AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of April 20, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Discussion Thread on Conference Childcare 
 
2. Dorrit Hoffleit: A remembrance 
 
3. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 
 
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1. Discussion Thread on Conference Childcare 
From: James Rhoads (James.Rhoadsasu.edu) 
 
We have had some success looking for childcare in conference cities 
through childcare ads on craigslist.org .  One can either find ads 
from providers or post a help wanted style ad in the childcare 
section of the list.  All the usual precautions should apply, of 
course--- get references from the sitter, call the references up, 
ask the hard questions about the sitter's experience, judgement, 
and so forth.  There is also "sittercity.com," but they require 
a hefty registration fee for each city where you plan to find 
a sitter, which means that for short-term conference visits they may 
not be more economical than the traditional local nanny agency. 
 
We have also sometimes found day care centers and/or in-home 
day cares that would agree to take in our kids on a short-term 
basis (so far, in Zurich, Durham [UK], Tucson, and Denver). 
This basically means a web search plus followup emails and phone 
calls.  Usually the yield is low, but with persistence we often 
find something. 
 
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2. Dorrit Hoffleit: A Remembrance 
From: Nancy Evans (evanshead.cfa.harvard.edu) 
 
I enjoyed the last issue--as I always do.  In this case, particularly 
the notice about Dorrit Hoffleit.  For this venue, it is particularly 
noteworthy that in the late '50's she started the summer program 
on Maria Mitchell, Nantucket, originally for women.  As far as I know, 
this was unique at the time in being a special effort at letting women 
get research experience as undergraduates.  This is how many of us 
had the privilege of knowing her. 
 
And she did discover the photometric variability of quasars (with 
Harlan Smith, if I remember right.) 
 
A wonderful person. 
 
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3. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 
From:  WIPHYS of April 18, 2007 
 
The  M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an 
award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research  
careers 
after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons.  Details  
at 
http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/blewett/index.cfm 
 
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