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MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

Evelyn Wang, the Ford Professor of Engineering and head of the department of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is stepping down as department head and will take a temporary leave as a faculty member at MIT while she serves in this public service role.

Four Women Appointed to Named Professorships at MIT

Four Women Appointed to Named Professorships at MIT

The School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of 10 faculty members to named professorships. Four of these appointments went to women: Camilla Cattania, Olivia Corradon, Erin Kara, and Kristin Knouse.

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new duties are Tanya Paul in the business school at the University of California, Berkeley, Margaret Sova McCabe at the University of Arkansas, Micah Perks at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sarah Millholland at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ann Wallace of New Jersey City University.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

The women scholars with new roles are Bijal Shah at Boston College Law School, Sandra Eksioglu in the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Rebecca Z. German at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Elizabeth K. Meyer at the University of Virginia, and Wanying Kang at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Five Women Win Mitchell Scholarships for Graduate Study in Ireland

Five Women Win Mitchell Scholarships for Graduate Study in Ireland

The US-Ireland Alliance has announced the 12 members of the George J. Mitchell Scholar Class of 2024. This year, five of the 12 Mitchell Scholars are women.

Six Women Scholars in New Faculty Roles at Universities

Six Women Scholars in New Faculty Roles at Universities

Taking on new faculty roles are Sana Khan Hussaini at San Francisco State University, Desirée Plata at MIT, Kristen Granger at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Alexandra Navrotsky at Arizona State University, Sharon Jacobs at the University of California, Berkeley, and Claire Jiménez at the University of South Carolina.

Professor Ila Fiete From MIT Wins the Swartz Prize From the Society for Neuroscience

Professor Ila Fiete From MIT Wins the Swartz Prize From the Society for Neuroscience

Professor Fiete is being honored for breakthrough research modeling hippocampal grid cells, a component of the navigational system of the mammalian brain. “Fiete’s body of work has already significantly shaped the field of neuroscience and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” according to a statement by the Society of Neuroscience.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The six women scholars in new roles in higher education are Taleed El-Sabawi at Florida International University, Ehi Rajsky at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Samantha Payne at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Angela Koehler at MIT, Rae Shaw at San Franisco State University, and Julie Albee at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri.

Six Women Faculty Members Taking on New Duties or Roles in Higher Education

Six Women Faculty Members Taking on New Duties or Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Jessica Logan at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, K. Avvirin Gray at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Meredith Frazier at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Stefanie Jegelka at MIT, Amy Harder at the University of Connecticut Extension, and Catherine Hill at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Sally Kornbluth Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sally Kornbluth Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A distinguished researcher and dedicated mentor, Dr. Kornbluth has served for the past eight years as provost at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She also is the Jo Rae Wright University Professor of Biology at the university. Dr. Kornbluth first joined the faculty at Duke in 1994.

New Administrative Duties for Nine Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Nine 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Universities

Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Universities

Taking on new titles or roles are Kelly Hammond at the University of Arkansas, Krystyn J. Van Vliet at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Dawn Bragg at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Amy E. Keating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tiffany Steele at the University of Rochester in New York, and Deb Welsh at the University of Tennessee.

Could a Shorter Workweek Help Eliminate the Gender Wage Gap?

Could a Shorter Workweek Help Eliminate the Gender Wage Gap?

Melanie Wasserman, an assistant professor at UCLA, set out to find whether women in the early stages of their careers were choosing careers based on the time requirements and, if so, what this meant for achieving wage parity. Some researchers suggest a significant part of the remaining gender wage gap is due to men taking higher-paying jobs that require longer hours with less flexibility.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new titles or roles are Georgia Perakis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tara T. Green at the University of Houston, Leah Lowe at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Amanda Pintore at Arizona State University, Belle Rose Ragins at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Amanda McLeroy at the University of Rochester in New York, and Danielle Graham at the University of Arkansas.

Stanford University Scholar Named Chief Economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department

Stanford University Scholar Named Chief Economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department

Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Endowed Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, will remain a member of the faculty on a part-time basis. She will step down as associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

Jennifer Mnookin Appointed Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Mnookin Appointed Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Since 2015, Dr. Mnookin has been dean of the School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at UCLA in 2005. Earlier, she was a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Julie Chen Has Been Named Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Julie Chen Has Been Named Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dr. Chen has been serving as vice chancellor for research and innovation and has been a member of the faculty since 1997, after spending six years as an assistant professor at Boston University. She was appointed vice provost for research in 2009 and was promoted to vice chancellor in 2016.

Four Women Join the Faculty of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Four Women Join the Faculty of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Seven new faculty members have recently joined the departments of biology and brain and cognitive sciences in the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Four of the new faculty members are women: Sara Prescott, Alison Ringel, Nidhi Seethapathi, and Yadira Soto-Feliciano.

University of Michigan Provost Susan Collins to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

University of Michigan Provost Susan Collins to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Dr. Collins currently is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and the Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at the University of Michigan. Previously, she was a professor – and for a decade was the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean – at the university’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Nancy Kanwisher Wins the National Academy of Sciences Award in the Neurosciences

Nancy Kanwisher Wins the National Academy of Sciences Award in the Neurosciences

Nancy Kanwisher is the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Kanwisher is perhaps best known for her landmark insights into how humans recognize and process faces.

Cynthia Barnhart Appointed Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cynthia Barnhart Appointed Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Barnhart, a Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering and professor of operations research at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has served MIT in a variety of roles. She has been both associate and acting dean of the School of Engineering, and co-director of the Operations Research Center and the Center for Transportation and Logistics, and chancellor.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as Deans at Universities

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as Deans at Universities

Naomi E. Boyd has been named the next dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. Cynthia Breazeal was named dean for digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kathy Fahl was appointed interim dean of students at Ohio University in Athens.

In Memoriam: Shirley Ann Mathis McBay, 1935-2021

In Memoriam: Shirley Ann Mathis McBay, 1935-2021

Shirley McBay enrolled in college at the age of 15. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Georgia and had a long academic career at Spelman College in Atlanta and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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.

Geological Society of America Bestows Award on Tulane University's Cynthia Ebinger

Geological Society of America Bestows Award on Tulane University’s Cynthia Ebinger

Cynthia Ebinger, a professor in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, has won the 2021 George P. Woollard Award from the Geological Society of America. The award honors Professor Ebinger’s “outstanding contributions to geology through the application of the principles and techniques of geophysics.”

New Archive at MIT Sheds Light on the Evolving Role of the Omsbud Profession as it Related to Women

New Archive at MIT Sheds Light on the Evolving Role of the Omsbud Profession as it Related to Women

Molly Rowe served as special assistant to the president and ombudsperson for almost 42 years as a designated neutral party available to every member of the MIT community. Her collection, comprising 38 boxes of material, includes some of Rowe’s publications as well as records of several ombuds associations, which show the evolving nature of the profession and highlight workplace issues that emerged at specific times.

Four Women Join the Faculty of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT

Four Women Join the Faculty of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT

The new women faculty at MIT are Sam Berstler in the department of linguistics and philosophy, Wiebke Denecke in the department of literature, Mariya Grinberg in the department of political science, and Sulafa Zidani in global civic media.

New Assignments for Five Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

New Assignments for Five Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties are Debra Pile in the School of Nursing at Wichita State University in Kansas, Deidre Pierson at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Colleen Clark at the University of South Carolina, Cynthia Breazeal at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Pamela Pike at Louisiana State University.

Cynthia Rudin Wins the $1 Million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity

Cynthia Rudin Wins the $1 Million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity

Cynthia Rudin,  professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was won the $1 million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Founded in 1979, AAAI serves as the prominent international scientific society serving […]

Vanderbilt University's Cynthia Reinhart-King Will Lead the Biomedical Engineering Society

Vanderbilt University’s Cynthia Reinhart-King Will Lead the Biomedical Engineering Society

Professor Reinhart-King, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, is a cellular bioengineer whose seminal work on extracellular matrices has contributed to a breakthrough in understanding tumor formation. The citations of her cellular bioengineering research number in the thousands.

Rebecca Blank Will Be the First Woman to Serve as President of Northwestern University

Rebecca Blank Will Be the First Woman to Serve as President of Northwestern University

Dr. Blank became chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. An internationally renowned economist, Dr. Blank is a well-known researcher on poverty and the low-income labor market and has served as an economics expert in three presidential administrations.

MIT's Nancy Rose Honored for Her Efforts to Advance Women in Economics

MIT’s Nancy Rose Honored for Her Efforts to Advance Women in Economics

Nancy L. Rose, the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Nicole Gasparini of Tulane University in New Orleans Honored by the American Geophysical Union

Nicole Gasparini of Tulane University in New Orleans Honored by the American Geophysical Union

Dr. Gasparini will receive the Marguerite T. Williams Award. which is presented annually and recognizes significant contributions to research and community-building by a mid-career scientist in the field of earth and planetary surface processes.

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

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

The women scholars in new roles are Laura McCabe at Michigan State University, Phillis Isabella Sheppard at Vanderbilt University, Rebecca Saxe at MIT, Kirsten T. Edwards at Florida International University, Mari Boor at North Dakota State University, Pamela M. Norris at George Washington University, and Tekla Ali Johnson at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New Yrk.

Markita del Carpio Landry Wins a Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Markita del Carpio Landry Wins a Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Markita del Carpio Landry, an assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is being honored for the development of probes to visualize neurochemical communication in the brain, and for breakthroughs in gene-editing technologies with applications for agriculture and the development of edible biologic drugs.