Clare Boothe Luce Program

Clare Boothe Luce Program

30th Anniversary Blog

Room for Wisdom

Clare Boothe Luce Program Participants' Perspectives on STEM Ethics and Society

In recognition of the Program’s 30th anniversary, we are highlighting what we see as a critical but generally under-addressed aspect of the study and teaching of science: STEM Ethics and Society. We will draw on the vibrant community of Clare Boothe Luce scholars and professors from supported institutions to share their insights on how to approach, address, and hopefully preempt what could be some of the most challenging issues of our time.

This collection of articles is intended to start conversations about existing challenges, to share what’s being done at some of the nation’s top higher education institutions, and to encourage the next generation of scientists to think about the role of STEM ethics and society in their own work.

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Program Aims

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. 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. To date, the program has supported more than 2,500 women.

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Award Categories

The CBL Program awards grants in three categories:

  • Undergraduate Awards
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Professorships

Designated Institutions

Thirteen institutions, specifically designated in Ambassador Luce’s bequest, receive income from an initial allocation in perpetuity. These institutions are known as Designated Institutions.

Recent Grants

Dominican University - Four Undergraduate Scholarships
Dominican University|River Forest, Illinois, United States
CBL Program Escrow Account - 2018
Georgetown University|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2018CBL Designated$340,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Le Moyne College - 19 Undergraduate Research Awards
Le Moyne College|Syracuse, New York, United States
CBL Program Escrow Account - 2018
Santa Clara University|Santa Clara, California, United States
2018CBL Designated$340,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
CBL Program Escrow Account - 2018
Fordham University|Bronx, New York, United States
2018CBL Designated$340,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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Momentum Newsletter

The Clare Boothe Luce Program produced three issues of its newsletter, Momentum, which offered a look at how designated and invited institutions used Clare Boothe Luce program grants to offer mentorship, professional development, community building and collaboration opportunities for women in STEM.

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Program Administrators

Program Director: Carlotta M. Arthur, Ph.D.

Carlotta M. Arthur, Ph.D. was the first African American woman to earn a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University. After a decade in the aerospace and automotive industries, she completed an M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in Psychophysiology/Health Psychology, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Carlotta was a member of the inaugural cohort of W.K. Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health. She also served as an Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, an HBCU in Nashville, TN; an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Smith College; and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Carlotta directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Diversity Initiatives, HBCU, and Appalachian Colleges Programs at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Assistant: Ms. Sarah DeMartazzi

Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Sarah was the administrative assistant for the PCLB Foundation, managing their office space and providing support for their grant cycle. She was also previously a research assistant at the New School and in the law firm of Paul Weiss. Sarah earned a master’s degree from the New School in Politics, focusing on Global Environmental Politics, and she earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State University in International Relations with a minor in Environmental Inquiry.

Image: University of Virginia Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow in Astronomy, Sandy Liss
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Recent News and Announcements

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Aug. 5, 2019
UD's Stephanie Law Wins Presidential Award
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July 18, 2019
CBL Program's Room for Wisdom STEM Ethics Convening
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