AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 16, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. Statement from the 9-University Group

2. Interesting Web Site

3. News from LARIM (Latin American Regional IAU Meeting)

4. WYP2005 Physics Young Ambassadors Symposium

5. The Tenth Summer Synthesis Imaging Workshop

6. NASA Academies, other Student Summer Internships

7. MentorNet Seeks Volunteers

8. CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast

****** The following positions were taken from WIPHYS **********

9. NSF Positions

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

1. Statement from the 9-University Group
From: C. Megan Urry (meg.urryyale.edu)

Cancellation of the December 13th Council Meeting 

Dear Council, 

Due to the busy time of year and difficulty scheduling, we have decided 
to cancel the council meeting scheduled for December 13th at 4pm and will 
ask instead that you read and comment on a letter to Peter Salovey, which 
will be our first step in following up the discussion about sexual assault 
at the last meeting.  

We hope to send a letter for your review early next week.  Next semester, 
we plan to address the sexual assault policy and procedure issues with 
invited guests at a council meeting.  We also hope to work with RSVP 
(Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention, student group) on some consciousness-
raising events to be held during the spring semester, so please let us know 
if you have ideas.  

Below is the statement released by President Levin and 8 other university 
presidents reaffirming their commitment to gender equity.  An Inside Higher 
Ed article with discussion referencing this statement is available at 


Joint statement by the nine presidents on gender equity in higher education 

6 December 2005 

In 2001, we came together as a group to state publicly that "[i]nstitutions 
of higher education have an obligation, both for themselves and for the 
nation, to develop and utilize fully all the creative talent available."  
That statement, which we reaffirm today, recognizes that barriers still 
exist to the full participation of women, not only in science and engineering, 
but also in academic fields throughout higher education. 

In the summer of 2005, representatives from our nine universities convened 
to share best practices and specific initiatives addressing faculty with 
family responsibilities.  While considerable progress has been made since 
2001, we acknowledge that there are still significant steps to be taken 
toward making academic careers compatible with family caregiving 

Our goal as research universities is to create conditions in which all 
faculty are capable of the highest level of academic achievement.  Continuing 
to develop academic personnel policies, institutional resources, and a 
culture that supports family commitments is therefore essential for maximizing 
the productivity of our faculty.  

The future excellence of our institutions depends on our ability to provide 
equitable and productive career paths for all faculty. 

	David Baltimore, California Institute of Technology 
	Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University 
	Susan Hockfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
	Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton University 
	John Hennessy, Stanford University 
	Robert Birgeneau, University of California, Berkeley 
	Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan 
	Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania 
	Richard C. Levin, Yale University

2. Interesting Web Site
From: Sarah Stevens-Rayburn (librarystsci.edu)

The Web site iWASwondering.org is a project of the National Academy of 
Sciences intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women 
in science and to highlight for young people the varied and intriguing 
careers of some of today's most prominent female scientists. The site 
draws from and accompanies the publication of a ten-volume series of 
biographies entitled Women's Adventures in Science, co-published by the 
Joseph Henry Press (an imprint of the National Academies Press) and Scholastic 
Library Publishing. 

3. News from LARIM (Latin American Regional IAU Meeting)
From: C. Megan Urry (meg.urryyale.edu)

At the recent LARIM (Latin American Regional IAU Meeting) in Pucon, Chile, 
the women's group had a short meeting led by senior women astronomers. They 
discussed plans for a statistical survey, modeled on the US effort. Indeed, 
earlier in the meeting they referred to the Baltimore Charter, so its 
influence, and the influence of the CSWA, is felt far from its origins! It 
is nice to see our Latin American colleagues working together to make things 
better for the many young women students coming along. (Among the young people,
 the LARIM meeting looks to be nearly 50/50 women/men.)

4. WYP2005 Physics Young Ambassadors Symposium
From: Marcia Barbosa [barbosapclief12.if.ufrgs.br]

Dear Colleagues,

The WYP2005 Physics Young Ambassadors Symposium will occur in Taipei, Taiwan, 
from 31 December to 4 January. This symposium brings together about 100 boys 
and girls aged 10 to 18 from at least 20 countries on five continents who did 
the most high quality work for the WYP2005 Young Physics Talent Search. At the 
symposium these students will meet and work with physicists, do experiments 
together, network and celebrate a bright future for physics in which they 
become leading researchers and teachers. Nobel Laureate Douglas Osheroff, 
along with distinguished physicists Sylvester J. Gates, Jr., Laura Greene, 
and Nai-Chang Yeh, are among those who will be giving scientific talks to 
these young people. The opening ceremony, closing ceremony, and celebration 
will be web-cast.

The Symposium's web site, with program information and links to the live 
web-cast is at 


Information about what students did to participate in the Talent Search is at 


We invite students, parents, teachers, physicists, and the public in all 
countries to tune in to this exciting event.

Beverly Karplus Hartline, Ph.D.
90 Batali St
Harrah, WA 98933

5. The Tenth Summer Synthesis Imaging Workshop 
From: Kristy Dyer (Kristy.Dyernrl.navy.mil)

The Tenth Summer Synthesis Imaging Workshop will take place at the University 
of New Mexico, in Albuquerque NM, USA, June 13-20, 2006. The schedule is 
posted at 


and includes hands-on data tutorials and telescope tours at National Radio 
Astronomy Observatory facilities. In addition to introductory lectures on 
radio interferometry (at a level appropriate for beginning graduate students 
or astronomers from other wavelengths), advanced topics will cover a range of 
topics including polarimetry, spectral line, wide field imaging and new 
synthesis instruments.

Attendance at the Summer Synthesis Imaging Workshop will be limited to 150 
people.  Inexpensive housing will be provided in UNM dormitories. Registration 
will begin February 1. The deadline for early registration is April 17, 
however we usually fill up well before that. There may be support possibilities 
for students from the US and Mexico, please contact us below for further 
updates. We regret that we will be unable to provide any funding for students 
from other countries.

Information for students outside the US --

It is our understanding of current US policy that attending a scientific 
workshop in the US should only require a tourist visa. Should you find you 
need a letter of invitation, please contact Kristy Dyer, below. Due to 
processing delays we strongly encourage you to start paperwork early, and 
have moved the registration deadline up accordingly.

The Summer Synthesis Imaging Workshop is sponsored by University of New Mexico 
and its institutes, National Radio Astronomy Observatory and New Mexico Tech.

To be included on the mailing list for future announcements, please send email 
to Kristy.Dyernrl.navy.mil

See you in New Mexico!

Kristy Dyer
Greg Taylor
Claire Chandler

6. NASA Academies, other Student Summer Internships 
From: Anne Anikis (annepha.jhu.edu)
Dedicated to promoting opportunities for leadership and innovation, the NASA 
Academy is an intensive summer resident program for a diverse group of 
undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursing professional careers 
in aerospace-related fields. It underscores national and international 
government, academic, and private sector cooperation in assuring the success 
of complex space enterprises. The program includes guided laboratory research, 
collaborative group projects, lectures, field trips, interaction with prominent 
professionals from NASA and its associates, and oral and written presentations. 
Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Other student Internship Programs: 
* NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Student Internship Program
* NASA Independent Verification & Validation Internship Program (IVV) 
* NASA Summer Aerospace Workforce Development Research Internship Program 
* Summer Institute in Engineering and Compute Application (SIECA) 
* Summer Faculty/Team Research (SummerFaculty) 
* NASA Student Internship Program (SIP) 
* NASA Academy Glenn (Academy-Glenn) 
* NASA Academy Goddard (Academy-Goddard) 
* NASA Academy Marshall (Academy-Marshall) 
* NASA Robotics Academy Ames (Robotics-Ames) 
* NASA Robotics Academy Goddard (Robotics-Goddard) 

All programs provide a minimum $4,000 stipend, round-trip travel to the 
summer session, lodging, local transportation to included events, and three 
evening meals per week. 

HOW TO APPLY: To apply to the Goddard, Glenn, and Marshall Academies, or 
nine other programs, visit: 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due on-line by January 31, 2006. 
Questions about the opportunities can be answered by: 

Dave Rosage, PE 
Director, NASA Academy, 
NASA Robotics Academy 
Office of Higher Education 
Goddard Space Flight Center 
(301) 286-0904  fax: (301) 286-1610 

7. MentorNet Seeks Volunteers
From: WIPHYS December 14, 2005

MentorNet (www.MentorNet.net), the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in 
Engineering and Science, seeks female and male tenured faculty as mentors 
in its Academic Career E-Mentoring Program.  In this addition to MentorNet's 
award-winning E-Mentoring Programs, women and underrepresented Minorities
pursuing faculty careers are matched with female and male tenured faculty 
members for 8-month mentoring relationships conducted via email. Proteges may 
be graduate students, postdocs, or untenured tenure-track faculty members. 

We currently have over 80 proteges from diverse fields seeking matches in the 
program, particularly in Physics,  Biological sciences, Computer sciences, 
Electrical/Electronics engineering, Biological/biomedical engineering, and 
many other fields

Benefits of E-Mentoring with MentorNet:
- Convenience - Do it at times that suit your schedule. Only about 20 minutes 
per week.
- Support - Access to MentorNet's online mentoring materials to guide your 
- Outreach - Opportunities to connect with students, post-docs, and early 
career faculty outside of your university.
- Satisfaction - Know that you have helped someone else by sharing your 
experiences, advice and support on issues such as work/life balance, research, 
tenure, and university life.  Furthermore, mentoring has been demonstrated to 
help mentors gain perspective and clarity about their own career paths.

Please consider volunteering as a mentor and publicizing the program to your 
colleagues by passing on this message.  Even if you choose not to be a mentor, 
spreading the word about MentorNet to other faculty members can help us to 
provide mentors for those proteges waiting to be matched!

For more information, visit


or contact Jennifer Chou-Green at jennifercgmentornet.net. 
To sign up, visit www.MentorNet.net

8. CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast
From: WIPHYS December 12, 2005

CSWP and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics will once again 
co-sponsor a networking breakfast on Tuesday, March 14 at the APS annual 
meeting in Baltimore.   Details can be found on the CSWPs website at 


Enjoy a full buffet breakfast, hear an informal speaker, and network with 
colleagues. Cost is $20; students are free thanks to the generosity of FIAP.  
Pre-register to assure that you reserve a spot this event is always 

9. NSF Positions
From: WIPHYS December 14, 2005

NSF's Division of Physics (PHY) is seeking qualified candidates for several 
positions expected to be filled in the summer or fall of 2006.  The 
anticipated vacancies are:
* Program Director for Elementary Particle Physics (experimental) NSF 
 Vacancy Announcements E20060028 (Permanent) or E20060024  (Rotator)
* Program Director for Theoretical Physics (elementary particle and 
 astrophysics and cosmology theory) NSF Vacancy Announcements E20060025 
 (Permanent) or E20060021 (Rotator)
* Program Director for Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics (experimental) 
 NSF Vacancy Announcements E20060026 (Permanent) or E20060022 (Rotator)
* Program Director for Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (experimental) 
 NSF Vacancy Announcements E20060027 (Permanent) or E20060023 (Rotator)

NSF Vacancy Announcements, with position requirements and application 
procedures, are located on the NSF web site at 


The deadline for applications is January 13, 2006.

The role of a Program Director involves responsibility for review and 
decision-making on research proposals and for the planning, coordination, 
and management of programs for research, facilities, and human resource 
development in the assigned field of physics.

Appointments to these positions may be on a permanent basis, or on a one- 
or two-year IPA or Visiting Scientist appointment or a Federal Temporary 
appointment, with a salary range of $88,369 to $137,713 (in 2005). Applicants 
must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in the field of physics for which 
they are applying or in a closely related field, plus six or more years of 
successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience 
in physics research beyond the Ph.D.

Applicants may also obtain the announcements by contacting Florentina Costache 
(for Permanent) at 703-292-5330, fcostachnsf.gov  (mailto:fcostachnsf.gov) 
or Maria Sutton (for Rotators) at 703-292-4364, msuttonnsf.gov (mailto:msuttonnsf.gov). 
(Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-8044).  For technical 
information about the positions, contact Dr. Laura P. Bautz, Executive Officer, 
Division of Physics, lbautznsf.gov (mailto:lbautznsf.gov).

NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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