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In the News

May 2009

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was interviewed in the online magazine Nature for his research on altruistic behavior. Wilson’s findings suggest that modern group theory has come to show selection and adaptation at the individual, familial and societal levels.

Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research and professor in biological sciences, was interviewed in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, The Ithaca Journal and Star Gazette about the future of solar energy in the Southern Tier. Sonnenfeld predicted that solar panels will reach the masses in the next 10 years, but only if they become lighter, more flexible and less expensive.

Chuan-Jian Zhong, professor of chemistry, was featured in Nano Technology Weekly and the Journal of Technology & Science for his research on the composition and surface properties of nanoparticles and their magnetic properties.

Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, was featured in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin for being awarded the title Cavaliere along with The Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. The Italian government honored him for his work as a professor, scholar and supporter of Italian culture around the world.

Graduate student Andrew Gallup was interviewed in the Vancouver Sun and Calgary Herald regarding his research on the effects of bullying and how it shapes sexual behavior later in life. It was concluded that girls who are bullied become more sexually active and have more partners as a result, while boys tend to regress sexually and become sexually stigmatized.

Binghamton doctoral student Laura Warren Hill was interviewed in The Democrat & Chronicle for her development of the Rochester Black Freedom Struggle project. The project will feature online transcripts and video interviews from the 1964 Rochester civil rights riots as well as online exhibits of African-American history of the 20th century.

Mary Muscari, associate professor of nursing, was interviewed on the Rochester area paper MPNnow’s website in response to the school suicide by Canandaigua student Thomas Kane. Muscari offered insight on how the narcissistic mindset of Kane could have contributed to the suicide, and the correlation between winter depression and violence. Muscari was also interviewed in Thaindian News, News Track India and multiple other global news markets for her research on the dangers of teens sending sexually charged or erotic cell phone messages or pictures. Muscari points out the unforeseen dangers of “sexting” and gives steps parents can take to prevent their child from being victimized by it.

S.G. Grant, dean of the Graduate School of Education, had an article published in Education Week on methods of how to accurately measure the amount of knowledge that students retain.  Grant points out an experiment where he tested the knowledge a child had of Christopher Columbus before engaging in a discussion on the complexities of Columbus’ representations. His study pointed to flaws in the test-based accountability system found in education.

Binghamton University was referenced on the MSN website as the top collegiate value for out-of state students. The article points out that out-of-state students pay just one-third more than in-state students at Binghamton, less than one-half of many of the pricier private colleges.

Researchers at Binghamton University were featured in The Press Republican in regard to a study of how the amount of student homework affects performance.  The study, conducted by Daniel Henderson, associate professor of economics, concludes that excess homework helps the top and bottom percentile students rather than average achieving students. The article points to low American standardized test scores as a contributing factor for teacher’s heavy homework load for students.

R. Scott Hanson, visiting assistant professor of history, was featured in The Journal News in an article about Flushing, Queens and its saturation of religious houses of worship. Within the 2.5 square miles of Flushing, there are over 200 places of worship.  Hanson is releasing a book titled, “City of Gods” about Flushing, slated to be published soon.

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Last Updated: 12/19/11