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
Bahgat Sammakia, professor of mechanical engineering, was quoted in the February 3 issue of CC News in an article about a New York state office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) award presented to Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC) to help enhance flexible electronics research. Sammakia, who directs the IEEC, said “This initiative holds extraordinary promise for New York State and the nation and will aid in moving university-developed R2R processes and technologies to the marketplace.” The article also appeared on WebWire.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was mentioned in the February 4 issue of the Ventura County Star, CA, in an article about new theories re-examining the evolution of faith. Several of these theories enlist Darwin and Wilson is noted as being a “a leader of the “functionalist” school.” The article makes note of Wilson’s argument, which is that religion evolved because it conferred benefits on believers. In terms of natural selection, human groups that formed religions tended to out compete those that didn’t surviving longer and propagating more.
Thomas Dublin, professor of history, discussed his latest book, The Face of Decline, in a February 5 article of The Scranton Times-Tribune. The article notes that lessons learned from more than a century of redevelopment of the Pennsylvania anthracite mining regions can be applied to communities attempting to rebuild after the Hurricane Katrina devastation.
Bahgat Sammakia, professor of mechanical engineering, was quoted in the February 6 issue of The Central New York Business Journal in an article about Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronic Manufacturing (CAMM). Sammakia, who serves as the CAMM director, said “ The goal is for the center’s research to make electronic devices cheaper, lighter, and more durable.”
Binghamton University was mentioned in a February 6 Market Wire article announcing the final listing of student teams heading to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Teams from around the world competed in regional contests with only 83 teams qualifying for positions at the 2006 ACM-ICPC. Only 17 teams from the United States advanced to the finals. Sponsored by IBM, the ICPC is recognized as the world’s most prestigious university competition in computing sciences and engineering.
Ralph Garruto, professor of anthropology, was quoted in the February 8 issue of the Oneida Dispatch in an article indicating that mutated proteins or prions in deer meat might be capable of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD). Evidence found in a recent study notes that contact with the meat, rather than just the nervous tissue of an animal infected with CWD, could make a person ill. Garruto is conducting a study of people who are known to have eaten meat from deer infected with CWD.
Binghamton University was mentioned in the February 9 issue of Electronic News in an article about the drive for lead-free electronics. As the industry is becoming more consumer-focused and mobile applications are increasing, the need for solid research in the field is becoming more important. The article discusses how nanomaterials can help bring about a lead-free packaging era and lists the research partnership that exists between Binghamton University and Buffalo, NY-based company NanoDynamics Inc. as making promising headway in developing solutions.
Jessica Fridrich, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was quoted in the February 10 issue of Technology Review in an article about digital forensics. 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. Fridrich noted: “We have discovered the equivalent to matching a bullet to the barrel and gun.” News of Fridrich’s discovery also ran in the Mumbai Mirror.
Thomas Glave, assistant professor of English, was featured in the February 12 issue of the Jamaica Gleaner in an interview about his latest collection of essays, titled Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent. When asked what lead to the selection of the title, Glave noted that the subtitle encapsulated what the book embodied. “Writing that used language imaginatively, creatively, experimentally, but also forcefully dissented against human rights violations, the war in Iraq, U.S foreign policy, the harmful effects of globalization,” he said.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in the February 12 issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal in an article on how gossip is having its reputation polished as a form of social binding critical to group cohesiveness. Once frowned upon in the workplace, gossip is now viewed by psychologists, human resource consultants and anthropologists as being an important survival mechanism. Wilson said, “Gossip is a good thing.” He also notes that human beings “can’t do without gossip” because t’s as natural a desire as eating.
Manas Chatterji, professor of management, was mentioned in the February 14 issue of the Asian Tribune in an article recapping the focus of the Second International Conference on Sustainable Hazard Reduction, reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Long Term Development held recently at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The conference, held in collaboration with Binghamton University, also featured Chatterji as a key presenter.
Ali Mazrui, the Albert Schweitzer professor of the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was mentioned in the February 15 issue of the Toronto Star in an article about the debt Western European nations and the United States owe to the African continent after scrambling for territories and wealth. Mazrui notes that, after slaves, African minerals became the next major contributor to Western economies and technology.
Binghamton University was mentioned on the February 16 issue of CR80 News in an article listing campuses that have implemented Blackboard’s BbOne Off-Campus Merchant program. There has been a growth in demand for enabling student ID cards to make cashless transactions. Binghamton University is one of the most recent additions to Blackboard Inc.’s roster of clients.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in the February 16 issue of Science & Theology News in an article about Binghamton University’s evolutionary studies program or “EvoS” for short. Wilson initiated, developed and directs the program, which seeks to explore all of creation with basic principles of evolution. Wilson noted, “ The fact that all of these topics can be understood and enjoyed by a evolutionary theory provides a common language that can be spoken across disciplines.” A similar article featuring the EvoS program ran in the February 2006 issue of Scientific American. Wilson notes that, through the program, students are encouraged to apply evolutionary theory to a wide variety of behavior, from drug abuse to yawning. Once students see evolution not as a dogma but rather as “a powerful way to understand the world”, he says, they’re “basically been immunized to intelligent design.”
Kevin Wright, professor of criminology in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted on the February 16 issue of the Kansas City Star in an article about prison guard retention. Wright notes that it will take more than higher wages to improve retention and morale. “Running a prison is no different than running a hospital, a university or a corporation. The product is a little different, but it’s a business of managing people. If you don’t get that right, you won’t get the rest right” said Wright.
James Van Voorst, vice president for administration, and Lawrence Roma, associate vice president, facility management, were quoted in an extensive February 17 article in the Central New York Business Journal highlighting the University’s energy conservation efforts. Van Voorst noted that energy conservation at Binghamton University is more than an altruistic desire – it is an integral part of mitigating rising costs. Roma noted that in order to minimize future utility expenditures, the University has taken a variety of steps to upgrade equipment on a regular basis.
Stanley Salthe, visiting scientist of biological sciences, was quoted in the February 21 issue of the New York Times in an article about a recent anti-evolution petition signed by scientists and engineers. Salthe noted that the main reason he signed the petition was to ‘prod’ evolutionary biologists but added that he did not find intelligent design to be a compelling theory either. “From my point of view, it’s a plague on both your houses.”
Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed two children’s books in the February 26 issue of the Boston Globe. Of this year’s Newbery Medal Winner, Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins, Rosenberg notes that it is a “wonderful book, as subtle, many-colored, and evanescent as a soap bubble, while containing substance and depth.” Rosenberg also reviewed The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster, Rosenberg which she describes as “one of those rare books one can recommend to any young person of one’s acquaintance.”
Binghamton University was mentioned in the February 26 issue of the Albany Business Review in an article about efforts to raise the University’s profile to the biggest higher education market in the world – China.
Last Updated: 12/19/11