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 Organization of Research Development Professionals and the National Council of University Research Administrators and Binghamton University Women.
Michael JacobsonResearch Development Specialist
Michael Jacobson serves as Research Development Specialist 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.
Robert LawrenceResearch Development Specialist
Robert Lawrence serves as a Research Development Specialist in the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives (OSRI). In this capacity, he promotes interdisciplinary research collaboration, and provides support and leadership in the development of campus initiatives and proposals that include multiple faculty members. He is particularly focused on working with researchers in the Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. Before joining Binghamton University, he studied chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Utah and biochemistry as a doctoral student at Arizona State University. He trained as a research scientist at those institutions in the fields of proteomics, X-ray crystallography and virology. As a post-doctoral researcher, he had the opportunity to conduct research, develop outreach efforts and lead an undergraduate internship program as a member of the BioXFEL National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Lawrence also brings experience working in the fields of bioengineering, public health and science writing. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.