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August 28, 2003  Volume 25, No. 1
9/11 lecture series begins September 7
enter for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and the Harpur College Dean’s Office, are sponsoring a four-part lecture series, “The U.S., the World and 9/11.” Speakers will address a series of issues, including changes in U.S. foreign policy, U.S. military policy, civil rights and liberties in the United States and abroad, and foreign perceptions of the U.S. as a world power. Immanuel Wallerstein will be the first speaker Tuesday, September 9, in Casadesus Hall, to be followed by Herbert Bix Tuesday, October 28; Donald Quataert Tuesday, November 4; and Ali Mazrui Thursday, November 20. The series is open to the University and community.

Campus reminded to take precautions for West Nile Virus
The campus community is again reminded to take precautions against mosquitoes when outside to protect against West Nile virus. The Broome County Health Department reported this week that tests have identified mosquito pools in the county with the virus and have begun a larvicide program in storm sewers with catch basins in selected localities in Broome County.

This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus by averting the development of adult mosquitoes in these locations. The areas selected for treatment are the City of Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Kirkwood, Vestal, Chenango, Union, Fenton, Conklin, and the Towns of Binghamton and Dickinson. Dr. Michael Leonard, medical director for University Health Services, said most people infected by the virus do not become ill. However, recent research suggests that 20 percent of those who are infected develop a fever and half of those may feel ill enough to seek a doctor’s advice.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and fatigue, said Leonard. Nausea, vomiting, eye pain, swollen lymph nodes and a rash may also be present. The mild illness generally lasts 3-6 days. There are no long-term effects from the mild illness.

One in 150 infections result in meningitis or encephalitis. Symptoms may include severe headache, neck stiffness, confusion, weakness, paralysis, vision changes, seizures and coma. Severe cases may result in prolonged disability and death. Individuals aged 50 and above are at highest risk for serious illness.

Leonard said prevention is the best protection. In addition to reducing mosquito-breeding habitats, you should:

* Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

* Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active.

* Consider using mosquito repellent containing DEET when it is necessary to be outdoors.

For more information on the virus, visit

MPA student invited to Washington
Alexey A. Tikhomirov, Muskie 2002-04 Fellow and a graduate student in the master of public administration program, was invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the 2003 Muskie/Freedom Support Act Beginning of Program Orientation Conference for new Muskie Fellows in Washington, D.C., August 1-6. Tikhomirov provided 2003-05 Muskie Fellows with an orientation to the U.S., the university environment and internship experience. Muskie Fellows are regularly placed by the United States State Department at Binghamton University to pursue their graduate degrees in public administration, business administration and economics.

SEHD offers PDR certificate courses
The School of Human Development’s Division of Professional Development and Research this fall. All workshops will be held in a new location, the third floor of 222 Water St. in downtown Binghamton. For registration information, visit the PDR Web page,, call777-4447 or e-mail

Writing Winning Grant Proposals, September 12 and 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Allison Alden. Cost: $250. Focuses on the fundamentals of researching funding sources and writing a winning grant proposal.

Leadership Development, October 7 and 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Catherine Williams. Cost: $250. Teaches administrators to work effectively with staff in leading, motivating, delegating and providing them with the means to complete their tasks.

Basic Organizational Budgeting and Finance, October 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Kim Eldred. Cost: $125. Teaches the basics of budget preparation, monitoring, balancing and revision processes.

Lecture series to focus on current health issues
Care, biomedical anthropology program and Decker School of Nursing are presenting a two-part University/community lecture series this fall, “Health Issues for the 21st Century.” All lectures take place at 4 p.m. in room 324 of the University Union.

The series begins Friday, October 17, with Dana H. Bovbjerg, program head of biobehavioral medicine at the Ruttenberg Cancer Center of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, speaking on “Increased Psychobiological Stress Responses in Health of Women at Familial Risk for Breast Cancer.” The series concludes Friday, November 14, with Allan Green, director of the Bassett Research Institute at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, speaking on “Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Development of Type 2 Diabetes.”

Registration is required; contact Anne Casella at 777-6086 or e-mail

Faculty/Staff Promotions
Abigail Bordeaux, Libraries, to senior assistant librarian

Laura Bronstein, SEHD, to associate professor

Eric Dietrich, Philosophy, to professor

Peter Gerhardstein, Psychology, to associate professor

Maria Gillan, English, to professor

Janet Hogan, Libraries, to associate librarian

Michael Horowitz, Anthropology, to distinguished professor

Yong Soon Kang, School of Management, to associate professor

Dikran Karagueuzian, Mathematical Sciences, to associate professor

Clifford Kern, Economics, to professor

Rosamaria LaValva, Romance Languages, to professor

Richard Lee, Sociology, to associate professor

Colleen Reardon, Music, to professor

Patrick Regan, Political Science, to professor

Eunice Roe, Libraries, to associate librarian

Benita Roth, Sociology, to associate professor

Antonio Sobejano-Moran, Romance Languages, to professor

Peter Stahl, Anthropology, to associate professor

Theodore Swetz, Theatre, to professor

Fran Yammarino, School of Management, to distinguished professor

Bong Joon Yoon, Economics, to professor


Deborah Langdon, SG-9 Library Clerk 2, Library

Laura Swanger, SG-9 Library Clerk 2, Library

Larry Patterson, SG-6 Plant Utilities Helper, Physical Facilities

Steven Nemconsky, SG-14 Plant Utilities Engineer 1, Physical Facilities

Scott Steveskey, SG-9 Plant Utilities Assistant, Physical Facilities


Inside Info : HARPUR DIRECTORY ONLINE: Harpur College’s Fall 2003 Directory is updated and online at It includes departments, programs, academic advising and other offices. To make changes, contact Diane Ruocco at 777-2144.

PRE-SCHOOL SLOTS AVAILABLE: The Campus Pre-School and Early Childhood Center has a limited number of slots available for 4-year-olds for the fall. For more, call 777-2695 or e-mail

WELLNESS CLASSES: Campus Recreational Services/Wellness Services has announced the fall line up of wellness classes, including Hatha yoga, body flow, Tai Chi, lifestyle management, swim lessons, aqua aerobics, chair massage, and CPR and first aid certification. Classes are open to students, faculty, staff and the community. The complete schedule, is available at For more, call 777-3125.

COMPUTER WORM: Although a fix has been available since July 16, some campus PC computer users are still unprotected from the newest computer worm that attacks the Microsoft Windows operating system. The “W32_Blaster” worm has thus far infected only 15 campus computers; however, computer users should make sure machines are updated with the latest Windows system patch. This worm does not affect Windows 95, 98 or ME systems; only Windows 2000 XP and 2003 Server systems are vulnerable. Anti-virus control systems will not prevent infection. To update your computer’s virus protection, visit

UNAUTHORIZED RETIREMENT VENDOR SOLICITATION: Human Resources has learned that a number of University employees have been contacted at work by a firm know as “Retirement, Estate and College Consulting, Inc.” This firm is promoting its financial planning services by claiming an affiliation with TIAA-CREF. It is not affiliated with TIAA-CREF and has been ordered to cease solicitation. If you have received information or been contacted by this company at work, call 777-4850.

INK-JET/LASER CARTRIDGE RECYCLING: BU is participating in a recycling program targeting ink-jet and laser cartridges. Supplies were delivered to main offices in each building during the week of August 18. These supplies consist of postage-paid addressed mailer bags for ink-jet cartridges and a postage-paid addressed collection box for laser cartridges. All funds generated will be used in support of BU’s recycling efforts. For additional supplies, call Juliet Berling, environmental resource manager, at 777-3411.

UUP DENTAL PROVIDER CHANGE: As of June 1, the dental insurance carrier for UUP employees changed from Delta Dental to CIGNA. Although the carrier has changed, benefits have not. Services rendered on or after June 1 should be submitted to CIGNA. To obtain claim forms, go to the UUP website,, select “Benefit Forms,” then “CIGNA Dental Claim Forms,” and print. The form will have the mailing address and group number needed for your dentist. More information regarding this change and the new carrier is available on the UUP website.

RENTAL CAR RATE ADJUSTMENT: Enterprise vehicle rental rates increased 3 percent, effective May 9. This affects daily rental by approximately $1 to $1.20 per day. For example, a full-size car that rented for $39 per day now rents for $40.17 per day. For more, call Enterprise at 748-5005 or the campus fleet office at 777-3927.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08