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In the Media – March 2016 Roundup

In the Media – March 2016

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre

The Posse Veterans Program and Vassar were the subjects of a PBS NewsHour story and were mentioned in a PR Newswire story. Vassar was cited as a model for recruiting low-income students in an Education Dive story. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the Loving the Earth environmental show. Vassar was mentioned in a Westfair Communications story about Hudson River waterfront renewal and a Hudson Valley News Network story about the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Marketwired included Vassar in an article about colleges that recently signed on with Workday for enterprise cloud applications and Phillipstown.info mentioned the college in an article about Dutchess County’s first poet laureate. Vassar was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the popularity of women’s fencing and in a Hudson Valley News Network story about a performance by the Brooklyn-based Truthworker Theatre Company. The Daily Freeman detailed the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s 34th annual gala at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. A campus lecture by author Alice Dreger was the subject of an article published in the Daily Freeman. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s acquisition of Gustave Moreau’s Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds was highlighted by PanARMENIAN Network and the Daily Freeman. The success of the Powerhouse Theater Training Program was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article and mentioned in a New York Times article.

Ben Krakow '08

VoterGuru, a quiz app created to help users identify the presidential candidate they most closely align with, and creator Ben Krakow ’08 caught the attention of several media outlets, including the New York Observer, the Daily Free Press, the Oakland Press, Distractify, and WTSP.

Jacob Bernstein ’90 and his new documentary, Everything Is Copy—Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted (which premiered on HBO on March 21), were the subjects of articles in the New York Times, Vogue, the Seattle Times, ABC News, the New York Observer, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Bernstein is the son of the late Nora Ephron.

A profile of Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman ’47 appeared on Law360. The article noted Newman’s reputation for breaking from the court’s majority.

Associate Professor of Film Mia Mask

Associate Professor of Film Mia Mask was interviewed by WNYC about the Academy Awards’ #OscarsSoWhite issue. Mask was also mentioned in an article in Shadow and Act.

(T)ERROR, co-directed by David Felix Sutcliffe ’02, was recently covered by the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the Atlantic, CNN, and This American Life. The film offers a look inside the life of an FBI counter-terrorism informant.

Peipei Qiu, author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves and professor of Chinese and Japanese, will serve on a roundtable regarding the recent agreement between Japan and South Korea on World War II “comfort women,” as announced by PR Newswire.

Huang Hung ’84, publisher and owner of Brand New China, a lifestyle company and boutique, was quoted in a New Yorker story about Chinese haute couture designer Guo Pei. Hung was also the subject of a China Digital Times article.

Shelter, the new novel by Jung Yun ’94, was reviewed in the New York Times and the author spoke with the Chicago Tribune about the book.

Professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell was the subject of a Yakima Herald-Republic story on the brilliant women of science.

Curator and writer Shana Nys Dambrot ’93 was named one of the “5 Art Minds You’ll Be Hearing About This Year” by The Creators Project.

Actress and producer Alysia Reiner ’92 was quoted in a Fortune story about her new film, Equity, a financial thriller about an aggressive investment banker with a female cast.

Lizzy Plapinger '10 and Max Hershenow '10

MS MR members Lizzy Plapinger ’10 and Max Hershenow ’10 discussed their music and Plapinger’s record label Neon Gold, which she founded while at Vassar, with the Phoenix New Times. Neon Gold has signed several big-name artists, including Tove Lo, Charli XCX, and Ellie Goulding. Plapinger was also featured in Time Out New York* magazine for her retro fashion choices.

TVNewsCheck announced the appointment of Lisa Gelb ’84 as deputy chief and chief of staff of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau.

Marion Terenzio '76

The inauguration of Marion Terenzio ’76 as the first female president of SUNY Cobleskill was illuminated in the Times Union.

A reading with author Linda Fairstein ’69 was the subject of a New Canaan Advertiser article.

Justin Patch, adjunct assistant professor of music, was quoted in a Mic story about classical music.

Reviews of the book The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City by Laura Tillman ’07 appeared in Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper ’28, a technology pioneer, was the subject of a DC Military story.

The Berlin premiere of The Seventh Fire, a documentary produced, written, and co-directed by Assistant Professor of Film Shane Slattery-Quintanilla, was the subject of stories in the Upcoming and Screen International. The film examines Native American gang culture and criminal justice reform.

Antonia Maury, Class of 1887, was featured in a Time magazine article about women astronomers.

Paula Madison ’74 will speak at Pasadena City College’s 91st Commencement, as announced by Pasadena Now.

Seamus Carey '87

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey ’87 was named the grand marshal of the Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as reported by the Lane Report.

The Valley News memorialized Alison McCallum May ’52 for her activist work, which included desegregating Virginia schools, supporting Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters, and serving as chairwoman of the Alexandria Democratic Committee.

Ron Eckstein ’93, communications director of Americans for Tax Fairness, contributed a KCSG story on proposed federal tax legislation for corporations.

The Burlington Free Press interviewed Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam ’55 about her environmental work and the founding of the Student Conservation Association.

Paula Gottesman ’56 was mentioned in a New Jersey Jewish News article about an upcoming community development project in Newark.

Teviot Fairservis ’77 and her Malaysian cat shelter Cat Beach were the subjects of a Connecticut Magazine story.

Dr. Kim Harley '92

Dr. Kim Harley ’92, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and her study relating cosmetics use to altered body chemistry were the subjects of Time magazine and FairWarning stories.

A Brooklyn Daily Eagle story highlighted the latest novel by author Kimberly McCreight ’94, Where They Found Her. McCreight’s debut novel, Reconstructing Amelia, was a critical and commercial success.

Psychology professor Randy Cornelius was quoted in a Time magazine story about the science of crying.

A performance by storyteller and actress Becky Stone ’70 was the subject of a Craig Daily Press story.

Professor of History Maria Hohn

History professor Maria Höhn was interviewed by Sophia Slater ’18 for a Huffington Post story about the Solidarity with Refugees initiative started by students and faculty on campus.

Planet Princeton interviewed chef Christian “Max” Hansen ’82, owner of Max & Me Catering, Max Hansen Caterer, and Max Hansen Carversville Grocery, about his soon-to-open catering venue.

Sociology professor Leonard Nevarez, the keynote speaker at the fourth biannual College of Arts & Letters Conference at the University of North Georgia, was featured in a News@UNG article about the conference.

NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue ’91 was interviewed on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee about the Supreme Court case that considers a Texas law regulating abortion providers.

Dr. Simon Rabinowitz ’75, vice chairman of pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, was named Professional of the Year by the International Association of Who’s Who, as reported by MSN.

Associate Professor of Psychology Abigail Baird '91

Abigail Baird ’91, associate professor of psychology and developmental neuroscientist, was quoted in a Good Magazine story about the difference between those who are active in social and political movements and those who sit on the sidelines. She was also quoted in a Deseret News story about the film Allegiant and the hero narrative in young-adult fiction.

The New York Community Trust highlighted the lasting impact of Mary Sherman Parsons ’51, a civil liberties advocate.

The Daily Freeman reported on the Vassar lecture by Professor of History and American Studies Louise Stevenson ’70 titled “Lincoln’s Beard: A Transnational Political (Fashion) Statement.”

Mark Burstein '84

Lawrence University President and Vassar Board of Trustees member Mark Burstein ’84 was interviewed for an Inside Higher Ed story about college presidents with non-academic work experience.

Venture capitalist and Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience Mowgli Holmes ’97 was mentioned in Newsweek and Yahoo! News stories about his project to sequence the DNA of every different kind of cannabis in the world.

Business Wire and Publishers Weekly announced the appointment of Bob Walton, vice president for finance and administration, as CEO of the National Association of College Stores.

Jessie Werner ’06 was quoted in a Baltimore Sun story about medical schools throughout the country that recently announced those who were accepted into their programs. Werner was accepted into the medical program at Brown University.

The promotion of Dr. Kelly Lindert ’89 as executive vice president and head of development at Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was announced in Business Wire.

A NorthJersey.com article noted that Min Chen ’16 was recently accepted into the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University.

Darrah Cloud, adjunct assistant professor of drama, co-wrote a Poughkeepsie Journal article about Half Moon Theatre.

The Hoover Sun highlighted a performance of Vassar organist Gail Archer.

Professor of Religion Marc Michael Epstein

Religion professor Marc Michael Epstein was quoted in a Jerusalem Post story about a performance of The Merchant of Venice.

Farmer Sarah Voiland ’03 was the subject of a story about fruit smoothies published in the Recorder.

Meryl Streep ’71 penned a Huffington Post column about some of her experience at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Inquirer and Mirror noted the attendance of Streep at a Theatre Workshop of Nantucket benefit and Woman’s Day published a list of interesting facts about Streep and mentioned her graduation from Vassar.

Associate Professor of Geography Joseph Nevins interviewed climate scientist Kevin Anderson for a story on Flying Less.

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank ’91 was interviewed for a New York Times* story about his family’s daily routine.

Faculty Accolades

Maria Hantzopoulos, associate professor of education, is author of Restoring Dignity in Public Schools: Human Rights Education in Action, newly published by Teachers College Press. For many students in urban public schools, the routines of standards-based instruction and frequent testing remove the possibilities for sustained inquiry and critical engagement in school and with the larger world. Drawing from rich narratives of human rights education in action, Hantzopoulos shows how school leaders can create an environment in which a culture of dignity, respect, tolerance, and democracy flourishes, providing a viable alternative to the currently favored strategies of increased testing, privatization, and disciplinary control.

Associate Professor of Psychology Michele Tugade

Michele Tugade, associate professor of psychology, is co-editor of Handbook of Positive Emotions, newly published for 2016 by Guilford Press. This volume reviews the breadth of current knowledge about positive emotions: their nature, functions, and consequences for individuals and society. Specific emotions are analyzed in depth, including happiness, pride, romantic love, compassion, gratitude, and hope, while major theoretical perspectives are presented and cutting-edge research methods explained. Implications for physical health, coping, and psychopathology are explored, as are connections to organizational functioning and consumer behavior. 

Professor of Music Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, Mary Conover Mellon Professor of Music, was a featured composer at several events, including a program at the Kosciuszko Foundation and Trinity Church, both in New York City.

Ronald Patkus, associate director of the Libraries for Special Collections and adjunct associate professor of history, was awarded the Bridwell Fellowship by the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Each year, the Perkins School offers six fellowships of independent study designed to encourage in-depth use of the Bridwell Library for study and research. Patkus plans to spend his fellowship at the Bridwell to work on his developing monograph, tentatively titled The Private Press Bible.

Photo of MS MR courtesy of the subject; Dr. Kim Harley ’92 courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley; Huang Hung ’84 ©Vassar College-Lee Ferris; Marion Terenzio ’76 courtesy of the Times Union; Mia Mask, Marc Michael Epstein, and Abigail Baird ’91 ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Seamus Carey ’87 courtesy of Transylvania University; Richard Wilson and Michele Tugade ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Mark Burstein ’84 and Maria Höhn ©Vassar College; Ben Krakow ’08 by Sam Stuart; Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre ©Vassar College-Mitchell Davis ‘19.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 31, 2016