AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of March 2, 2007 
eds. Patricia Knezek, Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
  
This week's issues: 
 
1. Red Hot Debate: PHYSICS TODAY and the Image of Women in Science 
 
2. Red Hot Debate: Deja vu all over again! 
 
3. Association of Women in Science Names 2007 Fellows  
 
4. Dresselhaus Wins L'Oreal-UNESCO Award 
 
5. Physical Science Assistant Professor at Columbus State University 
 
********** The following position was taken from WIPHYS ********** 
 
6. Assistant Professor in Subatomic Theory at Arizona State University 
 
7. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Red Hot Debate: PHYSICS TODAY and the Image of Women in Science 
From: Marc Brodsky [brodskyaip.org] 
 
A subscription to Physics Today (PT), the flagship magazine of the American 
Institute of Physics, is a free on-membership benefit to most members of the 
American Astronomical Society.  In the January 2007 issue of PT, a quarter 
page ad appeared which raised justified concern about how the image of 
women is portrayed in a scientific environment. 
 
Usually PT is very sensitive to such concerns in advance of publication, but 
the sad fact is that until pointed out to us after publication, no one at 
PT or elsewhere in AIP noticed a reclining woman in a red skirt that 
appeared on the cover of a catalogue pictured in the ad.  I speculate that 
this was because the catalogue cover was a very small thumbnail insert in 
an ad that was not so large to begin with. The insert was of the cover of a 
catalog and the woman was even smaller. When called to my attention I had 
to squint to see what it was. 
 
The publisher of PT received a complaint and was preparing to address the 
issue. But, before he could contact the advertiser, he heard from the 
advertiser (within 24 hours of the first information he had) that they 
were changing the ad and that all future ads in PT would not have such 
an image. 
 
AIP is acutely aware that the opportunities for women in science can be 
undermined by inappropriate stereotypes.  PT strives for accurate and 
positive images of all scientists, including women and other under-represented 
groups.  PT is very sensitive to the images it publishes and has had lively 
internal debate on the appropriateness of certain images that most would 
have found inoffensive, but others might not.  We will strive to be even 
more vigilant in the future. 
 
Marc H. Brodsky 
Executive Director and CEO 
American Institute of Physics 
One Physics Ellipse 
College Park, MD 20740-3843 
E-mail: brodskyaip.org 
Phone: (301) 209-3131 
Fax: (301) 209-3133 
 
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2. Red Hot Debate: Deja vu all over again! 
From: Meg Urry [meg.urryyale.edu] 
 
Concerning the "Red Hot" topic: as Yogi Berra put it so well, "Deja vu all 
over again!" 
 
A few years back, we went through exactly the same dialog re, I think, Edmund 
Scientific. It was discussed in AASWOMEN, I believe, and it must have been 
in the late 1990s. Same thing: attractive woman jazzing up telescope ad. 
Does anyone remember the details? I guess the protests (letters, complaints) 
at that time were singularly ineffective. Let's hope 10 years later, the 
public attitude is different. 
 
As the French say, "Plus que ca change, plus que c'est la meme chose!"  
(The more things change, the more things stay the same.) 
 
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3. Association of Women in Science Names 2007 Fellows  
From: Amy Simon-Miller [simonlepasm.gsfc.nasa.gov] 
 
The Association of Women in Science (AWIS) has named its 2007 Fellows, 
honored for their contributions to the advancement of women in science. 
We would like to congratulate all the recipients, including our own Dr. 
Pat Knezek.  The full list of Fellow is: 
 
Ben Barres, Stanford University, Jeannette E. Brown, educational consultant, 
Susan L. Forsburg, University of Southern California, Jong-on Hahm, George 
Washington University, Patricia B. Hyer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 
State University, Elizabeth S. Ivey, University of Hartford, Patricia M. K
nezek, NOAO/WIYN Consortium, Inc, Margaret M. Murnane, JILA/University of 
Colorado-Boulder, Kathie L. Olsen, National Science Foundation, Susan 
Staffin Metz, Stevens Institute of Technology 
 
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4. Dresselhaus Wins L'Oreal-UNESCO Award 
From: WIPHYS February 26, 2007 
 
MIT Institute Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is the North American winner of a 
2007 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.  She and four other 
recipients, each representing a different continent, were named at a ceremony 
today at UNESCO House in Paris where Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, chairman of 
L'Oreal, and Ko´chiro Matsuura, director-general of UNESCO, presented each 
laureate with her $100,000 award.  Full press release at  
 
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/dresselhaus.html 
 
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5. Physical Science Assistant Professor at Columbus State University 
From: Zodiac Webster [webster_zodiaccolstate.edu] 
 
The Department of Chemistry and Geology at Columbus State University invites 
applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the level of 
Assistant Professor to begin teaching in August 2007. Teaching duties will 
include developing and teaching a new Physical Science course and laboratory 
for elementary and middle-school teachers. The Physical Science course must 
be developed according to strict Georgia Board of Regents guidelines. The 
faculty member will also be expected to teach other introductory and/or 
advanced courses within the department in the discipline of the candidate's 
Ph.D.  
 
Other job duties include academic advising, helping with existing programs 
to recruit and retain secondary science and math teachers, active 
involvement with and leadership in educational outreach activities such 
as Engineering Night, Science Olympiad, Science Fair, and/or Astronomy 
Night, and other service duties necessary to build and maintain a vibrant 
and collegial department. Candidates must also be committed to quality 
teaching and to continued scholarly and instructional development.  This 
position is available pending budget approval from the Board of Regents.  
 
Minimum requirements: Applicants should possess a strong and demonstrated 
interest in teaching and hold a doctorate degree by the time of appointment. 
The doctoral degree should be in Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering, 
Geology, Chemistry, or related field. Possession of a doctorate in Science 
Education is also considered acceptable training if at least 18 hours of 
graduate education were obtained in a science discipline relevant to the 
hiring department.  
 
The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding oral and written 
communication skills and exhibit a commitment to excellence in science 
education in a student-centered environment. The successful candidate 
will be able to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse 
backgrounds. Familiarity with the use of performance standards and 
assessment is preferred. Applicants must satisfy the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements in order to gain employment 
at Columbus State University. 
 
Application Procedures: This search will remain open until a suitable 
candidate is selected. Review of applications will begin March 12. For 
full consideration, applicants should submit a letter of interest describing 
relevant experience and qualifications for this unique position, recent 
letters from at least three references who may be contacted, a 
curriculum vitae, a comprehensive statement of teaching philosophy, a 
statement of research interests applicable to a primarily undergraduate 
institution, a reprint of a recent publication(s) and/or conference 
papers, unofficial transcripts, and evidence of successful teaching 
experience to:  
 
Z. T. Webster, Chair, Physical Science Search Committee, Department of 
Chemistry and Geology, Columbus State University, 4225 University 
Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907.  
 
Applicants must provide official transcripts at the time of interview. 
Columbus State University embraces its diverse student body and the 
College of Science strongly values outstanding teaching and those who 
educate future teachers. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 
Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer. A SUCCESSFUL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED AS 
A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT. See details about the department at  
 
http://chemgeo.colstate.edu  
 
and more information about the class to be developed at  
 
http://facstaff.colstate.edu/webster_zodiac/physicalscience. 
 
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6. Assistant Professor in Subatomic Theory at Arizona State University 
From: WIPHYS March 1, 2007 
 
The Department of Physics at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks candidates 
for a tenure-track assistant professorship in particle-astrophysics 
theory and related areas starting August 2007.  Applicants must have a 
Ph.D. in physics or a closely related discipline by time of appointment, 
a strong demonstrated research history in these areas of theoretical 
physics, the potential to attract external funding, and a commitment to 
effective teaching. 
 
The initial appointment will be a cooperative fellowship with the RIKEN 
BNL Research Center (RBRC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for 
a period of up to five years.  During this period the faculty member 
will spend about half time at ASU and the remaining time at RBRC. 
 
The Department of Physics has completed an extensive strategic planning 
initiative in which theoretical particle-astrophysics is identified as 
an area of emphasis for the development of significant expertise.  We 
are especially interested in candidates who both complement and extend 
our current particle physics theory research efforts.  This position 
must overlap some regime of interest to RBRC, from QCD to the TeV scale. 
 
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a 
statement describing their current and future research interests, and 
arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent on their 
behalf.  Initial review of applications will begin after April 15, 2007, 
and if not filled will continue every two weeks until the search is closed.   
 
Application materials and reference letters may be submitted to:  
Particle Astrophysics Search Committee 
Department of Physics 
Arizona State University 
P.O. Box 871504 
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504   
 
or by email to particle-astrophysics.searchasu.edu, 
 
Applicants must also submit copies of these materials to Dr. Nicholas 
P. Samios, Director, RIKEN BNL Research Center, Building 510A, 
Brookhaven National Laboratory, PO Box 5000, Upton, Long Island, 
NY 11973-5000.   
 
ASU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and actively 
seeks diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse workforce. A 
criminal background check is required for employment. 
 
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