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Jennifer Doudna Wins the Inaugural $250,000 Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Jennifer Doudna Wins the Inaugural $250,000 Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The new award, given by Kimberly Querrey in honor of her late husband, Lou Simpson, a Northwestern University trustee, alumnus, and benefactor, is the largest biochemistry award offered in the U.S. It will be awarded annually to a scientist who has made outstanding biochemical research contributions to the molecular basis of life with a direct demonstrated link of their discovery into the clinic that improves human health.

Sarah Willie-LeBreton Will Be the Next President of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts

Sarah Willie-LeBreton Will Be the Next President of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts

Dr. Willie-LeBreton currently serves as provost and dean of the faculty at Swarthmore College, where she has taught since 1997. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Colby College in Maine and Bard College in New York. She will become president of Smith College on July 1, 2023.

Prison Education Programs for Women Likely to Expand Significantly

Prison Education Programs for Women Likely to Expand Significantly

For nearly two decades, prison inmates have not been eligible for federal Pell Grants to finance higher education. But starting with the 2023-2024 school year, people in prison will be eligible to receive Pell grants in the amount of nearly $7,000 per year. Northwestern University is already out to a fast start.

Emily Brodsky Is the Winner of the 2022 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences

Emily Brodsky Is the Winner of the 2022 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences

Emily Brodsky, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for her “fundamental, transdisciplinary contributions to understanding the physics of earthquake networks at all scales.” The prize includes a $200,000 award.

Jane Bunker Has Been Chosen to Lead the Association of University Presses

Jane Bunker Has Been Chosen to Lead the Association of University Presses

Bunker became the director of the Cornell University Press in March 2020. She is the first woman to serve in this role since the press was founded in 1869. From 2010 to 2020, she was director of Northwestern University Press. She previously served as associate director and editor-in-chief at the State University of New York Press.

For Health Reasons, Rebecca Blank Will Be Unable to Serve as the First Woman President of Northwestern University

For Health Reasons, Rebecca Blank Will Be Unable to Serve as the First Woman President of Northwestern University

Last October, Northwestern University announced that Rebecca Blank had been selected to serve as the seventeenth president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Now Dr. Blank has announced that she will be unable to serve as the first woman president of the highly ranked university due to the fact that she has been diagnosed with cancer.

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Kelli Mosteller at Harvard University, Roshaunda Ross-Orta at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Jaci Lindburg at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Jordan Brandt at the University of Kansas, Patricia M. Lampkin at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Julie K. Wood at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Northwestern University Study Finds an Alarming Rise in Blood Pressure Disorders Among Pregnant Women

Northwestern University Study Finds an Alarming Rise in Blood Pressure Disorders Among Pregnant Women

Researchers examined data on 6 million births between 2007 and 2019. They found that the rate of high blood pressure-related disorders among pregnant individuals more than doubled over the 12-year period, from 38.4 per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 77.8 in 2019.

Touring the Northwestern University Campus From a Feminist Perspective

Touring the Northwestern University Campus From a Feminist Perspective

The Women’s Center at Northwestern University has developed a self-guided campus tour celebrating the achievements of women. At each stop on the tour, people will learn about the staff and student leaders who contributed to the rights of women at Northwestern and discover gender resources available on campus.

How Age, Race, and Early-Life Disadvantage Among College-Educated Mothers Impacts Birth Weights

How Age, Race, and Early-Life Disadvantage Among College-Educated Mothers Impacts Birth Weights

According to a new study by researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Black infants experience disproportionately high risks of low birth weight compared with non-Hispanic White infants, particularly among mothers with high educational attainment and greater socioeconomic advantage.

In Memoriam: Valerie Jean Boyd, 1963-2022

In Memoriam: Valerie Jean Boyd, 1963-2022

Valerie Boyd was an award-winning author and served as the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence and director of the master of fine arts in narrative nonfiction program at the University of Georgia.

How the Pandemic Impacted the Academic Production of Women Physicians

How the Pandemic Impacted the Academic Production of Women Physicians

At the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, when many Americans transitioned to working at home, the scholarly production of academic articles increased in most fields. But a new study led by researchers at Northwestern University finds that among physicians, men’s scholarly productivity increased while women physicians submitted fewer works to publishers.

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

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

Taking on new administrative duties are Annemarie Martin-Boyan at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Lorraine Goffe at Northwestern University in Illinois, Courtney Roberts at the Ivy Tech Community College System in Indiana, Marquita Armstead at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ellen Ossorio at the University of Mississippi, Elizabeth Conklin at Yale University, and Orielle Hope at Salem College in North Carolina.

Study Suggests That Stress Endured by Pregnant Women May Alter the Genes of Their Children and Grandchildren

Study Suggests That Stress Endured by Pregnant Women May Alter the Genes of Their Children and Grandchildren

Veena Prahlad, an associate professor of biology at the University of Iowa, conducted research on roundworms and found that a mother roundworm release serotonin when she senses danger. The serotonin travels from her central nervous system to warn her unfertilized eggs, where the warning is stored, so to speak, and then passed to offspring after conception.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Major Universities

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Major Universities

Appointed to posts overseeing diversity programs are Tiffany Taylor Smith at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Jasmine Gurneau at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Kiwana McClung at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Joanne Solis-Walker at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Judith Green McKenzie at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Sophie Esch at rice University in Houston, Andia Augustin-Billy at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, and Jennifer Keys at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Seven Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Seven Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The women in new administrative posts are Krupal Amin at the University of North Carolina at Chaple Hill, Danielle Sims Brooks at Wiley College in Texas, Katie Tyler at North Dakota State University, Camaron Loritts at Wake Forest University, Beth Kramer at Simmons University in Boston, Dominique Moye at California State University, Northridge, and Sarah Brown at Northwestern University.

Temple University Scholar Recognized for Her Work in Public Health Communication

Temple University Scholar Recognized for Her Work in Public Health Communication

Sarah Bauerle Bass, associate professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, is being honored by the American Public Health Association for advancing public health communication practice, theory, and research, mentoring students, and advancing the field of public health communication.

Jeanne VanBriesen to Lead the NSF's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems

Jeanne VanBriesen to Lead the NSF’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems

Dr. VanBriesen joined Carnegie Mellon in 1999 as an assistant professor and was awarded an endowed professorship in 2014. She recently served as the university’s vice provost for faculty and previously served as chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. VanBriesen’s research focuses on the biodegradation and thermodynamics of microbial systems

Society for Marketing Advances Recognizes the Work of Lisa Scheer of the University of Missouri

Society for Marketing Advances Recognizes the Work of Lisa Scheer of the University of Missouri

Professor Scheer was honored for her highly cited research and her willingness to help mentor younger members of the academic community. Dr. Scheer’s research has more than 11,000 citations on Google Scholar. She has two papers that have been cited more than 2,000 times.

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Mary Anderson at the University of West Florida, Katherine Whitaker at Voorhees College in South Carolina, Ana Franco-Watkins at Auburn University in Alabama, Martha Peterson at the University of Kentucky, Allyssa L. Harris at Prairie View &AM University in Texas, Ellen Weinauer at the University of Maine, and Mona Dugo at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

The authors state that clinical trial sample populations should be proportionate to the population affected by the disease, as some diseases are more prevalent or manifest differently in one sex versus the other.  The study is the first to examine sex bias in all U.S. human clinical trials relative to disease burden (the prevalence of disease based on factors such as sex and ethnicity).

Six Women Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Six Women Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Robin L. Rasor at Duke University, Kimberly D. Whitehead at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Sarah Klaper at Northwestern University, Lavinia Boxill at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Kimberly Shiner at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and Mary Ritayik at the State University of New York.

Eight Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

As the end of the academic year is upon us and a new one is ready to dawn, colleges and universities throughout the United States are appointing deans to head their colleges and schools. Here are eight women who have been appointed to dean positions.

In Memoriam: Bren Adair Ortega-Murphy, 1949-2021

In Memoriam: Bren Adair Ortega-Murphy, 1949-2021

After teaching at Niles College Seminary, from 1978-1983, Dr. Ortega-Murphy worked at Loyola University for 36 years in both the School of Communication and the women’s and gender studies program.

University Study Finds Gender Bias Is Prevalent in the Early Recruitment Phase for Leadership Positions

University Study Finds Gender Bias Is Prevalent in the Early Recruitment Phase for Leadership Positions

Participants were told they had to recruit a male and female leader for an imaginary company. Conservative participants in the group that thought they were communicating with a male candidate picked more positive pieces of information about the position and the company, and those communicating with the female picked less positive information. Political liberals did not exhibit this trend.

Ten Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Ten Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions 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.

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.

In Memoriam: Dollye Mary Emily Robinson, 1927-2020

In Memoriam: Dollye Mary Emily Robinson, 1927-2020

Robinson began her career at Jackson State University in Mississippi in 1952 as the assistant band director and instructor of music. After a 60-year career at the university, she was named dean emerita in 2012.

Theresa Keeley Wins Book Award From the Duke University Human Rights Center

Theresa Keeley Wins Book Award From the Duke University Human Rights Center

Theresa Keeley, an assistant professor of history at the University of Louisville, was honored for her book on the role of the faith community, in particular the Maryknoll order, on U.S. policy in Central America in the 1980s.

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.

Catherine Paden Will Be the  Next Provost at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire

Catherine Paden Will Be the Next Provost at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire

Dr. Paden currently services as deputy provost at Simmons University in Boston. She joined Simmons in 2006 as an assistant professor in the department of political science and international relations. Dr. Paden was named dean of undergraduate programs in 2016 and continues in that role today.

Academic Study Examines the Best Way to Increase Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Academic Study Examines the Best Way to Increase Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

A new working paper of the European Corporate Governance Institute, written by scholars at Washington University, the University of Alabama, and Northwestern University, finds that shareholder influence is more effective in diversifying boards of directors than mandates by governments or financial organizations.

Four Women Named to Endowed Professorships at Prestigious Colleges and Universities

Four Women Named to Endowed Professorships at Prestigious Colleges and Universities

The four women appointed to endowed professorships are Susannah Ottaway at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Robin R. Means Coleman at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Lynn Meskell at the University of Pennsylvania, and Whitney Pirtle at the University of California, Merced.

The University of Chicago Honors Its Former President, Hanna Holborn Gray

The University of Chicago Honors Its Former President, Hanna Holborn Gray

The University of Chicago will rename the Special Collections Research Center — the principal steward of the Library’s rare books, manuscripts, and the University Archives — in honor of Hanna Holborn Gray, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and President Emeritus of the University.