Issue of March 12, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. WIA Blogspot: AAS Employment Session
From: Hannah@Women in Astronomy Blog, March 10, 2010
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2. International Women's Day 100 Year Centenary 1911-2011
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]
International Women's Day (IWD) is world-wide celebration of the past, present, and future economic, political, and social achievements of women. IWD is a national holiday in China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, for example. The first IWD was held March 8, 1911 and next year's day marks the IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011. You can read about the first international women's day and see international women's day pictures at
On March 8th, CERN celebrated the progress of women in particle physics by encouraging as many women employees as possible to be on shift in the control rooms for CERN's experiments and accelerators, to staff the IT helpdesk, and to guide official visits. By showing that women are present at all levels of the laboratory, CERN is sending a clear message to women, especially to young women: Women are welcome in the field as physicists, engineers and computer scientists and particle physics is a field where women can be in the forefront of experimental research. Scenes from the control room can be viewed at
and you can read about it (scroll half-way down the page) atBack to top.
3. Gender Balanced Scienitific Publications
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]
One of our readers, Dennis Conlin, brought to our attention a letter to the editor in the April issue of Astronomy magazine entitled "Practicing good examples." The letter is from sociologist Katrien Van der Heyden of Berchem, Belgium and she notes that she is looking for good practices of gender-balanced scientific publications. She finds that the Astro-Confidential section of Astronomy magazine is one such example. The question we have to our readers is, should scientific publications be gender balanced? Please email your responses to
and please let us know if we can use your name, organization, and/or comments in an upcoming issue of AASWomen or Women In Astronomy Blog.
Thank you Dennis Conlin for bringing this to our attention.Back to top.
4. Now Seeking Nominations - Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher
From: WIPHYS March 4, 2010
Nominations are now being sought for the 2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA) granted by the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), an affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). A nominee need not be a member of the SCST. Nominations may be made by colleagues or students and self-nominations are also encouraged!
The purpose of the OUSTA is to recognize the achievements of teaching colleagues who have enhanced the profession as outstanding teachers of college-level science. This annual award is based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according to the following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2) scholarship; and 3) service.
For details regarding the nomination and application process, visit
The deadline for application materials is June 1, 2010. (Although this date may seem a long way in the future, nominating and/or beginning the application process early will allow ample time for compiling the required materials.)
Please send names of potential nominee/applicants to csandler_at_mich.edu . We will follow-up with everyone to provide further materials and details about the application process. We are also interested in hearing from you if you are considering self-nomination so that we can guide you through the process.
Won’t you consider applying for this award and/or identifying your colleagues who are outstanding undergraduate science teachers so that they might be encouraged to apply for the 2011 OUSTA? The award includes a cash award, membership in SCST and NSTA, travel stipend to attend next two years’ national conferences, and more. The awardee will be responsible for delivering a brief luncheon talk about teaching at the NSTA/SCST conference in Year One and a lecture about a topic of their choosing in their own discipline in Year Two.
Questions? Email csandler_at_umich.edu
Claire Sandler, Director University of Michigan Science Learning Center csandler_at_umich.edu -- 734-763-9399 OUTA Committee ChairBack to top.
5. MacGillavry Fellowship
From: WIPHYS March 10, 2010
The Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam attaches great importance to the recruitment and successful development of excellent young scientists within the research and teaching staff. As part of this drive, we are initiating a new recruitment programme for top level female talent, named after the ground breaking crystallographer Carolina MacGillavry, an UvA alumnus. In the first round of this programme we offer 5 MacGillavry fellowships (tenure track).
For these fellowships we are seeking women that excel in one of the faculty's disciplines, who possess leadership potential and aspire to a career as a professor at the University of Amsterdam. The fellowship comprises a tenure track, whereby the fellow starts as assistant professor (UD) in a temporary position, with the prospect of a permanent appointment as associate professor (UHD) as well as a subsequent career path leading to a full professorship. Depending on the fellow's qualifications, entrance at a higher level is also possible.
We offer our Fellows first and foremost an inspiring and challenging scientific environment in one of Europes leading cities, a centre of great cultural and scientific activity. The MacGillavry Fellows can count on excellent guidance and support in their scientific, teaching and academic leadership development. The fellowship is accompanied by a suitable scientific start-up package, and assistance is available concerning issues such as partner job-search, child care and accommodation.
The scientific disciplines of the Faculty are: - Biological Science and Biomedical Science - Earth Sciences (Physical Geography) - Informatics and Logic - Physics - Chemistry - Astronomy - Mathematics and Statistics
More information can be found at:
(subject: MacGillavry fellowship)Back to top.
6. 12 month, Assistant Professor or Lecturer, Mount Allison University
From: Robert Hawkes [rhawkes at mta.ca]
The Department of Physics at Mount Allison University invites applications for a full-time 12 month term position with particular responsibility for teaching astronomy and astrophysics related courses. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or a closely related area, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. It is likely that the teaching assignment will be two courses per term (including associated laboratories), with three of the four courses being astronomy or astrophysics related. The university observatory offers opportunities for both outreach and research activities. The appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2010. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of the candidate's teaching interests and philosophy, and a statement of current and recent research interests. Submission of summaries of teaching evaluations are encouraged where available. All applications received by March 26, 2010 will receive full consideration. Applications should include names and contact information for three (or more) referees. Applications are to be addressed to:
Dr. Robert Hawkes Chair of the Search Committee Department of Physics Mount Allison University Sackville, NB E4L 1E6 Fax: 506-364-2583, Email: rhawkes at mta.ca http://www.mta.ca/faculty/science/physics/
It is strongly preferred to have applications submitted electronically in the form of pdf attachments. Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application.Back to top.
7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
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8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN
Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.Back to top.