AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of March 05, 2010  
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Meet the (New and Continuing) Editorial Staff of STATUS 
2. AAS Childcare 
3. Too Busy: A Comment 
4. Blewett Scholarship 
5. Four Funding Opportunities 
6. MIT Poster Contest for Mentoring in Research 
7. Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher 
8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Meet the (New and Continuing) Editorial Staff of STATUS 
From: Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu] 
I'm delighted to announce that Catharine (Katy) Garmany has  
agreed to assume the role of editor of STATUS. In addition, Arti Garg  
will be joining myself and Joannah Hinz as an associate editor. Katy  
will take the helm of STATUS beginning with the January 2011 issue.  
I will be serving as the Interim Editor for the June 2010 issue.  
Although she doesn't officially step in until the fall, Katy is already  
ramping up and we're very glad to have both Katy and Arti involved!  
I'd like to take this opportunity to echo the thanks of the CSWA  
(AASWOMEN 12/18/09 issue) to Fran Bagenal for the excellent job  
she did as editor for five years. 
Given the staff changes, I thought it would be appropriate for us to  
(re)introduce ourselves, so below are brief biographies for each of  
us (in alphabetical order!).  
Dr. Arti Garg: 
Arti is currently serving as an American Physical Society funded  
American Association for the Advancement of Science  
Congressional Fellow. Prior to her fellowship, she was a post- 
doctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her  
astronomy research focuses on time-varying astrophysical  
phenomena such as gravitational microlensing, variable stars, and  
supernovae. She is married to a physicist who now works in the  
semi-conductor industry, and she wants to assure readers that the  
so-called "two-body" challenge extends beyond academia. 
Dr. Catharine Garmany: 
Katy is part of the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the  
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). She is the Editor  
of the NOAO/NSO Newsletter, and serves as NOAO Diversity  
Advocate, along with Dara Norman. Prior to coming to NOAO, she  
was the Director of an astronomy program at Biosphere 2, and  
before that spent many years at the University of Colorado, both as  
a researcher with a special interest in hot stars, and later director of  
the planetarium and observatory on the campus. She is married to  
astronomer John Glaspey, and proud that her 3 year old grandson  
can find Jupiter for his father! 
Dr. Joannah Hinz: 
Joannah is a senior research associate at the University of Arizona  
working on infrared observations of nearby galaxies using the  
Spitzer and Herschel telescopes, with interests in dust content and  
outer disk evolution. She is currently a member of the CSWA and  
has been an associate editor of STATUS since 2002. 
Dr. Patricia Knezek: 
Pat is an associate scientist at the National Optical Astronomy  
Observatory (NOAO), and is currently serving as the Deputy Director  
of WIYN Observatory. Her varied career path since finishing her  
Ph.D. has taken her to U. Michigan, Las Campanas Observatory,  
Johns Hopkins, STScI, and now NOAO/WIYN. Her research focuses  
on the interplay of star formation and galaxy evolution. She is a  
former member of the CSWA, and has been an associate editor of  
STATUS since 2004. She is currently active in the working group  
developing the AAS/AIP Longitudinal Study of the career paths of  
astronomers. She and her partner, a mechanical engineer who  
designs astronomical instruments, are currently struggling first hand  
with balancing work/life and the needs of aging parents. 
2. AAS Childcare 
From: DonWomen in Astronomy Blog 
In an effort to make the AAS meetings more family friendly, at the  
215th Meeting in DC in January 2010 there was an on-site childcare  
facility made available for a nominal rate of $8 per hour per child.  
The CSWA and the AAS advertised this service to ensure that all who  
wished to take advantage of this program were aware of its  
existence. It appears the initial use was modest (see statistics  
below) and the AAS and CSWA hope that, through increased  
awareness and use by the community, it will become a regular  
feature of AAS meetings.  
[The AAS will provide these on-site childcare services at the next  
two winter meetings – Eds.] 
The following data were provided by the AAS on usage of the  
Sunday:          2 children total, 2 infants  
Monday:         10 children total, 2 infants  
Tuesday:        10 children total, 1 infant  
Wednesday:      10 children total, 1 infant  
Thursday:        2 children total, 1 infant 
The ages of the children ranged from 6 months through 12 years old  
as follows:  
0 – 2 years old: 2 (25%) 
3 – 5 years old: 4 (33%) 
6 – 8 years old: 4 (33%) 
9 – 12 years old: 1 ( 9%) 
A total of 12 children from 8 families were signed up for the  
program. The CSWA is encouraged by this initial response. If  
members can confidently count on it being available, it will serve the  
society and its members with young children well. 
3. Too Busy: A Comment 
From: Kathy Mead [kmeadearthlink.net] 
 [The last issue of AASWOMEN cited a post from AnnH on the  
Women in Astronomy blog that asked the question, “Do we try to  
“protect” busy women by not inviting them?” – Eds.] 
Of course the "too busy" woman should be asked. It's up to her to  
decide. I'm tempted to ask whether "too busy" men are protected  
in this way, but I don't think that matters. IF you want someone on a  
committee, ask them. Certainly if you are considering them for a  
position, then you respect their ability to decide for themselves  
whether they can handle this commitment. Especially if it's a man  
saying the woman is too busy, that strikes me as patriarchal or just  
too insecure to risk being turned down. If it's a woman publicly  
wondering if another woman is too busy, it makes me wonder why  
the former woman feels the need to publicly "protect" the latter  
woman. Do we really need others to protect us from over  
committing ourselves? I hope not.  
Here is the link to the original post: 
4. Blewett Scholarship 
From: WIPHYS March 1, 2010 
Applications are due June 4, 2010 for the M. Hildred Blewett  
Scholarship for Women in Physics. The scholarship consists of an  
award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics  
research careers after having had to interrupt those careers for  
family reasons. Details on the scholarship and how to apply can be  
found at  

5. Four Funding Opportunities 
From: WIPHYS March 3, 2010 
1) The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship  
Program. This program offers one to three year postdoctoral  
fellowships designed to increase the involvement of scientists and  
engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical  
areas of interest and relevance to the Navy. This program has a  
rolling admission. For program information, see:  
2) The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP). NREIP is a  
ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors  
& Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor,  
at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the  
program are $5,500 for undergraduate students and $6,500 for  
graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents  
accepted at certain labs. For program information, see:  
3) Humboldt Research Fellowship. Fellowships for Postdoctoral  
Researchers are for postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have  
completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the  
application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a  
stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of  
2,250 EUR. For program information, see: 
4) Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers are  
for scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree  
within twelve years prior to the application submission date are  
eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany  
which may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least  
three months each and provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR.  
For program information, see:  
6. MIT Poster Contest for Mentoring in Research 
From: WIPHYS March 3, 2010 
MIT’s School of Science is co-sponsoring a competition to make  
mentoring more visibly prominent in the minds of members of the  
science research community. The mentoring poster competition will  
recognize the best posters. Check out the website  
http://pcmr.mit.edu/ to see the wonderful ideas that emerged and  
click on "browse posters." 
7. Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher 
From: WIPHYS March 4, 2010 
Nominations are now being sought for the 2011 Outstanding  
Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA) granted by the  
Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), an affiliate of the  
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). A nominee need not  
be a member of the SCST. Nominations may be made by colleagues  
or students and self-nominations are also encouraged!  
The purpose of the OUSTA is to recognize the achievements of  
teaching colleagues who have enhanced the profession as  
outstanding teachers of college-level science. This annual award is  
based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according  
to the following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2)  
scholarship; and 3) service. 
For details regarding the nomination and application process, visit  
The deadline for application materials is June 1, 2010. (Although this  
date may seem a long way in the future, nominating and/or  
beginning the application process early will allow ample time for  
compiling the required materials.) 
Please send names of potential nominee/applicants to  
csandlermich.edu . We will follow-up with everyone to provide  
further materials and details about the application process. We are  
also interested in hearing from you if you are considering self- 
nomination so that we can guide you through the process.  
Won’t you consider applying for this award and/or identifying your  
colleagues who are outstanding undergraduate science teachers so  
that they might be encouraged to apply for the 2011 OUSTA? The  
award includes a cash award, membership in SCST and NSTA, travel  
stipend to attend next two years’ national conferences, and more.  
The awardee will be responsible for delivering a brief luncheon talk  
about teaching at the NSTA/SCST conference in Year One and a  
lecture about a topic of their choosing in their own discipline in Year  
Questions? Contact 
Claire Sandler, Director 
University of Michigan Science Learning Center  
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