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“It’s a pleasure!” says Nicole Hofmann, a senior computer science major who lives in Binghamton. “I really enjoy it. I needed to go out into the real world to see how it works. It opens your eyes and you grow in the process. When you go back to school after being in the work force, you have a newfound appreciation for what you’re learning.”
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October 2007

David Hubeny, emergency manager for University Police, was featured on the cover and quoted in the October issue of The Voice. United University Professions (UUP) members, working with the Chancellor’s Task Force on Critical Incident Management, are developing a communications network to better contact students in the event of an emergency. SUNY campuses will take part in the New York Alert electronic messaging system for campus-wide notifications of emergencies. “It will be available for every campus, if they wish, and most will use it…It’s a very significant step,” said Hubeny.

Sandra Starke, vice provost of Enrollment Management, was featured in University Business magazine in October regarding the budgeting process at Binghamton University. Starke described how administrators at the university worked to move up the annual budgeting process so that allocations for the next fiscal year would be decided at the beginning of the current year. Deans and department heads are also involved in fiscal and enrollment planning, and an academic business plan is necessary for every new program proposal.

Jenae Schmidt, senior assistant director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in The Brunei Bulletin on October 2 regarding an educational fair held in Brunei. Binghamton University was on the list of “four top dynamic universities” participating in the Linden Educational Fair, which introduced students from Brunei to these top institutions. “Our International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) has this unique program where international students have the option to opt for the Friendship Family program,” said Schmidt.

Binghamton University was announced in US Fed News on October 4 as the recipient of a $2 million Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. The funding will allow the University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) to continue development of “new, flexible and low-cost electronics based on roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing technologies to enhance U.S. military superiority, while strengthening our nation’s role as a global technology leader.” The Southern Tier has received a total of $20 million in defense funding for the fiscal year 2008.

Krishnaswami Srihari, distinguished professor and chair of systems science and industrial engineering, was named, in online magazines PCB007 (Printed Circuit Board) and EMSNow (UK), as well as the journal Circuits Assembly in October, as the recipient of the Surface Mount Technology Association’s (SMTA) award of technical distinction. Srihari has received the Member of Technical Distinction Award following seven years of SMTA membership. Srihari is currently serving as a faculty advisor to the Binghamton University SMTA Student Chapter and is also a member of the SMTA’s Corporate Advisory Council.

Manoj Agarwal, professor in the School of Management, was quoted in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and The Ithaca Journal on October 9 regarding an effort to boost tourism in upstate New York. The New York State Department of Economic Development is reinventing its “I Love New York” campaign, aiming to promote upstate tourism to New York City residents and to Canadians. “The bulk of the potential market for those shorter trips may come from within the state,” said Agarwal.

Binghamton University was announced, in the VietnamNet Bridge on October 10, to a list of US colleges and universities attending an education exhibition held in Vietnam. The International Institute of Education’s (IIE) annual exhibition provides information on US colleges and universities for prospective Vietnamese students.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of Biological Sciences, was featured in the magazine American Scientist in October regarding an article about evolution. Wilson’s book, Evolution for Everyone, tries to show that “evolution can become attractive for everyone to learn and so uncontroversial that even evolution and religion can be brought together harmoniously,” according to the article. Wilson’s goal is to demonstrate to ordinary people the relevance and value of evolutionary biology, not just to evolutionary scientists and intellectuals.

Bahgat Sammakia, director of Economic Development and Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), was announced in EDN Asia (Hong Kong) as a chair of the U.S. Display Consortium’s (USDC) recently created Academic & Fundamental Research Track. The USDC, a public/private partnership chartered with developing the flexible electronics and displays industry supply chain opened registration for its 7th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference and Exhibition. “We have had an outstanding response from noted academic institutions and authors worldwide for this first-time effort,” said Sammakia.

Meredith Coles, assistant professor of psychology, was featured in Mental Health Weekly Digest on October 15 regarding the release of a new study on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “Assessing obsessive compulsive symptoms and cognitions on the internet: evidence for the comparability of paper and Internet administration” was released in Behaviour Research and Therapy. The researchers concluded that the “study results support the equivalence of these measures of OCD symptoms and beliefs independent of administration method.”

Diane Crews, director of the Liberty Partnership Program and adjunct lecturer in CCPA Human Development, was quoted in Connecticut’s University Business Daily on October 16 regarding the retention of young professionals in the Southern Tier. Crews’ class, Community Leadership and Development, encourages students to get involved in community leadership by teaching them about local organizations working to reverse the trend of young professionals moving from the area. “The idea is to make them better leaders,” said Crews.

Sylvia Hall, assistant Vice President for Human Resources, and Corinna Kruman, retiree services coordinator for Human Resources were named in (Australia) on October 16 for their efforts in keeping retirees connected to the University. Hall noted that the Baby Boomer generation is expected to retire differently than previous generations. “We’re hearing that the generation retiring in the next few years aren’t interested in completely stopping their work lives,” said Hall. Kruman has been meeting retirees during their regular exit interviews and gauging whether or not the retiree would have an interest in working on special tasks or ‘fill-in’ projects.

An interview with Brandon Gibb, assistant professor of psychology, was featured on Capital News Channel 9 (Albany), R News (Rochester) and News 10 Now (Syracuse) on October 16. Gibb commented on a new study regarding the connection between depression and occupation. According to Gibb architects and engineers tend to show the lowest rate of depression because their source of happiness stems from a sense of fulfillment and respect they get on the job. Gibb believes the financial stress associated with service jobs that require tipping also lead to high levels of stress. “If you feel yourself down and wanting to sleep more often and pulling away from people around you, that’s a warning sign,” said Gibb.

Akbar Muhammad, associate professor of History and Africana Studies, has been quoted in Family Security Matters on October 18 regarding Islam and politics in textbooks. Muhammad, who is a board member of the Council on Islamic Education, calls for the depoliticization of Islam. “This desire to talk about politics as being separate from Islam is something that Muslim scholars on the whole have never accepted,” says Muhammad.

Marilyn Tallerico, professor in the Graduate School of Education, was featured in on October 18 for her role in a new educational leadership program. Tallerico is the coordinator of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program in educational leadership at Binghamton University. The program is expected to help address the shortage of school and school district leaders. “This program addresses critical needs to enhance the pool of high-quality candidates to fill anticipated vacancies in elementary and secondary school leadership roles,” said Tallerico.

Jonathan Krasno, director of undergraduate political science, commented on political campaign donations in the October 19 issue of USA Today and ABC News. According to the Campaign Finance Institute, 21 percent of the money raised by presidential candidates came from small donors. “Small donors offer candidates a big advantage…these are people who can potentially donate more money,” said Krasno. This marks an 18 percent increase in smaller donations of $200 or less to presidential candidates four years earlier.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in The Vanguard (Nigeria) on October 21 regarding an international conference on Nigerian poet, Christopher Okigbo. Mazrui’s discussion, “The Muse and the Martyr in the African experience: Christopher Okigbo in Comparative Perspective,” touched on some of his earlier works in discussing Okigbo’s poetry.

J. Koji Lum, undergraduate director of Anthropology, was featured in Malaria Weekly, Life Science Weekly, Genetics & Environmental Health Week and Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week on October 22 regarding his research of malaria. Lum’s study was recently published in the journal Acta Tropica. Lum and his colleagues concluded “control of vectors is crucial for controlling malaria within islands, while control of human movement is essential to control malaria transmission across the archipelago.”

Binghamton University has been named to a list of the “Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges in America” in on October 22. Peta2, the world’s largest youth animal rights organization, listed the University among 30 colleges and universities in the U.S. As a newcomer this year, the school “got straight A’s.” Peta2 representative Dan Shannon commented, “Binghamton University is meeting its students’ demand for smart food choices in the most delicious ways imaginable - and educating them in the process.”

Joseph Roth, network support technician for Information Technology Services, was quoted in on October 22 regarding the University’s computing network. He chose the out-of-band [NAC] solutions explaining that “if the appliance fails, it leaves the network in its current state without disconnecting additional users. It also does not present another physical or routed hop in the network, which could potentially degrade performance at some point.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in The Post-Standard (Syracuse) on October 24 regarding a collaboration with WetStone Technologies Inc. The company worked with the University to recruit local scientists and engineers for internships and summer programs. Classes were taught by WetStone employees to promote needed skills for small business innovation and technology. Students worked with WetStone to develop software called LiveCheck, which allows anyone using electronic fingerprint identification devices to determine with about 99 percent accuracy if someone is trying to fool the machine.

Mark Blumler, associate professor of geography, was mentioned in AHN (Florida), Central Valley Business Times (California), Yubanet (California), and (China) on October 25 regarding his opinion on the intense debates of California’s climate and options for residential home building. The issues have received attention due to California’s recent wildfires of the past year. Blumler believes that Southern California’s climate and natural vegetation not only expects fires, but in fact, encourages it. “Californian homeowners often do not understand that these fires will happen, and happen repeatedly, just like hurricanes coming to Florida. The cost of fighting fires to protect homes built in places where fire is bound to come is borne by all of us. This is not sensible policy.”

Ali Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies was mentioned in The Monitor (Uganda) on October 26 for his return to journalism in Uganda after four decades. Mazrui’s weekly column will be featured in The Monitor, which brings “depth and insight to a wide range of regional and international issues.” He has published eight books including The African Predicament and has won numerous academic awards and honors. The column will run every Saturday.

Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured in (NC) on October 29 regarding research on personality disorders. Lenzenweger and colleagues, along with researchers from Harvard University, examined data retrieved from the International Personality Disorder Examination to determine how common personality disorders are in the United States. The research was published in the September 2007 issue of Biological Psychiatry.

Elizabeth Tucker, faculty master of residential life and associate professor of English, general literature and rhetoric, was featured in a Q&A segment of Inside Higher Ed on October 31 regarding her new book. In Campus Legend: A Handbook, Tucker explores the history and meaning of campus ghost legends. She explains that an e-mail correspondence with a friend prompted her to further explore strange phenomena in an old building on the Binghamton University campus.

Binghamton University was mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education on October 31 regarding spirits, ghosts and hauntings on college campuses. There are rumors surrounding the university about active ghosts and strange, unexplainable phenomena throughout the university’s classes and dormitories. One case involves reports of loud noises and banging sounds in empty rooms in Smith Hall. A number of colleges and universities throughout the nation have also reported cases of strange phenomena.

Herbert Bix, professor of history and sociology, was featured in The Raw Story (MA), Japan Today (Tokyo), Islam Online (Dubai), Agence France-Presse and The Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 31 regarding his comments on 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 he believed US aerial bombings and alleged use of torture in Afghanistan and Iraq constituted war crimes. “US war criminality is justice institutionalized, as Japan’s once was,” Bix said. But he said he remained optimistic for change as most Americans were opposed to “the Washington consensus.”

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Last Updated: 12/19/11