President's Report Masthead
September 30, 2014

Media and public relations activities

It was a busy summer for national news hits with some of our most successful outreach to date. Research from Binghamton Psychology Professor Matthew Johnson was the featured cover story for Parade magazine, the most widely read magazine in the U.S., with a readership of 55 million. In addition, the School of Management’s Seth Spain was interviewed live on the set of CBS This Morning and was also featured in the Wall Street Journal

A number of other Binghamton University faculty were recently featured in national media outlets, including: 

Parade magazine. Circulation: 55 million
Happily Ever After: The New Science Behind Wedded Bliss
Featured Matthew Johnson, professor of psychology.

CBS This Morning. Viewership: 2.854 million
Nice guys finish last: How negative traits help in the corporate world
Featured Seth Spain, School of Management.

Popular Mechanics magazine. Circulation: 1.2 million
How Listening Like a Fly Could Lead to Better Sound Detectors
Featured Ronald Miles, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering

Time magazine. Circulation: 3.2 million
6 Weird Scientific Facts About Love
Featured Matthew Johnson, professor of psychology

The Atlantic magazine. Circulation: 477,990
Down but not Out: The Uncertain Future of the Crossword Puzzle
Featured Michael Sharp, assistant professor of English professor

The Wall Street Journal. Circulation: 2.3 million daily, including 900,000 digital.
What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us
Featured Seth Spain, assistant professor of organizational behavior

Health magazine. Circulation: 1.3 million
20 Weird Facts about Sex and Love
Featured Matthew Johnson, professor of psychology

Heirloom Gardener magazine. Circulation: Over 40,000.
Nurturing Bumblebees
Featured Nancy Stamp (author), professor of biological sciences

The Scientist magazine. Circulation: 56,000
Opinion: Bumblebees in Trouble
Featured Nancy Stamp (author), professor of biological sciences

U.S. News & World Report. Circulation: 1.2 million
Featured Ricardo Laremont talking about foreign policy

Albany Times Union. Circulation: 230,000
Features Adam Laats, associate professor of education

Voice of America radio network
Featured David Campbell, associate professor of public administration, talking philanthropy
Binghamton faculty were also featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, YAHOO! Finance, ScienceDaily and The New York Times.

News releases

Top news releases distributed locally and via national newswires in the third quarter of 2014 included faculty focused as well as general campus stories. Some of those that garnered high levels of media interest and resulted in numerous media “hits” were:

    • “Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction of the new Southern Tier High Technology Incubator,” featured a major construction project spearheaded by Binghamton University and the Binghamton University Foundation. President Harvey Stenger joined state and federal representatives as well as numerous community leaders to watch as an excavator broke ground on the $19M Southern Tier High Technology Incubator (STHTI) project.

    • “Binghamton University Professor: Obama’s Legacy at Stake in Campaign Against ISIS,” featured Ricardo René Larémont, professor of political science and sociology, and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

    • “Binghamton University to Build a New $60 Million School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” featured President Harvey Stenger, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state and federal representatives, to announce the $60 million school that will be constructed on a 5.49-acre parcel in Johnson City.

    • The article, “Humans of New York: An Illustration of How IT is Affecting Leadership,” featured School of Management Professor Surinder Kahai for his argument that Humans of New York (HONY) and its author Brandon Stanton illustrate how technology has enabled the emergence of unappointed informal leaders who have a powerful influence over others.

    • “Algorithms Reveal Forecasting Power of Tweets,” featured Binghamton University and researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a division of Xerox Research, who used 500 million tweets to develop algorithms that not only paint a picture of everyday human dynamics, but can predict an individual’s behavior hours in advance.

    • “The Ethics of Giving: Why Not all Charity is Good Charity,” featured David Campbell, associate professor of public administration, who teaches about philanthropy.

    • “Binghamton University Professor: Expect More Violence From ISIS,” featured Ricardo René Larémont, professor of political science and sociology and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, discussing the rising threat of ISIS.

    • “$8.2 Million Grant to Support Binghamton University’s Alcohol Research Efforts,” featured Linda Spear, distinguished professor of psychology and scientific director of the Development Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC), a research center led by Binghamton University.

    • “Binghamton University Breaks Ground for New Smart Energy Facility,” featured Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, who was joined by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $70M, 114,000-square-foot building at the Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal.

    • “Depression is a Disease and It Can Be Deadly,” featured Brandon Gibb, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University.

    • “Binghamton University awarded grant for Battlefield Preservation Project,” featured Michael Jacobson, project director and battlefield research coordinator for PAF. The Binghamton University Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) has been awarded a $28,000, two-year grant by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) for the Newtown and Chemung Battlefields Preservation Planning Project.

    • “Bumblebees in Trouble: Commercialization Has Sickened Bumblebees Around the World. Can We Save Them?” featured Nancy Stamp, professor of biological sciences.

    • “Binghamton University Dean Honored with Malone Award for Internationalization,” recognized Dean Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari for having been named among three 2014 recipients of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to international education at public and land-grant institutions.

In addition, during the third quarter of 2014, hometown releases were distributed announcing the achievements and accomplishments of over 3,832 students.


New role for Brhel

John Brhel officially joined the Binghamton MPR Office, providing much-needed assistance with media outreach, social media, writing and coordination of the Ask a Scientist program which re-launched in September and is currently seeking faculty writers.


Social media

Engagement on the University’s social channels spiked by executing event-driven campaigns like the Move-In-focused #HomeSweetBing, running contests, curating user-submitted content and sharing striking visual media produced by University photographer Jonathan Cohen, photographer intern Jonathan King and video producer Andrew Hatling. During the quarter, the team surpassed 10,000 followers on Twitter and 5,000 followers on Instagram, and had several record-breaking posts.

In addition, the blogs were launched: Restaurant Week, “The Rewrite” and Family Weekend



Video highlights include:
    •  A video profile of an exceptional student who received a Summer Scholar award to pursue work documenting the social impact of fracking through photography.
    •  A three-part video series where recent young alumni share their insights into what they valued most about their time at Binghamton University. b, Part 2 and Part 3
    •  University Fest 2014
    •  A welcome back video for the new academic year. President Stenger catches us up on what Binghamton University was up to this summer.b
    •  Move-in Day 2014. Students share what they couldn’t leave home without.
    • ”Please Make Responsible Choices.” A Video Message from President Stenger.
    •  A new episode of The Binghamton Buzz, Ep 12 “Binghamton’s Best.”
    •  Video coverage of the press conference to announce the new pharmacy school site.
    •  A video profile of the student-teaching opportunities in the Graduate School of Education.


High-profile University activities, July/August/September

    • Hosted U.S. Sen. Gillibrand’s Small Business Roundtable: July 25
    • Five Binghamton University START-UP NY applicants approved by Empire State Development:July 28
    • Appreciation Day on campus when Billy Baldwin stopped by: Aug. 5
    • REDC full Council Meeting where 2014 “plan” was announced and voted on: Aug. 7
    • Police Partnership Initiative news conference at the University Downtown Center: Aug. 22
    • Smart Energy groundbreaking ceremony at the ITC with Lt. Gov. Duffy, Sen. Thomas Libous and Assemblywoman Lupardo: Aug. 27
    • Ceremony at ITC where President Stenger signed memorandum of understanding with South Korean delegation: Sept. 18
    • Governor announces pharmacy school location at news conference at the ITC with Sen. Libous and Assemblywoman Lupardo: Sept. 25