Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 14:36:30 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: AASWOMEN for October 8, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of October 8, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
 
This week's issues:

1. Comments on AASWOMEN Job Postings

2. Message from the Moderator, WIPHYS

3. Women in Astronomy Database

4. Study Shows MentorNet Helps Women of Color Stay the Course in School

5. International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics

6. Fermi/McCormick Fellowships

7. Astrophysics Faculty Position at Yale University

8. Assistant Professor in Physics & Astrophysics, U. Toronto, Scarborough

9. Director, Space Telescope Science Institute 

*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

10. Faculty Position, Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology, Syracuse U.

11. Faculty Position, Cosmology, University of Pittsburgh

12. Faculty Position, Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology, U. Pittsburgh

13. Chair, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto

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

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1. Comments on AASWOMEN Job Postings
From: AASWOMEN Editors

We received about a half dozen comments on the question of whether to
continue posting the full text of job listings.  Some said that it was
okay to publish their comments, while some preferred not to have the
comments published.  Therefore, for consistency, we have decided to
summarize the gist of the comments we received. The primary division
was between the following two general opinions:

(1) The job postings may be helpful, and if someone on a search committee
at least thinks of posting a job in AASWOMEN or WIPHYS, that means that
they generally are making an effort to solicit a variety of applications 
for a position, including looking out for the specific interests of women
and minorities.  If a purpose of posting the positions is to encourage
more women to apply for jobs, we defeat the purpose if we minimize the
number of job postings or the information that we include.  Therefore, 
we should continue to post the positions, and as long as we put them at 
the end, it's easy for people who are not interested to skip reading the 
ads.

In contrast,

(2) The job postings generally reflect positions that already are
listed in the AAS job register, so they just duplicate what job-hunters
already are seeing there.  Therefore, we either do not need to
post them, or need post only a brief description with a link.  (Or,
perhaps, request a specific posting for AASWOMEN that says exactly
why the particular position should be attractive to women, or the
special diversity efforts being made by the posting institution.)
Another suggestion was that we actually send out a separate mailing
including only job postings, so that the whole thing could be deleted
by those who are not interested.

One cogent question that one of our readers asked is, "Has anyone
complained about there being too many postings?"  The answer to
that one is that nobody complained, at least until we solicited
comments and/or complaints!

As a trial, this week's editor is going to try the following:
Keep complete listings of all the job postings, as before.  However, 
they will be re-ordered slightly so that the postings that have
been abstracted from WIPHYS appear at the end.  That way, the
postings that were submitted specifically to AASWOMEN get a
higher billing, appropriate since these are the ones where
the submitters are most interested in reaching our specific
target audience.  Our readers then have the option of stopping
reading when they get to the first job posting, or reading through
until they get through all the postings submitted to AASWOMEN,
or reading all the postings from both AASWOMEN and WIPHYS.  (Note
that we only use the WIPHYS postings that have the clearest
relation or possibilities for astronomy, and tend not to 
abstract postings for condensed-matter theorists, for example.)

Please let us know if you think this solution is a reasonable
compromise based on the diversity of comments we summarized
above.

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2. Message from the Moderator, WIPHYS
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 8, 2004

[Note: The message abstracted below was taken from WIPHYS of Oct. 8, 2004.
Since it is relevant to the topic above, we thought it worth abstracting, 
to note that the e-mail newsletters for women in astronomy and physics 
should not just become job registers.  Please remember that we want to 
receive news and discussions, not just job announcements! --eds.]

"We are happy to post notices of job openings on this listserve.  Please 
don't forget, however, that WIPHYS also welcomes news about women in 
physics, discussions of issues involving women in physics, advice on 
teaching, and information on events for women in physics (such as the 
networking breakfasts at APS meetings)." 

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3. Women in Astronomy Database
From: Meg Urry meg.urryyale.edu

We have a faculty position open here at Yale (advertised this issue), 
so last night I went through the CSWA's "Women in Astronomy Database" 
(www.aas.org/~cswa/WIAD.html )
to find potential candidates. I was very surprised to find that there are
only 136 entries, fewer than I have in my own private list (accumulated 
over the last few years) of women astronomers and their specialties. Why 
are women so hesitant about participating in the data base?

This afternoon, I got a call from someone at NASA headquarters looking  
for experts in a certain area, and asking if I knew any women in 
particular. I directed him to the WIAD site, and also read off some names 
from my list that were not in the data base.

At least once a month, and sometimes more frequently, someone asks me 
for names - for a committee, a review panel, colloquia, etc. - and I 
always make sure to include appropriate women in these lists. I am sure 
there are other talented young women I could recommend if I only had the 
starting-point information of their names and research areas (so that I 
could then google them or search ADS or astro-ph for their work).  
Frankly, it's hard to know everyone, especially younger people!

**Please, women astronomers, sign up for the WIAD data base.** It's 
easy, quick, and very useful for the rest of us. And senior women - 
please add your names too, as an example and as an encouragement for those 
coming up behind you. In principle, the WIAD could be very helpful in 
moving women into faculty positions, not to mention colloquium slots,
invited talks, etc., etc., but only if we all make the effort to 
participate. 

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4. Study Shows MentorNet Helps Women of Color Stay the Course in School
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 6, 2004

Women of color report even higher degrees of satisfaction with MentorNet's 
One-on-One program than their white counterparts, and are more likely to 
say that their mentor was a top motivator for staying in school and 
continuing studies. Read more about these results at:
http://www.mentornet.net/documents/about/news/2004/octobernews1.aspx 

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5. International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics
From: Barbara Mory bmoo21.xray.mpe.mpg.de

 Dear Colleagues,

For the 5th time, the International Max-Planck Research School on
Astrophysics (IMPRS) is soliciting applications for its PhD program.
Located in the beautiful Munich-Garching area in southern Bavaria
(Germany), the school offers a unique environment for graduate
students due to the presence of four internationally renowned
institutes which form the school:

* The Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
* The Observatory of the University of Munich (LMU/USM)
* The Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
* The European Southern Observatory (ESO)

In addition, Astro-particle physics groups at the Technical University
of Munich and at the Werner-Heisenberg Institute for Physics are 
participating as associated partners.

IMPRS offers a highly competitive PhD program, including lectures,
seminars, and a research project supervised by scientists at one of the
participating institutions. Since June 2004, the IMPRS on Astrophysics
at the Ludwig-Maximilians University is supported by the European Commission
and is a Marie-Curie early stage training site. Course language is English.
Students have access to ground and spaced based observatories and
instrumentation operated by the participating institutes as well as
supercomputers for advanced numerical simulations and theoretical studies.
Successful completion of the IMPRS program will be honored with an IMPRS
certificate which supplements the doctoral degree (PhD) document awarded
by the Ludwig-Maximilians University (or another university to be agreed
upon before enrollment).

Applications for the program are open to students from all countries.
More details on the IMPRS program and the admission requirements can be
found at the IMPRS website http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/

The closing date for applications for the program starting in September
2005 is December 15, 2004. Please apply by using the IMPRS application
form available online at http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/admission.html

In addition to this announcement we have a small IMPRS-poster available
which we would ask you to print and to display for your students. The
poster is available at

http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/images/IMPRS_Poster_2004.pdf
http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/images/IMPRS_Poster_2004.jpg

Many thanks for your support.

Dr. Werner Becker 

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6. Fermi/McCormick Fellowships
From: Patricia Knezek knezeknoao.edu

The Enrico Fermi and Robert R. McCormick Fellowships are awarded on a
competitive basis to recent Ph.D. recipients in physics, astrophysics,
geophysics, chemistry, or mathematics. The fellowships are awarded for
two years with a possible renewal for a third year. The goal of these
fellowships is to provide young scientists with the freedom to develop
research initiatives either independently, or in collaboration with
members of the Enrico Fermi Institute.

Information about the Fellowships can be found at
http://efi.uchicago.edu/fellowships.html
with a poster available via the following link:
http://efi.uchicago.edu/Fellowshipflyer.pdf
If you wish to nominate candidates for the Fellowships, please note
that the nomination deadline this year is November 12.

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7. Astrophysics Faculty Position at Yale University
From: Meg Urry meg.urryyale.edu

The Department of Physics invites applications for a junior faculty
position in cosmology or extragalactic astrophysics (a more senior
appointment may be possible in exceptional circumstances). The successful
candidate's research program should complement current research at Yale,
which includes high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational
lensing, nuclear astrophysics, and the interface of particle physics
and astrophysics. Observers, instrumentalists, and theorists are all
encouraged to apply. Conveniently located between New York City and
Boston, Yale offers a world-class intellectual environment; competitive
salary, benefits, and research funds; and access to front-line
astronomical facilities, including the WIYN telescope, the SMARTS
telescopes, major telescopes in Chile (through collaboration with
the Univ. de Chile), and the Palomar-QUEST survey.  Candidates should
have an aptitude for teaching as well as research.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and brief
description of future research program to Prof. R. Shankar, Chair,
Department of Physics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208120, New
Haven, CT06520-8120, and should arrange for at least 3 letters of
recommendation to be sent. Applications that are complete by
December 1, 2004, will be assured of full consideration.

For further information about the position, contact Prof. Meg Urry,
Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Chair
of the Astrophysics Faculty Search Committee (meg.urryyale.edu).
Yale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and
applications from members of minority groups are strongly encouraged. 

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8. Assistant Professor in Physics & Astrophysics, U. Toronto, Scarborough
From: Janet Roopnarinesingh janetrutsc.utoronto.ca

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences in the University of
Toronto at Scarborough seeks candidates for a tenure-stream Assistant
Professor in the Physics and Astrophysics group in the field of solar 
system planetary physics/astrophysics to begin July 1, 2005.  The appointed 
faculty member will join a physics/astrophysics group developing a new 
concentration in planets, both solar and extrasolar.  This group will work 
in close collaboration with existing groups in environmental and earth 
science and in chemistry with particular emphasis on planetary processes.

We are seeking candidates who have outstanding research records to augment
the present research strengths and who have a demonstrated capacity for
excellence in teaching. The person appointed will be able to hold graduate
appointments in one or both of the Graduate Department of Physics and the
Graduate Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, each of whom has active
research groups in related areas. We also encourage close ties with the
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (www.cita.utoronto.ca ), 
hosted by the University of Toronto.

The successful candidate will be located in the Department of Physical and
Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and will 
be expected to teach and develop courses in physics and astrophysics, as 
well as in areas of special interest to her / him.  Teaching at both the 
undergraduate and graduate levels is required.

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences fosters close
collaboration among the groups in chemistry, environmental and earthscience,
and physics and astrophysics. Further information can be found at
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~physsci

The University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca ) offers the opportunity to 
teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the 
world. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians 
and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and
especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women,
Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority
groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of 
ideas.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae plus a statement of
current research interests with future plans, and have at least three 
referees send letters, by January 14, 2005 to:

Charles C. Dyer, Chair,
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
University of Toronto at Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1A4  Canada

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9. Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
From: Dottie Poczulp dpoczulpnoao.edu

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) seeks a 
new Director for the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).  STScI, 
located on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, 
Maryland, is operated by AURA under contract with NASA to conduct the 
science program of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).  STScI has a staff of 
approximately 500, including scientists, engineers, technicians and 
administrative personnel.  The Institute solicits, selects and supports HST 
observers, plans and carries out the scientific observations, and calibrates, 
archives and distributes data.  

The STScI Director is responsible for the overall operation of the 
Institute within AURA and NASA policies and guidelines.  The Director 
interacts directly with representatives of NASA and the European Space 
Agency.  The Director leads a lively scientific staff to carry out the 
mission and to conduct HST related research.  

The Director should possess broad scientific vision and have established a
strong record of research achievement, preferably in astronomy or a 
closely related field.  The Director should also have demonstrated talent 
for administration and management, and skill in institutional and 
international relations and be poised to lead the organization to the new 
challenges of supporting the HST successor mission, The James Webb Space 
Telescope.

The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications on December 15, 
2004.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  
Application letters should provide information on experience, relevant 
accomplishments, a resume and three reference letters.  Please send to:  

STScI Director Search Committee
c/o AURA
Suite 350
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 

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10. Faculty Position, Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology, Syracuse U.
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 5, 2004

The Department of Physics (http://physics.syr.edu) invites applications for 
a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in theoretical particle 
physics, focused on beyond-the-standard-model physics and its connections to 
cosmology. The department currently has strong programs both in cosmology 
and particle physics with broad interests. We expect the successful 
applicant to have interests that overlap with and complement ongoing 
research efforts.  Applicants should have a clear record of research 
accomplishments and a strong interest and ability to teach effectively at 
both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Please send (preferably as
attachments in an e-mail to ppcosmosearchphysics.syr.edu ) a letter of 
application, a curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching 
interests, and arrange for three or more letters of reference to: Faculty 
Search Committee, Dept. of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 
13244-1130 USA. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2004, and 
will continue until the position is filled. Syracuse University is an 
affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority 
[Note: WIPHYS posting ends here, apparently in error, but our readers
may be able to fill in the missing phrase. --eds.]

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11. Faculty Position, Cosmology, University of Pittsburgh
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 7, 2004

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is initiating a search in cosmology.  
This tenure stream faculty position, which will be at the Assistant 
Professor level, will start on or after September 1, 2005, subject to 
budgetary approval. We are seeking a candidate who will enhance or expand 
our research program in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. The 
successful candidate should have a strong background in astrophysics 
and/or cosmology.  We seek a candidate who demonstrates excellence in 
teaching and research.  In teaching, a high degree of effectiveness is 
expected at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  The successful 
candidate must have the ability to lead a visible and significant research 
program and to attract the external funding required for such a program. 

Please send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research
interests, and a list of references to Cosmology Search Committee,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 100 Allen Hall, University
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.  Applications should be
received before November 1, 2004 to ensure full consideration. 
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal
Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups
under- represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

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12. Faculty Position, Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology, U. Pittsburgh
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 7, 2004

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh 
invites applications for a tenured or tenure-stream faculty member in 
theoretical astrophysics/cosmology.  This appointment, which is subject 
to budgetary approval, will begin the Fall Term of 2005, or thereafter.  
The rank of the appointment will be appropriate to the successful 
candidate.

All candidates should have the potential to teach effectively at both
the graduate and undergraduate levels and to attract external funding 
for a creative, independent and broad-based research program.   The 
successful candidate will complement existing programs by working at an 
interface of astrophysics, cosmology and particle theory.  

Please send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research
interests, and a list of references to Theoretical Astrophysics Search
Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 100 Allen Hall,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Applications should be 
received before November 1, 2004 to ensure full consideration. The 
University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity 
Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in 
academia are especially encouraged to apply.

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13. Chair, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto
From: WIPHYS of Oct. 5, 2004

The Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto seeks a 
highly qualified candidate to serve as Chair of the Department of Physics.  
With a complement of approximately 50 faculty across three campuses, the 
Department of Physics is one of the leading research departments in North 
America.  Excellent facilities support research across a wide spectrum, 
from exploration geophysics to theoretical cosmology, from condensed matter 
to particle physics.  Opportunities for interdisciplinary research are 
abundant, as many of the graduate faculty in Physics are cross-appointed 
to other Departments and Institutes of the University, such as the
Departments of Chemistry, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Geology and the 
prestigious Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).  We 
seek an individual with a reputation as an outstanding scientist with a 
vigorous research program, demonstrated leadership and administrative 
abilities and a commitment to excellence in research and teaching as 
measured by the highest standards of the discipline.  The successful 
candidate will be a strong leader and advocate for the Department within 
the University and on the national and international scenes.

The Faculty welcomes applications and nominations.  Nominations should 
include the reasons for the nomination and a list of appropriate referees.  
Applicants should include a letter describing a vision for a large and 
diverse department, a current curriculum vitae and the names of four 
referees (or arrange for four letters of reference to be sent to the 
address below).  Applications and nominations should be addressed to 
Professor Pekka K. Sinervo F.R.S.C., Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, 
University of Toronto, Room 2005, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, 
Canada M5S 3G3.  Review of applications and nominations will begin in 
December and will continue until the position is filled.  Those received 
by December 15, 2004 will be given first consideration.  For more 
information about the Department, the Faculty and the University, we 
invite you to access the following web sites: www.physics.utoronto.ca/;
www.artsandscience.utoronto.ca; and www.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its 
community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group 
members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of 
sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further 
diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; 
however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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