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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.

Rice University's Naomi Harris Honored by the American Physical Society

Rice University’s Naomi Harris Honored by the American Physical Society

Professor Halas is being honored for “pioneering research at the intersection of optics and nanoscience, and groundbreaking applications of those findings in the field of plasmonics.” The award comes with a $10,000 prize.

Sixteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Sixteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments 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.

Bryn Mawr College Struggles With the Racist Legacy of Its Second President

Bryn Mawr College Struggles With the Racist Legacy of Its Second President

In the wake of recent events at the University of Virginia, Bryn Mawr College said that in printed materials and on its website, it will no longer refer to the Thomas Library or the Thomas Great Hall in the library, named after its second president who expressed racist views.

University of California, Davis Scholar to be Honored by the Geological Society of America

University of California, Davis Scholar to be Honored by the Geological Society of America

Isabel Montanez, the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor at the University of California, Davis, is being honored for her scientific contributions to geology, her service to the society, and for mentoring young women geoscientists. She will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in October.

Drew Faust Will Step Down as President of Harvard University Next June

Drew Faust Will Step Down as President of Harvard University Next June

Dr. Faust became the first woman president of Harvard University in July 2007. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Earlier, she served for 25 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

A Dozen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Dozen Women Appointed to 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.

Naomi Halas to Receive a Women and Science Award From the Weizmann Institute in Israel

Naomi Halas to Receive a Women and Science Award From the Weizmann Institute in Israel

Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is being honored “for pioneering and seminal contributions to the field of plasmonics.”

Bryn Mawr College Begins New "Digital Competencies" Initiative

Bryn Mawr College Begins New “Digital Competencies” Initiative

Officials at the college have developed a framework to help identify the types of technology proficiencies students may need for their particular major. They then offer a roadmap for these students to gain these proficiencies through coursework, internships, workshops, and student employment on the Bryn Mawr campus.

In Memoriam: Alice Louise Davison, 1940-2017

In Memoriam: Alice Louise Davison, 1940-2017

Alice Davison was an associate professor emerita in the department of linguistics at the University of Iowa. She joined the faculty at the university in 1989 and retired from teaching in 2016.

Bryn Mawr College Scholar Honored for Her Book on the Tower of Winds in Athens

Bryn Mawr College Scholar Honored for Her Book on the Tower of Winds in Athens

Pamela Webb, a research associate in the department of classical and Near Eastern archaeology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the John Frederick Lewis Award from the American Philosophical Society.

In Memoriam: Mary Maples Dunn, 1931-2017

In Memoriam: Mary Maples Dunn, 1931-2017

Mary Maples Dunn served as the eighth president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1985 to 1995. Later, she was the inaugural dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Seven Women Higher Education Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Seven Women Higher Education Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Liliya Yatsunyk of Swarthmore College, Rose McLarney of Auburn University, M. Darby Dyar of Mount Holyoke College, Erika Marin-Spiotta of the University of Wisconsin, Helen Grundman of Bryn Mawr College, Viviana Gradinaru of ClaTech, and Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College.

Bryn Mawr College Launches Major Fundraising Campaign

Bryn Mawr College Launches Major Fundraising Campaign

Bryn Mawr College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women has launched a $250 million fundraising campaign. The college is off to a flying start, raising $135 million in the “quiet phase” of the campaign before the official launch.

Bryn Mawr College Formalizes Its Cooperative Arrangement With Haverford College

Bryn Mawr College Formalizes Its Cooperative Arrangement With Haverford College

Bryn Mawr College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in suburban Philadelphia has had a longstanding cooperative relationship with nearby Haverford College. Now the two highly rated liberal arts colleges have formalized the relationship by establishing the Bi-College Consortium.