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Lecturer at Purchase College Wins a Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition

Lecturer at Purchase College Wins a Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition

Du Yun, a lecturer in the School of the Arts at Purchase College in Harrison, New York, was honored for operatic work about human trafficking entitled Angel’s Bone. Dr. Yun is a native of Shanghai, China. She began playing the piano at age four.

Four Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

Four Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

The women who have been appointed to dean posts are Carolyn Kapinus at Texas Woman’s University, Michele C. Murray at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Franca R. Barricelli at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. and Elizabeth Killingsworth at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Two California Scholars Share the 2017 Potamkin Prize From the American Academy of Neurology

Two California Scholars Share the 2017 Potamkin Prize From the American Academy of Neurology

Claudia H. Kawas of the University of California, Irvine and Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco are being honored for their research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s and related diseases. They will share the $100,000 prize.

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members

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.

Montserrat Fuentes Honored by the American Statistical Association

Montserrat Fuentes Honored by the American Statistical Association

Montserrat Fuentes, a professor in the department of statistical sciences and operations research and dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, conducts statistical research on weather, climate, pollution, and ecology.

Eleven Women Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Eleven Women Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

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

Indiana University Just Says No to Student Athletes With a History of Sexual Violence

Indiana University Just Says No to Student Athletes With a History of Sexual Violence

The new policy disqualifies any prospective student-athlete with a history of sexual or domestic violence from participating in any intercollegiate activities, including competition, or receiving athletically related financial aid.

In Memoriam: Beth Kulakofsky Smith, 1921-2017

In Memoriam: Beth Kulakofsky Smith, 1921-2017

Beth Smith taught leadership and management courses at the Henry M. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An endowed chair at the School of Management was named in her honor. Smith and her husband also endowed a chair in Jewish studies at Wellesley College.

Kristina Johnson Named the Thirteenth Chancellor of the State University of New York System

Kristina Johnson Named the Thirteenth Chancellor of the State University of New York System

Currently, Dr. Johnson is the chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities. She served as under secretary of education in the Obama administration and earlier was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

In 2016, 13 percent of all degrees earned by women were in the natural sciences or engineering, compared to 28 percent for men. Thus, men were more than twice as likely as women to earn bachelor’s degrees in these fields. As we move up the educational ladder, the gender gap increases.

Vanderbilt University's Kimryn Rathmell to Lead the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Vanderbilt University’s Kimryn Rathmell to Lead the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Professor Rathmell is the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also the associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Teresa Boyer to Direct the New Institute for Women's Leadership at Villanova University

Teresa Boyer to Direct the New Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University

Since 2008, Dr. Boyer has served as executive director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also an assistant research professor at Rutgers. Earlier, she was an administrator at the U.S. Department of Education.

The Wide Gender Gap in Enrollment and Faculty Positions at Theological Schools

The Wide Gender Gap in Enrollment and Faculty Positions at Theological Schools

According to the Association of Theological Schools, there were 71,182 students enrolled at member institutions in 2015. Of these, 23,804 were women. Men made up 66.6 percent of all students at these theological schools. Men made up an even larger share of all faculty at these schools.

The First Women's College With an Intercollegiate eSports Team

The First Women’s College With an Intercollegiate eSports Team

Beginning this fall Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, will field a team of eSport enthusiasts who will compete in intercollegiate video game competitions. Stephens College will offer scholarships to talented game players.

Scholar Finds a Hidden Bias Against Women Authors of Economics Papers

Scholar Finds a Hidden Bias Against Women Authors of Economics Papers

Erin Hengel, an American economist who teaches at the University of Liverpool, has completed a new study that finds that economics papers authored by women are more “readable” than those authored by men. However, despite being better written, articles authored by women take an average of six months longer to go through the peer-review process.

Four Women Faculty Members Granted Tenure at the University of Maine

Four Women Faculty Members Granted Tenure at the University of Maine

Sarah Harlan-Haughey in English and Heather Hamlin in marine sciences were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Associate professors Janet Fairman in education and Lee Karp-Boss in marine sciences were granted tenure.

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.

Are Colleges Adequately Protecting the Rights of the Accused in Campus Sexual Assault Cases?

Are Colleges Adequately Protecting the Rights of the Accused in Campus Sexual Assault Cases?

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), based in Irvine, California, recently released a new report on campus sexual assault investigations. It lists seven fairness standards that it thinks should be applied for investigations of sexual assaults on college campuses.

A New Endowed Scholarship for Refugee Women at Barnard College in New York City

A New Endowed Scholarship for Refugee Women at Barnard College in New York City

The Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women will be awarded each year to a woman whose education has been interrupted as a result of war, persecution, conflict, natural disaster, or crisis.

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.

Bryn Mawr College Begins New "Digital Competencies" Initiative

Bryn Mawr College Begins New “Digital Competencies” Initiative

Officials at the college have developed a framework to help identify the types of technology proficiencies students may need for their particular major. They then offer a roadmap for these students to gain these proficiencies through coursework, internships, workshops, and student employment on the Bryn Mawr campus.

Four Women Announce Their Retirements From High-Level Posts in Academia

Four Women Announce Their Retirements From High-Level Posts in Academia

The four women retiring from the their university posts are Judith M. Cole at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Karen M. Sowers at the University of Tennessee, Iris Rosa at Indiana University, and Catherine C. Scroggs at the University of Missouri.

University of Michigan Scholar Wins the Pulitzer Prize in History

University of Michigan Scholar Wins the Pulitzer Prize in History

Heather Ann Thompon, professor of history at the University of Michigan, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for her book on the Attica Prison riot of 1971 and its aftermath. She spent 13 years researching and writing the book.

Four Women Selected for Named Professorships at Major Universities

Four Women Selected for Named Professorships at Major Universities

The women holding named professorships are Marcy C. Purnell at the University of Memphis, Samantha Power at Harvard University, Rachel Green at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Gordana Vunjak-Novakic at Columbia University in New York City.

In Memoriam: Carol Vergene DeRolf, 1933-2017

In Memoriam: Carol Vergene DeRolf, 1933-2017

Carol DeRolf joined the staff at the Child Study Center at Old Dominion University in 1974. There she was a preschool teacher and instructor for childhood education students at the university. She retired from teaching in 2011 after 37 years at the Child Study Center.

Gillian Conoley of Sonoma State University Is the Winner of a Major Poetry Award

Gillian Conoley of Sonoma State University Is the Winner of a Major Poetry Award

Gillian Conoley, professor and poet-in-residence at Sonoma State University in California, has been chosen as the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. The award has been given to one poet annually since 1929.

A Quartet of Women Named to Dean Positions at State Universities

A Quartet of Women Named to Dean Positions at State Universities

The new deans are Alison Harmon at Montana State University in Bozeman, JoAnn Slama Lighty at Boise State University in Idaho, Laura Bloomberg at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Sarah Gehlert at the University of South Carolina.

East Carolina University Scholar Wins the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction

East Carolina University Scholar Wins the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction

Liza Wieland, a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She will be honored at the groups annual convention this November in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Selected for New Roles or Assignments

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Selected for New Roles or Assignments

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.

Notable Honors or Awards for Four Women Scholars in Academia

Notable Honors or Awards for Four Women Scholars in Academia

The honorees are Toni Morrison, professor emerita at Princeton University in New Jersey, Audrey Adamson of the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University, Rae Goodwin of the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, and Mary C. MacDonald of the University of Rhode Island.

Five Women Appointed to New Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Appointed to New Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Leslie Kendrick at the University of Virginia School of Law, Desiree Reed-Francois at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Diana Borgognoni at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Vivian Hsu at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Janet Lindner at Yale University.

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Chooses Its First Woman President

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Chooses Its First Woman President

Linda A. Livingstone is a professor of management and dean of the School of Business at George Washington University. When she takes office as president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on June 1, Dr. Livingstone will be the first woman to lead the university in its 172-year history.

The Gender Pay Gap for College Graduates Begins on Graduation Day

The Gender Pay Gap for College Graduates Begins on Graduation Day

The study by Glassdoor Economic Research finds that in the first five years after college women will get paid 11.5 percent less than men. While discrimination and other factors enter into the equation, it appears that a major factor in the gender pay gap is due to occupational field which often is determined by college major.

Court Says Deep Springs College May Admit Women

Court Says Deep Springs College May Admit Women

Throughout Deep Springs College’s 100-year history, only men have been admitted. However, in 2011 the trustees of the school voted to admit women. Some alumni of Deep Spring College initiated litigation to stop the move toward co-education. But an appeals court recently ruled the college may move forward with its co-educational plans.