AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of 19 May, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. Astronomy Videos

****** The following position was taken from WIPHYS **********

2. Director, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Lab

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

1. Astronomy Videos

[Eds. note:  These contributions are in response to a request for good 
astronomy videos for 10-15 year olds]

From: Jay Pasachoff [Jay.M.Pasachoffwilliams.edu]

The PBS series "Origins" narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson is very suitable.

There is also information about videos in the ancillary material (Instructors 
Manual) to the third edition of The Cosmos by Pasachoff and Filippenko. Those 
interested should contact the author at the e-mail address above.

From: Douglas Duncan [dduncancolorado.edu]

Would they consider a book, rather than a video?
For ages about 7-11 years old (plus adult!) I recommend a wonderful book, 
"Bright Star," by Gary Crew with illustrations by Anne Spudvilas. It is an 
Australian story, republished in the US by Kane/Miller (Brooklyn). The story 
is about a bright Australian girl at the turn of last century, who does farm 
work every day but yearns for something more....She meets an amateur astronomer 
who has discovered a comet, John Tebbutt. Tebbutt (1834-1916) was a real 
person; he is on the Australian $100 bill.
The drawings in this book are particularly beautiful, and the story is 
inspiring. I should think that girls in India might face some of the situations 
this girl faces (Not exactly encouraged to have a science career.)

[Eds. note:  This might be true for girls everywhere!]

2. Director, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Lab
From: WIPHYS May 18, 2006 

Argonne National Laboratory seeks applications from highly qualified candidates 
for the position of Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) 


Argonne is one of the preeminent multidisciplinary research facilities in the 
country and is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by The University 
of Chicago.  The MCS Division's computer scientists, applied mathematicians, 
and computational scientists combine forces with scientists at Argonne and at 
other leading research organizations and agencies to work on a large variety 
of challenging scientific and engineering projects. The MCS Division director 
will have responsibility for the research programs of the division through 
long-term planning, preparation of initiatives, establishment of policy and 
priorities, and interactions with the funding agencies and the broader academic 
and laboratory research communities.  In addition, the director will develop 
and maintain an excellent scientific staff, which currently comprises 110, and 
will comply with applicable environmental safety and health standards. 

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline, 
an internationally recognized research stature, and demonstrated leadership 
and administrative abilities with a commitment to excellence in research and 
operations. Argonne offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. For 
full consideration, please apply by July 15, 2006. Send your resume, list of 
publications, list of references, and salary history to mcssearchanl.gov.  
For additional information, please visit our website at 


Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our 

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