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In the Media - October 2019 Roundup

Vassar College’s $13-million plan to become carbon neutral by 2030 was the subject of an Associated Press story and a  WAMC story, which included an interview with Sustainability Director Micah Kenfield. The college was mentioned in a Chronicle of Philanthropy story about the $2.25 million gift from Propel Capital for the college’s Urban Education Initiative. Vassar and Anthony Bourdain ’77 were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a Culinary Institute of America dedication in Bourdain’s name. President Elizabeth Bradley wrote a Forbes op-ed about the federal court case decision in favor of Harvard University’s admissions policies. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Poughkeepsie’s Lincoln Center, a community youth-services center organized by the Vassar Christian Association in 1916. Vassar artist in residence Steven Caras, a photographer and dancer, was the subject of a Palm Beach Florida Weekly story. Vassar and Patricia “Pipa” Fernandez ’22 were mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article about the Stellina telescope.

Vassar's 2019 Halloween homepage, designed by Senior Web Designer Chris Silverman was recognized by Terminalfour blog as a “devilishly good campaign.” 

The exhibition Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was mentioned in Chronogram and was the subject of was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Emmie Lichtenberg '10, left, with Charli XCX on the set of I'm with the Band.

The newly released Netflix show I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry, which the British pop star Charli XCX created and executive produced with Emmie Lichtenberg ’10 is getting lots of buzz with reviews appearing in the Guardian, Deadline, Rolling Stone, Time magazine, and other publications and websites. The show follows Charli XCX’s attempts to make the girl-band Nasty Cherry a super group. Lichtenberg also plays the band manager onscreen.

Terri Cheney ’82 was interviewed by the New York Times about the new Amazon series Modern Love, in which she is portrayed by Anne Hathaway ’04.

Allison “Alli” Joseph ’94, founder of the film company Seventh Generation Stories, is the producer of the PBS Independent Lens documentary Conscience Point, which will air on PBS in November.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, was inducted into the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ifill spoke with NPR about the legacy of Elijah Cummings.

Amy Entelis ’71, Executive Vice President for Talent and Development at CNN Worldwide, was the subject of a Variety story written by CNN anchor Jake Tapper, in honor of Entelis’s inclusion in Variety’s New Power of New York list. She was also quoted in Variety, Daily News, and Food & Wine stories about a documentary about the life and work of television chef and cookbook author Julia Child.

The New York Times showcased a Hamptons house designed by Nina Anker ’93, founder of the eco-friendly design firm Nea Studio.

Leslie Jackson Chihuly '83

Leslie Jackson Chihuly ’83 talked with the Boston Globe about her work with McLean Hospital’s Deconstructing Stigma project.

David Means, Visiting Associate Professor of English, read from his new novel, Are You Experienced?, for the New Yorker.

Lyle Gamm ’96 was named Senior Vice President at CNN’s Original Series unit, as noted by Variety.

The photo collection of Caleb Stein ’17, “Down by the Hudson,” was featured in Vogue.

John Leguizamo P’23 S’90 talked with the Chicago Sun-Times about his work, including his latest stage production, Latin History for Morons.

Erik Quinson ’15, who is riding across the United States with Karam Anthony ’15, to raise funds for the American Brain Tumor Association (Anthony is riding in honor of the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), talked to the Record Gazette about his journey. 

John Long, Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair and Cognitive Science Department Chair, was quoted in a Great Courses Daily story about advancements in neuroprosthetics.

Philip Jefferson '83
Philip Jefferson ’83 was named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Davidson College, as noted by The Davidsonian.

Charity auctioneer Tom Stebbins ’99 was the subject of a Times Union story.

The original pilot, Make America, written by Kelly Edwards ’85, WarnerMedia Entertainment’s SVP of Talent Development, was selected for the 2019 Sundance Institute Episodic Lab, as noted by

Tahirih Motazedian, Assistant Professor of Music, was the subject of a Tufts Daily story.

Author Daphne Kalotay ’92 was the subject of a WBUR story, which included mention of her recent novel, Blue Hours.

A new book, What Miss Mitchell Saw, celebrates the work and life of pioneering astronomer and Vassar’s first professor, Maria Mitchell, as noted by Colossal.

Author Sarah Kozloff, Professor of Film on the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair, wrote a Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America article about recommended films.

The late Andrew Tallon, Associate Professor of Art, and his work mapping Notre Dame Cathedral were mentioned in a Directions Magazine story about how to capture culture on a map.

Award-winning artist and performer Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 and his work at Boston College’s Theatre Department were the subjects of a story.

The Problem with Everything: My Journal Through the New Culture Wars, by writer Meghan Daum ’92, was the subject of a Newsweek article.

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89 was named to Vanity Fair’s 2019 Best-Dressed list.

Benjamin Papsun ’20 received a Global Undergraduate Award for his essay, “Violence, Lyricism, and the Blues Aesthetic.”

Tony-nominated actress Lilli Cooper ’12, who is starring in Tootsie on Broadway, was the subject of a New York Amsterdam News story.

Andrea Johnston '93

Andrea Johnston ’93, Chief Operating Officer of OpenTable, talked to Thrive Global about her career path and what she’s learned along the way to her current role.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg ’99 was mentioned in a Ms. Magazine story about NETIZENS, a documentary about women and online harassment.

Grace Ashford ’14, a research assistant, was mentioned in a New York Times review of the book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.

Andrew Solender ’20 wrote a Psychology Today op-ed about the infantilizing of Greta Thunberg.

An exhibition by Mira Lehr ’56 was the subject of a Miami New Times story.

Dr. Georgette Bennett ’67, the widow of Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, was quoted in a Jewish Times story about the biography on Tanenbaum, Confronting Hate: The Untold Story of the Rabbi Who Stood Up for Human Rights, Racial Justice, and Religious Reconciliation.

A letter about an article on using artificial intelligence to help solve the current environmental crisis written by Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 was published by the New Yorker.

Alec Spangler ’02, Assistant Professor of Landscape and Architecture at Penn State, and his exhibition, Folded Section, were the subjects of a Penn State News story.

Lawyer Sheryl “Sherry” Sullivan ’72 was honored with the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Diversity Committee Award, as noted by the City Sentinel.

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines ’04 was named Vice President of the Center for American Progress’ Poverty to Prosperity Program.

Heather Deichler ’02 was named Senior Vice President and head of Lincoln MoneyGuard Product Management, as noted by Yahoo! Finance.

Michael Barakiva '97

Author and theater director Michael Barakiva ’97 will talk about his new book, Hold My Hand, at Abril Bookstore, as noted by Asbarez.

Bryan Van Norden, James Monroe Taylor Chair of Philosophy, was the subject of a Sirp article. His recent book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, was the subject of a Sirp review.

The Reverend Leonisa Ardizzone, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, was named the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, as noted in the Blue Mountain Eagle.

Hilary Hageman ’90 was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Cubic Corporation, as noted by

Jacob Moses ’07, a Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences PhD student focusing on medical harm, talked about his work in a Harvard story about students using the CRISPR gene-editing tools in their research.

Jami Rubin ’85, a partner at PJT Partners, was named to the Relay Therapeutics board of directors, as noted by Digital Journal.

Talya Phelps ’19 wrote an MLA Style Center op-ed about how publishing work as a student shaped her college writing experience.

The book Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep, which examines some of the work by the Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep ’71, was the subject of a San Francisco Chronicle story.

Laura Savenelli ’97 was named Assistant Director, Impact Relations, at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, as noted by the Morning Call.

Faculty Accolades

Hadley Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science and Program in Neuroscience and Behavior, is principal investigator on a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC) of Binghamton University. Over two years, the project will support Dr. Bergstrom in the study of how alcohol exposure changes the expression of fear memory at the level of brain and behavior.

Anne Brancky, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, was awarded a FACE Foundation Tournées Film Festival grant to support the Tournées French Film Festival, forthcoming in February 2020. Cosponsored and organized by the VSA French Club and the departments of French and Francophone Studies, Film, and Women's Studies, Tournées 2020’s theme is "Identities" and will feature six French-language films that respond to the way identity interacts with space and time, and hopes to highlight issues of gender and sexuality, intergenerational relationships, hidden identities, and postcolonial identities.

Professor Maria Höhn

Maria Höhn, Professor of History, alongside her collaborators at The New School and Rutgers University, won a Social Science Research Council grant to examine Forced Migration and Mental Health: Transforming Mental Health Education and Research through Interdisciplinary Partnerships. The New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences project convenes researchers from different backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions to act as a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration that will produce creative scholarship and build fresh ties within the social sciences.

Luke Hunsberger, Professor of Computer Science, was awarded a major grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project, “Automated Reasoning about Time: Methods and Analysis,” which aims to enhance the ability of computer systems to effectively (and automatically) reason about time. The project will engage undergraduate students in a new Temporal Reasoning Lab at Vassar College to generate and test new algorithms that will be stored in a public repository, and will benefit the research community by strengthening the theoretical foundations of workflows and creating benchmarks to facilitate the comparative evaluation of new and existing algorithms.

Nancy Ide, Professor of Computer Science, and her Language Applications (LAPPS) Grid project, has been awarded computing and storage capabilities on Jetstream through the National Science Foundation–funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a major platform for advancement of the global cyber-infrastructure and promotion of science and engineering excellence.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, had his drawing, “The Black Foam of the Newspapers,” published in the art magazine Hyperallergic. This piece was inspired by the current spread of lethal lies about minorities due to fake news circulating online. Kumar’s essay, “I’m Writing a Novel, But There Is the News” was published byBrick magazine.

Ronald Patkus, Head of Special Collections and Adjunct Associate Professor of History on the Frederick Weyerhaeuser Chair, was selected for the Bridwell Library Visiting Scholar Fellowship for 2019–2020. Administered by the Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, the fellowship supports Patkus’s work on volume two of his study of private- and fine-press Bibles, and his present focus on examples of European provenance.

Harry Roseman, Professor of Art, presented a lecture in May 2019 at the Dalarnas Museum in Falun, Sweden, where his drawings were on view in the museum as well as in a solo show at the Galleri Se Konst. And earlier this year, Professor Roseman was interviewed by Vassar’s Art Librarian Thomas Hill for the popular WVKR feature broadcast, “The Library Café.”

Wayne Soon, Assistant Professor of History, has won the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine’s Zhu Kezhen Junior Scholar award for the best published journal article of original scholarship in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia for a junior scholar. His article, "Blood, Soy Milk, and Vitality: The Wartime Origins of Blood Banking in China, 1943–45," appears in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

-Photo of Vassar’s campus ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Garry Winogrand’s Central Park Zoo, New York City, ©The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Leslie Jackson Chihuly ’83 ©Dale Chihuly-Scott Mitchell Leen; Philip Jefferson ’83 ©Swarthmore College; Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 ©Fordham University; Andrea Johnston ’93 courtesy of Medium; Gabriel Dunsmith ’15 and Micheal Barakiva ’97 courtesy of the subjects; Maria Höhn ©Vassar College; Amitava Kumar ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, November 11, 2019