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In the News

April 2008

The grand opening of the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), located at the Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EIT) facility, was featured in a number of publications including Semiconductor International magazine, SMT magazine and NYSTAR News in April. A collaborative effort by the University, EIT and Cornell University, CAMM will pioneer microelectronics manufacturing research and development in a roll-to-roll format.

According to the New York Nurses Network magazine in April, the Decker School of Nursing (DSON) offers a master’s degree nurse practitioners (NP) program. The core curriculum for the two-year program includes advanced health assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology and research components. According to the article, DSON currently offers three NP tracts. Theresa Grabo, associate professor and director of graduate programs, DSON, was also featured in the article on nurse practitioners. According to Grabo, when patients have a choice between seeing their primary care physician and their nurse practitioner, they often choose the NP.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the April edition of New York Nurses Network magazine. Muscari contributed to an article on balancing childcare with working nights and weekends. According to Muscari, the constancy of other family members or friends is crucial for the well-being of children. “You need to make sure that the faces they are seeing all the time are the same,” said Muscari. She also offered some tips on how to juggle roles as an off-shift worker and parent.

Binghamton University’s Biological Sciences department was featured in The Elmira Star-Gazette on April 5 regarding crow research. Research conducted in conjunction with the Ross Park Zoo will explore the learning ability of crows in The Cognitive Crow Exhibit. According to the article, zoo visitors will be active participants in some of the research. The study was funded in part by MeadWestvaco.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was interviewed by WSAV-TV (Ga.) on April 10 regarding Advanced Placement high school courses. “Some schools don’t offer the same number of courses or the same courses with rigor that others do so the secret for us is to learn about the district,” she explained. Although AP courses may seem like another challenge in the college admissions process, “life is not made by what college you attend. Life is made by what you make of the college experience,” said Brown.

Randall McGuire, professor of anthropology, was noted in The Times Education Supplement (UK) on April 10 regarding the release of his book Archaeology as Political Action. McGuire’s new publication builds on the history of archaeological theory and Marxist dialectical theory.

Timothy Faughnan, Deputy Chief of University Police, was featured in an interview with University Business magazine in April regarding campus safety. Faughnan discussed taking steps to improve pedestrian safety on campus, with a focus on improving driver awareness. Faughnan refers to the electronic speed radars installed around campus as “voluntary speed compliance devices.” According to Faughnan, the signs are an effort to improve overall campus safety rather than a reaction to anything specific.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in an article regarding stress management in UPI International on April 15, which discussed how different people handle stress. According to Muscari, stress overload can cause a child to be withdrawn, depressed or suicidal. “Too little stress can be as bad as too much stress because constant boredom can make you feel sad and even depressed,” said Muscari. She also gave tips on how to achieve balance in stress management.

Ryan Vaughan, professor of English, commented on television shows featuring witty, independent young females in the magazine PopMatters in April. Vaughan believes there is a change in the way woman are depicted on television. “There’s a trend away from alphaness on TV in both women and men. It’s a progression,” said Vaughan. He theorizes that current television programs are presenting audiences with “beta” male and females as lead characters.

Daniel Chambers, Deputy Chief of University Police, was featured in Law Enforcement Technology magazine in April regarding the environmental impact of college campuses. Chambers discussed the use of GEM (Global Electric Motorcar) vehicles on campus for escorts, building guards and parking enforcement. The GEM is a battery-powered low-speed vehicle with zero emissions. “They are used for an eight-hour shift, then plugged in to recharge,” said Chambers.

Patrick Madden, associate professor of Computer Science, was featured in EETimes-Asia (Ca.) on April 21 in which he discussed developments at the International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). Madden, steering chair committee for the ISPD, mentioned the benefits of the advancement in the design and fabrication of semiconductors. “They have merged a couple of tasks that would normally be viewed as independent, and shown that this can give a significant benefit,” said Madden.

Binghamton University was featured in The American Chronicle on April 21 regarding the institution’s campus, students, faculty and administration. The expansive academic and creative opportunities for Binghamton University students have resulted in numerous rankings of the top fifty colleges in the nation for ten consecutive years. According to the article, the University takes the responsibility of making the world safer for students and creating various job opportunities for them.

Bahgat Sammakia, director of Economic Development and the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), was named among 20 SUNY faculty members for their research and teaching accomplishments in The Legislative Gazette (Albany) on April 21. Sammakia received an Outstanding Research/Scholars award for “outstanding contributions” made in mechanical engineering. His research involves electronic packaging and heat transfer. “It was a great honor considering there were a lot of other highly regarded professors competing,” said Sammakia.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in The Washington Post on April 21 and AACRAO Transcript on April 24 regarding the University’s admission process. Current international students are writing letters in their native language to prospective international students who have been accepted to the University to ensure they know where to get food that suit their diets or how to solve problems they may encounter. “We are always wondering if we’ve picked the right students…this is a very interesting time,” said Brown.

Lynn Gamwell, director of the art museum, was noted as a curator of the art exhibit “To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art,” according to Newsday and The Village Times Record (Huntington) on April 22 and 26, respectively. Gamwell, along with New York City art consultant Elizabeth Meryman, curated the exhibit, which includes paintings and sculptures inspired by numbers, geometry and patterns. The exhibit was displayed at Heckscher Museum of Art in Long Island. The pair also collaborated on a 2003 Heckscher exhibit named “Genetic Expressions: Art After DNA.”

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, discussed the presidential elections during interviews on WHON (Dayton, Oh.) and WVMT (Burlington, Vt.) on April 22. McNulty spoke on where each of the candidates stand at this point in the presidential race.

Wulf Kansteiner, associate professor of history, was featured in an interview on Newsday on April 25 regarding a vandalized Holocaust exhibit. Kansteiner, “an expert on how the Holocaust is remembered,” said he is not aware of a single instance in the West when a Holocaust memorial was desecrated to remove Nazi items. Kansteiner, who did not see the exhibit, said “curators need to strike a careful balance when displaying Nazi items themselves originally designed to propaganidize.

Binghamton University’s Ask A Scientist program was noted in The Contra Costa Times (Ca.) on April 28 regarding an article on “green facts”. The article quoted an Ask A Scientist submission written by Juliet Berling, adjunct professor of environmental studies. According to Berling, “Garbage can take 30 years to decay in landfills. In one case, a 40-year-old newspaper found in an old dump site was not only intact, it was still readable.”

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in US News & World Report on April 30 regarding online blogs and recruitment. Brown believes applicants turn to student blogs, which appears on the school’s website, because “they want the ‘real story,’ not market-generated canned materials. Today’s students believe blogs, IMs and other true-to-life contacts to be more believable.”

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