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In the Media – February 2015 Roundup

Grace Hopper '28

The short film The Queen of Code, highlighting the seminal work and career of Grace Hopper ’28, was noted in various media outlets, including Glamour and FiveThirtyEight. The Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Originals ran a story on director and producer Melissa Pierce’s upcoming film Born with Curiosity, a documentary about Hopper.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibit XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection was illuminated in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the New York Times, and ArtDaily.  

A Vassar screening of the documentary Pretty Old by Josh Alexander ’97 was written about in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 was named an Influential Marylander by the Daily Record, which honors the state’s top leaders annually. Ifill is head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

GE Reports noted the induction of Edith Clarke, Class of 1908, into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Clarke was the first woman to receive a degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent many years working for General Electric, helping to solve the company’s power transmission problems.

The Oscar wins for the film Whiplash, produced by Jason Blum ’91, were reported in multiple media outlets, including the New York Times and the Poughkeepsie Journal. The film took home three Oscars at the 87th annual Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. 

Author and publisher Judith Regan ’75 was the subject of a New York Times article written by Jacob Bernstein ’00. Regan is the owner of the publishing company Regan Arts.

The first phase of the Washington National Cathedral restoration (which includes links to a feature story on art history professor Andrew Tallon’s research at the cathedral) was outlined in the Washington Post.

Jason Kassin '90

Jason Kassin ’90 was featured in the Los Angeles Times regarding his content and rights management software company FilmTrack.

Vassar was mentioned on NBC’s Today in a news segment featuring Robert Franek, author of the Princeton Review’s Colleges That Pay You Back. Vassar was ranked #1 for Best Financial Aid. An interview with President Catharine Hill about making higher education affordable for all appeared in the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly. Inside Higher Ed’s story on the Warrior-Scholar Project referenced Vassar’s participation in the program, which provides an “academic boot camp” for veterans who plan on attending a four-year college. The college’s step-singing (serenading) was included in a New York Times photo essay on college traditions. The Chronicle of Higher Education cited Vassar’s inclusion as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright scholars and students. The college was mentioned in a New York Times article about organizations holding events to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. Vassar won its division finals at the 2015 Men’s National Team Championships, as reported by the College Squash Association.

Beatrix McCleary Hamburg '44

A New York Times story on Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the outgoing Food and Drug Administration commissioner, noted Hamburg’s mother, Beatrix McCleary Hamburg ’44—the first black woman to attend Vassar and graduate from the Yale School of Medicine.

The Powerhouse Theater Training Program was illuminated on Philipstown.info. The program, held annually at Vassar, is currently accepting applications.

A Conversation story on the Japanese government’s continued denial of responsibility for sex slavery during World War II was penned by Chinese and Japanese professor Peipei Qiu, author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves.

Writer Alan Neuhauser ’09 discusses oil spills and the government’s failure to track them in his most recent U.S. News & World Report article.

Political science professor Luke Harris was mentioned in an Atlanta Blackstar article about national statistics on black girls and the juvenile justice system. The story discusses the inclusion of women in President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, an effort spearheaded by Harris and others.

Author and teacher Torrey Maldonado ’96 spoke about encouraging young authors of color in a recent Ideas Never Sleep video.

Nik Kumar '01

A mobile app for Evernote, CallSmart, was the subject of a CIO magazine story. CallSmart was created by tech startup Tribeca Mobile, co-founded by Nik Kumar ’01.

Laurel Sturt ’77 writes about the current issues facing teachers in the Huffington Post. Sturt is a former teacher and the author of Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag.

English professor and author Amitava Kumar had his nonfiction work Pyre published in a special India issue of Granta.

The Port Clinton News-Herald interviewed Lisa Sheets-Archibald ’58, who offers free Spanish classes near her home in Elmore, Ohio.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported on the novel The Gates of Light and its author, Pari Forood ’80.

Shana Nys Dambrot '93

Shana Nys Dambrot ’93, an art critic, writer, and curator, was featured on the culture website Very Short List. She also coordinated LA Weekly’s Artopia and was interviewed for a documentary film project, #Routineology, about writers and creative routines.

A column on 3DPrint.com noted the work of Dante Varotsis ’13, a volunteer with e-NABLE, who traveled to Haiti to help create prosthetic hands made using a 3D printer.

Nana Baffour-Awuah ’14 authored a LinkedIn story that discusses strategies for getting promoted.

Phoebe Legere ’81, executive director at Underground Museum Foundation and a transmedia artist, appeared in Curve magazine.

Geography professor Joseph Nevins contributed a Huffington Post article regarding the ecological costs of hosting the Olympic Games.

Esther Ehrlich '83

Nest, written by Esther Ehrlich ’83, was included in a list of best new children’s books by the San Francisco Chronicle and was noted in Jweekly. The book was also selected as a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association.

A Colby College story on professors who were recently awarded tenure noted Maple Razsa ’96, assistant professor of global studies.

The Seventh Fire, a documentary written and produced by Assistant Professor of Film Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, as reported by Deadline Hollywood and Screen International. The film follows an aging gang leader on a remote Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota as he confronts the violence and drugs that infect his Native American community, while his 17-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of becoming the next powerful gang member.

Former president Frances Daly Fergusson has moved to Florida, as announced by Sarasota Magazine.

Baseball players Jake Doyle ’19 and Mike Perrone ’09 were featured in a Long Island Herald story.

Faculty Accolades

Anne Brancky and Michael Reyes, of the Department of French and Francophone Studies, have received two grants from the New York Council for the Humanities and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation to finance the Tournées French Film Festival, in cooperation with the Department of Film. This year’s theme, “Love in the 21st Century,” highlights love’s varied forms—in old age, in marriage with children, among immigrants, between same-sex partners.  

Prof. Susan Hiner

Susan Hiner, professor of French and Francophone studies, won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her latest book, Behind the Seams, on the nascent fashion industry of 19th-century France and the understudied women who shaped it, including materials from visual culture as well as labor history, popular literature, and journalism.

Dorothy Kim, assistant professor of English, was named a 2015 Emerging Scholar in the January 1 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The full-page profile of Kim, “Going Medieval,” notes her collaborative National Endowment for the Humanities grant to establish a Digital Archive of Early Middle English.   

Karen Lucic, professor of art, has secured a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice, a forthcoming exhibition under her curatorial direction for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Opening in April, the exhibit centers on the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, a figure crucial to the development of Mahayana Buddhism across Asia, and will display masterpieces of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese art. 

Prof. Cindy Schwarz

Cindy Schwarz, professor of physics, has been appointed to the Committee on Education of the American Physical Society (APS) for a three-year term. A nonprofit membership organization that seeks “to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities,” APS represents more than 50,000 members in academia, laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Maria Hantzopoulos, assistant professor of education, was awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation for her research project Transitioning from High-Stakes Testing: How Performance-Based Assessment Shapes Instruction, Curriculum, and School Culture. With co-investigators at the City University of New York, she will examine how a consortium of public high schools in New York City transitions from high-stakes standardized testing to a new performance assessment system.

Prof. Harry Roseman

Art professor Harry Roseman is one of 40 contemporary artists whose work will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets) in New York City during the 2015 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts (March 12-April 12). Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.

Photo of Harry Roseman ©Vassar College-Ben Busch ’91; Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 courtesy of the NAACP LDF; Cindy Schwarz ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Susan Hiner and Jason Kassin ’90 ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Beatrix McCleary Hamburg ’44 Vassarion; Grace Hopper ’28 Vassar Special Collections; Esther Ehrlich ’83, Nik Kumar ’01, Shana Nys Dambrot ’93, and Alan Neuhauser ’09 courtesy of the subjects.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 27, 2015