Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 16:59:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for November 26 & December 3, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of November 26 & December 3, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:

1. AASWOMEN Distribution Problems

2. Leaky Pipeline Article

3. Compiled responses for advice to students applying to grad school & 
   request for further aide

4. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

5. NASA Summer Academy 2005 & Other Internship Opportunities

6. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, 2005-06

7. NRAO Postdoctoral Positions

8. Postdoctoral or Research Fellow at the Australian National University

9. Project Scientist for the WIYN One Degree Imager

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

1. AASWOMEN Distribution Problems
From: AASWOMEN Editors

As many of you may have noted, the AASWOMEN issues of September 17, 2004
and October 29, 2004 were unexpectedly sent out on November 29, 2004.  This
was NOT a planned release, but apparently related to the listserv problems
we have been experiencing.  We apologize for any confusion that may have

Please let us know if you do not receive an expected issue, by e-mail
to Have some patience, since the Friday-dated
issues often aren't prepared until the following weekend, or even

2. Leaky Pipeline Article
From: Angela Putney

I am a little slow in reading my magazines, but the October 2004 issue of
"Technology Review" (alumni edition) had an article about what MIT is trying
to do to keep women in science and engineering. There are clearly no magic
answers, but they are trying. And they are trying to work with other
universities on this subject too. I thought it might be of interest to the

Plugging the Leaky Pipeline
Science and engineering industries drain women from academe, but MIT is
trying to reverse the flow.

By Elizabeth Durant, Technology Review, MIT News, October 2004

Angela Putney, Ph.D.

3. Compiled responses for advice to students applying to grad school & 
   request for further aide
From: Fran Bagenal

I have compiled responses to my request in AASWOMEN for advice to students 
applying to grad school. This list will be published in the January issue of 
STATUS. An issue for which I seek further advice to students is the student 
statement/essay accompanying the application. I welcome comments from those 
who have sat on admissions committees (to I will 
compile and pass on the responses.

Fran Bagenal

4. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
>From WIPHYS of November 23, 2004

Information on the 2005 APS/IBM Research Internship for
Undergraduate Women is now available! These summer internships
are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long, and include in
addition a $2,500 grant, plus the opportunity to work with a mentor
at one of three IBM research locations. Applications must be
submitted by January 31, 2005. Complete details on the program
and how to apply are available at

5. NASA Summer Academy 2005 & Other Internship Opportunities
From: Patricia Knezek


You may now apply on-line to the NASA Academy 2005 at URL:

Through this application, you may also conveniently apply to six different 
internship programs ranging from freshman undergraduate to graduate level.  
Women, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities are 
encouraged to apply.


NASA Academy Space Grant Endorsement: $4K stipend, plus round trip travel 
Beginning Dates: Varies from Center to Center, but between June 4 and 
June 25, 2005.
Duration: 10 Weeks
Locations:  Ames, Glenn, Goddard, and Marshall Centers
Housing: Housing is provided through the program; all participants live 
and work together in an Academy House.
Qualifications: Be enrolled as a junior, senior undergraduate or at the 
first or second year graduate level as of May of the program year.
Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or graduate student of a 
participating European Space Agency member

Description: NASA Academy is an intensive 10-week resident summer research 
program for diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in 
careers in aerospace-related fields. It gives its participants, known as 
Research Associates (RAs), working knowledge of NASA and its programs in an 
environment that fosters creativity, personal initiative, leadership, 
teamwork, appreciation of diversity, and professional ethics. The Academy 
augments research with a senior scientist or engineer with interactive 
sessions with leaders in government, industry, and academia, a collaborative 
group project, lectures, field trips, oral and written presentations and 
middle & high school mentoring. The RAs learn how NASA and its Field Centers 
operate, understand the NASA link to the private sector, gain experience in 
world-class laboratories, and build bonds with other future leaders. 


- NASA Student Internship Program (SIP)
- NASA Robotics Internship Program
- NASA Independent Verification & Validation Internship Program (IV&V)
- NASA Summer Aerospace Workforce Development Research Internship Program
- NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Student Internship Program

For more information on all these internships, please see:

6. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, 2005-06
From: Joseph O'Neill

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, 2005-06

Help shape public policy in Washington, DC.

Scientists and engineers are invited to apply for one-year science and
technology policy fellowships in Washington, DC, beginning September
2005. These 10 programs, administered by the American Association for
the Advancement of Science (AAAS), are designed to provide each Fellow
with a unique public policy learning experience and to bring technical
backgrounds and external perspectives to decision-making in the U.S.
government. The application deadline is January 10, 2005

Fellows serve in the Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, the
National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the
Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Agency for
International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the
Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other
federal offices.

Applicants must have a PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree by the
application deadline from any physical, biological or social science,
any field of engineering or any relevant interdisciplinary field.
Individuals with a master's degree in engineering and at least three
years of post-degree professional experience also may apply. Applicants
must be U.S. citizens and federal employees are ineligible. Stipends
begin at $62,000.

For application instructions and further information about the AAAS
Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs, contact:
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202/326-6700

Persons from underrepresented minority groups and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.

7. NRAO Postdoctoral Positions
From: Tavia Dillon

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites applications for a
number of NRAO Postdoctoral appointments to be distributed between its
Green Bank, WV and Socorro, NM operational sites. These positions
provide 50% time for independent research, with the remaining 50%
assigned to project and operational duties at the sites.

The starting salary will be $45,000 per year. The appointment duration
is two years, with renewal for a third year, by agreement. Conference
and observing travel are supported. Computing resources, page charge
support, vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance are
also provided. Some appointments may be available as early as Spring
2005, with the remainder available in Fall 2005.

Functional needs at the Green Bank Telescope include support and
development of the Penn Array Bolometer Camera (expected in 2005),
support of visiting observers, development of the Precision Telescope
Control System Project, and pulsar observing support and development.

Functional needs in New Mexico include EVLA scientific hardware testing,
new EVLA receiver characterization, proto-type and WIDAR Correlator
testing, developing sensor data for dynamic scheduling, water vapor
radiometer tests, user support, documentation of EVLA procedures for
outside users, and scientific support for e2e and offline software

The candidates should have, or expect to receive by no later than 1
September 2005, a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and a
plan of continuing independent research.

Appointments will be considered 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 Array.

Applications should include a statement of research interests and plans,
a description of any software or instrumentation experience, a
curriculum vitae including a publication list, and the names of three
scientists who have agreed to send in letters of reference. The
application and letters of reference should be sent to: Dr. W. M. Goss,
Division of Science and Academic Affairs, NRAO, P.O. Box 0, Socorro, NM
87801-0387. All applications received by 15 February 2005 will receive
full consideration.
If any positions remain unfilled, additional applications will be
accepted through 15 March.

8. Postdoctoral or Research Fellow at the Australian National University
From: Theresa Gallagher

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian 
National University (ANU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow or 
research Fellow to work on supernovae and gamma ray bursts.  The successful 
candidate will work with Prof Brian Schmidt and Dr Bruce Peterson on a 
program to understand the physics of supernovae and gamma ray bursts, and 
using them as cosmological probes.  Work will take place on independent 
projects, as well as within the Essence Project (which is using SN Ia to 
measure the equation of state of Dark Energy) and the REACT GRB network.  
Candidates should possess a PhD in astronomy or related field and have 
expertise in one or more of the following areas: Optical / IR photometry and 
spectroscopy, supernova and gamma ray burst observations, supernova physics, 
observational cosmology.

Appointment:  3 years
Salary range:  $AUD52,863 - $AUD70,106 pa (depending on level of experience 
and skills), plus generous 17% superannuation, plus relocation allowance.
Start date:  2005 (first half of 2005 preferred)
Prior to submission, selection documentation and information on how to apply 
must be sought from: 
or from: 
(ANU job reference number RSAA2664)
Enquiries about the position:
Closing date: 31 January 2005

The ANU is an EEO employer.

9. Project Scientist for the WIYN One Degree Imager
From: George Jacoby

The WIYN Consortium has an immediate opening for a motivated scientist with 
an instrumentation background to oversee the development of a new technology 
wide-field optical imager for the WIYN 3.5-m astronomical telescope on Kitt 
Peak. The One Degree Imager (ODI) will be a state-of-the-art 32K x 32K array 
using orthogonal transfer CCD detectors. These detectors provide localized 
fast guiding (“tip/tilt”) to improve the image quality across the full 
1-degree field of view at WIYN to ~0.4" (median I-band FWHM), and allow for 
a 2-second readout of the entire array with a new generation of CCD 
controllers. ODI will make optimal use of the WIYN telescope’s superb optics, 
excellent seeing characteristics, and natural one degree field of view.  For 
more information about WIYN and ODI, please see .

In collaboration with the Project Engineer and Project Manager, the 
successful applicant will provide the scientific leadership to the project 
team in designing, developing, and testing all aspects of ODI, including the 
detector arrays, the optical filters, the optical corrector for the telescope, 
the data acquisition electronics, and the computers and software that collect 
and reduce the data. 

We are looking for scientists with a strong interest in developing major 
astronomical instrumentation, and the ability to evaluate scientific 
trade-offs for hardware and software systems. A PhD in astronomy or physics 
is required.

The Project Scientist will have an initial appointment of four years with 
potential for continued employment on future WIYN projects. Guaranteed access 
to 3.5-m telescope time for the Project Scientist’s research programs will be 
available.  This position is based at the WIYN offices located at NOAO in 
Tucson, AZ near the University of Arizona campus. Inquiries about this 
position may be directed to George Jacoby, (; 520 318-8292). 
In addition, WIYN representatives will be available at the January, 2005 AAS 
meeting. Please send a resume, CV, bibliography, and the names of three 
references by January 15, 2004 to: 

NOAO Human Resources Manager
PO Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726

or email to

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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