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May 22, 2008  Volume 29, No. 32
University ranks 16th on forbes' best public list

Forbes magazine ranked Binghamton University 16th among public universities and colleges and 57th among all public and private universities.

Rankings, created by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, a 2-year-old research organization in Washington, D.C., are based on results, including graduation rates, student evaluations and the percentage of students winning awards.

Summer FitSpace, recreation memberships

Summer FitSpace and Recreation memberships are available from Campus Recreational Services. All sales will take place in the Membership Services Office, East Gym-139. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Binghamton students enrolled in summer classes and faculty/staff will maintain access to the East Gym and open recreation activities during the summer. Students not enrolled in summer courses must purchase a summer membership to have access.

More details, including rates, are available at or by calling 777-3072.

EAP offers program focused on creativity

“Inside out: Refresh and Create,” a chance to escape the linear mind by exploring creativity through the art of collage, will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, by the Employee Assistance Program. Multi-media artist Yvonne Lucia will lead the program, to be held at the Art Barn on Saddlemire Road. A studio and material fee of $20 is needed to reserve your place. A maximum of 15 people may participate.

For registration and information, contact Diane at 777-6655 or

Summer Dance Institute to be held in July

Continuing Education and Outreach will offer its 10th-annual summer dance program. The Summer Dance Institute is a two-week intensive program for intermediate and advanced dance students between 10 and 21 years old.

The program focuses on each dancer’s developing technique and artistic growth by offering ballet classes (technique, pointe, partnering and variations), modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, pilates, human architecture and lyrical dance, character, performance and choreography. The program culminates with a one-hour program for friends and families.

Classes will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 7-18, in the Fine Arts Building. Full residential tuition is $1,200 and includes program, meals, room and off-hour activities. The commuter program costs $550 and includes program and night dance classes.
To register, call 777-6857 or visit

IN THE NEWS contributor Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in a question-and-answer letter on Jan. 29. Mazrui and David Ohito, senior reporter with The Standard (Kenya), exchanged letters in which they discussed the question of whether Kenya is heading toward a civil war.

Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronic Manufacturing was mentioned in the online magazine FabTech (U.K.) on Jan. 29 regarding the United States Display Consortium Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference. The seventh-annual USDC conference focused on roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing. According to the article, “The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) facility coming together at SUNY Binghamton …will be essential in moving the R2R tool infrastructure forward.”

Patrick Dikirr, post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was a guest on the Roy Green Show, CKNW (Canada) on Feb. 3. Dikirr discussed the conflict in Kenya.

Jonathan Krasno, undergraduate director in political science, was quoted in The Huffington Post on Feb. 3 regarding the Democratic primary in New Jersey.

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was featured in a Q&A segment in The New York Times on Feb. 3 regarding gossip among workplace colleagues. Wilson said, “A company newsletter will never replace gossip, because you get much more and better information from gossip.”

The Legislative Gazette on Feb. 3 and The Daily Gazette on Feb. 10 mentioned a debate to be hosted by the New York State Museum in which Wilson was to discuss Darwinism. Wilson was also mentioned in The Ithaca Times on Feb. 6 regarding Darwin Day, held at Cornell University and the Museum of the Earth.

A new study, “The Genetic Structure of Pacific Islanders,” released in the January issue of the journal PLoS Genetics, features research by Binghamton University scholars. Researchers from seven institutions around the world revealed that Polynesians and Micronesians have almost no genetic relation to Melanesians, and that groups that live in the islands of Melanesia are remarkably diverse.

New Hires

New hires in April included:
Hugh M. Anderson, administrative coordinator in the Office of International Programs; Bernard F. Herceg Jr., head golf coach; Michael D. Kalinich, assistant athletic director; April D. Matzo, secretary 1 in Physical Facilities; Nilofer H. Pasha, statistical support analyst in Computing Services; Elke M. Reisdorph, Division 1 coaching assistant; and Mark A. Stanton, cleaner in Physical Facilities.


Adoption: Caring, childless Cornell couple want to share our love with a child and are seeking to adopt an infant.  Call 1-800-BETHANY to learn more about Mike & Cathy from Upstate New York or view our letter at, click family profiles, New York, scroll to Mike and Cathy.

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