Vassar Quarterly - Spring 2018 - 9
President Elizabeth H. Bradley was
elected to the National Academy of
Medicine (NAM) this past fall.
Membership is considered one of the
highest honors in the fields of health
and medicine, and recognizes individuals
who have demonstrated outstanding
professional achievements and commitment to service. Bradley is highly
regarded for her international leadership
in health-care delivery. She has published
more than 300 peer-reviewed papers
and three books, including the acclaimed
The American Health Care Paradox: Why
Spending More Is Getting Us Less, which
she co-authored with Lauren A. Taylor.
Courtesy of the Vassar Review
Renewed Vassar Review
Enters Third Year
The original Vassar Review (VR) ran from 1927-1993, but readership dipped as other campus
journals gained popularity. VR was revived three years ago and continues to publish rigorous
and diverse work from emerging and acclaimed writers and artists.
VR, issued each May, differs from other Vassar journals in that it seeks submissions
almost exclusively from outside the college (the exception is two student pieces selected in
a contest in conjunction with the Vassar Student Review). It has included work by fiction writers
Lydia Davis and George Saunders, digital literature by Stuart Moulthrop, poetry by Matthew
Shenoda and Dean Rader, and art by Catherine Chalmers and Rachel Hovnanian 'P18.
Led by its founding editors Palak Patel '16 and Alyx Raz '16, with help from the English
Department, President's Office, Dean of Faculty's Office, Special Collections, and the Frances
Lehman Loeb Art Center, the project moved into full production during the 2015-2016
academic year. Patel and Raz have continued to assist on the project, joining the growing
ranks of alumnae/i who have contributed to or worked on the journal.
The journal receives hundreds of submissions for each 116-page edition, which is divided
into seven sections: archives, arts, fiction, literary nonfiction, digital media, poetry, and reviews.
For each section, two students and one faculty member collaborate on the editorial work.
"The fact that students are such an integral part of the journal really separates us from
other literary journals," says Patel.
English Department Professor and Chair Mark C. Amodio says: "The opportunity the
journal provides for students and faculty to engage with the creative and professional worlds
of publishing is wonderful. It's an opportunity for students to start building their own professional networks. It's easy to imagine that the Review will be the jumping-off point for many
exciting artistic and publishing careers."
According to Raz, "Alumnae/i continue to offer their time and editorial experience, which
has helped us expand our network and name internationally." So far, the Review has published
72 contributors, seven of whom have been alumnae/i. Two of its section editors, Farisa Khalid
'05 and Sebastian Langdell '06, are also alums.
"I'm hoping we can gain enough alumnae/i support to see this journal make more of a mark
on Vassar than it already has," Raz adds. "And, personally, my dream is that in nine years we'll
be celebrating its 100th anniversary."
For more information or to volunteer, visit review.vassar.edu or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Ide, Professor of Computer
Science, has received the Alliance of
Digital Humanities Organizations
(ADHO) 2017 Antonio Zampolli Prize,
which is awarded every three years for
a "singular project or accomplishment"
in the field of digital humanities. Ide is
a foundational figure in the history of
Leah Isseroff Bendavid, Assistant
Professor of Chemistry, was awarded
a four-month Visiting Faculty Program
Fellowship in the Department of
Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the
world's leading research institutions.
The institute's 250 experimental and
theoretical research groups across five
areas-biology, biochemistry, chemistry,
mathematics and computer science, and
physics-pursue advances in medicine,
technology, and the environment.
Professor of History Joshua Schreier's
book The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish
Port at the Dawn of Empire (Stanford
University Press) was named a finalist
for the Sephardic Culture Mimi S. Frank
Award, a National Jewish Book Award.
The book focuses on the history of the
Algerian port city Oran and the lives of
its Jewish mercantile elite during the
transition to French colonial rule.
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