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In the Media - April 2012 Roundup

Rick Lazio '80.

Policy Shop reported on a new partnership between Vassar and the Posse Foundation to help the nation’s top colleges better embrace veterans.

The Washington Times (DC) quoted Rick Lazio '80 (pictured) in an article about how conservative panelists can survive their time on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Politicker featured him in an article and video, in which Lazio endorsed GOP candidate Dan Halloran for Congress.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Vassar president Catharine Bond Hill in an article about maintaining access to quality higher education while addressing rising costs.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Betty (Adams) Daniels ’41 celebrates her 65th year of employment at Vassar.

Macmillan posted a trailer for Monument 14, the debut novel from Emmy Laybourne '93, due out June 2012.

Gallerist NY, Art & Architectural History Buzz, and PR Newswire noted that the Appraisers Association of American honored Linda (Weinberg) Nochlin ’51 with its 2012 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The Star (South Africa) chatted with astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen about distant galaxies.

The Quad City Times (IA) reported that David English, Vassar’s assistant vice president for budgeting and planning, will join Augustana College as its new chief financial officer.

The New Yorker featured Patrick Martins ’94 in a story about his Heritage Radio Network.

Luc Peterson ’06 appeared on PBS’s NOVA in the episode “Secrets of the Sun.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned Jeffrey Brenner ’90 in a story about proactive health care.

WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show interviewed biology professor John Long about his new book, Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology. MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show featured Long in a video interview about the new book. American Public Media’s Marketplace Tech talked with Long as well. Slate featured an excerpt from the book. Salon reviewed the book, praising it as “part Descartes, part MacGyver, and part Douglas Adams.”

PennLive and TV Series Finale noted that Penn State College of Medicine psychologist Dan Shapiro ’88 is one of the co-stars of the new National Geographic Channel forensics series, The Great American Manhunt. Check out this video of Shapiro in action on the show.

The Times Herald-Record (NY) noted that Vassar hosted a lecture about contemporary printmaking.

The New York Times featured Dennis Farr ’06 in a story about gentrification in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

New York magazine featured Ann Northrup ’70 and her work with ACT UP.

Playbill reported that Justin Long ’99 is making his Broadway debut in Seminar. BroadwayWorld.com noted that Long co-hosted the 78th Drama League Award nominee announcements.

InformationWeek quoted David Foote ’75 in an article about IT jobs in healthcare. PC World quoted him in a story about tech job growth forecasts. ComputerWorld quoted Foote in an article about shrinking benefits for IT workers.

The Inquirer (Liberia) reported that commencement speaker Leymah Gbowee’s foundation has secured funding for two scholarships that will allow young women from West Africa to attend Vassar.

The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch noted that Vassar is among the leaders of colleges and universities measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of their dining services.

The Harvard Crimson featured a Q&A with Lidiya V. Yankovskaya ’08, music director of the Lowell House Opera.

Rectified featured an English translation of an op-ed for the Southern Metropolis Weekly (China) by Hung Huang ’84. Vanity Fair quoted her in a story about social media and microblogging in China. The Wall Street Journal quoted her in a story about Chinese social media’s reaction to the Bo Xilai controversy. The Business of Fashion named Hung one of the “top-20 movers, shakers, and decision-makers in China fashion.”

The Newport Beach Film Festival announced it will host the world premier of Magic Camp, a new documentary by Judd Ehrlich ’93.

SSG Music cited English professor Hua Hsu in an article about artists and the concept of “selling out” in the Internet age.

The Fiscal Times (NY) featured an article about iD Tech Camp, a summer computer camp for youth held at Vassar and other colleges nationwide, and whether or not Apple computers are ruining kids’ brains.

Mercedes-Benz.com featured artist Alexa Meade ’09, who transformed one of the company’s C-Class Coupes through painting and photography.

Educause featured Bret Ingerman, Vassar’s vice president for computing and information services, in a podcast about effective strategies for data security.

Salon featured a Q&A with Ben Busch ’91, author of the new memoir Dust to Dust. The New York Times reviewed the book, calling Busch a “trench poet” whose memoir offers “a meditation on impermanence that tends toward a Renaissance discursiveness.” The Washington Post called it a “christaline, layered memoir.” The Seattle Times praised it as both a “beautifully written memoir” and “a tender elegy.”  The StarTribune (MN), Journal News (NY), and Navy Times also ran stories about Busch and his new book. Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, and Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable all featured Busch in interviews.

The Mail Tribune (OR) noted the passing of Roxane Page Ruhl Simmons ’34 six days shy of her 100th birthday. Following her graduation from Vassar, Simmons worked for Time, Inc., and was a founding staff member at Life magazine.

FoxNews.com reported that New York’s LaGuardia Airport is getting a culinary makeover, including a new restaurant from celebrity chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern ’84. The StarTribune (MN) noted that Zimmern is a finalist in the prestigious annual James Beard Awards. The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch noted that Zimmern has teamed up with General Mills for the Munchies, a new people’s choice food awards. Want to eat in Zimmern’s footsteps? The Daily Meal reports on a new smartphone app that lists some 700 restaurants where the Bizarre Foods host has dined for the show. The New York Post quoted Zimmern in a story about eating raw meat. Politico noted that Zimmern was one of the celebrity chefs at the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Eater ran a Q&A interview with him in relation to the Austin Food & Wine Festival. The Sun Herald (MS) ran a story about Zimmern’s visit to the first Gulf Coast Seafood Boil on the Beach. Atlantic City Weekly announced that he will be one of the chefs headlining the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival this summer. The Phoenix New Times (AZ) praised his appearance at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Mouth by Southwest featured a Q&A interview with Zimmern.

Forbes noted that Meryl Streep ’71 experienced bullying as a child. (She watched the screening of Bully with her Vassar roommates!) The Budget Babe shared how to get Streep’s fashion look for less. Celebrity-Gossip.net reported that Streep appeared on the cover of South Africa’s Fairlady magazine. The Sun Journal (ME) praised Streep’s skill with voices, which was the subject of the lecture “The Different Voices of Meryl Streep,” given by Bates College senior lecturer in theater Katalin Vecsey. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Streep sang The Wizard of Oz’s “If I Only Had a Brain” at a Rainforest Fund benefit concert. Indie Wire offered a sneak peak of Streep and co-star Tommy Lee Jones from their forthcoming film, Hope Springs. Entertainment Tonight reported that Streep will narrate the new IMAX documentary To the Arctic 3D. The Washington Post noted that she teamed up with Kevin Kline for a one-night-only staged reading of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in New York’s Central Park.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Lee Zalben ’95 about the protein and antioxidant powers of peanuts. Human Resource Executive Online quoted Zalben in a story about orientation programs for new hires at smaller organizations.

Just Jared and Ecorazzi noted that Lisa Kudrow ’85 showed her support for Operation Smile at a Utah fundraiser. Kudrow and her Friends castmates reminisced about the show in Vanity Fair. Luxury Las Vegas ran a Q&A interview, in which she talked about her time at Vassar. Examiner.com noted that Kudrow was part of the Writers Guild Foundation’s “Anatomy of a Script” series. Kudrow also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Forbes cited Michael Wolff ’75 in an article about whether or not smartphones will kill the news business.

The Washingtonian (DC) featured a Q&A with singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata ’96. Last Call with Carson Daly featured Yamagata performing her song “Starlight.” The Insider did a video Q&A with her.

The Washington Examiner (DC) quoted American University professor Leonard Steinhorn ’77 in an article about the Supreme Court’s review of federal health care reform. The Boston Herald and U.S. News and World Report quoted him in a story about Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House. Monthly Review cited Steinhorn in an article about political advertising.

The New York Times included Zoe Gross ’13 in a story about living with autism spectrum disorder.

PennSound’s Cross Cultural Poetics featured a podcast of English professor Michael Joyce reading from his latest book, Paris Views.

PaperBlog featured a video of Tanya Wright ’89 talking about her new book and film, Butterfly Rising.

TheaterMania reported that Lorenzo Pisoni ’97 will return to the American Conservatory Theater with his one-man show, Humor Abuse.

Gifts and Decorative Accessories cited Paco Underhill ’75 in a story about visual merchandising. NPR’s Talk of the Nation interviewed Underhill about how brick-and-mortar stores are altering their pricing strategies. MSN’s Business on Main featured him in a Q&A about what Main Street shops can learn from retail giants. The Daily Beast quoted Underhill in a story about e-commerce site Gilt Groupe.

Brandon Patch (FL) featured an article about fashion guru Stacy London ’91. Zimbio featured photos of London at the 2012 UJA-Federation of New York’s Leadership Awards Dinner. TechCrunch, Fast Company, and the Sacramento Bee (CA) all featured London in articles about the nationwide launch of her company, Style for Hire. NBC Washington (DC) featured a video interview with her about fashion and style in the nation’s capital.

Compiled by Peter Bronski