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In Memoriam: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

In Memoriam: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

Nora England was the Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. An expert on the languages of the Mayans, she founded the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas.

Six Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Six Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Taking on new assignments are Kanako Okuda at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Imani N. S. Munyaka at the University of California, San Diego, Debora Halbert at the University of Hawai’i System, Libby V. Morris at the University of Georgia, Phillis Isabella Sheppard at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Julie A. Furst-Bowe at Arkansas Tech University.

Four Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

Four Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

Taking on new assignments are Tarina Kang at the University of Southern California, Cynthia Osborne at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Airea D. Matthews of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Teresa Seefeldt of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Two Women Scholars Will Serve as Co-President of Sociologists for Women in Society

Two Women Scholars Will Serve as Co-President of Sociologists for Women in Society

Mary Osirim, a professor of sociology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Melanie Heath, an associate professor of social sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has been named co-president of Sociologists for Women in Society. Founded in 1971, the organization is a nonprofit professional feminist group dedicated to encouraging the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Selected to Take on New Duties

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Selected to Take on New Duties

Taking on new assignments are Jill Irvine at the University of Vermont, Charreau Bell, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Meagen Rosenthal at the University of Mississippi, Kerry Lee at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Anita Oberbauer at the University of California, Davis.

Bryn Mawr College's Anita Kurimay Wins the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Her Work on Slavic Studies

Bryn Mawr College’s Anita Kurimay Wins the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Her Work on Slavic Studies

Dr. Kurimay was honored for her book Queer Budapest: 1873-1961 (University of Chicago Press, 2020). The book explores the history of non-normative sexualities as they were understood and experienced in Hungary between the birth of the capital as a unified metropolis in 1873 and the decriminalization of male homosexuality in 1961.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Five Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Taking on new assignments are Neva Specht at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Kimberly Mayfield at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, Katja Guenther at Princeton University, Castel V. Sweet at the University of Mississippi, and Stephanie Rachel Speer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Four Women Who Have Been Named Deans at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Who Have Been Named Deans at Colleges and Universities

Renee Y. Chow, was named dean of the College Environmental Design at Berkeley and Marla Love is the new dean of students at Cornell University. Kathryn Kay Coquemont will be the next dean of students at Macalester College in Minnesota, and Xuemei May Cheng is the new dean of graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania..

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Eight Women to Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Eight Women to Administrative Positions

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 New Mineral Is Named for Priscilla Grew, Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A New Mineral Is Named for Priscilla Grew, Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

There are approximately 5,700 minerals that have been identified worldwide. Of these only 100 or so are named for women. Now there is one more. A mineral discovered near Amman, Jordan, will be named in honor of Priscilla Grew, a professor emerita of geology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In Memoriam: Leslie Altman Recoria, 1945-2020

In Memoriam: Leslie Altman Recoria, 1945-2020

Dr. Rescoria taught at the University of Pennsylvania and later was hired in 1985 as an assistant professor and advanced to an endowed full professorship at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. At Bryn Mawr, she served as chair of the psychology department.

Camilla Townsend is the Winner of the $75,000 Cundill History Prize from McGill University

Camilla Townsend is the Winner of the $75,000 Cundill History Prize from McGill University

The award recognizes books that best embody historical scholarship, originality, literary quality, and broad appeal. Professor Townsend, a Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University in New Jersey, was honored for her book Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs.

The University of Chicago Honors Its Former President, Hanna Holborn Gray

The University of Chicago Honors Its Former President, Hanna Holborn Gray

The University of Chicago will rename the Special Collections Research Center — the principal steward of the Library’s rare books, manuscripts, and the University Archives — in honor of Hanna Holborn Gray, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and President Emeritus of the University.

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

The women in new administrative posts are Angela Poole at Talladega College in Alabama, Karisssa Hoffman at Bethany College in Kansas, Deborah Alston at Virginia Union University, Shirelle Briscoe at Bowie State University in Maryland, Jessica Borusky at the University of North Florida, and Brooke H. Jones at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

University of Chicago's Alice Goff Wins the 2020 Berlin Prize

University of Chicago’s Alice Goff Wins the 2020 Berlin Prize

The Berlin Prize is awarded to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Dr. Goff will begin a semester-long fellowship this fall at the Academy, which fosters intellectual, cultural, and political ties between Germany and the United States.

In Memoriam: Jane J. Martin, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: Jane J. Martin, 1931-2020

Dr. Martin began her career-long association with Africa in 1961 when she trained teachers in Liberia for that nation’s Ministry of Education. Dr. Martin taught African history at various institutions of higher learning in the United States as well as at the University of Liberia and the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

LaSalle University Study Examines Gender Diversity of College and University Boards of Trustees

LaSalle University Study Examines Gender Diversity of College and University Boards of Trustees

A new report from La Salle University and the Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative examined the gender make up of the boards of directors of the 50 largest medical and educational institutions in the Philadelphia area. Only four of the area’s 25 largest colleges and universities had a board where a majority of the members were women.

In Memoriam: Lydia Hall Lenaghan, 1933-2019

In Memoriam: Lydia Hall Lenaghan, 1933-2019

Dr. Lenaghan began her career at Barnard College as an assistant professor in the department of classics in 1962. She chaired the department from 1974 to 1981 and again in 1985.

In Memoriam: Georgianna Alice Mitchell Rivlin, 1931-2019

In Memoriam: Georgianna Alice Mitchell Rivlin, 1931-2019

Alice Rivlin, was an educator, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve System, president of the American Economics Association, and a longtime researcher at the Brookings Institution.

Eight Women Academics Honored With the Berlin Prize

Eight Women Academics Honored With the Berlin Prize

The annual awards are presented to United States scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standard of excellence in their field. The recipients will be provided with a semester-long fellowship in Berlin, Germany.

Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Appoints Its Next Leader

Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Appoints Its Next Leader

Currently, Janet Steinmayer serves as president of Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut. Earlier in her career, Steinmayer served as CEO of Centerplate, Inc. and as senior vice president of external affairs and general counsel for Trans World Airlines.

New Duties or Positions in Higher Education Assigned to Eight Women Faculty Members

New Duties or Positions in Higher Education Assigned to 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.

Naomi Halas Wins the 2019 Spiers Memorial Award From the Royal Society of Chemistry

Naomi Halas Wins the 2019 Spiers Memorial Award From the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University.

Drew Faust Named a University Professor at Harvard University

Drew Faust Named a University Professor at Harvard University

Drew Faust, who stepped down as the 28th president of Harvard University on June 30, 2018, was appointed a University Professor at Harvard. She joins 24 other scholars who currently serve as University Professors at Harvard.

In Memoriam: Jan Ellen Lewis (1949-2018)

In Memoriam: Jan Ellen Lewis (1949-2018)

Jan Ellen Lewis served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Lewis was a Rutgers-Newark faculty member for over 40 years.

Bryn Mawr College Takes Action to Confront the Racism of a Former President

Bryn Mawr College Takes Action to Confront the Racism of a Former President

M. Carey Thomas served as the second president of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania from 1884 to 1922. During this period she refused to admit Black students and refused to hire Jewish faculty.

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.

Elizabeth Meade Appointed President of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Meade Appointed President of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dr. Meade has been serving as interim president since former president Carmen Twillie Ambar left last summer to become president of Oberlin College in Ohio. Prior to becoming interim president in July 2017, Dr. Meade served as provost for five years.

Drew Gilpin Faust to Receive the $1 Million Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Drew Gilpin Faust to Receive the $1 Million Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped public affairs and civil society and has had a major impact on social and political issues.

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.

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.

College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

Currently, Dr. Katherine Rowe is provost and dean of the faculty at Smith College, a private, high-ranking liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts. Earlier, she served on the English department faculty at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania for 16 years.

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon's Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon’s Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 at Cornell University by a group of engineering students and a junior faculty member. Today, it is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers with nearly 60,000 members in more than 500 chapters around the world.

In Memoriam: Marilou Allen, 1933-2017

In Memoriam: Marilou Allen, 1933-2017

Allen joined the staff at Haverford College in 1981 as director of the community outreach office. The initial appointment was for 18 months. But she remained head of the office until her retirement in 2015. She also founded and was director of the college’s Women’s Center for 33 years.

In Memoriam: Lilli Schwenk Hornig, 1921-2017

In Memoriam: Lilli Schwenk Hornig, 1921-2017

Lilli Hornig was a chemist and an educator who conducted research on the atomic bomb. She served as chair of the department of chemistry at what is now Trinity Washington University.