AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 2, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. A Resource For Women in Astronomy from the Columbian Astronomical Society 
2. Response to Advice Request:  How to be a Good Mentor 
3. Female Friendly Physics Departments 
4. NASA LCROSS Moon Impact Mission October 9, 2009 
5. ALMA Science Center Postdoctoral Fellowship(s) 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. A Resource For Women in Astronomy from the Columbian Astronomical Society 
From:  Maria Carolina Brühl Rojas [bruhlitagmail.com] 
Original Email: 
Buenas tardes, me llamo María Carolina Brühl Rojas, soy de Bogotá-   
Colombia, tengo 30 años, soy astrónoma desde hace 12 años de la   
Asociación de Astrónomos Autodidactas de Colombia"ASASAC" ( soy la   
única mujer de la asociación). 
He trabajado en diferentes entidades como astrónoma,  y desde hace 1   
mes soy la Directora del Observatorio Astronómico del Colegio Italiano   
Leonardo da Vinci en Bogotá - Colombia; siendo este suceso un gran   
logro para mi, ya que soy la primera mujer astrónoma en todo mi País   
en dirigir un Observatorio Astronómico.  Me interesaría mucho   
contribuir al desempeño de la mujer en el área de la astronomía y por   
eso les escribo para apoyarlos en todo lo que sea posible ya que,  yo   
también he sentido el rechazo y pocas oportunidades en el área de la   
astronomía en mi país porque siempre ha sido un área liderada por   
hombres...pero con amor, esfuerzo y dedicación logré ser lo que ahora   
soy: Directora de un Observatorio. 
Los felicito por su magnífica labor! 
Muchas gracias por su atención. 
En espera de una respuesta... 
Maria Carolina Brühl Rojas 
English Translation (and additional information): 
Good morning, I­ am María Carolina Brühl Rojas,  I am from    
Bogota-Colombia, I am 30 years old,  I am astronomer since 12 years   
ago of the Association of Astronomers Self-taught of Colombia"ASASAC"   
(I am the only woman of the association...45 men-1 woman) and  member   
of RAC (Red de astronomía en Colombia- network of astronomy in   
Colombia) too. 
I worked in different entities and companies like astronomer, but   
since 1 month ago I am the Director of the Astronomical Observatory of   
the Italian School Leonardo Da Vinci in Bogota - Colombia; for me,   
this event is very significant because I am the first woman astronomer   
in all my Country in directing an Astronomical Observatory and I am   
very proud for this.  In my city, 95% of astronomers are men, so, it   
is very difficult work in astronomy for a woman, but with dedication,   
love and effort I achieved my dream...to be a Director of the   
Astronomical Observatory. 
I have been very attentive of the chapter "she is an astronomer" of   
IYA and I think that the woman need more support and opportunities for   
work in science, in this case in astronomy. 
Congratulations for AASWomen! your work is very important in the   
world! and I like help with us in anything. 
I am keen to contribute to the performance of women in the area of   
astronomy which is why I am writing to support them in whatever way is   
possible.  I too have felt the rejection and few opportunities in the   
area of astronomy in my country because this field has always been led   
by men. 
Thank you very much for your attention and I hope your response. 
Maria Carolina Brühl Rojas 
2. Response to Advice Request:  How to be a Good Mentor 
From: Maryam Modjaz [mmodjazastro.berkeley.edu] 
[In last week's issue of AASWOMEN, we posted an anonymous request for   
advice on how to me a good mentor. We got several replies, including   
this one. We would also like to thank Bob Stencel and Margaret Hanson   
for additional information - Eds.] 
For a general website on how to be a good mentor, here is a   
compilation of resources that was put together based on a similar   
call/question to group I'm a member of [the very active Earth Science   
Women's Network (ESWN) which recently got an ADVANCE grant] 


Some of them are specific to earth sciences, but others apply to all   
of the natural sciences, e.g. the one by the national academies:   
"Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students   
in Science and Engineering" 

3. Female Friendly Physics Departments 
From:  WIPHYS September 28, 2009 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) has collected   
responses to a series of questions about graduate programs in physics   
that should be helpful to those interested in assessing the climate   
for women at various graduate schools.  The responses can be found at 

All the responses are self-reported by department chairs (or their   
assignees), and the APS and CSWP assume no responsibility for the   
accuracy of the information submitted.  
4. NASA LCROSS Moon Impact Mission October 9, 2009 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
Are you looking for current events for your general astronomy course?    
On October 9, 2009 at 4:30 AM PDT, various organizations across the   
USA are hosting LCROSS impact events that are open to the public.  The   
LCROSS mission is a search for water on the moon. The LCROSS mission   
is going to send a rocket crashing into the Moon causing a big impact   
and creating a crater, throwing tons of debris and potentially water   
ice and vapor above the lunar surface.  This impact will release   
materials from the lunar surface that will be analyzed for the   
presence of hydrated minerals which would tell researchers if water is   
there or not. 
If you wish to host a public observing event or want to find   
information on where to find a hosting site, please see 

For more information on the LCROSS mission, please see 

5. ALMA Science Center Postdoctoral Fellowship(s) 
From:  Kartik Sheth [astrokartikgmail.com] 
Applications are invited for one or two Postdoctoral Scholars at the   
North American ALMA Science Center at NRAO in Charlottesville,   
Virginia. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of   
 Dr. Kartik Sheth and the S4G (Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in   
Galaxies) team. S4G is designed to be the ultimate legacy survey for   
the distribution of stellar structure in the nearby universe: 

Using IRAC Channels 1 and 2 over the two year Spitzer warm mission, we   
will obtain extremely deep observations of the stellar mass   
distribution for a sample of ~2,300 nearby (d(40Mpc) galaxies (dwarfs,   
ellipticals, irregular, spirals), thus assembling an unprecedented   
dataset for studies of structure formation during galaxy evolution. 
The successful applicant is expected to become an integral and equal   
member of the team. S/he will work with the team members to reduce,   
analyze and verify the data, design and deliver the data products for   
the community. The ideal candidate will also design and pursue a   
vigorous, independent science research program primarily using the S4G   
data. S/he may also envision using and/or obtaining data from new   
observations or existing surveys (e.g., COSMOS, SDSS) to complement   
the proposed science.  The applicant is strongly encouraged to take   
advantage of the location and the involvement of the NRAO and   
University of Virginia's existing and future facilities, particularly   
ALMA and eVLA.  Applicants are encouraged to research the survey,   
discuss their goals with any of the Co-Is and formulate an ambitious   
research proposal, which should be submitted as part of the   
application package. 
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in   
astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to these   
projects. The appointment is for two years (with the possibility of a   
renewal for a further year) and could start as early as November 2009. 
For further requirements and to apply, please visit our Careers site at 

or see 

Please include a cover letter describing your interest in the   
position, a curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief statement of   
past research (1-2 pages), and a detailed proposed research statement   
(3 pages), as described above. Please also have 3 letters of   
recommendation sent independently to hrnrao.edu.    Review of   
applications will begin November 15th  and will continue until the   
position is filled.  NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. 
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