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In the Media – May 2016 Roundup

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

Vassar College was noted as the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 2015 Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence recipient by Fox News, Inside Higher Ed, the Hill, the New York Times, and Parent Herald. The college’s 152nd Commencement was noted in by Mid-Hudson News, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Patch.comPresident Catharine Hill was interviewed on WAMC’s 51% about affordability and access to college and on WGBH about increasing diversity by focusing on economic class. Vassar was included in Washington Post, Rutland Herald, and Tampa Bay Times stories about colleges that have programs to recruit community college transfer students and in a New York Times story about college grants for low-income high school students. The Poughkeepsie Journal included Vassar and Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 in a story about regional commencement speakers. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was the subject of an Architect’s Newspaper article. The college was mentioned in the Daily Freeman and on about a $50,000 award to develop a shovel-ready pilot project at the farm and in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Zipcar in Dutchess County. Vassar was included in a story by the Institute about community service projects that boost food production and a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Hudson Valley award-winning beers. Hudson Valley News Network included Vassar in an article about the Start by Believing campaign, of which the college is a partner. The Manteca Bulletin included Vassar in a story about public school funding in California, Vibe magazine mentioned the college in a story about actor Arturo Castro, and the Greenville News noted Vassar in a story about the novel A Fine Imitation. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about students engaging in healthy debate, a Connecticut Post story about the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, and a video about the Riverkeeper’s 2016 Hudson Sweep. A People magazine article about Jane Fonda ’59 noted the college. Vassar’s Urban Education Initiative instructor, Paul Donnelly, penned an op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal about poverty and education. Vassar’s swimming and diving team was mentioned in a Swimming World magazine article.

M104 Widefield 1620-20 by David Malin

The Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Alexandra Shiva ’95 was honored with a Peabody Award for her documentary How to Dance in Ohio, executive produced by Jason Blum ’91, CEO of Blumhouse Productions. Blum's company also won a second Peabody Award for its HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, reported the New York Post.

The Vassar Haiti Project’s Art & Soul fundraiser was mentioned in the Poughkeepsie Journal and on WAMC.
John Patrick Shanley wrote about the upcoming Vassar & New York Stage and Film season at the Powerhouse Theater and included an interview with the theater’s artistic director, Johanna Pfaelzer. The Poughkeepsie Journal and the Southwest Dutchess Daily Voice noted the Tony-nominated productions that started at Vassar, including Hamilton, Bright Star, and The Humans., Playbill, and noted the addition of Tony-, Oscar-, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Patrick Shanley, Academy Award nominee José Rivera, Alexa Junge, and Joanna Murray-Smith to the Powerhouse lineup. Powerhouse was mentioned in a New York Times story about the musical Hamilton.

New Castle News mentioned Elizabeth Bishop ’34 and Vassar in a story about a new book that discusses the poet’s time in Brazil.

English professor Don Foster’s role in the trial of the Unabomber was chronicled in a Kernel story.

Kathryn Hodge ’17 and Eliza, the app she co-created, were the subjects of a TechCrunch story. The app helps people track their psychological well-being.

Professor Debra Meloy Elmegreen

Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair Debra Meloy Elmegreen’s work with the Hubble Space Telescope was noted in New Scientist.

César Cervantes ’14 was chosen for the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab and received its first Feature Film Program Latino Fellowship, as reported by Remezcla, Indiewire, and Filmmaker magazine.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported on the three students—Cecil Carey ’17, Kali Tambree ’17, and Raymond Magsaysay ’17—who were selected as 2016 Truman Scholars.

Jung Yun '94

Jung Yun ’94 penned an Atlantic article about growing up as an Asian American in Fargo, North Dakota.

The new film Being Charlie, co-written by Matthew Elisofon ’13 and directed by Rob Reiner, was covered by the Seattle Times, the A.V. Club, the Times Union, NPR, and ABC News.

Amelia Edelman ’07 wrote about the unexpected side effect of quitting Facebook on Refinery29.

Erin Murphy '93

Literary scholar Erin Murphy ’93, an associate professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences, was the subject of a BU Today story. Murphy received the 2016 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of the university’s highest teaching honors.

A study by Kim Harley ’92 on BPA exposure and childhood obesity was the subject of an Environmental Health News story.

Barry Kostrinsky ’82 penned a op-ed about Morley Safer and contemporary art.

Professor Bryan Van Norden

Philosophy professor Bryan Van Norden co-wrote a New York Times op-ed about the failure of philosophy to diversify. The article was noted in a Winnipeg Free Press op-ed and reprinted in the Conversation.

Rabbi Richard Litvak ’72, who recently became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth El, was the subject of a Santa Cruz Sentinel story.

New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill ’95 and his new novel, The Fireman, were the subjects of a New Hampshire Union Leader story.

A Girl Called Vincent, a new book about Edna St. Vincent Millay, Class of 1917, was reviewed in the Portland Press Herald.

Joshunda Sanders '00

Joshunda Sanders ’00 penned a Bitch magazine article about sexual fluidity.

Lancaster-Online noted the hiring of Dan Shapiro ’88 as senior medical consultant and director of physician health at Saxton & Stump.

Associate Professor of Physics Brian Daly was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a food truck explosion.

A lecture by Brenda Wall ’70 about women’s health care was noted in the Dallas Morning News.

Professor Hua Hsu

English professor Hua Hsu and David Carrell ’16 were interviewed on the New Yorker Radio Hour about the experience of transitioning from the Army to college.

Luis Gabriel Hoyos ’09 was the subject of a Columbia News story. Hoyos will soon receive his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and will work in immigration law.

The Danvers Herald featured expert forager and author Russell Cohen ’78 in a story about a scheduled presentation on edible wild plants and mushrooms.

Political science professor Richard Born was quoted in a article about federal and state elections.

Joseph Bertolozzi '81

Composer and musician Joseph Bertolozzi ’81 was interviewed on NPR about his recent work to create a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower. He also released his new album Tower Music/Musique de la Tour, as reported by Innova Recordings.

Lawyer Susan Porter ’63 was profiled in a State Bar of Wisconsin InsideTrack story.

The promotion of Justin Skoble ’90 to vice president of technical operations at Aduro Biotech was reported by Nasdaq.

Artist and philanthropist Alice Weston ’46 was the subject of a feature story published by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seamus Carey '87

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey ’87 was interviewed for a story in the Lane Report.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center preparator and artist Bruce Bundock was included in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about portrait artists.

Hystopia, a novel by Visiting Associate Professor of English David Means, was reviewed by the New York Times. The book, which looks at a different future for the Vietnam Era when President John F. Kennedy is killed in 1970, not 1963, was also the subject of a Gazette story.

Writer Scott Crabtree ’88 wrote a story that appeared in Happy Brain Science and the Good Men Project about why he left work at Intel to study brain science and what makes people happy.

Jason Gray Platt '06

The Playwrights’ Center announced the acceptance of writer Jason Gray Platt ’06 to a three-year term as a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. The center also noted the selection of Sam Lahne ’12 as a Core Apprentice for 2016-17.

Joseph Nevins, associate professor of geography, penned a NACLA op-ed about the surge in U.S. deportations of Central Americans.

Sanemba “Aya” Fanny ’10, an Emory University School of Medicine student, was the subject of an Emory News Center story.

Luxury real estate photographer Evan Joseph ’92 was mentioned in a Business Insider story about his latest book, New York From Above.

Aubrey Hays '15

Singer and songwriter Aubrey Hays ’15 and her new single, “Choose Love,” were the subjects of a Sun Herald story.

Astronomer Vera Rubin ’48 was mentioned in a Seeker story about scientists who should win the Nobel Prize. Rubin was known for her work on the discovery of dark matter.

Artist Nancy Douglas ’48 was the subject of a story in the GazetteXtra. wrote about Vassar College Refugee Solidarity and the work it is doing to help area refugees.

The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted earth science professor Jill Schneiderman in an article about the Taconic mountain range.

Anne Updike Burt '67

Filmmaker Anne Updike Burt ’67 and her new documentary, Down to Earth, Climate Justice Stories, were the subjects of a Boothbay Register article.

2016 Fulbright Scholar John Tapscott ’16 was the subject of a Daily Journal article.

Professor Peter Charlap

Art professor Peter Charlap and his portraits of death row inmates were the subjects of a Houstonia magazine story.

Music professor and composer Richard Wilson was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Annette Smith ’77, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, was a featured commenter on

Anita Blum ’17 and her film Generation Girl were mentioned in a Hartford Courant story about the Trinity Film Festival of College Shorts.

Hubert Szczygiel ’19 was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about volunteers who helped clean up Dutchess County waterways.

Deborah Enright '82

The appointment of Deborah Enright ’82 to fund development director at High Hopes Development Center was noted by the Franklin Home Page.

Marissa Wolf ’04, director of new works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, was quoted in a Pitch story about bringing original theater to Kansas City.

The retirement of Del Mar Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum ’79 was noted by the Coast News Group.

Meryl Streep ’71 was mentioned in Detroit News and Yahoo! stories about the new book Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by New Yorker contributor Michael Schulman.

Faculty Accolades

Associate Professor Mary Ann Cunningham

Mary Ann Cunningham, associate professor of earth science and geography; Alistair Hall ’11, sustainability coordinator; and Jennifer Rubbo, manager of the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, with Marianne Begemann, dean of strategic planning and academic resources, have secured for Vassar a grant of $50,000 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP). Vassar’s HREP project will advance restorative stormwater management practices on the Vassar campus, Farm, and Ecological Preserve. 

Associate Professor Eve Dunbar

Eve Dunbar, associate professor of English, was awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship ​by the American Council of Learned Societies ​(ACLS). Made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ACLS Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, ambitious research at a consequential stage of their careers. During her fellowship year, Dunbar will work on her second book project, Monstrous Work.

Nancy Ide, professor of computer science, received a supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the collaborative project “SI2-SSI: The Language Application Grid: A Framework for Rapid Adaptation and Reuse,”which NSF has sponsored since 2012. Inspired by the need for robust language processing capabilities across academic disciplines, education, and industry, this ambitious project involves Vassar, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania in the development of 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.  

Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, professor of Hispanic studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair, has been chosen as the 2016-17 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. There, she will complete research and writing of an “environmental biography” of the Caribbean’s most endangered avian species. The project grows out of Paravisini-Gebert’s varied multidisciplinary studies of links among history, culture, and environment in the region.

Vinay Swamy, associate professor of French and Francophone studies, has just published his translation of Marcela Iacub’s Through the Keyhole: A History of Sex, Space, and Public Modesty in Modern France (Manchester University Press, 2016). Swamy is directing the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris.

Photo of Deborah Enright ’82 courtesy of the Franklin Home Page; Erin Murphy ’93 by Kelly Davison; Anne Updike Burt ’67 by Art Mayers-Boothbay Register; Seamus Carey ’87 courtesy of Transylvania University; Jason Gray Platt ’06 courtesy of the Playwrights’ Center; Bridge for Laboratory Sciences and professor Bryan Van Norden ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; David Malin M104 Widefield 1620-20 courtesy of Howard Schickler Fine Art ©David Malin; John Patrick Shanley ©Monique Carboni; Debra Meloy Elmegreen ©Vassar College-Walter Garschagen; Jung Yun ’94, Hua Hsu, and Joshunda Sanders ’00 courtesy of the subjects; Eve Dunbar ©Vassar College-Gabriel Schuster ’11; Joseph Bertolozzi ’81 ©Franc Palaia; Peter Charlap ©Vassar College; Mary Ann Cunningham ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert ©Vassar College-Russell Monk; Aubrey Hays ’15 courtesy of the Vassar Night Owls.