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June 2011

Douglas Bradburn, associate professor of history, discussed the Declaration of Independence in the June 3 edition of the Press & Sun Bulletin and noted, "the individual signers are less important than how their document has been used as the credo of American life."

Binghamton University’s Office of Parking Services and its employees were featured in the Elmira Star Gazette, The Ithaca Journal, the Press & Sun Bulletin, YNN and WICZ TV on June 4. Employees volunteered as part of an effort to renovate the Human Society’s animal shelter. Materials were also donated by Binghamton University's Office of Parking Services.

David Hacker, associate professor of history, was featured in the UK journal PhysOrg on June 6. His look at survival rates of men and women during the civil war revealed that the war’s death toll actually numbered around 750,000 - an estimate 20% higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. “The traditional estimate has become iconic,” Hacker says. “It’s been quoted for the last hundred years or more.”

David Sloan Wilson, distinguished biologist and anthropology professor, was the highlight of a three-page feature in the June 8th edition of Nature magazine. The article discussed his research using Darwin’s theory of natural selection to improve life in the city of Binghamton. Wilson has taken on numerous community projects and hopes that his research, while providing a deeper understanding of evolutionary biology will also promote group cooperation and greater social good in Binghamton. "I really wanted to see a map of altruism," he says. "…Now is the implementation phase." This interview was also featured on WIVT-TV on June 17.

Johann Fiore-Conte, director of Health and Counseling services, was quoted by WIVT-TV and Binghamton Today on June 17, regarding the Decker Student Health Services Center achieving accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for a fifth consecutive three-year period. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC – an independent, not-for-profit organization – has closely examined our facility and procedures. It mans that we as an organization care enough about our students to strive for the highest care possible.”

Tony Preus, professor of philosophy, was quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 19 discussing rationality and mentioned that the framers of the U.S. Constitution read Aristotle “and effectively tried to put his recommendations into effect.”

Ann Fronczek, director of undergraduate programs and faculty member in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, was featured on WIVT TV and Binghamton Today, June 21 and 22 respectively, for her participation in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. The prestigious fellowship admits only 50-60 participants nationwide each year and the program is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in the nursing field.

Five faculty members were recognized as distinguished professors in Binghamton Today on June 21. Ron Miles, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research for the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science; Bahgat Sammakia, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center and interim vice president for research; and Shelemyahu Zacks, professor of mathematical sciences were named as Binghamton University’s newest distinguished professors. James Pitarresi, professor of mechanical engineering, was promoted to distinguished teaching professor. John Frazier, professor of geography, was promoted to distinguished service professor.

Justin Garcia, adjunct lecturer in health and wellness studies, was quoted in the June 24 edition of the Huffington Post regarding a recent study linking genetics and infidelity amongst zebra finches. "It is very promising and very interesting, because we are getting closer to understanding the biological foundation of mating and reproduction." Justin was also interviewed on CTV News in Canada and his study was featured in the Bottom Line Personal, The Toronta Star,, and FYI Health.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in a NY Times article on June 25 discussing whether shyness can be considered an evolutionary tactic. His illustrative experiment using pumpkinseed sunfish determined that “there is no single best ... [animal] personality…but rather a diversity of personalities maintained by natural selection.”

Guangwen Zhou, associate professor and mechanical engineer, was featured in UK journal PhysOrg on June 27, in Oregon on June 28, A to Z, Australia and on June 30. Guangwen recently received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program to support his research to create reaction models for the reduction of metal oxides which could lead to “greener" electronics-manufacturing processes.

Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in CSP Magazine, the Press & Sun Bulletin, the Elmira Star-Gazette, The Ithaca Journal, the Times-Herald Record, the San Antonio Express, and MSNBC explaining why higher than average rain fall amplified the mosquito population this year.

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Last Updated: 7/18/11