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Study Finds Treatment by Women Physicians Associated with Lower Mortality

Study Finds Treatment by Women Physicians Associated with Lower Mortality

Researchers from the University of Tokyo, Harvard University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Los Angeles have discovered patients treated by women doctors are associated with lower mortality and hospital re-admission rates.

Women's Comprehensive Health and Research Center Established at the Cleveland Clinic

Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center Established at the Cleveland Clinic

The new center at the Cleveland Clinic will provide specialty care tailored to areas and conditions that are specific to middle aged and elder women. The initiative will also focus on advancing education and research into women’s healthcare.

Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia Create a Pathway Program for a Master's Degree in Engineering

Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia Create a Pathway Program for a Master’s Degree in Engineering

The two Virginia institutions have launched a new program, UVAccelerate, that will provide students from Sweet Briar College, a women’s school, the opportunity for early-entry into the master of engineering degree program with the University of Virginia

Georgia State University Launches Program to Support Black Women in Tech

Georgia State University Launches Program to Support Black Women in Tech

“This started off as listening to our students, talking to our students, seeing what they wanted and what they were feeling. We realized that they feel like they don’t belong in their classes,” said Georgia State University professor Dr. Anu Bourgeois.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Establishes Cybersecurity Exchange Program for Women

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Establishes Cybersecurity Exchange Program for Women

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has partnered with Nagoya University in Japan to establish the Women’s Undergraduate Cybersecurity Engagement Program, in which women students from both institutions will participate in workshops and learning simulations led by faculty from their partnering school.

Kimryn Rathmell Has Been Named Director of the National Cancer Institute

Kimryn Rathmell Has Been Named Director of the National Cancer Institute

Kimryn Rathmell is the Hugh Jackson Professor of Medicine and chair of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Rathmell will become the seventeenth director of the National Cancer Institute and only the second woman to hold this position leading the nation’s fight against cancer.

Jenna Carpenter Selected to Lead the Mathematical Association of America

Jenna Carpenter Selected to Lead the Mathematical Association of America

Jenna Carpenter is the founding dean of the School of Engineering and professor of engineering at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She will become president of the association on July 1, 2024. Dr, Carpenter is currently the president of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Shannon Schmoll to Lead the International Planetarium Society

Shannon Schmoll to Lead the International Planetarium Society

Dr. Schmoll is the director of the Abrams Planetarium and an instructor in the department of physics and astronomy in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University, She will serve a six-year term beginning this year — two years each as president-elect, president, and past president.

University of Pennsylvania Scholar to Share the Nobel Prize in Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Scholar to Share the Nobel Prize in Medicine

Katalin Karikó, an adjunct professor of neurosurgery and a research scientist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is sharing this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine. She and her colleague Drew Weissman, the Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research at the University of Pennsylvania, were recognized for their groundbreaking resarch which led to the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

Mississippi State University Scholar Named Editor-in-Chief of the <em>Journal of Applied Remote Sensing</em>

Mississippi State University Scholar Named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Qian “Jenny” Du is the Bobby Shackouls Professor at Mississippi State University. Before joining the faculty at Mississippi State in 2004, Dr. Du was an assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, from 2000 to 2004.

How Women Lose Out in the Training of New Inventors

How Women Lose Out in the Training of New Inventors

A new study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that female Ph.D.s have a 21 percent lower likelihood of being matched with advisors who are top inventors than male Ph.D.s, and even when matched, are approximately 17 percent less likely than their male Ph.D. counterparts to become new inventors.

Adele Wolfson Recognized for Her Work to Advance the Careers of Women in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Adele Wolfson Recognized for Her Work to Advance the Careers of Women in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Adele J. Wolfson, a professor emerita of chemistry and natural and physical sciences at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, received the Sustained Leadership Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Wolfon will be honored and give a lecture at the society’s 2024 annual meeting, in San Antonio in March.

Women of Color Are Scarce in STEM Higher Education and the Workforce

Women of Color Are Scarce in STEM Higher Education and the Workforce

A new report from The Education Trust shows that vast disparities in attainment by race, ethnicity, and gender persist in STEM education and employment, thereby limiting access and opportunities for social and economic mobility for some — particularly women and people of color.

Women on Inventor Teams Can Produce Products of Greater Value

Women on Inventor Teams Can Produce Products of Greater Value

A recent study by scholars at Emory University in Atlanta, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Vienna in Austria, challenges a long-held finding in academic literature that the presence of women on company invention teams results in products of lesser value than inventions produced by teams that consist only of men.

Stanford University Study Finds a Gender Gap in Academic Authors Who Get to Share in Patents

Stanford University Study Finds a Gender Gap in Academic Authors Who Get to Share in Patents

New research undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of Stanford Law and Stanford Medicine students, looks at the overlap between biomedical research paper authors and those authors who go on to be named inventors of their research on patents. Among the findings is a gender discrepancy between male and female authors, with male authors receiving patents more frequently.

Seven Women's Colleges Receive More Than $5 Million in Grants From NASA

Seven Women’s Colleges Receive More Than $5 Million in Grants From NASA

NASA awarded more than $5 million in grants to seven women’s colleges and universities to research and develop strategies that increase the retention of women in STEM degree programs and careers. The awards seek to address the significant national gender gap and disparate experiences of women in STEM in the United States, both in higher education and the workforce.

Little Progress in Advancing Women in STEM Jobs in the Federal Workforce

Little Progress in Advancing Women in STEM Jobs in the Federal Workforce

The researchers found that on average, fewer than one in four STEM jobs were held by women in the Air Force, Army, Navy, the departments of Energy and Transportation, and NASA. Women account for less than 30 percent of STEM jobs in the departments of Veterans Affairs, State, Interior, Homeland Security, Defense, and Commerce.

Berkeley's Susan Marqusee to Lead the Biological Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation

Berkeley’s Susan Marqusee to Lead the Biological Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation

Dr. Marqusee, who has been at Berkeley since 1992, will begin her appointment on June 30, with plans to maintain her Berkeley lab while at the National Science Foundation under the agency’s Independent Research/Development program, which allows employees to remain actively involved with their professional research while there.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Narrow the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

How Artificial Intelligence Can Narrow the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A new study by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, finds that the use of artificial intelligence in recruitment changes the gender distribution of potential hires, in some cases more than doubling the fraction of top applicants that are women.

Grant Supports Women Engineering Students at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Grant Supports Women Engineering Students at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The grant from the Knowles Corporation will provide funds for the UIC Knowles Electronics Scholarships for Women Fund that are available for first-year women students in engineering fields. The grant will also fund the UIC Women in Engineering Summer Program for high school juniors and seniors

A Study of 1.3 Million Grant Applications Worldwide Finds a Substantial Gender Gap In Research Funding

A Study of 1.3 Million Grant Applications Worldwide Finds a Substantial Gender Gap In Research Funding

Women researchers received substantially less funding in grant awards than men — an average of about $342,000 compared to men’s $659,000, according to a large meta-analysis of studies led by Karen Schmaling, a psychology professor at Washington State University, Vancouver.

Boosting Women in STEM Fields in College Will Not Fully Close the Gender Gap in the STEM Workforce

Boosting Women in STEM Fields in College Will Not Fully Close the Gender Gap in the STEM Workforce

In a study of 2.4 million college graduates between 2015 and 2019, Cornell University researchers found that 36 percent of the gender segregation seen among college-educated workers is tied to their undergraduate degrees. The rest is attributable to labor market factors, potentially ranging from discrimination to family leave policies, that may sort men and women into different types of jobs even when they have the same degree.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Launches New Program to Increase Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Launches New Program to Increase Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Currently, there are fewer than 100 sexual assault nurse examiners in Wisconsin. Of these, even fewer are certified.

The Gender Gap in STEM May Have Its Roots in Early Childhood

The Gender Gap in STEM May Have Its Roots in Early Childhood

According to a new study from Michigan State University, a contributing factor in the vast gender gap in STEM fields may arise in early childhood. The authors argue that women may be more likely to develop an early interest in non-STEM fields.

Union College's Mary Carroll to Serve as President of the American Chemical Society

Union College’s Mary Carroll to Serve as President of the American Chemical Society

Dr. Carroll, an analytical chemist, joined Union College in 1992, the first alumna hired as a tenure-track member of the college’s faculty. She co-directs the college’s Aerogel Lab, a cross-disciplinary group of students and faculty in chemistry, mechanical engineering, and other STEM fields.

Survey Finds Women in Academic Earth and Space Science Face Widespread Discrimination

Survey Finds Women in Academic Earth and Space Science Face Widespread Discrimination

The researchers found that more than half of women scientists experienced identity-based discriminatory remarks. More than 40 percent of women respondents said they experienced bullying and intimidation and 43 percent said they thought their work was devalued. More than 15 percent of women said they had experienced fear for their physical safety.

Report Finds a Gender Disparity in Laboratory Space at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Report Finds a Gender Disparity in Laboratory Space at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The analysis found that the gender differences in lab, storage, and office space could not be explained by seniority, discipline, funding, or size of the faculty member’s research group. Rather they conclude that “our analysis points to the existence of widespread, institution-wide cultural barriers to gender equity within Scripps.”

Women Making Progress in STEM Education and Occupations, But More Work Needs to Be Done

Women Making Progress in STEM Education and Occupations, But More Work Needs to Be Done

The number of science and engineering degrees earned by women between 2011 and 2020 increased by 63 percent at the associate’s level, 34 percent at the bachelor’s level, 45 percent at the master’s degree level, and 18 percent at the doctorate level. But in 2021 women, who were 51 percent of the population, represented about one-third of the STEM workforce.

Michigan State University's Felicia Wu to Lead the Society for Risk Analysis

Michigan State University’s Felicia Wu to Lead the Society for Risk Analysis

Felicia Wu is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition and the department of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University. Her research examines the national and global burden of foodborne disease, how improved nutrition can counteract the harmful effects of toxins, and how cost-effective strategies can improve food safety.

Cornell University's Huili Grace Xing to Lead the Superior Energy-Efficient Materials and Devices Center

Cornell University’s Huili Grace Xing to Lead the Superior Energy-Efficient Materials and Devices Center

Fourteen universities in partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation will explore both fundamental new science and novel engineering technologies, with the aim of driving the semiconductor industry in the next 3-15 years, while also training the next generation of scientists and engineers to work across disciplines.

Hollins University and Sweet Briar College Join the Women in STEM Alliance

Hollins University and Sweet Briar College Join the Women in STEM Alliance

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and Sweet Briar College in Virginia are founding partner institutions for a new women-focused professional development program that offers students technology and career readiness skills. The two women’s educational institutions are joining with technology company Cognosante to prepare women for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

Evelyn Wang, the Ford Professor of Engineering and head of the department of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is stepping down as department head and will take a temporary leave as a faculty member at MIT while she serves in this public service role.

Meredith College Offers Dual-Degree Program in Aerospace Engineering With North Carolina State University

Meredith College Offers Dual-Degree Program in Aerospace Engineering With North Carolina State University

In the past, Meredith College students majoring in mathematics could earn a second bachelor’s degree in biological, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University. Now for the first time, students at Meredith College that are majoring in mathematics can earn a second bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.

Wellesley College Opens New Science Center

Wellesley College Opens New Science Center

Wellesley College, the highly rated liberal arts education for women in suburban Boston, recently opened its new Science Complex. The nearly 100,000-square-foot facility was the most significant construction project in Wellesley College’s history.

Study Finds Role-Playing May Boost Young Girls' Interest in STEM Fields

Study Finds Role-Playing May Boost Young Girls’ Interest in STEM Fields

A new study by scholars at Yale University, Duke University, and the University of Chicago, finds that science role-playing may help tighten the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math education and careers for women simply by improving their identity as scientists.