AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 13 & 20, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

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

2. Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award

3. Women in Science, Engineering: U-M Makes ADVANCE Permanent

4. AWIS Events in St. Louis, MO: February 19-20, 2006

5. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 

6. Updated list of summer internship programs

7. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon (April)

8. Tenure Track Faculty position in Experimental Atmospheric Physics at 
   the University of Toronto

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

9. Postdoctoral Positions, University of Chicago

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

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

The CSWA held a very successful session on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 
the Washington D.C. AAS Meeting.  During the first part of the session, 
Dr. Laura Kay (Barnard) and Dr. Rachel Ivie (AIP) reported on the Second 
International Conference on Women in Physics that was held May 23-26, 2005 
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  They both noted that the issues faced by women 
in physics and astronomy vary greatly from country to country, and thus it 
is difficult to draw any broad conclusions.  

Dr. Ivie then provided a very informative presentation on the results of 
the AIP survey she led of the situation for women in astronomy, published 
earlier this year.  She noted that the results have often been misrepresented 
in the press as concluding "There is no leaky pipeline in astronomy."  To 
access the full report, as well as answers to frequently asked questions 
about the report, please go to 
http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/gendertrends.html .  We plan to post
both Dr. Kay's and Dr. Ivie's presentations, along with the follow-up 
questions and answers, off of the CSWA web site.  We will announce in 
AASWomen when those presentations are available.

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2. Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award
From: Meg Urry (meg.urryyale.edu)

"In my younger days when I was pained by half educated, loose and inaccurate 
ways which we all had, I used to say, 'How much women need exact science.'  
But since I have known some workers in science who were not always true to 
the teaching of nature, who have loved self more than science, I have said, 
'How much science needs women.'"      Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)


The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is pleased to offer an annual award of 
$5,000 to recognize an individual whose efforts have encouraged the 
advancement of girls and women in the natural and physical sciences, 
mathematics, engineering, computer science and technology.

AWARD BACKGROUND

Maria Mitchell (1818 1889) was America's first woman astronomer and first 
woman astronomy professor. The MMA believes that a significant legacy left 
by Maria Mitchell was the vision and quality of education she gave to her 
students. The women she trained during her twenty three years at Vassar 
College went on to make enduring contributions to the progress of women in 
all fields of science. Teacher, mentor, role model - Maria Mitchell 
epitomized the full measure of what a woman scientist could be. Were she 
with us today, her remarkable energies would surely be focused on academic 
and social reform, and career advancement opportunities for women in science.

AWARD HISTORY 

While there are many awards for scholastic and professional achievement in 
the various fields of science, we believe it is equally important to 
recognize the people whose influence and support make it possible for girls 
to become engaged in science and for women to reach the same high levels of 
accomplishment as their male peers. The first award was presented on 
October 4, 1997. The ninth award, to be presented on October 20, 2006, will 
be given to a recipient selected by a national jury of distinguished 
educators and scientists. 

Previous Winners:
- 1997: Henry Albers, Ph.D.; Edith Andrews, M.S.; Eileen McGrath, M.S.; 
E. Dorrit Hoffleit, Ph.D.
- 1998: Jane Zimmer Daniels, Ph.D., Women in Engineering Program, Purdue 
University
- 1999: Graduate Research Program for Women at Bell Laboratories/Lucent 
Technologies. The Lucent Foundation waived the cash award and presented it 
to the first runner up, the Math Science Network/Expanding Your Horizons. 
The Lucent Foundation also matched the cash award.
- 2000: Catherine Banks, M.S., Director, Science and Mathematics Center for 
Women, Texas Women's University and Cinda-Sue C. Davis, Ph.D., Director, 
Women in Science and Engineering Program, University of Michigan
- 2001: Suzanne G. Brainard, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Workforce 
Development, University of Washington
- 2002: Dale McCreedy, M.S., Director of Gender and Family Learning, The 
Franklin Institute
- 2003: Susan Staffin Metz, M.S., Director of the Lore-El Center for Women 
in Engineering and Science, The Stevens Institute of Technology
- 2004: Nancy Haven Doe Hopkins, Ph.D., Amgen Professor of Biology, MIT

AWARD GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY

The Women in Science Award of the Maria Mitchell Association will recognize 
an individual who has worked to increase the participation of girls and/or 
women in science and mathematics.
 
To be considered for the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award an individual 
must:

    Demonstrate consistent leadership and support for the advancement of 
girls and women in the fields of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, 
engineering, computer science or technology or
    Be someone who served as a mentor, role model or key player in a program 
designed specifically to encourage and advance girls and women in the fields 
of science, mathematics and technology or
    Work to stimulate change in the social conditioning of girls and women 
with regard to science, mathematics and technology. 
    Be a U.S. citizen

To submit a nomination, please send the original and three (3) copies of the 
following information to the Maria Mitchell Association, 4 Vestal Street, 
Nantucket, MA 02554. Nomination deadline: February 28, 2006 (postmark date).

1)    Signed Nomination Form
2)    Nominating Statement: A 1-3 page narrative 
3)    Nominee's Curriculum Vitae
4)    2 Letters of Support: These may be from colleagues who have worked 
with the nominee or from individuals who have benefited from the nominee's 
programs and/or mentorship

Nomination forms are available from the Maria Mitchell Association or on our 
website: www.mmo.org. 

The winner will be notified by May 1, 2006 and other nominees by the end of 
May. 

-- 
Logan M. Korpita, Public Relations Coordinator
Maria Mitchell Association
4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
508.228.9198.
www.mmo.org 


"The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery will 
equally well bisect a star with the spider web of the micrometer."  
-Maria Mitchell, 1818-1889

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3. Women in Science, Engineering: U-M Makes ADVANCE Permanent
From: Amy Simon-Miller (Amy.Simonnasa.gov)

From the AWIS Washington Wire:

Women in Science, Engineering: U-M Makes ADVANCE Permanent


A University of Michigan project to help close the gap between
male and female engineers has been so successful that officials
have decided to make it permanent with guaranteed funding. The
number of women hired annually for science and engineering faculty
positions has increased three-fold since the National Science
Foundation first supported U-M’s ADVANCE program as a five-year
project in 2001.  Nine women scientists and engineers have been
appointed to leadership positions on the campus and this has set
the stage for a better work environment for women in science and
engineering. For more, visit:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/516813/ .

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4. AWIS Events in St. Louis, MO: February 19-20, 2006
From: Amy Simon-Miller (Amy.Simonnasa.gov)

The Association for Women in Science invites you to attend its Women in
Science Leadership and Networking Programs to be held in conjunction with
the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) from February 19-20, 2006 in St. Louis, MO.  The annual
meeting attracts many high-caliber science professionals from around the
nation, as well as distinguished guests involved in the rapidly changing
global community of science, technology and engineering.

AWIS Reception
The reception provides an opportunity for women in science to meet
and network, as well as recognize the 2006 AWIS Fellows for their
dedication to issues concerning women in science, engineering,
mathematics, and technology.
Date: February 19, 2006
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Venue: Landmark Ballroom 4 of The Renaissance Grand Hotel,
800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101
Who Can Attend: The event is open to all attendees of AAAS annual
meeting and the public
Registration: No registration required

AWIS Networking Breakfast and Discussion Panel
Discussion Panel Title:
"Mentoring Across the Lifespan: Student to PI, Industry to Academia."
Keynote Speaker: Debra Rolison, Ph.D.
Panel Moderator: Carol Muller, Ph.D.
The breakfast is a wonderful networking opportunity with leading
scientists, university presidents, business leaders, Nobel laureates,
and a host of other notables.
Date: February 20, 2006
Time: 7:30-11:30 AM
Venue: Landmark Ballroom 2 of The Renaissance Grand Hotel,
800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101
Who Can Attend: The event is open to all attendees of AAAS annual
meeting and the public
Registration: Please register for the event using the form at
www.awis.org/registrationform.html or by contacting Patricia Hove
at hoveawis.org by Monday, February 6, 2006.  For more info, contact
Moriah Beck (mbeck@wustl.edu, 314-362-2741)

For detailed program information on the above events, please see
http://www.awis.org/stl/.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis.

Sincerely,

Nancy Bakowski
Executive Director, AWIS
202-326-8944
bakowskiawis.org
www.awis.org


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5. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 
From: WIPHYS of January 9, 2006

The American Physical Society (APS) is delighted to once more offer the 
M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics.  This scholarship has 
been established to enable women to return to physics research careers after 
having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons.  The scholarship 
consists of an award of up to $45,000. Allowed expenses include dependent 
care, salary, travel, equipment, tuition and fees.

We ask your assistance in sharing this unique opportunity with women who 
might be interested.  Further details and an on-line application procedure 
can be found on the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) 
website at http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/blewett/index.cfm   Applications are 
due by June 1. Selection will be made by a sub-committee of the APS Committee 
on the Status of Women in Physics. Announcement of the award is expected to 
be made by August 1.

Please contact Sue Otwell at blewettaps.org for more information.  

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6. Updated list of summer internship programs
From: Lisa Frattare (frattarestsci.edu)

Where can one find a list of summer internship programs in astronomy for 
2006?
 
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7. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon (April)
From: WIPHYS of January 13, 2006

CSWP and the Division of Particles and Fields will co-sponsor a buffet 
luncheon from 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, April 24, 2006 at the APS meeting at 
the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas.  The luncheon is open to all, and both men 
and women are welcome to attend.  This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy 
a full buffet lunch, hear an informal speaker, and network with colleagues!  
Cost: $20.  Students are $5, thanks to the generosity of DPF.  Please 
pre-register at  http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/index.cfm - only limited 
walk-ins can be accepted.  

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8. Tenure Track Faculty position in Experimental Atmospheric Physics at 
   the University of Toronto
From: Beth Ernstberger (bethephysics.utoronto.ca)

The Department of Physics at the University of Toronto is pleased to 
announce the search for a tenure-stream appointment in Experimental 
Atmospheric Physics at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The starting date 
is on or after July 1, 2006.  

The Department has an active Atmospheric Physics Group with established 
research strengths in remote sounding of the atmosphere and measurements of 
chemical composition from the ground, balloons, and space, climate modeling 
and climate processes, chemical transport modeling, and geophysical fluid 
dynamics.  This program is complemented by strength in environmental 
chemistry within the Chemistry Department and by activities in the recently 
established Centre for Global Change Science. Members of the Atmospheric 
Physics Group currently lead Canadian national programs in Polar Climate 
Stability, Global Chemistry for Climate, and the MANTRA stratospheric 
balloon mission. Major infrastructure includes a NEC supercomputer, 
laboratory spectroscopy facilities, and an atmospheric observatory that is 
a Complementary station of the Network for Detection of Stratospheric 
Change. The Department seeks to make an appointment that complements and 
extends existing strengths.  Potential applicants are invited to visit our 
web sites at 
http://www.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca and http://www.physics.utoronto.ca.

For this position, we seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Physics or a related 
field, and proven excellence or outstanding potential in research and 
teaching.  The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and 
experience.

Please submit complete hard-copy applications only, including a curriculum 
vitae, a list of publications, and a research plan, and arrange for three 
letters of reference, all to be sent to:
                 Professor Michael Luke, Chair
                 Department of Physics 
                 University of Toronto
                 Toronto, Canada M5S 1A7

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2006 until the position 
is filled. Those received by February 1, 2006 will be given first 
consideration.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, 
and live, in one of the most diverse cities in the world, and is strongly 
committed to diversity within its community.  The University especially 
welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal 
persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and 
others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.  All qualified 
candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent 
residents will be given priority.

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9. Postdoctoral Positions, University of Chicago
From: WIPHYS of January 9, 2006

a. QSO Absorption Line Analysis, etc.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago 
invites applications for a postdoctoral position to start in the  Fall of 
2006.  The successful applicant will be working with Professor Hsiao-Wen 
Chen on a variety of research projects, including QSO absorption line 
analysis, faint galaxy statistics, and gamma-ray burst afterglow follow-up 
studies.  The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of 
renewal for up to two additional years.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in 
Astronomy or Physics, and are experienced in processing and analyzing 
spectroscopic data.

The Department has 25% share of the 3.5-meter ARC telescope in New Mexico, 
and plays a major role in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Department members 
are also actively involved with the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics 
at Chicago.  The successful applicant is encouraged to take advantage of 
available resources and to develop his/her own research projects.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research 
interests and experience, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to 
be sent by 31 January 2006.  Applications, including reference letters, can 
be sent electronically (in postscript or PDF format) to 
jmsmithoddjob.uchicago.edu or by mail to:
Jennifer Smith,
Assistant to the Chair,
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
University of Chicago,
5640 S. Ellis Ave.,
Chicago IL 60637.
Inquiries can be directed to hchenoddjob.uchicago.edu.

b. Observational Studies of High-Redshift Galaxy Clusters

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of 
Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, to work with 
Dr. Mike Gladders on observational studies of high-redshift galaxy clusters. 
The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in a large 
(100+ orbit) ongoing HST program which targets the most distant massive 
cluster known in the universe, and can expect to work with other members of 
the Red-Sequence Cluster Survey project team on various supporting 
observations (primarily optical spectroscopy and infrared imaging).

Experience with reduction and analysis of ACS data is highly desirable, and 
some experience with ground based imaging and spectroscopy (preferably 
multi-object) is needed. Familiarity with UNIX/LINUX as well as IDL and/or 
IRAF as a data-reduction environment is required. The position will nominally 
start in the fall of 2006 - no earlier than October 1st, and no later than 
January 15th  2007.  To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, a list of 
publications, and a brief (1 page + figures) description of your research 
interests to:
Jennifer Smith
Assistant to the Chair
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
 Email Inquiries: gladdersociw.edu 

Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the above 
address by the deadline.  The deadline for applications is January 15, 2006.  
The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.

c. Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics

Applications are invited for one (or perhaps two) Postdoctoral Research 
Positions in the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) in the 
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, 
beginning in the summer or autumn of 2006. JINA, an NSF Physics Frontier 
Center, is a collaborative effort of three universities, the University  
of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Michigan State University, 
and the Argonne National Laboratory. The scientific goal of the Center is 
to study the diverse nuclear processes that provide energy generation in 
stars, trigger supernova events, and are responsible for the synthesis of 
the heavy elements in astrophysical environments. JINA researchers at the 
University of Chicago have a broad range of interests, including supernova 
explosions of Types Ia and II, X-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, novae, 
nucleosynthesis of the r-process heavy elements, thermonuclear reactions 
and weak interactions in stellar and supernova environments, and galactic 
and cosmic chemical evolution. JINA astrophysicists work in close 
collaboration with researchers in theoretical and experimental nuclear 
astrophysics and cosmochemistry at both the University of Chicago's 
Cosmochemistry Center and the Argonne National Laboratory, and with 
researchers at the ASC/Alliances Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear 
Flashes at the University of Chicago, and interact with researchers at the 
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. The ideal candidate would be 
able to take full advantage of this interdisciplinary environment. The 
successful candidate must have a PhD by the date of the appointment. 
Experience in theoretical nuclear astrophysics is desirable.

Interested applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and a short 
statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of 
recommendation to be sent to:
Attention: Earlyne Windham
Professor James W. Truran
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Chicago
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
email: trurannova.uchicago.edu 
phone: (773) 702-9584
FAX: (773) 702-6645
Information on JINA and its research activities can be found at: 
http://www.jinaweb.org

Applications received on or before February 1st, 2006 will receive fullest 
consideration.  The University of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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