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March-April 2004

Harpur’s Ferry, Binghamton University’s Student Volunteer Ambulance Service, was featured in an article in Emergency Medical Services, the journal of emergency care, rescue and transportation.

Thomas Glave, assistant professor of English, was highlighted in an article in Africa News about a delegation of African-American poets focusing on the AIDS crisis in Africa while visiting Ghana. The poets participated in a program titled "Making Heard the Buried Cry," in hoped of motivating a literary and artistic response to the AIDS crisis.

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed a number of children’s books for the Boston Globe. In Granda Bear Fixes It by Poppy Wells, she found a "pleasant rarity, a sturdy book with moving parts" and a plot that "provides an ingenious excuse for interesting moving parts." In I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, Rosenberg notes the book "remains as fresh as that first breath of spring." And in The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen, selected and translated by Diana Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank, she calls the translation the "best English version yet…lighter, more buoyant, conveying the energy and freshness of this most peculiar author."

David Hagerbaumer, director of campus activities, was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about alternative activities to drinking for students. The article highlighted Binghamton’s Late Nite program, which offers such activities as movies, poker tournaments, foam dance parties and more. He said Late Night "averages 2,020 students each weekend, roughly a sixth of those living on campus."

Lois B. DeFleur, president, was quoted in an article in Newsday about the building boom on campuses, both private and public. Binghamton’s top requests for new buildings "are all for science and engineering," she said. The article noted that the University "already has an $18 million building under construction that will be used for teaching and research in the biological sciences."

G. Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was interviewed for an article in The New York Times about new research into a muscle gene that may have been pivotal in human evolution over 2 million years ago. Rightmire "said he doubted that the myosin gene would prove to be a Rosetta stone of evolution," yet the timing of the mutation "is just bang on the mark for the emergence of genus Homo."

Binghamton University researchers were featured in an article in Innovations Report, a forum for science, industry and business, about their work to improve the design and energy efficiency of data centers that process vital information that is critically important to our daily lives – from world financial markets, government and military operations, business and industry, shipping and transportation, health and human services, entertainment, athletics and religion.

The work of the late Angelo Ippolito, professor of art, was noted in a New York Sun article about goings on at New York City art galleries. His work had been featured David Findlay Jr.

Bruce Norcross, retired professor of chemistry, was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about the pens he creates from fallen wood on the campus. "I look for pieces of wood with interesting grain patterns," he said. "No two pieces look the same."

Kevin Kniffen, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, and David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, were featured in Science Daily about a paper they co-authored that appeared in the March issue of Evolution and Human Behavior. The paper addressed the non-physical traits that may influence a person’s perception of another’s beauty. The paper was also featured in the April 19 issue of This is London.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in The New York Times in an article about concerns over fairness in accepting students to college from wealthy families over those with lower incomes. Students often listed their parents’ income as lower than it actually was on financial aid forms, she said.

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed two children’s books for the Boston Globe. Blues Journey, a book-length poem by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by his son, Christopher Myers, she said is "the kind of book that merits reading, close reading, and rereading. In The Wishing Bone and Other Poems by Stephen Mitchell, she said all of the poems "are musical, playful, dramatic, funny, and slyly philosophical."

Binghamton University’s undergraduate admissions office was featured in an article in College Bound Teen about acceptance letters. "We send a one-page letter congratulating the student on their acceptance and we indicate we’ll follow up with another mailing about housing information, etc. We’re one of the few schools that do it this way," an admissions counselor said.

A team of Binghamton University researchers received a mention in The New York Times in an article about archaeologists working in Iran. A team from Binghamton and Dartmouth is digging at a prehistoric site near the old Persian capital of Persepolis.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10