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In the Media - December 2017 Roundup

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was mentioned in an Architectural Record story about Ennead architect James Stewart Polshek, winner of the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 Gold Medal. President Elizabeth Howe Bradley was quoted in a Global Times story about international students and study abroad programs  and featured in a video from the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’68 wrote a New York Times article questioning the empowerment felt by women in the ’60s and ’70s when confronted with sexism and sexual harassment.

Carrie Goldberg ’99

Attorney Carrie Goldberg ’99 was quoted in a New Yorker story about a lawsuit against best-selling author Emma Cline, whom she represents.

Poet Mary Oliver ’59 was the subject of a New Yorker article.

Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor of English, was quoted in a Salon story about her stance on white supremacists coopting medieval history and her essay “Teaching Medieval Studies in a Time of White Supremacy.”

President Emerita Catharine Hill wrote an Inside Higher Ed column encouraging Congress to increase higher education incentives instead of taxes. She was also interviewed on WGBH about the importance of socioeconomic diversity on college campuses.

Leif Fredrickson ’00 was awarded the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts for his dissertation, “The Age of Lead: Metropolitan Change, Environmental Health, and Inner City Underdevelopment,” as noted by UVA Today.

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the Finance category. The news was also announced in the Duluth News Tribune.

Nancy Abraham ’87 was named Executive Vice President of Documentary and Family Programming at HBO, as noted in Variety.

Michaela Coplen ’18 was one of 43 U.S. college students to receive the 2018 Marshall Scholarship, which allows for study in the United Kingdom, as noted in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

The New York Times wrote positively about the performances of Ethan Slater ’14 and Lilli Cooper ’12 in SpongeBob SquarePants, which recently opened on Broadway. Slater plays the title character and Cooper plays Sandy Cheeks. Reviews of the musical were published by many media outlets, including HuffPost, Playbill, Broadway News, Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, the Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, Variety, and the Washington Post. A Variety story, “10 Best New York Theater Productions of 2017,” includes SpongeBob SquarePants and The Wolves, which was first performed at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater.

The memoir Numinosity, by author Linda Morganstein ’74, was the subject of a Pioneer Press story.

Lilian May Miller, class of 1917, woodblock print

Artist Lilian May Miller, class of 1917, was the subject of an Atlas Obscura story.

An exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop ’34, From the Archive: Discovering Elizabeth Bishop, was the subject of a Chronogram story.

Pediatrician Dr. Dorothy Novick ’87 penned a Stat article about the importance of treating the psychological trauma of children who experience severe adversity.

Photographer Caleb Stein ’17 and his work were the subjects of a Feature Shoot story.

Vassar’s first professor, astronomer Maria Mitchell, was the subject of a Hackaday story.

Elise Shea ’19

Elise Shea ’19 and her digital language-learning platform, Speak to Me, were the subjects of an Ozy story.

Jordan Hoffner ’91, CEO of Salon Media Group, discussed the company’s biggest obstacle in 2017 in a VideoInk story.

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair, and Owen Gutfreund ’85 were included in a New York History Blog story about historians who sent a letter to state legislators and regents identifying the need for a state historical association.

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, discussed his thoughts on the wishes of the dead on the Academic Minute.

Cynthia Patton ’83

Cynthia Patton ’83, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of multinational biopharmaceutical company Amgen, was named to Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America list, as noted by Amgen.

Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and Department Chair, and her work on precursors to globular clusters were noted in Universe Today.

The Daily Freeman mentioned Christine Howlett, Associate Professor and Chair of Music and Director of Choral Activities, in a story about a Hudson Valley Philharmonic performance at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House.

A Sedalia Democrat story details the work of composer, musician, and former Director of Choral Activities William Appling and his four-CD set, which features the recorded works of Scott Joplin.

Lawrence Lui ’92 album cover

Magnet magazine reported on the release of Retroism, the first EP from record company executive and indietronic recording artist Lawrence Lui ’92 under his own name.

Eliza Thompson ’09 penned a Cosmopolitan article, “I Lived Like Queen Elizabeth for a Week.”

Computer pioneer and Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper ’28 was the subject of a Hackaday story.

Jason Blum ’91

Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was named to the board of trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as noted by Movie City News.

Dr. Philip Putter ’03; his wife, Rebecca Putter ’04; and his new business, Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel, were the subjects of a Greenwich Free Press story.

Susan Sheu ’91 penned a Longreads story about her estrangement from her conservative mother, who offered conflicting advice on how to be an assertive woman.

Margo Aller ’60, a research scientist at the University of Michigan, was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, as reported by the New Brunswick Herald.

Author Elisabeth Ann Petry ’70 will lead a discussion about her family, including her mother, best-selling author Ann Petry, and her documentary film at the Killingworth Library, as noted by Zip06.com.

Peter Krakaur ’83 was named Vice President of UnitedLex’s Legal Business Solutions, as announced by PRWeb.

Pari Forood ’80

Pari Forood ’80, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and keynote speaker at the Poughkeepsie Naturalization Ceremony, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the event.

Matt Newton ’99 was quoted in a Backstage story about performing arts degrees.

Alan Kirschner ’72 wrote a New York Times* letter to the editor about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Faculty Accolades

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Chair of the Associated Emeritae/i of Vassar College, is author of the forthcoming book Toward a catholic Christianity: A Study in Critical Belonging (Rowman & Littlefield, December 2017). “In a civilization that Julia Kristeva describes as having ‘abandoned the meaning of the Absolute of Meaning,’ McCarthy presents another possibility, a possibility of hope, not naïve but critically reflective, in an enduring Meaning,” writes Christine Jamieson of Concordia University in a review. In this way, McCarthy seeks to preserve the enduring insights of Athens and Jerusalem in our post-modern secular age. 

John McCleary, Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Statistics on the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Chair, is author of the newly published Exercises in (Mathematical) Style. A pastiche of Raymond Queneau’s 1947 Exercices de Style, McCleary’s book explores the topic of binomial coefficients in differing styles, including viewpoint, method of proof, and form of discourse. By examining and extending binomial coefficients in multiple ways, McCleary presents many important mathematical ideas, some lesser-known, and some unexpected connections, including wormhole points, Eulerian numbers, cellular automata, and Euler’s beautiful formula.

 Photo of Lawrence Lui ’92 courtesy of Magnet; Carrie Goldberg '99 ©Vassar College-Samuel Stuart Photography; Cynthia Patton ’83 courtesy of Amgen; Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Michael McCarthy, and Elise Shea ‘19 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Olaf Carlson Wee ’12 ©Vassar College-Myleen Hollero; Lilian May Miller (class of 1917) print courtesy of the Lilina Miller Collection of Scripps College; Jason Blum ’91 and Pari Forood ’80 courtesy of the subjects.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 4, 2018