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Simmons College Is Transitioning to Simmons University

With its emphasis on graduate education, Simmons College will become Simmons University on September 1. In the new structure, Simmons University will continue to offer an undergraduate program for women and numerous graduate programs open to all.

Texas Woman's University Creates the Institute for Women's Leadership

Texas Woman’s University Creates the Institute for Women’s Leadership

The new institute and its three centers will focus on encouraging more women to run for political office, to become successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives, and to gain professional leadership skills and experience.

Three Women Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Wyoming

Three Women Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming in Laramie has announced that 13 faculty members have been promoted to full professor. Three of these promotions to full professor went to women: Brenda Alexander in animal science, Ye Zhang in geology and geophysics, and Doris Bolliger in education.

Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

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.

Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Names its Next President

Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Names its Next President

Since 2015, Dr. Barbara K. Altmann has been serving as provost at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Earlier, Dr. Altmann was a professor of French and senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Oregon.

MIT's Ann Graybiel to Be Awarded the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

MIT’s Ann Graybiel to Be Awarded the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

Her research has implications for the study of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease, ADHD, and in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome. She will receive a gold medal and a $500,000 award at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego this coming November.

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Positions 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.

A Trio of Women Scholars Selected to Receive Notable Awards

A Trio of Women Scholars Selected to Receive Notable Awards

The women scholars selected to receive honors are Kathryn Mann at Brown University in Rhode Island, Crystal A. George Mwango at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Katherine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.

New Census Data Shows the Gender Earnings Gap in 300 Different Occupations

New Census Data Shows the Gender Earnings Gap in 300 Different Occupations

The U.S. Census Bureau has recently published data on the gender pay gap in 300 specific occupations. Women continue to earn less than men in nearly all occupations. Among educational occupations,, women who work as “postsecondary teachers” earn 82.1 percent of their male counterparts.

Susan Herbst Announces She Will Leave Presidency of the University of Connecticut

Susan Herbst Announces She Will Leave Presidency of the University of Connecticut

Dr. Herbst was appointed the 15th president of the University of Connecticut in December 2010. She is the only woman to serve as president of the university since its founding in 1881. Dr. Herbst will step down as president on June 30, 2019.

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Successful Than Men in Raising Money on Crowdfunding Platforms

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Successful Than Men in Raising Money on Crowdfunding Platforms

Researchers found that while women seeking funds for start-up ventures have been at a disadvantage to men with traditional funding sources. But crowdfunding investors take the opposite view. These investors tend to believe women are more trustworthy.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Provost Positions

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Provost Positions

The three women appointed to provost positions are Joan Neff at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, Robin W. Morgan at the University of Delaware, and DeBrenna LaFa Agbenyiga at Bowie State University in Maryland.

New Research Examines Mistrust of the Medical Establishment Among Latinas

New Research Examines Mistrust of the Medical Establishment Among Latinas

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University finds that Latina women who have reported that they experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied with their contraceptive care. This dissatisfaction may lead to poor choices concerning their health.

Five Women Professors Retire From the Yale University Faculty

Five Women Professors Retire From the Yale University Faculty

They are Janice Carlisle, professor of English, Annping Chin, senior lecturer in history, Deborah Davis, professor of sociology, Roberta Frank, professor of English and professor of linguistics, and Susan Rose-Ackerman, professor of law and professor of political science.

In Memoriam: Joan Cox Gill, 1943-2018

In Memoriam: Joan Cox Gill, 1943-2018

Dr. Gill and fellow researchers were among the first researchers to identify immune abnormalities in hemophilia patients in the early 1980s. These abnormalities were later designated as AIDS.

Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> 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.

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.

Women's Studies Program to Be Revamped at Washington State University

Women’s Studies Program to Be Revamped at Washington State University

As a result of the new alignment that will eliminate the department of critical cultures, gender, and race studies, many of the women’s studies faculty in that department will join either the department of English or the department of history and launch a new interdisciplanry program in Women’s Gender, and Sexuality studies.

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions at State Universities

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions at State Universities

Anupma Prakash was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Sue A. Carter was named provost of Rachel Carson College, the environmental studies unit of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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.

An Ambitious Fundraising Effort Launched by the Women of Dartmouth College

An Ambitious Fundraising Effort Launched by the Women of Dartmouth College

As part of the college’s $3 billion Call to Lead fundraising program, Dartmouth is seeking 100 women to contribute $1 million each. n addition, women will seek to raise $25 million to renovate Dartmouth Hall, which houses the college’s teacher-scholar education program.

Five Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Appointed to dean positions are Tomiko Brown-Nagin at Harvard University, Adrienne Eaton at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Julie M. Anderson at Winona State University in Minnesota, Kim Crowley at Amarillo College in Texas, and Linda Schadler at the University of Vermont.

Three Women From Academia Appointed to Leadership Posts in National Organizations

Three Women From Academia Appointed to Leadership Posts in National Organizations

Lisa Feldman Barrett was named president-elect for the Association for Psychological Science. Stephanie Hampton was appointed director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, and Cindy Holland will lead the American Association for Employment in Education.

The Royal Society of Chemistry Honors CalTech's Jacqueline Barton

The Royal Society of Chemistry Honors CalTech’s Jacqueline Barton

Jacqueline Barton, a professor of chemistry at CalTech, is one of three winners and the only woman to win a 2018 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. From 2015 to 2018, only 8 percent of all scholars who were nominated for this award have been women.

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members

New Assignments for Eight 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.

Linda Tropp Earns the Scientific Impact Award From  the Society of Experimental Social Psychology

Linda Tropp Earns the Scientific Impact Award From the Society of Experimental Social Psychology

The Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology “honors the author of a specific article offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.”

Simmons College in Boston Names Three Women to Dean Positions

Simmons College in Boston Names Three Women to Dean Positions

Judy Beal was appointed dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Stephanie Berzin was named dean of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice and Marie desJardins was appointed dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences.

Mélanie Marcel to Receive the 2018 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Mélanie Marcel to Receive the 2018 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Mélanie Marcel is the founder and CEO of SoScience, an organization that brings together scientists and social entrepreneurs to solve global problems. The $100,000 prize, established in 2011, is the largest award given by a U.S. college in recognition of efforts to enhance social justice.

Nine Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Nine Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts 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.

Promising Research on Ovarian Cancer at the University of Wisconsin

Promising Research on Ovarian Cancer at the University of Wisconsin

Ovarian cancer is only the 11th-most common form of cancer among women in the United States. But it accounts for the fifth-most deaths, according to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. This is because ovarian cancer is often not detected until it has spread to vital organs.

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Scott is an attorney for the Foley & Lardner law firm, which has offices in 21 major U.S. cities including Chicago. A former federal prosecutor, Scott served on the board of trustees of Chicago State University from 2009 to 2013 and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at several law schools.

How Delaying Motherhood Is Changing American Society

How Delaying Motherhood Is Changing American Society

In 2016, the birth rate for women age 30-34 surpassed that for women 25-29 for the first time. In 2016, one in 10 first babies was born to a mother 35 years old or older, while in 1970 it was one in 100.

Vita Rabinowitz to Lead the City University of New York

Vita Rabinowitz to Lead the City University of New York

Prior to being named as executive vice chancellor and provost at CUNY in 2015, Dr. Rabinowitz served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Hunter College, a CUNY campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Survey Finds That LGBTQ College Students Are at High Risk of Sexual Assault

Survey Finds That LGBTQ College Students Are at High Risk of Sexual Assault

A new study led by Colleen Ray, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds that sexual assault and misconduct impacts not only heterosexual women but also affects what the study calls “sexual minority men and women.”

In Memoriam: Nancy Lynne Karweit, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Nancy Lynne Karweit, 1940-2018

In 1964, Dr. Karweit took a job in the department of social relations at Johns Hopkins University, where she worked with Dr. James S. Coleman doing data analysis for the Coleman Report on Equality of Educational Opportunity.