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November 20, 2008  Volume 30, No. 14
President to hold open hours on Nov. 24

President Lois B. DeFleur will hold open hours from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Office of the President on the eighth floor of the Couper Administration Building.

Award for Excellence nominations due Jan. 5

Nominations are requested for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

This award is designed to recognize excellence in research or creative activity conducted at Binghamton University. Guidelines for preparing nominations are available at http://

Up to three nominees for the Excellence Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities may be selected: when possible, at least one will be drawn from the Division of Science and Mathematics in Harpur College or the Watson School of Engineering and one from the other areas of scholarship at Binghamton. Each successful candidate will receive a certificate and an award in the amount of $1,000.

Nominations should be submitted to Stephen A. Gilje, associate vice president for research, by Jan. 5.

Mobius and Friends concert scheduled for Nov. 22

Mobius and Friends — violinist Janey Choi, violist Roberta Crawford, cellist Stephen Stalker and pianist Michael Salmirs — will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

The group will perform the folk melodies of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with guest violinist Janet Sung, the bluesy inflections of Ravel’s Violin Sonata and the Piano Quartet of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, who will be on hand to discuss this recent work.

Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $2 for students,  and are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays by calling 777-ARTS, online at or at the door.

Decker School of Nursing to present training

The Decker School of Nursing will host training from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in AB-347.

The program prepares dogs and handlers to visit nursing homes. The emphasis of the program is for resident, dog and handler safety. Dogs should be already trained for basic obedience.

There is a fee of $10, which includes the cost of the Canine Good Citizen certification and supplies. Call 777-2311 or e-mail to register.

New hanging permits, cards for Visitors Paid Lot

Parking Services is updating the service in the Visitors Paid Lot. Semester and yearly card holders in the Visitors Paid Lot will now be upgraded to proximity cards to gain access to and from the lot.

Bring your old card and hang tag to the attendant, who will provide a new hanging permit and proximity card. This should be complete over the next week; the old cards will then be deactivated.

S3IP, STOC honor three technology leaders

The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC) and the Center for Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) at Binghamton University recognized three technology leaders at the center’s annual dinner Nov. 13.

Voya Markovich, senior vice president and CTO of Endicott Interconnect Technologies, received the Inventor of the Year award. Markovich has made contributions to organic electronics packaging and has received more than 200 patents during his tenure at IBM and EI.

Jay McNamara, president and CEO of EI, received the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award. McNamara, who has more than 35 years of experience in the electronics industry, has led the company to success through vertical integration supported by a significant vision for electronics packaging and solutions that includes a strong influence on the materials sciences.

Mario Bolanos-Avila, research director, Semiconductor Packaging Technology, Texas Instruments, received the Technology Mentor of the Year award. Bolanos-Avila has mentored the formulation of comprehensive research programs both at Binghamton University and Unovis Solutions, aided in the development of commercial expertise and integrated all of this into a cohesive offering to the international community.

Yoga mantra singing program set for Nov. 23

Melissa Collins and Jap Singh will present a program of traditional Kundalini yoga mantra singing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Museum.

Collins is a yoga teacher in the Health, Physical Education and Athletics Department and a therapeutic singer/harpist. Singh is a Kundalini yoga teacher, yogi dancer and devotional musician.

The event is free.


Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was mentioned in on May 5 regarding the strong impression he left on a student. During Mazrui’s time as research professor at the University of Oxford, his influence persuaded a student of his, Louis Johnson, to pursue his interest in Nigerian studies. Johnson states that his “interest in Nigeria grew into love.”

Yulong Chen, assistant professor of biological sciences, released findings of a new study in the medical journal Current Medicinal Chemistry, according to Pharma Business Week, Science Letter and Biotech Week, among many other publications. “The other side of the opioid story: modulation of cell growth and survival signaling” was the title of the study.

James Van Voorst, vice president for administration, was mentioned in The Legislative Gazette (Albany) regarding his appointment as SUNY interim vice chancellor for finance and administration. He received unanimous support from the SUNY Board of Trustees. “I thank the Board of Trustees for appointing me to this position, and I am grateful for the support and confidence of Interim Chancellor Clark,” Van Voorst said.

M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and director/professor of materials science and engineering, was featured in Silicon Investor (Wash.) on May 19 regarding battery technology for electric vehicles. Whittingham, inventor of the first commercial lithium-ion battery, expects battery capacity for electric vehicles to double but the real advances will be in safety, longevity and cost. A challenge will be removing cobalt from the production of lithium-ion batteries. “There’s just not enough [cobalt] in the world,” said Whittingham, who is working on energy storage, which requires little to no cobalt.

Benita Roth, associate professor of sociology, was featured in The MidWeek Newspaper (Ill.) on May 21 regarding the “Feminist Presence in American Politics.” Roth spoke recently at Northern Illinois University about the future of women’s studies and feminism.

“We need to reshape our institutions … we have to work for change from the inside and the outside,” Roth said. She is the author of Separate Roads to Feminism, published in 2006.

J. David Hacker, associate professor of history, was quoted in The Chicago Tribune on May 22 regarding the popularity of the name Aiden. According to Hacker, Aiden comes from an old Gaelic word meaning “fire” and it wasn’t remotely popular in the United States during the 19th century. Aiden and other variations of the name have become No. 1 for newborn boys.

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was featured in Science Daily, MedicalNewsToday and Biotech Week, as well as a number of other publications in May regarding new research. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Wilson suggests that individuals who behave altruistically are vulnerable to exploitation by more selfish individuals within their own group, but groups of altruists can robustly out-compete more selfish groups.

Thomas Wilson, chair and professor of anthropology, was featured in The Albany Times-Union on May 25 regarding the relationship between border-states. Differences between border-states in a common country aren’t as frequent as those between neighboring nations, according to Wilson, who studies border regions. “Yet historians and other scholars have much evidence that the histories of our state borderlines, of states and their past and present sovereignties, often have major effects on society at and across borders — think of dry versus wet states,” Wilson said.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was interviewed by CIBU 94.5-The Bull (Ontario, Canada) on May 26. During the two-hour discussion, Muscari provided guidance on spotting the warning signs of, and how to help children manage, cyberbullying.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08