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In the News

November 2007

Herbert Bix, professor of history and sociology, was featured in The International News (Pakistan) and The China Daily on November 1 and in Monday Morning Magazine (Lebanon) on November 6 for his comments regarding the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” Bix, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his biography “Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan,” said “The current American rampage in Iraq and elsewhere, not to mention the Bush administration’s threats of war against Iran, so clearly replicates Imperial Japan during the period when its leaders willfully disregarded international law and pursued the diplomacy of force.” But Bix remained optimistic for change, as he believes most Americans are opposed to “the Washington Consensus.”

President Lois DeFleur was named in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (DC) as a recipient of the 2007 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. The McGraw-Hill Companies (New York) honored individuals dedicated to improving education in the United States. DeFleur, for having “overseen a general-education program to help undergraduate students understand other cultures and learn foreign languages” was awarded $25,000 on behalf of the University and its students. With the gift, DeFleur has established the Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund, which has recently supported the international co-production of "West Side Story" by Binghamton and DUOC Universidad Católica in Chile.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, has been featured twice in November in New Scientist Magazine (UK). Wilson’s article from November 3, “Survival of the selfless” was an edited, abridged version of a review for his book in the upcoming December issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology. The book “Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s theory can change the way we think about our lives,” describes multi-level selection theory for a broad audience. On November 10, Wilson was again featured for his thoughts on the evolution of religion, suggesting not that religion is good or bad, simply that it has evolved to be hard-wired into our brains, and cannot be ignored.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological studies, was featured in Science Magazine (Washington, DC) on November 9 regarding his latest book, Evolution for Everyone. He traces the evolutionary origin of humor over the past seven million years. “Laughter is highly relevant to scientific inquiry because it creates a safe and playful atmosphere for intellectual development,” said Wilson. He believes laughter is contagious and that humor helps develop a sense of teamwork by fostering a feeling of mutual camaraderie.

Mary Muscari, associate professor of the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in numerous publications such as Mental Health Weekly Digest, Fitness & Wellness Week, and Law Weekly on November 5 with tips for maintaining family sanity during the holiday season. The tips include participation in religious, cultural and family traditions, as well as eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep to reduce stress. Muscari recommends making “the holiday season the joyous time it was meant to be for you and your family.”

Mark F. Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology was featured on, on November 5 for his involvement in a new study regarding improvements of borderline personality disorder (BPD) with intensive psychotherapy. Three treatments applied to diagnose BPD patients were examined and all showed some effect in alleviating BPD’s impact. The evidence importantly suggests that transference-focused psychotherapy, a form of talk therapy, and supportive psychotherapy are alternatives to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Ali Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies was featured on, The Accra Daily Mail Daily Newspaper (Ghana), and on November 6 for his presentation of his “highly regarded books” to the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers’ Association, Professor Atukwei Okai. The event was instituted to mark the annually celebrated International African Writers’ Day.

Angelo Mastrangelo, adjunct lecturer for the School of Management was featured in Central New York Business Journal on November 6 regarding his successful career as an entrepreneur. Mastrangelo began breaking records peddling soft drinks for the Adirondack Beverage Company after one year in college. He rose to general manager and bought the company, producing 13 successful years of $60 million in annual sales. In 2002, the dean of the School of Management convinced him to start up a course in entrepreneurship. Since then, his students have launched several companies on their own that continue to operate.

Benita Roth, associate professor of sociology, was featured in The Daily Express (London) on Novemeber 8, regarding the beauty standards society places on women. “Raising beauty standards towards the increasingly unreal is a never-ending process. It sets up an unreachable standard to which most women can’t aspire,” said Roth. The article discusses The Mummy Job, a new plastic surgery package increasing in popularity for mothers. “Childbirth and breastfeeding are things the vast majority of the world’s women do, said Roth. “In fact, they are among the things that a woman’s body is supposed to do.”

JoAnn Navarro, associated vice president of administrative services, was featured in Inside Higher Ed (Washington, DC) on November 9 regarding the University’s apprenticeship program. The program takes in ten to twenty participants each year to learn a trade during the summer months such as painting, masonry, electrical work, plumbing, and refrigeration. “The whole idea really is to give people a whole new set of skills and abilities so when a position does become available, they can be ready to take an entry-level position,” said Navarro. Those involved with apprenticeship programs anticipate growing interest in the model due to positions opening up in the near future as workers reach retirement.

Binghamton University was featured in The Associated Press, Newsday (NY), The Albany Times-Union, The National Law Journal (NY), and MSN Money, among a number of other publications throughout November regarding possible plans to open a law school. President Lois DeFleur says the proposal is in the early stages of development. “We feel this is the next logical step in the development of our university,” DeFleur said. The University would need the approval of New York’s Department of Education, SUNY officials and the governor. If approved, Binghamton University would be the third publicly supported law school in New York.

Susan Russell, instructional support technician for the Decker School of Nursing was featured in Newsday on November 18 regarding the need for all medical procedures to be carried out safely and properly to avoid infection. The issue has recently grown in concern since more and more medical procedures have been moving outside of the traditional hospital setting. Russell stated that without proper techniques, invasive surgery - including procedures involving lungs, kidneys or intestines - can “carry a higher level of risk.”

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English and creative writing, authored an article for The Boston Globe on November 18 regarding the near-extinction that children’s picture books have been facing in the past 20 years. She credits author Mo Willems with having saved the genre and discusses his latest book, “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.” “His genius, the most crucial genius for the picture book, lies in his unerring instinct toward the essential,” said Rosenberg. “His art captures character and fate in a few drawn lines… His books ask us to look closer, to look again.”

Binghamton University was featured in The Virgin Island Daily News (St. Thomas) on November 19 regarding public universities as “Best Buys.” “Best buys” are referred to as colleges in which the “value-for-money ratio is especially strong.” The article goes on to state that students who succeed at public universities share several key characteristics such as being “self-directed and self-motivated.” The University was named as part of the public universities “best buy” list.

Lawrence Roma, associate vice president for facilities management, was featured in The New York Times on November 21 regarding increased mailroom activity on university campuses nationwide. Dealing with the mailroom activity has been costing colleges a lot of money. “We’re hoping we’ve seen the worst of it,” said Roma. The University received 57,000 packages in 2006, a significant increase from 33,000 in 2002. Officials from the University invested about $25,000 in a bar code scanning system to track packages from arrival until students sign for them.

Bill Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in The New Scientist (London) on November 24 for his discovery of a near-complete fossil tree from the first forest on Earth. The tree had been well preserved, complete with trunk and branches, which dated back to 385 million years ago. Stein had been called in to assess the fossil tree. “Stump” fossils found in the 1850s had long been considered the remains of the world’s oldest trees by most paleontologists, but it had not been confirmed that they were actually trees by finding the trunk and branches, until Stein’s discovery.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in The Sacramento Bee (CA), The Albany-Times Union, The Orange County Register (CA) and The Edmonton Journal (Canada) on November 24, 28, 29 and 30, respectively, for her tips on how to help children avoid turning into “gift monsters.” The article describes “gift monsters” as children who steal the holiday spirit by demanding everything on their wish lists as ransom. “Parent need to be empowered to say no,” Muscari advises. She suggests remembering the reason for the holiday instead of focusing on gift giving. Muscari also suggests considering presents that don’t cost a lot of money or are free, such as coupons to spend time together.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in The Austin-Statesman (TX) on November 28 regarding ideal toys for the appropriate age. For six months and younger, Muscari suggests squeeze toys and rattles. For children six to 12 months, she suggests nesting dolls and push toys. Finger paints and soap bubbles are appropriate for one to three year-olds. Roller skates, toy farms and puppets are ideal for three to five year-olds. Finally, six to 12 year-olds should receive certificates for dance or karate lessons and other constructive classes.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in The New Scientist (London) on November 24 regarding the evolution of laughter. Human laughter appears to be closely linked to similar behavior that has important social roles for our primate relatives, according to Wilson. Laughter, Wilson points out, is highly contagious. “People are roughly 30 times more likely to laugh in the presence of others than when they are by themselves,” he says.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in The New York Times on November 27 regarding the evolutionary value of art and why humans have vested so much time into it. Compared to art, “the only social elixir of comparable strength is religion, another impulse that spans cultures and time,” Wilson stated.

Thomas Glave, associate professor of English, general literature & rhetoric, was featured in Now Magazine (Canada) on November 29 regarding anti-gay violence in Jamaica. Following a number of anti-gay related deaths, Glave ponders the “gnawing fear” of the Jamaican LGBT experience. “How will it happen?” he asks of the all-too-inevitable violence faced by gays and lesbians. Glave also covers anti-gay violence in his new book “Words to our Now.”

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