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Study Identifies Risk Factors for Sexual Abuse of Early Maturing Girls

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Sexual Abuse of Early Maturing Girls

A new study by scholars at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University find that early maturing girls are more likely to be abused if their friend group contains a large number of boys.

Drew Faust Will Step Down as President of Harvard University Next June

Drew Faust Will Step Down as President of Harvard University Next June

Dr. Faust became the first woman president of Harvard University in July 2007. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Earlier, she served for 25 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Since 2008, Dr. Wyke has been serving as vice chancellor for finance and administration for the University of Maine System. She had served as interim president of the Augusta campus for six months in 2015. Dr. Wyke is the former commissioner of the Department of Administration and Finance for the state of Maine.

Study Finds That Lower Resting Heart Rates of Men Contribute to the Gender Gap in Criminal Activity

Study Finds That Lower Resting Heart Rates of Men Contribute to the Gender Gap in Criminal Activity

It is well known that men are far more likely to participate in criminal activity, particularly violent crime, than women. A new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania finds that that the lower resting heart rate of men compared to women can explain between 5 and 17 percent of the gender gap in criminal activity.

Study Finds That Pregnant Women Are More Likely to Be Victims of Assault Than Other Women

Study Finds That Pregnant Women Are More Likely to Be Victims of Assault Than Other Women

After examining 45,000 cases of trauma of women of childbearing age at hospitals in Pennsylvania between 2005 and and 2015, the study found that trauma from assaults or accidents affects one in 12 pregnancies.

The Next President of Bowie State University in Maryland

The Next President of Bowie State University in Maryland

For the past three years, Aminta Hawkins Breaux has served as vice president for advancement at Millersville University, a campus of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She was vice president for student affairs at Millersville University from 2008 to 2014.

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members

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.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

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.

Christine Poggi to Head the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University

Christine Poggi to Head the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University

Currently, Dr. Poggi is a professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She holds a secondary appointment in Italian studies. She has also served as director of the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Vollendorf Appointed Provost at Sonoma State University in California

Lisa Vollendorf Appointed Provost at Sonoma State University in California

Since 2012, Dr. Vollendorf has been serving as dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at San Jose State University in California. Earlier, Dr. Vollendorf was a professor of Spanish at California State University, Los Angeles and taught at Wayne State University in Detroit and Miami University in Ohio.

A Major Vote of Confidence for the President of Lafayette College

A Major Vote of Confidence for the President of Lafayette College

In 2013, Alison Byerly was named the first woman president of Lafayette College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Easton, Pennsylvania. The board of trustees of Lafayette College has now extended Dr. Byerly’s contract for an additional five years.

Laura Freid Chosen as the Next President of the Maine College of Art

Laura Freid Chosen as the Next President of the Maine College of Art

Dr. Freid has been serving as the CEO and executive director of The Silk Road Project, a global cultural arts organization based at Harvard University. She has held high-level executive posts in communications and public affairs at both Harvard University and Brown University.

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members at Major 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.

University of Pennsylvania Study Examines Gun Use in Domestic Violence Incidents

University of Pennsylvania Study Examines Gun Use in Domestic Violence Incidents

Author Susan B. Sorenson, a professor of social policy, notes that using a gun is a form of coercive control, in which an abuser doesn’t necessarily want to physically hurt a victim but rather cement the power dynamic between, thus increasing the intimidation factor.

Fordham University Scholar Wins Book Award

Fordham University Scholar Wins Book Award

Shonni Enelow, an assistant professor of English at Fordham University in New York, has been selected to receive the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her book on method acting.

Four Women Among This Year's 15 Churchill Scholars

Four Women Among This Year’s 15 Churchill Scholars

Churchill Scholars will study for master’s degrees in STEM fields at the University of Cambridge in England. Of the 15 Churchill Scholarships awarded this year, four went to women. A year ago, nine of the 15 winners of Churchill Scholarships were women.

In Memoriam: Adele Howe

In Memoriam: Adele Howe

Adele Howe was a professor of computer science at Colorado State University. She joined the faculty in 1992 and in 2010 was named Professor Laureate in the university’s College of Natural Sciences.

New Roles for Seven Women Faculty Members at Major Colleges and Universities

New Roles for Seven Women Faculty Members at Major Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Tomoko Sakomura at Swarthmore College, Aimee Bender at the University of Southern California, Anne C. Stone at Arizona State University, Ann-Catherine Sullivan at Norfolk State University in Virginia, Canan Dagdeviren at MIT, Lori Rolando at Vanderbilt University, and Raina Merchant at the University of Pennsylvania.

Women Welcome Competition to Better Past Performances But Not When Pitted Against Others

Women Welcome Competition to Better Past Performances But Not When Pitted Against Others

A new study led by Coren Apicella, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is the lead author of a study that shows women are very competitive in efforts to improve themselves but tend to shy away from competition when they are pitted against other women and men.

Yale University Art Historian Wins Book Award

Yale University Art Historian Wins Book Award

Kishwar Rizvi, associate professor in the history of art at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, received the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association. Dr. Rizvi joined the faculty at Yale in 2006 and was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 2012.

Seven Women Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Honors and Awards

Seven Women Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Honors and Awards

They are Jane Lubchenco at Oregon State University, Kristy L. Weber and Megan S. Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Derryberry of the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Marina Angel of Temple University in Philadelphia, Yue Qi of Michigan State University, and Sangeeta Pratap of Hunter College in New York City.

Three Women Scholars Who Were Presented with Notable Honors or Awards

Three Women Scholars Who Were Presented with Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Mindy S. Bradley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas, Margaret Werner-Washburne, Regents Professor Emerita at the University of New Mexico, and Molly Sheehan, a postdoctoral researcher in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two Women Presidents of Philadelphia Educational Institutions Get Contract Extensions

Two Women Presidents of Philadelphia Educational Institutions Get Contract Extensions

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, had her contract extended through June 30, 2022. She will be the longest-serving president in the university’s history. Carol Jean Vale, president of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelaphia, was appointed to a sixth five-year term.

Report Finds Breastfeeding for Working Mothers Remains Challenging

Report Finds Breastfeeding for Working Mothers Remains Challenging

A report authored by scholars at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia finds that even at organizations that have made a concerted effort to support breastfeeding mothers, women still face barriers and peer pressure that can make it difficult for them in the workplace.

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Dr. Pollack will also hold a tenured faculty position in the departments of computer science and information science at Cornell. She has served as provost at the University of Michigan since 2013. Professor Pollack has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2000.

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Blue and Gold Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware, is the winner of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

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: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several univeraities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon is currently executive vice president at Wilmington University. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the first African American woman to serve as president of a university in the state of Delaware.

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 23 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, 12 are women. All but one have current ties to the academic world.

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Fourteen 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.

Six Women Faculty Members Selected for Notable Honors

Six Women Faculty Members Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are Lyra Monteiro of Rutgers University-Newark, Terri J. Vrtiska of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Lori Jakiela of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, Maria F. Paredes Fernandez of the University of Pennsylvania, Kathryn Jablokow of Pennsylvania State University- Great Valley, and the late Katie Whitlock of California State University, Chico.

President of Neumann University in Pennsylvania Announces Her Retirement

President of Neumann University in Pennsylvania Announces Her Retirement

Rosalie M. Mirenda, president of Neumann University in Ashton, Pennsylvania, since 1996, has announced that she will step down from her post on June 30, 2017. During her tenure as president, the campus has grown from 14 to 68 acres and enrollments have more than tripled.

Nine Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships in Higher Education

Nine Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships in Higher Education

The women appointed to endowed chairs at colleges and universities are Maya Wiley, Sally C. Morton, Julia Wallace, Jodi Upton, Hui Fang, Beth Simmons, Pia Albinsson, Shontavia Johnson, and Anne Gelb.

Eight Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles and Responsibilities

Eight Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles and Responsibilities

Here is this week’s roundup of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions.