AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 28, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. More information on the Annie Jump Cannon Prize

2. Women in Academic Science and Engineering General Invitation

3. AWIS Offers Two Awards for Women in Physics

4. Professional Skills Development Workshops for Tenure Track Women Physicists

5. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

6. ALMA Post Doctoral Positions

7. Green Bank Telescope Post Doctoral Positions

8. Swinburne University Astronomy Researcher positions

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

9. Faculty Position in Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology, Florida State 
University

10. Chair, Department of Physics, University of Idaho

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

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1. More information on the Annie Jump Cannon Prize
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu)

As noted in the October 21, 2005 issue of AASWOMEN, this year's AAS Membership 
renewal invoice contains a check box for making a donation to the endowment of 
the Annie Jump Cannon award.  You may also make a donation independently of 
the renewal invoice, if you prefer.  Checks should be made out to the AAS and 
marked for the AJC award, and then mailed to:

Robert Milkey
American Astronomical Society
2000 Florida Avenue
NW Suite 400
Washington, DC  20009-1231

The AAS will acknowledge the check if it is for $100 or more, as stated on the 
membership renewal invoice.  Donations are tax deductible.

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2. Women in Academic Science and Engineering General Invitation
From: Kris Sellgren (sellgrenastronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Funders, educators, students, researchers, administrators, government officials, 
industrial representatives, and other interested individuals are invited to 
participate in the Convocation on Biological, Social, and Organizational 
Contributions to Science and Engineering Success, hosted by the National 
Academies Committee on Women in Academic Science and Engineering on December 9, 
2005 in Washington DC.

The National Academies has launched a new study, Maximizing the Potential of 
Women in Academic Science and Engineering, chaired by Donna Shalala, President 
of the University of Miami. The study committee is charged to produce a 
comprehensive interdisciplinary guide to effective policies and practices for 
recruiting, hiring, and retaining women faculty. The committee will consider 
implicit and explicit barriers to career advancement and the intersectionality 
of race and gender. It will address recommendations to each of the multiple 
layers of faculty, administration, and funders who determine institutional 
culture and implement policies. The committee is overseen by the Academies' 
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP).

The committee is hosting a public Convocation to explore the impact of sex and 
gender on recruiting, hiring, promotion, and retention of academic science and 
engineering faculty. This convocation will bring together researchers from 
multiple disciplines to fit together pieces of the puzzle. What does sex 
differences research tell us about behavior, capability, career decisions and 
achievement? What roles do organizational structures and institutional policies 
play? How can we bring forth the cross-cutting issues of diversity within the 
population of women? What are key research needs, experimental paradigms, and 
tools? What are the ramifications of this research for policy, particularly for 
evaluating current and potential academic faculty?

Call for Posters
In addition to plenary discussions with researchers, program administrators, and 
educators, attendees will be able to share their experiences one-on-one during 
poster sessions. Poster abstracts will be published with the event proceedings. 
To ensure a poster slot, register by November 4, 2005.

For More Information and to Register
The meeting is free of charge, but registration is required. Final meeting 
registration deadline is November 28, 2005. The event is open to the public; the 
proceedings will be taped and published.

Website: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/womeninacademe/

E-mail: women_academenas.edu
Phone: 202-334-1438 or 202-334-2915

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3. AWIS Offers Two Awards for Women in Physics
From: WIPHYS of October 24, 2005

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) offers two awards for women in 
physics, the Ruth Satter Award, for an outstanding graduate student who 
interrupted her education for at least three years to raise a family and the 
Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award for college sophomores or juniors studying physics or 
geoscience. Links to the instructions, application forms and additional 
information about these awards can be found at 

http://www.awis.org/careers/edfoundation.html

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4. Professional Skills Development Workshops for Tenure Track Women Physicists
From: WIPHYS of October 27, 2005

The American Physical Society will offer one-day workshops for tenure track and 
newly-tenured women physicists on March 12 (Baltimore) and April 21 (Dallas), in 
association with the 2006 APS annual meetings. The workshops will offer 
professional training on effective negotiation, communication and leadership 
skills, as well as a special opportunity for networking.  Participants may 
receive a stipend of up to $800 towards hotel and travel expenses. To ensure 
maximum interaction, the workshops are limited to 30 people. Details along with 
information on how to apply are now posted on the CSWP website at:

http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/skills/

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5. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS of October 27, 2005

Information on the 2006 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women is 
now available!  These summer internships are salaried positions typically 10 
weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500 grant, plus the opportunity to work 
with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations.  Applications must be 
submitted by January 31, 2006.  Complete details on the program and how to apply 
are available at:

http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/ibmintern.html 

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6. ALMA Post Doctoral Positions
From: Tavia Dillon (tdillonnrao.edu)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites applications for a NRAO 
Postdoctoral appointment at the North American ALMA Science Center in 
Charlottesville, Va. These positions provide 50% time for independent 
research, with the remaining 50% assigned to project and operational 
duties at the sites.

The starting salary will be $45,000 per year. The appointment duration is 
two years, with renewal for a third year, by agreement. Conference and 
observing travel are supported.  Computing resources, page charge support, 
vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance are also provided. 
The appointment will be available beginning Fall 2006.

The Scientist will participate in the development and verification of 
scientific requirements for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) 
including testing of its capabilities at the ALMA prototype system at 
the Antenna Test Facility near Socorro, N. M.  The ALMA prototype antennas 
have been deployed at the ALMA Test Facility at the VLA site; the Scientist 
will participate in the characterization of these antennas and the ALMA 
Prototype Interferometer.  As ALMA construction progresses the Scientist 
may also participate in the testing and commissioning of the initial elements 
of the array in Chile. The position is funded by a grant from the National 
Science Foundation through the ALMA Construction Project.

The candidates should have, or expect to receive by no later than 1 September 
2006, a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and should have a plan 
of continuing independent research.

Appointments will be considered for Charlottesville, Virginia, at the North 
American ALMA Science Center and NRAO Headquarters on the grounds of the 
University of Virginia.

Applications should include a statement of research interests and plans, a 
description of any software or instrumentation experience, a curriculum vitae 
including a publication list, and the names of three scientists who have 
agreed to send in letters of reference.  All material should be submitted as 
a single PDF file via e-mail to: kyoungaoc.nrao.edu 
(file name should be: "LastNameFirstInitial.ALMAPostdoc.pdf").  Recommendation 
letters can be submitted separately via e-mail.  Please reference: "ALMA 
Postdoc" in the subject line.

All applications received by 15 December 2005 will receive full consideration. 
If any positions remain unfilled, additional applications will be accepted 
through 15 January 2006.

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7. Green Bank Telescope Post Doctoral Positions
From: Tavia Dillon (tdillonnrao.edu)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites applications for up to two 
NRAO Postdoctoral appointments which will become available in Green Bank, WV, 
site of the 100-m GBT. These positions provide 50% time for independent 
research, with the remaining 50% assigned to project and operational duties 
at the site.

The starting salary will be $45,000 per year. The appointment duration is 
two years, with renewal for a third year, by agreement. Conference and 
observing travel are supported. Computing resources, page charge support, 
vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance are also provided.

The main functional need at the Green Bank Telescope is to support astronomers 
using the GBT through all aspects of the observing process, from initial 
proposal submission to final data processing and analysis.

Depending upon the skills of the prospective candidates, there may also be 
opportunities to participate in project development. Major activities include 
the Penn Array Bolometer Camera (expected to start commissioning in February 
2006), the Precision Telescope Control System Project, intended to enable 
operation of the antenna to wavelengths as short as 3mm, and continued 
development of observing and data analysis software.

The candidates should have, or expect to receive by the agreed start date, a 
PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and a plan of continuing 
independent research. The appointments will be available as early as Spring 
2006.

Applications should include a statement of research interests and plans, a 
description of any software or instrumentation experience, a curriculum vitae 
including a publication list, and the names of three scientists who have 
agreed to send in letters of reference.  All material should be submitted as 
a single PDF file via e-mail to: kyoungaoc.nrao.edu 
(file name should be: "LastNameFirstInitial.GBTPostdoc.pdf").  Recommendation 
letters can be submitted separately via e-mail.  Please reference: "GBT Postdoc"
in the subject line.

All applications received by 15 February 2006 will receive full consideration. 
If any positions remain unfilled, additional applications will be accepted 
through 15 March 2006.

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8. Swinburne University Astronomy Researcher positions
From: Sarah Maddison (smaddisonswin.edu.au)

The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at Swinburne University, Australia, 
is pleased to announce a major expansion phase with several new ongoing 
Astronomy Researcher positions.

In recognition of its research successes, the Centre has recently been awarded 
`Tier 1 Research' status, along with four other premier research Centres within 
the university. Tier 1 status brings with it a commitment of more than $1.5M 
over the next 5 years for new staff positions. In addition, the Supercomputer 
hosted by the Centre will be upgraded with an additional $2M funding. Several 
other exciting initiatives are underway or planned.

The Centre is looking to hire researchers, from levels B (Lecturer) to E (Full 
Professor). Applicants should have an outstanding record of research 
publications and grant successes. Experience with PhD student supervision is 
an advantage. The area of research is open, with observers and theoreticians 
given equal consideration. We particularly encourage applicants that will 
complement and overlap with the existing research strengths of the Centre 
(see http://astronomy.swin.edu.au). A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is 
required. Exceptional applicants may be offered a high starting level, up to 
Full Professor.

The successful applicants will join an active research group of some 30 
astronomers and PhD students in Australia's most rapidly growing astronomy 
department. Swinburne astronomers regularly obtain observing time on the AAT, 
Gemini, HST, Parkes and other world-class telescopes. We host one of 
Australia's fastest supercomputers and a Square Kilometre Array research group. 
Astronomy visualisation and public outreach are also key strengths of the 
Centre.

Applications, to reach Prof. Bailes by 15th Dec. 2005, should include: a brief 
resume, grant and publication list, a 1 page summary of current research 
interests and future plans, plus the names/email addresses of 3 potential 
referees.  Please also indicate the level of position you are applying for. 
Electronic applications are preferred. We anticipate conducting interviews 
of the short-listed applicants early in the new year.

Salary is determined by the Academic Level. Starting salaries for Academic 
levels from 1st April 2006 are: level B (Lecturer) $A63,146, level C (Senior 
Lecturer) $A77,263, level D (Associate Professor) $A92,953 and level E (Full 
Professor) $A119,621. Swinburne University operates a generous 
superannuation/pension scheme.

For an indication of the responsibilities and requirements for different 
Academic levels, please consult the Position Descriptions for levels B-E.

General enquires can be made to the Centre Director Prof. Matthew Bailes 
(mbailesswin.edu.au) or 
Deputy Director Prof. Duncan Forbes (dforbesswin.edu.au)

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9. Faculty Position in Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology, Florida State 
University
From: WIPHYS of October 24, 2005

The Physics Department at Florida State University is seeking applicants for a 
tenure track faculty position in Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology starting in 
Fall 2006, with the appointment rank depending upon qualifications and 
experience.  Highly qualified candidates from any area of astrophysics or 
cosmology are invited to apply.  The Physics Department has active programs in 
theoretical and experimental condensed matter, nuclear, and high energy physics 
and is now seeking to start a program in astrophysics/cosmology which would 
complement and build upon the existing programs.  In addition, enthusiasm for 
teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and participation in the 
department's outreach programs are expected.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in 
Physics or Astrophysics.  Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research 
interests and plans, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to 
Astrophysics Search Committee, c/o Prof. J. F. Owe!
 ns, Physics Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350.  
To assure full consideration, all application materials should be received by 
December 1, 2005.  Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action Employer and it especially encourages applications from women and members 
of minority groups.

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10. Chair, Department of Physics, University of Idaho
From: WIPHYS of October 24, 2005

We invite applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the 
Department of Physics. The negotiable starting date is July 1, 2006. The 
University of Idaho is the principal research institution in Idaho, as well as 
the state’s leading Ph.D. granting institution. The department consists of ten 
faculty and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The primary areas of research 
in the department are condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and 
atomic/molecular physics. The successful applicant should have a demonstrated 
record of leadership and administrative effectiveness and a strong commitment to 
the principles of faculty governance. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in physics 
and a record of teaching and scholarly work appropriate for appointment at a 
senior rank. The candidate is expected to carry out an active research program 
which will enhance the current research programs or add new programs of interest 
to the department. Please submit applications through 

http://www.hr.uidaho.edu

For more information contact the Physics Chair Search Committee, Physics 
Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-0903, wyehuidaho.edu, or 
visit the department website: 

http://www.phys.uidaho.edu

The search will close when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been 
identified, but not earlier than November 15, 2005. The University of Idaho is 
an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, and is strongly committed 
to hiring women and minorities.

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