Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 08:36:47 -0400 (EDT)

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of July 16, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:
1.  Draft Pasadena Recommendations Posted
2. Title IX Letter
3. Women in Science Discussion Forum
4. Postdoctoral Job Opening in Astrophysic, Univ. of Chicago
5. Tenure-track Junior Faculty Position in Astrophysic, Univ. of Chicago
1.  Draft Pasadena Recommendations Posted
From: Patricia Knezek and the CSWA

The draft of "The Pasadena Recommendations to Promote Equity in Astronomy"
is now available to AAS members for review and comment.  In order to view
the document,  one has to login to the AAS members-only website.

Under Links, click on the 'The Pasadena Recommendations to Promote Equity
in Astronomy' Link.  Comments should be emailed to
   Patricia Knezek (
and cc'd to
   Amy Simon-Miller ( 
The CSWA will accept comments and suggestions on the current draft until 
September 17, 2004.   The committee will then review and incorporate the
community input with the goal of presenting the revised draft to the AAS
Council in January 2005.  We look forward to your response.

2. Title IX Letter
From: Judy Young

[This message was forwarded by Dr. Young from
  -- Eds.]

In January of 2003, you signed onto a letter to Secretary of Education  
Rod Paige on the disparity between women and men in the sciences and
engineering professions and the importance of the Department of Education
assuring compliance with federal Title IX requirements.

Shortly before this letter was sent to Secretary Paige, Senators Ron Wyden
and Barbara Boxer requested that the U.S. General Accounting Office  (GAO)
issue a report on the whether any improvements had been made in  addressing
the disparity in the sciences. In particular, GAO was asked to report on
how the federal science agencies (Department of Education, Department of
Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation) are complying with their
Title IX obligations.

After nearly one year of study, the GAO will release their findings on
July 28.  While this report is currently embargoed from release, a review
of the draft findings has highlighted several areas of concern, including:

  o Title IX is still a largely misunderstood in that it applies  to
    discrimination in all educational programs and not just athletics.
  o While women have continued to make strides in the sciences and
    engineering, they still constitute a minority of undergraduate and
    graduate enrollments and degrees received in the sciences, despite
    constituting a majority of overall enrollments regardless of major.
  o The federal science agencies and the Department of Justice are not
    fulfilling their Title IX obligations with regard to the sciences,
    particularly with regard to conducting required compliance activities  
    for federal fund recipients.
  o Women continue to constitute a minority of the science and engineering
    faculty at universities and research centers and disparities in pay,
    benefits, and tenure continue to exist.

While these results are not surprising, they do highlight that the federal
government is not fulfilling its legal obligations under Title IX to ensure
that our education programs are free of discrimination, encourage
women to enter the science and engineering professions, and eliminate the
disparity among men and women in terms of salary and other benefits.

In order to shine a spotlight on this continuing concern, there is an
effort to urge President Bush to become personally involved in assuring
that these disparities are eliminated and that they are not the result of
the federal government's inability to meet its legal requirements under
Title IX.  It urges the President to direct his administration to fully
meet both the spirit and requirements of the law.

If you would like to sign onto this letter, please respond to:
Please feel free to pass this email and the letter along to your colleagues
and to post it on any science and engineering-focused and/or academic
listservs and electronic bulletin boards.  The more signatures collected
on this letter to President Bush, the larger the impact we can have in
holding the federal government accountable for assuring compliance with
Title IX for all educational programs, not just athletics.

If you would like to sign onto this letter, please respond to the email
address listed above by 5:00 pm (EST) July 20.  Please include in your
email the following information:

   Your Name and Title (as appropriate)
   Your Affiliation (university, research institution, etc.)
   Your Location (City, State)

Thank you for your assistance on this vitally important issue.
*  Judith S. Young                      *
*  Professor, Dept. of Astronomy        *
*  620 Tower B Graduate Research Center *
*  University of Massachusetts          *
*  Amherst, MA  01003                   *
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*  413-545-4311 (voice)                 *
*  413-545-4223 (FAX)                   *
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3. Women in Science Discussion Forum
From: Heidi Tebbe

I am completing a masters program in immersive media (I also have a degree
in astronomy) and I was considering creating a discussion forum/bulletin
board for women in science as part of my final project. Originally, I
thought about creating the site for girls only, to allow them to discuss
their interests in science, homework, future goals, etc., but thought it
might be beneficial to include women of all ages. I have some concerns
that I thought people on this list could help me with:

  1) Does something like this already exist for any age?
  2) Would it be positive or negative for any girls on the forum to read
    about any possible negative experiences that get discussed?
  3) Would anybody actually use such a forum?
  4) Would there be enough interest for a site that is dedicated to
    astronomy alone as opposed to all sciences?

I would appreciate any feedback. I can be reached at:

Thank you!

Heidi J. Tebbe

4. Postdoctoral Job Opening in Astrophysic, Univ. of Chicago
From: WIPHYS July 14, 2004

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics invites
applications for a Postdoctoral Research position in Particle
Astrophysics. Applicants must have a PhD degree or with
dissertation nearing completion by the beginning of the
appointment. The position is for a period of one year with the
possibility of renewal. To apply, please visit the University of
Chicago's employment website: .  Click
"Job Opportunities" and search for Requisition Number 067626.

The deadline for applications is July 30, 2004 and the expected date
of the appointment is October 1, 2004. Letter of application,
including a cover letter, contact information and a complete
resume/curriculum vitae of education and professional experience,
should be sent to: Professor Angela Olinto, Department of
Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 5640 S.
Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. In addition, applicants should
arrange for having three letters of reference sent to the above
address. Email Applications will not be accepted. The University of
Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

5. Tenure-track Junior Faculty Position in Astrophysic, Univ. of Chicago
From: WIPHYS July 13, 2004

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the University of
Chicago expects to have a faculty position at the Assistant
Professor level beginning in Fall 2005. (Exceptional candidates at a
more senior level could be considered). The primary research
themes in our Department are: Fundamental aspects of cosmology,
birth and evolution of galaxies and clusters, star and planet
formation, and multi messenger astronomy (gamma rays, cosmic
rays, dark matter, and neutrinos). The Department has scientific
efforts in a wide range of projects including: SDSS, SZA,
SOFIA, SPT, VERITAS, Auger Project, ASC / Alliances Center
for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes. Department members
play major roles in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at
Chicago. The Department is also a 25% partner in the 3.5-meter
ARC. Theorists, observers, and instrumentalists are encouraged to

Completed applications received by November 15, 2004, will be
given full consideration. Applicants should send a CV, list of
publications, and a description of their research to the address
below, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to
be sent directly to the same address: Professor Angela Olinto,
Chair, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University
of Chicago, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1433. The
University of Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action