Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Articles of interest 25/02/2015

Two articles that have appeared in recent days that may be of interest/comment.

The first is an article from Nature describing a study that claims that in the US the 'leaky pipeline' is no longer an issue between graduate and PhD level.

Second is by Selina Todd of Oxford University announcing the creation of a Women in Humanities group, aimed at actively supporting women in academia. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Call for the Women in Physics lecturer 2015

We're currently on the hunt for our 2015 Women in Physics lecturer - is it you?

Professor Sheila Rowan, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was the Women in Physics lecturer in 2014. 

The Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics will be selected to present lectures in venues arranged by each participating state branch of the AIP.  Nominations are currently sought for the AIP WIP Lecturer for 2015. We are seeking a woman working in Australia who:
  • has made a significant contribution in a field of physics research
  • has demonstrated public speaking ability
  • is available in 2015 to visit Canberra and each of the six Australian State capital cities and surrounding regions.
Presentations will include school lectures, public lectures and research colloquia, subject to negotiation with the various AIP state branches and their contacts. School and public lectures are expected to be of interest to non-specialist physics audiences, and to increase awareness among students and their families of the possibilities offered by continuing to study physics. University lectures will be presented at a level suitable for the individual audience (professional or graduate). Air travel and accommodation will be provided.
Nominations should be sent via mail or email to the AIP Special Projects Officer (see information below) via the nomination form (please click here to download the nomination form).  Self-nomination is welcomed, as are nominations from branches or employers/colleagues.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Nominee’s details
  2. Nominee’s CV, including a detailed record of presentations to the general public, schools and media
  3. A 300-500 word nomination which should include:
  • a brief statement of the research area of interest to the nominee,
  • an outline of her significant contributions to physics,
  • references to key publications in which these contributions were presented (via curriculum vitae)
  • evidence of her ability to give a lecture which will excite an enthusiastic response in senior secondary and undergraduate students. (NOTE: this requirement must be adequately addressed in order for the nominee to be considered for selection)
Self-nominations should include names of two referees who can attest to the ability of the nominee to give lectures appropriate for the target audience.
Closing Date:  27 February 2015

Applications and nominations should be sent by email  to the AIP Special Projects Officer