AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 18, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Responses to Tierney NYTimes article

2. Female Science Professor Checklist

3. Astrophysics Positions, Univ. of Hertfordshire


4. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

5. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. Responses to Tierney NYTimes article
From: Ed Bertschinger [edbert_at_mit.edu] and Hannah Jang-Condell

(a) Ed Bertschinger, Head of MIT's Physics Department and new member of the
CSWA, maintains a diversity website and blog at
http://diversity.mit.edu/. Recently, he wrote a thought-provoking 
response to a series of articles by New York Times writer John Tierney
on gender equity in science:

"In his first article, published in the NY Times Science Section June 8,
Tierney resurrects Larry Summers' argument that men predominate at
the top ranks of math and science for biological reasons; standardized
tests show, at present, a gender gap in the top 0.01% of SAT math
scores.  He then argues that these top achievers are more likely to earn
a doctorate and win tenure at a top university. 

I don't know what science faculty at top universities he's
talking about, but I'm not one of them."

For the entire post see

(b) Hannah continues to post on this topic at 

2. Female Science Professor Checklist
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

Female Science Professor's blog often has interesting articles about
about the business of science research, and also, of course, about being
a *female* science professor. Recently, she posted a checklist of common
experiences. Take a look and join the conversation if you like at

Here are a few items from the list:

__ Someone who has read your papers and doesn't know you assumes the
papers were written by a man. 

__ Someone mentions that hiring/including women might involve a lowering
of standards. 

__ Someone refuses to believe a woman is a professor (extra credit if
disbelief persists after being told unambiguously that a woman is a

__ The men in your field are simply known as scientists or engineers or
researchers etc., but you are typically referred to as a female
scientist, female engineer, female researcher etc. 

__ When you are in the department office, visitors assume you are an
administrative assistant (extra credit if people, including students,
command you to do a task for them without even asking if this is your

(This last one happens to me all the time. Especially since our most
visible secretary has almost always been a young man. -- CS)

3. Astrophysics Positions, Univ. of Hertfordshire
From: Elias Brinks [E.Brinks_at_herts.ac.uk]

I'd like to bring to your attention a number of positions in the
astrophysics group at the University of Hertfordshire and I would
appreciate it if you could share this message with those who might be
interested in applying. 

We have one permanent lectureship and four postdoctoral fellowships
currently advertised. The lectureship details can be found on the AAS
(http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobDetailPage.cfm?JobID=26496)  and the
four postdoctoral fellowships will be on AAS Job Register from next
month - details also below. 

If you have any questions about any of these then please feel free to
contact me or visit our web page: 



University Research Fellows (Astronomy)
School of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics and Centre for Astrophysics Research

Applications are invited for a number of University Research Fellows in
the Centre for Astrophysics Research, within the School of Physics,
Astronomy & Mathematics. Research interests should closely match those
within the Centre, which cover a wide range of Galactic and
Extragalactic projects. Four posts are available, each for 2 years in
the first instance, and can start from September 1, 2010. 

Candidates should have a PhD, or expect to be awarded a PhD before the
start date. The appointment will be on a salary ranging from £25,000 to
£28,000, but might be higher for exceptional candidates. 

Informal enquiries to Professor James Hough, Director of Astronomy
Research, Centre for Astrophysics Research (telephone: +44 1707 284500,
fax: +44 1707 284514; e-mail: j.h.hough_at_herts.ac.uk. Also see
http://www.star.herts.ac.uk for additional information on research
within the Centre. 

Further details of the above post and application forms can be obtained
on-line at http://recruitment.herts.ac.uk/recruit/ or from the Human
Resources Department at the University of Hertfordshire, College Lane,
Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, England, or telephone 01707 284802,
quoting reference number 000664. Applications (which should be
accompanied by a full CV and statement of research interests) should be
returned to Professor James Hough or to the Human Resources Department
at the above address. 

Applicants should arrange for 2 references to be sent to Professor James
Hough or to Human Resources. 

Closing Date: 6 August 2010

Quote Reference: 000664

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