Binghamton’s master of social work program is relatively new, but under Laura Bronstein’s leadership as department chair, it’s already earning national recognition.
Research by Timothy Lowenstein, professor of geology, on changes in the chemical compositions of the oceans based on analysis of microscopic drops of brine in salt crystals found in trapped deposits of ancient seawater, was reported by United Press International and Canada’s CBC News network. Lowenstein’s research was also discussed in the New York Times and on www.nature.com, the Nature Publishing Groups’ website, and the American Geological Institutes’ Geotimes. His research was also discussed in Science Now, on the Environmental News Network and on the AScribe Newswire.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an article in Natural History. He endorsed the assertion that group-level benefits might have driven the evolution of musicality. "I think it’s entirely plausible," he said. "Music is employed in many ways that seem to benefit the whole group more than the relative fitness of the individual musician within the group."
Ron Miles, professor of mechanical engineering, has been featured in several publications for his research into replicating the incredibly accurate hearing mechanism of the parasitic fly, Ormia ochracea. He was featured in an article on biomimicry in the The New York Times Science section that noted Binghamton researchers are working to develop better hearing aids based on their work. Miles and his colleagues were also highlighted in the December 31 issue of the Los Angeles Times for their work. Miles had presented the information at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.
W. Warren Wagar, distinguished professor of history, was quoted in an article in the Hamilton Spectator (Canada) about the possibility of a massive collision between the earth and an asteroid and the consequences it could bring. "We know that it’s possible," he said. "It’s happened before and it could happen again."
Research by James Brownridge, radiation safety officer, regarding the creation of electric fields to create stable, self-focused high-energy beams, was discussed in the Physics News Update.
G. Philip Rightmire, professor of anthropology, was quoted in the The Oregonian regarding an analysis of geological formations in Israel where archeological finds of early homids were found.
Ellen Badger, director of International and Scholar Services, was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the City University of New York’s decision to reverse the institution's longstanding policy of providing in-state tuition rates to immigrants who live in the state for at least one year. "Their historic mission has been for so many years to educate the disadvantaged – to be the college of immigrants," she said. Badger was also quoted by American Prospect on the needs of undocumented immigrants who seek an education. Noting that most of these youths would make good citizens, she said, "I find it hard to imagine how a population of young people generally between the ages of 10 and 18, who have been living in the U.S. for most of their young lives, who are very identified with U.S. culture, who are doing their best to live their version of the American dream, who are often the valedictorians of their class, and who came to the U.S. on their parents’ decision, is the population we have to be fearful of."
Jessica Fridrich, research professor of systems science and industrial engineering, was highlighted in the Toronto Star for her work in steganography–the study of secret communications. Her comments concerned a software program she developed to detect images hidden in digital communications and the difficulty in detecting images hidden in the most frequently used format, JPEG.
David Brackett, assistant professor of music, was quoted in an article reflecting on the life and times of former Beatle, George Harrison.
Nina Versaggi, director of the public archeology facility, and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, assistant professor of anthropology, were quoted in an article on the discovery of Native American remains in Hillcrest.
Donald Quataert, professor of history, was quoted in an article relating to the similarities and contrasts between the events of December 7, 1941 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Upinder Dhillon, dean of the School of Management, was interviewed for an article on colleges’ response to the changing perception of students toward the accounting profession.
Katherine Krebs, director of international programs, was quoted in an article regarding the impact the September 11 terrorist attacks are having on study abroad programs.
Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, assistant professor of anthropology, was interviewed about her work experience as a forensic anthropologist. Steadman was also interviewed for an article on the methods used for identifying the skeletal remains of Lester Harris Sr., the prime suspect in an April 1997 homicide.
Robert Ostergard, professor of political science, was interviewed for an article regarding the Bush administration’s release of a tape that shows Osama Bin Laden discussing the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute for Global Cultural Studies and Schweitzer Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, was quoted in an article regarding the importance and relevance of the Muslim holiday, Ramadan.
M. Stanley Whittingham, was interviewed for an article on the research partnership between the State University of New York system and Moscow State University in Russia.
Nancy Paul, director of the career development center, was quoted in a December 23 article regarding the importance of ‘networking’ as a critical job-seeking research skill.
Joseph McCann, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, was quoted in an article regarding the effectiveness of government warnings in alerting the public of imminent terrorist attacks.
Christopher Anderson, professor of political science, and Tom Brunell, assistant professor of political science, were quoted in an article regarding expected voter turnout on election day.
Kevin Wright, professor of criminology in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in an article regarding the changing nature of bank robbers and the methods of combating crime.
Manas K. Chatterji, professor in the School of Management, was quoted in an article regarding the impact of fast-rising health care costs on businesses.
Subimal Chatterjee, associate professor of management, was quoted in an article regarding expected consumer behavior during the 2001 holiday season in light of terrorism concerns and the nation’s economic recession.
Douglas Boyce, regional director of the Small Business Development Center, was quoted in an article regarding the impact of the Southern Tier Equity Fund on the local economy.
Ellen Badger, director of International Student and Scholar Services, was quoted in an article regarding government regulations and the collection of information on international students.
Last Updated: 12/19/11