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In the Media – October 2014 Roundup

A New York Times story on war veterans attending highly selective colleges included quotes from President Catharine Hill and Vassar Posse veteran Carl Callender ’17, who was also interviewed by Pacific Standard about the lack of veterans enrolled at elite colleges.

Guest director Kim Weild at a rehearsal for The Way of the World, a William Cosgrove comedy performed at the Martel Theater.

Vassar was named one of the top 10 theater colleges in the U.S. by Backstage, which noted the Experimental Theater and professional-level productions Vassar students create. The Poughkeepsie Journal commended Vassar for its New York Times #1 ranking among colleges providing access to lower-income students. The college was mentioned for its increasing economic diversity on campus in the New York TimesThe Upshot column. A newly formed memorandum of understanding between Vassar and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law was covered by the Indiana Daily Student, InsideINdianaBusiness.com, and the IU Bloomington Newsroom. The program will offer scholarships and mentoring to Vassar undergraduates interested in pursuing a law degree. BestColleges.com identified Vassar as one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. when it comes to academic excellence and a strong on-campus Jewish presence. A Brown Daily Herald editorial on the benefits of a required first-year writing seminar maintained that Vassar is one of a select few colleges that require freshmen to take such a course. Business Insider* ranked Vassar 35th in its list of the Smartest Colleges in America, which uses the ACT and SAT scores of students to determine rankings. The college’s partnership with Koru, a program aimed at helping recent graduates polish their résumés and prepare for the working world, was the subject of a Journal News article. Vassar received $624,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, as reported by the Daily Freeman, to fund the expansion of the college’s computing capacity and security as part of an infrastructure initiative.

A photo from Vassar’s 75th anniversary—taken in October 1939—appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Part of the newspaper’s Picture the Past series, the image features Hilda Swift Lane, Class of 1905; Hilda Vanderpool, Class of 1920; Poughkeepsie Day School co-founder Mrs. E. Sterling Carter; Elizabeth Meade, Class of 1927; Mrs. Louis Goldberg; Helen Taylor Troy, Class of 1922; Mrs. Albert Drake; and Martha Allis, Class of 1938.

The Daily Freeman recognized the eight Vassar students and graduates who were granted Fulbright Fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year: Sahara Borja ’03, Daniel Davies ’11, Ian Edwards ’14, Helen Haft ’14, Eleni Macrakis ’14, Victoria Qiu ’14, Annikea O’Dea ’08, and Sophia Wasserman ’13.

Urvashi Vaid '79

Community organizer and attorney Urvashi Vaid ’79 received the 2014 GLAD Spirit of Justice Award at the legal rights organization’s 15th annual Award Dinner. Vaid has provided leadership at many LGBT advocacy organizations and helped create the first lesbian political action committee (LPAC).

Linda Fairstein ’69 was chosen to serve as a special advisor to the State University of New York as it overhauls its sexual assault policies, as reported by the New York Times. Fairstein is the former head of sex crimes prosecution for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Geoffrey Graber ’95, a deputy associate attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, was profiled on Bloomberg.com and in Bloomberg Businessweek. Graber heads a team of federal and state attorneys investigating Wall Street banks.

Liz Crain '00

Liz Crain ’00 created a BuzzFeed list of eight Portland foods and beverages that should be spoofed on the television show Portlandia, including scorpion salt, chickpea miso, and Brussels kraut.

The New York Times interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley ’71 about her new book Some Luck, the first in a trilogy. Smiley also shared five writing tips in Publishers Weekly.

Vulture, the Guardian, Variety, Indiewire, Us Weekly, CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times the Daily Mail, and other media outlets published stories on the return of the Lisa Kudrow ’85 television series The Comeback. Airing on HBO GO, the show features Kudrow playing Valerie Cherish, an aging former sitcom actress who is trying to reignite her career.

The debut novel by author Alix Christie ’80, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, was reviewed by the New York Times Book Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. A work of historical fiction, the book explores Johannes Gutenberg and the invention of the printing press.

Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair John Long was interviewed by Wired.it, the Italian version of Wired magazine. The article highlights Long’s work using robots to conduct evolutionary biorobotic and biomechanic research on vertebrates.

Professor Hua Hsu

Associate Professor of English Hua Hsu’s essay “The Simpsons Go to China” appeared in the New Yorker. The piece focuses on The Simpsons television show streaming in China—as part of a new multiyear deal between Fox and Sohu, a Chinese web portal—and the larger cultural and financial implications of American film and television in China. Hsu also wrote about the history of graffiti in New York City for the New Yorker.

Meryl Streep ’71 was one of several famous women who were quoted for a New York magazine article on what famous women have said about their college days.

Grace Hopper, Class of 1928

Wired magazine featured a video of Grace Hopper, Class of 1928, during a 1986 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman as well as a story on the computer pioneer—in honor of the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Psychology Today published an article by Professor Dara Greenwood, who wrote about the ABC sitcom Selfie—and why taking and posting selfies on social media outlets is rarely about vanity.

Nest, the debut novel by Esther Ehrlich ’83, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. Nest is a children’s book about the adventures of a young girl named Chirp and her best friend, Joey.

The Buffalo News published an op-ed about Crossroads Springs Institutecontributed by Alison Hyde ’59. Crossroads Springs Africa supports a school for Kenyan children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

Torrey Maldonado '96

Torrey Maldonado ’96 was featured in a video on Discovery Network, in which he talked about his inspiration to become a teacher and how he integrates technology into his classroom.

Sakina Jaffrey ’84 spoke with NBC 4 New York about her new role on the television show Sleepy Hollow. Jaffrey’s character is the new police chief of the town featured in the series.

In a story on college fashion websites, the New York Observer* interviewed Sabrina Sucato ’15, who writes for the web-based magazine College Fashionista.

As the winner of the prestigious $25,000 J. Edgar Hoover Scholarship, Preston Miller ’13 was the subject of a Herald-Dispatch article. Miller, who is in his second year of grad school at Marshall University, is the only candidate ever to be selected unanimously by the scholarship committee.

Stuart Kaswell ’76, executive vice president and managing director, general counsel, of Managed Funds Association, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new regulations for swaps between banks, asset managers, and others.

LAVA Magazine featured a story by Chris Bagg ’01 on his favorite sports books. Bagg, an athlete who played soccer at Vassar, highlighted sports books that are “transporting works of storytelling.”

Mark Burstein '84

Lawrence University President Mark Burstein ’84, in a Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle article, discussed the importance of campus communities that support religious diversity, noting his positive experiences as a Jewish student at Vassar.

CooperKatz & Company, Inc., led by President and CEO Anne Green ’93, was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of the Best Places to Work in New York City.

Marguerite Elisofon ’78, author of the blog The Never-Empty Nest, was interviewed by Fox 5 WNYW for a segment on empty nest syndrome. Elisofon talked about her twins, including son Matthew ’13, moving away from home for college and careers.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted the products stocked in the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store, noting Chay Costello ’97, assistant director of merchandising, who helps choose the goods sold at the store.

Benjamin Busch ’91, who penned the article “Today Is Better Than Tomorrow” in Harper’s Magazine, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Busch, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq in 2003, wrote about his experiences during a recent return trip to the country.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner '90

Physician Jeffrey Brenner ’90 spoke with Marketplace* regarding the Ebola case in Dallas, Texas. The doctor says the fact that the former patient—Thomas Duncan—was turned away from the hospital on his first visit is evidence of the dysfunction of our health care system. Duncan died from the disease.

The New York Times remembered Joan Quigley ’47, astrologer to Nancy Reagan. Quigley, who said she made astrological recommendations to the First Lady up to three times daily during the Reagan Administration, passed away on October 21 at the age of 87.

Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair Amitava Kumar was interviewed by Ben Sandman ’14 in Full Stop. Sandman describes listening to Kumar talk about his book A Matter of Rats at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

WAMC interviewed Jeffrey Eugenides about his recent lecture at Vassar. Eugenides is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.

Faculty Accolades

Peipei Qiu, professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair and director of the Asian Studies Program, is the author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves, recently published by the University of British Columbia Press, Oxford University Press, and Hong Kong University Press. The well-reviewed book offers testimonials of survivors who recount violent, inhuman treatment at the hands of the Japanese military and wartime collaborators.  

A study by Joseph Tanski, professor of chemistry, and students from his 2012 advanced integrated laboratory course was published by the Council on Undergraduate Research in its Undergraduate Research Highlights, a national compilation of several hundred articles resulting from undergraduate research in physical and social sciences. The paper describes the spectroscopic character and X-ray crystal structures of six small-molecule organic compounds.   

Matthew Schultz, director of the Writing Center, is the author of Haunted Historiographies: The Rhetoric of Ideology in Postcolonial Irish Fiction, newly published by Manchester University Press. Haunted Historiographies establishes a theory of the specter that exposes the various complex ways in which novelists remember, represent, and reinvent historical narrative. Schultz’s work focuses on four definitive events in modern Irish history—the Great Famine, the Irish Revolution, the Second World War, and the Northern Irish Troubles.

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--Martel Theater photo ©Vassar College-Keith Ferris'; Urvashi Vaid '79 ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Liz Crain '00, Torrey Maldonado '96 and Hua Hsu courtesy of subject; Grace Hopper '28 ©Vassar College-Special Collections; Mark Burstein ©Vassar College; Dr. Jeffrey Brenner '90 Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Posted by Office of Communications Saturday, November 1, 2014