AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 24, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Women Scientists win TED Prize 
 
2. 2009 Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF - Nominations Sought 
 
3. Invitation to NSBP/NSHP Astro Sessions 
 
4. Two tenure-track faculty positions, University of Alabama 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
5. Summer Teaching Positions, Summer Science Program, Michigan State Univer= 
sity 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Women Scientists win TED Prize 
From: Jill Tarter [tarterseti.org] 
 
[Editor's note: Two of the three winners of the 2009 TED Prize are women 
scientists, including astronomer Jill Tarter. Congratulations, Jill!] 
 
http://www.tedprize.org/2009-winners/ 
 
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2. 2009 Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF - Nominations Sought 
From: WIPHYS October 21, 2008 
 
The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the 
National Science Foundation. Since 1975, when Congress established the 
award to honor the agency's first director, the annual award has been 
bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual 
achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient 
quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. 
 
The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any 
field of science or engineering supported by the National Science 
Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of 
$500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced 
study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social 
or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice. 
 
Eligibility and Selection Criteria 
 
- Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 
   35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt 
   of their Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are 
   nominated. 
 
- Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual 
   achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient 
   quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. 
 
- Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on 
   the field. 
 
Nominations will be accepted from July 1, 2008 through December 5, 2008 
Contact: 
Mayra N. Montrose, Program Manager 
Phone: 703-292-8040 
Fax: 703-292-9040 
Email: watermannsf.gov Web:  http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.js= 
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3. Invitation to NSBP/NSHP Astro Sessions 
From: Kevin R. Covey [kcoveycfa.harvard.edu] 
 
We would like to invite you and your students to attend the annual joint 
meeting of the National Societies of Black and Hispanic Physicists to be 
held Feb. 11-15th in Nashville, Tenn. 
 
Astronomy and astrophysics sessions will be held all day Saturday, Feb. 14th; 
for last year's agenda, see http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~marcel/nsbp_new 
 
A prize will be given to the student with the best astronomy/astrophysics
poster, and a networking dinner for astronomy and astrophysics faculty and 
students is being planned for the evening of Friday, Feb. 13th. 
 
With all costs for student attendance (travel, lodging, food, etc.) fully 
covered by NSBP/NSHP, this meeting represents the best opportunity to support 
and recruit U.S. students from diverse backgrounds into summer research and 
graduate programs in astronomy and astrophysics. 
 
More information about the meeting is available at 
http://www.nsbp.org/conference/ 
 
If you would like to attend the meeting as an exhibitor/recruiter, see 
http://www.nsbp.org/conference/exhibitors/ 
 
Please consider attending to support and meet our future colleagues! If you 
or your students would like to attend, let us know and we'll send you more 
information about the astronomy and astrophysics sessions as they develop. 
 
Thanks, 
Kevin Covey, kcoveycfa.harvard Marcel Agueros, marcel_at_astro.columbia= 
 
Keivan Stassun, keivan.stassunvanderbilt.edu 
Andrew West, aawmit.edu 
 
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4. Two tenure-track faculty positions, University of Alabama 
From: William Keel [wkeelbama.ua.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama invites 
applications for two tenure-track positions in astronomy or astrophysics at 
the rank of assistant professor. We are particularly interested in applicants 
in extragalactic observation at all wavelengths, computational astrophysics, 
and high-energy astrophysics. The appointments will begin 16 August 2009, 
pending final administrative approval. Related research groups at UA are 
interested in theoretical particle physics, experimental particle physics 
and astroparticle physics; the department intends to establish a theoretical 
astroparticle physics program in the near future. More information about the 
department can be found on the department's website 
http://bama.ua.edu/~physics. The minimum qualifications for this position 
are a Ph.D. or equivalent, postdoctoral experience, scholarly publications, 
and experience with modern research techniques in astronomy and 
astrophysics. Candidates for this position are expected to have an 
outstanding research record and exhibit potential for effective teaching 
at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate is 
expected to develop a high quality, externally funded research program, 
as well as teach and mentor at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
We will begin reviewing applications on 15 January 2009 and the review 
process will continue until the positions are filled. Applications 
should consist of a resume, including descriptions of the applicant's 
accomplishments, research interests, teaching credentials and teaching 
philosophy, as well as contact information (including phone) for at least 
3 references. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. 
Applications should be submitted electronically via facultyjobs.ua.edu. 
Queries may be directed to the search 
committee chair, wkeelbama.ua.edu.The University of Alabama is an equal 
opportunity/affirmative action employer. 
 
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5. Summer Teaching Positions, Summer Science Program, Michigan State Univer= 
sity 
From: WIPHYS October 21, 2008 
 
Summer Teaching Positions for faculty, graduate students, or senior 
undergraduates in physics/astronomy.  The Summer Science Program 
(SSP), an intensive, six-week residential physics/astronomy enrichment 
program for some of the most motivated and academically gifted 
high-school students in the world, has several faculty and teaching 
assistant positions available for summer 2009.  All teaching staff 
receive salary, housing, meals, and travel reimbursement. The Summer 
Science Program is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse 
faculty and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.  For full 
details about the positions and the program, please visit 
www.ssp.org/jobs . 
 
Elizabeth H. Simmons, Dean, Lyman Briggs College and Professor of Physics 
esimmonsmsu.edu Michigan State University 
 
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