A single mother of a 4½-year-old daughter, Casey VanKuren juggles responsibilities as a Discovery Adviser, founder of the Binghamton Gaming Group, SOS Children’s Shelter volunteer and mentor to a sixth-grader. This fall, add tour guide duties and an elementary school internship.
Casey VanKuren, junior, double major in English and human development
The Binghamton University Events Center and Gail Glover, director of media relations, were featured in the August issue of University Business in a headline that read, “Binghamton University Becomes Evacuation Center.” When massive flooding hit the Binghamton area, in June, the University opened its doors and sheltered more than 1,800 evacuees, the largest shelter ever in the Northeast. Glover said, “The key to all this was that our university response team was able to play a major role in dealing with some of the most devastating flooding our area has seen.” In joint efforts with the Red Cross, the University provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to the evacuees at the Events Center, which became a temporary home for the victims for almost six days. “A lot of folk will spend the next few months putting their lives together again, but we hope the smooth and calm atmosphere we were able to coordinate between our team and the Red Cross at the Events Center was able to offer flood victims a small bit of comfort, “ Glover said.
Howard G. Brown, professor of history, was published in the August 1 issue of The Chronicle Review for his article, “A Disquieting Sense of Déjà vu.” Brown discussed France’s failed attempt to establish liberal democracy during the French Revolution, which lead to extreme violence. Brown notes how this parallels “America’s growing role since September 11 as the world’s policeman and efforts made to establish a liberal democracy in France in the decade after the Terror.” Brown is also the author of Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice, and Repression From the Terror to Napoleon.
Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering center (IEEC) was named in the August 2 issue of Circuits Assembly for its participation in the research symposium on National Trends in Small Scale Systems and Microelectronics Packaging in Niskayuna. The IEEC collaborated with General Electric’s Global Research Center to discuss information about new technologies that are impacting the electronics industry.
Steven Jay Lynn, professor of psychology, was featured in the August 2 issue of the Chicago Tribune. In the article Lynn, who has published more than 250 books, articles and chapters on hypnosis, memory, victimization and psychotherapy, discussed past life regression therapy. Lynn said the therapy “can be very comforting to people, and quite possibly helpful, but that doesn’t mean they’ve experienced something that was a residue of an earlier life.” He believes that sometimes patients are susceptible to interpreting a situation to fit their beliefs. “It’s not a fraud—people genuinely believe they have experienced past lives.”
Binghamton University was named in the August 4 issue of MCADCafe.com. The University and UGS Corp. announced an in-kind software grant valued at $13.2 million which will give faculty and students hands-on experience using ergonomics and human factors applications. This is the University’s largest grant ever to be received. President Lois B. DeFleur stated, “The advances our University can make by bringing together our bright students with inspired faculty and corporate friends such as UGS, strongly enhances the value of student experience at Binghamton University.”
Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School, said, “A wide range of Fortune 500 and Global 50 companies use UGS’ software and solutions so having our students gain experience with this cutting-edge technology will prepare them to be leaders in a global work environment.”
Mohammad Khasawneh, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering at Binghamton, was also quoted in the article, “The flexibility of Binghamton’s academic environment will foster and encourage unique partnerships to serve both instructional and research opportunities. We are also looking forward to the possibility of working with UGS to generate next generation products to serve an even broader clientele.”
David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was noted in The Dallas Morning News. On August 5 in an article discussing religions and the common characteristic of a “supernatural enforcer,”,Wilson said all kinds of critters act more honestly if the think they’re being observed and human brains pay special attention to faces. Wilson’s book Darwin’s Cathedral explains religion through the theory of evolution “Early humans who were attentive in that way were less likely to get caught and punished for doing something wrong. That made them more likely to pass their genes along,.” Wilson was also noted on this issue in the August 9 edition of Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the August 15 issue of Red Orbit Online and the August 19 issue of The Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg. VA
Thomas Sinclair, chair and assistant director of the CCPA Public Administration program, was quoted in the August 7 edition of Syracuse The Post-Standard in a debate over whether village governments should be done away with. “Dissolution raises enormous issues that need to be carefully worked through,” Sinclair noted.
Lois Einhorn, professor of rhetoric and communication, was featured in the August 8 issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The article discusses Einhorn’s book, Forgiveness and Child Abuse: Would You Forgive, which includes a personal narrative from Einhorn about her experiences with child abuse and then 53 responses to the question she poses: would you forgive.
Daniel J. Henderson was featured in eMaxHealth on August 8 to discuss a study on earnings and college athletes. According to Henderson, associate professor of economics, “Although college jocks have a reputation of being poor students, we found that on average, former athletes were making more money than non-athletes six years after college. This may be because athletics enhance existing skills during college or because athletes learn skills on the field that they can apply in their careers.” Henderson also found “that college athletes are more likely to become high school teachers, perhaps because athletics fosters an affection for a school, and athletes want to return to the high schools to work or want to become coaches.” Binghamton University’s study was published in the Journal of Human Resources. Henderson’s research study was also noted in the August 10 issue of United Press International and Innovations Report, the August 12 issue of Medical News Today and the August 24 issue of Business Week.
Sean McKitrick, assistant provost for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, was quoted in the August 10 article “Virtues and Vices of ‘Value Added’” in InsideHigherEd.com. McKitrick noted he believes in the idea of value added assessment and “the key in all cases is having conversations at local levels about how to involve faculty in this process.”
Binghamton University participated in UNYTECH 06, the Universities of Upstate New York Venture Forum, September 19 and 20 in Rochester. According to the August 17 issue of Buffalo Business First, the forum seeks to connect university-based start-ups with potential investors.
Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was noted in ZD-Net, Germany on August 17 in an article about colleges creating social networks to increase communication between students. Brown quoted, “If you want authenticity and true voice of the students, you have to be willing to take the bad with the good. On occasion, something sneaks in where we go, ‘gulp.’ And so far we have been pretty open about letting our students’ comments stand as is.”
Binghamton University tied for 86th in this year’s US News and World Report ranking of “America’s Best Colleges” according to the Washington Post, and a News Watch 50 report on August 18.
Ali Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the August 18 edition of African News Dimension. Mazrui has called for efforts to shift from political struggles to economic solutions to problems in academics in Uganda, Africa. Mazrui believes one of the reasons for poverty in Uganda is due to neglect of the economic issues at hand.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biology, was quoted in the August 20 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in an article about taking vacations with friends and other families and the conflicts that may result. Travel experts say that money is a main issue of tension and suggest talking about budget issues during or before the trip. Wilson said, “The relationship can momentarily lose its purpose.”
Nancy Paul, director at the Career Development Center, was noted in the August 21 issue of Co-Ed magazine in an article about proper dinner etiquette during a job interview at a restaurant. “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake; there is often no ‘right’ way to do something. It’s a matter of being comfortable. Practice makes perfect,” Paul said. The article goes on to provide a list of dos and don’t’s during the interview.
Anne Clark, associate professor of biological sciences, was named in the August 23 issue of Ithaca Times. During the West Nile scare in 2002 and 2003, the outbreak destroyed about 40 percent of the marked crow population studied by Clark and her colleague, Kevin McGowan. The article also named Binghamton University for its research on the virus with the state health department.
On August 28, the Inside Higher Ed website named Binghamton University as one of three State University of New York campuses to begin an online undergraduate program in electrical engineering.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor and director of the creative writing program, was featured in Upstage, an arts and culture magazine, on August 29. Gillan, also the founder of a nationally acclaimed Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College and editor of the Paterson Literary Review, read poetry at the new monthly series of Sunday afternoon poetry readings in New Brunswick, NJ. She has published eight books of poetry and co-edited three anthologies.
David Streeten, a Binghamton University junior, was featured in the August 29 issues of The Ithaca Journal and Star-Gazette Local News in a story about his recovery after a near-death experience cliff diving. Streeten, former Binghamton University lacrosse player, set a Binghamton lacrosse record for face-offs in his freshman year. He is now manager of the team in hopes of one day returning to play. Streeten’s doctors are still hesitant about him playing lacrosse because he suffered from a severe skull fracture in his accident. Streeten originally wanted to pursue a career in marine biology, but has switched to a major in English, with a concentration in creative writing. His younger brother, Duncan, also attends Binghamton University and plays for the varsity lacrosse team.
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