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June 2008

Binghamton University’s Think Tank, an online network of advocates, was featured in The Nonprofit Communications Report (Ia.) on June 1. With approximately 1,000 registered members, “think tank advocates have access to a variety of tools and resources to guarantee that their voices - and Binghamton University’s value – are recognized in Albany and Washington,” said Gail Glover, director of media relations. According to Glover, the think tank was created to make more people aware of Binghamton’s value and vision, and the impact it makes on students, the community and the state. Visit for more information.

Christopher Bishop, assistant professor of psychology, was featured in MedicalNewsToday (UK) on June 1 regarding a grant to study Parkinson’s disease. Bishop will receive $1.33 million from the National Institutes of Health to support Parkinson’s research that will focus not only on the treatment of the disease but also on the side effects of treatment. “We are beginning to believe that dyskinesia is actually the inability to suppress motor memories as a result of the drug’s stimulation,” said Bishop. His focus will be on serotonin compounds that reduce glutamate following L-DOPA treatment.

Results of a new study by Chris Reiber, assistant professor of anthropology, were featured in several publications including OBGYN & Reproduction Week, Health & Medicine Week and Gastroenterology Week throughout June. The study is titled ‘An evolutionary model of premenstrual syndrome.’

Professors David Sloan Wilson and Leslie Heywood were mentioned in several letters to the editor printed in The New York Times on June 3 regarding their proposed New Humanities Initiative. One contributor stated, “I cannot overemphasize the value of opportunities like Binghamton University’s New Humanities Initiative.” Another contributor was “pleased to read of Wilson and Heywood’s efforts at the University to bring the arts and science together at the collegiate level of study.”

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, The Economic Times (India), Cheers (Estonia), The Courier Mail (Australia) and a number of other publications in June regarding workplace gossip. According to Wilson, gossip can play an important role in policing behavior. “Gossip is highly moralistic and functions as a social control system,” said Wilson.

Researchers from Binghamton University were featured in Discovery Channel News and Daily India on June 5 regarding an experimental satellite propulsion system. Researchers at the University put a test satellite into a vacuum chamber and then shot charged ions at the spacecraft, simulating conditions in outer space. The system would use the Earth’s magnetic field instead of chemical propellants to zip around our planet. According to researchers, the propulsion system could speed satellite along at more than four and a half miles per second.

Subimal Chatterjee, professor in the School of Management, was featured in India Daily, Thaindian Daily (Thailand), Top News (India), StarArticle (UK), KCIT-TV FOX News (Tx.), WTVT-TV FOX News (Fl.), HULIQ (Nc.), The Telegraph (India) and Calgary Today – AM770 CHQR (Canada) throughout June regarding box office sequels. Chatterjee, along with a researcher from Florida Atlantic University, found that sequels usually don’t make as much money as the first film. However, week-by-week, they do better than non-sequel movies. According to Chatterjee, the shorter the turnaround between the original and the sequel, the better off it usually does. Their study was released in the July Journal of Business Research.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was interviewed on WILK Radio (Pa.) on June 6 regarding cyberbullying. During the discussion, Muscari provided guidance on spotting the warning signs of cyberbullying and how to help children manage the issue.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in The Syracuse Post-Standard on June 7 regarding road rage and traffic. “Most people are moderately cooperative and will happily sit in line in the right-hand lane. Trouble is, some people are not so civic-minded,” said Wilson. In terms of evolution, civic-minded drivers are most likely to thrive. According to Wilson, socializing for the common good is a fundamental instinct of survival.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in The Daily News (Tx.) on June 7 regarding text messaging. Muscari, who has written a number of books on the topic of text messaging, said “conversation is more a female issue and technology is more of a male issue, so text messaging is actually appealing to both genders on different levels.” Although text messaging allows people to stay in touch with friends and family, “overusing text messaging communication may impair social interaction skills,” said Muscari.

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed on WMTR (NJ) regarding Sen. Clinton’s concession speech on June 8. McNulty discussed what Clinton’s departure will mean to the Obama campaign and if it would bring unity to the Democratic Party. He also talked about Obama’s consideration of Sen. Clinton to join him on the ‘ticket.’ In another interview with CKNW (Canada) on June 15, McNulty discussed Obama vs. McCain, along with voter turnout. McNulty was also interviewed on NPR on June 24 where he discussed his opinion on a new study that reveals where you vote affects how you vote. McNulty believes that although voting locations have some influence, it probably does not have much practical significance. “Unless an election is exceedingly close, this is not going to matter much and it is only going to matter if you have a disproportionate number of polling places in churches or schools or what have you,” said McNulty.

Binghamton University commencement ceremonies were featured on TRT-Turkish Radio and Television throughout June. The national public broadcaster of Turkey aired commencement ceremonies, including the dual-diploma program’s graduation ball. Participants of the Turkish dual-diploma program allows for eligible Turkish students to graduate with degrees from both Binghamton University and qualified Turkish universities.

The Binghamton University School of Management was featured in AccountingWeb on June 12 regarding a partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers. PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to financially support renovations to Webster Street Park in Binghamton for the benefit of students and local residents. Over 100 BU students, representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Parks Department employees gathered to improve and reopen the park. Mayor Ryan declared May 2 as PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars Day in the City of Binghamton.

Kathryn Sklar, distinguished professor of history, was featured in The MinnPost (Mn.) on June 16 regarding the Democratic Party presidential nomination. A seven-member panel of history professors were invited to interpret the campaign’s historical importance at the University of Minnesota, titled “Clinton and Obama: Historians Reflect on Historic Candidacies.” Sklar summed up the tight Democratic Party race as a “double-first,” in terms of a woman and an African-American. “She opened the door for other women. She made it easier for other women to run. We owe her a lot,” said Sklar, referring to Clinton.

Bill McCarthy, associate director of the Career Development Center, was featured in MSN Careers (Ca.) and on June 25 regarding things to ponder before taking your first job. “If location, location, location is the slogan for real estate, then networking, networking, networking is the mantra for career development and landing full-time jobs,” says McCarthy. Don’t wait until you need a job to utilize your network, he offered.

Brian Hazlett, director of undergraduate recruitment, was featured in College Admission Professionals Network (Ca.) regarding the creation of a social network for college admission professionals. Hazlett created The College Admission Professionals Network when he realized no such network existed and less than a month later, almost 400 members from around the world have joined. The Network allows admissions professionals to connect with each other, as well as share news and information.

Andrew Morris, associate director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in The Greentree Gazette (Fl.) regarding college admissions. “Alumni volunteers are our regional sales staffs. They know who our customers might be in other parts of the country. They know where the marketing programs or opportunities may be. They even speak the local language,” said Morris. Alumni volunteers can usually spot a student who will benefit from four years at a college or university.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was featured on NBC 4 (D.C.) on June 22 regarding a growing demand for AP high school classes. According to Brown, “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 also explained “Life is made by what you make of the college experience.”

Kevin Sheridan, project director of the Public Archaeology Facility, was featured in The Palladium Times (Oswego) on June 25 regarding a new archaeological analysis. According to Sheridan, the study on the western part of county Route 45, adjacent to its intersection with Route 481, “is just a preliminary survey.” The Public Archaeology Facility team is deployed in circumstances concerning development to assess the construction site, assuring there is no historical material present in the surrounding land.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10