AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

Issue of April 1, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare

This week's issues:


1. AIP Report on Women in Physics and Astronomy (con't)

2. Inquiry Graduate Student Scholarships

3. More articles on Harvard President and Women in Astronomy

4. Articles announcing minority faculty initiative and Title IX

*** FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

5. Update on Leaky Pipeline Survey

6. Instructorship in Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

7. UTB 2nd Summer School in Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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

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1. AIP Report on Women in Physics and Astronomy (con't)
From: Fran Bagenal bagenalcolorado.edu

The statistics shown in Rachel Ivie's AIP report are the
topic of my article in STATUS in June 2004  
- see http://www.aas.org/~cswa/pubs.html

The important point is that while the figures nationally
look good, there are HUGE variations - see survey results
http://www.grammai.org/astrowomen/stats/poster.html

Furthermore, while undergraduate statistics in astronomy look
very good, I believe the majority of graduate students in
astronomy/astrophysics/planetary science come from physics
undergraduate programs. David Helfand caught me on this issue
at last year's AAS meeting. I believe we really need to do the
longitudinal study - following AAS members from 18 up through
their careers and FIND OUT what happens down the pipeline
- and WHY.

Fran

[Eds. Note: Also thanks to Joan Schmelz and Mary Marjorie Weber from
The University of Memphis for bringing the following article to
our attention http://www.insidehighered.com/careers/2005/03/23/physics
AASWomen Editors.]

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2. Inquiry on Graduate Student Scholarships
From: Tiffany Borders tbordersaoc.nrao.edu

I am currently looking for scholarships to receive support for
obtaining my masters in Astronomy.  Does any one know of any
scholarships or research grants available for students entering
their first year of graduate studies? Are there any scholarships
available for women in astronomy?

[Eds. Note: Please cc. AASWomen on any advice on this matter as
others are interested to know what is available.]

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3. More articles on Harvard President and Women in Astronomy
Contributed by Amy Simon-Miller simonlepasm.gsfc.nasa.gov

'The Why Files' (http://whyfiles.org; a publication of the University
of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School) has a recent section dealing
with the issue of women in science, including statistics, coverage of
Harvard President Lawrence Summers remarks, and an indepth look at
debunking some of the myths about women in science. The page entitled
"Women in Science" available at: http://whyfiles.org/220women_sci/

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4. Articles announcing minority faculty initiative and Title IX
Paraphrased From: Debra Rolison rolisonnrl.navy.mil

Title IX protects whistleblowers by Hope Yeh (AP)
Mercury News - Tuesday, 29 March 2005
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/11258004.ht

[The case of Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education
http://wid.ap.org/documents/scotus/050329jackson.pdf]

Ivy leaders unite to bring women to sciences by John Davisson
The Columbia Spectator - Friday, 26 March 2005
http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/03/25/4243e47137002

Perspective on Summers' Comments on Women's Aptitude for Science
by Ellen Williams
Dept. of Physics/Inst. for Physical Science and Technology
Faculty Voice - University of Maryland - March 2005
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/FV/

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5. Update on Leaky Pipeline Survey
From: WIPHYS of March 30, 2005

Update on Leaky Pipeline Survey

I've finally caught up with the backlog of responses to the leaky
pipeline survey and have the full set of responses collected so far
on the web page http://www-d0.fnal.gov/~smjt/survey_response.html
Several hundred people have accessed that page over the past week...
I'm happy the responses have engendered such strong interest.

I've also created a page containing suggestions people have given
as to what to do with the collected survey responses. See
http://www-d0.fnal.gov/~smjt/survey_comments.html
They are interesting (and at times amusing) to read too.

Responses are still coming in at the rate of a handful a day. The
pages will be updated as new responses come in.  Happy reading,
and thanks again to the many people who have taken the time to
write me.

Sherry Towers
smjtfnal.gov

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6. Instructorship in Physics and Astronomy, Rice University
From: WIPHYS of March 31, 2005

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Rice University invites
applications from recent Ph.D. graduates for an instructorship
in physics, commencing July/August 2005.  This is a non-tenure-track
position for a two-year term, with the possibility of an extension
of up to two years. The instructor would be involved in teaching and
in development of innovative teaching methods, with a load equivalent
to two courses per semester.  There would also be opportunities to
pursue independent research or collaborations with on-going research
programs in the department (see our web page http://physics.rice.edu).
Applicants should send a dossier consisting of a curriculum vitae, a
statement of teaching and research interests, a list of publications,
and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:
Gordon Mutchler, Chair, Instructorship Search Committee
Physics and Astronomy Department, MS-61
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892. 
Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Rice University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

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7. UTB 2nd Summer School in Gravitational Wave Astronomy
From: WIPHYS of March 31, 2005

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2nd Summer
School in Gravitational Wave Astronomy is April 1.  The Summer
School starts on Saturday, June 11-25.  It will take place at South
Padre Island, TX.  Funds for travel (up to $600), housing, and per-
diem will be provided.  For more information and an application
form, please visit our web-site, at
http://cgwa.phys.utb.edu/Events/SummerSchool.php or contact our
Student Development Coordinator, Martha Casquette (mcasquetteutb.edu).
Thank you for your interest in our program.
Martha Casquette
mcasquetteutb.edu
(956)574-6765

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