Binghamton University students Christopher Ferreira, undergraduate in biomedical engineering; Rhodesherdeline Limage, graduate student in biomedical engineering; and Muta Abiff, undergraduate in biological sciences, have each been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program funds a scholar’s unmet need and is renewable for up to five years in any undergraduate discipline of the scholar’s choice. Scholars are also eligible for up to five years of funding for a master’s and/or doctoral degree in any of the following disciplines: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
February 14, 2017
February 7, 2017
Vladimir Miskovic, assistant professor of psychology, has been selected as a Rising Star in the Association for Psychological Science. The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD. The complete list of 2016 Rising Stars will appear in the February issue of the Observer and is available online.
February 1, 2017
Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, was recognized with a special citation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 23, 2016, and also by a New York State Assembly proclamation in celebration of his lifetime achievements on Sept. 13, 2016.
The governor’s special citation highlights Sticca’s devotion to the educational process and contributions to the enrichment of the cultural and educational environment of Broome County and Greater Binghamton. It also reviews his emigration to the United States, U.S. Army service during the Korean War, educational background including as a Fulbright Scholar to the Sorbonne, and his lively correspondence with John F. Kennedy after meeting him at Syracuse University.
Cuomo’s special citation also reviews Sticca’s impressive 50-year career at Binghamton University, his fierce love for his Italian heritage, his lifelong commitment to the game of soccer, and his distinguished career as a scholar.
The Assembly of the State of New York proclamation, signed by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, recognizes Sticca for teaching for over 50 years, publishing more than 40 books, receiving five international awards and being the first person in North America to be invested in the Knights of Templar.
The proclamation continues, noting Sticca’s two honorary degrees – from Utica College and from Accademia Internazionale in Italy – as well as his founding of three academic journals – Mediaevalia, Studies in Christian Thought and Tradition, and Studia Italica.
Finally, the proclamation also cites Sticca’s exceptional service to Binghamton University including the numerous Medieval conferences, and the significant role he has played in celebrating local Italian-American history and culture.
January 26, 2017
Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, has been placed on the Committee of Honor and invited to speak at an “Homage to Ovid” in Italy, on the occasion of the 2000th anniversary of the death of the poet Ovid. He will speak on May 27. The title of his presentation is “Ovid in the Anglo-American Culture.”
Other members of the Committee of Honor include Decebal Fagadau, mayor of Constanza in Romania; Frank Van Wonterghem, professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata; Marco Buonocore, president of the Pontifical Academy of Archaeology in Rome; Eugenio Sodo, professor of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome; Senator of the Italian Republic Stefania Pezzopane; and Senator of the Italian Republic Paola Pelino.
Proceedings of the conference are expected to be translated in French, German and English.
January 11, 2017
Otto Ulc, emeritus professor of political science, published two books in 2016.
The first, titled Priscilla, is a memoir of life with his wife, for whom the book is named. Priscilla Ulc, of Chinese-Swiss heritage, and Otto Ulc, from the Czech Republic, traveled the world in pursuit of knowledge. “Binghamton was a great place from which to explore the universe,” he said.
The book, written in Czech, includes drawings and paintings by Priscilla Ulc.
Ulc’s second book is Communist Justice and Class Struggle, a translation into Czech of his dissertation from Columbia University.
November 22, 2016
Peggy O’Dea, Secretary 2 in the Office of the Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, was surprised with a STAR Award presentation on Oct. 19. STAR Awards are given to those who demonstrate outstanding quality service. For her exemplary service, O’Dea received a letter from President Harvey Stenger, a STAR coffee mug, a check for $50 and a gold STAR pin.