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September-October 2003

Ali A. Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer professor of the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was included in a Washington Post article about recent airport scrutiny of Muslims entering the United States. Mazrui was detained for seven hours at Miami International Airport where he was questioned separately by two sets of officials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Mazrui was detained due to a "breakdown in communication" between immigration and customs officials.

Michael D. McDonald, associate professor of political science, was quoted in the Albany Times Union about his testimony at an Albany hearing on a proposed redistricting plan for that area. He said that there is "racially polarized" voting in Albany County and the city, with blacks and whites tending to vote for candidates of their own race. According to McDonald’s account, however, redistricting will not be necessary because "African-Americans can be expected to elect candidates of their choice, even in the face of some degree of racially polarized voting.

Sarah Gueldner, dean of the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in an Ascribe Newswire article about how she and a team of fellow gerontologists have developed a unique research tool to measure almost anyone’s sense of well being. The tool consists of ten simple pictures of everyday images organized as oppositional sets. Participants mark how they feel on a scale placed between the two objects. The tool is especially promising for the elderly, a population often missed by existing well-being models because the questions asked are too complex. "The usual tools that people give you to measure well being ask questions like, ‘Do you feel more pragmatic or visionary…more finite or transcendent?’ she said. "Can you imagine going into a nursing home and asking people that?"

Ali A. Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer professor of the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was quoted by MSNBC News about the fate of a Nigerian mother who is seeking to have her death sentenced by stoning thrown out by Nigerian courts. "In many parts of the Muslim world, there is a good deal of embarrassment" about the woman’s case, Mazrui said.

Joel Thirer, director of health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in a Palm Beach Post article about Florida Atlantic University plans to adopt a new athletic nickname and logo. Binghamton changed its nickname from Colonials to Bearcats. "It’s been an unmitigated success," Thirer said. "You see people around town wearing Binghamton Bearcats merchandise. Before it didn’t even exist. You see it everywhere all over campus and all over town."

Binghamton University received a positive mention in a New York Times article about the college admissions process. The mention highlighted Binghamton selectivity. A graduate of New York University was quoted as saying "In high school, I remember people talking about SUNY Binghamton as the school you went to ‘if you can get into an Ivy but can’t afford it.’"

Tiffany Patterson, associate professor of history, was quoted in an article in the Daily Northwestern about African-American literature, in particular writings of W.E.B. DuBois. "Song is the realm in which African Americans could have a voice at the time they didn’t have a voice anywhere else," she said. "(DuBois) uses that because he must, because it is the richest source of our history."

Bernard Bass, professor emeritus in the School of Management, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Rush Limbaugh’s comments concerning Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and McNabb’s calm response to the comments. "Limbaugh just shoots off his mouth on a continuing basis," he said. "But a good leader monitors himself. I guess McNabb is sufficiently secure and avoids getting into conflicts without merit."

Ronald Miles, professor of mechanical engineering, was featured in an Associated Press article about a $6.5 million federal research grant to improve hearing aid quality. Miles will lead the study to design sensors for directional hearing aids. "The vast, vast majority of people who are hearing-impaired have great difficulty when they get into a noisy place," he said. "This will lead to a significant improvement in the ability of the hearing-impaired to understand speech. It helps filter out unwanted noises."

Susan Bane, professor of chemistry, was featured in an Associated Press article about her research into creating a new cancer drug with fewer side effects than the commonly used Taxol. Bane is working with colleagues from Virginia Polytechnic Institute to develop a new molecule that works like Taxol. They have been working with a $406,835 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Linda Spear, distinguished professor of chemistry, was mentioned in a BBC News article about a study that says teenagers may be causing long-term damage to their bodies and brains by binge drinking. According to the article, Spear said little was known about long-term effects of alcohol consumption on teenagers, but "she said a substantial number of studies had shown that the earlier individuals started using alcohol, the more likely they were to have alcohol-related problems in adulthood." Her work into the effects of alcohol on rats was also mentioned in an October 20 Health 24 website article.

Subimal Chatterjee, assistant professor of marketing, was quoted in an article relating to the reaction of the American public to price increases, specifically gasoline. Chatterjee noted "Most consumers are not sophisticated enough to consider that this is a result of supply and demand. They’re looking at $2 a gallon and thinking it’s the greedy gas companies making money off someone’s misfortune."

Thomas O’Brien, associate professor and director of the Education Division in SEHD, was quoted in an article relating to how the teaching profession can often run in the family. O’Brien noted: "These children go into the profession with "their eyes wide open" because they’ve seen both the rewards and challenges of teaching."

Mark Reed, associate vice president of computing services, and Surinder Kahai, associate professor of management, were quoted in an article relating to the use of high-tech devices to cheat on tests. Reed said that text-messaging often posed challenges for institutions of higher education. "We’re certainly getting into the realm where the privacy of the test and the insularity with which a student goes into a test are getting harder to control with the availability of these technological devices." Kahai added that the ability to cheat on tests using high-tech devices was not quite as easy as it may seem. "Under a watchful professor, this technology is not giving the student any advantage during an exam. They’ll be caught."

Upinder Dhillon, dean of SOM, was quoted in an article relating to the nervousness of investors in the face of volatile price movements and Wall Street scandals. "Some people think they’ve been taken advantage of," said Dhillon. Less suspect of Wall Street than the novice market watcher, Dhillon however, sympathized with the plight of investors who have lost money on what they thought were solid stocks.

Edward Kokkelenberg, chair of the Economics Department, was quoted in an article relating to the effect that layoffs at Carrier Corp. in Syracuse will have on the upstate region. Kokkelenburg said that the loss of the 1,200 jobs is substantial both for Syracuse and the Cortland County areas. "People who benefit from Carrier employees using their services, such as retail and restaurant workers, will also feel the effects."

Gary Truce, professor of health and physical education, was quoted in an article about the reason sports lovers have for backing their teams. Truce said that sports can fill a basic human need. "People want to attach themselves to something they can relate to and form an identity with, much like people join fraternities or rally behind a country’s flag."

Richard Andrus, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an article relating to the changing color of the leaves in and around the Greater Binghamton area. "It’s a show from the first of October on,’ he said.

Thomas O’Brien, associate professor of education, was quoted in an article about the importance of encouraging young students to develop an interest in the sciences. O’Brien noted that science is a "discipline that causes brain development such as reasoning and observation" and stresses that everyone is surrounded by science.

Siddhartha Mitra, assistant professor of geology, was quoted in an article about how widespread the the use of trichloroethylene or TCE’s were in the 60’s and 70’s. While TCE’s have been found on at least 480 properties in the Endicott area, Mitra noted that it was very difficult to make assumptions about the source. "Introducing small amounts of TCE consistently over decades into permeable soil and aquifer has almost the same effect as introducing high quantities of TCE into the same aquifer via seepage from a lagoon or something similar."

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