AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of January 16, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye I Say Hello -- The Beatles 
 
2. Women in Astronomy III 
 
3. Childcare at the Next Three AAS Winter Meetings! 
 
4. CSWA Town Hall at the Long Beach AAS Meeting 
 
5. Applying Title IX to University Science Departments 
 
6. NSF ADVANCE Deadlines Approaching 
 
7. Postdoctoral Research Position at Caltech / Spitzer Science Center 
 
8. Postdoctoral Research Position at Barnard College, Columbia University 
 
9. Term Faculty Position Mount Allison University 
 
10. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye I Say Hello -- The Beatles 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
 
Hannah Jang-Condell is a Michelson Fellow at University of Maryland and 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been a member of CSWA since 2006 
and an editor of AASWOMEN for the past two years. She is ending this tenure 
to devote more time to the new Women in Astronomy blog, which was announced 
in last week's issue of AASWOMEN. Recent entries to the blog include 
news from the AAS Meeting in Long Beach. Check it out at: 
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com . 
 
We would like to welcome CSWA member Michele Montgomery of the University 
of Central Florida. She has kindly agreed to volunteer her time and join 
Caroline and me as the new editor of AASWOMEN. 
 
Thank-you, Hannah! 
Welcome, Michele! 
 
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2. Women in Astronomy III 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannah alum.mit.edu] 
 
Mark your calendars for the Women in Astronomy III Meeting! 
 
http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov/ 
 
Women in Astronomy and Space Science: Challenges of gender, generation, and 
minority status in an increasingly diverse scientific work place 
 
Oct 21-23, 2009, College Park, MD 
 
Goddard Space Flight Center, along with co-hosts National Science 
Foundation, University of Maryland, AAS, STScI, NGST, and others, will be 
hosting a meeting October 21 - 23, 2009 at the University of Maryland 
Conference Center on the topic of women in astronomy and space science with 
a focus on not only gender, but also on generation and minorities. This 
meeting follows up on the "Women in Astronomy" meeting hosted by Space 
Telescope Science Institute in 1992 and the Pasadena meeting hosted by 
CalTech in 2003. The topics include: 1) statistics on the state of the field, 
establishing trends over the last 15 years including the 
"longitudinal studies" of age vs. makeup of the field and identifying 
areas for celebration or for concern; 2) research on the impact of gender/ 
generational/ cultural differences in the science workforce with a focus 
on practical solutions, 3) issues concerning the work environment and best 
practices for success of scientists in a diverse work force, and 4) special 
sessions on the issues of minorities in science, and women in Earth Science. 
 
There is evidence for considerable success in increasing the percentage of 
women in the field of science and so we aim here to focus more on issues 
concerning the success of those in the field and solutions for managing a 
diverse workforce. This meeting will highlight best practices to help the 
diverse scientific work force to succeed, and will address both the junior 
members of the field, as well as those who mentor and manage today's diverse 
scientific workforce. We hope you will join us. More information will be 
posted on our website as it becomes available. 
 
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3. Childcare at the Next Three AAS Winter Meetings! 
From: Hannah  Women in Astronomy Blog, Jan 5, 2009 
 
Today's big news was announced both by John Huchra, AAS President, this 
morning, and by Meg Urry during the CSWA Town Hall. The AAS will be 
providing childcare at the next three winter meetings! I think this is 
totally awesome, even I personally won't benefit. My kids are old enough 
that they are in school now, so it's simpler for me to just leave them at 
home with my husband. Still, I think it's a great step forward. I've seen 
several women pushing strollers or toting infants, and it seems like every 
year there are more of them. So I'm sure that this will come as a great 
relief to many. It sounds like the childcare will be pretty affordable: 
$8/hr, is what Meg said this afternoon, because it will be heavily 
subsidized by an industry sponsor. This program will not replace the 
current childcare grants program, where you can apply for $100 toward 
childcare at the AAS Meeting, so you can apply for the grant *and* use 
the on-site childcare. The important thing is that this is a use-it-or-lose-it 
proposition: if they don't get enough people using the service, 
"it will go away for good" as Meg said. So if you're in a position to 
use this service, do it! Okay, that's about all the time I have for now: 
I'll post a recap of the CSWA session later. 
 
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4. CSWA Town Hall at the Long Beach AAS Meeting 
From: Hannah  Women in Astronomy Blog, Jan 5, 2009 
 
The panel discussion featured six women in various stages of their careers: 
Virginia Trimble, Meg Urry, Jennifer Hoffman, Jane Rigby, Ginny McSwain, 
and Caty Pilachowski. Geoff Clayton, chair of the CSWA, started off the 
discussion with an interesting question: 
 
Is there still a role for the CSWA these days? 
 
On the face of it, barriers have largely been swept aside. Women can attend 
graduate school. Women are allowed into observatories. Women can receive 
tenure at Ivy League universities. There was a time when this wasn't the 
case. Still more promising, the percentage of women in astronomy at the 
undergraduate level and entering graduate school is approaching parity. 
However, there was a general consensus that the fight is not yet over. Women 
still get discriminated against in more subtle ways. Also, there are still 
few women at the top level, and until equity is reached at all levels, 
there is still room for change. During the discussion, a number of 
concrete suggestions were made and I'll simply list them here: 
 
-There is a Women in Astronomy Database, 
 
http://www.aas.org/cswa/WIAD.html 
 
which is a useful resource for finding women to invite as speakers, ask to 
apply for jobs, serve on committees, etc. This database is user-maintained 
however, so you need to add yourself to the database and keep your entry 
up-to-date. 
 
-Mentoring is extremely important. MentorNet is a great place to find a 
mentor, but you can only use it if your institution subscribes to it. But, 
if you join AWIS (Association for Women in Science), you can join MentorNet 
through them, even if your institution does not subscribe. 
 
-The APS (American Physical Society) has a program where if your 
institution invites two women to give talks, APS will pay for a third one 
to come. 
 
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5. Applying Title IX to University Science Departments 
From: Hannah  Women in Astronomy Blog, Jan 14, 2009 
 
Check out the article from Physics Today on applying Title IX to university 
science departments. It's posted on the Women In Astronomy blog: 
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com . 
 
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6. NSF ADVANCE Deadlines Approaching 
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery physics.ucf.edu] 
 
ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic  
Science and Engineering Careers 
 
Letter of Intent Due Date (required): January 20, 2009 
Full Proposal Deadline: February 24, 2009 
 
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to 
increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, 
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing 
to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. 
 
Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from women and men. 
Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with 
disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the 
participation and advancement of women with disabilities and women from 
underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged. 
 
Proposals from primarily undergraduate institutions, teaching intensive 
colleges, community colleges, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal 
Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, H
ispanic-Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions 
primarily serving persons with disabilities are encouraged. 
 
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09504/nsf09504.htm 
 
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7. Postdoctoral Research Position at Caltech / Spitzer Science Center 
From: Kartik Sheth [astrokartik gmail.com] 
 
Applications are invited for one post-doctoral research position at 
Caltech/ Spitzer Science Center. The successful applicant will work with 
Dr. Kartik Sheth and the S4G (Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies) 
team. S4G is designed to be the ultimate legacy survey for the distribution 
of stellar structure in the nearby universe: 
 
http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/geninfo/es/p60007_obs_summary.pdf 
 
Using IRAC Channels 1 and 2 over the two year Spitzer warm mission, we will 
obtain extremely deep observations of the stellar mass distribution for a 
sample of ~2,300 nearby (d(40Mpc) galaxies (dwarfs, ellipticals, irregular, 
spirals), thus assembling an unprecedented dataset for studies of 
structure formation during galaxy evolution. The successful applicant is 
expected to become an integral and equal member of the team. S/he will work 
with the team members to reduce, analyze and verify the data, design and 
deliver the data products for the community. The ideal candidate will also 
design and pursue a vigorous, independent science research program primarily 
using the S4G data. S/he may also envision using and/or obtaining data from 
new observations or existing surveys (e.g., COSMOS, SDSS) to complement the 
proposed science. Applicants are encouraged to research the survey, discuss 
the goals with any of the co-Is and formulate an ambitious research proposal, 
which should be submitted as part of the application package. 
 
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in 
astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to these projects. 
The appointment is for two years (with the possibility of a renewal for 
a further year) and could start as early as May 2009. 
 
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the 
position, a curriculum vitae, publication list, a statement of past research 
and a detailed proposed research statement, as described above. Please also 
have 3 letters of recommendation sent independently to Dr. Sheth kartikastro.caltech.edu 
by March 1, 2009. 
 
Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, 
Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply. 
 
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8. Postdoctoral Research Position at Barnard College, Columbia University 
From: Reshmi Mukherjee [muk astro.columbia.edu] 
 
We invite applications for a postdoctoral research scientist to work in 
ground-based gamma-ray astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University. 
We are members of the VERITAS collaboration, which is operating an array of 
four 12-meter air-Cherenkov telescopes in Southern Arizona. The successful 
applicant will work with Prof. Reshmi Mukherjee on the acquisition, analysis 
and interpretation of VERITAS data and on design studies for future 
gamma-ray observatories (e.g., AGIS, the Advanced Gamma-Ray Imaging System). 
In addition, the research scientist will have the opportunity to work on the 
analysis of Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope data. Barnard College is a 
four-year liberal arts college for women, affiliated with Columbia University. 
The candidate will be a member of the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory. 
The successful candidate will be based in New York and will be expected to 
travel to Arizona periodically to work at the VERITAS site. 
 
We encourage candidates with experimental backgrounds in 
astronomy/astrophysics or particle physics to apply. A Ph.D., or equivalent 
degree, in physics or astronomy is required, and related experience in 
gamma-ray astrophysics is desirable. Additional experience in analysis of 
X-ray data would be useful. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV and a 
statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of 
recommendation to be sent to: 
 
 Prof. Reshmi Mukherjee 
 Dept. of Physics & Astronomy 
 Barnard College 
 3009 Broadway 
 New York, New York 10027 
 
Letters of recommendation can be sent via e-mail. Review of applications 
will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The 
appointment will initially be for 2 years, with a possibility for extension. 
Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications 
from women and individuals from under-represented groups. 
 
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9. Term Faculty Position Mount Allison University 
From: Robert Hawkes [rhawkes mta.ca] 
 
The Department of Physics at Mount Allison University invites applications 
for a full-time, 12-month term position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant 
Professor commencing July 1, 2009, subject to budgetary approval. The 
successful candidate will teach courses in general astronomy, potentially a 
course on life in the universe, and courses in physics. Instructional 
facilities include the new Mount Allison Observatory (www.mta.ca/gemini). 
The successful applicant will hold a PhD in physics, astrophysics or 
astronomy, and active involvement in research would be an asset. 
 
Mount Allison University is a highly rated, primarily undergraduate 
institution with active and diverse research programmes involving 
undergraduate students in physics. 
 
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2009, and will continue until 
the position is filled. Applications (pdf preferred), including cv, names 
and contact information of references, statements of teaching and research 
interests, should be addressed to: 
 
Dr. Ralf Br=FCning 
Chair of the Search Committee 
Physics Department 
67 York Street 
Mount Allison University 
Sackville, NB E4L 1E6 
Phone (506) 364-2530 
Email: physicsmta.ca 
 
Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages 
applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal 
peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All 
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent 
residents will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should 
indicate their citizenship status in their application. 
 
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