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June 19, 2008  Volume 29, No. 33
Student researchers to present poster session

Underrepresented students from community colleges statewide will discuss the results of a five-week summer research program in a poster session to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, in the Appalachian Collegiate Center.

The students, who are participants in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to Baccalaureate program, were paired with Binghamton faculty mentors. Projects on display will explore DNA binding proteins involved in cancer, the strategies and tools for solving real-world problems in chemical/biological sensors and testing pollution levels in local urban creek watersheds.

This is the 10th year the University has participated in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, which was established to increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical sciences.

Bridges students receive a combination of mentoring, tutoring and financial support, as well as an opportunity for hands-on research, which includes the Binghamton Summer Research Program.

For more details, visit

Alumni mixer planned June 26

A BBQ & Blues Alumni Mixer will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Plantation House, 2 Pumphouse Road, Vestal. The event includes a pig roast, blues by the Parlor Cats and drinks and side dishes.

The event is free, and alumni who work at the University may bring one campus friend. More than 400 Binghamton University employees are also alumni.

The mixer is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Liberty Mutual and the Plantation House. RSVP by calling 777-2424 by Friday, June 20.

Foursomes, sponsors needed for golf event

Organizers of the annual Binghamton University Alumni Golf Classic, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1, at Traditions at the Glen, are seeking foursomes and sponsors.

The tournament, a fundraiser for Alumni Association programming, is open to the general public and will use a captain and crew format.

The $440 foursome entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, barbecue dinner and a blues concert featuring the Parlor Cats. Admission for the dinner reception is $30 for guests not playing in the tournament. The entry deadline is July 18.
For more information, contact Dan Polhamus or Steve Seepersaud at 777-2431 or go to

Volunteers needed for Empire State Games

Faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer for the Empire State Games, scheduled for July 23-27 this year.

Shifts are four hours long and volunteers are being asked to sign up for two shifts. There are 10 on-campus volunteer opportunities ranging from sporting events such as lacrosse and wrestling to functions such as registration, campus guides, data entry, media center greeter and opening ceremonies volunteer. There are also nine off-campus sporting events.

Supervisors are encouraged to support staff who wish to volunteer. Interested staff should seek approval of their supervisors, and visit to register as a volunteer.

In the News

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured Feb. 4 in The Voice of America regarding a symposium at the National Archives in Washington. The event commemorated the bicentennial of a law that banned future U.S. participation in the international slave trade.

The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) was featured in Small Times Magazine in February regarding flexible, printed and organic electronics (FPOE). The CAMM is in communication with Motorola to create a partnership regarding FPOE infrastructure.

The CAMM was also mentioned in the electronic journals Printed Electronics World (UK) and PCB007 (Ore.) on Feb. 12 regarding the United States Display Consortium Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference. The conference focused on roll-to-roll manufacturing. CAMM Director Bahgat Sammakia was co-chair of the academic track of the conference.

Ingeborg Majer O’Sickey, faculty director of the women’s studies program and associate professor of German, Russian and East Asian languages, was featured in The Buffalo News and The Observer on Feb. 6 and 15, respectively, regarding controversial German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. O’Sickey was to deliver a lecture on Riefenstahl aesthetics at a symposium at SUNY Fredonia.

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was a guest of Lou Michaels, host of The Daily Bear Show on WBNW (Mass.) on Feb. 6. The discussion centered on Super Tuesday and “why a candidate should or should not count on the youth vote.”
Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the online magazine First Science on Feb. 6 and the journal Medical News Today on Feb. 9 regarding raising adolescent boys and girls. Muscari notes that although old-fashioned parenting values do not change so much, new trends in society can create added challenges.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08