"Become addicted to learning," 78-year-old Vestal resident, Kishen Kapur, said. "Learning is what makes the difference in life." Kapur is following his own advice. On May 16, 2009, more than a half-century after earning his master's degrees, he received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Binghamton University.
Binghamton University’s community archeology program was featured in Archaeology, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America. Participants in the program were quoted about what they learned on an actual dig.
Melvyn Dubofsky, retired professor of history and sociology, was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about riots that took place in that city in 1919 between patriotic Americans and socialists during a parade. "Thee was this real belief that the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was promising a new and better world," he said. "And Cleveland had a heavy concentration of first- and second-generation central and south and eastern European working people. It had a fairly strong socialist tradition."
Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, assistant professor of anthropology, wrote an article that appeared on GlobeandMail.com titled "The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist’s Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo."
George Bobinski, associate dean of the School of Management, was interviewed for an article in CBSMarketWatch about executive MBA program enrollments. He said an estimated 17,000 people attend more than 200 executive MBA programs worldwide and enrollments remain steady.
Jonathan Krasno, professor of political science, had a letter to the editor published in the Washington Post about the accomplishments of the McCain-Feingold legislation on campaign finance reform. He wrote, "No one would suggest that we have a perfect system now. But most supporters of McCain-Feingold feel the bill is a significant step forward. It’s unfair to hold the remaining imperfections of the system against them."
Binghamton University was cited for its excellent graduation rates for under-represented minority students in an article in The New York Times that reported on a study released by the Education Trust. The article stated "One of the campuses cited for its performance was Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York. Its six-year graduation rate is 79 percent: among similar universities with comparable students, half have rates below 70 percent. The trust said that Binghamton had also found ways to ensure that its under-represented minority students graduated at almost the same rates as its other students – and at rates well above those of its peer institutions. Seventy-seven percent of Binghamton’s black students graduate within six years, compared to 59 percent, or less, at half of its peer institutions, the report says." The report was also covered by United Press International and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s Commencement remarks made at Binghamton University’s ceremonies were excerpted in USA Today. Schumer’s advice for the graduates – "The great adventures of your life are ahead of you. Go for it!"
Tim Lowenstein, professor of geology, was cited in an article in Science Now about his work with two other geochemists to measure calcium levels in tiny pockets of Early Cambrian seawater trapped inside rocks to help determine whether the calcium contributed to the Cambrian explosion more than 500 million years ago.
Heather Struck, pre-law advisor, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report’s Ultimate Guide to Grad Schools, published earlier this year. When asked about timing for taking the LSAT exam, she said, "Students used to be able to study during the summer and take the test in October (of senior year). But there’s a lot more stress now, and it helps if you can take it in your junior year."
Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed the children’s novel The Willoughby Spit Wonder by Jonathan Scott Fuqua for the Boston Globe. The story of a dying father and his son who hopes for a miracle, Rosenberg writes that the book is "all heat and light" and it "counters grief with bursts of wild humor, fireworks of technical brilliance, and dialogue you’d swear you were overhearing through a half-open door."
A report that graded several presidents on their human rights initiatives developed by Binghamton University’s Center for Democratic Performance was posted on the Newswise web site. The report gave the Bush Administration a C- for its promotion of human rights at home and abroad.
Last Updated: 6/22/10