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

1. CSWA Thanks Jim Ulvestad

2. Talks on-line:  Calgary Special Session on Canadian Women

3. Second Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

4. Astronomy & Astrophysics Faculty Positions, Yale University

5. Program Directors, National Science Foundation

****** The following positions were taken from WIPHYS **********

6. Faculty Position, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins U.

7. Faculty Position, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford U.

8. Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology, UNC at Chapel Hill

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

1. CSWA Thanks Jim Ulvestad
From: Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu]

With this issue we would like to announce that Jim Ulvestad is ending his tenure 
as an editor for AASWOMEN. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Jim 
for serving for over 2 and 1/2 years as a co-editor. He did a truly exemplary 
job, and kindly agreed to continue as editor for several months after the end of 
his term on the CSWA to help us through the summer months!  Jim is now serving 
on the AAS Council, among many other duties, and we wish him the best in his 
other endeavors.  Thanks again, Jim!  

We will make an announcement as soon as we identify a replacement.

2. Talks on-line:  Calgary Special Session on Canadian Women
From: Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu]

As many of you know, the CSWA co-sponsored a highly successful special session 
with Stephanie Coté, (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 was entitled “Canadian Women Astronomers: Their Status and Science,” 
and took advantage of the consecutive CASCA and AAS meetings to highlight the 
achievements of women astronomers in Canada. 

The CSWA has now posted most of the speakers’ presentations, as well as notes on 
the discussion session and questions for the speakers and their answers off of 
the CSWA website, see 


Presentations are available in pdf, and/or in powerpoint. A couple more 
additions will be added over the next couple of weeks, so please check back! 

3. Second Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
From: WIPHYS October 10, 2006 

The Second Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics will be held on 
January 13-14, 2007 at the University of Southern California. Modeled on the 
first highly successful conference, which was conceived and organized by 
students, it will address current physics research, careers in physics, graduate 
school and resources for women in physics. Participants also have the 
opportunity to present original research and meet other women in physics. This 
year's event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and USC.  More 
information about the conference can be found at: 


The conference is designed to be a regional event in order to reduce barriers to 
participation, to foster relationships that can be more easily maintained, and 
to be accessible to a diverse range of students, whether or not they have 
decided to pursue an advance degree in physics.

Although the event is regional, we recognize that the under-representation of 
women in physics is a national and international issue and believe that this 
type of event can benefit students across the US. We would like to expand the 
impact of the conference by inviting a team from another region of the US to 
attend our conference with the intent of starting something similar in their 
region. We are currently looking for a team of three to five students, faculty 
or other persons from a university or several universities outside Southern 
California who would like to participate in this year’s conference as a first 
step to hosting a similar event. We have funds for travel and accommodations for 
a team of up to 5 people who are committed to planning an event for women in 
physics in their region the following year. Mentoring and resources will also be 

For more information and to submit an application visit 


or contact:
Amy Cassidy
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics University of Southern California 
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
920 W. 37th Place 
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484

4. Astronomy & Astrophysics Faculty Positions, Yale University
From: Meg Urry [meg.urryyale.edu]

Yale University announces two junior faculty positions in astronomy and 
astrophysics, one each in the Astronomy and Physics Departments (Jobs #22956 and 
22981 in the AAS Job Register). The Department of Physics is looking for 
experimentalists (instrumentalists, observers) or theorists in extragalactic 
astrophysics or cosmology. The Department of Astronomy is looking for observers 
or theorists in all fields, with a preference for: observers who will use the 
WIYN telescope and its One Degree Imager (ODI), or ALMA; observers in galactic 
structure, particularly astrometrists; theorists in galaxy formation and 
evolution; or observers/theorists in star & black hole formation, extrasolar 
planets, or stellar populations. 

The successful candidates' research programs should complement current astronomy 
and astrophysics research at Yale, which includes solar physics, stellar 
evolution, Galactic structure, galaxy evolution, high-energy astrophysics, 
cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the interface of particle physics and 

Conveniently located between New York City and Boston, Yale offers a world-class 
intellectual environment; competitive salary, benefits, and research funds; and 
access to front-line astronomical facilities, including the WIYN telescope, the 
SMARTS telescopes, major telescopes in Chile (through collaboration with the 
Univ. de Chile), and the Palomar-QUEST survey. The successful candidate is 
expected to participate actively and effectively in teaching at the 
undergraduate and graduate levels. Unless the applicant explicitly indicates 
otherwise in their cover letter, anyone responding to this advertisement will be 
considered for both positions. 

Interested applicants should send a letter, curriculum vita, publication list, 
and a brief description of proposed research (preferably electronically) to 
giselle.devitoyale.edu, or by mail, to Giselle DeVito, Department of Physics, Office 
of the Chair, Yale University, P.O. Box 208120, New Haven, CT 06520-8120. 
Applicants should also arrange for at least 3 letters of recommendation to be 
sent to the same address (email preferred).

For further information about the Physics position, contact Professor Meg Urry, 
Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Chair of the 
Astrophysics Faculty Search Committee (meg.urryyale.edu). 

For further information about the Astronomy position, contact Professor Jeffrey 
Kenney, Chair of the Astronomy Department (jeffrey.kenneyyale.edu). 

Applications that are complete by December 1, 2006, will be assured of full 
consideration. Yale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and 
applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

5. Program Directors, National Science Foundation
From: Eileen D. Friel [efrielnsf.gov]

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for two 
positions as Program Directors for Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants 
Program, Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Directorate for Mathematical 
and Physical Sciences, Arlington, VA.

The candidates selected for these positions will have primary responsibility for 
coordination of the merit review of proposals, formulation of recommendations 
for funding, management of program budgets, and award administration for the 
research grants programs. These positions are open to those with expertise in 
all areas of astronomy and astrophysics. Activities also include planning, 
budget development, the preparation of written material about the research 
supported by the Division, and interactions with other NSF programs, Federal 
agencies and organizations. 

Program directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to the 
activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical 
community and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and Division activities 
and opportunities. Program Directors are encouraged to participate in ongoing 
long-range and strategic planning and program development within the Astronomy 
Division. There are opportunities to participate in Foundation or 
Directorate-wide activities in areas of education, facilities management, 
strategic planning and program development. Candidates are expected to work with 
the astronomical research and education community to broaden the diversity of 
participants in NSF programs.

Appointment to these positions will be filled on a temporary basis to commence 
in February and in the fall of 2007, respectively. Applicants must have a Ph.D. 
or equivalent experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, 
plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or 
managerial experience beyond the Ph.D.

Individuals interested in applying for these vacancies should submit a resume 
application of choice rotatornsf.gov or to the 
National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resources Management, 4201 
Wilson, Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Attn: E20060129-Rotator. In addition, you 
are encourages to submit a narrative statement that addresses your background 
and/or experience related to the Program to the address above by November 30, 
2006. Telephone inquiries may be referred to executive and Visiting Personnel 
Branch at 703-292-8755. For technical information, contact Dr. Eileen D. Friel, 
AST Executive Officer, 703-292-4895. (Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 

Announcement E20060129-Rotator, with position requirements and application 
procedures may be found on the NSF’s website at 


Applications must be received by November 30, 2006.

NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified 
staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

6. Faculty Position, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins U.
From: WIPHYS October 10, 2006 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University invites 
applications for a faculty position in particle theory. Research areas of 
interest include particle phenomenology, model-building, cosmology, quantum 
field theory and string theory. The successful candidate will be expected to 
teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The appointment will likely be at the level of Assistant Professor, but more 
senior candidates may be considered in exceptional cases. Applicants should send 
three letters of reference, a curriculum vitae and bibliography to

Faculty Search Committee
c/o Ms. Pamela Carmen
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

To be assured of full consideration, applications must be received by December 
1, 2006. The Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative 
Action Employer and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

7. Faculty Position, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford U.
From: WIPHYS October 11, 2006 

The Department of Physics and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center invite 
applications for one or two tenure track appointments in particle astrophysics 
and cosmology.  These appointments will be affiliated with the Department of 
Physics and/or the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and include membership in 
the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC).  

We are especially interested in candidates in two areas:  (1) experimental 
cosmology and astrophysics with an emphasis on the development of new or 
advanced instrumentation; and (2) high energy astrophysics with an emphasis on 
exploiting new science opportunities in gamma ray astronomy. Further details may 
be found at 


and click on ‘Faculty’ under ‘Open Positions’.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list and a statement of 
research plans and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Jenifer 
Conan-Tice, Dept. of Physics, Stanford University, 382 Via Pueblo Mall, 
Stanford, CA 94305-4060 (ticestanford.edu).  
Electronic submission is accepted. Applications should be complete by Dec 1, 
2006; applications submitted after that time may be considered, depending on how 
far the search process has progressed. Potential applicants after December 1 
should contact Jenifer Conan-Tice for current status of the search and further 

Stanford University and SLAC are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers 
and are committed to increasing the diversity of their faculty. They welcome 
nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as 
well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the research and 
teaching missions.

8. Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology, UNC at Chapel Hill
From: WIPHYS October 12, 2006 

We invite applications for a tenure-track position in theoretical cosmology. 
Candidates should have demonstrated an excellent record of achievements, have 
broad interests and thorough training in theoretical physics, including, e.g., 
general relativity, string cosmology, astroparticle and high-energy physics, and 
have a commitment to high quality research and teaching.  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill is in the process of a multi-year plan to fill five positions in 
theoretical physics and astrophysics, the first of which was filled in 2003.  
These new colleagues will complement our existing strengths in cosmology, 
theoretical high-energy physics, string theory, general relativity, nuclear 
physics, and astrophysics and be expected to play a major role in subsequent 
recruitments. See 


Interested applicants should submit a vita, statements of research and teaching 
interests and plans, and arrange to have at least four letters of recommendation 
sent to Professor Jack Ng, Theory Search Committee, Department of Physics and 
Astronomy, University of North Carolina, CB\# 3255, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255.  
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials electronically, in PDF 
format, to cosmology\_searchphysics.unc.edu .  
Review of applications will commence January 5, 2007 and continue until the 
position is filled.  We particularly encourage applications from members of 
under-represented groups.  The University of North Carolina is an equal 
opportunity employer.

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