Research Initiatives

Binghamton University faculty allocate a significant amount of their time conducting research that can improve lives on local, statewide, national and global levels. The University continually develops research collaborations with industry, government, academic, nonprofit and other partners that may prove beneficial to the community and the world. 

Center for Applied Community Research
and Development (CACRD)

Vital to our commitment to research that positively impacts lives is the Center for Applied Community Research and Development/CACRD. The center (founded, staffed and hosted by Binghamton University) connects the University with individuals and organizations seeking community-based research partnerships. The center's goal is to create symbiotic relationships where community organizations benefit from University resources while providing fertile ground for publishable research. The knowledge embodied in each group benefits the other for the greater good.

Organized Research Center highlights 

Our Center for Autonomous Solar Power/CASP addresses the scientific challenges of reducing the cost of solar power and enhancing energy efficiency, drawing expertise from engineering, computer science, chemistry and physics. CASP focuses on solar conversion efficiency, storage capabilities, solar module stability and power system cost reduction, bridging the gap between technology and commercialization.

The University's Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences/CAPS brings together Binghamton researchers from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, management, engineering and anthropology with members from local industry and other academic institutions in the state to support research and training in various areas of cognitive science. Areas of focus include research into the nature, structure and development of language skills; the conceptual and neural modeling of human thought, memory and decision processes; and the analogous modeling of cognitive processes in animals.

Binghamton's Center for Integrated Watershed Studies/CIWS provides expertise on the natural features of watersheds and the effect of humans on watersheds. The center addresses the biological, geological, geographic, economic and societal components of watersheds on local, regional and international levels. Center work ranges from field data collection for scholarly research to policy analysis and education.

Our Public Archaeology Facility/PAF provides cultural resource management services to clients throughout the northeastern United States, with particular focus on New York and Pennsylvania. Work done at the PAF includes cultural resource sensitivity assessments, archaeological surveys and site evaluations, data recoveries/mitigations and historic architectural surveys. The center also delivers a number of non-technical community outreach programs, including its summer camps for adults, teens and children.

Binghamton University's Evolution Institute/EI uses evolutionary science to solve real-world problems. Working with a large network of advisors, staff at the EI can identify and assemble the evolutionary expertise for virtually any topic relevant to human welfare. The institute also organizes workshops, coordinates the writing of position papers, provides advisors for various evolution-related projects, as well as assists in the implementation of policies formulated by EI experts. An associated effort is the Binghamton Neighborhood Project/BNP, a collaboration among the University and community partners to understand and improve the quality of life in our region.

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Last Updated: 8/4/14