March 2016 Articles

Anassa Kata

29_AlumBriefs_AnassaKata_Maggie SiffFollowing stints on Sons of Anarchy and Mad Men, Maggie Siff ’96 (left) is now playing opposite Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis on Billions, an original Showtime series that premiered in January. As Wendy Rhoades, Siff lives between two worlds: she’s the wife of ambitious U.S. Attorney Giamatti and also the star player at Lewis’s high-powered hedge fund. As Giamatti sets out to prosecute Lewis, the plot—and Siff’s conflict of interest—thickens. In Showtime’s get-to-know-the-cast video, Siff says of her role, “As a female character, to be able to play someone who is equally powerful to these titans, you just don’t come across it that much. She knows what these men need, and that gives her a kind of edge.”






29_AlumBriefs_AnassaKata_JiaJiaFei (photo credit Andy Boyle)JIAJING Fei ’08, (right) a social media sensation in the New York art world, has been appointed digital director for the Jewish Museum. Fei told artnet, “The future of museums is in digital storytelling—bringing objects, individuals, and cultures to life online—so I can’t think of a better opportunity than being invited to re-imagine an institution using the tools of our time.” A History of Art major at BMC, Fei goes to the museum from the Guggenheim, where she served as director of digital marketing. The move will mark a return to the Jewish Museum: as a marketing associate there from 2008–9, she led early social media efforts.







29_AlumBriefs_AnassaKata_Katharine GebbieTwo landmarks merged in December, when the most advanced laboratory building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colorado, was renamed after legendary NIST laboratory director and astrophysicist Katharine Blodgett Gebbie ’54. Under her leadership, NIST staff won four Nobel Prizes in physics between 1997 and 2012 and two MacArthur Fellowships. She also played leadership roles in founding NIST’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and the Joint Quantum Institute and, true to her Bryn Mawr roots, in advocating for women and minorities in science. “This gesture will serve as a reminder for all of us for years to come who Katharine is and was and the remarkable environment that she fostered within NIST and the laboratories that she led,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie E. May. Gebbie came by her scientific bent, and her Bryn Mawr affiliation, naturally: the Blodgett in her name recalls her aunt, Katharine Burr Blodgett, Class of 1917, who invented low-reflectance, invisible glass that is the prototype for coatings used today on camera lenses.




29_AlumBriefs_AnassaKata_Alice RivlinAlice Rivlin ’52, currently a senior fellow in the Economics Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, is this year’s winner of the SIEPR Prize, given every other year by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. The award recognizes Rivlin’s many contributions to economic policy. During the course of her career, she has played key roles in two presidential administrations and at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve Board. She has served as founding director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (1975–1983), deputy director and then director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the first Clinton administration (1993–1996), and vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996–1999). In 2010, President Obama tapped her for the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and she co-chaired, with former Sen. Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction. Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1983 and the Moynihan Prize in 2008.





29_AlumBriefs_AnassaKata_Renata AdlerRenata Adler ’59 is among the shortlisted authors for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction (New York Review Books). The PEN Literary Awards honor the most outstanding voices in literature across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. Adler was born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received an M.A. from Harvard, a D.d’E.S. from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an honorary LL.D. from Georgetown. She became a staff writer at the New Yorker in 1963 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of the New York Times, remained at the New Yorker for the next four decades. Her books include A Year in the Dark (1969); Toward a Radical Middle (1970); Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS et al., Sharon v. Time (1986); Canaries in the Mineshaft (2001); Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker (1999); Irreparable Harm: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Decision That Made George W. Bush President (2004); and the novels Speedboat (1976, Ernest Hemingway Award for Best First Novel) and Pitch Dark (1983).