AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of July 17, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Most Inspirational Women Astronomers? 
  
2. Why Aren't More Women Tenured Science Professors? 
 
3. International Study Shows Implicit Bias Linking Males More Than 
   Females with Science 
 
4. Request for Numbers 
 
5. South Asian Physics Foundation Student Conference Program Announcement 
 
6. Permanent Faculty Position in Astronomy, Florida Institute of 
   Technology 
 
7. Two staff positions at NOAO-South, La Serena, Chile 
 
8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Most Inspirational Women Astronomers? 
From: Various 
 
[Last week we asked who you would put in the top ten for most 
inspirational women astronomer. Here's what you said - Eds.]  
 
From: Jay Pasachoff (Jay.M.Pasachoffwilliams.edu) 
 
As for Michele Montgomery's posting of NewScientist's top 10 lists of 
most inspirational woman scientists of all time, I am glad to see that 
the brief biographies by Naomi Pasachoff (my wife) include #1 on the 
list both in the Oxford University Press's Portraits in Science series  
http://www.williams.edu/astronomy/solarcorona/naomi.html 
and on the American Institute of Physics Website: 
www.aip.org/history/curie.  
 
But another of her subjects, Barbara McClintock, could arguably be in 
that top 10 list, ahead of some of the people listed.  
 
From: Anonymous 
 
My take on the NewScientist survery was this: why does there have to be 
a top 10?  Surely if it was put another way - the top 10 males - it 
simply could not be done as there are so many who have given their 
contributions to science.  The same applies to women - there are far to 
many to stop at just 10.  There would also be a fair few women who are 
not widely recognised or known about, and perhaps this is a great 
opportunity to bring out the top 100 women in science and/or astronomy 
and give a small amount of information about each of them.  It would be 
a fascinating and inspirational read. 
 
From: Hannah at the Women in Astronomy Blog 
[http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/]  
 
I would also list Caroline Herschel. I like to think that the new 
infrared space telescope (which just released some first light images 
today!) is named for her. I also think that Vera Rubin is a living 
legend in her own right.  
 
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2. Why Aren't More Women Tenured Science Professors? 
From: Hannah at the Women in Astronomy Blog 
[http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/]  
 
From the Scientific American: "Why Aren't More Women Tenured Science 
Professors?":  
 
    Women who apply for tenure-track positions at top-tier research 
    universities in math and sciences these days have a slightly better 
    chance of landing the job than their male colleagues, says a new 
    study funded by the National Science Foundation.  
 
    But that's just for those who apply, which is a good tick lower than 
    those who earn PhDs. In chemistry, for example, women made up 32 
    percent of newly minted PhDs from 1999 to 2003 but accounted for 
    only 18 percent of applicants to tenure-track positions.  
 
Link to full Scientific American article at 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=women-tenured-science-professors   
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3. Citizens in 34 Countries Show Implicit Bias Linking Males More Than 
Females with Science  
From:Hannah at the Women in Astronomy Blog 
[http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/]  
 
From UVA Today: "Citizens in 34 Countries Show Implicit Bias Linking 
Males More Than Females with Science":  
 
    Implicit stereotypes -- thoughts that people may be unwilling to 
    express or may not even know that they have -- may have a 
    powerful effect on gender equity in science and mathematics 
    engagement and performance, according to a new study published this 
    week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  
 
    The international study involving more than half a million 
    participants in 34 countries revealed that 70 percent harbor 
    implicit stereotypes associating science with males more than with 
    females. Moreover, in countries whose citizens stereotyped most 
    strongly, boys achieved at a higher level in eighth-grade science 
    and math.  
 
Full story at http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=9054 
 
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4. Request for Numbers 
From: Sharon Traweek [traweekhistory.ucla.edu] 
 
For a proposal research project, I have been seeking data unsuccessfully 
on the number of US-based women and/or minority post-PhD researchers now 
working in   
 
*space based astronomy 
and 
*land based astronomy. 
 
Ground and space-based research have different funding ecologies. 
Women/minorities might be distributed among those kinds of projects 
differently and possibly at different career stages.  Within most fields, 
participants report that women and minorities are distributed among 
subfields in distinctive ways.  However, very few databases identify 
gender/ethnic distributions among research specializations or by kind of 
research facilility.   
 
In lieu of any currently available data I would appreciate any informed 
estimates with the usual multiple caveats. 
 
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5. South Asian Physics Foundation Student Conference Program Announcement 
From: WIPHYS, July 10, 2009 
 
The South Asian Physics Foundation is pleased to announce our new 
Student Conference Program, which provides funds for South Asian physics 
students to attend international scientific conferences in South Asia. 
Its purpose is to encourage international contacts, collaborations and 
broadened perspectives among South Asian physics students while 
supporting promising research and scholarship.  The program is open to 
all South Asian undergraduate or graduate students in any field of 
physics who are currently attending university in a South Asian country. 
Participants will have a unique opportunity to present a scientific 
paper or poster at a physics or physics-related conference in a South 
Asian country other than that of the student's  university or 
citizenship.  
 
For more information and an application, please visit our website at 
www.southasianphysicsfoundation.org.  
 
SAPF is a new nonprofit organization supporting international 
collaboration in physics in South Asia.  We welcome comments and 
suggestions on this topic.  
 
-- Jessica Hirschfelder and Vidhya Ramachandran, founders 
  
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6. Permanent Faculty Position in Astronomy, Florida Institute of Technology 
From: Terry Oswalt [toswaltfit.edu] 
 
The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of 
Technology invites applications for a permanent faculty position that 
preferably will begin in August 2009.  This position may be at any rank, 
assistant through full professor.  Preference will be given to 
candidates with expertise in observational astronomy and an interest in 
serving as director of the Ortega Observatory on the FIT campus.  The 
successful candidate will also have guaranteed access to the SARA 
facilities at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo.  Candidates with experience in 
astronomical instrumentation, planetary, galactic and/or extragalactic 
research are particularly encouraged.   
 
Florida Tech is located on the eastern coast of central Florida, just 
south of the Kennedy Space Center.  Information about the Department can 
be found at http://cos.fit.edu/pss/.  
 
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, statement of research and 
teaching experience, and the names of at least three references to 
 
searchpssfit.edu or via regular mail to 
 
Faculty Search Committee 
Dept. of Physics and Space Sciences 
Florida Institute of Technology 
150 W. University Blvd. 
Melbourne FL 32901 
USA.   
 
The review of applications will begin on June 15th, however applications 
will be accepted until the positions are filled.  FIT is an equal 
opportunity employer. 
 
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7. Two staff positions at NOAO-South, La Serena, Chile 
From: Nicole S. van der Bliek [nvdbliekctio.noao.edu] 
 
Assistant or Associate Astronomer, Job No. 949 
Scientist, Job No. 950 
 
Excerpt of the job postings 
For full postings see: http://www.ctio.noao.edu 
 
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) invites 
applications for two scientific staff positions, both based 
at NOAO-South, the site of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American 
Observatory (CTIO), in La Serena, Chile. 
 
The astronomer position is a tenure track position, with up 
to 50% time for individual research and 50% time devoted to 
observatory duties. The scientist position is a parallel 
track position, with up to 20% for individual research and 
80% time devoted to observatory duties. 
 
The ideal candidates will be observational astronomers with 
several years of experience in astronomical instrumentation 
and instrument support. Specific interest in opical 
spectroscopy and/or infrared imaging and spectroscopy is 
advantageous, but all skill sets relevant to CTIO will be 
considered. Familiarity with modern observatory operations 
and scientific data management will also be favorable 
considered in the selection process. 
 
Applicants will be considered at all levels. NOAO is an 
equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. AURA and 
NOAO actively support efforts to broaden participation 
in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from 
underrepresented minorities  are particularly encouraged 
to apply. 
 
Applications received prior to September 1, 2009 are 
assured of full consideration; however, the position 
will remain open until filled. Applications should 
include  a curriculum vita; a statement of current 
professional interests and how those interests align 
with the NOAO program; and the names of three references. 
When applying for this position please refer to the job 
title and job number above. Application materials should 
be submitted electronically (preferred) to hrnoaonoao.edu, 
or by mail to address below. 
 
Further details can be obtained from the Director for CTIO, 
Dr. R. Chris Smith (directorctio.noao.edu). Profiles of 
some NOAO Scientists and Astronomers have been posted on 
the NOAO webpages, to give potential applicants a snapshot 
of what these positions involve and what it is like to 
work at NOAO. Please see 
http://www.noao.edu/staffdir/profiles.php 
 
Send resume to: 
 
Human Resources Office 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
P.O. Box 26732 
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732 
Email: hrnoaonoao.edu 
FAX: 520-318-8494 
 
 
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