Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 15:39:20 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: AASWOMEN for August 20, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of August 20, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. More on AAS Prize Statistics
2. Graduate, Post-Graduate Trends in U.S. and Non-U.S. S&E Students
3. Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Helps Dual-Career Couples
4. Paid Leave at Public vs. Private Colleges
5. Women in Industry in Europe
6. MentorNet
7. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics, Princeton Univ.
8. Professor in Experimental High Energy Physics, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY
9. Tenure Track Astronomy Positions -- National Radio Astronomy Observatory
10. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. More on AAS Prize Statistics
From: Anita Cochran

[This is a follow-up to the AAS prize statistics reported in the August 6
  issue. -- Eds.]

Here are the statistics for the prizes for the Division for Planetary
Sciences (which are also AAS prizes - you tended to forget the divisions!).

Kuiper   1 female out of 21 awards       (Full career award)
Urey     4 females out of 21 awards      (Young planetary scientist)
Masursky 1 female out of 12 awards       (service to the community)
Sagan    1 female out of 6 awards        (Planetary scientist with strong
                                          public outreach)

Not much better than the AAS except for the young scientist award.  Of course,
the pool of eligible women for the Kuiper prize is, realistically, quite
small, since this was a heavily male field at its beginning.

-- Anita Cochran
   The University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department,
   1 University Station C1400, Austin TX 78712-0259

2. Graduate, Post-Graduate Trends in U.S. and Non-U.S. S&E Students
From: Connie Walker

[This is our summary of an AIP bulletin forwarded by Connie Walker. -- Eds.]

The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News Number 112
(August 18, 2004) had an interesting article and graduate & post-graduate
trends in science & engineering students.  A few key points relevant to this
newsletter are summarized here:

* Graduate S&E enrollements started going down in 1994, bottomed out at around
  400,000 in 1998, and then began rising again. In 2002 they hit ~450,00,
  6% higher than enrollments in the preceding year.

* The fastest growth was in engineering and mathematical sciences (9% from
  2001 to 2002), with physics up by 4%, and computer and biological sciences
  each up by 6%.
* The number of women S&E graduate students also rose by 6%; the fraction
  of graduate S&E women rose from 35% in 1992 to >41% in 2001 and 2002.
  According to the NSF InfoBrief, "The number of female students has
  increased every year for the last 20 years," while the "enrollment of men
  declined every year from 1993 to 1998" before increasing again.
  Similarly, minority representation has increased every year in the past

* Among foreign-born graduate students, the InfoBrief found that
  (for 2001-2002), "full-time, first-time enrollment of temporary
  visa holders was down about 8 percent for men and 1 percent for women.
  In contrast, full-time, first-time enrollment increased by almost 14 
  percent for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, with increases of
  15 percent for men and more than 12 percent for women."  This suggests
  that anti-terrorist policies following Sept. 11, 2001 may indeed have
  "adversely affected" first-time enrollments for some foreign-born students.
  The InfoBrief found that, in 2002, "first-time graduate enrollment of
  students with temporary visas declined in all S&E major fields
  except biological and social sciences.... The greatest loss was in
  computer sciences."
* The NSF InfoBrief referenced here (NSF 04-326, June 2004), entitled "Graduate
  Enrollment in Science and Engineering Fields Reaches a New Peak;
  First-Time Enrollment of Foreign Students Declines," can be found at

Connie Walker, Ph.D.
Senior Science Education Specialist
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

3. Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Helps Dual-Career Couples
> From WIPHYS of August 16, 2004

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

4. Paid Leave at Public vs. Private Colleges
> From WIPHYS of August 16, 2004

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 . 

5. Women in Industry in Europe
> From WIPHYS of August 16, 2004

For those seeking information about women in industrial research in
Europe, the latest report by the European Commission might be of
interest. See:
 Prof. Dr. Petra Rudolf
 Materials Science Centre
 University of Groningen
 the Netherlands
 phone: +(31)50-363 4736

6. MentorNet
> From WIPHYS of August 16, 2004
MentorNet's One-on-One Mentoring Programs pair women
engineering and science community college, undergraduate, and
graduate students, postdocs and untenured faculty as proteges with
female or male professionals from all sectors as mentors for one-on-
one, email-based mentoring (e-mentoring) relationships.  Our
flagship Industry E-Mentoring Program is for proteges interested in
working in industry or at a government laboratory or agency, while
our Academic Career E-Mentoring Program is for graduate
students, postdocs and untenured faculty pursuing faculty careers.

The program has proven effective by providing "real world"
information, encouragement, advice, and access to networks that
are otherwise often unavailable to women students in the male
dominated fields of engineering and science. This why over 90% of
participants would recommend MentorNet's e-mentoring programs
to a friend or colleague.

Since 1998, MentorNet has matched nearly 20,000 proteges and
mentors with strong results.  We hope you will join them!  For
more information, please go to 

Christine Min Wotipka, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Programs
MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering
and Science 

7. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics, Princeton Univ.
From: Jill Knapp

Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall; Ivy Lane
Princeton, NJ 08544  USA
Tel: 609-258-3803
FAX: 609-258-1020
Email Submission Address:
Email Inquiries:

Attention: Scott D. Tremaine, Chair

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites
applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in
Astrophysics. The Spitzer Fellow is expected to carry out original research in
astrophysics, independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty,
postdoctoral fellows or students. The fellowship is intended primarily to
support researchers in theoretical astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in
observational astronomy are encouraged to apply. The fellowship includes a
substantial annual research fund.

Princeton astronomers with research interests in theoretical astrophysics
include Neta Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of galaxies), Renyue Cen
(cosmological simulations), Bruce Draine (interstellar dust, interstellar
medium), Jeremy Goodman (dynamics, gamma-ray bursts, scintillation), J.
Richard Gott (cosmology, general relativity), James Gunn (cosmology), Russell
Kulsrud (primordial magnetic fields, plasma physics), Jeremiah P. Ostriker
(formation and evolution of large-scale structure), Bohdan Paczynski
(gravitational microlensing, gamma ray bursts), David Spergel (CMB, particle
astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy dynamics, planets), James Stone (MHD, star
formation), Scott Tremaine (planetary and galaxy dynamics), and 15-20
postdoctoral fellows and research staff, as well as strong research groups in
the Physics Department and at the nearby Institute for Advanced Study.  The
expected starting date is 1 September 2005.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory
performance, for a total of up to three years. Applicants should send a
curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of research interests, and
arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the above address, by
December 1, 2004. Late applications and letters of recommendation will be
returned unread. All applications will automatically be considered for all
postdoctoral fellowships available in the department, but please state which
positions you are interested in. For information about applying to Princeton,

Please link to: .


8. Professor in Experimental High Energy Physics, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY
> From WIPHYS of August 23, 2004
The Department of Physics anticipates a faculty opening in
experimental high energy physics starting in September 2005.  We
seek applicants with an outstanding record of research and
leadership in any area of experimental high energy physics or astro-
particle physics, who are also committed to excellence in teaching.
The successful candidate will be expected to start a federally funded
experimental group in the Department and play a lead role in one or
two additional faculty hires anticipated in the near future.  Salary
will be negotiable and commensurate with rank and experience, and
attractive start up funding will be available.  The Department has
strong research programs in high energy theory, condensed
matter/materials physics, and applied physics, and a new program in
cosmology/astro-particle theory.  Prospective applicants should
submit a full r^¬sum^¬, which includes a list of publications, a detailed
research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of at
least three persons who may be asked to write letters of
recommendation, to Chair, High Energy Search Committee,
Department of Physics, University at Buffalo, The State University
of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260-1500 by the initial deadline of
October 31, 2004. Applications received by the initial deadline date
will receive full consideration, and applications will continue to be
reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to
submit applications electronically by e-mail to high-energy-  (pdf format preferred). We especially
welcome applications from qualified members of protected groups.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity

9. Tenure Track Astronomy Positions -- National Radio Astronomy Observatory
From: Tavia Dillon

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites outstanding
applicants for tenure track astronomer positions. In the next few years,
the NRAO expects to make one or two appointments per year. Appointments
are not restricted to radio astronomers.

Research areas of interest include cosmology and the early universe,
dark energy and dark matter, the Cosmic Microwave Background, thermal
and kinetic SZ effects, structure formation, the epoch of re-ionization,
formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies,
gravitational lensing, active galactic nuclei and compact objects,
pulsars and GRB's, the interstellar and intergalactic medium, formation
of stars and planets, solar system astrophysics, astrochemistry and
astrobiology. Both observers and theorists are encouraged to apply, and
experimentalists are also welcome. Women and minorities are especially
encouraged to apply. The NRAO will help explore employment opportunities
for spouses.

With the expected turnover in senior scientific staff over the next five
to ten years, the NRAO will aim to recruit new staff members who will
lead at the frontiers of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Appointments will
be considered for Charlottesville, VA, where the North American ALMA
Science Center (NA-ASC) operated by the NRAO is located; for Green Bank,
WV, site of the 100-m GBT; and for Socorro, NM, the Operations Center
for the Very Large Array (eventually EVLA) and the Very Long Baseline

The candidates should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related
field, and a plan of active independent research. Besides maintaining a
vigorous program of individual research, all members of the NRAO
scientific staff are expected to contribute to the operation and future
development of the Observatory to provide cutting edge facilities for
the astronomical community.

The appointment is for an initial period of three years, renewable and
with the possibility of eventual tenure, in a system parallel to that in
a research university. In exceptional cases, a more senior initial
appointment can be considered.

Applications should include a statement of research interests and plans,
a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and the names of five
scientists who have agreed to send in letters of reference. The
application and letters of reference should be sent to:  Director's
Office, NRAO, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903, USA. For
full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2004.

The NRAO is operated by Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) under
cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The NRAO is
an equal opportunity employer.

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