AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of July 20 & 27, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. The Chronicle: 7/20/2007: The Latest Way to Discriminate Against Women 
 
2. Gender Diversity and Race Diversity 
 
3. CTIO Postdoctoral Fellow & REU Director 
 
4. Scientific Programmer - National Solar Observatory 
 
5. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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1. The Chronicle: 7/20/2007: The Latest Way to Discriminate Against Women 
From: Susana Deustua (deustuaaas.org) 
 
http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i46/46b01601.htm 
 
[Ed. note: this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education requires 
a subscription to view it, but here is the abstract: 
 
The Latest Way to Discriminate Against Women 
 
By Richard Whitmire 
 
There's something all-American about filing lawsuits. McDonald's 
coffee burn your lap? Dry cleaner lose your favorite pants? Sue! And 
somehow we find it perfectly logical that social policy should be 
guided by lawsuits. Upset by the University of Michigan's handing out 
admissions preferences to black students? Find a willing complainant 
and sue. Hey, quite often it works. 
 
Why then does one of the biggest, sweetest lawsuits imaginable -- 
colleges routinely discriminating against women in their admissions 
policies -- go unfiled? Recently U.S. News & World Report laid bare the 
evidence. In desperate attempts to keep their campuses from swinging 
hugely female, as far more women than men apply to college these days, 
straight-A girls are told to look elsewhere, while B-average boys get 
the fat envelope.] 
 
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2. Gender Diversity and Race Diversity 
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu) 
 
There is an interesting article called "The Visible Man: Moving Beyond 
Gender Wars to Build Diversity" in the "On Campus with Women" 
publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 
Volume 35, 3.  The author, a graduate student from UCLA, looks at 
diversity studies with respect to race as well as gender, and urges 
the educational system to look at increasing diversity overall rather 
than focusing on "men against women."  See: 
 
http://www.aacu.org/ocww/volume35_3/fromwhereisit.cfm 
 
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3. CTIO Postdoctoral Fellow & REU Director 
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu) 
 
Job Title - CTIO Postdoctoral Fellow & REU Director 
Job No. 849 
Center  - CTIO 
Location - La Serena, Chile 
Date Posted - 07/12/2007 
 
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a division of the National 
Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) invites applications for a 
scientific staff position at our facilities in La Serena, Chile.  The 
position will be filled at the postdoctoral level (3 years, 50% 
service).  Applicants are expected to be observational astronomers 
interested in developing their career in the active NOAO research 
environment, and highly motivated to be able to both manage and 
develop the CTIO Student Programs and participate in a variety of 
other observatory activities. 
 
CTIO staff work on a wide variety of topics including aspects of 
observational cosmology, galaxy properties and evolution, stellar 
populations, star formation and evolution, development of adaptive 
optics, and optical and infrared instrumentation - see 
http://www.ctio.noao.edu/pers/staff.html.  They are encouraged to 
primarily use facilities available via NOAO for their research, which 
in addition to NOAO telescopes include Gemini, SOAR, and several other 
large telescopes accessible via the TSIP program. 
 
The service role primarily consists of managing the highly successful 
CTIO student programs, which includes the NSF funded Research 
Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the CTIO Practica de 
Investigaciones en Astronomia (PIA), run in the southern summer months 
(Jan-Mar).  We are planning to expand our student programs in 
partnership with one or more US universities in response to the NSF 
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 
(PAARE) program, which seeks to enhance diversity in astronomy and 
astrophysics research.  These activities are expected to occupy at 
least one third of the time of the successful candidate (~ full time 
in the January-March months when the REU and PIA students are resident 
in La Serena).  For more than a decade the CTIO REU/PIA program has 
provided a unique opportunity for a mixed group of six to eight US and 
Chilean undergraduate students to live and work together on the La 
Serena campus of AURA. In an international environment under some of 
the best skies in the world, the students learn about astronomy by 
doing it. The program includes hands-on observing using CTIO 
telescopes, individual research projects under the direction of staff 
astronomers, and interaction with scientists at the forefront of the 
field. The students present results of their research at the following 
January AAS meeting.  For more insight into the work of the CTIO REU 
Site Director, please discuss the position with past and current site 
directors, reachable through the REU mail address 
ctioreuctio.noao.edu. 
 
The position is based at the AURA campus in La Serena, Chile, which 
includes the offices of CTIO, SOAR and Gemini-South, with the offices 
of Las Campanas Observatory next door. The working language is 
English. Staff members have excellent benefits and living conditions, 
an overseas allowance, support for Spanish lessons, an educational 
stipend for dependent children, international health care benefits, 
and annual travel to the point of hire. Bilingual education for 
children is available at the International School of La Serena, which 
was co-founded by and still supported by AURA. The city of La Serena 
is a major seaside tourist destination in South America, with a 
climate very similar to San Diego, California. 
 
Applicants should electronically submit a vitae, a statement of 
current research interests, details of experience relevant to the REU 
or similar student programs, and the names of three references. If 
email is not available you may send material postal mail to address 
indicated below. Please indicate job title and job number with all 
submissions. Applications received prior to August 31, 2007 are 
assured of full consideration, however, applications will be accepted 
until the position is filled.  Further details can be obtained from 
CTIO Director Alistair Walker, awalkerctio.noao.edu.  Send resume to: 
 
Human Resources Office 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
P.O. Box 26732 
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732 
Email: hrnoaonoao.edu 
FAX: 520-318-8494 
 
NOAO and NSO are affirmative action and equal employment opportunity 
employers.  Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on 
or near the Tohono O'Odham reservation. 
 
NOAO and NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and 
candidates from under represented minorities are particularly 
encouraged to apply. 
 
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4. Subject: Scientific Programmer - NSO 
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu) 
 
Scientific Programmer II - Job #851 
Tucson Arizona 07/23/2007 
 
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) has an opening for a full-time 
Scientific Programmer to further develop both instrument control 
software and data processing algorithms for advanced solar 
instrumentation on Kitt Peak.  Responsibilities of this 2-year 
position include the development of software to improve the observing 
and telescope interface software for the NSO Array Camera (NAC).  The 
NAC is an infrared camera system for forefront investigations of the 
Sun at the NSO McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope on Kitt Peak.  Additional 
responsibilities during the term of the appointment will include 
contributions to algorithm development for data processing and 
archiving for the new SOLIS facility on Kitt Peak.  SOLIS obtains high 
precision observations of the Sun's magnetic field daily for a wide 
variety of applications in solar physics, space weather, and climate 
modeling.  Extending this position beyond 2 years would be contingent 
on the availability of funds.  See the NSO home page at www.nso.edu/ 
for more information on NSO telescopes and instrumentation dedicated 
to world-class studies of the Sun. 
 
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in computer science or engineering, 
mathematics, or physical science, and a minimum of 2 years (though at 
least 6 years is preferred) of relevant software experience. 
Extensive experience with time sensitive C- programming, serial and 
ethernet communication in a Linux environment is required.  The 
successful candidate will be expected to troubleshoot code quickly and 
be comfortable with a variety of programming languages & applications 
including C/C++, Perl, FORTRAN, IDL, LabView, and MySQL.  Solar 
research and CCD data processing experience is preferred. In addition, 
the position requires excellent communication and documentation 
skills. Experience with control of simple hardware (stepper motors, 
optics interface electronics), and basic knowledge of optics and 
spectroscopy, image acquisition and processing, and motor control is 
required.  Ability to work at Kitt Peak is essential. 
 
To apply, send letter of application w/ CV and names and addresses of 
3 professional references. 
 
Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living 
on or near the Tohono O'Odham reservation.  NOAO/NSO foster a diverse 
research environment.  Women and candidates from under represented 
minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. 
 
We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer 
 
To apply, please send electronic resume to: hrnoaonoao.edu 
(In the subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #) 
 
Mailing address: 
Human Resources Office 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
(Include Position Title and Job #) 
P.O. Box 26732 
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 
 
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