AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 10, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Partner Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments

2. Maybe There Is Hope After All

3. Video Interview with Professor Margaret Murnane

4. Conference for Undergraduate Women

5. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

6. US-Israel Travel Grants & Workshop Program

7. Humboldt Research Fellowships

8. Faculty Position in Astrophysics/Particle Physics

***The following positions were taken from WIPHYS***

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

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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1.  Partner Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments
From:  Edmund Bertschinger [edbert_at_MIT.EDU}

[The August 27, 2010 issue of AASWomen newsletter introduced MIT's  
opening discussions on endorsements of the Pasadena Recommendations.   
Since that issue, discussions have progressed -- Eds.]

The AAUP has prepared a new set of "Recommendations on Partner  
Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments",

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/comm/rep/dual.htm.

This document provides extensive background and detailed  
recommendations expanding on the Pasadena Recommendation that  
institutions "Develop policies encouraging flexible means of  
accommodating dual-career couples." The AAUP acknowledges that  
procedures permitting dual-career appointments affect the faculty  
responsibility for personnel decisions. As they note, "Respect for  
faculty governance, however, must be balanced against the competing  
demands of gender equity and work-family balance, which require  
sensitivity to the needs of dual-career couples."

The tension between faculty governance and dual-career appointments  
was the reason why my department made only a qualified endorsement of  
the corresponding Pasadena Recommendation. The AAUP Recommendations  
provide an opportunity to re-engage the faculty and administration in  
discussion about this subject of growing importance.

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2. Maybe There Is Hope After All
From:  Hannah Jang-Condell, Women In Astronomy Blogspot

Greetings from Sweden, home of the most generous parental leave  
policies in the world!

I'm here attending a scientific conference this week. As I've been  
going to talks and interacting with people, I couldn't help but notice  
something interesting about the representation of women here, so I  
worked out the numbers during an idle moment. Here's what I found:

Women accounted for

42 of 126 participants ~ 33% (probably an underestimate, since it's  
based solely on names)
7 of 20 contributed talks = 35%
7 of 15 invited talks = 47% (actually one less, because one had to cancel)
14 of 35 speakers total = 40%
2 of 13 session chairs = 15%

For more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3.  Video Interview with Professor Margaret Murnane
From:  WIPHYS, September 8, 2010

SheHeroes.org interviewed Margaret Murnane, laser physicist and  
MacArthur Genius Grant award recipient, on the challenges she has  
faced being a female in the field of science. Margaret discusses how  
she overcame others doubts about her ability to do physics and how she  
loves to watch students overcome their fears about not knowing  
enough. View the video interview here:

http://sheheroes.org/2010/08/sheheroes-episode-2-professor-margaret-murnane/

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4.  Conference for Undergraduate Women
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is bringing together outstanding  
student researchers in Physics and Astronomy for a four-day  
conference, from Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 10th.   
Undergraduate students are invited to take part in this unique  
opportunity to expand upon their current research experiences,  
interact with physics and astronomy students from other universities,  
and attend scientific talks given by scientists who are leaders in  
their field.  All local expenses, including food and hotel  
accommodation, are covered by sponsors, and there is no registration  
fee. In addition, they are able to provide travel scholarships to  
undergraduate participants. Support is given upon request by the  
supervising faculty. More information on travel scholarships can be  
found on the Nominations page of

http://www.physics.unl.edu/~wophy/

Registration deadline is September 30, 2010.

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5.   Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
From:  Caroline Simpson [simpson_at_fiu.edu]

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and  
Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program seeks to identify outstanding  
mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e.,  
women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are  
underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  
The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully  
the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and  
mathematics.  Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 6, 2010.  Program  
Guidelines are found in NSF 10-520.  More can be found at

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

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6.  US-Israel Travel Grants & Workshop Program
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Binational Science Foundation (BSF) is announcing the availability  
of funds for two grant programs:

a. The Prof. R. Rahamimoff Program offers travel grants for short  
scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other  
country. In 2011, a total of 10 grants will be awarded, each for  
$4,000. More information and the Call for Proposals are available on  
the website:

http://www.bsf.org.il/bsfpublic/DefaultPage1.aspx?PageId=25&innerTextID=25

The travel grants program is a limited submission where up to 5  
applications from one organization will be accepted.  The deadline for  
email submission is December 1, 2010.

b. The BSF Workshop Program offers funds for joint applications from  
U.S.and Israeli co-PIs to organize and conduct a workshop that is  
focused on bringing together Israeli, American and Palestinian  
scientists for the purpose of facilitating the development of  
partnership research programs. In 2011, BSF`s budget for workshops is  
$50,000 and will either be given to one workshop, or divided between  
two.  More information and the Call for Proposals are at

http://www.bsf.org.il/bsfpublic/DefaultPage1.aspx?PageId=24&innerTextID=24.

Deadline for online submission by researchers of workshop applications  
is December 1, 2010.

The BSF website will be opened for submission of workshop applications  
on November 1, 2010, while travel grant applications are to be sent  
via email to bsf_at_bsf.org.il.

The forms and the full instructions of both programs can be downloaded  
from the BSF website at the `GUIDELINES & FORMS` section:

http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx

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7.  Humboldt Research Fellowships
From:  WIPHYS, September 8, 2010

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. This  
fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a  
monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR. For more information, visit

http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/771.html.

Fellowships for Experienced Researchers are for scientists and  
scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years  
prior to the application submission date. 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 more information, visit

http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/1710.html.

Applications should be submitted in October for the November selection  
committee meeting.

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8.    Faculty Position in Astrophysics/Particle Physics
From:  Joan Grohman [jgrohman_at_physics.ucsd.edu]

The Department of Physics within the Division of Physical Science at  
UC San Diego (http://physics.ucsd.edu) is committed to academic  
excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body.   
We are seeking applications for a tenure-track (assistant professor)  
position in theoretical physics in the areas of Astrophysics, Particle  
Physics, and Astroparticle Physics.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in  
physics or astronomy, an outstanding record of research accomplishment  
and professional activity, ability and strong interest in  
undergraduate and graduate instruction, and demonstrated potential for  
strong contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Candidates  
will be judged both on research accomplishments and on leadership in  
areas contributing to diversity.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a research program  
and to participate in the educational programs and other activities of  
the Department.

Applications should consist of:  a curriculum vitae, list of  
publications, summary of research interests, future research plan, and  
a personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to  
diversity.  Applications are to be submitted online at the RECRUIT  
website:

https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference  
posted to that website. Information about spousal/partner employment  
is available on the Partner Opportunities Program website:

http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/offices/partneropp/.

Salary per UC pay scales.  Review of applications will begin on  
October 25, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.   UC San  
Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a  
strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity

http://diversity.ucsd.edu/.

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