AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of February 20, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1.  AAS Public Policy and The Stimulus Package 
2.  AAS 214th Meeting Abstract Submission Extension 
3.  AAS Women In Astronomy Blog on "Squeezing the Pipeline" 
4.  APS Panel Discussion:  "Around the World in 180 Minutes:   
Differences and Similarities Among Women Physicists," APS, March 17 
5.  3-Year Appointment, ALMA Commissioning Scientists, NRAO 
6.  Scientist, Green Bank Telescope, NRAO 
7.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
8.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1.  AAS Public Policy and The Stimulus Package 
From:  AAS Public Policy Blog 2/13/2009 
More details on the final stimulus compromise can be found at 
which includes the House appropriations committee summaries (in pdf format). 
2.  AAS 214th Meeting Abstract Submission Extension 
From:  AAS.org 
The abstract submission deadline for the AAS 214th meeting has been   
extended to 9:00 PM EST, Monday, 2 March 2009.  This meeting will be   
held in Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The dates of   
the meeting are 7-11 June 2009.  Further information can be found at 
3.  AAS Women In Astronomy Blog on "Squeezing the Pipeline" 
From: HannahWomen in Astronomy Blog, Feb 14, 2009 
I recently returned from a trip out to the West Coast. I visited three   
different institutions, and even though I wasn't applying specifically   
to those departments, at each place the topic of jobs and funding came   
up and the picture they painted was quite bleak. And I don't think it   
was simply because of California's own budget problems, because when I   
came back this week, I encountered both a NY Times Opinion Column and   
a report on All Things Considered talking about the plight of   
scientists in these tough economic times. 
[To read the full blog article, the follow-on comments, and to post   
your own comment, please go to 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2009/02/squeezing-pipeline.html ] 
4.  Panel Discussion:  "Around the World in 180 Minutes: Differences   
and Similarities Among Women Physicists," APS, March 17 
From: WIPHYS Feb. 9, 2009 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 11:15 AM - 2:15 PM, Session J4 , Room:   
306/307 Co-sponsors: CSWP and Forum on International Physics. Chairs:   
Eliane Lessner, CSWP and Cherrill Spencer, FIP 
This is a panel discussion session which will provide a worldwide   
assessment of the status and experiences of women in physics; paying   
attention to the different cultures and environments they work in and   
to how the age of the physicist affects their perspective. Six invited   
speakers will present analyses of the progress being made in promoting   
women in physics from their personal experiences and as assessed from   
their participation in the Third International Conference on Women in   
Physics (ICWIP2008) convened in Seoul, Korea in October 2008. 
5.  3-Year Appointment, ALMA Commissioning Scientists, NRAO 
From:  Fonda M. Hamric, fhamricnrao.edu 
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an   
international astronomy facility, is a partnership between Europe,   
Japan and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.    
ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO,   
on behalf of Japan by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan   
(NAOJ) and on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy   
Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc.   
The Joint ALMA Office invites applications for the position of   
Commissioning Scientists to be based in Santiago, Chile.  These are   
international staff positions in the ALMA Project, the world's most   
sensitive mm/submm interferometer, which is currently under   
construction in northern Chile. 
The role of ALMA Commissioning Scientists is to assist the Project   
Scientist and Deputy Project Scientist in planning and executing the   
scientific commissioning of ALMA.  In order to bring ALMA into full   
scientific operation, the commissioning team of scientists and   
engineers will devise testing procedures for new equipment and   
observing modes, carry out measurements, and interpret results.     
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in the full   
range of commissioning activities, but may take the lead on some   
aspect of testing based on their background and interests.   The   
Commissioning Scientists are encouraged to continue an active program   
of independent research, and time and resources will be made available   
for this. 
Applicants for this position must have a PhD in astronomy or related   
field.  Demonstrated skills in the following areas would be an   
advantage, but are not required:  knowledge of computing languages   
(python, xml, etc); development of data reduction and analysis   
software; and experience trouble-shooting hardware in a Linux   
environment.  These positions require a significant amount of time   
working at the Operations Support Facility (2900m elevation) and   
occasionally at the Array Operations Site (5000m elevation).  A   
successful high altitude medical check is a necessary condition for   
this position. 
Appointments will be for a period of three years.  These positions,   
located in Santiago, Chile are funded from the construction project,   
which will be largely completed by the end of 2012, and members of the   
commissioning team will be in a very strong position to apply for   
long-term posts in Joint ALMA Observatory Science Operations which   
will be become available during and after the construction phase. 
Deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for these   
positions is May 15, 2009.  Resumes with a cover letter indicating   
position of interest should be addressed to NRAO, Human Resources   
Office, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903 or sent   
electronically to resumesnrao.edu.  For additional information,   
please contact Dr. Alison Peck at apeckalma.cl.  Non-specific   
resumes will not be considered.  The NRAO is an equal employment   
opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 
6.  Scientist, Green Bank Telescope, NRAO 
From:  Fonda M. Hamric, fhamricnrao.edu 
Scientist (Scientific Leader, High Frequency Focal Plane Array   
Development Program) - GB5311 
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is the world?s largest   
fully steerable telescope.  Working at wavelengths ranging from 100cm   
through 3mm, the GBT supports a diverse range of scientific research.    
Additionally, the GBT has a dynamic program of research and   
development which keeps the telescope at the cutting edge of science   
and technology. 
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is beginning a program to   
develop focal plane arrays for the Green Bank Telescope, beginning   
with a 3mm array.  We are looking for an energetic individual to   
provide scientific leadership for the focal plane array development   
program, particularly for the GBT?s high frequency range. 
Work is currently underway on a 7-pixel array for the 18-26 GHz band.    
The next major spectral line instrument will be a 100+ pixel   
heterodyne array system working from at least 80 GHz through 115 GHz.    
We are also planning a large-format 3 mm bolometer camera developed   
principally by an external consortium. Beyond that, we envision   
replacing all receiver systems above 15 GHz with focal plane arrays.    
We are looking for someone to provide the scientific leadership needed   
to bring these plans into fruition.  Responsibilities of the   
successful applicant will include scientific oversight of all aspects   
of the FPA development program, from initial specifications of the   
receiver, IF, and backends, through the final commissioning plans for   
the various instruments.  The applicant will also be tasked with   
promoting the FPA development program to the external community   
through talks and workshops, and building external collaborations as   
The successful applicant must have strong leadership skills and   
knowledge of radio and/or millimeter astronomy.   The successful   
candidate will have 25% of their time available for independent   
research.  Support for research and travel are provided, as well as   
vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance.  Position   
will be filled at the assistant, associate, or scientist level,   
depending on experience. 
The position is located at the NRAO at Green Bank, WV, an observatory   
which combines an academic setting with a rural environment.   The   
successful candidate will join a staff of 10 PhD astronomers and more   
than two dozen other professionals engaged in research and development   
in the fields of engineering, computing, and education. 
A minimum of at least three years beyond PhD, and knowledge of radio   
and/or millimeter wavelength astronomy, as well as basic management   
skills is required. 
Applications should include a description of relevant experience, a   
curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research   
interests, and the names of three scientists who have agreed to   
provide letters of reference. All material should be submitted as a   
single PDF file of the form "LastNameFirstInitial.GB5311.pdf" via   
email to: gbresumesnrao.edu. Letters of recommendation may be   
submitted separately via email. Please reference "FPA Scientist, Req:   
GB5311" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the   
position is filled. Initial review of applications will begin   
immediately. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 
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