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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.

In Memoriam: Emily Honig, 1953-2023

In Memoriam: Emily Honig, 1953-2023

Dr. Honig taught at Lafayette College and Yale University, before joining the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1992 where she would teach for the next 28 years.

The Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz Names Its New Leader

The Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz Names Its New Leader

Lauren Linton is a scientist, entrepreneur, and executive with experience leading institutions in genomics, pharmaceutical and diagnostic development, biotechnology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She is well known in the genomics community as one of the leaders of the original Human Genome Project.

Universities Announce the Appointments of Eight Women to Administrative Posts

Universities Announce the Appointments of Eight 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

The women faculty members taking on new roles are Bandana Purkayastha at the University of Connecticut, Paula Austin at Boston University, Kelly Pender at Virginia Tech, Katia Obraczka at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Kari Nadeau at the School of Public Health at Harvard University, Mary Klotman at Duke University in Durham North Carolina, and Megan Saylor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in American Indian History

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in American Indian History

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, a professor of American studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, was recognized with the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Western History Association. The award honors one scholar each year who has served in the trenches on all fronts to advance Indigenous history.

A Quartet of Women in New Administrative Roles at Universities

A Quartet of Women in New Administrative Roles at Universities

Taking on new administrative positions are Susan Baida at a research and action partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Michelle Hargis Wolfe at the University of Arkansas, De Acker at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Marta Panickar is the inaugural director of research security at the University of Mississippi.

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new duties are Tanya Paul in the business school at the University of California, Berkeley, Margaret Sova McCabe at the University of Arkansas, Micah Perks at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sarah Millholland at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ann Wallace of New Jersey City University.

Universities Appoint Three Women to Diversity Positions

Universities Appoint Three Women to Diversity Positions

Cynthia Pickett has been appointed the presidential associate for inclusion and chief diversity officer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Tracie Ransom is the assistant dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion at Tulane Law School in New Orleans and Gina Dent is the associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Humanities Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Seven Women to Administrative Posts

Colleges and Universities Appoint Seven Women to Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles are Aimee J. Vargas at New York University, Alexis Travis at Michigan State University, Erin Martin Kane at the University of Rochester, Toni Monette at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Angel Riotutar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Charlene Widener at Northeast Community College in Nebraska, and Hannah Weisman at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández Is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Mills Institute

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández Is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Mills Institute

Launched with $30 million in funding, the Mills Institute in Oakland, California, is charged with preserving and advancing the legacy of Mills College, which was founded in 1852 and merged with Northeastern University in July after a period of financial instability.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Leadership Positions in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Leadership Positions in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Anju Reejhsinghani is the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Karin Lee is the chief diversity officer for the athletics program at the University of Alabama and Kathy Goodridge-Purnell is the new senior advisor to the president on diversity at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.

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.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed University Diversity Officers

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed University Diversity Officers

Taking on new roles relating to diversity are Marcella Gomez at the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Rockell Brown Burton at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York, and Doris Fields is serving as interim chief diversity officer at Eastern Michigan University.

Six Universities Announce the Appointment of Women to Administrative Posts

Six Universities Announce the Appointment of Women to Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles are Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos at Seattle University, Irene at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aisha Jackson at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sydney Pursel at the University of Kansas, Kimberly Kvaal at the University of Puget Sound, and Kawanna Leggett at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu Honored for Mentoring Students in Asian American Studies

Celine Parreñas Shimizu Honored for Mentoring Students in Asian American Studies

Dr. Shimizu is a professor and dean of the Division of Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has won the 2022 Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Association for Asian American Studies for mentoring countless undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and colleagues over the past two decades.

Ten Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Roles at Colleges and Universities

Ten Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Roles 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.

Helen Faith of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Elected Chair of NASFAA

Helen Faith of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Elected Chair of NASFAA

Since 2020, Faith has served as director of student financial aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was associate dean of student engagement and dean of new student transitions at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

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

Nine 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.

In Memoriam: bell hooks, 1952-2021

In Memoriam: bell hooks, 1952-2021

The leading feminist scholar bell hooks, the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky, died at her home in Berea on December 15 at the age of 69.

Karen Tei Yamashita to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Book Foundation

Karen Tei Yamashita to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Book Foundation

Professor Yamashita is the author of eight books and numerous plays. She currently serves as professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she has taught literature and creative writing since 1997.

Yale's Debra Fischer to Lead the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation

Yale’s Debra Fischer to Lead the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation

Dr. Fischer is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. Dr. Fischer will relocate to Washington, D.C. for the new job, but will continue to oversee her Yale research. She is the first Yale faculty member to be selected for the role.

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships at Major Universities

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships at Major Universities

The four women who have been appointed to endowed chairs are Rosanna Garcia at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, Shu Yang the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Felicity Schaeffer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio at the University of Rochester in New York.

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Positions

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level University Positions

The women who are retiring or leaving higher education are Robin Morgan at the University of Delaware, Claire Max of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Anne Margulies at Harvard University, Madlyn Hanes at Pennsylvania State University, and Erin Hoffman Harding at the University of Notre Dame.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Celine Parreñas Shimizu at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Amanda Thein at the University of Iowa, Danica Hays at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Debra J. Barksdale at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Molly Gribb at Bradley University in Illinois, and Deborah LaVine at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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.

In Memoriam: Jean Harmon Langenheim, 1925-2021

In Memoriam: Jean Harmon Langenheim, 1925-2021

Professor Langenheim was a plant ecologist and leading authority on amber and plant resins. Her investigations included fieldwork on five continents. A woman of many “firsts”, Dr. Lanenheim taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1966 to 1994.

In Memoriam: Judy Yung, 1946-2020

In Memoriam: Judy Yung, 1946-2020

After working as a librarian. Dr. Yung was hired by the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990 to establish an Asian studies program. She taught there until her retirement in 2004.

New Administrative Appointments for Seven Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments for Seven Women 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.

Elaine Sullivan Brings to Life the History of the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara

Elaine Sullivan Brings to Life the History of the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara

Dr. Sullivan won the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, sponsored jointly by the American History Association and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The award is given annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project.

A Half Dozen Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

A Half Dozen Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Appointed to dean positions are Cheryl Anderson at the University of California, San Diego, Sharon Wise at Utica College in New York, Diana Hess at the University of Wisconsin, Judith A. Ponticell at the University of South Florida, Jasmine Alinder at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Carissa Schively Slotterback at the University of Pittsburgh.

Four Women in Academia Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Positions

Four Women in Academia Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Positions

The women who are stepping down at Maura E. Hagan at Utah State University, Julie Barrett Heffington at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Lenore D. Miller at George Washington University, and Jennifer Sinclair Curtis at the University of California, Davis.

Melody Rose Selected to Lead the Nevada System of Higher Education

Melody Rose Selected to Lead the Nevada System of Higher Education

Dr. Rose most recently served as president of Marylhurst University in Oregon from 2014 to 2019. Earlier in her career, Dr. Rose served as chancellor of the Oregon University System and was vice provost for academic programs and instruction and dean of undergraduate studies at Portland State University in Oregon.

Lori Kletzer Appointed Provost at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Lori Kletzer Appointed Provost at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Kletzer initially joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1992. From 2010 to July 2017, Dr. Kletzer was provost and dean of faculty at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Eight Women Scholars

New Assignments in Higher Education for Eight Women Scholars

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.