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May 2008

Wendy Martinek, associate professor of political science, was quoted in US News & World Report on May 1 regarding federal judicial nominations. “What’s really key is the fact that the balance of the Supreme Court has changed pretty dramatically. If you look at the Supreme Court, there’s a much bigger effect and a much bigger legacy,” said Martinek, who has researched judicial nominations.

President Lois DeFleur was featured in Aviation for Women magazine in May regarding the “catalyst for many of her successes,” a black and gold-striped single-engine Piper Comanche 260C airplane. DeFleur explains how her aviation skills have helped her excel professionally and attain key posts in many prestigious institutions. She goes on to mention how flying airplanes has contributed to her own leadership abilities. “I talk about decisive and courageous leadership. Flying forces you to make decisions, just like a good leader has to do,” said DeFleur.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in Science Daily, MedicalNewsToday and Biotech Week as well as a number of other publications in May regarding new research. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Wilson suggests that individuals who behave altruistically are vulnerable to exploitation by more selfish individuals within their own group, but groups of altruists can robustly out-compete more selfish groups.

Jonathan Krasno, director of undergraduate political science, was quoted in USA Today on May 2 regarding Democratic presidential campaign donations. Since January 2007, Sen. Obama has collected more than $101 million in small donations, using the Internet to shatter many fundraising records. According to Krasno, Obama’s small donor outreach is “staggering…He has done more to get their donations than I thought was possible.” As for Sen. Clinton, she has had to find “new donors to compete with his fundraising success and to pay for a race that lasted longer than expected,” said Krasno.

Andrew Morris, associate director of undergraduate admissions, was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 2 regarding alumni in student recruitment. He is in charge of coordinating 1,400 registered alumni volunteers. According to Morris, these volunteers act as a “force multiplier,” populating booths at admissions fairs, writing letters to perspective students and welcoming accepted students on the campus in spring.

H. Stephen Straight, professor of anthropology, linguistics and vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs, authored an article published in Inside Higher Ed on May 5 titled “But Where Does That Leave French?” Straight stated he is “eager to understand the current Foreign Language trends in the U.S.” and that he is “puzzled by the decreasing enrollment in specifically French classes.” The article goes on to promote the necessity of French as an essential international language.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was mentioned in (DC) on May 5 regarding the strong impression he left on a student. During Mazrui’s time as Research Professor at the University of Oxford, his influence persuaded a student of his, Louis Johnson, to pursue his interest in Nigerian studies. Johnson states that his “interest in Nigeria grew into love.”

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in The Boston Globe on May 11 regarding literary study and criticism. The article concludes that without a “robust study of literature there can be no adequate reckoning of the human condition.” Sloan states that “the natural history of our species” is written in love poems, adventure stories, fables, myths, tales and novels.

Findings of a new study by Elena Varlinskaya, research professor of psychology, were featured in Mental Health Weekly Digest, Science Letter and Biotech Week among several other publications in May. The study titled ‘Social interactions in adolescent and adult Sprague-Dawley rats: impact of social deprivation and test context familiarity’ concluded “these findings confirm that different forms of social behavior are differentially sensitive to social deprivation across ontogeny.”

Yulong Chen, assistant professor of biological sciences, released findings of a new study in the medical journal Current Medicinal Chemistry according to Pharma Business Week, Science Letter and Biotech Week among many other publications on May 19. “The other side of the opioid story: modulation of cell growth and survival signaling” was the title of the study.

James (Jim) Van Voorst, vice president for administration, was mentioned in The Legislative Gazette (Albany) regarding his appointment as SUNY interim vice chancellor for finance and administration. He received unanimous support from the SUNY Board of Trustees. “I thank the Board of Trustees for appointing me to this position, and I am grateful for the support and confidence of Interim Chancellor Clark,” said Van Voorst.

Binghamton University was named in a ranking conducted by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) released in the May issue of Forbes Magazine. CCAP essentially measures colleges and universities by student satisfaction and results using an array of non-traditional ranking methods, such as and the list of Who’s Who in America. The University was ranked 57th of all national universities and 16th of all national public universities.

Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and director/professor of materials science and engineering, was featured in Silicon Investor (Wa.) on May 19 regarding battery technology for electric vehicles. Whittingham, inventor of the first commercial lithium-ion battery, expects battery capacity for electric vehicles to double but the real advances will be in safety, longevity and cost. A challenge will be removing cobalt from the production of lithium-ion batteries. “There’s just not enough [cobalt] in the world,” said Whittingham, who is working on mixed-electrodes, which requires little to no cobalt.

Benita Roth, associate professor of sociology, was featured in The MidWeek Newspaper (Il.) on May 21 regarding the “Feminist Presence in American Politics.” Roth spoke recently at Northern Illinois University about the future of women’s studies and feminism. “We need to reshape our institutions…we have to work for change from the inside and the outside,” said Roth. She is the author of “Separate Roads to Feminism,” published in 2006.

J. David Hacker, assistant professor of history, was quoted in The Chicago Tribune (Il.) on May 22 regarding the popularity of the name Aiden. According to Hacker, Aiden comes from an old Gaelic word meaning “fire” and it wasn’t remotely popular in the U.S. during the 19th Century. Aiden and other variations of the name have become No. 1 for newborn boys.

Binghamton University’s involvement in a study involving gender stereotypes was featured in The New York Times on May 23. Binghamton University, University of Missouri and University of Minnesota found that male business students rated their desire to pursue entrepreneurial goals higher than female students after reading articles that subtletly linked entrepreneurship with men. The study is to be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology later this year.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was quoted on on May 23 regarding his belief that religion can be adaptive. Wilson explained that if cooperation and group identity helps individuals stay alive and pass on genes, then religion is evolutionarily important, even if we made it up. According to the article, religion is often essential for our psychological well-being.

Thomas Wilson, chair and professor of anthropology, was featured in The Albany Times-Union on May 25 regarding the relationship between border-states. Differences between border-states in a common country aren’t as frequent as those between neighboring nations, according to Wilson, who studies border regions. “Yet historians and other scholars have much evidence that the histories of our state borderlines, of states and their past and present sovereignties, often have major effects on society at and across borders – think of dry versus wet states,” Wilson said.

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was interviewed by radio host Joey Martin of CIBU 94.5-The Bull (Ontario, Canada) on May 26. During the two-hour discussion, Muscari provided guidance on spotting the warning signs and how to help children manage cyberbullying.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, and Leslie Heywood, director/professor of graduate English, general literature and rhetoric, were featured in The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune (France) on May 27 and RedOrbit (Tx.) on May 29 regarding a program designed to unite art and science. The New Humanities Initiative is intended to build on some of the themes explored in Wilson’s evolutionary studies program and which he describes in his recent work “Evolution for Everybody.” According to Wilson, “there are more similarities than differences between the humanities and the sciences, and some of the stereotypes have to be altered.”

President Lois DeFleur was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 28 regarding the 60th annual meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. DeFleur was one of three panel members who discussed the challenges of infusing more of a global perspective on campus. DeFleur noted ways in which a leader “can set the tone and provide direction.”

H. Stephen Straight, vice provost for academic affairs, was featured in Inside Higher Ed on May 28 regarding the creation of a “Global Vision.” According to Straight, the University has had an eight-credit “Creating a Global Vision” general education requirement subdivided into two four-credit components. “What we are endeavoring to convey is that domestic and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is not a unique phenomenon, is not unique to the U.S., that virtually all cultures have become pluralistic,” Straight said.

Christopher Bishop, assistant professor of psychology, was featured in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) on May 29 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 in 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.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10