Issue of May 8, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. AASWomen Eileen Friel Named New Lowell Observatory Director
From: Lowell Observatory
Dr. Eileen Friel has accepted the appointment by Observatory Trustee, William Lowell Putnam, to be the next Director of Lowell Observatory. Dr. Friel will become the tenth Director of the Observatory. To read more on the press release, seeBack to top.
2. Sticks and Stones and Words Can All be Hurtful
From: Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog, May 6, 2009
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3. H1N1 Virus & 214th AAS Meeting Update
At the present time, the AAS is closely monitoring the status of the H1N1 virus outbreak and any implications it may have for our upcoming June meeting in Pasadena. The government has not advised the public to limit or restrict travel, nor have they advised organizations to cease holding group functions.
For more information, see Scott Idem's blog atBack to top.
4. Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics, Colgate University
From: Thomas Balonek [Tbalonek_at_mail.colgate.edu]
The Colgate University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in physics to begin in fall 2009. A Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline is required, and previous teaching experience is an advantage. We seek a person with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Academic responsibilities will primarily be teaching our introductory level physics courses for non-majors, with the option of an upper level course or a course in Colgate's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Although the candidate will have no research requirements during this appointment, collaboration with current faculty is possible. Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in a picturesque village in central New York. The department has nine faculty members and maintains well-equipped research laboratories in quantum and optical physics, condensed matter physics, and observational astronomy, located in the new Ho Science Center that is configured to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research.
Candidates should send a curriculum vitae plus a letter describing teaching experience and objectives, and a short description of research experience. The CV should include a publication list and the names of three individuals who have been asked by the candidate to send letters of recommendation. At least two letters should address the candidate's teaching qualifications, and one should address the candidate's research experience. All materials should be sent to Thomas Balonek, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, tbalonek_at_mail.colgate.edu. Formal applications may be made by email (as pdf attachments) or regular mail. Email inquiries are welcome. Applications received by June 1, 2009 will receive full consideration; applications will be considered until the position is filled. Colgate is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff further the University's educational mission.
Contact - Thomas Balonek, Chair Department of Physics and Astronomy Colgate University 13 Oak Drive Hamilton, NY 13346 Telephone - 315 228-7767 Email - TBalonek_at_mail.colgate.eduBack to top.
5. Visiting Astronomy Instructor, Modesto Junior College
From: Brian K. Sanders [sandersb_at_mjc.edu]
Modesto Junior College is seeking an Astronomy Instructor on a one-year basis for the 2009-10 academic year. However, the position may evolve into a full-time, tenure-track replacement starting in fall 2010.
Modesto Junior College has full astronomy classes, great community support, an active astronomy club. In addition, Modesto Junior College is building a brand new $70 million science building with two key architectural and programmatic details - a planetarium and an observatory dome! The building is slated to open in Fall 2011.
Note that the position closes on June 4.
Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics or bachelors in physics or astronomy with a master's in certain related areas - see link below for details.
The job posting can be found atBack to top.
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