AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of April 17, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1.  Get Involved on Earth Day April 22, 2009 
2.  PAESMEM Program 
3.  Hating Women Scientists 
4.  Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 
5.  Visas for Brazil - IAU General Assembly 
6.  CSWP Co-sponsors Invited Talks at APS Denver Meeting 
7.  Lunar and Planetary Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 
8.  Assistant Research Scientist, University of Iowa 
9.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
10.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Get Involved on Earth Day April 22, 2009 
From:  Michele Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day will be April 22, 2009 and will mark   
the beginning of "The Green Generation Campaign."  Earth Day 2009 is a   
day of action and civic participation to: 
* work towards building a more carbon-free future, 
* further develop and use renewable energy sources, 
* help end our common dependency on fossil fuels, 
* create a new green economy, 
* encourage responsible and sustainable consumption. 
NASA is getting involved in Earth Day.  NASA is hosting an Earth Day   
Poll for the most important contribution the space agency has made in   
exploring the Earth and improving the way we live on our home planet.    
Make your choice at 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Digital Learning Network is   
hosting a live webcast that marries art with science.  You can read   
the NASA Education Office status report and more information at 
To find Earth Day activities in your area, enter in your city and/or state at 
2.  PAESMEM Program 
From: NSF 
The PAESMEM Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts   
that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and   
persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science,   
technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awardees serve as   
leaders in the national effort to develop fully the Nation's human   
resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The   
NSF full application deadline is April 21, 2009.  For more   
information, see 
3.  Hating Women Scientists 
From: Women in Astronomy blog [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com] 
[Hannah Jang-Condell tells us that ...] Christina Hoff Sommers is at   
it again: claiming that applying Title IX to science will ruin   
America, just as she did around this same time last year, as discussed   
in previous issues of AASWOMEN: see here, here, and here. 
She starts off like this:  What's good for women's basketball will be   
good for nuclear physics. To most Americans, that statement will sound   
Well, yes, how can you possibly fairly compare a gender-segregated   
sport to a field of science? Apples and oranges, anyone? 
(click on http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2009/04/christina-hoff-sommers-is-at-it-again.html 
to read the rest and to respond to this hatred of women scientists!) 
4.  Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 
From:  WIPHYS April 14 
The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is open to highly acclaimed scholars and 
scientists from all countries and disciplines.  Applicants must have 
completed a doctoral degree with distinction within the past six years 
and have published in prestigious international journals or academic 
presses.   The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly welcomes 
applications from qualified, female junior researchers. 
This award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and   
funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is   
one of the most generously endowed research awards in Germany. 
Award Funding: 
The funding - up to 1.65 million EUR per award - enables exceptionally 
promising junior scientists and scholars with outstanding research 
records to concentrate on high-level, innovative research in Germany, 
virtually without administrative constraints. The funds provided by the 
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award over five years allow recipients to: 
* Conduct independent research. 
* Finance a research team at a German university or research   
institution of their choice. 
* Cover their living expenses while in Germany. 
Application Information: 
The next announcement for applications is planned for the first half of 
the year 2009 and  the deadline for application will probably be in the 
beginning of 2010. The selection meeting is scheduled for early summer 
2010. The Foundation plans to grant up to eight awards in 2010. 
Application forms and detailed information are available on the   
Alexander von Humboldt  Foundation webpage 
5.  Visas for Brazil - IAU General Assembly 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #195 
Because the United States requires Brazilian nationals to obtain visas 
before travel to the US, Brazil requires the same of US nationals.  To 
complete an application, a letter of invitation is needed from the 
organizers.  The link is www.fisica.ufmg.br/~iau2009/lettervisa.html 
The IAU and Brazilian organizers have arranged an automatic invitation 
letter generator on their web page.  AAS members traveling to Brazil for 
the General Assembly should use this tool to print their letter of invitation 
prior to applying for a Brazilian visa.  More importantly, please allow ample 
time for the Brazilian consular officials to process your application.  At 
least three months lead time is necessary to ensure the timely delivery of 
your properly endorsed passport.  Additional information about Brazilian 
visas is available here: 
6.  CSWP Co-sponsors Invited Talks at APS Denver Meeting 
From: WIPHYS March 31 
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   
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. 
7.  Lunar and Planetary Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 
From:   David King, LPI [kringlpi.usra.edu] 
The Universities Space Research Association's Lunar and Planetary 
Institute (LPI), in Houston TX, invites applications for several 
postdoctoral fellowships in lunar science and exploration. 
Successful candidates will join Dr. David A. Kring and over two dozen 
other scientists in the new Center for Lunar Science and Exploration 
(CLSE), which was recently selected to form part of the science core of 
the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). The goals of the Center's 
activities are to address NASA's highest lunar science priorities and 
assist with anew generation of exploration activities in preparation of 
a crewed landing in 2020. Successful candidates will work at LPI and/or 
in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) group at 
the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in one of three areas: 
*        Petrologic and geochemical analyses of lunar impact lithologies 
*        Petrologic and geochemical analyses of the lunar regolith 
*        Spectral and/or image analyses of the lunar surface using   
orbital data 
Successful candidates must have a recent Ph.D. in petrology, geochemistry, 
or planetary remote sensing. The positions will be for two years. Applicants 
should send 
*        a letter of interest citing this CLSE advertisement 
*        a curriculum vita with a list of publications 
*        a two to three page statement of research interests 
*        a list of three references 
to resumelpi.usra.edu. There is no firm application deadline although 
the first review of applications will begin May 1, 2009. 
Candidates should send an e-mail to kringlpi.usra.edu. Additional 
details of the new lunar science and exploration program are available 
USRA Point of Contact: 
Dr. David Kring 
Lunar and Planetary Institute 
(281) 486-2119 
8. Assistant Research Scientist, University of Iowa 
From: WIPHYS, April 16 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa   
invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to organize   
the detector upgrade projects on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)   
Hadronic Calorimeter for high Large Hadron Collider (LHC) luminosities   
as well as the R&D studies on Cerenkov calorimeter techniques and data   
analysis on CMS experiment for SM Higgs boson search.  Duties for this   
position include the design, construction, and testing of radiation   
hard calorimeters for high luminosity LHC runs; participation in the   
Higgs boson search with CMS data by test beams, and radiation damage   
studies; write computer codes for data acquisition systems, analyze   
mass data, write papers for publication in scholarly journals, prepare   
presentations for conferences and workshops; develop independent   
research concepts for R&D studies; maintain local CMS laboratories,   
and instruct students on related projects. 
Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics with at least 5 years of   
postdoctoral research in high energy physics, preferably in the CMS   
experiment with expertise on photo detectors, Cerenkov light detection   
techniques, and hadronic calorimeter systems.  Experience on radiation   
damage studies, and Higgs boson mass reconstruction techniques are   
essential; experience on computer cluster maintenance and   
administration.  In addition, the person will have demonstrated   
experience on leading independent research project and supervising   
students on their tasks.  Excellent written and verbal communication   
skills are required.  Desirable qualifications include experience on   
optical fiber systems, fixed target experiments, flavor physics,   
computational GRID systems, and very low signal processing techniques. 
Apply at 
refer to requisition 56677.  The University of Iowa is an equal   
opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women and minorities are   
encouraged to apply. 
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