AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 15, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1.  Supremely Ignored 
2.  Site Visits 
3.  M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship     
4.  Postdoctoral Fellowship In Astrophysics-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY  
5.  Job Opportunities at the IAEA 
6.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
7.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Supremely Ignored 
From:  Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog 
Following up on the discussion about being ignored both here on the blog 
and in AASWOMEN, here's an interesting article from last week in USA 
Today about Justice Ginsburg. (See also commentary from the XX factor at 
Much of the article is about Ginsburg's career history and strong 
opinions about having another woman on the Court, but this part sticks 
    "I don't know how many meetings I attended in the '60s and the '70s, 
    where I would say something, and I thought it was a pretty good 
    idea... Then somebody else would say exactly what I said. Then 
    people would become alert to it, respond to it."  
    Even after 16 years as a justice, she said, that still sometimes 
    occurs. "It can happen even in the conferences in the court. When I 
    will say something --- and I don't think I'm a confused speaker 
    --- and it isn't until somebody else says it that everyone will 
    focus on the point."  
You'd think that in the 21st century and in the highest court in the 
land that being ignored for being a woman wouldn't be an issue. Then 
again, those of us familiar with being in a minority of around 11% (say, 
in certain physical sciences) might understand how it happen.  
Link to full post: 
2. Site Visits 
From: Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog 
Do you think your department could use an external review of its climate 
for women? The American Physical Society (APS) has a whole program set 
up for conducting site visits. There's also a similar program directed 
toward the climate for minorites. 
This way, if you're concerned that your department could use help 
identifying areas for improvement, you don't have to go and re-invent 
the wheel. This has been done before at number of different 
institutions. I'm only posting this now because I think people could use 
a reminder that such resources exist. If you go to the webpage about 
site visits, there's a number of links to resources, including 
compliations of best practices. The site visit team may be external, but 
the results of the visit are confidential.   
Link to full post: 
3. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship 
From: WIPHYS April 22, 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 
Applications are due June 1, 2009.   
Please share this information with a woman in physics who may be interested!  
4. Postdoctoral Fellowship In Astrophysics-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 
From: Mindy G. Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu] 
Department of Astrophysical Sciences 
Princeton University 
Princeton, NJ 08544 
Email Submission Address: postapp09astro.princeton.edu 
Email Inquiries:  jeremyastro.princeton.edu 
Attention:   J. Jeremy Goodman,  Professor, Astrophysical Sciences 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites 
applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics. Half of the 
Fellow's effort will be numerical simulations and theoretical analyses 
in support of the Princeton Magnetorotational Experiment 
(http://mri.pppl.gov) in collaboration with Professor Jeremy Goodman and 
Principal Research Physicist Hantao Ji.  The other half will be research 
at the Fellow's discretion but within computational astrophysics or 
plasma physics, as the position is supported in part by the NSF Center 
for Magnetic Self-Organization. Professor James Stone, in addition to 
Goodman and Ji, will participate in possible computational astrophysics 
projects.  The start date can be as early as September 2009.  
Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory 
performance, for a total of up to three years, funds permitting. 
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of 
research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation 
sent to the above electronic address.  Applications will be reviewed 
beginning by July 1, 2009. 
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with 
applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.  For information 
about applying to Princeton and voluntarily self-identifying, please 
link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings/  
5. Job Opportunities at the IAEA 
From: WIPHYS May 14, 2009 
The  latest job vacancies at the IAEA can be found at 
http://recruitment.iaea.org/phf/images/email/top_head.jpg.   Should you 
know of potential candidates, please do not hesitate to share these 
vacancies with them. We particularly encourage women to apply. The full 
listing of open vacancies, as well as procedures for applying are 
available at http://www.iaea.org/About/Jobs.  
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