AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of September 28, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Contributions to STATUS 
2. Happiness Advice 
3. Michigan State University, Tenure-Track Asst. Prof. of Physics 
4. Experimental/Observational Astrophysics Positions at UCSD 
5. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Contributions to STATUS 
From: Fran Bagenal [bagenal_atlasp.colorado.edu] 
Contributions to STATUS are welcome. 
Specifically..... I am thinking of putting together a piece on advice to 
a recent PhD - "So, you have a PhD -  Now what?"   For example: how to 
prioritize projects, focus or explore, quality vs. quantity in 
publishing, when to apply for faculty positions, behind every successful 
scientist there's.... what?  What else should I be doing (or not doing)? 
How do I find out about "alternative" career paths to the "standard" 
academic track? 
Please pass on any advice you think might be helpful for Dr. Joan Doe, 
PhD, Astophysics, TopNotch U. 
Previous issues will give you ideas of the type of articles we publish 
- see http://www.aas.org/cswa/STATUS.html 
Such articles include biographies of women astronomers, articles on women in
science (not just astronomy), opinion pieces, policy issues, advice to young 
 scientists, book reviews, "snippets", artwork and, last but not least, Notes 
 from a Life - a short piece describing an incident (preferably with some 
lesson learnt) in the writer's life (published anonymously). We try to 
include as much original material as possible. But if you see a good article 
that you think the STATUS readership may have missed, please drop me a line. 
Deadlines: initial submissions are due October 1st for the January issue.
Fran Bagenal 
Editor of STATUS 
2. Happiness advice from my wife 
From: Margaret Hanson [hansonmmucmail.uc.edu] 
[From the blog Marginal Revolution (http://www.marginalrevolution.com/margi= 
Happiness advice from my wife 
Alex Tabarrok 
My wife, a PhD microbiologist, told me once that when she was at work 
she felt guilty about not being at home with the kids and when she 
was at home with the kids she felt guilty about not being at work. 
This problem may explain a surprising finding from Betsey Stevenson 
and one of your leading candidates for "most wanted economist 
blogger," Justin Wolfers.  Stevenson and Wolfers have a new paper 
showing that happiness is up for men but down for women.   They write: 
By most objective measures the lives of women in the United States 
have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of 
subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined 
both absolutely and relative to male happiness. The paradox of 
women's declining relative well-being is found examining multiple 
countries, datasets, and measures of subjective wellbeing, and is 
pervasive across demographic groups. Relative declines in female 
happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 
1970s typically reported higher subjective wellbeing than did men. 
These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging~Wone 
with higher subjective well-being for men. 
One reason is suggested by Stevenson in a NYTimes article on her 
research with Wolfers and similar independent research from Alan 
Ms. Stevenson was recently having drinks with a business school 
graduate who came up with a nice way of summarizing the problem. Her 
mother's goals in life, the student said, were to have a beautiful 
garden, a well-kept house and well-adjusted children who did well in 
school. "I sort of want all those things, too," the student said, as 
Ms. Stevenson recalled, "but I also want to have a great career and 
have an impact on the broader world." 
Opportunity brings opportunity cost. 
In the NYTimes article David Leonhardt correctly notes that "Although 
women have flooded into the work force, American society hasn't fully 
come to grips with the change."  Alas, all he has to offer as 
solution is the usual platitudes about subsidized daycare and how men 
should do more of the housework - peculiar solutions to women's 
unhappiness with increased opportunities.  Leonhardt should instead 
have talked to my wife. 
As I wrote this post, I asked my wife about her feeling guilty at 
home and at work but she told me she no longer feels this way. 
"Really?" I asked,  "Why not?" 
"I decided to act more like a man and get over it," she responded. 
September 26, 2007 at 07:20 AM 
3. Michigan State University, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Physics= 
From: Kathie Ellis [elliskmsu.edu] 
Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-track 
assistant professor of physics beginning fall 2008 with a joint 
appointment in the Lyman Briggs College (LBC) (75%) and either the 
Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science 
(PHY) or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) 
Candidates must have a PhD in physics or astronomy.  Preference will 
be given to applicants with postdoctoral teaching and research 
experience, and especially to those who are passionate about working 
with undergraduates.  Duties include teaching a calculus-based physics 
for science majors in the LBC Physics Program, teaching one course 
(typically at the upper undergraduate or graduate level) in the 
Department of Physics and Astronomy if jointly appointed there, and 
maintaining an active research program.  Salary is competitive and 
commensurate with experience. 
Founded in 1967, LBC (lymanbriggs.msu.edu) is a vibrant undergraduate, 
residential college focusing on the study of science and its impact on 
society.  The LBC curriculum integrates its natural and physical 
sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the History, 
Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. 
The joint appointment with the Department of Physics and Astronomy 
(www.pa.msu.edu) or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory 
(www.nscl.msu.edu) will add to MSU=D5s investment in increasing 
cross-college collaboration. The Department of Physics and Astronomy 
is looking for candidates who will conduct a vigorous research 
program.  Research in all areas of physics and astronomy will be 
considered; current research areas in the department include 
acoustics, astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter 
physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and physics 
education. Successful candidates will have experience with or 
demonstrate potential for securing outside funding. The NSCL is 
looking for candidates who will play a leadership role in nuclear 
science research, and contribute to NSCL=D5s educational programs. 
A complete application package consists of a cover letter, curriculum 
vitae, teaching statement and portfolio, statement of research 
interests, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (sent 
under separate cover).  Complete applications should be received by 
December 1, 2007; later applications may be considered.  This material 
should be sent to: Physics Search Committee; Lyman Briggs College; 28 
East Holmes Hall; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 
48825-1107.  For further information, contact Ms. Kathie Ellis at 
(517) 353-6486 or elliskmsu.edu. 
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is 
committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The 
university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of 
women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 
4. Experimental/Observational Astrophysics Positions at UCSD 
From: Joan Grohman [jgrohmanphysics.ucsd.edu] 
The Department of Physics (http://physics.ucsd.edu) at the 
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) invites applications for 
two junior level faculty positions in experimental (including 
particle astrophysics) or observational astrophysics (any 
wavelength), starting July 1, 2008. Applicants should have a Ph.D. 
in physics, astronomy, or related subjects and an outstanding 
record of research accomplishment. Applicants should have ability 
and strong interest in undergraduate and graduate instruction. The 
appointee is expected to establish a research program and to 
participate in the educational programs and other activities of the 
Department.   An application consisting of a curriculum vitae, list 
of publications, summary of research interests, and a future 
research plan, should be sent by mail only (no emails will be 
considered) to: Faculty Search Committee - Astrophysics, Department 
of Physics AST-MW, MC-0354, University of California, San Diego, 
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA  92093-0354.   Candidates should 
also arrange to have three letters of reference sent under separate 
cover.  Salary per UCSD pay scales.  Applicants are welcome to 
include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing 
their  contributions to diversity.  Review of applications will 
begin on December 3, 2007 and continue until the position is 
filled.   UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer 
with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through 
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