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In the Media - March 2018 Roundup

The Tiffany Rose window in the Vassar Chapel.

Vassar College is included in the group of colleges and universities pledging support for students involved in non-violent protests, including the #NeverAgain movement, as noted by media outlets such as Newsweek and Yahoo!. The college was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald story about the increased use of bird-safe glass in new college construction. Vassar was included in a SUNY Cortland story about Bee Campuses—colleges that show dedication to protect natural pollinators and was mentioned in an Atlas Obscura story that examines the origins of food, including fudge. The college was included in a Bennington Banner story about the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, of which Vassar is a member. The college was mentioned in a Millbrook Independent story about a performance of Beowulf, starring Benjamin Bagby, in Taylor Hall and a Cosmos story about the Harvard Computers—women who were drafted by the Harvard College Observatory to use their mathematical skills to calculate the positions of stars. Vassar was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a New Yorkers Against Gun Violence panel discussion held at the college and a Library of Congress article about the U.S. women’s land army idea that came about with World War I. The college was mentioned in a Mid-Hudson News Network story about the Dutchess County State of the County Address. The Vassar Haiti Project’s sixth annual Art and Soul reception and fundraiser will pay tribute to Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, as noted in the Poughkeepsie Journal. The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s annual show at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House was the subject of a Hudson Valley One article. Vassar’s radio station, WVKR, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Radio Kingston. The Louis Comfort Tiffany Rose Window in the Chapel was one of the subjects of a Poughkeepsie Journal story about stained-glass windows. A concert featuring the Night Owls, Vassar’s all-women’s jazz a cappella group, was the subject of a Bates Student story. A concert featuring the Vassar College Majors was the subject of a Georgetowner story. Jennifer Doudna, who gave this year’s Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society, CRISPR-Cas Gene Editing: Biology, Technology, and Ethics, was interviewed on CBS News about what defines a genius.

Dr. Beatrix (Betty) McCleary Hamburg ’44

The Yale School of Medicine will honor its first three African American women graduates, including Dr. Beatrix “Betty” McCleary Hamburg ’44, as noted by BlackRadioNetwork.com and Public.

William Behre ’87 was named President of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, as noted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Sharon Herald, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Writer and director Olivia Newman ’00 won the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition for her film First Match. The film, distributed by Netflix, was the subject of many stories, including those published by Deadline Hollywood, IndieWire, and KCET.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond ’98 and the new line of made-in-Ghana coats and jackets she co-founded—Exit 14—were the subjects of a Vogue story.

Joshunda Sanders ’00

Joshunda Sanders ’00 wrote a New York Times op-ed, “What It’s Like to Be Black in Austin,” about the Austin serial bombings and the refusal of authorities to acknowledge that black people were targeted.

Author Carol Goodman ’81 and her latest novel, The Other Mother, were the subjects of a Hudson Valley One story. Goodman has written 20 books and teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY New Paltz.

Norlha Textiles—which designs, produces, and sells yak textiles handwoven by nomads on the Tibetan Plateau—founded and directed by Kim Yeshi ’77, was the subject of a Welum story.

Karen Strain Smythe ’82, Vassar Trustee and Executive Director of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, will run for New York’s 41st State Senate district on the Democratic ticket, as noted by the Highlands Current.

Meryl Streep ’71 was mentioned in a Newnan Times-Herald story about the film The Post, in which she plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Meyer Graham ’38. Streep was also the subject of an Us Weekly story.

Michael Wolff ’75, author of the New York Times bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was the subject of a Vassar Political Review story, co-written by Andrew Solender ’20 and Alexander Barzacanos ’18, which was discussed by the Hill, PJ Media, the Washington Times, and the Washington Examiner.

Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd ’32 Chair; Vassar Refugee Solidarity, which she co-founded; and the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about helping refugees.

Gabriel Dunsmith ’15

Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 conducted a Medium interview with renowned Icelandic poet and author Andri Snær Magnason, who was a significant figure in the environmental movement to save the Icelandic Highlands.

Quincy Mills, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, and his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America were mentioned in a Washington City Paper story. Mills discussed his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America at Providence Public Library, as noted by GoLocalProv.com.

Art critic and curator Shana Nys Dambrot ’93 was quoted in a Sports Illustrated story about jeweler Victor Solomon, whose clients include major NBA players.

Marsha Findlay Bourque ’74 was included in the book Anomalies: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology: 19172017 and was listed in Forbes* magazine for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Deborah Wince-Smith ’72, President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness—a coalition of CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders, and national laboratory directors—will be the keynote speaker at the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation Conference, as noted by the Kaplan Herald and Markets Insider.

Michael Hershey ’78, Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Securities, was the subject of a Barron’s story that recognizes him as the 21st-ranked financial advisor in Washington State.

Karen Kessler ’78

Karen Kessler ’78, President of Evergreen Partners, was named to the NJBIZ Power 100 list.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Guardian story about the success of Black Panther and how it will affect the film industry.

Beth Dunlop '69 received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship for her work, "The New Silent Spring: Untallied Consequences of Overbuilding." The foundation awards journalists engaged in independent and investigative projects of significant interest.

Ashley Thrall ’04, Myron and Rosemary Noble Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was the subject of a University of Notre Dame College of Engineering story.

Computer pioneer and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper ’28 was the subject of a Medium story.

The late Penelope Gerber ’61, who served as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, was remembered by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A discussion at Quinnipiac University by Roselee Blooston ’73, an award-winning playwright and memoirist, was mentioned in a Post-Chronicle story.

Sasha Velour ’09

Sasha Velour ’09, the winner of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was the subject of a Vanity Fair story.

Edith Clarke, class of 1908, the world’s first female electrical engineer, was the subject of an Interesting Engineering story.

Chen Hengzhe (known to classmates as Sophia H. Chen Zen), class of 1919, was modern China’s first female professor, as noted by the All-China Women’s Federation.

The archived collection of the papers of Dr. Bernadine Healy ’65, the first woman Director of the National Institutes of Health, was the subject of a Circulating Now story.

Rachel Simmons ’96, author, educator, and co-founder of Girls Leadership, was interviewed by the Recorder about her new book, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives.

Alison Spodek Keimowitz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair, wrote a Slate op-ed about how her despair about climate change was altered after a brush with death.

Ismail Rashid

Ismail Rashid, Professor of History, will serve on a panel, “Pax Africana: Peacebuilding in Africa,” as noted by the International Peace Institute.

Author Chloe Benjamin ’10 and her best-selling novel The Immortalists were the subjects of a Guardian story.

A discussion with Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was included in a Daily Freeman calendar listing.

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, was quoted in a USA Today story about the March For Our Lives rallies.

Jeffrey Schneider, Associate Professor of German Studies, was quoted in a Bates College story about one of its faculty members, Professor of German Craig Decker, who recently passed away.

Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science and Associate Chair for Earth Science, wrote a New York Times letter to the editor noting the harmful effects of microplastics on terrestrial organisms.

Joseph Tanski, Professor of Chemistry on the Matthew Vassar, Jr. Chair, was mentioned in Press & Sun-Bulletin and Pipe Dream stories about a new Binghamton University Art Museum exhibition, The Binghamton Nuvolone: Restoring an Object in Six Parts.

Josh Wyner ’84, founder and Executive Director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute, received the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Educational Testing Service O’Banion Prize in recognition of his contributions to community college excellence.

Neuroscientist Shannon Odell ’12, who starred in the video “A Drunk Neuroscientist Explains What Alcohol Does to Your Brain,” was the subject of a Daily Record story.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, was mentioned in a Mixed Sign story about her sonnet “Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare.”

“Toothache,” a poem by Patricia Wallace, Professor Emerita of English on the Mary Augusta Scott Chair, was published in the American Scholar. 

Eric Trump, Adjunct Instructor in German Studies, penned a Poughkeepsie Journal column about questioning our beliefs about beauty and the normal.

A paper published in the Social Science Journal, co-authored by Abigail Baird ’91, Professor of Psychological Science; Emma Roellke ’16; and Debra Zeifman, Professor of Psychological Science, about the link between school shootings and large schools, was mentioned in a Morning Call story.

Jacob Rivkin ’07, Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, and his exhibition If It Were a Cataract of Sand were the subjects of a WickedLocal.com story.

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, was quoted in a Courier-Journal article about the March for Our Lives rally.

Thomas Sauer, Adjunct Artist in Music, will serve as a judge for the 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, as noted by Tidewater Times.

Joe Davis ’09

Joe Davis ’09, Vice President, Financial Advisor at HSBC Securities, was named to the Irish Echo* annual 40 Under 40 list.

The latest book by Katherine Center ’94, How to Walk Away, was reviewed by Goodreads.

Alex Trunnell ’17 was quoted in an EducationViews.org story about the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, where she works as a Design Fellow.

Renowned astronomer Vera Cooper Rubin ’48 was the subject of a Varsity story, “Astronomers Fighting the Dark Matter of Misogyny.”

Kevin Newhall ’17 was a co-author of a study on parenting stress associated with epigenetic differences in African American mothers, as noted by Newswise.

Rodeo photographer Louise Larocque Serpa ’46 was included in the Arizona Daily Star’s list of 16 historic Tucson women.

Sarah Begley ’12, Books Editor for Time magazine, will speak at the University of Bridgeport, as noted by the Times Union.

Gisella Kagy, Assistant Professor of Economics, was quoted in a Daily Star story about how health care affects height and cognition in children.

Catherine Morgan ’84, Career Transition Coach with Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., offered advice on successful job searches in a Patch.com story.

A lecture by Conchita Thornton Marusich ’68 about her great-great-grandfather, William Wolfskill, was the subject of a Los Alamos Daily Post story.

Stacey Greenberg ’88 was hired as an instructor for Weston High School’s Science Research Program, as noted by the News-Times.

Julianna Simon ’11

Julianna Simon ’11 was named Corporate Litigation Associate at Blank Rome LLP.

Rabbi Shalom Pasternak ’99 was quoted in a Chabad.org story about Yeshivah Temimei Darech.

Akaina Ghosh ’15, a member of Ragged Wing Ensemble, was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com story about A Different Long Stretch of Earth, a play created for Ragged Wing.

The Vassar Night Owls were mentioned in a Lincoln County News story.

Botanist Judith Sumner ’72, who specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history, was the subject of a Valley Breeze story.

Naomi Johnson ’16 was quoted in a Bennington Banner story about a panel discussion on racial disparities in schools, which she moderated.

Candice Signor-Brown, Assistant Director of Athletics, Lecturer in Athletics and Physical Education, and Head Coach of the women’s basketball team, was quoted in a Hudson Valley 360 story about the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker honorees.

Screenwriter David Case ’93, whose script The Noble Woman tells the true story of a 16th-century French noblewoman who was marooned on a remote Canadian island with her lover, signed with Bellevue Productions, as noted by the Tracking Board.

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach ’91 was the subject of an EarnTheNecklace.com story.

Photo of Joe Davis ’09, Karen Kessler ’78, Joshunda Sanders '00, and Ismail Rashid courtesy of the subjects; Julianna Simon ’11 courtesy of Blank Rome LLP; Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 © Kira Dell ’15; Vassar Chapel and Dr. Beatrix “Betty” McCleary Hamburg ’44 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Sasha Velour ’09 courtesy of RuPaul’s Drag Race.


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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, April 3, 2018