AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of July 24, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1.  Astronomer Receives Fellowship to Further Racial Equality 
2.  Blewett Scholarship Winners Announced 
3.  Women on the Moon 
4.  Seed Grants from the ASP 
5.  NASA Grant for Informal Education Groups in STEM Areas 
6.  USRA 2010 
7.  IAU Women in Astronomy Meeting 
8.  Women in Astronomy and Space Science Meeting 2009 
9.  SOAR Postdoctoral Fellow 
10.  NRAO Assistant Scientist/A 
11.  Faculty Openings, Carnegie Mellon University 
12.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
13.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1.  Astronomer Receives Fellowship to Further Racial Equality 
From:  Geoff Clayton [gclaytonfenway.phys.isu.edu] 
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Keivan G. Stassun from   
Vanderbilt University has been awarded a $50,000 fellowship from the   
Fletcher Foundation to support his efforts to increase the number of   
underrepresented minorities pursuing scientific careers.  Stassun will   
apply the award to develop a model of the Fisk-Vanderbilt   
Masters-to-PhD Bridge program in collaboration with researchers at   
Columbia Law Schools Center for Institutional and Social Change. In   
just five years the program has attracted 30 underrepresented   
minorities, 60 percent of whom are women.  The program is poised to   
become the top awarder of doctoral degrees to underrepresented   
minorities in physics, astronomy and materials science in 2010-11. To   
read more, please see 
2.  Blewett Scholarship Winners Announced 
From:  WIPHYS, July 20 
The APS is proud to announce that three women physicists have been   
awarded Blewett Scholarships for 2009. 
Klejda Bega, a Post-Doctoral Associate at Columbia University, will   
work to develop a novel approach to creating ultracold diatomic   
molecules in optical lattices at microKelvin temperatures, and to   
conduct precise measurements with these molecules.  Bega, a native of   
Albania, earned both her PhD (2004) and BS (1999) at California   
Institute of Technology. 
Marija Nikolic-Jaric, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the   
University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, works in the field of   
biomicrofluidics.  The award will enable her to build on her work on   
improving the detection and classification of biological cells by   
investigating fundamental aspects of the effects of shear-induced   
rotation of aspherical particles in the non-uniform electric field.    
Nikolic-Jaric received her BSc from the University of Belgrade in 1990   
and her PhD from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2008. 
Janice Wynn Guikema, an Associate Research Scientist in the Department   
of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,   
Maryland, and a previous winner of a Blewett Scholarship in 2008, will   
expand her research on graphene for use as a magnetic field sensor and   
use scanning probe microscopy to better understand graphene.  Guikema   
received her BS from Cornell University in 1998 and her PhD from   
Stanford University in 2004. 
The Blewett Scholarship award was established by a generous bequest   
from M. Hildred Blewett, a particle accelerator physicist who died in   
2004.  Hildred Blewett was passionate about physics and recognized   
that women who have interrupted their research careers for family   
reasons can face many obstacles when they try to resume that research.   
The scholarship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 which   
can be used toward dependent care, salary, travel, equipment, and   
tuition and fees.  Applicants are selected by a sub-committee of the   
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.  Details can be found at 
3.  Women on the Moon 
From:  365 Days of Astronomy, Daily Podcast of the IYA 
The July 12, 2009 podcast of the 365 Days of Astronomy is all about   
features of the Moon, 74 of which are named for women.  Highlights of   
a few of these women (e.g., Maria Mitchell, Caroline Herschel,   
Henrietta Leavitt) is the subject of this podcast.  The podcaster is   
amateur astronomer Lunar Mark who also is one of the owners of the   
Wiki on Women Astronomers discussed in AASWomen July 3, 10, and 17   
Newsletters.  To hear this podcast, go to 
4.  Seed Grants from the ASP 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #198 
Thanks to the support of the Planck and Herschel Missions, the   
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is offering SEED Grants for   
2009 to active researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, or space   
science to engage in public outreach, K-14 formal education, or   
informal education programs or activities. Maximum grants are $2,500;   
funds may be used to purchase equipment related to the proposed EPO   
activity, or to defray expenses associated with carrying out the   
activity. Given the nature of the Planck and Herschel Missions, SEED   
Grant proposals involving cosmology, galaxy and star formation   
studies, solar system investigations, and space science will be given   
special consideration. Proposal submission deadline is 31 July 2009,   
with announcement of awards by 15 September 2009. To learn more and to   
review the simple guidelines for proposals, go to 
5. NASA Grant for Informal Education Groups in STEM Areas 
From:  NASA Office of Education 
On July 10, NASA Office of Education, Integrated Division announced   
#NNH09ZNE005N, a Competitive grant Program for Science Museums and   
Planetariums.  This grant is targeted to e.g., observatories,   
planetariums, and informal organizations embedded in institutions of   
higher education so long as the organization has a separate DUNS   
number. Approximately $6 million is available for new awards.  Grant   
proposals are due September 10.  For more information, please see 
6. USRA 2010 
From:  Barbara Hammond [hammondepo.usra.edu] 
The NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program provides   
a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to   
successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced   
gravity experiment of their choice.  Application deadline, flight   
dates, and other important dates for the 2010 Campaign have been   
Letters of Interest (Optional) Due:  September 16, 2009 
Proposals Due: October 28, 2009 
Announcement of Selected Teams: December 9, 2009 
Information about the program and the application process can be found   
on the microgravity website: 
USRA Point of Contact: 
Barbara Hammond 
Program Manager 
Education Programs Office 
7.   IAU Women in Astronomy Meeting 
From:  iAU 
The IAU XXVII GA Women in Astronomy Meeting luncheon will be held on   
Monday 10 August. The WAM will run from 12.30 to 2.00pm and all IAU   
delegates are invited. The meeting will be held in the SulAmerica   
Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
The format of the WAM will be similar to previous meeting, with a   
keynote address followed by break out groups of 10-12 who will discuss   
various issues over lunch and then report back to the group over   
coffee. The keynote speakers will be Duilia de Mello of the Catholic   
University of America and the Goddard Space Flight Center and Thaisa   
Storchi Bergmann of the Instituto de Física-Universidade Federal do   
Rio Grande do Sul who will give their perspectives of life as a   
Brazilian astronomer. The focus of the break out discussions will be   
on the current status of women in astronomy and to recommend future   
actions that will improve the environment for all astronomers. 
Registration for the WAM is available via the IAU GA registration website. 
There is a limit of 250 attendees, so please be sure to register avoid   
8.  Women in Astronomy and Space Science Meeting 2009 
From:  Anne Kinney [anne.l.kinneynasa.gov] 
The next Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009 meeting is to be   
held October 21-23, 2009 in College Park, MD.  Registration is now   
open!  Travel grants through the AAS are available for early-career   
attendees (graduate students and recent graduates). 
The focus of the meeting is on the challenges of an increasingly   
diverse workforce.  The goal of the conference is to provide   
individuals and institutions in the sciences with strategies and   
skills to succeed.  At the conclusion of the conference, those who   
have attended will have a better understanding and awareness of: 
- How to foster a work environment that promotes success. 
- The role of minority-serving institutions in preparing future scientists. 
- How professional societies can aid in recruiting, retaining and   
advancing scientists 
- What it takes to succeed in our competitive workforce 
- The different career path choices in Astronomy and Space Science 
- How to prepare for hiring or for promotion 
- Managing expectations in work life balance 
For more information, please see 
For copies of the poster, please see 
9.    SOAR  Postdoctoral Fellow 
From:  Nicole S. van der Bliek [nvdbliekctio.noao.edu] 
The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) consortium invites   
applicants for a three-year postdoctoral fellow position at its   
facilities in Chile. The 4.1-m SOAR Telescope is a state-of-the-art   
observatory located on Cerro Pachón adjacent to Gemini-South.  For   
details on the telescope and instrumentation see: 
The position has equal components of research and functional time.   
Functional duties will include assisting the Director, and other SOAR   
staff, with monitoring and optimizing the performance of the   
telescope, maintaining and calibrating the existing instruments,   
commissioning new instruments and telescope capabilities, and helping   
develop plans to maximize the scientific productivity of the facility.   

The successful candidate will be expected to spend 50% of their time   
pursuing an active program of research, preferably including use of   
SOAR and its instruments. Every effort will be made to align the   
scientist's functional duties with his or her research interests, and   
scientific support includes a modest annual research budget and   
coverage for page charges. 
The ideal candidate will be an observational astronomer with hands-on   
experience of instrumentation.  Specific interest in optical   
spectroscopy, infrared imaging and 
spectroscopy, and/or adaptive optics is advantageous, but all skill   
sets relevant to SOAR will be considered.  Familiarity with modern   
observatory operations and scientific data management, as well as   
experience in the use and development of data reduction procedures   
will also be favorably considered in the selection process. 
Applications received prior to September 15, 2009 are assured of full   
consideration; however, the position is open until filled.  The   
position is open to candidates from all countries and AURA is an equal   
opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively support efforts   
to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and   
candidates from underrepresented minorities are particularly   
encouraged to apply.  For full advertisement see: 
Applicants should submit electronically (preferred) to   
hrnoaonoao.edu, or by
mail to the address below:  a curriculum   
vita; a statement of current research interests, details of   
experience, and the name of three references.  When applying for this   
position please reference SOAR Postdoctoral Fellow, Job #963. 
Further details can be obtained from the Director of SOAR, Dr. Steve   
Heathcote, sheathcotectio.noao.edu. 
Send resume to: 
Human Resources Office 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
P.O. Box 26732 
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732 
Email: hrnoaonoao.edu 
FAX: 520-318-8456 
10.  NRAO Assistant Scientist/A 
From:  Dee Boyd  [dlboydnrao.edu] 
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is the world's largest   
fully steerable telescope. Working at wavelengths ranging from 100cm   
through 3mm, the GBT supports a diverse range of scientific research.   
Additionally, the GBT has a dynamic program of research and   
development which keeps the telescope at the cutting edge of science   
and technology. 
The National Radio Astronomy is looking for an energetic person to   
join the scientific staff in Green Bank. The successful applicant will   
join the team of scientists at the Green Bank telescope to provide   
full scientific support to the GBT and the NRAO. 
Responsibilities of the successful applicant will include supporting   
observers who use the telescope as well as working on a diverse   
variety of projects, which may include the development and   
commissioning of new instrumentation on the telescope, working with   
the engineering staff to improve the overall telescope performance,   
and aiding with the data reduction pipelines needed for the GBT. Must   
have strong knowledge of radio and/or millimeter astronomy and two to   
three years experience. 
The successful candidate will have 25% of their time available for   
independent research. Support for research and travel are provided, as   
well as vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance.   
Position will be filled at the assistant, associate, or scientist   
level, depending on experience. 
Minimum education required is a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or a   
related field. 
Benefits include medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits,   
vacation and sick leave accrual. 
Applicants can apply online at 
and should include a description of relevant experience, a curriculum   
vitae including a publication list, a statement of research interests,   
and the names of three scientists who have agreed to provide letters   
of reference. 
Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately via email to   
scurrynrao.edu. Please
reference "Assistant Scientist/A, GB00131"   
in the subject line. Review of applicants will begin immediately;   
however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
11.  Faculty Openings, Carnegie Mellon University 
From:  WIPHYS, July 20 
The Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University invites   
applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the junior or   
senior level associated with the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center   
for Cosmology. 
The McWilliams Center for Cosmology, which has benefited from a major   
endowment gift to the university, joins efforts in particle physics   
and astrophysics within the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon.    
Historically, the Department has had a strong effort in particle   
theory and high-energy experiment.  More recently, the Department has   
built up a theoretical and observational cosmology group, much of   
whose research is related to uncovering the nature of the dark part of   
the universe. The McWilliams Center synergizes these efforts within   
Physics and capitalizes on unique collaborative opportunities both   
within and outside Carnegie Mellon. 
Powerful computing clusters have been created both within the   
McWilliams Center and in collaboration with the Department of Computer   
Science.  Carnegie Mellon joined the LSST collaboration, has faculty   
working on BOSS in SDSS-III, and is engaged in trying to build a new   
type of radio telescope to explore the universe using the 21 cm   
radiation of neutral Hydrogen.  Physical space for the McWilliams   
Center has been renovated within the Department of Physics.  The first   
two McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellows are at the Center this year, and   
the first of several new faculty members has been hired. Please visit   
the Centers website at 
for more details. 
The research areas for the search include: theoretical astrophysics,   
with emphasis on computation and simulation; experimental   
astrophysics, with emphasis on the dark part of the universe and data   
mining; and theoretical particle physics, especially as related to LHC   
physics.  We seek candidates with significant accomplishments and   
promise for further achievement in exploring the nature of dark matter   
and dark energy.  Tenure-track appointments at the junior or senior   
level will be considered.  Successful candidates are encouraged to   
enhance links between the Department of Physics and the School of   
Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon,   
the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and the Department of Physics   
and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. 
Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list,   
statement of research plans, and arrange for three letters of   
recommendation sent to 
Cosmology Search Committee 
Department of Physics 
Carnegie Mellon University 
5000 Forbes Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 
For full consideration, all materials should be received by October 15, 2009. 
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action   
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