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The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

Vassar College was included in a WAMC story about famous groups of seven. The college was mentioned in Uproxx and Teen Vogue stories about the television show American Horror Story. Vassar was mentioned in an NBC News story about a San Francisco statue honoring World War II “comfort women.” Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese, wrote Chinese Comfort Women with two China-based scholars. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences received the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education’s Education Facility Design Award, as noted by Architectural Record and ArchDaily. The building won the Award of Excellence. The was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about local colleges that “significantly” comply with the “Enough is Enough” sexual assault law. President Elizabeth H. Bradley was quoted in a Politico story on the problems facing the hospice model of healthcare. A campus lecture by Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, was noted in the Daily Freeman. A Beyond the Box Score story about women in baseball mentioned the Vassar College Resolutes baseball team from 1876. Vassar’s first female president, Sarah Gibson Blanding, was mentioned in a Lexington Herald-Leader article about the lack of statues honoring women. A Columbus Dispatch story about a vintage baseball festival noted Vassar’s baseball team that dated back to 1866. The Daily Freeman reported on the opening of the Department of Music’s Fall Concert Series, featuring jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. The Vassar Haiti Project’s annual Art Sale and Auction was the subject of a Hudson Valley Press story.

Linda Fairstein '69

Author and Trustee Linda Fairstein ’69 was the subject of a New York Times story.

Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, and his work as a producer of successful films were the subjects of a Straits Times story.

Andrew Tallon, Associate Professor of Art, was quoted in a New York Times story about the extensive renovations needed to save the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Author Karin Tanabe ’02 and her latest book, The Diplomat’s Daughter, were the subjects of a FamousDC story.

Linda Civitello ’71 and her new book, Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking, were the subjects of a Los Angeles Times story.

Ken Miles '07

Ken Miles ’07 penned a Blavity article about the disastrous situations facing the denizens of the Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes and called on those who can help to lend a hand in rebuilding.

Robert Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, was quoted in a Newsweek story about prisoners of war.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, was quoted in a Yale Daily News story about Yale-NUS College visiting faculty members. He was also quoted in a China Daily story about the lacking study of China in U.S. schools. He penned a HuffPost column about the  use of medieval symbols by white supremacists.

Suffragette Inez Milholland, class of 1909, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story that pays tribute to those who fought for women’s right to vote.

Daniel Alexander Jones '91

Performer and playwright Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 was appointed as a member of the Jerome Foundation’s board of directors.

Pete Malinowski ’06 and the Billion Oyster Project, of which he is Executive Director, were the subjects of a Crain’s New York Business article.

A photo essay of the people of the City of Poughkeepsie by Caleb Stein ’17 was featured in Burn Magazine.

Gail Archer

Vassar organist Gail Archer was the subject of a Sun Journal story. Archer’s new album, A Russian Journey, was the subject of a BroadwayWorld.com story.

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, was featured in a Forbes story on Bitcoin.

Tyler Crosby ’07 was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, as noted in the Ithaca Journal and the Ithaca Voice.

Ellen Swallow Richards, class of 1870, was mentioned in a News Herald story about positive thinking.

Ahmed Afzal '92

Ahmed Afzal ’92 joined California State University, Fullerton, as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, as noted by the CSUF News Center.

The 2010 Commencement speech by Lisa Kudrow ’85, which has recently gone viral, was the subject of indy100, Storypick, Times of India, and NDTV stories.

Charmaine Chua ’08, Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, was quoted in an Oberlin Review story.

A lecture by Ellen Silbergeld ’67 about the food we eat and agriculture policy and practice was noted in the Daily Freeman.

A Journal News story about 2017 Emmy Award nominations with ties to the Hudson Valley included Anthony Bourdain ’77, host of Parts Unknown. A Poughkeepsie Journal story on Emmy Award winners included Meryl Streep ’71, who won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for Five Came Back.

A lecture by David Esteban, Associate Professor of Biology, was noted in a Times Herald-Record story.

Dorothy Kim

Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor of English, and her research were mentioned in a Pacific Standard article about Nazis and their attraction to medieval studies. She was also quoted in an American Spectator story about the whiteness of medieval studies and an Inside Higher Ed story about white supremacists adopting Middle Ages images.

Barry Kostrinsky ’82 penned a BroadwayWorld.com story about children’s ceramics.

Todd Martin ’03 penned a Sherdog story about the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Tanya Wright '98

Actress and entrepreneur Tanya Wright ’89 and her hair care company, HAIRiette, were the subjects of a Morning Call story.

Morgan Twain-Peterson ’03, winemaker and owner of Bedrock Wine Co., was admitted as a member of the Masters of Wine, as noted by the North Bay Business Journal.

Casey Hancock ’16Matthew Griffiths ’17, and Harris Gordon ’15, co-founders of EEVO, were mentioned in a Technical.ly story about the virtual reality company.

David Esteban, Associate Professor of Biology, was mentioned in a Times Herald-Record story about a Hudson Valley Science Café meeting.

Nancy von Euler ’83 was appointed Executive Director of Horizons at New Canaan Country School, as noted in a Patch.com story.

Geoff Wertime '06

Geoff Wertime ’06, a staff attorney at Housing Works, was interviewed by Curbed about the duties of landlords in New York City.

An Insider article on celebrities who went to college mentioned Meryl Streep ’71 and Anne Hathaway ’04.

Adolphine Fletcher Terry, class of 1902, was the subject of a Lonoke Democrat story.

The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about the annual Haitian Art Sale and Auction.

Max Bernard ’12 was mentioned in a Main Line Media News story about coaches at Friends’ Central Aquatics.

Marcella Veneziale ’08 was interviewed on HRT’s The Voice of Croatia about her book on Croatian female chefs.

Christine Guardino ’02 was the subject of a Dickinsonian story.

Deborah Marvit ’52 was quoted in a Portland Press Herald story about homelessness.

Special education teacher Jarae Farrell ’14 was the subject of a Winthrop Sun Transcript story.

Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was the subject of Hartwick College and New Canaan News stories.

Kisha Palmer ’93, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at New Canaan Country School, was mentioned in a Patch.com and New Canaan News stories.

Mike Wong ’05 was named Vice President, Business Development at Neota Logic, as noted by Legal IT Professionals.

Sandra Lawrence ’78 was appointed to the American Shared Hospital Services board of directors, as noted in Digital Journal.

Ellen Frankenstein ’84 was quoted in a Rochester Business Journal story about the Harley School.

Faculty Accolades

Alison Spodek Keimowitz

Alison Spodek Keimowitz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair, was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her Acquisition of an Ion Chromatograph-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (IC-ICP-MS) for Research and Undergraduate Education at Vassar. Jointly funded by the Major Research Instrumentation and Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities programs at NSF, this acquisition will enhance research and education at Vassar and beyond.

David Bradley, Associate Professor of Physics, is a recipient of the Acoustical Society of America’s 2017 Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics for Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design, which he co-edited with Erica Ryherd and Lauren Ronsse. 

John Meehan

John Meehan, Professor of Dance and Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, served as a jury member at the 13th International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Moscow, held in the Bolshoi Theatre from June 10–20, 2017. Convened every four years, the Moscow IBC is one of the world’s most important ballet competitions and this year offered Grand Prix prizes worth $100,000 each. Meehan is the current chairman of the jury of the USA IBC.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Travis Wilkerson’s latest film, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, had its World Premiere at Sundance in January 2017. It subsequently screened at True/False, Crossroads (SFMOMA), Dokufest (Kosovo), and in the international competition at Locarno. The New Yorker called it “genre-expanding.” Numerous screenings are forthcoming, including at the New York Film Festival (September 28–October 16). In August, Wilkerson’s body of work was the subject of a retrospective at Dokufest (Kosovo), and earlier this summer, his collaborative work with Erin Wilkerson was included in the Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Harry Roseman, Professor of Art, is a featured artist in the Recent Contemporary Works exhibition at the Davis & Langdale Company gallery in New York City (through September 30). Roseman has also recently launched two websites: the web projects site at roseman.digitallibrary.vassar.edu and his portfolio site at pages.vassar.edu/harryroseman.

Professor Emeritus of Music Richard Wilson’s work for solo double bass,  Gravitas, was performed by Colin Corner, Principal Bassist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, at a meeting of the International Society of Bassists at Ithaca College School of Music in June 2017. That same month, Wilson’s work for four clarinets, Outswappings, received its premiere at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City in a program dedicated to “Music of Richard Wilson and Robert Schumann.” 

Geoff Wertime ’06 ©David Cross Photography; Amitava Kumar and the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Alison Spokek Keimowitz ©Vassar College; Ken Miles ’07 ©Vassar College-Yassine El Mansouri; Linda Fairstein ’69 ©Katherine Marks; Gail Archer ©Buck Ennis/Crain’s New York Business; Dorothy Kim and John Meehan ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Tanya Wright ’89 ©Kelley Van Dilla ’12.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 29, 2017