AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 3, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Invitation 
 
2. Advice for Postdocs Applying for Tenure-Track Positions 
 
3. T-Shirt: A Sign of Progress? 
 
4. Panel Discussion--Motherhood,the Elephant in the Laboratory 
 
5. Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowships 
 
6. Faculty Position(s) at Iowa State University 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
7. Lecturer II Position, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of New 
Mexico 
 
8. Tenure-Track Position in Theoretical Cosmology or Particle Astrophysics,
Syracuse Univ. 
 
9. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Invitation 
From: Editors of AASWOMEN [aaswomenaas.org] 
 
As a new academic year begins, we invite you to help us expand our 
community of readers and contributors. Please forward this issue of 
AASWOMEN to any new students, post-docs, and scientists that may be interested. 
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2. Advice for Postdocs Applying for Tenure-Track Positions 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
 
I would like to ask for your help in putting together some advice for 
postdocs applying for their first faculty position. One gender stereotype we 
hear is that "women are not good negotiators," so they end up behind even 
before they start. Perhaps it is (in part) because bargaining issues and 
techniques are not so obvious. 
 
Office space, lab space, and start-up funds are obvious topics, but what 
about summer salary and reduced teaching loads? Readers of AASWOMEN, can you 
help me put together some sound advice for postdocs (not just women!) who 
are about to apply for faculty positions? We'll post the advise in upcoming 
issues of AASWOMEN. 
 
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3. T-Shirt: A Sign of Progress? 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
 
I've been affiliated with many NASA teams in my career. I always bought 
the team T-shirt but never wore it. The T-shirt is not the most flattering 
garment, and mine would sit in the back of the closet until I eventually 
tossed it in the recycle bin. Then I became a Co-Investigator on the Hinode 
X-Ray Telescope (XRT) team. Hinode launched in September 2006 and the XRT 
group got bigger and bigger. Thanks to team leaders Leon Golub, Ed DeLuca, 
and Jay Bookbinder, many of the new XRT members were women pre-docs, 
post-docs, junior scientists . . . and me. T-shirts were ordered and I 
got mine at the AAS meeting in Hawaii. Imagine my delight when I realized 
that the style was different this was a woman's shirt, not just a men's shirt 
in a small size. This was a shirt that I actually wanted to wear! 
 
For the first time in my experience (and possibly for the first time in the 
history of NASA) a team had a critical mass of women. In other words, 
the percentage of women was high enough that at least one of them felt 
comfortable saying that the team needed women's T-shirts too. 
 
A T-shirt may be a strange indicator, but I see it as a sign of progress. 
 
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4. Panel Discussion--Motherhood,the Elephant in the Laboratory 
From: Jennifer Wiseman [jennifer.wisemannasa.gov] 
 
The Association for Women in Science invites you to a panel discussion 
featuring women scientists who contributed to the book, "Motherhood, the 
Elephant in the Laboratory" on Tuesday October 21, 2008. All are welcome! 
Please see below for details, including RSVP information. 
 
Panelists and Book Contributors: 
Anne Douglass, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center 
Katherine Douglass, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, George 
Washington University Marla McIntosh, Professor, Plant Science and Landscape 
Architecture, University of Maryland Catherine O'Riordan, Vice President, 
Physics Resources Center, American Institute of Physics 
 
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2008 
Networking reception: 5:00-6:00 pm 
Panel discussion and Q&A: 6:00-7:30 pm 
 
Location: 
AAAS 
1200 New York Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 
Abelson and Haskins Room (2nd floor) 
Red, blue, or orange lines to Metro Center 
 
Sponsors: AWIS National and Washington, DC Metropolitan and Bethesda chapters 
 
RSVP: To Jennifer A. Hobin at jhobingmail.com by October 17, 2008 
 
Bring your book--there will be an opportunity for book signing after the event! 
 
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5. Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowships 
From: Nancy Evans [evanshead.cfa.harvard.edu] 
 
E-mail: fellowshead.cfa.harvard.edu 
WWW: http://cxc.harvard.edu/fellows/ 
 
Attention: Einstein Fellowship Program Office 
 
On behalf of the NASA Astrophysics Division, the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) 
is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Einstein 
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, in cooperation with host institutions 
throughout the United States. The primary objective of the Program is to 
provide opportunities for postdoctoral research on problems that are broadly 
related to the scientific goals of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program as 
addressed by any of the missions of this program. These include high-energy 
astrophysics relevant to the Chandra, GLAST, XMM-Newton, INTEGRAL, and IXO 
(formerly Constellation-X) missions, cosmological investigations relevant to 
the Planck and JDEM missions, and gravitational astrophysics relevant to the 
LISA mission. Proposed research programs should be compatible with the 
interests of the Host Institution. This program is open to applicants of any 
nationality who earn doctoral degrees between January 1, 2006 and September 
1, 2009 in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The Fellowships are 
tenable at any U.S. institution where Physics of the Cosmos related research 
can be carried out. 
 
The Fellowship is initially for two years, with the expectation of a third 
year, contingent upon performance and available funding. Subject to the 
availability of NASA funding up to 10 Einstein Fellows will be appointed 
this year, through grants to United States institutions. 
 
The Call for Proposals for the Fellowship Program, which includes detailed 
Program policies and application instructions, is available on the World 
Wide Web at 
 
http://cxc.harvard.edu/fellows/ . 
 
An application includes a cover form, a research proposal, letters of 
reference, a curriculum vita, and other relevant materials as detailed in 
the instructions. Full instructions for submitting applications through the 
web are contained in the Call for Proposals. 
 
The application deadline is November 7, 2008 (5:00 pm EST). The Einstein 
Fellow appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 September 2009. 
Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 
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6. Faculty position(s) at Iowa State University 
From: Lee Anne Willson [lwillsoniastate.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University is 
advertising two tenure-track faculty positions this year: one in observational 
astronomy and one in experimental high-energy physics. Both ads may be found 
at 
 
http://www.physics.iastate.edu/index.php?cmd=3Demployment 
 
Please note the very early deadline for the HEP position. Ames offers 
minimal commuting time, good cultural and educational opportunities, and 
affordable housing. In addition, ISU has established a Dual-Career Office 
(http://www.provost.iastate.edu/fad/dual-career.html) to assist relocation 
for any applicant with a spouse or partner. For questions, contact the 
individuals named in the advertisements. I would also be happy to answer 
questions. 
 
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7. Lecturer II Position, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of New = 
Mexico 
From: WIPHYS October 3, 2008 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico 
invites applications for one full-time Lecturer II position, starting with 
the spring semester 2009. Minimum requirements: M.S. in physics or 
astrophysics or applied physics. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in physics 
or astrophysics or applied physics. Preference will be given to candidates 
with college-level teaching experience in introductory physics and/or 
astronomy. 
 
Primary responsibilities include teaching 3 undergraduate physics or 
astronomy courses per semester. There is the possibility of a reduced 
teaching load for significant teaching-related administrative tasks, such as 
coordinating student learning outcomes assessment for various courses and 
degree programs. 
 
The department has 27 tenure-stream faculty members with active research 
programs in physics and astrophysics and optics, and offers undergraduate 
and graduate degrees in Physics, Astrophysics, and Optical Science & 
Engineering. In addition to degree-related courses, we teach various service 
courses for non-physics majors. 
 
A complete application requires an application letter, curriculum vitae, a 
teaching statement, and two letters of recommendation. All materials should 
be sent to: 
 
F08 Lecturer Hiring 
UNM Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 
800 Yale Blvd N.E.  MSC 07-4220 
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 
 
We will begin reviewing applications on October 10, 2008, and will continue 
until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should 
be received by 10/10/08. The preferred starting date is January 1, 2009, 
with classes starting January 19, 2009. 
 
The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 
Employer and Educator. 
 
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8. Tenure-Track Position in Theoretical Cosmology or Particle Astrophysics,
Syracuse Univ. 
From: WIPHYS October 3, 2008 
 
The Department of Physics (http://physics.syr.edu) invites applications for 
a tenure-track assistant professor position in theoretical cosmology or 
particle astrophysics. The department currently has strong programs spanning 
cosmology and particle physics, with theoretical, experimental and 
computational components. We expect the successful applicant to have interests 
that overlap with and complement these ongoing research efforts. Applicants 
should have a clear record of research accomplishments and a strong interest 
and ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate 
levels. Candidates should visit 
 
http:www.sujobopps.com , 
 
search for Assistant Professor/Physics, and apply electronically. All 
applications require a CV, which includes both research and teaching 
statements, and a list of three or four professional references. If you have 
any questions please contact facultysearchphy.syr.edu. In addition, three letters 
of recommendation should be forwarded to facultysearchphy.syr.edu or 
mailed to Cosmology Search Committee, Physics Department, Syracuse 
University, 201 Physics Bldg, Syracuse, NY 13244-1020. 
 
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008, and will continue until 
the position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal 
opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially 
encouraged to apply. 
 
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