Friday, January 9, 2009

AASWOMEN for January 9, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 26, 2008 and January 2 & 9, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson

This week's issues:

1. Women in Astronomy Blog

2. Professional Skills Development Workshop Deadline Extended

3. CSWP Events at March and May APS Meetings

4. Childcare Grants for APS Meetings

5. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

6. APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

7. SETI Institute 2009 Summer REU

8. Tenure-track Position at Chicago State University

9. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba


10. Lecturer, Department of Physics, UC San Diego

11. One Year Position, Dept. of Physics, College of Wooster

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

13. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. Women in Astronomy Blog
From: Hannah Jang-Condell []

The members of the CSWA have started a blog at .
Recent entries include news from the AAS Meeting in Long Beach last week.
Go check it out!

2. Professional Skills Development Workshop Deadline Extended
From: WIPHYS of January 5, 2009

The deadline to apply for the one-day workshop for women post-docs and
senior tenured women faculty in physics on May 1 (Denver) has been
extended to January 15, 2009!

Women of color are especially encouraged to apply.

The workshop will offer professional training on effective
negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as a special
opportunity for networking at the reception afterwards. There will be
separate sessions for post-docs and women faculty. All participants
may receive a stipend of up to $850 towards hotel and travel expenses.
Details are now posted at To
ensure maximum interaction, the workshops will be limited in size.

This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and post docs alike! Past
participants have been very enthusiastic about these workshops, which
have been offered for women in physics since 2005. If you have
already participated, please share this information with a colleague
who might be interested.

Support for these workshops has been received from the National
Science Foundation.

3. CSWP Events at March and May APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS of January 5, 2009


CSWP and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics will co-sponsor a
breakfast on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the
Westin Hotel, Pittsburgh. Enjoy a full breakfast and hear an informal
talk by woman physicist, Lidija Sekaric, of IBM TJ Watson Research
Lab. Cost: $15. $5 for physics students. Both men and women are
welcome, however space is limited, so Preregister by March 2, 2009.
After that you must purchase tickets on site at the main APS
Registration Desk in the Convention Center, as long as tickets are


The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the
Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) will co-sponsor a buffet
luncheon for women in physics from 12:00-1:30 pm on Sunday, May 3,
2009 at the APS meeting Denver, Colorado. The luncheon is open to
all: both men and women are welcome to attend. Speaker will be
Catherine Fiore, MIT, former CSWP chair.

This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a full buffet lunch and
network with colleagues! Cost: $20. Students are $5, thanks to the
generosity of DPF. Please pre-register by April 15 at .
After April 15, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the APS
Registration Desk as long as tickets are available.

4. Childcare Grants for APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS of January 7, 2009

Small grants of up to $300 are available to assist meeting attendees
who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving
them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). Details
on how to apply at

If you are interested in childcare sharing, you may also use the
moderated Bulletin Board to connect with other parents. A list of
local childcare providers is available on the website, however neither
the APS nor the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics has
reviewed nor endorsed the services of any specific child care provider
on this list, and assumes no liability. The list was provided by the
Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, and they also take no
responsibility as to the reliability of these child care services.

There will be a small room designated in the convention center for
parents who bring infants and young children to the meeting. The
purpose of the room is to provide a place for parents to come for
quiet time and relaxation with their small children. The room will be
furnished with comfortable furniture and water, but there will be no
supervised childcare and no toys provided.

5. Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS of January 9, 2009

Information on the 2009 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate
Women is now available! These summer internships are salaried
positions typically 10 weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500
grant, plus the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM
research locations. Applications must be submitted by February 15,
2009. Complete details on the program and how to apply are available

6. APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
From: WIPHYS of January 7, 2009

Dear Students & Colleagues,

There is still time for minority high school seniors, college freshmen
or sophomores who are interested in majoring in physics to apply for
our scholarship which provides money, mentoring and support!

The American Physical Society (APS) Scholarship Program for Minority
Undergraduate Physics Majors has graduated many accomplished
physicists. We encourage all eligible students who want to become a
part of this excellent group to apply right away using our new online
application. Details below.

Eligibility includes:
¥ African Americans, Hispanic Americans, or Native Americans
¥ High school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores
¥ US citizens or permanent legal residents
¥ Physics majors and those planning to major in physics

¥ $2,000 for new students, and $3,000 for renewal students
¥ A local physics mentor
¥ An APS physics mentor

To Apply:
¥ Check out the new, easy-to-use online application.

Deadline: February 6, 2009. The online application form must be
completed and all supporting documents must be postmarked by the
deadline date. Questions? Email

Arlene Knowles, Scholarship Administrator
Education & Diversity Department
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3844
301-209-3232 Tel.

7. SETI Institute 2009 Summer REU
From: Sue Lehr []

The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that applications are now open
for the 2009 REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in
Astrobiology. Undergraduate students in fields such as astronomy,
biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend
10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research
project in the field of astrobiology. Students receive a stipend,
travel, and living expenses. Applications are due by February 2, 2009.
For more information, visit or contact Cynthia
Phillips,, 650-810-0230.

Poster can be downloaded from:

8. Tenure-track Position at Chicago State University
From: Kim Coble []

The Department of Chemistry and Physics is seeking candidates for a
full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in
Physics or Engineering beginning August 2009.


The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers B.S. degrees in
Physics and Chemistry, and has joint degree programs in engineering
with several universities. Responsibilities for this position include
teaching both undergraduate physics and engineering courses. Other
responsibilities include contributing to course and curriculum
development, participating in the departmental learning assessment
effort, participating in departmental governance and contributing to
departmental community service and outreach. The successful candidate
will be expected to develop a vigorous undergraduate research program
in physics or engineering and pursue external support for their
research efforts. Areas of research that we are particularly
interested in include, but are not limited to fuel cell science,
solar cell science, biophysics, medical physics, chemical
engineering, environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, and
engineering physics.

The Chemistry and Physics Department seeks individuals who share our
commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for
our students by implementing innovative teaching practices in the
classroom while developing a strong research program that involves
undergraduates. Several world class research institutions are in the
Chicago area, and many have formed collaborations with CSU faculty.

Qualifications: All applicants must have a doctorate in physics,
engineering, or closely related discipline at the time of
application. Experience in using modern teaching approaches that
incorporate active learning is desirable. Experience in mentoring
undergraduate research students, teaching undergraduates, and/or
working with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2009

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009.
Apply by January 10, 2009 for initial consideration. Thereafter,
every month applications will be reviewed until the position is
filled. Selection of candidates for initial interviews will occur
around February 15, 2009.

Application Process: Send a cover letter, resume, statement of
teaching philosophy and interests, statement of research interests
and list of references electronically to Dr. David Kanis, Chairman,
Department of Chemistry and Physics, at Do not send
letters of reference at this time.

9. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba
From: Jayanne English []


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in
theoretical/computational astrophysics at the University of Manitoba,
beginning July 1, 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We seek outstanding individuals who will complement and expand current
research areas, which include the study of formation and evolution of
galaxies, supernova remnants, neutron stars, magnetars, pulsar wind
nebulae, star formation, and gravitational lensing. Candidates should
have a strong record of achievement in astrophysics research, and a
commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in
physics and astronomy. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list
of publications, a summary of past accomplishments and future research
plans, and the names of three referees to: Dr. Peter Blunden (, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Further
information is available at Please
quote position 09192.

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women
and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples,
and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
priority. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2009, and will
continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final
budgetary approval. Application materials, including letters of
reference, will be handled in accordance with Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).

10. Lecturer, Department of Physics, UC San Diego
From: WIPHYS of December 23, 2008

The Department of Physics at UC San Diego ( )
has an opening for a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment
(LPSOE), starting July 1, 2009. An LPSOE position closely parallels
that of an Assistant Professor on track for tenure, but with primary
emphasis on undergraduate education. The position is full-time and
will provide leadership in development and coordination of the Science
and Mathematics Initiative (SMI), as well as teaching a variety of
undergraduate courses in Science Education and Physics. The
Lecturer-PSOE will serve as an interface for the SMI program with the
Office of the President, the Dean's Office, participating departments,
Educational Studies, and local schools.

We are seeking an outstanding teacher who wishes to have a permanent,
full-time instructional position on an academic-year basis. The
position will involve:

¥ teaching physics courses, with emphasis on introductory laboratory
and lecture courses for non-majors;

¥ teaching SMI program courses;

¥ developing curriculum, including effective new ways of demonstrating
physics principles and using instructional technology to enhance
student learning;

¥ training teaching assistants;

¥ coordinating various aspects of the undergraduate instructional
program; and

¥ participating in education-related committees, student recruitment
and outreach, and efforts to secure extramural funding for educational
program development.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in physics (any area) or a closely
related scientific field, a record of excellence in teaching, and
strong writing and interpersonal skills. Applicants should send a
curriculum vitae, a synopsis of teaching experience/interests and
professional goals, and have three letters of reference sent to: LPSOE
Search Committee, Department of Physics -- LMW 0354, University of
California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA
92093-0354. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a
personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity.
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2009 and continue until
the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience and
based on the University of California pay scale. The University of
California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a
strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

11. One Year Position, Dept. of Physics, College of Wooster
From: WIPHYS January 6, 2009

The Department of Physics at The College of Wooster (Ohio) invites
applications for a one-year position (pending final budget approval)
as Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning Fall 2009, to
teach upper and lower level physics courses and labs, which could
include descriptive astronomy. PhD or ABD in Physics or related field
is expected.

Our department is an inclusive community that emphasizes cooperation
over competition. A June 2004 report by the American Institute of
Physics lists our department in a short table of physics programs
with high student satisfaction and high bachelor's degree production.
Our physics club has won national awards for its elementary school
outreach program. Our NSF-REU summer program has attracted students
from 18 states and 37 institutions to work closely with faculty on
research projects. Each Wooster student completes a yearlong senior
thesis project in our nationally recognized senior capstone program.
Wooster ranks in the top 7 percent nationally as the baccalaureate
origin of recent PhDs when compared with other 4-year institutions.

Send cover letter, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three
letters of recommendation to Dr. John Lindner, Physics Chair, at Consideration of applications will begin 15
January 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts
and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate
education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified
women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging
to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its
policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race,
creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an
Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject
to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to
work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and
Control Act. Drug-free workplace.

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