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In the Media - May 2012 Roundup

Rebecca Eaton, courtesy WGBH

The New York Times, Playbill, and BroadwayWorld.com previewed the Powerhouse Theater’s upcoming summer season.

The Press & Guide (MI) reported that ACCESS, the largest Arab American human services nonprofit in the United States, honored Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt ’50 as one of two Arab Americans of the Year.

The Harvard Gazette ran a story about Rebecca Eaton ’69, recipient of the 2012 Women’s Professional Achievement Award.

NPR’s Morning Edition featured Vassar and President Hill in a story about the economy and a liberal arts education.

CBC News’s Quirks & Quarks featured an interview with biology professor John Long about evolving robots.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable took a tour of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s exhibit, “Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu.

Williams College announced that Professor Darra Goldstein ’73, founding editor of Gastronomica, won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Publication of the Year. Her husband, Professor Dean Crawford, has taught in Vassar’s English department since 1988.

The New York Times quoted astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen in a story about maintaining the strength of American physics programs.

The Boston Globe featured Lindsey Payson ’11 in an article about her new photo exhibit looking at “ordinary objects.

The Suffolk Times (NY) remembered the life of Anne MacKay ’49, editor of Wolf Girls at Vassar.

Tufts University’s Jumble featured Maura Schorr Beaufait '06 in an article about the Boston Tree Party and “growing civic fruit.”

BroadwayWorld.com reported that Roller Disco, a musical co-written by Jennifer Wineman ’00, made its debut at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge, MA.

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted that Vassar hosted a conference about water quality and pollution in the Hudson Valley. It is the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act.

Newsday (NY) ran a story about Vassar students tutoring students from nearby Clinton Elementary School. (subscription required)

Food Republic featured Andrew Zimmern ’84, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, in a video where he weighed in on “derivative” food shows and praised fellow alumnus Anthony Bourdain. Fox News (and many others) reported that Zimmern won a prestigious James Beard Award (again) for best on-location television program. HuffingtonPost reported that Zimmern announced the winners of his inaugural Munchies food awards. NPR’s StateImpact Texas and KUT News (TX) featured interviews with Zimmern about why he thinks we should eat donkey.

The Atlantic Wire featured the trailer for Hope Springs, a new movie starring Meryl Streep ’71 opposite Tommy Lee Jones. The Telegraph (United Kingdom) talked with Iron Lady director Phyllida Loyd about what it was like to work with Streep. Hispanic Business reported that Streep—who plays the violin—was recently voted one of America’s favorite “unexpected musicians” in an annual survey by the National Association of Music Merchants.

DomesticFuel.com ran a story about economics professor Ben Ho and his new free online class, “Economics of Energy and the Environment.”

Forbes and Shine ran a story about Stacy London ’91 and her new venture, Style for Hire. Radio & Television Business Report featured London in a story about TLC’s Tuesday night fashion show lineup, where she’s both on-camera as host of What Not to Wear and behind the camera as a producer for Big Brooklyn Style. Gorgeous in Grey wrote about London and her book, The Truth About Style. London shared style tips via a Q&A interviews with Access Hollywood and Health.com.

Chronogram featured art and architecture professor Andrew Tallon and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibit, “Space, Time, and Narrative: Mapping Gothic France.”

The New Yorker named Dust to Dust, the new memoir by Benjamin Busch ’91, one of its “Quick Pick Books.” C-SPAN2’s Book TV featured him in a show about soldiers with Iraq and Afghanistan memoirs.

HuffingtonPost mentioned Paco Underhill ’75 in a story about resisting impulse shopping. Convenience Store Decisions cited him in a story about encouraging consumers to buy more chocolate. Fox Business ran a Q&A interview with him about “what Main Street shops can learn from retail giants.” The Wall Street Journal quoted him in a story about shopping malls beginning to cater to moms with kids by adding dedicated play spaces. TIME magazine quoted Underhill in a story about new reasons to go shopping, such as restaurants at car dealerships.

NJ Spotlight and Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Cooper University Hospital—where Dr. Jeffrey Brenner ’90 serves as the director of the Institute for Urban Health—won a prestigious $2.8 million federal grant to expand the work of Brenner’s Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. The New Journal (DE) cited Brenner in a story about patient-centered “medical homes.” The Guardian (United Kingdom) cites him in a story about “who should be the main recipients of healthcare funding.”

UC Santa Barbara’s Bottom Line noted that Lisa Kudrow ’85 was a panelist at a recent conference about television comedy. Contactmusic.com reported that actress Jennifer Coolidge credits Kudrow with helping to launch her career. The Clarke Daily News (VA) reported that Kudrow delivered the commencement address at Foxcroft School. E! Online noted that Kudrow said a Friends reunion isn’t going to happen.

The New York Post announced that Dan Bucatinsky ’87 has a new book coming out in June, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?

The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted sociology professor Leonard Nevarez and emeritus geography professor Harvey Flad in a story about the mid-Hudson Valley’s emerging Hispanic population and economic trends.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH) featured Kay Shames ’78, founding director of Cleveland State University’s Center for Arts and Innovation, in its “10 Minutes with…” segment.

Spinner featured two music videos of Rachael Yamagata ’96 performing her songs “Dealbreaker” and “You Won’t Let Me.”

SheridanMedia.com (WY) noted that Fulbright recipient Grace Cannon ’10 will conduct research in Berlin this fall as part of her fellowship.

Playbill and BroadwayWorld.com noted that Lorenzo Pisoni ’97 appeared in a New York reading of the drama Operation Epsilon, which will make its world premiere in early 2013.

NaturallyCurly.com featured a Q&A interview with actress Tanya Wright ’89.

The News Sentinel (IN)—via the Associated Press—quoted Hung Huang ’84 in a story about blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. The Washington Post quoted her in a story about Chinese elites sending their children to U.S. colleges.

SC Magazine quoted David Foote ’75 in a story about the value of information security certifications.

The San Angelo Standard-Times (TX) reported that the Fort Chadbourne Visitors Center/Museum has been named in memory of Roberta Cole Johnson ’49.

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice hosted Rick Lazio ’80 for a moderated discussion.

HuffingtonPost congratulated Betty Daniels ’41 on her 65 years at Vassar in an article by Lonna Saunders ’74.

The Poughkeepsie Journal featured an essay by sophomore Isabella Kosmacher about how dance inspires her.

Bloomberg Businessweek cited Michael Wolff ’75 in a story about whether Yahoo! can become a modern media company. Forbes cited Wolff and his story in MIT’s Technology Review in a story about whether or not Facebook and ad-supported Internet is doomed to failure. The New York Times, Boston Globe, Jezebel, and Daily Mail (United Kingdom) all weighed in on his much-talked-about feature in New York magazine about quality of life as we age and what that means for sustaining life (or not) when caring for parents and in our own twilight years.

The Danbury News Times (CT) ran a story about junior Kelly Holmes and her impressive track season.

Fashion156.com featured artist Alexa Meade ’09 and her unique painting-on-people approach.

HuffingtonPost quoted Lee Zalben ’95 in article about “modern business tools for the young entrepreneur.” Serious Eats featured Zalben and a recipe for hummus made with—surprise—peanut butter.

The Irondequoit Post (NY) noted that the New York State Senate honored Patricia Marks ’71 as a 2012 Woman of Distinction.

Playbill featured writer Anton Dudley ’96 in a story about Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.

PressTV interviewed Professor Joe Nevins about flaws in international law.

Gramaphone and Fanfare magazines praised A Wind Blows from the East, a new CD from Professor Drew Minter.

Compiled by Peter Bronski