AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of January 22, 2010	 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Another Glass Ceiling Shatters! 
2. Women in Physics Special Events at the APS Meeting 
3. Barbie's Next Career 
4. Another 2012 Resource: Classroom-Ready PPT slides 
5. Tenure-Track Position(s?) 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Another Glass Ceiling Shatters! 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
The 2010 Hale Prize goes to Marcia Neugebauer for her seminal  
contributions to the discovery of the solar wind and her extensive and  
ongoing contributions to solar-heliospheric physics. 
The Hale Prize is awarded to a scientist for outstanding contributions to  
and impact on the field of solar astronomy. It was first awarded in 1978;  
this is the first time it will go to a woman. 
Marcia Neugebauer has not only made fundamental contributions to the  
understanding of Solar and Space Physics, but she has also had an  
enormous personal impact on the field. 
“Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics,”  
http://cwp.library.ucla.edu/ , highlights some of the important scientific  
contributions Marcia has made during her illustrious career: 
1. "Mariner 2 Observations of the Solar Wind, 1. Average Properties,"  
(with C. W. Snyder) J. Geophys. Res. 71:4469 (1966) contained the first  
extensive measurements of the solar wind as well as the discovery of many  
of it properties.  
2. "Initial Deceleration of Solar Wind Positive Ions in the Earth's Bow  
Shock," J. Geophys. Res. 75:717 (1970) showed how ions are decelerated  
at the bow shock, an important step not only in understanding the  
mechanisms that produce this shock, but also the shocks that occur  
throughout the solar system and presumably the galaxy and beyond. 
3. "Observations of the Internal Structure of the Magnetopause," (with  
C.T. Russel and E.J. Smith) J. Geophys. Res. 79:499 (1974) showed that  
the magnetopause was a thick boundary of many ion gyroradii, and  
changed the theory of the structure of the boundary.  
4. "The Role of Coulomb Collisions in Limiting Differential Flow and  
Temperature Differences in the Solar Wind," J. Geophys. Res. 81:78  
(1976) showed that despite the "collisionless" nature of the solar wind,  
there was evidence that energy equipartition between H+ and He+ could  
be understood in terms of the Coulomb collision frequency for the two  
5. "The Velocity Distributions of Cometary Protons Picked Up by the  
Solar Wind," (with A. J. Lazarus, H. Balsiger, S. A. Fuselier, F. M.  
Neubauer and H. Rosenbauer) J. Geophys. Res. 94:5227 (1989) measured  
the velocity distributions of ions in the coma of comet Halley. 
6. "Densities and Abundances of Hot Cometary Ions in the Coma of  
P/Halley," (with R. Goldstein, B. E. Goldstein, S. A. Fuselier, H. Balsiger  
and W.-H. Ip) Astrophys. J. 372:291 (1991) measured the mass spectrum  
of ions in the outer coma of comet Halley. 
Marcia has been a Co-PI for the solar wind experiments on Mariner 2,  
OGO 5, Apollo 12, Ulysses, Giotto, WIND, CELIAS on SOHO, and the  
Genesis Discovery mission. She has management experience as the  
supervisor of the JPL Space Plasma Physics Group, manager of the JPL  
Physics Section and Space Physics Section, and as the lead scientist for  
the JPL Space Physics Element. She has given back to the community  
through her service as an associate editor of JGR, secretary, president  
elect, and president of the Solar-Planetary Relationships Section of the  
AGU, editor in chief for Reviews of Geophysics, president elect and  
president of the AGU, and a member of the governing board of the  
American Institute of Physics. She has numerous awards and medals, is  
the author of over 200 scientific publications, and the editor of six books. 
For these and many other reasons, Marcia Neugebauer is well deserving of  
the 2010 Hale Prize.  
Watch out . . . the shards of that shattered glass ceiling are falling all  
around us! 
2. Women in Physics Special Events at the APS Meeting 
From: WIPHYS Jan 22, 2010 
All events will be held in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Please check  
on room assignments at the hotel as they may change nearer the time! (You  
do not need to register for the APS meeting to attend the reception or the  
luncheon, but you must register to attend invited sessions) 
Saturday, February 13, 1:30-3:18 pm 
Invited Session D3: Mentoring Perspectives of Mentor and Mentee.  
Sponsored by Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the  
Committee on Minorities, the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, and  
Saturday, February 13, 6:00-8:00 pm	 
COM/CSWP Reception (Hoover) 
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. All are welcome. 
Monday, February 15, 12:00-1:30 pm 
CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon (Coolidge) 
Buffet luncheon, opportunity for networking with colleagues! Cost: $20  
($5 for students).  
All are welcome, both men and women, however pre-registration by  
February 1 is strongly advised as there will be only limited space for walk- 
ins. Pre-register at  
Monday, February 15, 1:30-3:18 pm 	 
Invited Session Q6: Perspectives of Women Physicists As Seen from  
Academia, National Laboratories, and Industry Sponsored by the  
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the Committee on  
Minorities, the Forum on Graduate Affairs, and AAPT. 
Tuesday, February 16, 10:45-12:33 pm 
Invited Session X2: Strategies for Improving Climate and Diversity in  
Physics Departments. Co-sponsored by the Committee on the Status of  
Women in Physics, the Forum on Education, and AAPT. 
3. Barbie's Next Career 
From: Luisa Rebull [rebullipac.caltech.edu] 
Apparently you can vote for Barbie's next career.  
Still no "physicist" or "astronomer" but ... 
4. Another 2012 Resource: Classroom-Ready PPT slides 
From: Nick Schneider & Dave Brain [dpsdiscaas.org] 
If you're looking for ways to dispel the misinformation about the 2012  
Doomsday, check out "Will the World End Before Finals?", a classroom-  
ready powerpoint slide set posted at  
The Division for Planetary Sciences of the AAS has commissioned these  
slidesets for discoveries and events too new to be in textbooks. 
5. Tenure-Track Position(s?) 
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
The Department of Physics (physics.ucf.edu) at the University of Central  
Florida is searching for candidates to fill one or more tenured or tenure- 
track faculty positions in the area of planetary sciences and astronomy  
(planets.ucf.edu) at rank commensurate with experience. Applicants must  
hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent from an accredited institution in  
planetary science, astronomy, physics, or a closely related field and have  
appropriate teaching and research experience. Preference will be given to  
candidates with existing vigorous research programs in planetary science or  
astronomy. The starting date is expected to be in August 2010.  
UCF is a leading metropolitan research university with over 53,000  
students. The physics department currently has 35 faculty members and  
offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, including Planetary Science Ph.D.  
and Masters tracks. All interested individuals must complete an on-line  
application by going to: jobswithucf.com.  
Applicants must apply on-line and upload, in PDF format, a cover letter,  
curriculum vitae, brief statements of research and teaching interests, and  
contact information for three persons (with addresses, phone numbers and  
emails) who can provide letters of reference.  
Letters will be requested only for candidates on the short list.  
Applications received by February 1, 2010, will receive full consideration;  
review will continue until the position is filled. The University of Central  
Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities  
and women are encouraged to apply. As an agency of the State of Florida,  
UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available for  
public review upon request. 
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