AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 10, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare
 
This week's issues:

1. Report from AAS Meeting

2. Annie Jump Cannon Award

3. News About CSWA Members

4. Three New Resources for Postdocs

5. MentorNet News

6. MODEST-6 Conference, MOdeling DEnse STellar Systems

7. Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Franklin & Marshall College

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

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1. Report from AAS Meeting
From: AASWOMEN editors

Two CSWA events were held at the recent AAS meeting in Minneapolis.  The
first was a session entitled "Institutional Solutions to the Two-Body
Problem," co-sponsored by the CSWA and the AAS Committee on Employment.
At this session, Eileen Friel of the National Science Foundation summarized
the NSF ADVANCE program.  The primary goal of ADVANCE is "Increasing the
Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
Careers."  (See http://www.nsf.gov and select "Crosscutting, NSF-wide" 
from among the Program Areas to get more information on ADVANCE.)

Tammy Smecker-Hane of the University of California at Irvine followed 
with a discussion of the UCI ADVANCE program and their Career Partner
Program.  For more information on the UCI Career Partner Program, see
http://www.ap.uci.edu/programs/careerpart/CareerPartners-FTE.html.

Ellen Zweibel of the University of Wisconsin spoke about the dual career
initiatives at the University of Wisconsin.  For more information on
activities at Wisconsin, see the web site of the Women in Science &
Engineering Leadership Institute at http://wiseli.engr.wisc.edu/ .

The last speaker was Roberta Humphreys, Associate Dean in the Institute
of Technology at the University of Minnesota, who is responsible for
the Institute of Technology Program for Women.  She spoke on the 
less formal dual-career policies in place at Minnesota.

The second CSWA session was the normal CSWA lunch meeting, which 
was centered on a panel discussion and questions involving individuals
who have had to deal with dual-career issues more on their own, without
support from any formal institutional programs.

We thank all the participants and attendees in these two sessions.
We expect to publish more details on the CSWA web site in the future.

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2. Annie Jump Cannon Award
From: Alycia Weinberger alyciadtm.ciw.edu

I am pleased to report that the AAS Council re-started the Annie Jump
Cannon (AJC) Award.  The AJC shall be in the amount of $1500 and include
an invited talk at a AAS meeting and travel expenses to the meeting for
the recipient. The award shall be made for outstanding research by a
female North American astronomer within 5 years of her PhD in the year of
the prize.  Nominations will go through the AAS Secretary's office as for
other Society prizes.

The AAS will be temporarily subsidizing the return on the AJC endowment in
order to make the award at the level given above.  Approximately $40,000
needs to be raised to fund the award in the long term.  If you would like
to donate to the AJC endowment, please send your check for any amount to
the AAS Executive Office, Attn: Bob Milkey, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Suite
400, Washington, DC 20009-1231.  Note that your contribution is for the
AJC Endowment.  Contributions are tax deductible.

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3. News About CSWA Members
From: AASWOMEN Editors

Congratulations to CSWA member Kim Weaver for the recent publication of
her book, "The Violent Universe."  Also, congratulations to CSWA member
Jim Ulvestad, who just took up a three-year post on the AAS Council.

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4. Three New Resources for Postdocs
From: Amy Simon-Miller simonlepasm.gsfc.nasa.gov

The National Postdoctoral Association has three new publications
developed for use by postdocs and others wishing to support postdoctoral
research.  The publication titles and their web addresses are given
below:

Recommendations for Postdoctoral Policies and Practices
http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/policy/Recommended_Practices.pdf

Postdoc Association Toolkit
"a resource guide to assist postdocs and their allies in starting and 
sustaining an effective" Postdoc Association.  Table of Contents at
http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/committees/outreach_committee/PDAtoc

International Postdoc Survival Guide
"The Survival Guide is intended to help international postdocs navigate
life and work in the United States."  Table of Contents at
http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/committees/IPC_Committee/IPSurvivalGuide/ 

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5. MentorNet News
FROM: WIPHYS of June 7, 2005

Highlights from the June 2005 issue of MentorNet News, a monthly 
e-newsletter about mentoring and women in science and engineering: 

Mentors Help Students Emerge from Grad School Crucible
Graduate students find mentoring to be particularly valuable. This 
article, featuring MIT's associate dean for graduate students, looks at 
what women grad students gain from MentorNet, and why they need this 
support.
http://www.mentornet.net/news/2005/junenews1.aspx 

Exploding Myths About Women in Science and Engineering
Common misperceptions still persist. We examine a few---and the data that 
refute them---with Kimberlee Shauman, co-author of Women in Science: 
Career Processes and Outcomes. 
http://www.mentornet.net/news/2005/junenews2.aspx 

Save the date!  On Thursday, September 29, MentorNet will be offering a
one-day workshop in Denver, Colorado, "Success Through Mentoring,"
particularly geared for those in university settings who work with women 
and others underrepresented in engineering, science, mathematics, and 
technology, but also of interest to those in corporations and government 
settings.  Speakers include nationally-recognized experts in mentoring, 
including those with special knowledge of e-mentoring, creating an 
organizational culture of mentoring, and mentoring for people of color.   
The workshop is being offered as pre-conference workshop before the annual 
SACNAS conference (www.sacnas.org) and co-sponsored by the National 
Science Foundation, with additional support from Texas Instruments.  
Please contact info@mentornet  for more information.

Information on MentorNet, the electronic mentoring program, can be found at
http://www.mentornet.net 

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6. MODEST-6 Conference, MOdeling DEnse STellar Systems
From: Fred Rasio rasionorthwestern.edu

MODEST-6, the 6th conference on MOdeling DEnse STellar systems,
will take place at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) this
summer, on August 29-31, 2005 (Mon-Wed). The conference will
cover all aspects of star cluster research, including observations
of young star clusters and super star clusters, star cluster
formation, star formation in clusters, initial mass functions,
stellar dynamics, numerical simulations and N-body techniques,
hydrodynamics, stellar collisions, compact objects in clusters, etc.

More information is available online at
http://www.astro.northwestern.edu/MODEST6/

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7. Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Franklin & Marshall College
From: Andrea Lommen andrea.lommenfandm.edu

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) of Astronomy
Franklin and Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Tel: 717-291-3809
FAX: 717-358-4474

Attention: Greg Adkins, Professor of Physics and Chair

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in astronomy starting
in fall 2006 at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of
Physics & Astronomy, Franklin & Marshall College.

Candidates must demonstrate substantial commitment to undergraduate
teaching, with prior experience designing and teaching undergraduate
astronomy and astrophysics courses preferred. A vigorous research program
is also required which can involve undergraduate students in publishable
research projects. Available facilities include access to the NURO
(Flagstaff) 0.8-m telescope with CCD camera, a 0.4-m telescope with CCD
camera plus 11-inch Clark refractor sited near campus, and six 8-inch
Celestron telescopes with CCDs and indoor PC control on the top-floor
balcony of the science building. Recent projects have included work at the
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, the Arecibo Observatory, and the
Keck Observatory.  See http://www.fandm.edu/astronomy.xml for further
details.

A Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics is required. A complete application
package must include a statement of teaching philosophy and research
interests, a description of possible undergraduate research projects,
curriculum vitae, and copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
Letters of recommendation (at least three) should be sent directly to the
address above. Review of completed applications will begin on October 1.

Franklin and Marshall is a selective private liberal arts college with
1,850 students located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a small city of 50,000
about 1-1/2 hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia.  The college is
committed to cultural pluralism through the hiring of women and minorities
and encourages all interested individuals to apply. EOE/AA.

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