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In the Media - November 2012 Roundup

Sara Wolkowitz ’05

ArtsBeat, a New York Times blog, spoke with Sara Wolkowitz ’05, director, editor, and producer of Still on the Road, which debuted at Lincoln Center in 2011. An abridged version of the feature-length documentary—following 12 actors as they teach and perform classical theater across the country in the midst of the Acting Company’s 37th season—is slated to air on WNET on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST.

Techonomy captured biology professor John Long’s research on the evolution of fish and experiments using biomimetic autonomous robots.

Screenwriter John Gatins ’90 and director Robert Zemeckis appeared on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss their latest film, Flight, starring Denzel Washington. Gatins was the focus of a profile featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal, with additional commentary provided by film professor Sarah Kozloff.

New York magazine entertainment blog Vulture announced that Grace Gummer ’08, daughter of Meryl Streep ’71, has signed on as a recurring cast member of HBO’s The Newsroom.

President Catharine Hill’s opinion piece “Veterans Deserve More from Higher Education,” in which she addresses Vassar’s recent partnership with the Posse Foundation and forthcoming admittance of 10 students through a new Veterans Posse program, appeared in the Huffington Post. She was also quoted in USA Today for sharing the college’s take on online teaching and learning in the form of massive open online courses.

Vassar was cited as an “elite, highly selective institution” by Inside Higher Ed, which reported that “[liberal arts] colleges such as Vassar have seen record-breaking numbers of applications in recent years.”

The Arizona Daily Star published an op-ed from geography professor Joseph Nevins, who argues that “climate silence”—Obama and Romney’s failure to debate human-induced climate change during the United States presidential election of 2012—will only lead to a nation of further deterioration and destruction.

BlogTalkRadio interviewed author and leadership consultant Renee Weisman ’71 about her new e-book 7 Steps to Bragging the Right Way.

The Poughkeepsie Journal ran a column by Laura Livingston ’12, research assistant at Vassar’s Environmental Research Institute, about the natural value of the often overlooked Casperkill Creek that runs from Peach Hill Park to the Hudson River.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s “Sawdust Mountain” photo exhibition—showcasing the work of Eirik Johnson through December 9, 2012—was highlighted in the Poughkeepsie Journal. The story includes quotes from Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator Mary-Kay Lombino.

Dionne Carty-Jackson ’95

Dionne Carty-Jackson ’95, vice president of institutional advancement at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), was mentioned in a Virgin Islands Daily News article for ushering in a 63 percent increase in alumnae/i contributions during the university’s semicentennial year. While most other historically black colleges and universities typically receive annual donations from less than 10 percent of their alums, UVI collected a staggering 42 percent. The “miraculous” success of Carty-Jackson and her colleagues serves as added inspiration for the remainder of the Vassar 150: World Changing campaign!

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont ’93 was named to the New York Times Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2012. The Times praised the precision of Dermont’s prose, dubbing her debut novel “engrossing, captivating, and inspired.”

Compiled by Jared Scott Tesler