AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 23, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. IAU Study on Women Statistics 
2. Response to Older Women to Work on Physics? 
3. President's Speech at the White House Star Party 
4. A Forgotten Moment in Physiology:  The Lovelace Women in Space Program 
5. Opportunity for Women Physicists: Workshop February 12 
6. Be A Mentor or Get A Mentor 
7. New DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program 
8. Tenure-track Junior Faculty Position in Solar Physics at Rice University 
9. Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position of Astronomy at Tufts University 
10. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Observational Extragalactic   
Astronomy and Cosmology 
11. Faculty position in Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
12. Two Joint Faculty Appointments, UC Berkeley and LBL 
13. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
14. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. IAU Study on Women Statistics 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
[From the Editors:  For the next several weeks we will be presenting a   
summary of major outcomes from the Women in Astronomy III conference   
held at the University of Maryland October 21-23, 2009.  A general   
summary is also on the Women in Astronomy blog at 
http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/women_in_astronomy/ ] 
Catherine Cesarsky gave a talk on Statistics of Women in the IAU.  Her   
statistics included the percentages of women who attended the IAU XVII   
General Assembly meeting last August in Brazil, the percentage of   
women represented in the IAU, and a breakdown by country of   
percentages of women in the IAU. 
Of all 2109 participants at the 2009 IAU meeting, 667 (31.6%) are   
women.  Of the more than 10,000 IAU members, 14.8% are women.  This   
percentage is an increase from 2006 where only 12.9% were women.  Of   
all the countries that participate in the IAU, Argentina has the   
highest percentage (36%) of women participants.  Ukraine (27%); Italy   
& Bulgaria (25%); France (24%); Brazil (23%); Hungary (21%) round out   
the second to sixth levels, respectively.  The United States has 12%   
women participating in the IAU.  The United States does not come in   
last place - the placeholder for that position is Japan which only has   
6% of women in the IAU. 
As the meeting is still in progress, the data is not yet online.    
However, more on these statistics will be found at the Women in   
Astronomy and Space Science website 
after the conference has ended. 
2. Response to Older Women to Work on Physics? 
From: Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
[In last week's issue of AASWOMEN, we posted one senior woman's   
request to work on physics.  The following is a response to this   
request from one of our readers to which we thank for your response.    
I wanted to respond to Linda Perry's post about wishing she could be   
working in physics research: 
While one generally needs a Ph.D. to pursue research from within   
academia, there are getting to be more and more opportunities to   
participate in "citizen science" research programs outside of   
academia.  And most local astronomy clubs, Science Cafes, and schools   
welcome guest speakers about physics and astronomy.  Thus, in an   
informal way, you can still do some research and teaching.  Also, many   
of the citizen science programs have active blogging and discussion   
boards so that you can participate in scientific collaboration and   
electronic conversation as your schedule allows.  Galaxy Zoo has even   
had several new discoveries and publications in scientific journals!    
I have been very impressed by the growing impact of citizen science   
A few astronomy citizen science programs to get you started: 
Classify galaxies and astronomical objects for Galaxy Zoo 
Epsilon Aurigae variable star observing campaign 
Star counting programs to raise awareness about dark skies and light   
- Great World Wide Star Count, October 9-23, 2009, and October every year 
- GLOBE at Night, March near new moon every year 
More astrophysics programs are listed at: 

and for other branches of science start at: 
Regards, Andrea 
Andrea Schweitzer, Ph.D. 
U.S. Project Manager for the International Year of Astronomy 
3.  President's Speech at the White House Star Party 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
If you missed President Obama speaking about the importance of   
astronomy then please see the video: 
Photos from the White House Star Party can be found at 
4. A Forgotten Moment in Physiology:  The Lovelace Women in Space Program 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
In the September edition of Advances in Physiology, an article can be   
found on the intersection of physiology, spaceflight, and politics.    
Ryan, Loeppky, & Kilgore wrote "A Forgotten Moment in Physiology:  The   
LoveLace Women in Space Program (1960-1962)."  The abstract is   
provided below as well as a link to the full article. 
Abstract:  In 1959, Brigadier General Donald Flickinger and Dr. W.   
Randolph Lovelace II suggested that it would be more practical from an   
engineering standpoint to send women rather than men into space due to   
their lower body weights and oxygen requirements. When the Air Force   
decided not to pursue this project, Dr. Lovelace assumed leadership of   
the Woman in Space Program and began medical and physiological testing   
of a series of accomplished women aviators at the Lovelace Medical   
Clinic in Albuquerque, NM, in 1960. The tests that these women   
underwent were identical to those used to test the original Mercury   
astronauts, with the addition of gynecological examinations.   
Thirteen of the nineteen women tested passed these strenuous   
physiological exams (for comparison, 18 of 32 men tested passed); a   
subset of these pilots was further tested on a series of psychological   
exams that were similar to or, in some instances, more demanding than   
those given to male Mercury candidates. Despite these promising   
results, further testing was halted, and the Woman in Space Program   
was disbanded in 1962. Although the Woman in Space Program received a   
great deal of publicity at the time, the story of these women was   
somewhat lost until they were reunited at the 1999 launch of the   
shuttle Columbia, commanded by Colonel Eileen Collins. 
The full article can be downloarded from Advances in Physiology Education at 
5.  Opportunity for Women Physicists: Workshop February 12 
From:  WIPHYS, October 21 
The American Physical Society will offer a workshop entitled   
Professional Skills Development for Women Physicists on Friday,   
February 12, 2010 in connection with the APS annual meeting in   
Washington, DC. The workshop will be aimed at tenured women faculty in   
physics and women post doctoral associates in physics. 
The deadline to apply is November 9, 2009.  First consideration will   
go to applications received by that date. The workshop will be limited   
in size for optimal benefits.  
All participants are eligible to receive a stipend to help cover the   
cost of travel and up to two nights lodging. Women of color are   
especially encouraged to apply. 
The workshop is aimed towards enhancing the status of women in physics   
and will provide professional training on effective negotiation,   
communication and leadership skills for female physicists in a   
position to become the future leaders.  In addition, the workshops   
will offer a special opportunity for networking.  Information is now   
posted at  
A similar workshop will be offered on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at the   
APS annual meeting in Portland, Oregon (for post docs and junior,   
tenure-track women faculty). 
The first series of workshops (2005, 2006, and 2007) was extremely   
successful, as were the workshops offered in 2008 and 2009. 
This program is supported by an award from the National Science Foundation. 
Questions? Please contact Sue Otwell at APS otwellaps.org 
6.  Be A Mentor or Get A Mentor 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
We would like to encourage all to either obtain a mentor or be a   
mentor by joining a nonprofit e-mentoring network like MentorNet.    
Quick Facts about Mentors at MentorNet include the following: 766   
employers are represented, 46% of the mentors are female, and   
currently 194 mentors are available to be matched.  Do you know of   
someone who wants to pursue a career path in industry, government, or   
higher education and does not know how to begin or fully achieve this   
goal?  Can you help out someone in need and provide mentoring on e.g.,   
your unique career path or field, job search, or work/life balance? 
More information can be found on MentorNet at 
7.  New DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
[Editor's Note:  Eligibility includes undergraduate seniors as well as   
first and second year graduate students in a qualified   
research-focused Master's or Ph.D program at an accreditec U.S.   
college or univeristy at the time of applying.  Please pass along this   
information to those undergraduate and graduates who do not receive   
this newsletter but would be interested in this new fellowship.  Note   
that the application deadline is November 30, 2009.] 
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established   
the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program to   
provide support for outstanding students to pursue graduate training   
in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry,   
mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental   
sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the   
development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in   
the U.S.  Fellows will receive a $35,000 yearly stipend for living   
expenses, $10,500 per year for tuition and fees and a $5,000 research   
stipend supplement for research materials and travel expenses.    
Fellows will be required to participate in the annual DOE SCGF   
Research Conference to be held each summer at a DOE national   
laboratory.  Travel expenses and accommodations to the Conference will   
be provided by the DOE SCGF program. 
For more information, please email: 
or go to 
8.  Tenure-track Junior Faculty Position in Solar Physics at Rice University 
From:  Jan Rinehart [Jan.Rinehartrice.edu] 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University expects to   
have a tenure-track junior faculty position available in Solar Physics   
starting July 1, 2010 and invites applications from all qualified   
applicants.  The successful candidate's research program should   
complement current research in solar physics and related fields at   
Rice, particularly in the areas of space physics and astrophysics (see   
physics.rice.edu for information on current research programs). The   
successful candidate is expected to participate actively and   
effectively in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, have   
a strong record of published research, obtain external 
funding, and develop a nationally recognized research program.   
Applicants should send a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae, a   
brief description of proposed research and teaching interests, a list   
of publications, and arrange for at least three letters of   
recommendation to be sent to 
David Alexander, Chair, Faculty Search Committee 
c/o Valerie Call, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 
MS 61, Rice University 
6100 Main Street 
Houston, TX 77005 
or by email to 
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only   
those received by December 9, 2009 will be assured of full   
consideration.  Rice University is an affirmative action/equal   
opportunity employer; women and underrepresented minorities are 
strongly encouraged to apply. 
More information can be found at 
9. Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position of Astronomy at Tufts University 
From:  Danilo Marchesini [Danilo.Marchesinitufts.edu] 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Tufts University invites   
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the   
field of Observational Astronomy/Astrophysics, beginning September 1,   
2010. To qualify for the position the candidate must have a Ph.D. in   
astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field, and post-doctoral   
experience with observations or analysis of data obtained by either   
ground-based or space-based astronomical instruments, performing   
research of internationally recognized importance. We are particularly   
interested in candidates who will complement or strengthen our   
existing research programs in astronomy, astrophysics and/or   
cosmology. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in   
astronomy and astrophysics at the undergraduate and the graduate   
level, and to mentor undergraduates in individual research projects.   
Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required. We expect the   
new hire to generate research grants after coming to Tufts, to   
maintain a sustained research program, and to supervise thesis work by   
graduate students.  The department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees,   
and includes strong research programs in observational astronomy,   
theoretical cosmology, particle physics, and condensed matter physics. 
The review of applications will begin on December 1, 2009 and continue   
until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all   
material should be submitted by December 1, 2009. Applications should   
be submitted to the 
Chairman of the Astronomy Search Committee, 
c/o Jean Intoppa, Department of Physics and Astronomy 
4 Colby St., 
Tufts University 
Medford, MA 02155. 
Complete applications may be sent by email to 
Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae, a Description of   
Future Research Plans, and a Description of Teaching Experience.   
Applicants should arrange for three Letters of Reference to be   
submitted directly to the address above. 
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.    
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members   
of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
10.  Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Observational Extragalactic   
Astronomy and Cosmology 
From:  Chris Mihos [mihoscase.edu] 
The Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at   
Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a   
tenure-track position at any rank, in the area of observational   
extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. We are particularly interested   
in candidates whose research interests include multi-wavelength   
studies of galaxies using both ground- and space-based facilities.   
Departmental research interests include a major emphasis on galaxy   
evolution, the structure and dynamics of galaxies, large scale   
structure, chemical abundances and evolution, and telescope and   
instrument design. Research facilities include the recently   
refurbished Burrell Schmidt telescope at Kitt Peak, and several   
members of the department are active participants in the Sloan Digital   
Sky Survey III consortium. In addition, the Case Department of Physics   
has strengths in particle astrophysics and cosmology. Case is   
committed to both undergraduate and graduate education, and we seek   
candidates who will share that commitment. The normal teaching load   
for the department is one class per semester. 
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field, and   
demonstrate clear potential for excellence in research and teaching.    
Senior applicants at the Associate Professor (Professor) level should   
have a strong national (international) scientific reputation as well   
as a distinguished record of publication. Applicants should provide a   
letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research   
interests and plans, and a statement of teaching experience,   
aspirations, and goals.  Electronic applications (in PDF form) are   
strongly preferred, sent to 
Print applications can be sent to 
Faculty Search Committee 
c/o Agnes Torontali 
Department of Astronomy 
Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106-7215 
All applicants should provide contact information for three   
references; applicants at the Assistant Professor level should also   
arrange for three letters of recommendation (in either electronic or   
print form) to be sent directly to the search committee. Complete   
applications received by January 1, 2010 will receive full   
consideration. Case Western Reserve University is committed to   
diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 
11.  Faculty position in Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
From:  WIPHYS, October 19 
The Physics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology   
invites applications for an expected junior faculty position in   
astrophysics. Our search is unrestricted with respect to area of   
specialization. Current astrophysics faculty are active in optical,   
radio, X-ray and gravitational wave astronomy; in broad areas of   
theoretical astrophysics and cosmology; in the understanding of dark   
matter and dark energy; in studies of exoplanets and brown dwarfs; and   
in space plasma physics. MIT hosts the Kavli Institute for   
Astrophysics and Space Research, whose faculty and research staff,   
contribute instrumentation for and conduct research with several   
facilities, including Chandra, RXTE, the Mileura Widefield Array, the   
Magellan telescopes in Chile, and LIGO. 
QUALIFICATIONS:  A Ph.D. in physics or physics-related discipline is   
required and strong postdoctoral experience in the field is generally   
expected. Faculty members at MIT conduct research, teach undergraduate   
and graduate physics courses and supervise graduate and undergraduate   
participation in research. Candidates must show promise in teaching as   
well as in research. Preference will be given to applicants at the   
Assistant Professor level, but appointments at a more senior level   
will be considered in exceptional cases. 
The strict deadline for completed applications is November 20, 2009.   
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications,   
and a description of research interests and goals (the latter not to   
exceed 3 pages) at the following website: 
http://www.academicjobsonline.com . 
Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be   
uploaded to the site. 
Any inquiries should be directed to 
Professor Saul Rappaport, Search Committee Chair, 
Cambridge, MA; 
sarmit.edu . 
MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. MIT does not   
discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the   
basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion,   
disability, veteran status, age, or national or ethnic origin in the   
administration of its employment policies and practices. Women and   
minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
12.  Two Joint Faculty Appointments, UC Berkeley and LBL 
From:  WIPHYS, October 21 
The Physics Department of the University of California, Berkeley and   
the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory intend to make two joint   
faculty appointments effective July 1, 2010. One position is targeted   
for Computational Astrophysics; this appointment will be made jointly   
between the Physics Department and Nuclear Sciences and/or Physics   
Divisions at LBNL. A second position is targeted for Experimental   
Condensed Matter Physics, with an intended focus on Local Probes   
and/or Materials; this appointment will be made jointly between the   
Physics Department and the Materials Sciences Division of LBNL. 
These searches will be at a junior level, though an appointment at a   
senior level is possible if a candidate with outstanding breadth and   
record is identified; both positions will be at either the tenure   
track (assistant professor) level or tenured (associate professor or   
full professor) level depending on previous record. 
All qualified candidates are invited to apply, and applications from   
minority and women candidates are especially encouraged. A curriculum   
vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and a list of at   
least 3 references (names and complete addresses including email) are 
required for consideration. UC Berkeley's Statement of Confidentiality   
can be found at: 
Online applications are strongly preferred. Please go to 
and click on the Faculty Job Listing link located in the right side   
bar. Follow the directions for self registration, uploading of PDFs,   
and obtaining the URL for your letters of reference writers. For   
applicants at the assistant professor level, give this URL to at least   
3 references and have them upload their letter. 
For applicants who wish only to be considered at the associate or full   
professor level, it is sufficient to provide names and addresses in   
the initial application; the search committee will contact these   
references only after the applicant is selected for further   
consideration. If online application is not possible, mail curriculum   
vitae, bibliography, statement of teaching and research interests, and   
names and full addresses of at least 3 references to: 
Physics Department Search Committee 
University of California, Berkeley 
366 LeConte Hall MC 7300 
Berkeley, CA 94720 7300 
Applications by E mail or FAX will not be accepted. Applications   
should be received by Jan 12, 2010, at which time interviews will   
begin, but will be accepted until March 19, 2010. Applications   
submitted after close of business March 19, 2010 will not be   
considered. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity,   
Affirmative Action Employer. 
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