AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 1, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  WARNING - Sexual harrassment via Facebook

2.  Sexual harassment by students?

3.  Response to last week's "Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's  
Committee on the National Medal of Science"

4.  Women's Wage 78.2% of Men's

5.  L'Oreal/AAAS Releases Survey on Women in Science

6.  Seeking Female Speaker on Minority Initiatives

7.  Non-Tenure Track Survey on Academic Working Conditions

8.  Global Survey of Physicists

9.  2010 Nininger Award for Meteoritical Students

10.  Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Université de Montréal

11.  Tenure Track Assistant Professor - UCSC

12.  Program Director: National Science Foundation


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

14.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1.  Sexual harrassment via Facebook
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Facebook is sending out an advisory to colleges and universities in  
order to make everyone aware of a serious issue that began a few weeks  
ago on college campuses. Predators are using this social medium to  
identify potential victims.  Predators create fake accounts and  
contact female students, and contact usually begins with the profile  
"friending." The perpetrator introduces himself/herself and attempts  
to build a friendship. Posing as friends, the student is asked if they  
have a webcam and the student is asked to do inappropriate things.   
Eventually, the perpetrator asks for nude photos or to set up a meeting.

Do not accept new friends with whom you are not familiar. Do not set  
up meetings with strangers you meet on Facebook. Accepting strange  
friend requests puts you at risk.

In a world where anything can be copied, pasted, altered and  
distributed to a vast invisible audience, we must understand we hold  
the key to what kind of reputation we create for ourselves. Each time  
you fill out a profile without privacy controls, you comment on  
something, post a video, or text a picture of yourself to friends, you  
potentially reveal yourself to the world. Everything we do online  
creates digital footprints that wander and persist.

Keep personal information private. Social Security numbers, street  
addresses, phone numbers, and financial information, like bank account  
or credit card numbers, should stay private.

Do not reply to text, e-mail or pop-up messages asking for personal or  
financial information, and do not click any links in the message.   
Resist the urge to cut and paste a link from the message into your web  
browser, too. If you want to check a financial account, for example,  
type in the web address from your billing statement.

Activate privacy settings.

Be aware and vigilant.  There has been a rise in Facebook predators.

Although Facebook can provide an excellent opportunity for members to  
make connections with old friends and meet new friends it can also be  
a means for predators to find potential victims.  Facebook has privacy  
settings to make it easier for people to choose who can and cannot  
access information on their profiles.  It is up to you to adjust your  
privacy setting so that you do not share too much personal information  
or post something that may put you in harm's way.

2.  Sexual harassment by students?
From:  Anonymous

I was wondering how many other women faculty and graduate students  
experience sexual harassment from their students.  This year I am  
mentoring some new women faculty members in my department, and all of  
us are early in our careers.  In one of my first meetings, we  
discussed strategies for responding to students who ask you out.  I  
may have seen this so many times because I am young and I teach at a  
school where the students are a few years older than is the case at  
most colleges, so they are closer in age to myself.  I was shocked  
that this would happen at all, but I get a student asking me out on a  
date every two years, like clockwork.  I'm due this year, but I may be  
"fortunate" that my all-male physics class is instead starting the  
"that's what SHE said" jokes.  (For those of you not familiar with the  
line, it is generally said as a response to turn the previous  
statement into a sexual innuendo.  As the only "she" in the room, this  
is more than a little awkward.)  When I have been asked out by  
students I've generally been too shocked to do more than splutter out  
something incoherently mixing "I have a boyfriend" and "I wouldn't  
date a student".  The class with the joker received a little  
heart-to-heart where I tried to impress upon them that they have the  
responsibility to help fix the gender imbalance in physics and  

Have other women faculty had experiences like these, where the faculty  
member is receiving the sexual harassment from the student?  How have  
you responded?  Male allies, do you have similar situations, or maybe  
female students accusing you of sexual harassment to threaten a grade  
out of you?  And how would you recommend women faculty respond when  
male students ask us out on dates or make sexist jokes or sexual  

[Please send comments and advice to aaswomen_at_aas.org.  We are  
seeking both male and female perspectives on this issue.  -- eds.]

3.  Response to "Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's Committee  
on the National Medal of Science"
From:  Vera Rubin [rubin_at_dtm.ciw.edu]

[Last week, we reported that 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. --  

National Medal of Science goes to astronomers too - probably under  
Physics. So nominate women astronomers!

4.  Women's Wage 78.2% of Men'
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

U.S. Census data released Tuesday September 28, 2010 indicate that  
women's median pay still lags behind men's.  Women with full-time  
positions make 78.2% of men's salaries.  This percentage is up from  
2008 and 2000, however, when women's wage was 77.7% and 64% of men's,  
respectively.  Women's earnings are less than men's in all fifty  
states and in the District of Columbia.  However, women's earnings are  
higher than men's in Puerto Rico.

More information about these census data can be found at


5.  L'Oreal/AAAS Releases Survey on Women in Science
From:  Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

The results of a survey of 1,300 female and male scientists on career  
development found that 98 percent of female respondents knew a  
colleague who left the field because of barriers to professional  
success. The survey was conducted by AAAS at the request of L'Oréal  
USA. The findings were presented by AAAS Education and Human Resources  
director Shirley Malcom at a September 23 congressional briefing.

Press release with more information:

6.  Seeking Female Speaker on Minority Initiatives
From:  Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

Yesim Darci, FIU Physics, is on the ASP's Committee on Minorities.   
She is looking for an outstanding female speaker for their session at  
the April 2011 APS meeting, titled Initiatives
for Broadening Participation of Minorities in Graduate Level Physics.   
If you, or anyone you know, might be interested, you can contact her  
at dariciy_at_fiu.edu.

More information about the April 2011 APS meeting can be found at


7.  Non-Tenure Track Survey on Academic Working Conditions
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Calling all non-tenure track faculty including (full- or part-time)  
lecturers, graduate teaching assistants, researchers, and  
post-doctoral fellows.  This is your chance to communicate about and  
potentially help change your professional compensation and your  
working conditions.  The American Association of University Professors  
(AAUP) and other organizations in the Coalition on the Academic  
Workforce (CAW) are conducting a survey


as more faculty memebers are being hired off the tenure track and good  
data do not exist on these numerous appointments.  Most data on  
working conditions of the contingent academic workforce (particularly  
data about salaries, benefits, and course assignments) exist in large  
data sets that have been aggregated and averaged at the national  
level.  Consequently, similarities and differences that contingent  
academic workers experience across different institutions and  
institutional sectors, geographic regions, and disciplines become  
obscured.  This survey aims to examine salaries, benefits, course  
assignments, and general working conditions as contingent academic  
workers experience them at the institutional level. The survey  
collects institution- and course-specific information to create a more  
textured and realistic picture of contingent academic workers'  
working lives and working conditions.

The goal of the survey is to develop a rich dataset that will help CAW  
and its member organizations advocate on behalf of professional  
compensation and working conditions for the contingent academic  
workforce. Individuals who wish to be entered in a drawing for one of  
several $50 book gift cards may include contact information at the end  
of the questionnaire, but this information will not be used to connect  
survey data with specific persons.

Please fill out this survey by November 30, 2010 and send it to your  
non-tenure track colleagues.  Winners of the gift cards will be  
notified the week following November 30, 2010.

8.  Global Survey of Physicists
From:  Rachel Ivie [rivie_at_aip.org]

The American Institute of Physics is still collecting responses to the  
global survey of physicists, and we want to make sure that astronomers  
participate.  The survey is co-sponsored by the International Union of  
Pure and Applied Physics Working Group on Women and has a special  
focus on women.

The survey has been open since 2009, but if you have not already  
participated, please do so at


Make sure your response is included in this unprecedented effort to  
collect data from astronomers and physicists across the globe. The  
survey will be open a few more weeks only.

9.  2010 Nininger Award for Meteoritical Students
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [physics.ucf.edu]

The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is  
pleased to announce the 2010 application opportunity for the Nininger  
Meteorite Award for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing  
research in meteoritical sciences.  The 2010 Nininger Award  
application deadline is November 15, 2010.   For more information, go to


10.  Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Université de Montréal
From:  Thomas Rauch [rauch_at_astro.uni-tuebingen.de]

The Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal invites  
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in  
astronomy and astrophysics, to begin in June 2011.

The candidate will be expected to join the astronomy and astrophysics  
group and contribute to its activities. Candidates with interests in  
all fields of astronomy are encouraged to apply, although higher  
priority will be given to candidates with expertise in astronomy group  
focus areas: stellar astrophysics, solar physics, extragalactic  
astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation  
(www.astro.umontreal.ca/groupe). Further information about the  
Department, including research and teaching activities and more  
detailed information about the position, can be found on the Web site  
(www.phys.umontreal.ca) and


Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a  
summary of current and planned research (hardcopy only; e-mail  
submissions will not be accepted), and have three letters of  
recommendation sent directly, by November 30, 2010, to:

Prof. Yves Lépine, Chair
Département de physique
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7
Email address for inquiries: yves.lepine_at_umontreal.ca

Employment Equity Program: The Université de Montréal upholds the  
principles of employment equity and welcomes applications from women,  
ethnic and visible minorities, aboriginals and the people with  
disabilities. Applicants who belong to one of these groups are asked  
to complete the employment equity identification questionnaire posted at


and attach it to their application. 

Immigration Requirements: In compliance with Canadian immigration  
requirements, priority shall be given to Canadian citizens and landed  

Included Benefits: The Université de Montréal offers a competitive  
salary and a complete range of fringe benefits.

11.  Tenure Track Assistant Professor - UCSC
From:  Patti Schell [pmschell_at_ucsc.edu]

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of  
California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a faculty position at  
the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level starting Fall 2011. While  
we are particularly interested in qualified applicants with expertise  
in theoretical cosmology and galaxy formation, outstanding candidates  
working in any active areas of theoretical astrophysics will be  
considered and encouraged to apply.  We seek candidates whose research  
will integrate with our current research programs and at the same time  
broaden the scope of our faculty in theoretical astrophysics and  
contribute to our strong interdisciplinary collaborations.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain a first-class  
research program, teach in the department's undergraduate and graduate  
programs, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research.  
For additional information on the department, please see the  
departmental website


We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the  
diversity and excellence of the academic community through their  
research, teaching, and service, and who have demonstrated a  
commitment to improving access to higher education by minority groups.  
 Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in Astronomy,  
Physics, or related field; postdoctoral or comparable experience;  
demonstrated record of research excellence and potential to obtain  
external funding, and a commitment to and talent for teaching at  
undergraduate and graduate levels.

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A curriculum vitae and  
a statement of research and teaching interests should be mailed to  
astrorecruit_at_ucsc.edu. The candidate should arrange for at least  
three letters of reference to be sent directly by e-mail to  
astrorecruit_at_ucsc.edu. Letters should evaluate the candidate's  
scholarly contributions, teaching, leadership potential, and other  
professional accomplishments. (All letters will be treated as  
confidential documents. Please direct your referees to UCSC's  
confidentiality statement at


Applicants are also invited to submit a statement addressing their  
contributions to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or  

Alternate mailing address: Please refer to position #081-11 in all  
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
211 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB)
University of California 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Screening will begin with applications received by November 15, 2010  
and continue during academic year 2010-11 or until position is filled.  
To ensure full consideration, both the applications and letters of  
reference must arrive by November 15, 2010.

12.  Program Director: National Science Foundation
From:  Jim Ulvestad [julvesta_at_nsf.gov]

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for  
the position of Program Director within the Division of Astronomical  
Sciences, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The candidates selected for this position will have responsibility for  
coordination and management of elements of the AST individual  
investigator grants programs, including the themes within Astronomy  
and Astrophysics Research Grants, the instrumentation programs, and/or  
the Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.

The successful candidates will be involved in activities that include  
planning, budget development, the merit review and proposal  
recommendation process, the preparation of written material about the  
research supported by the Division, and interactions with other NSF
programs, Federal agencies and organizations. Program directors are  
expected to bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the  
Division, and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical community  
and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and Division activities  
and opportunities. Candidates are expected to work with the  
astronomical research and education community to broaden the diversity  
of participants in NSF programs. Expertise in all areas and techniques  
of astronomy and astrophysics will be considered.

The positions will be filled on a temporary basis beginning  
immediately; two positions are available. Applicants must have a Ph.D.  
or equivalent experience in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a  
closely related field, plus six or more years of successful research,  
administration, and/or managerial experience beyond the Ph.D.

Announcement E20100093-Rotator (Program Director) with position  
requirements and application procedures is located on the NSF Home  
Page at


and the USAJOBS Link:

http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?OPMControl=2003462 .

Telephone inquiries may be referred to Lindsey Boswell at 703-292-4350  
or rotator_at_nsf.gov. For technical information, contact Dr. James S.  
Ulvestad, AST Division Director, 703-292-8820, julvesta_at_nsf.gov.  
(Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-8044.)

Applicants are asked to respond to the following Quality Ranking Factors -

-  Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories  
applicable to astronomy, astrophysics, and physics which have resulted  
in recognized status in the community of astronomical scientists.

-  Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the  
scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate  
program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.

-  Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant  
program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including  
insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination  
management process.


Application Deadline: October 15, 2010

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