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In the Media - December 2013 Roundup

Art dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89 was featured in the New York Times. With a client base that includes Jay-Z and Alex Rodriguez, Rohatyn is known for bringing much success to unknown and semi-obscure artists.

The San Francisco Chronicle included Shruti Swamy ’07 in a story about the San Francisco Public Library’s Project Read, which celebrated 30 years of adult literacy. Swamy, a writer, volunteers as a tutor with the program.

Rebecca Eaton ’69 talks about her new book, Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on the PBS show MetroFocus. During the interview, Eaton, executive producer of the two shows, discusses details about popular programs such as Downton Abbey. Eaton also was interviewed on PBS NewsHour about the book.

Shaka King ’01

Shaka King’s ’01 newest film, Newlyweeds, is now streaming on Netflix, according to Shadow and Act. The film is a comedy and drama about a couple’s bonds created and destroyed by the excessive use of marijuana.

Karen Gifford ’84, co-founder and principal at Broad Ventures Leadership, authored the article “Telling Women to Be Like Men Doesn’t Work,” published in the Huffington Post. The article offers advice to women entrepreneurs seeking venture capital.

Travel + Leisure magazine named the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library one of America’s Most Beautiful College Libraries. The library features a carved limestone façade, stained-glass windows, and tapestries.

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library

Melissa Franco de Gonzales ’96 announced her candidacy for judge of the San Patricio County Court at Law in Texas, according to the Aransas Pass Progress.

The non-profit Art Start was the subject of a video on Hypebeast.com and featured Scott Sasso ’96, co-founder and designer for 10.Deep Clothing, a supporter of the program. Art Start offers opportunities for marginalized individuals to use their creativity to design streetwear.

Associate Professor of Psychology Abigail Baird was interviewed by Sarah Begley ’12 for a Time magazine story on toys that stimulate children’s brains.

Emily Lichtenberg ’10 was selected as one of the L Magazine’s “30 Under 30: The Young Brooklynites We Envy Most.” Lichtenberg is the host of the web series Slumber Party @emmieshouse and an event producer.

The Poughkeepsie Journal published an editorial on Nelson Mandela by Kiwanuka Lawrence Nsereko ’01, former community outreach fellow for Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Grace Hopper ’28

Grace Hopper ’28 was featured in a story in the Telegraph. Hopper, who developed one of the first modern computer programming languages, was honored with a Google Doodle.

Meghann Hardesty ’01, vice president of programs at Taconic Health Information Network and Community, was profiled by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The New York Times published “‘Story First, Maps Second’” about Caterina Fake ’91 and her new start-up venture. Fake is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch. Her new project, Findery, is a location-based website that lets users post notes, photos, and videos of the places they have visited.

Michael Kimmel ’72

Sociologist Michael Kimmel ’72 discussed his new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.

MS MR, featuring members Lizzy Plapinger ’10 and Max Hershenow ’10, performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The band is currently on a world tour.

Pok Pok, a Thai cookbook written by JJ Goode ’03 and Andy Ricker, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. Goode is the co-author of several cookbooks and writes culinary articles for numerous publications.

Jean Murphy ’78, Dutchess County’s first female legislator, was profiled in the Poughkeepsie Journal following her November death. Murphy served six terms in the legislature, later becoming the Town of Poughkeepsie historian.

The Daily Freeman reported on the 11 Vassar graduates who recently won Fulbright Fellowships. The college ranks fifth in the nation in producing Fulbright scholars.

A Jamaica Observer story highlighted avant-garde stylist Sasha Bowie’s ’02 make-up creations for a Z Fashans fashion show.

Play of Daniel, which featured performers Peter Walker ’08 and Michael Hoffman ’13, was reviewed in the New York Times. The performance was praised as a “colorful production” and an “austerely beautiful 13th-century music drama.”

A Rural Intelligence article highlights Decolonizing the Exhibition: Contemporary Inuit Prints and Drawings from the Edward J. Guarino Collection, on exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

A third-place finish by Vassar’s women’s rugby team at the American Collegiate Rugby Association Division II tournament was covered by RugbyMag.com. The team lost to Notre Dame College (Ohio) but beat Kutztown (Pa.) University to end the season.

A USA Today story on Millennials and student debt quotes President Catharine Hill. She also was quoted in a Boston Globe story noting the passing of Gordon Winston, a scholar on the costs and benefits of college.

The Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication interviewed psychology professor Dara Greenwood. The focus of the discussion was celebrity culture.

American University Professor Leonard Steinhorn’s ’77 article “White Men and Their Guns” appeared in the Huffington Post and on the History News Network. The article discusses the national gun control debate and the relationship between guns and identity for white middle-American men.

Lauren Lockwood (Fielder) ’08 co-wrote the article “HBS’s Technology Skill Set Gap,” published by the Harbus, the student news organization of Harvard Business School. The article highlights the lack of understanding business school graduates have of information technology and why it’s an important subject for them to learn.

Amitava Kumar

Harper’s magazine featured an excerpt from Professor of English Amitava Kumar’s latest book, A Matter of Rats. Kumar calls the book a “short biography” of his hometown, located in India’s poorest state.

A Poughkeepsie Journal editorial, “Kids Aren’t Our Future; They’re Our Now,” was written by Peter Leonard, director of Vassar’s field work office. The article includes the names of various community groups and agencies dedicated to helping children, including Hip-Hop Theater, a collaboration of Vassar and Poughkeepsie City School District students.

Faculty Accolades

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, professor of Hispanic Studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair, received a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers 2014 grant, according to the organization’s website. The program supports writing on contemporary visual art, with a goal of broadening the audience for arts writing. Paravisini-Gebert wrote Troubled Waters: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art.

Debra Elmegreen, Maria Mitchell professor of astronomy, was awarded a grant by the Space Telescope Science Institute for her work in the project LEGUS, the Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey, under the direction of Dr. Daniela Calzetti of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The grant supports a large Hubble Space Telescope survey using 154 orbits to image a sample of 50 nearby galaxies of all types in the ultraviolet and optical bands.  

Seungsook Moon, professor of sociology, was awarded a Field Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation for her new project, Globalization and the Lived Experiences of Masculinities Among Younger Generation Men in South Korea. The Korea Foundation’s Field Research program is designed to support Korean studies research by doctoral students and prominent scholars in the humanities or social sciences.   

Jodi Schwarz, associate professor of biology, and Barbara Holloway, biology laboratory technician, were awarded a grant by the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT), an initiative housed at Davidson College and funded by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology. The GCAT grant will support the acquisition of new equipment to facilitate a synthetic biology research project for the BIOL244 Genetics and Genomics class. 

--Photos by Russell Monk, Evan Abramson, Keith Ferris, and Vassar College Media