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In Memoriam: John Christine Wolkerstorfer, 1931-2017

In Memoriam: John Christine Wolkerstorfer, 1931-2017

Professor Wolkerstorfer taught American history at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for 24 years. She retired in 1997.

In Memoriam: Patricia K. Keely, 1963-2017

In Memoriam: Patricia K. Keely, 1963-2017

Patti Keely was the Jan and Kathryn Ver Hagan Professor of Translational Research and chair of the department of cell and regenerative biology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

In Memoriam: Mary Thompson, 1928-2017

In Memoriam: Mary Thompson, 1928-2017

Sister Mary Thompson joined the faculty at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1964. She taught there for 36 years until her retirement in 2000. She chaired the chemistry department there for 21 years.

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.

Eight Women Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

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.

Professors Find Gender Discrimination in Punishment of Financial Advisers Who Commit Misconduct

Professors Find Gender Discrimination in Punishment of Financial Advisers Who Commit Misconduct

The report, authroed by finance professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University, finds that women financial advisers are half as likely as their male colleagues to commit misconduct. But the study found that after cases of misconduct 55 percent of men – but only 45 percent of women – remain with the same firm.

A Quartet of Women Named to Dean Positions at State Universities

A Quartet of Women Named to Dean Positions at State Universities

The new deans are Alison Harmon at Montana State University in Bozeman, JoAnn Slama Lighty at Boise State University in Idaho, Laura Bloomberg at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Sarah Gehlert at the University of South Carolina.

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions in Higher Education

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions in Higher Education

The new deans are Allyson Leggett Watson at the University of South Florida, Soyeon Shim at the University of Wisconsin, Carol Strohecker at the University of Minnesota, Kathryn Graff low at Bates College in Maine, Ann Walters Robertson at the University of Chicago, and Bonnie J. Dow at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Academic Paper Finds Women Face Harsher Discipline Than Men in the Financial Services Industry

Academic Paper Finds Women Face Harsher Discipline Than Men in the Financial Services Industry

According to the study, following an incidence of misconduct, female advisers are 20 percent more likely to lose their jobs and 30 percent less likely to find new jobs relative to male advisers. This is true despite the fact that males are more likely to commit acts of misconduct.

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.

University of Minnesota Report Offers Data on Head Coaches of Women's College Teams

University of Minnesota Report Offers Data on Head Coaches of Women’s College Teams

The report from the Tucker Center for Women for Research on Women & Girls in Sport shows that in the 2016-17 academic year, women were 41.2 percent of all head coaches of women’s teams at these institutions. This is up from 41.1 percent a year ago.

Two Women Appointed Directors of Schools at Major State Universities

Two Women Appointed Directors of Schools at Major State Universities

Elisia Cohen was named director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and Kaye E. Reed was appointed director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

In Memoriam: Susan M. Christopherson, 1947-2016

In Memoriam: Susan M. Christopherson, 1947-2016

Dr. Christopherson joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1987. She was the first woman to be appointed a professor of city and regional planning at Cornell and the first woman to chair her department.

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Marilyn Nelson is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut. Professor Nelson is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award three times. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Nelson was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Florence Colson, 1917-2016

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Florence Colson, 1917-2016

Elizabeth Colson, a professor emerita of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, retired in 1984 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 67. She spent the next 32 years conducting field research in Zambia.

Glena Temple Will Be the Next President of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Glena Temple Will Be the Next President of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Dr. Glena Temple joined the faculty at Viterbo University in 2001 and served as dean of the School of Letters and Sciences from 2008 to 2013. She was appointed vice president for academic affairs in 2015.

Two Women Musicians Earn Milestone Appointments at Major Universities

Two Women Musicians Earn Milestone Appointments at Major Universities

Elizabeth Kerns McCann of the University of Minnesota is the first woman to direct a marching band in the Big 10 Conference and newly appointed Erin Cooper of the University of Missouri is the only woman director of a marching band in the 14-member Southeastern Conference.

Why Women Do Better in College Than Their SAT or ACT Scores Predict

Why Women Do Better in College Than Their SAT or ACT Scores Predict

Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that women tended to take courses that were a bit easier than the courses taken by men. But a far more significant contributing factor to women’s better grade point average was the fact that women tended to be more conscientious than men. In short, women are better students than men.

Sherlyn Fritz Is the New Co-Chair of Past Global Changes

Sherlyn Fritz Is the New Co-Chair of Past Global Changes

Dr. Fritz is the George Holmes University Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is now co-chair of the international organization that aims to understand the Earth’s past environment in order to obtain better predictions of its environmental future.

Report Examines Gender Disparities in College Student Health

Report Examines Gender Disparities in College Student Health

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has released a new report on the health behaviors of its large student body. The report examines the behaviors of male and female students relating to tobacco, alcohol, nutrition, physical activity, sexual activity, and other health measures.

The First Woman Board Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists

The First Woman Board Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Anne Kapuscinski is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science and a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Before coming to Dartmouth in 2009, she taught at the University of Minnesota for 25 years.

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.

The New President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

The New President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Mary Leigh Wolfe is a professor and chair of the department of biological systems engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She recently began a one-term as president of the society.

Seven Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Seven Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The seven women scholars who have been selected to receive national awards are Beverly Ann Chin, Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski,, Candice L. Odgers, Darcia F. Narvaez, Sandra D. Lane, Heather J. Conrad, and Katherine C. Hendrix.

Barbara McDonald Named President of North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota

Barbara McDonald Named President of North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota

Dr. McDonald, who will take office on July 1, has been serving since 2014 as interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls. Previously, she was provost at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Prestigious Honors for Six Women at American Universities

Prestigious Honors for Six Women at American Universities

The honorees are Barbara Oakley at Oakland University, Clara Adams at Morgan State University, Joanne Disch at the University of Minnesota, Judith Green-McKenzie at the University of Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Barton at CalTech, and Erica L. Herzog at Yale University.

In Memoriam: Barbara Louise Boyce Biales, 1935-2015

In Memoriam: Barbara Louise Boyce Biales, 1935-2015

Barbara Boyce Biales was professor emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professor Biales had four daughters. All four attended and graduated from St. Catherine University.

University of Iowa Honors Its First Woman Vice President

University of Iowa Honors Its First Woman Vice President

May Brodbeck was vice president for student affairs and dean of faculties at the university from 1974 to 1981. She worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and later taught philosophy at the University of Minnesota for 25 years.

In Memoriam: Kathryn M. Chaloner, 1954-2014

In Memoriam: Kathryn M. Chaloner, 1954-2014

Kathryn M. Chaloner wa a professor and chair of the department of biostatistics at the University of Iowa. She joined the university’s faculty in 2002 after teaching at the University of Minnesota for 20 years.

In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, 1926-2014

In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, 1926-2014

Joan Aldous was the William R. Kenan Kr. Professor of Sociology emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 1976 and continued to teach until her retirement in 2012 at the age of 86.

One Woman Among Four Finalists for Vice President for Instruction at the University of Georgia

One Woman Among Four Finalists for Vice President for Instruction at the University of Georgia

Robin Lynn Wright is professor and chair of the department of biology teaching and learning and senior associate dean for undergraduate initiatives at the University of Minnesota. She joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2003.

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.

Nine Women Appointed to New University Faculty Positions

Nine Women Appointed to New University Faculty Positions

The women who are in new teaching roles are Elizabeth Bjerke, Kibibi Voloria Mack-Shelton, Brett Gilbert, Joyce Castle, Yuvay Meyers Ferguson, Joan C. Han, Ann S. Masten, Rebecca C. Harris, and Dawn Herd-Clark.

University of Minnesota Finds Large Number of Women Choosing Elective Early Delivery of Their Infants

University of Minnesota Finds Large Number of Women Choosing Elective Early Delivery of Their Infants

Elective early delivery is used in 3 percent of all birth. According to the study, the main reason mothers choose elective early delivery is to avoid the large maternal weight gain associated with the last month of pregnancy.

In Memoriam: Judith S. Young, 1952-2014

In Memoriam: Judith S. Young, 1952-2014

Judith S. Young was a professor of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Young was a native of Washington, D.C. Both of her parents were scientists and her mother was an astronomer. In 1986, she was named the best young physicist in the world by the American Physical Society.