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In the Media - September 2015 Roundup

Vassar was noted in Washington Post and Education Dive stories on the New York Times’ College Access Index, which ranked how well colleges attracted, funded, and graduated low-income students (Vassar was the top-ranked private liberal arts college on the list). Vassar’s Transitions program for low-income, first-generation, and veteran students was the subject of a Marketplace article. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Tribune stories on the hurdles facing first-generation college students noted Vassar and the $1 million Jack Kent Cooke Foundation prize the college received for its commitment to low-income and first-generation students. Marketplace highlighted the Posse Veterans Program. The program and its members, including Keith Kohlmann ’18 and Karlene Williams ’18, were the subjects of additional Marketplace stories. Vassar was also mentioned in Education Week regarding college-ranking season. A Poughkeepsie Journal article about area colleges’ spending on new buildings and renovations noted Vassar’s Integrated Science Center.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

A story about work being done to eliminate the emerald ash borer at the Vassar Ecological Preserve was published in the Poughkeepsie Journal, as was a story about the Sacred Earth Festival, which mentioned Vassar Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Vassar was noted in a Sioux City Journal article about getting students prepared for dorm life. President Catharine Bond Hill was named one of Washington Monthly’s 10 most innovative college presidents. She was interviewed for a radio documentary about veterans in college, From Boots to Books, produced by American RadioWorks and for broadcast by Marketplace Morning Report about income inequality and tuition hikes. She was also part of a New York Times panel discussion on the challenges facing higher education and low-income students, as reported in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, and was quoted in U.S. News & World Report regarding private colleges resetting their tuitions. BLOUIN ARTINFO included the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center in its list of 12 university art museums that people should know about. Stories published in the Huffington Post and the Long Island Press noted Vassar’s commitment to low-income students, with quotes from President Hill. A Town & Country magazine article on Seven Sisters schools included several mentions of Vassar. The Daily Freeman reported on Vassar’s new renewable energy initiatives. Founder Matthew Vassar and the college were featured in a Poughkeepsie Journal video about the Vassar Street Brew Fest.

Market Day by Vassar Haiti Project artist Jean Dubic

“Healing Narratives: De-Stigmatizing Trauma and Illness through the Senses,” a two-week summer art project through Vassar’s Creative Arts Across Disciplines Initiative, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article. The Poughkeepsie Journal and the Hudson Valley Press reported on the annual Vassar Haiti Project sale and auction. The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Soup-A-Bowl fundraiser. Hyperallergic ran a story on Empire Travel Agency, an immersive theater experience produced by Woodshed Collective, founded at Vassar in 2002 by Teddy Bergman ’05. A Times of San Diego article about the world premiere of In Your Arms mentioned Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, which held a workshop production of the musical during its 2015 season.

James Graham Wilson '03

Author and U.S. Department of State historian James Graham Wilson ’03 was interviewed by C-SPAN at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2015 Annual Meeting.

The New York Times noted the reprint of the 1975 fashion book Cheap Chic, co-authored by Carol Troy ’66.

A YES! Magazine* article illuminated the work of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a nonprofit that addresses utility debt and household energy insecurity in the City of Poughkeepsie, and quoted and/or noted its organizers, including Executive Director Jonathan Bix ’14, Campaign Organizer Spencer Resnick ’13, and Education and Outreach Organizer Margaret Kwateng ’14.

Gabriel Dunsmith '15

In the Guardian, Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 describes the thyroid cancer he had as a young boy and the toxic chemicals from a nearby plant that he believes caused it.

Lydia Sisson ’06 and Mill City Grows, a nonprofit dedicated to growing and harvesting fresh food for Boston-area residents that she co-founded, were the subjects of a Boston Globe story.

Reviews of the novel The Unfortunates, written by Sophie McManus ’00, were published in the New Yorker and the New York Times.

Jason Blum '91

Producer and Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum ’91 was interviewed by NPR for a story about the latest M. Night Shyamalan film, The Visit, which he edited and produced.

Lauren Nishimura ’02 authored a Diplomat story about climate change and the migration of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh across the Bay of Bengal.

Rabbi Chaim (Bradley) Koritzinsky ’96 was the subject of a Jweekly article.

The apartment hunting travails of Jordan Miller ’13 and Jenna Konstantine ’13 were chronicled in the New York Times.

Intro to Alien Invasion, a graphic novel co-written by Owen King ’99, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article. The Sun Journal noted a public speaking engagement by the author.

Azmaira Maker '91

Azmaira Maker ’91 and her new book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children, were the subjects of a Del Mar Times story.

WPMI-TV noted Rebecca Pober ’18, who was named a National Young Woman of Distinction for her documentary about human sex trafficking in the U.S.

Flutist Nancy Laupheimer ’75 spoke with the Taos News regarding the Taos Chamber Music Group that she founded and directs.

Zoe Carpenter ’11 wrote a story on the history of “hate rock”—music with racist messages—for AlterNet.

Caterina Fake '91

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake ’91 was mentioned in a Bustle article about companies that were started by women.

Katie Jensen ’09, author of Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, co-authored an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman* and was interviewed for a story that appeared in Austin Monthly magazine. Jensen’s book was also reviewed in the Austin American-Statesman*.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 was mentioned in a Daily Kos story remembering Thurgood Marshall.

Member of the Virginia House of Delegates Alfonso Lopez ’92 penned a Washington Post op-ed about Republican promises to draw more women and minorities into its ranks.

A State Journal-Register story on 30 celebrities with honorary degrees mentioned Meryl Streep ’71, who received honorary degrees from Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, and Indiana University Bloomington.

Retired English professor Eamon Grennan was mentioned in the Galway Advertiser regarding a literary gathering.

Zoe Adams '15

Medium published an excerpt from a thesis written by Zoe Adams ’15.

The Hindu Business Line featured English professor Amitava Kumar and his latest collection of essays, Lunch with a Bigot.

Purdue University reported on the work of College of Veterinary Medicine comparative pathobiology professor Maggie O’Haire ’08, who specializes in human-animal interaction.

Anu Duggal '01

Anu Duggal ’01 and her company, Female Founders Fund, were the subjects of an India West story.

Daniel Levine ’83 authored a 4-traders.com story on Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc.

Economics professor David Kennett was interviewed by the Times Herald-Record concerning the minimum wage hike for fast food workers.

Barry Kostrinsky ’82 authored a BroadwayWorld.com story about artist Steven Jupiter.

Brian Tormey ’02, the head of title insurance company TitleVest, was the subject of a Real Estate Weekly article.

PopCrush mentioned Evelyn Venable Mohr ’34 in a story about Vassar women.

Professor John Long

Biology and cognitive science professor John Long was noted in a Forbes op-ed about the importance of college science courses.

Compassionate care advocate and social worker Carol Levine Schwartz ’49 was memorialized in the Boston Globe.

An Albion Pleiad story featured comments by author and English professor Kiese Laymon, who recently spoke at Albion College. The college used Laymon’s book How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America as its 2015 First-Year Common Reading Experience.

The University of Vermont and VT Diggers[O1] * announced the appointment of Francine Tilewick Bazluke ’76, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at the university, as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Serap Unal Aksoy '78

Serap Unal Aksoy ’78, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health, was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, as reported by the organization’s newsletter[O2] .*

The concert of pianist and former professor Blanca Uribe and professor and composer Richard Wilson was reviewed in the Millbrook Independent.

Elizabeth Dean ’17 was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report regarding the challenges homeschooled students may face when applying to college.

Cross country runner Ryan Blume ’19 was the subject of an NJ.com article.

The Leominster Champion noted a musical performance by guitarist Catherine O’Kelly ’11.

Hudson Valley News Network reported on a social media forum that included men’s basketball coach B.J. Dunne.


Faculty Accolades

Simona Bondavalli, associate professor of Italian, authored Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms, published in 2015 by University of Toronto Press. It offers a comprehensive examination of adolescence as an aesthetic, sociological, and ideological category in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s prose, poetry, and cinema. 

Associate Professor David Esteban

David Esteban, associate professor of biology, successfully secured crowdfunding for his research for his project “The Dirt on Viruses: Discovering the Role of Viruses in Soil,” which aims to identify the viral community of a model microbial ecosystem to advance understanding of viral and bacterial ecology of complex systems found in nature.

Teresa Garrett, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project “Understanding headgroup-acylated glycerophospholipid biosynthesis and function in Escherichia coli,” an integrated research and education program to engage Vassar students in original research on the structure, function, and biosynthesis of a class of understudied lipids. Awarded through NSF’s Research in Undergraduate Institutions mechanism, Garrett’s grant will also provide support for Vassar’s Diving into Research program, in which incoming freshmen participate for several weeks in the college’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute prior to matriculation.

Professor Nancy Ide

Nancy Ide, professor of computer science, has been awarded supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation toward “SI2-SSI: The Language Application Grid: A Framework for Rapid Adaptation and Reuse,” an ongoing research project involving Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The project is an international collaborative effort to develop an open, web-based infrastructure through which massive and distributed language resources can be easily accessed and within which tailored language services can be efficiently composed, evaluated, disseminated, and consumed by researchers, developers, and students.

Michael McCarthy, professor emeritus of philosophy, has a new book, Authenticity as Self-Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan, forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press. McCarthy’s essays explore and appraise Lonergan’s lifelong project of raising Catholic philosophy and theology to meet the intellectual standards and challenges of our time.

Peipei Qiu, professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, is author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves (with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei, Oxford University Press), which won the non-fiction Best Book Award from the Chinese American Librarians Association. 

Roberta Antognini, associate professor of Italian, was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a three-week Summer Institute at Kent State University: “What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts.” Antognini’s latest publication is a collection of poems, Hospital Series by Amelia Rosselli, co-translated with Deborah Woodard and Giuseppe Leporace and published in 2015 by New Directions.

Associate Professor Laura Newman

Laura Newman, associate professor of art, was awarded a summer residency at the renowned artists’ community Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. Since its founding in 1900, Yaddo has been committed to nurturing the creative process by providing artists with a supportive environment in which to work without interruption. Newman’s residency enabled her to develop a series of abstract paintings.

Charles Steinhorn, professor of mathematics, received a major award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the five-year consortial project “Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates at Liberal Arts Institutions.” With co-investigators Daniel Bisaccio of Brown University, Victor Donnay of Bryn Mawr College, Alison Draper of Trinity College, and Maria Rivera Maulucci of Barnard College, Steinhorn’s grant will provide undergraduate STEM majors recruited from a network of more than 60 liberal arts colleges with an immersive summer experience in secondary mathematics or science education followed by a leadership experience at their home institutions. Funded by the Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program, this award—at over $2.1 million—is the largest from NSF that Vassar has ever received.

Kathleen Susman, professor of biology, is author of Discovery-Based Learning in the Life Sciences, newly published by Wiley-Blackwell (September 2015). The textbook presents a different way of organizing and developing biology teaching laboratories to promote both deep learning and understanding of core concepts while still teaching the creative process of science.

Professor Joseph Tanski

Joseph Tanski, professor of chemistry, and Teresa Garrett, associate professor of chemistry, were awarded a grant from the Major Research Instrumentation program of the National Science Foundation for “Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Research and Education,” which will procure a state-of-the-art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer for installation in the Integrated Science Center’s new bridge building. 

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—Photo of Azmaira Maker ’91, Jason Blum ’91, Caterina Fake ’91, Gabriel Dunsmith ’15, and Nancy Ide courtesy of the subjects; Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; FLLAC ©Vassar College-Evan Abramson ’00; Market Day by Jean Dubic courtesy of the Vassar Haiti Project; David Esteban ©Vassar College; Serap Unal Aksoy ’78 courtesy of Yale School of Public Health; Laura Newman and Joseph Tanski ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Anu Duggal ’01 courtesy of the Female Founders Fund.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 29, 2015