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In the Media - May 2020 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in Poughkeepsie Journal and Men’s Health stories about the HBO show, I Know This Much Is True, which was filmed at various locations in the Hudson Valley, including Vassar. The college was included in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the impact of COVID-19 on commencements and summer programs at local colleges. Vassar’s 156th Commencement was the subject of a Hudson Valley Press story. The college’s plans for the fall semester was the subject of Mid Hudson News, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Hornell Evening Tribune stories.

Professor Michele Tugade ’95

President Elizabeth Bradley was named to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s advisory board for reopening New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic, as noted by Mid Hudson News. Her commencement speech was mentioned in a Yale News story. Bradley and Professor of Psychological Science Michele Tugade ’95 wrote an article for EDUCAUSE Review on how technological interventions could revolutionize mental health care in higher ed. Tugade was also mentioned in a New York Times article about maintaining optimism during difficult times.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, wrote a Washington Post column about “the flaws in our legal system that routinely allow innocent black lives to be taken with impunity.” She also discussed the response to the death of George Floyd on the PBS NewsHour.

Dr. Ethan Weiss ’91—who traveled to New York to aid healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients—wrote about his experiences on a packed flight back to California, which was the subject of stories by several news outlets including ABC News, CNN, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Doctors Michael and Dennis D’Urso, both ’11, discussed their COVID-19 work as emergency room physicians with Reuters.

Commencement Speaker Jason Blum '91

Trustee Jason Blum ’91, President and Founder of Blumhouse Productions, and his latest production were the subjects of a Hollywood Reporter story. Blum’s inspiring commencement speech at Vassar was the subject of Deadline and International Business Times stories.

Professor of History Rebecca Edwards’s book is quoted in New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s latest opinion piece prompted by a racially motivated incident in Central Park.

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg ’99 was quoted in a New York Post story about the recent surge in sexually based extortion during the COVID-19 pandemic self-quarantine.

Mario Esteban Sosa ’12, who was recently elected to the Santo Domingo City Council, was the subject of a Diario Libre story.

Hadley Creighton Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, was mentioned in a Smithsonian magazine article about a resurgence of “forgotten” vegetables.

Ruth Shoer Rappaport ’59, the former Senior Director of Clinical Immunology and Virology at Wyeth Laboratories, was remembered by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Professor Andrea Roberts '96

Andrea Roberts ’96 is quoted in a Chronical of Higher Education article on the challenges facing women in academia during the pandemic.

Playwright Yael Haskal ’19 was selected for the Echo Theater Company’s National Young Playwrights in Residence program, as noted by

Lawyer Elisabeth Campbell ’07 co-wrote a Verdict article about keeping workers safe and employer liability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Barry Lam

An episode of Hi-Phi Nation, the podcast by Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy was featured in Slate featured.  Hi-Phi Nation was named the Podcast of the Week by 9to5Mac.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a Chronogram piece about the neighborhood grocery store My Market. He was also interviewed on Brick Podcast about memory and the written word.

In Vogue, Matt Ortile ’14 wrote about his mother’s illness and his inability to see her due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawyer Elisabeth Campbell ’07 co-wrote a Verdict article about keeping workers safe and employer liability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clifford Krauss ’75, a national energy correspondent, was featured in a story about the current oil glut in the New York Times.

Renown physicist Sau Lan Wu ’63 was the subject of an American Institute of Physics article.

Emily Weisgrau ’96 was quoted in a Forbes story about how the coronavirus is affecting higher education. She was quoted in a Nikkei Asian Review story about the economic slump impacting gig workers.

Huang Hung ’84 delivered a TED Talk on how Chinese and American values shaped responses to the coronavirus. 

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, class of 1928, was the subject of a Stanford Daily story in honor of Military Appreciation Month.

Valerie Paley '83

Valerie Paley ’83, Senior Vice President and Chief Historian of the New York Historical Society, was featured on a CBS News segment that looks at New York City during the pandemic.

The latest book by award-winning writer Shruti Swamy ’07, A House Is a Body, was reviewed by Foreword Reviews.

Lawyer Brenda Feigen ’66, former National Legislative Vice President for the National Organization for Women and co-founder of The Women’s Action Alliance, was mentioned in a story about the miniseries Mrs. America.

Emmy-winning editor Ben Sozanski ’05 talked with the Buffalo News about his work on ESPN’s The Last Dance, a documentary series about Michael Jordan.

Vassar and alums Producer Jeffrey Soros ’83, Production Supervisor Jon Read ’09, Production Assistant Johnny Wojcik ’11, and Electrician Sarah Gittins ’16 were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the film Shirley, starring Elizabeth Moss. The film was favorably reviewed in the New York Times.

Coleen Stevens Porcher '90 (shown left) and her son Elliot L. Porcher '22 are among the subjects in the documentary For They Know Not What They Do, about the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing marriage equality ... and the severe backlash that followed. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and on the festival circuit, has won audience awards at film festivals in Atlanta, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, Rochester, Phoenix, and Warsaw, Poland. It receives a wide release starting June 12, but additional theaters are being added upon request. 

Ken Miles ’07 offered his thoughts on the impacts of COVID-19 in this Medium article.

Award-winning Director-Cinematographer John Inwood ’81 was the subject of a Television Academy Foundation story.

Randolph Cornelius, Professor of Psychological Science, and his research on crying was mentioned in the Medium story, “Why We Cry?”

Screenwriters Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, both ’00, were commended in a review of Brian Dennehy’s last film, Driveways, on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Feasting Wild by Gina Rae La Cerva ’06 was named a best book of the month in the Cookbooks, Food & Wine category by Amazon and was chosen by the New York Times Book Review for its summer reading list.

Activist Crystal Eastman (class of 1903), cofounder of the Congressional Union and the National Civil Liberties Bureau, was the subject of a River Journal story.

Heather Kwafo ’24, a star on the Stuart Country Day School track team, was the subject of a Town Topics story.

Actor, writer, and producer Dan Bucatinsky ’87 was interviewed by Backstage’s In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast.

Eric Marcus '80 and Ann Northop '70 at last year's Stonewall celebration

The New York Daily News wrote about Making Gay History podcast creator Eric Marcus ’80’s idea to keep his Chelsea neighborhood informed during the pandemic.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, was the subject of a Literary Hub story.

Ashley Anderson Bennett ’96 of Cain Vineyard and Winery was profiled for a Forbes article, “The Women Behind Some Of Napa And Sonoma’s Best Wines.”

In the New York Times, Jennifer Greenstein Altmann ’91 examines the struggles of married couples who live apart in the age of COVID-19.

Dr. Christine Yu Moutier ’90, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, appeared four times on a CNN COVID-19 Townhall series with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta. The focus of her segments was the mental health impact of COVID-19. She also recently appeared in The Washington PostAssociated Press Fact Check about COVID and suicide, Mashable, and Market Watch.

Laurie Schwab Zabin ’46, Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and co-founder of the Guttmacher Institute, was remembered by the Washington Post.

Actor, producer, and trustee Lisa Kudrow ’85 was the subject of a Hollywood Reporter story.

A.C. Dumlao '13

AC Dumlao ’13 was quoted in a Vice story about the importance of filling out the census questionnaire, even though it doesn’t include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Dumlao was also named to the APAHM list of seven gender justice activists to know during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as noted by Rewire News.

Krystle McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, talked with Chemistry World about how her research and teaching were affected by the pandemic.

Stacy Bingham, Associate Dean of the College for Career Development, was quoted in a Money article about how colleges are helping students with internships.

Danushi Fernando, Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources, talked to NBC News about LGBTQ youth who are at risk when forced to self-isolate in certain environments.

Mr. Wizard, the latest book by writer and editor Jeff Wallach ’82, was the subject of a review in The Reading Desk. Wallach talked about writing and the book on the Local Voices radio show and in a Long Island Herald story.

Krista Cozzillio ’79 co-wrote a Pennsylvania Capital-Star op-ed.

Dr. Jakob DuPont ’87 was named Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research and Development at Atara Biotherapeutics, as noted by Yahoo! News.

Kristaps Aldins ’05, Stevens Institute of Technology Head Baseball Coach, was the subject of a Stevens Athletics story.

Carvel H. Moore ’51, who created some of New York City’s first business improvement districts, was remembered by the New York Times.

Mary Retta ’20 wrote a New York Times story about her experience graduating during the pandemic.

Judge Zachary Ives ’95 is a candidate for the New Mexico Court of Appeals, as noted by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Carlos Garcia, Vice President for Technology and Human Resources and Chief Information Officer, co-wrote an Educause Review article about the changing roles of chief information officers.

John Long Jr., Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair and Cognitive Science Department Chair, was quoted in a Great Courses Daily story about the human reaction to mannequins.

Ana Sheehan ’17 was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as noted by the University of Delaware.

Wendy Freedman, Director of the Vassar Counseling Service, was quoted in a Hudson Valley magazine story about helping frustrated college students during the pandemic.

Yu Zhou, Professor of Geography, was quoted in a CKGSB Knowledge article about China’s high-quality research in chemistry. 

Lawyer Isabella Demougeot ’09 was named a Senior Litigation Associate with JDKatc, P.C., as noted by

Photo Credits: Campus shot: Tamar Thibodeau-Vassar College; Tugade, Karl Rabe; Blum, Jim Sulley; Lam, courtesy of Slate; Roberts, John Peters-TexasA&M; Paley, courtesy of the subject; Wu, John Abbott; Dumlao, Caitlin Reilly.