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July 2007

Steven Dickman, professor of Geophysics, was announced as a grant recipient of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Office of Basic and Applied Research 2007 NGA University Research Initiative (NURI) program. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced its grant awards in the July issue of Directions Magazine as well as Government Computer News on July 16. The objective of the NURI program is to enhance U.S. universities’ ability to perform research in geospatial science, mathematics and engineering topics integral to geospatial intelligence.

Katharine Bouman, reference librarian, was featured in the July issue of Library Journal’s netConnect, which focused on social catalogs to network and expand conversations in 2007. Bouman and her colleagues at Binghamton University Libraries describe their use of Grokker’s software to perform a visual search across the library catalog, databases and Google.

Jonathan Krasno, director of the undergraduate political science program, was quoted in USA Today on July 16, for his thoughts on the 2008 presidential campaign fundraising efforts. The article focused on Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. Krasno noted that, “against all odds, Obama is a better fundraiser.” Sen. Obama’s $56.8 million led Sen. Clinton’s $40.6 million in fundrasing money for the primary fight. Krasno was also featured in the The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where he discussed Tommy Thompson’s presidential campaign for the 2008 Republican bid. Krasno noted that “his chances of winning the Republican nomination are somewhere between slim and none. And I think most people’s money is on none.”

Lois B. DeFleur, President, and Joyce Ferrario, Dean of Decker School of Nursing, were featured in numerous media outlets and publications regarding Senator Hillary Clintons visit to the Decker School of Nursing. Publications, journals, television and radio sources including US Fed News, The Star Gazette, The Ithaca Journal, WXXA-News Channel 23 (Albany), WCBS 880 News Radio (New York, NY) and Medical News Today (UK) mentioned Binghamton University throughout July following Clintons visit to campus. Clinton discussed the nursing shortage facing many communities across New York State, as well as re-introduce legislation aimed at increasing the nursing workforce in rural and regional areas.

Binghamton University was mentioned in USA Today on July 18 regarding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to the Decker School of Nursing. The article discussed airliner Delta and its decision to end service at the Greater Binghamton Airport. During her visit to campus Sen. Clinton stated, “There is a glimmer of hope. We have got to get more businesses that will use those flights. …It’s supply and demand. We’ve got to get the numbers up.”

Jessica Fridrich, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in the July 22 issue of the Los Angeles Times. In 1983, Fridrich developed arguably the fastest method of solving the Rubik’s Cube, a technique that has spread around the globe. 18-year-old Ryan Patricio borrowed the technique to win the 2007 U.S. Open Rubik’s Cube Championship in Chicago, making him national champion. Fridrich gave some advice to fellow cubers saying “You need to be captured by the cube” and “You have to be a little crazy.”

Jonathan Krasno, director of undergraduate political science, was featured in over 60 news outlets worldwide on July 23, for his “expert” opinion on political contributions to two or more presidential candidates. More than 6,000 donors have combined to give in excess of $25 million to multiple candidates, with nearly $7 of every $10 going to Democrats, according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance reports. “It’s not unusual at this stage, when no one knows who the nominee will be, for people who are committed Democrats or committed Republicans to give money to two or more candidates they like best,” states Krasno.

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, was featured in the Boston Globe on July 23, for her review of the final edition of J.K. Rowling’s series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” She writes “No author since Dickens has been able to conjure so completely both the eerie and the ordinary genius that resides in places.” Rosenberg also highlights that the two great themes of the book, death and love, will evoke many reader’s emotions.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on July 24, for his presentation on U.S.-Muslim relations. On April 1, Mazrui was the third keynote speaker in the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative series at the Islamic Center of Southern California. “War and Its Impact on U.S.-Muslim Relations,” was the topic of discussion. “Muslims believe their umma [community] is under siege,” stated the creator of the BBC and PBS series “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”

The Public Archaeology Facility, within the Anthropology Department, was featured in Adirondack Daily Enterprise in July 25, regarding a shoreline survey in Piercefield, NY. Archaeologists from the facility will begin a visual shoreline survey along the Raquette Flow near the Piercefield Hydro Dam as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license requirements for the dam.

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