AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 15, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. When Students Ask Professors Out: A Follow Up

2. Childcare available for January AAS Meeting in Seattle

3. Career Resources for Astronomy Students 

4. CSWA on Facebook

5. Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Program

6. Request for PhysTEC Sites; Informational Webinar 

7. Postdoctoral Opportunities in Galaxy Evolution


8. Physics Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 

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

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. When Students Ask Professors Out: A Follow Up
From: Joan Schmelz and the CSWA

Last week's issue of AASWOMEN contained advice for a female instructor
("Anon II") whose male students were asking her out. This follow-up note
is a reminder to check the policies of your own institution. Some
universities allow professor-student dating as long as the professor has
no direct evaluative authority over the student. This would mean no
grading, no advising, no exam committees, etc. This would obviously not
be the case for Anon II, who was asking directly about male students in
her own classes.

One anonymous reader of AASWOMEN suggested that such university policies
developed because some genuine, non-abusive, professor-student amorous
relationships do arise when "life happens." It is better to deal with
them fairly than to drive them underground. If such a relationship does
develop it is crucial to avoid any conflict of interest; the professor
must remove him/herself from direct evaluative authority and disclose
the relationship to his/her department chair. 

Again, please check with your own university for rules and
procedures. Here is an example from Florida International University:

"Dating a student in your class, or a student whom you advise, or whose
work you will be supervising or evaluating in any manner (for example,
as a member of the student's thesis or dissertation committee) creates a
de facto conflict of interest according to the University's Sexual
Harassment rule, which states The University discourages amorous or
sexual relations between employees and students. Such relationships,
even when consensual, may be exploitive, and imperil the integrity of
the educational process or work environment . . . The University
requires the resolution of any conflict of interest created by these

Specifically, once the conflict exists or is reasonably foreseeable, you
must take all necessary steps to remove yourself from evaluating the
student. If it is not within your power to take the steps necessary to
resolve the conflict, you must promptly inform your supervisor (usually,
the Department Chair) who is then responsible for taking the steps to
ensure unbiased evaluation of the student. Failure to resolve the
conflict may result in disciplinary action."

2. Childcare available for January AAS Meeting in Seattle
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]
Childcare Onsite

The AAS will provide childcare onsite during the meeting through the
Kiddie Coprs Service. Care will be available Sunday, 9 January 2011
through Thursday, 13 January 2011. The cost of care is per $8 hour. The
advance registration deadline is 13 December 2010. To arrange childcare
please complete the registration form at 

Childcare Grants

Childcare grants are available for up to $250 per family for those that
wish to bring children to the meeting. Parents are responsible for
making arrangements for childcare. To apply for a childcare grant please
fill out the Childcare Grant Application available at
If requests exceed available funding, preference will be given to those
in the early stages of their careers. If you have questions about
childcare please contact Laronda Boyce( boyce_at_aas.org) at
202-328-2010 ext. 110. 

Childcare Sharing

Please visit the Childcare Sharing Forum at 
to find other attendees interested in sharing childcare. You will need
to register to view and post on the forum. 

3. Career Resources for Astronomy Students
From: Nathan Grimm [nathan_at_sreducationgroup.org]

[This website has a collection of links with education and career
information ranging from the AAS and personal stories (A Day in the Life
of...) to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- eds.] 

We just published an article on Guide to Career Education which focuses
on providing Astronomy students and professionals with the best
astronomy career resources on the internet,

The article would be a great addition to your astronomy resources. I
hope it helps the students who use your website to find a great job in
the field of astronomy. 


Nathan Grimm
Program Manager - SR Education Group
(425) 605-8898 123
Lake Street South
Suite B-1
Kirkland, WA 98033

4. CSWA on Facebook
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

A reminder that the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is on

48 monthly active users; 2 since last week
362 people like this; 3 since last week
4 wall posts and comments this week; 4 since last week
286 visits this week; 3 since last week

This newsletter and blog posts from womeninastronomy.blogspot.com are
available there as well. 

5. Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Program
From: WIPHYS for Oct. 11, 2010

Schlumberger Foundation Solicits Applications for Faculty for the Future
Program: Deadline is November 30 

The Schlumberger Foundation, based in France, is soliciting applications
for its Faculty for the Future Program, geared toward "women from
developing and emerging economies who are preparing for Ph.D. or
post-doctoral study in the physical sciences, engineering, or related
disciplines to pursue advanced graduate study at top universities in
their disciplines abroad." Grants are in the range of $25,000 to $50,000
per year. 

6. Request for PhysTEC Sites; Informational Webinar
From: WIPHYS for Oct. 11, 2010

Request for PhysTEC Sites (Deadline: November 5) and Webinar (October 18)

PhysTEC requests proposals for new sites to develop model physics
teacher preparation programs, to begin in the 2011-2012 academic
year. Institutions wishing to apply must submit a letter of interest by
November 5, 2010. Proposals are solicited for two types of sites :

Comprehensive sites, which will receive up to $100k per year for three
years. These sites will implement the full PhysTEC program. 

Pilot sites, which will receive up to $25k per year for three years to
implement specific elements of teacher preparation programs. 

And, on Monday, October 18, PhysTEC will host a webinar to discuss and
answer your questions related to the proposals for new sites. 

7. Postdoctoral Opportunities in Galaxy Evolution
From: James Bullock [james.s.bullock_at_gmail.com]

The Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution (CGE) invites
applications for FALL 2011 Center Fellowship positions as part of a
research initiative among UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC
San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara. A CGE Fellowship provides an
opportunity for highly qualified postdoctoral scholars to conduct
theoretical or observational research at any of the five campuses in
areas broadly related to galaxy formation, including (but not limited
to) galaxy evolution, Galactic astronomy, early star formation, and AGN
phenomena. The Fellowship provides up to three years of support with an
excellent, competitive salary plus benefits and a generous annual
research budget. 

One of the primary objectives of this program is to promote
collaboration between the five Southern UC campuses. Applications will
be judged on research excellence and, in part, on their likelihood for
promoting collaboration between at least two campuses. Thus, we require
the candidate to specify a first-choice and second-choice host campus
and to maintain faculty contacts at these two campuses throughout the
fellowship. The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. in physics,
astrophysics, or related field. Applications must include a statement of
past research (up to 3 pages), a research proposal (up to 3 pages), CV,
and the names of pre-arranged faculty contacts at two of the CGE
campuses. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of
recommendation submitted electronically. Detailed electronic submission
instructions are available at http://www.cge.uci.edu/ . The University
of California is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence
through diversity. 

Applications are due on November 30, 2010. 

8. Physics Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 
From: WIPHYS for Oct. 11, 2010

Applications are invited for one or more long-term lecturer positions in
Physics. A M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy by June 30, 2011 is
required, along with other qualifications (see
for details). Start date is August 23, 2011. Responsibilities primarily
include teaching courses and laboratories in algebra- and calculus-based
introductory physics and physical science. The physics program at
University of Wisconsin-Platteville includes an accredited major in
engineering physics. Application review begins 11/30/10 and continues
until the position is filled. 

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