AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of April 11, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Women Astronomers in the Media 
 
2. Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory 
 
3. Faculty Horizons Program at UMBC 
 
4. Assistant Professor, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Ball State University 
 
5. Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisors, British Embassy 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Women Astronomers in the Media 
From: David J. James [david.j.jamesVanderbilt.Edu] 
 
further to your "Women Astronomers in the Media" section, you might want 
to include a piece of Vanderbilt University's Dr Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, 
who received wide media attention on her recent research: 
 
eg, 
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080110-black-holes.html 
 
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2. Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahalum.mit.edu] 
 
From the Women in Planetary Science Blog 
( http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/ ): 
A new book, Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory, has just come out. 
 
 
http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=3D4821 
 
from the publisher: "Emily Monosson, an independent toxicologist, has 
brought together 34 women scientists from overlapping generations and 
several fields of research including physics, chemistry, geography, 
paleontology, and ecology, among others to share their 
experiences. From women who began their careers in the 1970s and 
brought their newborns to work, breastfeeding them under ponchos, to 
graduate students today, the authors of the candid essays written for 
this groundbreaking volume reveal a range of career choices: the 
authors work part-time and full-time; they opt out and then opt back 
in; they become entrepreneurs and job share; they teach high school 
and have achieved tenure." 
 
Emily Monosson also has a blog at http://sciencemoms.wordpress.com/ . 
 
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3. Faculty Horizons Program at UMBC 
From: Aki Roberge [Aki.Robergenasa.gov] 
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Faculty Horizons  Program 
at UMBC, which will be held July 10-12, 2008.  Please pass this on to 
anyone you think may be interested in the program. 
 
PURPOSE:  The workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation  ADVANCE 
Program, is intended to provide post-doctoral research fellows  and 
upper-level graduate students, particularly women, in science, 
technology, engineering, and mathematics with necessary skills to  become 
successful tenure-track faculty in the United States.  Special  attention 
is paid to including women from underrepresented groups. 
 
APPLICATIONS:  Due to limited space, everyone must apply on-line 
(http://www.umbc.edu/advance/registration08/) and be accepted to attend. 
The application is available from April 7, 2008 - May 5, 2008. Funds are 
available to defray the cost of participation. 
 
DISSEMINATION:  Please share this announcement widely with those you 
think may be interested in attending, or those who may know someone who 
would find this workshop beneficial.  A flyer for the workshop is 
attached.  Please post around your laboratory, department, etc. 
 
Please email advanceumbc.edu for any additional information or 
questions.  For the most up-to-date workshop information, please visit 
www.umbc.edu/advance and click on Faculty Horizons. 
 
Thank You, 
Sarah 
 
Sarah Conolly Hokenmaier 
ADVANCE Program 
President's Office at UMBC 
1000 Hilltop Circle 
Baltimore, MD 21250 
410-598-3079 
advanceumbc.edu 
 
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4. Assistant Professor, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Ball State University 
From:  Ronald K. Kaitchuck [RKAITCHUbsu.edu] 
 
(Astronomy) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR 
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY 
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY 
MUNCIE, INDIANA 
 
Tenure-track position available August 2008. Responsibilities: The 
successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and 
graduate courses in astronomy and physics, conduct 
astronomical/astrophysical research using the SARA remotely controlled 
telescope, supervise undergraduate and graduate student research 
activities and participate in service activities appropriate for a 
tenure-track position. 
 
Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. completed before July 1, 2008, in 
physics, astrophysics, and/or astronomy with research experience in 
observational optical astronomy. Effective communication skills in 
both classroom and laboratory setting. 
 
Preferred qualifications: Interest in optical instrumentation and 
interest in teaching intermediate-level optics laboratory course.  One 
year of teaching experience at the college level, this may include 
typical graduate-student-level teaching experience. 
 
Send a letter of application which indicates goals in research, 
including projects with SARA telescopes, and teaching; evidence of 
excellence and experience in research and teaching; curriculum vitae; 
copies of transcripts; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and 
telephone numbers of three references to: Chair of Search Committee, 
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 
47306. Review of applications will begin November 2, 2007, and will 
continue until the position is filled. (Department information may be 
found at www.bsu.edu/physics. SARA information may be found at 
http://ilocker.bsu.edu/users/trobertson/WORLD_SHARED/SARA.htm) 
 
Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action 
employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within 
its community. With that commitment, applications from women and 
minority candidates are encouraged. 
 
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5. Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisors 
From: Naomi Ridge [nridgemac.com] 
 
Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisors 
The Global Issues Group 
British Embassy, Washington, DC 
 
Background: 
 
The British Embassy is seeking two Senior Science and Innovation 
Policy Advisors who will be a part of the Science and Innovation Team 
within the Global Issues Group (GIG). The Science and Innovation (S&I) 
Team works closely with S&I colleagues across the US and Canada. GIG 
is responsible for a wide range of key issues, in addition to science 
and innovation.  The Group also covers trade, transport, business and 
regulatory affairs, energy, environment and agriculture. The Office of 
the UK Research Councils in the US, who manage the UK's science and 
research budget, is located with GIG. 
 
The main objectives of the Group are: 
 
- Influence the Administration and Congress to take account of UK 
    policy interests in the development of international and domestic 
    policy. 
 
- Contribute to UK policy formulation, and ensure all relevant parts 
    of the UK Government are kept fully informed of US developments in 
    the areas covered by the Group. 
 
All members of the GIG team seek to value, encourage, respect and support 
each other in achieving the Group's objectives. 
 
Duties: 
 
- Provide US S&I policy/practice advice to UK colleagues 
    (e.g. reporting on S&I issues on science and innovation policy, 
    science budgets, agency priorities and emergent technologies). 
 
- Work with US and UK stakeholders on issues such as stem cells, 
    space, innovation, science budgets, nanotechnology regulation, 
    large facilities, renewable/alternative energy technologies, 
    science for development, infectious diseases and homeland 
    security. 
 
- Work as part of the existing US S&I network and act as co-ordinator 
    on specific network-wide activities. 
 
- Promote collaboration between UK and US research communities, 
    working with the UK Research Councils Office in the US and others. 
 
- Identify and support UK-US wealth creation and commercial R&D 
    collaboration opportunities alongside UK Trade and Investment 
    (UKTI) colleagues. 
 
- Manage public diplomacy activities promoting UK science and 
    innovation in the US. 
 
 
The division of responsibilities between the two positions will be decided 
depending on the experience of the selected candidates. 
 
Skills/Experience: 
 
- Understand and focus on customer needs. 
 
- Ability to deliver results and respond quickly to changing 
    priorities and objectives. 
 
- Willingness and ability to tackle difficult problems/assignments by 
    analysing and evaluating information and reaching sound 
    conclusions. 
 
- Excellent communication and advocacy skills, including a comfort 
    level with people of all levels. 
 
- Effective team building skills. 
 
- Excellent IT skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel etc). 
 
- Experience working on science or innovation practice or policy. 
 
- Bachelor's and preferably higher degrees in a science or related field. 
 
All candidates must a have pre-existing legal status to live and work 
in the US.  The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave 
and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term 
and short term disability, and retirement savings plan to name a few. 
The compensation is commensurate with experience and 
qualifications. Confirmation in position is subject to security 
clearance. 
To Apply: 
Submit your resume along with salary history and cover letter by April 
18, 2008 to careersfco.gov.uk or fax to 202-588-7622.  Please note in 
the subject line of your email: "S&I Policy Advisors." 
 
Interviews are expected to be held on May 1-2, 2008. 
 
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