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In the Media - June 2012 Roundup

President Catharine Hill

The White House, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many others noted that Vassar is one of 10 colleges participating in an initiative to increase financial aid transparency. President Hill met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other higher education leaders at the White House.

NPR interviewed director of athletics and physical education Sharon Beverly about the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

The New York Times mentioned college founder Matthew Vassar in a story about “Beer Here,” an exhibit about brewing at the New-York Historical Society.

PBS NewsHour interviewed astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen about the problem of light pollution in “Where Have All the Stars Gone?”

Lisa Kudrow ’85 interviewed fellow alum Dan Bucatinsky ’87 about his new book, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad, on the Daily Beast. SheWired noted that Kudrow once again teamed up with some familiar faces, including fellow alumna Meryl Streep '71, for Web Therapy Season 2.0.

AfterElton.com featured a Q&A interview with Bucatinsky about his new book.

Politico reported that Bill Clinton thinks Streep should play Hillary. New York City noted that Streep was an honoree at the seventh annual Made in NY awards ceremony. Vanity Fair noted that she presented a Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award and spoke about the underrepresentation of women in the film industry. Middletown Press (CT) noted that Streep gave the closing act of the Kent Memorial Library’s “Great Performances” spring lecture series, in which she spoke about old-fashioned parenting. NPR’s Morning Edition and the Wall Street Journal noted that Streep and Kevin Kline led a staged reading of Romeo and Juliet for the 50th season of New York’s Shakespeare in the Park.

UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences interviewed climber Roger Putnam ’06 about ascending the 3,000-foot rock face El Capitan in Yosemite to study geology.

The Times of Trenton (NJ) and NJ Spotlight wrote about Jeffrey Brenner ’90 and his work to lower healthcare costs while treating the neediest patients. The Aetna Foundation featured him in a video about healthcare innovation. HuffingtonPost noted that MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan cited Brenner as a positive example in his commencement address at Union College. MarketWatch and NJ Biz noted his Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers recently received a federal Health Care Innovation Award.

MSNBC’s The Look on Today featured Stacy London ’91 in a story about how to wear floral prints during summer. Mashable wrote about how London and company tapped into the power of social media for the season premier of TLC’s What Not to Wear. Entertainment Weekly reported that TLC renewed the hit show for a 10th season.

The Irish Examiner quoted Paco Underhill ’75 in a story about flash sales. The Economic Times quoted him in a story about shopper marketing. The Wall Street Journal quoted Underhill in a story about the resurrection of the New Jersey Meadowlands Xanadu project. MarketWatch noted that he was the headline speaker at the “The Future of Shopping” conference in New York. The Journal (Ireland) quoted him in a story about “6 incredibly fiendish tricks to make you buy stuff.” Fast Company cited Underhill in a story about taking career chances.

The Christian Post quoted Rick Lazio ’80 in a story about the proposed mosque near the 9/11 Ground Zero site in New York City.

The San Jose Mercury News (CA) mentioned Lee Zalben ’95 in a story about homemade nut butters. CNBC quoted him in a story about elevating the status of the PB&J sandwich.

Forbes cited Michael Wolff ’75 in an article about the value of Facebook.

HuffingtonPost ran a story by Leonard Steinhorn ’77 about how best to characterize Mitt Romney.

Traverse, North Michigan’s Magazine noted that the photographs of Ben Busch ’91 were the featured in the exhibit, “The Art in War,” at the Dennos Museum.

HuffingtonPost ran a story by Michael Likosky ’93 about infrastructure banks.

Actress Tanya Wright ’89 discussed the new season of True Blood in a video on WPIX.

HuffingtonPost ran a story about 2012 Vassar Commencement speaker Leymah Gbowee by Lori Sokol P’12.

Staten Island Live (NY) featured Kerry Sullivan ’85 in a story about how she changed the course of her life following 9/11.

The Times Herald-Record (NY) noted that English professor Paul Kane was selected as Orange County’s new poet laureate.

WAMC’s Northeast Report interviewed economics professor Shirley Johnson-Lans about the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Press TV’s U.S. Desk interviewed geography professor Joseph Nevins about President Obama’s recent promise to prevent undocumented Latino youth from being deported.

WABC’s John Batchelor Show interviewed biology professor John Long about his robotics research.

Wired magazine announced artist Alexa Meade ’09 as one of the speakers at Wired 2012, a conference scheduled for October in London “celebrating the ideas, innovations, and people reshaping our world.” The Wall Street Journal and Juxtapoz magazine wrote about her recent exhibition at Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery. NPR’s The Picture Show featured a slideshow of her work. TEDx London Business School 2012 featured a video of her presentation.

The Times-Picayune (LA) noted that Julia Martin ’14 will spend this fall at Temple University in Tokyo.

The Georgian (Canada) noted that Amanda Doucette ’01, formerly a chemist, recently embarked on a second career as an anesthesiologist.

The New York Times noted that Patrick Martins ’94 joined with Mario Batali and other prominent restaurant and food-business leaders in opposing hydrofracking.

The MetroWest Daily News noted that Jen Wineman ’00 is the co-author, director, and choreographer for the new parody Roller Disco: The Musical.

Brand Channel noted that Hung Huang ’84 was a featured guest on the Armani tweet talk “China: The New Fashion Superpower.” The BBC quoted her in an article about China and “soft power.”

Chestnut Hill Local (PA) noted that Elisa Ludwig ’96 recently published her debut young adult novel, Pretty Crooked.

The New York Times featured a piece by Tom Beller ’87 about living in two cities (New York and New Orleans).

Advocate.com wrote about Joshua Taylor ’97, who donated a kidney to save his boyfriend from renal failure.

Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote about a trip to Vassar in “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” for the Atlantic.

The Washington Post quoted Andrew Zimmern ’84 in an article about whether to barbeque spareribs with or without their silverskin. MLB Fan Cave featured a video in which Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips joined Zimmern for some curious eats. CBS Minnesota featured an extended two-part interview in which Zimmern talked about balancing his travel-heavy job with family life at home in Edina, MN. MSNBC’s Bites on Today featured him in a story about Filipino food as the “next big thing.” PCMag.com featured a Q&A interview with Zimmern about travel and what technology he carries on the road. Eater posted a wide-ranging interview with him, covering topics from the food scene in Austin to Zimmern’s new airport sandwich shops.

Compiled by Peter Bronski