AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

Issue of July 1 & 8, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare

This week's issues:

1. Interesting show on Ruby Payne-Scott

2. Workshop Call for Proposals - Women, Gender, and Science

3. Gender Equity Conference, Australia, April 2006

4. Two new positions at the NSF

5. Cosmology job in Oxford (England)


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

1. Interesting show on Ruby Payne-Scott
From: Amy Simon-Miller Amy.Simongsfc.nasa.gov

[This program, "The Science Show", originally was recorded February 14, 2005.
It is an interview with Fiona Hall, Dr. Elizabeth Hall, Dr. Richard McGee,
Carolyn Little, Dr. Claire Hooker, and Dr. Miller Goss. -- Eds.]


2. Workshop Call for Proposals - Women, Gender, and Science
From: WIPHYS of June 27, 2005

Women, Gender and Science  
The 26th Women's Studies Conference SUNY New Paltz, October 22

This year's conference will examine the ways that gender relations affect   
the world of science, a topic recently highlighted by the controversy  
surrounding the comments of Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard  
University, that suggested genetic roots for the under representation of 
women in scientific fields.  To bring to bear on this controversy the 
experience of women in scientific careers and recent research about the 
gender politics of science, we invite proposals that explore a variety of 
questions including but not limited to the following:  What has been the 
experience of women as scientists, students and subjects of research?.   
Is science gendered? Is there a male model of scientific research? What 
impact are women having on scientific research? What are the barriers to 
women's participation in science, technology and engineering?  What does 
history have to teach us about the experience of women in scientific 
careers?  What has been the experience of women scientists in various parts 
of the world?  How does popular culture represent women scientists? Has 
science education changed to encourage girls to think scientifically and 
consider careers in science? To what extent does the full participation of 
women in science and technology require systemic change? How have women 
intervened in the processes that inhibit women's full participation in 
science at school, at work and in the laboratory? How has social science 
research reflected the gender politics of our culture? How has contemporary 
politics affected scientific and medical research? How has the ascendancy 
of religious conservatism affected the gender politics of scientific and 
medical research?

We invite proposals exploring these and other questions for individual
presentations or workshops, panels and performance pieces.  We encourage
complete workshop proposals but will accept individual presentations that  
can be grouped with others. Sessions are usually one and a half hours long, 
but we will try to accommodate various formats.  Our conference audiences  
include students, faculty and community members from a wide variety of 
backgrounds.  Presentations should be accessible and allow ample time for 
audience participation.

Workshop proposals should include:

1) One to three page description of presentation:  how it relates to the 
conference theme, the specific issues it will address and the activities 
it will include to address these issues
2) Name and a description of the relevant experience of each presenter. 
3) Name, address, phone and e-mail address of contact person.

Send proposals to: Conference Program Committee: Women's Studies Program,
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561 or email to Chandlecnewpaltz.edu.
Proposals can also be faxed to (845)257-2798. For more information call or  
to discuss workshop plans call (845) 257-2977 or 257-297.  Deadline: June 22, 
2005  [NOTE: Though the deadline is listed as June 22nd, the organizers 
indicated they would welcome more proposals for workshop sessions.  Please 
check directly with them.]

3. Gender Equity Conference, Australia, April 2006
From: WIPHYS of July 7, 2005

2006 ATN WEXDEV International Conference, "Change in Climate: Prospects 
for Gender Equity in Universities".  Adelaide, South Australia, 
11-13 April 2006

The Australian Technology Network is an influential alliance of five 
distinctive and prominent Australian universities located in each mainland 
state. We submission of abstracts to be presented at a 2006 International 
Conference on Gender Equity in Universities, sponsored by the Australian 
Technology Network (ATN) Women's Executive Development Program (WEXDEV). It 
is designed for academics, administrators, equity practitioners and 

The 2006 conference, Change in Climate, will provide an opportunity to 
consider the current issues facing women working in higher education 
throughout the world.  It will enable participants to report on findings from 
recent research and to exchange information and ideas from successful 
programs around the world.

For further information please visit www.uts.edu.au/oth/wexdev for call for 
abstracts and link to the conference secretariat www.sapmea.asn.au/wexdev2006 . 
SAPMEA will update their website with conference information as it becomes 

Call for Abstracts Deadline: Monday 24th October.  Contributions are invited 
for abstracts addressing one or more of the conference themes:
1 - Current Strategic Issues in Higher Education and their Impact on Gender
2 - Innovative Institutional Initiatives for Gender Equity
3 - Challenges and Opportunities facing Individuals

Details on themes and how to submit an abstract can be found at 
http://www.uts.edu.au/oth/wexdev/  .  Costs - Conference registration is 
available on line.  Contact www.sapmea.asn.au .

4. Two new positions at the NSF
From: Eileen D. Friel efrielnsf.gov

The Division of Astronomical Sciences at NSF is currently seeking qualified
applicants for two new positions.

The Program Director, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants program,
will have primary responsibility for coordination of the merit review of
proposals, formulation of recommendations for funding, management of program
budgets, and award administration for the grants program, particularly in
the area of unrestricted research grants.  Although all areas of
astronomical expertise will be considered, the Division is particularly
interested in candidates with knowledge and experience in the area of
extragalactic astronomy and cosmology and with a broad interdisciplinary

The Program Manager, Astronomical Facilities will have primary
responsibility for the oversight and management of one or more major
astronomical observational facilities supported by the Division.
Responsibilities involve planning and budgeting for the facility; reviewing
and approving program plans, budgets, contracts, etc; monitoring the
performance of the managing organization; and serving as the principal
contact for administrative and programmatic matters concerning the
facilities.  Final programmatic and management responsibility will depend on
the expertise and qualifications of the candidate, but the Division is
particularly interested in applicants with experience in optical and
infrared astronomy.

Program directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to the
activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the
astronomical community and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and
Division activities and opportunities.  They are also encouraged to
participate in ongoing long-range and strategic planning and program
development within the Astronomy Division.  There are opportunities to
participate in Foundation or Directorate-wide activities in areas of
education, facilities management, strategic planning and program

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in astronomy,
astrophysics, or a closely related field, plus six or more years of
successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience
beyond the Ph.D.  The AAG program director position will be filled on a one
or two year Visiting Scientist Appointment.  The Program Manager,
Facilities, position is a permanent position.  Both would commence in the
fall of 2005.  The salary range, which includes locality pay adjustment, is
from $88,369 to $137,713 per annum, depending on qualifications and

For information on position requirements and application procedures, see 
the full descriptions at
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/vacancy.jsp?org=AST&nsf_org=AST.  Both
positions close on 1 September 2005.  When applying, applicants should refer
to vacancy announcement number E20050084-Rotator or E20050083, as
appropriate.  For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Friel, Executive
Officer, 703-292-4895.  

5. Cosmology job in Oxford (England)
From: Jocelyn Bell Burnell jocelynastro.ox.ac.uk

There's a Lectureship in Astrophysics currently advertised at the University 
of Oxford in England. It is for a theoretical cosmologist. Closing date 31st 
August. See http://www-astro.physics.ox.ac.uk

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