AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of September 17, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. AAS Prize Nominations Due 1 October 2004

2. Nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Sci., Math. and Eng. Mentoring

3. Janet Mattei Memorial Events Scheduled

4. Childcare Funds Available for San Diego AAS Meeting

5. The American Physical Society (APS) Congressional Science Fellowship Program

6. Leo Goldberg Fellowship (formerly known as the NOAO 5-year Science Fellowship)

7. KICP Postdoc. Res. Fellowship, Kavli Inst. for Cosmological Phys., Univ. of Chicago

8. Asst. Professor, Experimental Physicist, Mt. Holyoke College

9. Faculty Positions in Physics at The Ohio State University

10. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. AAS Prize Nominations Due 1 October 2004
> from aasmail of Sep. 14, 2004

[As always, we strongly encourage nominations of women and minorities for all of
the AAS Prizes.  Such prizes are very important in giving public recognition of
excellence in these historically under-represented groups. -- Eds.]

All nominations are due by 1 October 2004 and should be 
sent to the Secretary of the AAS:

John A. Graham 
Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20015 

2. Nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Sci., Math. and Eng. Mentoring
> from WIPHYS of Sep. 17, 2004

The White House has established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program. The program, administered
on behalf of the White House by the National Science Foundation, seeks to identify
outstanding mentoring efforts/programs designed to enhance the participation of
groups underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering. The awardees
serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the national effort to
more fully develop the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics.

Nominations to honor individuals and institutions are invited for the competition
of these annual awards. The call for nominations for the 2005 Presidential Awards
for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is
available.  The deadline for the next cycle of submittals is

  Tuesday, March 1, 2005 (first Tuesday in March).
You may access the current document through the NSF Online Document System by its
number (NSF 04-525) or directly by using the following:


3. Janet Mattei Memorial Events Scheduled
From: AAVSO, Sep. 14, 2004

The AAVSO will hold memorial events for Janet Mattei on Friday, October
29, 2004.  More details will be forthcoming, but we wanted to give you
this initial information now so you may save the date and make travel

Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, will be the setting for the
day-long activities honoring Janet, which will include a memorial
gathering in the morning and a scientific session in the afternoon. An
additional event may be held on the evening of the 29th. Brandeis was
Janet's alma mater, and her four years there as a Wien International
Scholar had a profound impact on her and on her life. She remained very
active in the Wien Scholar Program and alumni affairs, and was serving on
the alumni board at the time of her death.

The memorial gathering in the morning will include invited speakers and
will offer attendees who wish to do so an opportunity to share their
thoughts of Janet. The scientific session in the afternoon will include
invited and contributed presentations on variable star astronomy and
astronomy education and outreach, subjects to which Janet was deeply

The 93rd Annual Meeting of the AAVSO will be held the next day, Saturday,
October 30. This meeting will be an abbreviated one, without a scientific
paper session or banquet. The council meeting will be held Saturday
morning and afternoon, and the membership meeting Saturday from 5:30 to
7:00. The location of the meeting will likely be Cambridge, with possibly
a buffet supper at AAVSO Headquarters after the meeting. We hope many
members and friends who come to Janet's memorial events on Friday will
stay for the membership meeting on Saturday.

So that we may make arrangements for the appropriate numbers of people, we
would appreciate it very much if you could let us know very quickly if you
are even thinking of attending Janet's memorial events on Friday and/or
the AAVSO membership meeting on Saturday.

Waltham is located about 25 minutes southwest of Cambridge, and is
accessible from Boston by commuter train and bus. We are blocking rooms at
a nearby hotel; October is the busiest month of the year for hotels in
this area because of the foliage, so making reservations very early is

We hope to see many of you in October as we remember and honor our beloved
Janet, who touched so many people's lives in so many ways.

Clear skies,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, Interim Director
on behalf of
The Janet A. Mattei Memorial Committee

[Presumably the requested notifications of interest should be sent to
  aavsoaavso.org .  -- Eds.]

4. Childcare Funds Available for San Diego AAS Meeting
From: Dana Backman dbackmanmail.arc.nasa.gov

Thanks to a generous anonymous gift from an AAS member, some funding for
childcare at AAS meetings is available.  The AAS will accept requests for
$100 grants to help defray the costs of childcare at the January 2005 San Diego
meeting.  A short application form is available at the AAS meeting website:


Names of childcare providers will be available from the conference hotel, although
the AAS cannot vet or endorse any specific provider.  The AAS meeting website
also offers a section for members interested in coordinating babysitter-sharing.
The deadline for childcare funding requests will be the same as that for late
abstracts.  In the event that requests for grants exceeds the funding available,
preference will be given to applicants in early stages of their careers.

5. The American Physical Society (APS) Congressional Science Fellowship Program
From: Shirley Wilson wilsonaps.org

The American Physical Society is currently accepting application for the
Congressional Science Fellowship Program.  Fellows serve one year on the staff of a
senator, representative, or congressional committee.  They are afforded and
opportunity to learn the legislative process and explore science policy issues from
the lawmakers' perspective.  In turn, Fellows have the opportunity to lend
scientific and technical expertise to public policy issues.

Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in physics or a closely related field, a
strong interest in science and technology policy, and, ideally, some experience in
applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of societal problems.  Fellows
are required to be U.S. citizens and Members of the APS.

Term of appointment is one year, beginning in September 2005 with participation in
a two-week orientation sponsored by the AAAS.  Fellows have considerable choice in
congressional assignments.

A stipend of $50,000 is offered in addition to allowances for relocation,
in-service travel, and health insurance premiums.

Application should consist of a letter of intent of approximately 2 pages, a list
of key publications, a 2-page resume, and three letters of references.  Please see
the APS Web site (http://www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellows.html) for detailed
information on materials required for applying, and other information on the

All application materials must be postmarked by January 17, 2005, and should be
sent to:
  APS Congressional Science Fellowship Program
  c/o Jackie Beamon-Kiene
  APS Executiver Office
  One Physics Elliopse
  College Park, MD 20740-3843

6. Leo Goldberg Fellowship (fromerly known as the NOAO 5-year Science Fellowship)
From: Letizia Stanghellini letizianoao.edu

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) will award the Leo Goldberg
Fellowship (formerly known as the NOAO 5-Year Science Fellowship) in observational
astronomy, astronomical instrumentation, or theoretical astrophysics, to recent
Ph.D. recipients of outstanding promise. These Fellowships are intended to advance
innovative and ground-breaking scientific research, to encourage long-term projects,
and to engage talented individuals in the mission that NOAO undertakes on behalf
of the community. The Fellow will have access to the wide range of resources at
NOAO, including the telescopes of the International Gemini, Kitt Peak National,
and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatories. In addition to engaging in any
research program of their own choosing, the Fellow is encouraged to participate
in current NOAO initiatives (e.g., ongoing NOAO instrumentation, survey programs,
or the scientific and/or technical aspects of the next generation of ground-based
facilities). These include the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and the Large Synoptic
Survey Telescope (LSST), two projects in which NOAO is playing a leading role
on behalf of the community.  

The Fellowship provides support for five years at a competitive salary, and it
carries a benefit package and a generous research budget for travel and other
expenses. During the first four years of the appointment, the candidate will
reside at either NOAO/North in Tucson, Arizona, or NOAO/South in La Serena, Chile.
Residence in Chile has an additional benefits package to further support and
assist expatriates and their families. During the last year, the Fellow may
reside at any US University or astronomical research institute willing to host
the Fellow. 

Applicants should submit:
  (1) A description of their proposed research, addressing in particular the
    timeline for the project within the five year duration of the Fellowship;
  (2) A choice of residence at NOAO/North or NOAO/South, including a discussion
    of possible interactions with on-going NOAO research programs and
    next-generation developmental programs (see http://www.noao.edu/dir/lrplan/2003/
    for details);
  (3) A vita, bibliography, and brief description of their dissertation research;
  (4) Three letters of recommendation.
Deadline for the receipt of all materials is Friday, November 19, 2004.

Fellows will be selected based on
  (1) Their promise for an outstanding career in astronomy;
  (2) Their proposed use of Gemini, KPNO, or CTIO facilities;
  (3) The relationship of their research to and proposed interaction with NOAO
    programs to plan the next generation of community facilities, and
  (4) The relationship of their research to programs conducted by the NOAO staff.
The unique 5-yr time span of the Goldberg Fellowship provides an opportunity to
carry out ambitious, long-term projects, and we strongly encourage candidates to
consider this aspect in their applications. For further information, please contact
Dr. Letizia Stanghellini (letizianoao.edu). Information on past Fellows is
available at http://www.noao.edu/goldberg/

Women and candidates from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged
to apply.  We are an affirmative and equal opportunity employer.

Please submit application electronically to: hrnoaonoao.edu
or mail to:
  NOAO Human Resources Manager
  Attn: Leo Goldberg Fellowship Committee
  P. O. Box 26732
  Tucson, AZ  85726-6732

7. KICP Postdoc. Res. Fellowship, Kavli Inst. for Cosmological Phys., Univ. of Chicago
From: Helen Pates hpatescfcp.uchicago.edu

The KICP invites applications for one or more NSF Funded Postodoctoral Research
Fellowships from young scientists of exceptional ability and promise who will
have received a PhD. in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields by September 2005.
The appointee(s) will be expected to conduct original research in experimental or
theoretical cosmology in an interdisciplinary environment.  The initial appointment
is for one year, renewal annually, for up to three years. Our positions have
competitive salaries and carry faculty level benefits. Institute Fellows have
the freedom to work on any of the efforts in our Institute.

Research at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), based at the
University of Chicago, is focused on interdisciplinary topics in cosmological
physics: characterizing the Dark Energy, studying the inflationary era, and
understanding the highest energy cosmic rays. Studies of the CMB (polarization
anisotropies and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovic effect) and Cosmic Infrared Background;
analysis of Sloan Digital Survey and other large-scale structure data; high energy
astrophysics with photons and cosmic rays, direct detection of Dark Matter
particles and numerous topics in theoretical cosmology constitute the current
slate of activities.  The KICP also has active visitors, symposia, and
education/outreach programs. Information about the KICP can be found at

An application consisting of a Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests,
and at least three letters of recommendation should be sent to
or to Bruce Winstein, Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, 
5640 S.  Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

The application deadline is December 1, 2004 for positions that will begin in the
Summer or Fall of 2005.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

8. Asst. Professor, Experimental Physicist, Mt. Holyoke College
> from WIPHYS of Sep. 15, 2004

The Mount Holyoke College Physics Department announces a tenure track opening
for an experimental physicist at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2005.
Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and to the
development of an on-campus research program involving undergraduates.  Mount
Holyoke College is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2000
students and 200 faculty.  Half the faculty are women; one-fifth are persons of
color.  It is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River
Valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium, consisting of Amherst,
Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.
Mount Holyoke is committed to fostering multicultural diversity and awareness
in its faculty, staff, and student body and is an Affirmative Action, Equal
Opportunity Employer.  Women and people of color are especially encouraged
to apply.  Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications,
statement of teaching experience with emphasis on approaches to teaching at
a small liberal arts college, and a brief research plan involving undergraduates.
In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent to:  Prof. Mark A.
Peterson, Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South
Hadley, MA 01075-1440.  Review of applications will begin December 15.  

9. Faculty Positions in Physics at The Ohio State University
> from WIPHYS of Sep. 17, 2004

The Department of Physics in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
at The Ohio State University invites applications for several anticipated
faculty appointments effective Fall Quarter of 2005. Applicants should have a
Ph.D. and an outstanding research record. A commitment to excellence in teaching 
at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Rank will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Highly qualified candidates at any level in the targeted areas of Experimental
Biophysics and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics will be considered. 

Additionally, exceptionally qualified, normally at the senior level, candidates
will be considered in any of the Department's current areas of research. These are
Experimental and Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Biophysics,
Condensed Matter Physics, High-Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics, Theoretical
Astrophysics and Cosmology, Experimental Particle Astrophysics and Physics Education

In an effort to build a diverse workforce, the Department encourages applications
from women, individuals with disabilities, minorities, and veterans in any of our
current areas of research at all levels. EEO/AA Employer. The Department currently
has 59 faculty and approximately 40 postdoctoral researchers, 160 graduate students
and 230 undergraduate majors. This entire growing research operation will move into
the new Physics Research Building, containing state-of-the-art office, meeting, and
laboratory space in the Fall of 2004.  

All applications should be submitted electronically at

Candidates at the junior level should submit a letter of application, a complete
curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a brief description of research
plans, a teaching statement and arrange for at least four letters of recommendation
to be sent to: 
  William F. Saam
  Faculty Searches
  The Department of Physics
  The Ohio State University
  174 W. 18th Ave.
  Columbus, OH 43210

Candidates at the senior level should submit a letter of application, together with
a CV and a list of at least six suggested references.  Applications will be
considered on an ongoing basis. Job application assistance is available for dual
career situations. 

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