AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 30, 2009                                    
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. What Can I Do? Inspirations from Women in Astronomy III 
2. “Female-Friendly” Department/Organization/Institution 
3. Ten Things Companies - and Women - Can Do To Get Ahead 
4. Special Events for Women at APS Annual Meetings 
5. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity 
***The following position was taken from WIPHYS*** 
6. Assistant Professor of Space Sciences, Univ. of New Hampshire 
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. What Can I Do? Inspirations from Women in Astronomy III 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
This suggestion is inspired by the comments of attendees of the 
Women in Astronomy and Space Science conference held Oct 21-23, 
2009, College Park, MD. 
Postdocs and graduate students are extremely busy and should be 
spending most of their time doing research. Many of them, however, 
would like to do something to promote women in astronomy and help 
create a female-friendly workplace, as long as it does not take too 
much of their valuable research time. Here is a suggestion, perhaps 
the first of several: 
Get your department/company/organization to endorse the Pasadena 
Start by going to the CSWA web site and printing out copies of the 
Get your friends/colleagues/professors to discuss and debate the 
recommendations. Are you ready to endorse? Just follow the simple 
steps on the web site. 
Note: these are *recommendations,* and it is not important that 
they are all currently followed/implemented at your 
department/company/organization. What is important is that the 
principles are supported. The very fact that you are discussing 
them is a sign of progress! 
Help support women in astronomy, one step at a time! 
2. Female-Friendly Department/Organization/Institution From: Joan 
Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
What Constitutes a Female-Friendly Department/Organization/Institution? 
AASWOMEN wants to know what you think. 
Is it all about numbers? If the percentage of women at all levels 
is typical, is that good enough, or is it only the first step? 
How important are things like the family leave policy, nearby 
affordable childcare, flexible hours, and the option to stop the 
tenure (or equivalent for non-academic positions) clock? 
If there are no senior women at the highest level, can a place 
really be female-friendly? What about role models and mentoring? 
How important are they? 
Graduate enrollment in US astronomy departments has risen from 25% 
female in 1997 to 30% in 2006 (NSF-NIH Survey of Grad Students and 
Postdocs in S&E). 
Percentage of Astronomy PhDs earned by women in the US has increased 
steadily from (20% in 1997 to almost 30% in 2006 (NSF Survey of 
Earned doctorates). 
Percentage of women faculty at stand-alone astronomy departments 
in 2006 was 28% (assistant professors), 24 % (associate professors), 
and only 11% (full professors). 
The good news: the Grad Student -- Postdoc joint of the leaky pipeline 
does not appear to be leaking! 
The not so good news: the faculty pipeline continues to leak. 
Benchmark: If the percentage of women postdocs at your institution 
is significantly lower than 30%, then there may be a problem 
Thanks to the members of the Astro2010 DEM study group for helping 
to point us toward useful statistical information. 
3. Ten Things Companies - and Women - Can Do To Get Ahead From: 
Luisa Rebull [rebullipac.caltech.edu] 
A particularly appropriate article came out recently: 
Ten Things Companies - and Women - Can Do To Get Ahead Lack of 
Gender Diversity in Executive Positions and Board Seats to the 
Detriment of Companies and Professional Women 
Here is a quote from the article: "Research shows there is a strong 
correlation between how well top corporations develop and promote 
women leaders and how successful those corporations are in the 
4. Special Events for Women at APS Annual Meetings From: WIPHYS Oct 
30, 2009 
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) will sponsor (or 
co-sponsor) a variety of events of special interest to women in 
physics at the upcoming APS annual meetings in Washington, DC 
(February 13-16, 2010) and Portland, Oregon (March 15-19, 2010). 
Some of these events require pre-registration. 
-Professional Skills Development Workshops for Women in Physics, 
Feb 12 and Mar 14 
-CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast, March 16 
We are pleased to be able to offer modest child care grants to 
assist meeting attendees who are bringing small children (or who 
incur extra expenses in leaving them at home). Details are given 
on the APS meetings websites under Services and Support. 
5. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity 
From: Luisa Rebull [rebullipac.caltech.edu] 
The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) Steering Committee 
established the Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment 
to Diversity to recognize individuals who demonstrate a commitment 
to mentoring and diversity in the mathematical sciences. The award 
recipient receives a monetary prize, a commemorative plaque, and 
covered travel expenses to attend the 2010 IPC. Nominations are due 
Nov 20, 2009. 
The award will be presented during the Infinite Possibilities 
Conference on March 20, 2010. IPAM is a co-sponsor of the conference, 
which will be held on the UCLA campus. For more information about 
Etta Falconer, award criteria, eligibility, and nomination procedures, 
go to: 
6. Assistant Professor of Space Sciences, Univ. of New Hampshire 
From: WIPHYS Oct 29, 2009 
The Department of Physics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) 
invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of 
Assistant Professor in the area of space physics. Exceptional 
candidates at a higher rank will also be considered. The position 
will have half the normal teaching and service load, and will be 
partially funded by NASA projects. Projects include: the Cosmic Ray 
Telescope for the Effects of Radiation on the active Lunar 
Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the Energetic Particle, Composition, 
and Thermal Plasma instrument suite on the in-development Radiation 
Belts Storm Probe mission, and the Energetic Particle Detector on 
the in-development Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission. 
We seek faculty who are qualified to teach in the Department of 
Physics, who will strengthen the research program of the Space 
Science Center (SSC) of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, 
and Space (EOS), and who will contribute substantially to the 
above-noted projects. All candidates with research interests on the 
science goals of the above missions will be considered, but preference 
will be given to candidates with strong research background and 
broad experience specifically in: galactic cosmic rays, solar 
particles, and their radiation effects; particle acceleration and 
transport throughout the heliosphere; and the physics of magnetic 
reconnection and plasma turbulence in space plasmas. 
Successful candidates will be expected to develop externally funded 
research programs and strengthen interdisciplinary research activities 
in the SSC and EOS and to contribute significantly to the teaching 
mission of the Department of Physics. Information regarding research 
and educational interests and programs in the Department of Physics 
may be found at www.physics.unh.edu and on the SSC at 
UNH is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution with 
approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students. There are 
numerous departments and research institutes that provide excellent 
opportunities for interdisciplinary research. See: 
Application review will begin on January 7, 2010 and continue until 
the position is filled. Electronic applications are strongly 
preferred, but paper applications are also acceptable. Applicants 
should send a CV, a statement of research accomplishments and plans, 
a statement on teaching, and also arrange for three electronic 
letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Ms. Katie 
Makem-Boucher, DeMeritt Hall 237A, 9 Library Way Durham, NH 03824 
Email: Katie.Makemunh.edu Inquiries about the position should 
be addressed to Professor Harlan Spence at Harlan.Spenceunh.edu. 
UNH is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly committed to 
achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively 
encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, 
persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented 
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