Several Binghamton University faculty, both current and emeritus, have recently taught courses at Lyceum, a lifetime learning association for adult learners over 50 years of age:
Nick Donnelly, professor emeritus of geological sciences - “Marcellus Shale” - Jan. 25
David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences - “Our Lives, Our Genes and You” - Jan. 31, Feb. 7
Bruce Lercher, professor emeritus of mathematical sciences - “Infinity” - Feb. 1, 8
Zu-yan Chen, professor of Chinese and director of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera; Silvia Ivanova, curator of education for the University Art Museum - “Aspects of Chinese Culture” - Feb. 2, 9
Upinder Dhillon, dean and Koffman Scholar, School of Management - “Financial Markets—An Update” - Feb. 9
Harry Lincoln, professor emeritus of music - “Spring Concert Series” - Feb. 3, 10
Professor of Chemistry Eugene Stevens’ book, Green Plastics: An Introduction to the New Science of Biodegradable Plastics, served as the foundation for a five-month research project by high school students in Detroit, who formulated a bioplastic for shoe insoles. The project was sponsored by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and took place at ECOTEK, an organization that supports research projects conducted by middle and high school students interested in science or engineering careers.
New York State University Police Officer John Pelletier was first on the scene after observing a car fire on the 201 bridge near campus the morning of Dec. 20. Pelletier showed bravery and level-headedness as he kept the injured driver safe in his car until the ambulance arrived. Icy conditions had caused the driver to slide off the road and into the concrete barrier, where the car immediately caught fire. The motorist suffered from burns but will recover.
John Cummings, retired director of human resources, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the State University Human Resources Association (SUHRA) on Oct. 6. Cummings was nominated for the award by his friends at Binghamton University, in recognition of his more than 40 years of service to SUNY.
Tracy Lord, senior counselor at the University Counseling Center, co-authored with H.B. Sullivan and M.C. McHugh, “Creeps and Casanovas: Experiences, explanations, and effects of street harassment” in Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resources and responses for individuals and families: Vol. 1 Incidence and psychological dimensions (pp.237-258), edited by M.A. Paludi and F. L. Denmark and published by Praeger, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, Calif.
The following recently taught Lyceum courses: Jerry Aronson, professor emeritus, philosophy: “Fractal Geometry, Chaos and Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics,” Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16; Gladys Walling, professor emerita, physical education: “Two Ancient Lands,” Nov. 9; Al Carpenter, professor emeritus, English: “A Cold War Slant on Death of a Salesman and The Crucible,” Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17; and Richard Naslund, professor, geological sciences: “The Geology of Chile and an Eyewitness Account of the 2010 Mega Earthquake,” Nov. 17.