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

This week's issues:

1. We're Not Just Assistants Now, Part II

2. CONSTELLATION, A Model Program to Promote Women, Part II

3. AASWomen Newsletter Bits to Blog

4. NASA Innovations in Global Climate Change Education

5. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women

6. Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training

7. CIERA Postdoctoral Fellowships at Northwestern University

8. BFA TAC Postdoc Job at UC Berkeley

9. Full-Time Faculty, Bennington College

10. Tenure Track, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College

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

12. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. We're Not Just Assistants Now, Part II
Hannah Jang-Condell [hannah_at_astro.umd.edu]

[In last week's AASWomen, a reader discussed the label "William's  
Essential Assistant" to a photo of Caroline Herschel.]  Here's a  
follow-up to the AASWomen article about Caroline Herschel, written by  
someone at the Smithsonian itself:


2. CONSTELLATION, A Model Program to Promote Women, Part II
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

In the November 12, 2010 AASWomen newsletter, the third item discussed  
CONSTELLATION, a European Commission (EC) FP6 Marie Curie Research  
Training Network, as a potential model program to promote women in  
astronomy. Although not an original goal, approximately 50% women and  
50% men were hired from those that were trained through the network,  
making this a potential model program to promote women in science.

Although no statistics were available at that time on the salaries of  
the women and men hired through the network, a follow-up interview  
with the original coordinator of CONSTELLATION, Prof. Mark McCaughrean  
(Univ. of Exeter, School of Physics), provided us with those  
statistics:  "The salaries for EC networks like these are fixed by the  
Commission and are gender-blind, i.e. the same for men and women."   
Slight differences in salaries are due to EC-fixed country-to-country  
"cost of living" adjustments (roughly +/- 10-15%) and a mobility  
allowance to move from their home country, but all without reference  
to the gender of the researcher.  A prior network (2000-2004) resulted  
in only three women hires out of 13 young researchers which thus  
became the reason why this current network actively sought better  
hiring statistics.

What about the hiring equality for women in the USA? This topic was  
discussed in AASWomen October 1, 2010 and is a subject in this week's  
Women in Astronomy blogspot


3. AASWomen Newsletter Bits to Blog
From:  Kelle Cruz [kellecruz_at_gmail.com]

Hi AAS Women,

It would really be awesome if the meatier posts on the newsletter  
could be given their own blog entry. The book reviews, comments,  
discussions, etc. The newsletter format is just so clunky...If the  
non-announcement posts had their own URL, we could share them on FB,  
Twitter, AstroBetter and, even more compelling, we could comment on  
them in real time!? I think this would really increase the visibility  
of this organization and spread the discussion throughout the community.

Also, I'm not saying take them *out* of the newsletter, just *also*  
post them as their own entry on the blog (copy & paste). In the  
process of doing AstroBetter, I've learned that readers have a very  
large tolerance for duplication.

Thanks for your efforts!


[Dear Kelle,

Thanks for your constructive feedback.  Note item #2 in this week's  
newsletter - we have presented the more factual material here in the  
newsletter and referenced the blog where we have made extemporaneous  
comments. -- eds.]

4.  NASA Innovations in Global Climate Change Education
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

NASA will soon release a funding opportunity under its Innovations in  
Global Climate Change Education (IGCCE) project, which is part of  
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program.

IGCCE will be accepting proposals from minority institutions,  
community colleges, K-12 school districts with high minority  
populations, and non-profits focused on underrepresented minorities.  
It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for partnership  
and collaboration to leverage past and current climate change  
education efforts. Majority institutions are encouraged to seek  
partnership opportunities. For more information, see


5.  APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS, December 8, 2010

APS and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate  
women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate  
studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried  
positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research  
locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and  
give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. Find more  
information and the application link at:


6. Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training
Eduardo Martin [ege_at_cab.inta-csic.es]

The Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK is leading a  
new EC FP7 Marie-Curie Initial Training Network - GREAT-ITN - with a  
research theme of 'Unravelling the Milky Way' including studies of its  
constituent components from planets, stars, dust and gas. The network  
brings together partners from across Europe - with the aim of  
exploiting the upcoming data from ESA's Gaia mission as applied to the  
study of the Milky Way. Further information concerning GREAT can be  
found at


Across the network, seventeen Marie Curie Early Stage Research (ESR)  
Fellows will embark on PhD study programmes addressing a range of  
specific topics. Posts are available at the following institutes:

-	Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK (2 positions)
-	University of Leiden, The Netherlands
-	Lund University, Sweden
-	University of Barcelona, Spain (2 positions)
-	University of Heidelberg, Germany
-	MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
-	University of Geneva, Switzerland
-	University of Leuven, Belgium
-	Peking University, China
-	INAF (Bologna and Padua), Italy (2 positions)
-	Adam Mickiewicza University, Poznan, Poland
-	CAUP, University of Porto, Portugal
-	CNRS (Bordeaux and Besancon), France (2 positions)

The ESR positions are for three years. There is some flexibility with  
starting dates, although most posts are expected to commence Sep/Oct  
2011. The network PhD students will receive training primarily through  
their host institute with some training provided by visits to other  
institutes in the network.

Further information concerning the positions, together with the full  
application procedure is available at:


This page provides links to the projects on offer at each of the above  
host institutes, together with full application details and the  
eligibility requirements specific to that host institute. In  
particular applications are welcome from suitably qualified students  
(generally those holding a recognized Masters level degree in  
Astrophysics or related subject), but note that they may not have  
resided in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months  
in the previous three years.

ESR researchers will be paid a generous salary to cover their living  
costs and travel. They also receive funds to support their  
participation in the GREAT-ITN European wide research and training  
events. A contribution to some family related expenses and the cost of  
annual travel back to the ESR's home country is also provided.  Review  
of applications will continue until all posts are filled, so early  
applications are encouraged.

7.  CIERA Postdoctoral Fellowships at Northwestern University
From:  Vicky Kalogera [vicky_at_northwestern.edu]

The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in  
Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University invites applications  
for Center Postdoctoral Fellowships. Fellows will be expected to work  
independently and pursue an interdisciplinary research program in any  
area of astrophysics that overlaps strongly with other fields such as  
computer science, applied math, planetary science, astrobiology,  
chemistry, or electrical engineering. We are mainly interested in  
applications from recent Ph.D. graduates in those other fields who are  
interested in switching to astrophysics and/or applying their  
knowledge from another field to astrophysical problems.  More  
information about CIERA and its activities can be found at


Fellowship appointments will be for a 3-year term (with the  
possibility of extension) starting in September 2011. The initial  
annual stipend is $60,000, plus a competitive benefits package, and a  
research budget of $15,000 per year.

Applicants should send a complete curriculum vitae including a list of  
publications, a brief statement of research accomplishments and future  
plans for interdisciplinary research in astrophysics, and arrange for  
at least 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to the above address.  
Email submissions are preferred. Please clearly state the title of the  
position for which you are applying in your cover letter and in the  
subject of your e-mail. Applicants must receive their Ph.D. prior to  
appointment. Applications from women and minority candidates are  
especially encouraged. The application deadline is December 31, 2010.

CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Dearborn Observatory
2131 Tech Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2900, USA
Tel: 847-491-8646
Postal Submissions: Attention: Carrie Middleton at address above
E-mail Submissions (Preferred): ciera_at_northwestern.edu
Application Deadline: 12/31/2010

8. BFA TAC Postdoc Job at UC Berkeley
From:  Karen Wang [karenwang_at_berkeley.edu]

The University of California at Berkeley invites applications for a  
new prize postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics. Depending on the  
candidate chosen, the position will be affiliated with the Theoretical  
Astrophysics Center (TAC), Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences  
(CIPS), Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), Radio  
Astronomy Lab (RAL), Department of Astronomy, and/or Department of  
Physics.  The position is for two years, with a possibility of renewal  
for a third year.  The Fellows are expected to carry out independent  
research on topics of their choosing using any technique, theoretical,  
observational, or experimental.  Successful candidates will also have  
the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in  
the neighboring Space Sciences Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley  
National Laboratory.

Candidates should have obtained their Ph.D. in astrophysics or a  
related field.  Candidates who have already applied for the TAC (AAS  
Job Register No. 26753), CIPS (No. 26826), or Miller postdoc positions  
need not apply separately for this position.  Otherwise, required  
application materials include a CV, bibliography, and statement of  
research interests and plans.  Please submit applications  
electronically at


by January 3, 2011.  Please make sure that three letters of reference  
are uploaded by Jan. 3 2011 to the URL provided to you in the  
confirmation email message. UC Berkeley's Statement of Confidentiality  
can be found at:


The University of California, Berkeley is committed to affirmative  
action by actively recruiting qualified women and minorities for  
employment opportunities: Affirmative Action Employer/Equal  
Opportunity Employer.

Included Benefits: Medical and dental insurance are included.  In  
addition, UC Berkeley has a number of policies specifically geared  
towards helping academics with families; see


9.  Full-Time Faculty, Bennington College
From:  Karen Kwitter [Karen.B.Kwitter_at_williams.edu]

Saw this in the Job Register, and thought this might be good in the  
next AAS Women's Newsletter:

Bennington College, a liberal arts college in southern Vermont (15  
miles from Williams College) is looking for a new physics faculty  
member - all subfields are open, and they are especially interested in  
developing an astronomy curriculum.


10.  Tenure Track, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College
From:  Wendy Bauer [wbauer_at_wellesley.edu]

The Wellesley College Department of Astronomy invites applications for  
a tenure-track appointment at the beginning assistant professor level  
to start in Fall 2011. We are especially seeking candidates whose  
research specialties lie in planetary science or a closely related  
area, such as extrasolar planetary or solar astronomy. The successful  
candidate will teach introductory astronomy courses as well as new  
courses in areas such as remote sensing, planetary geology, or climate  
change, that would be broadly appealing to students from related  
disciplines. The candidate must have demonstrated teaching ability and  
must be committed to carrying out a vibrant program of research that  
involves undergraduates at multiple levels.

The Department of Astronomy is housed in an unusually fine facility,  
the newly renovated Whitin Observatory. Telescopes include historic  
Clark refractors and a 24" reflector used for teaching and research.   
We hope to find a candidate who will share our sense of stewardship of  
the Observatory. Candidates must have a Ph.D., and some postdoctoral  
experience is preferred. Wellesley College is an Affirmative  
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing  
the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates  
who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.   
Review of applications will begin Jan 15; for instructions see


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