In the Media – October 2016
Vassar College was included in Niche’s list of Best Colleges in New York and was mentioned in a Princeton Alumni Weekly article about the decision not to move to New Haven in the mid-1960s. A $50,000 Department of Environmental Conservation grant awarded to the college for protection of the Hudson River Estuary watershed was noted in a Patch.com story. The Daily Freeman noted the campus tours the college offered on Saturdays throughout October and the Oberlin Review included Vassar in a story about student representatives. The Washington Post mentioned Vassar in a story about how Harvard, Princeton, and Yale became coed and the college was named one of the 50 smartest in the United States by Business Insider. The college was included in a Dartmouth opinion column about the Twelve College Exchange Program and Mid- Hudson News Network noted Vassar in a story about the Hudson Valley Film Commission’s request for higher film tax credits. The Vassar Haiti Project was mentioned in a Daily Freeman story about post-hurricane aid to Haiti. The Vassar College Libraries’ work on creating a collection of zines was noted in a Charleston Conference article.
The exhibition Victims, Perpetrators, Eyewitnesses, and Survivors: Life After War, featuring the photography of Amy Kaslow ’81, P’15, was the subject of a Daily Freeman story.
The Creators Project noted the Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The Barbara Beisinghoff exhibition at the Art Center was noted by DestinationsOfNewYorkState.com.
Jason Blum ’91, producer and Blumhouse Productions CEO, was named to the Vanity Fair New Establishment list. The New York Times, Fortune, the New York Daily News, CNNMoney, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico noted the new Roger Ailes mini-series Blum is producing.
The opening of the Nan A. Rothschild Research Center, the first municipal archive devoted to New York City’s own archaeological collection and named after Columbia University anthropology professor Nan Rothschild ’59, was the subject of stories in the New York Times, Slate, and CityLand.
A Sun Journal article about the women’s suffrage movement included well-known suffragettes Lucy Burns, class of 1902, and Inez Milholland, class of 1909.
Good Girls Revolt, the Amazon Prime series based on the book of the same name by award-winning journalist and author Lynn Povich ’65, was the subject of articles in Variety, the Daily Herald, Newsweek, Forbes, and Elle. In addition, Povich was interviewed by the Washington Post about her book, as well as the experiences at Newsweek in the 1960s that are the basis of the book.
Vassar’s new head baseball coach, Matthew Righter, was the subject of a D3baseball.com story.
Actress Anne Hathaway ’04 was mentioned in a University Herald story.
The nomination of Aaron Fichtner ’91 as acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development was the subject of an NJ.com story.
Entertainment attorney Terri Cheney ’82 was interviewed on WBUR about her work on mental health issues.
Quincy Mills, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, was quoted in a VPR story about the lack of black hair care businesses in parts of New England.
Philosophy professor Bryan Van Norden penned a Hippo Reads column, “What I Told My Freshmen about Voting.”
Computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper ’28 was the subject of the Inc. story “The Trail-Blazing Tech Pioneer You’ve Never Heard Of.” The Capital noted that the Naval Academy is naming its new cyber education building after Hopper.
Michael Kimmel ’72, an author and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, was quoted in a New York Times column about what young men learn from the acceptance of the behavior of Donald Trump.
Fencing team member Tom Possidente ’19 was mentioned in a Post-Star story about athletes who were injured and learned to play new sports.
Curtis Dozier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, was interviewed on Inside Higher Ed’s Academic Minute about whether political candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.
Lecy Goranson ’96, who played Becky on the television sitcom Roseanne, was mentioned in a Yahoo! story about the show.
The American Economic Association noted the election of Erica Field ’96, Duke University Professor of Economics and Global Health, to its executive committee.
Susan Drais ’54 was the subject of a Springfield News-Sun story about her reunion with a woman she mentored in elementary school.
Marc Thiessen ’89 penned a Fox News column about the poll numbers in the presidential race.
Karen Kessler ’78, principal and co-founder of Evergreen Partners, was interviewed by NJBIZ about presidential candidate Donald Trump and vulgarity.
Nadja Leonhard-Hooper ’15 was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com article about Reckless Tricycle, a troupe of comedic writers and actors debuting a performance in Brooklyn.
Fashion and society writer Michael Gross ’74 was named editor-in-chief of Avenue, as reported by the New York Post.
Yvonne Elet, Associate Professor of Art, was mentioned in a Minuteman News Center story about an exhibition at the Fairfield University Art Museum.
Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese Wenwei Du was mentioned in a U.S. Financial News Today article about the benefits of boosting Chinese culture in Flushing, NY.
RiverheadLOCAL.com noted the appointment of Lisa Azzato ’85 as vice president of the East End Arts board of directors.
MS MR members Lizzy Plapinger ’10 and Max Hershenow ’10 were the subjects of an Oye! Times story.
Associate Professor of History Leslie Offutt was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story that noted her talk titled “U.S. Immigration Policy, Past and Present.”
Siennah Yang ’18, of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, was mentioned in a Mid-Hudson News Network story about feeding hungry people in the region.
Associate Professor of English Molly McGlennen was quoted in a Salon story about Native American rappers.
Carol Marcus ’64, a school board trustee, was mentioned in an election story on NorthJersey.com.
Steven Park ’19 penned a Genetic Literacy Project story on how the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 will change the world.
Astronomy professor Debra Elmegreen was quoted in a Nature story about the galaxies in the Universe.
The Washington Blade noted the appointment of Alex Cole ’04 to Director of Communications for IREX, a global development nonprofit.
Christine “Chrissy” Lewis-Summers ’08 and her field hockey program, Beyond Sticks, were the subjects of an espnW story.
English professor Kiese Laymon and his discussion at Ithaca College were the subjects of an Ithacan story. He was also noted in a Livingston County News article about his participation in a literary forum.
Marc Smith, Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science, and Jodi Schwarz, Associate Professor of Biology, were mentioned in a Dice.com article about changes in tech industry hiring.
The appointment of Aileen “Missy” Kraus ’75 to the Vermont Women’s Fund council was noted in the Sun Community News.
Meryl Streep ’71 and her thoughts on gender equality were the subjects of a Huffington Post story.
Senior Lecturer in English Karen Robertson was quoted in a Mic article about sexual assault.
Writer Caroline Garnet McGraw ’07 gave a TEDxBirmingham All Stars talk titled “You Don’t Owe Anyone an Interaction.”
The Creators Project featured the work of artist Libby Pratt ’00.
Author and forager Russ Cohen ’78 was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about his talk on native edible wild plants.
Valerie Paley ’83, Vice President, Chief Historian, and Director of the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society, was the subject of a Women’s Voices for Change story.
WVKR, Vassar’s independent radio station, was the subject of a Bandcamp Daily article.
Sean Beckett ’10 was mentioned in a Seven Days article about Burlington Geographic and local tree identification tours.
Laura Schroffel Stone ’02 was mentioned in an Iris article about the Getty Research Institute archives.
Joanna O’Connell ’98 penned a MediaMath column about improving data management.
Saúl Ulloa ’15 penned a Rapid Growth Media column on standardized testing and the language divide.
Jennifer Vanore ’97 was appointed Vice President of Programs at UniHealth Foundation, noted Pasadena Now.
Michael Barakiva ’97 was appointed Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre, noted the Lansing Star.
BroadwayWorld.com announced the world premiere of Cape Coast Castle by Joyce Solomon Moorman ’68.
Marketwired noted the appointment of Sarah Tomolonius ’02, Quest Resource Holding Corporation sustainability and investor relations professional, to its board of directors.
Leah Isseroff Bendavid, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received an allocation on the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). The allocation supports two projects that seek to improve the materials used in two fields of solar energy technologies—photocatalytic fuel production and hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise.
Joanna DiPasquale, Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services, and Laura Streett, College Archivist, are collaborators on an ambitious project spearheaded by Bryn Mawr College and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. College Women: Documenting the Student Experience at the Seven Sisters Colleges brings together—for the first time online—digitized letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs of women who attended the seven partner institutions: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, and Radcliffe (now the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University).
Tracey Holland, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Interim Director of International Programs, and Faculty Director of the Vassar English Language Learners Outreach Program, received a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to host a screening of A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education, a film by Dorothy Fadiman and Owen Tomlins that follows the stories of people who risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico to the United States.
Nancy Ide, Professor of Computer Science, is co-editor (with James Pustejovsky of Brandeis University) of Handbook of Linguistic Annotation, newly published by Springer. The handbook offers a thorough treatment of linguistic annotation, an increasingly important activity in the field of computational linguistics that is fundamental to the development of language models for natural language processing applications. Ide also was awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her role in a collaborative project that will advance a web service infrastructure to support research and development of applications for language analysis. This grant, from the foundation’s Scholarly Communications program, will facilitate collaboration between a European infrastructure consortium and the U.S.-based Language Application Grid network, for which Vassar is the lead institution, in making their respective services mutually accessible and interoperable.
Ronald Patkus, Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections and Adjunct Associate Professor of History, is collaborating with Bethany Hicok of Westminster College in planning and executing a three-week National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Summer Seminar for college and university faculty on poet Elizabeth Bishop ’34 (1911–1979). Vassar’s extensive Bishop collection, and a newly uncovered trove of her papers, will be part of the seminar Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive, which Vassar will host in 2017. A discussion by Patkus was mentioned in a Sacramento Bee article.
Keri VanCamp, Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager, in partnership with Teatown Lake Reservation in nearby Ossining, NY, received funding from the Land Trust Alliance to support crucial weather station installations and upgrades for the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA), a regionally-coordinated environmental monitoring network that studies large-scale and long-term environmental changes and phenomena in the region. Launched in 2013 through a Conservation Catalyst grant provided by the Land Trust Alliance, EMMA is an important facet of the college’s new Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns.
April Beisaw, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was awarded a cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service (NPS) to conduct and complete archaeological identification and evaluation at three historic disposal sites within the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, NY. The project will support NPS’ management of cultural and natural resources at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill, and the Vanderbilt Mansion while providing educational and experiential opportunities to Vassar students.
Colette Salyk, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, was awarded research funding by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for her role in a collaborative project with the Space Telescope Science Institute. Salyk’s project will develop analysis tools for studying the chemistry of planet formation in preparation for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a large infrared telescope to be deployed by rocket from French Guiana in October 2018.
—Photo of walking tour, Tracey Holland, April Beisaw, and Laura Streett ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Jason Blum ’91, Caroline Garnet McGraw ’07, Michael Barakiva ’97, WVKR, Daniel Alexander Jones ’91, Lynn Povich ’65, and Steven Park ’19 courtesy of subjects; Michael Kimmel ’72 ©Vassar College-Evan Abramson ’00; Erica Field ’96 ©Duke University; Leslie Offutt ©Vassar College-Sam Rosen-Amy ’08; Marc Smith and Jodi Schwarz ©Vassar College-Spencer Ainsley; Ronald Patkus and Quincy Mills ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Michael Gross ’74 ©Lindsay McCrum.