AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of December 22, 2006 
eds. Patricia Knezek, Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches 
 
2. More Gender Parity 
 
3. Research Astronomer Level C, Mount Stromlo 
 
****** The following positions were taken from WIPHYS ********** 
 
4. TENURE-TRACK POSITION, ASST PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF WOOSTER 
 
5. SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR ACADEMIC DIVERSITY, 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO 
 
6. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches 
 
"Since the 1970s, women have surged into science and engineering classes in 
larger and larger numbers, even at top-tier institutions like the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, where half the undergraduate science majors and more 
than a third of the engineering students are women. Half of the nation's medical 
students are women, and for decades the numbers have been rising similarly in 
disciplines like biology and mathematics. 
 
Yet studies show that women in science still routinely receive less research 
support than their male colleagues, and they have not reached the top academic 
ranks in numbers anything like their growing presence would suggest." 
 
This interesting article appeared in this week's NY Times Science Times. 
You can read the whole article 
at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/19/science/19women.html?ref=science 
 
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2. More Gender Parity 
 
We mentioned last week in AASWOMEN that a newly-released study recommends 
that Johns Hopkins University make efforts to achieve 50% representation 
of females in senior faculty and leadership  
positions by 2020.  
 
Vera Rubin responds that, 
 
"Cornell (our  alma mater) received $3.3M to try to achieve 20% women in 
EACH science and engineering dept in 5 years and 30% by 2015. 
It sounds like a serious program to make real progress on increasing women 
in science and engineering and thus I am going to encourage that our 
campus adopt and develop a similar program, with or without NSF funding. 
Can you imagine the impact of having 30% women in EACH science and 
engineering department by 2015 among most major universities! That would 
be serious progress indeed. 
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept06/NSFtransformation.ws.html" 
 
 
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3. Research Astronomer Level C, Mount Stromlo 
From: Rebecca Noble (Rebecca.Noble@anu.edu.au) 
 
The Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Australian National 
University, located at Mt Stromlo Observatory, is seeking to appoint a 
distinguished early to mid-career Research Astronomer or Astrophysicist to a 
continuing position at the equivalent of Assistant Professor Level. We 
expect the successful appointee to play a leading role in the RSAA's vigorous 
research program through full time, self-directed research in astronomy and 
astrophysics.  The appointee will also actively participate in the School's 
graduate and undergraduate research training and teaching programs.  Applicants 
in any field of astronomy and astrophysics will be considered.  The successful 
candidate will exhibit a substantial track record of independent research, 
as evidenced by the ability to initiate and resource their own research programs 
and by a significant well-cited publication record. 
 
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short 
description of research interests and plans and arrange for three letters of 
recommendation all to arrive before the closing date of 2 February, 2007.  
Further details of the application process must be obtained from 
http://info.anu.edu.au/hr/Jobs/. The ANU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative 
Action Employer. 
 
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4. TENURE-TRACK POSITION, ASST PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF WOOSTER 
From: WIPHYS of December 19, 2006 
 
The Department of Physics at The College of Wooster invites  
applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor  
beginning Fall 2007, to teach a variety of physics courses and labs,  
guide student research projects, and develop a publishable research  
program involving students. Ph.D. in Physics or related field is  
required. Experimentalist is preferred. Occasional teaching in the  
College's interdisciplinary programs, especially  First-Year Seminar,  
is expected. 
 
  Our department educates students in the fundamental fields of physics  
and prepares them for careers in industry, government, or academia. All  
Wooster students complete a yearlong  senior thesis project working  
closely with a faculty advisor. Our department has hosted an  NSF-REU  
site since 1994. Wooster ranks in the top 3 percent nationally as the   
baccalaureate origin of Ph.D.s when compared with other 4-year  
institutions. A June 2004 report by the American Institute of Physics  
lists our department in a short table of physics programs with high  
student satisfaction and high bachelor's degree production. 
 
  Send curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three  
letters of recommendation to Dr. John Lindner, Chair, Department of  
Physics, The College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691  
or JLindner@Wooster.edu. Consideration of applications will begin 15  
January 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. 
 
  The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts  
and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate  
education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified  
women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to  
these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy  
of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed,  
religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual  
orientation, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an  
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to 
federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work  
in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control  
Act. Drug-free workplace.  For more information see www.wooster.edu/physics. 
 
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5. SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR ACADEMIC DIVERSITY, 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO 
From: WIPHYS of December 19, 2006 
 
 
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Women in Science and Engineering 
System Transformation (WISEST) project, an NSF ADVANCE awardee, has the 
overarching goal of increasing the number, participation, and leadership 
status of women in academic science and engineering.  A significant component 
of this effort is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship designed for 
underrepresented minority women who have recently earned their PhDs in the 
natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics.    
 
This research-focused fellowship, which has been developed in partnership 
with the National Postdoctoral Association, will mentor women scholars and 
help them prepare for faculty careers. We seek up to five individuals who 
will start their two-year fellowships in August of 2007.  Stipends meet 
or exceed nationally competitive levels, and include a generous 
benefits package.  
 
This unique opportunity surpasses traditional postdoctoral research 
experiences, and expressly focuses on the development of future faculty. 
Key components include tailored mentoring, and active participation in 
every aspect of academia: research, teaching, the peer review process, 
grantsmanship, and networking.  
 
Applications are invited from US citizens and permanent residents who 
have earned their PhD after August 2001, and will be accepted until the 
positions are filled. To learn more about this opportunity visit the 
WISEST website, http://www.uic.edu/orgs/wise/wisest.htm, or contact: 
 
Claudia Morrissey, MD, MPH 
WISEST Director 
morrisse@uic.edu 
 
UIC is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and 
diversity and especially encourages applications from women from 
underrepresented minority groups who will contribute to the diversification 
and enrichment of ideas and perspectives in academia.  Application materials 
are available on http://www.uic.edu/orgs/wise/wise_post-docs.htm 
 
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