AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 09, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. January 2006 issue of STATUS

2. National Academies to Host Convention

3. Questionnaire on Return to Work

4. NOAO Postdoctoral Research Associate  Job #763       

5. Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Denver

6. NSF Program Director for Education and Special Programs

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

1. January 2006 issue of STATUS
From: Fran Bagenal [Bagenalcolorado.edu]

The January 2006 issue of STATUS will be available at the January AAS and will be mailed out to all members who sign up by sending their mailing address to Dennis Renner (drenneraas.org). 
An electronic version will also be available at 


STATUS editors are seeking feedback on the January issue as well as submissions on appropriate topics. For example, the Association for Women in Science has a new book "A Hand Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science" which includes interviews with various women scientists as well as a wide variety of articles providing advice and resources - an ideal book to be reviewed in STATUS. 

Fran Bagenal
Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 
Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics UCB 392 
University of Colorado 
Boulder CO 80309-0392 
Tel. 303 492 2598 Fax. 303 492 6946 

2. National Academies to Host Convention
From: WIPHYS of December 5, 2005

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 at the National Academies building, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, 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? 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. 
The meeting is free of charge, but registration is required. The event is open to the public; the proceedings will be taped and published.    



Direct registration link: 

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

3. Questionnaire on Return to Work
From: WIPHYS of December 5, 2005

I am undertaking an independent survey of people returning to work in science, engineering and technology (SET) following a career break. In particular, I am evaluating the support needs and barriers people face from their initial contact with The Daphne Jackson Trust.  

Please assist me by completing the questionnaire and let me know if you are willing to answer more questions about your experiences. The results will indicate any need for refinement of the current Returner schemes, and provide impetus for additional models of Fellowship or Placement support.  The outcome is intended to help smooth the path of potential returners to SET.  All data collected will be held anonymously and securely. The responses will be confidential and will be handled with discretion.  Conclusions will be shared with other organizations under the badge of The Daphne Jackson Trust and The UK Resource Centre.  Please print off a copy of the questionnaire 


Please return completed forms to:
Dr. Yasmin Robson
16 Wharton Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8AH, UK
Tel: 01865 750143
Email:  yrobson1yahoo.com

4. NOAO Postdoctoral Research Associate  Job #763       
From: Laura Fiorentino (laurafnoao.edu) 

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona, invites applications for one or more postdoctoral researchers in observational galaxy evolution, working with Mark Dickinson and colleagues from the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS) and other deep survey programs.  GOODS http://www.stsci.edu/science/goods is a deep, multiwavelength survey using observations from NASA's Great Observatories (Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra), as well as from large ground-based telescopes, to study the formation and evolution of galaxies and active galactic nuclei (AGN) at high redshift.  Extensive follow-up programs are underway from many facilities, including VLT, Keck and Gemini spectroscopy, near-infrared and VLA radio imaging, Spitzer/IRS spectroscopy, 16 and 70 micron imaging, etc.  GOODS collaborators are also active in other surveys extending this work into different area/depth/wavelength parameter space, such as the Extended Chandra Deep Field South (ECDFS)!
  Spitzer/IRAC survey (P. van Dokkum, PI).  Opportunities abound for integrating results from GOODS with those from other surveys, and researchers interested in combined analyses of data from wide & deep surveys are particularly solicited.

Applicants are sought with interest and experience in any of the following topics:  optical and near-infrared spectroscopy of distant galaxies, photometric redshift estimation, interpretation of galaxy properties from broad-band spectral energy distributions, star formation and stellar populations at high redshift, and the interplay between star formation and AGN activity.  Skills in analyzing and organizing complex, multiwavelength data sets are a plus.  A successful candidate could begin work immediately (in early 2006) if his or her schedule permits, or later in 2006.  The appointment is initially for one year, with extension for up to three years contingent on performance and funding.  Applicants are asked to submit a CV, list of publications, and a statement of current and future research interests electronically to hrnoaonoao.edu, reference #763 Postdoctoral Research in Observational Galaxy Evolution, or by mail to the address shown, by 15 January 2006.  Please als!
 o arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically or by mail to the same address. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Mark Dickinson, mednoao.edu.

5. Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Denver
From: Robert Stencel [rstenceldu.edu]

Kindly note AAS job register new entry #22188 - TWO openings, including opportunities in experimental astrophysics and astrobiology.  The Department is undergoing transformation and adding diversity would benefit students.  On-line applications received by 15 December will get priority consideration.  To augment what is stated in the job posting, applicants with PhD in either Physics or Astronomy welcome.  Preference given to persons with at least some postdoc experience, physics teaching experience, publication and grant track record and who provide clear statements of teaching and research plans.  


6. NSF Program Director for Education and Special Programs
From: Eileen Friel [efrielnsf.gov]

The Division of Astronomical Sciences at NSF is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Director for Education and Special Programs. 

The candidate selected for this position 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 several grants programs, particularly those with an educational focus, such as the CAREER and the REU programs, and other interdisciplinary NSF-wide activities. The individual filling this position will also contribute to the management of disciplinary program areas within the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants program, depending on their scientific and technical expertise. Activities also include planning, budget development, the preparation of written material about the research supported by the Division, and interactions with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and organizations. Program directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical communit!
 y 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 and Foundation-wide.

Candidates are expected to work with the astronomical research and education community to broaden the diversity of participants in NSF programs. 

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field plus six years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program. 

This position may be filled on a one or two year Visiting Scientist Appointment, under the terms of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) or as a Federal Temporary Appointment.  The salary range is $88,369 to $137,713, depending on qualifications and experience.  For more information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments or IPA assignments, visit the website 


Applications may be transmitted electronically to rotatornsf.gov.
Individuals may also submit a resume or any application of your choice to the National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resource Management, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Attn: E20060031- Rotator. 

In addition, you are encouraged to submit a narrative statement that addresses your background and/or experience related to the Program.  Telephone inquiries may be referred to the Executive and Visiting Personnel Branch, at (703) 292-8755. For technical information, contact Dr. Eileen D. Friel, AST Executive Officer, at (703) 292-4895. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-8044.

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