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MIT's Ann Graybiel to Be Awarded the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

MIT’s Ann Graybiel to Be Awarded the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

Her research has implications for the study of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease, ADHD, and in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome. She will receive a gold medal and a $500,000 award at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego this coming November.

Five Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Appointed to dean positions are Tomiko Brown-Nagin at Harvard University, Adrienne Eaton at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Julie M. Anderson at Winona State University in Minnesota, Kim Crowley at Amarillo College in Texas, and Linda Schadler at the University of Vermont.

Tufts University's Diane Souvaine Elected Chair of the National Science Board

Tufts University’s Diane Souvaine Elected Chair of the National Science Board

The National Science Board is the governing authority of the National Science Foundation and acts an independent advisor to both the president and Congress on policies related to science and engineering, and also education in those disciplines.

Six Universities Appoint Women Scholars to Positions as Deans

Six Universities Appoint Women Scholars to Positions as Deans

Appointed to dean posts are Bridget Terry Long at Harvard University, Constance Relihan at Virginia Commonwealth University, Piyushimita Thakuriah at Rutgers University, Edith Parker at the University of Iowa, Kathryn Graddy at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and Pauline Sampson at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

Two Women From American Universities Will Be Awarded Heineken Prizes

Two Women From American Universities Will Be Awarded Heineken Prizes

Xiaowei Zhuang, the David B. Arnold Professor of Science at Harvard University will be awarded the Heineken Prize in biochemistry and biophysics and Nancy Kanwisher, the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, will receive the Heineken Prize in cognitive science.

The First Woman President of Utah Valley University in Orem

The First Woman President of Utah Valley University in Orem

Dr. Tuminez currently serves as regional director for corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft Corporation. She is the former dean of research and assistant dean of executive education for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

The Next President of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts

The Next President of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts

Dr. Nelson is currently the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief Sustainability Officer at the University of New Hampshire. Before going to the University of New Hampshire, she served on the faculty at Tufts University in Massachusetts for 25 years.

Janet Westpheling Elected President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

Janet Westpheling Elected President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

Dr. Westpheling is a professor of genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the genetic engineering of microorganisms to efficiently convert plants into biofuels.

In Memoriam: Joan Braverman Pinck, 1929-2018

In Memoriam: Joan Braverman Pinck, 1929-2018

Pinck was one of the first woman administrators at Harvard Business School, where she also taught a course on business writing. Later, she served as director of research administration and policy at Beth Israel Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Harvard Has a Long Way to Go to Reach Gender Parity in Faculty Positions

Harvard Has a Long Way to Go to Reach Gender Parity in Faculty Positions

Women make up just over one fifth of the tenured faculty at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. Women are less than one quarter of tenured faculty in Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School.

University of Massachusetts Scholar Wins the Russian National Award in Applied Economics

University of Massachusetts Scholar Wins the Russian National Award in Applied Economics

Ina Ganguli, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has received the 2018 Russian National Award in Applied Economics. The award is given every two years for outstanding published papers on the Russian economy.

Linda Oubré Selected as the Fifteenth President of Whittier College in California

Linda Oubré Selected as the Fifteenth President of Whittier College in California

For the past six years, Dr. Oubré has served as dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University. Earlier, Dr. Oubré was executive director of corporate relations and business development, and chief diversity officer for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.

Lauren Benton of Vanderbilt University to Receive the 2019 Toynbee Prize

Lauren Benton of Vanderbilt University to Receive the 2019 Toynbee Prize

The award is given biennially by the Toynbee Prize Foundation to a scholar who has made a significant contribution to the study of global history. Professor Benton will be honored and present a lecture at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago next January.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Honored With Prestigious Awards

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Erika T. Camacho of Arizona State University, Susan A. Murphy of Harvard University, Kathleen Blake Yancy of Florida State University, Lorie Harper of the University of Alabama Birmingham, and Diane Ebert-May of Michigan State University.

Lorraine Daston Wins the $1 Million Dan David Prize for Her Research on the History of Science

Lorraine Daston Wins the $1 Million Dan David Prize for Her Research on the History of Science

Lorraine Daston is a visiting professor in the department of history at the University of Chicago and the director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

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.

Doris Tsao Selected as Winner of the 2018 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Doris Tsao Selected as Winner of the 2018 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

The award is given out by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine for a seminal discovery in neuroscience. CalTech Professor Doris Tsao is being honored for “major contributions to our understanding of how the brain recognizes human faces.”

Two Women Announce That They Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Posts Later This Year

Two Women Announce That They Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Posts Later This Year

Tamara Rogers, vice president for alumni affairs and development at Harvard University, and Shelley McKamey, the executive director of the Museum of the Rockies on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, have announced they are stepping down by the end of the year.

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael's College in Vermont

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont

Since June 2014, Dr. Sterritt has served as president of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Earlier, she served as dean for administration and as a professor of French literature at Harvard College. A native of Ireland, Dr. Sterritt holds a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University.

Dorothy Browne Named Provost at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dorothy Browne Named Provost at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

In 2015, Dr. Browne was named the inaugural dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Earlier in her career, she was a professor of public health and senior scientist at the Prevention Research Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Jennifer Doudna to Be Awarded the Dickson Prize in Science

Jennifer Doudna to Be Awarded the Dickson Prize in Science

Professor Doudna is being honored for her groundbreaking research harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine.

The Only Woman of Color to Lead One of the Nation's 30 Highest-Ranked Law Schools

The Only Woman of Color to Lead One of the Nation’s 30 Highest-Ranked Law Schools

L. Song Richardson was named dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Richardson has served as interim dean since July and previously was senior associate dean for academic affairs. She joined the faculty at the law school in 2014.

Paola Arlotta Awarded the George Ledlie Prize by Harvard University

Paola Arlotta Awarded the George Ledlie Prize by Harvard University

The George Ledlie Prize was established in 1927 and is awarded to a scholar who “has by research, discovery or otherwise made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind.” Dr. Arlotta was honored for her work studying the embryonic brain in health and disease.

High-Ranking Colleges That Disclosed Gender Data on Their Early Decision Students

High-Ranking Colleges That Disclosed Gender Data on Their Early Decision Students

Many of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities recently released data on their early decision or early action applicant pools and acceptance decisions. Some of these schools included data on the gender of the students accepted early.

Harvard University Releases New Report on Title IX Policies and Programs

Harvard University Releases New Report on Title IX Policies and Programs

In the 2016–2017 academic year, Harvard’s Title IX officials provided more than 100 audience-tailored, in-person training sessions to community members and provided customized online training to more than 10,000 students and employees.

Three Women Stepping Down From High-Ranking Posts at Leading Universities

Three Women Stepping Down From High-Ranking Posts at Leading Universities

Lauren Benton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University, Jackie O’Neil, University Marshall at Harvard University, and Anne Massey dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leaving their posts.

Oberlin College Scholar Wins Book Award From the Biblical Archaeology Society

Oberlin College Scholar Wins Book Award From the Biblical Archaeology Society

Cynthia Chapman, the Adelia A.F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion at Oberlin College in Ohio, received the Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible Award from the Biblical Archaeology Society.

Law Professor Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court

Law Professor Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court

Melissa Hart, a tenured professor and the director of the Bryon R. White Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado, was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court. Professor Hart will continue to teach at the law school while sitting on the Court.

New Study Examines the Extent of Discrimination Faced by Women in the United States

New Study Examines the Extent of Discrimination Faced by Women in the United States

Among the findings in the new report from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health are that more than a third of women with a college education said they had heard offensive remarks about their gender compared to only 8 percent of women who did not attend college.

Harvard's Michele Lamont Awarded the 2017 Erasmus Prize  in Amsterdam

Harvard’s Michele Lamont Awarded the 2017 Erasmus Prize in Amsterdam

Professor Lamont was honored for her “devoted contribution to social science research in the relationship between knowledge, power, and diversity.” She was honored at a ceremony in Amsterdam presided over by King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.

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.

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.

Five PostDocs Awarded L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

Five PostDocs Awarded L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

Winners, who received $60,000 to further their research, are selected on the basis of their academic records, research potential, intellectual merit, and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.

More Than 235 Million Working Women Worldwide Have No Legal Protection Against Sexual Harassment

More Than 235 Million Working Women Worldwide Have No Legal Protection Against Sexual Harassment

The UCLA analysis found that more than one third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work. As a result, there are more than 235 million working women worldwide who do not have any legal protection against sexual harassment on the job.

Research Shows That Faculty Search Committees Consider Relationship Status of Women But Not Men

Research Shows That Faculty Search Committees Consider Relationship Status of Women But Not Men

A new study by Lauren A. Rivera, an associate professor at Northwestern University, found that faculty search committee members assumed that heterosexual women whose partners held academic or high-status jobs were not “movable” and therefore excluded them from job offers.