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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.

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.

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.

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.

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Each of the 18 new Packard Fellows will receive $875,000 over five years for them to use to pursue their research interests in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, or engineering. This year, one third of the new cohort of Packard Fellows are women.

Two Women Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Two Women Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Brenda McComb has been named interim associate vice provost and dean of students at Stanford University and Tracy Sulkin has been named dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Have Received Honors or Awards

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Have Received Honors or Awards

Here is a listing of women faculty members in higher education who have been honored by colleges and universities or who have received notable awards from other organizations.

Notable Honors and Awards for Six Women in the Academic World

Notable Honors and Awards for Six Women in the Academic World

Here is a listing of women who are faculty or administrators in higher education who have been honored by colleges and universities or who have received notable awards from other organizations.

Statistics Textbook Co-Authored by Hope College Scholar Earns Two Awards

Statistics Textbook Co-Authored by Hope College Scholar Earns Two Awards

Jill Vanderstoep, an assistant professor of mathematics at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, is sharing the 2018 Daniel Solow Author’s Award from the Mathematical Association of America for a textbook on statistics.

In Memoriam: Nina Zippen Baym, 1936-2018

In Memoriam: Nina Zippen Baym, 1936-2018

Dr. Baym, an expert on women’s fiction, joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1963 and taught there for 41 years until her retirement in 2004. She served as director of the School of Humanities from 1976 to 1987.

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Scott is an attorney for the Foley & Lardner law firm, which has offices in 21 major U.S. cities including Chicago. A former federal prosecutor, Scott served on the board of trustees of Chicago State University from 2009 to 2013 and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at several law schools.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Honored With Notable Awards

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Marilyn Cochran-Smith of Boston College, Alexandra Finley of Mississippi State University, Esther Ngumbi of the University of Illinois, Kathy Giacomini of the University of California, San Francisco, and Marie Davidian or North Carolina State University.

When Is the Optimal Time For Programs to Encourage Girls to Consider STEM Fields?

When Is the Optimal Time For Programs to Encourage Girls to Consider STEM Fields?

A new study challenges the view that efforts to increase interest among girls into STEM fields should begin in elementary or middle school. The authors of a new University of Illinois study believe that such programs will be more effective in late adolescence.

New Online Archive Honors Women's Accomplishments at the University of Illinois

New Online Archive Honors Women’s Accomplishments at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has created a new website that celebrates women who have made significant contributions as students, faculty members, staff or alumni during the university’s 150-year history.

New Administrative Positions for Eight Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for Eight 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.

In Memoriam: Emily Ann Stipes Watts, 1936-2018

In Memoriam: Emily Ann Stipes Watts, 1936-2018

Dr. Emily Watts served on the English department faculty at the University of Illinois for nearly 40 years. In 2005, she was named professor emerita. Professor Watts was the author of three books and was a strong advocate for women in college sports.

Amy Wildermuth Will Be the Next Leader of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Amy Wildermuth Will Be the Next Leader of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Professor Wildermuth currently serves as associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah. Earlier, she was the university’s chief sustainability officer and a professor in the university’s College of Law. She was a clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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: Marjorie J. Miller, 1932-2018

In Memoriam: Marjorie J. Miller, 1932-2018

In 1973, Marjorie Miller joined the faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio teaching textiles and fashion merchandising. She was the director of the university’s fashion merchandising program from 1986 until her retirement a decade later.

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions at Major Universities

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Faculty Positions at Major Universities

Appointed to endowed faculty posts are Amy Singer at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachsuetts, Antoinette Burton at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sylvie Naar in the College of Medicine at Florida State University.

Northwestern University's Vicky Kalogera Receives Prestigious Award in Astrophysics

Northwestern University’s Vicky Kalogera Receives Prestigious Award in Astrophysics

Vicky Kalogera, the Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been awarded the 2018 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics from the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society.

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

When she takes office this spring, Dr. Watkins will be the first woman to serve as the permanent president of the University of Utah in its 168-year history. Since 2013, Dr. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois.

Indiana University Astrobiologist Will Be NASA's New Planetary Protection Officer

Indiana University Astrobiologist Will Be NASA’s New Planetary Protection Officer

Lisa Pratt, Provost Professor in the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at Indiana University, will be assigned the lofty responsibility of protecting the Earth from potential contamination by extraterrestrial life forms, such as microorganisms that could live in the ice on Mars.

In Memoriam: Laurel Ann Grotzinger, 1935-2017

In Memoriam: Laurel Ann Grotzinger, 1935-2017

Professor Grotzinger joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1964. In 1979 she became the dean of the Graduate College. Dr. Grotzinger was the first woman in the history of Western Michigan University to be appointed to an academic dean position.

In Memoriam: Leslie Rosenberg Wolfe, 1943-2017

In Memoriam: Leslie Rosenberg Wolfe, 1943-2017

Leslie R. Wolfe was the long-time director of the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She is perhaps best known for her 1989 report that exposed gender bias in the SAT college entrance examination that allegedly caused women to score lower on the test than men.

Joanne Chory Awarded a $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Joanne Chory Awarded a $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Joanne Chory is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California and an adjunct professor of biological science at the University of California, San Diego. She was honored for “discovering how plants optimize their growth, development, and cellular structure to transform sunlight into chemical energy.”

Mary Lynn Boscardin Chosen to Lead the Council for Exceptional Children

Mary Lynn Boscardin Chosen to Lead the Council for Exceptional Children

Mary Lynn Boscardin is a professor of special education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Boscardin will serve as president-elect during 2018 and become president of the council on January 1, 2019.

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Since 2012, Dr. Curtis has been serving as provost at the University of Central Missouri in Warrenburg. Earlier she served on the faculty of Illinois State University for 26 years and also was dean of the College of Education.

Study Finds a Gender Gap in Publication Rates of Ph.D. Students

Study Finds a Gender Gap in Publication Rates of Ph.D. Students

A new study by researchers at Indiana University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois found that doctoral students who are men tended to publish more papers than doctoral students who are women. The pattern was particularly true in STEM fields.