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In the Media – October 2015 Roundup

Vassar was mentioned in a Washington Post article about prestigious schools that are redesigning their college applications. The Examiner* included Vassar in a story about how visiting a college can increase one’s chances of admission. A ProPublica story on student debt made a positive mention of Vassar. The college appears on Cosmopolitan’s list of the most beautiful college campuses and was noted in a New York Post article about colleges that think outside the classroom. Vassar’s Integrated Science Center was included in an Architectural Record story about bird-safe building practices. The college was mentioned in the Hoya and the Ithaca Voice regarding the New York Times’ College Access Index and the importance of supporting first-generation college students and was named one of the 100 smartest private colleges in the United States by Business Insider. A Buffalo Law Journal article highlighted Vassar’s new program that uses hydropower and solar power to provide more than 20 percent of its annual energy usage. The college received an A grade by the New York State Colleges Tobacco Free Initiative for its smoke free policy. The Daily Freeman reported on the New York Conference on Asian Studiesheld at Vassar. The Sun Journal wrote about the Exploring Transfer program, noting former participant Jessica Staples.

The Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Thompson Memorial Library.

The Dale Chihuly Ulysses Cylinders exhibition at the Thompson Memorial Library was mentioned in the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly.

President Catharine Bond Hill discussed Vassar’s orientation program and the importance of supporting first-generation students with NPR. She was quoted in a Times Higher Education story on the failure of colleges to connect with minority groups. Hill was also quoted in an Adweek story on Arianna Huffington and was part of a panel discussion on the liberal arts and the modern university published by Patch.

Jason Blum '91

Flavorwire mentioned producer and Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum ’91 in a story about a Jordan Peele horror-thriller project, Get Out. Blum was also the subject of an LA Weekly story on his successful career in Hollywood.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley ’71 penned a New York Times article about her love of Virginia and Maryland horse farms. She was also the subject of an Iowa City Press-Citizen story. 

Frances Beatty Adler ’70—president of the Richard L. Feigen & Co. art gallery—and her art collection were the subjects of a New York Observer story. 

Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein '76

The Wall Street Journal noted the addition of Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein ’76 to the Brooklyn Museum’s Board of Trustees.

The New York Times reported that The Good Girls Revolt, written by Lynn Povich ’65—and chronicling a landmark sexual discrimination lawsuit—was recently made into a pilot for Amazon, with a possible full television season to follow. The pilot stars Grace Gummer ’08 as Nora Ephron.

Michael Specter ’77 authored a story on America’s changing taste away from fast food for the New Yorker.

Lucette Lagnado ’77 penned a Wall Street Journal article about the importance of maintaining long-held relationships.

The Baltimore Sun reported on the upcoming exhibition Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World, which will feature the artwork of Ruth Starr Rose, Class of 1910. The subjects of her oil paintings, prints, photographs, and more were African Americans from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Adam Lewinson '88

Variety announced the appointment of Adam Lewinson ’88 as senior vice president of programming, marketing, and operations for Crackle, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Village Voice profiled the music of MS MR and members Lizzy Plapinger ’10 and Max Hershenow ’10. The duo was also the subject of an Oregonian story.

Steven Cook ’90 authored an op-ed for Defense One about the recent spate of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

An NPR story on American female anti-suffragettes noted Josephine Jewell Dodge, Class of 1875. Dodge was an anti-suffragist and was active in the campaign reform toward establishing day care programs for children of poor and working-class women.

Stories on Transylvania University’s newest president, Seamus Carey ’87, appeared on WEKU and WKYT and in the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Lane Report. Some of the stories also noted philosophy professor Michael McCarthy, who spoke at the formal installation ceremony.

Vera Rubin '48

The San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that astronomer Vera Rubin ’48 could have been a consideration for a 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering dark matter.

Digital Journal interviewed Ian Ruderman ’88 about his new satirical novel The Peculiar Grace of a Shaker Chair

English professor Kiese Laymon was the subject of an Oxford Eagle story.

Julie Horowitz ’08, co-owner of the Manhattan-based deli and provisions shop Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about the business.

Physics Today spoke with Elias Kim ’16, a physics and political science major, about pursuing a career in science policy.

Contemporary art curator Nora “Miki” Garcia ’94 was interviewed for a story in Houstonia magazine.

Bonnie Ring ’61 and her book Women Who Knew Jesus were the subjects of a story published in the Half Moon Bay Review.

Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab '05

Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab ’05 wrote a Daily Star op-ed about privilege and the miscarriage of justice in Bangladesh.

Zoe Carpenter ’11 penned an article for the Nation about the reproductive health crisis in Texas.

Rich Bellis ’10 contributed a Fast Company article on how to get a job of the future—especially in STEM fields—with a liberal arts degree.

Columbia Daily Spectator reported on the hiring of Andrew Lipman ’01 as an assistant professor of history at Barnard College.

Artist Alexa Meade ’09 appeared on CBS This Morning. Meade photographs three-dimensional scenes, making them look like two-dimensional canvas paintings by painting directly on her subjects and backgrounds.

Taishya Adams '97

Taishya Adams ’97, board president of New Legacy Charter School, wrote an article about the school for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

A Canyon News story on intellectual celebrities noted Meryl Streep ’71 and Lisa Kudrow ’85. A video and article featuring Streep at the Women in the World conference was published in the Guardian.

Author Claudia Riess Wasserman ’59 and her new novel, Stolen Light, were the subjects of a WTRF news story.

MarketWatch noted the job change of former Deputy Associate Attorney General Geoffrey Graber ’95, who recently became a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas '91

The Delaware Gazette reported on a lecture by Vanderbilt University Associate Professor of Ethics and Society Stacey Floyd-Thomas ’91.

The New York City premiere of Dead and Breathing by GLAAD Media Award-winner Chisa Hutchinson ’02 was illuminated on BroadwayWorld.com.

Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson ’72 authored a Huffington Post story about finding one’s passion and opening one’s mind in college.

Tani Mauriello ’01 was interviewed by the Monroe Courier regarding the Colonial-style bread she created.

Matias Breuer ’16, co-director of the short film Tři Cíga, was noted in a story published in the Pendulum.

Evan Abramson ’00 and his gallery, the harts gallery, were the subjects of a Rural Intelligence story.

Matt Ortile '14

Matt Ortile ’14 contributed a BuzzFeed article on American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Stella Abrera.

Vijay Das ’06 was interviewed on Mark Levine’s Inside Scoop about how to combat the rising costs of prescription drugs.

Professor of Dance on the Frances D. Fergusson Chair and Chair of Dance John Meehan will be the chairman of the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition’s international jury, as reported by the Clarion-Ledger.

The Dallas Public Library has named an award after one of its founders, May Dickson Exall, Class of 1881, as reported by Park Cities People.

WGBH featured a story on the first woman astronomer—and Vassar professor—Maria Mitchell.

Jeffrey Dean Soulges '84

The home of interior designer Jeffrey Dean Soulges ’84 and his husband, architect Stephen Rene Freret, was the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer story.

Artist Jennifer Booher ’89 and her husband, Brian Booher ’89, were featured in the Ellsworth American regarding the art Jennifer creates using items she finds on beaches.

Veteran Posse member David Carrell ’17 authored a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed about the exploitation of veterans by politicians and others.

Barry Kostrinksy ’82 authored a review of the latest Picasso sculpture exhibition at MoMA for BroadwayWorld.com.

A lecture by Abby Alexanian ’11 was announced in the Lynnfield, Massachusetts Patch and Armenian Weekly.

Deepak Kaul ’92, vice president of information technology at Zebra Technologies, was interviewed by CBS Chicago about collaborative working environments.

Stephen “Steve” Leonard ’82 wrote a Bunkerworld story about marine fuels procurement and regulations.

Rochelle Mitlak '84

Rochelle Mitlak ’84 was named the new Peekskill City School District’s director of literacy, as reported by the Peekskill Daily Voice.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art posted a video of violinist Sarah Goldfeather ’10 performing with a blue dress on by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe at a recent TEDxMet event.

The Providence Journal noted the promotion of Tara Costello ’03 to assistant vice president at Amica Mutual Insurance Co.

Saskia Comess ’17 authored an editorial about Wildlife Week and the links between meat consumption, population growth, and environmental degradation for the Poughkeepsie Journal. Comess was also mentioned in a Center for Biological Diversity article about making campus life more sustainable.

Lisa Hunter ’76 was named to the 2015 Super Lawyers List by the New York Real Estate Journal.

Denise Clemons ’78 and the Clemons Family Literary Hour were noted in a Cape Gazette story.

The American Journal of Transportation announced the appointment of Todd Mitchell ’90 as chief financial officer of Park City Group.

Michael Fabius '04

Lawyer Michael Fabius ’04 was profiled in the Legal Intelligencer.

Christian Lewis ’17 authored a Huffington Post article, “I Started a Blog So Queer Voices Could Be Heard.”

Author Heather Thomas ’73, a member of a guest panel on publishing, was mentioned in a bctv.org story.

Faculty Accolades

Nancy Ide, professor of computer science, was awarded a supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the ongoing research of “SI2-SSI: The Language Application Grid: A Framework for Rapid Adaptation and Reuse.” Launched in 2012 with NSF support, the project is a collaborative effort involving Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania that aims 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 alike. 

Cognitive science professor Ken Livingston

Congratulations to the recipients of Faculty Conversations grants: Ming-Wen An, associate professor of mathematics, Elections Across the Disciplines - Discussions about Different Aspects of Elections in Fall of 2016; Ken Livingston, professor of cognitive science, Are We Coddling Vassar Minds? - A Conversation about Teaching and Student Life Today; and Zoltán Márkus, associate professor of English, Teaching Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama at Vassar.

—Photo of Michael Fabius ’04 by the Legal Intelligencer; Stacey Floyd-Thomas ’91©Vanderbilt University-Steve Green; Jason Blum ’91, Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab ’05, Jeffrey Dean Soulges ’84, Adam Lewinson ’88, and Rochelle Mitlak ’84 courtesy of the subject; Thompson Memorial Library ©Vassar College-Amanda Crommett ’13; Vera Rubin ’48 ©Mark Godfrey-Will Faller; Ken Livingston ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Matt Ortile ’14 by BuzzFeed; Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein ’76 ©Vassar College; Taishya Adams ’97 by New Legacy Charter School; and Vassar College ©Vassar College-Keith Ferris.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 29, 2015