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February 26, 2004  Volume 25, No. 22
High Technology Commercialization Center to be lauded
Binghamton University’s High Technology Commercialization Center, a public-private partnership between the University and select educational and industrial partners, will be honored by the SUNY Research Foundation at the Partners in Leadership recognition dinner in Albany at 5:30 p.m. March 15, in the Egg in Albany.

Hosted by SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King, the dinner is designed to spotlight extraordinary partnerships throughout the SUNY system. Ten other partnerships will be recognized. Governor George Pataki tapped the center to be a driving force in the growth of New York’s economy in the coming years when he named it during his State of the State address last month.

State Sen. Thomas W. Libous took the lead in identifying the center as an important priority for both the Southern Tier and New York state. With his help, the center is now in line for $21 million in state funding and will be charged to help ensure that New York secures its place at the forefront of the nanotechnology revolution.

Through efforts to speed commercialization of high-tech innovations, the center will be key to advances in everything from cell phone and computer technology to biomedical sensors and artificial organs, said Bahgat Sammakia, interim vice president for research and director of the center.

Representatives of core corporate sponsors for the Center expected to attend the dinner include James J. McNamara Jr., president and CEO of Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. and Gerald P. Trant, global technology leader of the GE Global Research Center.

Nobel Prize winner to speak on campus February 26
Richard J. Roberts, a 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall on campus. Earlier in the day at 11 a.m., Roberts will be the featured speaker at the opening of the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Life Science Learning Center at Roberson Museum and Science Center. The community is invited to attend.

Currently a joint research director at New England Biolabs, Roberts was born in Derby, England and received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in England. He came to the United States in 1969 for a position at Harvard University.

In 1972, Roberts accepted a job at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, where research activities focus on cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. In 1977, while working there, Roberts discovered that, in most cells, genes are split, or not arranged in continuous strands.

The Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Life Science Learning Center, located at Roberson Museum and Science Center, is a DNA laboratory and learning center that will serve the community as a world-class destination for education, research, recreation and tourism. Roberson is one of only five such laboratories in the world to provide students and the general public alike an introduction to the science of genetics, biotechnology and DNA. The Life Science Learning Center includes a laboratory classroom, a computer lab and an exhibit area.

BU seeks volunteers to ensure Empire State Games’ success
The campus community is encouraged to get involved and volunteer to help with the 2004 Empire State Games from July 28 through August 1.

Volunteers are needed to help with different tasks from registering athletes and compiling results to parking, assisting with transportation or serving as guides. Volunteers will also be needed to help at various sporting events. It’s possible to volunteer as an individual, or as part of a group.

Sign up by visiting completed forms to Jean Dorak in the Chemistry Department.

Quincy Troupe to read on campus March 2
Famed author Quincy Troupe will read his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in FA-258. The event is part of the Spring Readers’ series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Author of 14 books, Troupe has won many awards and distinctions including an American Book Award in 1991. In the same year, his segment on the PBS series Bill Moyers’ The Power of the Word received an Emmy Award. In 2003, Troupe won the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award for his new and selected volume, Transcircularities. His second children’s book, Little Stevie, based on the life of Stevie Wonder, is scheduled to be published in 2004.

For more information and a sample of Troupe’s work, visit the Readers’ Series website at or call 777-2713.

Scholarship applications
The Office of Student Financial Aid and Employment has announced that scholarship applications for 2004-05 are available in SW-109.

The following applications are available: the Harpur Forum (deadline April 2), the Robert Mancini ’80 Scholarship for Community Service (deadline April 2), the Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women (deadline April 23), the Faculty-Student Scholarship (deadline March 5), the Michael V. Boyd ’79, ’87 Memorial Scholarship (deadline March 26), the Joseph L. Cohen, Jr. ’90 Memorial Scholarship (deadline March 26), the Terence “Tex” Haran ’90 Memorial Scholarship (deadline March 26), and the Larry Kressel ’66 “Stepping on the Coat” Memorial Scholarship (deadline March 26).

For more information, contact Ron Sentz at 777-2433 or email


inside info :

To view campus dining hall closing hours for Spring Break, visit

In the February 19 edition of InsideBU, the page 3 article “BU ranks among best in preparing future educators” misrepresented the name of the School of Education and Human Development in the first paragraph. Also, the test scores reported were for the 2000-01 academic year.

Norman L. Fortenberry, director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering, will speak on “Engineering as Applied Science: Opportunities with the Social Sciences and Humanities” at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in S1-149. Sponsors are the Graduate School and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Cornell University’s Tara Brendle will be the keynote speaker during the next geometry/topology seminar at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in LN-2205. Brendle will speak on the Birman-Craggs-Johnson homomorphism and abelian cycles in the Torelli group. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by coffee/tea in the Anderson Reading Room. An abstract of the seminar can be viewed at

Cornell University’s Christopher K. Ober will present a colloquium titled “Fluoropolymers: From Nanotechnology to Biotechnology” at 4 p.m. Friday, March 5, in SL-212. Admission is free. Materials Science and Engineering Program and Chemistry are sponsoring the event.

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