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In Memoriam: Patricia Telles-Irvin, 1955-2019

In Memoriam: Patricia Telles-Irvin, 1955-2019

Patricia Telles-Irvin was vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Before coming to Northwestern in 2011, Dr. Telles-Irvin served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Florida for seven years. Earlier in her career, she served in various roles at Florida International University.

Joan Richtsmeier is the 2019 Recipient of the Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award

Joan Richtsmeier is the 2019 Recipient of the Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award

The award is the American Association of Anatomists’s most prestigious scientific award, presented annually to a member in recognition of unique and meritorious contributions and achievements in the field. Dr. Richtsmeier is a distinguished professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University

Girls in Families Whose Parents Favor Boys Have Lower Test Scores in STEM Fields

Girls in Families Whose Parents Favor Boys Have Lower Test Scores in STEM Fields

A new study from the national Bureau of Economics research finds that girls who were born into families that had a boy-biased structure scored an average of three percentage points lower on math and science standardized tests than girls from non-biased households.

Four Women in Academia Announce They Are Stepping Down From Their Posts

Four Women in Academia Announce They Are Stepping Down From Their Posts

Stepping down from their roles are Rebecca Chopp, chancellor of the University of Denver, Cynda Ann Johnson dean of the Carilion School of Medicine at Virginia Tech, Pamela S. Beemer, chief human resource officer at Northwestern University, and Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill at Boston College.

A Half Dozen Women  Faculty Members Who Are Taking On New Assignments at Universities

A Half Dozen Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking On New Assignments at 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.

Six Women Named 2019 Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs

Six Women Named 2019 Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs

The fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts with a desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners.

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

The investigators found that first-time grant recipients who were men received a median grant of $165,721. For women first-time grant recipients, the median grant was $126,615. Thus, the median funding for male grant recipients was 31 percent higher than the median amount awarded to women.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Wins 2019 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Wins 2019 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence

The award honors individual achievements of curators who make lasting contributions that have shaped the way we conceive of exhibition-making today. The award comes with a $25,000 prize. Professor Christov-Bakargiev, who teaches at Northwestern University, will be honored at a ceremony in New York in April.

In Memoriam: Anne Firor Scott, 1921-2019

In Memoriam: Anne Firor Scott, 1921-2019

Dr. Scott, an authority on U.S. women’s hitory, was hired as a full-time Duke University faculty member in 1961. In 1980, she became the history department chair. Dr. Scott retired from her position in 1991.

Researchers Find That a Family's Preference For Sons Results in Low Math Scores For Girl Children in Same Family

Researchers Find That a Family’s Preference For Sons Results in Low Math Scores For Girl Children in Same Family

Even when accounting for economic and educational levels, girls in boy-favoring families did worse on math tests. Additionally, the wealthier the family and the more educated the mother, the worse the daughter performed on math tests.

A Handful of New Women Deans at Universities Across the United States

A Handful of New Women Deans at Universities Across the United States

The five women appointed to dean positions are Dana Williams at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Eileen Strempel at the University of California, Los Angeles, Francesca Cornelli at North Western University in Evanston, Illinois, Faye Gilbert at the University of Maine, and Adrienne C. Webber at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

New Administrative Positions for 10 Women in American Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for 10 Women in American 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.

Study Finds Women With Female-Dominated Inner Circles More Likely to Hold High-Ranking Leadership Positions

Study Finds Women With Female-Dominated Inner Circles More Likely to Hold High-Ranking Leadership Positions

The results showed that women with a high network centrality and a female-dominated inner circle have an expected job placement level that is 2.5 times greater than women with low network centrality and a male-dominated inner circle.

Two Women Professors Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

Two Women Professors Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets has named Natasha Trethewey of Northwestern and Joy Harjo of the University of Illinois as its new chancellors. Since it was formed in 1946, only 115 poets have been elected to the academy.

Study Finds Women in STEM Win Fewer and Less Prestigious Awards Than Their Male Peers

Study Finds Women in STEM Win Fewer and Less Prestigious Awards Than Their Male Peers

The researchers examined data on the winners of prizes in biomedical fields from 1968 to 2017. In that time period there were 525 awards won by 2,738 men and 437 women. Women represented only 13.8 percent of award recipients with the largest monetary value.

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Women Nearly 40 Percent of New Members of National Academy of Medicine

Women Nearly 40 Percent of New Members of National Academy of Medicine

A WIAReport analysis of the list of the 75 members of the latest cohort elected into the National Academy of Medicine finds that 29, or 39 percent, are women. Just two years ago, women were just 30 percent of the new members.

Danette Johnson Named Chief Academic Officer at Kalamazoo College in Michigan

Danette Johnson Named Chief Academic Officer at Kalamazoo College in Michigan

Dr. Johnson has been serving as a tenured professor and vice provost at Ithaca College in New York. Prior to teaching at Ithaca College, she had been a faculty member at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Texas Tech University. Dr. Johnson is the former executive director and president of the Eastern Communication Association.

Anita Jones Thomas Appointed Provost at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Anita Jones Thomas Appointed Provost at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Thomas currently serves as the founding dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. Earlier, she served on the faculty for 10 years and was associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Education at Loyola University in Chicago. She will become provost on June 3, 2019.

Laura Olson Elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Laura Olson Elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Dr. Olson is J. Strom Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University in South Carolina. She focuses her research on contemporary religion, civic engagement, and American politics. For five years, she served as as editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Three Women Who Are Stepping Down From Key Positions in Higher Education

Three Women Who Are Stepping Down From Key Positions in Higher Education

The women who are leaving their posts are Elizabeth Rodke Washburn at the University of New Mexico, Alice Brekke at the University of North Dakota, and Ingrid S. Stafford at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

College of the Holy Cross Scholar Wins Book Award From the World History Association

College of the Holy Cross Scholar Wins Book Award From the World History Association

Lorelle Semley, an associate professor of history at th College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, will share the Bentley Book Prize from the World History Association. Dr. Semley’s book, described by a reviewer as a “staple of reading lists for years to come,” explores the meaning of citizenship for French colonial subjects of African descent.

Georgia Lorenz Is the New President of Seminole State College of Florida

Georgia Lorenz Is the New President of Seminole State College of Florida

Dr. Lorenz has been serving as vice president of academic affairs at Santa Monica College in California. From 2008 to 2014, she was dean of instructional services at the college. Prior to joining the staff at Santa Monica College, Dr. Lorenz was the associate director of the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education.

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members 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.

Six Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts in Higher Education

Six Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts in Higher Education

The new deans are Martha Spack at Arkansas State University, Marina Kaufman Holz at New York Medical College, Kathleen M. Hagerty at Northwestern University in Illinois, Kimberly Durham at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Joan Phillips at Barry University in Miami, and Lynn Rainville at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

Shepherd University Extends Contract of President Mary J.C. Hendrix

Shepherd University Extends Contract of President Mary J.C. Hendrix

The board of governors of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has extended the contract of President Mary J.C. Hendrix for an additional five years. She became the 16th president of the university in 2013. At that time, Dr. Hendrix was the first graduate of the university to be named president in the institution’s 144-year history.

New Administrative Appointments for 13 Women at Major Universities

New Administrative Appointments for 13 Women at Major 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.

Jinliu Wang Appointed Interim President at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

Jinliu Wang Appointed Interim President at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

Last fall, Dr. Wang was named interim provost for the State University of New York System. Earlier, she has served as vice chancellor for research and economic development. Previously, Dr. Wang was assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation.

In Memoriam: Margaret J. Barr, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Margaret J. Barr, 1940-2018

Dr. Barr spent 38 years as a student affairs administrator in higher education. After working at Northern Illinois University and Texas Christian University, she served as vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University from 1992 to 2000.

Northwestern University's Phyllis Lyons Honored by the Japanese Government

Northwestern University’s Phyllis Lyons Honored by the Japanese Government

Phyllis Lyons, a professor emerita of Asian languages and culture at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, was honored with the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for her role in promoting Japanese culture, language education and cultural exchange.

Four Women Academics Named William T. Grant Scholars

Four Women Academics Named William T. Grant Scholars

The four women scholars selected to receive the $350,000 grant awards are Anjali Adukia at the University of Chicago, Rachel H. Farr at the University of Kentucky, Simone Ispa-Landa at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Pamela Wisniewski at the University of Central Florida.

Susan Herbst Announces She Will Leave Presidency of the University of Connecticut

Susan Herbst Announces She Will Leave Presidency of the University of Connecticut

Dr. Herbst was appointed the 15th president of the University of Connecticut in December 2010. She is the only woman to serve as president of the university since its founding in 1881. Dr. Herbst will step down as president on June 30, 2019.

Vita Rabinowitz to Lead the City University of New York

Vita Rabinowitz to Lead the City University of New York

Prior to being named as executive vice chancellor and provost at CUNY in 2015, Dr. Rabinowitz served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Hunter College, a CUNY campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

A Quartet of Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Honored With Major Awards

A Quartet of Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Clare Cavanagh of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Kathleen M. Carley of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ruth Weissman at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Joni Shreve of Louisiana State University.

Four Women at Colleges and Universities Appointed to Positions as Deans

Four Women at Colleges and Universities Appointed to Positions as Deans

Appointed to dean posts are Pamela E. Barnett at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Deanna Dixon at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Denise Spangler at the University of Georgia, and Kimberly Yuracko at Northwestern University in Illinois.