AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of August 1, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. 2008 M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship Recipients 
 
2. Girls & Boys at Math 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITION WAS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
3. Lecturer, Dept of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology 
 
4. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
5. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. 2008 M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship Recipients 
From: WIPHYS July 29, 2008 
 
The winners of the 2008 M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 
are: 
 
Janice Wynn Guikema will fabricate and study graphene devices pertinent to 
the detection of magnetic moments and the transport of spins, and will use 
scanning probe microscopy to understand the local behavior of the charge 
carriers in graphene. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2004 
and was a post doc at Cornell and a lecturer at Texas A&M before accepting 
a part-time post doctoral position at Johns Hopkins University where her 
husband is an assistant professor. She and her husband have one young son. 
 
Ya Li will use her scholarship to study nucleon (proton, neutron) structure 
using the precision electron beam probe at Thomas Jefferson National 
Accelerator Laboratory. She received her master's degree in China in 2001 
and, while taking courses at University of Houston, spent summers doing 
research at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The demands of a family of 
three young children necessitated taking leave from her thesis research. She 
will continue work on a study of nucleon structure functions from deuterium 
and nuclear targets in nucleon resonance region and at high momentum transfer. 
 
Firouzeh Sabri will study the physical and chemical changes caused by UV 
radiation on materials, namely RTV 655 and silica aerogels. She received her 
PhD from University of Cambridge (UK), Cavendish Laboratory, in 2002 and 
turned down a job offer at JPL and two post-doctoral programs (at NIH and 
University of Florida) to accompany her husband and young son to Memphis, 
where she is presently an instructor in the physics department at the 
University of Memphis. 
 
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2. Girls & Boys at Math 
From: John Leibacher [leibnoao.edu] 
 
In this ScienceNOW Daily News article, author David Malakoff tells us that 
Barbie was wrong. A new study finds that girls do just as well as boys at 
math: 
 
http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/724/1?etoc 
 
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3. Lecturer, Dept of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology 
From: WIPHYS July 23, 2008 
 
The Rochester Institute of Technology Department of Physics invites 
applications for one or more faculty positions at the rank of Lecturer 
beginning August 21, 2008. This is a non-tenure track appointment. Although 
the initial appointment is for 9.5 months, a continuing appointment may be 
possible. The primary responsibility is teaching introductory physics in 
an activity-based, workshop format. The minimum qualifications are a PhD 
in physics or astronomy, experience teaching introductory physics, and 
strong communication skills. Candidates must be legally eligible to work 
in the United States from August 21, 2008 to June 7, 2009. Familiarity with 
current trends in undergraduate physics education is desirable. Research 
interests compatible with the Department's current research activities are 
also desirable. Opportunities for summer teaching may be available. 
 
Candidates should submit a curriculum vita that includes details of 
teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness. All 
applications must be submitted online at 
 
https://mycareer.rit.edu   (search for IRC23398). 
 
Applicants should also arrange to have three current references send letters 
of support directly to Chair, Physics Lecturer Search Committee, 
Department of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 54 Lomb 
Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. The deadline for receipt of all 
application materials is August 5, 2008. General inquiries should be 
addressed to pacspsrit.edu. The Department of Physics web page is located at 
 
http://www.rit.edu/cos/physics/. 
 
The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative 
action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the 
ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university's continuing 
commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences 
are encouraged to apply. 
 
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