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In the News

December 2005

Research by Matthew Gervais ’06 and David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, exploring the evolutionary origins of laughter was featured in a December 1 issue of the New York Daily News. The article notes that according to research by Gervais and Wilson, cavemen had a sense of humor. Evidence from 2 million-year-old cranial fossils indicates that cavemen engaged in slapstick humor. The study, published in the December issue of the Quarterly Review of Biology, was also featured in an article in the December 2 Hamilton Spectator, ON, Canada. Gervais and Wilson were also featured in the December 5 issue of the Syracuse Post-Standard. In the article, Gervais said that his study “points out how important and fundamental laughter and humor are, and have been, in human life.” Other coverage of the study included articles in Asian News International; and the Sun, London, UK;; Managed Care Weekly; Biotech Weekly; Disease Risk Factor Week; Health & Medicine Weekly; Medical Device Law Weekly; Physician Law Weekly; Pharma Law Weekly; Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Weekly; Pain & Central Nervous System Week; Mental Health Weekly Digest; Mental Health Business Week; Science Letter; and Life Science Weekly. The study was also featured in the Syracuse Post-Standard as one of their ‘Top 12 Stories of the Year.” It was also featured in an extensive article on the Discovery Channel website.

An article by David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in the December 3 issue of the NewScientist, UK. According to Wilson, improving society by applying scientific knowledge is a laudable goal. The concern is how to go about it. Wilson noted, “When people agree on their social priorities by consensus, then the practical application of scientific knowledge becomes benign.”

Ralph Garruto, professor of biomedical anthropology, was featured on the website of WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vt., in an article about his study to determine if chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer can infect humans who eat deer meat. The study was also featured in the December 15 Oneida Dispatch and in extensive coverage on Central New York’s WSTM-TV.

Anne Clark, associate professor of biological sciences, was mentioned in a December 5 Associated Press (AP) article about efforts to turn the crow population of Auburn N.Y., into a tourist attraction. Clark delivered a series of presentations to area residents on crow behavior and the history of the Auburn roost, which dates back to 1911. The article also appeared in The Canadian Press; the Boston Globe; the Herald, Bradenton, Fla.; and the News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN; and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Binghamton University was featured in the December 5 issue of the U.S. Fed News in an announcement by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, about a major collegiate job and internship fair hosted by New Jobs for New York and Lockheed Martin. A number of students from Binghamton University attended the event.

Stanley Salthe, visiting professor in biological sciences, was quoted in a December 6 article in The American Daily related to the scientific, academic and philosophical controversy over scientific support for “intelligent design.” The article mentions a statement issued by the Discovery Institute titled “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism,” that has collected about 400 signatures. Salthe, who signed the statement, had specialized in Darwinian evolutionary theory and now criticizes its reductionism, which claims that all changes derive from the effects of competition. Salthe considers this to be a “myth” that is morally destructive but “congenial to capitalism.”

Bernard Bass, distinguished professor emeritus, was quoted in the December 11 South Florida Sun-Sentinel in an article about scandal that ended a Boca Raton police chief’s career. The scandal involved management problems that were allegedly ignored by City leaders. Bass noted that authoritarian leaders can be effective at making changes but are often found less frequently in organizations with unions that can fight autocratic leaders. “Clearly, the union people were asleep or they had other irons in the fire or they felt they didn’t have enough power to raise objections,” said Bass.

G. Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in a December 12 article which appeared on the Discovery Channel website, about the discovery of toe bones that belonged to individuals who lived in South Africa 100,000 years ago. They compared the bones, found at a site called Klasies River, to those of early humans and found the pinky bone to be “unusual in all comparisons.” Rightmire notes: “In my view, the Klasies people are almost modern, and one hypothesis is that the South African population was evolving toward recent humans.” The article was also featured on;; the Indo-Asian News Service;

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed a series of children’s books – all candidates for gift-giving in the December 18 issue of the Boston Globe. Rosenberg recommended “The Milkman” by Carol Foskett Cordsen, as harkening back to America’s heyday in picture books. She also highlighted Winter Lights: a Season in Poems and Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines, noting that since Hines is a poet and illustrator ”her artistry never fails.” Rosenberg also recommended two new pop-up books. Winter’s Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey by Robert Sabuda, is “artfully celebrates a life in art;” and the “Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs” which she describes as “a masterwork of design.” Rosenberg also reviewed the classic children’s book All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, which she notes is “like finding a treasured friend, still wise, gentle, and beautiful after all these years.”

Binghamton University was featured in the December 19 issue of U.S. Fed News in an announcement by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. that the joint House and Senate Conference Committee had approved $25 million in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for projects to benefit the Southern Tier. $1 million in federal funds will go to Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Packaging Center with the goal of spurring economic growth and innovation in the region. News of the bill was featured in a December 21 Gannett News Service article.

A new book by Elizabeth Tucker, associate professor of English, was featured in the December 21 issue of Newsday. The book, titled Campus Legends: a Handbook, chronicles scary stories from a variety of college campuses. Of the penchant for telling scary stories, Tucker noted: “I think its human nature. It’s also a way for young people to move to a different life stage. It can be intimidating to move away from home.

Herbert Poetzl, assistant in the Library’s Special Collections, was quoted in the Jewish Theatre News, in an article about the celebrated theater director Max Reinhardt. The article quotes the preface Poetzl, who is curator of the Binghamton University Max Reinhard Archives and Library, wrote for a new book titled The Shakespeare Productions of Max Reinhardt. Poetzl notes that the book highlights how the Shakespeare productions were an “engaging study of Reinhardt’s theatrical universe.”

Ali Mazrui, the Albert Schweitzer professor of the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the December 28 issue of The Palestine Chronicle, as the subject of a recently revised bibliography of his works, titled The Mazruiana Collection Revisited. The bibliographer, Abdul Samed Bemath, compiled the update, which consists of 650 entries including books, pamphlets and academic papers. The article notes that Mazrui is “undoubtedly a Global African and as this continent’s most respected contemporary scholar of repute is widely acclaimed as its foremost thinker and writer.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in the December 29 issue of the Buffalo News, in an article announcing a collaboration agreement between the University and NanoDynamics™, of Buffalo, NY, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials. Technical support will be provided through the University’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) to use newly developed nanomaterials developed by NanoDynamics and mix them into polymer composites, such as epoxies and acrylics, to improve the thermal and electrical properties of electronics assembly materials.

Binghamton University’s Appalachian Collegiate Center was featured in “Sense of Place” segment of the December issue of University Business magazine. The segment highlighted Appalachian’s features including the ‘prominent entranceway’ and the second floor dining area. Karren Bee-Donohoe, long term planning director for physical facilities, and Terry Webb, director of residential life, were interviewed for the article.

Photographs from Binghamton University’s summer archeology program for kids were featured on the National Park Service’s archeology website.

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