AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 19, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Recommendations from Gender Equity Workshop 
2. Nature Article on the 2-Body Problem 
3. Super Earths: Aspen Summer Program 
4. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
5. Assistant Scientist (CASA Scientific Software Developer) 
6. Faculty Position, Department of Physics, University of Memphis 
7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, Wooster, Ohio 
8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Recommendations from Gender Equity Workshop 
From: WIPHYS October 17, 2007 
A summary of recommendations from the Gender Equity Workshop held in May 
2007 is now available at 
This workshop at the American Physical Society brought together chairs of 
50 major research-oriented academic physics departments as well as about 15 
physics-related managers of major 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. 
A final report on the workshop will be available in a couple of months. 
Support for the workshop was provided by grants from the National Science 
Foundation and the Department of Energy. 
2. Nature Article on the 2-Body Problem 
From: Geoff Clayton [gclaytonfenway.phys.lsu.edu] 
There is a nice article in Nature about two-body problems in Astronomy: 
NATURE, Vol 449, 11 October 2007 
3. Super Earths: Aspen Summer Program 
From: Fred Rasio [rasionorthwestern.edu] 
Aspen Center for Physics Summer Program on Characteristics and Habitability 
of Super Earths, Aspen, Colorado, 17 August to 7 September 2008 
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2008 
Over 240 extrasolar planets are known to orbit nearby stars. Close to 
fifteen of these are low-mass exoplanets with minimum masses ranging from 
5 to 20 Earth masses. These `super Earths' are the first known exoplanets 
that likely consist substantially of rock, making them analogs of the 
terrestrial planets that support life in our solar system. A substantial 
number of super Earths are expected to be discovered in the next year 
by ground-based radial velocity planet searches for rocky planets and 
with the COROT Space Telescope that aims to find transiting super Earths. 
The summer of 2008 will therefore be a critical time to study and explain 
the super Earth's dynamical and physical characteristics as they relate 
to planet habitability. For example, half of the super Earths have 
eccentricities between 0.1 and 0.2. What causes this eccentricity? 
How much resulting tidal energy is generated and how much of it reaches the
 planet's surface? Do the super Earths have atmospheres or have their 
atmospheres been evaporated by the parent star? Can we observe their 
atmospheres, and what atmospheric compositions would be indicative of 
life? Our workshop will focus on these issues and, more generally, on 
the astrophysics and astrobiology of extrasolar earth- like planets. 
Organizers: Eric Ford (University of Florida), Lisa Kaltenegger (Harvard 
Smithsonian CfA), Fred Rasio (Northwestern University), Sara Seager (M.I.T.)
4. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS October 18, 2007 
Information on the 2008 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
is now available! These summer internships are salaried positions 
typically 10 weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500 grant, plus 
the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations. 
Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2008. Complete details on 
the program and how to apply are available at 
5. Assistant Scientist (CASA Scientific Software Developer) 
From: Dee Boyd [dlboydnrao.edu] 
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites applications for a 
software engineer, computer scientist, astronomer, or physicist with 
experience in astronomical data processing to develop software for the 
Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package. CASA is principally 
aimed at post-observation data reduction and analysis for the Expanded Very 
Large Array (EVLA) and the Atacama Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) 
projects, and is written primarily in C++ under a Python wrapper. For more 
information on CASA, see 
The position is an NRAO Scientist position, with 25% of time available to 
pursue self-directed research. The position will be based in Charlottesville
, Virginia, USA, at the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC). 
Frequent travel between NRAO and ALMA sites (including international travel) 
will be required. 
The selected individual will work within the team developing the CASA 
software package. This will involve development of the code base, and 
interaction with users and representatives of the ALMA and EVLA projects 
that are the main drivers for the software. There will also be substantial 
interaction with the user community via the NAASC. 
To be considered, applicants must have an advanced degree in computer 
science, astronomy, physics, or a related field, and experience in software 
programming and architecture, preferably with object-oriented methods in 
C++/Python C, and Fortran. 
A strong background in radio interferometry is preferred, and expertise in 
single-dish processing is desirable. Experience with working within 
multi-site work team in a high-technology scientific environment, and 
experience with project planning and control activities is also desirable. 
The successful applicant will be required to spend some time working at 
the ALMA sites at OSF (2900 m elevation) and the Array Operations Site 
(5000 m elevation).  A successful high altitude medical check is a 
necessary condition for this position. 
Resumes with a cover letter specifying the available position of interest 
should be addressed to NRAO, Human Resources Office, 520 Edgemont Road, 
Charlottesville, VA 22903 or electronically to 
resumesnrao.edu. Non-specific resumes/applications will not be considered. NRAO is 
an Equal Opportunity Employer - women and minority candidates are 
encouraged to apply. 
6. Faculty Position, Department of Physics, University of Memphis 
From: WIPHYS October 17, 2007 
The Physics Department at the University of Memphis seeks applicants for a 
tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in fall 
2008. The department is interested in individuals prepared to initiate a 
strong research program in experimental or computational materials physics and 
who is willing to collaborate with other researchers in Chemistry, Life 
Sciences and Engineering. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics or a 
closely related discipline. Currently, the department has active research 
programs in computational materials physics, nano-materials, biomaterials, 
condensed matter, biophysics as well as solar physics. The successful 
candidate must be an effective teacher at the graduate (M.S.) and the 
undergraduate (B.S.) levels. Interested persons should submit a letter of 
application, a curriculum vita, a research plan and teaching interests, 
and arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be sent to: 
Search Committee 
Department of Physics 
216 Manning Hall 
The University of Memphis 
Memphis, TN 38152 
For more information about the department, see: 
Review will begin on November 15, 2007, and may continue until the position
 is filled. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action Employer. Electronic applications will not be accepted. 
7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, Wooster, Ohio 
From: WIPHYS October 18, 2007 
The College of Wooster Physics Department invites applications for a tenure
-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2008 to teach a variety 
of physics courses and labs, guide student research projects, and develop a
 publishable research program involving students. Ph.D. in Physics or 
related field required. Experimentalist preferred. Participation in the 
College's interdisciplinary programs, including First-Year Seminar, is 
Our department is an inclusive community that emphasizes cooperation over 
competition. A June 2004 report by the American Institute of Physics lists 
our department in a short table of physics programs with high student 
satisfaction and high bachelor's degree production. Our physics club has 
won national awards for its elementary school outreach program. Our 
NSF-REU summer program has attracted students from 18 states and 37 
institutions to work closely with faculty on research projects. Each 
Wooster student completes a yearlong senior thesis project in our 
nationally recognized senior capstone program. Wooster ranks in the 
top 3 percent nationally as the baccalaureate origin of Ph.D.s when 
compared with other 4-year institutions. 
Send curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of 
recommendation to Dr. John Lindner, Chair, Department of Physics, 
The College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691 or 
JLindnerWooster.edu. Consideration of applications will begin 1 November 2007 and 
will continue until the position is filled. 
The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and 
sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The 
College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority 
candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. 
Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons 
without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, 
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. 
The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 
Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity 
and legal right to work in the United States as required by the 
Immigration Reform and Control Act. Drug-free workplace. 
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