AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of January 23, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. AASWomen Childcare Update 
 
2. Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba 
 
3. Postdoctoral Position, Caltech/Spitzer Science Center  
 
4. Astronomer/Planetarium Director, St. Cloud State University 
 
*** FOLLOWING TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
5. NYT article on New Hope for Lifting Women in Science 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. AASWomen Childcare...details to be determined 
From: Kevin Marvel [kevin.marvelaas.org]  
 
Thanks for the notice in the latest AAS Women email news about the 
Council's commitment to provide childcare service at the next three AAS 
winter meetings.  The details have yet to be worked out, so some of the 
numbers described by Council members at the Long Beach meeting may not 
be the actual final numbers, but actually represent the most optimistic 
price point we hope to reach.  This especially bears on the cost per 
hour of the service to the users. 
 
That said, it is my intention to make the service as affordable as 
possible for potential users.  I welcome help from CSWA members and 
supporters as well as any other AAS member in finding and securing 
financial support for the service.  If you have a lead, can make a 
personal commitment or a commitment on behalf of your employer, please 
contact me directly at marvelaas.org.  Such a service is not overly 
expensive from nearly any point of view, but it does represent a new and 
real cost that the Society must bear.  I am counting on my fellow 
Council members to help secure the funds for this new service and know I 
can count on the enthusiastic support of many others in our Society, not 
just the CSWA in this regard as well. 
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2. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba 
From: Jayanne English [Jayanne_Englishumanitoba.ca], Dec. 22, 2008 
 
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).  
 
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3. Postdoctoral Position, Caltech/Spitzer Science Center  
From: Kartik Sheth [astrokartikgmail.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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4. Astronomer/Planetarium Director, St. Cloud State University 
From: Maria Womack [mariawomackgmail.com] 
 
Probationary (Tenure-track) position for Astronomer/Planetarium 
Director, St. Cloud State University  
 
The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science at 
St. Cloud State University invites applications for a tenure-track 
9-month position (contingent on funding) at the rank of Assistant or 
Associate Professor to begin August 18, 2009. Responsibilities include 
to Develop and present live shows in the newly renovated SCSU 
Planetarium to audiences ranging from K-12 to college-level, the general 
public and special events.  The successful candidate will also be 
expected to teach undergraduate courses with laboratories at all levels 
in the department, engage in scholarly activity and participate in 
continual development of departmental curriculum. In order to be 
considered for tenure, the successful candidate must demonstrate the 
ability to: 1)teach and perform assignments effectively; 2)conduct 
scholarly achievement or research; 3)continue preparation and study in 
the field; 4)contribute to student growth and development; and 5)provide 
service to the university and community.  
 
Requirements are a master's degree in physics, astronomy or closely 
related area, and a strong and demonstrated interest in teaching and 
community outreach. A Ph.D. in physics/astronomy or closely related area 
is preferred, as is a demonstrated ability to teach and work with 
persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.   
 
The SCSU Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science faculty have high 
quality research programs in theoretical nuclear physics, laser 
spectroscopy, optics, and planetary science. Faculty and students have 
access to the SCSU Observatory and Center for Microscopic Imaging and 
Analysis. The SCSU Planetarium has a new Chronos star projector with new 
Spitz automation controls, lighting, sound, and dome.  
 
To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume/vitae, transcripts (copies 
acceptable for initial screening) and three letters of professional 
reference to the address below. Review of applications will begin on Mar 
2, 2009.  
 
Dr. Maria Womack, Search Committee Chair 
WSB 324 
Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science 
St. Cloud State University 
720 Fourth Avenue South 
St. Cloud , MN 56301-4498 
Phone: 320.308.2011 
Fax: 320.308.4728 
Email: mwomackstcloustate.edu 
 
Related URLs: 
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/physics/planetarium.asp (SCSU Planetarium) 
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/physics/default.asp (Department homepage) 
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/employment/aboutscsu.asp (About SCSU) 
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/stcloud/default.asp (About St. Cloud, 
Minnesota)  
 
 
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5. NYT Article: "In 'Geek chic'and Obama, new Hope for Lifting Women in 
Science" by Natalie Angier 
From: WIPHYS Jan. 21, 2009 
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/science/20angier.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 
 
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