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December 04, 2008  Volume 30, No. 14
Madigan becomes chair of University Council

Gov. David Paterson has announced the appointment of Kathryn Grant Madigan as chair of the Binghamton University Council. Madigan, whose appointment is effective immediately, replaces Dr. John Spring, who has served as chair of the council since 1999. Spring will remain on the council.

“I am very pleased that Kate Grant Madigan has been appointed as chair of the Binghamton University Council,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “She is a person of great energy and has an impressive leadership record. I look forward to working with her as we continue to advance the University’s initiatives. I also want to thank Dr. Spring for his outstanding leadership of the council. His commitment and support of the University is greatly appreciated.”

Madigan, who joined the council earlier this year, is a partner with Levene Gouldin & Thompson.

“I am honored to be appointed as chair of the council by Governor Paterson,” she said. “I look forward to supporting the vital mission of Binghamton University in these challenging times.”

Madigan is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her juris doctorate from the Albany Law School of Union University. An active community and bar leader for nearly 30 years, Madigan was the 110th president of the New York State Bar Association. She was the first woman and youngest president of the Broome County Bar Association and is a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

Nominations sought for two student awards

Nominations are being sought for two student awards: the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence.

Students — both graduate and undergraduate — graduating during the 2008-09 academic year are eligible for the Chancellor’s Award (deadline is Dec. 19).

Juniors and seniors may be nominated for the President’s Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence.  Seniors nominated for the Chancellor’s Award must also be nominated for the President’s Award; only one nomination package is needed. Deadline for nominating a senior is Dec. 19; for a junior it is February.

Visit the site for information about both awards: http://

Questions may be directed to Janice McDonald,

SEFA Campaign nears goal for year

The campus is closing in on its $65,000 goal for the 2008 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Campaign.

Pledges and donations from 272 employees totaled $47,594.00 (73.2 percent) as of Monday, Dec.1. Last year at this time, $47,320 had been pledged by 269 donors to the campaign that benefits a variety of health, human services and environmental advocacy agencies. This year’s theme is “Your Donation Makes a World of Difference.”
Donations can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction.

For more information, contact Martha Gahring at or visit

Send donations to Katie Ellis, Communications and Marketing, AD-141.

Professional, classified service award nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the University Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 12 with completed dossiers due to the Office of the Vice President for Administration by Dec. 23.

Visit the following site for information regarding both awards: http://administration.

Questions may be directed to Tracey Debnar at 777-2157 or

Alumni Association offers bus trip to Buffalo Bills game

Join the Alumni Association and watch the Buffalo Bills play the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park on Dec. 28.

The cost is $90 and includes round-trip charter, tailgating on the bus and before the game, and game ticket (sec 307, row 30-32, gate 6).

The group will depart from the East Gym parking lot at 6:45 a.m. and return following the game at around 10 p.m. Register by Dec. 12 at 777-2424.

E-mail questions to Dan Polhamus at

Percussion Ensemble will perform Dec. 9

The Binghamton University Percussion Ensemble will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

The ensemble will present works by Udow, Gauger, Pachelbel and the premiere of Non Semper Erit Aestas by Binghamton alumnus Matt Chedister.

For more information, call 777-2592 or visit


President Lois B. DeFleur was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 28 regarding the 60th annual meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. DeFleur was one of three panel members who discussed the challenges of infusing more of a global perspective on campus. DeFleur noted ways in which a leader “can set the tone and provide direction.”

Binghamton University’s involvement in a study about gender stereotypes was featured in The New York Times on May 23. Binghamton University, University of Missouri and University of Minnesota found that male business students rated their desire to pursue entrepreneurial goals higher than female students after reading articles that subtlely linked entrepreneurship with men.

H. Stephen Straight, vice provost for academic affairs, was featured in Inside Higher Ed on May 28 regarding the creation of a “Global Vision.” According to Straight, the University has had an eight-credit “Creating a Global Vision” general education requirement subdivided into two four-credit components. “What we are endeavoring to convey is that domestic and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is not a unique phenomenon, is not unique to the U.S., that virtually all cultures have become pluralistic,” Straight said.

Christopher Bishop, assistant professor of psychology, was featured in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) on May 29 regarding a grant to study Parkinson’s disease. Bishop has received $1.33 million from the National Institutes of Health to support Parkinson’s research that will focus not only on the treatment of the disease but also in the side effects of treatment. “We are beginning to believe that dyskinesia is actually the inability to suppress motor memories as a result of the drug’s stimulation,” Bishop said.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, and Leslie Heywood, director/professor of graduate English, general literature and rhetoric, were featured in The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune (France) on May 27 and RedOrbit (Texas) on May 29 regarding a program designed to unite art and science. The New Humanities Initiative is intended to build on some of the themes explored in Wilson’s evolutionary studies program. According to Wilson, “there are more similarities than differences between the humanities and the sciences, and some of the stereotypes have to be altered.”

Results of a new study by Chris Reiber, assistant professor of anthropology, were featured in several publications including OBGYN & Reproduction Week, Health & Medicine Week and Gastroenterology Week throughout June. The study is titled “An evolutionary model of premenstrual syndrome.”

Researchers from Binghamton University were featured in Discovery Channel News and Daily India on June 5 regarding an experimental satellite propulsion system. Researchers put a test satellite into a vacuum chamber and then shot charged ions at the spacecraft, simulating conditions in outer space. The system would use the Earth’s magnetic field instead of chemical propellants to zip around our planet. According to researchers, the propulsion system could speed satellite along at more than four and a half miles per second.

Subimal Chatterjee, professor in the School of Management, was featured in India Daily, Thaindian Daily (Thailand), Top News (India), StarArticle (UK), KCIT-TV FOX News (Texas), WTVT-TV FOX News (Fla.), HULIQ (N.C.), The Telegraph (India) and Calgary Today – AM770 CHQR (Canada) throughout June regarding box office sequels. Chatterjee, along with a researcher from Florida Atlantic University, found that sequels usually don’t make as much money as the first film. However, week-by-week, they do better than non-sequel movies. According to Chatterjee, the shorter the turnaround between the original and the sequel, the better off it usually does. Their study was released in July in the Journal of Business Research.

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