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September 2007

Binghamton University has been ranked in the 2007 College Guide released in September’s Washington Monthly Magazine. According to the publication, The Washington Monthly College Rankings do not measure what colleges can do for students, but what colleges are doing for the country, in terms of social mobility, research and service. Binghamton University was ranked 95 out of 242 universities across the nation. The University was ranked 167 the previous year.

Binghamton University was listed in the September issue of Reform Judaism Magazine as a member of the top 60 schools Jewish students choose and the top 20 by percentage of Jewish students. In terms of public schools, Binghamton University ranked 22nd out of the top 60 schools Jewish students choose. The university also ranked 16th out of 20 by the percentage of Jewish students enrolled at a particular institution.

Angelo Mastrangelo, adjunct lecturer in the School of Management, has been listed as a top professor of entrepreneurship in the September issue of Forbes Small Business Magazine. According to the article, “these teachers of entrepreneurship are regarded as the tops in the field by colleagues, students and entrepreneurs.” Mastrangelo incorporates his real-life experiences of being an entrepreneur in the beverage industry in his classes and also teaches a class that features a business plan competition with a $2,500 prize.

J. Koji Lum, undergraduate director of anthropology, was featured in numerous publications in the month of September following the announcement of a $1.5 million research. The National Institutes of Health will fund a malaria research project enabling Lum to study the evolution of the malaria parasite. This evolution has made the parasite resistant to the historic drug of choice for treating infected patients. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transferred from mosquitoes to humans.

Randall McGuire, professor of anthropology, was featured in The Chicago Tribune on September 3 regarding organized labor. McGuire, who co-directed the project on Ludlow in the mid 1990s, commented on the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. The event occurred seven months after thousands of miners walked out on the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. McGuire commented, “even though the strike itself failed, the massacre led to an increased appreciation of the benefits of cooperation between labor and management.”

Linda Spear, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured in numerous publications throughout September for her research in underage alcohol abuse. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is using research conducted by Spear to give middle-school children a science-based understanding of what can happen to them if they use alcohol. Spear found that adolescents are less sensitive to the physical effects that emerge during intoxication and the hangover that follows. As a result, they may be less likely to moderate the amount of alcohol they consume.

Binghamton University was featured in Chabad on Campus International Foundation on September 9 regarding the 9/11 memorial services being held on campus. The memorial service started in front of the Couper Administration building, followed by memorial bells, a flag ceremony, as well as “Day of Caring” activities, conducted in conjunction with the United Way of Broom County. In addition, The Chabad House Jewish Student Center, Hillel at Binghamton and the Jewish Heritage Program held their annual campus wide Mitzvah Marathon, designed to present the campus community with the opportunity to do good deeds in memory of 9/11 victims.

Ken McLeod, chair and professor of bioengineering, was named as a “leading tissue researcher” in The San Mateo County Times (CA) on September 17. In regards to decreasing bone mineral density, McLeod suggests that taking calcium supplements and light exercise are not enough to produce new bone growth. “There has to be a signal to make bone, and it turns out that if you don’t have adequate fluid flow across your bone, you’re not going to have adequate cell metabolism to trigger cell formation,” said McLeod. He also comments that a variety of weightlifting protocols could be the key to bone stimulation.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, has been named in the online news source on September 18 as an international advisor for a new humanitarian educational project. The International University of Iraq (IUI) is a non-profit, non-sectarian, wholly private independent international university. The IUI’s parent organization, Global Partnership for the International University of Iraq (GP-IUI), listed Mazrui as one of their 32 international advisors and liaisons. Iraqi students enrolled in IUI will receive tuition, housing, and food from their host universities.

President Lois DeFleur was mentioned in US States News, The Albany Business Review, The Times Union and The Washington Business Journal along with numerous other publications in September, for her participation on a task force to develop strategies for attracting and retaining young professionals in upstate New York. New York’s First Lady, Silda Wall Spitzer, made a decision to formalize a program to develop New York’s young work force at the “I Live New York” summit, held at SUNY Cortland. President DeFleur was named among business leaders, economic developers and university officials from across the state.

Binghamton University was cited in Campus Fire Safety Newsletter on September 19 following a mock fire conducted on campus. Students, residential assistants and residential directors learned that a fire could rip through a dorm room in less than three minutes. The controlled fire, which took place in a campus parking lot, was part of a training seminar for residential life.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was featured in Democrat and Chronicle, The Ithaca Journal and Gannett News Service on September 19 in a story about SAT scores. According to the College Board, more New York students have sent their SAT scores to Binghamton University than to any other school in the country. Brown said the top ranking reflects accolades the University has received. Binghamton received 18,540 scores from the College Board in 2007.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of Biological Sciences, was announced as a featured speaker in a symposium on evolution in Medical News Today (UK) on September 21. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), in conjunction with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, will host the fourth annual symposium on evolution entitled “Evolution: Applications in Human Health and Populations.” Wilson will be joined by a host of scholars, researchers and other experts in evolution on December 1, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mary Britten, associate professor, Decker School of Nursing, was noted in The Times-Union on September 25 regarding the nursing shortage in upstate New York. In an effort to recruit nurses, Britten suggests creating scholarships for nurses pursuing advanced degrees toward becoming a nursing instructor. The nursing program at Binghamton University has increased from 60 students to 240, but this year it had to turn away many qualified applicants because there aren’t enough instructors. “Everybody is working,” Britten said, referring to registered nurses who remain in clinical settings rather than seek academic jobs.

President Lois DeFleur was named in USA Today, CNN Money, Yahoo!Finance and a number of other publications throughout September after winning the 2007 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. DeFleur was honored as “a visionary and an innovator in educating students for a global age.”

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in The Los Angeles Times on September 27 regarding FAA regulations on seating. Muscari noted that although there are no FAA regulations about small children being seated away from their parents, children under two must be seated in his/her own seat and be buckled in. By sitting away from their children on a plane, parents are not only putting their kids at risk but also “squandering a chance to spend time with a child…what a perfect opportunity for one-on-one time.”

Jaimee Wriston Colbert, associate professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric was mentioned in The North Coast Journal (CA) on September 28 for a discussion session on her new book. Colbert’s new literary work, “Dream Lives of Butterflies” is to be discussed on October 12 in Northtown, CA. “The novel is a collection of linked stories about the have-nots at the end of the affluent 1990s in America.”

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Last Updated: 6/22/10