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In the Media - August 2012 Roundup

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth congratulated Vassar College and computer science professor Nancy Ide for receiving a $716,960 National Science Foundation grant to study language processing.

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition ran a story about bird-friendly glass and other eco-innovations that will be a part of Vassar’s new science building.

Bloomberg TV’s Bloomberg West interviewed YouTube Director of Product Management Hunter Walk ’95 (pictured) about “YouTube for Good.”

LaxPower.com reported that the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association named Vassar a Merit Squad for the second year in a row.

MedCity News wrote about Dr. Jeffrey Brenner ’90 and his innovative healthcare work. Health Policy Solutions highlighted his medical “hotspotting” approach.

New York Magazine ran a story by Michael Wolff ’75 about media mogul James Dunning Jr. GQ (UK edition) ran a story by Wolff about American campaign finance.

WTVR’s Virginia This Morning and KBOO’s Between the Covers featured actor and author Ben Busch ’91 talking about his memoir, Dust to Dust.

The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal interviewed Paco Underhill ’75 about retailers offering customers more “try before you buy” options. Bloomberg reported that his firm, Envirosell, has opened an Istanbul office. RetailCustomerExperience.com called him “the father of behavioral research in retail.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted English professor Paul Russell in a story about the death of Gore Vidal.

Variety noted that Lorenzo Pisoni ’97 will star in the Manhattan Theater Club’s staging of Terrence McNally’s play Golden Age. HuffingtonPost praised the return of his autobiographical Humor Abuse to the American Conservatory Theatre. The blog SFist said, “Honestly, as one-man shows go, we can’t recommend it enough.”

Hamptons.com noted that Stacy London ’91, host of TLC’s What Not To Wear, emceed Festive in Flip Flops, an American Cancer Society fundraiser. ABC’s Good Morning America featured her and comedian and actor David Alan Grier debating whether or not it’s okay to “breakup and makeup.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about the journey of biology professor Marshall Pregnall (pictured) and his family to climb the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine reported that opening night of the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival featured Butterfly Rising, starring and directed by Tanya Wright ’89.

The Gainesville Sun (FL) reported that actor Justin Long ’00 encouraged University of Florida students to cast an informed vote in upcoming elections.

Crain’s Cleveland Business named Diane Downing ’77, senior vice president for corporate affairs at Huntington Bank, one of the “2012 Women of Note.”

The New York Times featured an op-ed by Katherine Bouton ’69 about noise and hearing loss.

Politico ran a story about Annika Sandback ’86 and her new politically-inspired dog toys, Throw Them to the Dogs!; proceeds from toy sales benefit animal rescue groups.

The Round Table reported that singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata ’96 announced an extensive lineup of fall tour dates.

Gawker featured a powerful article by English professor and Africana Studies co-director Kiese Laymon.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science noted that psychology professor Abby Baird ’91 spoke about mental illness at a congressional sub-committee meeting on Capitol Hill.

WSLS’s Art Detective featured the work of Alexa Meade ’09.

Universe Today interviewed astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen about National Science Foundation funding.

The Kathmandu Post (Nepal) reported that Priya Joshi ’06 (pictured) used genetic tools to help discover a new species of endangered Musk deer.

The Wall Street Journal featured filmmaker Jennifer Clary ’04. (subscription required)

The Chicago Tribune and Datamation quoted tech expert David Foote ’75 regarding job growth in the IT services industry.

The Boston Herald quoted American University political science professor Leonard Steinhorn ’77 in a story about defining GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The New York Times’ India Ink blog talked to admissions officer Micah Sieber about the importance of extracurricular activities for college applicants.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted chemistry professor Miriam Rossi in a story about the challenges of raising teenagers in academia. (subscription required)

Cooked Books, a blog by New York Public Library Culinary Collections Librarian Rebecca Federman ’97, took a historical look at what Vassar girls used to eat.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Austinist sat down with Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern ’84 for Q&A interviews. The Duluth News Tribune (MN) reported on his talk at a Minnesota School Nutrition Association conference, where he urged radical food choices to help solve the world’s food problems. HuffingtonPost posted a video in which he shared a sampling of bizarre foods with TV host Kelly Ripa. CBS Philadelphia and The Daily Meal reported on his appearance at the 2012 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Eater noted that he’s launching a food truck in the Twin Cities.

The Sacramento Bee (CA), FOX News, and TIME praised the performance of Meryl Streep ’71 in Hope Springs. AARP the Magazine asked Streep and co-star Tommy Lee Jones if passion can last.

HuffingtonPost had a clip of Lisa Kudrow ’85 from her appearance on Conan. Glamour ran a Q&A interview with her.

The New York Times’ India Ink blog ran a piece by English professor Amitava Kumar about his hometown of Patna.

The Himalayan Times reported that Sahara Pradhan ’15 is helping raise awareness about a children’s helpline in Nepal through street art.

Attorney Jennifer Jaff ’81, founder of the nonprofit Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, appeared on Fox News to debate healthcare reform. (not online)

Compiled by Peter Bronski