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In the News

July 2008

Subimal Chatterjee, professor in the School of Management, was featured in the Times of India newspaper on July 7 regarding a new study on box office sequels. Chatterjee believes movie sequels do better week-by-week, compared to non-sequel movies. He also suggests that the study offers movie studios key managerial insight. “We here at the University are greatly interested in movies, whether Hollywood or Bollywood and doing research on them is something we love,” said Chatterjee.

Eugene Stevens, professor of chemistry, was quoted in the online journal RedOrbit on July 7 for his explanation of biodegradable plastic standards. As a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials, Stevens has conducted research on biopolymers for more than 30 years. “It’s a little complicated, but in general, if it biodegrades to 90 percent within six months in an industrial composting environment with no toxic components, that’s compostable,” said Stevens.

Burrell Montz, chair of geography, was mentioned in several articles about flood insurance in the DesMoines Register (Ia.), Sioux City Journal (Ia.) and Insurance Journal (Ca.) throughout July. Montz, a “flood expert,” suggested that many Iowan homeowners figure there is little if any chance that flooding will affect their properties. Furthermore, many of them believe that the federal government will care for them if they lack insurance, according to Montz.

Anthony Kendall, president of the Alumni Association, was featured in the July issue of Earthtimes and on regarding his promotion to CEO of Mitchell & Titus. Mitchell & Titus is the largest minority-controlled accounting, audit, tax, and business advisory firm in the United States. Kendall received his MBA in finance and taxation and a B.S. in accounting from the University. He will replace the firm’s current CEO and founder, Bert Mitchell.

Stanley Salthe, visiting professor of biological sciences, was featured in the online news source Scoop on July 11 where he discussed evolution. Salthe, who recently hosted an online conversation among scientists about an article on natural selection, dismisses the theory. Salthe defines Darwin’s theory of evolution as “just unexplainable caprice from top to bottom” and “what evolves is just what happened to happen.”

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in The Times of India newspaper on July 12 regarding workplace rumors and gossip. “In spite of its pretty negative connotations, gossip can play an important role in policing behavior,” said Wilson.

Jessica Fridrich, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and her method of photo tampering detection was noted in PC Magazine & Extreme Tech on July 14. Photoshop forgery detectors have been using algorithms based on Fridrich’s “Detection of Copy-Move Forgery in Digital Images” to identify photography fraud.

Reinhard Bernbeck, professor of anthropology, was interviewed about a world archaeological congress (WAC) resolution in The Berliner Zeitung (Germany) on July 14. Recently, the WAC introduced a resolution that expresses itself against a participation of its members at American war plans against Iran. “The collaboration with the military in the preparation of an attack means nothing other than that the archeologist is involved in the attack. That is ethically objectionable,” expressed Bernbeck. As an “expert on Iran,” Bernbeck did not consider it realistic that archaeological sites in Iran could escape the destruction caused by war.

Bob Griffin, marketing director of Sodexho, was interviewed about late-night dining options on colleges and universities in QSR Magazine (NC) on July 15. According to Griffin, “there are so many aspects to it late-night dining. The food students are looking for late night is an interesting topic to begin with.” Students at the University can visit four Nite Owl Café locations across campus for late night dining. Taco Bell and Freshens stay open until 11 p.m. in warmer weather. SNAX also delivers pizza, wings, Chinese food, ice cream and more on campus. Students can use their meal plans to make purchases at any of these locations.

Mary Ann Swain, provost and VP of academic affairs, discussed the proposal of a new law school in The Albany Times Union and RedOrbit on July 21. “Binghamton would fill the need for a low-cost public law school,” said Swain. Low tuition would mean more students would graduate with less debt, and according to Swain, that would help them find work in the public sector.

Maria Gillan, professor of English, was featured in The Herald News (NJ) on July 21 regarding the use of her poetry in an upcoming course. Gillan’s poems will be one of the subjects of a poetry course offered at Swansea University in Wales. Her poetry will be taught alongside that of literary icons Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. “I hope I am still writing poetry even if I have to hold the pen in my teeth,” said Gillan.

Thomas Kowalik, director of Continuing Education and Outreach, was featured in The New York Times on July 27. He was quoted as saying, “the notion that summer is a crucial piece of an academic program is a new idea to colleges.” Kowalik says colleges have traditionally looked at summer as an afterthought, mostly a way to market to outsiders. But according to the North American Association of Summer Sessions, 87% of summer enrollees are an institution’s regular students. “Increasingly, colleges are recognizing summer sessions as found treasure,” said Kowalik.

William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in Science Illustrated on July 31 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. “Our reconstruction shows them to be a lot longer and much more treelike than any of the reconstructions before,” Stein told LiveScience. The tree stood nearly 30 feet tall and looked like a modern palm.

Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and director/professor of materials science and engineering, was quoted in Technology Review (Ma.) on July 29 regarding battery technology for electric vehicles. Whittingham believes new processes in battery technology “will also need to compete with other promising experimental manufacturing methods,” in regards to lithium-iron phosphate production as opposed to costly lithium cobalt oxide.

Michael Sharp, assistant professor of English, and his online alias Rex Parker were featured in New York Magazine on July 30 for his contributions to the New York Times crossword puzzle. “Rex Parker Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle” is a popular blog that many people visit to get clues on The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Binghamton University was featured in over 25 news publications including Earthtimes (UK), The San Francisco Business Times, and Fox Business News Network after being named one of 11 colleges in the nation included in The Princeton Review’s first-ever “green rating.” The schools were ranked using measures such as the University’s commitments to environmental responsibility and how well the school teaches it students to be good environmental citizens.

Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility was featured in The Finger Lake Times on July 30 for its support of workers looking for artifacts that might have been buried in Geneva, NY. The State Department of Transportation is doing a cultural resource survey to determine whether to do reconstruction work in the area.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10