AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 10, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. Leadership Program for Women

2. Assessing the STEM Enterprise Through Title IX -- AAAS Symposium

3. Career Break Management

4. Women in Physics Photo

5. Special Events at APS Annual Meetings

6. NSF Summer Undergraduate Internship Program Deadline Approaching


7. Position Openings, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Iowa

8. Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Detection, Syracuse University

9. Faculty Position in Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics, UC Riverside

10. Faculty Positions in Physics/Astronomy, Florida Institute of Technology

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

1. Leadership Program for Women
From: John Mather (John.C.Mathernasa.gov)

This is an excerpt from a note sent to Goddard Space Flight Center employees.

The Smith College is conducting a Leadership Program for Women - Smith
Executive Education Program for Women in Science, Technology, and Engineering,
June 4-9, 2006, in Northampton, MA.  This program received great feedback last
year.   To find out more about the program, see web-site:
http://www.smith.edu/execed/engineering/ .
Registration deadline is March 15, 2006.

If interested, complete the on-line registration at:
http://www.smith.edu/execed/engineering/ .

Program Brochure (PDF) is located at 


2. Assessing the STEM Enterprise Through Title IX -- AAAS Symposium
From: Debra Rolison (rolisonnrl.navy.mil)

Greetings all:

implicit bias in action?

from the 13-Feb-2006 cover story in Time magazine:

Perhaps even more important than the struggle of U.S. students to keep pace
with their international peers is their failure to keep up in enthusiasm for
the subject. 

At 2004's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Portland, Ore.,
the world's pre-eminent precollege science event, Intel chairman Craig Barrett
asked China's Education Minister how many students there take part in regional
science fairs.  "When he said 6 million kids, it was a moment of reflection,"
says Barrett. 

In the U.S., about 50,000 take part in the fairs. 

Stanford University president John Hennessy is worried about a lack of role
models, among other things.  "We have [TV] shows about doctors, lawyers,
politicians.  Where are our role models of scientific innovation?" asks
Hennessy.  "We need Eddie the Engineer or Sam the Scientist."

... presumably "Sam" is short for "Samantha"...

Even with President Hennessy on record with respect to the importance of
attracting/retaining women in STEM (e.g., his 12-Feb-2006 op-ed piece in The
Boston Globe co-written with President Hockfield [MIT] and President Tilghman
[Princeton]), it's not too helpful to then discuss in such a little-read
backwater forum as Time magazine the importance of Eddie and Sam as scientific
"role models".

One has to laugh at the embedded view of the world we all carry and all too
often display by our verbal and nonverbal slips when we least would want to do

It's why I still think Rep. Ehlers made such an important point when he
introduced himself at a 11-Oct-2001 Congressional breakfast as "Hi, my name is
Vern--and I'm a recovering racist and a recovering sexist.

Fortunately for us, Title IX:  IT'S THE LAW!!!!

Remember to join us (or nudge the chair/head of your department to join us) in
St Louis for the 2006 AAAS Meeting  (www.aaasmeetings.org).

Our town hall discussion/symposium on "Assessing the STEM Enterprise Through
Title IX" takes place on Saturday, February 18, 2006  from 2:00p - 5:00p.

[our thanks to the AAAS Section on Chemistry for their sponsorship of this
uppity symposium]

As you recall, I asked the "uppity" list in late November for suggestions with
respect to the most meaningful, *useful* data that can be provided to
NSF/DOE/NASA Title IX 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

Many of your suggestions can be distilled to the following themes:

1.  No single number can tell the whole story.

2.  The Federal review teams should require numbers that can be compared
across STEM departments, all readily available and relevant to equal

    * start-up package (not just start-up funds)
    * space, including square footage and renovation money
    * total compensation (salaries+  -- see the recently reported difference
         in salary-vs-total compensation for UC faculty 
         http://www.sfgate.com/news/special/pages/2005/ucsalary/ in the
         13-Nov-2005 issue of The San Francisco Chronicle)
    * allocation of discretionary funds AND research support (i.e., 
    * teaching loads in credit hours per semester by undergraduate and
          graduate course load
    * advising loads
    * sabbaticals, other discretionary leave time
    * matching funds for proposals
    * representation on committees that decide on resource allocation (e.g.,
         space, fellowships)
    * Number of large projects headed by women vs. those of men 

3.  Report the ratio of STEM Ph.D candidates who go on to academic research
positions for each gender.

4.  Any fair criterion established to increase the number of women and
underrepresented minorities on the faculty or laboratory staff must also
announce how the bounds are set and how those bounds will evolve over time.

5.  The review team should discern what the departments/labs are doing to
mitigate backlash:  the need to protect women from retaliation for taking
advantage of family friendly policies such as stop-the-tenure clock or (in 
the case of postdocs and graduate students) pregnancy disability and family
medical leave.  The goal: effective oversight of how women are treated by
those in power, and REAL TIME remediation for abuse.

My thanks to you all for putting on your thinking caps and providing important
guidance.  These points will be brought up during the town hall portion of the

If any other suggestions/points occur to you between today and Saturday noon,
18 February, e-mail me!

my best,


3. Career Break Management
From: WIPHYS of February 10, 2006

A report on best practices for managing a career break is now available from
the UK's Institute of Physics at http://diversity.iop.org/news/index.html
(click on the Career Break Management Report link) .

4. Women in Physics Photo
From: WIPHYS of February 10, 2006

Women in Physics, including a photo taken at the May 2005 conference in Rio,
is featured in NSF budget proposal to Congress for FY07 at
http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2007/toc.jsp (see p. 16 and 17 under
Mathematics and Physical Sciences).  Information about the conference itself
can be found at http://www.if.ufrgs.br/~barbosa/conference.html .

5. Special Events at APS Annual Meetings
From: WIPHYS of February 8, 2006

CSWP and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) will sponsor a
networking breakfast from 7:30-9:30 am on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at the APS
meeting in Baltimore.  Amy Herhold, Program Leader with ExxonMobil, will be
the speaker. Both men and women are welcome to attend.  Please pre-register at
http://www.aps.org/meet/MAR06/social.cfm#cswp . Cost: $20.  Complimentary
registration for physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity, however please
pre-register as there may be only limited space for walk-ins.   This event
will be held in the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

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 remarks by women physicists, 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.  

6. NSF Summer Undergraduate Internship Program Deadline Approaching
From: Wesley Uehara (wueharacens.ucla.edu)

For a flyer to post or share please click on the following link:
http://www.nsfstc.org/pdf/NSFSTC_Internships_Flyer.pdf or log on to our
website at www.nsfstc.org.

Dear Prospective Candidate,

We would like to invite you to apply to the NSF-STC Summer Undergraduate
Internship Program.  The National Science Foundation Science and Technology
Centers (STCs) offer paid summer internships at our thirteen centers, located
at prestigious universities around the United States.  These summer
internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a
graduate school setting in the following fields: 1) biological sciences, 2)
computer and information sciences, 3) engineering, 4) geosciences, and 5)
mathematical and physical sciences. 

These summer research opportunities are fully funded and an excellent way to
gain a competitive edge toward graduate school.  We are currently accepting
applications until February 15, 2006.  I encourage anyone interested to apply.
For more information on our program, please access our website at
http://www.nsfstc.org .

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at
wueharacens.ucla.edu.   Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing
your application.


Wesley Uehara
Diversity Program Manager
National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center Undergraduate

7. Position Openings, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Iowa
From: WIPHYS of February 7, 2006

$38,360 - commensurate.
Will be responsible for preparation and archiving of spacecraft data sets,
including analysis, verification, and programming tasks.  Duties will include
writing and maintaining software in C, Java, and various scripting languages
in a UNIX environment.  A Bachelor's degree in physics or computer science or
an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  A minimum
of 3 years of experience in a similar programming environment working with
large scientific data sets is required.  Experience working with radio and
plasma wave data sets and graduate level physics education is
desired.  Experience with web services programming, including database and
data delivery applications is desired. Experience with user support and
maintenance of UNIX and MS Windows systems is also desired.

More information is available at http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/.  Apply at
http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to requisition # 52287.

$30,302 - commensurate.
Will be responsible for building command sequences for a science instrument on
a planetary spacecraft and assisting in the routine data processing of the
telemetry data.  These tasks require the ability to learn a number of Unix-
PC- and web-based tools, to check flight rules and constraints, and to
understand the operation of the instrument and
its associated scientific objectives.  Accuracy, attention to detail, and the
ability to thoroughly review uplink products are absolutely essential.
Minimum education of a Bachelor?s degree in physics, astronomy, or engineering
or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Also,
one or more years of experience in the
physical sciences, preferably including work with scientific instrumentation
and control is required. Graduate work in one of these fields is desirable.  A
working knowledge of both Unix and Microsoft Windows operating systems is
highly desirable.  Some working knowledge of scripting languages (Perl, Awk,
or Python) is also desirable.

More information is available at http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/. Apply at
http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to requisition # 52288.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

8. Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Detection, Syracuse University
From: WIPHYS of February 3, 2006

The Syracuse University Experimental Relativity Group has an opening for a
postdoctoral research associate in the field of gravitational wave detection.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) is now in full
scientific operation. As charter members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration,
we are engaged in searches for gravitational wave signals and in gravitational
wave detector diagnostic studies.  Previous experience in gravitational wave
detection would be valuable but is not required. Skills in low-noise
mechanical or optical measurements would be a plus, as would be experience in
computer programming.  

Please send a letter describing your interests, a c.v. and publication list,
and the names and addresses of three references as attachments in an e-mail to

Alternately, materials can be mailed to: Penny Davis, GWD Post-Doc Search,
Department of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244-1130.

Review of applications will begin April 1 2006 and will continue until the
position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially
encouraged to apply.

9. Faculty Position in Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics, UC Riverside
From: WIPHYS of February 3, 2006

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Riverside, is
seeking an outstanding individual for a faculty appointment in the area of
cosmology/particle astrophysics. This appointment will initiate a new program
at UCR, which will complement existing programs in Astronomy, Astrophysics and
Elementary Particle Physics. The appointment will be at the Assistant,
Associate or Full Professor rank, as appropriate.

We encourage applications from candidates capable of instituting and
sustaining a vigorous research program, and having an outstanding record of
research achievement and leadership in one or more areas relevant to the
field, such as dark matter or dark energy, structure formation, or the early
universe. Candidates are also expected to support the training of graduate
students and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of
research and teaching objectives, and names and addresses of four references.
Applications should be directed to:

Chair, Cosmology Search Committee
Department of Physics
University of California, Riverside
3401 Watkins Drive
Riverside, CA 92521-0413

Review of applications will commence on February 1, 2006, but the position
will remain open until filled.  For more information please visit the UCR web
site at www.ucr.edu, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at
www.cnas.ucr.edu, and the Department of Physics at 
http://www.physics.ucr.edu/ .

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to
excellence through diversity.

10. Faculty Positions in Physics/Astronomy, Florida Institute of Technology
From: WIPHYS of February 7, 2006

The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of
Technology invites applications for two full-time faculty positions to begin
in Fall 2006.  Appointments at all academic ranks will be considered.  Florida
Tech (www.fit.edu/pss/ ) is an independent institution located near Kennedy
Space Center.  Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. degree in
physics or related fields and working in the areas of astronomy,
astrophysics, atmospheric electricity, condensed matter physics, high energy
particle physics, physics education, planetary science, and space physics.
One of the positions will give preference to a physicist who can contribute to
interdisciplinary nanoscience research involving faculty in Chemistry and
Engineering.  We are a research-intensive, Ph.D.-granting department with a
large number of undergraduate majors ()150), half of whom are women.
Successful candidates  will be expected to conduct a vigorous,
externally-funded research program, and must be committed to excellence 
in graduate and undergraduate education and be willing to involve ]
undergraduates in research.  To apply, submit a CV, list of publications, 
contact information for five references, a description of current research 
and future plans, and a brief statement of teaching philosophy to Search 
Committee, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of 
Technology, 150 W. University Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA 
(email scpssfit.edu).  Applications will be reviewed beginning 
April 3, 2006 and will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Florida  Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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