AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of November 30, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Discussion Thread: NSF Grants For Postdocs 
2. Article about Heidi Hammel 
3. 2008 GLAST Fellowship Program 
4. Professional Skills Development Workshops 
5. Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics 
6. Assistant Professor Position at Northern Arizona University 
7. Assistant Professor Physics at Columbus State University 
8. Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, SFSU 
9. Senior faculty position at Michigan State University 
10. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
11. Post-Doctoral Position: Nuclear Astrophysics, Ohio University 
12. Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University 
13. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
14. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. NSF Grants For Postdocs 
From: WIPHYS, November 20, 2007 
An NSF Program Officer sent me this link about Postdoctoral funding 
support:  http://nsf.gov/funding/education.jsp?org=NSF&fund_type=3 
(To get there from the NSF home page, choose "Looking for Funding?" then 
"Specialized Information" then "Post Doctoral"). 
None of them is specific to physics. Several of them are open to any 
area of the Foundation.  Our POs are interested in hearing any ideas for 
support postdocs which they haven't yet considered, so I plan to forward 
a synopsis of the listserv comments back to them. 
Amy Young 
2. Article about Heidi Hammel 
From: Meg Urry [meg.urryyale.edu] 
Check out the November 26 Newsweek, p. 54, for a very nice article 
about Heidi Hammel. 
3. 2008 GLAST Fellowship Program 
From: Sandy Barnes [Sandra.L.Barnesnasa.gov] 
The NASA Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Program is 
initiating a Fellowship Program. NASA plans to award up to 3 GLAST 
fellowships in 2008. The goal of these fellowships is to stimulate an 
infusion of new ideas, techniques, and approaches that will enhance the 
scientific return of GLAST which will be launched in 2008. 
The fellowship provides support for up to three years at an annual 
stipend of approximately $56,000 plus defined benefits and allowances. 
GLAST fellowships are open to scientists who have received a Ph.D., 
Sc.D., or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or a related 
discipline before the start of the fellowship. Support for each fellow 
will be provided through an award to a US host institution, designated 
by the fellow, where the fellow will be resident. 
Awards will be made on the basis of the applicant's research proposal -- 
its science merit and relevance to gamma-ray astrophysics, and the 
DECEMBER 7, 2007. Award offers will be made in February, 2008, with the 
fellowships expected to begin in September, 2008. 
The fellowship program is administered by the Center for Research and 
Exploration in Science and Technology (CRESST) for NASA and the GLAST 
Mission. Further information and application instructions can be found at: 
or by contacting: 
GLAST Fellowship Program Office 
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center 
Mail Code 661 
Greenbelt, MD 20771 
4. Professional Skills Development Workshops 
From: WIPHYS, November 20, 2007 
The American Physical Society will offer one-day workshops for post-docs 
and newly-tenured (or tenure track) women physicists on March 9 (New 
Orleans) and April 11 (St. Louis, MO), in association with the 2008 APS 
annual meetings.   Women of color are especially encouraged to apply. 
Deadlines to apply are December 10, 2007 for the March workshop and 
January 4, 2008 for the April workshop.  First consideration will be 
given to applications received by the deadlines. 
The workshops will have one session for post docs and one for women 
faculty.  They will offer professional training on effective 
negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as a special 
opportunity for networking at the reception afterwards.  Participants 
may receive a stipend of up to $850 towards hotel and travel expenses. 
Details are now posted at 
To ensure maximum interaction, the workshops will be limited in size. Support 
for these workshops is pending from the National Science Foundation. 
5. Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics 
From: Elise Novitski [elisenovitskigmail.com 
The University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and 
Yale University are seeking participants for simultaneous regional 
Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics that they will be hosting 
on January 18-20, 2008. Conference highlights will include research 
talks by prominent women physicists from across the country, career and 
graduate school panels, and lab tours. Undergraduate participants will 
have the opportunity to present their own research in a 10-minute talk 
or during a poster session.  Conference registration and food will be 
covered for all participants and grants are available for travel and 
Our conferences seek to bring undergraduate physicists together with 
peers and mentors in order to discuss science and life issues.  Women 
have been historically underrepresented in the physical sciences, and 
our goal is to address this inequality and to seek solutions.  In 
addition, we hope to inspire continued interest in physics for all 
participants and to present information about how to pursue this 
Registration deadlines are December 1 for the USC conference, December 
12 for the Yale conference, and December 17 for the University of 
Michigan conference. More information, schedules, and registration are 
available at these sites: 
6. Assistant Professor Position at Northern Arizona University 
From: Kathy Eastwood [Kathy.Eastwoodnau.edu 
Dear colleagues:  Please consider applying for our new position as 
described below.  We have a woman-friendly department, great telescope 
access, real commitment to education, and a wonderful place to live. 
I am the chair of the search committee; please feel free to send me 
Kathy Eastwood 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University 
is seeking an astrophysicist for an interdisciplinary tenure-track 
position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2008. 
Department faculty members have access to University of 
Arizona/Steward Observatory telescopes. The successful candidate will 
teach both physics and astronomy at all levels, conduct scholarly work 
in astrophysics, advise students and serve at both the department and 
university level. Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate 
in physics, astronomy, or a related field. Preferred qualifications 
include promise for exceptional teaching, the potential to involve 
undergraduates and graduate students in research, and the ability to 
attract external funding.  The candidate should also have the ability 
to work with students, colleagues, and community members from diverse 
cultures.  Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and 
veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Applicants should submit a CV, a statement describing teaching 
experience and philosophy, a statement describing research interests, an 
unofficial copy of their graduate transcript, and the names and contact 
information of three references. Send application materials to 
Astro Search Committee 
Chair, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 
Northern Arizona University, 
Box 6010 
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6010. 
The search will remain open until the position is filled or closed; 
however, the screening committee will begin reviewing applications on 
January 7, 2008. Northern Arizona University is a 21,500-student 
institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a community of about 
60,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. With its 
elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for 
year-round outdoor activities. The Lowell Observatory, the Flagstaff 
Station of the U. S. Naval Observatory, and the U.S.G.S. are all close 
by.  NAU requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal 
background investigation, employment history verification and degree 
verification prior to employment. Candidates may also be required to 
complete a fingerprint background check. AA/EO/M/W/D/V 
Kathy DeGioia Eastwood 
Professor of Physics and Astronomy 
Northern Arizona University 
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6010 
Ph: 928-523-7159   FX: 928-523-1371 
7. Assistant Professor Physics at Columbus State University 
From: Webster Zodiac [webster_zodiaccolstate.edu] 
Columbus State is looking for another Physicist! Astrophysicist works 
too.  Please let me know  by email if you have any questions. My 
colleague, Rosa Williams, and I will be at AAS in January if you want 
to talk about CSU in person. Cheerio. 
Assistant Professor Physics, Columbus State University: 
Job Summary: 
The Department of Chemistry and Geology at Columbus State University 
invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the 
level of Assistant Professor to begin teaching in August 2008. 
Teaching duties will include teaching Physical Science for elementary 
school teachers and courses and laboratories to support a Physics 
minor and/or Astronomy courses. Other job duties include recruiting 
students into the departmental majors, academic advising, helping 
with existing programs to recruit and retain secondary science and 
math teachers, active involvement with and leadership in educational 
outreach activities such as Engineering Night, Science Olympiad, 
Science Fair, and/or Astronomy Night, and other service duties 
necessary to build and maintain a vibrant and collegial department. 
Interest in teacher training is a plus. Candidates must also be 
committed to quality teaching and to continued scholarly and 
instructional development.  This position is available pending budget 
approval from the Board of Regents. 
Minimum requirements: 
Applicants should possess a strong and demonstrated interest in 
teaching and hold a doctorate degree by the time of appointment. The 
doctoral degree should be in Physics Education, Physics, 
Astrophysics, Engineering or related field. Possession of a doctorate 
in Science Education is also considered acceptable training if at 
least 18 hours of graduate education were obtained in Physics, 
Astronomy, or Engineering. The successful candidate will demonstrate 
outstanding oral and written communication skills and exhibit a 
commitment to excellence in science education in a student-centered 
environment. The successful candidate will be able to teach and work 
with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds. Familiarity with 
the use of performance standards and assessment is preferred. 
Applicants must satisfy the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools (SACS) requirements in order to gain employment at Columbus 
State University. A successful criminal background check will be 
required as a condition of employment. 
Application Procedures: 
This search will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. 
Review of applications will begin immediately and preference will be 
given to applications received before January 18, 2008. For full 
consideration, applicants should submit a letter of interest 
describing relevant experience and qualifications for this unique 
position, recent letters from at least three references who may be 
contacted, a curriculum vitae, a comprehensive statement of teaching 
philosophy, a statement of research interests applicable to a 
primarily undergraduate institution, a reprint of a recent publication 
(s) and/or conference papers, unofficial transcripts, and evidence of 
successful teaching experience to: Chair, Physics Search Committee, 
Department of Chemistry and Geology, Columbus State University, 4225 
University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907. Applicants must provide 
official transcripts at the time of interview. Columbus State 
University embraces its diverse student body and the College of 
Science strongly values outstanding teaching and those who educate 
future teachers. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 
Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer. See details about the department at 
Electronic applications will not be accepted. 
8. Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, SFSU 
From: Ron Marzke [marzkestars.sfsu.edu 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State 
University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor 
position in astronomy.  We seek theorists or observers with broad 
research interests and with the ability to interact with other members 
of the department's diverse research community.  Specific interests 
among the current faculty include galaxy formation and large-scale 
structure, stellar and dynamical evolution of star clusters, 
computational astrophysics, extrasolar planets, hadronic physics and 
lattice gauge theory. 
The department offers Bachelors and Masters degrees and is 
committed to excellence in both research and teaching.  We seek 
candidates who are enthusiastic about mentoring students and who can 
involve students in their research.  Faculty members with funded 
research programs typically teach two courses per semester. 
SFSU, a member of the California State University system, serves a 
diverse student body of 29,000 students.  The University seeks to 
promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity 
through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment.  SFSU 
faculty are expected to be effective teachers and to demonstrate 
professional achievement through research, scholarship, and/or creative 
A Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and at least one year of postdoctoral 
experience are required.  Applications must be received by 17 December 
2007.  Please include curriculum vitae, publication list, and statements 
of research and teaching interests in the application and arrange for 
three letters of reference to be sent to the following address by 17 
December 2007: Astrophysics Search Committee, Physics and Astronomy 
Dept., SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.  SFSU is an 
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage 
applications from women and minorities. 
9. Senior faculty position at Michigan State University 
From: Megan Donahue [donahu42msu.edu] 
Position in College Science Education 
Michigan State University 
Division of Science and Mathematics Education 
The Division of Science and Mathematics Education is co-administered 
by the Colleges of Natural Science and Education with the College of 
Natural Science as the lead.  DSME is seeking a tenure system faculty 
scholar at the senior level as part of an ongoing priority initiative 
in science education. MSU is committed to strategically increasing 
its capacity to provide national leadership in science education 
scholarship by building on our long-standing record of excellence in 
science education research, curriculum development, and teacher 
education, and will continue to provide outstanding teaching of 
undergraduate and graduate students in science education, teacher 
education, and the sciences. The faculty in science education at MSU 
span several academic units and work collaboratively to address cross- 
university needs and responsibilities, with coordination provided 
through the Division of Science and Mathematics Education. Joint 
appointments and other cross-departmental and cross-college 
arrangements are possible and encouraged. 
We seek faculty candidates with primary research interests in science 
education at the undergraduate level.  All candidates are expected to 
have a doctorate in science or science education, a record of 
exceptional scholarly accomplishment, a strong science background, and 
evidence of a capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and 
instructional life of MSU. The successful candidate will have a tenure 
home in a department in the College of Natural Science. Candidates must 
demonstrate success in obtaining and leading funded research projects 
and a pattern of national leadership in science education. 
The successful candidate will conduct research and teach undergraduate 
and graduate level courses. Additional duties will vary depending on 
departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education 
needs, and the candidate's experience and interest.  Faculty will be 
involved in continuing collaborations among faculty interested in 
teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. 
A complete application package consists of cover letter, curriculum 
vita, two examples of representative scholarly writing, a personal 
teaching philosophy statement, and three letters of reference (two to 
address research, and one to address teaching). The candidate is 
responsible for arranging submission of letters. 
Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged 
to: smeserchmsu.edu. Indicate "Science Education Search" in the 
subject line.   Applications materials should be addressed to: 
Dr. Duncan Sibley, Chair, Science Education Search Committee 
Michigan State University 
213 N. Kedzie Hall 
East Lansing MI  48824-1031 
Application deadline: Review of applications will begin December 15, 
2007. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU 
is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural 
diversity. The university actively encourages applications and 
nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with 
disabilities. Michigan State University is an affirmative action/ 
equal opportunity institution. 
Interested parties should feel free to contact members of the search 
Committee member        Email address 
Duncan Sibley, Chair       sibleymsu.edu 
Julie Libarkin                   libarkinmsu.edu 
Fred Dyer                       fcdyermsu.edu 
Andy Anderson              andyamsu.edu 
Megan Donahue             donahu42msu.edu 
Richard Triemer              triemerplantbiology.msu.edu 
Merle Heidemann            heidema2msu.edu 
10. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS, November 21, 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 
11. Post-Doctoral Position: Nuclear Astrophysics, Ohio University 
From: WIPHYS, November 21, 2007 
The Nuclear Theory Group at Ohio University anticipates hiring 
a post-doctoral research associate beginning in the fall of 
2008. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, and a strong 
research background in one or more areas of the physics and 
astrophysics of neutron stars, neutrino physics, supernovae, 
or relativistic heavy-ion physics.  The appointment will 
initially be for one year, but is renewable for a second year 
contingent upon funding availability and satisfactory job 
Interested candidates are required to submit a curriculum vitae, list of 
publications and a brief statement of research interests, and arrange 
for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to 
Prof. M. Prakash, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University, 
Athens, OH 45701, (e-mail: prakashharsha.phy.ohiou.edu) 
before December 15, 2008, when review of applications begins.  Ohio 
University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We 
seek a candidate with a commitment in working effectively with students, 
faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.  Women and minorities are 
particularly encouraged to apply. 
12. Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University 
From: WIPHYS, November 28, 2007 
Ohio Wesleyan University's Department of Physics and Astronomy invites 
applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position to begin August 
2008. This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of 
extension for two additional years. We seek an enthusiastic instructor, 
able to teach a full range of departmental courses, and who will be able 
to supervise undergraduate research projects. The ability to include 
undergraduates in summer research and the desire to teach an 
introductory course in astronomy are plusses. A Ph.D. (or A.B.D.) in 
physics or a related field is required. Please send a statement of 
teaching philosophy and of research interests, curriculum vitae, 
transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate) and three letters of 
recommendation to: Prof. Brad Trees, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy , 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, 43015. Ohio Wesleyan University 
(http://www.owu.edu) is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal 
arts, residential institution of 1850 students founded in 1842 and is 
located just 20 miles north of Columbus. 
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by 
February 29, 2008. Further information can be found at 
http://physics.owu.edu/ . The university is 
strongly committed to diversity within its community and encourages 
all interested applicants, including women and minorities, to apply. 
13. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
[Please remember to replace "" in the below e-mail addresses.] 
To submit to AASWOMEN: 
 send email to aaswomen.aas.org 
All material sent to that address will be posted unless you tell us 
otherwise (including your email address). 
To subscribe or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 go to http://lists.aas.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/aaswomen 
and fill out the form. 
If you experience any problems, please email itdeptaas.org 
14. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at 
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered. 
AASWList mailing list