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Ten Women Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at American Universities

Ten Women Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at American 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.

The 2020 Paleontological Society Medal Is Awarded to a University of Chicago Scholar

The 2020 Paleontological Society Medal Is Awarded to a University of Chicago Scholar

Susan Kidwell, the William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, has been awarded the 2020 Paleontological Society Medal for her contributions to interpreting the older fossil record and advancing conservation paleobiology.

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Taylor is the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. She spent six years as a lecturer in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also worked at a nonprofit affordable housing agency and served multiple terms as a city councilmember prior to her term as mayor.

Two Women Philosophers Share the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution

Two Women Philosophers Share the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution

Each year, the award is presented to a pair of philosophers who hold contrasting views of an important philosophical question “that is of current interest both to the field and to an educated public audience.”

Yale University Appoints Four Women to Endowed Professorships

Yale University Appoints Four Women to Endowed Professorships

The four women appointed to endowed chairs at Yale University are Margaret Homans in English, Lauren Benton in history, Susan J. Baserga in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and Regina Grace Kunzel in history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Study by Scholars at Yale University Finds a Gender Gap in Returns on Investments in Housing

Study by Scholars at Yale University Finds a Gender Gap in Returns on Investments in Housing

The authors state that “the gender gap in housing returns arises because of gender differences in the location and timing of transactions, choice of initial list price, and women negotiate smaller discounts relative to the list price when buying and offer larger discounts when selling.”

In Memoriam: Barbara Allen Babcock, 1938-2020

In Memoriam: Barbara Allen Babcock, 1938-2020

Barbara A. Babcock was the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita at Stanford University. In 1972, she became the first woman to serve on the law school faculty at Stanford.

Has Yale University's Diversity Initiative Been Successful in Adding Women to Its Faculty?

Has Yale University’s Diversity Initiative Been Successful in Adding Women to Its Faculty?

Over the past five years, Yale has invested $50 million in increasing the diversity of its faculty. During that time period the percentage of women oin the Yale faculty increased from 39 percent to 41 percent.

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Positions at Major Universities

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Positions at Major Universities

Jenny Kim was appointed to an endowed chair in hospitality business management at Washington State University. Jennifer L. Biddle was appointed to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University and Barbara Rockenbach was appointed the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian at Yale University.

The First Woman to Serve as President of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington

The First Woman to Serve as President of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington

Sara Thompson Tweedy currently serves as the vice president of student access, involvement, and success at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. She has held leadership positions at the State University of New York system over the past nine years.

University of Massachusetts Scientist Honored by the American Society of Plant Biologists

University of Massachusetts Scientist Honored by the American Society of Plant Biologists

Alice Cheung, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts, has been selected to receive the 2020 Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research. Professor Cheung has taught at the university since 1997.

Academic Study Shows the Importance of Paid Maternity Leave for Mothers, Babies, and the Economy

Academic Study Shows the Importance of Paid Maternity Leave for Mothers, Babies, and the Economy

Only 16 percent of American workers have access to paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Since paid maternity leave is available to so few, nearly one in four new mothers in the United States who are not eligible for paid leave return to work within 10 days of giving birth.

Survey Finds That More Than 40 Percent of Women Medical Students Report Mistreatment

Survey Finds That More Than 40 Percent of Women Medical Students Report Mistreatment

A new study lead by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine finds that more than 40 percent of women medical students reported experiencing at least one episode of mistreatment by faculty, peers, or clinical staff. Mistreatment included discrimination, assault, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment.

Three Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Kathryn Lofton has been appointed dean of humanities at Yale University. Rosita Sands was selected as dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago and Dayna Bowen Matthew will be the next dean of the School of Law at George Washington University.

Yale University Study Finds a Major Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Sexual Assault Reporting

Yale University Study Finds a Major Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Sexual Assault Reporting

The authors found that in the first three months after the movement launched on social media, there was a 7 percent increase in the number of reported sexual assaults. This increase accounted for the reporting of about 4,600 additional crimes and was spread evenly across racial and socioeconomic groups.

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The association was founded 143 years ago. Traci Hall will be the first Black woman to lead the association.

Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Phoebe A. Haddon became chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden in July 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was dean of the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. Chancellor Haddon will continue to fulfill all her duties at Rutgers University-Camden while serving as board chair.

The Gender Gap in Finance Faculty Positions at the Leading Business Schools in the United States

The Gender Gap in Finance Faculty Positions at the Leading Business Schools in the United States

According to a new study by scholars at the University of Massachusetts and Yale University, women hold just 16 percent of faculty positions in finance at top U.S. business schools. Women faculty members were less likely to be tenured, are paid less, and tended to be more likely to hold positions at lower-ranked business schools.

New Assignments for Five Women Scholars at Major Universities

New Assignments for Five Women Scholars at Major Universities

Taking on new roles are Thelma Hurd at the University of California, Merced, Monica Brown at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Joni Adamson at Arizona State University, Alice Kaplan at Yale University, and Johnnie Hamilton-Mason at Simmons University in Boston.

Study Finds That Male Authors of Scientific Papers Tend to Hype Their Own Work More Than Women Authors

Study Finds That Male Authors of Scientific Papers Tend to Hype Their Own Work More Than Women Authors

Researchers found that articles where the lead or senior author was a man, were 22 percent more likely than articles where the lead or senior author was a woman to use language in the abstract calling their findings using such words as significant, unique, unprecedented, prominent, and noteworthy.

University of Kentucky's Amy Murrell Taylor Wins the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

University of Kentucky’s Amy Murrell Taylor Wins the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

The Frederick Douglass Book Prize was established in 1999 and recognizes the best book published in English on slavery, resistance or abolition. The award and a $25,000 prize are presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University.

A Trio of Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Yale University

A Trio of Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Yale University

The three women appointed to endowed chairs at Yale University are Joanne B. Freeman in American History, Catherine Panter-Brick in anthropology and Nancy J. Brown in internal medicine. Dr. Brown will also become dean of the Yale School of Medicine on February 1.

Katherine Aidala of Mount Holyoke College Honored for Undergraduate Physics Teaching

Katherine Aidala of Mount Holyoke College Honored for Undergraduate Physics Teaching

Katherine Aidala, a professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, has been selected to receive the 2020 Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution Recipient from the American Physical Society.

Eight Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties at 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.

Yale University Study Looks at Fertility Rates of College-Educated Women From Generation X

Yale University Study Looks at Fertility Rates of College-Educated Women From Generation X

Generation X women in the United States — those born between 1965-1982 — had higher total fertility rates than their counterparts in the Baby Boomer generation across all levels of education with the greatest increase seen in college-educated women.

New Duties for 10 Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

New Duties for 10 Women Faculty Members 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.

Yale Researchers Look to Genetics to Understand Gender Differences in Diseases

Yale Researchers Look to Genetics to Understand Gender Differences in Diseases

Approximately 15 years after the human genome was first sequenced, very few researchers have fully explored how correlations between genes and disease may be different in women and men. Yale University researchers seek to understand how genetics plays a role in gender differences in disease.

Nancy Brown Appointed to Serve as the Next Dean of Yale Medical School

Nancy Brown Appointed to Serve as the Next Dean of Yale Medical School

Brown is currently the Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor and chair of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She will become dean of Yale Medical School on February 1, 2020.

A Quartet of Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

A Quartet of Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

The four women who have been appointed to endowed chairs are Isabela Mares at Yale University, Camellia Okpodu at Xavier University of Louisiana, Victoria Niederhauser at the Univerity of Tennessee College of Nursing, and Ellen Pawlikowski at the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna Will Receive the 2019 Welfare Betterment Prize

Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna Will Receive the 2019 Welfare Betterment Prize

Jennifer Doudna, professor of chemistry and professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will be honored at a ceremony in Hong Kong this October. Professor Doudna will receive an award equivalent to about $2.56 million.

Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

B. Paige Lawrence has been named the Wright Family Research Professor at the University of Rochester in New York and Ruzica Piskac has been named the Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Computer Science at Yale University.

New Exhibit Honors the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation  at Yale College

New Exhibit Honors the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation at Yale College

On December 22, 1783, Yale President Ezra Stiles interviewed 12-year-old Lucinda Foote and was impressed with her intellect. According to his diary, Stiles “found her well fitted to be admitted into the Freshman Class, if it were not for her sex.”

Karen Fischer Awarded the Harry Fielding Reid Medal by the Seismological Society of America

Karen Fischer Awarded the Harry Fielding Reid Medal by the Seismological Society of America

Karen M. Fischer, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Fischer was honored for her pioneering research on Earth’s upper mantle structure and dynamics, the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere, and the dynamics of subduction systems.

Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Named Faculty Posts

Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Named Faculty Posts

The three scholars appointed to named faculty positions are Nina Stark at Virginia Tech, Julie Dorsey at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and Elizabeth Marvin at the University of Rochester in New York.

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.