AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

Issue of March 25, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare

This week's issues:

1. Spam Reduction on AASWomen Postings

2. Vera Rubin featured in Washington Post article

3. INAF Management Appointments (continued)

4. AIP Report on Women in Physics and Astronomy

5. 43rd Goddard Memorial Symposium: Student Opportunity

6. Faculty Position in Solar and Space Physics, University of Colorado

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

1. Spam Reduction on AASWomen Postings
From: AASWomen Editors

In an effort to reduce spam generated from web crawlers searching through
archived issues of AASWomen, we have decided to replace the "@" symbol
with "" on e-mail addresses contained within these AASWomen postings.
This has been done with all archived issues and will be done on the live
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It will be the reader's responsibility to replace the "" symbol if
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mail to aaswomen. We apologize for any past increases in spam that we may
have inadvertantly caused anyone by posting e-mail addresses. Future
apologies for any "@" symbols that we will miss down the road on e-mailed
issues. We will be sure to correct it in the archived versions.

2. Vera Rubin featured in Washington Post article
From: AASWomen Editors and various subscribers

Vera Rubin was featured in a Washington Post article on March 16, 2005.

3. INAF Management Appointments (continued)
From: AASWOMEN editors

Regarding the all male appointments by the National Institute of
Astrophysics (INAF) in Italy, the news about the appointments was
distributed to all INAF directors and researchers. It is also in
the "News" section of the INAF site: http://www.inaf.it . A thank you
to Anna Wolter (Brera Astronomical Observatory, Milan) for the
translation of the news note which is attached below.

Translation of News item:
"Last Minute: Appointments from CdA on 9 March 2005. Director of
Projects Department: G. Paolo Vettolani;
Director of Structures Department: R. Pallavicini Tesi;
Members of the Science Advisory Committee:
Elected: E. Costa, F. Fiore, M. Turatto, G. Valsecchi;
Appointed by CdA: M. Bersanelli, A. Fontana, G. Peres, L. Testi;
Appointed by the President: A. Blanco, P. Blasi, N. Vittorio, F. Favata."

4. AIP Report on Women in Physics and Astronomy

From: The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News
Number 35: March 22, 2005

The percentage of women holding faculty positions in physics and
astronomy is consistent with the percentage of women who earned
degrees in those fields in the past, according to a new report by
the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of
Physics. "The most provocative thing about this report is the
finding that women are not under-represented on physics and
astronomy faculties, as most people assume," said Dr. Rachel Ivie,
the study's author. Consideration of the "lag time" between degrees
and later stages of employment is "an important part of the
picture," the report points out. "Without considering lag time," it
says, "we are left with erroneous conclusions about what the
distribution of women faculty members 'should' be without enough
information about what the available pool of women is."

The report, "Women in Physics and Astronomy, 2005," released in
February, looks at the percentages of women who take physics and
astronomy in college, graduate with degrees and are employed as
faculty members. It finds that the numbers of women entering
physics and physics-related sciences are increasing. However, they
are entering physics more slowly than other fields of science, and
women are still in the minority.

"Examination of the academic 'pipeline' reveals that women
disproportionately leave physics between taking it in high school
and earning a bachelor's degree," the report states. "While almost
half of high school physics students are girls, less than one-fourth
of bachelor's degrees in physics are earned by women. After this
initial 'leak' in the pipeline, women are represented at about the
levels we would expect based on degree production in the past. There
appears to be no leak in the pipeline at the faculty level in either
physics or astronomy."

The report finds the representation of women in physics and
astronomy continuing to increase at all levels. "At the high school
level, almost half of physics students are girls. During 2003, women
earned 22% of the bachelor's degrees in physics and 18% of the PhDs
in physics - a record high," the report says. "In astronomy in
2003, women earned 46% of bachelor's degrees and 26% of PhDs." But
physics is not attracting women as quickly as other fields. "At the
PhD level," the report continues, "biological sciences, chemistry,
and mathematics all show faster rates of increase for women earning
PhDs than physics does. The exception is engineering, which has
increased at about the same rate as physics."

According to the report, women make up "10% of the faculty members
in degree granting physics departments. In stand-alone astronomy
departments, the percentage of women faculty members is 14%. In
addition, women are better represented at departments that do not
grant graduate degrees and in the lower ranks of the faculty." The
report also finds that "women still earn less than men, even when
they have the same years of experience and work in the same sector."

AIP's Statistical Research Center collects and maintains data, and
produces reports, on a broad range of education, workforce and
demographic issues within the physics and astronomy communities.
The full text of this report (AIP Publication No. R-430.02) is
available at:http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/gendertrends.html.
Other Statistical Research Center reports can be found at

5. 43rd Goddard Memorial Symposium: Undergraduate and Graduate
Student Opportunity, Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Greenbelt Marriott Hotel (MD)
From: AAS Editors

Goddard Space Flight Center is conducting a two-day symposium on
March 29 - 30 and will provide invitations, free of charge, to
interested science and engineering students, Wednesday,
March 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program will focus on:

1. Earth and Space Science: Exploring the Possibilities
2. Earth-Sun System, Science, Technology & Education & Public Outreach
3. Developing a Diverse Space Workforce

Wednesday schedule:
1:30 to 3:30pm, panel discussion: "Universe – Solving the Great Mysteries";
3:45 to 4:45pm, a special NASA Career Panel will discuss career experiences
and future opportunities;
4:45 to 5:30 A mini-career fair will follow with representatives from NASA
Goddard Human Resources, University Programs Office, and aerospace industry.

Five students will be randomly selected to participate, free of charge, in
the full-day of events on 3/30/05, including lunch. These students will each
provide a 1-minute talk during lunch addressing the theme: "Exploring
Possibilities - Inspiring the Next Generation to Careers in Space”.
To register, please refer to: http://education.gsfc.nasa.gov/symposium

6. Faculty Position in Solar and Space Physics, University of Colorado
From: Emily CoBabe-Ammann ecobabelasp.colorado.edu

The University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking a new faculty member
in Solar and Space Physics under the aegis of the NSF "Faculty Development
in Space Sciences" program solicitation. Appointment is expected at either
the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on experience. The
successful candidate will be rostered at the University's Laboratory for
Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), a large multidisciplinary research
institution, and hold a tenure track appointment in one of several
departments (including Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Physics,
Aerospace Engineering, or Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences), depending on
area of expertise. We are especially interested in candidates with
research and teaching interests in experimental or theoretical solar
physics, with an emphasis on the dynamics of “solar magnetism at all
scales” that impact the Earth and the geospace environment. However,
outstanding candidates in all areas of solar and space physics are
encouraged to apply.

The University of Colorado and the surrounding research institutions
are experiencing a new level of integration and interaction in solar
and space physics. This position represents the capstone to this
transformation. As such, the successful candidate can expect substantial
support for postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows. In addition,
the state-of-the-art engineering, computational, and laboratory facilities
of LASP will be at the candidate’s disposal. The appointee is expected to
participate actively in an innovative program of graduate and undergraduate
teaching that involves multiple departments on campus and institutions of
the broader Boulder solar physics and space science community. The appointee
will also be encouraged and actively supported to carry out a highly
collaborative research program with colleagues from the University, the
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
and other entities in the Boulder community. Applicants should hold a Ph.D.
and have extensive research and teaching experience.

Applicants for this position should submit (preferably in electronic form)
a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a description of their research and
teaching plans and experience, and the names of five references to:
Dr. Daniel Baker, Chair, c/o Ms. Bonnie Kae Grover, Solar and Space Physics
Faculty Position, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics,
1234 Innovation Drive, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80303-0590,
SSPsearchlasp.colorado.edu 303-735-4726. Reviews of applications will
begin 1 June 2005 and will continue until the position is filled. The
University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education
and employment.

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