AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 21, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. AAS Membership Renewal and Annie Jump Cannon Prize

2. Female-Friendly Physics Departments

3. Sue V. Rosser to Speak at Gender Equity Luncheon Forum in Chicago

4. Lowell Observatory Predoctoral Fellowship Program

5. Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics, U. Wisc-Lacrosse

6. Faculty Position in Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley

7. UCO/Lick Observatory Seeking New Director

*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

8. Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Goucher College

9. Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics, College of Dupage

10. Tenure-Track Jr. Faculty Position in Experimental Neutrino Physics

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

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1. AAS Membership Renewal and Annie Jump Cannon Prize
From: Jim Ulvestad (julvestanrao.edu)

AAS members who have recently received their membership renewal invoices
will note that there is a special effort being made this year to increase
the endowment of the Annie Jump Cannon (AJC) Prize.  This prize has been
administered for several decades by the American Association of University
Women, but the endowment of only about $10,000 has required them to 
subsidize the prize in order to enable it to continue.  Therefore, they 
requested that the AAS resume full authority over the prize in the future.

Based on recommendations by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Alycia Weinberger,
the AAS intends to resume awarding of the AJC Prize, which will be given
to a North American female astronomer within 5 years of receiving her Ph.D.
The AAS plans to subsidize the prize for 3 years, then to review its
status and whether the endowment has become self-supporting.

The AJC Prize can be self-supporting if the endowment is closer to 10^5
dollars rather than 10^4 dollars--only one order of magnitude shouldn't
be hard for astronomers!  For example, if 150 AAS membership renewals
included $100 donations to the AJC Prize, and 300 included $50 donations,
the endowment would be raised by $30,000.  If this continued for three
years, the endowment would reach $100,000.  Of course, any donation helps,
including those smaller than $50 or larger than $100.

Please consider a year-end donation to the AJC Prize endowment as part of 
your AAS membership renewal.  For a list of previous AJC Prize winners, see
http://www.aas.org/grants/awards.html#cannon .

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2. Female-Friendly Physics Departments
From: WIPHYS of October 21, 2005

[Note: CSWP is the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.  The CSWA
assumes no responsibility for this survey, but merely reports the item
below as having possible interest for our readers. --eds.]

FEMALE-FRIENDLY PHYSICS DEPARTMENTS
The CSWP has compiled a survey of graduate programs in physics that should 
be helpful to those  interested in assessing the climate for women at 
various graduate schools. Department chairs (or their assignees) at more 
than 200 PhD-granting institutions were asked to respond to five questions, 
including what makes their department female-friendly.  The responses, 
for each institution, can be obtained at http://cswp.catlla.com/results.php .  
All information is self-reported.  Neither the CSWP nor the APS assumes
responsibility for its accuracy or timeliness.  

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3. Sue V. Rosser to Speak at Gender Equity Luncheon Forum in Chicago
From: WIPHYS of October 21, 2005

Because the mission of the Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago
is to provide inner city girls a college preparatory education focusing on
science, math and technology, we have invited Sue V. Rosser to speak on Women
and Science at our Fall Gender Equity Luncheon Forum on Wednesday, November 2
from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the conference center at Jenner & Block, 330 N.
Wabash Avenue, Chicago.  Dr. Rosser is the author of The Science Glass
Ceiling:  Academic Women Scientists and the Struggle to Succeed.  At the
beginning of the program, two YWLCS students will speak briefly about their
experience last summer studying rain forest ecology in Puerto Rico with
Project Exploration and Earthwatch.  Please extend our invitation to those
with an interest in encouraging women to pursue careers in science, math,
technology and engineering.  Lunch will be served.  Space is limited.  For
information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Sally Casper by
October 30:  312-222-9350, ext. 8626 or sallymcasperyahoo.com.  There 
is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  

This luncheon series, covering issues of gender equity in connection with The
Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, is hosted courtesy of
Jenner & Block, LLC and Huron Consulting Group.  YWLCS was founded in 2000 to
give urban girls a college preparatory education focusing on science, math and
technology.  For more information:  http://www.ywlcs.org   (312) 949-9400

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4. Lowell Observatory Predoctoral Fellowship Program
From: Lisa Prato (lpratolowell.edu)

Lowell Observatory is pleased to announce the first year of its 
predoctoral fellowship program.  Stipends are available, nominally for a 
two year period, to conduct Ph.D. thesis research at Lowell's campus in 
Flagstaff, Arizona in planetary, stellar, galactic, or extragalactic 
astronomy.  We are currently inviting applications for a Spring 2006 start 
date.  The deadline for submission of all materials is December 1, 2005.  
Contact with Lowell staff well in advance of the deadline to allow time 
for development of a potential project is required.  For more information 
visit us on the web at http://www.lowell.edu/Research/predoc/index.html
or contact Dr. Will Grundy (grundy) or Dr. Lisa Prato (lprato) 
lowell.edu.

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5. Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics, U. Wisc-Lacrosse
From: Shauna Sallmen (sallmen.shauuwlax.edu)

The Physics Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
(http://www.uwlax.edu/physics/) invites applicants for a tenure track
faculty position at the rank of assistant professor beginning Monday,
August 28, 2006. (Position no. 07PHY01).  Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications. We seek a Ph.D.  specializing in one of the following
areas: (1) theoretical nuclear or particle physics, (2) theoretical
astrophysics, or (3) physics education research. The applicant should have
a demonstrated effectiveness in large introductory physics courses and
laboratories as well as upper division courses. The applicant should be
able to establish a research program on campus and involve undergraduates
in their research, and be able to contribute to the Department in areas
such as obtaining external funding, developing courses and laboratory
experiments, etc.

The Department has eight full-time faculty and offers a B.S. in Physics
with the options of Emphases in Astronomy, Computational Physics
and Optics, as well as Physics Majors with Business or Bio-Medical
Concentrations. The Department is active in undergraduate research and
has a well-established Dual-Degree Program (Physics & Engineering) in
cooperation with the Engineering programs at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison,
UW-Platteville and the University of Minnesota. There are currently
about 120 majors in our program. Additional information is available
at www.uwlax.edu and at www.aapt.org/Projects/ntfup/casestudies.cfm.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statement
of teaching philosophy, research plan, and three professional letters of
reference to: Physics Department Search Committee, position no. 07PHY01,
Department of Physics, Rm 2005 Cowley Hall, University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse, La Crosse WI 54601. Applications and all supporting material
must be received by Monday Nov. 7, 2005. No application materials will
be accepted via email or fax.

UW-La Crosse is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women,
persons of color and individuals with disability are encouraged to apply.
If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our
hiring process please contact the search committee to make appropriate
arrangements. Under Wisconsin statutes, we are required to make public a
list of nominees and applicants. A written request can exclude one from
this list. Persons agreeing to be final candidates (to be interviewed)
will have their identities revealed as final candidates.

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6. Faculty Position in Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
From: Imke de Pater (imkeberkeley.edu)

The Departments of Earth and Planetary Science, Astronomy, and Physics at 
UC Berkeley invite applications for a faculty position in Planetary Science. 
We seek an individual to complement our existing strengths in all three
departments and interact effectively with the Space Sciences Laboratory 
(SSL) and the Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences (CIPS). Candidates 
from all fields of planetary science are invited to apply. The level of 
appointment will be commensurate with experience. Please send a curriculum 
vitae, bibliography, statement of teaching and research interests, and a 
list of the names and addresses (email and postal) of at least 3 references 
to:

Chair, Faculty Search Committee
University of California- Berkeley
Center for Integrative Planetary Science (CIPS)
601 Campbell Hall MS 3411, Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

Applications should be postmarked by January 15, 2006; late applications will
not be considered. Fax or email applications will not be accepted. Refer
potential reviewers to the University of California, Berkeley Statement of
Confidentiality found at http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to affirmative action by
actively recruiting qualified women and minorities for employment
opportunities: Affirmative Action Employer/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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7. UCO/Lick Observatory Seeking New Director
From: Pamela Peterson (pgpetersucsc.edu)

The University of California seeks confidential applications and nominations 
for a new Director of the University of California Observatories/Lick 
Observatory.  UCO/Lick is headquartered at the University of California, 
Santa Cruz, operates the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, CA, and supports 
operations at the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, HI.  The Director is a
member of the oversight board of Keck and of the Thirty Meter Telescope 
project.  Further information and application directions may be found at 
http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/UCOLickDirector.pdf.  Please send inquiries and the 
names of suggested candidates to Sandra Faber, Search Committee chair, at 
faberucolick.org. Initial Screening of applications will begin 
December 1, 2005.  UC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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8. Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Goucher College
From: WIPHYS of October 19, 2005

The Department of Physics invites applications for a one-year sabbatical 
replacement position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2006
with the possibility of renewal. Candidates must have Ph.D. in Physics or
Astronomy and a strong interest in undergraduate teaching across the physics
curriculum.  We welcome applications from experimentalists in any specialty,
however the preference will be given to the candidates who are able to 
teach an introductory astronomy course and supervise student astronomy 
projects using our optical and radio telescopes.  Goucher College is a 
highly selective, coeducational, private liberal art institution in 
Baltimore, Maryland. Applications are requested by January 15, 2006 
deadline. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching 
philosophy and names of three references to Dr. Sasha Dukan, Chair, 
Department of Physics, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD 21204 c/o Human 
Resources Department. Goucher is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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9. Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics, College of Dupage
From: WIPHYS of October 21, 2005

The College of DuPage has an opening for a full time tenure-track physics
educator at the assistant or associate professor level. Female  and minority
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Minimum  requirements include a
passion of science education, at least a masters degree in physics and some
college level teaching experience. Experience teaching at a community college 
is preferred. The college has a growing physics team and strongly encourages 
innovative teaching strategies including physics education research (PER) 
based methods. The physics  discipline has a fully equipped microcomputer 
based physics laboratory system and relatively small class sizes allow close 
interaction between instructor and students.  Opportunities may exist to teach 
a flexible schedule that may include teaching assignments days, evenings and 
weekends.  Additional information about the department can be found at 
http://www.cod.edu/physics . Consideration of applicants will begin on 
November 1st  and will continue until the position is filled.   To apply, 
please send an application form, student or photocopies of transcripts, a 
cover letter, a statement outlining how your teaching philosophy is consistent 
with the needs of a community college, and a CV to: College of DuPage, 
Human Resources, Faculty Recruiting, 425 Fawell Blvd.  Glen Ellyn, IL  60137. 
Only complete application packets will be given full consideration by the 
search committee.

You may submit your application, a cover letter outline how   and resume
on-line by visiting our website at www.cod.edu/gen_info/hum_res. If you apply
on-line, you must mail photocopies of your transcript separately to complete
your application materials.

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10. Tenure-Track Jr. Faculty Position in Experimental Neutrino Physics
From: WIPHYS of October 21, 2005

The Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics and the Physics Department
of Virginia Tech seeks exceptional candidates for a Tenure Track Junior
Faculty position with responsibilities for teaching and research as a member
of the Experimental Neutrino Physics group in our department.  Current
activities of this group are in the field of low energy solar neutrino 
spectroscocpy (BOREXINO in construction at the Gran Sasso Laboratory Italy, 
LENS in advanced R&D stages) and in conceptual studies for a 
Hyper-scintillation detector (HSD) as the next step device for particle
physics, neutrino physics and geophysics. We look for candidates with
experience in various aspects of inventing, designing and operating massive 
detectors, preferably in underground laboratory locations. We particularly 
seek candidates with demonstrated aptitude and interest in teaching and 
mentoring students in the department and who will play leadership roles in 
our broad ongoing and future program in neutrino physics and astroparticle 
physics in general. 

Further information on the VT experimental particle physics program in general
can be found at http://www.phys.vt.edu. Questions regarding the position can
be directed to Prof. R. S. Raghavan, Chair of the Search Committee, Physics
Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0435, (540) 231-2761, email:
raghavanvt.edu. Applications must be submitted online at 
https://jobs.vt.edu/ . (job posting # 043156, job #113759). The application 
package should include a cover letter, resume, and a statement of research 
interests. Applicants should arrange for (at least) three letters of 
recommendation to be sent directly to the Search Chair. Review of applications 
will begin on Dec 15, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university, and the recipient of an NSF Advance
grant which opens up a wide range of networking and development opportunities
to women in science and engineering (http://www.advance.vt.edu/ ).  The 
physics department offers a supportive environment, including a mentoring 
program, to its junior faculty. Individuals with disabilities desiring 
accommodations in the application process should notify Kim Dix, 
Physics Department, (540) 231-7566, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120.

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