AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 15, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  A Tape Measure

2.  Advancing Women in Science & Engineering

3.  Events for Women at APS Meeting

4.  DPF Child Care Grants

5.  Global Astronomy Month: One People, One Sky

6.  Job Announcements:  Visiting Assistant Professor

7.  How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

8.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

9.  How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. A Tape Measure
From:  Ed Bertschinger for Women in Astronomy Blogspot

During the summer of 1994, MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins realized that,  
unlike her male colleagues, she was not given sufficient lab space  
needed to conduct her research. When she asked for lab space data to  
support her request, it was not made available. So with a small tape  
measure, she measured her lab space and that of several cooperative  
male faculty members. She found that her space was much less and asked  
administrators for help. Progress was slow. She consulted with other  
women science faculty at MIT, which quickly revealed a pattern of  
unequal treatment. With the support of Dean Robert Birgeneau and  
President Charles Vest, a committee was formed to investigate the  
status and equitable treatment of women faculty in science at MIT. The  
committee gathered data, interviewed the senior women faculty, and  
reported to the Dean in 1996. A public report was released in 1999.  
This "MIT Report" started a wave of changes in the analysis of and  
response to gender inequity in research universities nationwide. It  
was one of the most important events at MIT and for women in science  
and engineering during the last several decades.

To read the rest of the blog, see


2.  Advancing Women in Science & Engineering
From:  WIPHYS, April 14, 2011

Dr. Hartline was recently in South Africa where she spoke on the topic,
"Advancing Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering: Challenges  
and Strategies from the USA." At the African Media Hub, Otae  
Mkandawire spoke to her about physics and her passion for empowering  
the girl child. Listen here:


3.  Events for Women at APS Meeting
From:  WiPHYS, April 14, 2011

The APS April Meeting is in Anaheim.  The following events are  
available for women attending the meeting:

Friday, April 29, 5pm: This reception follows the Professional Skills  
Development Workshop for Women Physicists Network.

Sunday, May 1, 3:30pm: This invited talk is on "Initiatives for  
Broadening Participation of Minorities in Graduate Level Physics."

Sunday, May 1, 6:30pm: Reception - All are welcome!

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30am: Register for the Networking Breakfast onsite  
at the Meeting Registrar's Desk.

Tuesday, May 3, 10:45am: This invited talk is on "Enhancing  
Performance and Retention of Under-Represented Students in  
Undergraduate Physics."

Find more details and the event locations here:


4. DPF Child Care Grants
From: WIPHYS, April 14, 2011

Small grants are available to assist attendees of the 2011 Division of  
Particles and Fields (DPF)  meeting (August 9-13 in Providence, RI)  
who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving  
them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). To apply,  
please complete the online child care grant application by July 1, 2011:


5.  Global Astronomy Month, One People, One Sky
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

April is International Global Astronomy Month.  Global Astronomy Month  
is Astronomers Without Borders' -- bringing new ideas, new  
opportunities and bringing enthusiasts together worldwide, celebrating  
One People, One Sky.  Thirty nights of star peace is a global project  
inspired by the idea of sharing the starry-night experience among  
neighboring astronomy groups across national borders, one segment of  
the globe at a time, on successive nights during the month of April.   
Using geographical longitude as a reference, the earth is divided into  
ten equal segments, each one spanning 36 degrees of longitude.  
Countries located in each of these 10 segments will have a period of  
three days to participate in the 30 Nights of StarPeace project.  The  
project kicked off on April 1 in Alaska. It is going to be in Armenia  
on April 19-21, including in the same group Russia, East Ukraine,  
Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,  
Uzbekistan, West Kazakhstan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel,  
Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Emirates, West Pakistan, Qatar, Kuwait,  
Bahrain, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania,  
Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar.

To watch the trailer, see


To read more


To find astronomical events planned worldwide including observing  
through telescopes in person and remotely over the Internet, special  
live astronomy-related performances for visually-impaired and sightes  
alike, photography and astropoetry, classroom activities and contest,  


6.  Job Announcements:  Visiting Assistant Professor
From:  WIPHYS, April 14, 2011

The Rowan University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites  
applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor position  
beginning Fall 2011, with possible renewal for a third year. We seek  
candidates who are interested in teaching physics at both the  
introductory and advanced levels. The successful candidate will have  
the opportunity to participate in the current experimental and  
theoretical research programs within our department. A Ph.D. degree  
in Physics is preferred, but ABD may be considered. Teaching  
experience is a plus. Additional information about the university may  
be obtained at


Applicants should submit a CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate  
transcripts, a one-page description of teaching philosophy, a one-page  
statement of research interests, and three reference letters. Review  
of applications will begin May 1, 2011 and continue until the position  
is filled. Send information electronically to physics_at_rowan.edu.  
Background check required, EOE.

Find more career opportunities at the APS CAREER CENTER at


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