AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of September 12, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. NSF Report on Women in S&E Faculty Positions 
2. DPS Women in Science Events 
3. ASP Resource Guide for Women in Astronomy 
4. Female-Friendly Physics Departments Database 
5. Report on Gender Equity Conference Now Available 
6. Astrophysics Faculty Position at Yale University 
7. Astrophysics Faculty Position, Johns Hopkins University 
8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. NSF Report on Women in S&E Faculty Positions 
Thirty-Three Years of Women in S&E Faculty Positions 
by Joan Burrelli 
    "The relatively low proportion of women in academic science and 
    engineering (S&E) has been the topic of numerous recent books, 
    reports, and workshops. (See for example, Powell 2007, DOE/NSF/NIH 
    2006, National Academies 2007.) Data for 2006 show that women 
    continue to constitute a much lower percentage of S&E full 
    professors than their share of S&E doctorates awarded in that 
    year. Even in psychology, a field heavily dominated by women, 
    women were less than half of all full professors, even though they 
    earned well more than half of doctorates in 2006. 
    "This InfoBrief examines the trends from 1973 to 2006 in the 
    employment of women faculty and in the percentages of full 
    professors and of tenured faculty who are women. The trends are 
    examined by field of doctorate, Carnegie classification of 
    employer, marital status, and the presence of children in the 
    home. Because the S&E doctorate holders employed in academic 
    institutions in 2006 were awarded their doctorates over a span of 
    about three decades, these trends are examined against the 
    background of changing percentages of S&E doctorates earned by 
    women over time, starting with the 1958 degree year." 
2. DPS Women in Science Events 
From: Amy Simon-Miller [Amy.Simonnasa.gov] 
We need female volunteers for 2 public outreach events at the AAS DPS 
meeting in October. Please send an email ASAP let me know if you'd 
like to join us! 
* Sunday Oct. 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., "Ask an Astronomer" on the 
Sciencenter's Sagan Planet Walk ( http://www.sciencenter.org/saganpw/ ) 
We are seeking at least 2 scientists per planet station (including 
Pluto!) to answer questions from the public during a sponsored Planet 
Walk through Ithaca during the DPS lunch break on Sunday Oct. 12. 
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will be leading the tour.  Transportation 
to/from the meeting site will be available.  The Sciencenter is a 
hands-on children's science museum who are also sponsoring an 
"Astronomy Day" at the museum that day. Please contact 
mbell5twcny.rr.com if you can help at "your planet" during this 
fun family activity. 
* Tuesday Oct. 14, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., "Women in Science" event at 
Boynton Middle School We are seeking 20 or more female scientists to 
proctor activities and to talk with middle school age children 
one-on-one about science. This event is sponsored by our local 
library. Please contact mbell5twcny.rr.com if you can help with 
this event. 
3. ASP Resource Guide for Women in Astronomy 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahalum.mit.edu] 
Women in Astronomy: An Introductory Resource Guide to Materials in English 
by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College & Astronomical Society of the Pacific) 
    "This guide is not meant to be a comprehensive or scholarly 
    introduction to the complex topic of the role of women in 
    astronomy, but simply a resource for those educators and students 
    who wish to explore the challenges and triumphs of women of the 
    past and present. It's also an opportunity to get to know some of 
    the key women who have overcome prejudice and exclusion to make 
    significant contributions to our field. To be included among the 
    representative women for whom we list individual resources, an 
    astronomer must have had something non-technical about her life 
    and work published in a popular-level journal or book. This 
    explains why so many talented women are not covered; their work is 
    mainly known through journals that students cannot 
    read. Suggestions for additional non-technical listings are most 
    welcome, however." 
4. Female-Friendly Physics Departments Database 
From: WIPHYS September 11, 2008 
This data base www.aps.org/programs/women/female-friendly/index.cfm 
contains information that can be used by undergraduate seniors to 
assess the climate for women at various graduate schools.  The 
American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in 
Physics asked PhD-granting physics departments to complete a brief 
form in response to five questions.  All information is completely 
self-reported by the departments themselves.  Neither CSWP nor the APS 
is responsible for its accuracy or timeliness.  New information is 
added all the time, so check back frequently. 
5. Report on Gender Equity Conference Now Available 
From: WIPHYS September 11, 2008 
The report on the Gender Equity Conference, held at APS in May 2007, 
is now available at www.aps.org/.  It contains a number of 
recommendations for academic institutions, national laboratories, and 
funding agencies aimed at improving recruitment and retention of those 
from under-represented populations in physics.  The conference brought 
together chairs of 50 major research-oriented academic physics 
departments as well as about 15 physics-related managers of major 
national laboratories. 
6. Astrophysics Faculty Position at Yale University 
From: WIPHYS September 11, 2008 
The Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track 
junior faculty position in astrophysics/cosmology. In exceptional 
circumstances, an appointment at the tenured level may also be 
possible. The successful candidate's research program should 
complement current research at Yale, which includes high-energy 
astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the interface of 
particle physics and astrophysics.  Experimentalists 
(instrumentalists, observers) and theorists are all encouraged to 
apply. Yale offers a world-class intellectual environment; competitive 
salary, benefits, and research funds; and access to premier 
astronomical facilities. The successful candidate is expected to 
participate actively and effectively in teaching at the undergraduate 
and graduate levels. Interested applicants should send a letter (pdf 
format), curriculum vita, publication list, and a brief description of 
proposed research to the Chair's office at pamela.boswardyale.edu, or 
by mail, to Ms. Pamela Bosward, Department of Physics, Office of the 
Chair, Yale University, P.O. Box 208120, New Haven, CT 
06520-8120. Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of 
recommendation to be sent to the same address (email preferred).  For 
further information about the position, contact Professor Meg Urry, 
Chair of the Physics Department and Director of the Yale Center for 
Astronomy and Astrophysics (meg.urryyale.edu), or Professor Thomas 
Appelquist, Chair of the Astrophysics Search Committee 
(thomas.appelquistyale.edu ). Applications that are complete by 
December 1, 2008, will be assured of full consideration. Yale is an 
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications from 
women and minorities are strongly encouraged. 
7. Astrophysics Faculty Position, Johns Hopkins University 
From: WIPHYS September 12, 2008 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins 
University invites applications for a faculty position in 
astrophysics.  We will consider applicants in all subfields of 
astrophysics. We expect that this appointment will be made at the 
level of assistant professor, but appointments at a higher level may 
be possible in exceptional cases.  Current faculty members are active 
in theory, developing astronomical instrumentation (particularly for 
space-based platforms), observational astronomy across a wide range 
of wavelengths, and data intensive science.  Research interests of 
the current faculty members include planetary science, extra-solar 
planets, the interstellar medium, stellar populations, high-energy 
astrophysics, active galaxies, galaxy formation and evolution, and 
cosmology.  Johns Hopkins is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 
and Pan-STARRS 1 projects, owns a share of the Apache Point 
Observatory 3.5m telescope, is the home of the WMAP and Advanced 
Camera for Surveys teams, and is an institutional member in the GALEX 
mission. We are playing a leading role in the National Virtual 
Observatory.  We cooperate closely with the adjacent Space Telescope 
Science Institute, the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, and NASA's 
Goddard Space Flight Center. 
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, 
and short description of research plans as PDF attachments to 
astrosearchpha.jhu.edu and also arrange to have three letters of 
reference e-mailed by reviewers to the same address.  Mail may be 
addressed to: Astrophysics Search Committee, c/o Ms. Pam Carmen, 
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 
North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 USA.  Consideration of 
applications will begin on December 1, and will continue until the 
position is filled.  Hopkins is an affirmative action/equal 
opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and 
members of underrepresented groups. 
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