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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Revokes Honor for Professor Angela Davis

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Revokes Honor for Professor Angela Davis

In September of 2018, the ‪Birmingham Civil Rights Institute‬’s board of directors selected Angela Davis to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award at its annual gala in February. That decision has now been changed and the event has been cancelled. Dr. Davis believes her support of Palestinian rights prompted the decision.

In Memoriam: Jenessa R. Shapiro, 1980-2018

In Memoriam: Jenessa R. Shapiro, 1980-2018

Dr. Shapiro, an associate professor of psychology who also held an endowed chair in management at UCLA, was an expert in stereotype threat and prejudice in intergroup relations and a strong advocate for increasing educational and career opportunities for women in STEM fields.

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith, who took office as the 15th president of highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on July 1, 2015, has had her contract extended through 2025. Before becoming president of Swarthmore College, Dr. Smith was dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University.

Danielle Laraque-Arena Will Step Down As President of the Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena Will Step Down As President of the Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena, the first woman president of the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, has announced she is stepping down, effective at the end of this semester. She will return to a full-time faculty position in June 2019.

Moms Matter: UCLA Study Finds College-Age Children Place Their Parents Ahead of Their Friends

Moms Matter: UCLA Study Finds College-Age Children Place Their Parents Ahead of Their Friends

A new study by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles finds that college-age children tend to place more importance on the well-being of their mothers and fathers than on their friends.

Cathy Sandeen Named Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage

Cathy Sandeen Named Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr. Sandeen has been serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin Extension. Earlier, she held leadership positions at University of California campuses at Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. She will begin her new job on September 15.

In Memoriam: Lynn Andrea Stout, 1957-2018

In Memoriam: Lynn Andrea Stout, 1957-2018

Lynn Stout was the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. Professor Stout joined the faculty at Cornell Law School in 2012. Previously, she served on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Linda Oubré Selected as the Fifteenth President of Whittier College in California

Linda Oubré Selected as the Fifteenth President of Whittier College in California

For the past six years, Dr. Oubré has served as dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University. Earlier, Dr. Oubré was executive director of corporate relations and business development, and chief diversity officer for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.

UCLA Reports Spotlights the Lack of Gender Diversity in Hollywood

UCLA Reports Spotlights the Lack of Gender Diversity in Hollywood

Women remained underrepresented, compared with their numbers in the U.S. population overall, in all 11 employment categories the report examines; and they actually lost ground, compared with last year’s figures in several categories.

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut Names Judy Olian as Its Next President

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut Names Judy Olian as Its Next President

Dr. Olian currently serves as dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds the John E. Anderson Chair of Management. She has served in these roles since 2006. Dr. Olian will become president of Quinnipiac University on July 1.

New Study Warns of Health Risks for Pregnant Women Who Live Near Fracking Operations

New Study Warns of Health Risks for Pregnant Women Who Live Near Fracking Operations

A new study led by Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, provides evidence of health risks for pregnant women and their babies who live within two miles of hydraulic fracturing operations.

Brown University's Jill Pipher Elected as the Next President of the American Mathematical Society

Brown University’s Jill Pipher Elected as the Next President of the American Mathematical Society

Jill Pipher, the Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics and vice president for research at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, will serve a two-year term as president of the American Mathematical Society, beginning in 2019.

Ladee Hubbard to Receive the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Ladee Hubbard to Receive the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Ladee Hubbard, who teaches in the Africana studies program at Tulane University in New Orleans, is being honored for her debut novel The Talented Ribkins, the story of an African American family whose members have unique superpowers.

More Than 235 Million Working Women Worldwide Have No Legal Protection Against Sexual Harassment

More Than 235 Million Working Women Worldwide Have No Legal Protection Against Sexual Harassment

The UCLA analysis found that more than one third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work. As a result, there are more than 235 million working women worldwide who do not have any legal protection against sexual harassment on the job.

In Memoriam: Gloria Johnson-Powell, 1936-2017

In Memoriam: Gloria Johnson-Powell, 1936-2017

Gloria Johnson-Powell, one of the first women to hold a tenured faculty post at Harvard Medical School. She also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Wisconsin.

University of California, Santa Barbara Scholar Honored by the American Chemical Society

University of California, Santa Barbara Scholar Honored by the American Chemical Society

Alison Butler, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and associate vice chancellor for academic personnel at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive the Alfred Bader Award in Bio-Inorganic or Bio-Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Have New Posts or Duties

Nine Women Faculty Members Who Have New Posts or Duties

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.

University Study Finds Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Can Impact Future Generations of Offspring

University Study Finds Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Can Impact Future Generations of Offspring

A new study by Kelly Huffman, a professor pf psychology at the University of California, Riverside, shows that drinking alcohol during pregnancy may not only affect a woman’s unborn child, but may also impact brain development and lead to adverse outcomes in her future grand- and even great-grandchildren.

A Large Group of Women Faculty Members Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

A Large Group of Women Faculty Members Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

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.

The New Leader of the Moab Campus of Utah State University

The New Leader of the Moab Campus of Utah State University

Dr. Lianna Etchberger joined the faculty at the Uintah Basin campus of Utah State University as a an adjunct lecturer in 1995. She was promoted to a full tenured professorship in biology in 2015. She will be the executive director of the Moab campus and lead all Utah State University operations in the Southwest region of the state.

New High-Level Administrative Jobs in Higher Education for Eight Women

New High-Level Administrative Jobs in Higher Education for Eight Women

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

University of Iowa Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Southern Journalism

University of Iowa Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Southern Journalism

Patricia Foster, a professor of English at the University of Iowa, has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama for her critical contributions to southern journalism or literature.

Three Women Who Are Leaving Their Posts in Higher Education

Three Women Who Are Leaving Their Posts in Higher Education

Kathryn Atchinson, vice provost at UCLA, is giving up her administrative duties to return full-time to the faculty. Laura D. Faure is retiring after 30 years at Bates College and Joy Karega was dismissed from the faculty at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Mona Jarrahi is an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles and Joanna Slusky is an assistant professor of molecular biosciences and computational biology at the University of Kansas. Each will receive $825,000 over the next three years to support their research.

Kimberlé Crenshaw to Receive the Gittler Prize From Brandeis University

Kimberlé Crenshaw to Receive the Gittler Prize From Brandeis University

The Gittler Prize is presented annually to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. Professor Crenshaw, who is on the faculty at the law schools of Columbia University and UCLA, will receive the award and a $25,000 prize in October 2017.

New Administrative Assignments in Higher Education for 11 Women

New Administrative Assignments in Higher Education for 11 Women

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

In Memoriam: June Brown, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: June Brown, 1927-2016

Dr. Brown joined the faculty at the University of Southern California in 1969. She taught in the School of Social Work’s master’s and doctoral degree programs and served as chair of what is now the department of children, youth and families. In 1987, Dr. Brown was named assistant dean for academic affairs.

Women, But Not Men, Who Were Abused as Children Are at Risk for Early Death

Women, But Not Men, Who Were Abused as Children Are at Risk for Early Death

The study included interviews of 6,000 adults with an average age of 47. These adults were followed for the next 20 years, with 17.5 percent of them dying during the 20-year period. Women who reported childhood abuse had a higher mortality rate but this was not the case for men who were abused as children.

Six Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Six Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Melissa Sturge-Apple at the University of Rochester, Ellen S. Goldey at Florida Atlantic University, Twyla Cummings at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Marcella Runell Hall at Mount Holyoke College, Kelsey C. Martin at the UCLA School of Medicine, and Rebecca Crocker McMullen at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

The New President of Santa Ana College in California

The New President of Santa Ana College in California

Since August 2014, Dr. Linda D. Rose has been the president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Before taking the helm at Los Angeles Southwest College, she served for three years are vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College.

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, Chooses Its Next President

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, Chooses Its Next President

Thuy Thi Nguyen currently serves as general counsel for the chancellor’s office of California Community Colleges. When she takes office at Foothill College, Nguyen will be the first Vietnamese American to lead a community college in California.

Emily Carter Named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

Emily Carter Named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

Dr. Carter has been on the faculty at Princeton since 2004 after teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and as professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton.

Seven American Women Named Members of the National Academy of Education

Seven American Women Named Members of the National Academy of Education

The National Academy of Education has announced the election of 11 new members. Eight of the 11 new members are women. Seven of the eight hold current affiliations with American universities.

New UCLA Report Provides a Roadmap for Increasing Women in High-Tech Careers

New UCLA Report Provides a Roadmap for Increasing Women in High-Tech Careers

The new report is a compilation of feedback from attendees of the 2015 Women in Tech conference held at the University of California, Los Angeles. While the report offers a number of recommendations, the authors state that an enhanced mentoring program may be the best strategy for increasing the number of women in information technology fields.

How the University of California, Irvine Narrowed the Gender Faculty Gap

How the University of California, Irvine Narrowed the Gender Faculty Gap

In the early 1990s, women accounted for just 20 percent of the faculty at the Irvine campus. In 2001, the university adopted the ADVANCE program that designated 10 senior faculty member to act as equity advisers in faculty searches. Today women make up 34 percent of the total faculty.