Issue of March 05, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Meet the (New and Continuing) Editorial Staff of STATUS
From: Pat Knezek [pknezek_at_noao.edu]
I'm delighted to announce that Catharine (Katy) Garmany has agreed to assume the role of editor of STATUS. In addition, Arti Garg will be joining myself and Joannah Hinz as an associate editor. Katy will take the helm of STATUS beginning with the January 2011 issue. I will be serving as the Interim Editor for the June 2010 issue. Although she doesn't officially step in until the fall, Katy is already ramping up and we're very glad to have both Katy and Arti involved! I'd like to take this opportunity to echo the thanks of the CSWA (AASWOMEN 12/18/09 issue) to Fran Bagenal for the excellent job she did as editor for five years.
Given the staff changes, I thought it would be appropriate for us to (re)introduce ourselves, so below are brief biographies for each of us (in alphabetical order!).
Dr. Arti Garg: Arti is currently serving as an American Physical Society funded American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow. Prior to her fellowship, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her astronomy research focuses on time-varying astrophysical phenomena such as gravitational microlensing, variable stars, and supernovae. She is married to a physicist who now works in the semi-conductor industry, and she wants to assure readers that the so-called "two-body" challenge extends beyond academia.
Dr. Catharine Garmany: Katy is part of the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). She is the Editor of the NOAO/NSO Newsletter, and serves as NOAO Diversity Advocate, along with Dara Norman. Prior to coming to NOAO, she was the Director of an astronomy program at Biosphere 2, and before that spent many years at the University of Colorado, both as a researcher with a special interest in hot stars, and later director of the planetarium and observatory on the campus. She is married to astronomer John Glaspey, and proud that her 3 year old grandson can find Jupiter for his father!
Dr. Joannah Hinz: Joannah is a senior research associate at the University of Arizona working on infrared observations of nearby galaxies using the Spitzer and Herschel telescopes, with interests in dust content and outer disk evolution. She is currently a member of the CSWA and has been an associate editor of STATUS since 2002.
Dr. Patricia Knezek: Pat is an associate scientist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), and is currently serving as the Deputy Director of WIYN Observatory. Her varied career path since finishing her Ph.D. has taken her to U. Michigan, Las Campanas Observatory, Johns Hopkins, STScI, and now NOAO/WIYN. Her research focuses on the interplay of star formation and galaxy evolution. She is a former member of the CSWA, and has been an associate editor of STATUS since 2004. She is currently active in the working group developing the AAS/AIP Longitudinal Study of the career paths of astronomers. She and her partner, a mechanical engineer who designs astronomical instruments, are currently struggling first hand with balancing work/life and the needs of aging parents.Back to top.
2. AAS Childcare
From: Don_at_Women in Astronomy Blog
[The AAS will provide these on-site childcare services at the next two winter meetings – Eds.]Back to top.
3. Too Busy: A Comment
From: Kathy Mead [kmead_at_earthlink.net]
[The last issue of AASWOMEN cited a post from AnnH on the Women in Astronomy blog that asked the question, “Do we try to “protect” busy women by not inviting them?” – Eds.]
Of course the "too busy" woman should be asked. It's up to her to decide. I'm tempted to ask whether "too busy" men are protected in this way, but I don't think that matters. IF you want someone on a committee, ask them. Certainly if you are considering them for a position, then you respect their ability to decide for themselves whether they can handle this commitment. Especially if it's a man saying the woman is too busy, that strikes me as patriarchal or just too insecure to risk being turned down. If it's a woman publicly wondering if another woman is too busy, it makes me wonder why the former woman feels the need to publicly "protect" the latter woman. Do we really need others to protect us from over committing ourselves? I hope not.
Here is the link to the original post:Back to top.
4. Blewett Scholarship
From: WIPHYS March 1, 2010
Applications are due June 4, 2010 for the M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics. The scholarship 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 atBack to top.
5. Four Funding Opportunities
From: WIPHYS March 3, 2010
1) The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program offers one to three year postdoctoral fellowships designed to increase the involvement of scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy. This program has a rolling admission. For program information, see:
2) The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP). NREIP is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are $5,500 for undergraduate students and $6,500 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs. For program information, see:
3) Humboldt Research Fellowship. Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers are for postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR. For program information, see:
4) Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers are for scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany which may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each and provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR. For program information, see:Back to top.
6. MIT Poster Contest for Mentoring in Research
From: WIPHYS March 3, 2010
MIT’s School of Science is co-sponsoring a competition to make mentoring more visibly prominent in the minds of members of the science research community. The mentoring poster competition will recognize the best posters. Check out the website http://pcmr.mit.edu/ to see the wonderful ideas that emerged and click on "browse posters."Back to top.
7. 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.
Claire Sandler, Director University of Michigan Science Learning Center csandler_at_umich.eduBack to top.
8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
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If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.orgBack to top.
9. 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.