AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 25, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  WIA Blogspot:  Is Discrimination Largely a Thing of the Past?

2.  Happy Birthday! 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

3.  Effects of Men Staring Down Women

4.  Northwest Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference

5.  NASA Planetary Science Summer School

6.  Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics, Mount Holyoke College

7.  Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College

8.  Various Job Openings at NOAO and NSO

9.  ALMA Commissioning Scientist

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

11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1.  WIA Blogspot:  Is Discrimination Largely a Thing of the Past?
From:  Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhouse_at_cfa.harvard.edu] and
Andrea Dupree [dupree_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

[Item #3 in the  February 11, 2011 issue of AASWomen discusses  
"Underrepresentation of Women in Science." The following are comments  
from our readers. - Eds.]

Is discrimination largely a thing of the past? The recent article for  
the National Academy ("Understanding Current Causes of Women's  
Underrepresentation in Science" by Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M.  
Williams) argues just this. Their arguments are based on data for  
hiring, publishing and funding in science research.

Here are some of our thoughts on their article:

1. As Abby Stewart pointed out, there are no new data here. This  
is just a meta-analysis.

2. Most if not all of the studies used in the article are from the  
life and behavioral sciences, which are in general less math-intensive  
than astronomy and physics and also have better representation of  
women (e.g. Journal of Biogeography, Behavioral Ecology, Nature  

[To read more of this summary, please see

2.  Happy Birthday! 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

International Women's Day is on Tuesday 8 March and it is the  
hundredth anniversary.   A website has been established at Nature  


for you to nominate your favorite female scientists and engineers in  
the run-up to March 8th.  Spread the word!  So far I do not see any  
astronomers listed!

3.  Effects of Men Staring Down Women
From:  Therese Jones [tjones_at_astro.berkeley.edu]

A recent article in LiveScience reports ogling, even a once-over, by  
men subtracts from women's math scores.  Despite the drop in  
performance, women were found to be more motivated to interact with  
these same men.  Psychologists suppose that women might be trying to  
boost their sense of belonging.  To read more in this very interesting  
article, please see


4.  Northwest Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference
From:  WIPHYS, February 15, 2011

The 1st annual Northwest Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference  
will be held on April 16-17th, 2011 at the University of Oregon Center  
in Portland, OR! Registration is now open for the Northwest  
Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference! Please visit


to register. Registration will close on February 28th.

There is no conference fee, and lodging and food will be provided.  
However, travel funds will not be provided. If there are any questions  
or concerns about the conference, see the website, or you can contact  
the organizing committee at uoregon.wip_at_gmail.com.

5.  NASA Planetary Science Summer School
From:  WIPHYS, February 15, 2011

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs,  
recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 23rd Annual Planetary  
Science Summer School,


which will hold two separate sessions this summer (18-22 July and 1-5  
August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During  
the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the  
equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal  
authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and  
receive feedback.

By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding  
of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission  
design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within  
cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.  
Applications are due April 1, 2011. Partial financial support is  
available for a limited number of individuals.

6.  Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics, Mount Holyoke College
From:  WIPHYS, February 15, 2011

The Physics Department at Mount Holyoke College seeks applicants for a  
Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2011. A Ph.D. is  
required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants should  
have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and be able to  
teach a broad range of courses from our upper level undergraduate  
physics curriculum. The college has well equipped research facilities,  
and development of a research program that can include undergraduates  
is desirable but not required. There is a possibility of extended  
offers for an additional 1-2 years, pending approval.
Please apply online (after searching the site for this position) at


To be assured of full consideration, all of the following should be  
received by March 9, 2011: letter of interest, CV, statement of  
teaching philosophy explicitly listing which of our 300-level physics  
courses the applicant is comfortable teaching, a list of any relevant  
courses taught previously, and three letters of recommendation.  
Electronic prompts to referees will be generated automatically once  
the completed application has been submitted.

7. Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College
From:  Windsor Morgan [morgan_at_dickinson.edu]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dickinson College  
anticipates the availability of a sabbatical leave replacement  
position for the 2011/12 academic year and invites applications.

Dickinson College is a highly selective four-year liberal-arts college  
with an active and innovative science program. The Department is  
housed in a new state-of-the-art building, equipped with smart  
classrooms, research labs, a planetarium and observatory. The physics  
major program features a project-centered hands-on curriculum  
beginning with the internationally known Workshop Physics, an  
activity-based introductory course developed here at Dickinson. Every  
senior major completes a year-long research project in collaboration  
with a faculty advisor and other students. Faculty members also teach  
introductory courses for non-majors as well as first-year seminars and  
cross-disciplinary courses. The Department graduates approximately ten  
majors per year, 40% of whom are women.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy and a strong  
interest in undergraduate teaching. The department is particularly  
interested in applicants who would welcome teaching introductory  
courses in both physics and astronomy, and who have an interest in  
involving students in their research programs. Applications should be  
sent to:

    Dr. Hans Pfister, Chair
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
    Dickinson College
    P.O. Box. 1773
    Carlisle, PA 17013-2896.

Please include with your cover letter a CV and a statement of your  
teaching and research interests and aspirations, and a list of 3 to 5  
references. Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time.  
We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue  
until the position is filled. Dickinson College is committed to  
diversity, and we encourage candidates who will contribute to meeting  
that goal to apply. Applications and nominations of women and  
minorities are strongly encouraged.

8.  Various Job Openings at NOAO and NSO
From:  Cindy Burnett [burnett_at_noao.edu]

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) is recruiting for a

- Test Engineer of products and services developed by the Virtual  
Astronomical Observatory (VAO)

and and the National Solar Observatory (NSO) is recruiting for a

- Postdoctoral Research Associate who will help in developing a solar  
Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) in Joint Bear Solar Observatory  

More on these open positions can be found at


9.  ALMA Commissioning Scientist
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The joint ESO, NSF, NRC, AS Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter  
Array (ALMA) invites applications for the position of ALMA  
Commissioning Scientist.   The role of ALMA Commissioning Scientists  
is to assist the Project Scientist and Deputy Project Scientist in  
planning and executing the scientific commissioning of ALMA.  The  
commissioning team of scientists and engineers will devise testing  
procedures for new equipment and observing modes, carry out  
measurements, and interpret results.  In particular, the CSV Team will  
be heavily focused on the Scientific Verification of ALMA.  The  
Commissioning Scientists are also encouraged to continue an active  
program of independent research, and time and resources will be made  

Applicants for this position are required to have a PhD in astronomy  
or related field and experience with astronomical observations and  
data analysis.  Other advantageous qualifications include experience  
with radio to submm interferometric observations and data reduction,  
knowledge of CASA (or similar astronomical data reduction package, eg  
AIPS, Miriad), and experience trouble-shooting hardware or software in  
a Linux environment.  A successful high altitude medical check is a  
necessary condition for this position.  Appointments are for two  
years.  These positions are funded from the construction project, and  
members of the commissioning team will be in a strong position to  
apply for any long-term posts in Joint ALMA Observatory Science  
Operations which may be become available during and after the  
construction phase.

ALMA International Staff will be recruited as employees of either  
AUI/NRAO or ESO or NAOJ. Each of these employers offer competitive  
remuneration packages including a competitive salary, comprehensive  
social benefits and financial support in relocating families.  
Furthermore, if applicable, an expatriation allowance, as well as  
other allowances will be added.

Qualified engineers or scientists with extensive relevant experience  
are invited to apply by submitting an application to either ESO or  
NRAO. Applications must be completed in English and should include a  
cover letter and CV.

Applicants submitting their application to NRAO are invited to apply online at


Combine a cover letter and curriculum vitae into one PDF file and  
attach to your NRAO application.   As part of the NRAO application  
process, you will be prompted for the names and contact information of  
three individuals, who are familiar with your experience and  
abilities, for letters of reference. Once you complete the application  
process successfully, you will receive a confirmation number. At that  
time, your referees will be sent an automated e-mail requesting they  
provide a reference letter on your behalf. If you have any questions  
regarding this process, please contact Ms. Fonda Hamric at  

Applicants submitting their application to ESO are invited to apply online at


The position requires three letters of reference which shall be sent  
to vacancy_at_eso.org.

For more information about this vacancy, contact the ALMA Director  
through AD_at_ alma.cl or NRAO Human Resources at fhamric_at_nrao.edu.

Deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for the position  
is April 15, 2011.

For further information please consult


as well as the NRAO and/or ESO Home Page




The NRAO and ESO are Equal Opportunity Employers. M/F/D/V .

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