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In the Media - July 2013 Roundup

Steven Cook ’90

Steven Cook ’90, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, contributed an op-ed to the New York Times, contending, “Democracy is built on democratic principles, not coups.”

Margarita Camacho ’78, surgical director of the Cardiac Transplantation and Medical Device Program at Barnabas Health Heart Hospital, was recognized on NJ.com for having performed a heart transplant in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She received an award at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s annual Partners in Progress dinner.

The New York Times announced the marriage of Nicole Quinn ’04 and Michael Gevertz ’04—who met while at Vassar. The bride serves as director of operations for the e-commerce division of One Lucky Duck, a raw vegan food company; the groom specializes in business development as vice president of Enhanced Capital Partners. Congratulations!

President Catharine Hill

The Evening Sun noted that, in honor of the Battle of Gettysburg’s sesquicentennial, organist John Wolfe ’09 will return to his hometown to perform at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on August 8. The church operated as a hospital for injured soldiers during the battle.

As the New York Times article “Efforts to Recruit Poor Students Lag at Some Elite Colleges” points out, a student at Vassar is “three times as likely to receive a need-based Pell Grant as one at Washington University in St. Louis.” President Catharine Hill, interviewed for the article, addresses the disparities in enrolling low-income students among the most competitive private colleges.

BethesdaNow.com reported on a pool party thrown by Jordan Cooper ’07, a candidate for the Maryland Montgomery County District 16 House of Delegates. The intent was to reach Millennials—those between the ages of 18 and 32—whom he urged to participate in the electoral process. A former legislative aide in the House of Delegates, he spoke about the “difficulty for young people of becoming financially independent in a down economy, the need for more transit-oriented development that would make ownership of a car unnecessary, and the lack of solid job opportunities.”

Ellen Moore Marmur ’91

Leading dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Ellen Moore Marmur ’91 shared her current research—a genomic and epigenetic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin—and favorite sunscreen formulas with readers of Vogue.

Grist magazine featured a Q&A with Caitrin Hall ’13 about her cross-country bicycle journey to meet women farmers and hear their stories.

The New York Times revealed that Jay-Z’s official art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89, had been invited to witness the filming of the rapper’s latest single, “Picasso Baby,” at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about the debut feature of filmmaker Shaka King ’01Newlyweeds, a romantic comedy about stoners that was shot mostly in his old stomping grounds of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The film was originally written as King’s thesis project at New York University’s Graduate Film Program. (Article available only to subscribers.)

Michael Kimmel ’72, distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University and founding editor of Men and Masculinities, commented on a controversial Iowa Supreme Court case of gender discrimination in the workplace in his New York Times op-ed “Fired for Being Beautiful.”

Glen Johnson

The Poughkeepsie Journal highlighted the special contributions of this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medalists, including professor emeritus (political science) Glen Johnson, who has “devoted his career to the study of the importance of human rights as a building block of democratic societies.”

And finally, happy belated birthday to Joan Ensor ’36, who turned 100 this year! She reflected upon her truly transformative past century—including a “time when Redding [Connecticut] had only country dirt roads, with grass growing in the middle, and people traveled by horse and buggy”—in the Redding Pilot.

Compiled by Jared Scott Tesler