Friday, September 24, 2010

AASWOMEN for September 24, 2010

This week's issues:

1. Response to last week's "3-D Spatial Visualization: Why a Gender Gap?"

2. Contribute to the 51 Women in Planetary Science Project

3. Nominate a Woman in STEM to Share Her Story

4. Nominations sought for National Science Board's Vannevar Bush Award

5. Two Physicists Receive L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Grants

6. Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's Committee on the National Medal of Science

7. Presidential Advisors Release Report on STEM Education

8. National Science Board Releases Report on Next Generation of STEM Innovators

9. USA Science & Engineering Festival in October

10. COAChing Strong Women in the Power of Strategic Persuasion

11. India-U.S. Travel Program

12. Undergraduate Student Travel Grants for 2011 APS Meetings

13. CSWP Fall 2010 Gazette Available

14. 2011 NRAO Janksy Fellowship

15. Faculty Position at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTING TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

16. Science Writing Internship at APS

17. Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins University

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

19. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. Response to last week's "3-D Spatial Visualization: Why a Gender Gap?"
From: Julia Kennefick [jkennef_at_uark.edu]

[Last week, we reported on research that revealed a distinct gender gap regarding 3-D spatial visualization skills -- eds. View Post]

I grew up with my father telling me that "women are verbal, and men are visual". Ironically, he also stressed that women can be good at math and science, and raised me to have a love for both, and for art as well. I should mention that he was an architect, and my sister followed him into the profession. She obviously has no trouble with 3-D visualization. I now find myself married to a fellow astrophysicist who happens to be highly verbal, while my memory is almost completely visual. I did play with erector sets as a girl as well as barbies. What does this tell me? Give your children a range of experiences, teach them to love the natural world, and encourage them to follow their interests, visual or verbal! Thanks for the info on this topic.

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2. Contribute to the 51 Women in Planetary Science Project
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The "Women in Planetary Science" project is nearly halfway to its goal of featuring 51 women working on NASA missions, publishing in the journals, and serving the community. In the interviews, each scientist discusses her unique career path and interests and reflects on advice for students or postdoctoral fellows. This project is part of the Women in Planetary Science e-mentoring initiative, created to bring woman scientist role models to students and early career scientists around the world. The interviews are published on the web, and everyone -- male or female -- is welcome to participate in this respectful atmosphere that celebrates our passions, our differences, and our commitment to furthering the understanding of our solar system and other planetary systems.

Read the latest features and the archives at http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com

Nominations of outstanding women and/or announcements of recent publications by women planetary scientists may be sent to susanniebur_at_nieburconsulting.com.

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3. Nominate a Woman in STEM to Share Her Story
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Hot Mommas Project requests that you take one minute and nominate a woman you know involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) as a field of study or as a career. If that woman decides to share her story, she will tell it once and it will be told over and over again via their global and free online library. She may even get published in a major textbook. Nominate at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFlwbHJGNnUxTnVfcVR4YjFtREpvWXc6MA

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4. Nominations sought for National Science Board's Vannevar Bush Award
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 3, 2010

The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. The award was established in 1980 in the memory of Vannevar Bush, who served as a science advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, helped to establish Federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority during peacetime, and was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation.

Information at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/bush.jsp

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5. Two Physicists Receive L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
Grants

The highly-esteemed L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science recognizes and rewards the most promising postdoctoral female scientists from across the country. Dr. Gigi Galiana of Yale University will explore technology that could improve complex imaging applications and reduce time needed for conducting medical image scans. Dr. Lindley Winslow of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology will design and build a novel particle detector based on quantum dots, which could lead to a new method of monitoring the operation of nuclear reactors and tracking nuclear fuel.

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6. Margaret Murnane Appointed to President's Committee on the
National Medal of Science
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Margaret Murnane, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, was appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. The President bestows the National Medal of Science to individuals who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

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7. Presidential Advisors Release Report on STEM Education
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a new report--Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future. The release coincides with an expansion of the "Educate to Innovate" initiative, with new public-private partnerships to improve STEM education and expand opportunities to better prepare all students to thrive in, and contribute to, the 21st century economy.

View the report at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast

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8. National Science Board Releases Report on Next Generation of STEM
Innovators
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The National Science Board released a report and recommended ways that the country can foster the development of our next generation of leading STEM professionals, entrepreneurs, and inventors. "Currently, the abilities of far too many of America's young men and women go unrecognized and underdeveloped, and, thus, these individuals may fail to reach their full potential," says the NSF in a press release on the report.

View the report at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb

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9. USA Science & Engineering Festival in October
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Inaugural USA Science amp; Engineering Festival (http://www.usasciencefestival.org ) is the country's first national science festival and descends on the Washington, D.C. area in October 2010. You can also celebrate science across the nation at one of 50 satellite events in over 20 different states.

Read the article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bock/building-a-better-pipelin_b_713123.html on the number of women- and minority-focused organizations who will be present to encourage young women and under-represented minorities to study science.

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10. COAChing Strong Women in the Power of Strategic Persuasion
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

On Friday, October 22, 2010 Florida State University is hosting the Alliance for the Advancement of Florida's Academic Women in Chemistry and Engineering (AAFAWCE) NSF sponsored workshop, "COAChing Strong Women in the Power of Strategic Persuasion." Drs. Jane Tucker and Barb Butterfield will lead this workshop to enhance participants' understandings of responsible negotiations and conflict resolution.

Concurrently, there will be a Women Leadership Discussion Panel featuring four women leaders from Florida who will lead a discussion with panelists and the audience about their experiences and advice concerning leadership in their scientific fields, departments, universities, and/or professional organizations.

Women graduate students, post-docs, faculty and other scientists in the community are welcome to attend the FREE Meet-and-Greet on Thursday evening (5-7 PM) at the Renegade Grill as well as either one of the Women Leadership Panels and the Luncheon, which are both on Friday.

Register by Oct. 14th at http://chem.fsu.edu/~gilmer/AAFAWCE_COACh

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11. India-US Travel Program
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 1, 2010

APS and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum sponsor the exchange of physicists and physics graduate students between India and the U.S. The Professorship Awards in Physics permit professors to deliver short courses or a lecture series. The Physics Student Visitation Program is intended for graduate students to pursue opportunities such as to attend a summer institute or work temporarily in a lab.

Information at http://www.aps.org/programs/international/us-india-travel.cfm

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12. Undergraduate Student Travel Grants for 2011 APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

Deadline is November 19, 2010

Travels awards are available to students presenting research at the 2011 March and April APS Meetings. Students who wish to apply for the March award must submit their abstract by November 19 to qualify.

Information at http://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/students/futurephysics/fpd2011/travelgrants.cfm

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13. CSWP Fall 2010 Gazette Available
From: WIPHYS September 20, 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of the Gazette is available online at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/gazette/index.cfm

The Gazette is the newsletter of the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP).

If you would like to add your name to the Gazette mailing list, e-mail women_at_aps.org.

If you are interested in writing an article/review for the Gazette, or if you would like further information on the newsletter, please contact Deanna Ratnikova at 301-209-3231 or women_at_aps.org.

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14. 2011 NRAO Janksy Fellowship
From: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2011 Jansky Fellowship program which provides outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. Prior radio experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged. The NRAO also encourages applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory.

Appointments may be made for positions at any of these NRAO sites: Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. As ALMA commissioning activities get underway, we anticipate that there will also be appointments available in Chile. Jansky Fellows are encouraged to spend time at universities working with collaborators during the course of their Fellowship.

In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, non-resident Jansky Fellowships may be offered for appointments that are hosted at a U.S. university. Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are encouraged. Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and a U.S. university are permitted.

The starting salary will be $62,000 per year with an appointment duration of two years, and possible renewal for a third. A research budget of up to $10,000 per year is provided for travel and computing requirements. Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance. In addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to non-NRAO institutions that are hosting Jansky Fellows to defray local institutional costs.

The NRAO web site provides further details on the Jansky Fellowship Program and information on the application process. See http://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/jansky.shtml Please note that candidates must receive their Ph.D. prior to beginning a Jansky Fellowship.

The deadline for BOTH applications and letters of reference is Monday, November 1, 2010. Award offers will be made by February 15, 2011, with the Fellowships expected to begin September 2011.

The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/H/V).

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15. Faculty Position at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
From: Karen Wang [karenwang_at_astro.berkeley.edu]

FACULTY POSITION IN ASTRONOMY Joint Appointment between the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Astronomy Department of the University of California, Berkeley and the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory intend to make a joint faculty appointment effective July 1, 2011. This position is targeted for Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, with preference for an observer and/or instrumentalist. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, though an appointment at a senior tenured level is possible if a candidate with outstanding breadth and record is identified.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply. Applications from minority and women candidates are especially encouraged, since the UC campus is committed to a strategic plan for equity and inclusion. A curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and a list of at least 6 references (names and complete addresses including email) are required for consideration. UC Berkeley's Statement of Confidentiality can be found at: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html

Online applications are strongly preferred. Please go to http://astro.berkeley.edu and click on the "Faculty Positions in Astronomy" link. Click on "Application 1" link for the UCB/LBNL position. Follow the directions for self-registration, uploading of PDF's, and obtaining the URL for your letters of reference writers. For applicants at the assistant professor level, give this URL to at least 3 references and have them upload their letter. If online application is not possible, mail curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of teaching and research interests, and arrange to have at least 3 references mailed to:

Attention: Karen Wang Extragalactic Astronomy Search Committee University of California, Berkeley 601 Campbell Hall MC4311 Berkeley, CA 94720-4311

For applicants who wish only to be considered at the associate or full professor level, it is sufficient to provide names and addresses in the initial application; the search committee will contact these references only after the applicant is selected for further consideration. Applications by E-mail or FAX will not be accepted. Applications must be received by January 14, 2011, at which time interviews will begin. The University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers.

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16. Science Writing Internship at APS
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

This position will be a 3 to 6 month, full-time, paid position, based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD. Intern duties include: assisting the APS Head of Media Relations in preparing press releases about physics research as well as identifying and summarizing newsworthy journal papers and APS conference presentations. In addition, the intern will post items on the APS blog PhysicsBuzz ( http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com ) on a daily basis and write a range of stories for APS News - a monthly tabloid distributed to the APS members. Other duties may involve participating in meetings of the APS/AIP media team, participating in planning meetings for APS News, and producing physics podcasts for general audiences.

Learn more about this internship and discover more career opportunities at the APS CAREER CENTER at http://careers.aps.org .

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17. Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins University
From: WIPHYS September 24, 2010

The Particle Theory Group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral positions beginning September 2011. The group consists of faculty Jonathan Bagger, David E. Kaplan, and Kirill Melnikov, as well as several postdocs and students. For full consideration, applications should be received by Dec. 1, 2010. Applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters of recommendation, submitted to AcademicJobsOnline at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo

Johns Hopkins is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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