AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of November 14, 2008  
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics 
2. On-Ramps into Academia workshop 
3. Postdoctoral Position in Exoplanets, Wesleyan University 
4. Faculty Position in Solar Physics, Rice University  
5. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics  
From: WIPHYS November 11, 2008 
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the 2nd Annual 
Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, January 16-18, 
2009 (http://physics.illinois.edu/conferences/wip/). The conference will 
introduce participants to a range of career options, encourage women to 
pursue graduate studies in the physical sciences, and enable networking 
among undergraduate women in physics.  
Guest speakers will discuss topics ranging from cutting-edge physics 
research to women's issues in industrial and academic careers. A 
graduate student panel, a physics careers panel, and lab tours will be 
featured. The program will include student talks and a poster session to 
allow participants the opportunity to present their own research.  
Register online by December 1, 2008. Conference fees and lodging costs 
will be waived for qualified students.  Limited funds will be available 
to defray travel expenses for undergraduate women participating in the 
conference; registration is required! Send questions to 
Celia M. Elliott 
Department of Physics 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
2. On-Ramps into Academia workshop 
From: Suzanne Hawley [slhastro.washington.edu] 
The University of Washington's ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change 
received an award this year from the National Science Foundation 
ADVANCE program to hold professional development workshops for 
Ph.D.-level women in industry, research labs, consulting, or national 
labs who are interested in transitioning to academic careers in STEM. 
The first workshop will be held October 19 and 20, 2009 in Seattle. 
This workshop will be very helpful to women interested in making the 
transition to academia.  The workshop speakers will primarily be 
successful women faculty members who began their post-Ph.D. careers in 
industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs.  The attendees, 
speakers, and workshop organizers will form a community who can 
support each other during the job application period, the interview 
process, the startup negotiations, and the first years in academia. 
The workshops will be limited to 30 participants. 
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please visit 
http://engr.washington.edu/onramp/mail-list.htm and fill out the 
mailing list request form.  You will be contacted at a later date about a 
simple application process. 
Please distribute this email to anyone you think would be interested 
in the On-Ramps into Academia workshop series. 
For more information, including a flyer (pdf format) about the workshop 
next October, contact Eve Riskin (riskin at u.washington.edu). 
3. Postdoctoral Position in Exoplanets, Wesleyan University 
From: Seth Redfield [sredfieldwesleyan.edu] 
Submit Resumes To: Seth Redfield 
URL1: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/home/sredfield/web/ 
(Seth Redfield homepage) 
URL2: http://www.wesleyan.edu/astro/ 
(Wesleyan Astronomy) 
URL3: http://www.wesleyan.edu/planetary/ 
(Wesleyan Planetary Science Group) 
URL4: http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobDetailPage.cfm?JobID=25040 
(AAS Job Register advertisement) 
Email Submission Address: sredfieldwesleyan.edu 
Email Inquiries: sredfieldwesleyan.edu 
The closing date for receipt of applications: 12/12/2008 
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in exoplanets at 
Wesleyan University. The successful candidate will work in 
collaboration with Seth Redfield primarily on high resolution optical 
spectra of transiting exoplanets obtained with the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly 
Telescope. The project is focused on characterizing the atmospheres of 
extrasolar planets using this rich observational dataset. Other 
related research areas of mutual interest may include gas absorption 
in edge-on debris disks and the structure of the local interstellar 
medium, using ground-based, Hubble, and Spitzer observations. Wesleyan 
has a Planetary Science Group that includes faculty from several 
departments. The successful candidate will be encouraged to interact 
with other faculty and to carry out independent research with full 
access to observational facilities available to Wesleyan. Experience 
with data reduction and analysis, high resolution spectroscopy, and 
observational studies of exoplanets will be helpful. Applicants must 
have a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics at the start of the 
Wesleyan University is located between New York City and Boston, and 
has a small but active astronomy program which emphasizes involvement 
of undergraduate and M.A. students in main-stream astronomical 
research. We are particularly interested in candidates who feel that 
they could both contribute to and flourish in this unique educational 
environment. The postdoc would have the opportunity, if desired, to 
take advantage of this setting to develop educational skills through 
mentoring students in research and possibly teaching. Initial 
appointment would be for two years, with funding for at least one 
additional year available. The starting date is Summer/Fall 2009; some 
flexibility can be accommodated. The salary is competitive, and health 
and retirement benefits and travel allowance are provided. Applicants 
should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement 
of research experience and interests, and arrange for three letters of 
reference to be sent to the address above by 12 December 2008. 
Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action 
employer M/W/D/V and strongly encourages applications from women and 
4. Faculty Position in Solar Physics, Rice University  
From: Patricia Reiff [reiffrice.edu] 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University expects to 
have a tenure-track junior faculty position available in Solar Physics 
starting July 1, 2009 and invites applications from all qualified 
applicants.  The successful candidate's research program should 
complement current research in solar physics and related fields at Rice, 
particularly in the areas of space physics and astrophysics (see 
physics.rice.edu for information on current research programs).  We are 
particularly interested in developing strength in theoretical solar 
physics with a preference for solar MHD theory and numerical 
modeling. The successful candidate is expected to participate actively 
and effectively in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 
have a strong record of published research, obtain external funding, and 
develop a nationally recognized research program.  
Applicants should send a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae, a 
brief description of proposed research and teaching interests, a list of 
publications, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation 
to be sent to David Alexander, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, c/o 
Valerie Call, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy - MS 61, Rice University, 
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005 or by email to 
vcallrice.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is 
filled, but only those received by December 31, 2008 will be assured of 
full consideration.  Rice University is an affirmative action/equal 
opportunity employer; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly 
encouraged to apply. 
For more information: http://physics.rice.edu/blank.cfm?doc_id=8282. 
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