Issue of April 15, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. A Tape Measure
From: Ed Bertschinger for Women in Astronomy Blogspot
During the summer of 1994, MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins realized that, unlike her male colleagues, she was not given sufficient lab space needed to conduct her research. When she asked for lab space data to support her request, it was not made available. So with a small tape measure, she measured her lab space and that of several cooperative male faculty members. She found that her space was much less and asked administrators for help. Progress was slow. She consulted with other women science faculty at MIT, which quickly revealed a pattern of unequal treatment. With the support of Dean Robert Birgeneau and President Charles Vest, a committee was formed to investigate the status and equitable treatment of women faculty in science at MIT. The committee gathered data, interviewed the senior women faculty, and reported to the Dean in 1996. A public report was released in 1999. This ?MIT Report? started a wave of changes in the analysis of and response to gender inequity in research universities nationwide. It was one of the most important events at MIT and for women in science and engineering during the last several decades.
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2. Advancing Women in Science & Engineering
From: WIPHYS, April 14, 2011
Dr. Hartline was recently in South Africa where she spoke on the topic “Advancing Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering: Challenges and Strategies from the USA”. At the African Media Hub, Otae Mkandawire spoke to her about physics and her passion for empowering the girl child. Listen here:Back to top.
3. Events for Women at APS Meeting
From: WiPHYS, April 14, 2011
The APS April Meeting is in Anaheim. The following events are available for women attending the meeting:
Friday, April 29, 5pm: This reception follows the Professional Skills Development Workshop for Women Physicists –Network.
Sunday, May 1, 3:30pm: This invited talk is on “Initiatives for Broadening Participation of Minorities in Graduate Level Physics”.
Sunday, May 1, 6:30pm: Reception –- All are welcome!
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30am: Register for the Networking Breakfast –onsite at the Meeting Registrar’s Desk.
Tuesday, May 3, 10:45am: This invited talk is on “Enhancing Performance and Retention of Under-Represented Students in Undergraduate Physics”.
Find more details and the event locations here:Back to top.
4. DPF Child Care Grants
From: WIPHYS, April 14, 2011
Small grants are available to assist attendees of the 2011 Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) meeting (August 9-13 in Providence, RI) who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). To apply, please complete the online child care grant application by July 1, 2011:Back to top.
5. Global Astronomy Month, One People, One Sky
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]
April is International Global Astronomy Month. Global Astronomy Month is Astronomers Without Borders' -- bringing new ideas, new opportunities and bringing enthusiasts together worldwide, celebrating One People, One Sky. Thirty nights of star peace is a global project inspired by the idea of sharing the starry-night experience among neighboring astronomy groups across national borders, one segment of the globe at a time, on successive nights during the month of April. Using geographical longitude as a reference, the earth is divided into ten equal segments, each one spanning 36 degrees of longitude. Countries located in each of these 10 segments will have a period of three days to participate in the 30 Nights of StarPeace project. The project kicked off on April 1 in Alaska. It is going to be in Armenia on April 19-21, including in the same group Russia, East Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, West Kazakhstan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Emirates, West Pakistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar.
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To find astronomical events planned worldwide including observing through telescopes in person and remotely over the Internet, special live astronomy-related performances for visually-impaired and sightes alike, photography and astropoetry, classroom activities and contest, see:Back to top.
6. Job Announcements: Visiting Assistant Professor
From: WIPHYS, April 14, 2011
The Rowan University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor position beginning Fall 2011, with possible renewal for a third year. We seek candidates who are interested in teaching physics at both the introductory and advanced levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the current experimental and theoretical research programs within our department. A Ph.D. degree in Physics is preferred, but ABD may be considered. Teaching experience is a plus. Additional information about the university may be obtained at
Applicants should submit a CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a one-page description of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement of research interests, and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Send information electronically to physics_at_rowan.edu. Background check required, EOE.
Find more career opportunities at the APS CAREER CENTER atBack to top.
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