AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 8, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1.  AASWomen Eileen Friel Named New Lowell Observatory Director 
2.  Sticks and Stones and Words Can All be Hurtful 
3.  H1N1 Virus & 214th AAS Meeting Update 
4.  Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics, Colgate University 
5.  Visiting Astronomy Instructor, Modesto Junior College 
6.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
7.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. AASWomen Eileen Friel Named New Lowell Observatory Director 
From:  Lowell Observatory 
Dr. Eileen Friel has accepted the appointment by Observatory Trustee,  
William Lowell Putnam, to be the next Director of Lowell Observatory.  
Dr. Friel will become the tenth Director of the Observatory.  To read  
more on the press release, see 
2.  Sticks and Stones and Words Can All be Hurtful 
From: Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog, May 6, 2009 
A few weeks ago, I caught an extremely interesting NPR report about   
how langauge affects the way we think. It just so happens that I went   
to high school with Lera Boroditsky, whose research is profiled in the   
report, but that was only part of the reason I stopped to listen to it. 
Dr. Boroditsky's experiment was to examine languages with gendered   
nouns: for example, German and Spanish. "Bridge" in German is "die   
brucke," a female noun, and in Spanish is "el puente," a male noun.   

When native German speakers were asked for adjective to describe a   
bridge, the responses included "fragile," "elegant", and "beautiful."   
Native Spanish speakers responded with "strong," "dangerous," and   
"long." I encourage you to go read or listen to the whole article, but   
Boroditsky's research basically shows how the language we use strongly   
affects the way we think about things. It also shows just how deeply   
embedded our conceptions of gender are. 
[To read on, please see http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ 
and please respond!] 
3.   H1N1 Virus & 214th AAS Meeting Update 
From:  AAS.org 
At the present time, the AAS is closely monitoring the status of the   
H1N1 virus outbreak and any implications it may have for our upcoming   
June meeting in Pasadena. The government has not advised the public to   
limit or restrict travel, nor have they advised organizations to cease   
holding group functions. 
For more information, see Scott Idem's blog at 
4.  Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics, Colgate University 
From:  Thomas Balonek [Tbalonekmail.colgate.edu] 
The Colgate University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites   
applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in   
physics to begin in fall 2009.  A Ph.D. in physics or a related   
discipline is required, and previous teaching experience is an   
advantage. We seek a person with a strong commitment to undergraduate   
education. Academic responsibilities will primarily be teaching our   
introductory level physics courses for non-majors, with the option of   
an upper level course or a course in Colgate's Liberal Arts Core   
Curriculum. Although the candidate will have no research requirements   
during this appointment, collaboration with current faculty is   
possible. Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of   
2800 students situated in a picturesque village in central New York.    
The department has nine faculty members and maintains well-equipped   
research laboratories in quantum and optical physics, condensed matter   
physics, and observational astronomy, located in the new Ho Science   
Center that is configured to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and   
Candidates should send a curriculum vitae plus a letter describing   
teaching experience and objectives, and a short description of   
research experience. The CV should include a publication list and the   
names of three individuals who have been asked by the candidate to   
send letters of recommendation.  At least two letters should address   
the candidate's teaching qualifications, and one should address the   
candidate's research experience.  All materials should be sent to   
Thomas Balonek, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Colgate   
University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346,   
tbalonekmail.colgate.edu. Formal applications may be made by email   
(as pdf attachments) or regular mail. Email inquiries are welcome.   
Applications received by June 1, 2009 will receive full consideration;   
applications will be considered until the position is filled. Colgate   
is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.  Developing   
and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff further the   
University's educational mission. 
Contact - Thomas Balonek, Chair 
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
Colgate University 
13 Oak Drive 
Hamilton, NY 13346 
Telephone AD 315 228-7767 
Email AD TBalonekmail.colgate.edu 
5.  Visiting Astronomy Instructor, Modesto Junior College 
From:  Brian K. Sanders [sandersbmjc.edu] 
Modesto Junior College is seeking an Astronomy Instructor on a   
one-year basis for the 2009-10 academic year.  However, the position   
may evolve into a full-time, tenure-track replacement starting in fall   
Modesto Junior College has full astronomy classes, great community   
support, an active astronomy club.  In addition, Modesto Junior   
College is building a brand new $70 million science building with two   
key architectural and programmatic details - a planetarium and an   
observatory dome!   The building is slated to open in Fall 2011. 
Note that the position closes on June 4. 
Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in physics, astronomy, 
or astrophysics or bachelors in physics or astronomy with a master's in 
certain related areas - see link below for details. 
The job posting can be found at 
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