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March 18, 2010  Volume 31, No. 25
Health care reform will be topic of Vukasin lecture

Mark V. Pauly of the Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania will discuss “Why is Health Care So Difficult to Reform?” at the Peter N. Vuskasin Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Health care may or may not pass Congress, but even if it does the discussion will continue because so many provisions are tentative and so many will not be implemented for some time. Pauly’s lecture will discuss some of the issues that remain open: the role of a public plan, the desirability of employer mandates and the sustainability of individual insurance reform.

Pauly is Bendheim Professor of the Department of Health Care Management at the Wharton School and professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics.

A reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the Peter N. Vukasin Endowed Lectureship in Economics and the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

Philanthropy Incubator seeking applications

The student-run Philanthropy Incubator Project is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 22, and funding will be awarded in early May.  Those who qualify will be eligible to receive individual grants of up to $10,000.

Organizations who wish to apply must be located in the Southern Tier or Central New York region and serving low-income youths below age 18 and/or adults above age 65. 

To further qualify, the organization must have been an internship or field placement site for Binghamton University social work or public administration students in the past year.

The Philanthropy Incubator is also aimed at helping organizations that have worked with Binghamton University students in the past and provided these students with sources of knowledge and mentorship through field placement and internships. Applications will be evaluated on their capacity to maximize impact for the prospective grantee.

The Incubator serves as a mechanism to teach students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs about philanthropy.  Under the direction of MPA faculty member David Campbell, students design and implement the grant-making process, as well as the fund-raising efforts to support the project.

For more information visit or contact David Campbell at or Josephine Allen at jaallen@

Personal Safety Advisory Committee seeks input

The Personal Safety Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions from the campus community about specific areas that should be investigated for safety improvements before its spring “campus-by-night” tour of the University scheduled for Thursday, April 8.

Suggestions may be sent to Anthony Preus at or Tracey Debnar at or 777-2157.

Faculty annual reports are due May 31

The Web-based faculty reporting site for the June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010 reporting period is now available. The report is due in the Provost’s Office by May 31, 2010.

To securely access the site, faculty must first log onto the SSL VPN by opening a Web browser and going to At the login page, enter your BU domain network login name and password and click the Sign In button. Then, next to Network Connect, click the Start button. Once connected to the secure network, type in and complete your annual report.

The site is dynamic, allowing faculty to fill in some information now and return to complete the report at a future date.

If you need assistance logging into the SSL VPN, visit or contact the ITS Help Desk at 777-6420.

ICD to host free autism spectrum disorders screening

The Institute for Child Development will offer a free screening clinic for autism spectrum disorders from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, by appointment only.

This program is for children ages 1 to 5 and is not a diagnostic service. A representative will meet with parents to review important aspects of child development, interact with the child and provide advice.

Call 877-788-4ASD or e-mail for more details.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08