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In Memoriam: Jan Ellen Lewis (1949-2018)

In Memoriam: Jan Ellen Lewis (1949-2018)

Jan Ellen Lewis served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Lewis was a Rutgers-Newark faculty member for over 40 years.

Iowa State University Study Finds Persisting Gender Stereotypes Impact Voting Behavior

Iowa State University Study Finds Persisting Gender Stereotypes Impact Voting Behavior

The study found that when there was only one woman on the ballot, participants were just as likely to vote for her as the male candidate, however, when another woman was added, the woman lower on the ballot had more negative evaluations and received less votes.

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.

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Colleges and Universities

The women scholars appointed to endowed faculty posts are Mingyan Liu at the University of Michigan, Juana Mendenhall at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Margaret M. Mitchell at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Mary Anne Raymond at Clemson University in South Carolina, and Martha Minow at Harvard University.

In Memoriam: Susan Williams, 1951-2018

In Memoriam: Susan Williams, 1951-2018

Susan Williams a distinguished professor in the department of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, died late last month in a six-vehicle automobile crash in Petaluma, California. She was one of the most respected marine biologists in the nation.

Beverly Davenport Fired as Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Beverly Davenport Fired as Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

On March 1, 2017, Beverly Davenport became the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Now 14 months later, she has been placed on administrative leave and will no longer serve as chancellor as of July 1.

Tulane's Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Tulane’s Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, will receive the fiction award at the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award ceremony in Cleveland this September. She is the only woman to win two National Book Awards.

University of Massachusetts Scholar Wins the Russian National Award in Applied Economics

University of Massachusetts Scholar Wins the Russian National Award in Applied Economics

Ina Ganguli, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has received the 2018 Russian National Award in Applied Economics. The award is given every two years for outstanding published papers on the Russian economy.

Three Women With Ties to Universities in the United States Win Windham-Campbell Prizes

Three Women With Ties to Universities in the United States Win Windham-Campbell Prizes

Each winner will receive a $165,000 prize at an international literary festival at Yale in September. The three women with ties to U.S. universities are Lorna Gibson, professor emerita at the University of Michigan, Cathy Park Hong of Rutgers University-Newark, and Suzan-Lori Parks of New York University.

Maud S. Mandel Will Be the Eighteenth President of Williams College in Massachusetts

Maud S. Mandel Will Be the Eighteenth President of Williams College in Massachusetts

Dr. Mandel currently serves as dean of the college and as a professor of Judaic studies and history at Brown University in Providence, Rhode island. She joined the faculty at Brown in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2014. She will become preident of Williams College on July 1.

Sheryl Kubiak Will Be the Next Dean of the Wayne State University School of Social Work

Sheryl Kubiak Will Be the Next Dean of the Wayne State University School of Social Work

Since 2006, Dr. Kubiak has served on the faculty at Michigan State University. Earlier, she was an assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work from 2002 to 2006.

Bentley University in Massachusetts Selects Alison Davis-Blake to Be Its Next Leader

Bentley University in Massachusetts Selects Alison Davis-Blake to Be Its Next Leader

Dr. Davis-Blake is the former dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the former dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She will become president of Bentley University on July 1.

Effective Communication Methods for Diverse Teams Vary Depending on the Gender Makeup of Group Members

Effective Communication Methods for Diverse Teams Vary Depending on the Gender Makeup of Group Members

The study found that text-messaging is the most effective communications method for racially diverse teams rather than face-to-face communications. However, for teams that were diverse along gender lines, using text messages had the opposite impact.

Valerie Jarrett Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

Valerie Jarrett Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

For eight years, Valerie Jarrett was a senior adviser to the President during the Obama administration. In her new role, she will participate in academic seminars, conferences, and student-led initiatives. Jarrett will continue to focus on issues of gender equality, criminal justice reform, health care, and civic engagement.

Study Finds Sexual Assault Rates Are Higher in the General Population Than on College Campuses

Study Finds Sexual Assault Rates Are Higher in the General Population Than on College Campuses

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that one in four women in the United States will experience forced intercourse by the time they’re 44 years old. But women who have no or little college education are 2.5 times as likely to have experienced forced sexual intercourse than women with a four-year college education.

In Memoriam: Joan W. Blos, 1928-2017

In Memoriam: Joan W. Blos, 1928-2017

A graduate of Vassar College, Blos, who won a National Book Award in 1980, taught at the Bank Street College of Education in New York. Later she served on the faculty at the University of Michigan.

Cameron Brunet-Koch to Step Down From Presidency of North Central Michigan College

Cameron Brunet-Koch to Step Down From Presidency of North Central Michigan College

Dr. Bruney-Koch has led the college at the north end of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula since 2001. Previously, she was dean of student services at the college. Earlier, she was dean of student personnel services at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan.

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.

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.

Four Women Named to Executive Positions at College and University Art Museums

Four Women Named to Executive Positions at College and University Art Museums

Taking on new roles at major academic art museums are Elizabeth Chodos at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Christina Olsen at the University of Michigan, Amy Gilman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Jill Greenwood at Oberlin College in Ohio.

In Memoriam: Julia Blanche Anderson, 1951-2017

In Memoriam: Julia Blanche Anderson, 1951-2017

Julia B. Anderson was the founding director of the Institute for Racial and Ethnic Health Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Later, she was a special assistant to the deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

In Memoriam: Geri Antoinette Allen, 1957-2017

In Memoriam: Geri Antoinette Allen, 1957-2017

Geri Allen, an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, taught at the University of Michigan for 10 years before becoming director of the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.

Melanie Sanford Wins the $250,000 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Melanie Sanford Wins the $250,000 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Professor Sanford was honored for her work developing simpler, more environmentally friendly approaches to the creating molecules that can be used to store energy in batteries, serve as new medical imaging agents, convert carbon dioxide into fuels, or serve as pharmaceuticals to treat disease.

University of Michigan Professor Carol Fierke Appointed Provost at Texas A&M University

University of Michigan Professor Carol Fierke Appointed Provost at Texas A&M University

Dr. Fierke has been serving as dean of the Rackham Graduate School and vice provost for graduate academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She also was the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry.

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.

Ten Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Ten Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

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.

Former Assistant Attorney General Named to Lead the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City

Former Assistant Attorney General Named to Lead the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City

When she takes office on August 1, Karol V. Mason will be the first woman and the first person of color to serve as president of the college. She served as an assistant attorney general during the Obama administration and was the director of the Office of Justice Programs.

Ora Pescovitz Appointed President of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Ora Pescovitz Appointed President of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Since 2014, Dr. Pescovitz has been serving as senior vice president for Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis. From 2009 to 2014, she was executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.

University of Michigan Scholar Wins the Pulitzer Prize in History

University of Michigan Scholar Wins the Pulitzer Prize in History

Heather Ann Thompon, professor of history at the University of Michigan, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for her book on the Attica Prison riot of 1971 and its aftermath. She spent 13 years researching and writing the book.

Rachel Lindsey Appointed to Lead Chicago State University

Rachel Lindsey Appointed to Lead Chicago State University

Dr. Lindsey has served as a professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Northeastern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago.

Large Percentage of American Women Have Limited Access to Advanced Fertility Services

Large Percentage of American Women Have Limited Access to Advanced Fertility Services

The statistics show that 29 percent of women in the 20-to-49 age group live in areas where there are no assisted reproductive technology clinics. Another 11 percent of women in the age group live in an area where there is only one such facility.

The First Woman Dean of Yale Law School

The First Woman Dean of Yale Law School

Professor Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale and is the director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the 17th person and the first woman to hold the position as dean of Yale Law School.

Academic Study Finds That Women Perceive That Racists Will Also Be Sexists

Academic Study Finds That Women Perceive That Racists Will Also Be Sexists

Test subjects were given profiles that included clues that the person was either sexist or racist. In follow-up questions, the data showed that women tended to believe that someone expressing racist attitudes would also be sexist.

A Trio of New Women Deans at Flagship State Universities

A Trio of New Women Deans at Flagship State Universities

Laura M. Haas was appointed dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. Lynda Welage was named dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and Elizabeth Moje will be the next dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan.