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In the Media - December 2015 Roundup

In the Media – December 2015

The Thompson Memorial Library

President Catharine Hill’s New York Times op-ed about the drawbacks of political proposals for free college tuition was the subject of a Time magazine story. Hill and Vassar were mentioned in an Education Dive story about college accessibility. A story in Education Dive on increasing admissions diversity noted Vassar. The STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates from Liberal Arts Institutions program, in which Vassar participates, was the subject of West Hartford News, Ithaca Journal, and Poughkeepsie Journal stories. The college was mentioned in an Ithaca Journal story about Ithaca College joining the Liberty League and an article about applying to U.S. colleges in the Hindustan Times. Vassar was noted in an NPR story about the Broadway musical Hamilton, which was workshopped at the Powerhouse Theater. The Daily Freeman noted the acquisition of Thomas Barrett artworks by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Author Victoria Brown ’01 penned an NBC News column about Vassar’s Exploring Transfer program.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project

A Poughkeepsie Journal story detailed the $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, a community-based agriculture cooperative that benefits the Poughkeepsie City School District and local families. The farm is on Vassar's property and is surrounded by its ecological preserve, and volunteers to the project include Vassar faculty and students.

Whitney Donhauser ’89, the new director and president of the Museum of the City of New York, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about her plans for the museum.

Jessi Klein '97

Inside Amy Schumer head writer and executive producer Jessi Klein ’97 was interviewed for a story in Cosmopolitan.

English professor Hua Hsu wrote a New Yorker op-ed, “The Year of the Imaginary College Student,” about depictions of today’s college students.

Hung Huang ’84, owner of the boutique Brand New China, TV host, and publisher of the fashion magazine iLook, was included in a Forbes article on China’s design leaders.

Librettist Claudia Stevens ’69 was mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the 10 best operas of 2015.

Laura Rossbert '04

Pastor Laura Rossbert ’04, who volunteers at a Planned Parenthood clinic, was interviewed for a Glamour magazine story about the killings at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic.

Photographer Andrew Cooper ’83 is credited with the photo stills in a San Francisco Chronicle story about Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, The Hateful Eight.

Luca Iaconi-Stewart ’13, who creates model airplanes out of paper, was the subject of a story on Mashable.

Joan Moynagh ’81 was interviewed for a Boston Globe story on the possible closing of the nonprofit women’s health collective Our Bodies Ourselves. The group is known for publishing the groundbreaking book—which shares the nonprofit’s name—on women’s health issues.

Scott Shorr '90

Appellate lawyer Scott Shorr ’90 was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals, as reported by Willamette Week.

The Telegram & Gazette interviewed Susan Durham ’57 for a story about her family’s early 19th-century farmhouse.

Designer Mary Ping ’00 and her conceptual clothing and accessory line were the subjects of a Flash Art story.

Suki Halevi ’75, who heads the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, was mentioned in a Los Alamos Daily Post story.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 penned a Washington Post op-ed about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case involving the University of Texas at Austin, affirmative action admissions policies, and protests at some universities and colleges.

Christy Wood ’81, chair of the board of the Global Reporting Initiative—based in the Netherlands—and former CEO of Capital Z Asset Management, was interviewed by Forbes.

Adjunct professor Judith Nichols

Adjunct professor and poet Judith Nichols and her nonprofit, Artists for Soup, were the subjects of a Poughkeepsie Journal article.

Martha Firestone Ford ’46, majority owner of the Detroit Lions NFL team, was the subject of a Sports Illustrated story.

Vijay Das ’06 penned a Guardian op-ed about Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that argues against the fairness of affirmative action policies in college admissions.

CooperKatz CEO Anne Green ’93 was named one of the Top Women in Public Relations by PR News.

Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, Rose and Irving Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life, was included in a Daily Freeman story about Dutchess County rabbis who urge solidarity and friendship with Muslims.

Alex Boersma ’15, a research student at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, was quoted in a Yahoo! article about the  “great white whale” (sperm whale) remains housed in the museum.

Predoctoral student and researcher Danielle Twum ’12 talked about the human immune system in a TEDx Talk in Buffalo, “Guardians of Your Inner Galaxy.”

Professor Charles Steinhorn

Mathematics professor Charles Steinhorn was interviewed for a Poughkeepsie Journal video about the STEM summer teaching program which he helped develop with a $2.1 million National Science Foundation grant.

Computer pioneer Grace Hopper ’28 was the subject of Lifehacker and Yale News stories.

Bella DePaulo '75

Author Bella DePaulo ’75 and her new book, How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, were noted in stories of several media outlets, including the Boston Globe, the Star Tribune, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Yahoo News, the Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan. Reviews of the book were published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Boston Globe. DePaulo also penned a Washington Post article on CoAbode, an online registry for single mothers looking to share a home with other single mothers.

Author Jillian Green DiGiacomo ’92 and her new book, Codename Cupcake, were the subjects of a NorthJersey.com article.

Michael Barakiva '97

Michael Barakiva ’97 was named interim artistic director of the Hangar Theatre, as reported by the Ithaca Times.

English professor and author Amitava Kumar was noted by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Christine Howlett, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, was quoted in a Times Herald-Record story about a Hudson Valley Philharmonic concert she conducted.

Astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen was quoted in a Scientific American story about giant spiral galaxies.

Professor Shona Tucker

Half Moon Theatre company member and drama professor Shona Tucker was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the company.

Carrie Kei Heim ’94 was mentioned in a Daily Mail story about former child stars.

The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote a story about the donation of 63 acres to the Town of LaGrange by retired biology professor Robert Suter and his wife, Valerie.

Psychology professor Dara Greenwood was quoted in a Business Insider story about the new college social media app Yeti - Campus Stories.

Chiquita Mullins Lee ’77 was named one of the top Columbus writers of 2015, as reported by Columbus Underground.

Professor David Kennett

Economics professor David Kennett was quoted in a Times Herald-Record story about the increase in the Federal Reserve’s interest rate.

Political science professor Mary Shanley was quoted in a New York Times article about the historic aspect of Hillary Clinton’s run for president.

Faculty Accolades

Elias Krell, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s Studies Program, recently attended the annual American Musicological Society meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, and was awarded the Philip Brett Award for exceptional musicological work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual studies for her dissertation “Singing Strange: Transvocality in North American Music Performance.” The award is in honor of a foundational writer in queer musicology, and it is only given to one monograph per year, including all dissertations, articles, and books. 

Hiram Pérez, associate professor of English, is the author of A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire, newly published by New York University Press. Describing an enduring homonationalism dating to the “birth” of the homosexual in the late 19th century, Pérez considers not only how U.S. imperialist expansion was realized, but also how it was visualized for and through gay men, focusing on three cultural figures with elusive queer histories—the sailor, the soldier, and the cowboy.

Professor Christopher Bjork

Christopher Bjork, professor of education, is the author of High-Stakes Schooling: What We Can Learn from Japan’s Experiences with Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform, newly published by the University of Chicago Press. Offering a wake-up call for American education, Bjork examines Japan’s struggle with the accountability-driven practice of standardized testing and sheds light on the best path forward for U.S. schools. 

Elizabeth Nogrady '99

Mary-Kay Lombino, curator and assistant director for strategic planning, and Elizabeth Nogrady ‘99, coordinator of academic programs for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for the college’s collaborative venture with American artist Mark Dion. The first NYSCA grant to Vassar since 2007, this award is one of only 20 grants statewide made by the Council’s Museum Program in 2015.

Vinay Swamy, associate professor of French and Francophone studies, is the co-editor (with Sylvie Durmelat) of Les écrans de l’intégration: l’immigration maghrébine dans le cinéma français, newly published by Presses Universitaires de VincennesThis publication is a revised French edition of Screening Integration, and offers its French language audience a new afterword and color illustrations, along with an updated filmography.  

—Photo of Jessi Klein ’97 courtesy of Comedy Central; Poughkeepsie Farm Project ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Laura Rossbert ’04 and Bella DePaulo ’75 courtesy of the subject; Judith Nichols ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Shona Tucker ©Vassar College-Stockton Photo, Inc.; Elizabeth Nogrady ’99 ©Vassar College; Charles Steinhorn and Christopher Bjork ©Vassar College-John Abbott; David Kennett and Thompson Memorial Library ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Michael Barakiva ’97 courtesy of the Ithaca Journal.


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