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.
Kevin BoettcherResearch Development Specialist
As a Research Development Specialist, Kevin Boettcher supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research proposals for faculty across the university. He is an experienced writing coach and editor, with more than a decade of experience delivering workshops, coordinating writing groups and working one-on-one with researchers from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. In the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives, he supports two Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence — Material & Visual Worlds and Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging — and currently leads the Division’s campus-wide initiative supporting NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Boettcher previously worked in the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, where he supported proposal development related to research and academic programs. He holds a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Delaware, and he earned his MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having completed a dissertation on the creation and spread of “knowledge” about the English New World. He has taught more than a dozen undergraduate courses on a variety of topics related to literature, writing and research. Boettcher is currently the Chair of the Professional Staff Senate, and he represents Binghamton University on the SUNY-wide Campus Governance Leaders group.
Robert "Beau" DiNapoliResearch Development Specialist
Robert (Beau) DiNapoli is a Research Development Specialist in the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives. He works with faculty in developing individual and collaborative research projects and external funding proposals. He is experienced and passionate about research development on convergent and transdisciplinary team-science projects that combine the insights from multiple disciplines to address complex problems. In addition to support for individual faculty members and informal teams, he offers research development support to the Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs) and Organized Research Centers (ORCs), and has worked extensively with the Sustainable Communities TAE, the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo), and the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies (CIWS). His own research as an archaeologist uses computational modeling and geospatial methods to study the long-term interaction between Pacific Island populations and the environment. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, an MA in Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA.