AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 9, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Request for info: Funding for Women Returning to the Field 
  
2. AASWomen Survey for Women in Astronomy 2009 meeting 
 
3. Upcoming APS Annual Meetings - Events of Interest to Women 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
4. Program/Research Manager, CCAS ADVANCE Initiative, University of 
   Northern Colorado  
 
5. Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Cosmology, Syracuse University 
 
6. Two Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-Track Positions, University 
    of Denver  
 
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Request for info: Funding for Women Returning to the Field 
From: Michael Rupen [mrupenaoc.nrao.edu] 
 
am trying to track down funding possibilities for women who are 
returning to astronomy after a several-year hiatus for family reasons (not 
necessarily having children, but also delaying her own to follow a partner's 
career).  I've found a few leads (e.g., the Blewett award) and many 
small (few $1000) grants, but I'm sure there's some complete listing out 
there that I've entirely missed.  I'm intentionally leaving this question 
general so responses may be moved to the "Advice" section of the CSWA Web 
site, as I suspect they'll be of future interest to many others as well. 
Any thoughts? 
 
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2. AASWomen Survey for Women in Astronomy 2009 meeting 
From: Adam Burgasser [aburgasserucsd.edu] 
 
We wanted to advertise our survey for the Women in Astronomy meeting on 
perceptions of appropriate behavior.  Thank you!  
 
In advance of the 2009 Women In Astronomy and Space Science meeting on 
October 21-23 in College Park, Maryland (http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov), 
Adam Burgasser (UCSD/MIT) and Jacqueline Faherty (AMNH/SUNY Stony Brook) 
are conducting a survey to examine perceptions of appropriate behavior 
between students and advisors in astronomy.  The survey is open to the 
full AAS/astronomy community, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and 
can be accessed at:  
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=QuGqrPrt3cxxiwVnvGBkSQ_3d_3d 
 
Your participation is greatly appreciated!  We will post our results in 
early November at http://www.browndwarfs.org/wia2009.  
 
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3. Upcoming APS Annual Meetings - Events of Interest to Women 
From: WIPHYS, October 7, 2009 
 
Watch for information on events of particular interest to women in 
physics at the upcoming APS annual meetings in February (Washington, DC) 
and March 2010 (Portland, Oregon) at the following: 
 
1) Professional Skills Development workshops for women in physics 
(February 12 and March 14).  In 2010, these will be offered for post 
docs and women faculty.
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/skills/index.cfm  
 
2) Childcare grants to assist meeting attendees
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/index.cfm  
 
3) Information about receptions, luncheons and breakfasts which the 
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics co-sponsors with other 
units.  
 
Some of the events require pre-registration, so please note any 
deadlines given.  For further information, please contact womenaps.org 
 
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4. Program/Research Manager, CCAS ADVANCE Initiative, University of 
   Northern Colorado  
From: WIPHYS, October 5, 2009 
 
The College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern 
Colorado invites nominations and applications for the position of 
Program/Research Manager, position #E99538.  This is a full-time, fiscal 
year (12-month) position associated with the CCAS ADVANCE Initiative, an 
NSF-funded project that aims to support the advancement of women science 
faculty through professional and leadership development of academic 
deans and department chairs.  
 
The four-year initiative focuses on a national association of deans, the 
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (www.ccas.net), through which 
these development activities are offered.  
 
The successful candidate will be a doctorally-qualified individual with 
an understanding of STEM gender equity issues.  The full vacancy 
announcement and application instructions are available at: 
http://www.unco.edu/nhs/employment.html .  Screening of applications 
begins October 20, 2009 and continues until the position is filled.  The 
University is an AAEO employer.  
 
The announcement of this employment opportunity was submitted by Denise 
A. Battles, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the 
University of Northern Colorado and current President of the Council of 
Colleges of Arts and Sciences.  Inquiries regarding the position may be 
directed to Denise at denise.battlesunco.edu.  
 
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5. Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Cosmology, Syracuse University 
From: WIPHYS, October 8, 2009 
 
The Department of Physics at Syracuse University invites applications 
for a postdoctoral position in theoretical cosmology starting September 
2010. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Scott Watson and 
other members of the Syracuse particle theory and cosmology group. We 
are looking for a candidate whose expertise can be in a broad range of 
topics, including dark matter, dark energy, theoretical particle 
physics, and quantum gravity. Other group members include: Cristian 
Armendariz-Picon, A.P. Balachandran, Simon Catterall, Jay Hubisz, Carl 
Rosenzweig, Joseph Schechter, and Kameshwar Wali.  
 
The deadline for applications is December 1, 2009, however applications 
will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  Please visit 
http://sujobopps.com -job # 025579 to apply. You will be able to upload 
your CV, research statement, publication list, and allow reference 
writers to upload reference letters on your behalf.  
 
Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity 
employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged 
to apply.  
 
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6. Two Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-Track Positions, University 
    of Denver  
From: WIPHYS, October 8, 2009 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver 
underwent strong expansion with six new Assistant Professor positions 
filled in the last three years. New positions were filled in condensed 
matter physics, astrophysics, and biophysics. This announcement invites 
applications for two positions: (1) a tenure track assistant 
professorship in experimental condensed matter physics; (2) a 
tenure track assistant or associate professorship in computational or 
theoretical condensed matter physics. For the second position, we will 
also consider exceptional candidates in astrophysics with overlapping 
interests in nanophysics or biophysics who can participate in the 
interdisciplinary initiatives mentioned below. 
 
Both positions will begin in September 2010. We are especially 
interested in candidates with research relevant to our involvement in 
the university's new interdisciplinary initiatives, the Center for 
Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Molecular Life Science and 
Biophysics Program. The successful candidate will have a B.S. in physics 
and Ph.D. in physics or related discipline, will develop an extramurally 
funded research program, will supervise undergraduate and graduate 
research, and will teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Individuals 
with postdoctoral experience are particularly encouraged to apply. More 
information about the department can be found at 
http://www.physics.du.edu . The Department offers degrees through the 
Ph.D. and is very female friendly, with women comprising 25% of the 
faculty and over 40% of the students at both graduate and undergraduate 
levels.  
 
Applicants must apply through the website: https://www.dujobs.org. The 
application should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements 
of teaching philosophy, proposed research program, and names of at least 
three references. The selection process will begin on January 15, 2010, 
and continue until the positions are filled. The University of Denver is 
committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and 
encourages applications from women, minorities, people with 
disabilities, and veterans. DU is an Equal Employment 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 
 
I will be happy to answer any questions about DU or these positions. 
Dr. Jennifer L. Hoffman 
Asst. Professor of Physics & Astronomy 
University of Denver 
jennifer.hoffmandu.edu 
 
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