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University names recipients of 2006 honorary degrees

Dr. Erwin Goldberg, a prominent reproductive biologist and Harpur College graduate; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse and renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie will receive honorary degrees from the University during Commencement ceremonies next month.

Erwin Goldberg

Reproductive biologist Dr. Erwin Goldberg ’51 will receive an honorary degree and speak at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Goldberg has sought to extend basic observations from the laboratory to the bedside throughout his career. Currently professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Goldberg began his undergraduate years at Triple Cities College in 1947, and, following the rededication of the school as Harpur College, became a member of the first Harpur College graduating class, earning his bachelor’s degree in biology.

Voted Outstanding Senior Man at Harpur, he continued his education at the State University of Iowa, earning his master’s in 1953 and his doctorate in zoology and biochemistry in 1956. He taught at West Virginia University and North Dakota State University before accepting a position as assistant professor of biological sciences at Northwestern University in 1963, and he has risen through the

ranks there to his current position.

Goldberg’s landmark observation that there is a unique enzyme (LDH-C4, lactate dehydrogenase) in the testis is a foundation for understanding how sperm are produced and became the basis for many later studies on testis gene expression.

In recent years, he and his students cloned and sequenced the LDH-C gene, also identifying the regulatory regions involved in specific gene activation. They are part of a worldwide effort to uncover the nature of the mechanisms that regulate timeand cell-specific processes in the testes and the molecular aspects of LDH-C4.

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters and make remarks during the Commencement ceremony for professional schools at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 21.

Greenhouse began her career at The New York Times as news clerk to columnist James Reston. Her early experience as a reporter included covering state government in Albany, where she served as bureau chief for two years and became familiar with the State University of New York system and the Binghamton campus.

Greenhouse earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Radcliffe College in 1968. While there, she was editor of

the Harvard Crimson and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

In 1978, she earned a master of studies in law degree from Yale University. That year, she assumed her duties reporting on the Supreme Court.

She has been recognized for her reporting excellence on numerous occasions. In 1998, she received the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for beat reporting.

In 2000, Greenhouse spoke to the Binghamton University Harpur Forum, a group of more than 300 business and professional community leaders, and was hosted on campus by faculty and students in the Philosophy, Politics and Law Program.

She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun, published in 2005 by Henry Holt and Co.

Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie, profoundly deaf from the age of 12, will receive an honorary degree and speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Commencement at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

Glennie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she earned numerous honors, including the Queen’s Commendation Prize for all-around excellence.

Glennie made her solo debut in 1986 in London.

After a year of study in Japan, she joined conductor Sir George Solti and pianists Murray Perahia and David Corkhill for a performance filmed for a CBS documentary. A recording from tha

t performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion won a 1988 Grammy Award for best chamber music performance.

She has since been nominated twice for Grammy Awards, winning a second, and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, the equivalent of an Oscar, for a drama score.

Glennie has released 12 solo recordings, including the pop-oriented Dancin’ and the James MacMillan-commissioned Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. She has commissioned more than 130 works from a variety of composers and has composed pieces herself.

Glennie often performs barefoot, more to move about with ease than to feel the vibrations. She has said she feels the vibrations from low-pitched tones in her legs and feet and those from higher pitched tones on her face, neck and chest.

Glennie was the soloist for the New York Philharmonic’s 1996 performance at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. Glennie performed Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, using an array of wood, skin and metal percussion instruments that filled a third of the stage.

Returning to Binghamton in 2004, she graced the Anderson Center stage in a performance with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra selected for the dedication of the Osterhout Concert Theater.

Glennie published an autobiography in 1990 titled Good Vibrations.
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