Friday, April 24, 2009

AASWomen for April 24, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 24, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. IYA She is an Astronomer Press Release

2. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship

3. On-Ramps into Academia Workshop, October 2009

4. Travel Support to ICMP

5. Visiting Assistant Professor â€" Ohio University

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

7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. IYA She is an Astronomer Press Release
From: Andrea Schweitzer []

The She Is An Astronomer project seeks to break down misconceptions and
gender issues in astronomy and science

21 April 2009, Paris: The highly anticipated International Year of
Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project, She Is An Astronomer, was launched
today. She Is An Astronomer aims to help achieve several of the United
Nations Millennium Development Goals, including promoting gender equality
and empowering women.

The official SIAA website,, provides a
one-stop-shop for gender issues in astronomy and science. The site boasts
five sections: profiles of living and historic astronomers; resources for
female astronomers; events taking place during IYA2009; an SIAA
Ambassadors' Area; and a forum where issues, lessons and challenges can be
discussed, including the opportunity to question experts. The website
provides neutral, informative and accessible information and will be used
to advertise new events, keeping interested parties at the forefront of
developments. Examples of best practices and relevant statistics will be
pooled, making them accessible to the wider community. Content will be
regularly added during 2009, resulting in a vast depository that will
remain online long into the future, acting as an ongoing legacy.

The complete press release is at:

She Is An Astronomer website:

Andrea Schweitzer, Ph.D.
U.S. Project Manager for the International Year of Astronomy
Little Thompson Observatory
cell: 970-691-4747
Fort Collins, Colorado

2. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship
From: WIPHYS April 22, 2009

The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an
award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research
careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family
reasons. Details on the scholarship and how to apply can be found at
Applications are due June 1, 2009.

Please share this information with a woman in physics who may be interested!

3. On-Ramps into Academia Workshop, October 2009
From: WIPHYS, April 24, 2009

Workshop seeks to lure women researchers from industry to academia.
A series of national workshops at the University of Washington will
try a novel approach to boost the number of women faculty in
university science, technology, engineering and mathematics
departments. It will seek to lure women from industry â€" in other
words, help women who have established careers in the private sector
to consider applying for academic jobs.

The On-Ramps into Academia workshops are funded by a new grant from
the National Science Foundation. The program is geared to provide an
alternative to the intense competition that exists when hiring
talented women faculty to tenure-track positions.

The first workshop, to be held in Seattle over two days in October,
will provide practical tools and support to women who are interested
in making a transition. Senior women researchers who have made the
jump to successful academic careers will provide information,
networking opportunities and support to others who might be
considering a similar move. Topics to be covered will include the job
application process, interviewing and start-up negotiations. This
fall's event will be the first of three annual workshops.

Women with at least three years of experience after completing a
Ph.D. or postdoctoral position are invited to apply. The workshop is
free and, because of the weak economy, participants for the fall
workshop can apply for stipends to cover travel costs to Seattle. The
online application, at, takes less than
an hour to complete. Priority will be given to applications submitted
before May 15.

For more information, contact Eve Riskin at 206-685-2313 or

4. Travel Support to ICMP
From: WIPHYS, April 24, 2009

There is a block travel grant from the US National Science Foundation
to provide travel support for US based participants to go to Prague
for the International Congress of Mathematical Physics in August,
2009. The deadline to apply is April 30.

For information on the grant and how to apply see

For information about the ICMP and its satellite meetings, see

5. Visiting Assistant Professor â€" Ohio University
From: Joseph Shields []

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysical Institute
at Ohio University is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor in
Astronomy/Astrophysics. The individual hired to this position will
be responsible for teaching one course per term during the three-
quarter academic year, and will be expected to participate in the
Astrophysical Institute’s public outreach and research activities.
The appointment will begin September 1, 2009 for a period of one
year, with renewal for additional years contingent on satisfactory
performance and availability of funding.

Ohio University is a public institution with an enrollment of 21,000
students. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has 27 permanent
faculty and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a
PhD in physics with a concentration in astrophysics. The University
and the Department are committed to excellence in teaching at all
levels. Ohio University is a partner in the MDM Observatory, and
members of the Astrophysical Institute maintain a vigorous program of
theoretical and multi-wavelength observational research.

Applicants for the position should have completed a PhD by September
2009 in astronomy or a closely related field. Applications should be
submitted via email to Prof. Joseph Shields at,
and should include a cover letter with a statement of teaching
interests, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least three
individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of reference.
Review of applications will begin May 15 and will continue until the
position is filled. Ohio University is committed to quality,
diversity, and equal opportunity.

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7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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