Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 24, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Response to last week's "3-D Spatial Visualization: Why a Gender Gap?" 

2. Contribute to the 51 Women in Planetary Science Project

3. Nominate a Woman in STEM to Share Her Story

4. Nominations sought for National Science Board's Vannevar Bush Award

5. Two Physicists Receive L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Grants   

6. Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's Committee on the National Medal of Science  

7. Presidential Advisors Release Report on STEM Education

8. National Science Board Releases Report on Next Generation of STEM Innovators

9. USA Science & Engineering Festival in October 

10. COAChing Strong Women in the Power of Strategic Persuasion

11. India-U.S. Travel Program

12. Undergraduate Student Travel Grants for 2011 APS Meetings

13. CSWP Fall 2010 Gazette Available

14. 2011 NRAO Janksy Fellowship

15. Faculty Position at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTING TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

16. Science Writing Internship at APS 

17. Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins University 

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

19.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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1. Response to last week's "3-D Spatial Visualization: Why a Gender
  Gap?"
From: Julia Kennefick [jkennef_at_uark.edu]

[Last week, we reported on research that revealed a distinct gender gap
regarding 3-D spatial visualization skills -- eds.]

I grew up with my father telling me that "women are verbal, and men are
visual".  Ironically, he also stressed that women can be good at math
and science, and raised me to have a love for both, and for art as well.
I should mention that he was an architect, and my sister followed him
into the profession.  She obviously has no trouble with 3-D
visualization.  I now find myself married to a fellow astrophysicist who
happens to be highly verbal, while my memory is almost completely
visual.  I did play with erector sets as a girl as well as barbies.
What does this tell me?  Give your children a range of experiences,
teach them to love the natural world, and encourage them to follow their
interests, visual or verbal!  Thanks for the info on this topic.

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2. Contribute to the 51 Women in Planetary Science Project 
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The "Women in Planetary Science" project is nearly halfway to its goal
of featuring 51 women working on NASA missions, publishing in the
journals, and serving the community. In the interviews, each scientist
discusses her unique career path and interests and reflects on advice
for students or postdoctoral fellows. This project is part of the Women
in Planetary Science e-mentoring initiative, created to bring woman
scientist role models to students and early career scientists around the
world. The interviews are published on the web, and everyone -- male or
female -- is welcome to participate in this respectful atmosphere that
celebrates our passions, our differences, and our commitment to
furthering the understanding of our solar system and other planetary
systems.

Read the latest features and the archives at

http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/

Nominations of outstanding women and/or announcements of recent
publications by women planetary scientists may be sent to
susanniebur_at_nieburconsulting.com.

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3. Nominate a Woman in STEM to Share Her Story
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Hot Mommas Project requests that you take one minute and nominate a
woman you know involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
(STEM) as a field of study or as a career. If that woman decides to
share her story, she will tell it once and it will be told over and over
again via their global and free online library. She may even get
published in a major textbook. Nominate at

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFlwbHJGNnUxTnVfcVR4YjFtREpvWXc6MA

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4. Nominations sought for National Science Board's Vannevar Bush Award
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 3, 2010

The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in
science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the
welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science,
technology, and public policy. The award was established in 1980 in the
memory of Vannevar Bush, who served as a science advisor to President
Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, helped to establish Federal
funding for science and engineering as a national priority during
peacetime, and was behind the creation of the National Science
Foundation. 

Information at 
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/bush.jsp

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5. Two Physicists Receive L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
Grants   

The highly-esteemed 
L'Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program
recognizes and rewards the most promising postdoctoral female scientists
from across the country. Dr. Gigi Galiana of Yale University will
explore technology that could improve complex imaging applications and
reduce time needed for conducting medical image scans. Dr. Lindley
Winslow of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology will design and
build a novel particle detector based on quantum dots, which could lead
to a new method of monitoring the operation of nuclear reactors and
tracking nuclear fuel.

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6. Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's Committee on the
National Medal of Science 
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Margaret Murnane, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics
and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of
Colorado, was appointed by President Obama to the President's
Committee on the National Medal of Science. The President bestows the
National Medal of Science to individuals who have made important
contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of
behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering,
mathematics and physics.  

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7. Presidential Advisors Release Report on STEM Education
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
released a new report--Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future. The
release coincides with an expansion of the "Educate to Innovate"
initiative, with new public-private partnerships to improve STEM
education and expand opportunities to better prepare all students to
thrive in, and contribute to, the 21st century economy. 

View the report at

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast

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8. National Science Board Releases Report on Next Generation of STEM
Innovators  
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The National Science Board released a report and recommended ways that
the country can foster the development of our next generation of leading
STEM professionals, entrepreneurs, and inventors. "Currently, the
abilities of far too many of America's young men and women go
unrecognized and underdeveloped, and, thus, these individuals may fail
to reach their full potential," says the NSF in a press release on the
report.

View the report at
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/

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9. USA Science & Engineering Festival in October
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country's
first national science festival and descends on the Washington,
D.C. area in October 2010. You can also celebrate science across the
nation at one of 50 satellite events in over 20 different states. 

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

Read the article at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bock/building-a-better-pipelin_b_713123.html 
on the number of women- and minority-focused
organizations who will be present to encourage young women and
under-represented minorities to study science. 

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10. COAChing Strong Women in the Power of Strategic Persuasion
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

On Friday, October 22, 2010 Florida State University is hosting the
Alliance for the Advancement of Florida's Academic Women in Chemistry
and Engineering (AAFAWCE) NSF sponsored workshop, "COAChing Strong Women
in the Power of Strategic Persuasion." Drs. Jane Tucker and Barb
Butterfield will lead this workshop to enhance participants'
understandings of responsible negotiations and conflict resolution.

Concurrently, there will be a Women Leadership Discussion Panel
featuring four women leaders from Florida who will lead a discussion
with panelists and the audience about their experiences and advice
concerning leadership in their scientific fields, departments,
universities, and/or professional organizations.

Women graduate students, post-docs, faculty and other scientists
in the community are welcome to attend the FREE Meet-and-Greet
on Thursday evening (5-7 PM) at the Renegade Grill as well as
either one of the Women Leadership Panels and the Luncheon,
which are both on Friday.

Register by Oct. 14th at

http://chem.fsu.edu/~gilmer/AAFAWCE_COACh/

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11. India-US Travel Program
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 1, 2010

APS and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum sponsor the exchange
of physicists and physics graduate students between India and the
U.S. The Professorship Awards in Physics permit professors to deliver
short courses or a lecture series. The Physics Student Visitation
Program is intended for graduate students to pursue opportunities such
as to attend a summer institute or work temporarily in a lab.  

Information at

http://www.aps.org/programs/international/us-india-travel.cfm

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12. Undergraduate Student Travel Grants for 2011 APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 19, 2010

Travels awards are available to students presenting research at the 2011
March and April APS Meetings. Students who wish to apply for the March
award must submit their abstract by November 19 to qualify.  

Information at

http://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/students/futurephysics/fpd2011/travelgrants.cfm

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13. CSWP Fall 2010 Gazette Available
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of the Gazette is available online at

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/gazette/index.cfm  

The Gazette is the newsletter of the APS Committee on the Status of
Women in Physics (CSWP).  

If you would like to add your name to the Gazette mailing list, e-mail
women_at_aps.org.

If you are interested in writing an article/review for the Gazette, or
if you would like further information on the newsletter, please contact
Deanna Ratnikova at 301-209-3231 or women_at_aps.org. 

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14. 2011 NRAO Janksy Fellowship
From: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2011
Jansky Fellowship program which provides outstanding opportunities for
research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out
investigations either independently or in collaboration with others
within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. Prior radio
experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a
synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged. The NRAO also encourages
applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy
instrumentation, computation, and theory.

Appointments may be made for positions at any of these NRAO sites:
Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. As ALMA
commissioning activities get underway, we anticipate that there will
also be appointments available in Chile. Jansky Fellows are encouraged
to spend time at universities working with collaborators during the
course of their Fellowship.

In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, non-resident Jansky
Fellowships may be offered for appointments that are hosted at a U.S.
university. Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are
encouraged. Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and a U.S.
university are permitted.

The starting salary will be $62,000 per year with an appointment
duration of two years, and possible renewal for a third. A research
budget of up to $10,000 per year is provided for travel and computing
requirements. Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation
accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance. In
addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to non-NRAO institutions
that are hosting Jansky Fellows to defray local institutional costs. 

The NRAO web site provides further details on the Jansky Fellowship
Program and information on the application process. See

http://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/jansky.shtml. Please note that
candidates must receive their Ph.D. prior to beginning a Jansky
Fellowship.

The deadline for BOTH applications and letters of reference is Monday,
November 1, 2010. Award offers will be made by February 15, 2011, with
the Fellowships expected to begin September 2011. 

The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/H/V).

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15. Faculty Position at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
From: Karen Wang [karenwang_at_astro.berkeley.edu]

FACULTY POSITION IN ASTRONOMY
Joint Appointment between the University of California, Berkeley and
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

The Astronomy Department of the University of California, Berkeley and
the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory intend to
make a joint faculty appointment effective July 1, 2011. This position
is targeted for Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, with preference
for an observer and/or instrumentalist. The search will be at a junior
tenure-track level, though an appointment at a senior tenured level is
possible if a candidate with outstanding breadth and record is
identified.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply. Applications from
minority and women candidates are especially encouraged, since the UC
campus is committed to a strategic plan for equity and inclusion. A
curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and a
list of at least 6 references (names and complete addresses including
email) are required for consideration. UC Berkeley's Statement of
Confidentiality can be found at:

http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

Online applications are strongly preferred. Please go to

http://astro.berkeley.edu and click on the "Faculty Positions in
Astronomy" link. Click on "Application 1" link for the UCB/LBNL
position. Follow the directions for self-registration, uploading of
PDF's, and obtaining the URL for your letters of reference writers. For
applicants at the assistant professor level, give this URL to at least 3
references and have them upload their letter. If online application is
not possible, mail curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of teaching
and research interests, and arrange to have at least 3 references mailed
to:

Attention: Karen Wang 
Extragalactic Astronomy Search Committee
University of California, Berkeley 
601 Campbell Hall MC4311 
Berkeley, CA
94720-4311 

For applicants who wish only to be considered at the associate or full
professor level, it is sufficient to provide names and addresses in the
initial application; the search committee will contact these references
only after the applicant is selected for further consideration.
Applications by E-mail or FAX will not be accepted. Applications must be
received by January 14, 2011, at which time interviews will begin. The
University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers.

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16. Science Writing Internship at APS 
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

This position will be a 3 to 6 month, full-time, paid position, based at
APS Headquarters in College Park, MD. Intern duties include: assisting
the APS Head of Media Relations in preparing press releases about
physics research as well as identifying and summarizing newsworthy
journal papers and APS conference presentations. In addition, the intern
will post items on the APS blog PhysicsBuzz on a daily basis and write
a range of stories for APS News - a monthly tabloid distributed to 
APS members. Other duties may involve participating in meetings of the
APS/AIP media team, participating in planning meetings for APS News, and
producing physics podcasts for general audiences. 

Learn more about this internship and discover more career opportunities
at the APS CAREER CENTER at http://careers.aps.org/ .

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17. Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins University 
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010 

The Particle Theory Group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of
the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for one or more
postdoctoral positions beginning September 2011. The group consists of
faculty Jonathan Bagger, David E. Kaplan, and Kirill Melnikov, as well
as several postdocs and students. For full consideration, applications
should be received by Dec. 1, 2010. Applications should consist of a CV,
list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters
of recommendation, submitted to AcademicJobsOnline at

http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/JHU/ParticleTheory

Johns Hopkins is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and
welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. 

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