AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of February 12, 2010	 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Margaret Geller wins the Russell Lectureship 
2. Math Anxiety Study: A Comment 
3. How to Become a Grant Reviewer 
4. Tenure-track positions at Lowell Observatory 
5. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Margaret Geller wins the Russell Lectureship 
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
The American Astronomical Society's most prestigious award, the Henry Norris Russell  
Lectureship, will be presented to Dr. Margaret J. Geller (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for  
Astrophysics) at the 2010 summer meeting in Miami. 
Margaret will be honored "for a lifetime of work on the distribution and clustering of galaxies in  
the universe and for her notable success in describing this work to the public." 
The Russell Lectureship was first awarded in 1946. The first woman to win the award was  
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin in 1976. She was followed by Margaret Burbidge (1984), Vera Rubin  
(1994), and now Margaret Geller (2010). For the full list, please see: 
Congratulations, Margaret! 
2. Math Anxiety Study: A Comment 
From: Emilia Belserene [emiliabolympus.net] 
 [The last issue of AASWOMEN cited a study that found that female teachers may pass on math  
anxiety to girls  Eds.] 
Reading the LA Times coverage of that study informs us that 7 math teachers were involved. An  
unspecified percentage of them have math anxiety. The girls who had those teachers did not do  
as well on a certain test as the girls who had the other teachers. Seven teachers divided into two  
groups. It seems a shame to blame the teachers without looking at the statistical significance of  
the small difference between the scores in the two small groups. 
3. How to Become a Grant Reviewer 
From: Linda Sparke [Linda.Sparkenasa.gov] 
In the newsletter of 29 January 2010, the post on "How to Become a Grant Reviewer" didn't  
mention NASA. If you're interested in being a reviewer for NASA science grants, you can send a  
general mail, or let us know you're interested in reviewing for a particular program. See "How to  
Become a Reviewer" at  
4. Tenure-track positions at Lowell Observatory 
From: Eileen Friel [friellowell.edu] 
Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track research positions in  
astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. Over the next several years, Lowell expects to  
expand its scientific and engineering staff to maximize the scientific potential of our new 4.2- 
meter Discovery Channel Telescope. We seek individuals with demonstrated records of research  
accomplishment using ground-based and/or space-based facilities and clear evidence or potential  
for obtaining independent grant support, who are interested in working in the rich environment  
of research and education provided at Lowell. A Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or a  
closely related field is required. All areas of astronomical and planetary research will be  
considered, but we are particularly interested in learning how applicants would make use of our  
existing and planned observational facilities. Individuals with background and interest in  
instrument development are encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates at all career  
levels will be considered. 
The 4.2-m Discovery Channel Telescope, built in partnership with Discovery Communications,  
will see first engineering light in early 2011 (http://www.lowell.edu). Planned instrumentation for  
the DCT currently includes a near-IR low resolution, high-throughput spectrometer, an optical  
imager, and moderate and high resolution optical spectrographs. The Observatory also maintains  
1.8-m, 1.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes equipped with optical and IR imagers and spectrographs,  
operated in partnership with Boston University and Georgia State University. Lowell is a partner  
with the US Naval Observatory and the Naval Research Lab in the Navy Prototype Optical  
To apply please send a curriculum vitae with biography, letter of application outlining briefly  
your research interests and plans, and the names and addresses of three individuals who have  
agreed to serve as professional references. Send all application materials by email to:  
humanresourceslowell.edu or by direct mail to: Human Resources, Lowell Observatory, 1400  
W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499. Applications received before 15 March 2010 will  
receive full consideration. 
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