AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of December 26, 2008 and January 2 & 9, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Women in Astronomy Blog 
2. Professional Skills Development Workshop Deadline Extended 
3. CSWP Events at March and May APS Meetings 
4. Childcare Grants for APS Meetings 
5. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
6. APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors 
7. SETI Institute 2009 Summer REU 
8. Tenure-track Position at Chicago State University 
9. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba 
10. Lecturer, Department of Physics, UC San Diego 
11. One Year Position, Dept. of Physics, College of Wooster 
12. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
13. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Women in Astronomy Blog 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahalum.mit.edu] 
The members of the CSWA have started a blog at 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com . 
Recent entries include news from the AAS Meeting in Long Beach last week. 
Go check it out! 
2. Professional Skills Development Workshop Deadline Extended 
From: WIPHYS of January 5, 2009 
The deadline to apply for the one-day workshop for women post-docs and 
senior tenured women faculty in physics on May 1 (Denver) has been 
extended to January 15, 2009! 
Women of color are especially encouraged to apply. 
The workshop will offer professional training on effective 
negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as a special 
opportunity for networking at the reception afterwards.  There will be 
separate sessions for post-docs and women faculty.  All participants 
may receive a stipend of up to $850 towards hotel and travel expenses. 
Details are now posted at 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/skills/index.cfm.  To 
ensure maximum interaction, the workshops will be limited in size. 
This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and post docs alike!  Past 
participants have been very enthusiastic about these workshops, which 
have been offered for women in physics since 2005.  If you have 
already participated, please share this information with a colleague 
who might be interested. 
Support for these workshops has been received from the National 
Science Foundation. 
3. CSWP Events at March and May APS Meetings 
From: WIPHYS of January 5, 2009 
CSWP and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics will co-sponsor a 
breakfast on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the 
Westin Hotel, Pittsburgh.  Enjoy a full breakfast and hear an informal 
talk by woman physicist, Lidija Sekaric, of IBM TJ Watson Research 
Lab.  Cost: $15. $5 for physics students.  Both men and women are 
welcome, however space is limited, so Preregister by March 2, 2009. 
After that you must purchase tickets on site at the main APS 
Registration Desk in the Convention Center, as long as tickets are 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the 
Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) will co-sponsor a buffet 
luncheon for women in physics from 12:00-1:30 pm on Sunday, May 3, 
2009 at the APS meeting Denver, Colorado.  The luncheon is open to 
all: both men and women are welcome to attend.  Speaker will be 
Catherine Fiore, MIT, former CSWP chair. 
This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a full buffet lunch and 
network with colleagues!  Cost: $20.  Students are $5, thanks to the 
generosity of DPF.  Please pre-register by April 15 at 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/receptions/cswp-dpf.cfm . 
After April 15, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the APS 
Registration Desk as long as tickets are available. 
4. Childcare Grants for APS Meetings 
From: WIPHYS of January 7, 2009 
Small grants of up to $300 are available to assist meeting attendees 
who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving 
them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services).  Details 
on how to apply at 
If you are interested in childcare sharing, you may also use the 
moderated Bulletin Board to connect with other parents.  A list of 
local childcare providers is available on the website, however neither 
the APS nor the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics has 
reviewed nor endorsed the services of any specific child care provider 
on this list, and assumes no liability.  The list was provided by the 
Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, and they also take no 
responsibility as to the reliability of these child care services. 
There will be a small room designated in the convention center for 
parents who bring infants and young children to the meeting. The 
purpose of the room is to provide a place for parents to come for 
quiet time and relaxation with their small children. The room will be 
furnished with comfortable furniture and water, but there will be no 
supervised childcare and no toys provided. 
5. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS of January 9, 2009 
Information on the 2009 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate 
Women is now available!  These summer internships are salaried 
positions typically 10 weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500 
grant, plus the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM 
research locations.  Applications must be submitted by February 15, 
2009.  Complete details on the program and how to apply are available 
at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm 
6. APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors 
From: WIPHYS of January 7, 2009 
Dear Students & Colleagues, 
There is still time for minority high school seniors, college freshmen 
or sophomores who are interested in majoring in physics to apply for 
our scholarship which provides money, mentoring and support! 
The American Physical Society (APS) Scholarship Program for Minority 
Undergraduate Physics Majors has graduated many accomplished 
physicists.  We encourage all eligible students who want to become a 
part of this excellent group to apply right away using our new online 
application.  Details below. 
Eligibility includes: 
- African Americans, Hispanic Americans, or Native Americans 
- High school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores 
- US citizens or permanent legal residents 
- Physics majors and those planning to major in physics 
- $2,000 for new students, and $3,000 for renewal students 
- A local physics mentor 
- An APS physics mentor 
To Apply: 
- Check out the new, easy-to-use online application. 
- www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/ 
Deadline: February 6, 2009.  The online application form must be 
completed and all supporting documents must be postmarked by the 
deadline date.  Questions? Email minorityscholarshipaps.org 
Arlene Knowles, Scholarship Administrator 
Education & Diversity Department 
American Physical Society 
One Physics Ellipse 
College Park, MD 20740-3844 
301-209-3232 Tel. 
7. SETI Institute 2009 Summer REU 
From: Sue Lehr [slehrseti.org] 
The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that applications are now open 
for the 2009 REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in 
Astrobiology. Undergraduate students in fields such as astronomy, 
biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend 
10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research 
project in the field of astrobiology. Students receive a stipend, 
travel, and living expenses. Applications are due by February 2, 2009. 
For more information, visit http://www.seti.org/reu or contact Cynthia 
Phillips, phillipsseti.org, 650-810-0230. 
Poster can be downloaded from: 
8. Tenure-track Position at Chicago State University 
From: Kim Coble [kcoblecsu.edu] 
The Department of Chemistry and Physics is seeking candidates for a 
full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in 
Physics or Engineering beginning August 2009. 
The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers B.S. degrees in 
Physics and Chemistry, and has joint degree programs in engineering 
with several universities. Responsibilities for this position include 
teaching both undergraduate physics and engineering courses. Other 
responsibilities include contributing to course and curriculum 
development, participating in the departmental learning assessment 
effort, participating in departmental governance and contributing to 
departmental community service and outreach. The successful candidate 
will be expected to develop a vigorous undergraduate research program 
in physics or engineering and pursue external support for their 
research efforts. Areas of research that we are particularly 
interested in include, but are not limited to fuel cell science, 
solar cell science, biophysics, medical physics, chemical 
engineering, environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, and 
engineering physics. 
The Chemistry and Physics Department seeks individuals who share our 
commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for 
our students by implementing innovative teaching practices in the 
classroom while developing a strong research program that involves 
undergraduates. Several world class research institutions are in the 
Chicago area, and many have formed collaborations with CSU faculty. 
Qualifications: All applicants must have a doctorate in physics, 
engineering, or closely related discipline at the time of 
application. Experience in using modern teaching approaches that 
incorporate active learning is desirable. Experience in mentoring 
undergraduate research students, teaching undergraduates, and/or 
working with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred. 
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Starting Date: August 16, 2009 
Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009. 
Apply by January 10, 2009 for initial consideration. Thereafter, 
every month applications will be reviewed until the position is 
filled. Selection of candidates for initial interviews will occur 
around February 15, 2009. 
Application Process: Send a cover letter, resume, statement of 
teaching philosophy and interests, statement of research interests 
and list of references electronically to Dr. David Kanis, Chairman, 
Department of Chemistry and Physics, at dkaniscsu.edu. Do not send 
letters of reference at this time. 
9. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba 
From: Jayanne English [Jayanne_Englishumanitoba.ca] 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba 
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in 
theoretical/computational astrophysics at the University of Manitoba, 
beginning July 1, 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
We seek outstanding individuals who will complement and expand current 
research areas, which include the study of formation and evolution of 
galaxies, supernova remnants, neutron stars, magnetars, pulsar wind 
nebulae, star formation, and gravitational lensing. Candidates should 
have a strong record of achievement in astrophysics research, and a 
commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in 
physics and astronomy. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list 
of publications, a summary of past accomplishments and future research 
plans, and the names of three referees to: Dr. Peter Blunden ( 
blundenphysics.umanitoba.ca), Department of Physics and Astronomy, 
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Further 
information is available at http://www.physics.umanitoba.ca.  Please 
quote position 09192. 
The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women 
and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, 
and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged 
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given 
priority. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2009, and will 
continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final 
budgetary approval. Application materials, including letters of 
reference, will be handled in accordance with Freedom of Information and 
Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). 
10. Lecturer, Department of Physics, UC San Diego 
From: WIPHYS of December 23, 2008 
The Department of Physics at UC San Diego (http://physics.ucsd.edu ) 
has an opening for a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment 
(LPSOE), starting July 1, 2009.  An LPSOE position closely parallels 
that of an Assistant Professor on track for tenure, but with primary 
emphasis on undergraduate education.  The position is full-time and 
will provide leadership in development and coordination of the Science 
and Mathematics Initiative (SMI), as well as teaching a variety of 
undergraduate courses in Science Education and Physics.  The 
Lecturer-PSOE will serve as an interface for the SMI program with the 
Office of the President, the Dean's Office, participating departments, 
Educational Studies, and local schools. 
We are seeking an outstanding teacher who wishes to have a permanent, 
full-time instructional position on an academic-year basis.  The 
position will involve: 
- teaching physics courses, with emphasis on introductory laboratory 
    and lecture courses for non-majors; 
- teaching SMI program courses; 
- developing curriculum, including effective new ways of demonstrating 
    physics principles and using instructional technology to enhance 
    student learning; 
- training teaching assistants; 
- coordinating various aspects of the undergraduate instructional 
    program; and 
- participating in education-related committees, student recruitment 
    and outreach, and efforts to secure extramural funding for educational 
    program development. 
Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in physics (any area) or a closely 
related scientific field, a record of excellence in teaching, and 
strong writing and interpersonal skills.  Applicants should send a 
curriculum vitae, a synopsis of teaching experience/interests and 
professional goals, and have three letters of reference sent to: LPSOE 
Search Committee, Department of Physics -- LMW 0354, University of 
California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 
92093-0354. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a 
personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity. 
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2009 and continue until 
the position is filled.  Salary is commensurate with experience and 
based on the University of California pay scale.  The University of 
California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a 
strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. 
11. One Year Position, Dept. of Physics, College of Wooster 
From: WIPHYS January 6, 2009 
The Department of Physics at The College of Wooster  (Ohio) invites 
applications for a one-year position (pending final budget approval) 
as Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning Fall 2009, to 
teach upper and lower level physics courses and labs, which could 
include descriptive astronomy. PhD or ABD in Physics or related field 
is expected. 
Our department is an inclusive community that emphasizes cooperation 
over competition. A June 2004 report by the American Institute of 
Physics lists our department in a short table of physics programs 
with high student satisfaction and high bachelor's degree production. 
Our physics club has won national awards for its elementary school 
outreach program. Our NSF-REU summer program has attracted students 
from 18 states and 37 institutions to work closely with faculty on 
research projects. Each Wooster student completes a yearlong senior 
thesis project in our nationally recognized senior capstone program. 
Wooster ranks in the top 7 percent nationally as the baccalaureate 
origin of recent PhDs when compared with other 4-year institutions. 
Send cover letter, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three 
letters of recommendation to Dr. John Lindner, Physics Chair, at 
JLindnerWooster.edu. Consideration of applications will begin 15 
January 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. 
The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts 
and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate 
education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified 
women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging 
to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its 
policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, 
creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual 
orientation, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an 
Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject 
to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to 
work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and 
Control Act. Drug-free workplace. 
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