AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of November 25 & December 2, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. CSWA Session at the January AAS meeting in Washington D.C.

2. Article on the impact of having children on female postdocs

3. STEM: meet Title IX

4. Professional Skills Development Workshops Deadlines

5. Item from the BBC Website

6. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

7. Laurie Leshin to Speak at NASA/Goddard


8. Tenure Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Physics, University of 

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

1. CSWA Session at the January AAS meeting in Washington D.C.
From: Patricia Knezek (knezeknoao.edu)

The CSWA will be holding a session on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Salon 3.  (Note the new day!)  The session will focus on 
the progress of women in astronomy and physics worldwide. Laura Kay (Barnard 
College) and Rachel Ivie (AIP) will report on the Second IUPAP International 
Conference on Women in Physics, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 
May 23-26, 2005, as part of the World Year of Physics: WYP2005. This second 
conference was dual themed: (1) Women in Physics: Advancing Participation, 
and (2) Sharing Research Contributions. 

In addition, Rachel Ivie (AIP) will present a summary of the Statistical 
Research Center of the American Institute of Physics report "Women in Physics 
and Astronomy, 2005" released in February 2005. Dr. Ivie was the author of the 
report, which concluded that women are not under-represented on physics and 
astronomy faculties, as is usually assumed. There will be time for discussion 
after the presentations.  Contact Patricia Knezek, knezeknoao.edu, for
additional information.  We hope to see you there!

2. Article on the impact of having children on female postdocs
From: Patricia Knezek (knezeknoao.edu)

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The November 11, 2005 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education has a very
interesting article, "Career Decelerator," about the impact of having 
children on female postdocs.  The article high lights the derailment of the 
career of one female high-energy physicist, and points out the vulnerability 
of postdocs to the whims of their supervisors.  The article can be found can
be found in both the printed version and on the web at:


3. STEM: meet Title IX
From: Debra Rolison (rolisonnrl.navy.mil)

... Title IX:  meet STEM.

Now that *that's* out of the way.

The Boxer/Wyden-stimulated GAO report (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04639.pdf) 
which recommended that the federal funding agencies undertake long-overdue 
Title IX compliance reviews of STEM (science, technology, engineering, 
mathematics) departments and research institutions, was a good start -- an 
important and wonderful start -- but only a start.

We are now in the slow phase of seeing if Title IX can transform STEM -- just 
as it was a slow, but inexorable, change that led to 42% of today's collegiate 
athletes being women (my NCAA Division I volleyball-playing niece among them).

But we now can take the next steps past the good start:  

(1) Title IX compliance reviews! 

The NSF, in conjunction with the DOE, will be undertaking Title IX compliance 
reviews of engineering/computer science departments/programs at four 
universities within the year.

This information is public, but not widely known.  It was announced at the 
25 October 2005 meeting at the NSF of the Committee on Equal Opportunities 
in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) by NSF's Ronald Branch (Head of the Office 
of Equal Opportunity Programs).

Will these first reviews be all they could be?  Probably not, but `tis the 
necessary step to move beyond the good start. 

(2) A national, cross-disciplinary "townhall" discussion on Title IX 
assessments of STEM.

Because Title IX assessments of the STEM enterprise will require far more work 
(and finesse) than just counting XX/XY numbers (necessary though those numbers 
are), to jumpstart the discussion I have organized a symposium as part of the 
2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 
(16-20 February 2006 in St Louis, MO).  

The symposium will open with short presentations from the distinguished 
members of the panel (please see the information appended below), but we will 
then devote at least an hour to open discussion between the panel and the 

And because "many brains are better than one", I solicit your suggestions for 
Title IX-relevant criteria to be introduced for discussion during this 

Please think about what would be the most meaningful, *useful* data that can 
be provided to NSF/DOE compliance review teams to shed light on the reality of 
the experience facing women on faculty/staff or as graduate 
students/postdoctoral associates in your particular 
department/college/laboratory -- and then write me with your suggestions (as 
the moderator, I will be able to lace in suggested thoughts/criteria as the 
discussion unfolds).

Please join us in St. Louis if you can, but please also encourage the 
leadership in your particular department/college/laboratory to be represented 
at this symposium -- both to bring back information to disseminate locally as 
well as to participate in the open discussion.  

Please see (www.aaasmeetings.org) for more information on the annual meeting 
in St. Louis in mid-February.

My thanks to you all in helping to illuminate the path ahead.




Assessing the STEM Enterprise Through Title IX

Saturday, February 18, 2006  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Synopsis:  The landscape of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
(STEM) has experienced a not-yet-realized earthquake in the guise of the 
U.S. General Accountability Office report of July 2004:  Women's Participation 
in the Sciences Has Increased, but Agencies Need to Do More to Ensure 
Compliance with Title IX.  The primary recommendation in this report to the 
U.S. Congress directed the agencies that fund scientific research to "take 
actions to ensure compliance reviews of grantees are conducted as required by 
Title IX."  The GAO further noted:  "Our review of federal science agencies' 
oversight for Title IX suggests that much of the leverage afforded by this law 
lies underutilized in the science arena, even as several billion dollars are 
spent each year on federal science grants."  The GAO also reminded the federal 
funding agencies that they must perform proactive, not complaint-initiated 
compliance reviews of their STEM grantees with respect to Title IX.
This symposium provides a national forum for the community of STEM researchers,
educators, and federal funding agencies to discuss what constitutes meaningful 
and fair criteria in Title IX compliance reviews of STEM departments and the 
national laboratories.  The symposium will open with a summary of the data with
respect to production and utilization of women with Ph.D.s in the STEM 
disciplines and briefly dispel the myths about Title IX.  A panel of 
distinguished speakers will then provide contextual detail with respect to 
Title IX and STEM from the legal, congressional, sponsor, and academic 
perspectives.  The symposium will conclude with an open discussion between the 
panel and the audience in order to provide a forum whereby the community's 
concerns and suggestions can be expressed firsthand.
Panel Participants 

Debra Rolison (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) Moderator
  "Title XI:  It's Not Just for Sports"

Jocelyn Summers (National Women's Law Center)
  "Title IX:  An Effective Change Strategy in Academia"
Willie Pearson Jr. (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  "The Slow State of Change in STEM Departments"

Judith Sunley (National Science Foundation)
  "Funding Agencies and Their Implementation of Title IX for STEM"

Alexander Perkins (LLegislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden)
  "Maintaining the United States at the Forefront of Science by Enforcing 
   Title IX"
George Whitesides (Harvard University)
  "Recruiting and Retaining Women Faculty:  A View from Inside Harvard 

Richard Zare (Stanford University)
  "My Thoughts on Applying Title IX:  An Insider's View from Stanford 

4. Professional Skills Development Workshops Deadlines
From: WIPHYS of November 28, 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 deadline to 
apply for the March workshop is already past (December 1), but the deadline 
for the April workshop is January 13. 

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.   Details at http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/skills/ , along 
with information on how to apply.  To ensure maximum interaction, the 
workshops are limited to 30 people.  

5. Item from the BBC Website
From: WIPHYS of November 28, 2005

The UK can't field enough physics teachers

Linda C. Perry 

6. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS of November 30, 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.cfm 

7. Laurie Leshin to Speak at NASA/Goddard
From: WIPHYS of December 1, 2005

7:00 PM Thursday, December 8, 2005, NASA Goddard Visitor Center Auditorium
Please RSVP at http://university.gsfc.nasa.gov/mos/ 
Or call: 301-286-2893/9690

Dr. Laurie Leshin, Director, Sciences and Exploration at NASA Goddard Space 
Flight Center, will speak on "Mars Rocks!" as part of NASA's public lecture 
series,  "Making of a Scientist: Images and Reality".  She will discuss the 
Martian meteorites, the few dozen Martian samples we have on Earth.  She'll 
discuss the future exploration of Mars, including critical instruments and 
mission concepts being pursued at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  

Before assuming the position of Director of Sciences and Exploration at NASA 
Goddard in August, 2005, Dr. Leshin was The Dee and John Whiteman Dean's 
Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, and the Director of the Center 
for Meteorites Studies at Arizona State University.  She recently completed 
service on President Bush's Commission on Implementation of United States 
Space Exploration Policy, a nine-member commission charged with advising the 
President on the execution of his new vision for American Space Exploration.  
She received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004.  In 1996, 
she was the inaugural recipient of the Meteoritical Society's Nier Prize, 
awarded for outstanding research in meteoritics or planetary science by a 
scientist under the age of 35.  The International Astronomical Union 
recognized her contributions to planetary science with the naming of asteroid 
4922 Leshin.  She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State 
University, and her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from California Institute of 

8. Tenure Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Physics, University of 
From: WIPHYS of December 1, 2005

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester 
invites applications for a faculty position in Theoretical Physics. Applicants 
should have a Ph.D., an outstanding record of research, and a commitment to 
excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.  The 
position is for a junior tenure track appointment; however applicants at a 
more senior level may also be considered.

Applicants with interests in more than one area, with the potential for 
substantial scientific interactions with members of the department, are of 
particular interest.  Any field of theoretical physics will be considered.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita including 
a list of publications, a description of research plans, and arrange for at 
least four letters of recommendation to be sent to:
Theoretical Physics Search Committee
c/o Prof. Lynne Orr
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Email applications can be sent to shirlpas.rochester.edu ; indicate in 
the subject heading that it is for the Theoretical Physics Faculty Search. 

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.  The University of 
Rochester is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages 
applicants from members of minority groups and women. All applications are 
considered without regard to race, sex, age, religion or national origin. 
Salary will be competitive.

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