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November 2006

The November 1 issue of The Washington Examiner featured Jonathan Krasno, associate professor of political science, and his commentary on lobbyists winning over Democratic support in the House and Senate. “If the leadership of Congress is going to be held by Democrats then they defiantly want to make certain that they use their campaign contributions to essentially serve as an introduction to those people,” Krasno said. “It is sort of the natural order of things that business will get less out of the Democrats than they would have gotten out of the Republicans but I don’t think it is going to be payback.”

Scott Craver, assistant professor of electrical engineering, was named in The Ithaca Journal on November 2 for being awarded a $300,000 three-year grant by the Air Force Research Office’s Young Investigator Research Program. Craver will use the money to develop an automated process to break digital watermarks, which will be relevant to security system and copy protection devices.

Elena I. Varlinskaya, research professor and corresponding author in a research study about adolescent binge drinking, was featured in the Evening Standard London Lite on November 5. Varlinskaya was quoted, “Unpleasant physical symptoms associated with alcohol intoxication and hangover, which makes adults stop drinking, are not experienced to the same degree by adolescents.” Her findings were reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

John R. Lott Jr., dean’s visiting professor of economics, co-wrote an article for National Review Online on November 7, titled “Electric Politics: Democrats are spreading fear over new computerized voting machines”. Lott discussed the issues surrounding electronic voting. Lott served as the statistical expert for the minority report produced by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Florida 2000 election and for the state of Ohio in 2004 on voting machines.

Binghamton University was mentioned in the November 8 issue of USA Today. The article discussed Binghamton’s acceptance rate which was 43.7% in 2006. Out of 19,928 applicants, 8,713 were accepted.

Mohammad T. Khasawneh, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering, was named in the November 8 issue of Connect Press UGS Community. He and students at Binghamton University will study stress levels on the human body with $13 million worth of donated UGS software. His students will also be studying ergonomics. According to Khasawneh, “students that have been exposed to this software and have obtained the analysis skills will have a better chance of getting a job faster.”

The November 9 edition of Next Step magazine included commentary from Ramona Cornell, coordinator of student employment, in an article about work-study programs on college campuses. “Work-study is a great resume building,” Cornell said. “Each May, there is an enormous amount of intelligent and qualified [new grads] looking for a small amount of jobs. The person who has worked while in college will generally get the job over the person who hasn’t.”

The Wall Street Journal Online named Binghamton University an “Ivy alternative” in its November 9 issue.

On November 10, Binghamton University was featured in The Wall Street Journal as a target school for investment firms to recruit candidates, and because it hired “travelers” to recruit out-of-state students, including from Chicago, California and Denver.

R. Reeves-Ellington, professor emeritus, submitted a letter to the editor of Financial Times (London, England) November 15 concerning the call for increased American troops into Iraq. Reeves-Ellington found Robert Kagan and William Kristol’s call for more troops to be reminiscent of Vietnam.

According to the November 18 issue of, the number of high school students touring Binghamton University doubled to 20,800 in the past five years.

Ali Mazrui, an Albert Schweitzer professor and director of the Institute of Global Culture at Binghamton University, was featured in the November 18 article “Africa: Black and Big” in African News. Mazrui, who was born in Kenya, was noted for his achievements across the country and in Africa. This story also ran in New Vision (Uganda).

Solomon Polachek, distinguished professor of economics, was featured on November 20 in The Christian Science Monitor and The Liberty Papers for the article “Want World Peace? Support Free Trade.” Polachek and his colleagues have found that “the overwhelming evidence indicates that trade reduces conflicts.” On November 25, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a similar story. The December 5 issue of The CalTrade Report also ran the story.

Denis O’Hearn, professor of sociology, was featured in the November 21 Irish Democrat for his recent book Nothing but an Unfinished Song that chronicles the life of Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican icon.

Richard Rehberg, a Bartle professor, was featured in The Ithaca Journal in the November 25 article “Global warming no longer easily dismissed.” Rehberg is on a mission to spread the facts about global warming and his hope for change as the newly elected Democratic congress convenes.

Nancy Stamp, vice provost and dean of the graduate school, was quoted on MonsterTRAK, an Internet job-seeking tool, in the November 27 story “Grad School or the Real World?” Stamp supports going to graduate school right after getting your undergraduate degree. “...Once you start a family, it can be difficult to fit grad school into your life,” she says.

Eugene Krentsel, Shuxia Susan Lu, Howard Wang, and Chuan-Jian Zhong were all noted in the November 27 article “Electronic Inks Infused with Nanomaterials” on the CCNews online site concerning the development of efficient, cost-effective ways to make electronic inks. These flexible inks could be used in clothing to regulate temperature, radio frequency identification tags for retail inventory, or to monitor the air for chemicals. On November 29, online magazine PCB007,, and ran the story.

M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry, materials science and engineering, was recognized in the November 29 issue of Technology Review in the article “Making Electric Vehicles Practical.” Whittingham, who invented the first commercial lithium-ion battery, says current research should make electric vehicles practical.

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of anthropology and biological sciences, was noted in the November 30 issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in the article “Stepchildren talk set at RIT.” Wilson, who participated in a speaker series, discussed “Evolutionary Social Constructivism.”

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