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Princeton's Angela Creager Wins Book Award From the American Philosophical Society

Princeton’s Angela Creager Wins Book Award From the American Philosophical Society

Angela Creager, the Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science at Princeton University in New Jersey, received the 2018 Patrick Suppes Prize in the History of Science from the American Philosophical Society for her book on the history of radioisotopes in science and medicine.

Kathryn Foster Appointed President of The College of New Jersey

Kathryn Foster Appointed President of The College of New Jersey

Since 2012, Dr. Foster has served as president of the University of Maine at Farmington. Earlier, she served on the faculty of the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System for 18 years. She will begin her new job on July 1.

In Memoriam: Saba Mahmood, 1962-2018

In Memoriam: Saba Mahmood, 1962-2018

Saba Mahmood, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She was also affiliated with the university’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Critical Theory and the Institute for South Asian Studies.

Study Looks at the Gender of Characters in 200 Years of Fiction

Study Looks at the Gender of Characters in 200 Years of Fiction

Using an algorithm, researchers examined 104,000 works of fiction that had been digitized. They found that in novels written by men, women typically accounted for one quarter to one third of all prominent characters. In novels written by women, the gender of characters was roughly equal.

In Memoriam: Anne Marie Taylor Treisman, 1935-2018

In Memoriam: Anne Marie Taylor Treisman, 1935-2018

Anne Treisman served as the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Princeton University in New Jersey. She was on the Princeton faculty for 17 years. Earlier, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Solmaz Sharif of Stanford University Wins the Levis Reading Prize

Solmaz Sharif of Stanford University Wins the Levis Reading Prize

Solmaz Sharif, a lecturer at Stanford University in California, has been selected to receive the 2017 Levis Reading Prize from the department of English and the master of fine arts in creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Adela de la Torre Will Be the First Woman President of San Diego State University

Adela de la Torre Will Be the First Woman President of San Diego State University

Currently, Dr. De la Torre serves as vice chancellor for student affairs and campus diversity at the University of California, Davis. Earlier in her career, Dr. De la Torre was director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona. She will begin her new job this coming June.

MIT's Susan Solomon to Be Awarded the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Stockholm, Sweden

MIT’s Susan Solomon to Be Awarded the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Stockholm, Sweden

Professor Solomon is being honored for “fundamental contributions to understanding the role of atmosphere trace gases in Earth’s climate system.” She will be honored by the king and queen of Sweden in Stockholm on May 24. The prize comes with a cash award of six million kroner, worth more than $750,000.

In Memoriam: March Fong Eu, 1922-2017

In Memoriam: March Fong Eu, 1922-2017

March Fong Eu was the first woman to hold a division chair at the University of California, San Francisco, where she headed the dental hygiene program. She was also the first woman to hold the office of Secretary of State in California.

Jennifer Doudna to Be Awarded the Dickson Prize in Science

Jennifer Doudna to Be Awarded the Dickson Prize in Science

Professor Doudna is being honored for her groundbreaking research harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine.

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon's Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon’s Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 at Cornell University by a group of engineering students and a junior faculty member. Today, it is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers with nearly 60,000 members in more than 500 chapters around the world.

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Nápoles has been a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 2001. She is the first Latina to be named a scientific director at the National Institutes of Health.

Six Women in Higher Education Honored With Prestigious Awards

Six Women in Higher Education Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Jacqueline Levine of the University of Rochester, Kathryn Edwards of Vanderbilt University, Simine Vizire of the University of California, Davis, Donna Hoylman Peduto of West Virginia University, Mary Sue Coleman of the Association of American Universities, and Karen M. Sames of St. Catherine University.

Five PostDocs Awarded L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

Five PostDocs Awarded L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

Winners, who received $60,000 to further their research, are selected on the basis of their academic records, research potential, intellectual merit, and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.

In Memoriam: Mari Lyn Salvador, 1940-2017

In Memoriam: Mari Lyn Salvador, 1940-2017

Mari Lyn Salvador was the former director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a long-time faculty member at the University of New Mexico.

Mills College Signs Partnership Agreement With the University of California, Berkeley

Mills College Signs Partnership Agreement With the University of California, Berkeley

The partnership grants Mills students access to Berkeley’s Summer Abroad and Global Internship programs. Some Berkeley students will be able to live at Mills College in Oakland, nine miles away from the Berkeley campus.

Georgetown University Study Examines Why Women Transfer Out of STEM Majors

Georgetown University Study Examines Why Women Transfer Out of STEM Majors

The study found that women who are threatened by the prospect of low grades, are in fields with a low number of women peers, and are subjected to stereotypes that they are unlikely to succeed, are likely to switch majors. Only when all three factors are present are women likely to transfer to another field, according to the research.

FEMTech: A Technology Support Group for Women of All Majors at Berkeley

FEMTech: A Technology Support Group for Women of All Majors at Berkeley

Established two years ago, FEMTech has a full series of programs including speaker events, web-development workshops, tutoring services and a robot building team. It hosts weekly speaker events and workshops, and is helping make critical STEM skills accessible to women at Berkeley.

Colorado State University Offers a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Colorado State University Offers a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

There has been a women’s studies program at the university for the past 40 years in the form of an interdisciplinary minor, an undergraduate certificate, and a graduate certificate. Now for the first time, undergraduate students can earn a degree in the field.

The New Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan

The New Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan

Anna Kirkland, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, was appointed director of the institute, which is interdisciplinary and inclusive of the creative and performing arts as well as the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.

CalTech's Frances Arnold Honored by the Society of Women Engineers

CalTech’s Frances Arnold Honored by the Society of Women Engineers

The Achievement Award from the Society of Women’s Engineer is presented annually to a “woman who has made an outstanding technical contribution for at least 20 years in a field of engineering.”

Opal Palmer Adisa Returning to Jamaica to Head the Institute for Gender and Development Studies

Opal Palmer Adisa Returning to Jamaica to Head the Institute for Gender and Development Studies

After serving on the faculty at the California College of the Arts for nearly a quarter century, Professor Opal Palmer Adisa is returning to her native Jamaica to serve as the director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies.

University of Utah Dean Stepping Down to Take Major Humanities Post at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

University of Utah Dean Stepping Down to Take Major Humanities Post at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dianne S. Harris, dean of the College of Humanities and a professor of history at the University of Utah since 2015, will be leaving the university to take on the duties as senior program officer in higher education and scholarships in the humanities at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City.

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Environmental Sciences

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Environmental Sciences

Erika Marín-Spiotta, an associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is partnering with scientific societies and geoscience faculty colleagues from colleges and universities across the country to develop sexual harassment bystander intervention training for the earth, space and environmental sciences.

In Memoriam: Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017

In Memoriam: Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017

Kavita Datla was an associate professor of history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her research focused on the political, social, and cultural history of South Asia.

In Memoriam: Marian Cleeves Diamond, 1926-2017

In Memoriam: Marian Cleeves Diamond, 1926-2017

Professor Diamond was one of the nation’s early neuroscientists and was able to show that the environment can impact the anatomy of the brain, even in older adults.

MIT's Susan Solomon to Be Honored With the Bakerian Medal

MIT’s Susan Solomon to Be Honored With the Bakerian Medal

The Bakerian Medal, given out by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, was first awarded in 1775. Professor Solomon is being honored for “outstanding contributions in atmospheric science, in particular to the understanding of polar ozone depletion.”

Fourteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Fourteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

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 of Massachusetts Provost Katherine Newman Taking on a New Role

University of Massachusetts Provost Katherine Newman Taking on a New Role

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been promoted to senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Massachusetts System. She has taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and Princeton University.

Eight Women Assistant Professors Named Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences

Eight Women Assistant Professors Named Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently named 22 early-career scholars as this year’s cohort of Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. Eight of the 22 Pew Scholars are women.

In Memoriam: Isabelle Clark-Decès, 1956-2017

In Memoriam: Isabelle Clark-Decès, 1956-2017

Isabelle Clark-Decès, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, died as a result of a fall late last month in the village of Mussoorie, India. She was teaching a six-week course for undergraduate students.

In Memoriam: Mary Thompson, 1928-2017

In Memoriam: Mary Thompson, 1928-2017

Sister Mary Thompson joined the faculty at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1964. She taught there for 36 years until her retirement in 2000. She chaired the chemistry department there for 21 years.

Searching for Ways to Boost Retention of Women in Computer Science Fields

Searching for Ways to Boost Retention of Women in Computer Science Fields

In the 1980s, women earned about one third of all bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Today the figure is 18 percent despite the fact that women make up about one third of all students in introductory computer science courses. The BRAID study seeks to find out the best practices for retaining women in computer science.

In Memoriam: Herma Hill Kay, 1934-2017

In Memoriam: Herma Hill Kay, 1934-2017

Herma Hill Kay served on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law for 57 years. In 1992, she became the first woman dean at the law school.

Dawn Tilbury Named to Head the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation

Dawn Tilbury Named to Head the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation

Since 1995, Dr. Tilbury has served on the mechanical and electrical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan. She also served as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering.