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
David Sloan Wilson, professor of Biological Sciences, was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 2 and 3, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) on June 9, as well as The Island Packet (Bluffton, SC) and The Ventura County Star (Camarillo, CA) on June 16, for his thoughts on how religion might contribute to positive psychological health. Wilson states “I can prove to you on a moment by moment basis that, statistically, religious believers are happier, are using time more productively, and are less anxious.”
Lisa Yun, associate professor of English, General Literature & Rhetoric, was mentioned in the June 4 edition of Inside Higher Ed for the release of her forthcoming monograph The Coolie Speaks. Yun’s text discusses the virtual enslavement of Chinese indentured laborers in Cuba during the 19th century.
The Binghamton University College of Community and Public Affairs was featured in US States News on June 4 for conducting a study in conjunction with the Broome County Department of Public Transportation and the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study. The survey and data analysis were performed by the College of Community and Public Affairs, in which the findings revealed that most people using BC Transit rely on it heavily for their travel needs, and that Broome County provides a valuable service by operating the transit system.
Kalpesh Kaushik Desai, assistant professor in the School of Management, was featured in The Post Chronicle, ScienceDaily, PhysOrg.com, FoodNavigator-USA (France), United Press International (UPI), Earthtimes.org, MonstersAndCritics.com (UK), ImediNews (GA), NewKerala.com (India) on June 5, The Money Times (India), DentalPlans.com (Des Plaines, IL) on June 6, and Medical News Today (UK) on June 8. Desai and his colleagues, along with researchers from Indiana University and the University of Central Florida have found that there exists a difference in how consumers in individualistic and collective societies think when making purchases. The study revealed that individualists are less affected than collectivists by the context within which products are placed. The study appears in the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.
Mark Lenzenweger, professor of Psychology, was featured in the June issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, SpiritIndia.com, Psych Central on June 5, RxPG NEWS (CA), United Press International (UPI), Earthtimes.org, ScienceDaily, HULIQ (NC), MEDIndia.com, Doctor’s Guide News on June 6, DentalPlans.com (FL) on June 8 and Medical News Today (UK) on June 10. Lenzenweger and his colleagues at the Weill-Cornell College of Medicine found that transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), an intensive form of talk therapy, can help people affected with borderline personality disorder (BPD). They found that TFP was more effective than dialectical behavior therapy and supportive psychotherapy. Lenzenweger stated that “the improvements for the transference-focused psychotherapy patients were not merely statistically reliable, but they represented fairly impressive scientific effects, not just trivial changes.”
David Davies, associate professor of Biological Sciences, was noted in The Los Angeles Times for his contribution towards fighting the spread of biofilm, a slick layer of bacteria that thrive in aqueous environments. Instead of attacking biofilm slime from the outside with an enzyme, Davies is working with a chemical messenger derived from biofilms themselves. These chemical messengers are responsible for the dispersion effect, which is a normal part of their life cycle and trick biofilms into thinking it was time to break up.
David Cingranelli, professor of Political Science, was named in The American magazine and FrontPage magazine on June 11 and 13, respectively, as a developer of the CIRI Human Rights Dataset. Cingranelli and co-developer, David Richards, created the Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset. The CIRI Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 13 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries.
David Sloan Wilson, professor of Biological Sciences, was featured on the news website YubaNet (CA) on June 15, Science Daily and MedicalNewsToday (UK) on June 18, DentalPlans (Uniondale, NY) on June 28, as well as The Decatur Daily (AL) on June 30 for the release of his new book Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change The Way We Think About Our Lives. In the book, Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution in a way that can be easily understood by non-experts. Wilson explains, “When evolution is presented as unthreatening, explanatory, and useful, it can be easily grasped and appreciated by most people, regardless of their religious or political beliefs and without previous training.”
Diane Miller Sommerville, visiting associate professor of History, was quoted June 21 on BET for her thoughts on how society views African-American rape victims. “Shaped by hundreds of years of stereotypes that portrayed African-American women as promiscuous, even sexually insatiable,” most Whites in America find it hard to believe that a Black woman could even be raped, says Sommerville.
Eugene Stevens, professor of Chemistry, was mentioned in the technology publication Red Herring on June 22 for his research on environmentally friendly starch-based bioplastics. Stevens states that throwaway items like plastic forks, spoons, cups and plates are finally becoming available. “Ten years ago, you couldn’t get anything like this,” said Stevens, referring to newly available “green” bioplastics.
Thomas Sinclair, associate professor and chair of Public Administration, was featured in The Star-Gazette on June 25 for his advice on the possible sale of the Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira, NY. Sinclair presents several key elements regarding shared or consolidated services, such as urging trust between the governmental entities, with an emphasis on mutual benefit and efficient consolidation. “When a city makes a decision to sell an asset, the city’s principle objective should be to maximize its financial gain,” Sinclair said.
Last Updated: 6/22/10