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Majorie Hass Will Be the First Woman to Lead the Council of Independent Colleges

Majorie Hass Will Be the First Woman to Lead the Council of Independent Colleges

Dr. Hass has been president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, since 2017. Prior to that role, Dr. Hass was president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Earlier, she spent more than 16 years as a member of the faculty and administration at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, rising to the rank of provost.

University of Illinois Entomologist Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

University of Illinois Entomologist Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

Esther Ngumbi, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Illinois is the 2021 recipient of the Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, an annual award given out by the  American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previous winners have included Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nabanou Nozari Honored for Research on How the Brain Translates Abstract Thoughts into Words and Sentences

Nabanou Nozari Honored for Research on How the Brain Translates Abstract Thoughts into Words and Sentences

Nazbanou Nozari, an associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was honored by the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the area of human cognition and learning.

NASPA Presents an Award for Mentoring Graduate Faculty to Kathy Guthrie of Florida State University

NASPA Presents an Award for Mentoring Graduate Faculty to Kathy Guthrie of Florida State University

Kathy Guthrie, an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida State University, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The award is the highest honor that NASPA gives to a graduate faculty member.

University of Utah Leader to Become President of Strada Impact in April

University of Utah Leader to Become President of Strada Impact in April

Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah since 2018, announced that she has accepted a position as president of Strada Impact, where she will drive Strada Education Network’s national research, philanthropy, policy, and thought leadership with the goal of improving students’ access to college, degree completion and career connections.

University of Illinois Study Finds Rise in Non-Virus-Related Death Rates for Women in Early Months of the Pandemic

University of Illinois Study Finds Rise in Non-Virus-Related Death Rates for Women in Early Months of the Pandemic

The authors found that death rates for 17 of 18 cohorts of age and gender groups were higher than was the case in the same months of 2019. The only age and gender group that showed a decline in death rates was for girls ages 5 to 14.

University of Illinois Hires Three Women for Its President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program

University of Illinois Hires Three Women for Its President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program

In 2018, the University of Illinois System announced the three-year, $60 million President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program to hire distinguished faculty across a wide range of disciplines. The three women recently hired under the initiative are Ana P. Barros in civil and environmental engineering, Bernadette Sánchez in educational psychology, and Lesley Sneed in civil engineering.

Northwestern University's Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Northwestern University’s Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Dr. Lee served as Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy and as a professor of African American studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She became professor emerita in 2019. Professor Lee will serve a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education beginning in November 2021.

American Society for Cell Biology Recognizes the Research of Dartmouth's Prachee Avasthi

American Society for Cell Biology Recognizes the Research of Dartmouth’s Prachee Avasthi

The 2020 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research is given each year “to a woman who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.”

How Colleges and Universities Should Combat Sexual Harassment

How Colleges and Universities Should Combat Sexual Harassment

Among the actions department leaders should take against those accused of sexual harassment, according to the authors, are a reduction in perks like prime office and parking spaces and appointments to desired committees. Also, they recommend live training that interactively involves participants.

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

At some colleges and universities, a hiring freeze has been enacted due to the pandemic. But with the world’s new focus on racism and social justice, the hiring of diversity and inclusion officers at colleges and universities remains at a brisk pace.

Four Women Appointed to the Faculty of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois

Four Women Appointed to the Faculty of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois

The Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois has appointed seven new members to its permanent faculty. Four of the new CAS professors are women: Sharon M. Donovan in nutrition, Harriet Murav in Slavic languages and literatures, Cynthia Oliver in Dance, and Nancy Sottos in materials science and engineering.

Creighton University in Omaha Announces the Appointment of Its Next Provost

Creighton University in Omaha Announces the Appointment of Its Next Provost

Since 2014, Dr. Mardell Wilson, a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist, has been dean of the Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. Earlier, she spent 17 years as a faculty member and administrator at Illinois State Unversity.

Tudorita Tumbar of Cornell University Has Received a Humboldt Research Award

Tudorita Tumbar of Cornell University Has Received a Humboldt Research Award

Dr. Tumbar leads a research group in the department of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell working on the molecular mechanisms that control the fate of hair follicle stem cells. Their work has implications in wound healing and tissue regeneration.

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to New University Administrative Roles

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to New University Administrative Roles

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 Society of Engineering Educators Honors Oklahoma State's Ashlee Ford Versypt

American Society of Engineering Educators Honors Oklahoma State’s Ashlee Ford Versypt

Ashlee Ford Versypt, an assistant professor in Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Ray W. Fahien award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Educators.

New Assignments for Six Women Scholars In Higher Education

New Assignments for Six Women Scholars In Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Anneliese A. Singh at Tulane University in New Orleans, Stefani Gomez at Cedar Crest College in Allentown Pennsylvania, Debra Cohn at Indiana University, Norma Guerra at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Sara Connolly at the University of Illinois, and Cassandra Moseley at the University of Oregon.

Study Finds an Alarming Rate of Tobacco Smoking Among Low-Income Pregnant Women

Study Finds an Alarming Rate of Tobacco Smoking Among Low-Income Pregnant Women

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 7.2 percent of women in the U.S. who gave birth in 2016 smoked while pregnant. But a new study led by Karen Tabb Dina, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois. suggests that the rate for low-income women is at least twice as high.

In Memoriam: Katherine Williams Phillips, 1972-2020

In Memoriam: Katherine Williams Phillips, 1972-2020

Katherine W. Phillips was the Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character and the director of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at the business school at Columbia University in New York City.

Rutgers-Newark's Chancellor Nancy Cantor Honored for Her Significant Contributions to American Higher Education

Rutgers-Newark’s Chancellor Nancy Cantor Honored for Her Significant Contributions to American Higher Education

Nancy Cantor received the 10th Annual Ernest L. Boyer Award in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Cantor was cited for being “globally recognized as an advocate for higher education, a catalyst for social mobility, and leader for universities serving as a public good in their communities.”

Seven Women Scholars at Colleges and Universities Who Are Embarking on New Roles

Seven Women Scholars at Colleges and Universities Who Are Embarking on New Roles

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.

Two Women Scientists Named University Scholars at the Flagship Campus of the University of Illinois

Two Women Scientists Named University Scholars at the Flagship Campus of the University of Illinois

Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Two of the five new University Scholars are women: Karrie Karahalios, a professor of computer science and Nadya Mason, a professor of physics.

Sreekala Bajwa Wins Academic Leadership Award From the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Sreekala Bajwa Wins Academic Leadership Award From the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Dr. Bajwa currently serves as dean of the College of Agriculture, director of the Montana Agriculture Experiment Station, and vice president of agriculture at Montana State University.

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as University Deans

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as University Deans

The new deans are Amy Heaston at Georgia Southern University, LaTonya Braham at DePauw University, Alicia E. Feis at the Arizona College of Optometry, Jana Sutton at the University of Louisiana Monroe, Suzanne Barbour at the UNC-Chapel Hill, Eunice Santos at the University of Illinois, and Maria del Carmen Flores-Mills at Queens University in Charlotte.

Joy Harjo Has Been Selected as the Poet Laureate of the United States

Joy Harjo Has Been Selected as the Poet Laureate of the United States

Professor Harjo recently stepped down from her post as the John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in the department of English at the University of Tennessee. Earlier she served is a professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois. She has also taught at Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Arizona, and the University of New Mexico.

Oklahoma State University Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

Oklahoma State University Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

Kimberly Houser, a professor of legal studies in the College of Business at Oklahoma State University, argues that using machine decision-making through artificial intelligence (AI) can remove unconscious bias and “noise” from the hiring and promotion process and begin making the workplace reflect a diverse society.

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

The authors of a new study on women undergraduates in physics programs refer to the level of sexual harassment faced by women in physics as “insidious and significantly higher than is generally acknowledged.” They believe this level of sexual harassment can have a major negative impact of women’s persistence in physics and other STEM fields.

Four Women Scholars Receive 2019 Whiting Awards

Four Women Scholars Receive 2019 Whiting Awards

The four women with ties to the academic world who are winners of this year’s Whiting awards are: Terese Marie Mailhot of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nafissa Thompson-Spires of the University of Illinois, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal of the University of Southern California, and Lauren Yee of Princeton University.

Nine Women Scholars in Academia Who Are Taking on New Duties

Nine Women Scholars in Academia Who Are Taking on New 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.

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Selected for Prestigious Honors

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Selected for Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Janelle Walter, a professor of family and consumer science at Baylor University in Texas, Mara Wade, a professor of German at the University of Illinois, and Susanne Slavick, who holds an endowed chair in art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Two Women Professors Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

Two Women Professors Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets has named Natasha Trethewey of Northwestern and Joy Harjo of the University of Illinois as its new chancellors. Since it was formed in 1946, only 115 poets have been elected to the academy.

Fourteen Women "Geniuses" Win MacArthur Fellowships

Fourteen Women “Geniuses” Win MacArthur Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 25 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Fourteen women are among the 25 new MacArthur Fellows.

Both Men and Women Show Bias Against Women for Jobs and Activities Requiring Intellectual Ability

Both Men and Women Show Bias Against Women for Jobs and Activities Requiring Intellectual Ability

The results of the experiment found that people were less likely to refer a woman when the job description required high intelligence (43.5 percent women referrals) compared to when it did not (50.8 percent women referrals). Both women and men were less likely to refer women for the “high intelligence” jobs than for other positions.

CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

Recently, the California Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural “FUTURE of Physics” event. The program brought junior and senior college women who are majoring in physics to CalTech for two days of panels and mini-workshops.

May Berenbaum Named Editor-in-Chief of the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>

May Berenbaum Named Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Berenbaum is the Swanlund Chair of Entomology and professor at the University of Illinois. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1994 and has served on the PNAS editorial board since 1998. She holds Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.