler (0431-8804105)"

The Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel invites applications for
the position of Full Professor (C4/W3) for Astrophysics in the
Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik ( 
of the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position is available 
immediately and to be filled at the earliest possible time.

Applicants should represent the fields of Stellar Systems/Extragalactic
Astrophysics or Stellar Physics in teaching and research. Common research
interests with other groups in Kiel (e.g. Extraterrestrial Physics, Plasma
Physics, Computational Physics) would be an advantage, as well as interest
in using the good computational facilities in the institute and at the 

Applicants should have the "Habilitation" or equivalent scientific experience
beyond the PhD. They are expected to also take part in the teaching of
physics to undergraduate students, and should be able to teach physics
and astrophysics classes in English language.

The university aims at increasing the number of female scientists on the
faculty and strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Preference will also be given to handicapped applicants if qualifications
are equal.

Applications with the usual documents and including a research perspective
for Kiel should be sent to the

  Dekan der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultaet der
    Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
  Olshausenstrasse 40
  24118 Kiel

no later than October 1, 2004 (deadline for *receipt* of applications)