Issue of September 18, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Preparing for the Storm
From: Women In Astronomy Blogspot
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2. AAS STATUS Newsletter
From: Fran Bagenal [bagenal_at_iasp.colorado.edu]
Along with the rest of the world, the AAS CSWA is moving from print to electronic media. The electronic newsletter AASWomen reaches most of the community and many people interested in the issues of women in astronomy are participating in blogs and chatrooms. Corresponding, there have been 2 changes to STATUS, the printed newsletter of the AAS CSWA: (i) we are improving the electronic archive and (ii) the newsletter will come out once (rather than twice) per year.
(1) Back issues of STATUS are now online. They have always been available as .pdf files but we now have all the separate articles as .html files - and the archive is searchable.
There are lots of interesting stuff in these back issues - covering topics that seem to recur - e.g., balancing work and family, graduate recruitment, biographies of women astronomers, gender in/equality, mentoring, etc.
(2) I am aiming to get an issue of STATUS out before the WIA3 conference at GSFC (Oct 21-23). Please send me any contributions you would like to submit for publication. It could be a book review, a snippet of news, an article you read elsewhere that you think should be shared by the community, an anonymous Notes From A Life about your experiences. Please send the contributions to
Fran Bagenal bagenal_at_colorado.edu Editor, STATUSBack to top.
3. 215th AAS Meeting - Washington, DC
Early registration for the 215th AAS Meeting to be held in Washington, DC is from 1 September - 30 September. The abstract submission deadline is 9:00 PM EDT on Thursday, 1 October. For more information, please see the home page ofBack to top.
4. IYA 2009 - Are You Involved?
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu
Each month events are planned around the world for IYA 2009. Not all events are local! For example, you can streamcast 'live' via National Galactic Television to view deep sky objects seen from e.g., the Southern Galactic Telescope in Australia. The live broadcasts target night sky objects of interest as seen from the Southern Hemisphere whenever weather conditions are favorable. For this type of event and others, see the IYA 2009 Events Calendar atBack to top.
5. SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships
From: David Wilner [dwilner_at_cfa.harvard.edu]
The Submillimeter Array (SMA), a collaborative project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan), consists of eight movable 6 meter diameter antennas that together combine to make uniquely detailed images in the submillimeter part of the spectrum, through atmospheric windows that open up on the high, dry summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. With collecting area comparable to the largest single dish submillimeter telescopes and baselines to 500 meters, the SMA is used for subarcsecond resolution studies of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, including Solar System bodies, protoplanetary disks, star forming regions, evolved stars, supermassive black holes, and galaxies both nearby and at cosmological distances.
Applications are invited for SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships starting in fall 2010. These positions are aimed chiefly at research in submillimeter astronomy, and the successful candidates will propose and participate in science observations with the SMA. Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Practical experience in millimeter or submillimeter wavelength astronomy, radio interferometry, instrumentation, or experience in any applicable branch of astrophysical theory is desirable. It is expected that the SMA Fellows will be based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. Candidates who would like to be based at the SMA facility at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI, are also encouraged to apply. Information and instructions for submitting applications can be found at
Please direct questions to smapostdoc_at_cfa.harvard.edu.
Online applications are due November 30, 2009.Back to top.
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7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN
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