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Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Promoted or Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Promoted or Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

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, have been assigned new duties, or have been promoted.

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

The four women appointed to endowed chairs are Sianne Ngai at the University of Chicago, Charmaine Royal at Duke University in North Carolina, Dina Katabi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Nancy Wagner at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Positions at Major Universities

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Positions at Major Universities

The four women appointed to endowed positions are Arlene Fiore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ulka Anjaria at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Stacy Tessler Lindau at the University of Chicago, and Tracy Heather Strain at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Five Women Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Five Women Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The new assistant deans for diversity at MIT are Alana Anderson in the Schwarzman College of Computing, Nandi Bynoe in the School of Engineering, Tracie Jones in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and

Syracuse University in New York Has Selected Gretchen Ritter as Its Next Provost

Syracuse University in New York Has Selected Gretchen Ritter as Its Next Provost

Since 2019, Dr. Ritter has been serving as executive dean and vice provost for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. In 2013, Dr. Ritter was appointed the 21st dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was the first woman to hold the position.

Melissa Nobles Appointed Chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Melissa Nobles Appointed Chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The provost and chancellor are the Institute’s two most senior academic appointments; both report to the president of MIT. The chancellor oversees matters including admissions, teaching and learning, residential life, student support, and efforts to prevent sexual harassment and misconduct. Dr. Nobles has been serving as dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT.

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

New Assignments in Higher Education for Eight Women Faculty Members

New Assignments in Higher Education for Eight Women Faculty Members

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, have been assigned new duties, or have been promoted.

The National Academy of Engineering Honors MIT's Linda G. Griffith for Innovative Teaching

The National Academy of Engineering Honors MIT’s Linda G. Griffith for Innovative Teaching

Professor Griffith was honored for “the establishment of a new biology-based engineering education, producing a new generation of leaders capable of addressing world problems with innovative biological technologies.”

In Memoriam: ChoKyun Rha, 1933-2021

In Memoriam: ChoKyun Rha, 1933-2021

Dr. Rha earned four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught on the faculty there for 40 years. She was the first woman of Asian descent to be awarded tenure at MIT.

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

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: Thelma Jean Grossholtz, 1929-2021

In Memoriam: Thelma Jean Grossholtz, 1929-2021

Professor Grossholtz joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke College in 1961 and founded the women’s studies program. She taught politics and women’s studies at the college. She retired in 1999.

MIT's Shafi Goldwasser Wins the 2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award

MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser Wins the 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award

Founded in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards annually honors five eminent women scientists representing every major region of the world. The award honors women for excellent research within the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

Eight Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Eight Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

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.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Wins Award From the American Association of Physics Teachers

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Wins Award From the American Association of Physics Teachers

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999. She then left government service to take over as the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. She was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from MIT.

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.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Will Be Taking on New Assignments

Six Women Faculty Members Who Will Be Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new roles are Dava Newman at MIT, Aria S. Halliday at the University of Kentucky, Tiffany Murphy at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Beth Montelone of Kansas State University, Jennifer Duckworth at Washington State University, and Jennifer M. Granholm of the University of California, berkeley.

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: Judith Jarvis Thomson, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Judith Jarvis Thomson, 1929-2020

Before joining the faculty at MIT in 1964, Judith Thomson taught at Barnard College and Boston University. Professor Thomson taught morality and metaphysics at MIT for 40 years before retiring in 2004.

In Memoriam: Mary Frances Wagley, 1927-2020

In Memoriam: Mary Frances Wagley, 1927-2020

After earning degrees in chemistry at MIT and Oxford Univerity, Dr. Wagley began her teaching career at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She later taught at Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College, both in Baltimore.

Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

The six women faculty in new roles are Siqi Zheng at MIT, Cristin Gavin at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kathryn Birkeland at the University of South Dakota, Charrise M. Barron at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Susan Crawford Sullivan at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Sharon A. Simmons at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

American Institute of Physics Gives the Science Communications Award to Professor Susan Hockfield

American Institute of Physics Gives the Science Communications Award to Professor Susan Hockfield

Susan Hockfield is a professor of neuroscience, a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and president emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was honored for her book, The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.

In Memoriam: Angelika Amon, 1967-2020

In Memoriam: Angelika Amon, 1967-2020

Angelika Amon, the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made profound contributions to our understanding of the fundamental biology of the cell.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Taking on new roles are Claudia Rankine at New York Univerity, Lydia Moland at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Pamela VanHaitsma, at Pennsylvania State University, Fotini Christia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Heather Nachtmann at the University of Arkansas.

New Administrative Duties for Ten Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Ten 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.

The First Woman Dean of the School of Science at MIT

The First Woman Dean of the School of Science at MIT

Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, has been named the new dean of School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Mavalvala is known for her pioneering work in gravitational-wave detection.

Eight Women Who Will Be Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Who Will Be Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

University of California, Santa Cruz's Tesla Jeltema Honored by the American Physical Society

University of California, Santa Cruz’s Tesla Jeltema Honored by the American Physical Society

Dr. Jeltema, whose research addresses cosmological questions such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy and the evolution of galaxies, founded the university’s Women in Physics and Astrophysics group in 2011 and serves as its faculty adviser. She is being honored for her mentorship activities.

Women Named Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for Research & Teaching in Chemistry

Women Named Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for Research & Teaching in Chemistry

Winners of these awards are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship in the chemical sciences, and are deeply committed to education.

Harvard Scholar Wins the John Bates Clark Medal From the American Economics Association

Harvard Scholar Wins the John Bates Clark Medal From the American Economics Association

Melissa Dell, a professor of economics at Harvard University, won the coveted prize that is awarded annually to an American economist under the age of 40 for making significant contributions to thought and knowledge in the field.

In Memoriam: Vera Stepen Pless, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: Vera Stepen Pless, 1931-2020

Dr. Pless was one of the world’s top experts in the field of error-correcting codes. She taught in the mathematics department at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1975 to 2006.

Cornell University Philosopher Wins the American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize

Cornell University Philosopher Wins the American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize

Kate Manne associate professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has won the 2019 American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize. The biennial prize is awarded in odd years for the best-published book written by a younger philosophy scholar.

New Endowment Fund at MIT to Support Women Doctoral Students in International Affairs

New Endowment Fund at MIT to Support Women Doctoral Students in International Affairs

The endowment fund was made possible by a gift from Jeanne Guillemin, an expert on the use of biological and chemical weapons who has bee a research associate and senior advisor at the MIT Security Studies Program since 2006.

Karen Viskupic Named President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Karen Viskupic Named President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Karen Viskupic is an assistant research professor of geosciences at Boise State University in Idaho. She works with geoscience faculty on curriculum development and assessment, advises all undergraduate geoscience students, and works on several campus-wide initiatives to improve undergraduate and graduate STEM student success. 

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Dr. Greer’s research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on creating 3-D micro- and nano-architected materials using 3-D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing techniques. She joined the faculty at CalTech in 2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2013.