AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 25 & June 11, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Mailing list difficulties 
 
2. More on the Mercury 13 
 
3. More on Moore 
 
4. Gender Equity in The Physics Community 
 
5. The RAISE Project 
 
6. Postdoctoral Fellow in Feedback Processes in Galaxy Formation 
 
7. Postdoctoral Position in Direct Dark Matter Detection (from WIPHYS) 
 
8. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Mailing list difficulties 
From: AASWOMEN Editors (aaswomenaas.org) 
 
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2. More on the "Mercury 13" 
From: Harley Thronson (Harley.A.Thronsonnasa.gov) 
[Editor's note: this is an alternate viewpoint on the Mercury 13] 
 
The "Mercury 13" story is an interesting one, which I have followed 
slightly as something of an amateur historian in the space sciences. 
 
Your readers may be interested in the recent article in Space Review, 
which may be a more nuanced summary of this period in human space 
exploration: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/869/1 
 
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3. More on Moore 
From: Lee Anne Willson (lwillsoniastate.edu) 
 
Moore's book "Men of Astronomy" shows his misogyny quite clearly: Not 
just the title and the entries (all men), but where he needs to cite a 
fact to explain what a man did, and to support this, would need to 
cite a woman's work for accuracy (e.g. cepheid P-L relation and 
Henrietta Leavitt) he says "It was known that ...."  instead.  I have 
a copy found used (NO ROYALTIES) that I keep next to Women of 
Astronomy on my shelf of books by and about women astronomers. 
 
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4. GENDER EQUITY IN THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY 
From: WIPHYS May 21, 2007 
 
On May 6-8, 2007, APS brought together chairs of 50 major 
research-oriented academic physics departments as well as about 15 
physics-related managers of major national laboratories. The workshop 
was a forum for presentations, panel discussions and break out 
sessions led by distinguished physics speakers and social scientists 
to engage academic physics chairs and managers from physics-related 
national laboratories. 
 
The goal of this workshop is to double the number of women in physics 
in the next 15 years by informing, educating and providing chairs of 
physics departments and physics-oriented national laboratory managers 
the tools to achieve that goal. 
 
The conference agenda and presentations from many of the speakers can 
be seen at 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/gender-equity.cfm .  
A report will be available in the fall. 
 
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5. THE RAISE PROJECT  
From: WIPHYS May 23, 2007 
 
Despite recent improvements, the overwhelming majority of awards in 
science and medicine are received by men.  The RAISE (Recognizing the 
Achievements of Women in Science, Medicine, and Engineering) project 
is a database listing awards by discipline and career level, with the 
goal of increasing the status of women in science, technology, 
engineering, mathematics, and medicine.  By visiting the website at 
http://www.raiseproject.org/about.php , you can view awards, link to 
the award sites, find related news, and add awards to RAISE. 
 
The nomination deadline for many of the APS Prizes and Awards is July 
1, 2007.  Last year, 5 women were awarded prizes/awards.  A list of 
all winners can be found at 
http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/recipients.cfm?year=2007 . 
Information on how to nominate (and the deadline for each prize) can 
be found at http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/ . 
 
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6. Postdoctoral Fellow in Feedback Processes in Galaxy Formation 
From: Rebecca Noble (Rebecca.Nobleanu.edu.au) 
 
The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics 
Australian National University 
 
Postdoctoral Fellow in Feedback Processes in Galaxy Formation 
 
Salary Range: AUD$52,672~VAUD$63,561 pa plus 17% superannuation.  
Applicants holding a PhD will receive a minimum base salary of AUD  
$59,397 per annum. 
 
The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian  
National University invites applications for a fixed-term (2 years  
with a possible extension of up to a third year), Level A  
Postdoctoral Fellow in Feedback Processes in Galaxy Formation. 
 
The successful appointee will work with Dr. Ralph Sutherland, Prof.  
Michael Dopita and Prof. Geoffrey Bicknell, in developing and using  
accurate and robust three-dimensional fluid dynamics codes for the  
simulation of radiative gas-dynamic processes in feedback processes  
in galaxy formation, as part of a current ARC Discovery Project.  
Computational results will be directly applied to the interpretation  
of observations made using integral field spectrometers (NIFS and  
WiFeS), which have been developed at the RSAA. 
 
The successful candidate will have demonstrated clear research  
achievement in Theoretical Astrophysics and/or Computational Fluid  
Dynamics. The ability to successfully undertake large scale  
scientific computation and the related analysis is an essential  
requirement of this position. The appointee will have access to the  
computational environment of the ANU Supercomputing Facility subject  
to successful time application proposals. 
 
Selection Criteria: 
http://info.anu.edu.au/hr/Jobs/Academic_Positions/_RSAA4076.asp  
or academic.services.rsaaanu.edu.au 
 
Enquiries: Dr. Ralph Sutherland. T: +61 2 6125 0284 F: +61 2 6125  
0260 E: Ralph.Sutherlandanu.edu.au 
 
Applications addressing the selection criteria should be submitted to  
jobsanu.edu.au, quoting reference number RSAA4076 and including a  
curriculum vitae, list of publications and names, addresses, e-mail  
addresses and fax numbers of three referees. 
 
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7. POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN DIRECT DARK MATTER DETECTION AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 
From: WIPHYS May 29, 2007 
 
The Physics Department at Syracuse University invites applications for a 
postdoctoral position with its experimental particle astrophysics group, 
which is involved in the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) and in research 
and development for future dark matter experiments.  CDMS uses novel 
low-temperature detectors to provide exquisite separation of possible dark 
matter interactions from backgrounds, resulting in the best discovery 
potential of any direct dark matter search.  The successful candidate will 
play a major role in the development and testing of low-noise, 
low-temperature electronics and dark-matter detectors and will be invited to 
participate in operations and analysis for CDMS and SuperCDMS, whose first 
phase is funded and will begin in 2008. The candidate will also help lead 
the construction and commissioning of the BetaCage, a funded project to 
build the world's most sensitive detector of radioactive surface 
contamination, with applications to rare-event sear! 
  ches including dark matter and neutrino physics. 
 
A recent PhD in particle astrophysics, high-energy physics, or a related 
field is required. Experience with low-noise electronics, cryogenic systems, 
detector development, low-background techniques, data acquisition, data 
analysis, and/or simulations would be advantageous. Further information 
about CDMS may be found at http://cdms.berkeley.edu. 
 
Syracuse provides a rich environment for research in particle physics and 
cosmology. Additional experiments include LHCb, CLEO, and LIGO. Theoretical 
work covers many areas including those at the particle physics-cosmology 
interface. For more details see http://physics.syr.edu/research.htm 
 
To apply, send a CV and a description of research interests and have three 
letters of reference sent to: dmpdphy.syr.edu.  Alternatively, materials 
may be mailed to: Penny Davis, DM Post-Doc Search, Department of Physics, 
Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244-1130.  The position is available 
immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 
 
Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 
 
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