A single mother of a 4½-year-old daughter, Casey VanKuren juggles responsibilities as a Discovery Adviser, founder of the Binghamton Gaming Group, SOS Children’s Shelter volunteer and mentor to a sixth-grader. This fall, add tour guide duties and an elementary school internship.
Casey VanKuren, junior, double major in English and human development
Lynn Gamwell, director of the University Art Museum, had her book, Exploring the Invisible (Princton University Press) listed among the Books of Year in the Times Literary Supplement. Writer George Steiner cited its sumptuous illustrations and exploration of science and art. The book was also reviewed in Science Magazine, with special praise a "extremely handsome and well produced." The book examines the interactions, reciprocal and often unexpected, between the evolution of abstract, non-objective art and science and technology from the 19th century on.
Ruth Stone, Bartle professor of English, was profiled in an article about her winning the National Book Award for poetry recently. Stone’s work was cited throughout the profile, which chronicled her life. She was quoted as saying she has had a "life of enormous happiness," and she thinks she won the award because she is "old."
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in an article titled "A Conversation with David Sloan Wilson; The Origin of Religions, From a Distinctly Darwinian View." The article states that Wilson "sees religion as the product of group selection at work," and that religion evolved early "because it helped make humans more cohesive and cooperative." The article was also reprinted in the December 30 issue of the National Post.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s "Talk of the Nation." Wilson spoke about the roots of altruism and how Darwin was right when he determined that "even though altruism is vulnerable to selfishness, it’s also true that altruistic groups out-compete selfish groups."
Binghamton University’s participation with several other SUNY campuses in a dual degree program with colleges in Turkey was featured in an Associated Press article.
Dawnie Steadman, assistant professor of anthropology, was quoted in an Associated Press article and in the Omaha World-Herald about her testimony in a murder trial in Iowa. Steadman testified in the trial of a man accused of killing his 10-year-old adopted son. She said her investigation concluded that injuries to the young man’s forearms and teeth indicated trauma that had occurred within a week of his death because there was no healing.
Abidin Kusno, assistant professor of art history, was featured in an article in the Jarkata Post about his recently published book, "Behind the Postcolonal: Architecture, Urban Space and Political Cultures in Indonesia." Kusnp believes that urban spaces including public areas, housing complexes and densely-populated villages not only reflect a city’s culture and history, but are also important in shaping the lives of inhabitants.
Deborah Elliston, assistant professor of anthropology, was featured in an article titled "Practices, Identities, and Desires." The article referred to an essay written by Elliston that deals with gender and sexual issues in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. As noted in the Chronicle, Elliston wrote "that Polynesians ‘subscribe…to a symbolic sexual economy’ that is substantially different from the West’s." The Chronicle also noted that Elliston argues that "anthropologists should be extremely cautious about designating each and every same-sex behavior as evidence of lesbian or gay identity."
Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an article regarding the precautions hikers should take when out on local trails during hunting season.
Kevin Wright, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in an article on whether the spate of eight local homicides was a trend for residents to be concerned about.
Dale Madison, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an article regarding the fear local scientists have that the hell-bender salamander may be dying out.
Dara Raboy-Picciano, social worker in the counseling center, was quoted in an article relating to suicides and the pain and loss of those left behind.
Beth Burch, education division director in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in an article regarding Southern Tier workers making education a second career.
Lois B. DeFleur, president, and Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration, were featured in an article about the University’s concept of establishing an educational center in downtown Binghamton.
Lois B. DeFleur, president, and Binghamton University, were given high marks in an editorial praising the University’s concept of creating an educational center in downtown Binghamton.
John Baust and Robert Van Buskirk, professors of biological sciences, were featured in an article about their research. The pair has developed a solution that is being used in clinical trials to help regenerate damaged heart muscle.
Binghamton University sororities, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. and Delta Kappa Delta, were highlighted in a column by Mary Haupt about how they gathered gifts from local businesses and residents for the YWCA’s Holiday Treasure Chest which serves as a fund raiser for the YWCA and provides a low-cost shopping alternative for many.
Lois B. DeFleur, president, and Anita Doll, interim associate vice president for communications and marketing, were featured in an report about the annual SUNY town-gown meeting held in Binghamton. Their comments about BU’s proposal to establish an educational center in downtown Binghamton were accompanied by quotes from a number of other legislators and SUNY administrators in support of the concept.
Binghamton University’s fifth annual Patrick A. Toole lecture was featured in an article. Toole, a former IBM-Endicott executive, was the speaker and he said universities are the economic engines of their communities and states.
Binghamton University students were saluted in an editorial about the efforts of two BU sororities – Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. and Delta Kappa Delta – to make gift-giving easier for the needy this season.
BU’s Residential Life Hand to Heart program was featured in a photo that showcased the sorting of more than 1,600 filled gift bags which were given to the Salvation Army to distribute to the less fortunate.
Yong-Soon Kang, assistant professor of management, was quoted in an article about the value of municipalities using banners for self-promotion.
Dr. John Spring, chairman of the Binghamton University Council, was quoted in an article about the Council’s unanimous passage of a resolution supporting a tuition increase for the State University of New York.
Melissa Sutherland, program coordinator for the Decker School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Accelerated Track, or BAT, program, was quoted in an article about the program which began in 1989 and has seen a steady increase in enrollment. Twenty BAT students are expected to graduate in 2003.
Melvyn Dubofsky, Bartle professor of history, authored a guest viewpoint on media coverage of elections. He summed up his position by noting that the least columnist George Will and the media can do is report and comment on the issues correctly so that members of the electorate can make an informed judgment.
Kenneth McLeod, professor and chair of bioengineering, was profiled in an article that was part of a week-long series on some of the people making the difference in Greater Binghamton. His research in non-medical treatment of osteoporosis was used as an example of how research in the health and science fields will affect lives in the future and contribute to the economy of the region.
An editorial titled "Time for a new Tier mindset" reminded readers that the community "desperately needs" the energy and enthusiasm of young people, including Binghamton University students.
Al Walker and Laurie Kelly, men’s and women’s head basketball coaches respectively, were profiled in an article that concluded a week-long series on some of the people making the difference in Greater Binghamton.
Last Updated: 12/19/11