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In the Media – February 2016 Roundup

Vassar was lauded for its generous financial aid on the Today show, which highlighted The Princeton Review’s annual list of Colleges That Pay You Back (Vassar was named #1). A story on a lecture on Latin American history at Vassar appeared in the Daily Freeman. The college was mentioned in BroadwayWorld.com and ITBusinessNet.com stories about its use of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform for big data. Vassar and astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen were featured in an episode of the BBC’s Great American Railroad Journeys. The college and the R.E.A.L. Skills program in which its students participate were included in a Hudson Valley News Network story. The Daily Freeman reported on the lecture by Syrian archaeologist Salam Al Kuntar and the “Sonic Cyborgs” lecture series. The Millbrook Independent noted the performance of the Attacca Quartet at Vassar. The college was mentioned in an ArtfixDaily article about a new PBS documentary that celebrates the Hudson River School artists. Vassar and the Exploring Transfer program were mentioned in a Noodle story about nonprofits that streamline the transfer process for community college students. WAMC interviewed Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture speaker Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black, while the Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about the lecture. President Catharine Bond Hill was quoted in a Fortune story about college endowment spending and she penned an op-ed on free tuition and need-based financial aid for WBUR’s Learning Lab. A story in Swimming World magazine detailed the Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championship, which includes athletes from Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was noted in a Westfair Communications story about the growth of health care and higher education in the Hudson Valley. The college was noted in Poughkeepsie Journal stories on area colleges with alumnae/i as staff and the many uses of Avery Hall. The Vassar College Choir was mentioned in a Woodstock Times story about the Paul Green Rock Academy. An article about the Spark! A Feel for Science exhibition in the James W. Palmer III Gallery appeared in the Daily Freeman. The Daily Freeman also noted the upcoming exhibition Seeing the Sun: Maria Mitchell’s Observations, 1868-1888, at the Thompson Memorial Library. A Baltimore Sun story on fudge included a mention of Vassar.

Abigail Johnson '17

Vassar Jewish Union President Abigail Johnson ’17 authored an op-ed in the Forward about her experiences as a Jewish student.

Elizabeth Eisenstein ’45-4, author of The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, was memorialized in New York Times and Washington Post stories.

Towee's Nest and Eggs Slide No. 76

Articles about the American Stories exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and its related lectures and events appeared in the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly and the Poughkeepsie Journal. The art center was named to Architectural Digest’s list of the Best University Art Museums in America.

Kate Dooley ’06, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, is a co-author of the paper described on the front page of the New York Times, which details the project that recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light years away, the first direct evidence of the existence of gravitational waves.

Willet Whitmore ’99 was mentioned in a Boston.com article about Taza Chocolate CEO Alex Whitmore.

Professor emeritus Lawrence Mamiya

Author and professor emeritus Lawrence Mamiya and his book The Black Church in the African American Experience were mentioned in a New York Times article.

The Verge, USA Today, Variety, and the New York Times reported on the Grammy Award given to Mark Ronson ’97 for Record of the Year for his song “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars.

Erica Lansner '80

The Villager published a review of the exhibition Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner at Poets House in New York City, curated by Erica Lansner ’80 and including Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika ’99.

Political science professor and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum Luke Harris was mentioned in a Fox News segment and articles in the Washington Post and Afro.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley ’71 was the subject of a Salisbury Post story on her upcoming talk at the 30th annual Brady Author’s Symposium.

Professor Daniel Alexander Jones '91

Director and theatre professor Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 was interviewed for a Fordham News story on two upcoming plays to be performed at Fordham University, The Owl Answers and Sun.

Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam ’55 was awarded the Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award, as announced by GlobeNewswire.

English professor Kiese Laymon’s lecture at Rhodes College was mentioned in a Daily News story. Laymon penned an essay about justice, honesty, and American violence for Literary Hub and a satirical essay on the mendacity of presidential candidates for the Guardian.

Fritz Friedman '74

The Asian Journal noted the appointment of Fritz Friedman ’74 to serve on the credentials committee for the Democratic National Committee’s upcoming convention.

The Spectrum interviewed musical duo MS MR, comprised of Lizzy Plapinger ’10 and Max Hershenow ’10, about a recent show.

Andrew Meade, director of international services, was quoted in a Telegram & Gazette story about an award given to the Vassar Haiti Project.

Daniel “Star” Drooker ’84 and his documentary Salmonboy—about the death of an infant son in 1995—were the subjects of a Daily Hampshire Gazette story.

Philip Putter '03

Veterinarian Philip Putter ’03, owner of Spot On Veterinary, a concierge pet care service, was the subject of a San Francisco Chronicle story.

Darrah Cloud, adjunct assistant professor of drama, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the production of You Can’t Take It with You.

Downtown profiled Alan Paris ’81, a collector of historical photographs—including those of the Iwo Jima flag raising, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. The collection, which includes more than 10,000 photographic prints, was acquired by the University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the university noted.

Pennsylvania State University art history professor Elizabeth Walters ’71 was mentioned in a Daily Collegian story about her archaeology work.

Julie Sutcliffe ’03 was mentioned in an Inside Bay Area story about the hiring of Josh Sutcliffe—her husband—as rugby coach at Stanford University.

Ben Krakow '08

VoterGuru, a tech startup company co-created by Ben Krakow ’08, was featured on MediaPost.com and Yahoo! Finance. The web platform tracks voting records and public statements of political candidates and compares them with user inputs, helping the user find a presidential candidate who is an ideological match.

Adam Eichen ’15 penned a Salon op-ed about the corruptibility of the American political system and the campaign finance system.

Stephen Reilly '09

Steve Reilly ’09 penned a USA Today article on the consequences of not having a national database of disciplined teachers.

San Diego CityBeat published a feature story on the Brooklyn disco collective Escort, mentioning founding members and producers Eugene Cho ’98 and Dan Balis ’98.

Multimedia journalist Andrea McCarren ’85 was the subject of a WUSA biography.

Professor Janet Gray

Janet Gray, professor of psychology and director of science, technology, and society, was quoted in a CURE story about a $72 million award in a case that linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer.

Ashley Miller ’01, recently hired as an assistant professor of English at Albion College, was the subject of an Albion Pleiad story.

A Baltimore Sun story mentioned professor emeritus Eamon Grennan, the featured guest at the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry.

Leonard Steinhorn '77

Professor and author Leonard Steinhorn ’77 wrote a World Financial Review op-ed about the 2016 election and PunditWire article on a recent study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress. Steinhorn also wrote an article about the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump that was published by History News Network, the Huffington Post, AlterNet, and Moyers and Company.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Director of New Works Marissa Wolf ’04 was mentioned in a Kansas City Star story about her directorial debut in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Laura Altshul '62

Poet and author Laura Altshul ’62, whose most recent published collection is Searching for the Northern Lights, was a special guest on Antrim House Books’ Speaking of Poetry.

Starr King School for the Ministry remembered Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé (Wesley Farajajé-Jones) ’72, who was provost and professor of cultural studies and Islamic studies at the school.

Howard Fishman ’92 and his band, the Howard Fishman Quartet, were the subjects of a Westerly Sun article.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on the appointment of Barbara Dickman Richardson ’84 to the post of Nevada Insurance Commissioner.

Biology professor John Long was quoted in a Bloomberg Business story about the use of robots to monitor waterways.

Vijay Das ’06 wrote a CNN op-ed about plans in San Francisco to use a team of social workers, police officers, and firefighters to remove homeless people from a long-time encampment for the Super Bowl.

Anne Green '93

CooperKatz & Company, Inc. CEO Anne Green ’93 was recently honored as one of PR News’ Top Women in PR.

The Sheboygan Press noted the appointment of Lisa Vihos ’81 as education coordinator at the Plymouth Arts Center.

Ligia Bouton ’95 was mentioned in a Santa Fe University of Art and Design news story.

Dr. Claudia Lynn Thomas '71

The University of Florida College of Medicine noted the visit of Dr. Claudia Lynn Thomas ’71, the nation’s first female African-American orthopedic surgeon.

The Sun-Sentinel mentioned Nick Diamond ’20 in an article about athletes who signed college letters on National Signing Day.

Laura Barreto ’17 was quoted in a Daily Pennsylvanian story about an all-female hackathon.

Mallory Morgan ’17 was mentioned in a Syracuse University news story about a conference for undergraduate women in physics.

David Ringwood, associate director of alumnae/i engagement, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal review of the stage production of August: Osage County.

The appointment of Laura Paul ’84 as interim director of Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts was the subject of an ArtDaily story.

Justin Bogardus '03

Justin Bogardus ’03, who created the humorous short film Nature Rx, gave a TEDxVail talk about the difficulties of trying to successfully market nature.

A lecture series by Joshua Smyth ’91, professor of biobehavioral health and medicine at Pennsylvania State University and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was the subject of an Examiner.com article.

Faculty Accolades

The paperback edition of Handbook of Positive Emotions, written by Associate Professor of Psychology Michele Tugade, was recently published by Guilford Press.

Professor Diane Harriford

Diane Harriford, professor of sociology, was appointed as the inaugural Member Liaison of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). This NWSA Governing Council position acts as a dedicated point of contact for member concerns and issues within NWSA, and brings to the attention of staff and/or the Governing Council any issues that may arise.

The following were recipients of Faculty Conversations support for spring 2016: Roberta Antognini, associate professor of Italian, will be joined by a number of colleagues from other departments and programs to discuss translation as practice and its status at Vassar; Lisa Brawley, senior lecturer in urban studies and director of American studies, will join others for a conversation about facilitation design­—to exchange ideas, resources, and techniques about deepening the meaningful participation of diverse stakeholders from any group; Tracey Holland, interim director of international programs, will bring together faculty from the sciences and language departments to discuss language and science studies in study abroad programs; Barry Lam, associate professor of philosophy, will join other faculty members across the curriculum and Tom Pacio, interdisciplinary arts coordinator for the “Creative Arts Across Disciplines” (CAAD) initiative, to share work and thereby advance faculty audio-narrative research and production, and to think about strategies for bringing this form of production to the classroom outside of film studies; Molly McGlennen, associate professor of English and native American studies, will reconvene the original Native American Studies Seminar, including new members, to think critically and creatively about ways to not only sustain and grow the Native American Studies program, but develop more robust cross-program and interdisciplinary connections under the larger umbrella of indigenous studies; Nancy Pokrywka, professor of biology, will join others affiliated with the Science, Technology, and Society program with interests in human reproduction to identify, read, and discuss key books on the topic of politics, bioethics, and other frameworks for understanding the challenges of technology as applied to human reproduction, with an emphasis on women’s rights; Eréndira Rueda, associate professor of sociology, and others will meet to consider a social justice requirement, specifically to articulate answers and produce recommendations to the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence at the end of the term; Matthew Schultz, director of the Writing Center, and other faculty members, administrators, and staff will form a working group to plan and oversee the creation of a digital narratives lab; and Kate Susman, professor of biology, and others from departments, programs, and the library will meet to discuss the writing of a book about historic Vassar women faculty members and their impact on Vassar alumnae/i pursuing careers in the sciences.

Photos of Ben Krakow ’08, Justin Bogardus ’03, Steve Reilly ’09, and Erica Lansner ’80 courtesy of the subjects; Lawrence Mamiya ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Philip Putter ’03 ©Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media; Fritz Friedman ’74 courtesy of the Asian Journal; Towhee’s Nest and Eggs Slide No. 76 and Janet Gray ©Vassar College; Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Abigail Johnson ’17 courtesy of the Forward; Laura Altshul ’62 courtesy of Antrim House Books; Anne Green ’93 courtesy of CooperKatz & Company, Inc.; Claudia Lynn Thomas ’71 ©Windsor Media Enterprises, LLC; and Diane Harriford ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 ©Joanna Mercuri; Leonard Steinhorn ’77 ©Vassar College.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 26, 2016