AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
Issue of May 20, 2005 
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare

This week's issues:

1. CSWA Events at the Minneapolis AAS Meeting
   a. Special Session: "Institutional Solutions to the 'Two-Body' Problem"
   b. CSWA Panel Discussion with members of dual-career couples 
   c. Request for panel members for the CSWA panel discussion

2. Harvard Commits $50M for Women Faculty

3. How does one proceed if they become aware of a serious issue with a job 
   candidate?

4. Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Australian National University

5. Chief, Solar Terrestrial Physics Division, NOAA/NESDIS/National 
   Geophysical Data Center

6. Two jobs ads at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico

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

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1. CSWA Events at the Minneapolis AAS Meeting
From: AASWomen Editors 

a. Special Session: "Institutional Solutions to the 'Two-Body' Problem"

In step with the national employment trend, for the majority of astronomers
with partners, those partners work outside the home. This is particularly true
for female astronomers, who generally are married to professionals (and often
to other astronomers). Academic and professional institutions that employ the
majority of astronomers are now beginning to recognize the importance of
addressing what has come to be known as the "two-body" problem in order to
attract and retain the best scientists. A few of those institutions are making
pioneering efforts to create pro-active approaches to the issue of dual-career
the administration at institutions with pro-active policies.  

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the Employment Committee 
are co-sponsoring a special session that features speakers involved in 
institutions with pro-active policies.  Speakers include Eileen Friel (NSF), 
Tammy Smecker-Hane (UC Irvine), Ellen Zweibel (UW Madison), and Roberta 
Humphreys (U Minnesota).  As an example, Ellen Zweibel will speak about
"Dual Career Initiatives at U. Wisconsin".  Her abstract is below:

The University of Wisconsin has a generous spousal hiring policy that has made
it possible to recruit and retain many academic couples. The WISELI program at
UW Madison helps maximize the benefits of the program through publicizing it,
training search committees, and conducting research into how it can be further
improved. I will share my personal perspective on dual career issues, since I
have encountered them as a committee member and as a candidate."

Karen Bjorkman will be the session chair.  The session will take place on 
Thursday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 102B.  We invite 
everyone to attend what promises to be an informative and lively session!  

b. CSWA Panel Discussion with members of dual-career couples 

The CSWA will hold a session that follows the special morning session on 
"Institutional Solutions to the Two-Body Problem". As noted in the description
of the special morning session, academic and professional institutions that 
employ the majority of astronomers are now beginning to recognize the 
importance of addressing what has come to be known as the "two-body" problem 
in order to attract and retain the best scientists. The CSWA session will 
focus on the other side of the issue - how dual-career couples have 
successfully approached the issue at institutions that do not necessarily have 
pro-active policies. We will hold a panel discussion with panelists who are
members of dual-career couples. These panel members will discuss the various 
approaches they have taken. Included in the panel discussion will be time for 
questions and comments by the audience.  Andrea Schweitzer will chair the 
session, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in room 102B (the 
same room as the earlier special session).  Please join us!

c. Request for panel members for the CSWA panel discussion

We have had some recent cancellations for our discussion panel, and are 
looking for men or women who currently exist in a two-body situation and who 
would be willing to share their experiences with attendees of the session.
Both members of the dual-career couple do not need to be present.  A full 
abstract of the session appeared above as item 1b.  If you are interested in 
speaking on the panel, please contact Patricia Knezek at knezeknoao.edu.

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2. Harvard Commits $50M for Women Faculty
From: AASWomen Editors

An article on the outcome of two task forces created by Harvard President
Lawrence Summers in February to look at (1) women at Harvard, and (2) women 
in science more generally can be found at:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050516/ap_on_re_us/harvard_women

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3. How does one proceed if they become aware of a serious issue with a job 
   candidate?
From: Anonymous

If someone, outside a search process, becomes aware of an issue with a
candidate being recruited by their institution, and feels it is serious,
how can that person bring it to the attention of the search committee? If 
the person does so, what are the attendant risks?  Has anyone encountered 
this sort of thing before?

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4. Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Australian National University
From: Theresa Gallagher terrymso.anu.edu.au

PLANETARY SCIENCES INSTITUTE
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Research School of Earth Sciences

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW / RESEARCH FELLOW
Academic Level A / Academic Level B (fixed term, 3-5 years)

The Planetary Sciences Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University
is a newly-funded undertaking between the Research Schools of Astronomy and
Astrophysics (RSAA) and Earth Sciences (RSES) building on the strengths of
their respective programs to develop new directions for planetary research
that will shape our future understanding of the origin and evolution of
planetary systems including:  i) observations and/or theoretical modelling of
the formation and evolution of planetary systems  and ii) extrasolar planet
search and characterization programs.  PSI currently has a dozen associated 
faculty including two initial joint appointments.  We are now seeking to fill 
an additional, joint fixed-term position.  The appointee will be able to 
thrive in an environment characterized by the challenges and opportunities of 
an exploding field of cross-disciplinary research.  The successful applicant 
will have access to front-line equipment including the ANU supercomputer
(http://anusf.anu.edu.au), Gemini (http://www.ausgo.anu.edu.au), Skymapper
(http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/skymapper) and 2.3m telescopes
(http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/observing/telescopes/2.3m.php)  and IRIS2
(http://www.aao.gov.au/astro/iris2.html) on the AAT.  Anticipating the rapid 
accumulation of new observations of our and other planetary systems, we seek 
a researcher with expertise in planet formation, protoplanetary disks or 
debris disks whose research complements, extends, and connects existing 
research at RSAA and RSES.  The appointee's research program could include:  
experimental or theoretical investigations of planetary formation processes, 
numerical modelling of the dynamical evolution of proto-planetary material, 
disk mineralogy, and/or the detection, analysis and characterization of 
extrasolar  planets and their associated disks.

Salary Package:   $AUD52,863 - $AUD70,106 pa plus  generous (17%)
superannuation and a relocation allowance

Appointment:  Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow (3 - 5 years fixed term),
depending on level of qualifications and experience.
Selection documentation is available from:  http://info.anu.edu.au/hr/jobs/ or
http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/jobs or email:  academic.services.rsaaanu.edu.au

If you wish to discuss the position after obtaining the selection
documentation, please contact:
Dr Charley Lineweaver, Coordinator, PSI (charleymso.anu.edu.au); or
Professor Penny D. Sackett, Director, RSAA (director.rsaaanu.edu.au); or
Professor Mark Harrison, Director, RSES (director.rsesanu.edu.au)
Planetary Sciences Institute website:  rsaa.anu.edu.au/PSI

ANU Job Reference No:  RSAA2892

Closing date:  30 June 2005
Candidates should arrange for 3 referees to submit their reports directly by
email to:  academic.services.rsaaanu.edu.au by the closing date.

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5. Chief, Solar Terrestrial Physics Division, NOAA/NESDIS/National 
   Geophysical Data Center
From: Kimberly S. Shudlow Kimberly.S.Shudlownoaa.gov

Chief, Solar Terrestrial Physics Division
NOAA/NESDIS/National Geophysical Data Center
Boulder, Colorado, USA

The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration invites applicants for Chief of the Solar 
Terrestrial Physics Division.  The person selected will lead a division 
dedicated to providing data center functionality (ingest, archive, access,
product generation and scientific collaborations) for environmental satellite
data, ground-based observations, and products generated from the archived 
environmental data.  Major duties will include administrating financial, 
personnel, and physical resources of  the Division; conceiving, developing, 
and implementing plans to build and operate the long-term archives for NOAA 
environmental satellite (earth observation, space environment, solar, and 
geomagnetic field) and ground-based observatories (geomagnetic, solar, and 
ionospheric) data; and, implementing programs for expanding the delivery and 
exchange of environmental data.  Basic entry qualification requirements are:

A. Degree: Physical Science, Engineering, or Mathematics that included 24
semester hours in physical science and/or
B. Combination of education and experience-education equivalent to one of
the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 hours semester hours in
physical science.
C. Must demonstrate strong leadership skills.
D. Must be eligible for a top secret security clearance.

In addition to meeting these requirements, applicants must have one year
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in 
Federal service.  Applicants must have experience working in the areas of the 
space environment, remote sensing, geomagnetic remote sensing, or earth 
observation remote sensing.  Applicants must have at least one year of 
specialized experience directly related to the processing and analysis of 
large volumes of environmental data.  Applicants must also have the ability to 
deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent 
backgrounds, interests, and points of view; establish program objectives or 
performance goals, and assess progress toward their achievement; analyze 
organizational problems and develop timely and economical solutions; and, 
represent the activity both within and outside the organization or agency
to gain support for the agency’s program goals.

A complete vacancy announcement may be found at www.usajobs.opm.gov,
announcement numbers NSDIS-NGDC-2005-0003 and 0004.  The position is for a
Physical Scientist (Supervisory), ZP-1301-V, $105,811 to $140,300 per year.
Applications will be taken through July 6, 2005.  For more information,
contact Jackie Albertnoaa.gov, 303-497-3156.

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6. Two jobs ads at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico
From: Michelle Creech-Eakman mceinanna.nmt.edu

Hello,

I wanted to draw everyone's attention to two positions we have
open at New Mexico Tech In Socorro, NM with the Magdalena Ridge
Observatory. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone
if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Michelle Creech-Eakman
MRO Interferometer Project Scientist
mcekestrel.nmt.edu 505-835-6431


PROGRAM DIRECTOR

NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY, MAGDALENA RIDGE OBSERVATORY.

New Mexico Tech seeks applicants for the position of Program Director for
the delivery of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO). This
state-of-the-art observatory will be located at 10,500 ft just west of
Socorro, NM. It will include a 2.4m fast-tracking single telescope and an
optical imaging interferometer consisting of an array of up to 10 x
1.5m-class telescopes. The Program Director will lead a management team
consisting of project managers for the single telescope, interferometer,
and site infrastructure components of the program. The Program Director
will be responsible for the overall execution of the MRO program, will
oversee the setting of program milestones for each of the projects,
monitor overall program progress and spend, and allocate resources between
projects in order to complete the program on time and within budget. The
Program Director will be responsible for developing a coordinated
operations plan for the program and will support the New Mexico Tech
administration in securing construction and operations funding for the
observatory.

A Bachelors degree in the physical sciences or engineering is required,
together with an established record of managing technical projects and
bringing them in on time and within budget, experience of professional
management tools, and excellent communication skills. This is a multi-year
position that will require relocation to New Mexico. For inquiries on the
MRO project elements contact the project scientists for the single
telescope Eileen Ryan or for the interferometer - Michelle Creech-Eakman -
at +1-505-835-6431. Application material, resume, transcripts, and names,
addresses, e-mail, and phone contacts, should be submitted to: New Mexico
Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Human Resources,
Wells Hall Box 21E, Socorro NM 87801. For further information about MRO,
visit our web page http://www.mro.nmt.edu/. To receive full consideration,
applications must be received by June 1, 2005; the position will remain
open until filled. NMT is an equal opportunity employer which encourages
applications from women and minorities. E-mail applications are NOT accepted.


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PROJECT MANAGER


NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY, MAGDALENA RIDGE
OBSERVATORY.

New Mexico Tech seeks applicants for the position of Project Manager for
the delivery of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI). The
MROI will consist of an array of 10 x 1.5m-class telescopes sited at
10,500 ft altitude and is designed to make images of astronomical objects
with unprecedented detail. The Project Management Team consisting of the
Project Manager, the Project Scientist and System Architect will be
responsible for all aspects of the leadership of the interferometer
project, and will receive technical support from a small team of engineers
and scientists. The Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day
management of the project, will set project milestones, monitor project
progress and spend, and adjust resource allocations to complete the
project on time and within budget.

A Bachelors degree in the physical sciences or engineering is required,
together with an established record of success in managing scientific
projects, experience with professional management tools, experience of
contract negotiation, and excellent communication skills.The Project
Manager must be able to regularly visit the high altitude construction
site. This is a multi-year position that will require relocation to New
Mexico. For inquiries on the MRO interferometer project contact Michelle
Creech-Eakman at +1-505-835-5809. Application material, resume,
transcripts, and names, addresses, e-mail, and phone contacts, should be
submitted to: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy
Place, Human Resources, Wells Hall Box 21E, Socorro NM 87801. For
information about MRO, visit our web page http://www.mro.nmt.edu/. To
receive full consideration, applications must arrive by June 1, 2005; the
position will remain open until filled. NMT is an equal opportunity employer
which encourages applications from women and minorities. E-mail
applications are NOT accepted.

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