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New Study Casts Doubt on CDC's Method for Tracking Maternal Death Rates

New Study Casts Doubt on CDC’s Method for Tracking Maternal Death Rates

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the maternal death rate in the United States has tripled since 1999. However, a new study has found this rate to be vastly overestimated, with virtually no change in maternal deaths over the past twenty years.

Rebecca Tuuri Appointed President of Mississippi Historical Society

Rebecca Tuuri Appointed President of Mississippi Historical Society

“I’m honored to be the president of this dynamic organization that celebrates local and statewide history projects that uplift a more honest historical narrative that can serve as an inspiration to our state and nation,” said Dr. Tuuri.

Terrie Williams Honored by The National Academy of Sciences

Terrie Williams Honored by The National Academy of Sciences

University of California Santa Cruz professor Terrie Williams has been awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for her work in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Claudia V. Schrader Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Claudia V. Schrader Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

A longtime member of the CUNY family, Dr. Schrader has served as president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn New York, since September 2018. She has held leadership roles in three CUNY schools and worked has more than 20 years in the system.

American Heart Association Bestows Lembright Award on University of Connecticut Researcher

American Heart Association Bestows Lembright Award on University of Connecticut Researcher

Nancy Schmieder Redeker is a professor at the University of Connecticut Schools of Nursing and Medicine, senior associate dean for research, and interim director of the Ph.D. program in nursing. The Lembright Award, established in 1987, is the top award for excellence in research given by the American Heart Association.

Neighborhood Stressors Produce High Levels of Testosterone in Pregnant Women

Neighborhood Stressors Produce High Levels of Testosterone in Pregnant Women

The researchers found that women living in neighborhoods with stressors such as vacant lots, derelict buildings, and other signs of disorder had significantly higher levels of testosterone – nearly 40 percent higher by the third trimester of pregnancy – than women living in well-ordered neighborhoods.

For Women Neurosurgeons, the Gender Pay Gap Is Significant

For Women Neurosurgeons, the Gender Pay Gap Is Significant

Women neurosurgeons billed Medicare for $395 851.62 compared to $766 006.80 for men. Women neurosurgeons were reimbursed an average of $69 520.89 compared to $124 324.64 for men. After controlling for volume and experience, women still received $24,885.29 less than men per year.

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Universities

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of women faculty members who have been appointed to new positions or given new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Zulema Valdez has been selected to serve as associate vice chancellor for equity, justice, and inclusive excellence at the University of California, Merced. Stephanie Akunvabey has been named chief diversity officer at Pace University in New York and Lois V. Greene is the new senior vice president of wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion at Rutgers’s University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

For the past two years, Dr. Tomlinson-Clarke has been serving as senior vice provost for academic and faculty affairs. Dr. Tomlinson-Clarke joined the faculty at the university in 1989. Her research focuses on the development of culturally responsive interventions to enhance learning.

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad,, a professor of computer science at Northeastern University, recently received the Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation in Turin Italy. The prize is considered the highest international recognition for scientists in the field of complex systems and data.

In Memoriam: Evelyn M. Witken, 1921-2023

In Memoriam: Evelyn M. Witken, 1921-2023

Evelyn M. Witkin, a professor emerita at Rutgers University in New Jersey, was a world-renowned geneticist who helped to unlock secrets to how DNA damage and DNA repair affect cancer and aging.

Francine Conway Named Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway Named Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway is the new chancellor of the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has led Rutgers–New Brunswick under the hybrid title of “chancellor-provost” for the past two years. The separation of responsibilities between chancellor and provost mirrors the leadership structures of Rutgers’ other campuses.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships at State Universities

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships at State Universities

Olga F. Jarrín Montaner has been appointed to the Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Shadi Nazarian is the inaugural holder of the H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington and Jessica Larsen is the Carol and John Cromer ’63 Family Endowed Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Carol Christ, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, to Retire in 2024

Carol Christ, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, to Retire in 2024

Dr. Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on July 1, 2017, after serving as provost. From 2002 to 2013, Dr. Christ was president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

After 18 Years, Elsa M. Núñez Is Retiring From the Presidency of Eastern Connecticut State University

After 18 Years, Elsa M. Núñez Is Retiring From the Presidency of Eastern Connecticut State University

Elsa M. Núñez was the first Latina to serve as a university president in New England. Before being named president of Eastern Connecticut State University in 2006, Dr. Núñez served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the University of Maine System and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: Ruth Ann Shea Burns, 1944-2023

In Memoriam: Ruth Ann Shea Burns, 1944-2023

A two-time graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, In 1981, Burns began an 18-year career at WNET-TV, the public broadcasting station in the New York area. She later served as vice president of marketing and external affairs for Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Patria de Lancer Julnes to Lead the American Society of Public Administration

Patria de Lancer Julnes to Lead the American Society of Public Administration

Dr. Julnes joined the University of New Mexico in 2021 as the inaugural Rosenthal Endowed Professor of Public Administration and director of School of Public Administration. Earlier, she served as associate dean and prrofessor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Six Women to Dean Positions

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Six Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Lidia Kos at the University of California, Riverside, Divya Choudhary at Indiana State University, Johanna Bond at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey, Angie Tissi-Gassoway at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Dorian Traube at Washington University in St. Louis, and Pamela J. Powell at Southern Utah University.

In Memoriam: Linda Bassett

In Memoriam: Linda Bassett

Bassett joined the communications and marketing division of Rutgers University in 1989, where she worked to meet the community engagement goals of three Rutgers presidents. She retired in 2017.

Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Appoints Susan L. Parish as Its New President

Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Appoints Susan L. Parish as Its New President

Currently, Dr. Parish is dean of the College of Health Professions and Sentara Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, she served as dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston.

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

The three women who have been appointed to endowed chairs are Bonnie Lucero at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Danielle Dick at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Kristen Brennand at the Yale School of Medicine.

In Memoriam: Raquel Marie Albarran, 1983-2022

In Memoriam: Raquel Marie Albarran, 1983-2022

Dr. Albarran joined the faculty at Middlebury College in 2018. At the time of her death, she was a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, on a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

In Memoriam: Sherry F. Colb, 1966-2022

In Memoriam: Sherry F. Colb, 1966-2022

Professor Colb came to Cornell Law School in 2008 from the Rutgers University School of Law. She was a scholar and prolific writer on constitutional criminal procedure, animal rights, and sexual equality

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of a Dozen Women to Administative Positions

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of a Dozen Women to Administative 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

Study Finds That Stress Impacts Mental Health Well-Being of Women College Students More Than Their Male Peers

Study Finds That Stress Impacts Mental Health Well-Being of Women College Students More Than Their Male Peers

The authors of this study found a significant correlation between perceived academic stress and poor mental well-being in all the students, but most acutely in those who are nonbinary, female, or who were in the second year of a four-year program. Nonbinary students reported the highest stress levels and worst psychological well-being, followed by female students.

Six Universities Announce the Appointments of Women Scholars to Dean Positions

Six Universities Announce the Appointments of Women Scholars to Dean Positions

Newly appointed to dean positions are Tamara F. Lawson at the University of Washington’s School of Law, Susan Alberts at Duke University in North Carolina, Laura Lawson at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Elimelda Moige Ongeri at North Carolina A&T State University, Chrystalla Mouza at the University of Illinois, and Lois Agnew at Syracuse Univerity n New York.

Nine Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments as Deans

Nine Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments as Deans

The nine women named to dean positions are Arpana G. Inman, Malin Pereira, Twinette Johnson, Nicole Becker Hoerschelmann, Sherry Ryan, Janelle L. West, Kendra Hall-Kenyon, Dara N. Byrne, and Amy Lynn Seybert.

Five Women Academics Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Five Women Academics Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

The five women appointed to name professorships are Irith Pomeranz at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Isabel Escobar at the University of Kentucky, Emily Wakild at Boise State University in Idaho, Cynthia Wolberger at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Roxane Gay at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Seven Women in Higher Education Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Seven Women in Higher Education Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The appointments went to Eva Skuka at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Martha Glass at Virginia Tech, Michelle Knight-Manuel at the University of Denver, Ingrid S. Fulmer at the University of Illinois, Shannon Hader at American University, Susan C. Alberts at Duke University, and Amy Murtha at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Columbia University's Cynthia Rosenzweig Wins the 2022 World Food Prize

Columbia University’s Cynthia Rosenzweig Wins the 2022 World Food Prize

The World Food Prize Foundation’s award recognizes individuals who have increased the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The $250,000 award honors Dt. Rosenzweig’s achievements as the founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project.

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University to Target Worldwide Gender-Based Violence

Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University to Target Worldwide Gender-Based Violence

Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women, Douglass is the only women’s residential college in the nation situated within a world-class public research university. Students will plan events, participate in a social media internship, have research opportunities, and develop a course for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new roles are Ruth McCelland-Nugent at Augusta University in Georgia, Marisa Anne Pagnattaro at the University of Georgia, Janice Nicholson at Mississippi State University, Danielle Dick at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Sierra Young at Utah State University.

New Research Finds Persisting Gender Bias in Linguistics Textbooks

New Research Finds Persisting Gender Bias in Linguistics Textbooks

Their study looked at six textbooks studying the scientific structure of language, published between 2005-2017. The authors found that male protagonists occurred almost twice as often as females in the textbooks and appeared in more prominent roles. Men were more likely to be portrayed as having stable occupations whereas women were more likely to exhibit emotions.