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In the Media - September 2012 Roundup

Professor John Long

The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY) wrote about Gloria Steinem’s lecture in a packed Vassar Chapel. WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Roundtable featured an interview with her in advance of the event. Alm@nac also previewed her talk.

Hudson Valley Press previewed Vassar’s Fall Convocation, delivered by biology and cognitive science professor John Long (pictured).

US News & World Report named Vassar among the top 10 for national liberal arts colleges in its annual rankings. Meanwhile, Unigo via HuffingtonPost named Vassar one of the top 10 “most hipster colleges.”

Civil Engineering, the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers, wrote about plans for Vassar’s “innovative new science building.”

Yale Alumni Magazine featured an article about the first women to earn Yale Ph.Ds. Three of the seven—Mary Augusta Scott, Margaretta Palmer, and Laura Wylie—were graduates of Vassar College!

The Daily Mail (UK) featured the amazing backyard moths of June Krupsaw ’66, photographed by her husband, Warren.

The Hollywood Reporter and LA Times reviewed Frances Ha, a “terrific new film” from Noah Baumbach ’91, filmed partially on the Vassar campus.

The Book Pod ran an interview with Benjamin Busch ’91 about his memoir Dust to Dust. The 10th annual Kerrytown BookFest (MI) featured a literary discussion with Busch about his memoir.

RNNTV, FiOS1 News, and the New York Daily News featured interviews with Rick Lazio ’80 at the Republican National Convention.

Full Stop’sTeaching in the Margins” featured a Q&A interview with English professor Michael Joyce.

Professor Abigail Baird

The Guardian (UK) reports that psychology professor Abigail Baird ’91 (pictured) was honored with an Ig Nobel award for her work demonstrating meaningful brain activity in dead salmon. The Dana Foundation blog complimented her talk-cum-conversation about adolescent decision-making with fellow Vassar alumna and “Friend” Lisa Kudrow ’85.

DailyMotion captured the red carpet arrival of Lisa Kudrow ’85 and Dan Bucatinsky ’87 at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter featured a Q&A interview with Kudrow about her experience working on the NBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, as well as an article about what it was like to win her first Emmy. HuffingtonPost reported that she appeared on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show and shared what real therapists think of her hit show Web Therapy. Forbes wrote that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi could learn a thing or two from Kudrow’s improve on Therapy. Minnesota Public Radio’s State of the Arts notes that she’s hosting a new two-part documentary Arts & the Mind.

The Boston Herald quoted American University political science professor Leonard Steinhorn ’77 in an article about Romney and Obama and their responses to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya. HuffingtonPost featured an article by Steinhorn about how Obama should respond to Romney on the issue of jobs. The New York Times published his letter to the editor about the legacy of the Baby Boom generation.

PR Newswire noted that USA Today debuted a new weekly column from Michael Wolff ’75. The New Republic ran an article by Wolff about why Rupert Murdoch dislikes Mitt Romney.

The Daily Herald (IL) noted that Meryl Streep ’71 headlined an epilepsy fundraiser in Bloomingdale.

LaxPower.com noted that Vassar appointed Casey Martin, an assistant coach from Wagner College, as assistant men’s lacrosse coach.

The Washington Square News (New York University) noted that Vassar is among colleges that provide CampusDish, a mobile app that provides dining hall menus with nutrition information.

Style Goes Strong interviewed Stacy London ’91 for an article about “how to pick the perfect jeans when you’re over 40.” fibre2fashion.com noted that she hosted the annual event Fashion’s Night Out.

Playbill.com caught Lorenzo Pisoni ’97 at the New York City premier of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver.

The HuffingtonPost featured an op-ed coauthored by political science professor Katherine Hite about the human rights context for the September 11 Memorial Museum.

The Poughkeepsie Journal featured an article by director of fieldwork Peter Leonard about Vassar students lending a hand to local agencies.

The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted director of media relations Jeff Kosmacher in an article about the addition of roundabouts to Raymond Avenue in front of Vassar’s campus.

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted that Vassar hosted a fire safety and prevention seminar for students in cooperation with Marist College and the Town of Poughkeepsie.

The Electronic Urban Report featured a Q&A interview with actress and filmmaker Tanya Wright ’89.

The Jane Austen Society of North America noted that it will welcome Vassar’s Women’s Chorus to its annual meeting in October, titled “Sex, Money, and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction.”

Dan’s Papers (Bridgehampton, NY) featured an article by Rachel Abrams ’96 about a reunion with her Vassar housemates.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Heritage Radio, a 24-hour food channel founded by Patrick Martins ’94.

The Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor by Katherine Neville ’75 about her time with famed actress and then-Vassar artist-in-residence Jean Arthur.

nextgen Journal wrote about Venture for America fellow Sam Stites ’12, who joined New Orleans-based tech company TurboSquid.

The Mercury (PA) published a letter to the editor from Babu Ranganathan ’80, sharing a perspective on the discovery of the Higgs boson, also known as the God particle.

The Daily Meal notes that Andrew Zimmern ’84 has launched a food truck, AZ Canteen. Westword (Denver, CO) wrote that Zimmern made an apropos appearance at the Denver Adventurous Eaters Club.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s blog featured a lengthy quote from Meryl Streep ’71, in which she shared why she once thought acting was silly, and what she thinks of her craft today. New York magazine featured her in a fashion “look book.” The Daily Mail (UK) shared how Streep—and her film Hope Springs—might save your marriage. Streep similarly dished relationship advice and perspectives with the Daily Telegraph and Glamour magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that she attended an epilepsy charity fundraiser in Illinois.

Brooklyn-based indie rock band Late Cambrian posted a YouTube video of band member John Wlaysewski performing “Duet” with Rachael Yamagata ’96.

Gawker published an essay by Sharon Onga ’13 about her coming-of-age narrative as a queer African immigrant in America.

Compiled by Peter Bronski