Faculty Breakfast Series focuses on active shooter scenarios| March 7, 2014
“What to Do in a Crisis: University Police present the ‘Active Shooter’ Response Strategy” is the topic of the next faculty breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Old Union Hall. Learn to be prepared and know how you will manage a crisis situation if you are teaching a class, running a lab or meeting with students. There will be a DVD, discussion and activity to teach attendees how to prevent, recognize and react to danger, and to increase their chances of survival in an active shooter situation. RSVP to the Dean of Students Office
by Monday, March 10.
Harpur Foundation Award nominations due March 14| March 7, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted for the following Foundation Awards: the Edward H. Prentice Award, the Eric Lawrence Ehrenberg Memorial Award and the Jason Matthew Hendler Memorial Award. For more information, visit the Harpur College website
Applications sought for 2014 Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund grant| March 7, 2014
The Binghamton University Foundation is pleased to accept applications for the 2014 Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund grant cycle. The Ross Fund is administered through the Foundation with the hope of fostering working partnerships between the University and the community.
In 2014, the Ross Fund will award approximately $10,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in partnership with University units.
Examples of University partners include academic units, program units, administrative offices or faculty members.
Grants are awarded based on the following priorities:
- Promotion of collaboration and cooperation between University and community groups
- Innovative use of the talents and resources of project partners
- Demonstrated commitment to the use of existing funds or to obtaining matching funds
- Significant, enduring and positive difference in the quality of life in the community
All projects must benefit and enhance the greater Broome County area and contiguous New York counties, and must include residents of Broome County.
Grant funds are available beginning July 1, 2014. Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014.
Full guidelines, requirements and application forms for the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund grant are available online
For further information, contact Cindy Lupo, grant administrator, via e-mail
, or call 777-6927.
Grad student research grant application deadline extended| March 7, 2014
The Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (SC TAE) is extending its deadline for applications for a Graduate Research Grants Program to support eligible master's and doctoral students who are working on research or scholarly activities related to the Sustainable Communities mission at Binghamton University. The TAE’s goal is to help develop the next generation of scholars in the area of sustainable communities by supporting students in their research and scientific journey, nurturing their ideas and perspectives, and helping them gain valuable skillsets and exposure through conference presentations.
Complete information on guidelines and how to apply is available online
Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 7, 2014 via e-mail to Pamela Mischen
. The applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the SC-TAE and as many as 10 students will be selected, each with a maximum award amount of $1,000.
Featured in ‘Inside’| March 7, 2014
• A preview of the Theatre Department’s production of “Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone,” which opens tonight. Story
• Binghamton University connects with new Advocacy Day format. Story
Conference to address intellectual history of capitalism and slavery| March 7, 2014
“Rediscovering Eric Williams: The Intellectual History of Capitalism and Slavery” will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14, in FA-258 to celebrate the publication of “The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery,” Eric Williams’ dissertation, defended at Oxford University in 1938 and now appearing as a Fernand Braudel Center Book edited by Dale Tomich. This never-before-published work by one of the Caribbean's pre-eminent intellectuals and political leaders allows us to reinterpret the "Williams Debate" and opens fresh perspectives on the history of slavery, the Caribbean and the Atlantic, as well as Williams’s own intellectual and political trajectory.
Cosponsored by the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations; the Office of the Dean, Graduate School; the Office of the Dean, Harpur College; and the departments of Anthropology, History and Sociology. This event is free and open to the public. Call 777-4924 or e-mail the Fernand Braudel Center
For more information, view the conference flyer
Retirement reception for John Wojcio| March 7, 2014
John Wojcio, our colleague and friend, is retiring from his duties in the Office of Creative Services. Join us 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in AD-148 to thank John for his many contributions and to wish him the very best in retirement. Those wishing to contribute to a gift or with questions should contact Linda Biros (777-2175) or Ann Travis (777-2611) by Tuesday, March 11.
Environmental Genetics Minisymposium and Poster Session: Research Days| March 6, 2014
Understanding the interactions between genes and the environment will help us to predict and prevent human diseases, benefit agricultural practices and protect ecosystem functions. Join us for an Environmental Genetics Minisymposium and Poster Session during Research Days from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in UUW-324. This event, supported by the Health Sciences TAE, seeks to build a community of researchers on campus with a shared interest in gene-by-environment interactions. Faculty are invited to present a short oral presentation introducing their research interests and strengths. Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff are encouraged to present a poster to showcase their work and to build collaborations.
Send poster abstracts and requests to present to Heather Fiumera
by Friday, March 7.
CCPA to hold seminar on board basics| March 6, 2014
As part of a Spring Seminar Series, the College of Community and Public Affairs will host a free seminar on “Nonprofit Board Basics” with David Campbell, associate professor of public administration, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the University Downtown Center.
If you’re a member of a board for a nonprofit organization, how familiar are you with the board members' roles and responsibilities? Do you know why nonprofit organizations have boards and what your legal obligations are as board members? This free workshop reviews the basic aspects of board membership and will provide participants with the information they need to participate effectively as a nonprofit organization board member. Topics to be covered include: by-laws, board structure, legal obligations, governance models, and the balance between the board's role in policymaking and governance.
The seminar is free and open to all nonprofit board members. Registration is required. To register, go online
. For questions, contact Joann Lindstrom via e-mail
, or call 777-9178.
CEMERS bus trip scheduled| March 6, 2014
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) is offering a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters on Friday, March 14. The bus, admission fees to the museums and guided tours at each are included in the price. The cost is $30 for students and $40 for faculty, staff and others. If interested, visit Barbara Knighton at the CEMERS office (LN-1129), call her at 777-2730 or send an e-mail
Sirju-Johnson assumes additional responsibilities| March 5, 2014
Along with the recently announced changes in her reporting structure as director of the Multicultural Resource Center from the Division of Student Affairs to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nicole Sirju-Johnson will assume the additional responsibilities and title of associate chief diversity officer. As associate CDO, Sirju-Johnson will assist in the development of policy initiatives and strategic planning in recruitment and retention, research and assessment, community outreach and alumni engagement.
2013 Flex Spending claims deadline approaching| March 5, 2014
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2013 plan year have until March 31, 2014 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account.
Claims may be submitted online, via fax or by mail. Go online
for claim submission information.
Nominations sought for $10,000 Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize| March 5, 2014
The Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize is given to a faculty member or a group of faculty for an achievement that increases Binghamton University’s reputation for excellence, innovation and collaborative endeavors. Achievements in teaching, scholarship and public service are all eligible. Faculty members at any stage of their career are eligible and achievements should rise above general expectations for a high level of faculty performance.
The $10,000 prize is awarded annually for a specific contribution, as opposed to a career of accomplishments, distinguishing the criteria for this prize from those used in tenure and promotion decisions. To qualify, the contribution must not only be recognized on campus, but it must also have received acclaim beyond the campus from peers or an organization. Nominations should include a description of the achievement and its demonstrable recognition.
These flexible funds are intended to enhance the awardees’ teaching, research and/or service activities and, thereby, further the University’s mission. The final deadline for nominations for this academic year is April 11, 2014. Submit nominations to Michael F. McGoff, senior vice provost, Office of the Provost.
Research Division to host Principal Investigators meeting| March 5, 2014
The Research Division will host a Principal Investigators meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in ES-2008. Mark your calendars; more details to come. Contact Paul Parker
with any topics for discussion.
Conversations in the Disciplines conference to focus on hydrofracking implications| March 5, 2014
The Sustainabile Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is sponsoring a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) conference on “The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities” April 10-11, at the University Downtown Center.
The goal of the CID is to provide a forum for clarifying what is currently known about the impacts of the hydraulic fracturing industry on local communities, and to develop interdisciplinary research agendas that address the most pressing questions that remain. An outcome of the conference will be an edited volume and/or online materials that will disseminate the participants’ essential findings to a wider audience.
For complete information on the conference, and to register, visit the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence website
The Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) grant program is designed to bring together State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and visiting scholars from non-SUNY institutions to examine new trends, address changes and challenges, review promising research findings and become acquainted with professional developments in their fields and on other campuses.
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