AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of May 22, 2009 	 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Women (and Other Minorities) in Science and Engineering: 
A Personal Perspective 

2. New Study Ponders the Effect of Professors' Gender on Students' Success  
in Science 
3. Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position - Workshop 
4. Sue V. Rosser to be Provost at SFSU 
5. Astronomer in the Classroom 
6. Astronomy Blogger for July 
7. Meet the Scientist 
8. Short Survey: Leaving One Job for Another 
9. Gus Weiss Professorship in Theoretical Physics, George Washington 
10. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Women (and Other Minorities) in Science and Engineering: A Personal 

From: Andrea Dupree [adupreecfa.harvard.edu] 
Professor Kathryn Johnston of Columbia University gave a special seminar at 
CfA on Tuesday, May 12, 2009: Women (and Other Minorities) in Science and  
Engineering: A Personal Perspective. According to Johnston: This seminar 
consists of a set of slides summarizing what I have learned (through 
committee work and attending talks) about the social and psychological science 
literature that might be relevant to understanding the slow progress of women 
in science. My intention is not to give a thorough review (my field is Local 
Group Science) but rather to use the slides as a starting point for 
The slides are available here: 
2. New Study Ponders the Effect of Professors' Gender on Students' Success  
in Science 
From: WIPHYS May 19, 2009  
Female students -- or, more specifically, female Air Force cadets -- are 
more likely to succeed in introductory-level science courses if those courses 
are taught by female professors, according to a study by a trio of 
economists. The researchers examined the academic records of every student 
who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2000 to 2008 -- more 
than 9,000 students in all. They found that women, and especially those with 
high mathematics-SAT scores, performed significantly better in introductory 
science courses if women taught the courses.  
3. Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position - Workshop 
From: Maryam Modjaz [mmodjazastro.berkeley.edu] 
A recent study of diversity in engineering notes that "the most accurate  
predictor of subsequent success for female undergraduates is the percentage 
of women among faculty members at their college" (Trowers and Chait; 
Harvard Magazine, 104:33, 2002). At Rice University we are strongly 
committed  to increasing the diversity of science and engineering faculty 
and students. As part of this goal we are sponsoring an exciting workshop 
for senior women graduate students and post-docs who are interested in 
pursuing an academic career. The workshop, Negotiating the Ideal Faculty 
Position, (October 18-19, 2009), is designed to provide participants 
hands-on experience to enhance their knowledge of and ability to find the 
right faculty position. Through support from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, all travel, 
meals, and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. 
Applications are due August 13.  The online application can be found at:  
Topics Covered in Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position Workshop 
1. Finding the right institutional fit 
2. Understanding what a search committee looking for 
3. Putting together a successful faculty application 
4. Standing out in the interview 
5. Maximizing the impact of your interview seminar 
6. Negotiating a good start up package 
7. Finding out about the culture of the department & college 
8. Choosing good collaborators 
9. Obtaining funding 
10. Building your lab/research program 
11. Understanding the tenure process 
12. Balancing work and family 
Please pass this information on to qualified female candidates who are 
interested in an academic career. 
Thank you, 
Jan Rinehart 
Executive Director 
4. Sue V. Rosser to be Provost at SFSU  
From: WIPHYS May 19, 2009  
From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "A New Provost Promotes Diversity 
and Women in the Sciences". Sue V. Rosser, who will become provost of San 
Francisco State University on August 15, has built a career around her 
passion for women's issues, in particular the participation of women in 
5. Astronomer in the Classroom 
From: Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
The Astronomer in the Classroom program needs your help; please take a look 
at the website and sign up to help our youth learn more about astronomy 
and all the different fields of research. 
For more information, please contact: 
Anita Ingrao 
Interstellar Studios 
11 Ilahee Lane 
Chico, California 95973 
(530) 343 5635 
6. Astronomy Blogger for July 
From: Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
We are building a grassroots collaborative Web site, the Year of Science 2009: 
where we highlight -- according to 12 scientific themes -- who scientists 
are, why science matters, and how science works. Each months' content begins 
with a series of blog postings from a great science communicator talking a 
bout the importance of the theme to our society and lives. Thus far, our 
guest bloggers have included individuals like Carl Zimmer of Discover 
Magazine and Steve Mirsky of Scientific American. 
The July blogger would focus on the theme "Why We are Celebrating 
Astronomy". The sum request for participation is to write a series of 
blog posts (at least one per week) during the month of July with a minimum 
length of 400-500 words per posting. The first posting would be due June 
27th. The target audience is the general public, and the site is being 
promoted through schools, libraries, participating organizations, science 
bloggers, and public broadcast orgs. 
If you have any questions, please contact: 
Sheri Potter 
COPUS Network Project Manager 
c. 941-321-1573 
7. Meet the Scientist 
From: Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
We are currently seeking to identify four scientists that will be featured  
on our Meet the Scientist page in August. See our January highlighted 
scientists here for an example: 
The types of individuals we are looking for would be: 
- active scientists 
- represent diversity of fields of study with respect to the months theme - 
- energy 
- represent diversity of personality, background, and culture 
The commitment to serve as a meet the scientist is a small one -- requiring 
about a half hour of time now and another half hour the third week of the  
If you would please take a moment to consider who might be a good candidate 
 for this activity and share your recommendations with us, we would be very 
 appreciative! We would like to confirm all four scientists this week. 
For more information, please contact: 
Sheri Potter 
COPUS Network Project Manager 
c. 941-321-1573 
8. Short Survey: Leaving One Job for Another 
From: WIPHYS May 20, 2009  
I'm writing to ask you if you would be willing to participate in a study 
that I am conducting at Rice University. 
It is important research and is attempting to understand the experiences 
and decision-making processes that occur when talented faculty voluntarily 
decide to leave their academic institutions and go elsewhere (e.g., either an 
other academic institution or a nonacademic alternative). 
If you have EVER been employed at one university/college and voluntarily 
left this one for another academic (or nonacademic) job (not just those who 
left for another job, those who left and stopped working should be included  
as well), you are eligible to take part. In taking part in the survey, you  
should consider the most recent academic job you left and why you decided 
to leave that institution. We are NOT interested in the experiences of those 
 who retired or reached the end of a predetermined contract. 
The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is located at: 
The survey has been approved by Rice University's Institutional Review Board.  
Thank you so much for possibly being willing to help our team of researchers. 
Jan Rinehart, Executive Director Advance Program 
PO Box 1892-MS 105 
Rice University 
Houston, Texas 77251-1892 
9. Gus Weiss Professorship in Theoretical Physics, George Washington 

From: WIPHYS May 19, 2009  
The George Washington (GW) University Department of Physics seeks 
outstanding candidates for its newly created endowed professorship in 
energy research, the Gus Weiss Professorship in Theoretical Physics. 
Energy is among the research focus areas that GW has identified and the 
University has invested significantly in the establishment of a new 
interdisciplinary institute for energy research. The Gus Weiss Professor 
is a founding member of the institute and will play a central role in 
the realization of its scientific vision and in the planning of its 
growth through future hires.  
The institute is one of a cluster of interrelated centers and institutes 
for advanced study at GW's Research and Technology Campus in Ashburn, 
Virginia, about 45 minutes from Washington, DC. The research programs at 
this campus support and interact with those at GW's main campus in Foggy 
Bottom. Within the institute, the Weiss Professorship is envisioned as 
the leader of the effort to link theoretical research from physics to 
help solve the energy and environmental problems facing the nation and 
the world in the coming century.  
The overarching charge for the Gus Weiss Professor is to help develop the 
goals and future activity of an important institute defining a subject with  
great relevance and consequence to society. GW seeks an innovative, highly  
collaborative, and successful theoretical physicist whose interests focus 
on solving problems related to energy, for example the production, storage,  
and delivery of energy.  
 To apply: GW has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search. Please  
send an electronic version of your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, 
addressed to Dr. Barry Berman, Chair, Department of Physics, to pjaegerimsea 
rch.com . For any questions or to discuss the position, please contact 
Philip Jaeger, Managing Associate at Isaacson, Miller or Michael Baer, 
Vice President and Director. 202-216-2276. 
The George Washington University is an equal opportunity, affirmative 
action employer and is strongly committed to diversity; women and 
minorities are especially encouraged to apply. 
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