AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of February 25, 2010 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. AASWomen You tube: Women in Astronomy 
2. Do we try to "protect" busy women by not inviting them? 
3. Nominations sought for National Medal of Science 
4. Women in Physics events at the APS Annual Meeting 
5. Particle Physics Meeting, Blois, France 
6. Postdoctoral Position, Syracuse University   
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. AASWomen You tube: Women in Astronomy 
From: Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu] 
GSFC has put together a very nice, short You Tube piece on the October 2009 
Women in Astronomy and Space Science meeting.  Check it out! 
2. Do we try to "protect" busy women by not inviting them? 
From: AnnH at the Women in Astronomy Blog 
I have had this come up twice now in rather significant ways: someone is 
being considered for a position on a relatively powerful committee and 
the various candidates are of course very busy.  For some reason, the 
decision was almost made (luckily some intervention occurred!) that a 
particular woman was just too busy and would turn us down and should not 
be asked.  I have had this come up in a context where a senior male was 
making the nominations and where a mid-career female was making the 
nominations. The mid-career female mentioned that she probably 
shouldn't be "protecting"the junior woman in this way. I 
found this to be interesting: are we not trusting the person in 
question, whom we regard as highly qualified for the committee, to make 
the right decision about serving?   
Read the rest of the post and leave your comments at 
3. Nominations sought for National Medal of Science 
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 26, 2010 
The Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers ~ 
Call for Nominations 
 (Deadline: March 31, 2010) 
The National Medal of Science is presented annually by the President of 
the United States to distinguished scientists and engineers whose 
careers have spanned decades of research and development.  Established 
in 1959, the award is given to individuals "deserving of special 
recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in 
the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 
1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and 
behavioral sciences. 
For nomination instructions, please visit 
http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nominations.jsp.  All inquiries about the 
award or nomination procedures should be directed to Mayra Montrose, 
National Science Foundation (mmontrosnsf.gov). 
4. Women in Physics events at the APS Annual Meeting From: WIPHYS, 
Feb. 22, 2010 
1) CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast, Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 am - 9:30 am 
(Galleria I, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel) 
Enjoy a full breakfast and network with colleagues!  Cost: $15.  $5 for 
physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity.  Speaker will be 
Juana Rudati, Xradia.  All are welcome, both men and women, however 
pre-registration strongly advised by March 5, as only limited walk-ins 

Pre-register at http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/receptions/index.cfm .   
NOTE: After March 5, you will need to purchase tickets at the main APS 
registration desk.  No ticket sales at the door of the breakfast.  
2) Tuesday, March 16, 11:15am - 2:15 pm, Invited Session J5: "What 
Works for Women in Physics: Lessons Learned from Research"  
(Convention Center). Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women 
in Physics and the Committee on Minorities.  
3) Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, COM/CSWP Dessert Reception 
(Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel) 
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 to join us.  
Please double check dates and times of all events on the Meetings and 
hotel calendars, as they may change nearer the time!  
5. Particle Physics Meeting, Blois, France 
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 22, 2010 
22nd Rencontres de Blois, "Particle Physics and Cosmology - first 
results from the LHC", Château Royal de Blois, Blois, France: 
July15-July20 2010  
This is an announcement and call for papers for an international 
conference which will be held in the Château of Blois, in France's Loire 
"Particle Physics and Cosmology" will emphasize the increasing interplay 
between high energy accelerator based physics and cosmology.  
The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited in-depth oral 
presentations  (review talks and talks on specific specialised topics), 
and contributed papers, in the form of relatively short oral papers or 
posters. We will aim to achieve a balance between review talks, 
provocative talks given by recognized specialists, and shorter 
contributions, special emphasis being placed on active participation by 
younger researchers and post-docs. Parallel sessions, (generally for 
short communications) are foreseen, and are being organized as the need 
The meeting will be articulated around the results and their impact on 
current theories from the three major new experimental and observational 
facilities which are coming on line or have recently been commissioned:  
CERN's  LHC; the PLANCK and HERSCHEL satellites  
Topics will include: the standard model in particle physics, and the 
search for physics beyond the standard model; the search for the Higgs B 
physics; neutrino physics (astrophysical and laboratory); dark matter, 
dark energy and recent advances in astrophysics cosmology.  
The detailed scientific programme is currently under development. 
Scientific and administrative details are on the web site 
You should login regularly, but if you urgently need information which 
is currently not available you may contact Boaz Klima, the coordinator 
of the conference, at the email address: klimafnal.gov  
6. Postdoctoral Position, Syracuse University   
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 25, 2010 
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position 
Experimental Gravitational-Wave Advanced Detector Research 
Syracuse University  
The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites application for 
a postdoctoral research position in experimental gravitational-wave 
advanced detector research, starting in September 1, 2010 or possibly 
earlier. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to 
three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory 
The Syracuse Gravitational-Wave Group currently consists of faculty 
members Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown and Peter Saulson, one senior 
scientist, 2 postdocs and 6 graduate students. The group has a broad 
range of research interests including gravitational-wave advanced 
detector research, gravitational-wave detector commissioning and 
characterization, gravitational-wave phenomenology and data analysis, 
and relativity theory. The group is a member of the LIGO Scientific 
Collaboration and collaborates with the Caltech-Cornell and CITA 
numerical relativity groups. The Syracuse group has excellent computing 
facilities, including a 320 CPU core Intel Xeon cluster for 
gravitational wave data analysis and modeling.  
The successful candidate's research will be focused on quantum noise 
limited opto-mechanical sensing and control of macroscopic mirrors, 
sub-Standard-Quantum-Limit sensing techniques, low noise optics 
suspensions and optical trapping.  
For full consideration qualified candidates must complete an online 
management application at http://www.sujobopps.com (job #026061) and attach 
their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement describing 
their qualifications, and arrange for three letters of reference to be 
sent to Prof. Peter Saulson at saulsonphysics.syr.edu  
Prof. Peter Saulson 
Department of Physics 
Syracuse University 
Syracuse, NY 13244, USA 
Application materials should be submitted by May 15, 2010 for full 
consideration, but the screening process will continue until the 
position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal 
opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are 
especially encouraged to apply.  
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