AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 02, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. Special Session on Canadian Women Astronomers at the AAS Meeting

2. ‘I Was Wondering’ Web Site

3. Wikipedia: Women in Science

4. 2 NOAO/NSO Positions for Electrical Engineers

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

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1. Special Session on Canadian Women Astronomers at the AAS Meeting
From: Patricia Knezek (knezeknoao.edu)

The CSWA is co-sponsoring a special session with Stephanie Cote (HIA), 
Jayanne English (U. Manitoba), Brenda Matthews (HIA), and Michael Reid 
(CfA/SMA) on Monday, June 5, 2006 at the Calgary AAS Meeting.  The session 
is entitled "Canadian Women Astronomers: Their Status and Science," and takes 
advantage of the consecutive CASCA and AAS meetings to highlight the 
achievements of women astronomers in Canada.  Jayanne English will chair the 
session.

The first part of the session will focus on the status of women astronomers 
in Canada, including some history, and current statistics based on the results 
of a second Canadian survey of Canadian institutions.  This survey is similar 
to the survey that the CSWA conducted in 2003 (see 

http://www.casca.ca/ecass/issues/2004-me/ 

for an article on the results of the first Canadian survey, and 

http://www.grammai.org/astrowomen/stats/

for the results of the CSWA survey).  There will also be time for discussion 
about what differences and/or opportunities there are for women who are based 
in Canada, as opposed to the U.S. (such as the University Faculty Awards that 
NSERC has created to increase the participation of women in science).  The 
confirmed speakers for this portion of the session are:

Michael A. Reid (CfA/SMA) & Brenda Mathews: (HIA) "Women in Canadian Astronomy, 1991-2005"
	
R. E. Griffin (HIA):  "Canadian Women in Astronomy"
	
Christine M. Clement (U. Toronto): "Women in Astronomy at the University of Toronto"
	
The second part of the session will include short science talks by several 
eminent female astronomers in Canada.  This will provide the AAS community 
the opportunity to hear from scientists that would normally attend CASCA, 
but not AAS meetings.  Confirmed speakers are:

Samar Safi-Harb (U. Manitoba): "The Fascinating High-Energy World of Neutron Stars and Supernova Remnants"
	
Kim Venn (U. Victoria):  "Extragalactic Stellar Abundances"

Jo-Anne Brown (U. Calgary): "Observations of the Galactic Magnetic Field from the International Galactic Plane Survey"

We hope you will join us!

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2. ‘I Was Wondering’ Web Site
From: WIPHYS June 2, 2006 

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.

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3. Wikipedia: Women in Science
From: WIPHYS June 2, 2006 

Your list members might be interested in contributing to the inaugural History 
of Science Collaboration of the Month on Wikipedia: "Women in science."  

Women in science: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_science

WikiProject History of Science:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_History_of_Science 

Yours,
Sage Ross
sage.rossyale.edu 

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4. 2 NOAO/NSO Positions for Electrical Engineers
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu)

Electrical Engineer - Job #794                      Tucson, Arizona 

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory is searching for an Electrical 
Engineer that will lead the development of new CCD and IR camera system 
hardware for scientific instrumentation. The successful candidate will be 
responsible for: 
-- developing system specifications and flow down requirements for sub-systems;
-- leading the cross functional teams in the development and optimization of 
   detector performance;
-- implementation of detectors into new camera systems including the design, 
   fabrication, and testing of these systems. The successful candidate must 
   also be able to interact effectively with senior level engineers, scientists, 
   and support personnel in performing these duties.

Position Requirements: 
-- a BS/MS in electrical engineering with 5 to 10 years experience in the 
   related field;
-- proficiency in the design and analysis of digital and analog electro/mechanical 
   control systems;
-- a strong background in computer applications;
-- good trouble shooting skills; and
-- a hands-on working knowledge of field and lab test equipment. 

The position also requires the candidate to occasionally work at an elevation 
of 7000 feet.

Electrical Engineer - Job #764                      Tucson, Arizona 

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory is searching for an Electrical 
Engineer responsible for the development of new designs, upgrades and 
maintenance for the 4 Meter and WIYN 3.5 Meter telescopes, major 
instrumentation for these telescopes, and support equipment on Kitt Peak 
National Observatory (KPNO). The successful candidate also will need to 
interact effectively with senior level engineers, scientists, and support 
personnel in performing these duties.

Position Requirements:
-- a BS in electrical engineering, MS preferred with 5 to 10 years experience 
   in the related field;
-- proficiency in the design and analysis of digital and analog electro/mechanical
   control systems;
-- a strong background in computer applications; 
-- good trouble shooting skills; and 
-- hands on working knowledge of field and lab test equipment. 

The position also requires the candidate to occasionally work on KPNO at an 
elevation of 7000 feet.

Visit our web site at 

www.noao.edu

Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living on or 
near the Tohono O'Odham reservation. NOAO/NSO fosters a diverse research 
environment Women and candidates from under represented minorities are 
particularly encouraged to apply. We are an Affirmative Action and Equal 
Employment Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send electronic resume to: 
hrnoaonoao.edu (In the subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #)

Mailing address:
Human Resources Office
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
(Include Position Title and Job #)
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732

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