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May 08, 2008  Volume 29, No. 30
ISCL spring conference set for May 19-20

The Institute for Student-Centered Learning’s 10th spring conference will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, May 19, and from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

This year’s conference will highlight aspects of cultural and generational differences that affect effectiveness of classes, discussion between faculty and students and interaction among students. Workshop participants will learn how to recognize biases and cultural filters that can hinder learning, develop classroom strategies that make individual differences an asset for enriching students’ experience and explore practical options and resources that can be used in their courses.

Lunch is provided both days, along with refreshments.

Faculty members and professional staff with teaching responsibilities or interests are welcome to attend. First-time participants will receive a stipend for attending both days (tenure-track and tenured faculty and professionals only). Returning participants are welcome.

To sign up, contact Hilton Baxter at 777-6376 or The RSVP deadline has been extended to noon Monday, May 12.

Tyson, former dean, dies at age 87

Margaret Gould Tyson, former dean of the Decker School of Nursing, died April 25. She was 87.

Tyson earned a doctorate from Columbia University and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland. She retired from Binghamton in 1982.

“She was a true leader of the profession and I mourn her passing,” current Decker School Dean Joyce Ferrario said.

Tyson, a Baltimore native, died at home in Sykesville, Md. She is survived by her sister and brother and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held May 8 at Fairhaven retirement community in Maryland.

Scholl to coach women's basketball

The Athletics Department has announced that women’s basketball coach Rich Conover is being reassigned to other responsibilities within the department, and will not return as head coach for the 2008-09 season.

Associate head coach Nicole Scholl has been named head coach for the year. The University will then conduct a national search.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Nikki’s talent and leadership ability to step in to this role,” Director of Athletics Joel Thirer said.

Scholl has been at Binghamton for nine years, the last two as associate head coach. She is a former All-American at Moorhead State and began her coaching career with North Dakota State.

Doctoral student receives national recognition

Guruprasad Madhavan, a doctoral student in bioengineering at Binghamton, was named the 2008 Student of the Year by TechInsights’ EE Times. The award celebrates the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. Madhavan was honored at the EE Times ACE Awards Gala last month.

Graduate student wins award for best paper

Graduate student Miguel Vilar gave a talk titled “Peopling of the Marianas islands: a mtDNA perspective” during last month’s Human Biology Association meetings in Columbus, Ohio. The talk, co-authored with alumnus Dan Lynch, students Chim Chan and Dana Reiff and faculty members Ralph Garruto and J. Koji Lum, received the E.E. Hunt student presentation award for best paper.

SIFE team takes first place in regional competition

Binghamton’s Students In Free Enterprise team won in the regional SIFE competition last month in Tarrytown.

Each of the five competing teams gave a presentation to a panel of 20 judges describing its projects, the reasons for them and the results.

The group discussed its Clean Innovative Transformation Initiative (CITI) Project, in which it worked with city officials to clean up the city and stress the importance of environmental ethics; consulting with local businesses; and purchasing of laptop computers for a Kenyan orphanage.

The SIFE team now goes on to the national competition from May 13-15 in Chicago.

BU Pep Band is tops in Binghamton's Got Talent

Members of the BU Pep Band proved they were the most talented students on campus at the Binghamton’s Got Talent finale.

The group walked away with a $500 cash prize and a performance at a Binghamton Mets game.

The event raised more than $3,700 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, $900 more than the first Binghamton’s Got Talent did last year.

For more information, call 355-4753 or e-mail


John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was a guest on The Roy Green Show, CKNW (Canada) on Jan. 12 and The Morning Zone with Dave Chaffin, KGAB (Wy.) and America in the Morning, WMAC (Ga.) on Jan. 15. McNulty discussed voter turnout for the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. McNulty also appeared on The Morning Show with Fred and Pam, WHBC (Ohio) on Jan. 14. He discussed voter turnout, with an emphasis on youth voters.

William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in Discovery Magazine on Jan. 15 for his role in the discovery of a near-complete fossil tree from the first forest on Earth.

Christopher Twigg, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in Electronic Engineering Times on Jan. 21 regarding large-scale field-programmable analog array (FPAA). Twigg has been working with colleague Paul Hasler, a professor at Georgia Tech, to relieve the shortage of analog engineers.

Daniel Seib, project director of the Public Archaeology Facility, discussed an archaeological investigation along state Route 28 in The Daily Star of Oneonta on Jan. 22. Begun in 2002, the investigation is a prelude to widening the road.

Binghamton University was named in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on Jan. 22, regarding collaboration between industry and academia in solar energy. Rep. Maurice Hinchey announced an academic coalition of the Solar Energy Consortium and five research universities in New York.

David Cingranelli, professor of political science, was a guest on WMAC’s America in the Morning radio show (Ga.) on Jan. 22. The show focused on the U.S. presidential elections, where the topic of illegal immigration was discussed. Cingranelli also appeared on KGAB’s The Morning Show with Dave Chaffin (Wy.) on Jan. 24, where he discussed the issue of sub-prime lenders and borrowers.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was featured in The Record (N.J.) on Jan. 24, regarding high school student volunteers and community service in terms of college admissions. “At Binghamton University, we don’t require volunteerism, nor do we handicap a student who has not done community service. We do look for candidates who will enrich our campus community, and this enrichment can take many forms,” Brown said.

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