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Stanford University's Anna Grzymala-Busse Wins the $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize

Stanford University’s Anna Grzymala-Busse Wins the $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize

The award is given out by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana for the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country.

Two Women Scientists to Share the Japan Prize for Their Work on Genetics

Two Women Scientists to Share the Japan Prize for Their Work on Genetics

Jennifer Doudna, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier, the director of Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, are being honored for their research in gene-editing technology that has led to new therapies for cancer patients and those suffering from heredity diseases.

A Quartet of Women Scholars Selected to Receive Prestigious Awards

A Quartet of Women Scholars Selected to Receive Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Janie Simms Hipp of the University of Arkansas School of Law, Eva Tardos of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Catherine Dulac of Harvard University, and Susan Goldman of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Study Examines If Single Women Downplay Their Ambition Around Single Men

Study Examines If Single Women Downplay Their Ambition Around Single Men

The study finds that single professional women tend to downplay their accomplishments and not to reveal their ambitions, perhaps, according to the authors, because this may make them “undesirable in the marriage market.”

American University Names Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Its Next President

American University Names Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Its Next President

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama did not wait long to find a new job. Six days after President Obama left office, Burwell was named the 15th president of American University in Washington, D.C.

Emory University Scholar Wins National Jewish Book Award

Emory University Scholar Wins National Jewish Book Award

Miriam Udel, an associate professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture in the department of German studies at Emory University in Atlanta, received the Dorot Foundation Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience from the Jewish Book Council.

New Administrative Appointments for 14 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments for 14 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.

Two Women Stepping Down as Deans in the Ivy League

Two Women Stepping Down as Deans in the Ivy League

T. Kyle Vanderlick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University, will step down at the end of the calendar year to return to teaching and Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, announced that she will step down as dean at the end of the current academic year.

Harvard Study Produces Data That Seems to Show Women Are Better Doctors Than Men

Harvard Study Produces Data That Seems to Show Women Are Better Doctors Than Men

A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health found that Medicare patients who were treated by women physicians in hospitals were less likely to die and less likely to be readmitted to the hospital than Medicare patients who were treated by male doctors.

Early Admission of Women to Leading Colleges and Universities

Early Admission of Women to Leading Colleges and Universities

Several of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities have reported data on students they have accepted under early decision or early action admissions plans. Some of these selective educational institutions have provided data broken down by gender.

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

Hope Lewis was a professor at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, where she had served on the faculty for a quarter century. Earlier, she was an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Gabrielle Starr Named the First Woman President of Pomona College in California

Gabrielle Starr Named the First Woman President of Pomona College in California

When she takes office on July 1, Dr. Starr will be first woman president of the highly ranked liberal arts college in Claremont, California. She currently serves as dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University.

Seven Women Win Mitchell Scholarships

Seven Women Win Mitchell Scholarships

Winners of the prestigious Mitchell Scholarships are selected to pursue a year of postgraduate study at universities on the island of Ireland.

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

The American Philosophical Society Elects its First Woman President

The American Philosophical Society Elects its First Woman President

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is the first woman to serve as president in the 273-year history of the American Philosophical Society.

In Memoriam: Katie L. Vale, 1965-2016

In Memoriam: Katie L. Vale, 1965-2016

Dr. Vale was the vice president for information and library services at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She also held the title of College Librarian. Before coming to Bates, Dr. Vale held library posts at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In March, Debora Spar Will Step Down as President of Barnard College

In March, Debora Spar Will Step Down as President of Barnard College

Dr. Spar, who has led the highly rated liberal arts college for women in New York City since 2008, has agreed to become president and chief executive officer of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Honors and Awards for Seven Women in Higher Education

Honors and Awards for Seven Women in Higher Education

The honorees are Elizabeth F. Loftus of the University of California, Irvine, Frances Griffith of the University of Arkansas, Karla Smith Fuller of Guttman Community College, Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama Birmingham, the late Marie W. Wooten at Auburn University, Mahzarin R. Banaji at Harvard University, and Nancy A. Miller at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In Memoriam: Susan Lee Lindquist, 1949-2016

In Memoriam: Susan Lee Lindquist, 1949-2016

Professor Lindquist served on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 23 years. In 2001, she became a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was named director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

New Faculty Assignments for Eight Women at Major Universities

New Faculty Assignments for Eight Women at Major Universities

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.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Florence Colson, 1917-2016

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Florence Colson, 1917-2016

Elizabeth Colson, a professor emerita of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, retired in 1984 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 67. She spent the next 32 years conducting field research in Zambia.

In Memoriam: Sally Ann Herman Lunt, 1929-2016

In Memoriam: Sally Ann Herman Lunt, 1929-2016

Sally Lunt was a psychotherapist, an activist for women’s rights, and a former social work professor at Boston University. She held a doctorate from Harvard University.

Seven Women Named to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Seven Women Named to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

The new holders of endowed chairs are Joann B. Sweasy at Yale, Michelle M. Dowd at the University of Alabama, Mary D. Barkley at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Sheri Wilmer at Boston College, Sandra Thomas at the University of Tennessee, Julie Battilana at Harvard and Annette Giesecke at the University of Delaware.

Women, But Not Men, Who Were Abused as Children Are at Risk for Early Death

Women, But Not Men, Who Were Abused as Children Are at Risk for Early Death

The study included interviews of 6,000 adults with an average age of 47. These adults were followed for the next 20 years, with 17.5 percent of them dying during the 20-year period. Women who reported childhood abuse had a higher mortality rate but this was not the case for men who were abused as children.

Laurie Glimcher to Receive the 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award

Laurie Glimcher to Receive the 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award

The award, now in its 53rd year, honors a woman physician or scientist who has made significant contributions to healthcare. In January, Dr. Glimcher will become the president and chief executive officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

In Memoriam: Dena F. Dincauze, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Dena F. Dincauze, 1934-2016

Professor Dincauze taught at the University of Massachusetts from 1973 to 2001 and served as president of the Society of Professional Archaeologists and was the editor of American Antiquity, a journal of the Society of American Archaeology.

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.

A Quartet of New Deans at Colleges and Universities

A Quartet of New Deans at Colleges and Universities

Thew new deans are Karen Emmons at the Harvard School of Public Health, Lisa Kirtman at California State University, Fullerton, Nilda Peragallo Montano at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kristine Southard at the College of New Rochelle in New York.

Mary Beth Norton to Lead the American Historical Association

Mary Beth Norton to Lead the American Historical Association

Professor Norton will be the fifth faculty member at Cornell University to lead the American Historical Association since its establishment in Washington, D.C., in 1884. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson served as president of the association.

Erma Vizenor Appointed President of Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota

Erma Vizenor Appointed President of Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota

Dr. Vizenor served for 12 years as chair of the White Earth Tribal Council. For the past two years, she has been a member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University.

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

The new deans are Katherine O’Dair at Harvard, Kimberlee Kae Kidwell and Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell at the University of Illinois, Susan Fliss at Smith College, Christine Hailey at Texas State, Lenora Campbell at North Carolina A&T, Susan Mehrer at Dartmouth, and Cheryl Addy at the University of South Carolina.

Website Names Its Picks for the Best Colleges and Universities for Women

Website Names Its Picks for the Best Colleges and Universities for Women

The rankings come out very similar to those for the best national research universities published by U.S. News & World Report. The top five colleges and universities for women according to CollegeChoice are Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and MIT.

Four Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Four Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Karen Molek of the University of West Florida, Patricia Zavella of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University, and Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida System.

Report Finds a Large Gender Pay Gap for Physician Faculty Members at State-Operated Medical Schools

Report Finds a Large Gender Pay Gap for Physician Faculty Members at State-Operated Medical Schools

Using public data on salaries of 10,000 physician faculty members at 24 state-operated medical schools, the authors found that on average women faculty members at large state-operated medical schools earned about $51,000 less than their male peers. When controlling for age, rank, and other factors, a large $20,000 pay gap remained.

The First Woman to Chair the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The First Woman to Chair the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Cynthia Shapira will chair the board of governors that oversees the operations of 14 state universities that combined enroll more than 100,000 students. She is a trustee at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.