News and Lifelong Learning: TIER Talks


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TIER Talks® is a speaker series leveraging Binghamton's greatest assets - our alumni and faculty - to give you thought-provoking perspectives on topics that are front of mind in today's world.

Our next TIER Talks session will be Saturday, Sept. 21, during Homecoming weekend. Alumni speakers will present "Mission Possible: Alumni Changing the World" starting at 1:30 p.m., in Lecture Hall 7. 

Concerned our world isn't heading in the right direction? This TIER Talks session will give you a sense of hope. You'll hear from incredibly caring people who have dedicated their lives to increasing access to health care, improving educational and behavioral outcomes for children with autism, and proactively combating genocide and mass atrocities. What's more, the people who are changing our world for the better are Binghamton alumni. They'll share how our University inspired their amazing journeys and how you can effect positive change that touches the world.

On April 11, 2019, we offered the program "Life Without Limitation" which featured a Binghamton University alumnus and faculty member.  

Dan Kosick '00, MSW '06 spoke about his journey from cancer survivor and amputee to elite athlete. At age 15, a strange pain in his right ankle turned out to be cancer. Doctors amputated his leg. After getting his first prosthetic, he learned to walk and run. Kosick was on the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team and today he's a high school social worker, lacrosse and swim coach, and avid obstacle course racer.

George Catalano, professor of biomedical engineering, advised a team of students that used 3-D printing to produce an artificial hand for a longtime campus employee who lost a limb in an industrial accident. Catalano's students also work with local nonprofit organizations on accessibility projects for people and animals.

On Oct. 6, 2018, three alumni discussed "The Effects of Climate Change," one of the most salient examples of humankind victimized by its own success. In this video Amy J. Hyatt '78 the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Palau, Tasfia Nayem '14 a master's candidate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, where she is studying climate economics and policy, and Seth Schultz '01 who serves as the special advisor on science & innovation to the Global Covenant of Mayors, all came to campus to speak. Watch the full talk here. 

Amy J. Hyatt '78
United States Ambassador to the Republic of Palau

Tasfia Nayem '14
Senior Science and Policy Editor of Duke Law School's environmental law journal

Seth Schultz '01
Special advisor on science and innovation to the Global Covenant of Mayors

On Oct. 7, 2017 two alumni and a current student discussed why virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are important now and will be more so in the coming 10 years. The session "Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: The Future Is Now!" was held on the Binghamton University campus during Homecoming 2017. VR takes you almost anywhere you want without leaving wherever you are. Fly through space, take video gaming to the next level, or golf the world's finest courses. AR adds to what you see and gives you a taste of being a bionic superhero. Imagine a cancer-fighting doctor aided by enhanced medical imaging, or a soldier on the battlefield armed with data on potential dangers. See the full session in the media player below. Links underneath the player will take you to breakout videos of each panelist.

Mario Palumbo '87
Director of Technology for Wearable Devices, Intel's New Devices Group

Hiren Bhinde, MS '05
Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies

Matthew Gill '18
Co-founder, Enhance VR

The first TIER Talks® event offered in Westchester County, N.Y., took place Sept. 27, 2017. A panel including two Binghamton University alumni discussed "From Reefer Madness to America's Fastest-Growing Industry: The Evolution of Cannabis." See the full session in the media player below. Links underneath the player will take you to breakout videos of each panelist.

Yasmin Hurd '82 
Ward Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine
Director, Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System Addiction Institute

Neil Kaufman '81 
Managing Member, Kaufman & Associates, LLC, Corporate & Securities Counsel to the Legal Cannabis Industry

Debra Borchardt 
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer,Green Market Media

Matthew Greene 
Managing Partner, 420Group, LLC

The discussion “Our Political System on life support: A discussion on critical intervention as well as long-term care” took place at Homecoming 2016. Alumni and friends enjoyed a lively talk about the polarization of the American voters as well as the news media they consume, and how the lack of civic education has made it difficult for Americans to participate effectively in the political process. See the full session in the media player below. Links underneath the player will take you to breakout videos of each panelist.

Jean W. Harris ’82, MA ’86, PhD ’88
Professor, Political Science and Women's Studies
University of Scranton
Coordinator, Ready to Run Northeast Pennsylvania

Matthew R. Kerbel ’80
Professor and Chair of Political Science
Villanova University

David A. Schultz ’80, MA ’86
Professor of Political Science
Hamline University

"Chaos in the 21st Century? The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy"
was the topic for the first TIER Talks event held in New York City. The discussion on April 5, 2016, took place at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan, and was an eye-opener on the position of the U.S. within the sphere of global politics. Our speakers were Eric Schwartz '79, former UN and White House official; and Ricardo Rene Laremont, professor of political science and sociology at Binghamton University. See the full session in the media player below.

"Making Waves: Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs in Neuroscience" took place at Homecoming 2015.
More than 350 alumni and friends enjoyed a lively discussion about pathways inside the brain, with implications for addictions, depression, neuropsychological disorders and cybersecurity. See the full session in the media player. Links below take you to breakout videos of each panelist.

Steve Treistman '67
Professor of Neurobiology
University of Puerto Rico

Christopher Bishop
Professor of Psychology
Binghamton University

Brandon Gibb
Professor of Psychology
Binghamton University

Sarah Laszlo
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
Binghamton University

Rethinking Success: Thriving in the Modern World
was the subject of the inaugural TIER Talks™, held on campus during Homecoming 2014. Fred Luskin '76, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, joined three Binghamton faculty members in discussing what people should value in life and how they should define success. See the full session in the media player below. If you don't have time to watch the full discussion, we provide links below to breakout videos of each panelist.

Kimberly Jaussi

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, Binghamton University School of Management
Fellow, Center for Leadership Studies

Matthew D. Johnson
Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University
Director, Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory

Frederic Luskin '76
Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project
Author of Forgive for Good, published by Harper Collins

Christopher Morgan-Knapp
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University