AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 24, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. Harvard president resigns

2. Controversial Article

3. Spring Issue of CSWP Gazette Now Available

4. Lecturer in Astrophysics, Oxford, England

5. Director, Kitt Peak Observatory

6. Software Systems Engineer, WIYN Observatory

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

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1. Harvard president resigns
From: Patricia Knezek (knezeknoao.edu)

Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers is resigning as president of Harvard
University.  The official Harvard article can be found at:

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/daily/2006/02/21-summers.html

An article in the Washington Post on the resignation can be found at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/21/AR2006022100841.html

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2. Controversial Article
From: WIPHYS of February 21, 2006

"Men, Women, and Ghosts in Science", Peter A. Lawrence
Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, United Kingdom. Published: January 17, 2006
http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0040019 
This controversial article was considered, accepted and then refused
by _Science_: 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2006/02/07/ecnthink07.xml 

Alison Chaiken
Alisonwsrcc.com

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3. Spring Issue of CSWP Gazette Now Available
From: WIPHYS of February 21, 2006

The spring 2006 issue of the CSWP Gazette Newsletter can be found at 
http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/gazette/ (pdf file).  If you subscribe, you 
should receive your copy in the mail shortly.  If you would like to subscribe 
(no charge), please send a message with your mailing address to 
womenaps.org .

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4. Lecturer in Astrophysics, Oxford, England
From: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (jocelynastro.ox.ac.uk)

Please would you announce that there is a position vacant, a lecturership in 
astrophysics, at the University of Oxford, England. Closing date 3rd April. 
See www-astro.physics.ox.ac.uk .

With thanks,
Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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5. Director, Kitt Peak Observatory
From: NOAO HR ( hrnoaonoao.edu)

The National Optical Astronomical Observatory (NOAO) seeks an astronomer 
with outstanding accomplishments in research and research leadership to 
head the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) as its Director.
 
The U.S. national observatory's research facilities on Kitt Peak include 
the Mayall 4 meter telescope, the WIYN 3.6 meter telescope and a number of 
smaller telescopes. Kitt Peak also hosts a number of tenant observatories 
and provides services to some of them (see 
http://www.noao.edu/kpno/tenants/index.html ). KPNO is operated on land 
leased by the NSF from the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Director of KPNO is 
based in Tucson, Arizona and is normally a tenured member of the scientific 
staff.
 
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or a 
related field; will be creative and experienced in providing scientific and 
engineering support, teamwork, and leadership to peers, as well as 
mentorship to more junior colleagues; and will be involved in research at 
the frontier of astronomy. He/she will have a record of accomplishment in 
providing user support for a major research facility, interfacing with the 
community and specific projects, when needed, and will have the ability to 
lead approximately 50 engineers, technicians and scientists. Experience in 
the development of innovative instrument concepts is desirable. It is 
expected that the candidate will be able to carry out a program of research 
in astronomy.
 
NOAO's long-range plan, including that for KPNO, is on the web at 
www.noao.edu/dir/lrplan . The focus is on implementing recommendations from 
the recent decadal survey on large telescopes of the present and future and 
on the U.S. observing system as a whole.
 
The KPNO Director reports to the NOAO Director, and is an Associate Director 
of NOAO. The Director of KPNO is responsible, with the other Directors, for 
developing NOAO's strategic plan in concert with the Observatory Council and 
NOAO'ss advisory committees.
 
NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate 
with experience, and an extremely attractive work environment. Applicants 
should submit to the HR Manager a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a 
statement of recent research experience, a statement of relevant management 
and service experience, a description of future plans, and the names of three 
references.  Send materials electronically to hrnoaonoao.edu (preferred) 
or to the address below Attn:  Ms. Sandra Abbey, Human Resources Manager.
 
We will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2006, and will continue to 
accept applications until the position is filled.
 
Make reference to the Job Title (Director) & Job Number (778) when submitting 
any materials.

Send resume to:

Human Resources Manager
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732
Email: hrnoaonoao.edu
FAX: 520-318-8456

NOAO and NSO are affirmative action and equal employment opportunity 
employers. Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near 
the Tohono O'Odham reservation.

NOAO and NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates from 
under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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6. Software Systems Engineer - WIYN Observatory
From: Patricia Knezek (knezeknoao.edu)

The WIYN Consortium has an immediate opening for a software systems engineer 
to design and build the system for a new technology One Degree Imager (ODI) 
for the WIYN 3.5 meter astronomical telescope on Kitt Peak.  ODI is a large 
format CCD array that will produce 2 GB images, generating 1 TB of data per 
night.  The software engineer's responsibilities include the design, 
development, and implementation of software that provides the computing 
infrastructure, observation planning and preparation tools, graphical user 
interfaces, instrument control, data capture, quick look tools, data 
processing, and data archiving facilities.
 
We are looking for applicants with a BS, MS, PhD, preferred or equivalent 
work experience in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field 
with a minimum of 5 years experience in software systems 
architecture/development.  Familiarity with object-oriented design and 
languages (C++, Java), C and script language programming such as Python or 
Tcl/Tk, in a Linux environment is desired.  Experience setting up software 
repositories and build and release systems is also desired.  Prior 
experience with data pipeline development is a plus.
 
The software systems engineer will be located in Tucson, AZ for the 
anticipated 4 year duration of the instrument development.  The position 
requires occasional travel to Kitt Peak Mountain (elevation 6800 ft), 56 
miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, but is based at the WIYN offices located at 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson near the University 
of Arizona campus.

Please submit your electronic resume by Wednesday March 15, 2006 to:  
hrnoaonoao.edu, or mail to the address given below.
 
Make reference to the Job Title (Software Systems Engineer) & Job Number (780)
when applying.
 
Send resume to:

Human Resources Manager
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732
Email: hrnoaonoao.edu
FAX: 520-318-8456

NOAO and NSO are affirmative action and equal employment opportunity 
employers. Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or 
near the Tohono O'Odham reservation.

NOAO and NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates 
from under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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