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April-May 2007

James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology, was mentioned in the May 2 issue of The Houston Chronicle in Texas for his input on Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s attempt to seal a free-trade deal with the U.S. Petras, who has written numerous books on U.S.-Latin American relations, says that although Uribe has been a supporter of Bush’s war on terrorism, his credibility at home and in the United States has been “extraordinarily tarnished” by scandals.

Ron Miles, professor of mechanical engineering, was featured on May 2 on the Ivanhoe Broadcast News in Winter Park, Fla. and WYFF4 in Greenville, S,C. for his recent research on hearing aids. Miles’ research is inspired by the Ormia ochracea fly, and is being used to create biologically-inspired acoustic sensors for hearing aids. Miles says eventually the directional hearing aids could be designed to tune in any criteria including directionality, frequency or volume of sounds

Katharine Krebs, director of the Office of International Programs, was quoted in University Business Magazine on May 1 where she discussed ways to reduce risks for college students studying abroad. She gave her top ten tips on avoiding or managing an emergency abroad. Krebs points out that although there are measures to reduce risks, “you can’t place your students where they will be free from harm.”

Andrew Morris, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, was featured in My College Counselor on May 1. He gave admissions advice to prospective college students and revealed his biggest admissions pet peeve. Morris advises against “students who take a back seat to making their own college decisions.”

William E. Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in Red Orbit (TX), Newsday (NY), The New York Sun and The Citizen (Auburn, NY) on May 6,13,14 and 15 respectively for his contribution to the discovery of recently unearthed fossils found to be the tops of some of the earth’s earliest known trees. The fossilized remains are thought to be about 385 million years old, which were discovered in upstate New York. Stein and his colleagues’ were also featured in the April issue of the science journal Nature.

Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock, professors of anthropology, were mentioned in The Mehr News Agency, The Tehran Times as well as Press TV on May 9, 10 and 11 respectively, all based out of Iran, for collaborating with Iranian experts on the chronology of Tall-e Bashi in southern Iran. Tall-e Bashi is a four-meter tepe containing the remains of prehistoric settlements dating back to 5500 BC. Bernbeck had previously participated in excavations at the Tall-e Bashi site in 2003.

Rose B. Frierman, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, was featured in the May issue of Currents magazine, a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) publication. Frierman discussed what Binghamton University is doing to communicate, connect with, and engage emerging numbers of young alumni. According to Frierman, Facebook is also used to connect with alumni, in which members can access campus news and event information Although, it is recommended that alumni use the Binghamton University Alumni Association’s online community or the campus website.

Nina Versaggi, director of the Public Archeology Facility, was mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 11, for her involvement in the discovery of an underground speakeasy dating to at least the 1930s. The speakeasy was discovered in the parking lot of CyberCafe West, located several blocks from downtown Binghamton, by the owner, Jeff Kahn. Versaggi was the first person contacted after the discovery and was involved in the preliminary research.

Michael Sharp, assistant professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, was featured in the New York Sun on May 18 for his online web-log. Sharp posts the answers to the New York Times crossword puzzle on a daily basis, which reaches about 4,000 hits a day. Sharp is better known as Rex Parker, his online crossword alias. Sharp’s blog is the one most often mentioned by puzzle professionals and enthusiasts.

A.T. Robilotto, Institute of Biomedical Technology, recently released the findings of a new study in Health & Medicine Week, Clinical Oncology Week, Science Letter, Life Science Weekly and Cancer Weekly on May 21. Robilotto’s study titled “Development of a tissue engineered human prostate tumor equivalent for use in the evaluation of cryoablative techniques” was published in the journal Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. Robilotto and his colleagues studied the effectiveness of cryotherapy as treatment for prostate cancer.

Binghamton University was mentioned in the May 22 issue of The Journal News (Lower Hudson Valley, NY) for its high volume of undergraduate applicants. Binghamton University had to stop accepting candidates six weeks earlier than scheduled for the 2007-08 academic school year to accommodate those who had already applied. The University accepted 38 percent of 25,132 applicants, down from 43 percent of the 22,748 applicants last year.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in The Standard (Nairobi, Kenya) and allAfrica.com (Washington, DC) on May 30. Mazrui was honored with the Order of the Grand Companion of Oliver Tambo, which was presented to him by South African President, Thabo Mbeki. The award is an order usually awarded to heads of state. According to Mazrui “it is the highest award given to non-South Africans.” Mazrui received the award for his contribution to push for sanctions against apartheid. Mazrui was also quoted in The Huffington Post (New York, NY) on May 31 regarding his contribution towards easing the Arab-Israeli conflict. Mazrui is cited as a figure amongst university campuses around the globe leading the discussion on Arab-Israeli conflicts.

Angelo Mastrangelo, adjunct lecturer, School of Management, was featured in the May 30 issue of US States News for his support of the Hudson Valley Community Foundation. The Hudson Valley Community Foundation will recognize Mastrangelo’s generosity at a reception on June 7, to be held on the Hudson Valley campus. Mastrangelo is approaching the $1 million mark in charitable support of scholarships to Hudson Valley students..

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was featured in the April 1 edition of The Chicago Sun-Times for his latest book, “Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives.” In a review by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Wilson’s book was described as “full of gripping stories about the natural world, related with humor and a rare flair for language…Going beyond the customary domain of evolutionary biology, Wilson takes religion, comedy, beauty, literature, personality, politics and much more.” Wilson’s new book was also reviewed by Natalie Angier in the April 6 edition of the International Herald Tribune in France.

Patrick Regan, professor of political science and director of the Center on Democratic Performance, was named in The Post-Standard on April 1 as one of five experts chosen to speak at SUNY Cortland about the future of Iraq and the Middle East.

Binghamton University was noted in the April 2 issue of The Democrat and Chronicle for its participation in offering online courses. SUNY began distance-learning classes in 1995 and the program has been growing. Enrollment has reached 85,000 (100,000 with partly-online classes included). By this fall, all courses required for a SUNY electrical-engineering bachelor’s degree will be online, a program Binghamton University is collaborating on.

Gary James, professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the publication, SpiritIndia on April 4 for his new book “Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field.” His book hopes to help students and professionals design more effective studies and models for stress measurement.

Mark F. Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured in the April 5 issue of NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association. In the research of schizophrenia, Lenzenweger stated: “Deficits in eye tracking and attention span were thought to be a reflection of schizophrenia during the psychotic state but it wasn’t known if the markers themselves would be predictive of the illness prior to its emergence.”

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor and director of the creative writing program, was named in The Pocono Record on April 6 after she presented a reading of her poems at East Stroudsburg University. Gillan’s portfolio includes seven books of poetry, four anthologies and numerous essays and poems, which have appeared in various journals.

The Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) at Binghamton University was featured in EmpireStateNews.net on April 6 after winning a state contract worth up to $20 million over five years to inspect prospective Department of Transportation project sites. Nina Versaggi, director of PAF and adjunct associate professor of anthropology, will conduct archeological surveys assigned to PAF by the New York State Museum in Albany.

On April 8, The New York Times featured an article on David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, and his latest book “Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives.” In a review by Natalie Angier, science columnist for The Times, Wilson’s approach to evolution refreshing was called refreshing. Wilson explores the ways in which “humans are the consummate group-thinking, team-playing animals,” according to Angier.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, associate professor at the Decker School of Nursing and Decker Chair in Rural Health Nursing, was quoted in the April 9 issue of Modern Healthcare in a story about a shortage of nurses in America. She said: “Workforce shortages are nothing new with healthcare professionals. They come and go but we believe that the current nurse shortage is not the typical cyclical one that will resolve in a few years.” If this issue is not taken care of, the supply of nurses will be 36 percent below projected demand by 2020.

Nkiru Nzegwu, chairman of the department of Africana studies, was noted in the April 10 issue of The Nigerian Times in a story about Queen Idia. She said, “Idia’s face has been widely reproduced on commemorative trays, cups and plates, jewelry, ebony and brass plaques, and on textiles.”

John Lott, dean’s visiting professor and author of the upcoming book Freedomnomics, was featured on Fox News. In a discussion about protecting women from threatening stalkers, Lott said that a restraining order is ineffective and that campuses should not be gun-free zones. He said the best way to protect oneself is to learn self-defense and carry a gun. His input about gun laws on campuses was also featured in The Australian, The Chicago Sun Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and on Yahoo! News in an opinion article about the Virginia Tech shootings. Lott was also mentioned in the April 22 issue of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina for his support for right-to-carry gun laws. “It’s the only thing we found effective,” Lott said. His book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” contends that states with concealed-carry laws have small, but statistically significant reductions in violent crime.

Ali Mazrui, Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in Kenya’s publication Coastweek. Mazrui met with Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative to discuss “War and its Impact on U.S.-Muslim World Relations.” Mazrui is also the chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and sits on the board of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

Carrol F. Coates, professor of French and comparative literature, was quoted in a Counter Currents story on April 13. The India-based publication wrote a story on author Jacques Roumain. Coates said, “With a relatively limited literary production, Roumain remains one of the most influential Haitian novelists of the 20th century. Roumain embodied national pride and the will of peasants to survive against odds of natural violence and governmental repression.” Coates is a respected translator of Haitian fiction.

Chuan-Jian Zhong, professor of chemistry, was featured in Washington D.C.’s Science Magazine on April 13. The article discusses how metal can be melted down and molded at room temperature. Zhong said, “It’s a very nice way to mold particles into whatever shape you want,” and described the work as excellent.

Douglas Glick, assistant professor of anthropology, was featured on the Discovery News Channel for his study of stand-up comedy. He researched the linguistic techniques that are involved in stand-up by examining two of Eddie Izzard’s routines for a paper to be published in the scientific journal Language and Communication. Asif Agha, professor at Univeristy of Pennsylvania, told the Discovery Channel that “Glick’s analysis is an important step in analyzing how such humor works, why it is socially acceptable, and why it appeals to so many people who otherwise find political issues, to a degree, taboo.” The story was also featured in an issue of the United Kingdom’s publication Chortle on April 13.

Isidore Okpewho, professor of Africana studies, English and comparative literature, was featured for his input on April 17 in Allafrica.com in a story about democracy in Nigeria.

William Stein, associate professor of biology, was noted in the United Kingdom’s publication Nature on April 18. Stein and colleagues discovered two fossils of trees from the period of the oldest known tree thought to live 390 to 350 million years ago. “This fossil has been argued about for a very long time,” Stein said. “All of the arguments up to this point have been based on anatomy. It’s one of the biggest mysteries left in paleontology. At that time, plants were just nothing but sticks. They must have looked really strange, but they were acting as leaves.” This discovery was also noted in LiveScience ImediNews, NewKerala.com (India), Kazinform (Kazakhstan), Newsday, Nature and Science (Bulgaria), CNN International, The Post Chronicle (New Jersey), Zee News (India), The Times-Union Albany, Planet Ark (Australia), MSNBC, NBC-5 Chicago, CBS News (Toronto), Reuters, Yahoo! News.com, National Geographic News, BBC News, RedNova, Fox News, The Daily Star (Oneonta), icWales.co.uk and Scientific American, the April 24 episode of the ANH Headline News in Las Vegas, ABC Science in Australia, Discovery Channel News, Space Daily, Tech News World, The Western Mail of the United Kingdom, CCN Magazine of California, YubaNet.com of California.

Ying Liu, Binghamton University graduate, was featured in The New York Times on April 18 in an article about an Asian-American mentoring program for prospective college students called Asian Professional Extension (APEX). It is one of the largest mentoring programs in New York City. Liu said, “I’m the oldest in my family, so I never had anyone watching out for me.” Liu now works as an analyst for Societe Generale and is a mentor for APEX, “It changed my life, and I always wanted to pay back what I received.”

M. Sue Crowley, associate professor in human development, was noted in the April 21 issue of The Olean Times Herald for her participation on a panel to discuss school violence. The panel discussion occurred after a performance reading of an off-Broadway play called “Sniper” by Dr. Bonnie Culver. “Sniper” is a fictional tale about a troubled youth who opens fire in his school in 1974.

Lisa Savage, associate professor in psychology and coordinator of behavioral neuroscience graduate studies, was featured in the April 24 issues of Science Letter, Health & Medicine Week and Life Science Weekly, for new research on amnesia immunology. Savage and colleagues concluded after testing on rats that thiamine deficiency causes selective cholinergic dysfunction in the septo-hippocampal pathway.

Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the April 26 issue of Media Monitors Network in California for a review of his book, The Mazruiana Collection Revisited, which is a revised edition of an earlier bibliography that covered the period 1962-1997. The recent update covers up to 2003 and consists of 650 entries.

Janet Ambrogne, assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the April 28 issues of Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week, Mental Health Business Week, Women’s Health Law Weekly, Science Letter, Pharma Law Weekly, Life Science Weekly, Drug Law Weekly, Disease Prevention Weekly, Pharma Business Week, Mental Health Weekly Disgest, Health & Medicine Week, Biotech Business Week, Women’s Health Weekly, Drug Week, Pharma Investments, Ventures & Law Weekly and Mental Health Law Weekly for recent research on depression prevention. Ambrogne and colleagues discuss that higher rates of co-occurring depression and substance use disorder have been found in women and that separation in services between mental health and substance abuse has resulted in fragmented care among patients.

Darryl Wood, house operations director at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, was mentioned in the April 28 issue of The Legislative Gazette in Albany for his recent re-election as a board member on the United University Professions board. Wood will serve another two years on the board.

Robert Ristuccia, graduate student in the department of psychology, was featured in the April 29 issue of Pharma Investments, Drug Week, Pharma Law Weekly, Life Science Weekly, Drug Law Weekly and Ventures & Law Weekly for his recent research on hypothermia in adolescents. Ristuccia and colleagues found that adolescent rats were less susceptible than adults to the impact of experimental perturbation on ethanol-induced hypothermia.

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was featured in the April 30 issues of Episcopal Life and Worldwide Faith News, both of New York City, for his April 20 address to the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology and the Church in Manchester, N.H. In the address, Wilson discussed his latest book, Evolution for Everyone, and the courses he teaches on evolutionary studies. “The one we pay the most attention to is creationism, but there is also a tendency on the part of many people to deny evolution’s relevance to human affairs, and this is alive and well in academia,” Wilson said.

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