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November 2010

Tim K. Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, and J. Koji Lum, professor of anthropology and biological sciences, were featured in several publications including The Digital Journal, Softpedia and Astrobiology Magazine in November about the $400K grant they recently received to study a trapped ecosystem. Lowenstein and Lum are looking to uncover secrets of ancient bacteria trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals.

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was interviewed by KY3-TV on Nov. 28, regarding Wilson’s studies on the way people decorate their homes at Christmas and how the density of decorating reflects community strength. “It turns out that the urge to decorate your house is an expression of neighborliness. Some of the best neighborhoods literally glow more brightly,” Wilson said.

Steven J. Lynn, distinguished professor of psychology, was mentioned in Psychology Today on Nov. 25, regarding suburban warrior syndrome which describes a person’s dissatisfaction with the modern world. According to Lynn, “Escaping to another dimension is normal: Most people spend about half of their time daydreaming and fantasizing."

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was interviewed by several media around the world including Medical News Today, Yahoo News, The Chronicle-Herald and EHS on Nov. 24, giving advice on how to lower stress levels during holiday meals. One of Muscari’s tips was, “Take time to give thanks for what you have and encourage your children to do the same."

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was mentioned in 22 publications including MSNBC, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Lowell Sun and The News Sentinel in November, for her advice about how a parent should get through to a child who is acting disrespectfully. Muscari advised, “Be consistent and put the rules in writing.”

Linda P. Spear, distinguished professor of psychology, was interviewed by Proto Magazine on Nov. 22, regarding teenagers and being under the influence of alcohol. “The brain regions that are undergoing the most rapid changes in adolescence are the most susceptible to being altered by drugs, alcohol and stress,” Spear said.

Merwyn Jones, director of the Linux Technology Center, was recognized by Binghamton Today and WIVT-TV on Nov. 18 as Technology Leader of the Year for his efforts in shaping the technology community through leadership in energy management.

Akbar Muhammad, associate professor of history and Africana studies, was mentioned in The Socialist Worker on Nov. 15, in an article about Islamophobia. Muhammad explained the word “sharia” and said, “it is the term given to define the collectivity of laws that Muslims govern themselves by.”

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was mentioned by Student Pulse on Nov. 13, in an article about female cyber bullying, its causes and prevention strategies. Muscari teaches students to respond to bullying with humor, or by ignoring the attack, and says that may be a better option.

John McNulty, associate professor of political science, was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on Nov. 13, about Sarah Palin being another candidate in waiting with a paid TV gig on TLC. “Politicians have always looked for novel avenues to reach an audience,” he said.

Kalpesh Desai, associate professor of marketing in the School of Management, was mentioned in 17 publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, in articles discussing his study of credit cards increasing impulsive food purchases. According to Desai and colleagues, “First, there is a correlation between unhealthiness and impulsiveness of food items: Unhealthy food items also tend to elicit impulsive responses. Second, cash payments are psychologically more painful than card payments, and this pain of payment can curb the impulsive responses to buy unhealthy food items.”

Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was interviewed by several publications and news services worldwide including Kotaku, United Press International, Bioportfolio and OfficialWire on Nov. 11, in articles about learning a hobby or other complex activity with the help of an adult helping a child avoid developing personality disorders later. “Spending time as a child with a trusted adult reading, learning a hobby or other complex task maybe help a child progress to a richer, more differentiated and fuller psychological experience,” Lenzenweger said.

Adam Flint, adjunct lecturer of Latin American and Caribbean studies, and environmental studies, was interviewed by Fox 40 News regarding polls showing the majority of Broome county residents support gas drilling. Flint, who opposes fracking, said, “If indeed they did not ask people questions to test whether their knowledge was so good as these folks say it is in terms of the facts, no I don’t, but until I see that poll with the questions posted on the county’s website, I have no reason to trust these results.”

Changhong Ke, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was mentioned on TMC News on Nov. 4, in an article recognizing Air Force Office of Scientific Research Award recipients. This grant was only given to 43 scientists and engineers through its young investigator research program.

Zu-Yan Chen, professor of Asian and Asian American studies, was quoted in the Press & Sun Bulletin on Nov. 3, in an article about a performance titled “Songs of Silk” - a celebration of Chinese opera and arts. “This concert is the only one of its kind in the United States. No one else has this combination, so it’s really a chance for our community to appreciate Chinese performance arts,” Chen said.

Pete Napolitano, director of auxiliary services, was featured in FoodService Director on Nov. 2, regarding changes to the traditional freshmen picnic. Instead of hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued chicken, salads and desserts served on long tables, Napolitano challenged Sodexo to come up with something different, and Sodexo followed through with a Hawaiian theme. “It was an amazing sight. It was quite impressive,” Napolitano said.

William G Martin, professor of sociology, was featured in the Press & Sun Bulletin on Nov. 2 in guest viewpoint he wrote about state detention and how he believes it is wrong for upstate and at-risk youths. Martin wrote, “Much money will be saved by closing facilities and prisons, but, as in the closing of mental health facilities a generation ago, poor youth are most likely to be dumped onto the streets and into homeless shelters – and thus be diverted back into the prison pipeline as adults.”

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