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In the Media - February 2021 Roundup

Vassar College’s two-year extension of the waiver for standardized tests for admission was the subject of Associated Press and WAMC stories. Vassar earned a silver award from the League of American Bicyclists in its Bicycle Friendly University program. The College’s pandemic plans for Spring Semester were mentioned in a Chronogram story. The College was mentioned in a Nation article about voter suppression of college students and a Mid Hudson News story about Vassar’s plan to allow limited off-campus travel.

Visible Bodies: Representing Blackness, an exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Shaka King ’01

Writer, producer, and director Shaka King ’01 talked to the Atlantic, GQ, New York Times, and the New Yorker about his new film, Judas and the Black Messiah.

Sue Buyer ’47, a former journalist who recently published her first book, All Things in Time, was the subject of a Yahoo! News story.

Jeh Johnson, architect and Senior Lecturer Emeritus, was remembered by the Tennessee Tribune.

Leonard Nevarez, Professor and Chair of Sociology, was quoted in a Mansion Global story about New Yorkers who moved to the Hudson Valley buying local businesses.

Actor Sakina Jaffrey ’84 was the subject of a story.

Actor Samuel Sylvester ’19 played a lead role in the award-winning short film The Touch of the Master’s Hand, which was the subject of stories by the Salt Lake Tribune, Sundance Institute, Moveable Fest, MovieMaker, the Utah Review, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Jin Xu, Assistant Professor of Art, was mentioned in a New York Times story about Clubhouse, a social media platform that, for a brief time, was uncensored in China.

Cookbook author and food writer Sally Vargas ’68 was the subject of a Simply Recipes article.

Beth Feingold ’01

On WAMC’s Academic Minute, Beth Feingold ’01 explained how most food wasted in the U.S. doesn’t even make it to the fridge.

A new biography of acclaimed astronomer Vera Rubin ’48 was the subject of a Science magazine story.

Award-winning actress Jane Fonda ’59 was interviewed on Wired with her Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin.

Amelia Edelman ’07 was named Deputy Editor of Meredith’s cross-brand finance desk for Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, Health, and other magazines, as noted by Talking Biz News.

Vanessa May ’99, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Seton Hall University, who spoke at the college’s ceremonial initiation for first year students, was mentioned in a Seton Hall College of Arts and Sciences story.

Natalie Nixon ’91

The Creativity Leap, by Trustee Natalie Nixon ’91, author and President of Figure 8 Thinking, was named the best book of 2020 in the Creativity & Innovation category by Porchlight. Nixon also wrote, “Creativity Is Not a Luxury,” an article for

Brooke Duncan III ’74, former Senior Labor Partner at Adams and Reese LLP and a former New Orleans Police Department detective, was named General Counsel of eQHealth Solutions, as noted by several media outlets including the Associated Press and Rome News Tribune.

Kamyra Harding ’89 wrote, “Celebrating 16 Means Something Different For My Black Son,” an article in Your Teen.

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair, was quoted in a Nation article about how public schools became America’s social safety net.

Leslie Lim ’24 talked to NBC News about ways for LGBTQ+ students to create community on campus virtually during the pandemic.

Ada Ferrer ’84

Ada Ferrer ’84 wrote a New Yorker article about her Cuban family, as some members left Cuba in 1963 and others—including her half-brother—were left behind.

Ash Hoyle ’18, a member of the programming team at Sundance Film Festival, was named a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow for 2021 as noted by Film Independent and Deadline.

Author Bella DePaulo ’75 talked about her time at Vassar in a Medium article about single women of the 1960s and 1970s making a career and life on their own.

Author Alexis Landau ’99 talked with the Nerd Daily about her life, writing, and her latest book, Those Who Are Saved.

Professor Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, talked with Mint Lounge about his recent artwork—paintings and drawings.

Paulina Bren

A new book by Adjunct Associate Professor of International Studies Paulina Bren, The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free, was featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic.

David Ambroz ’02 was named President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, as noted by the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.

Jasmine Syedullah, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, was mentioned in a Global Newswire story about the celebration of Black History Month at Naropa University.

Danielle Raudenbush ’02, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego, is taking part in a series of discussions at the university, as noted by Newswise.

An installation, “Inequality Bakery,” by artist Monica Banks ’81 was the subject of a story.

Jordan Thaler ’10 was named Vice President of Acquisitions at Hyperion Group, as noted by Real Estate Weekly.

Ann Dibble Jordan ’55, a former associate professor at the University of Chicago, former director of National Health Laboratories, Brookings Institution Board of Trustees member, and spouse of the recently deceased civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, was mentioned in a MEAWW story about the Vernon Jordan’s family.

Cooking tips by award-winning chef and television show host Andrew Zimmern ’84 were the subject of a Mashed story.

The research of Michele Tugade ’95, Professor of Psychological Science, was mentioned in an Entrepreneur story about resilience.

Lawyer and CNN legal analyst Shanlon Wu ’80 wrote a CNN article about the surge in anti-Asian violence in the U.S.

Mariah Jones ’25 was the subject of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.

Andy Towle ’89

Andrew “Andy” Towle ’89, founder of Towleroad, one of the earliest and most popular gay blogs, and his announcement that he’s retiring from the blog, were the subjects of an Outsports article.

The research on Roombas by John H. Long Jr., Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair, was the subject of a Great Courses Daily story.

AC Dumlao ’13, Program Manager for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was a guest on an episode of the podcast LGBTQ Nation, which focused on the increase in hate crimes against AAPI groups since the beginning of the pandemic.

Boys State co-director and Mayor Pete producer Amanda McBaine ’94 was mentioned in a Variety story about the Pete Buttigieg documentary.

Anna O. Marley ’96, Curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, talked about the work of acclaimed African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner with the Chestnut Hill Local.

Photo credits: Shaka King by Glen Wilson; Paulina Bren by Adam Patane; Beth Feingold, Natalie Nixon, Ada Ferrer, and Andy Towle, courtesy of the subjects.