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In the Media - April 2015 Roundup

President Catharine Hill

The New York Times, the Guardian, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Philanthropy News Digest, Education Dive, the Washington Monthly, the Huffington Post, University Herald, Education Week, Higher Education Today, and the Daily Freeman reported on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence awarded to Vassar. A WAMC story discussed the Helmsley Charitable Trust grant awarded to Vassar to establish a hub for regional environmental research.

The Washington Monthly interviewed President Catharine Bond Hill about the challenges—financial and otherwise—of educating low-income students at elite colleges, as did NPR’s On Point. Hill spoke with Education Dive regarding student loans and how the prospect of college debt could deter low-income students from going to college. A Poughkeepsie Journal article on faculty salaries noted Vassar. Education Dive reported on Hill’s speech at the Education Writers Association National Seminar.

Hill and Ashinaga Founder and President Yoshiomi Tamai authored a story for the Huffington Post about the educational movement inspired by the Jean Webster (Class of 1901) novel Daddy-Long-Legs, including the education of 95,000 children through Ashinaga. The Poughkeepsie Journal and WAMC reported on Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, who will deliver this year’s Commencement address. The Financial Times* mentioned Vassar in an article about tourist destinations in the Poughkeepsie area. 

Colton Johnson

A Poughkeepsie Journal article about President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train notes Matthew Vassar’s journal entry to the date, 150 years ago, and quotes college historian Colton Johnson.

Vogue magazine wrote about the documentary (T)ERROR, co-directed by David Felix Sutcliffe ’01, which won the Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jessi Klein ’97, a writer for Inside Amy Schumer, was mentioned in a Makers story about the comedy show’s recent skit featuring Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She was also quoted in Entertainment Weekly.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, appeared on Face the Nation, where she discussed possible solutions to the problems facing Baltimore.

Public health policy expert Vijay Das ’06 was interviewed by  about a new bill—21st Century Cures—that he says could threaten patient safety and by CNN regarding just-in-time scheduling. illuminated the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s exhibition Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography. Buddhist News and Buddhist Art News covered the exhibition Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice.

Noah Baumbach '91

Reviews of the film While We’re Young, written, produced, and directed by Noah Baumbach ’91, were featured in several publications, including Deadline Hollywood, the Guardian, the Economist, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.

Meryl Streep ’71 is funding a writing program for aspiring female screenwriters over the age of 40, as reported by the Daily News. Vital Voices Global Partnership announced that Streep was also one of several distinguished women on hand for the U.S. premiere of the documentary film India’s Daughter. The New York Times noted her participation in the Women in the World Summit.

A book review of Lunch with a Bigot, a collection written by English professor Amitava Kumar, was published in Chronogram. Kumar was also awarded a writing residency at Yaddo for this summer.

English professor Hua Hsu’s article “A Guide to Thesis Writing that is a Guide to Life” appeared in the New Yorker. His piece on comedian Hannibal Buress was the cover story for the Fader magazine.

EEVO Chief Marketing Officer Alejandro Dinsmore ’15 was interviewed by Upload regarding his company’s $1 million funding for virtual reality content.

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project

A story on the growth of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project at Vassar was published in the Daily Freeman and on

Time Inc. Data Manager Sabrina Schmidt ’10 talked to New Jersey Business about altering math curriculum.

Researcher and neurologist Michelle Monje ’98 was interviewed by NPR for a story on thoughts that can fuel deadly brain cancers.

Roku Fukui ’12 authored a piece on the life and times of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies’ Perspectives, a student-run publication of the International Development Program.

Mona Roberts ’04, who was named one of the most influential women in sports by Guam Sports Network, appeared on KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A San Francisco Examiner story heralding a new opera based on George Eliot’s Middlemarch, titled Middlemarch in Spring, credited the opera’s creators, librettist Claudia Stevens ’69 and her husband, composer Allen Shearer.

Sharon Adongo ’14, who returned to her homeland of Kenya following graduation to start a data and technology consulting firm, Uwazi Technology Consulting, was profiled in Ayiba Magazine.

Faculty Accolades

Professor Debra Elmegreen

Debra Elmegreen, professor of astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, has been awarded a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute for her role in a collaborative research project headed by the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope for “Multiband Observations of a Local Tadpole Galaxy” to investigate gas accretion from the cosmic web. Additionally, Elmegreen was elected National Chair of the Astronomy division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a three-year term.

Nancy Ide, professor of computer science, has received supplemental awards from the National Science Foundation to support Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Vassar, including her ongoing collaborative research projects involving Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania.

Associate Professor Molly McGlennen

Molly McGlennen, associate professor of English, is the recipient of the 2014 Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies in recognition of her book Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry. It is one of the first books to focus exclusively on indigenous women’s poetry.

Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies Barbara Olsen’s recent book from Routledge, Women in Mycenaean Greece: The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos, received a long review in Bryn Mawr Classical Review from Dimitri Nakassis of the University of Toronto, one of the leading experts in North America on Mycenaean scripts. 

Professor Harry Roseman

Harry Roseman, professor of art, is one of two sculptors selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for its 2015 Art Purchase Program, which acquires original artwork for donation to American museums. 

Martha Kaplan, professor of anthropology, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Cultural Anthropology Program for her project “RUI: Cultural Influences in Water Management Strategies,” an examination of the impact of culture on infrastructural decisions and water management strategies by studying state policy and popular water use in the water-scarce context of Singapore. Kaplan is presently on a Fulbright Fellowship to Singapore, one of three subject sites for her book project Water Cultures: Fiji, New York, Singapore.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Rose Muravchick  has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar and will attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Muravchick will participate in an institute titled “American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics” at George Washington University.

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Photo of Arianna Huffington ©Carlos Serrao-The Huffington Post; Colton Johnson ©Vassar College-Lee Ferris; Noah Baumbach ’91 and President Catharine Hill ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Poughkeepsie Farm Project ©Vassar College-Johanna DeKrey; Debra Elmegreen ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Molly McGlennen ©Vassar College-Holly Wilmeth; Harry Roseman ©Vassar College-Benjamin Busch; Sherrilyn Ifill courtesy of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, May 5, 2015