Friday, January 23, 2009

AASWomen for January 23, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 23, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. AASWomen Childcare Update

2. Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

3. Postdoctoral Position, Caltech/Spitzer Science Center

4. Astronomer/Planetarium Director, St. Cloud State University


5. NYT article on New Hope for Lifting Women in Science

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

7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. AASWomen Childcare...details to be determined
From: Kevin Marvel []

Thanks for the notice in the latest AAS Women email news about the Council's commitment to provide childcare service at the next three AAS winter meetings. The details have yet to be worked out, so some of the numbers described by Council members at the Long Beach meeting may not be the actual final numbers, but actually represent the most optimistic price point we hope to reach. This especially bears on the cost per hour of the service to the users.

That said, it is my intention to make the service as affordable as possible for potential users. I welcome help from CSWA members and supporters as well as any other AAS member in finding and securing financial support for the service. If you have a lead, can make a personal commitment or a commitment on behalf of your employer, please contact me directly at Such a service is not overly expensive from nearly any point of view, but it does represent a new and real cost that the Society must bear. I am counting on my fellow Council members to help secure the funds for this new service and know I can count on the enthusiastic support of many others in our Society, not just the CSWA in this regard as well.

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2. Assistant Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Manitoba
From: Jayanne English [], Dec. 22, 2008

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in theoretical/computational astrophysics at the University of Manitoba, beginning July 1, 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We seek outstanding individuals who will complement and expand current research areas, which include the study of formation and evolution of galaxies, supernova remnants, neutron stars, magnetars, pulsar wind nebulae, star formation, and gravitational lensing. Candidates should have a strong record of achievement in astrophysics research, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in physics and astronomy. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of past accomplishments and future research plans, and the names of three referees to: Dr. Peter Blunden (, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Further information is available at Please quote position 09192.

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).

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3. Postdoctoral Position, Caltech/Spitzer Science Center
From: Kartik Sheth []

Applications are invited for one post-doctoral research position at Caltech / Spitzer Science Center. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Kartik Sheth and the S4G (Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies) team. S4G is designed to be the ultimate legacy survey for the distribution of stellar structure in the nearby universe ( . Using IRAC Channels 1 and 2 over the two year Spitzer warm mission, we will obtain extremely deep observations of the stellar mass distribution for a sample of ~2,300 nearby (d<40Mpc) galaxies (dwarfs, ellipticals, irregular, spirals), thus assembling an unprecedented dataset for studies of structure formation during galaxy evolution. The successful applicant is expected to become an integral and equal member of the team. S/he will work with the team members to reduce, analyze and verify the data, design and deliver the data products for the community. The ideal candidate will also design and pursue a vigorous, independent science research program primarily using the S4G data. S/he may also envision using and/or obtaining data from new observations or existing surveys (e.g., COSMOS, SDSS) to complement the proposed science. Applicants are encouraged to research the survey, discuss the goals with any of the co-Is and formulate an ambitious research proposal, which should be submitted as part of the application package.

Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to these projects. The appointment is for two years (with the possibility of a renewal for a further year) and could start as early as May 2009.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, publication list, a statement of past research and a detailed proposed research statement, as described above. Please also have 3 letters of recommendation sent independently to Dr. Sheth by March 1, 2009.

Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

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4. Astronomer/Planetarium Director, St. Cloud State University
From: Maria Womack []

Probationary (Tenure-track) position for Astronomer/Planetarium Director, St. Cloud State University

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science at St. Cloud State University invites applications for a tenure-track 9-month position (contingent on funding) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 18, 2009. Responsibilities include to Develop and present live shows in the newly renovated SCSU Planetarium to audiences ranging from K-12 to college-level, the general public and special events. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate courses with laboratories at all levels in the department, engage in scholarly activity and participate in continual development of departmental curriculum. In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to: 1)teach and perform assignments effectively; 2)conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3)continue preparation and study in the field; 4)contribute to student growth and development; and 5)provide service to the university and community.

Requirements are a master's degree in physics, astronomy or closely related area, and a strong and demonstrated interest in teaching and community outreach. A Ph.D. in physics/astronomy or closely related area is preferred, as is a demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The SCSU Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science faculty have high quality research programs in theoretical nuclear physics, laser spectroscopy, optics, and planetary science. Faculty and students have access to the SCSU Observatory and Center for Microscopic Imaging and Analysis. The SCSU Planetarium has a new Chronos star projector with new Spitz automation controls, lighting, sound, and dome.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume/vitae, transcripts (copies acceptable for initial screening) and three letters of professional reference to the address below. Review of applications will begin on Mar 2, 2009.

Dr. Maria Womack, Search Committee Chair WSB 324 Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science St. Cloud State University 720 Fourth Avenue South St. Cloud , MN 56301-4498 Phone: 320.308.2011 Fax: 320.308.4728 Email:

Related URLs: (SCSU Planetarium) (Department homepage) (About SCSU) (About St. Cloud, Minnesota)

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5. NYT Article: "In 'Geek chic'and Obama, new Hope for Lifting Women in
Science" by Natalie Angier
From: WIPHYS Jan. 21, 2009

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7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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