Monday, September 13, 2010

AASWOMEN for September 10, 2010

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 10, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Partner Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments

2. Maybe There Is Hope After All

3. Video Interview with Professor Margaret Murnane

4. Conference for Undergraduate Women

5. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

6. US-Israel Travel Grants & Workshop Program

7. Humboldt Research Fellowships

8. Faculty Position in Astrophysics/Particle Physics

***The following positions were taken from WIPHYS***

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

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. Partner Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments
From: Edmund Bertschinger [edbert_at_MIT.EDU]

[The August 27, 2010 issue of AASWomen newsletter introduced MIT's opening discussions on endorsements of the Pasadena Recommendations. Since that issue, discussions have progressed ? -- Eds.]

The AAUP has prepared a new set of "Recommendations on Partner Accommodation and Dual Career Appointments",

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/comm/rep/dual.htm

This document provides extensive background and detailed recommendations expanding on the Pasadena Recommendation that institutions "Develop policies encouraging flexible means of accommodating dual-career couples." The AAUP acknowledges that procedures permitting dual-career appointments affect the faculty responsibility for personnel decisions. As they note, "Respect for faculty governance, however, must be balanced against the competing demands of gender equity and work-family balance, which require sensitivity to the needs of dual-career couples."

The tension between faculty governance and dual-career appointments was the reason why my department made only a qualified endorsement of the corresponding Pasadena Recommendation. The AAUP Recommendations provide an opportunity to re-engage the faculty and administration in discussion about this subject of growing importance.

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2. Maybe There Is Hope After All
From: Hannah Jang-Condell, Women In Astronomy Blogspot

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2010/09/maybe-there-is-hope-after-all.html

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3. Video Interview with Professor Margaret Murnane
From: WIPHYS, September 8, 2010

SheHeroes.org interviewed Margaret Murnane, laser physicist and MacArthur Genius Grant award recipient, on the challenges she has faced being a female in the field of science. Margaret discusses how she overcame others doubts about her ability to do physics and how she loves to watch students overcome their fears about not knowing enough. View the video interview here:

http://sheheroes.org/2010/08/sheheroes-episode-2-professor-margaret-murnane

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4. Conference for Undergraduate Women
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is bringing together outstanding student researchers in Physics and Astronomy for a four-day conference, from Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 10th. Undergraduate students are invited to take part in this unique opportunity to expand upon their current research experiences, interact with physics and astronomy students from other universities, and attend scientific talks given by scientists who are leaders in their field. All local expenses, including food and hotel accommodation, are covered by sponsors, and there is no registration fee. In addition, they are able to provide travel scholarships to undergraduate participants. Support is given upon request by the supervising faculty. More information on travel scholarships can be found on the Nominations page of

http://www.physics.unl.edu/~wophy

Registration deadline is September 30, 2010.

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5. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
From: Caroline Simpson [simpson_at_fiu.edu]

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 6, 2010. Program Guidelines are found in NSF 10-520. More can be found at

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

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6. US-Israel Travel Grants & Workshop Program
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Binational Science Foundation (BSF) is announcing the availability of funds for two grant programs:

1. The Prof. R. Rahamimoff Program offers travel grants for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. In 2011, a total of 10 grants will be awarded, each for $4,000. More information and the Call for Proposals are available on the website:

http://www.bsf.org.il/bsfpublic/DefaultPage1.aspx?PageId=25&innerTextID=25

The travel grants program is a limited submission where up to 5 applications from one organization will be accepted. The deadline for email submission is December 1, 2010.

2. The BSF Workshop Program offers funds for joint applications from U.S.and Israeli co-PIs to organize and conduct a workshop that is focused on bringing together Israeli, American and Palestinian scientists for the purpose of facilitating the development of partnership research programs. In 2011, BSF`s budget for workshops is $50,000 and will either be given to one workshop, or divided between two. More information and the Call for Proposals are at

http://www.bsf.org.il/bsfpublic/DefaultPage1.aspx?PageId=24&innerTextID=24.

Deadline for online submission by researchers of workshop applications is December 1, 2010.

The BSF website will be opened for submission of workshop applications on November 1, 2010, while travel grant applications are to be sent via email to bsf_at_bsf.org.il.

The forms and the full instructions of both programs can be downloaded from the BSF website at the `GUIDELINES amp; FORMS` section:

http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx

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7. Humboldt Research Fellowships
From: WIPHYS, September 8, 2010

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 more information, visit

http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/771.html

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 more information, visit

http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/1710.html

Applications should be submitted in October for the November selection committee meeting.

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8. Faculty Position in Astrophysics/Particle Physics
From: Joan Grohman [jgrohman_at_physics.ucsd.edu]

The Department of Physics within the Division of Physical Science at UC San Diego ( http://physics.ucsd.edu ) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. We are seeking applications for a tenure-track (assistant professor) position in theoretical physics in the areas of Astrophysics, Particle Physics, and Astroparticle Physics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, an outstanding record of research accomplishment and professional activity, ability and strong interest in undergraduate and graduate instruction, and demonstrated potential for strong contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates will be judged both on research accomplishments and on leadership in areas contributing to diversity.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a research program and to participate in the educational programs and other activities of the Department.

Applications should consist of: a curriculum vitae, list of publications, summary of research interests, future research plan, and a personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity. Applications are to be submitted online at the RECRUIT website:

https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference posted to that website. Information about spousal/partner employment is available on the Partner Opportunities Program website:

http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/offices/partneropp

Salary per UC pay scales. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. UC San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity

http://diversity.ucsd.edu

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10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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