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In the News

January 2008

Susan Bane, director of Biochemistry, was named in US Fed News on January 2 as a developer of anticancer and anti-Alzheimers agents. Bane worked alongside Virginia Tech and Emory University researchers to create newly patented Alzheimers and cancer fighting agents. The patents have been assigned to Binghamton University, Emory University and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc.

Sally Dear, adjunct lecturer of human development, commented on relationship issues in (FL) on January 3. Dear teaches a class about divorce and relationships called “Divorce Culture: Relationships and Developmental Issues.” According to Dear, learning about what makes relationships successful and understanding one’s own needs in relationships creates meaningful, successful relationships. “With the proper awareness and education, I really think that we could significantly decrease that trend of if you come from a divorced family, you are likely to get divorced,” Dear said.

Binghamton University was noted in The Daily Freeman (NY), Alternative Energy Retailer (CT) and MidHudson News (NY) on January 3 as one of five universities to partner with The Solar Energy Consortium. The partnership will allow research and development of the consortium to be delivered and implemented to the New York City market.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor of English and director of the creative writing program was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on January 3 for her poem “Donna Laura.” The selection was from her latest novel, “All That Lies Between Us.” Gillan has published nine books of poetry. Poems from her previous volume Italian Women in Black Dresses (2002) have also been featured in The Writers’ Almanac.

Binghamton University was featured in US News & World Report on January 3 regarding the University’s use of text messaging to alert students when power went out last December. Colleges have launched text message alert systems for emergencies, but now the system is being used for a variety of notifications by universities.

Patrick Dikirr, postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and the Schweitzer Chair, was a guest on the Roy Green Show, CKNW (Canada) on January 6. Dikirr, who discussed the recent upheaval in Kenya, has conducted research in environmental ethics and policy, African and African Diasporic philosophies, social and political philosophy, cross-cultural healthcare ethics and international justice.

Sylvia Hall, former manager of professional development for human resources, was featured in University Business Magazine on January 8, regarding financial education for employees. According to Hall, when employees first start work at Binghamton, an HR employee meets with them one-on-one or in small groups to explain the various pension plans offered. Employees can attend monthly sessions with representatives of each plan for further detail and can sign up or a free consulting meeting with a financial advisor not associated with the University. ‘We explain the various plans,” said Hall.

The Binghamton University Art Museum organized a new exhibition at the UBS Art Gallery in New York City. According to the January 8 release of The NYC Official City Guide, the exhibition will trace the career and legacy of Joshiah Wedgwood, “who revolutionized the world of ceramics.” Works from the University’s “extensive collection of Wedgwood ceramics” will be displayed from January 24 through April 18. The exhibition was also mentioned in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The New York Sun.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, authored an article, “Kenya; Causes And Solutions,” in on January 9. The article discusses Kenya’s “deep political crisis,” specifically, the disputed results from January’s elections.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was quoted in The Guardian Unlimited (UK) on January 10 regarding the Obama-Kennedy connection. In reference to Senator Barack Obama, Mazrui said, “Before the Kenya elections occurred…there was a popular question circulating among Kenyan intellectuals: ‘Which country will be the first to have a Luo president, Kenya or the United States?’”

The announcement that Binghamton University was named a best value was featured in Newsday (NY), The Staten Island Advance, amNewYork and many other publications throughout the month of January. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine named Binghamton as one of the top 10 best values for public education in the country. The University was listed second for the best value for out-of-state students. The magazine ranks schools for their combination of top academics and affordable costs.

Dylan Horvath, steward of natural areas for environmental studies, was featured in Northern Woodlands (VT) on January 13 regarding his work in the Nature Preserve. As the caretaker of the University’s 190-acre preserve, Horvath is responsible for trail management, habitat enhancement and preservation, invasive species management, and education programs. “This is my hobby. I get to do it every day, all day. Some people complain that work interferes with their lives. I spend my days doing exactly what I would do if I didn’t have work to do,” Horvath said. Stephanie Specchio, senior writer for communications and marketing, authored the article.

Sylvia Hall, former manager of professional development for human resources, was featured in The Christian Science Monitor on January 14 and The Gulf News (Dubai), KOAM (KS) and WIS 10 (SC) on January 18, regarding employment following retirement. The University created a program last year that invites retired employees to return for special projects or part-time work. “We help people think about how to be productive after retirement. This is something organizations are going to have to pay a lot more attention to as we try to help people through this transition,” Hall said. Julianna Quinn, retired keyboard specialist for the Graduate School of Education, stated, “I still need that structure, I want to be helpful to people.”

The Peace Corps has listed Binghamton University on their annual list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities on January 14. The University debuted at No. 22 this year in the medium schools category. Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body relative to the amount of volunteers an institution produces.

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was a guest on The Roy Green Show, CKNW (Canada) on January 12 and The Morning Zone with Dave Chaffin, KGAB (WY) and America in the Morning, WMAC (GA) on January 15. McNulty discussed voter turnout for the 2008 United States presidential elections. McNulty also appeared on The Morning Show with Fred and Pam, WHBC (OH) on January 14 where he also discussed voter turnout, with an emphasis on youth voters. McNulty’s areas of interest include political behavior, voting behavior, campaigns and elections, political parties, American politics, technology and politics, and methodology.

William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in Discovery Magazine on January 15 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 1870s 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.

Christopher Twigg, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in Electronic Engineering Times on January 21 regarding large-scale field-programmable analog array (FPAA). Twigg has been working with colleague Paul Hasler, a professor at Georgia Tech, to relieve the shortage of analog engineers.

Daniel Seib, project director of the Public Archaeology facility, discussed the archaeological investigation along state Route 28 in The Oneonta Daily Star on January 22. Begun in 2002, the investigation is a prelude to widening this busy road, a southern gateway to Cooperstown. The investigative crew began its work by surveying the area for items that should be noted in the cultural record. “We go from surveying to doing site examinations. Then we try to recover and document as much as possible before the site is impacted by the project,” Seib said. Researching have been focusing on a land mass within a 100-foot-wide swatch, with the center line of the present highway as a mid-point.

Binghamton University was named in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on January 22, regarding collaboration between industry and academia in solar energy. Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced an academic coalition between The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) and five research universities in New York. Based on the agreement, Binghamton University, along with four other universities, will work with TSEC to solve technical problems from within the solar industry preventing more efficient and cheaper solar technology from going to market. The ultimate goal is to create a solar industry hub in Ulster County. The state so far has put $3.2 million toward the consortium and solar energy research.

David Cingranelli, professor of political science, was a guest on WMAC’s America in the Morning radio show (GA) on January 22. The focus of the show was on the 2008 United States presidential elections, where the topic of illegal immigration was discussed. Cingranelli also appeared on KGAB’s The Morning Show with Dave Chaffin (WY) on January 24, where he discussed the issue of sub-prime lenders and borrowers.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was featured in The Record (NJ) on January 24, regarding high school student volunteers and community service in terms of college admissions. “At Binghamton University, we don’t require volunteerism, nor do we handicap a student who has not done community service. We do look for candidates who will enrich our campus community, and this enrichment can take many forms,” Brown said. “Some students have to work; others have leadership activities illustrated through different types of involvement: student government, Scouting, athletics, internships, music or religious activities.”

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in The Washington Times (DC) on January 25, regarding former President Bill Clinton’s tone and attitude when addressing media. “Clinton goes after the media to control the story himself, and tell reporters what’s in bounds and what’s out of bounds. When he appears fired up and overheated, Clinton also can upstage other stories, particularly from his rivals,” said McNulty.

The Boston Globe featured a book review by Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, general literature and rhetoric on January 27. This month, Rosenberg has reviewed Mary McCarthy’s “A Closer Look.” As the author of more than 20 books for young readers, she reviews and writes about young people’s books each month.

Sandra Michael, distinguished service professor of biological sciences, was a featured speaker for the greater Evolution Weekend according to Episcopal Life Online (NY) on January 28. The third annual Evolution Weekend, February 8-10, was marked by members of more than 100 Episcopal congregations calling upon scientists and science educators in their communities to employ their skills as preachers and teachers. Michael spoke and led a study group at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Michael, who as a member of the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith contributed to the Catechism of Creation, will use it as a basis for her work with the congregation.

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in The Washington Times (DC) on January 29 for his comments on a poll regarding presidential candidates. The American public does not feel particularly emotional about any of the White House hopefuls, according to a Fox 5, The Washington Times and Rasmussen poll recently released. Overall, just 34 percent of the respondents said they are “passionate and deeply committed to a particular presidential candidate,” the survey found. “I am not surprised by these results. Most people don’t pay attention to politics when the election is so far off,” said McNulty.

Kenneth Lindsay, professor emeritus of art history, was featured in the February issue of The Smithsonian Magazine regarding “Monuments Men” during World War II. Lindsay served amongst 350 “Monuments Men,” a group of art historians, museum curators, professors and soldiers and sailors of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section. Their task was find, secure and return the millions of pieces of art, sculpture, books, jewelry, furniture, tapestries and other cultural artifacts looted, lost or displaced during Hitler’s Nazi regime. Lindsay was charged with preparing a 300-room structure, which survived repeated bombings at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point, for a shipment of art scheduled to arrive from wartime repositories. “It was a nightmare. We had to get the old building going. Well, fine, but where do you find 2,000 pieces of glass in a bombed-over city?” said Lindsay. (DC) contributor, Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in a question and answer letter on January 29. Mazrui and David Ohito, senior reporter with The Standard (Kenya), exchanged letters in which they discussed the question of whether Kenya is heading toward a civil war. According to Mazrui, “We are still far from a civil war,” but “the situation is grave.”

Michael Frame, director of federal relations, has been named as the chairman of the Young Leaders Congress (YLC) as announced in US States News on January 29 and The Albany Times Union on January 30. The YLC is a group of young leaders charged with tapping the collective strength of the next generation throughout the state to engage their peers in addressing the state’s net loss of young people. “We are planning an action-oriented agenda for 2008 that will allow anyone across New York to make an impact in their community,” said Frame.

Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronic Manufacturing was mentioned in the online magazine FabTech (UK) on January 29 regarding the United States Display Consortium (USDC) Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference. The seventh annual USDC conference focused on roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing. According to the article, “The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) facility coming together at SUNY Binghamton…will be essential in moving the R2R tool infrastructure forward.”

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