Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 16:54:32 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: AASWOMEN for August 6, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of August 6, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. Statistics on AAS Prizes Awarded to Women
2. Editors' Comment on AAS Prize Statistics
3. Data on Professional Women and Minorities: Data Compendium
4. Comment on posting for Legislative Assistant, Capitol Hill
5. Postdoctoral fellowships, Michigan Society of Fellows
6. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. Statistics on AAS Prizes Awarded to Women
From: Vera Rubin>

The recent call for nominations for AAS prizes, coupled with email 
correspondence with Tammy Smecker-Hane, has prompted me to compile 
some statistics about past AAS prizes. The AAS currently awards
8 science and education prizes.  None of these are restricted by
SCIENTISTS; 3 OF THESE WENT TO WOMEN.  3/64=4%. These three women
were awarded the Pierce prize.  In the last 10 years, no woman has
been awarded one of the other 7 prizes. The Pierce Prize is
early career, observational"; the Warner Prize is "early
career, observational or theoretical".  I do not know how the
committee decides between these two for a deserving young
observer.  Certainly it should not be on the basis of sex. 
The detailed counts are in Table 1 below.

In 1990, 20.4% of US PhD degrees in Astronomy went to Women
NSF 96-311).  In 2000, 25% (now tabulated as US citizens and
permanent residents) were awarded Astronomy degrees (35/139: 
NSF 03-300). For earlier years,  only "Physical Sciences" are 
tabulated: 1970, 5.8%; 1980, 12.8%; 1990, 18.8% (NSF 00-327).  
So it is not that the numbers of women astronomers were too small.

One solution to increase this deplorable statistic is to encourage 
each of you to nominate a woman for a prize. It is obvious that the 
number of deserving women exceeds the number of prizes. Even if 
only some of us do this, the committees should get the message, 
and the women should get the prizes.

            Table 1. Female/Male Prize Awardees      

   Prize      1975-84        1985-94        1995-2004

  Russell      2/8            1/9            0/10
  Pierce       0/11           2/7            3/7
  Warner       0/11           0/10           0/10
  Tinsley      ---            1/5            0/7
  Weber        ---            ---            0/3
  Heineman     0/5            1/9            0/10
  Van B.       1/5            2/7            0/10
  Education    ---            ---            0/4

It requires time and effort to submit an application, but the
system won't run fairly if many of us do not participate. Having
your candidate win a prize is almost as good as getting it yourself.

Vera Rubin
Carnegie Institute of Washington

2. Editors' Comment on AAS Prize Statistics
From: AASWOMEN editors

Adding up the numbers in the posting on female/male awardees of AAS
prizes, the prize numbers are 3/40 (7.5%) for the decade
1975-84, 7/47 (14.9%) for the decade 1985-94, and 3/61 (4.9%) for 
the decade 1995-2004.  The number 3/61 comes from adding up the 
submitted table, and differs slightly from the number 3/64 in the text 
of the above posting.  Also, readers may wish to refer to the article
by Meg Urry in the June 2000 edition of "Status," in which a similar
analysis is made of AAS general prizes and awards given by the AAS 
divisions for the decade 1991-2000.  This article may be found in
the on-line archive of "Status," at .

Readers also should note recommendation 5 under "Career Advancement 
and Recognition" in the draft of the "The Pasadena Recommendations 
to Promote Equity in Astronomy."  This item reads as follows:
"Organizations and academic institutions should offer women equal 
opportunity for scientific recognition in the form of awards (AAS 
awards and others) and invitations to present invited talks in a 
variety of circumstances, including AAS meetings, topical 
professional meetings, and traditional colloquia/seminars."  See 

for information about accessing and commenting on the draft 
Pasadena recommendations.

3. Data on Professional Women and Minorities: Data Compendium
> From WIPHYS of August 05, 2004

[It appears that one has to pay for a subscription to download material
from the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, referred
to in this posting.  We speculate that some readers of AASWOMEN might be 
able to access the cited material through their academic institutions, if 
those institutions are subscribers, or could even convince their 
institutions to subscribe. -- eds.]

The Commission on Professionals in Science & Technology (CPST) announces 
that work is nearly complete on the 15th edition of "Professional Women & 
Minorities: A Total Human Resources Data Compendium".  Published 
biennially since 1975, the compendium provides data and statistics on 
enrollments and degrees in science and engineering, as well as data on 
the general, federal and academic workforce.  The new and improved 15th
edition will be published in September 2004.  

Electronic versions of the data tables from the publication will be
available for download starting in mid-August from the Science,
Engineering & Technology Human Resources Database, online at . 
The database will also include nearly 50 bonus tables not included in the 
print edition, such as bachelor's and master's degrees by fine field, 
sex and race/ethnicity.  CPST members receive 15 free downloads per year 
from the database, while patron members receive unlimited free downloads.  
Non-members may also sign up for a variety of online document
memberships.  Click here 
for more information. 

4. Comment on posting for Legislative Assistant, Capitol Hill
> From WIPHYS of August 02, 2004

[The original posting for this position also may be found in the 
AASWOMEN e-mail newsletter for July 30, 2004. -- eds.]

From the posting which begins: "Congressman Ehlers is seeking
candidates for a Legislative Assistant to handle Science Committee
issues in his personal office."  

Not everyone who reads this announcement may know that
Representative Ehlers has a PhD in Physics, and wields
considerable influence on science policy questions. Being on his
staff is an important job!

Best wishes,
Ellen Zweibel 

([WIPHYS] Moderator's note: more information on Rep. Ehlers of Michigan
and his efforts on behalf of science and other activities can be found
at ) 

5. Postdoctoral Fellowships, Michigan Society of Fellows
> From WIPHYS of August 05, 2004

The following are application materials for the postdoctoral
fellowships offered by the Michigan Society of Fellows. These
fellowships are meant to provide financial and intellectual support
for outstanding people at the beginning of their professional
careers. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. or comparable
professional or artistic final degree between June 1, 2002, and
September 1, 2005.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship after reading the
Terms of Appointment, , 
please complete the application materials as early as possible and 
mail to the address given above. Applications must be postmarked by
October 1, 2004. Please note that an application fee of $30.00 is
required. Recommendation letters must be sent by October 1, 2004.
Career Placement Office dossiers are accepted. If your
recommendation letters are received late, your file may be reviewed
without them, which might greatly damage your chance of receiving
the Fellowship.

The Society's evaluation of your application will be based on the
quality of your proposed research or artistic plan, on your
representative work samples, and on your letters of
recommendation. We are especially interested in candidates who
have an interest in and capacity for interdisciplinary work of a high
quality. In last year's competition, there were 336 applications for
the 4 fellowships.

The final selection of four fellows will be made in mid-January
2005; all candidates will be informed subsequently about the
selection decisions. If you accept another position before our
decision has been made, we would be most grateful to be notified
of this change in your circumstances.

Please call the Society of Fellows office (734-763-1259) or send
email to 
if you have questions.

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