AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of December 14, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Comment on "An Anecdotal Longitudinal Study" 
2. Regional Metrology Organisations 2008 symposium 
3. CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast 
4. Childcare Grants At APS Meetings 
5. Undergraduate Teaching Position, Physics, Brandeis University 
6. Physics Teacher Education Coordinator, Illinois State University 
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Comment on "An 'Anecdotal' Longitudinal Study" 
From: Julia Kennefick [jkennefuark.edu] 
I was just reading the article by Travis Metcalfe in this month's AAS 
Newsletter titled "An 'Anecdotal' Longitudinal Study" where he discusses 
the career paths of 11 students who entered astronomy graduate school in 
1996.  Of the 11, (7 male, 4 female) 5 eventually graduate with a 
Ph.D. (3 male and 2 female, about 1/2 of each gender).  He concludes 
that this sample "did not reveal any systematic problems in the culture 
of the field, since both male and female...students were proportionally 
represented along each major career path."  What is amazing about this 
conclusion is that at this point, all three males have obtained tenure 
track positions either at labs or at a university, while one female is 
still in a postdoc, and the other female has taken a non-tenure track 
job at a small university.  Even from this small, anecdotal sample, it 
seems pretty clear that there is a difference in outcomes.  I look 
forward to the full study. 
2. Regional Metrology Organisations 2008 symposium 
From: Mladen Borsic [mladen.borsicfer.hr]  
MEKO - International Measurement Confederation (www.imeko.org) 
Technical Committee 11 "Metrological Infrastructure" (TC 11) organises 
First International Symposium 
RMO 2008 - Regional Metrology Organisations 2008: 
"Metrology, testing, and accreditation - breaking the trading barriers" 
in Cavtat - Dubrovnik, Croatia 
November 12-15, 2008. 
The aim of the Symposium is to bring together International 
Organisations - BIPM - Bureau International des Poids et Mesures, OIML 
- International Organisation for Legal Metrology, and ILAC - 
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, and Regional 
Metrology Organisations (RMO's) - AFRIMET, APMP, COOMET, EURAMET, 
EUROLAB, SIM. Representatives of the international organisations and 
chairpersons of RMO's will describe functioning and prospective of 
their organisations. The representatives of the National Metrology 
Institutes (NMI's) will be invited to present their efforts and to 
discuss hot topics and challenges - http://www.rmo2008.org/programme.html 
Part of the Symposium will be the 20th International Metrology 
Technical Sessions: 
 - Mass and related quantities (including force, pressure, air density, 
 torque, viscosity and hardness) 
 - Electricity and magnetism (including RF and microwave) 
 - Length (form measurements, complex geometry, angular measurements, 
 laser measurements, nanometrology, surface texture) 
 - Time and frequency 
 - Thermometry (including thermophysical properties and humidity) 
 - Ionising radiation (including radiometry and dosimetry) 
 - Photometry and radiometry (including fiber optics) 
 - Flow (including fluid properties) 
 - Acoustics, ultrasound and vibration (including accelerometry) 
 - Amount of substance. 
Potential authors are invited to submit final papers in English via the 
website (instructions on web site: http://rmo2008.org/authors.html ) 
The authors of selected papers, presented during 1st RMO 2008 and 20th 
Metrology Symposium, will be encoureged to submit updated and extended 
versions of those papers to the journal Measurement (Elsevier, IMEKO - 
Important dates: 
 Paper Submission Deadline:      June 2, 2008 
 Acceptance Notification:        June 16, 2008 
3. CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast  
From: WIPHYS December 11, 2007 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Forum on 
Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) will co-sponsor a networking 
breakfast from 7:30-9:30 am on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the APS 
meeting in New Orleans.  Both men and women are welcome to attend. 
Enjoy a delicious full breakfast and hear an informal talk.  Cost: $15. 
$5 for physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity.  Please 
pre-register at 
as there may be only limited space for walk-ins at this popular event. 
4. Childcare Grants At APS Meetings 
From: WIPHYS December 11, 2007 
Small grants of up to $200 are available to assist meeting attendees who 
are bringing small children to the March and April APS meetings. Please 
complete the short form at http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/general.cfm 
and submit it.  Applications must be received by Jan 15 (for March) and 
February 29 (for April) to be considered by a subcommittee of the CSWP. 
In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding 
available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of 
their careers.  If you are interested in childcare sharing, you may also 
use this bulletin board to connect with other parents.  There will also 
be a small unsupervised play area in the convention center for 
parents/caregivers and children to relax (bring your own toys!).  
If you would like to share childcare and want to connect with other 
parents, visit the Childcare Bulletin Board and leave a message. 
Please do not contact APS about this; all arrangements should be made 
between individuals and APS assumes no liability. 
5.  Undergraduate Teaching Position, Physics, Brandeis University 
From: WIPHYS December 12, 2007 
The Physics Department seeks a full-time faculty member to teach physics 
laboratory, lecture and inquiry-based classes to begin in Fall 2008. 
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics, postdoctoral and/or 
teaching experience and be committed to undergraduate education.  This 
will be a three-year, renewable appointment and salary and rank will be 
commensurate with experience.  
Applicants should submit their CV and a statement on teaching 
philosophy, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:  
John Wardle, Physics Search 
Physics Department, MS 057 
Brandeis University, 
Waltham, MA 02454-9110 
Website: http://www.physics.brandeis.edu 
First consideration will be given to applications received by February 
1, 2008.  Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, 
committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and 
strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.  
6. Physics Teacher Education Coordinator, Illinois State University 
From: WIPHYS December 12, 2007 
The Physics Department at Illinois State University has a large and 
innovative physics teacher education (PTE) program with approximately 6 
to 10 graduates per year. Applications are invited for the position of 
coordinator of the PTE program, a full time, 12-month, continuing 
Academic Professional appointment with a summer 2008 start date, as 
early as May 16. The position is responsible for the overall operation 
of the PTE program including teaching undergraduate physics teaching 
methods courses, curriculum development, placement and supervision of 
student teachers, recruitment, advisement of students, collaboration 
with faculty and staff in other campus science teacher education 
programs in maintaining program accreditation, and building 
relationships and collaboration with regional high school teachers and 
state and national physics teacher associations. 
The successful candidate will have a masters degree or higher in 
physics, physics education, or pertinent related field, demonstrated 
excellent teaching experience, ability to learn and implement NSES 
science teaching and NSTA teacher preparation standards, and ability 
to work effectively with a variety of people. Preference will be given 
to applicants with secondary physical science teacher certification, 
experience with clinical students and/or student teachers, and prior 
familiarity with relevant national standards. For a complete description 
and for specific application procedures, please visit our website at 
http://www.IllinoisState.edu/jobs prior to January 15, 2008.  Initial 
review of applications will begin January 15, 2008 and will continue 
until the position is filled.  
An equal opportunity/affirmative action university encouraging diversity. 
For information about the department visit our website, 
7. 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 
8. 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