Claire Boothe Luce Program Recognizes UCI School of Physical Sciences’ Commitment to Women in the Sciences

Thu, 10/10/2013
The School is awarded $500,000 to support two CBL Assistant Professorships
Tatiana Arizaga
School of Physical Sciences Communications

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $500,000 Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program Grant to UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences in support of two CBL female professorships. This grant – which marks the first time UC Irvine receives a CBL Program award – recognizes the School’s ongoing commitment to encouraging and supporting women in the physical sciences.

Since 1989, The Clare Boothe Luce Program has funded scholarships, fellowships, and professorships for female students and professors. In fact, it has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering.

“The School of Physical Sciences is a leader in the hiring, promotion, and retention of women faculty at a large research university,” said Kenneth C. Janda, Dean of the School of Physical Sciences. “Our female faculty hiring rate is now close to 30%, and in the past ten years we have more than doubled the number of women faculty in our School.”

The CBL award will allow the School to provide a very competitive offer to attract two top scientists in the fields of physics, mathematics, and/or chemistry. The award will also reinforce the School’s commitment to actively addressing the barriers in achieving gender equity and advancing opportunities for women in the sciences.

About The Clare Boothe Luce Program: Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. The program has three categories: undergraduate scholarships and research awards; graduate and post-doctoral fellowships; and, term support for tenure-track appointments at the assistant or associate professorship level. Thus far, the program has supported more than 1500 women.

About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving high-tech hub in one of the nation’s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it’s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.