A Quartet of Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Susan Eggers, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington, was awarded the 2018 Eckert-Mauchly Award from the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society. She is the first woman to receive the award in its 39-year history.

Dr. Eggers is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she majored in economics. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, who served as president of Spelman College in Atlanta from 2002 to 2015, has been selected to receive the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity. The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement advancing and advocating for affirmative action as a means of attaining equal employment opportunity and diversity.

President Tatum is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She earned a master’s degree at the Hartford Seminary. Dr Tatum earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan.

Sheila Jasanoff, the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, has been selected to receive the 2018 Albert O. Hirschman Prize from the Social Science Research Council. The award honors a scholar for “outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication.” Dr. Jasanoff will be honored at a ceremony in New York City in November.

Professor Jasanoff holds a bachelor’s degree, a law degree, and a Ph.D., all from Harvard University.

Janne Blichert-Toft, the Wiess Visiting Professor in the department of earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice University in Houston, Texas, received the Murchinson Medal from the Geological Society of London. She is only the third woman to receive the medal, which has been awarded annually since 1873.

Dr. Blichert-Toft studies planetary mantle-crust evolution and the chemical make up of matter in the universe. She is the research director for the National Center for Scientific Research in Lyon, France.

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