AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of June 5, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. The path to science is steeper for women 
 
2. Students Head to Science Camps (Sloan Career Cornerstone News) 
 
3. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program 
 
4. Test Scientist - ALMA 
 
5. Web Content Analyst/Developer - NRAO 
 
6. Visiting Assistant Professor in Astronomy/Physics, University of Toledo 
 
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. The path to science is steeper for women 
From: WIPHYS May 29, 2009 
 
This article in the CERN bulletin about a European program to interest 
young women in science might be of interest to the wiphys subscribers: 
 
The path to science is steeper for women 
http://cdsweb.cern.ch/journal/article?issue=22/2009&name=CERNBulletin&category=News%20Articles&number=1&ln=en 
 
"The SET-Routes programme, launched in 2007 with the goal of 
attracting girls and young women to careers in science, came to an end 
in April this year. The result of a collaboration between EMBL, EMBO and 
CERN, the programme established a network of "ambassadors", women 
scientists who went out to talk about their careers in science at 
schools and universities across Europe." 
 
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2. Students Head to Science Camps (Sloan Career Cornerstone News) 
From: WIPHYS June 3, 2009 
 
This summer, Exxon Mobil, in conjunction with Dr. Bernard Harris and the 
Harris Foundation, are expanding the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer 
Science Camp program to thirty residential camps. The two-week camps are 
designed for under-privileged middle school students across the country 
and provide a fun-filled setting for them to gain a deeper understanding 
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to promote 
exciting careers in these fields. The camps are free and all student 
expenses are paid for by the program. While not all summer science camps 
are free, or residential, they are available all across the country and 
provide great experiences for middle and high school students to enjoy 
first hand experiences in science and engineering.  Links to summer STEM 
camps all over the country are on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center 
website! http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm (From the Sloan 
Career Cornerstone News, June 2009) 
 
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3. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program 
From: Jonathan P. Gardner [Jonathan.p.gardnernasa.gov] 
 
Please forward to interested undergrads who are US citizens majoring in 
science or engineering. 
 
The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP) offers 
undergraduate students across the United States research experiences 
at NASA Centers.  Students may apply for a 10-week summer session or 
a 15-week spring or fall session. 
 
Students will receive a $9,000 stipend for the 15-week Fall Session 
(8/31/09 - 12/11/09), 40 hrs/wk research experience plus one round-trip 
airfare or ground transportation costs to and from the NASA Center.  At the 
completion of the research session, students must submit a paper on their 
NASA-USRP research experience. Students may also be asked to discuss their 
research in public forums and/or participate in NASA-sponsored colloquia, 
workshops, and technology demonstrations. 
 
For more information about USRP, you may visit 
http://www.epo.usra.edu/usrp/ 
 
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4. Test Scientist - ALMA (CL00113) 
From: Dee Boyd [dlboydnrao.edu] 
 
Full job description available at 
https://careers.nrao.edu/ 
Click on International Scientist. 
 
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array (ALMA) is an 
international collaboration to construct and operate a large sub 
millimeter - millimeter wavelength interferometer array of radio 
telescopes at 5000m altitude in the Atacama Desert of northern 
Chile. For more details see http://www.alma.cl/ . 
 
ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of North America by 
the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by 
Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and on behalf of Europe by ESO. 
 
ALMA is opening positions for Test Scientists to participate in system 
tests during the Assembly, Integration and Verification processes. These 
positions will develop qualification tests, analyze test results and 
approve reports. They support routine tests on antennas, such as 
holographic measurement and optical pointing, by performing data 
analysis, developing automated control and reduction scripts, and 
training operators, engineers and technicians. They also develop and 
execute tests to characterize integrated interferometric system 
behavior, including radiometric pointing, antenna and beam 
characterization, surface shape change with elevation, path delay, phase 
stability, bandpass stability changes, etc. During array commissioning, 
Test Scientists will work with the engineering staff to develop tests 
and provide the analysis needed to help resolve problems with system 
performance. They will also work with the commissioning team to define 
tests needed to validate the system. 
 
Test Scientists are expected and encouraged to conduct active 
astronomical research programs. 
 
These positions require an advanced degree in engineering, physics or 
astronomy at the Doctoral level; at least three years observational 
experience with radio astronomy, observing techniques, and data 
reduction; experience in techniques used in radio astronomy 
observations; experience in software development for astronomical 
applications (C++, Python); experience with and understanding of 
microwave and digital systems; experience with and understanding of 
aperture synthesis arrays; experience in techniques used in radio 
astronomy observations; experience working in a team environment.  In 
addition, skills in C++, Python; a working knowledge of or willingness 
to learn Spanish; and a high level of communication and negotiation in 
English is preferred; willingness to travel to the ALMA sites near San 
Pedro de Atacama and abroad. Due to frequent travel requirements and 
work at high altitudes, a successful high altitude medical check is a 
necessary condition of employment for this position. 
 
The positions are based in Santiago, Chile and will require frequent 
traveling to the ALMA Operational Support Facility near San Pedro 
Atacama. 
 
Applicants can apply online at https://careers.nrao.edu and should 
include a description of relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and a 
cover letter.  NRAO requires three letters of reference, which should be 
sent directly to tbrachealma.cl. 
 
Applicants applying through ESO may do so online at https://jobs.eso.org 
or by sending the application to the ESO Personnel Office, 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, Garching, D-85748 Germany.  ESO requires 
three letters of reference which may be sent to vacanyeso.org. 
 
Review of applicants will begin on 14 July 2009; however, applications 
will be accepted until the position is filled. 
 
For further information, please consult the NRAO web page at 
http://www.nrao.edu or the ESO Home Page at http://www.eso.org/) NRAO 
and ESO are Equal Opportunity Employers. M/F/D/V. 
 
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5. Web Content Analyst/Developer - NRAO 
From: Dee Boyd [dlboydnrao.edu] 
 
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory seeks an energetic person 
interested in science and science communication who will collaborate 
with our web design and scientific staff to develop and deploy effective 
Internet content for users of the NRAO's 21st century research 
facilities: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, Expanded 
Very Large Array, Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, and Very Long 
Baseline Array. 
 
The successful candidate will have strong written and verbal 
communication skills, and at least three years experience with HTML, 
writing web content for scientists, and science web content 
management. A Bachelor's degree in a technical or scientific field is 
required. A Master's degree in astronomy or physics, and experience 
with CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL are preferred. This position will 
be based in Charlottesville, VA and report to the Assistant Director for 
Communications. 
 
Applicants should apply online at https://careers.nrao.edu . A 
curriculum vitae and cover letter are required. The NRAO offers an 
excellent benefits package, including paid relocation, life insurance, a 
retirement plan, medical and dental insurance. Review of applicants will 
begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Women 
and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE. 
 
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6. Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 
University of Toledo 
From: Karen Bjorkman [Karen.Bjorkmanutoledo.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Toledo 
invites applications for a visiting position at the Assistant 
Professor level to begin in August 2009. Pending final budgetary 
approval, the appointment will be for one year with the possibility of 
reappointment for a second year at the discretion of the university. 
The position will have a primary focus on introductory physics, 
astronomy, and natural science courses. A Masters Degree in physics, 
astronomy, or a related field is required; a Ph.D in related fields is 
strongly preferred, along with prior teaching experience. The person 
in this position will be expected to teach twelve credit hours of 
courses per semester, some of which may include laboratory or 
recitation sections. We particularly encourage applications from women 
and minority candidates. Applicants should include a current CV, a 
statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters. Review 
of the applications will begin on July 10, 2009. Applications should 
be sent to: 
 
Chair, VAP Search Committee 
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, MS111 
University of Toledo 
Toledo, OH, 43606-3390 
 
or by e-mail to Willie Brown (Willie.Brownutoledo.edu). 
 
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