News & Features


Vassar's Transitions program for low income, first generation, and veteran students is profiled on the national radio program, Marketplace

Michael Kimmel '72 talks about men and masculinity with the New York Times

In the Media – August 2015 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for August 2015.

On Campus - September Preview

A preview of events on the Vassar campus for September 2015.

One Year Out: Estello Raganit ’14, Studio Assistant at Van Valkenburgh Associates

After a six-week course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Estello Raganit ’14 landed a job at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a prestigious landscape architectural firm, where he’s gaining hands-on experience in the field he intends to pursue.

A Unique Vassar-Mayo Clinic Collaboration

Faculty statisticians from Vassar and the Mayo Clinic, along with two Vassar Undergraduate Research Summer Institute fellows, are developing new statistical models for cancer clinical trials and personalized medicine technologies.

One Year Out: Sebastian Herrador ’14, International Finance

After a year analyzing global markets for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, an American trade organization, Sebastian Herrador ’14 is pursuing an MA at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Author Alexis Landau '99 talks about her debut novel with Los Angeles Magazine

The Poughkeepsie Journal profiles entrepreneur and environmentalist Libby Murphy Zemaitis '08

The Albuquerque Journal talks to anthropology professor Emily Jones '96

One Year Out: Ben Wills ’14, Crisis Intervention Counselor

Cognitive science major Ben Wills ’14 spent the year after graduating from Vassar in Juneau, AK, running an intervention program for men who had assaulted their wives or girlfriends.

URSI: Sampling Catskill Peat Bogs

To track the history of air pollution in the Hudson Valley, chemistry prof. Alison Spodek Keimowitz and her URSI students hiked to the top of six peaks in the Catskills Mountains to extract cores from peat bogs and brought them back to Vassar for chemical analysis.

Community Fellows Make a Difference in Local Nonprofits

Now in its 18th year, the Community Fellows Program matches the interests of a select group of Vassar students with the needs of local nonprofit agencies to fill vital needs during the summer months. Meet three of this summer’s Community Fellows.

In the Media – July 2015 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for July 2015.

Vassar Welcomes New Leaders

New individuals have joined the Vassar family following exhaustive searches that began several months ago. Meet Michelle Walsh, who was selected as the Director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Andrew Ashton, who was named the new Director of the Libraries.

On Campus - August Preview

A preview of the events on the Vassar campus for August 2015

Malinda Kathleen Reese ’16: Singing a New Tune

Malinda Kathleen Reese ’16 puts her spin on popular tunes with the help of Google Translate. Reese submits a song’s lyrics into the app, translating them from one language to another—and a few more—before translating them back into English. She then uses her lovely voice to sing the new—and humorous—lyrics. Videos of her performances have received more than one million views on YouTube.

Vassar's New Science Building: Get a Preview

View a photo gallery highlighting the construction of Vassar's new bridge building—a centerpiece of the new Integrated Science Center. Scheduled to open in time for the spring 2016 semester, the bridge building adjoins Olmsted Hall and complements the recent and extensive renovations of Sanders Physics and New England Buildings.

URSI: Archaeology in the Catskill Mountains

At the turn of the last century, thousands of acres were impounded to create the Ashokan Reservoir and its surrounding watershed. What happened to the people who lived there? That’s the question Prof. April Beisaw and her students are investigating this summer.

URSI: Hijacking Photosystem 2

Chemistry prof Chris Smart and his Undergraduate Research Summer Institute fellow, biochem major Drew Needleman, are working with Photosystem 2 and carbon nanotubes developed by Smart and his colleague Stuart Belli in an attempt to generate electricity.

URSI: Nano Scale Thermodynamics

Associate prof Brian Daly and his three URSI students are using lasers to study the physical properties of tiny wafers, about one-millionth of a centimeter thick, used in microprocessors.

URSI: Studying the Tau Proteins Implicated in Alzheimer’s

In patients with Alzheimer’s, tau proteins cluster abnormally, but researchers don’t know whether these protein tangles cause Alzheimer’s or whether the disease causes the tangles. This URSI project seeks to learn more about how these proteins interact.

One Year Out: Alix Lowe-Server ’14, Legislative Correspondent for Kirsten Gillibrand

As a legislative correspondent for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Alix Lowe-Server ’14 answers constituents’ inquiries on bills that Gillibrand is sponsoring or cosponsoring and monitors the status of legislation as it moves through the committee system.

New York Magazine interviews MS MR's Lizzy Plapinger '10 and Max Hershenow '10

Linda Fairstein ’69: Writing Crime

Linda Fairstein ’69 talks about her crime novels—the latest, Devil’s Bridge, will be released in August—her career, and her current writing project, which has a Vassar connection. A former New York City prosecutor and head of the Sex Crimes Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Fairstein uses her writing to lead readers through the fictional courtrooms and city streets to uncover its criminal underbelly.

A Weeklong Dig at the Roosevelt Historic Site

Assistant anthropology prof April Beisaw has made an arrangement with the National Park Service whereby Vassar students, working under her supervision, have the opportunity to gain experience in archaeology at the Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park.

The New York Times reviews book of essays by art historian and critic Linda Nochlin '51

The autism research of professor Marguerite O'Haire '08 is featured in the New York Times

Neshama: A Journal for Jewish Studies

Looking for a place to show off the works of Jewish Studies students, Bethan Johnson ’15 had a brainstorm—to create a new department journal. The result is Neshama: The Vassar College Journal of Jewish Studies—a 71-page journal that shares the original work of a dozen students.

URSI: Girding for the Invasion of Emerald Ash Borers

The emerald ash borer has already been spotted about 6 miles north of Vassar and is expected to arrive by late July. Biology prof Margaret Ronsheim and her URSI fellow Tim Veit ’16 are deploying predator wasps to try to protect a dozen ash trees on campus.

In the Media – June 2015 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for June 2015.

One Year Out: Kevin Lee ’14, MA Candidate in Environmental Management at Yale

When Kevin Lee graduated with a degree in biology last year, he postponed graduate school for a year and completed three separate internships. Now he’s headed to Yale where he’ll pursue an MA in environmental management.

Meet the New Fulbright Scholars

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vassar has been one of the top 10 colleges in the country in producing Fulbright winners every year since 2007-08. Meet the new Fulbrights.

A Little Surprise for Liz Titus Putnam ‘55

On the eve of Reunion weekend, Vassar and the Hudson Valley chapter of the Student Conservation Association surprised Liz Titus Putnam ’55, SCA founder, with the news that Hudson Valley SCA is moving its headquarters to the Vassar Farm in the fall.

On Campus - July Preview

A preview of events on the Vassar campus for July 2015.

Reunion 2015

Nearly 2,000 alumnae/i returned to campus to celebrate Reunion 2015. Engaging in everything from get-togethers and special lectures to the annual BBQ and parade, alumnae/i and their families gathered to enjoy three days of activities and raised more than $16.8 million in gifts for Vassar.

20 Years Later: Still Riding High

Back in 1995, the men’s cycling team made Vassar history when they won the Eastern Collegiate Division II championship. These days, despite career and family obligations, about a dozen of them return to Potown every year for a couple of days of biking and camaraderie.

The Sweet Obsession of Darra Goldstein ’73

Many may remember Darra Goldstein ’73 as the guest editor of VQ’s popular EAT issue, published in the summer of 2013, but she’s better known as the founding editor of the James Beard Award-winning Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. Her latest project, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, is a nearly 900-page volume that examines our obsession with sugar and sweets.

Professor Hua Hsu pens The Fader cover story about comedian Hannibal Buress

An Intern Finds Her Passion

Nicole Wong ’15 began as an intern at Family Services last year, worked full time as a domestic violence counselor over the summer, and has now been named senior high-risk case manager at Domestic Violence Services even though she won’t graduate until May.


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