HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Donald Quataert (pictured at left), professor of history, has been promoted to the rank of distinguished professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Quataert, who joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1987, has established an international reputation as a scholar of Ottoman economic, labor and social history through his pioneering archival research. His ability to search out new kinds of research materials has set the standard for other researchers. Granted only by the SUNY trustees, the distinguished professorship is the highest academic rank possible, conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence within their chosen fields. Read more in Inside BU.
Joe Monte (pictured at right), 20, has learned the power and importance of the written word during his two years at Binghamton University. The sophomore from Staten Island came to the University thinking he would pursue engineering or psychology. But two writing classes led by doctoral student Andrei Guruianu, Broome County’s poet laureate, opened his eyes to English. Read more in Inside BU.
David L. Cingranelli, professor of political science, was featured in The Daily News (Memphis) and YubaNet (California) for his Cingranelli-Richards Human Rights Data Project, which released its ratings of government respect for human rights. The ratings indicated that torture and political imprisonment are on the rise in many countries around the world.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in several publications, including Scientific American, The Chicago Tribune, and The Statesman (India) discussing why everyone should learn the theory of evolution. Wilson initiated a program in evolutionary studies called EvoS that extends beyond just the life sciences to encompass the humanities and the social sciences. The program is now being adopted at other schools as well.
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
A group of high school girls got to experience life at Binghamton University firsthand, and may now be seeing college and Binghamton in their futures. Sixteen high school girls from Spencer-Van Etten High School, all members of a girls’ science club, visited Binghamton in March, and learned about the engineering program. The girls took a tour of the campus, spoke with administrators, attended an engineering class and spent time with members of the Society of Women Engineers during lunch and an engineering activity. “We’re here to inspire these girls to want to continue their education in the sciences,” said senior Caitlyn Chiofolo, president of the Society of Women Engineers, a student group for women. Read more in Inside BU.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
Mary Muscari, parenting expert and associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in a variety of publications regarding how to keep the magic of the holidays alive when kids no longer believe in Santa. Muscari suggests having children use their allowance to make a purchase for “Toys for Tots,” play Santa for the family pets and bake cookies for the Salvation Army Santas..
GRADUATE SCHOOLThe road to Binghamton literally proved to be the turning point in Greg Ames’ writing career. The graduate student was on a Greyhound bus from Brooklyn to Binghamton last March when he received a phone call saying he had a book deal with Hyperion. “Everyone thought I was crazy because I rode a Greyhound bus here twice a week for two years,” Ames said with a laugh. The novel that led to Ames’ book deal, Buffalo Lockjaw, was released nationwide March 31. Hyperion is giving it a big push: The major publishing company has named the book its “paperback pick” for April. Read more in Inside BU.