AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of January 15, 2010 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Teaching to First Time Parents - An AASWomen Reader Requests Your Advice 
2. Response to AASWomen Jan. 8 Request: Women's Salary Negotiations 
3. Marketing for Astrophysicists 
4. Doomsday 2012 
5. Globe At Night 2010 
6. NRC Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards 
7. IAU Symposium 270 - Computational Star Formation 
8. Childcare Grants, APS March Meeting 
9. LGBTIQQAP+ Physicists at APS Meeting, February 15 
10. Assistant Professor in Physics, Raymond Walters College 
11. Assistant Professor in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout 
12. Full-time, Tenure-track, Astronomy, LOS RIOS Community College   
District  OLD 
13. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
14. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1.  Teaching to First Time Parents - An AASWomen Reader Requests Your Advice 
From:  Anonymous Reader [aaswomenaas.org] 
This spring, I am teaching a graduate class in which two students will   
(separately) become first-time parents before the end of the semester.   
I would like to make sure that they get as much as possible out of my   
class, despite the likelihood that they will be extremely distracted   
(if not altogether absent) for long stretches.  If you have been in a   
similar situation as either teacher or student, I would be grateful   
for your thoughts on any measures taken by the professor that were or   
were not helpful. Many thanks in advance. 
[From the editors:  Please email your advise to aaswomenaas.org   
and we'll incorporate your responses in the next newsletter and/or   
blog.  Please inform us whether or not to include your name with your   
2.  Response to AASWomen Jan. 8 Request: Women's Salary Negotiations 
From:  Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
Study on Women Penalized in Salary Negotiations 
    ...Professor Babcock, Hannah Riley Bowles (Harvard's Kennedy   
School of Government) and Carnegie Mellon researcher Lei Lai, found   
that men and women get very different responses when they negotiate   
for larger salaries. This study found that both men and women were   
more likely to penalize women who asked for a larger salary; the   
perception being that women who asked for more were "less nice."  ... 
      Researcher Hannah Riley Bowles summed the findings up for the   
Washington Post, "This isn't about fixing the women. It isn't about   
telling women, 'You need self-confidence or training.' They are   
responding to incentives within the social environment... you have to   
weigh that against social risks of negotiating. What we show is those   
risks are higher for women than for men." 
However, this study found no gender differences: 
       Author:  Martin, Meisha .Ann, University of South Florida, 2006 
       Title:  Explaining Gender Differences in Salary Negotiations 
       Abstract:  The current study explores the effects of gender on   
salary negotiation behaviors and expectancies and the relationship   
between these variables and starting salary outcomes. College students   
from a variety of different majors were surveyed prior to and then   
approximately two to four months after graduation. Though there was no   
gender difference in final salary or difference between initial and   
final salary offer, men reported using more aggressive and active   
salary negotiation behaviors. The results also suggest that men may   
have felt more empowered in the salary negotiation context. They   
expected higher salaries than women did, anticipated less discomfort   
and believed themselves to be less emotional in the salary negotiation   
context. In addition, males and females both considered   
stereotypically masculine traits as more effective in the negotiation   
context than stereotypically feminine traits and this difference was   
even larger for women than it was for men. Despite the above findings,   
the absence of gender differences in starting salary outcomes may have   
been caused by the perception that salary was non-negotiable, as few   
participants in this study made counteroffers. Future studies are   
needed to expand the number of field studies on gender differences in   
salary negotiation and to examine the variables above using a more   
diverse sample. 
3.  Marketing for Astrophysicists 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] Marc Kuchner 
[We continue to summarize work presented at the Women in Astronomy III   
conference held at the University of Maryland October 21-23, 2009 -   
Marc Kuchner, NASA, presented at the WIA III conference and has since   
started a facebook page on "What Madison Avenue can teach us about how   
to get ahead in the business of science."  In facebook, search for   
"Marketing For Scientists" and request to join the group.  Currently   
there are 392 members, and they have lively discussions about job   
interviews, buzzwords, proposal writing, and so on.   You night want   
to recommend this to upcoming graduates and also have them see #6 below. 
Marc Kuchner is also working on a book called "Marketing for   
Astrophysicists."  For further information, please email Marc Kuchner   
at marc.j.kuchnernasa.gov. 
4. Doomsday 2012 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
A lot of recent public and web interest has focused on the issue of   
whether the alignment of our Sun with the plane or center of the Milky   
Way Galaxy might cause some disaster in 2012.  Astronomy Beat #32 has   
an article for you on Doosday 2012 that is written by David Morrison   
who is a Senior Scientist from the NASA Astrobiology Institute.  The   
pdf article can be downloaded from 
Dr. Don Yeomans from JPL has also written on the subject, "A Galactic   
Alignment in December 2012 - So What?"  The article can also be found   
at the above website. 
The ASP has a newly updated annotated guide of resources for   
responding to many claims of astronomical pseudo-science, from   
Doomsday 2012 to astrology, from crop circles to Moon-landing denial.    
5.  Globe At Night 2010 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
The next Globe at Night is to be held March 3-16, 2010.  Globe at   
Night is a fortnight event around the world designed to engage   
students worldwide in observing the nighttime sky, to encourage   
citizen and family science with hands-on learning activities outside   
the classroom, and to gather light pollution data from an   
international perspective.  In 2009, over 15,000 measurements were   
received for the IYA2009 Campaign.  To find out more information about   
the next Globe at Night, see 
6.  NRC Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards 
From:  H. Ray Gamble [rapnas.edu] 
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a   
number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at   
federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards   
provide generous stipends ($42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D.   
recipients and higher for additional experience; Master's level   
stipends are $38,000 per annum), and the opportunity to do independent   
research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the   
U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent   
residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. 
Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply   
online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the   
NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at: 
Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or   
There are four review cycles annually.  Deadline dates for 2010 are: 
February 1, 2010 
May 1, 2010 
August 1, 2010 
November 1, 2010 
Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective Advisers at the   
lab as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. 
7. IAU Symposium 270 - Computational Star Formation 
From:  Bruce G Elmegreen [bgeus.ibm.com] 
Dear Star Former, 
We would like to call your attention to IAU Symposium 270 on   
"Computational Star Formation," to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from   
May 31st to June 4th, 2010. 
We invite you to submit an abstract for a poster or proposed talk on   
your own research. 
Please see the web page for information: 
The deadline for grant requests and abstract submission is now   
February 15th, 2010. 
The invited speakers will review a wide range of topics related to   
star formation, including observations and computational modeling, as   
well as computational techniques and specialized hardware.  We will   
tour the Mare Nostrum Supercomputer Center, named the most beautiful   
Supercomputer Center in the world by Fortune Magazine. 
Barcelona is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast. The   
conference will take place on the campus of the University of Barcelona. 
We hope to see you there. 
Bruce, Joao, Virginia, co-chairs, and the SOC: T. Abel, J.   
Ballesteros-Paredes, I. Bonnell, F. Bournaud, A. Burkert, C. Dobbs, J.   
Girart, G. Hensler, W. Kim, R. Klessen, M. Krumholz, J. Makino, F.   
Nakamura, Ĺ. Nordlund, R. Pudritz, A. Tutukov, 
the LOC: J. Alves, F. Alves, A. Bertolin, R. Estalella, P. Frau, J.   
Girart, J. Isern, 
and on behalf of the invited speakers:  T. Abel, J. Alves, P. André,   
J. Ascenso, J. Bally, S. Basu, M. Bate, M. Beltrán, F. Biegel, I.   
Bonnell, F. Bournaud, H. Bouy, A. Burkert, L. Deharveng, C. Dobbs, G.   
Duchęne, N. Evans, S. Glover, A. Goodman, S. Goodwin, E. Grebel, M.   
Gritschneder, L. Hartmann, M. Juvela, P. Hennebelle, G. Hensler, R.   
Klessen, A. Kravtsov, A. Kritsuk, P. Kroupa, M. Krumholz, C. Lada, R.   
Larson, M. Mac Low, M. Machida, J. Makino, C. McKee, J. Monaghan, F.   
Nakamura, Ĺ. Nordlund, M. Norman, E. Ostriker, P. Padoan, D. Price, R.   
Pudritz, A. Raga, B. Reipurth,V. Springel, J. Steinacker, C. Struck,   
H. Susa, E. Tasker, R. Teyssier, E. Vázquez-Semanedi, K. Wada, and B.   
8.  Childcare Grants, APS March Meeting 
Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist meeting attendees   
at the APS March meeting (Portland, Oregon) who are bringing small   
children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home.  Please   
go to 
and complete the short application form.  
From:  WIPHYS Jan. 14, 2010 
There is going to be a gathering of people interested in LGBTIQQAP+   
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning,   
asexual, pansexual, etc.) issues in physics at the APS Meeting in DC   
on February 15, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Marrriott Wardman Park Hotel in   
Washington D.C. in the Cleveland II room. Currently there is extremely   
little in the way of resources for LGBTIQQAP+ physicists. This meeting   
will be a conversation to start creating these resources. Some topics   
that will be on the discussion floor: lack of employment protections   
on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender   
expression, lack of data on the LGBTIQQAP+ physicist demographics,   
health insurance policies for domestic partners and transgender   
related health care, and creating networking resources so that   
LGBTIQQAP+ physicists have a means of communicating with one another. 
If you have any questions please let us know at lgbt.physicistsgmail.com. 
10.  Assistant Professor in Physics, Raymond Walters College 
From:  Arlene Foster [fostera5uc.edu] 
Raymond Walters College, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and   
Computer Science (MPCS) invites applications for a tenure track   
position at the rank of Assistant Professor in physics beginning   
September 1, 2010. 
Raymond Walters is a two-year regional campus of the University of   
Cincinnati that also awards a variety of four-year technical degrees.   
The MPCS Department currently has 16 full-time faculty with four   
teaching physics courses ranging from introductory physics to   
engineering physics. The successful candidate may also be required to   
teach some lower level mathematics courses as well. 
Job Description: We are seeking a person who is deeply committed to   
teaching, with accomplished teaching experience in physics courses and   
is knowledgeable in the use of technology relevant to physics and   
classroom pedagogy. 
Participation in the governance and committee work of the department,   
college, and university, and to be professionally active in the   
discipline of physics and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning   
is expected. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per quarter   
and may include evening classes; class sizes normally range from 16 to   
30 students. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and   
The American Association of University Professors serves as the   
collective bargaining agent for full-time faculty; see the Chapter's   
for details of the bargaining agreement. 
Min. Quals.: Masters degree in physics with evidence of exceptional   
teaching will be considered. 
A doctorate in physics or physics education with evidence of   
exceptional teaching is a plus. An emphasis in astronomy is also   
considered a plus. 
To apply for position (29UC5712), please see 
The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal   
opportunity employer. UC is a smoke-free work environment. 
11.  Assistant Professor in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout 
From:  WIPHYS Jan. 14, 2010 
The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University,   
invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level position for   
Assistant Professor in Physics beginning August 2010.  
A Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education, or closely related field is   
required when contract starts.  Applicants should have a strong   
potential and commitment to undergraduate teaching. Seeking external   
funding for scholarly activities is desirable.  UW-Stout is a laptop   
campus and willingness to use technology in the classroom is   
required.  Construction on a new science building will be complete in   
Fall 2010.  Additional information and directions for applying can be   
found at 
or by contacting the search committee chair Dr. Laura McCullough at   
McCulloughLuwstout.edu. Applications must be complete by February   
15th, 2010 at 5 p.m. CST.  The University of Wisconsin-Stout values   
diversity and strives to attract qualified women and minority   
candidates.  EO/AA. 
12.  Full-time (Tenure Track) positions in Astronomy, LOS RIOS   
Community College District 
From:  The Chronicle of Higher Education 
The Los Rios Community College District's four colleges [American   
River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento   
City College] serve the greater Sacramento region. With a student   
population of approximately 90,000 and a service area of 2,400 square   
miles, the District is the second largest in California and is one of   
the top statewide in transferring students to the UC and CSU systems.   
In addition, the district provides 76 two-year vocational programs and   
63 technical certificate programs. Our District offers excellent   
salaries and benefits and encourages and promotes the continuous   
professional development of all. Los Rios Community College District   
is a past recipient of the Sacramento Workplace Excellence Leader Award. 
LRCCD is currently recruiting for the following, full-time,   
tenure-track faculty positions:  Astronomy [among many others].  For   
details, see 
for in-depth job descriptions and instructions for applying online. EOE. 
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