AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 3, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science

2. We're not just assistants now, and we weren't then either

3. Nice story about Nancy Roman

4. Planning on curtailing travel due to TSA screenings?

5. CSWA-related events at the Seattle AAS

6. Child Care at the Seattle AAS

7. IUPAP conference on Women in Physics

8. Professional Skills Development Workshop, March 2011 APS meeting 

9. Strategic Leadership Program for Women in STEM Fields 

10. NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

11. L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

12. Graduate Women in Science Fellowships

13. Department of Energy Scholars Program

14. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowships

15. NASA Academy Summer Program

16. Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program for High School Students

17. Postdoctoral position in compact star asteroseismology

18. Assistant Director, Research Programs

19. Tenure-track Faculty Job at Wesleyan University

20. Rosalind Franklin Fellowship (Tenure-Track), University of Groningen


21. Staff opening at John Carroll University 

22. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Syracuse University 

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

24. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science
From: Several Readers

Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org] sent us this:

Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: A Classroom
Study of Values Affirmation 
Akira Miyake, Lauren E. Kost-Smith, Noah D. Finkelstein, Steven
J. Pollock, Geoffrey L. Cohen and Tiffany A. Ito1 

In many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines,
women are outperformed by men in test scores, jeopardizing their success
in science-oriented courses and careers. The current study tested the
effectiveness of a psychological intervention, called values
affirmation, in reducing the gender achievement gap in a college-level
introductory physics class. In this randomized double-blind study, 399
students either wrote about their most important values or not, twice at
the beginning of the 15-week course. Values affirmation reduced the
male-female performance and learning difference substantially and
elevated women's modal grades from the C to B range. Benefits were
strongest for women who tended to endorse the stereotype that men do
better than women in physics. A brief psychological intervention may be
a promising way to address the gender gap in science performance and

Full article link available here:

Lisa Kaltenegger [lkaltene_at_cfa.harvard.edu] sent us this:
An article about the paper is available here:

Maryam Modjaz  sent us links to both and noted
"the sample size is still small (~400 people) and it will be interesting
to see what follow-up studies on larger samples yield."

2. We're not just assistants now, and we weren't then either From:
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein [cosmos_at_post.harvard.edu]

I recently moved to the Washington, D.C. area to begin a NASA
Postdoctoral Program Fellowship at Goddard Space Flight Center. Since my
Canadian boyfriend had never been to DC before, I decided to show him my
favorite parts of the city. The first thing we did was visit the
National Air and Space Museum, one of my favorite places in the world. I
was particularly excited about the "Explore the Universe" exhibit
(http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal111/index.cfm) because as a
theorist, I don't know as much about the history of instrumentation as I
should, and I was excited to see some older instruments first hand. 

So, imagine my dismay when I got to the section about Caroline and
William Herschel, a sister-brother team of astronomers, and saw their
names attached to the following titles: 
William Herschel: The Complete Astronomer
Caroline Herschel: William's Essential Assistant
[Photo of Plaque can be seen at 

The paragraph describing Caroline goes on to begin, "A fine astronomer
in her own right . . . " Well, if she was an astronomer, how come she
doesn't get the same label as her brother?  What kind of message does
this send to the young girls and boys who will potentially be exposed to
astronomy for the first time in this exhibit? Caroline Herschel is the
first woman (of only three) mentioned in the exhibit, and it seems her
claim to fame is having been in the employ of her genius brother. 

I'm not suggesting that Caroline's contributions be exaggerated --
simply that astronomers should be labeled as such. It's hard enough to
find recorded examples of white women (much less women of color) who
made contributions to the field, so why downgrade their significance and
role when we do? The reality is more likely that Caroline and William
were collaborators. In addition to continuing their collaborations after
her brother's death, Caroline Herschel made several discoveries of
comets and was awarded prizes for her contributions to the
field. Indeed, without Caroline's independent work after his death,
William's contributions to the field would be significantly lessened. 

But it's 2010, and I shouldn't have to explain why a woman astronomer
should be given the title of "astronomer." The exhibitors at NASM are
tasked with an important job: to represent what we do to the general
public, in part to encourage the next generation to follow in our
footsteps. We all know that when little girls get the message that
science isn't for them to do or lead, they take it to heart. NASM's job,
like ours, is to change that narrative and change the way that story
typically ends. They are failing all of the little girls out there, and
by extension the field of astronomy, by cheating astronomer Caroline
Lucretia Herschel of her due. 

3. Nice story about Nancy Roman
From: Geoff Clayton [gclayton_at_gmail.com]

There is a nice story about Nancy Roman in the ChevyChase Patch:

"Mother of the Hubble" Holds Discussion at Friendship Heights Center


4. Planning on curtailing travel due to TSA screenings?
From: Anonymous

We received an inquiry from a reader who was curious to know if there is
much discussion in the community of women astronomers about the latest
TSA screening procedures? The reader feels that the new procedures are
too personally invasive and will be curtailing her travel in the future
as a result. She wanted to know if anyone else felt this way?

5. CSWA-related events at the Seattle AAS
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

A reminder that CSWA is sponsoring or helping organize the following
sessions the Seattle AAS in January. Here's the list:

Strategies for Addressing Harassment and Prejudice 
Special Session
Monday, Jan 10, 10:00 AM
Room 4C-4
Sponsor: CSMA & CSWA

CSWA: What Can Men Do to Help Women Succeed in Astronomy?
Town Hall
Monday, Jan 10, 2011, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Ballroom 6A
Sponsor: CSWA

Two-Body Issues: Balancing Work and Life
Special Session
Tuesday, Jan 11, 10:00 AM
Room 608
Sponsor: AAS Employment Committee

Addressing Unconscious Bias: Steps toward an Inclusive Scientific
Culture by Abigail Stewart (Univ. of Mich.) 
Invited Session
Thursday, Jan 13, 11:40 AM
Ballroom 6AB
Sponsor: CSWA

6. Child Care at the Seattle AAS
From: CSWA

The AAS will provide childcare onsite during the meeting through the
Kiddie Corps 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 available at

[Please note that the deadline for Child Care Grants has passed,

There is also a Childare Sharing Forum linked from the AAS Child Care
site to find other attendees interested in sharing childcare. You will
need to register to view and post on the forum. 

7. IUPAP conference on Women in Physics
From: Luz J Martinez-Miranda [ljmm_at_umd.edu]

I am a co-leader of the US delegation to the 4th International
Conference on Women in Physics. We are accepting applications to the US
delegation until January 7, 2011 at midnight EST. The details of where
to apply and where to find out more information on the meeting appear in
the attached flyer. Please distribute it among your members. 

The US team leaders invite you to apply to become a member of the US
delegation to the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics
in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference will feature discussion of
progress and challenges in increasing the numbers and advancement of
women in physics around the world; highlight exciting physics frontiers;
and feature successful strategies for attracting girls to physics,
helping young women launch physics careers, and promoting more women
into leadership. Numerous opportunities are planned for networking,
professional development, exploring international collaborations, and
sharing your research interests and results in a poster session. More
information about the conference may be found at: 

A pdf version of the flyer is available at

8. Professional Skills Development Workshop, March 2011 APS meeting 
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

NOTE: Deadline to apply is December 10, 2010

March 20, 2011
Dallas, Texas

Professional Skills Development workshops are designed to provide women
physicists with professional training in effective negotiation,
communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity
for networking. The primary workshop  goal is to produce more women
leaders in physics and to help these women achieve their full potential
in the top ranks of their profession. 

Information available at

9. Strategic Leadership Program for Women in STEM Fields
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

From Specialist to Strategist is a strategic leadership program designed
in collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers that equips women
in STEM with a solid understanding of business and leadership
fundamentals for the advancement of critical business initiatives. The
program is designed for women who are four to ten years into their
careers and who are assuming first time roles as leaders or are managers
being prepared for advancement. Companies are encouraged to send teams
of two to ten high potential women to create momentum within their
organizations' leadership pipeline. Registration is now open for
the program that runs from June 5-10, 2011.  

Information at:

10. NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

Deadline is February 1, 2011 

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA
Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2011-2012
academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications
from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing
Master of Science or Doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or
related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued
training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to
achieve NASA's scientific goals. 

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at
the NESSF 11 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com --
click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select
the "NESSF 11" announcement. Also refer to "Proposal Submission
Instructions" and "Program Specific Questions" listed under "Other
Documents" on the NESSF 11 solicitation index page.

For further information contact Dolores Holland, Program Administrator
for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and
Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail:

11. L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science From: WIPHYS, Nov. 19,

NOTE: Deadline is December 13, 2010  
L'Oreal has announced the opening of its application period for the
L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program. The program,
now in its eighth year, annually recognizes and supports five women
postdoctoral researchers in the U.S. who are pursuing careers in the
life and physical/material sciences. L'Oreal USA awards each
recipient up to $60,000 dollars toward postdoctoral research.

More information and application here:

12. Graduate Women in Science Fellowships:
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

Deadline is January 15, 2011 

There are several fellowships available for women in the sciences from

To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled as a graduate student, or
engaged in post-doctoral or early-stage junior faculty academic
research, and demonstrate financial need for continuation or completion
of their research. 

Full information is available at:

13. Department of Energy Scholars Program
From: WIPHYS, Nov. 19, 2010

Deadline is January 31, 2011

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting
applications for Summer 2011. The program offers summer internships with
stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to
undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited
institutes of higher education.  

More information here:

14. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowships
From: WIPHYS, Nov. 19, 2010

Deadline is January 12, 2011

The application process for 2011 Teaching Fellowships is now
open. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Science and Mathematics
Teaching Fellows are chosen from among young men and women who have
earned or are in the process of earning a degree in science, mathematics
or engineering from a recognized institution of higher education.  

More information here:

15. NASA Academy Summer Program
From: WIPHYS, Nov. 19, 2010

Deadline is January 18, 2011

The 10-week NASA Academy summer program is now taking applications from
undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the sciences, math, and
engineering. The Academies are intensive educational programs
emphasizing group activities, teamwork, research, and creativity. The
curriculum balances direct contact with science and engineering R&D with
an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and human
issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal
discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA
Centers and facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations,
and assessment. Additionally, most weekends are filled with group
activities, team building and off-site trips. 

The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a
rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a
space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and
collaborations with aerospace industry, and academia, with very little
down time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.  

More information here:

16. Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program for High School Students
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

Deadline is January 7, 2011

The program places academically talented high school students with
interest and ability in science and mathematics as apprentices in
Department of Navy laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. These
students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The
program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields
of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and

More information at:

17. Postdoctoral position in compact star asteroseismology
From: Mike Reed [mikereed_at_missouristate.edu]

Missouri State University is accepting applications for a POSTDOCTORAL
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Asteroseismology) for the Physics, Astronomy, and
Materials Science Department. Responsibilities include participating in
research programs on pulsating hot subdwarf stars; obtaining, reducing,
analyzing and disseminating multicolor photometry and time-resolved
spectroscopy; and interacting with undergraduate students.

For required qualifications: www.missouristate.edu/jobs (listed under
staff positions) or call (417) 836-4683. Excellent Benefit Package. This
is a grant funded position. Pay Grade: Unclassified. Salary: Salary is
commensurate with education and experience.

Submit letter of interest, resume, online application, copy of
transcripts, list of publications, statement of research interests &
name, address & phone number of three professional references by
1-5-2011 using the above web site, or to: Mike Reed, Search Chair,
Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science, Missouri State University, 901
S. National, Springfield, MO 65897. Successful candidates must be
committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
Employment will require a criminal background check at University
expense. AA/EOE.

18. Assistant Director, Research Programs
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

[Although the initial deadline has passed, the search will remain open
until the position is filled, so I was requested to send this out in
today's newsletter. -- ed.]

Florida International University, a part of the State University System
of Florida, has an immediate opening for an Assistant Director, Research
Programs. The successful candidate will provide curriculum development
support and project coordination for the FIU Science Collaborative
Project, a Howard Hughes Medical Institution Science Education
Grant. The director will work closely with the discipline-based science
education research faculty leading the project. The project will expand
and deepen the transformation of science education already underway in
physics, chemistry, and biology, leveraging external and institutional
commitments to establish FIU as a recognized leader in science education

The most qualified candidates will have completed a doctoral degree in
science, science education, or related field, although strong candidates
with a master's degree or bachelor's degree plus 2 years of experience
may apply. Additional information may be obtained by contacting
Professor Laird Kramer (305-348-6073 / Laird.Kramer_at_fiu.edu). Applicants
should apply online at www.fiujobs.org (position #62776) and arrange to
have three letters of reference sent to 
Laird Kramer
Department of Physics
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St 
Miami, FL 33199. 

Complete job description is available at

Application review will begin on Dec 1, 2010 and continue until
the position is filled.

19. Tenure-track Faculty Job at Wesleyan University
From: Edward Moran [emoran_at_wesleyan.edu]

Deadline: Decemeber 15, 2010

The Wesleyan University Astronomy Department invites applications for a
tenure track position at the assistant professor level.  The ideal
candidate will have a Ph.D. plus at least two years of post-doctoral
experience.  We seek a person who can teach across the curriculum,
extend the research areas and techniques covered by the Department, and
interact well with the existing faculty.  The position is open to any
area of specialization, but the successful candidate must demonstrate a
willingness and ability to involve undergraduates in forefront research.
In addition to an undergraduate major, the Department also runs an
M.A. program that has been quite successful in preparing students,
including those with non-traditional backgrounds, for admission to
Ph.D. programs.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and
research statement.  They should also arrange to have three letters of
recommendation sent to the search committee.  The deadline for receipt
of all application materials is December 15, 2010. 

Wesleyan University is an equal-opportunity and affirmative-action
employer and welcomes applications from women and members of
historically underrepresented minority groups.  Wesleyan recognizes the
value individual and group differences contribute to the learning
environment and to scholarship.  Wesleyan University does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic
origin, sex, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression or age in its programs
and activities.  Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Affirmative Action Specialist, 317 North College, 860-685-4771. 

Submission Address for Resumes/CVs :
Name: Search Committee
Organization: Wesleyan University
Address: 96 Foss Hill Drive
Address (cont.): Van Vleck Observatory
City: Middletown
State: CT
ZIP: 06459
County: United States
Tel: (860) 685-2130
Fax: (860) 685-2131
Email submissions: astrosearch_at_wesleyan.edu

Email address for inquiries: emoran_at_wesleyan.edu
Related URL (optional):
http://www.wesleyan.edu/astro/ (Department home page)

Please also see the AAS Job Register posting No. 26971.

20. Rosalind Franklin Fellowship
From: Petra Rudolf [p.rudolf_at_rug.nl]

I would like to ask for your kind help in alerting potential candidates
to the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Call currently open at my
university. To promote the participation of women in Liberal Arts and
Natural Sciences the University of Groningen offers a prestigious
fellowship programme, named after Rosalind Franklin, whose X-ray studies
of DNA were crucial to solving its structure. Four fellowships are
available in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The
fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are
awarded to outstanding female scientists from any country and from any
of the disciplines mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology,
pharmacy, environmental studies, computer science and artificial

For further information see http://www.rug.nl/fwn/onderzoek/rff/index
and below. Deadline is January 7th, 2011. 

I would be most grateful if you were so kind as to notify colleagues who
might be interested. Thank you for your help.  

Prof. Dr. Petra Rudolf

Rosalind Franklin Fellowships for Women in Arts and Sciences (tenure-track)
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Applicants must have:
    * A PhD and post-doctoral experience, preferably in different
      research institutions (Dutch applicants should have minimally two
      years of post-doctoral experience outside the Netherlands) 

    * Publications in first rate international scientific journals

    * Experience in supervising research projects

    * The ability to successfully compete for external research funding
    * Affinity to teaching

    * International recognition
    * The candidate has the potential to develop into a leader who
    * guides and inspires 

The 6-year fellowship comprises:
    * a gross annual salary commensurate with experience and in
      accordance with national standards, starting around \u20ac 4,082,- per
      month (full time position) 
    * a start-up grant including a PhD student position

During these six years the fellow will be expected to focus on research,
with teaching duties comprising maximally 30% of the time. The fellows
are expected to develop their own independent line of research, while
working in the unit of one of our professors. 

Following a favorable evaluation at the end of the 6 years the fellow
will be awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor
for a period of 7 years. After a further 4 - 7 years another evaluation
will take place and if this proves favorable, promotion to full
professor will follow. 

Applicants should submit: 
1. a full curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
2. a list of five selected "best papers"(preferably including copies)
3. a 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and future research goals
4. the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of 3 referees 

The deadline for application is January 7th, 2011.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. L.J.A. van Putten
Faculty Board office
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
University of Groningen
PO Box 407
9700 AK Groningen
The Netherlands  

21. Staff opening at John Carroll University  
From: WIPHYS, Nov. 19, 2010

The Physics department of John Carroll University is seeking to fill a
staff position for a teaching and research support technician. Duties
include: support teaching laboratories and classroom demonstrations;
teach introductory labs and train and supervise undergraduate teaching
assistants; train students in safe and correct machine shop practice;
use machine tools to construct equipment to support science faculty
research or teaching; manage and maintain the physics department machine
shop. Suitably qualified individuals may have other teaching

Screening of applications will begin December 6, 2010 and will continue
until the position is filled. John Carroll University is committed to
diversity in the workplace; we strongly encourage applications from
women and minorities. Qualifications: Master's or PhD degree in physics,
engineering or related field preferred (Bachelors with extra experience
will be considered). Skill with machining and safe machine shop
practice. Ability to design and troubleshoot simple circuits. Computer
skills sufficient to troubleshoot software or computer interface

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
copies of transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, through the
JCU web site at

22. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Syracuse University
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 1, 2010

NOTE: Deadline is December 15, 2010 

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites application for
a postdoctoral research position in gravitational-wave astronomy and
astrophysics, starting September 1, 2011 or possibly earlier. The
initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years
contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance. 

The successful candidate's research will be focused on development of
search and parameter estimation techniques for gravitational waves using
the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, the
interface between numerical relativity and gravitational- wave astronomy
and the physics of gravitational-wave sources. 

For full consideration qualified candidates must complete an online
management application
job #027055) and attach their curriculum vitae,
list of publications, a statement of research interests, and arrange for
three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Duncan Brown at
dabrown_at_physics.syr.edu or via regular mail to: 
Prof. Duncan Brown
Department of Physics 
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244, USA. 

Application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2010 for full
consideration, but the screening process will continue until the
position is filled.  

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