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February 26, 2009  Volume 30, No. 21
Annual fire inspection will begin March 9

The University’s annual fire inspection will begin on March 9 and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

All inspectors will be accompanied by Environmental Health and Safety and Physical Facilities staff. It is important that the campus be proactive and correct any outstanding items prior to the inspection. Some common items that are not allowed include door chocks, extension cords and candles. In addition, missing ceiling tiles must be replaced, all exit signs must be working and exit and egress paths must be clear.

If you find any of these problems, take steps to correct them before the fire inspectors arrive on campus. For items that you cannot correct yourself, such as a broken exit sign, submit a service request immediately to have it repaired.

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Applications available for on-campus internships

Applications for 2009-10 Faculty-Student Scholarships are now available on the Web at

Ten scholarships/internships of $3,000 each are available for applicants who will be juniors, seniors or new graduate students during the 2009-10 academic year.

Recipients will work 10 hours per week throughout the academic year in one of the following on-campus internships: career outreach, international engagement, Discovery Program, multimedia design, social networking/media, transfer credit, study abroad, sustainable waste stream management, marketing or the EDD Program.

Applications are due to Financial Aid Services, SW-109, by 4 p.m., Friday, March 20.

Alumni Golf Classic seeking foursomes, sponsors

The Binghamton University Alumni Golf Classic, scheduled for Friday, July 31, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, is now seeking foursomes and sponsors. The event is open to the public.

The Alumni Association organizes this event annually to bring together Binghamton University graduates, local business leaders and community members. This 18-hole tournament will use a captain and crew format. Other contests include longest drive, hole-in-one and closest to the pin. Lunch and a BBQ and Blues dinner reception are included.

If you would like to register or sponsor a hole, contact Dan Polhamus, associate director of alumni relations, or Steve Seepersaud, alumni communications specialist, at 777-2431. For more information visit

Ross Fund applications are now available

Applications for the 2009 grant cycle of the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund are now available. Ross, a Binghamton University faculty member, established the fund with the hope of fostering working partnerships between the University and the community.

Most recently, the Fund helped support the Healthy Haven Nutrition and Garden project, and the Big Ideas in Science Institute.

In 2009, the fund will award about $8,500 in grants to non-profit organizations in partnership with University units. Grant funds are available beginning July 1.

The application deadline is Friday, April 3. Grant applications and full guidelines are available on the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund web site at

For more information, contact grant administrator Cindy Lupo at 777-6927 or at

In the News

Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured in numerous publications in October, including Mental Health Weekly, Health & Medicine Week, Biotech Week and Fitness and Wellness Week, regarding a study on personality disorders. Lenzenweger stated, “The median prevalence for any personality disorder is 10.6 percent, which is reasonably consistent across six major studies spanning three nations.” The research concluded that since one in 10 people suffer from a personality disorder it represents a major health concern needing the attention of researchers.

John McNulty, professor of political science, was featured on Capital 9 News (Albany) on Oct. 30 about the Bradley Effect in voting behavior. The Bradley Effect is the idea that white voters tell pollsters that they will vote for a black candidate but find themselves unable to do so when they enter the voting booth. “In principle it almost has to exist, because we know racism is part of the human condition,” McNulty said. “And it’s going to affect a certain portion of the votes. What we don’t know is if it’s big enough to make a difference.”

Miguel Vilar, Department of Anthropology, was featured in Genetics & Environment Health Week, Genetics & Environment Business Week, Genomics & Genetics Weekly, and Genetics and Environment Law Weekly, regarding a study providing new insights to genetics.

Binghamton University was featured in more than 50 publications and websites in November regarding Kiplinger’s ranking of the University among the top 10 best values for public colleges in the nation. President Lois B. DeFleur stated, “These rankings provide important validation for all of our hard work to provide an excellent education as well as an exceptional value for students and their families.”

Binghamton University’s Anderson Center was featured in the Press & Sun-Bulletin in November for hosting the rehearsals of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. The ensemble rehearsed in private for a week, and on the last day treated faculty and staff to several run-throughs of a new performance, Layla and Majnun.

Students and faculty from the Department of Social Work were featured in The Press & Sun-Bulletin, as well as several local news stations about a 10-day trip to New Orleans, where they provided mental health services to people who are recovering from Hurricane Katrina.  The trip was the second time Binghamton students have travelled to New Orleans to assist hurricane victims.

Meredith E. Coles, assistant professor of psychology, was featured in numerous publications in November, including Pharma Business Week, Mental Health Weekly Digest, Health & Medicine Week, and Drug Week, regarding a study on obsessive compulsive disorder. The research concluded that OCD-related beliefs and negative life events should predict changes in OC symptoms over time.

William B. Heller, associate professor of political science, was featured in several publications in November, including Pharma Law Weekly, Politics and Government Business, and Medicine and Law Week regarding research comparing U.S. political parties to parties in Italy and Europe in general. Heller and his colleagues published their study in American Journal of Political Science.

Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management, was featured in The Creative Coast Initiative (Ga.) regarding the use of the social networking websites Facebook and MySpace in the college admissions process. Starke instructs her staff to ignore these sites because she considers postings to be casual conversations.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08