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In the Media – January 2016 Roundup

Vassar was mentioned in a TheStreet.com article about the Eleanor Roosevelt Center and in a Nichi Bei story about the book Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back. Vassar was noted for its dedication to admitting and supporting low-income students in an Inside Higher Ed story. U.S. News & World Report mentioned Vassar in a story about increasing admission of low-income, high-achieving students to elite colleges, as did National Journal. The college was included in a U.S. News & World Report story about liberal arts colleges where students are eager to enroll and a Business Recorder* story about economic empowerment for Pakistani women. Vassar and its LGBTQ Center were mentioned in a Teen Vogue article. The Daily Freeman wrote about the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture at Vassar, which will feature Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman. An Inside Higher Ed story about the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps U.S. military veterans make the transition to college, noted Vassar’s participation in the program, as did a story in USA Today. Vassar was mentioned in articles in the Washington Post, the News Journal,  the Chicago Tribune, and on Examiner.com about problems facing first-generation college students. The college and quotes from President Catharine Bond Hill were included in a Time story about spending endowments on financial aid. Hill’s comments on college costs appeared in a Flat Hat story and she was quoted by the Palm Beach Daily News, which featured a story on boosting graduation rates. Vassar was included in a Miami Hurricane story about colleges with gender-neutral bathrooms. The Teen Visions ’16 exhibition in the James W. Palmer III Gallery was noted in a Poughkeepsie Journal article. The Julie Mihaly exhibition in the Palmer Gallery, Notes in Passing, was the subject of a Daily Freeman story.

Susan Miller Dorsey, Class of 1877

Los Angeles Times story on the new female L.A. schools superintendent mentioned Susan Miller Dorsey, Class of 1877, the district’s last female superintendent, who ran the institution from 1920-1929.

Articles about the passing of Sylvia McLaughlin ’39, founder of the Save the Bay movement in San Francisco, were published in the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle once more, and the Contra Costa Times.

Economics profesor Ben Ho

Economics professor Ben Ho wrote an op-ed about the importance of solar power subsidies in the New York Times.

Suffragist Lucy Burns, Class of 1902, was included in a Newsmax story about the five most notable women of the suffrage movement.

History professor Quincy Mills and Paula Williams Madison ’74 were mentioned in a Journal News story about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events.

Pamela Harris '92

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism noted filmmaker Pamela Harris ’92, who co-produced the Oscar-nominated documentary short Last Day of Freedom.

Dorothy Kim, professor of medieval literature, was mentioned in a Slate story written by Rebecca Schuman ’98.

Actor and director Adnan Malik ’03 was the subject of a News Tribe story.

Civic activist Joanna Oltman Smith ’92 was interviewed by NBC’s News 4 New York about recommendations to improve street safety following a school bus crash in Brooklyn.

Winemaker and general manager of Chimney Rock Winery Elizabeth Vianna ’89 was the subject of a Napa Valley Register story.

Director Dave Solomon ’99 was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com story about a new play, The Dodgers, that he will direct.

English professor Kiese Laymon was noted in a WKMS story about visiting authors to Murray State University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

Henry Rosen ’17 co-wrote an op-ed for Haaretz about the issues related to Israeli/Palestinian activism.

Ethan Slater '14

As reported by Broadway.com, Ethan Slater ’14 and Lilli Cooper ’12 will star in The SpongeBob Musical.

Billboard published a story on the partnership of Neon Gold Records—co-founded by Lizzy Plapinger ’10 of MS MR—with SONGS Music Publishing and Gold Atlas.

Attorney Brian Farkas ’10 was quoted in the New York Times about drones and privacy.

Alicia Robinson-Welsh ’15 was mentioned in a Valley Table story about a group of individuals manning a local organic farm. She also authored a Valley Table article about why she enjoys working on a farm.

Glenn Hutchins and his wife, Debbie Hutchins ’78, and their philanthropy through the Hutchins Family Foundation were the subjects of an Inside Philanthropy story.

Ellen Sherberg '70

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a story about Ellen Sherberg ’70 leaving her post as publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal to become special advisor to Whitney Shaw, the chief executive officer at American City Business Journals.

Aram Hezel ’95 is mentioned in a WHAM story about a woman receiving cancer treatment at the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Center.

Professor and filmmaker Penny Lane ’00 and her documentary Nuts! were noted in a Sylva Herald story about Dr. John Brinkley.

Interview magazine republished an interview with actress Lisa Kudrow ’85.

Writer Taegan Goddard ’88 penned a Political Wire story about Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Former Vassar LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center director Judy Jarvis ’07 was named director of Princeton University’s LGBT Center.

Geography professor Joseph Nevins authored a North American Congress on Latin America article about the importance of allowing the world’s poor a just share of the earth’s resources and the right to travel globally. He also wrote a Huffington Post column about the use of drone strikes.

Adam Saint-Prix '94

Adam Saint-Prix ’94 and his career path, from finance to the culinary arts to Silicon Valley, were the subjects of a story published in Abernathy.

Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 wrote an article in Justmeans about a mobile laboratory on building design that’s traveling across Europe.

Chef and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain ’77 was the subject of a Fox News story.

Vijay Das ’06 co-authored an Al Jazeera America op-ed about how political donations are curtailing healthcare access for America’s working poor and seniors.

Henry Johnson '88

The appointment of Henry Johnson ’88 to vice chairman and executive vice president of Northern Trust Wealth Management East Region was noted in Business Wire.

Nadia DiGiallonardo ’99 was included in a BroadwayWorld.com story about a new show, Nerds the Musical.

Robin Brown, the short documentary co-directed by Greg Armstrong ’09, was chosen as a Fusion Doc Challenge finalist—and the Best Doc Challenge Film—at the Slamdance premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, as reported by AudNews.

Daniel Enson ’99, data scientist and research director at global market research company Toluna, was interviewed for a San Francisco Chronicle story.

The Bay Area Reporter reviewed Immaculate Blue, written by English professor Paul Russell. 

Delia Chung Hom '00

Stories of Asian America included quotes by Delia Chung Hom ’00, director of the Asian American Center at Northeastern University, about what it means to be Chinese American growing up in a predominantly white town.

Marilyn Trail ’58 was interviewed for a Spokesman-Review story.

Matt Belli ’09 was noted in a Genetic Literacy Project story about Pesticide Action Network North America.

Adjunct Professor of International Studies Richard Reitano was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about minority representation among young politicians.

How To Game People Without Even Trying, the latest book by Elizabeth “Buffy” Rappleye Cooke ’46, was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.*

Steve Leonard ’82, vice president of business development at ClearLynx, authored a story on his company, supply, and demand for Ship & Bunker.

Author Barbara Burstin ’62 and her new book, Steel City Jews: In Prosperity, Depression and War, were noted in a TribLIVE.com story.

Catharine O'Neill Broderick '80

As reported in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, Catharine O’Neill Broderick ’80 was named to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees.

Youngstown Daily Legal News noted the election of attorney Catherine “Kate” Wexler ’85, a member of the corporate and securities practice group, as a partner at Brouse McDowell.

Westfair Communications announced the appointment of John Finger ’80 as senior vice president for strategic planning and business development at Montefiore Health System.

College Recruiter quoted James Wright ’89 in an article about how to get a job with no work experience.

Pieter Block ’18, a volunteer for the Jeb Bush campaign, was mentioned in a Jewish Journal story about campaign staffers for various presidential hopefuls gathering for an Iowa Shabbat dinner.

Kayla Gonzalez ’19, a Milken Scholar, was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times story about winners of the scholarship.

Nicola Virgill-Rolle ’97, director of national development and planning in the Office of the Prime Minister for the city of Nassau, Bahamas, was the subject of a Bahamas Weekly story.

The election of Tenley Callaghan ’86 to the directors of the Cleveland, Waters and Bass, P.A. firm was noted in Business Wire.

Bonnie Ring ’61 and her new book, Women Who Knew Jesus, were the subjects of a University Chronicle story.

Andy Ashton, director of the Vassar College Libraries, was mentioned in a University Record story.

Faculty Accolades

Professor Marc Michael Epstein

Religion professor Marc Michael Epstein’s book Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts won the National Jewish Book Award in Visual Arts, as reported by the Jewish Book Council. It was also mentioned in a New York Review of Books article about books of Jewish art.

Authenticity as Self-Transcendence, written by professor emeritus Michael McCarthy, received the bronze medal in theology at the 2016 Illumination Book Awards.

Professor Mita Choudhury

Mita Choudhury, professor of history, is author of The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century France, newly published by Penn State University Press. This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy, abortion, and bewitchment.

Kelli Duncan, assistant professor of biology, is editor of Estrogen Effects on Traumatic Brain Injury, newly published by Elsevier (2015). This book demystifies, deconstructs, and simultaneously humanizes the field of estrogen-mediated neuroprotection following traumatic brain injury, making the subject approachable to both researchers and advanced students. 

Debra Meloy Elmegreen, professor of astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, has been elected to a six-year term as vice president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU, founded in 1919, is the worldwide organization for professional astronomers, and has 12,000 members from 96 countries. Elmegreen is the only member of the Executive Committee from the United States. She was also elected vice chair of the board of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which oversees management of the Hubble Space Telescope and all ground-based federal observatories. She recently received a certificate of commendation from NASA for her Hubble Space Telescope research on galaxies.

Maria Hantzopoulos, associate professor of education, is co-editor (with Monisha Bajaj) of Peace Education: International Perspectives, newly published by Bloomsbury Publishing (January 2016). Bringing together the voices of scholars and practitioners on the challenges and possibilities of implementing peace education in diverse global sites, this book addresses key questions for students and scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of the field.

Associate professor Jonathon Kahn

Jonathon Kahn, associate professor of religion and chair, Program in American Studies, is co-editor (with Vincent Lloyd) of Race and Secularism in America, forthcoming from Columbia University Press (March 2016). This anthology draws bold comparisons between secularist strategies to contain, privatize, and discipline religion and the treatment of racialized subjects by the American state.

John Meehan, professor of dance and director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre on the Frances D. Fergusson Chair, will succeed Edward Villella as chair of the jury for the 11th USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC), one of the world’s foremost ballet competitions.

Assistant professor Thomas Parker

Thomas Parker, assistant professor of French and francophone studies, received Gourmand’s Special Jury Award for Best Wine Books in the World 2015 for Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea (University of California Press, 2015). Each year, Gourmand International’s World Cookbook Awards recognize and celebrate global achievement in cookbook, food and wine writing, and publishing. Parker’s new book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology developed between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. 

Miriam Rossi, professor of chemistry, and her research collaborator, Francesco Caruso, visiting scholar in the Department of Chemistry, were awarded a full allocation on the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Jetstream for their proposal titled “Modeling the interaction between antitumor arene-ruthenium beta-diketones from natural compounds and small fragments of DNA.” Funded by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise.

Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla, assistant professor of film, is writer, producer, and co-director of photography of The Seventh Fire, a nonfiction film about the Native American gang crisis, executive produced by Terrence Malick and Natalie Portman. In February 2015, The Seventh Fire had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and throughout the year also played in various festivals and cities, including Stockholm, Madrid, London, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Mar del Plata, Honolulu, and Tehran. In October 2015, the distribution company Film Movement acquired the North American rights to the film; last month, The Seventh Fire had its West Coast premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  

-Photo of Catharine O’Neill Broderick ’80 courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Henry Johnson ’88 courtesy of Business Wire; Delia Chung Hom ’00 courtesy of Stories of Asian America; Ellen Sherberg ’70 courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Ben Ho and Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Marc Michael Epstein and Mita Choudhury ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Ethan Slater ’14 courtesy of Broadway.com; Adam Saint-Prix ’94 courtesy of Abernathy; Pamela Harris ’92 courtesy of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Jonathon Kahn ©Vassar College; Thomas Parker ©Vassar College-Amanda Crommett ’13; Elizabeth Vianna ’89 courtesy of the Napa Valley Register.


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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 3, 2016