Four Women Named to Head Academic Centers

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro was named the founding director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since 2004, she has served as an associate professor at the university’s William H. Bowen School of Law.

Professor Aiyetoro is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned a master of social work degree at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree at Saint Louis University.

The Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York system, has named Amanda Nickerson as director of the Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying, Abuse, and School Violence. She was an associate professor of school psychology at SUNY-Albany.

Dr. Nickerson is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She earned a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Mary Madden, associate research professor in the Center for Education and Research at the University of Maine, was named director of the university’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center. The center, funded by a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to increase the number of women faculty in the sciences.

Dr. Madden holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Maine.

The University of Pennsylvania announced that the director of its new Center for Global Women’s Health will be Lynn Sommers. She is currently the Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical/Surgical Nursing at the university.

Dr. Sommers is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from New York University and a Ph.D. in nursing form Ohio State University.


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