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In the Media - April 2017 Roundup

Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

Vassar College’s commitment to low-income students was mentioned in Washington Post and New America stories and the college’s work to increase minority graduation rates and its use of need-blind admission was noted in an Edvocate story. The college was mentioned in a New York Times column about the importance of followers, not just leaders, and a WAMC story about an expectation of population growth in the Hudson Valley. The college and its $1.6 million initiative to advance its mission as an inclusive and affirming learning community were the subjects of a WAMC story. Vassar was mentioned in a Yale Daily News story about its path to coeducation and a Dallas Morning News story about the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence, which the college received in 2015. Vassar was included in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about colleges that open doors to learning and new experiences for adults and a Bennington Banner story about a consortium of colleges that is addressing issues of displacement and forced migration. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was recognized by a few organizations with awards, including the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The building was also a finalist in the Architecture +Glass category for the 2017 Architizer A+Awards. The Thompson Memorial Library’s Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures from Steepletop exhibition was noted in Upstater. The lecture “Striving for Perfection: A Life in the Arts with Actor Federico Castelluccio,” in association with the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s In the Light of Naples exhibition, was noted by Yahoo! Finance and Crossroads Today. The Yakima Herald-Republic noted Vassar and President Emeritus Henry Noble MacCracken in a story about the college partnerships that were critical for educational opportunities for women. Hudson Valley One noted Vassar, President Emeritus James Monroe Taylor, and suffragist Inez Milholland, class of 1909, in a story about a centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in New York. The college was mentioned in a Highlands Current story about the conservation of outdoor spaces and an eCampus News story about colleges dedicated to boosting the graduation rates of low- and moderate-income students. The Vassar Haiti Project was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the program’s water purification project in Haiti. The Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance—founded at Vassar by Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd ’32 Chair—was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story. A lecture on Islamophobia by theologian, scholar, and public educator Jerusha T. Lamptey was noted in the Daily Freeman. The Daily Freeman noted the lecture on climate change by Harvard University science historian Naomi Oreskes. The 2017 Martin H. Crego Lecture in Economics by University of Michigan economist Betsey Stevenson was also noted in the Daily Freeman.

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater was the subject of New York Times, Playbill, TheaterMania.com, American Theatre, and BroadwayWorld.com stories.

Steve Reilly '09

USA Today reporter Steve Reilly ’09 was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on 9,000 teachers across the nation who should have been flagged for past disciplinary offenses but were not. Reilly was interviewed by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC about his work on a story about President Trump’s real estate holdings and potential conflicts of interest.

The latest work by author and Visiting Associate Professor of English David Means, “Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother,” was published in the New Yorker.

Screenwriter John Gatins ’90 was interviewed by the Poughkeepsie Journal about his new films Kong: Skull Island and Power Rangers.

Damon Ross '94

Damon Ross ’94, Senior Development Executive at DreamWorks Animation, was quoted in Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, and i  stories about the studio’s latest hit film, The Boss Baby.

Screenwriter John Gatins ’90 was interviewed by the Poughkeepsie Journal about his new films Kong: Skull Island and Power Rangers.

Andrea Roberts '96

Andrea Roberts ’96, an emerging scholar in a new initiative at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture focused on race and gender in the built environment, and her work researching Texas’ unincorporated Freedom Colonies were among the subjects of a Next City story.

Author Benjamin Busch ’91 penned a New York Times Magazine article that reminisced about an event from his childhood.

Olivia Mitra Framke’s ’13 debut New York Times crossword puzzle was hailed in one of the newspaper’s columns for its expertise and its tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and his podcast series Hi-Phi Nation were the subjects of stories in the New York Observer the Appalachian State University News.

USA Today and BroadwayWorld.com announced the recipients of the OZY Genius Awards, including Elise Shea ’19, who helped create Speak to Me, which connects college students and refugees through a digital language learning platform.

A Vulture story examined the latest work from Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum ’91—a Showtime mini-series about Roger Ailes. Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes will be under the umbrella of newly launched Blumhouse TV.

William Appling, Former Director of Choral Activities

A Huffington Post story detailed the work of composer Scott Joplin and how composer, musician, and former Director of Choral Activities William Appling  recorded all of Joplin’s works. The recordings are now available to the public.

Lisa Kudrow ’85 was interviewed by ABC News about her latest role in the feature film The Boss Baby. She talked with the Telegraph about the film Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, in which she starred.

Bruce Mendelsohn ’90 was quoted in a New York Times article about leaving social media.

Kamyra Harding '89

Kamyra Harding ’89 penned a USA Today column about some of the career challenges she’s faced as an African American woman.

The work of Aaron Hill ’16 and Jake Brawer ’16 and the Frontiers in Robotics and AI paper they published were the subjects of stories covered by Seeker and Science Daily. Hill and Brawer’s paper was based on their research on robots that improved themselves.

The Ithaca Journal noted Cornell University’s Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading, which will feature writer and Professor Emeritus of English Eamon Grennan.

Sierra Nevada College announced its 2017 commencement speaker will be author and director Benjamin Busch ’91.Michael Jones, Assistant Director of Alumnae/i Outreach and Partnerships, penned an EvoLLLution column about millennial engagement after graduation.

Professor of Psychology Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a story from the Dana Foundation about how the brain matures.

Barbara Blatner ’71, Lecturer in English at Yeshiva University, was profiled in the Commentator.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, a former writer-in-residence at Vassar, was the subject of a Connecticut College story.

Paul Donnelly, Poughkeepsie City School District teacher and Vassar College Urban Education Initiative instructor, penned a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Dutchess County’s sales tax formula.

Jesse Schatz ’18 co-wrote a Fair Observer story about Saudi Arabia’s colliding interests in Myanmar.

New Yorker journalist Michael Specter ’77 and his speaking engagement at Stanford University were the subjects of a Scope story.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Maria Linder ’60 was the subject of a CSUF News Center story.

Deborah Wince-Smith ’72, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, will deliver Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s graduate commencement address.

Stephen Rooks, Professor and Chair of Dance, and a collaboration he’s working on were the subjects of a Daily News and Analysis story.

Sarah Evans ’18 and her research on genetically modified organisms were noted in an Indiana Daily Student story.

Marie Solis ’15 penned a Mic story about the increased lack of abortion providers in the United States.

Angela Dumlao '13

Angela Dumlao ’13 wrote a Wear Your Voice magazine column, “YouTube Blocked the Videos That Changed My Life,” about YouTube restricting LGBTQIA and other content. She was also recognized for her inclusive memes by Brit + Co and was featured in a Real Talk Radio podcast on gender inclusivity, intersectional feminism, and joy as self-care.

Mike Rubin ’84, a bone marrow transplant recipient and leukemia survivor, talked about his experience from 30 years ago in a Fred Hutch News Service story.

Raluca Besliu ’11 penned a Balkanist story about China’s use of the Balkans as a testing ground to expand its nuclear industry.

Ashley Jackson, Adjunct Artist in Music

Ashley Jackson, Adjunct Artist in Music, penned a NewMusicBox column about the works of 20th-century African American artists and composers.

Sasha Steinberg ’09, who performs under his drag name, Sasha Velour, is competing on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as noted by the New York Observer.

Charles “Chuck” Herrmann ’15 was mentioned in a SwimSwam story about the Las Vegas Swim Club’s 10th anniversary.

Dara Greenwood, Associate Professor of Psychology, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the social media challenges facing adolescents.

Regina Holmes ’85 penned several recent columns on a variety of subjects in the Baltimore Post-Examiner, including pieces on the suicide of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and the ‘Facebook Killer.’

Anthony Bourdain ’77 penned a Wealthsimple column about his financial life history.

Gary Oberstein '86

Gary Oberstein ’86, founder and executive director of Above the Clouds, was the subject of a Boston Business Journal story. Oberstein, who is also a pilot, left his job as managing partner at a Boston law firm to run his nonprofit, which takes seriously ill, disabled, and underserved children on small-plane flights.

The Wellesley News noted the pending departure of Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities and Assistant Professor of Classical Studies Liz Young, who will teach at Vassar next year.

Kimberly “Kimmie” Ross ’17 penned a Center for International Maritime Security story about systems of international order.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ’51 was the subject of a Hudson Valley Post story about her formative years spent in the Hudson Valley.

Amabel Scharff Roberts, class of 1913, an American nurse who died in service during World War I, was the subject of a Madison Eagle story.

Jack Ablin '80

DailyNorthShore.com noted the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Breakfast keynote speaker, BMO Private Bank U.S. Chief Investment Officer Jack Ablin ’80.

Actress Alicia “Lecy” Goranson ’96, who played Becky on the sitcom Roseanne, was included in a Nicki Swift story about the show’s stars.

Jonathon Kahn, Associate Professor of Religion, was quoted in a Columbia Daily Spectator story about Morningside Park.

Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’68, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (and the youngest journalist to win the prize at the time), was the subject of a Mic article.

Dr. Anita Barr ’06, an orthodontic specialist, was mentioned in a TAPinto.net story.

Pianist Adella Prentiss Hughes, class of 1890, was mentioned in a Regarding Gardening story about Persian gardens.

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, was a guest speaker at Indiana University, as noted by the Indiana Daily Student.

Professor of Psychology Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a story from the Dana Foundation about how the brain matures.

Ronald Sharp, Professor of English, was quoted in a BJJ Eastern Europe story.

Ryan Farley ’17 penned a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites in Dutchess County.

Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards, class of 1870, the first female graduate of MIT, was the subject of an MIT News story. Richards, a public health advocate, the founder of the home economics movement, and the first professional female chemist in the United States, was the subject of a HowStuffWorks story.

Maria Bell ’19 penned a College Magazine story about the futility of trying to outrun a snowstorm.

Cindy Schwarz, Professor of Physics

Cindy Schwarz, Professor of Physics, was the recipient of the 2017 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching by the American Association of Physics Teachers, as noted by the Daily Freeman.

Jennifer Wineman ’00, director of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (at the Asolo Repertory Theatre), was quoted in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune story about the play.

Eric Trump, Adjunct Instructor in German Studies, penned a Poughkeepsie Journal article on bioethics and the story of Rebecca Skloot.

Ricky Goldman ’12 discussed his thoughts on feminism in a Good Men Project column.

Computer pioneer and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 was included in an IEEE Institute story about four great inventors who broke new ground.

Zachary Zane Reid ’13 penned a YourTango column, “3 Reasons Why Asking ‘Can I Kiss You?’ Before Making a Move is Sexy.”

Botanist, historian, and author Judith Sumner ’72 was mentioned in a WickedLocal.com article.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times* noted a discussion by Holly Bergon ’75 on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop ’34.

Faculty Accolades

Nicholas Adams, Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair, both originated and curated Building Buffalo: Buildings from Books, Books from Buildings, a major exhibition of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECL). With support from the Vassar College Faculty Committee on Research, Adams offered to curate an exhibit of rare books in the library’s collection and enlisted Francis Kowsky, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, in the effort. Building Buffalo presents books from the Grosvenor Rare Book Collection of the BECL that were, over more than a century, donated or purchased to help the city grow into a great metropolitan center.

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair, is author of Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government, newly published by Westview Press. A volume in the Lives of American Women Series, Cohen’s new book is a biography of Julia Lathrop, class of 1880, a social servant, government activist, and social scientist who expanded notions of women’s roles in public life early in the 20th century.

Elliott Schreiber, Associate Professor of German Studies, has been awarded a fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to pursue research at the International Youth Library in Munich in summer 2017. Schreiber will work on his book project, Toy Stories: Fairytales, Toys, and the Discovery of Imaginative Play in Germany 1750-1850, while developing a new International Studies/Education course that he will co-teach with Tracey Holland (Department of Education), titled “Hello, Dear Enemy: Mounting an Exhibition of Picture Books on War and Displacement.”

Cindy Schwarz, Professor of Physics, was named a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2017. The criterion for the selection of Fellows is simple: exceptional contribution to AAPT’s mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers, and Schwarz is one of only eight AAPT Fellows for 2017. An international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists, AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

David Tavárez, Professor of Anthropology, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted generous fellowships to over 18,000 people, including Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Tavárez is one of 173 new Guggenheim Fellows, selected from nearly 3,000 entrants to the 2017 cycle. Word, Time, and Resistance in Colonial Mexico: The Zapotec Books of the Cosmos, his project for the Guggenheim year, rethinks the dynamics of religious and political dissent in colonial societies through a corpus of more than 100 daykeeping manuals and several ritual songs, all clandestinely produced in Zapotec by ritual specialists in 17th-century Mexico.  

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—Photo of the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences ©Richard Barnes; Steve Reilly ’09, Damon Ross ’94, William Appling, Angela Dumlao ’13, Ashley Jackson, Hua Hsu, and Michael Jones, courtesy of the subjects; Andrea Roberts ’96 ©Arnold Wells; Barry Lam ©Duke Photography-Megan Mendenhall; Gary Oberstein ’86 ©Boston Business Journal; Jack Albin ’80 ©Daily North Shore; Cindy Schwarz and Miriam Cohen ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 27, 2017