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Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University in New York City, will serve as president of the Social Science Research Council for five years beginning in September.

Meredith Woo Selected as the Thirteenth President of Sweet Briar College

Meredith Woo Selected as the Thirteenth President of Sweet Briar College

Dr. Meredith Woo, a native of South Korea, is the director of the Higher Education Support Program for the Open Society Foundations in London. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Woo was the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Barnard College Political Scientist Wins Best Book Award From the International Studies Association

Barnard College Political Scientist Wins Best Book Award From the International Studies Association

Severine Autesserre is an associate professor of political science at Barnard College in New York City. Her award-winning book is based on the author’s extensive field work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and briefer comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste.

Five Women Academics Are Honored with Notable Awards

Five Women Academics Are Honored with Notable Awards

The honorees are Joy Spanabel Emery, professor emerita at the University of Rhode Island, Terrie E. Moffitt of Duke University in North Carolina, Stacie Raucci at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Linda P. Fried of Columbia University in New York City, and Yvonne Janssen-Heininger of the University of Vermont.

In Memoriam: Jane Huttenlocher, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Jane Huttenlocher, 1932-2016

Jane Huttenlocher conducted research and taught at the University of Chicago for 40 years. She was a leading scholar on how children acquire language and mathematical skills

Rutgers Names a Lecture Series in Women's Global Health After an Alumna Who Died in a Terrorist Attack

Rutgers Names a Lecture Series in Women’s Global Health After an Alumna Who Died in a Terrorist Attack

The Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey has established a lecture series in women’s global health to honor Anita Ashok Datar. A 1995 graduate of Rutgers University, Datar was in Africa working to education women on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, when she was killed in a November 2015 terrorist attack in Mali.

NYU Study Examines the Gender Gap in Charter School Enrollments

NYU Study Examines the Gender Gap in Charter School Enrollments

The study found that both boys and girls were both more likely to leave charter schools than traditional public schools. However, boys were more likely than girls to exit charters at every grade level, by as much as 1 to 3 percentage points more per year, with larger gaps in the upper grades.

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Blue and Gold Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware, is the winner of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

Kimberlé Crenshaw to Receive the Gittler Prize From Brandeis University

Kimberlé Crenshaw to Receive the Gittler Prize From Brandeis University

The Gittler Prize is presented annually to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. Professor Crenshaw, who is on the faculty at the law schools of Columbia University and UCLA, will receive the award and a $25,000 prize in October 2017.

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women's Studies Association

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women’s Studies Association

Barbara Ransby is the Distinguished Professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her two-year term as president will begin at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in Montreal in November.

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.

Professor Wins the Arab American Book Award for Poetry

Professor Wins the Arab American Book Award for Poetry

Nathalie Handal, a professor of English at Columbia University and a professor in the low-residency creative writing program at Sierra Nevada College, has been selected to received the The George Ellenbogen Poetry Award as part of the 2016 Arab American Book Awards.

A Guide to the Federal Government's Resources on Combating Sexual Assault on Campus

A Guide to the Federal Government’s Resources on Combating Sexual Assault on Campus

Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, has assembled an extensive resource guide outlining all the federal resources available to colleges and universities to help them prevent sexual assault on campus and to help victims of such violence.

Yale's Alanna Schepartz Is the New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Biochemistry

Yale’s Alanna Schepartz Is the New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Biochemistry

Professor Schepartz’s research focuses on understanding how macromolecular interactions control sophisticated biological processes such as information transfer, intracellular trafficking, and compartmentalization.

Another Award for the Scholarship of Boston College's Mary Sarah Bilder

Another Award for the Scholarship of Boston College’s Mary Sarah Bilder

Mary Sarah Bilder, the Founders Professor of Law and the Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar at the Boston College Law School, has been honored by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

In Memoriam: Judith Tendler, 1938-2016

In Memoriam: Judith Tendler, 1938-2016

Judith Tendler was professor emerita of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the MIT faculty in 1984 and retired from teaching in 2011.

In Memoriam: Hally Beth Walker Poindexter, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: Hally Beth Walker Poindexter, 1927-2016

Professor Poindexter served on the Rice University faculty from 1965 through 1998. For 20 years she was chair of the department of kinesiology. At Rice, she was a major force in advocating for equality of women in the university’s athletics programs.

In Memoriam: Alison Rickie Bernstein, 1947-2016

In Memoriam: Alison Rickie Bernstein, 1947-2016

Dr. Bernstein worked at the Ford Foundation for more than 25 years before joining the faculty at Rutgers University in 2011. At Rutgers, she served as the director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership.

History Professor Wins Three Awards for Her Latest Book

History Professor Wins Three Awards for Her Latest Book

Nancy Woloch, who teaches history at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York City, has won three awards for her latest book A Class By Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890-1990s.

In Memoriam: Emily Eugenia Summer, 1923-2016

In Memoriam: Emily Eugenia Summer, 1923-2016

Eugenia Summer, an esteemed painter and sculptor, taught for 38 years at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. In 2002, the university established the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on campus in her honor.

Vittoria Di Palma Wins a Book Award From the Society of Architectural Historians

Vittoria Di Palma Wins a Book Award From the Society of Architectural Historians

Vittoria Di Palma is an associate professor of the history and theory of architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She was honored for her book Wasteland: A History.

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

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

University of Oregon Scholar Conducts an Oral History of Women in the Spanish Civil War Period

University of Oregon Scholar Conducts an Oral History of Women in the Spanish Civil War Period

Gina Herrmann is associate professor of Spanish at the University or Oregon. In examining the the stories of Spanish women survivors of civil war and political incarceration, Dr. Herrmann hopes to shed light on the circumstances of many women political prisoners and refugees today.

In Memoriam: Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

In addition to her very successful architectural practice, Hadid held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Sullivan Chair in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois.

Faculty Member Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Columbia Business School

Faculty Member Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Columbia Business School

Enrichetta Ravina, an assistant professor of finance at Columbia Business School, claims that a professor who was acting as a mentor and facilitated her research talked about sex in the workplace and made advances toward her.

Three Women Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Three Women Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

The winners of the prestigious awards include Charlotte Gordon of Endicott College in the biography category, Margo Jefferson of Columbia University and The New School in the autobiography category, and Maggie Nelson of the California Institute of the Arts in the criticism category.

Three Women Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Three Women Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

This year 12 new members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Three of the new members are women. Members are chosen from the fields of literature, music, and the fine arts. They are elected for life and only upon the death of other members.

Seven American Women Named Members of the National Academy of Education

Seven American Women Named Members of the National Academy of Education

The National Academy of Education has announced the election of 11 new members. Eight of the 11 new members are women. Seven of the eight hold current affiliations with American universities.

Two Women Scholars Awarded the Bancroft Prize

Two Women Scholars Awarded the Bancroft Prize

The award recognizes outstanding scholarship in American history. The two women among this year’s three honorees are Mary Sarah Bilder, a professor at Boston College Law School, and Deborah A. Rosen, the David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

The Next Provost at Wheaton College in Illinois

The Next Provost at Wheaton College in Illinois

Margaret DuPlissis Diddams currently serves as assistant provost at Seattle Pacific University in Washington State. She has been on the faculty there since 1993. Dr. Diddams will begin her role as provost at Wheaton College on June 1

The First Woman President in the 129-Year History of California State University, Chico

The First Woman President in the 129-Year History of California State University, Chico

Gayle E. Hutchinson currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Channel Islands. She has held that post since 2013. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hutchinson served on the faculty at the Chico campus for 17 years.

In Memoriam: Joanne Louis McGrath Cohoon, 1954-2016

In Memoriam: Joanne Louis McGrath Cohoon, 1954-2016

Joanne Cohoon was a professor of science, technology and society in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and a senior research social scientist at the National Center for Women in Information Technology.

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.

Boston University Leads Archival Project of Florence Nightingale's Letters

Boston University Leads Archival Project of Florence Nightingale’s Letters

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University has led an international effort to make the correspondence of Florence Nightingale available online.

American Woman Academics Named Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

American Woman Academics Named Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given out in six categories with five finalists in each category. Several of the finalists are women who currently hold academic posts at American colleges and universities.