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Two Women Scientists Named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows by the U.S. Department of Defense

Two Women Scientists Named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows by the U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the selection of nine distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2022 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows. Each Fellow will receive up to $3 million over the five-year fellowship term to pursue cutting-edge fundamental research projects. Of the nine new fellows, only two are women.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles relating to diversity are Myra Blanco at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Joyce Sackey at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stephanie Potts at Danville Area Community College in Illinois, and Ufuoma C. Abiola at Princeton University in New Jersey.

A Check-Up on the Progress of Women in Academic Radiology

A Check-Up on the Progress of Women in Academic Radiology

In 2019, women were more than 51 percent of all students enrolling in U.S. medical schools. But women were only 27 percent of all residents in radiology. Although progress has been made, women remained vastly underrepresented in radiology faculty at U.S. medical schools.

Stanford University Scholar Named Chief Economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department

Stanford University Scholar Named Chief Economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department

Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Endowed Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, will remain a member of the faculty on a part-time basis. She will step down as associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

Women Win Three of the Four Investigator Awards From the Brown Science Foundation

Women Win Three of the Four Investigator Awards From the Brown Science Foundation

The Investigator Awards given out by The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation of Metairie, Louisiana, recognize curiosity-driven basic research in chemistry and physics with the goal of alleviating human suffering. The award supports investigators’ research with $2 million over five years.

Stanford University Names a Lecture Hall After Its First Woman Professor in the Biological Sciences

Stanford University Names a Lecture Hall After Its First Woman Professor in the Biological Sciences

Stanford University is naming a lecture hall at its Hopkins Marine Station to honor Isabella Ainoa Abbott. Dr. Abbott was the university’s first Native Hawaiian faculty member and first female full professor in the biological sciences. She taught at Stanford for 22 years.

In Memoriam: Diane Michelle Nelson, 1963-2022

In Memoriam: Diane Michelle Nelson, 1963-2022

Diane Nelson, a cultural anthropologist who did most of her field work in Guatemala, was a member of the faculty at Duke Univeristy for 21 years.

Explaining the High-Level of Educational Attainment of Jewish Girls

Explaining the High-Level of Educational Attainment of Jewish Girls

A new study led by Ilana Horwitz, an assistant professor in the department of Jewish studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, finds that girls raised by Jewish parents are 23 percentage points more likely to graduate from college than girls with a non-Jewish upbringing even after accounting for their parents’ socioeconomic status.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Ten Women to Administrative Posts

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Ten Women to Administrative Posts

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

American Association for the Advancement of Science Honors Carolyn Bertozzi for Mentoring

American Association for the Advancement of Science Honors Carolyn Bertozzi for Mentoring

Dr. Bertozzi, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is being recognized for her contributions to mentorship and diversity in chemistry and chemical biology through her roles as an advisor to students and postdoctoral scholars in her lab and as a leader in scientific training programs.

Five Women Scholars Awarded the Wolf Prize

Five Women Scholars Awarded the Wolf Prize

First awarded in 1978, the Wolf Prize is awarded in the scientific fields of medicine, agriculture, mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as art categories. The prizes include a monetary award of $100,000.

Stanford's Zhenan Bao Is the Inaugural Winner of the $550,000 VinFuture Prize

Stanford’s Zhenan Bao Is the Inaugural Winner of the $550,000 VinFuture Prize

Zhenan Bao is the K. K. Lee Professor in the School of Engineering and chair of the department of chemical engineering at Stanford University. She was honored for her pioneering work on the development of skin-inspired electronics and their applications to a range of medical and energy applications.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

The five women scholars in new roles are Felicia Salinas-Moniz at Brown University in Rhode Island, Stephanie Miller at the University of Mississippi, Cassandra Volpe Horii at Stanford University, Julie E. Bauman at George Washington University, and Charlene Gilbert at Ohio State University.

Pamela Cheek Honored for Her Book on Women Authors of the Eighteenth Century

Pamela Cheek Honored for Her Book on Women Authors of the Eighteenth Century

Pamela L. Cheek, associate provost of student success and professor of French and comparative literary studies at the University of New Mexico, has been awarded the 2022 Lauren Shannon Prize from the Navonic Institute for European Studies, which is housed at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

New Administrative Positions for Eight Women at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Positions for Eight Women 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.

E. Elizabeth Magill to Serve as the Ninth President of the University of Pennsylvania

E. Elizabeth Magill to Serve as the Ninth President of the University of Pennsylvania

Professor Magill has been serving since 2019 as executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia. Earlier, she was the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and dean of Stanford Law School. Previously, she spent 15 years on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is an expert on administrative law and constitutional structure.

Stanford University Study Finds Women Academics Often Held Back Due to The Nature of Their Research

Stanford University Study Finds Women Academics Often Held Back Due to The Nature of Their Research

Analyzing nearly 1 million doctoral dissertations from U.S. universities over a recent 40-year period, a teams of researchers at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education found that scholars who wrote about topics associated with women, or used methodologies associated with women, were less likely to go on to get senior faculty positions than those who did not.

In Memoriam: Pamela Ann McCorduck, 1940-2021

In Memoriam: Pamela Ann McCorduck, 1940-2021

Pamela McCorduck taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University and was the author or co-author of 11 books, many on the field of artificial intelligence.

President of Hobart and William Smith College Wins Award From the American Economic Association

President of Hobart and William Smith College Wins Award From the American Economic Association

Joyce Jacobsen was named the winner of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, which has been given annually since 1998 to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession or mentoring others.

Pennsylvania State University's Kimberly Lau Is a Real "Rock" Star

Pennsylvania State University’s Kimberly Lau Is a Real “Rock” Star

Kimberly Lau, assistant professor of geosciences and an associate in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania State University, received the Pre-tenure Excellence Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. She will be honored at the society annual meeting in Portland, Oregon in October.

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).

New Online Digital Library Aims to Boost Resources for Women Leaders in Academic Medicine

New Online Digital Library Aims to Boost Resources for Women Leaders in Academic Medicine

The books and talks available on the new Women’s Leadership Resource Library address topics like building confidence, embracing vulnerability, knowing your worth, responding in crisis, and the soft skills needed to become an effective leader.

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

For the study, Stanford researchers assessed pregnant women both before and after coronavirus-triggered lockdowns took effect in March 2020. In the pre-pandemic group, one in four women showed signs of possible depression. In the post-pandemic group, that figure jumped to more than half of the women surveyed.

Stanford University's Sherri Rose Honored for Her Work on Using Statistics to Improve Healthcare

Stanford University’s Sherri Rose Honored for Her Work on Using Statistics to Improve Healthcare

Sherri Rose, an associate professor of medicine and a core faculty member at Stanford Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute, has won this year’s Gertrude M. Cox Award from the Washington Statistical Society and RTI International for her significant contributions to applied statistics.

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions

The four women appointed to endowed poitions are Mildred C. Joyner at the Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, D.C., Karen Barkey at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Melissa R. Kaufman at the Vanderbilt Universsity School of Medicine in Nashville and Juliet M. Brodie at Stanford University.

Stanford University Study Finds Women Suffer "Zoom Fatigue" Far More Than Men

Stanford University Study Finds Women Suffer “Zoom Fatigue” Far More Than Men

The researchers found that what contributed most to the feeling of exhaustion among women was an increase in what social psychologists describe as “self-focused attention” triggered by the self-view in video conferencing. That prolonged self-focus can produce negative emotions, or what the researchers call “mirror anxiety.”

Ecological Society of America Honors Erika Zavaleta of the University of California, Santa Cruz

Ecological Society of America Honors Erika Zavaleta of the University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Zavaleta, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has been selected to receive the 2021 Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award from the Ecological Society of America. The award recognizes long-standing contributions toward increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach.

Three Women Appointed to Diversity Posts at Large Universities

Three Women Appointed to Diversity Posts at Large Universities

The three women taking on new roles in diversity equity and inclusion are Kerri Thompson Tillett at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Torsheika Maddox at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Shirley J. Everett at Stanford University in California.

Krista Lentine Selected to Receive the 2021 Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award

Krista Lentine Selected to Receive the 2021 Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award

Krista L. Lentine, professor of medicine at Saint Louis University, Medical Director of Living Donation, and Mid–America Transplant/Jane A. Beckman Endowed Chair in Transplantation at Saint Louis University Hospital, has been selected to receive the 2021 Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award from the National Kidney Foundation.

Stanford University Study Finds That Lack of Self Confidence Can Explain Part of the Gender Pay Gap in STEM Fields

Stanford University Study Finds That Lack of Self Confidence Can Explain Part of the Gender Pay Gap in STEM Fields

Researchers found that women earned $61,000 in their first jobs compared to $65,000 for men, despite having the same degrees and grade point averages. According to the subjects’ answers to questions about their capabilities, the researchers concluded that a portion of the pay gap between men and women could be explained by a gap in self-confidence.

Study Finds That Women Presenters at Economic Conferences Are Treated Differently Than Men

Study Finds That Women Presenters at Economic Conferences Are Treated Differently Than Men

Researchers found that women are asked more questions during a seminar and the questions asked of women presenters are more likely to be patronizing or hostile. The authors point to their results as yet another potential explanation for their under-representation at senior levels within the economics profession.

The Geochemical Society Gives Award to Stanford University's Karen Casciotti

The Geochemical Society Gives Award to Stanford University’s Karen Casciotti

Professor Casciotti is the recipient of third annual John Hayes Award from the Geochemical Society. The award is granted to a mid-career scientist who draws together multiple fields of investigation to advance biogeochemical science.

In Memoriam: Deborah Lynn Rhode, 1952-2021

In Memoriam: Deborah Lynn Rhode, 1952-2021

Deborah Rhode was a professor at Stanford Law School for more than 40 years, a world-renowned scholar in the legal profession, and the nation’s most frequently cited legal ethics scholar. She produced 30 books and 200 scholarly articles, many focusing on access to justice.

Caltech's Viviana Gradinaru Wins Young Investigator Award From the Society for Neuroscience

Caltech’s Viviana Gradinaru Wins Young Investigator Award From the Society for Neuroscience

The award, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated understanding of the mammalian brain in health and disease. Dr. Gradinaru’s research focuses on deep brain stimulation procedures for treating human neurodegenerative disorders.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Samantha Meckes, 1980-2020

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Samantha Meckes, 1980-2020

Dr. Meckles joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 2007. She was promoted to associate professor in 2013 and to full professor in 2018. Professor Meckes was spending this academic year with the random matrix theory group at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford in England.