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March 2005

Binghamton University was featured in the March issue of Enrollment Management Report in an article highlighting the University’s instant messaging (IM) techniques. The University has been successfully using IM-ing to communicate with potential or current students. “During the school year, we send out blast e-mails to all students informing them of our screen name on IM and the times that it will be available,” said Christopher Lewis, assistant director of admissions.

Eugene Sevens, professor of chemistry, was quoted in a March 3 article in Business Week relating to how biotechnology uses bacteria to convert toxins into biodegradable plastic. Stevens claims, “This step, of using bacteria, is very inexpensive. This can be done on a large scale, and the technology is sustainable.” This story was also featured on

Binghamton University appeared in a March 3 article in the Ithaca Journal in which the University was listed 15th in a report of the charitable contributions at New York state colleges and universities. The report was issued by the Council for Aid to Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation.

Coverage of the America East’s men’s basketball tournament held at Binghamton University was featured in publications across the nation, including The Boston Globe, the Kodiak Daily Mirror, the Boston Herald, the Maine Sunday Telegram, Newsday, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times,

Eric Cotts, professor of physics, was mentioned on eMediaWire dated March 7, in news that experts from Advanced Design Consulting and Binghamton University will design and prototype devices that can detect stockpiled uranium and plutonium. The article also appeared on Yahoo!News.

Steve Scalet, assistant professor of philosophy, was quoted in the March Christian Science Monitor in an article relating to the ousting of Boeing’s CEO as a result of an extramarital relationship. Boeing’s decision signals an expectation that an organization’s chief executive should set the highest ethical standards. Scalet said, “Every CEO knows about this today. Will this have an effect? To some extend it has to.”

Binghamton University was featured in Syracuse’s Post Standard dated March 10 about its value-adding capabilities to the local community. The article noted the value of the University in respect to economic impact, the diversity of its student body, the arts, music and theater it brings to the community, and its move to Division I athletics as a short list of community assets.

Binghamton University was featured in a March 11 article in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald which highlighted communities that are using a method called “Scenario Planning” to analyze and shape the long-term future of their communities. Binghamton University’s role in the Greater Binghamton community was cited as an example of how the planning program can make use of its strongest assets.

Steven Jay Lynn, professor of psychology, was featured in articles related to his research on using hypnosis as a valuable adjunct to certain kinds of psychotherapy. Lynn is working on a project to determine which type of people would make especially good hypnotic subjects and whether or not it is possible to raise others to this level. Working alongside Lynn and his group of graduate students is Jane Ambrogne, assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing. The article appeared in Physician Law Weekly, Biotech Week, Life Science Weekly, Mental Health Business Week and Science Letter.

The research of Ralph Garruto, professor of anthropology, was highlighted in the March 14 issue of Science Letter, in an article reviewing findings published in Collegium Antropologicum on the consequences of environmental stress and adaptional responses in relation to human health outcomes. Garruto wrote: “In this paper, we discuss the theoretical constructs of adaptation and adaptability and select three current examples from our ongoing research that involve studies of adaptation and evolutionary processes in modernizing populations in different locations worldwide.”

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, reviewed a collection of essays titled What Makes Biology Unique by Ernst Mayr. Wilson notes that he is a newcomer to the theory of evolution as compared to Mayr, who will celebrate his 101st birthday this year. In reviewing the book, Wilson noted, “We are lucky that someone who has experienced so much remains forever young in his thinking.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education relating to the student government‘s survey and efforts to gauge student interest in offering legal downloading services such as Napster or Cdigix.

G. Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in the March National Geographic about human ancestors found at Dmanisi, Georgia. Early members of a species called Homo erectus, the remains appear to be the first hominims to have left Africa. As part of the Dmanisi research team, Rightmire is seeking to find the first sign of truly human behavior, which could be evident in a glimpse of a new level of planning and sharing. “Seeing this at the very dawn of Homo, our own genus may be the most exciting thing of all,” said Rightmire.

Binghamton University was mentioned in the March 21 issue of .U.S Fed News in an announcement of a series of awards by Governor George E, Pataki. The awards are designed to assist academic research institutions to bring high-tech innovations from the research lab to the marketplace. The article notes that Binghamton University will receive $537, 000 to partner with Juvent Research in a project focusing on chronic disease prevention and treatment.

Binghamton University was mentioned in a March 24 article in the New York Times relating to SUNY’s growth and development under Governor George E Pataki’s leadership. Binghamton Univeristy was cited for its selectivity in admitting prospective students and for its graduation rates. “There have been success, too: Binghamton ranks third among public universities for its four-year graduation rate, nearly 70 percent.”

Falu Bakrania, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in the March 25 issue of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in an article relating to the rise in popularity of centuries-old Indian folk music among college students. The music, known as bhangra, has evolved from the stuff of family wedding celebrations and harvest festivals to that of nightclubs. According to Bakrania, however, it has remained remarkably the same. “It’s wild, but all these generations will appreciate this music and be on the dance floor.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in the March 28 issue of U.S. Fed News in an announcement by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-NY, of $1.5 million in federal grants for five area colleges. The grants are part of a program designed to increase retention and graduation rates for an estimated 1,600 low-income, first generation and disabled college students. Binghamton University will receive $344,828, which will be used to provide additional assistance through the University’s TRIO student support services program.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in an article in the March edition of Shape magazine about a study he co-authored that was published in Evolution and Human Behavior. The study showed that even people who aren’t stereotypically stunning appear attractive to those who know and like them. Sloan Wilson noted that beyond kindness, other traits that make people seem attractive are cooperativeness and a sense of humor.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10