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In the Media - March 2021 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the Golden Globe win for Mark Ruffalo for his role in I Know This Much Is True, which was filmed, in part, on Vassar’s campus. The College was also mentioned in a People magazine story about the Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton, which was workshopped at the Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater. Vassar’s female baseball team, the Resolutes, was mentioned as the first women’s team in 1866 by the Baltimore Sun. President Elizabeth Bradley was named to the Commission on Independent College and Universities’ Board of Trustees, as noted by the Daily Freeman. Bradley was also included in a Yale Institute for Global Health story about speakers for a panel discussion on higher education in a post-COVID world.

Associate Professor of English Hua Hsu
Judas and the Black Messiah, by writer, director, and producer Shaka King ’01 was nominated for six Academy Awards—Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield), Cinematography, and Song—as noted by several news outlets including Entertainment Weekly.

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English, wrote a New Yorker article, “The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence,” which examines some of the recent and historical attacks on Asian Americans in the U.S. Hsu also talked to Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe Show about anti-Asian racism.

William Hoynes, Dean of the Faculty, and Christopher Bjork, Professor of Education on the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. chair and Coordinator of Teacher Education, wrote a USA Today op-ed about needed changes in the youth sports industry. Bjork also spoke on the Sport Psychology Hour podcast about their research.

A new biography about Vera C. Rubin ’48, the renowned astronomer whose observations provided evidence of dark matter, was the subject of a Nature story.

Ellen Gordon ’52, Tootsie Roll Industries CEO, was the subject of a Fortune article.

Rupa Ranga Puttagunta ’02, Administrative Judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission, was nominated for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by President Biden, as announced by the White House, Times of India, Mint, and many other publications.

Deadline and First Showing wrote about the feature film The Outside Story, written and directed by Casimir Nozkowski ’98. Brian Tyree Henry (known for his role as “Paper Boi” in Atlanta) stars as an introverted editor who locks himself out of his apartment and finds himself on a transformational odyssey around his Brooklyn neighborhood. Hannah Bos ’00 and Paul Thureen ’00 fill out the ensemble cast. The film will be released April 30, 2021.Watch the trailer.

Vivian Truong, a postdoctoral fellow in Asian American studies at Vassar and a leading collaborator in the A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project, was quoted in the Slate article, “How to Catalog Pandemic History,” and talked to BBC News for an article about the deadly Atlanta attack on female Asian American spa workers.

Rebecca Schuman ’98, Adjunct Assistant Professor of German, wrote an Inside Higher Ed “Are You Working?” column about scholarly writing and productivity.

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair, was mentioned in a China Daily story about the continued controversy of the “comfort women” of World War II.

CBC Radio interviewed Paulina Bren, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Studies, about her new book The Barbizon—which chronicles the titular famed women’s hotel. The book was also reviewed in the Economist.

Seamus Carey ’87

Iona College President Seamus Carey ’87 was the subject of a Yonkers Tribune column. He was also interviewed by News12 about college life during the pandemic.

Inside Higher Ed noted Associate Professor of Economics Ben Ho’s appearance on WAMC’s Academic Minute to discuss the concept of trust.

Richard Born, Professor of Political Science, was quoted in a BNN story about political redistricting.

Edith Clarke (class of 1908), the first U.S. woman to be employed as an electrical engineer, was the subject of an All About Circuits story.

Karen Clopton ’80 P’19 P’22 talked to ABC7News about Megablack SF, an organization created to raise awareness and support of issues important to African Americans in San Francisco.

Screenwriters Paul Thureen ’00 and Hannah Bos ’00 talked with the Grand Forks Herald about his work on the film, Driveways.

Lisa W. Wardell ’91, Chairman and CEO of Adtalem Global Education, was elected to the American Express Board of Directors, as noted by the Valdosta Daily Times.

Natalie Keng ’90
Natalie Keng ’90, founder of Chinese Southern Belle, talked to CBS46 about the uptick in crimes against Asian Americans.

Photographer and social documentarian Cebe Loomis ’13 was featured in the Royal Photographic Society’s “Women in Photo” spotlight.

Anu Duggal ’01, founding partner at Female Founders Fund, was quoted in an Allure story, “What 8 Venture Capitalists Are Looking For When They Invest.”

Charles Lemonides ’84, Founder of ValueWorks, talked to gurufocus about investing.

Alexandra Deutsch ’93 was named John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, as noted by Art Daily.

Rear Admiral and computer pioneer Grace Hopper (class of 1928) and astronomer Maria Mitchell, Vassar’s first professor, were mentioned in a Numismatic News story about suggestions for women to be featured on U.S. quarters. Hopper was also the subject of stories in The Hindu, All Together, and CHIPS. Mitchell was also the subject of stories in the Quad-City Times and Invisible Mentor.

Dr. Margarita Camacho ’78
Dr. Margarita Camacho ’78, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplant, was the subject of a ROI NJ story.

Lawyer Katherine Fite, class of 1926, and her role as part of the post WWII International Military Tribunal, was the subject of an Examiner story.

Dr. Helen Dean King, class of 1895, who dedicated her life to biological and genetic research, was the subject of a Fox 40 story.

Claudine Waite ’95 was named Head of Partner Development at, as noted by PR Newswire.

Sarah Gilbert ’06, a former lawyer with Camden Law, was sworn in as a Maine district court judge, as noted by Village Soup Knox.

Stuart J. Kaswell ’76 talked with TABB Forum** about the GameStop controversy and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Photo credits: Campus shot, Tamar Thibodeau; Hua Hsu and Karen Clopton, Karl Rabe; Rupa Ranga Puttagunta and Natalie Keng, courtesy of the subjects; Seamus Carey, Josh Cuppek; Margarita Camacho, ©Vassar College.