Obesity is one of the biggest health problems facing this nation. Since taste is a major determinant of whether we eat something or not, the study of taste is crucial to understanding what people choose to eat and why. What Professor Patricia Di Lorenzo is learning from taste studies can lead to a change in people’s eating habits.
Binghamton University was the focus of two features aired on WABC-TV. The first feature focused on the college admissions process and included interviews with Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, and highlighted the role of admissions staff in the application process. The second feature covered students who were accepted for spring semester admission at Binghamton University. Brian Hazlett, associate director of undergraduate admissions, was interviewed. WABC-TV is licensed in New York City to ABC7 and is carried on every cable system serving the New York area, with virtually all of them assigning it Channel 7. Over a four-week period, WABC-TV is viewed in over 6.4 million TV households.
Steven Jay Lynn, professor of psychology, was mentioned in the February 2 issue of the Syracuse Post-Standard relating to his grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The grant will allow Lynn to research how hypnosis can be used in mainstream medicine to help people quit smoking, lose weight, manage anxiety and relieve pain. Lynn’s research was also featured in the February 24 issue of Medical News Today, on Medilexicon.com and in Science Daily.
Anne Clark, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in a February 13 Syracuse Post-Standard article relating to her research on crows and West Nile virus. Clark and doctoral candidate Doug Robinson collected and tagged crows brought in by hunters in Cayuga County. Clark explained how the crows would benefit her work, noting that they “would be studied to see if any had West Nile virus antibodies in their blood, which would mean the birds had been exposed to the virus and survived. A large number of birds with antibodies would be good news.”
G. Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in an Associated Press article on the discovery of Ethiopian fossils dated to 195,000 years ago that appear to be the oldest known remains of the modern human species. Rightmire believes that the Omo fossils show Homo sapiens plus a more primitive ancestor. The find appears to represent the aftermath of the birth of Homo sapiens, when it was still living alongside its ancestral species. The article appeared on CBSNews.com, MSNBC.com, Yahoo! News, and in the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times, the South Australia Advertiser and The Boston Globe. Rightmire was also quoted in the March 2 issue of RedNova.
Ravi Gupta ’05 received an honorable mention in USA Today’s 16th annual All-USA College Academic Team program. The program recognizes outstanding students at the nation’s college and universities. The criteria are designed to find students who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus.
Galumpha, the three-man theatrical troupe based at Binghamton University, was highlighted in a February 24 article in the Spokane Spokesman Review. The article offered a preview of an upcoming performance at the Sandpoint Panida Theater. Galumpha is comprised of artists-in-residence Andy Horowitz '89, Greg O'Brien '86, and Marlon Torres '02.
Last Updated: 6/22/10