The Wall Street Journal, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and various media noted the planting of more than 1,000 trees at Vassar’s Farm and Ecological Preserve. The trees were planted by alumnae/i, faculty, and members of the Student Conservation Association—including its founder, Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam ’55—on September 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, and September 12 and 13.
Joshunda Sanders ’00 gave a TEDCity 2.0 talk on September 20 about mental health, homelessness, and poverty. Sanders, a writer, illustrated the issue of mental illness by talking about her mother, who suffered for decades with untreated depression. Alexa Meade’s ’09 Your Body is My Canvas presentation was part of the TEDGlobal 2013 Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was posted to the TED website this month. Meade, an artist, described her method of painting directly on living subjects, then using a camera to capture the images.
The Huffington Post and other media outlets reported on Dan Bucatinsky ’87, who won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Bucatinsky was honored for his role in Scandal. His fellow nominees included Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Harry Hamlin, Robert Morse, and Rupert Friend.
Jeffrey Brenner ’90 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on improving medical care delivery in poor, urban areas. Brenner is a primary care physician and founder and executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, N.J. The announcement was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets.
PBS executive producer Rebecca Eaton ’69 discusses her love of reading and how some books become films in an article on wordandfilm.com. The article is written by Eaton, who is the author of Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS.
Vassar visiting scholar and sociologist Farzin Vahdat was interviewed for an article in Al-Monitor on the use of Facebook by Iran’s leaders.
Jennifer Gargiulo ’91 was interviewed by AsianTalks regarding her blog and book Diary of an Expat in Singapore. Gargiulo’s blog uses humor while discussing the joys and challenges of raising her family as an expat.
Jonathan Wood ’17 was featured in an interview on PBS’ American Graduate Day 2013. Wood, a U.S. Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq, is a member of the Posse Foundation, which offers college opportunities for underrepresented individuals.
The New York Times published a letter to the editor by President Catharine Hill regarding the College Board’s new efforts to inform qualified low-income high schoolers about attending top private colleges.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Jonás Cuarón ’05 and his father, Alfonso Cuarón, about their screenplay for the much-touted movie Gravity, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
The New York Times reviewed Blue Caprice, which details the story of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. The film features actress, associate producer, and alumna April Yvette Thompson.
—Compiled by Debbie Swartz
Photos: Joshunda Sanders and April Yvette Thompson, courtesy of the subjects; Rebecca Eaton, John Abbott.