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Examining the Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

Examining the Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

In 2018, there were 1,081,528 women students in graduate degree programs in the United States. They made up 57 percent of all enrollments. Women made up 60 percent of the enrollments in master’s degree programs and 52 percent of all those enrolled in doctoral programs.

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Dr. Greer’s research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on creating 3-D micro- and nano-architected materials using 3-D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing techniques. She joined the faculty at CalTech in 2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

New Report Offers Statistics on the Gender of Pell Grant Recipients

New Report Offers Statistics on the Gender of Pell Grant Recipients

Federal Pell grants are financial awards provided to undergraduate students who demonstrate significant financial need. More than 43 percent of women undergraduate students received a federal Pell grant in the 2015-16 academic year. For male students, 34 percent of all undergraduates received a Pell grant. Women were 62 percent of all Pell grant recipients.

Educator Laurie Smith To Lead the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor

Educator Laurie Smith To Lead the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor

Laurie Smith, a former adjunct faculty member and researcher at Mississippi State University, was executive director of the State Workforce Investment Board and senior education policy advisor to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Dr. Smith formerly served as the executive director of the State Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Benevolent Sexism at Work Can Negatively Impact New Mothers' Decisions to Return to Their Jobs

Benevolent Sexism at Work Can Negatively Impact New Mothers’ Decisions to Return to Their Jobs

Overall, the authors found that “helpful” behavior at work – regardless of whether the women thought of it as helpful or harmful to their productivity — ultimately made them feel worse about themselves and their workplace abilities and this impacted their plans on returning to the workforce after giving birth.

Martha Ann Todd Appointed President of Columbus Technical College in Georgia

Martha Ann Todd Appointed President of Columbus Technical College in Georgia

Todd has been serving as interim president of Columbus Technical College since July 1. Earlier, she served as deputy commissioner of adult and technical education for the Technical College System of Georgia.

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.

Texas Woman's University Reports Record Enrollments

Texas Woman’s University Reports Record Enrollments

At a time when many public universities are reporting significant declines in enrollment, Texas Woman’s University reached a record of 15,846 students this fall. This a 2 percent increase from a year ago.

Two Women Scientists Named University Scholars at the Flagship Campus of the University of Illinois

Two Women Scientists Named University Scholars at the Flagship Campus of the University of Illinois

Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Two of the five new University Scholars are women: Karrie Karahalios, a professor of computer science and Nadya Mason, a professor of physics.

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

The Lily McNair Women in Engineering Leadership Scholarship Initiative, named to honor the university’s first woman president who took office on July 1, 2018, will provide tuition assistance for women engineering students at the university.

Wesleyan University in Connecticut Promotes Three Women Faculty Members

Wesleyan University in Connecticut Promotes Three Women Faculty Members

Wesleyan University, the highly rated liberal arts college in Middletown Connecticut, has announced the promotion of seven faculty members. Three of these promotions were awarded to women scholars: Hilary Barth, Meredith Hughes, and Stéphanie Ponsavady.

Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Sheila Stamm was named dean of the School of Education at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Shannon Mathews has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Eight Women Academics Who Have Been Assigned New Duties in Higher Education

Eight Women Academics Who Have Been Assigned New Duties in Higher Education

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.

Julian Lim of Arizona State University Wins the 2019 Institute for Humanities Research Book Award

Julian Lim of Arizona State University Wins the 2019 Institute for Humanities Research Book Award

Dr. Lim was honored for her book that presents the case that nations and governments have long used borders to regulate race and national identity and that racially charged immigration laws have created a monoracial identity and effectively erased the multiracial reality of the past.

Three Women Join the Faculty at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

Three Women Join the Faculty at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

Bowdoin College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Brunswick, Maine, has announced that there are five new tenure-track faculty on campus this semester. Three of the new appointees are women: Ireri E. Chávez-Barcenas in music, Allison Dzubak in chemistry, and Claire Robison in religion and Asian studies.

Harvard University's Danielle Allen to Receive the 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Harvard University’s Danielle Allen to Receive the 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Earlier she taught at the Insitute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of Chicago.

Nine Woman Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Nine Woman Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties 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.

Erica Trabold Chosen to Receive a 2019 Nebraska Book Award

Erica Trabold Chosen to Receive a 2019 Nebraska Book Award

Erica Trabold is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Trabold is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned a master of fine arts degree from Oregon State University.

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

The four women named to endowed professorships are Constance Hunter Walker at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Mei R. Fu in the College of Nursing at Boston College, Marianthi Ierapetritou at the University of Delaware and melissa Rolls at Pennsylvania State University.

The Gender Gap in Voter Turnout Rates by U.S. College Students

The Gender Gap in Voter Turnout Rates by U.S. College Students

Among college students, women were more likely to vote than men. In 2018, the voting rate was 39.6 percent among women and 35.4 percent for men, compared to 19.5 percent and 17.9 percent, respectively, in 2014. Thus, the gender gap widened from 1.6 percentage points to 4.2 percentage points.

Regina Stanback Stroud Appointed Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District in California

Regina Stanback Stroud Appointed Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District in California

Dr. Stanback Stroud has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and leader. She served most recently as president of Skyline College in San Bruno, California. She served in that role from 2010 to 2019.

Department of Education Study Shows Gender Differences in Crime Victimization at Schools

Department of Education Study Shows Gender Differences in Crime Victimization at Schools

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that during the 2016-17 school year, 1.8 percent of girls in the 12-to-18 age group with victimized by crime compared to 2.6 percent of boys. Only 0.5 percent of girls in this age group were victims of violent crime, half the rate for boys.

Angela Dearinger Is the New Commissioner of Public Health in Kentucky

Angela Dearinger Is the New Commissioner of Public Health in Kentucky

Dr. Dearinger is assistant dean of accreditation with the Graduate Medical Education office and an associate professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She will remain a member of the university faculty during her service to the state.

University Study Finds That Early Childhood Trauma Impacts Women's Health at Midlife

University Study Finds That Early Childhood Trauma Impacts Women’s Health at Midlife

The study, led by a sociologist at Ohio State University, found that women who experienced childhood trauma were more likely than others to have their first child both earlier in life and outside of marriage – and that those factors were associated with poorer health later in life.

Katrin Wesner-Harts Is the New President of the American College Health Association

Katrin Wesner-Harts Is the New President of the American College Health Association

Katrin Wesner-Harts is the director of the Abrons Student Health Center at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to joining the staff at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2007, Dr. Wesner-Harts spent 18 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

In Memoriam: Heidi Dvinge

In Memoriam: Heidi Dvinge

Dr. Dvinge was an assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. Her research program was dedicated to understanding how aberrant RNA processing contributes to diseases such as cancer, and how these changes might be exploited to allow new therapies.

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.

Lafayette College's Women Studies Program to Focus More on Issues of Sexuality

Lafayette College’s Women Studies Program to Focus More on Issues of Sexuality

Lafayette College, the highly rate liberal arts educational institution in Easton, Pennsylvania, has announced that its Women’s and Gender Studies program will now focus more on issues of sexuality. The program’s name will now be Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

In Memoriam: Barbara Losty, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Barbara Losty, 1942-2019

Barbara Losty had a long career in higher education including service as president of Waycross College in Georgia.

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.

The Univerity of Houston Launches New Women's Studies Research Institute

The Univerity of Houston Launches New Women’s Studies Research Institute

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality will focus on issues including workforce, health, family and relationships, social dynamics, leadership, and equity as well as examining how gender and sexuality impact all aspects of life in Houston.

University of Texas to Offer a Five-Year, Dual Degree Program in Women's and Gender Studies

University of Texas to Offer a Five-Year, Dual Degree Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Undergraduate students who major in women’s and gender studies within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas may begin graduate courses their junior year if they meet the academic requirements.

In Memoriam: Linda Ann Irwin-DeVitis, 1948-2019

In Memoriam: Linda Ann Irwin-DeVitis, 1948-2019

Linda Irwin-DeVitis served as dean of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2010 to 2013.