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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.

Researchers Document Why Sexual Harassment Is Rampant in Anthropological Field Work

Researchers Document Why Sexual Harassment Is Rampant in Anthropological Field Work

The new study found that field site directors who failed to establish clear ground rules for the behavior of their team also were more likely to tolerate, ignore – or in some cases, engage in and encourage – the physical and/or sexual harassment of some members of their team.

Notre Dame's Jennifer Tank to Lead the Society for Freshwater Science

Notre Dame’s Jennifer Tank to Lead the Society for Freshwater Science

Jennifer Tank is the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She will serve as president-elect of the Society for Freshwater Science until May 2018, when she will become president.

A Dozen Women in New Administrative Posts at American Colleges and Universities

A Dozen Women in New Administrative Posts at American 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.

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.

Five Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Five Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs

The five women appointed to endowed chairs are Marvella Ford at South Carolina State University, Marianne Janack at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Valerie Hansen at Yale University, Marcia Hoy at the University of Tennessee, and Lynne M. Thomas at the University of Illinois.

Survey Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Survey Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Researchers surveyed a large group of professionals in the field of astronomy and planet science. They found that 39 percent of all respondents reported that they had been verbally harassed and 9 percent stated that they have been physically harassed at work within the past five years. Women of color were the most likely to be victims.

Nine Women Faculty Members Taking on New University Roles

Nine Women Faculty Members Taking on New University 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.

Women in Engineering Are Tracked Into Management, Not Technical, Roles

Women in Engineering Are Tracked Into Management, Not Technical, Roles

A new study by M. Teresa Cardador, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, finds that increased efforts to promote women to managers in engineering fields, leaves smaller numbers of women in technical fields in engineering.

A Dozen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Dozen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Notable Honors and Awards for Eight Women in Higher Education

Notable Honors and Awards for Eight Women in Higher Education

The selected for prestigious honors are: Judy Genshaft, Fenice Boyd, Anna Deavere Smith, Vivien Schmidt, Donna Cox, Marilyn Horne, Marisa Marques, and Sandra Sanguino

Study Finds That Gender Stereotypes of Intellectual Abilities Are Apparent at an Early Age

Study Finds That Gender Stereotypes of Intellectual Abilities Are Apparent at an Early Age

In an experiment, children ages 5 to 7 were asked about their perception of the intellectual abilities of men and women in a story that was read to them. For children at age 5, boys and girls were equally likely to rate their own gender positively. But by age 7, girls were significantly less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their gender.

Marjorie Hass to Be the First Woman President of Rhodes College in Memphis

Marjorie Hass to Be the First Woman President of Rhodes College in Memphis

Since 2009, Dr. Hass has been serving as president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She also serves as chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She will become the first woman president in the 168-year history of Rhodes College on July 1.

Middle School Bullying May Lead to a Propensity for Sexual Harassment Later

Middle School Bullying May Lead to a Propensity for Sexual Harassment Later

A study found that a major ingredient in bullying among middle school students involves homophobic name calling directed at boys. Victims of such bullying often turn to sexual harassment of girls to demonstrate to their male peers that they are not gay.

Elaine Fuchs Selected to Receive the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Elaine Fuchs Selected to Receive the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Dr. Fuchs is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at Rockefeller University in New York City. The Vanderbilt Prize honors women scientists with a stellar record of research accomplishments who have made significant contributions to mentoring other women in science.

In Memoriam: Susan Lee Lindquist, 1949-2016

In Memoriam: Susan Lee Lindquist, 1949-2016

Professor Lindquist served on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 23 years. In 2001, she became a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was named director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

In Memoriam: Sandra Lee Schwartz Bartky, 1935-2016

In Memoriam: Sandra Lee Schwartz Bartky, 1935-2016

Sandra Lee Bartky was an influential feminist philosopher and a long-time faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught at the university for four decades.

Wheaton College Professor Is a Member of the 50 State Marathon Club

Wheaton College Professor Is a Member of the 50 State Marathon Club

Annette Tomal, an associate professor of business and economics at Wheaton College in Illinois, recently completed a 26.2-mile marathon in Pocatello, Idaho. She has now completed running a marathon in all 50 states.

In Memoriam: Ada Letitia Loveless, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: Ada Letitia Loveless, 1925-2016

Ada Letitia Loveless was the long-time director of women’s athletics at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. When Loveless arrived at Kalamazoo College in 1953 there were no women’s intercollegiate athletic teams. During her 33-year tenure, she established eight varsity sports for women.

University of Illinois Study Examines Why Women of Affluence Stay In Abusive Relationships

University of Illinois Study Examines Why Women of Affluence Stay In Abusive Relationships

A new study conducted at the University of Illinois finds that women from affluent households who are victims of domestic violence are often less likely to leave their spouses due to “pressures to maintain a facade of a perfect family and other values associated with a culture of affluence.”

New Administrative Duties for 18 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for 18 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.

University at Buffalo Scholar Wins Two of Science Fiction's Most Prestigious Awards

University at Buffalo Scholar Wins Two of Science Fiction’s Most Prestigious Awards

Nnedi Okorafor, an associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System, is only bthe fourth author in the past two decades who has won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for the same novella. The awards are among the highest honors given to science fiction authors.

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

The new deans are Katherine O’Dair at Harvard, Kimberlee Kae Kidwell and Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell at the University of Illinois, Susan Fliss at Smith College, Christine Hailey at Texas State, Lenora Campbell at North Carolina A&T, Susan Mehrer at Dartmouth, and Cheryl Addy at the University of South Carolina.

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

During the 2014-15 academic year, the University of Illinois issued medial degrees to 156 women, the most of any medical school in the United States. At many high ranking-medical schools, women graduates outnumbered men.

Two Women to Direct Libraries at Major Research Universities in the United States

Two Women to Direct Libraries at Major Research Universities in the United States

Valerie Hotchkiss was named University Librarian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Anne Jarvis was appointed University Librarian at Princeton University in New Jersey.

In Memoriam: Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

In addition to her very successful architectural practice, Hadid held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Sullivan Chair in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois.