AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of February 15, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. IUPAP International Meeting on Women in Physics 
 
2. Call for Nominations - The Franklin Institute Bower Award and Prize 
 
3. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. IUPAP International Meeting on Women in Physics 
From: Meg Urry [meg.urryyale.edu] 
 
The 3rd International Meeting on Women in Physics will be held this 
October in Seoul, South Korea. Astronomers have been represented at 
each of the previous meetings, 2002 in Paris (me) and 2004 in Brazil 
(Laura Kay). If you are interested in attending, go to icwip2008.org 
for more details. Dr. Beverly Hartline is organizing the US delegation 
(which will consist of 5 or 6 people); she can answer questions via 
email to questionsuswip.org. 
 
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2. Call for Nominations - The Franklin Institute Bower Award and Prize 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahalum.mit.edu] 
 
I am forwarding this announcement to the AASWOMEN readership because 
one of the reasons so few women receive prizes such as these is because 
so few women are nominated in the first place.  So nominate away. 
 
 
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 
THE 2009 BOWER AWARD AND PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE 
 
Theme: The Cosmos 
Prize: $250,000 USD 
Deadlines: Notice of Intent to Nominate: March 31, 2008 
       Complete Nomination: May 31, 2008 
 
Dear Colleague: 
 
On behalf of The Franklin Institute, I invite you to nominate 
candidates for the 2009 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in 
Science, to be presented to a distinguished scientist or engineer in 
the field of cosmology. The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in 
Science is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to an 
individual of any nationality for outstanding work in the applied or 
basic sciences, or engineering. A predetermined field of study is 
chosen each year as a theme.  A gold medal and a cash prize of 
$250,000 are awarded to the individual selected to receive the award. 
 
The theme for the 2009 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in 
Science is The Cosmos. We are soliciting nominations of theorists, 
observers and experimental technique developers who have made 
significant contributions to our study of the cosmos by advancing our 
knowledge of such areas as: cosmic microwave background radiation, 
standard candles, sky maps, gravitational lensing, early universe, 
galactic rotation curves, supermassive black holes, dark energy and 
dark matter. 
 
This is an international competition primarily intended for 
individuals whose work has had a significant impact on the field of 
cosmology, but contributors to other fields of astronomy and 
astrophysics will NOT be excluded from consideration. 
 
The Franklin Institute Awards Program is among the oldest and most 
comprehensive international science and technology awards programs in 
the world. The list of Franklin Institute laureates reads like a 
"Who's Who" in the history of 19th, 20th and 21st century science, 
including such titans as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Albert 
Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Jonas Salk, Stephen Hawking, Ralph Cicerone, 
and Jane Goodall, to name a few. I urge you to nominate a candidate 
whose name should be added to this distinguished list. 
 
For more information on nominating a candidate for The 2009 Bower 
Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, please visit: 
www.fi.edu/franklinawards/call.html. 
 
Please forward this call for nominations to colleagues who might wish 
to make a nomination or to professional associations to which you 
belong.  Please also feel free to post this material on any 
appropriate websites you may manage. 
 
Questions about the appropriateness of a particular nomination are 
welcome and should be directed to Dr. Philip W. Hammer, Vice 
President, The Franklin Institute, at bhammerfi.edu. If you know of a 
candidate who has made an extraordinary contribution in the area of 
cosmology, I strongly encourage you to participate in this 2009 Bower 
nomination process. 
 
Sincerely yours, 
 
Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, The Franklin 
Institute 
The Franklin Institute 
222 N 20th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
 
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3. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at 
 
http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html 
 
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.