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Paul Reiser '77 earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in music with a major in piano and composition at Binghamton before hitting the big time on the comedy circuit in New York City and moving in to acting.
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In the News

October 2008

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in Yahoo! News, and in Quips and Tips for Health Woman (Canada) in October. Muscari discussed her recommendations on how to protect your children on Halloween night. She suggests that parents dress their children in costumes that allow for adequate vision and mobility, trick or treat in daylight hours, and that they carry flashlights and cell phones.

Hiroki Sayama, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Shelly Dionne, associate professor in the School of Management, were featured in Reliable Plant magazine in October regarding a grant their research team received by The National Science Foundation. The collective dynamics of complex systems (CoCo) researchers focus on human-decision making. The $550,000, three-year NSF grant will support a project focused on an evolutionary perspective on decision-making. Dionne stated, "When you bring people with different backgrounds together, you sometimes get better decisions."

Daniel Henderson, associate professor of economics, was featured in The Daily Times (AL) on October 6 regarding a study on the effects of math homework. Henderson said,"We found that if a teacher has a high-achieving group of students, pushing them harder by giving them more homework could be beneficial...Similarly, if a teacher has a low ability class, assigning more homework may help since they may not have been pushed hard enough." The study also found that for the average class, homework was not the most effective way to improve student achievement. For these groups of students professors should be using other methods to help their students reach a higher level of success in the classroom.

Bill McCarthy, associate director of the Career Development Center, was quoted in The Examiner (Co.) on October 10 where he discussed how to achieve success at a career fair. In order to be a successful attendee, make a good impression and "begin with a strong handshake make eye contact and have a resume ready to give to the recruiter," suggests McCarthy. He also advises to "look the part" and "respect the recruiter's time."

Binghamton University was featured on (Australia) and Empire State News (Albany) regarding the construction that has begun on the university's new engineering and science facility. Lois B. DeFleur, Binghamton University President, was quoted stating, "This is one of largest projects the University has undertaken and will have significant impact on the education of our students and on the discoveries and innovative ideas of our faculty."

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, spoke to the Scranton Times, Standard Speaker, Citizens Voice and Towanda Daily Review (Pa.) on October 13 regarding Senator Clinton's endorsement of Senator Obama for president. He also discussed Biden's speculative flip-flop on clean coal in The Scranton-Times Tribune, The Scranton Times and The Citizen Voice (Pa.) on October 17. McNulty was also featured in an interview on the Sean Leslie Show, CKNW (Canada), on October 18 where he discussed the presidential election.

Binghamton University graduate Sean Cunningham has been announced as the winner of the "I Love NY Short Film Competition," according to the Associated Press, The Albany Legislative Gazette, WTEN (Albany), WRNN (Rye Brook), WHAM (Rochester), WCAX-TV (VT) and numerous other publications in October. Films were judged by their ability to creatively portray the beauty of New York and its 11 tourism regions. The cinema major's film, "Discover a Different NY," starts off at a graduation party then goes on to highlight regional attractions in the Finger Lakes and Ithaca area. Cunningham's commercial will makes its debut during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition, Justin Hartough, a current senior cinema major at Binghamton University, won the Student Filmmaker Award for his film titled, "Crab Meadow."

Thomas Wilson, chair and professor of anthropology, was quoted in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) and MacroWorld Investor (NC) on October 18 and 19, respectively, regarding the effect of how drinking is deeply engrained in many cultures. "In many societies, perhaps the majority, drinking alcohol is a key practice in the expression of identity, an element in the construction of and dissemination of national and other cultures."

John McNulty, professor of political science, was featured on Capital 9 News (Albany) on October 30 regarding the Bradley Effect in voting behavior. The Bradley Effect is the idea that white voters tell pollsters that they will vote for a black candidate but find themselves unable to do so when they enter the voting booth. "In principle it almost has to exist, because we know racism is part of the human condition. And it's going to affect a certain portion of the votes. What we don't know is if it's big enough to make a difference.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in numerous publications in October including USA Today, the Honolulu Advertiser, The Daily Record (PA), The News-Press (Fort Myers) regarding a significant increase in applications at Binghamton University. According to Brown, "The financial situation is leading more families to look at affordability." The articles stated that Binghamton University is the most selective campus in the State University of New York System, and due to its status and economic affordability applications are running 50 percent ahead of last year.

Herbert Bix, professor of history and sociology, was featured in Foreign Policy and Focus, a website that publishes briefs and reports on politics, public policy, and law, on October 20. Professor Bix contributed an article to the site on the Russo-Georgian War in the Caucuses. He discusses the causes of the conflict, which have been debated by political scientists in recent months, and notes the importance of protecting the Russian controlled energy resources in the area.

Lois B. DeFleur was featured in the New York Times, Business Week, and numerous other publications in October regarding the fifty percent increase in applications the university has seen since the onset of the financial crisis. DeFleur stated, "that the university had seen a stead increase in applications even before the fiscal crisis but its looks this year like it's going to be a quantum leap. People want value. They always want value. But in this environment, they're even more concerned with value." Bob Sweeny, a college counselor at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester said, "I tell people that SUNY Binghamton is becoming the new Harvard."

Miguel Vilar, Department of Anthropology, was featured in Genetics & Environment Health Week, Genetics & Environment Business Week, Genomics & Genetics Weekly, and Genetics and Environment Law Weekly, regarding a study providing new insights to genetics.

Professor Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global and Cultural Studies, was featured in The Daily Monitor in Kampala, Uganda. Mazrui explores the emerging power of Africans in world politics. "As Africa insists on its relationship with other world regions, it must stand ready to selectively borrow, adapt, and creatively formulate its strategies for planned development.

Binghamton's Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), was featured on (a London based news source) and in The Empire State News, regarding the
four million dollars in funding the center received from the federal government. Binghamton President Lois B. DeFleur and Seshu Desu, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science were featured as well. Desu said, "We all feel the pinch of rising energy costs and as a society, need to explore alternatives. At the Watson School, our faculty and students are working on addressing the greatest challenges of our technology-intensive society and harnessing low-ost alternative energy sources is at the forefront of our priorities."

Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured in numerous publications in October including Mental Health Weekly, Health & Medicine Week, Biotech Week, & Fitness and Wellness Week regarding a study on personality disorders. Lezenweger stated, "The median prevalence for any personality disorder is 10.6%, which is reasonably consistent across six major studies spanning three nations." The research concluded that since one in ten people suffer from a personality disorder it represents a major health concern needing the attention of researchers.

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Last Updated: 6/22/10