PITTSBURGH: The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University reports that while women hold only 19 percent of seats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly—magnifying the underrepresentation of women in American politics—the PCWP found that when women are elected to office, they are more likely to advocate for women’s issues, are more successful at guiding legislation through the legislative process and can help create a more collaborative lawmaking environment.
In a recent study, “Few But Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly” looked to answer the question “Could Pennsylvania stand to benefit from more women legislators? And “How does the underrepresentation of women in Pennsylvania’s legislature affect policy for women in the state?”
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. The full list is available here.
PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University recently hosted the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students focused on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2017 was held Sunday, June 4, through Friday, June 9, and brought over 40 students from 24 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.
PITTSBURGH: Dr. Joe Schreiber, chair of the Chatham University Physical Therapy Program, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to APTA through district, chapter, committee, task force or national activities. Dr. Schreiber received this award at APTA’s national conference in June.
PITTSBURGH: Dr. Monica Riordan, an experimental psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh has published new research entitled, Emojis as Tools for Emotion Work: Communicating Affect in Text Messages.
In her recent study, Dr. Riordan analyzes emoticon use in texts and finds that while prior research of emoji faces suggest their primary purpose is to convey affect, few have researched the communicative purpose of emojis of objects. In her current work, two experiments assess whether emojis of objects also convey affect.
Different populations of participants were shown text messages with or without different emojis of objects, asked to rate the message’s affective content, and indicate their confidence in their ratings. Overall results suggest that emojis of objects communicate positive affect, specifically joy.
PITTSBURGH: Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Chatham University Junior, Maria Taylor ’17.
As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Maria will be a part of a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“Maria is passionately invested in finding solutions to social problems faced by her community,” states Chatham President David Finegold. “This is a well-deserved honor and will help further her commitment to help support marginalized students, students faced with financial challenges, and sexual assault prevention policies.”
PITTSBURGH: For the fifth consecutive year, Chatham University was honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University Shadyside campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Located on a campus founded back in 1869, Chatham’s 39-acre campus today encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom, as well, an inviting place to stroll and to meditate. In 1998 Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA, now know as the American Public Garden Association (APGA).
On Thursday, April 27th, Britt Ehlers, Arbor Day Foundation’s VP of Development and General Counsel, will be presenting a talk on the Foundation’s national and global tree planting programs. Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of TreePittsburgh, will also be on hand to make a presentation on TreePittsburgh’s current initiatives. These talks will take place on the Mellon Board Room patio, followed by a tour of the arboretum and a ceremonial tree planting. The event is free and open to the public. Please register on myChatham.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will be presenting a lecture by Ashton Applewhite on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at the Eddy Theater, on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Ashton, considered an ageism expert, has devoted herself to understanding the causes and cures of ageism – the socially accepted discrimination in our society, the “ism” no one talks about. With wit, insight and knowledge, she debunks the myths and stereotypes of declining cognition, health, and beauty in the over 40 population. Come be inspired and entertained. Lena Dunham loves her and so will you.
About Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. Read more about Ashton Applewhite at: thischairrocks.com
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Dr. Deqo Aden Mohamed, the Chief Executive Officer of Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), an organization working in Somalia to create access to basic human rights.