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Return to classroom puts student at top of class

“It’s a pleasure!” says Nicole Hofmann, a senior computer science major who lives in Binghamton. “I really enjoy it. I needed to go out into the real world to see how it works. It opens your eyes and you grow in the process. When you go back to school after being in the work force, you have a newfound appreciation for what you’re learning.”
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In the News

November 2008

Ray Romanczyk, Director of the Institute for Child Development, was featured in The Press & Sun-Bulletin on November 1 regarding the opening of a new playground at the Institute. The playground was designed for children with autism and other developmental disorders to use as a learning apparatus. Romanczyk stated, “On a typical playground, they often don’t have enough time to learn and practice. What we’re trying to do is set up a venue they can learn the skills that most children pick up without effort.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in Newsday on November 2 regarding the university’s surge in applications. Applications at the University have increased 50 percent so far this year, according to Business Week. Many state universities across the nation have also seen an increase in applications.

Theja Desliva, assistant professor of physics, applied sciences, and astronomy, was featured in Science Letter, Physics Week, Journal of Physics Research, and News of Science in November regarding a study on breathing mode frequencies.

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was featured in The Legislative Gazette on November 10 regarding the loss of republican seats both in the New York State and National Congresses come January. He stated, “The single event that made it just about impossible was the financial collapse, an industry that was tremendously important to New York’s economy. When that collapsed on the watch of a Republican president, Republicans everywhere paid the price.” McNulty was also featured on The Richard Hoffman Show (WZAB) in Sweetwater, Florida. He discussed the presidential election results as well as the results of state and regional races.

President Lois B. DeFleur wrote an article for The Presidency (a tri-annual publication on critical issues that affect higher education leaders) in November regarding the internationalization and global awareness of the University. DeFleur states, “Our goal is to make internationalism a lived experience throughout the campus, with opportunities for students to gain familiarity with other students and cultures not only in the classroom, but also in the residential halls and in their social activities.”

Sesu Desu, dean of Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, was featured in numerous publications in November including The Asbury Park Press (NJ), The Spokesman Review (WA), The Courier-Post (NJ), and the Shreveport Times (LA) regarding the demand for engineers in the workforce. Desu stated, “We have heard from the financial sector that increased regulation will create opportunities on the technology site of the business to inevitably implement the system of checks and balances.

Binghamton University was featured in USA Today, New York Times, and The Albany Times Union in November in articles regarding the recent tuition hikes and the economic crisis. However, it states that the University has seen a fifty percent increase in applications this year.

Ali A. Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global and Cultural Studies, wrote an article titled, “From Obote to Obama; Nilotic Embrace” for the Black Star News on November 7. He compares Barak Obama to African political leaders and discusses the ascendancy of the Obama into the presidency of the United States.

Herbert Bix, professor of sociology, was featured in the History News Network (WA) for an article he wrote about Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force Chief of staff who was recently dismissed from duty.

Binghamton University was featured in over 50 publications and websites in November regarding Kiplinger’s ranking of the University as number one for the value it provides for out-of-state students. Lois B. DeFleur stated, “These rankings provide validation for all our hard work to provide an excellent education as well a an exceptional value for students and their families.”

Binghamton University graduates Kathryn Fletcher and Patrick Hart were featured on Fox 40 News on November 13, 2008 regarding the launch of their new business H2 innovations. The company provides an interactive map of the downtown area, which learns the users preferences over time and can provide them with a list of events that they might find of interest. Hart stated, “All these little stores are like starting to come in, and these are the people we would really like to get out to the public.”

Erin Jennings, counselor/peer coordinator of the Career Development Center, was featured in The Press and Sun Bulletin on November 15. Jennings attended the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Global Conference in Washington, D.C. where she presented “The Advocacy Imperative” to the NCDA Executive Board. As president of the New York Career Development Association, Jennings also accepted the Outstanding State Division Award 2007-08.

Christopher Barnum, department of psychology, was featured in numerous publications in November including Pharma Business Week, Pain & Central Nervous System Week, and Health & Medicine Week regarding his new study results on dyskinesia.

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.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10