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CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

Recently, the California Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural “FUTURE of Physics” event. The program brought junior and senior college women who are majoring in physics to CalTech for two days of panels and mini-workshops.

New Assignments in Higher Education for 14 Women Faculty Members

New Assignments in Higher Education for 14 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.

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in the Academic World

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in the Academic World

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.

New Administrative Positions for 10 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for 10 Women 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.

A Trio of Women Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

A Trio of Women Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Beverly McKeon, a professor of aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology, Nicole Dawson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Central Florida, and Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Eight Women Who Will Be Taking on New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eight Women Who Will Be Taking on New 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.

Two Women Scholars Named Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows

Two Women Scholars Named Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows

Two women – Viviana Gradinaru of CalTech and Jennifer Dionne of Stanford – are among this year’s Moore Investor Fellows. The honorees each receive $825,000 over the next three years to further their research in science, medicine, and environmental conservation.

University of California, Santa Barbara Scholar Honored by the American Chemical Society

University of California, Santa Barbara Scholar Honored by the American Chemical Society

Alison Butler, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and associate vice chancellor for academic personnel at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive the Alfred Bader Award in Bio-Inorganic or Bio-Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

CalTech's Frances Arnold Honored by the Society of Women Engineers

CalTech’s Frances Arnold Honored by the Society of Women Engineers

The Achievement Award from the Society of Women’s Engineer is presented annually to a “woman who has made an outstanding technical contribution for at least 20 years in a field of engineering.”

Melanie Sanford Wins the $250,000 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Melanie Sanford Wins the $250,000 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Professor Sanford was honored for her work developing simpler, more environmentally friendly approaches to the creating molecules that can be used to store energy in batteries, serve as new medical imaging agents, convert carbon dioxide into fuels, or serve as pharmaceuticals to treat disease.

New Positions for Four Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

New Positions for Four Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Megan Finno-Valasquez at New Mexico State University, Lisa Mohanty at Trident University International, Ruth Ozeki at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Maura Dykstra at the California Institute of Technology.

Seven Women in Academia Selected for Prestigious Honors and Awards

Seven Women in Academia Selected for Prestigious Honors and Awards

The seven honorees are Lauren Pond at Ohio State, Rebecca J. White of the University of Tampa, Lynne E. Maquat at the University of Rochester, Frances Arnold at CalTech, Jennifer McCann of the University of Rhode Island, Renee A. Middleton of Ohio University, and Kathleen Brown-Rice of the University of South Dakota.

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.

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 23 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, 12 are women. All but one have current ties to the academic world.

Fiona Harrison of CalTech Wins Award From the Committee on Space Research

Fiona Harrison of CalTech Wins Award From the Committee on Space Research

Dr. Harrison is the principal investgator on the NASA grant project for the NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission. The project began in 2012 and involves a telescope operating in a high frequency band of hard X-rays.

In Memoriam: Alison Winter, 1965-2016

In Memoriam: Alison Winter, 1965-2016

Alison Winter was a professor and historian of science and medicine at the University of Chicago. Professor Winter joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2001. Earlier, she taught at the California Institute of Technology.

Eight Women Appointed to Executive Posts in College and University Administrations

Eight Women Appointed to Executive Posts in College and University Administrations

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

CalTech's Frances Arnold Is the First Woman Recipient of the Millennium Technology Prize

CalTech’s Frances Arnold Is the First Woman Recipient of the Millennium Technology Prize

Dr. Arnold is the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. She is the first woman to win the 1 million euros award from the Technology Academy of Finland

Emily Carter Named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

Emily Carter Named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

Dr. Carter has been on the faculty at Princeton since 2004 after teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and as professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton.

Seven Women in Higher Education Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts

Seven Women in Higher Education Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts

They are: Debra Daniels at Joliet Junior College, Lucile C. Jones of CalTech, who is retiring from the USGS, Karen E. Campbell of Vanderbilt University, Virginia Caples of Alabama A&M University, Janet Corson-Rikert of Cornell University, Fay S. Adams of the University of Tennessee, and Catherine M. O’Neill of the University of New Mexico-Taos.

Notable Honors for Four Women at Major Universities

Notable Honors for Four Women at Major Universities

The honorees are Doris Ching of the University of Hawaii, Kimberlé W. Crenshaw of Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles, Diane K. Newman of the California Institute of Technology, and Brené Brown of the University of Houston.

For the First Time in History There Are Three Sisters in Different Classes at CalTech

For the First Time in History There Are Three Sisters in Different Classes at CalTech

The Butkovich family from Blue Springs, Missouri, currently has three daughters attending the California Institute of Technology. The university says that it is the first time in CalTech history that three sisters have been enrolled in three different classes at the same time.

Eleven Women Taking on New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Eleven Women Taking on New Administrative Posts 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.

Survey Finds That 23 Percent of Undergraduate Women Are Subjected to Unwanted Sexual Contact

Survey Finds That 23 Percent of Undergraduate Women Are Subjected to Unwanted Sexual Contact

A major new study on sexual assault on 27 college campuses was recently published by the Association of American Universities. The report found that 23 percent of undergraduate women students said that they had been victims of sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation since entering college.

In Memoriam: Kim West

In Memoriam: Kim West

Kim West was the associate dean for undergraduate programs at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. For 13 years, she served as director of residence life at the California Institute of Technology.

UCLA's Andrea Ghez to Receive the 2015 Bakerian Medal From the Royal Society

UCLA’s Andrea Ghez to Receive the 2015 Bakerian Medal From the Royal Society

Andrea Ghez, who holds the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics at UCLA, is being honored for her work at the Keck Observatory to explore the suspected massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Seven Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at American Universities

Seven Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at American Universities

The appointees to endowed chairs are Andrea Louise Campbell at MIT, Alison P. Galvani at Yale University, Fiona Harrison at CalTech, Seung-kyung Kim at Indiana University, Susan R. Wessler at the University of California, Riverside, Vicki Sealey at West Virginia University, and Lisa Cohen at Wesleyan University.

Prestigious Honors for Six Women at American Universities

Prestigious Honors for Six Women at American Universities

The honorees are Barbara Oakley at Oakland University, Clara Adams at Morgan State University, Joanne Disch at the University of Minnesota, Judith Green-McKenzie at the University of Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Barton at CalTech, and Erica L. Herzog at Yale University.

Honors and Awards for Four Women Scholars

Honors and Awards for Four Women Scholars

The honorees are Pamela Shoemaker of Syracuse University, Heather Knutson of the California Institute of Technology, Barbara Voorhies of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Janet Fink of the University of Massachusetts.

Five Women With Current University Affiliations Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Five Women With Current University Affiliations Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

New members include Sangeeta Bhatia, Karen Klincewicz Gleason, Daniela Rus, Ingrid Daubechies, and Janet G. Hering.

Four Women Professors Win Prestigious Honors

Four Women Professors Win Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Claire Max of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Swathi Ravichandran of Kent State University, Lisa Sowle Cahill of Boston College, and Fionna Harrison of the California Institute of Technology.

University of Illinois Increases Women Faculty in Engineering by One Third

University of Illinois Increases Women Faculty in Engineering by One Third

The University of Illinois reports that since last December, 23 women have joined the faculty or accepted offers to join the faculty in its College of Engineering. Every department in the College of Engineering has new women faculty members.

Fifteen Women Appointed to Senior-Level Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Fifteen Women Appointed to Senior-Level Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Betty A. Block, Pamela L. Jennings, Carlia Smith, Claudia Donald, Stephanie McGowan, Sue B. Workman, Cori Fata-Hartley, Doreen D. Edwards, Linda Bonnin, Cynthia J. Cyrus, Cindy Weinstein, Malika Roman Isler, Alice C. Stewart, LLJuna Weir, and Stephanie Garst.

The Gender Gap in Engineering Bachelor's Degrees Is Widening

The Gender Gap in Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees Is Widening

A report from the American Society for Engineering Education shows that in 2004 women earned 20.3 percent of all bachelor’s degree awarded in engineering. By 2012, the percentage had dropped to 18.9 percent.

CalTech's Jacqueline Barton to Receive the American Chemical Society's Highest Honor

CalTech’s Jacqueline Barton to Receive the American Chemical Society’s Highest Honor

Jacqueline K. Barton is the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.