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New Endowed Positions for Four Women Scholars

New Endowed Positions for Four Women Scholars

The appointments are Irene Peeva at Cornell University, Rachel Eells at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Joya Misra at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Joan Kee at New York University.

How Parents' Preference for Their Future Children's Gender Affects Educational Outcomes for Sons and Daughters

How Parents’ Preference for Their Future Children’s Gender Affects Educational Outcomes for Sons and Daughters

A new study from Cornell University has found spouses frequently disagree on preferences for their future children’s genders. Men are significantly more likely to want only sons, whereas women are more likely to want daughters, have an equal amount of sons and daughters, or have no preference.

New Faculty Positions for a Dozen Women in Higher Education

New Faculty Positions for a Dozen Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

New Endowed Faculty Positions for Five Women in Academia

New Endowed Faculty Positions for Five Women in Academia

The new endowed appointments are Julie Lundquist at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Knott at the University of Oxford, Sara Coffey at Oklahoma State University, Marjan Boerma at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, and Judith Byfield at Cornell University.

An AI Teammate With a Woman's Voice Can Increase Productivity Among Women Employees

An AI Teammate With a Woman’s Voice Can Increase Productivity Among Women Employees

Previous studies on organizational culture have found teammates from underrepresented backgrounds have higher performances when working with teammates of a similar background. A new study has found introducing AI programming that aligns with a minority teammate’s background can have the same result.

Cornell University Study Reveals Potential Biological Predictor for Postpartum Depression

Cornell University Study Reveals Potential Biological Predictor for Postpartum Depression

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine has found an association between postpartum depression and a steep drop off in immune cell RNA packages during the second and third trimesters of pregnancies.

Seven Women Selected for Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven Women Selected for Administrative Positions 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

Five Women Professors Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions

Five Women Professors Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions

The women appointed to endowed positions are Yoon Kange at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Alison Gustafson at the University of Kentucky, Rachel Rebouché at Temple University, Durba Ghosh at Cornell University, and Denise Morgan at Western Carolina University.

Martha Pollack Stepping Down From Presidency of Cornell University on June 30

Martha Pollack Stepping Down From Presidency of Cornell University on June 30

With the announcement coming only seven weeks before she leaves the presidency, some observers speculated that she is leaving under pressure as a result of how she dealt with protests over Israel’s conduct in Gaza. But in a statement to the university community, President Pollack said: “This decision is mine and mine alone.”

In Memoriam: Helen Vendler, 1933-2024

In Memoriam: Helen Vendler, 1933-2024

Dr. Vendler was a poetry critic and professor of English at Harvard University for three decades. She was Harvard’s first woman faculty member to earn the designation of University Professor.

Nine Women Scholars Selected for Faculty Positions

Nine Women Scholars Selected for Faculty Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

Vanderbilt Professor Lorrie Moore Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Vanderbilt Professor Lorrie Moore Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Lorrie Moore, professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, was recognized for her novel I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home. She has authored numerous other publications throughout her four-decades long career, including three other novels, many short-stories, and various works of nonfiction.

Cornell University Provides An Update on the Progress and Lingering Disparities of Women Faculty in STEM

Cornell University Provides An Update on the Progress and Lingering Disparities of Women Faculty in STEM

Despite the popular theory that women are disadvantaged in STEM fields compared to their male peers, the research team from Cornell University found women STEM faculty have achieved gender parity with their male peers in many areas of academia.

In Memoriam: Barbara Reeves, 1944-2024

In Memoriam: Barbara Reeves, 1944-2024

Barbara Reeves spent over two decades serving the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, where she taught courses on the history of science. She also taught at Cornell University, Ohio State University, and Harvard University earlier in her career.

Meridith Randall Named President of Golden West College in California

Meridith Randall Named President of Golden West College in California

Meridith Randall has been appointed president of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. She has served in the role on an interim basis since last year.

In Memoriam: Christy L. Burns: 1962-2023

In Memoriam: Christy L. Burns: 1962-2023

Dr. Burns joined the faculty at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1992. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and retired in 2020 after 28 years of service to William & Mary.

New Assignments for Five Women Faculty Members

New Assignments for Five Women Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Lisa Portes at the University of California, San Diego, Amalia Leifeste in the School of Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina, Dawn M. Turner at Oakwood University in Alabama, Paula Cohen at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Caroline Ajo-Franklin at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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.

Cathy Garzio Named Chief Operating Office for Weill Cornell Medicine

Cathy Garzio Named Chief Operating Office for Weill Cornell Medicine

Garzio was previously vice chair and director of finance and administration in the department of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Earlier, she was administrative director of the department of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

The four women in new diversity posts are Jamila Lee-Johnson in the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Katherine King at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Donyale R. Padgett at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Laura Renée Chandler at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

The Gender Gap for College-Educated Computer Science Workers

The Gender Gap for College-Educated Computer Science Workers

Though women’s representation in STEM fields generally has increased in recent decades, their presence in the workforce – which accounts for about half the jobs in STEM fields – remains low, and the gender wage gap in computer science persists.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties

The women scholars in new roles are Jennifer Hookstra at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Karyn Brown at Mississippi State University, Jamila Michener at Cornell University, Jaime Sand at Boise State University in Idaho, Felicis Jefferson at the University of Nevada Reno, and Brynja Kohler at Utah State University.

Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University Selected as President of the Religious Research Association

Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University Selected as President of the Religious Research Association

Dr. Ecklund joined the faculty at Rice University in 2008 as an assistant professor of sociology, after teaching at the University at Buffalo. She was promoted to full professor in 2013. She also serves as the director of the university’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

Cornell University Has Hired Three Women to Its Computer Science Faculty

Cornell University Has Hired Three Women to Its Computer Science Faculty

The Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has announced the hiring of 11 new faculty members. Three of the new faculty members are women: Tanya Goyal, Kristina Monakhova, and Jennifer Sun.

The American Chemical Society Recognizes the Work of the University of Pennsylvania's Marisa Kozlowski

The American Chemical Society Recognizes the Work of the University of Pennsylvania’s Marisa Kozlowski

Dr. Kozlowski joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. The major focus of Dr. Kozlowski’s research is the development of new catalytic methods for efficient organic synthesis using computation and high throughput screening. She has authored over 170 independent publications.

Washington State's Michelle Moyer Selected to Lead the American Society for Enology and Viticulture

Washington State’s Michelle Moyer Selected to Lead the American Society for Enology and Viticulture

Formed in 1950 as a professional society dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists, and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production, ASEV’s membership of approximately 1,600 includes professionals from wineries, vineyards, and academic institutions and organizations from around the world.

In Memoriam: Micere Githae Mugo, 1942-2023

In Memoriam: Micere Githae Mugo, 1942-2023

A native of Kenya, Dr. Mugo fled her native land to political turmoil and taught at St. Lawrence University. After returning to Africa to teach in Zambia and Zimbabwe, in 1992 she was named a visiting professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. A year later, she joined the department of African American studies at Syracuse University where she served for 22 years.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Mary McCormick, 1963 -2023

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Mary McCormick, 1963 -2023

At the University of Tulsa College of Law, Professor McCormick founded the Immigrant Rights Project. She was the first associate dean of experiential learning, interim dean in the fall 2001 semester, and served for several semesters as the associate dean of academic affairs.

Francine Conway Named Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway Named Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway is the new chancellor of the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has led Rutgers–New Brunswick under the hybrid title of “chancellor-provost” for the past two years. The separation of responsibilities between chancellor and provost mirrors the leadership structures of Rutgers’ other campuses.

In Memoriam: Lena F. Kourkoutis, 1979-2023

In Memoriam: Lena F. Kourkoutis, 1979-2023

An expert in cryo-electron microscopy, Dr. Kourkoutis, an associate professor in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, developed a new class of high-resolution, variable-temperature microscopy methods that have the capacity to study the physical, electronic, and atomic structure of materials at picometer precision.

Cornell University's Éva Tardos Honored as a "Visionary in Computer Science"

Cornell University’s Éva Tardos Honored as a “Visionary in Computer Science”

Éva Tardos is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science and department chair in the Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University. She is an expert in algorithms, including foundational work in combinatorial algorithms, approximation algorithms. and algorithmic game theory.

The American Academy of Religion Honors Vanderbilt University's Yolanda Pierce

The American Academy of Religion Honors Vanderbilt University’s Yolanda Pierce

Yolanda Pierce, who is the new dean of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has won the 2023 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. From 2017 to 2023, she wad dean of the Howard University Divinity School.

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.

Study Says Claims of Gender Bias in Academic Science Are Overblown

Study Says Claims of Gender Bias in Academic Science Are Overblown

The authors from Cornell University and Boston University note that “in the most prestigious journals and media outlets, which influence many people’s opinions about sexism, bias is frequently portrayed as an omnipresent factor limiting women’s progress in the tenure-track academy.” They set out to see if this was indeed the case.

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.