Mary Beth CurtinAssistant Vice President
Mary Beth Curtin serves as assistant vice president of Strategic Research Initiatives for the Division of Research at Binghamton University and oversees all activities within the office. She previously served as founding associate director for the University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging and administrative director for the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Smart Electronic Systems. She also served as the University’s director of federal relations, where she managed research-based legislative initiatives to advance the University’s mission and priorities with federal officials, their staff, and related agencies. Curtin spent 15 years in the University’s Office of Sponsored Programs Development, advancing to the level of senior grant and contract administrator. She has a certificate in Government Acquisition and Contracting, a MAT degree in teaching, a MA in biological sciences, and a BA in biological sciences, all from Binghamton University. A graduate of the 2016 HERS Wellesley Institute, Curtin serves on the Board of Directors of the Binghamton University Alumni Association and also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Binghamton Center for Emerging Technologies. She is active in the National Council of University Research Administrators and Binghamton University’s University Women.
Valerie ImbruceAssistant Director
Valerie Imbruce serves as assistant director of research program development in the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives at Binghamton University, where she is responsible for positioning teams of faculty for external funding. She joined Binghamton in July 2015. Imbruce was previously director of environmental studies and a faculty member at Bennington College, where she led multidisciplinary teams of faculty and staff in the development of new curricula and co-curricula programs, garnering support from the National Science Foundation. She co-chaired the College’s Sustainability Committee, leading the development of a climate action plan and the signing of the President’s Climate Commitment. Imbruce's research has focused on the influence of urban demands on food supply networks and agricultural systems; she is author of book “From Farm to Canal Street: Chinatown’s Alternative Food Network in the Global Marketplace” with Cornell University Press. She has consulted on agricultural development projects in Ecuador for the International Fund for Agricultural Development and for TechnoServe in Peru, and for food system initiatives in Vermont. Imbruce has held fellowships at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and the Center for Advanced Study in Education at CUNY Graduate Center, and has held a NSF GK-12 Fellowship. She has taught courses in environmental studies, food systems, and agroecology. Imbruce holds a doctorate in economic botany from the City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden and a B.A. in environmental science from Binghamton University.
Christi Cartwright-WilcoxStaff Associate
Christi Cartwright-Wilcox serves as staff associate in the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives, where she provides project management advice and support to enable faculty and senior administration to implement and execute research strategy and grant initiatives. Her previous work as an assessment team and faculty member at Elmira College fostered interdisciplinary curriculum initiatives for undergraduates and faculty, attracting support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Cartwright-Wilcox has a background in public and private administration. She has led and managed cross-industry teams in coordinating and drafting governmental policies and inter-regional legislative programs in her hometown, Nassau, Bahamas. Her unique ability to provide ancillary help to senior management in the private sector and to senior administration and faculty in higher education aligns with the mission of the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives. Cartwright-Wilcox has held fellowships at the Kimbilio Center for Writers and at the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University. She has taught courses in Caribbean and world literature, composition and rhetoric, and professional writing. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, an MBA in international business from Mona School of Business at the University of the West Indies, and a BA in international politics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Michael JacobsonResearch Development Assistant
Michael Jacobson serves as research development assistant in the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives, where he helps faculty and staff develop research and grant proposals. He also helps conduct community outreach programs to apply the broader impacts of research performed at Binghamton University. In his previous position as a principal investigator and project director at Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility, he helped government agencies and industry clients with cultural resource compliance and strategies for historic preservation. He also conducted original research on the historic period of New York State. He investigated production and consumption patterns at 19th century farmsteads across New York. He established a research program supported by the National Park Service for studying and preserving New York’s Revolutionary War battlefields. He also developed community collaborations with descendant communities and other stakeholders to create preservation strategies and promote community sustainability by recognizing the value of cultural resources. Jacobson has published articles on his research on Colorado’s Ludlow Massacre as well as created digital media to present the results of his research and aid community outreach. Jacobson holds a doctorate and MA in anthropology from Binghamton University and a BA in anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Colorado.