AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of January 8, 2010 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Pre-Major in Astronomy Program: Poster and DIY 
 
2. Request: Women's Salary Negotiations 
 
3. Upcoming blog posts alert: AAS meeting 
 
4. Special Events at February APS Meeting 
 
5. Special Events at March APS Meeting 
 
6. IBM Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
 
*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTINGS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
7. Postdoctoral Position: The Chemistry of Star Formation Regions   
 
8. Tenure Track position in Particle Cosmology Theory, University of 
   Cincinnati  
 
9. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
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1. Pre-Major in Astronomy Program: Poster and DIY 
From: Eric Agol [agolastro.washington.edu] 
 
[Thanks to Meg Urry for forwarding this to us -- eds.] 
 
Information about the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program at UW was presented 
by Phil Rosenfield at this week's AAS meeting in DC (Presentation Number 
466.16). 
 
Pre-MAP is a research & mentoring program for freshmen, introducing 
them to astronomy research during their first quarter, followed by 
mentoring, research opportunities, and community building, with the goal 
of having under-represented students choose astronomy & STEM majors. 
 
Phil (the Pre-MAP TA) has gone to extraordinary effort to compile and 
write down a large amount of Pre-MAP knowledge and best-practices to 
make this accessible to the Astronomy community, including instruction 
on how to create and run a Pre-MAP course, exercises from the course, 
how to recruit research mentors, how to make web pages for the program, 
and much more.  The materials are now available on-line at this url: 
 
http://www.astro.washington.edu/groups/premap/diy/premap.html 
 
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2. Request: Women's Salary Negotiations 
From: Robin Shelton [rlsphysast.uga.edu] 
 
In December, a public radio program called Marketplace ran a story 
about the disparity between men's and women's salaries. ("How to Get 
Equal Pay for Equal Work", Friday, December 4, 2009, 
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/04/mm-womenneg/ 
The webpage lists both the text of the story and an audio 
stream. Regarding the audio version, the story starts in the 41th minute 
of the 51 minute radio program.)   
 
Much of the article attributes the disparity in pay to salary 
negotiations, with the assertion that women negotiate poorly and not 
often enough.  
 
This analysis struck me as incomplete, in that I remember reading a post 
(probably on AASWOMEN) about a study that found that women's salary 
requests were met with more antagonism by employers than men's requests 
were and that the antagonism could subsequently affect the work 
environment or odds of getting the job.       
 
I would think that issue would be very important in understanding the 
sociology of salary negotiations and am interested in sending this 
information on to Marketplace (produced by American Public Media and 
distributed through public radio stations), but would like to check it 
first. Does anyone remember the posting?  
 
[Robin has already looked through the AASWomen archives with no 
success. Can anyone help out with a reference/information about this 
topic? -- eds.] 
 
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3. Upcoming blog posts alert: AAS meeting 
From: AASWomen co-editors 
 
Be sure to check the Women in Astronomy blog 
(womeninastronomy.blogspot.com) over the next few weeks, where we will 
be posting impressions and thoughts about the just-ended AAS meeting in DC.  
We plan (hope?) to discuss topics such as (but not limited to) gender 
issues, minority issues, other demographic and diversity issues, the job 
market, some really cool science presented at the meeting, or just how 
overwhelmingly big this meeting was.    
 
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4. Special Events at February APS Meeting 
From: WIPHYS, December 18, 2009 
 
(1) COM/CSWP Networking Reception, February 13 
 
Saturday, February 13. 6:00-8:00 pm, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, at the 
APS meeting in Washington, DC. Come learn about the work of the 
Committee on Minorities in Physics and the Committee on the Status of 
Women in Physics, network with colleagues, and unwind after a long day 
of sessions.   
 
(2)  CSWP/DPF Luncheon, February 15 
 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Division 
of Particles and Fields (DPF) will co-sponsor a buffet luncheon for 
women in physics from 12:00 1:30 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the 
APS meeting in Washington, DC.  The speaker will be Bonnie Fleming, Yale 
University.  The luncheon is open to all: both men and women are welcome 
to attend.  This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a full buffet 
lunch and network with colleagues!  Cost: $20.  Students are $5, thanks 
to the generosity of DPF.  
 
Space for this popular event is limited. Pre registration is strongly 
advised by February 1, 2010  at 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/receptions/index.cfm . After 
that date, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the Balances Due desk at 
the APS Registration Area as long as tickets are available. No tickets 
sold at the door.  
 
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5. Special Events at March APS Meeting 
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 7, 2010 
 
CSWP will sponsor or co-sponsor several events of special interest to 
women in physics at the APS annual meeting in Portland, Oregon (March 
15-19) .   These events will be held in the Hilton Portland & Executive 
Tower Hotel; you do not need to be registered for the APS meeting itself 
to attend (there is a charge for the breakfast).  
 
1)CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast 
Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 am -- 9:30 am (Galleria I) 
 
Enjoy a full breakfast and network with colleagues!  Cost: $15.  $5 for 
physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity. All are welcome, 
both men and women, however pre-registration strongly advised by March 
5, as only limited walk-ins accepted. Pre-register at 
www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/receptions/index.cfm  
 
2)COM/CSWP Dessert Reception 
Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Council Suites) 
 
Learn about the work of the Committee on Minorities in Physics and the 
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, network with colleagues, 
and enjoy delicious desserts and wine after a long day of sessions. All 
are welcome to join us. (It'ss always a good idea to double check 
the room assignments when you reach the hotel, as these may sometimes 
change).  
 
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6. IBM Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 7, 2010 
 
In 2010, IBM will offer a Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate 
Women.  These summer internships are salaried positions typically 10 
weeks long, and include the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of 
three IBM research locations.  Applications must be submitted by 
February 1, 2010.  Complete details on the program and how to apply are 
available at  http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/index.cfm  
 
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6. Postdoctoral Position: The Chemistry of Star Formation Regions   
From: WIPHYS, December 21, 2009 
 
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Missouri -- 
St. Louis invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. 
The successful candidate will assist Dr. Erika Gibb and her 
collaborators on observational studies of chemistry in star forming 
regions and protoplanetary disks.  Of particular interest is the 
identification and characterization of organic molecules. The successful 
candidate will work with high resolution, near infrared spectroscopic 
data from Keck II and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Desired 
skills include working with observational data, computer programming, 
and/or modeling spectra. 
 
Candidates must obtain a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics prior to the 
starting date.  The appointment is for one year, renewable for an 
additional year.  Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications, a 
statement of research interests, and should arrange for three letters of 
recommendation to be sent to  
Dr. Erika Gibb 
University of Missouri  St. Louis 
Department of Physics & Astronomy 
503 Benton Hall 
St. Louis, MO 63121. 
 
Applications may be submitted electronically to gibbeumsl.edu. 
Consideration of completed applications will begin March 1, 2010 and 
will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  
 
The University of Missouri -- St. Louis is an AA/EO Employer committed 
to excellence through diversity.  
 
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7. Tenure Track position in Particle Cosmology Theory, University of 
   Cincinnati  
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 4, 2010 
 
The Department of Physics at the University of Cincinnati invites 
applications for an anticipated tenure track position at the Assistant 
Professor level with a start date of September 2010. We are searching 
for an outstanding researcher in High Energy Theory who will contribute 
both to the existing High Energy Theory effort and to the Astrophysics 
effort.   Exceptional candidates from other areas of physics may also be 
considered.  The successful candidate is expected to establish an 
excellent research program, to acquire external funding to support it, 
and to develop into a high quality teacher at both the graduate and 
undergraduate levels.  Startup funds will be available.  
 
Applicants must have a PhD and should have post doctoral research 
experience and a record of substantial research accomplishments.  We 
will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the 
position is filled. Applications received by February 15, 2010 are 
guaranteed full consideration.  
 
Interested candidates should contact Prof. Kay Kinoshita at 
ucphysicsucmail.uc.edu for information on the application procedure and 
any questions about the position and our department. A cover letter, 
Curriculum Vitae, research plan, and statement of teaching experience 
and interests will be requested in PDF format in the application 
process.  Applicants should separately arrange to have three letters of 
reference sent electronically, preferably in PDF format, to 
ucphysicsucmail.uc.edu.  
  
The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action 
employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans 
are encouraged to apply. 
 
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