AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 5, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Vassiliki Kalogera is 2008 MGM Award Winner 
 
2. The Woman Astronomer Ezine 
 
3. 2008 National Medal of Science Call for Nominations 
 
4. New Book on Women in Astronomy (in French) 
 
5. CITA Faculty Position: Canada Research Chair, Asst/Assoc Professor 
 
6. Tenure-Track Appointment, Physics Department, Williams College 
 
7. Faculty Position in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology 
 
8. Tenure Track Positions, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 
 
9. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Vassiliki Kalogera is 2008 MGM Award Winner 
From: WIPHYS October 5, 2007 
 
Congratulations to Vassiliki Kalogera, Associate Professor at 
Northwestern University, who has been named the 2008 winner of the Maria 
Goeppert Mayer Award for her fundamental contributions to the study of 
the evolution and fate of compact objects in binary systems, focusing on 
their observations via X-rays and on their importance for gravitational 
wave detectors. 
 
The MGM Award was established to recognized and enhance outstanding 
achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and 
to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others 
through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. The award 
consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide 
opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics 
at four institutions and at the meeting of the APS at which the award is 
bestowed and a certificate citing the contributions made by the 
recipient. More information at 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/awards/goeppert-mayer.cfm 
 
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2. The Woman Astronomer Ezine 
From: Debra L Davis [saturna2earthlink.net] 
 
The October issue of theWoman Astronomer ezine has been posted and is 
available for viewing at 
 
http://www.womanastronomer.com/newsletter0710.htm 
 
The feature article in this issue is an "Interview with Dr. Debra 
Fischer, Planet-Hunter" and in the "Ask Urania" section, the muse of 
astronomy answers the question, "What is astronomy?" There is also a 
short review of the new book, "Math Doesn't Suck: how to survive middle 
school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail" by Danica 
McKellar and much more which I hope you will find of interest. 
 
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3. 2008 National Medal of Science Call for Nominations 
From: WIPHYS October 5, 2007 
 
The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2008 
National Medal of Science through December 7, 2007. For detailed 
nomination information, please go to 
 
www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/ 
 
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4. New Book on Women in Astronomy (in French) 
From: Yael Naze (nazeastro.ulg.ac.be) 
 
A new book on women in astronomy (in French) is available at 
 
http://www.vuibert.com/livre12779.html 
 
It has received several awards, especially for raising awareness about 
the gender issue in astronomy. 
 
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5. CITA Faculty Position: Canada Research Chair 
From: Nina Ladocha 
 
CITA, a national centre for theoretical astrophysics hosted by the 
University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure track faculty 
position. The search is open to candidates at the Assistant or Associate 
Professor level. Appointment to commence July 1, 2008. 
 
Applicants from any area of theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to 
apply; we seek candidates with exceptionally strong and internationally 
recognized research records, and outstanding promise of future research 
accomplishments. 
 
Additional selection criteria include demonstrated ability in teaching, 
in particular working with research fellows and graduate students, and 
to assume a leadership role in administering CITA's active postdoctoral 
and visitor programs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications 
and experience. The successful candidate will be nominated for a Tier 2 
Canada Research Chair 
 
www.chairs.gc.ca . 
 
CITA is an institute within the Faculty of Arts and Science, University 
of Toronto. The present complement of research staff includes six 
faculty and over 25 research fellows. The unique research environment at 
CITA is enhanced by close ties to the Departments of Astronomy and 
Astrophysics, the Department of Physics, and the Canadian Institute for 
Advanced Research Cosmology and Gravity Program. We invite prospective 
candidates to visit our home page at 
 
www.cita.utoronto.ca . 
 
Applicants should send: a curriculum vitae, a bibliography, a statement 
of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation 
to be sent to: 
 
Prof. Norman Murray, Director 
CITA, University of Toronto 
60 St. George Street 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H8 
 
All materials should reach CITA by December 1, 2007. 
 
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its 
community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority 
group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of 
sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further 
diversification of ideas. This is an international search. All qualified 
candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent 
residents will be given priority. 
 
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6. Tenure-Track Appointment, Physics Department, Williams College 
From: WIPHYS October 5, 2007 
 
The Williams College Physics Department invites applications for a 
tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level (a senior 
appointment is possible in exceptional circumstances) with teaching 
duties to start September 2008. We seek an energetic individual with a 
strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, including the development 
of a productive on-campus research program involving undergraduates. 
Startup funds will be available. Ph.D. required; postdoctoral research 
experience desirable. Williams is a highly selective, private, 
coeducational liberal arts college, with eight physics and two astronomy 
faculty. We have about 15 physics and astrophysics majors per class, and 
more than half go on to graduate programs. A typical teaching assignment 
is one lecture and two laboratory sections per semester. The College is 
actively working to increase the ethnic and gender diversity of its 
science majors and seeks an individual who can help us meet these goals. 
Williams College is an EO/AA employer. 
 
Mail CV, statements on teaching philosophy and research plans, and three 
letters of recommendation to: Professor Sarah Bolton, Chair, Department 
of Physics, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267. 
 
Applications received by December 1, 2007 will receive full 
consideration. For additional information about the Physics Department, 
please visit our website at 
 
http://www.williams.edu/ . 
 
Electronic applications will not be accepted. 
 
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7. Faculty Position in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology 
From: WIPHYS October 3, 2007 
 
The Department of Physics at Syracuse University 
 
http://physics.syr.edu 
 
invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in 
theoretical particle physics, focused on beyond the standard model 
physics and its connections to cosmology. The department currently has 
strong programs both in cosmology and particle physics with broad 
interests. We expect the successful applicant to have interests that 
overlap with and complement ongoing research efforts. 
 
Applicants should have a clear record of research accomplishments and a 
strong interest and ability to teach effectively at both the graduate 
and undergraduate levels. Please send (preferably as attachments in an 
e-mail to ppcosmosearchphysics.syr.edu ) a letter of application, a 
curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching interests, and 
arrange for three or more letters of reference to: Faculty Search 
Committee, Dept. of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244-1130 
USA. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2007, and will 
continue until the position is filled. Syracuse University is an 
affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority 
groups and women are especially encouraged to apply. 
 
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8. Tenure Track Positions, Department of Physics & Astronomy 
From: WIPHYS October 3, 2007 
 
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Bucknell University 
 
www.bucknell.edu/physics 
 
seeks candidates for two tenure-track positions. The positions are at 
the level of Assistant Professor (entry-level preferred) and will begin 
in August 2008. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in physics or 
astronomy (ABD candidates will be considered) and demonstrate a 
potential for excellence in teaching, with the capability of teaching at 
all levels of the curriculum. Candidates are also expected to develop 
and maintain a research program capable of involving undergraduate 
students. Bucknell is a highly selective, private university with 
approximately 3400 students enrolled in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences 
and Engineering. Bucknell values a diverse college community and is 
committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and 
students. The Department of Physics & Astronomy currently has 10 
permanent faculty members and two staff technicians that maintain an 
electronics and machine shop. The Department also maintains a teaching 
observatory. Application materials include a curriculum vita, statements 
that address the candidate's potential as a teacher and scholarly 
interests, and three letters of recommendation. For additional 
information and to apply, please consult 
 
www.bucknell.edu/jobs . 
 
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2007. 
 
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10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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