Procurement of goods/services reminder| January 28, 2014
As a campus reminder, all departments that need to enter into a contract that requires procuring a good or service over $2,500 must first submit all applicable paperwork to the Purchasing Office for review. Once reviewed, Purchasing will forward the contract to the University Counsel’s Office for legal review, and they will obtain the appropriate campus signatures. Responsible departments will then coordinate signatures with the vendor and provide a copy of the fully executed agreement to University Counsel’s Office.
Purchasing and University Counsel ask that all documents related to the contract be submitted at a minimum of two months before the anticipated start date. While the Purchasing Dept. and University Counsel will expedite the contract, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the State Comptroller both need to complete reviews, and this delays the process. Plan accordingly, and contact the Purchasing Dept. at 777-2184 if you have any questions.
Video: Binghamton undergraduates conduct research| January 27, 2014
What makes the Binghamton undergraduate experience special? Lots of things -- among them, research.
Learn more in this new video
Attention parents: Infants and children needed for fun research| January 27, 2014
The Infant and Child Studies Project at Binghamton University invites families with infants and children (six months-nine years) to participate in our interactive games studying child development, particularly how children learn from 2D media (e.g. touchscreens, TV) and visual development. Our fun projects involve touchscreen computers, magnetic and virtual puzzles, eye-tracking video games and interactive television tasks. Schedule appointments at your convenience and receive $20 for your help! Contact us at 607-777-6225 or via e-mail
for more information. You can also check us out on our website
or like us on Facebook
Application for Undergraduate Degree (AFD) for spring 2014 graduates now available| January 20, 2014
Undergraduate students planning to complete degree requirements in spring 2014 must submit the AFD, available now via BU Brain. The deadline is Friday, March 28 to guarantee inclusion in the Commencement program.
Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward to perform at Anderson Center| January 20, 2014
Justin Hayward, the legendary voice of the Moody Blues, will performs songs from his new album “Spirits of the Western Sky” and Moody Blues favorites at 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Anderson Center.
Tickets go on sale at noon today, Monday, Jan. 20. Reserved seating is $35.
For tickets, call 777-ARTS or go online
. This concert is sponsored, in part, by Cool 106.7 and Z 93.
Purchasing quotation reminder| January 14, 2014
When obtaining quotes from Fisher Scientific, VWR, Thomas Scientific, Krackeler Scientific, etc., departments are reminded to ask vendors if the products are under the NYS Office of General Services state contracts for laboratory supplies and equipment. Vendor quotes should show the contract number or indicate if it is a non-contract item. For questions, contact Purchasing at 777-2184.
Vehicle maintenance tips from Environmental Health and Safety| January 13, 2014
Winter takes a heavy toll on vehicle maintenance. Environmental Health and Safety encourages you to consider some ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly:
Regular checkup schedule
It’s critical to stick to a vehicle maintenance schedule during the winter.
Preventing the grind
Scheduling maintenance on equipment parts, such as belts and brake pads, goes a long way in the winter months. Your vehicles will experience more traction and tear as the season becomes rougher, so staying proactive about your vehicle’s health report is paramount.
Gauging tire pressure
Tires can be more delicate than you think. Even the slightest shift in temperature can cause significant tire pressure issues. You should check your tires once a week.
Full tank of gas
A vehicle should never have less than half a tank of gas in it. An empty tank can lead to an even scarier thing: water vapor. That vapor can slowly gather at the bottom of your gas tank and stall your vehicle’s engine on the road.
Wiper blades and lights
Each vehicle’s wiper blades should be exchanged for weather-resistant blades that can cut through thick ice, especially in areas prone to constant snowstorms and heavy rain.
President Harvey Stenger’s Quarterly Report| January 9, 2014
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger has released his quarterly report
for the months of October through December 2013. Learn about Binghamton University’s activities and initiatives in his report and those of the vice presidents for academic affairs, administration, advancement, student affairs, research and the director of athletics.
Save the Date: Innovation Day 2014| January 9, 2014
The Center of Excellence, in conjunction with the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, will hold the annual Innovation Day event on April 24. This year's topic is Big Data. Additional information will be released in the upcoming weeks. If you are interested in participating, contact Laura Holmes at 777-5871.
Business Plan Competition to take place April 25| January 9, 2014
New York State has an annual Business Plan Competition for college students. This year's final round will be held April 25 at CNSE’s Albany Nanotech Complex. Additional information can be found online
The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships will host the regional event at Binghamton University on March 28. The winning team(s) will go on to the final round in April. Teams from all colleges in the Southern Tier region are eligible to participate.
Start writing your business plans now - additional event details will follow soon!
Reminder from Environmental Health and Safety| January 9, 2014
Remember that no one can enter a building that is in alarm. During cold weather, go to another building for warmth until the alarm has been investigated and the All-Clear given. If you are in a building and hear the fire alarm, leave immediately and seek shelter in another building. This is for your own safety and the safety of first responders.
Writers sought for ‘Ask a Scientist’| January 8, 2014
The Binghamton University "Ask a Scientist" program is seeking contributors. In a partnership with the Press & Sun Bulletin, faculty and staff answer questions submitted by area schoolchildren. Answers, which run from 250-400 words, are published in the newspaper and appear on the University’s website. Deadlines are flexible. For more information or to participate, contact Kim Spaulding at 777-2174 or via e-mail
. To see a recent column, go online
Does your beneficiary information need updating?| January 7, 2014
The Office of Human Resources would like to remind employees who are enrolled in the Employees Retirement System (ERS), Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) about updating your beneficiary information if necessary.
By law, the state is required to pay your death benefits to the last beneficiary you named. The beneficiary you designated when you joined may not be the beneficiary you want now, and some designations can be revoked in the event of a divorce, which is why you should regularly review your beneficiary designation.
Visit the following sites if you need to update your beneficiary information:
(Click Designation of Beneficiary form)
ORP members: Log into your account to update your beneficiary information.
Join us for Research Days| December 19, 2013
Binghamton University will celebrate research with a series of events on March 26-28, 2014. Faculty members, academic departments and programs, and student groups are invited to plan events related to research. This year, organizers have chosen to focus on ethics as a theme. Jonathan D. Moreno, the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a keynote address on Wednesday, March 26. Also a professor of medical ethics and health policy, of history and sociology of science, and of philosophy, he specializes in the intersection of bioethics, culture, science and national security. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century. The schedule will include open labs, seminars, poster sessions, tours, speakers and more. Faculty members are encouraged to take several minutes during class on one of those days to introduce themselves as scholars. For additional information, go online
Participants wanted for OCD study| December 13, 2013
Do you stay up past 1 a.m. and sleep past 10 a.m.? Do you have difficulty falling asleep early and/or getting up early? Do you have intrusive thoughts that things are contaminated, that you forgot to do something or that your thoughts or behaviors make it more likely something bad will happen? Do you feel compelled to arrange things in a certain way, wash repeatedly, check repeatedly or follow certain routines? Are you at least 18 years of age and fluent in spoken and written English? If you answered yes, you may be eligible to receive a new treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. This study is being conducted at the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic and will examine how people respond to a bright light intervention.
Participation involves an initial assessment followed by four weeks of treatment, with further assessments at mid-treatment and post-treatment. There is no charge for the treatment and participants will be paid approximately $15/hour for the assessments. If you are interested in participating, call 777-5006 and ask for the “Good Night OCD” project.
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