AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of March 27, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1.  National Women's History Month 
 
2.  AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - What Brought You Into This Field? 
 
3.  ADVANCE Grant Program 
 
4.  Astro2010 
 
5.  M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship 
 
6.  Childcare Grants for APS Meetings 
 
7.  CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon, May 3 
 
8.  CSWP/COM Dessert Reception, May 4 
 
9.  CSWP Co-Sponsors Invited Talks at Denver Meeting 
 
10.  Astronomy &/or Physics Lecturers, University of Central Florida-Orlando 
 
11.  Astronomy & Physics Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
 
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1.  National Women's History Month 
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
March is National Women's History Month.  Contributions of women to 
astronomy and space science exploration can be found at 
 
http://space.about.com/od/biographies/a/womenshistory.htm. 
 
More information on Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet, the 2009 
National Women's History Month project, can be found at 
 
http://www.nwhp.org/. 
 
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2. AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - What Brought You Into This Field? 
"Positive Reinforcement" 
From:  HannahWomen in Astronomy Blog, March 25, 2009 
 
[Hannah asks AASWomen readers what brought you into field of 
astronomy?  Here is what brought her into this field?] 
 
I feel like I've been awfully glum in some of my recent posts, so 
perhaps it's time to look at the bright side of things. Maybe it's 
just because it feels like spring is right around the corner, but I've 
been feeling a little more hopeful lately. 
 
One of the things I've been thinking about is what brought me to 
astronomy to begin with? For me, it wasn't some kind of a lifelong 
dream. I never gazed at the stars much as a child: living in the 
suburbs of large city made that difficult. In fact, I never really 
knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  [To read more on what 
brought Hannah into the filed of astronomy, please see 
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/.] 
 
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3.  ADVANCE Grant Program 
From:  Cynthia A. Hudgins [hudginsumich.edu] 
 
[The ADVANCE Program began as a five-year, grant-funded project 
promoting institutional transformation with respect to women faculty 
in science and engineering fields. With the University?s commitment to 
continue funding through June 2011, the program is gradually expanding 
to promote other kinds of diversity among faculty and students in all 
fields. ADVANCE is housed at the Institute for Research on Women and 
Gender.] 
 
The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program, with support from the 
National Science Foundation, invites your participation in the third 
annual Science and Technology Excellence Program (STEP). Designed 
specifically for science, engineering, and mathematics departments, 
STEP will offer leadership training and support for teams of faculty 
to make positive changes in the work environment within their academic 
units. 
 
We are inviting colleagues from educational institutions across the 
nation to create departmental teams of two to four faculty members to 
participate in an intensive, three-day workshop to be held at the 
University of Michigan in May 2009. The goal of STEP is to equip teams 
to lead efforts within their home departments to improve departmental 
effectiveness and the environment for faculty, staff, and students. 
Teams must include at least two and no more than four members from a 
single department at each institution. There are NO registration costs 
for any team member. Travel and accommodation costs for two team 
members from each institution will be covered by the grant. 
Participating institutions must cover travel and accommodation for all 
other members of the team. 
 
The "Call for Participation" is attached in PDF and registration can 
be done via Survey Monkey at the following link: 
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=zinyV2_2bjz4yoU8lZYBwlwA_3d_3d 
 
Teams should apply as soon as possible but no later than March 30. 
Please email 
 
advanceprogramumich.edu(mailto:advanceprogram_at_umich.edu) 
 
to indicate an intention to apply or if you have any questions. 
 
Cynthia A. Hudgins, Senior Program Administrator 
ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan 
204 South State Street 
1247 Lane Hall 
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1290 
734-647-9359 
hudginsumich.edu 
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/advance 
 
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4.  Astro2010 
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
Your Astro2010 Science Subcommittee, Subcommittee on State of the 
Profession, and Subcommittee on Programs would like to hear your 
ideas.  The members of each  subcommittee can be found at 
 
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Survey_Committee.html. 
 
To see all 320 white papers submitted to date, please see 
 
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/Astro2010/publicview.aspx. 
 
Two white paper submissions are still open:  1) Technology Development 
and 2) Theory, Computation, and Laboratory Astrophysics.  The white 
papers are to be no more than 10 pages and can be submitted March 
17-31, 2009.  For more information, please see 
 
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010.html. 
 
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5.  M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship 
From:  WIPHYS of March 26, 2009 
 
The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an 
award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research 
careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family 
reasons.  Details on the scholarship and how to apply can be found at 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/blewett/index.cfm 
 
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6.   Childcare Grants fro APS Meetings 
From:  WIPHYS of March 25, 2009 
 
There are funds remaining for childcare grants of up to $400 to APS 
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 can be found at 
 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/index.cfm 
 
for the April meeting in Denver.   A grant from the Elsevier 
Foundation augments existing funds from the APS. 
 
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7.  CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon, May 3 
From:  WIPHYS of March 25, 2009 
 
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 speaker will be 
Catherine Fiore, MIT, former CSWP chair.  The luncheon is open to all: 
both men and women are welcome to attend.  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. 
 
Space is limited, so please pre-register by April 15 at 
 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/receptions/index.cfm. 
 
After April 15, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the Balances Due 
desk at the APS Registration Area as long as tickets are available. 
 
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8.  CSWP/COM Dessert Reception, May 4 
From:  WIPHYS of March 25, 2009 
 
The Committee on Minorities and the Committee on the Status of Women 
in Physics will co-sponsor a dessert reception on Monday, May 4, 
7:30-9:00 pm in the Sheraton Hotel at the APS meeting in Denver. 
Enjoy delicious desserts while you network with colleagues and hear 
about the work of these committees! 
 
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9.  CSWP Co-Sponsors Invited Talks at Denver Meeting 
From:  WIPHYS of March 25, 2009 
 
Sunday, May 3, 10:45am -12:33 pm. Invited Session H6:  Sponsored by 
the CSWP and the Division of Particles and Fields (three women talking 
on experimental high physics collaboration) . 
 
Monday, May 4, 1:30-3:18 pm. Invited Session R5: Women and Minorities 
in Multi-Messenger Astronomy of Gamma-Ray Bursts. Sponsored by the 
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the Committee on 
Minorities, the Division of Astrophysics, and the Topical Group on 
Gravitation. 
 
Tuesday, May 5, 1:30-3:18 pm. Invited Session X5: Women and Minorities 
in Gravity: Science and Career Paths. Sponsored by the Committee on 
the Status of Women in Physics, the Committee on Minorities, the 
Division of Astrophysics, and the Topical Group on Gravitation. 
 
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10.  Astronomy &/or Physics Lecturers, University of Central Florida-Orlando 
From:  Michele Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida invites 
applications for Lecturer positions to teach physical science, 
introductory astronomy, and both algebra-based and calculus-based 
introductory physics starting in Fall 2009. UCF is a leading, fast 
growing, metropolitan research university located in Orlando with 
50,000 students and 40 Physics faculty. Successful candidate will have 
a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or a very closely related field, have 
appropriate teaching experience, and be accustomed to using multimedia 
teaching aids. Interested individuals should send a letter of 
application, current curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching 
philosophy and experience to Dr. Talat S. Rahman, Chair, Department of 
Physics, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida 
Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32816-2385 (email: talatphysics.ucf.edu ), 
and have three letters of reference sent to the same address. Review 
of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the 
positions are filled. Further information is available at 
 
http://www.ucf.edu/jobs/vacancies. 
 
The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity, equal 
access, and affirmative action employer committed to excellence 
through diversity. 
 
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11.  Astronomy & Physics Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences, 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
From:  Ed Schmidt [eschmidtunlserve.unl.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska- 
Lincoln (UNL) is seeking a full-time Lecturer to teach Introductory 
Astronomy and Physics courses beginning 17 August 2009. This is a 
non-tenure track 3-year position with a 9-month academic year 
appointment and full benefits. There are no assigned duties during the 
summer months, but there are opportunities for summer teaching for 
additional salary.  Responsibilities will include teaching multiple 
sections of introductory astronomy and physics lecture courses using 
interactive engagement methods in class and online, managing Teaching 
Assistants assigned to the courses, and holding at least three office 
hours per week. 
 
A Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics is required, and a demonstrated 
ability or potential to teach astronomy is essential. Experience 
teaching large-enrollment (100 to 150 students) introductory courses 
is highly desirable. We are seeking an individual who has an abiding 
interest in teaching, and who can motivate students to learn through 
interactive-engagement techniques. Salary will be commensurate with 
experience. 
 
Interested candidates must apply online at 
 
http://employment.unl.edu 
 
(Requisition# 090090). Applications should include a letter of 
application, curriculum vitae, a statement regarding teaching 
philosophy, and a list of at least three references.  Review of 
applications will begin on 13 April 2009, however, the search will 
continue until the position is filled. 
 
The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation 
ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic 
campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, 
work-life balance, and dual careers. 
 
Lincoln, Nebraska, a community of more than 250,000 people, offers the 
ambiance of a friendly small town while offering attractions and 
entertainment opportunities of a metropolitan area. Lincoln is a young 
city with a bright future of planned growth and expansion. It is one 
of the fastest growing non-Sun Belt cities in the U.S. and one of the 
fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest.  The capital city of 
Nebraska, Lincoln is home to state government and the flagship campus 
of the University of Nebraska system. The city also hosts Nebraska 
Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College, Doan 
College-Lincoln and the Lincoln School of Commerce. Lincoln has an 
excellent educational system and ranks in the top 20 least stressful 
cities in the nation for children. Residents enjoy nationally ranked 
sporting events, world famous performing arts, and a variety of 
cultural activities.  Among the attractions: the 2,200-seat Lied 
Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and 
Sculpture Garden, four history museums, a planetarium, observatory, 
many private art galleries, four live-stage theater venues, a civic 
auditorium, the 76,000-seat Memorial Stadium, 14,400-seat Devaney 
Center and new baseball stadium facilities.  Cost-of-living ranks 3 to 
5 percent below the national average of comparable cities with among 
the nation?s lowest health care costs, utility bills and insurance 
rates. Lincoln?s low crime rate, efficient transportation, stable 
business environment and advanced health care technology are few 
reasons why Lincoln ranks high in livability studies.  You are invited 
to explore Lincoln on-line for the most current information. 
 
www.unl.edu - University of Nebraska-Lincoln homepage 
 
www.nebraska.edu - Website for the University of Nebraska four-campus system 
 
www.lped.com - The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development offers 
extensive information on demographics, education, healthcare, cost of 
living and tax structures. 
 
www.lcoc.com - The Lincoln/Lancaster County Convention and Visitors 
Bureau offers information on attractions, entertainment, recreation, 
dining, shopping and transportation. 
 
www.state.ne.us - The official web site of Nebraska State Government 
 
www.ci.lincoln.ne.us - The official site of Lincoln City Government 
 
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