AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 4, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Looking for scholarly work(s) on gender differences

2. CSWA Town Hall recap available

3. Lecture: Intersectionality in STEM Fields

4. CSWP Networking Events at the APS Meetings 

5. Faculty position in Cosmology, UT Dallas

6. Middle Tennessee State University $30,000 Dissertation Fellowship

7. Proctor & Gamble Summer Intern Program

8. How to Submit to AASWOMEN

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. Looking for scholarly work(s) on gender differences
From: Jill Tartar [tarter_at_seti.org]

I've been invited to participate in a panel discussion on women in
science and technology to celebrate the consolidation of what was
previously 4 different bodies at the UN dealing with women's issues into
a single new entity, UN Women.  Included below is an excerpt from the
concept document that launched this event.  Biology vs. sociology to
explain gender differences in STEM career participation is an issue much
discussed within this forum.  Clearly I need to do some research on this
really complex topic (see e.g. the SCIENCE book reviews at
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6009/1320.full).  Does
this forum have a hands-down favorite scholarly publication they

Excerpt from concept document:

This year, UN Women, the UN's new leadership organization for
programs focused on women will shine a spotlight on women in science and
technology when the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
convenes from February 22 to March 4, 2011.   Headed by former Chilean
President Michele Bachelet, who officially took office on January 3, UN
Women will elevate the importance of women within the UN System, and
strengthen and expand global efforts to promote women's advancement
and equality. 

In order to bring CSW's deliberations into the mainstream, and to
call attention to the creation of UN Women under Under-Secretary
Bachelet's leadership, we propose to work with Bachelet to convene
a high-profile public conversation featuring accomplished scientists and
thinkers on the controversial topic of what holds back women's
progress in science and technology -- and what must be done to
overcome these obstacles.  

The conversation will address the following questions:

   o Is there a tangible difference in how men and women think?

   o Why do so few women reach the highest levels?

   o Should governments try to get involved to sort out the inequities?

   o Do women lag behind because of society's road blocks?

   o What can be done to reverse this trend?

2. CSWA Town Hall Recap available
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

Hannah has reposted points from the slides presented by Joan Schmelz,
chair of the CSWA, at the CSWA Towm Hall meeting on "How Men Can Help
Women in Astronomy," as well as her notes from the meeting.

See the post and recap at
3. Lecture: Intersectionality in STEM Fields
From: WIPHYS, February 4, 2011

Free lecture with Evelynn Hammonds on Intersectionality in STEM Fields:
February 17 in New York  

Intersectionality is a concept that describes how socially constructed
categories like race, class, and gender can interact on many different
levels, leading to discrimination and inequality. While the notion of
intersectionality has been a powerful idea to capture the multiple and
complex ways that women of color have been marginalized in the academy,
in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
this idea is rarely, if ever, evoked or used. 

Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and advocate for the
increased inclusion of women in the sciences, will address the
implications of not using this concept in exploring the cause for the
persistent under-representation of women of color in STEM fields. 

Held on Thursday, February 17 at 6:30pm, this event is FREE and open to
the public. The location of the lecture is James Room, 4th Floor Barnard
Hall (Barnard College), 3009 Broadway (at 117th Street), New York, NY. 

4. CSWP Networking Events at the APS Meetings 
From: WIPHYS, February 4, 2011

The 2011 events focused on women (men are also welcome) at the APS March
and April Meetings can be found at 

If you will be attending the Meeting(s), make plans to attend the
Networking Breakfast and/or Reception today!

5. Faculty position in Cosmology, UT Dallas
From: Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki [mishak_at_utdallas.edu]

The Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas has
opened a search for a junior faculty position (tenure track) in
observational cosmology, as an extension to our recent cosmology
group. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and postdocs, and
encourage them to apply. The ad is below and also available on the
AAS job register. 

The Department of Physics within The School of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics (NSM) at The University of Texas at Dallas is seeking
applications for an assistant professor position in cosmology. The
department presently has an active research group in theoretical
cosmology and relativity and wishes to enhance and to complement its
research effort to include observational cosmology with interest in
gravitational lensing, large scale structure, CMB or other probes.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy with an
established research record as well as a vigorous plan that has the
potential to attract external funding. In addition to research,
successful candidates must show potential for a high degree of
effectiveness for teaching and for directing students at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels.  Evaluation of applications will
begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special
disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation.

To apply for this position, applicants should submit their current
curriculum vitae with a complete publication record, a detailed research
plan, a teaching plan detailing expected contributions to undergraduate
and graduate programs, and four reference letters via the online
application form available at

More information can be obtained by email from the chair of the search
committee, Prof. Mustapha Ishak, at mxi054000_at_utdallas.edu 

6. Middle Tennessee State University $30,000 Dissertation Fellowship
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Yearly, Middle Tennessee State University provides at least two
Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellowships. The Fellowship is
for a one-year, faculty contract for $30,000 plus benefits, with
teaching responsibilities of one course per semester. It is for
individuals who have completed their comprehensive exams and are
preparing to write their dissertations. If you know of individuals who
might qualify for the Fellowship positions, please direct them to 


and have them click on "Faculty Job Openings" and then click on
"Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellowship." 

7. Proctor & Gamble Summer Intern Program
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Each year Proctor & Gamble has 15 to 20 summer intern openings for
students pursuing Ph.D.'s in chemistry, most areas of life sciences,
chemical engineering, statistics, toxicology, and for regulatory and
clinical personnel, including future M.D.s, D.V.M.s, D.D.S.s, and

The preferred period for the 10 to 12 week internship is June 1 to
September 1.  The pay is competitive and depends on your year in school
and discipline. 

Our projects are meaningfully related to your classroom and research
education, and the training and mentoring we provide represent an
unparalleled opportunity for professional and personal growth. 

At P&G, Intern sessions are considered temporary employment, with a
predicted ending point. No full-time employment commitments are made;
however, depending on satisfactory completion of certain criteria,
candidates may be considered for full-time positions upon obtaining

We are looking for outstanding candidates to participate in these
programs, which provide a challenging and educational
experience. Candidates should be graduating seniors applying for
graduate study, or graduate students already enrolled in a graduate
program of study. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are given
priority. We are especially interested in considering underrepresented
minorities (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino) in our
summer programs. 

Please visit


and under Search Jobs, enter RND00002028 for the Job Number.

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