NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Press has published the second (More Brain-Powered…) and third (Even More Brain-Powered…) volumes of School of Education Associate Professor Thomas O’Brien’s three-volume series that began with Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events (NSTA Press, 2010). This dual-purpose series uses engaging science discrepant event activities as: (1) models of thought-provoking, inquiry-oriented activities that challenge grades 5-12 students’ misconceptions about science and the nature of science and (2) visual participatory analogies to teach science teachers principles of applied cognitive learning theory and research-informed Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment “best practices.”
Thomas O’Brien| May 10, 2011
Denis O’Hearn| May 10, 2011
Denis O’Hearn, professor of sociology, has won the Alessandro Tassoni Award for 2011 for his book, Il Diario di Bobby Sands: Storia di un ragazzo irlandese (Roma: Castelvecchi Editore), written with Laurence McKeown and Silvia Calamati. The Alessandro Tassoni Award is given each year to a book that (as a homage to the Italian writer Alessandro Tassoni and to his ideals) is recognized by the Jury Award as “innovative, inspired by values of freedom and committed to the building of a more just and democratic world.”
The Woods Diner| May 3, 2011
Binghamton University’s Woods Diner was awarded top honors in the annual Best of Business C-Store competition by the National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS). With classic checkerboard tile floors and a replica ’55 Chevy Bel Air gracing the walls, the Woods Diner caught the eyes of the judges with its mix of classic malt-shop offerings and one-stop convenience items served with a twist of modern technology.
Mary Muscari| May 3, 2011
Mary Muscari’s book, Quick Reference to Adult and Older Adult Forensics: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals, co-authored with Kathleen M. Brown, received a 2010 book-of-the-year award from the American Journal of Nursing. Its companion book, Quick Reference Guide to Child and Adolescent Forensics: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals, was endorsed by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Daniel W. Sonnen| May 3, 2011
Daniel W. Sonnen, assistant technical director for the Anderson Center for the Arts, was recently certified as an ETCP-recognized entertainment electrician. The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is an industry-wide program that has brought together an unprecedented group of industry organizations, businesses and individuals to create a program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. ETCP focuses on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of crews, performers and audiences. The ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician Examination evaluates the competency of the upper third of electricians working in the entertainment industry.
Andrew Bergman Award winners| April 26, 2011
The Harpur College Dean’s office has announced the winners of the Andrew Bergman Award in Creative Writing for 2011-12. First place goes to Antara Afrin for her short story; Chelsea Horne won second place for her submission titled “Charged Particles”; and Brendan Wolff took third place for the collection of poems he submitted. Bergman graduated from Harpur College in 1965 with a degree in history. He is a renowned author, screenwriter and producer of such works as Blazing Saddles, Fletch and Honeymoon in Vegas. He established this award to encourage young artists to nurture their talent.