Elizabeth D. Phillips, provost and executive vice president of Arizona State University since 2006, will become executive director of the University of Florida's UF Online, a new program that will offer bachelor's degrees online. She will begin in January, when the program starts.
Naomi Oreskes, who was a professor of history and science studies at the University of California at San Diego, has joined Harvard University as a professor of the history of science and an affiliated professor of earth and planetary sciences. She is a co-author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.
Dean Zimmerman, a philosopher at Rutgers University, has been named director of the university's new Center for the Philosophy of Religion. Two other well-known philosophers, Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams, have been appointed as distinguished research professors and will teach graduate seminars there.
Betty Shanahan, who has led the Society of Women Engineers since 2002, will step down at the end of the year. Karen Horting, the organization's deputy executive director, will then succeed her as executive director and chief executive.
The Rev. Scott R. Pilarz will step down as president of Marquette University in December to pursue new apostolic work. He has led the university for two years.
Rollin C. Richmond, who has been president of Humboldt State University since 2002, will retire at the end of this academic year.
Ruth Patrick, a biologist who studied fresh water and how microscopic algae reveal the environmental condition of streams, died in Pennsylvania on September 23. She was 105. She was a longtime researcher at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Lacey Baldwin Smith, a professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University, died in Vermont on September 8. He was 90. He wrote several books on British history.