Friday, March 27, 2009

AASWOMEN for March 27, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 27, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. National Women's History Month

2. AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - What Brought You Into This Field?

3. ADVANCE Grant Program

4. Astro2010

5. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship

6. Childcare Grants for APS Meetings

7. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon, May 3

8. CSWP/COM Dessert Reception, May 4

9. CSWP Co-Sponsors Invited Talks at Denver Meeting

10. Astronomy &/or Physics Lecturers, University of Central Florida-Orlando

11. Astronomy & Physics Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


1. National Women's History Month
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

March is National Women's History Month. Contributions of women to astronomy and space science exploration can be found at

http://space.about.com/od/biographies/a/womenshistory.htm.

More information on Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet, the 2009 National Women's History Month project, can be found at

http://www.nwhp.org/.

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2. AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - What Brought You Into This Field?
"Positive Reinforcement"
From: Hannah_at_Women in Astronomy Blog, March 25, 2009

[Hannah asks AASWomen readers what brought you into field of astronomy? To read more on what brought Hannah into the filed of astronomy, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2009/03/positive-reinforcement.html.]

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3. ADVANCE Grant Program
From: Cynthia A. Hudgins [hudgins_at_umich.edu]

[The ADVANCE Program began as a five-year, grant-funded project promoting institutional transformation with respect to women faculty in science and engineering fields. With the University?s commitment to continue funding through June 2011, the program is gradually expanding to promote other kinds of diversity among faculty and students in all fields. ADVANCE is housed at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.]

The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, invites your participation in the third annual Science and Technology Excellence Program (STEP). Designed specifically for science, engineering, and mathematics departments, STEP will offer leadership training and support for teams of faculty to make positive changes in the work environment within their academic units.

We are inviting colleagues from educational institutions across the nation to create departmental teams of two to four faculty members to participate in an intensive, three-day workshop to be held at the University of Michigan in May 2009. The goal of STEP is to equip teams to lead efforts within their home departments to improve departmental effectiveness and the environment for faculty, staff, and students. Teams must include at least two and no more than four members from a single department at each institution. There are NO registration costs for any team member. Travel and accommodation costs for two team members from each institution will be covered by the grant. Participating institutions must cover travel and accommodation for all other members of the team.

The "Call for Participation" is attached in PDF and registration can be done via Survey Monkey at the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=zinyV2_2bjz4yoU8lZYBwlwA_3d_3d

Teams should apply as soon as possible but no later than March 30. Please email

advanceprogram_at_umich.edu

to indicate an intention to apply or if you have any questions.

Cynthia A. Hudgins, Senior Program Administrator ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan 204 South State Street 1247 Lane Hall Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290 734-647-9359 hudgins_at_umich.edu http://sitemaker.umich.edu/advance

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4. Astro2010
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Your Astro2010 Science Subcommittee, Subcommittee on State of the Profession, and Subcommittee on Programs would like to hear your ideas. The members of each subcommittee can be found at

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Survey_Committee.html.

To see all 320 white papers submitted to date, please see

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/Astro2010/publicview.aspx.

Two white paper submissions are still open: 1) Technology Development and 2) Theory, Computation, and Laboratory Astrophysics. The white papers are to be no more than 10 pages and can be submitted March 17-31, 2009. For more information, please see

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010.html.

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5. M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship
From: WIPHYS of March 26, 2009

The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics 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 at

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/blewett/index.cfm

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6. Childcare Grants fro APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS of March 25, 2009

There are funds remaining for childcare grants of up to $400 to APS meeting attendees who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). Details can be found at

http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/index.cfm

for the April meeting in Denver. A grant from the Elsevier Foundation augments existing funds from the APS.

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7. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon, May 3
From: WIPHYS of March 25, 2009

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) will co-sponsor a buffet luncheon for women in physics from 12:00-1:30 pm on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the APS meeting Denver, Colorado. The speaker will be Catherine Fiore, MIT, former CSWP chair. The luncheon is open to all: both men and women are welcome to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a full buffet lunch and network with colleagues! Cost: $20. Students are $5, thanks to the generosity of DPF.

Space is limited, so please pre-register by April 15 at

http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/receptions/index.cfm.

After April 15, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the Balances Due desk at the APS Registration Area as long as tickets are available.

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8. CSWP/COM Dessert Reception, May 4
From: WIPHYS of March 25, 2009

The Committee on Minorities and the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics will co-sponsor a dessert reception on Monday, May 4, 7:30-9:00 pm in the Sheraton Hotel at the APS meeting in Denver. Enjoy delicious desserts while you network with colleagues and hear about the work of these committees!

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9. CSWP Co-Sponsors Invited Talks at Denver Meeting
From: WIPHYS of March 25, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 10:45am -12:33 pm. Invited Session H6: Sponsored by the CSWP and the Division of Particles and Fields (three women talking on experimental high physics collaboration) .

Monday, May 4, 1:30-3:18 pm. Invited Session R5: Women and Minorities in Multi-Messenger Astronomy of Gamma-Ray Bursts. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the Committee on Minorities, the Division of Astrophysics, and the Topical Group on Gravitation.

Tuesday, May 5, 1:30-3:18 pm. Invited Session X5: Women and Minorities in Gravity: Science and Career Paths. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the Committee on Minorities, the Division of Astrophysics, and the Topical Group on Gravitation.

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10. Astronomy &/or Physics Lecturers, University of Central Florida-Orlando
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida invites applications for Lecturer positions to teach physical science, introductory astronomy, and both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics starting in Fall 2009. UCF is a leading, fast growing, metropolitan research university located in Orlando with 50,000 students and 40 Physics faculty. Successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or a very closely related field, have appropriate teaching experience, and be accustomed to using multimedia teaching aids. Interested individuals should send a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy and experience to Dr. Talat S. Rahman, Chair, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32816-2385 (email: talat_at_physics.ucf.edu ), and have three letters of reference sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the positions are filled. Further information is available at

http://www.ucf.edu/jobs/vacancies.

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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11. Astronomy & Physics Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
From: Ed Schmidt [eschmidt_at_unlserve.unl.edu]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) is seeking a full-time Lecturer to teach Introductory Astronomy and Physics courses beginning 17 August 2009. This is a non-tenure track 3-year position with a 9-month academic year appointment and full benefits. There are no assigned duties during the summer months, but there are opportunities for summer teaching for additional salary. Responsibilities will include teaching multiple sections of introductory astronomy and physics lecture courses using interactive engagement methods in class and online, managing Teaching Assistants assigned to the courses, and holding at least three office hours per week.

A Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics is required, and a demonstrated ability or potential to teach astronomy is essential. Experience teaching large-enrollment (100 to 150 students) introductory courses is highly desirable. We are seeking an individual who has an abiding interest in teaching, and who can motivate students to learn through interactive-engagement techniques. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates must apply online at

http://employment.unl.edu

(Requisition# 090090). Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement regarding teaching philosophy, and a list of at least three references. Review of applications will begin on 13 April 2009, however, the search will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

Lincoln, Nebraska, a community of more than 250,000 people, offers the ambiance of a friendly small town while offering attractions and entertainment opportunities of a metropolitan area. Lincoln is a young city with a bright future of planned growth and expansion. It is one of the fastest growing non-Sun Belt cities in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest. The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln is home to state government and the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska system. The city also hosts Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College, Doan College-Lincoln and the Lincoln School of Commerce. Lincoln has an excellent educational system and ranks in the top 20 least stressful cities in the nation for children. Residents enjoy nationally ranked sporting events, world famous performing arts, and a variety of cultural activities. Among the attractions: the 2,200-seat Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, four history museums, a planetarium, observatory, many private art galleries, four live-stage theater venues, a civic auditorium, the 76,000-seat Memorial Stadium, 14,400-seat Devaney Center and new baseball stadium facilities. Cost-of-living ranks 3 to 5 percent below the national average of comparable cities with among the nation?s lowest health care costs, utility bills and insurance rates. Lincoln?s low crime rate, efficient transportation, stable business environment and advanced health care technology are few reasons why Lincoln ranks high in livability studies. You are invited to explore Lincoln on-line for the most current information.

www.unl.edu - University of Nebraska-Lincoln homepage

www.nebraska.edu - Website for the University of Nebraska four-campus system

www.lped.com - The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development offers extensive information on demographics, education, healthcare, cost of living and tax structures.

www.lcoc.com - The Lincoln/Lancaster County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on attractions, entertainment, recreation, dining, shopping and transportation.

www.state.ne.us - The official web site of Nebraska State Government

www.ci.lincoln.ne.us - The official site of Lincoln City Government

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