AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of September 4, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Some Thoughts on Women in Academia 
  
2. Input needed for Website for Young Women in Science  
 
3. AWIS Receives ADVANCE Grant 
 
4. Century of Physics Timeline Posters 
 
5. Professional Skills Development Workshops (Astronomy) 
 
6. Professional Skills Development Workshops (APS) 
 
7. Astronomy & Astrophysics Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
8. MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics 
 
9. Two Tenure-Track Positions, Dennison University 
 
10. Faculty Position, University of Oregon 
 
11. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
12. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Some Thoughts on Women in Academia 
From: Rosemary Mardling [Rosemary.Mardlingsci.monash.edu.au] 
 
I am an astrophysicist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  In 
Australia there are four teaching/research academic levels: Lecturer, 
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor. Over all levels in 
our Faculty of Science, 17% are women, and at the top two levels, this 
drops even further to 9% (total staff 112). 
 
The topic has been discussed to death with no resolution: women with 
families or who plan to have families feel they do not want to subject 
themselves to the huge stresses associated with academic competition at 
the same time as coping with family life. The academic system (like any 
system) has evolved to suit the majority. There are benchmarks for how 
many publications and grants one should have to be worthy of any 
particular academic level (or to simply enter the system in the first 
place), and these of course are set by the majority. In my Faculty at 
least, it seems that a large fraction of the male academic staff 
(including young guys) have partners who stay at home or work 
part-time. Such people have an enormous advantage, especially brain- 
clutter-wise! 
 
Try as I may, I cannot think of a solution to the problem. Is it 
reasonable to ask that our family status be taken into account during 
the bean-counting exercise performed by appointment and promotion 
committees? As a male colleague once said to me: why should I do your 
work for you? And many women colleagues without kids reasonably ask this 
question even more loudly! While Monash does now ask committees to take 
family status into account, I don't really think it is in practice. 
 
In my opinion, the only way things will change is if (1): more *men* 
start to feel that it is very unhealthy and unfair for the system to be 
so biased towards men, and start making a noise about it, and (2): more 
men experience what it is *really* like to run a family (and not just 
claim that picking up the kids from school and emptying the dishwasher 
constitute real involvement). This in turn will affect the benchmarks, 
and will not disadvantage those without family responsibilities (in fact 
it will help them). 
 
While it is great to have an IAU resolution encouraging the support of 
female astronomers, I don't really see how this will change things 
practically until there is real cultural change in the broader 
community. 
 
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2. Input Needed for Website for Young Women in Science  
From: WIPHYS, August 28, 2009 
 
The website "Under the Microscope" is aimed at encouraging young women 
in science. The site includes a plea for stories, advice, and tips on 
how to succeed from women scientists on their "About Us" page, linked 
from the home page at  http://underthemicroscope.com . 
 
(thanks to David Ehrenstein, Focus editor, APS) 
 
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3.  AWIS Receives ADVANCE Grant 
From: WIPHYS, September 2, 2009 
 
August 31, 2009.  The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has 
received an ADVANCE grant from NSF to partner with discipline societies 
to improve recognition for women and minorities in STEM. This grant 
will fund a new project: "Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in 
Disciplinary Societies (AWARDS)," designed to create a sustainable 
framework for assuring progress towards more equitable rewards and 
recognition for women and members of underrepresented groups in a wide 
range of scientific communities. The complete press release can be read 
at  http://www.awis.org/ . 
  
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4. Century of Physics Timeline Posters 
From: WIPHYS, September 3, 2009 
 
This dramatic timeline that depicts the past hundred years of physics in 
a set of 11 posters was designed for the APS Centennial in 1999. A few 
sets are still available for purchase. To order, please download the 
Century of Physics Timeline Poster order form at 
  http://www.aps.org/programs/outreach/resources/timeline.cfm .   
 
Price is $50 (US and Canada only) including shipping and 
handling. International orders are calculated individually; please email 
timelineaps.org for details before ordering. 
  
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5. Professional Skills Development Workshops (Astronomy) 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahastro.umd.edu] 
 
Coaching in the Art of Strategic Negotiation 
 
In conjuction with the Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009 
Conference, a professional skills development workshop is planned for 
the afternoon of Tuesday, October 20. Participants will develop 
negotiation skills through interactive means including case studies, 
personal assessments, and role playing. The workshop is open to postdocs 
and early faculty. Although the workshop is designed with the needs of 
women scientists in mind, persons  of all backgrounds are welcome to 
apply. Workshop attendance is limited to 40.  
 
For more information and to sign up, go to  http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov/career_workshop/  
and click on the link "Sign up for Career Workshop." 
[or visit  http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/  -- eds.] 
 
I attended a very similar workshop put together by the APS [see next 
item -- eds.] at the last March meeting and let me tell you, it was 
EXTREMELY useful. Quite an eye-opening experience. However, the field of 
astronomy has its own unique set of issues, so having a more tailored 
workshop should be extremely helpful, especially for those of us on the 
job market. 
 
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6. Professional Skills Development Workshops (APS) 
From: WIPHYS, September 1, 2009 
 
The American Physical Society will offer one-day workshops for women 
post-docs and women faculty in physics on February 12 (Washington, DC) 
and again on March 14 (Portland, Oregon), in association with the 2010 
APS annual meetings. 
 
Workshops will be limited in size for optimal benefits.  There will be 
separate sessions as follows: 
 
Friday, February 12: women post docs and tenured women faculty Sunday, 
March 14: women post docs and tenure-track women faculty 
 
Women of color are especially encouraged to apply. 
 
The workshops will offer professional training on effective negotiation, 
communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity 
for networking at the reception afterwards.  There will be separate 
sessions for post-docs and women faculty. 
 
All participants may receive a stipend of up to $850 towards hotel and 
travel expenses.  Details are now posted at 
 http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/skills/index.cfm .  
To ensure maximum interaction, the workshops will be limited in size. 
 
Support for these workshops has been received from the National Science 
Foundation.   
 
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7. Astronomy & Astrophysics Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship 
From: Laurelyn Celone [laurelyn.celoneyale.edu] 
 
The Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics invites applications for 
the YCAA Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics, to 
be awarded to a young scientist of exceptional ability who will have 
received her/his Ph.D. by June 2010 in observational, theoretical, or 
experimental astronomy or astrophysics/cosmology. The Fellowship is for 
three years (renewed annually subject to performance), and offers 
competitive salary ($60,000), benefits, and research funds.  
 
Conveniently located between New York City and Boston, Yale offers a 
lively intellectual environment and access to world-class astronomical 
facilities, including the Keck, WIYN and SMARTS telescopes, and to 
Chilean telescopes through collaboration with the Univ. de Chile, as 
well as High-Performance Computing facilities. The YCAA Prize 
Postdoctoral Fellow will be free to carry out his/her own research 
program, although preference will be given to research interests that 
align with those of the Yale astrophysics faculty (see 
http://www.yale.edu/ycaa/membership.html ). Active research at Yale includes 
solar astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, astrometry, star formation, 
stellar evolution, galactic structure, black holes, local group 
galaxies, high-energy astrophysics, multiwavelength surveys (QUEST, 
GOODS, COSMOS, MUSYC, SDSS), active galaxies and blazars, galaxy 
evolution, galaxy clusters, large-scale structure, gravitational 
lensing, dark matter, dark energy, and cosmology.  
 
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a brief 
description of the anticipated research program by November 8, 2009 to 
the address above. Email submission as a pdf is strongly 
preferred. Candidates should also arrange for at least 3 letters of 
recommendation to arrive by November 8. Fellowship candidates will 
automatically be considered for any open postdoctoral positions at Yale 
in their fields of interest, unless they ask to be considered only for 
the YCAA Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship. Yale is an Affirmative Action/ 
Equal Opportunity Employer, and we particularly encourage applications 
from women and members of minority groups.  
 
Included Benefits: 
 
Medical insurance, maternity leave (unpaid), dental insurance offered at 
$43.30 a person. 
 
Submit Applications To: pamela.boswardyale.edu 
 
Attention: Pamela Bosward, Executive Assistant to the Chair,  
YCAA Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee 
Yale University, Department of Physics  
P.O. Box 208120  
New Haven, CT 06520-8120  
USA  
 
Tel: 203-432-3651 
 
Fax: 203-432-8552 
 
URL1:  http://www.yale.edu/physics 
 
(Yale University, Department of Physics) 
 
URL2:  http://www.yale.edu/ycaa  
 
(Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics) 
 
URL3:  http://www.astro.yale.edu  
 
(Department of Astronomy) 
 
Email Submission Address: pamela.boswardyale.edu  
Email Inquiries: daisuke.nagaiyale.edu .  
The closing date for receipt of applications: 11/08/2009  
 
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8. MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics 
From: WIPHYS, September 4, 2009 
 
Nominations for the 2010-2013 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics 
competition are open through Friday, September 11, 2009. Candidates for 
the Pappalardo Fellowships cannot apply themselves, but must be 
sponsored by a faculty member or senior researcher within physics, 
astronomy or related fields. Nominations should be submitted on-line 
via the Pappalardo Fellowships web site, and do NOT require letters of 
reference at this time.  
 
Please visit the link below to submit your nomination form: 
 http://web.mit.edu/physics/research/pappalardofellowshipsprogram/competition_10.html 
 
Note that nominees must be young women or men of exceptional ability who 
currently have or will have received a doctoral degree in physics, 
astronomy or related fields by September 1, 2010.  Should you need 
further information, please contact the program's administrator, 
Ms. Carol Breen, at breenmit.edu.  
 
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9. Two Tenure-Track Positions, Dennison University 
From: WIPHYS, September 3, 2009 
 
The Denison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites 
applications for 2 tenure track assistant professor positions preferably 
starting Fall, 2010, although a later start may be considered under 
exceptional circumstances. Ph.D. required. We are seeking candidates 
vitally interested in teaching physics at both the beginning and 
advanced levels including laboratory-based courses. The successful 
applicant is expected to carry out active research with the involvement 
of undergraduates. Substantial start-up funds for research will be 
available, and Denison supports generous professional and family leave 
programs.  
 
Denison University is a highly-selective liberal arts college of 2100 
students, located in Granville, Ohio, 30 minutes from Columbus. The 
department consists of seven faculty, a technical assistant, and an 
academic administrative assistant. Facilities include excellent 
equipment for both teaching and research, first class on-site 
experimental labs, a link to the Ohio Supercomputer, an observatory, a 
planetarium, and a well-equipped machine shop. Additional information 
may be obtained from our web site at  http://www.denison.edu/physics/  .  
 
Applicants should submit vita, graduate school transcripts, a 
description of teaching interests and experience, a proposed research 
plan including the means for involving undergraduates, and three (3) 
letters of reference online at  https://employment.denison.edu  .  
 
Applications received by October 15, 2009 will receive full 
consideration; applications may be accepted until the position is 
filled. Denison's commitment to foster a diverse community is central to 
our liberal arts mission, therefore candidates from traditionally 
underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 
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10. Faculty Position, University of Oregon 
From: WIPHYS, September 4, 2009 
 
The Department of Physics at the University of Oregon invites 
applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the areas of 
theoretical particle physics, astrophysics, or cosmology. We anticipate 
an appointment at the level of assistant professor. 
 
Candidates will be considered in all areas of theoretical particle 
physics, including the physics of the standard model and beyond, 
astro-particle physics including dark matter and dark energy, and 
theoretical cosmology. The successful candidate will have a PhD in 
Physics or related discipline, demonstrate a strong record of research, 
and participate effectively in teaching at the graduate and 
undergraduate levels.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, 
curriculum vita, list of publications, and a brief statement of research 
interests. They should also arrange to have a minimum of three letters 
of reference sent directly to us.  Applications and letters of 
recommendation should be sent to theorysearchuoregon.edu ; PDF format 
for all documents is strongly preferred. 
 
The position begins in Fall 2010. Review of applications will begin 
November 15, 2009.  We shall consider applications until the position is 
filled.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For further 
information, please visit  http://physics.uoregon.edu  or contact the 
search committee at theorysearchuoregon.edu. The successful applicant 
will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment. 
 
An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to 
cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities 
Act. 
 
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