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February 12, 2009  Volume 30, No. 19
Feedback sought on planned May electrical shutdown

Physical Facilities seeks feedback on a planned electrical shutdown on either May 23, May 24 or May 25 (Memorial Day).

The shutdown will affect the following buildings: Mountainview (Marcy Hall, Hunter Hall, Cascade Hall, Windham Hall); Library south and north (Library Tower and the old north wing will have power); Computer Center; Engineering; Hillside Community including Rockland and Saratoga; Academic Buildings A and B; and University Union West.

The shutdown will allow annual preventive maintenance to the high voltage system and enable power connections for some of the capital projects that are underway. The duration of the shutdown will be approximately 12 hours, beginning at 7 a.m.

Let Physical Facilities (777-2692) know by March 1 if there is anything planned in the buildings on the three dates in May that would prohibit a shutdown or that Physical Facilities needs to be aware of to facilitate a shutdown.

A notice of the selected date will be sent out after Physical Facilities receives feedback.

Medical expenses reminder from Human Resources

Human Resources reminds all that any medical expenses incurred in 2008 must be submitted for reimbursement by March 31.

In addition, anyone who participated in the Health Care Spending Account and/or the Dependent Care Advantage Account in 2008 must submit their receipts by March 31 in order to receive reimbursement for any expenses incurred in 2008.

Advanced leadership program starts Feb. 18

The Advanced Leadership Certificate Program will take place from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 18-May 13, at the University Downtown Center.

The registration fee for the program is $1,599 and includes all 10 sessions, training/class materials, class refreshments and certificate ceremony.

This non-credit certificate program provides participants with a more advanced look at the conceptual and practical leadership skills needed to function effectively as successful leaders within organizations.

The focus of the program is on supervisory skills, business leadership, managing innovation and change, project leadership, strategic management, and performance management.

For more information, or to register, go to http://continuinged.binghamton.

Print requests can now be submitted online

The Publications Office has moved to an online system for print requests.

To access the electronic form, go to, or from the University homepage select Faculty and Staff from the green navigation bar at the top of the page, then choose Publications Office Print Request from the Campus Services listing on the right. Once there, complete the required information (details for business cards can be entered into the comments field) and submit.

If you would like to submit a marked-up copy of a previous document for revision, simply send it via intercampus mail to Ann Travis in AD-112.

For more information about the new form, call Travis at 777-2611.

New parking lot opens near Dickinson Community

The new lot next to Johnson and O’Connor halls is now open. The lot is designated at this time as an overnight parking lot and open to all vehicles with a University parking permit or a hang tag.

The older existing lot that has parking perpendicular to the roadway (Lot T) will remain designated as a commuter and snow lot.

Group walks to take place around campus on Mondays

Campus Recreational Services is hosting guided group walks around campus every Monday from 12:10-1:00 p.m. through May 11.

Health and fitness professionals will share health/fitness information and answer participant questions each week.

For more information, call Jen Hunter at 777-6599 or go to You do not need to register for this program. Weather/walk cancellations are available at 777-6599.

Influenza occurring on campus, across state

Influenza and influenza-like illnesses are occurring on campus and throughout New York state.

These viral illnesses are characterized by sudden onset fever, chills, headache, weakness, muscle pain, dry cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. Influenza is spread by droplets in the air, hand-to-mouth or other mucous transfer and is very contagious. Use disposable tissues and wash hands frequently to help avoid infection and control contagion. Influenza vaccination is still available and considered the best prevention.

In the News

Scott Hanson, visiting assistant professor of history, participated in an Ask America webchat in August on the U.S. State Department website, where he discussed religious diversity in America. “Pluralism is perhaps the best word to describe the state of living in a diverse society. … The conditions for diversity seem to stem from a democratic government that permits immigration and protects religious freedom by law,” Hanson said.

Daniel Henderson, associate professor of economics, was featured in The Daily Times (Ala.) on Oct. 6 regarding a study on the effects of math homework. Henderson said, “We found that if a teacher has a high-achieving group of students, pushing them harder by giving them more homework could be beneficial. … Similarly, if a teacher has a low-ability class, assigning more homework may help since they may not have been pushed hard enough.” The study also found that for the average class, homework was not the most effective way to improve student achievement. For these groups of students professors should be using other methods to help their students reach a higher level of success in the classroom.

Hiroki Sayama, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Shelly Dionne, associate professor in the School of Management, were featured in Reliable Plant magazine in October regarding a grant their research team received from The National Science Foundation. The collective dynamics of complex systems (CoCo) researchers focus on human-decision making. The $550,000, three-year NSF grant will support a project focused on an evolutionary perspective on decision-making. Dionne stated, “When you bring people with different backgrounds together, you sometimes get better decisions.”

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, spoke to The Scranton Times, Standard Speaker, Citizens Voice and Towanda Daily Review (Pa.) on Oct. 13 about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s endorsement of Barack Obama for president. He also discussed Joe Biden’s speculative flip-flop on clean coal in The Scranton-Times Tribune, The Scranton Times and The Citizen Voice (Pa.) on Oct. 17. McNulty was also featured in an interview on the Sean Leslie Show, CKNW (Canada), on Oct. 18, where he discussed the presidential election.

Thomas Wilson, chair and professor of anthropology, was quoted in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wis.) and MacroWorld Investor (N.C.) on Oct. 18 and 19, respectively, regarding the effect of how drinking is deeply engrained in many cultures. “In many societies, perhaps the majority, drinking alcohol is a key practice in the expression of identity, an element in the construction of and dissemination of national and other cultures.”

The Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), was featured on (a London- based news source) and in The Empire State News about the $4 million dollars in funding the center received from the federal government. President Lois B. DeFleur and Seshu Desu, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, were also featured. “We all feel the pinch of rising energy costs and as a society, need to explore alternatives,” Desu said. “At the Watson School, our faculty and students are working on addressing the greatest challenges of our technology-intensive society and harnessing low-cost alternative energy sources is at the forefront of our priorities.”

Ali Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in The Daily Monitor in Kampala, Uganda. Mazrui explores the emerging power of Africans in world politics. “As Africa insists on its relationship with other world regions, it must stand ready to selectively borrow, adapt and creatively formulate its strategies for planned development,” he said.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08