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In Memoriam: Maria Minnette Massey, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: Maria Minnette Massey, 1927-2016

Professor Massey was the first woman to serve on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Law. She was also the first woman to hold a dean position at the school. Professor Massey served on the law school’s faculty for 57 years.

A New Scholarship for Women Students in a Graduate Program in Game Design

A New Scholarship for Women Students in a Graduate Program in Game Design

The Barlovento Foundation has established the Barlovento Scholarship for Women in Games in the design program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The full-tuition scholarship will support women in graduate degree programs in game design.

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several univeraities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 23 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, 12 are women. All but one have current ties to the academic world.

Professor Shelly Stamp's Book to Be Honored by the Theatre Library Association

Professor Shelly Stamp’s Book to Be Honored by the Theatre Library Association

Shelly Stamp, a professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz has been selected to receive the 2015 Book Award from the Theatre Library Association. The award honors the best English-language book on theatre, film, or broadcasting.

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York Names Its Next Provost

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York Names Its Next Provost

Joy Connolly has been a professor of classics at New York University. She also has been serving as dean for the humanities. Professor Connolly is an expert on Roman culture and politics.

University of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum to Receive the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy

University of Chicago’s Martha Nussbaum to Receive the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy

Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will receive a gold medal and a cash prize of 50 million yen, equal to about $472,000, at ceremonies in Japan this coming November.

Leila Kawar Wins Best Book Award From the Law and Society Association

Leila Kawar Wins Best Book Award From the Law and Society Association

Leila Kawar, an assistant professor of legal studies in the department of political science at the University of Massachusetts, received the Herbert Jacob Book Prize at the annual convention of the Law and Society Association in New Orleans.

In Memoriam: Susan Jane Goldsmith Tolchin, 1941-2016

In Memoriam: Susan Jane Goldsmith Tolchin, 1941-2016

Susan Tolchin was a political scientist, educator, and author who taught for 16 years at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She authored or co-authored 10 books on political topics.

Eleven Women Faculty Members Appointed to New Positions in Higher Education

Eleven Women Faculty Members Appointed to New Positions in Higher Education

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

Women Appointed to Dean Positions at the University of Michigan and Oregon State University

Women Appointed to Dean Positions at the University of Michigan and Oregon State University

Lynn Videka was appointed dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan and Jennifer Dennis is the new dean of the Graduate School and vice provost at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Law Professor Wins Book Award from the Law and Society Association

Law Professor Wins Book Award from the Law and Society Association

Felice Batlan is a professor of law and the associate dean for faculty at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was honored for her book Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945.

Historian Katherine Fleming Named the Next Provost at New York University

Historian Katherine Fleming Named the Next Provost at New York University

Dr. Fleming currently serves as deputy provost and vice chancellor for Europe at the university. She also serves as the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization and as director of the Remarque Institute at the university.

The Next Provost at Wheaton College in Illinois

The Next Provost at Wheaton College in Illinois

Margaret DuPlissis Diddams currently serves as assistant provost at Seattle Pacific University in Washington State. She has been on the faculty there since 1993. Dr. Diddams will begin her role as provost at Wheaton College on June 1

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.

New York University Historian Martha Hodes Wins the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

New York University Historian Martha Hodes Wins the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

Professor Martha Hodes is being honored for her book Mourning Lincoln which examines how ordinary Americans – Black and White, northerners and southerners – reacted to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Three Women Among the Nation's Top 10 Most Influential Educational Scholars

Three Women Among the Nation’s Top 10 Most Influential Educational Scholars

Linda Darling Hammond of Stanford University was rated as the most influential university-based education scholar in the United States. Also among the top 10 influential scholars are Diane Ravitch of New York University and Glorida Ladson-Billings of the University of WIsconsin-Madison.

University of California, Santa Barbara Historian Earns Two Book Awards

University of California, Santa Barbara Historian Earns Two Book Awards

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

New York University's Ada Ferrer to Be Awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

New York University’s Ada Ferrer to Be Awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

She is a professor of history and professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University. Professor Ferrer will receive the $25,000 prize for the best book of the year on slavery or abolition at ceremonies in New York this coming February.

Emily Raboteau Wins the International Flash Fiction Competition

Emily Raboteau Wins the International Flash Fiction Competition

Emily Raboteau, a professor of English and creative writing at the City College of New York, won the $20,000 first prize for her 100-word short story entitled “Oysters.” It was selected from more than 35,000 entries worldwide.

In Memoriam: Sally Freeman-Hawks, 1942-2015

In Memoriam: Sally Freeman-Hawks, 1942-2015

Sally Freeman-Hawks was the former associate dean and executive director of counseling and academic advising in the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also was an adjunct professor teaching courses in psychology, communication, and education.

Six Women Selected as Rising Stars in Academic Chemistry

Six Women Selected as Rising Stars in Academic Chemistry

Recipients of the American Chemical Society’s Rising Star Award have “demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.” Of this year’s 10 winners, six have current affiliations with academic institutions.

Julie Wollman Appointed the Tenth President of Widener University

Julie Wollman Appointed the Tenth President of Widener University

Since June 2012, Dr. Wollman has been serving as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Previous to that appointment, Dr. Wollman served as vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College in Boston.

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the 2015 Gish Prize

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the 2015 Gish Prize

The Gish Prize, considered among the top honors in the arts, comes with a cash award valued at $300,000. Parks is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and teaches creative writing at New York University.

Dawn Bratsch-Prince Is a Finalist for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University

Dawn Bratsch-Prince Is a Finalist for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University

Dawn Bratsch-Prince is associate provost for faculty and a professor of Spanish at Iowa State University in Ames. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance philology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Five Women Academics Awarded the National Humanities Medal

Five Women Academics Awarded the National Humanities Medal

Nine individuals received the National Humanities Medal at a White House ceremony on September 10. Among the nine individual winners are five women with current ties to the academic world.

Evelyn Witkin, 94 Years Old, Wins the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Evelyn Witkin, 94 Years Old, Wins the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Evelyn M. Witkin, professor emerita at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is being honored for her work in creating the field of DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair which have played an important role in clinical radiation therapy for cancer.

Researchers Find a Culture of Sexual Violence Among Young Adult Opioid Drug Users

Researchers Find a Culture of Sexual Violence Among Young Adult Opioid Drug Users

The research found that 41 percent of young women and 11 percent of young men who used opioid drugs reported that they had been forced to have sex without their consent.

Four Young Women Assistant Professors Named Rita Allen Foundation Scholars

Four Young Women Assistant Professors Named Rita Allen Foundation Scholars

Each Rita Allen Foundation Scholar will receive up to $110,000 for a maximum of five years to support their research. The winners are Minoree Kohwi of Columbia University, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy of Northwestern University, Julie Law of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Yi Ye of New York University.

New Women Deans at Six Colleges and Universities

New Women Deans at Six Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Kristie Ogilvie at Meredith College in North Carolina, Jill Dolan at Princeton University, Sara Thompson at the University of Colorado, Cheryl Wyrick at Cal Poly Pomona, Cheryl Healton at New York University, and Gina S. Brown at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

New Administrative Roles for 14 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for 14 Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative posts at the nation’s leading colleges and universities.

Nine Women Academics Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Nine Women Academics Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Of the 27 new American members of the American Philosophical Society, 10 are women. Nine of the 10 women selected have current ties to the academic world.

New Fellowship at New York University Will Benefit Women Choreographers

New Fellowship at New York University Will Benefit Women Choreographers

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers. The program was designed to expand opportunities for women in ballet, a field where men make up a large percentage of ballet leadership and choreographers.

NYU's Julia Wolfe Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

NYU’s Julia Wolfe Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Julia Wolfe, an assistant professor of music composition at New York University, was honored for her composition “Anthracite Fields,” a 45-minute multimedia presentation about the plight of coal miners in Pennsylvania.

Company Ranks the Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States

Company Ranks the Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States

Mometrix Test Preparation recently published a list of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States.” Twenty-eight of the 30 influential deans are women. Leading the rankings is Patricia Davidson, dean of nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.