AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 22, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare
This week's issues:

1. Grants for Senior Women Scientists

2. Publication Success in Journals

3. European Platform of Women Scientists Formed

4. NAS Interviews Cherry Murray

5. NVO Summer School - II

6. NASA Science Web Design Fellowship

7. NAS 2005 Associateship Awards

8. Visiting Position in Physics, University of Redlands


9. Faculty Position, Dept. of Physics, Simon Fraser University

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

1. Grants for Senior Women Scientists
From: Saku Vrtilek sakuhead.cfa.harvard.edu

[This continues a thread started in the April 15 issue of AASWOMEN. --eds.]

In response to my own question:

I have not received any feedback regards grants aimed primarily at senior 
women (or senior scientists in general for that matter).  However, NSF has 
put out a new release for its program ADVANCE: ``Increasing the 
Participation and  Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering 
Careers''.  This has three subprograms at least two of which (Leadership 
Awards and Institutional Transformation Awards) may be directly applicable 
to institutions that harbor such women. 

Some more ideas for senior scientists:

The National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council has a Research 
Associateship Program for both junior and senior (at least five years beyond 
PhD) applicants.  You do have to relocate to one of 30 federal agencies and 
NASA centers (though I do know of one person who managed to stay at their 
own institution while funded through a Senior NAS/NRC).  Humboldt 
fellowships are very good for senior scientists (you have to be sponsored 
by someone in Germany, and, of course relocate to Germany; this one is good 
in that it provides extra funds for spouses, children, and extensive German
language instruction and once you have held a Humboldt they provide funds 
for repeat research visits to Germany).

2. Publication Success in Journals
From: Amy Simon-Miller simonlepasm.gsfc.nasa.gov

I just received a "free" copy of Nurture - a magazine by Nature
directed at authors of Nature publications.  There was a short
letter (by Braisher, Symonds and Gemmell) in which the authors
claim that "prestigious" journals like Science and Nature do
not show any gender bias when it comes to publication success.
They compared the number of articles by male and female authors.
Men have 64% of the publications.  They claim there is no bias,
however, because men published to all journals, on average, more
frequently than women (over 1999-2004): 12.4 publications vs 9.1
(they don't say where they got these numbers).  They do state
that average is skewed by 12 men with over 30 papers.  For Nature
and Science only, 13 men had 4 or more articles over that time
period, while no woman had more than 3 publications in that same
time frame.

I find it interesting that they do not show another measure of
bias: acceptance rate.  How many articles were submitted for every
one published, in any journal?

Unfortunately, I couldn't find an online version of this letter,
but I thought AASWOMEN readers might find the topic interesting.

3. European Platform of Women Scientists Formed
From: WIPHYS of April 19, 2005

CEWS has received 2 million Euro for setting up the "European Platform of 
Women Scientists".  The European Commission has charged the Center of 
Excellence Women and Science at the University of Bonn with establishing 
a "European Platform of Women Scientists". The project within the 6th 
Framework Programme has a volume of 2 million Euro. CEWS is supported by
a Founding Board of high-ranking women scientists from a variety of 
disciplines from all over Europe.  From its location in Brussels the 
European Platform of Women Scientists seeks to support the work of a whole 
range of existing national, regional and local networks of women 
scientists by "networking the networks". At the same time the Platform 
aims to make women scientists better understand the role they can play in 
shaping the research policy and how to fully benefit from these 
opportunities. The primary target group being already existing networks, 
the Platform also addresses individual women scientists who want to network 
or are seeking information beyond their existing networks.

Isabel Beuter
CEWS Center of Excellence Women in Science
University of Bonn
Email: ibeutercews.uni-bonn.de

European Platform of Women Scientists
Dorothe Kreuzer, Project Coordination Manager
Email: dorothee.kreuzerhelmholtz.de

For more information please visit: 
http://www.cews.org (tick EU activities) 
[Readers in the U.S. may wish to click first on the "EN" box in the upper
left to get the English version. --eds.]

4. NAS Interviews Cherry Murray
From: WIPHYS of April 22, 2005

[Although this is not directly astronomy-related, there is material in
this interview about how Dr. Murray chose science as a career, and such
things, which may be of general interest to our readers. --eds.]

Cherry A. Murray is recognized for her studies in surface and
condensed matter physics, especially using light scattering and
imaging. Additionally, she made the transition from research to
management in order to guide the direction of new research. She is
interviewed by the National Academies of Science at

5. NVO Summer School - II
From: Bob Hanisch hanischstsci.edu

Science with the Virtual Observatory - NVO Summer School

Aspen Meadows Resort
Aspen, Colorado
6-15 September, 2005

Important Dates:
- April 15: Application Website begins accepting submissions
- June 15: Deadline for applications.
- July 1: Applicants informed of acceptance.
- August 1: Registration Fee Due


In this eight day, hands-on, summer school, participants will work with
experienced NVO scientists and software developers to learn how to do
astrophysics with the Virtual Observatory.  Participants will use the
data discovery, data access and high-performance computing capabilities
of the Virtual Observatory along with VO analysis tools and utilities.
Everyone will have hands-on experience using VO tools and services in a
series of exercises culminating in a major project.

We encourage applications from anyone interested in using the Virtual
Observatory in their research, or in providing new VO services or tools
to the community. We especially encourage advanced undergraduates,
graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to apply. Programming
experience in environments such as Java, C++, C#, Python, or Perl will
prove helpful, but is not required. The first two days are an
introduction to assist participants who might want some additional
background in programming environments and technologies used in the
Virtual Observatory.

Space and budgetary constraints limit participation to 40 people.
Applications will be reviewed by the organizing committee and
participants will be informed of their acceptance to the Summer School
by July 1. Additional information including application instructions are
posted at www.us-vo.org/summer-school/2005.

Fees & Financial Assistance:

The Summer School registration fee is $500, which covers lodging and
most lunches. In cases of documented need, financial assistance will be
available in several forms:  a waiver of the registration fee,
reimbursement of transportation expenses up to $400, and a per diem
allowance of $25 for dinners and miscellaneous expenses. Applications
for financial support will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

Faculty & Organizing Committee:

Thomas McGlynn, NASA GSFC
Dave De Young, NOAO
Michael Fitzpatrick, NOAO
Matthew Graham, Caltech
Gretchen Greene, STScI
Robert Hanisch, STScI
Simon Krughoff, University of Pittsburgh
Shui Kwok, Keck Observatory
Chris Miller, NOAO
Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Johns Hopkins University
Ray Plante, University of Illinois
Doug Tody, NRAO
Roy Williams, Caltech

Additional Information:

Additional information about the summer school site, local information
about Aspen, and a more detailed program, will appear on this site.
Questions about the summer school program or logistical matters should
be directed to summer-schoolus-vo.org.

The NVO Summer School is made possible through the support of the
National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space

6. NAS 2005 Associateship Awards
From: WIPHYS of April 22, 2005

Postdoctoral and Senior Awards
Electronic Application opens March 1
Submission deadline is May 1 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Transcripts (if applicable) and Reference Reports are due by May

The National Academies administers Postdoctoral and Senior
Research Awards through its Associateship Programs, part of the
Policy and Global Affairs Division. The Research Associateship
Programs are sponsored by federal laboratories and NASA
Research Centers at over one hundred locations in the United
States and overseas. 

7. NASA Science Web Design Fellowship
From: Wade Sisler wade.e.sislernasa.gov

Date:   Start date is flexible beginning spring or early summer 2005 - 
this is a one to two year fellowship position. 
        Applications due by May 9, 2005.

Location:       NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Stipend:        About 30k per year w/benefits 

This is an exciting opportunity to increase your experience in web design 
and development at a leading NASA science center.   Our office is 
responsible for producing television and multimedia products to support 
many of NASA's space and earth science missions and we are expanding our 
web presence.

You will design and develop web-based science stories for the NASA and 
Goddard web portals.  You will work with an outstanding team of science 
writers, animators, data visualization specialists, television producers 
and education specialists on some of the most exciting science stories 
for NASA's space and earth science missions.

You will integrate multimedia products into NASA web portals and 
incorporate elements of our broadcast and print quality graphics into a 
wide variety of public and education web venues.  You will hone your 
technical skills and abilities while making valuable contacts with other 
NASA web designers and the Goddard Webmasters group.

You should:
- have a passion for telling mind-blowing science stories.

- be extremely proficient in Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop,
  Macromedia Flash and Handcoding in XHTML.  You should have working 
  knowledge of Javascript, and Cascading Style Sheets and be familiar 
  with JSP and non linear video editing systems such as Avid, Apple, 
  or Adobe.

- have strong writing and editing skills.

- have completed at least three years of college.  Recent graduates are 
  also welcome to apply.

- be able to work full-time at the Goddard Space Flight Center for at 
  least one year.

To apply -- please send a resume to Wade Sisler at:

Include 3 references with at least one who can speak in specifics to 
your technical abilities. Also include a minimum of three URLs for 
sites that you have designed/developed.  If these sites are not entirely 
your own, please specify which area in particular you were responsible 
for developing/designing.

8. Visiting Position in Physics, University of Redlands
From: Julie Rathbun Julie_Rathbunredlands.edu

The Department of Physics at the University of Redlands invites applications
for fulltime, one-year Visiting position. The appointment will begin in
September 2005 and end in May 2006. A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is
preferred, but ABD candidates will be considered. A strong commitment to
undergraduate, liberal-arts education is essential.  The successful
candidate will teach an introductory physics or astronomy course for
non-science majors with a laboratory component, an electronics course for
physics majors, and several laboratory sections for an algebra-based
introductory physics course. There will also be an opportunity to involve
our students in research.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to teach at a liberal
arts college to gain some teaching experience beyond the teaching assistant
level. The teaching load is reasonable, the pay is competitive, and benefits
are included. For details, check the job website at

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2005 and continue until the
position is filled. E-mail applications will not be accepted and will be
returned without consideration. For more information, contact Alan DeWeerd
at alan_deweerdredlands.edu.

9. Faculty Position, Dept. of Physics, Simon Fraser University
From: WIPHYS of April 19, 2005

The Physics Department at Simon Fraser University invites applications for 
a term-limited lecturer, subject to final budgetary approval.  This 
position will be associated with a satellite campus that SFU is 
establishing in Surrey, BC, a 30-minute drive from the main campus.  The 
new campus, which has already won architectural awards, will be ready for 
occupancy beginning in September 2005.  We are searching for individuals 
who will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and possibly graduate
teaching.  Although we hope to make permanent appointments in 2007, the 
current position is for two years only, to start as early as 
September 1, 2005.  Further information about the Physics Department can 
be accessed via http://www.sfu.ca/physics.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and 
permanent residents will be given priority.  Simon Fraser University is 
committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all 
qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people 
and persons with disabilities. Applications should include a curriculum 
vitae, publication list, and a short statement of teaching philosophy;
electronic applications will be neither accepted nor acknowledged. 
Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be 
supplied in confidence.  All correspondence should be directed to 
Prof. David Boal, Chair, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University, 
8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC, Canada V5A 1S6, to arrive no later 
than June 15, 2005.

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