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In the Media - January 2017 Roundup

Vassar College’s new president, Elizabeth Howe Bradley, was the subject of stories covered by the New York Times, the Poughkeepsie Journal, ABC News, WAMC, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Modern Healthcare, military-technologies.net, the Daily Freeman, YaleNews, the New Haven Register, Thrive Global, the Herald-Whig, Mid-Hudson News Network, and Yahoo! Finance. Vassar is among the elite colleges that enroll the highest percentage of low- and middle-income students, as noted by the New York Times. The college was included in a Times Herald-Record  story about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to offer free tuition to state and community colleges to middle-class families, an Adirondack Daily Enterprise  commentary about the College For Every Student program, and a Poughkeepsie Journal  story about regional college tuitions and developments. President Bradley’s husband, John Bradley, who will become executive director of Vassar’s Urban Education Initiative, was interviewed on WNHH. Vassar and President Emerita Catharine Bond Hill  were mentioned in a Voice of America  story. Hill penned a Washington Post  op-ed about how colleges can help veterans get an education. The college was included in a Journal of Blacks in Higher Education  story about black first-year students at the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges; a Starts at 60  article about the book The Glass Universe, which tells the story of women’s landmark contributions to astronomy; and a College Magazine  story about surviving one’s first semester at Vassar. TBSMagazine  published a biography of Matthew Vassar. The college and the Vassar Haiti Project  were mentioned in an Inklings  story. The Daily Freeman  and the Putnam County Courier* noted that author Zadie Smith will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture. The Poughkeepsie Journal  noted the upcoming performance of six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald at the 15th annual Modfest. Modfest was the subject of stories published by the Millbrook Independent  and Hudson Valley One.

Teen Visions '17 artwork by Anthony DiBattista

The Poughkeepsie Journal  wrote about the Teen Visions ’17  exhibition in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, which features the artwork of regional high school students. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center  was on the Huffington Post’s list of the best college art and history museums in the Northeast. Hudson Valley One  noted the exhibition Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Millay’s graduation from Vassar. CoinWeek  mentioned The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War, on display at the Art Center.

Vera Rubin '48

Astronomer and renowned dark matter scientist Vera Rubin ’48, who died on December 25, 2016, was the subject of stories in the New York Times, the San Francisco Examiner, Alamogordo Daily News, and Sci-Tech Today. In honor of the film Hidden Figures, USA Today  compiled a list of 10 women trailblazers in STEM, which included Rubin and Grace Hopper ’28.

Michael Specter ’77  penned a New Yorker  story about the possibilities and future of DNA editing technologies and spoke to NPR about the article and the science behind it.

Psychology professor and neurodevelopmental psychologist Abigail Baird ’91  was interviewed by People  magazine about the documentary Beware the Slenderman. Baird appears as an expert in the documentary, which was written about by multiple media outlets, including Variety, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, the Daily Telegraph, Deadline.com, Collider.com, and the Christian Times.

Rachel McCormick ’06  and her family, including her husband, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, were the subjects of a New York Times story.

William Downing '71

King County Superior Court Judge William Downing ’71, the first trial court judge in the nation to rule the Defense of Marriage Act—limiting marriage to an institution between one man and one woman—unconstitutional, was the subject of a Seattle Times story.

Meryl Streep ’71  received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 8 and her speech was widely reported by news outlets, including Forbes, the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Streep also made Oscar history with her 20th Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance as the title character in the film Florence Foster Jenkins, as noted in many media stories, including those appearing in Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Martha Firestone Ford ’46, the owner of the Detroit Lions football team, was the subject of an Irish Times story.

Brian Farkas '10

Brian Farkas ’10  penned an Inside Higher Ed op-ed about academic learning opportunities during the Donald Trump presidency.

Writer Mary McCarthy ’33, author of The Group, was the subject of an Irish Times story.

Mark Scheinberg ’78,  founder and president of Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut, was the subject of a Journal Inquirer story.

Rachel Simmons '96

Rachel Simmons ’96, author and founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, was interviewed on WGN-TV about how to be a role model for girls.

The work of Megan Gall, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Jacob Damsky ’15  on the effects of excessive noise on birds’ abilities to detect predators was the subject of Tribune  and American Council on Science and Health stories.

Tim Koechlin, Director of International Studies, penned a Common Dreams article about trickle-down economics.

Actor, photographer, model, and filmmaker Adnan Malik ’03  was the subject of a Dawn story.

Mihai Grünfeld, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com  story about The Dressmaker’s Secret, the play he co-wrote based on the book The Dressmaker’s Son.

Dani Dones ’16  was mentioned in a Daily Record story about a performance at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication noted a discussion, “Press, Politics and the Public: President Trump and the First Amendment,” featuring moderator Associate Professor Dawn Gilpin ’87.

Paul Donnelly, Urban Education Initiative instructor, penned a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed about alternatives to a planned expansion of the Dutchess County Jail.

The Poughkeepsie Journal  noted the appointment of Adrienne Chen-Odierna ’97 as an associate of the law firm of Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP.

Professor Peipei Qiu

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese, penned a South China Morning Post story about tensions between South Korea and Tokyo over memorials for South Korean “comfort women” who were kidnapped and forced to work in brothels to serve Japanese soldiers before and during World War II.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, penned a WalletHub op-ed taking a philosophical approach to the question of whether money is the root of all evil.

Artist Olga Sweet talked to Greenwich Time  about working on the portrait of President Emerita Frances Daly Fergusson, which will hang in the Thompson Memorial Library.

Professor Mia Mask

Mia Mask, Associate Professor of Film, was quoted in a Salon  story about the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight.

Architecture icon Phyllis Lambert ’48  was the subject of a Montreal Gazette article, which looked back on her illustrious career.

Time-Out Grant  recipient Lisa Vihos ’81  and her plans to build a book garden in Malawi were the subjects of a Sheboygan Press story.

Penelope Duus ’17  was quoted in a Daily Gazette story about the Women’s March on Washington.

Associate professor Barry Lam

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and his philosophy audio program, Hi-Phi Nation, were the subjects of a Daily Nous story.

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, was quoted in a Mic story about the Women’s March on Washington and issues of race, class, and intersectionality.

A BroadwayWorld.com  story about the premiere of Imogen Says Nothing  mentioned Charles O’Malley ’11, who will work on the production’s dramaturgy.

Filmmaker Marcie Hume ’99  and her new documentary, Magicians: Life in the Impossible, were the subjects of a Broomfield Enterprise story.

Sonali Shah ’20  was an alumnae panelist at her former high school, as noted in a Courier News story.

Laurel Hennen Vigil '20

Laurel Hennen Vigil ’20, News Editor of the Miscellany News, was named to the Poughkeepsie Journal’s editorial board.

Suffragist Inez Milholland, class of 1909, was mentioned in an Oregonian story about the Women’s March on Washington.

Dr. Milan Lombardi ’04  was named the City of Tampa Dermatologist of the Year 2016 by the Doctors’ Choice Awards, as noted by Digital Journal.

Christine Howlett, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, was mentioned in a Millbrook Independent performance review.

Teacher Hunter Berryhill ’01  was mentioned in a Nation story about the support of and resistance to a refugee resettlement plan in Rutland, Vermont.

Mera McGrew '10

Soapply, the New York City-based startup by Mera McGrew ’10, was featured in a New York Times story.

Sen. Cheryl Kagan ’83  was included in a Washington Post story about a concert she planned, the UnNaugural Concert, in opposition to the presidential inauguration.

The Sun Journal  mentioned dancer Emily Dunuwila ’12 in a story about Cottage Street Creative Exchange’s second annual “Globalocal” dance show.

Jonathon Kahn, Associate Professor of Religion, penned a Los Angeles Review of Books op-ed, “A Call to Mourn: Democratic Action and the Confrontation of American Racism.”

Imrul Islam '17

Photographer Imrul Islam ’17  and his work, which will be exhibited at Dhanmondi’s EMK Center, were included in a Daily Star story about the exhibition.

Teresa Garrett, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was mentioned in a Hudson Valley News Network article about “A Day of Women in Tech,” held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Michaela Coplen ’18  read her poem “after november, all we dare do now” on WCAI.

Chemistry professors Christopher Smart  and Miriam Rossi  were mentioned in a Culinary Institute of America story.

Amanda Su ’19  was quoted in a College Magazine story about lessons learned from being on a crew team.

Lawyer Christina Sheehan ’05  has become a new shareholder in the firm Modrall Sperling, as noted by the Albuquerque Journal.

Scott Crabtree '88

Scott Crabtree ’88, founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Brain Science, was mentioned in a Headlight-Herald story.

Alisa Swire ’84, Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council Refugee Welcome Team Coordinator, was quoted in a Times Herald-Record story about a large donation to the Hudson Valley Refugee Solidarity Network established at Vassar.

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance  announced the appointment of John Delikanakis ’85 as chairman of its board.

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Photo of William Downing ’71 ©Seattle Times-Erika Schultz; Mia Mask and Peipei Qiu ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Teen Visions ’17 artwork by Anthony DiBattista; Vera Rubin ’48 ©Vassar College-Will Faller; Laurel Hennen Vigil ’20, Scott Crabtree ’88, Mera McGrew ’10, and Brian Farkas ’10 courtesy of the subjects; Rachel Simmons ’96 ©Vassar College-Evan Abramson ’00; Imrul Islam ’17 ©Vassar College-Stockton Photo, Inc.; Barry Lam ©Melissa Surprise Photography; Thompson Memorial Library ©Vassar College.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 3, 2017