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In Memoriam: Marjorie Fine Knowles, 1939-2021

In Memoriam: Marjorie Fine Knowles, 1939-2021

In 1972, Majorie Knowles became the first women faculty member at the University of Alabama School of Law. Professor Knowles became dean of the College of Law at Georgia State University in 1986, making her the 17th woman in U.S. history – and the first woman in Georgia – to serve as dean of a law school.

Shelley Lowe of Harvard University Selected to Lead the National Endowment for the Humanities

Shelley Lowe of Harvard University Selected to Lead the National Endowment for the Humanities

Lowe is the executive director of the Native American program at Harvard University. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Native American and the second woman to lead the federal agency that provides more than $100 million in grants to cultural and educational institutions each year.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education Adds Three Women to Its Faculty

The Harvard Graduate School of Education Adds Three Women to Its Faculty

Bianca Baldridge has been named associate professor of education and Susan Dynarski is a new professor of education. Also, Gabrielle Oliveira has been named the Jorge Paulo Lemann Associate Professor of Education and of Brazil studies.

Harvard's Susan Murphy Wins the Van Wijngaarden Award for Using Statistics to Improve Health Care Decision Making

Harvard’s Susan Murphy Wins the Van Wijngaarden Award for Using Statistics to Improve Health Care Decision Making

Susan A. Murphy is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Statistics and of Computer Science and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Her research focuses on developing data analysis methods and experimental designs to improve real-time multi-stage decision-making in mobile health.

Michaele Whelan Will Be the Ninth President of Wheaton College in Norwood, Massachusetts

Michaele Whelan Will Be the Ninth President of Wheaton College in Norwood, Massachusetts

Since 2013, Dr. Whelan has been provost at Emerson College in Boston. Earlier in her career, she was vice provost for academic affairs at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and associate dean of academic planning and innovation in the Schools of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Pamela Björkman to Receive a Major International Award Recognizing Outstanding Women Scientists

Pamela Björkman to Receive a Major International Award Recognizing Outstanding Women Scientists

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize is presented by The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Björkman is being recognized for “discovering key aspects of the immune system that are helping to direct better treatment for infection from viruses and other diseases.” The prize includes a $100,000 honorarium.

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplan, 1947-2021

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplan, 1947-2021

A native of Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Caplan served as a professor of psychology and an assistant professor of psychiatry and lecturer in women’s studies at the University of Toronto between 1979 and 1995. She went on to teach at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College, American University, and Harvard University.

Eight Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Promoted or Assigned to New Roles

Eight Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Promoted or Assigned to New Roles

Taking on new roles are Laura J. Crossey at the University of New Mexico, Michelle Effros at Caltech, Erin H. Moore at Shaw University in North Carolina, Myriam Heiman at MIT, Tania Bruguera at Harvard University, Luzita Vela at the University of Arkansas, Francine Berman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and La Toya Hart at Jackson Stte University in Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplaan, 1947-2021

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplaan, 1947-2021

Paula Joan Caplaan, was a psychologist and prominent feminist scholar who taught at Harvard University and the University of Toronto.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Ten Women to Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities Appoint Ten 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.

In Memoriam: Sally Falk Moore, 1924-2021

In Memoriam: Sally Falk Moore, 1924-2021

Sally Falk Moore was the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Harvard University. A noted anthropologist, Dr. Moore was dean of the Graduate School at Harvard from 1985 to 1989.

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

The authors state that clinical trial sample populations should be proportionate to the population affected by the disease, as some diseases are more prevalent or manifest differently in one sex versus the other.  The study is the first to examine sex bias in all U.S. human clinical trials relative to disease burden (the prevalence of disease based on factors such as sex and ethnicity).

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Positions

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Positions

The women who are retiring or leaving higher education are Robin Morgan at the University of Delaware, Claire Max of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Anne Margulies at Harvard University, Madlyn Hanes at Pennsylvania State University, and Erin Hoffman Harding at the University of Notre Dame.

American Heart Association Honors Emory University Scholar Nanette K. Wenger

American Heart Association Honors Emory University Scholar Nanette K. Wenger

The Nanette K. Wenger Award for Best Scientific Publication on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Women was recently created by the American heart Association to recognize Dr. Wenger’s monumental work and inspire continued research innovation and discovery.

Aviv Regev Wins the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Aviv Regev Wins the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Aviv Regev is an internationally known computational and systems biologist and executive vice president of Genentech Research and Early Development. She is on leave from her faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928-2021

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928-2021

Dr. Walter was born in Berlin Germany. In 1938, she was one of 10,000 Jewish children evacuated from Germany and surrounding countries to the United Kingdom before the start of World War II. She founded the mathematics department at what is now Simmons University in Boston and later taught at the University of Oregon.

Melanie Wood Is the First Women in Mathematics to Win a Waterman Award From the National Science Foundation

Melanie Wood Is the First Women in Mathematics to Win a Waterman Award From the National Science Foundation

Melanie Wood, professor of mathematics at Harvard University, is the recipient of the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation, the organization’s most prestigious prize for scientists under the age of 40 in the United States.

Stanford University's Sherri Rose Honored for Her Work on Using Statistics to Improve Healthcare

Stanford University’s Sherri Rose Honored for Her Work on Using Statistics to Improve Healthcare

Sherri Rose, an associate professor of medicine and a core faculty member at Stanford Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute, has won this year’s Gertrude M. Cox Award from the Washington Statistical Society and RTI International for her significant contributions to applied statistics.

In Memoriam: Dawn Tranchino Provenzale

In Memoriam: Dawn Tranchino Provenzale

Dawn Provenzale was a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Duke University School of Medicine. She taught at Duke for nearly 30 years.

Historian Amy Stanley of Northwestern University Wins Two Book Awards

Historian Amy Stanley of Northwestern University Wins Two Book Awards

Amy Stanley, professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University has won the 2021 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography for her book Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World.

Courtney Dressing of the University of California, Berkeley Is a Rising Star in Astronomy

Courtney Dressing of the University of California, Berkeley Is a Rising Star in Astronomy

Courtney Dressing, an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, has been selected to receive the 2021 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society for her research on the formation rate, composition, and evolution of planets around red dwarf stars.

Patricia Ramsey Will Be the First Woman President of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York

Patricia Ramsey Will Be the First Woman President of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Ramsey, whose appointment is effective May 1, comes to CUNY from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, D.C., where she spent the past year as a senior executive fellow. A biologist by training, Dr. Ramsey previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Harvard University's Katharine Park Named a Recipient of the 2021 David Dan Prize

Harvard University’s Katharine Park Named a Recipient of the 2021 David Dan Prize

Katharine Park is the Samuel Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is being honored by the David Dan Foundation in Israel for her research on the history of medicine in medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Betty Rosa Named Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York

Betty Rosa Named Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York

Dr. Rosa has served on the board of regents since 2008 and became the board’s chancellor in 2016. She resigned as chancellor in August to fill in as interim commissioner of education. Dr. Rosa holds two master’s degrees from the City University of New York and a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University.

American Physical Society Bestows an Award on University of Pennsylvania's Eleni Katifori

American Physical Society Bestows an Award on University of Pennsylvania’s Eleni Katifori

Eleni Katifori, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2021 American Physical Society Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research. Dr. Katifori was honored for “the seminal use of physical principles in understanding living transport networks.”

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to University 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.

In Memoriam: Lydia Averell Hurd Smith, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Lydia Averell Hurd Smith, 1929-2020

Lydia Smith was founder of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at what is now Simmons University in Boston. She served on the faculty at Simmons for 28 years.

MIT's Sara Seager Honored With One of Canada's Highest Civilian Honors

MIT’s Sara Seager Honored With One of Canada’s Highest Civilian Honors

Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named an officer of the Order of Canada. She was honored “for her multidisciplinary research that has contributed to transforming the study of extrasolar planets into a full-fledged planetary science.”

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.

L. Song Richardson Will Be the Next President of Colorado College

L. Song Richardson Will Be the Next President of Colorado College

Richardson currently is the dean and chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. When she was appointed to that post in January 2018, she was the only woman of color to lead a top-30 law school. Earlier, she was senior associate dean for academic affairs at the law school.

Elizabeth Watkins Will Be the Next Provost at the University of California, Riverside

Elizabeth Watkins Will Be the Next Provost at the University of California, Riverside

Dr. Watkins currently serves as vice chancellor, dean of the Graduate Division, and professor in the department of anthropology, history, and social medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author or co-editor of five books.

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.

University of Chicago's Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

University of Chicago’s Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

Eve Ewing is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The Paul Engle Prize honors writers who demonstrate a pioneering spirit in the world of literature and a commitment to engaging with the issues of the day.

Five Women Who Are Retiring From Colleges and Universities

Five Women Who Are Retiring From Colleges and Universities

The women who have or will be stepping down are Kristi A. Nelson, provost at the University of Cincinnati, Barbara Craig at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Leslie Kirwan at Harvard University, Rebekka Wachter at Arizona State University, and Viven G. Fryd at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Examining the Gender Pay Gap Among Primary Care Physicians

Examining the Gender Pay Gap Among Primary Care Physicians

Female primary care physicians earn less revenue than men for the care they provide, but spend more time with patients than their male colleagues, dispelling the commonly held opinion that female physicians work fewer hours than men.