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Three Women Appointed to Full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman's University

Three Women Appointed to Full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman’s University

Kathy DeOrnellas was promoted to full professor in the department of psychology and philosophy. Camelia Maier was appointed professor of biology and Junalyn Navarra-Madsen was promoted to full professor of mathematics.

Four Women From the Academic World Receive Prestigious Honors

Four Women From the Academic World Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Giyeon Kim of the University of Alabama, Cheryl Hitchcock of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Mary Hudson of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and Xihong Lin of Harvard University.

A Dozen Women in New Administrative Posts at American Colleges and Universities

A Dozen Women in New Administrative Posts at American Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer to Lead the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer to Lead the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer was named interim chancellor the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2015, Dr. Bichelmeyer was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor at the university. Earlier, she taught for nearly two decades at Indiana University.

The New President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

The New President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Jennifer Greer, associate provost for administration at the University of Alabama. Dr. Greer has been a member of the association since 1993 and was sworn in as president earlier this month at the association’s annual convention in Chicago.

University of Utah Dean Stepping Down to Take Major Humanities Post at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

University of Utah Dean Stepping Down to Take Major Humanities Post at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dianne S. Harris, dean of the College of Humanities and a professor of history at the University of Utah since 2015, will be leaving the university to take on the duties as senior program officer in higher education and scholarships in the humanities at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City.

Two Women Named to Head Prestigious Schools at Major Universities

Two Women Named to Head Prestigious Schools at Major Universities

Jayme Host was appointed director of the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and Christine Smart was named director of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

In Memoriam: John Christine Wolkerstorfer, 1931-2017

In Memoriam: John Christine Wolkerstorfer, 1931-2017

Professor Wolkerstorfer taught American history at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for 24 years. She retired in 1997.

How MIT Closed the Gender Gap in Mechanical Engineering

How MIT Closed the Gender Gap in Mechanical Engineering

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, only 13.2 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in mechanical engineering in 2015 were earned by women. But at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 49.5 percent of all undergraduate majors in mechanical engineering are women.

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Environmental Sciences

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Environmental Sciences

Erika Marín-Spiotta, an associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is partnering with scientific societies and geoscience faculty colleagues from colleges and universities across the country to develop sexual harassment bystander intervention training for the earth, space and environmental sciences.

Website Ranks the Top College and University Computer Science Programs for Women

Website Ranks the Top College and University Computer Science Programs for Women

The website StudySoup.com examined the top-ranked U.S. universities for computer science to see which are also offering an inclusive environment for female students looking to enter into the industry. Harvey Mudd College, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University were the top three.

UCSF-Led Study Finds Pregnant Women's Exposure to Flame Retardants Leads to Lower IQ in Their Babies

UCSF-Led Study Finds Pregnant Women’s Exposure to Flame Retardants Leads to Lower IQ in Their Babies

In an important study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, it was found that pregnant women who had high exposure to flame retardants tended to have children with lower levels of intelligence. Flame retardants are commonly found in furniture and other household products.

Two Women Scholars Honored by the American Sociological Association

Two Women Scholars Honored by the American Sociological Association

Laura Stark, an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Nancy D. Campbell, a professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, shared an award for the best scholarly article published over the past two years in the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology.

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers

Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers

Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

University of Notre Dame Program Seeks to Increase Gender Diversity in the Financial Services Industry

University of Notre Dame Program Seeks to Increase Gender Diversity in the Financial Services Industry

The Institute for Global Investing and the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana have teamed up with the nonprofit organization Girls Who Inve$t, with the goal of increasing the number of young women in portfolio and asset management.

Three Women Higher Education Administrators Are Leaving Their Posts

Three Women Higher Education Administrators Are Leaving Their Posts

The three women administrators who are leaving their posts are Katy Smith Abbott at Middlebury College in Vermont, Maridith Walker Geuder at Mississippi University for Women, and Sandy Hatfield Cobb at Drake University in Des Moines, iowa.

In Memoriam: Delia Graff Fara, 1969-2017

In Memoriam: Delia Graff Fara, 1969-2017

Professor Fara taught undergraduate and graduate courses on logic, semantics, and the philosophy of language at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Hollins University Partners With Virginia Tech to Give Women Students Research Opportunities

Hollins University Partners With Virginia Tech to Give Women Students Research Opportunities

Hollins University, the educational institution for women in Roanoke, Virginia, has signed an agreement with the Global Change Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University that will lead to summer research opportunities for Hollins University students at Virginia Tech.

Three Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions at Bowdoin College in Maine

Three Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions at Bowdoin College in Maine

Bowdoin College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Brunswick, Maine, recently announced the appointment of six faculty members to endowed chairs. Three of the appointments went to women: Jackie Brown in art, Belinda Kong in Asian studies and English, and Birgit Tautz in modern languages.

New Online Archive on How the Women's Suffrage Movement Was Portrayed in the Media

New Online Archive on How the Women’s Suffrage Movement Was Portrayed in the Media

The American Journalism Historians Association recently debuted an online archive of material relating to the women’s suffrage movement. The project is led by Brooke Kroeger, a professor and director of the graduate program in journalism at New York University.

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Have New Posts or Duties

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Have New Posts or Duties

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Two Women Scholars Win Lillian Smith Book Awards

Two Women Scholars Win Lillian Smith Book Awards

The winners are Patricia Bell-Scott, professor emerita of women’s studies and also human development and family studies at the University of Georgia and Risa Goluboff dean and the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

A Trio of Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

A Trio of Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

The three women receiving appointments as deans are Ellen J. MacKenzie at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Stephanie Pasley Henry at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Lisa A. Kloppenberg at Santa Clara University in California.

University of Chicago Honors a Pioneering Woman Who Served on Its Faculty

University of Chicago Honors a Pioneering Woman Who Served on Its Faculty

Maria Goeppert Mayer, whose research on the structure of atoms at the University of Chicago, enabled her to be one of only two women to win the Nobel Prize in physics, is being recognized by having a lecture hall at the university named in her honor.

Two Women Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Two Women Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Magdalena Bezanilla was appointed the Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor in the department of biological sciences at Dartmouth College and Alma Rachel Heckman was appointed to the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Six Women Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

Six Women Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

The honorees are Barbara J. Grosz of Harvard University, May-Lee Chai of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Kate Shoulders of the University of Arkansas, Patricia Ann Conrad of the University of California, Davis, Ilana B. Witten of Princeton, and Beverly Daniel Ttaum, professor emerita of Spelman College.

New Administrative Positions for Seventeen Women at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Positions for Seventeen Women at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Montana State Research Projects Shows Grant-Writing Seminars for Women Can Make a Difference

Montana State Research Projects Shows Grant-Writing Seminars for Women Can Make a Difference

New research by a group of women scholars at Montana State University found that a six-week grant writing boot camp conducted by the university’s ADVANCE Project TRACS program resulted in a four-fold positive effect on women winning grants.

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

In 2016, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital was chosen to serve as executive vice president and provost at Florida Memorial University. From 2007 to 2014, she was president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Examining Why Women Are So Scarce in Composing Music for Film

Examining Why Women Are So Scarce in Composing Music for Film

In a survey of a large number of screen composers, 67 percent of women composers agreed with the statement that “gender discrimination is common in the industry.” Only 32 percent of male composers agreed.

Meredith College Fights Highway Improvement Project Adjacent to Its Campus

Meredith College Fights Highway Improvement Project Adjacent to Its Campus

Meredith College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in Raleigh, North Carolina, is fighting a highway improvement proposal that would use approximately one-fifth of the college’s total acreage. This would limit the college’s ability to expand in the future.

Negative Campaign Attacks May Hurt Women Candidates More Than Their Male Counterparts

Negative Campaign Attacks May Hurt Women Candidates More Than Their Male Counterparts

A new study by political scientists at West Virginia University and Tulane University in New Orleans, finds that negative campaign advertisements tended to do more damage to women candidates, particularly Democrats, than to male candidates.

In Memoriam: Wanda S. Mitchell, 1959-2017

In Memoriam: Wanda S. Mitchell, 1959-2017

Dr. Mitchell served as the chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and was an affiliate professor in the department of counseling and special education in the university’s School of Education.