AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 16, 2009                                    
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Childcare at the Winter AAS Meeting 
2. Nobel Prize 
3. Melissa Franklin Speaks at Barnard 
4. Older Women to Work on Physics? 
5. Childcare Grants for February/April APS meeting 
6. Woman Who Fell in Love with the Sky 
7. Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowships 
8. Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution Postdoctoral Fellowship 
9. Executive Vice President of AURA 
***The following position was taken from WIPHYS*** 
10. Tenure Track Position at Case Western Reserve University 
11. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
12. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Childcare at the Winter AAS Meeting 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
Childcare Onsite 
The AAS will provide childcare onsite during the meeting through 
the Kiddie Coprs Service. Care will be available Sunday, 3 January 
2010 through Thursday, 7 January 2010. The cost of care is per $8 
hour. The advance registration deadline is 20 November 2009. 
Childcare Grants 
Childcare grants are available for up to $250 per family for those 
that wish to bring children to the meeting. Parents are responsible 
for making arrangements for childcare. To apply for a childcare 
grant please fill out the Childcare Grant Application. If requests 
exceed available funding, preference will be given to those in the 
early stages of their careers. 
Childcare Sharing 
Please visit the Childcare Sharing Forum to find other attendees 
interested in sharing childcare. You will need to register to 
view and post on the forum. 
2. Nobel Prize From: Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhousecfa.harvard.edu] 
Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was one 
of three women who won a science Nobel last week, which puts her 
in some rare company. Only eight women had won in physiology or 
medicine, and there has never been a year when three women won 
Nobels in the sciences. Dr. Greider shared her prize with Elizabeth 
H. Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak for their research on telomeres. 
Here is a link for the NYT article entitled, A Conversation with 
Carol W. Greider on Winning a Nobel Prize in Science 

3. Melissa Franklin Speaks at Barnard From: WIPHYS Oct 15, 2009 
The Barnard Center for Research on Women will present: A Lab of 
One's Own: A Place to Measure the Broken Symmetries of This Particular 
Elegant Universe 

Melissa Franklin
Roslyn Silver '27 Science Lecture: 
Wednesday, 10/21, 6:30 PM, Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard 
This year's Roslyn Silver '27 Science Lecture will be presented by 
Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard 
University. Professor Franklin will discuss her research involving 
new elemental particles, as well as her prospective work with the 
Large Hadron Collider and its potential to answer questions about 
how the elementary constituents of matter come together to create 
more complex forces. She will also discuss the challenges in 
navigating the university and the international laboratory, and the 
importance of having "a lab of one's own" to allow for independent 
This event is free and open to the public. 
Barnard Center for Research on Women 101 Barnard Hall 212-854-2067 

4. Older Women to Work on Physics?  From: WIPHYS Oct 15, 2009 
[May we suggest using the term Senior Women rather than Older Women? 
Count me as an aging wannabe who got a great degree -well 2- and 
not the encouragement I needed to finish the PhD and do the work 
that I wanted. Result: decades of endless misery. 2 things--even 
now, were I young enough there are no fellowships for these cases, 
and we are many--most of my life I avoided the APS because reading 
about other people's fun was so sad. And 2, even though I am old, 
the mental apparatus is still pretty good though it works differently. 
And again, we are many. I saw last week a press release from the 
State Department no less (Thanks Hillary) about helping women 
entrepreneurs, and there are numerous books out on crowd wisdom 
basically arguing that a roomful of ordinary people will devise a 
better answer to a problem than a small number of PhDs in the 
So maybe there are a group of women who still want to work on physics 
but don't have the credentials who can just be clued into: here is 
an unsolved problem and some lines of attack-- to see if anything 
comes of it. The structure if any would have to be worked out. Most 
of us have jobs which would preclude formally participating, but 
having conversations with others about a topic is still allowed, I 
think. Just something to consider-- all that wasted talent out there 
which just might have a good idea given a problem to focus upon. 
And possibly mixing up people whose lives have taken different paths 
could create a different kind of solution, I don't know. 
Regards, Linda Perry lindacperrysbcglobal.net 
5. Childcare Grants for February/April APS meeting From: WIPHYS Oct 
16, 2009 
Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist meeting attendees 
who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in 
leaving them at home. Please complete the Application at 

and fax it to the number on the form. Applications must be received 
by December 15, 2009 to be considered by a subcommittee of the 
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP). In the event 
that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, 
preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their 
6. Woman Who Fell in Love with the Sky From: Carolina Brühl 
[We received a contribution with a link to the following article 
in Spanish. The version included below is courtesy of Google 
translator; we apologize for the butchered English  Eds.] 

Caption: Maria Carolina Rojas Brühl thanks Germain Puerta, one of 
the most important astronomers of the country, for entering this 
The great universe, with planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae are 
his true passion. 11 years ago, when Maria Carolina Rojas Brühl 
joined Autodidactas Astronomers Association of Colombia (Asasac), 
she was the only woman. Today, that outlook has not changed. It has 
40 male partners who respect her as an astronomer in the macho world 
of the national astronomy, a similar picture to the world. But all 
these men are happy with the appointed director of the Astronomical 
Observatory Leonardo da Vinci Italian School, one of the most 
beautiful and complete schools of the city with two telescopes that 
are used to give classes to students and also for those who want 
go to watch the sky on Thursday night, for public observing. This 
love of heaven says to look at not only one of the great pleasures 
of life, "is also free. It costs us and we can learn so much ... 
There's the life." Civil engineer just because the race did not 
exist in Colombia when she finished school (a year ago opened the 
faculty at the University of Antioquia, a four-year undergraduate), 
left lying bridges and terrestrial channels to look up. A hobby she 
had since childhood, when she saw television programs by Carl Sagan 
she realized that the universe is organized, and we were-and are-a 
very small but beautiful. " 
Her mom started buying books on astronomy and she became aware of 
all eclipses so her daughter is not lost. She was becoming an expert 
with binoculars looking at the sky, without fail, every night. 10 
years ago she bought her first telescope. And even after all this 
time, she still believes that the Moon and its craters are spectacular, 
Jupiter and its moons look like a painting, to look at Saturn and 
Mars is a pleasure, and to appreciate the stars, nebulae and distant 
galaxies is a blessing. "I know I'm looking at the past. The Sun 
that was observed in eight minutes ago and it is possible that many 
of the stars no longer exist," she says. The Da Vinci observatory 
mission is to strengthen the squad Astronomy Club, disseminate and 
promote astronomy with teachers and administrative facility, as 
well as parents. Also, connecting the observatory with others in 
the world to do research. Brühl is convinced that educating children 
in science subjects makes different people. "When they are shown 
rescuing the sky can be so wrong road and that happens in any 
stratum, since I have worked with low-income children and their 
emotions are the same. I think that astronomy can do better for a 
society like ours," says. His dream, while continuing to observe 
the sky, you see the facilities of the Arecibo telescope (Puerto 
Rico), which seeks intelligent life in the big universe that exists 
beyond Earth. And she believes there is. Like, is confident that 
when they no longer exist, will go "live" to heaven. "We are made 
of many materials of stars. Maybe that's what we become." 
7. Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowships From: Nancy Evans 
E-mail: fellowshead.cfa.harvard.edu WWW: 
Attention: Einstein Fellowship Program Office 
On behalf of the NASA Astrophysics Division, the Chandra X-ray 
Center (CXC) is pleased to announce the annual competition for the 
Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, in cooperation with host 
institutions throughout the United States. The primary objective 
of the Program is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral research 
on problems that are broadly related to the scientific goals of the 
NASA Physics of the Cosmos program as addressed by any of the 
missions of this program. These include high energy astrophysics 
relevant to the Chandra, Fermi, XMM-Newton, and IXO (formerly 
Constellation-X) missions, cosmological investigations relevant to 
the Planck and JDEM missions, and gravitational astrophysics relevant 
to the LISA mission. This program is open to applicants of any 
nationality who earn doctoral degrees between January 1, 2007 and 
September 1, 2010 in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. 
The Fellowships are tenable at any U.S. institution where Physics 
of the Cosmos related research can be carried out. 
The Fellowship is initially for two years, with the expectation of 
a third year, contingent upon performance and available funding. 
Subject to the availability of NASA funding up to 10 Einstein Fellows 
will be appointed this year, through grants to United States 
The Call for Proposals for the Fellowship Program, which includes 
detailed Program policies and application instructions is available 
on the World Wide Web at http://cxc.harvard.edu/fellows/.  An 
application includes a cover form, a research proposal, letters of 
reference, a curriculum vitae, and other relevant materials as 
detailed in the instructions. Full instructions for submitting 
applications through the web are contained in the Call for Proposals. 
The application deadline is November 5, 2009 (5:00 pm EST). The 
Einstein Fellow appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 
September 2010. Women and members of minority groups are strongly 
encouraged to apply. 
8. Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution Postdoctoral 
Fellowship From: Alison Coil [acoilucsd.edu] 
The Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution invites 
applications for Fall 2010 Center Fellowship positions. These 
positions are offered as part of a research initiative aimed at 
promoting collaborations between the five southern UC campuses: 
Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, which 
are all within a few hours' drive. 
CGE Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified 
postdoctoral scholars to conduct theoretical or observational 
research at any of the five campuses in areas broadly related to 
galaxy formation, including (but not limited to) galaxy evolution, 
Galactic astronomy, early star formation, and AGN phenomena. The 
Fellowship provides up to three years of support with an excellent, 
competitive salary plus benefits and a generous annual research 
One of the primary objectives of this program is to promote 
collaboration between the five Southern UC campuses. Applications 
will be judged on research excellence and, in part, on their 
likelihood for promoting collaboration between at least two campuses. 
Thus, we require the candidate to specify a first-choice and 
second-choice host campus and to maintain faculty contacts at these 
two campuses throughout the fellowship. The minimum qualification 
is a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or related field. Applications 
must be submitted electronically at 
Applications must include a statement of past research (up to 3 
pages), a research proposal (up to 3 pages), CV, and the names of 
pre-arranged faculty contacts at two of the CGE campuses. Applicants 
should arrange to have three letters of support submitted electronically 
at the web address above. Applications must be received by December 
1, 2009 in order to receive full consideration. 
9. Executive Vice President of AURA From: Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu] 
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) 
seeks to establish the position of Executive Vice President of AURA. 
This is a new position. The Executive Vice President would functionally 
serve as a deputy to the President and second in the overall corporate 
management structure. We are seeking an individual with an outstanding 
background in science or science policy, and management. The person 
must convey a strong vision and a demonstrated leadership and talent 
for administration in a complex and evolving environment. 
The Executive Vice President will act on behalf of the President, 
will represent AURA and the President, and will carry out special 
initiatives at the direction of the President. Factors that will 
be considered in the selection will include: familiarity with current 
issues in the nations astronomy program; familiarity with the Federal 
budget and policy process; experience in dealing with Federal funding 
agencies including NSF and NASA; and an understanding of the basic 
mission and role of AURA. 
Salary and compensation will be established at a level appropriate 
to the candidates experience and comparable to senior staff levels 
within AURA. The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications 
on January 1, 2010. Applications will be accepted until the position 
is filled. Applications should include a description of the candidates 
experience, relevant accomplishments, a resume, a list of three 
references, and the individual's written view of the future landscape 
for astronomy and where AURA should fit in. Applications will be 
kept confidential, and should be sent to: 
Dr. Bradley Peterson, Chair, AURA Search Committee 
c/o AURA, 1212 New York Avenue N.W., Suite 450, 
Washington, DC 20005 
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. AURA is an EOE/AA/F/D/V 
Questions related to this search should be directed to Bradley 
Peterson, Chair of the AURA Executive Vice President Search Committee 
at Petersonastronomy.ohio-state.edu 
Information and updates regarding this search are available on 
10. Tenure Track Position at Case Western Reserve University From: 
WIPHYS Oct 16, 2009 
As part of its on-going commitment to physics at the interface 
between particle physics and cosmology/astrophysics, Case Western 
Reserve University Department of Physics seeks candidates for a 
tenure-track junior position possessing an outstanding record of 
innovative research and a commitment to teaching at all levels. The 
successful candidate will interact with theoretical, experimental 
and observational faculty, research staff and students in the 
departments of Physics and Astronomy, especially in the Center for 
Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics (CERCA), 
complementing and augmenting their research programs with a vigorous 
program of their own. Broader interdisciplinary connections through 
University Initiatives such as the Institute for the Science of 
Origins are also supported. Responsibilities include conducting a 
vigorous program of innovative and funded research, supervising 
graduate students, teaching, and university service. The standard 
teaching load is one course per semester. 
Qualifications for the positions include a Ph.D. or equivalent in 
physics or a closely related discipline, as well as a record of 
outstanding scholarly research appropriate to the level of the 
position. Candidates must have a strong interest in teaching and 
possess the skills needed to be an effective instructor. Information 
about our department is available on the website 
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2009 and will 
continue until the position is filled. Applications complete by 
this date will receive the fullest consideration. All applicants 
should submit a letter of application, CV, and statements of research 
plans and teaching as a single pdf file by email to 
Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation 
to be sent electronically to the same address. If electronic 
submission is not possible, paper applications may be submitted to 
PAT Search, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7079 USA. Questions regarding the search may 
be directed to Prof. Glenn Starkman at glenn.starkmancase.edu 
or to Prof. Tanmay Vachaspati at txv7case.edu. 
Glenn Starkman 
Professor of Physics and of Astronomy 
Director of the Institute for the Science of Origins 
Director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics 
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