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January-February 2003

Barbara Abou El-Haj, associate professor of art history, discusses criticism leveled at the Roman Catholic Church for centuries for the opulence in its architecture and art. The author of "The Medieval Cult of Saints: Formations and Transformations," Abou El Haj said the criticism has come from both within the church and from outsiders, usually dissidents protesting the political authority of the clergy.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, director of the Creative Writing Program, uses her Italian-American family to anchor her poetry according to a reviewer of her new poetry volume Italian Women in Black Dresses.

Kenneth McLeod, chair of the bioengineering department and a leading researcher in the field of tissue development, argues that weight-bearing exercise and calcium supplements are not capable of triggering new bone growth for those with osteoporosis. Rather, he argues, bioengineers must look for mechanisms that can trigger bone formation.

Scott Handy, assistant professor of chemistry, is studying the natural compounds found in such sources as sea sponges and tobacco plants as possible cures for cancer and AIDS or as safer alternatives to traditional solvents.

Barbara Westbrook, University counsel, discussed the University's decision to post the names of known sex offenders who work or are enrolled in school on the campus website. For now, there are no names on the list, which is available on the Campus Police site. If anyone at Binghamton is registered as a sex offender, the college's Web site will make it clear that a name has been added, Westbrook said. A new federal law, which went into effect in October, requires sex offenders to indicate whether they are enrolled, employed or volunteering on a college campus. Colleges themselves are not required to gather information on sex offenders.

Kevin Wright, professor of human development, was quoted in an article about the number of homicides in Broome County in 2002. He noted that scientists "have a hard time statistically linking crime to economic conditions."

Thomas Sinclair, assistant professor and director of the masters of public administration program, was quoted in an article about the proposed state budget. Sinclair noted the proposal to hold down state taxes would be a hollow victory if local governments or school districts have to increase taxes to pay for essential services.

Jeff Davis, adjunct lecturer in the masters in public administration program, was quoted in an article about the growing number of 18- to 34-year olds without health insurance. Davis noted “They’re young and healthy and tend to avoid health problems. The downside is they’re delaying care which could prevent costly illnesses down the road.”

Lynn Gamwell, director of the University Art Museum, was quoted in an article about the creation of a Scholastic Art Gallery created at the Harpursville High School-Middle School, a 600-student rural Broome County school. Gamwell supported the gallery noting that the school has transformed the high school into a “museum of global culture by creating an environment for students to see artistic expression from around the world.”

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