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April 2006

Sandra Starke, vice provost of enrollment management, and Michael McGoff, vice provost for strategic and fiscal planning, were quoted in the March 2006 issue of Business Officer in a lengthy article on why business officers and enrollment managers should collaborate on common goals. McGoff noted: “Enrollment management involves hiring faculty, facility planning, learning environment development, deciding where you go wired or wireless, and services for students. When enrollment managers and fiscal officers fail to talk to each other or to understand the market environment, both can make big mistakes.” Starke discussed the importance of sharing a common frame of reference with those in charge of enrollment and financial matters. She said that both roles require a holistic view of the institution and the ability to maintain perspective on both fiduciary responsibilities and on supporting the institution’s student-centered mission. “When student demand in a program increases, we discuss the effect of taking more students, including the revenue those students bring in and the resources needed to teach, house, and service those students.”

Jessica Fridrich, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was quoted in the April 1 issue of The New York Times in an article about her digital forensics research. Fridrich has developed a technique to help prove that an individual picture came from a specific camera. The technique exploits the fact that every camera produces tiny imperfections or “noise’ within an image. News of her research also appeared on websites including Medicalnewstoday.com, medilexicon.com and hospitalsworldwide.com. Fridrich was also featured in a pre-prime-time interview on FOX News Fox Report in coverage of her digital forensics research.

News of the launch of Binghamton University’s new Linux Technology Center (LTC) was covered in an April 3 Associated Press (AP) wire service article. The article notes that the center is expected to tap into the expertise of students, faculty and key industry leaders to create jobs and boost economic growth in the Greater Binghamton region. IBM is providing hardware, software, personnel and other services for the center.

John Meador, director of libraries, was quoted in an April 3 article on M2 Presswire, about a new electronic resource management (ERM) system selected to manage the University’s electronic holdings. The system, installed by Innovative Interfaces, provides tools to collect and manage the licensing and administrative details of electronic information resources. In selecting this system, Meador noted that the products track record, number of installations and the known quality of customer service and support were deciding factors in Binghamton’s decision.

Raymond Romancyzk, director of the Institute for Child Development, was interviewed for the April 6 issue of “SheKnows” website on the new technology he is using to help children with autism improve their social and life skills. The system uses an eye tracking system that allows Romanczyk and his team the ability to track how individuals with autism process information. Romanczyk said: “You look at someone and you can tell by their body posture, their gestures, tone of voice, eye gaze and so on, what’s being communicated. With children with autism, it’s more difficult to do.” The article also appeared on the “Diet & Fitness” website.

Binghamton University was mentioned in the April 6 issue of InformationWeek, in an article carrying news of the 30th annual World finals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Students from around the word, including a team from Binghamton University, participated in the contest.

Andy Morris, associate director for undergraduate admissions, was quoted in the April 11 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, in an article about how students aiming for the most selective universities frequently apply to as many as 10 or 12. Morris noted: “Anecdotally, I know that many students do this almost as if a game, to see how many letters of acceptance they receive.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in an April 11 issue of the Denver Post, CO, in an article about universities that made the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazines top-value list. The article lists the schools in the top 10, which includes Binghamton University, and notes that these schools were ranked by academic quality, cost and financial aid.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was mentioned in the April 12 issue of The Globe and Mail in an article about helping people decide what is most important in a job. Wilson did a study that tested how people felt about gossiping neighbors. Contrary to what most people expected, Wilson found people disapproved when someone was tightlipped and did not share information.

Matthew Gervais and David Sloan Wilson, biologists from Binghamton University were mentioned in the April 12 issue of The Japan Times in an article about Japanese people not laughing enough. Gervais and Wilson examined the evolutionary origins of laughter and found there are two distinct types of laughter that arise. They also found laughter evolved from our ancestors about 2 million years ago. A similar article was featured in the April 30 issue of The Times of London, United Kingdom. “Becoming bipedal means there was a greater chance of tripping and falling. Essentially, the suggestion is that slapstick and humor evolved from that time,” said Gervais

News of a team of Binghamton University engineering students competing in the 2006 SAE Mini Baja East competition was featured on the April 13 issue of Yahoo! News. Nearly 70 collegiate engineering teams from across the United States and Canada competed in the contest in which students design and build an off-road vehicle.

Francis Wu, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, was featured the April 18 issue of the New York Times in an article about his involvement in the seismic monitoring on land and sea of the small island of Taiwan. Known as Taiger, the $5 million study represents as international coalition of scientists aimed at creating a three-dimensional snapshot of Taiwan or what Wu describes as “a geological equivalent of an M.R.I. scan.” According to the article, Taiwan appears to be on a collision course with Mainland China. The same forces that have molded Taiwan’s steep mountains – and which unleash its earthquakes - are narrowing parts of the Taiwan Strait, bringing the island ever closer to the mainland. The study is expected to reveal new understanding of the rock structures within the earth’s crust. The article also appeared in the April 19 issue of the International Herald Tribune; the Toronto Star, Canada; the Columbus Dispatch; Columbus, OH;

Jessica Fridrich, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was mentioned in the April 18 issue of Science Daily in an article about the software she has developed that can match images to specific digital cameras. Fridrich’s technique exploits the fact that every digital camera introduces a unique pattern of imperfections or ‘noise.” This noise yields a ‘fingerprint’ that investigators can search for in other photos. News of Fridrich’s research also appeared in UPI coverage as well as Daily india.com; new Kerala.com; the Engineer Online; FIRST, a forum of incident response and security teams; M&C Science & Nature; LinuxElectrons; Phhysorg.com; political Gateway; WhatPC?; IT Week; Infomatics; VNUNET.com; computing.com; Innovations Report; Engadget; the digitalphotography weblog; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, WA; RealTechNews.com; New Scientist Tech; InternetWeek; InformationWeek; Computer Weekly; TechSearch.com; and Medical News Today. In addition, an article focusing on Fridrich’s appeared in the April 20 issue of Russia’s daily newspaper, Pravda, and the April 20 issue of Germany’s Der Spiegel. Additional coverage included All Headline News; the Financial Times of London, UK.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the April 19 issue of Medical News Today in an article highlighting her study of heart healthy behaviors among rural women. Funded by a $150,000 grant from the National Institute of Nursing research, Stewart Fahs’ study will identify interventions that are most effective in encouraging women to be more physically active, to eat right and not smoke. Stewart Fahs noted: “I believe that people are ready to change habits at different times. We will be matching our intervention to a person’s readiness to change.”

Ali Mazrui, the Albert Schweitzer professor of the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was quoted in the April 23 issue of Kenya’s newspaper, the Daily Nation, in an article about Okello Oculi, one of Uganda’s leading political scientists and authors. The article recounted Oculi’s arrest by Idi Amin’s soldiers in 1971 and the role Mazrui played in his subsequent release. Mazrui notes that under Amin, the political atmosphere had become increasingly dangerous for members of Oculi’s ethnic group, the Langi. “The gravity of Okello‘s situation began to hit me. We already knew that hundreds of Langi soldiers had been killed by other soldiers in Idi Amin’s army. I emerged from my office to face the two soldiers holding Okello.” Mazrui was able to intervene and facilitate Oculi’s release as well as organize his passageway to the United States. The article was also featured on allAfrica.com and in the Capital Times, Madison, WI.

Randall McGuire, professor of anthropology, was quoted in the April 23 issue of the Baltimore Sun, in an article about a book authored by fellow anthropology scholar Mark P. Leone. McGuire, described in the article as “Leone’s colleague in the field of socially minded archaeology” was called upon to comment on the importance of the publication. “He {Leone} demonstrates that scholarship about the past is really about the present, examining how reality is reconstructed.”

Binghamton University was listed in the “Education Life” supplement of the April 23 New York Times as a “public college to see you through.” The article notes that the list “is an important indicator of how well a college accomplishes its mission.”

Lynne Gamwell, director of the Art Museum, was featured in the April 25 issue of the New York Times, in an article celebrating an exhibit of the largest collection of Sigmund Freud’s drawings ever assembled. Gamwell, who curated the exhibit, noted that Freud’s drawings were considered to be serious science in the latter part of the 19th century, both as a way to capture the microscopic detail of nerve cells and to illustrate how the brain might work. “ Einstein once said that when he thought about science, he thought visually, he thought in pictures, and this appears to be the case with Freud,” said Gamwell. The article also appeared in the Gadsden Times, AL; and El Mundo, Spain

Donald Quataert, professor of history, was quoted in the April 27 issue of Kathimerini, Greece’s English language newspaper, in an article highlighting his 30-year scholarly fascination with the Ottoman Empire. Quataert’s book “The Ottoman Empire 1700 – 1922” was recently translated into Greek. The article notes: “Quataert’s innovative approach is based on research into everyday life and the vast majority of the population who were outside the mechanism of power.”

President Lois B. DeFleur was quoted in the April 2006 issue of University Business magazine in an article about the increase in the number of college towns opposing up across the country. The article notes that these “proactive, creative partnerships are major economic and workforce development drivers. And importantly key players in the urban renaissance.” DeFleur added: “Binghamton University is at the center of much of the change we see taking place in our community. Our vitality is dependent on the vitality of the city and region.”

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