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Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Mathematical Sciences

Archaeological Analytical Research Facilities

Biological Anthropology Research Facilities

Geographic Information System/ Statistical Analysis Lab

Department of Physics

Decker School of Nursing

Department of Psychology

The IEEC - Research Instrumentation and Manufacturing Infrastructure


Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

The Department has extensive laboratory facilities supporting a wide range of instructional and research activities. Equipment includes two heating-freezing microscopes with video recording capabilities for fluid inclusion studies; a 30'x2'x1.5' recirculating flume for experiments in sediment transport; an experimental petrology laboratory with 15 cold-seal vessels, 2 Ar-media presses, 2 one-atmosphere gas-mixing furnaces, and a piston cylinder furnace; a paleomagnetics laboratory with a slow speed spinner magnetometer and a.f. demagnetizing equipment; a seismic laboratory with a local seismic station and computer links to seismographs around the world; two scanning electron microscopes; and a cathodoluminescence microscope.

During the last 5 years we have obtained new state-of-the-art equipment to improve our research facilities, including: (1) a DCP- atomic emission spectrometer for whole-rock and mineral-separate analyses: (2) a JEOL-8900 'Super Probe' for our electron microbeam facility; (3) a Nikon microscope-photography set up for photomicrographs and videotapes; (4) three classroom monitors for real-time Macintosh, IBM, and Microscope-TV display; (5) a 24-channel high-resolution shallow seismic reflection system; (6) an X-ray diffractometer with computer automation and pattern searching software; and (7) a network of Sun workstations for our Seismic laboratory.

Ongoing research projects involving faculty, staff, and graduate students include field studies in Australia, California, the Canadian Rockies, the Caribbean, Colombia, East Greenland, Idaho, India, Iowa, Mexico, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand, at sea with the Ocean Drilling Program, Russia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tibet, Utah, and Venezuela.

Ongoing laboratory studies include computer modeling of earthquake source mechanisms, experimental studies of amphibole stability, computer modeling of Earth tides, oscillations, and wobbles, and analytical studies of whole-rocks, mineral separates, and minerals in thin section.


Mathematical Sciences

Research and instruction are supported by extensive computing facilities, including several IBM mainframes and Sun servers. Microcomputers, some with sophisticated graphics capabilities, are available in central complexes as well as in departments and laboratories around campus. Terminal connections are available in the graduate apartment complex through the campus telecommunications system.


Archaeological Analytical Research Facilities

The Archaeological Analytical Research Facility provides infrastructure and analytical support for research and teaching by faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University. The Facility consists of a laboratory complex located on the second floor of the South Wing, in the Science 1 Building on the University campus. The purpose-built, multi-room laboratory complex (Rooms 201, 201A, 203, and 205) houses a number of collections, and provides equipment and work space for individual and group projects. The focal collection includes over 300 vertebrate skeletons, housed in Room 201A. These comparative zoo archaeological materials are accessed for research and teaching by faculty, students, and interested members of the public.

The core of the collection includes approximately 250 accessioned skeletons, most of which are disarticulated and curated in appropriately labeled and taxonomically-ordered collections boxes. A representative sample of articulated and mounted specimens is also located throughout the main collections room for display and study. The bulk of accessioned specimens represent common and local taxa from the Northeastern United States, in addition to representative specimens from other areas of North America.. An additional number of comparative specimens are available for study. These include taxa collected by departmental archaeologists in the course of their field research, and include examples from South America, West Africa, and the Arctic. Other comparative materials include an expanding collection of invertebrate specimens, primarily from the western neotropics, as well as a variety of modern butchery specimens and variously modified examples for taphonomic research. The collections are regularly accessed during undergraduate and graduate teaching, in addition to tours by non-University organizations, visits by interested members of the public, and official use by various law-enforcement agencies in the course of routine investigations. The facility also is regularly accessed in the course of advanced training and research in zoorchaeology and taphonomy by graduate students at both the Masters and Doctoral levels. Advanced undergraduate students are especially encouraged to use these materials and available wet lab space for original, independent research projects during their junior and senior years. Many of these projects have formed the basis for Senior Honor's Theses and subsequent publication in international journals.

The facility also houses teaching collections, including ceramic and pottery, lithics, and the departmental slide compilation, which are available on a sign-out basis for faculty and students. These are housed in an adjacent room (205), which also includes microscopes and illuminated lenses, digital balances, geological screens, cameras, and various forms of lab equipment for independent research projects. Limited work space, computer facilities, and temporary curation of study collections are also available in Room 205. The facility is also equipped with an Olympus Zoom microscope with attached photographic abilities, along with various IBM-compatible equipment to support computer-aided graphics in Room 203.


Biological Anthropology Research Facilities

The Biological Anthropology Research Facilities provide research, teaching, and training support to faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology, and to students, colleagues and Post-Doctoral Fellows outside the Department who collaborate with Program Faculty. There are a total of eight facilities (described below), which add a unique research and training dimension to the Department's programs. The facilities are located in both Science 1 and Science 3 buildings. They are:

Biomedical Anthropology and Neurosciences Laboratory (Science 3). The facilities consist of Biosafety Level 2/3 wet laboratories with a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in late onset, uniformly fatal disorders such as Quamanian ALS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, and infectious diseases of unknown etiology. Facilities include a suite of three labs for tissue culture and PCR, Light microscopy, and molecular biology.

BioArchaeology Laboratory (Science 1). This research facility allows students to work with skeletons on loan from museums. Current research encompasses the broad fields of paleodemography, paleopathology, including infectious diseases, trauma and anemia, and taphonomy. The lab is fully equipped with osteometrics tools, microscopes and computers.

Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (Science 1). The facilities consist of a full-sized teaching laboratory, a large research laboratory and a secure evidence room. Teaching materials include 20 complete human skeletons, casts, comparative faunal material, and pathological specimens. The research laboratory is fully equipped for forensic casework and research in taphonomy, trauma, biomechanics and osteology. The lab includes microscopes, computers, osteometrics equipment, casts, fume hoods, and an x-ray machine.

Forensic DNA Identification Laboratory (Science 3). This facility is dedicated to forensic DNA identification to complement existing forensic casework in the Department. It is, by necessity, a separate functional laboratory removed from the possibility of cross-contamination from other ongoing DNA research.

Human Adaptability and Human Variation Laboratory (Science 1). The facilities are a primary teaching laboratory for understanding physiological and morphological variation in human populations. Training equipment available for blood physiological studies, blood glucose levels, respiratory function, temperature regulation, morphological growth, and skin reflectometry.

Molecular Anthropology Laboratory (Science 3). This facility consists of wet labs for both ancient and modern DNA research with the latest direct sequencing and PCR equipment. The facility also includes ongoing research in pharmacogenetics and malaria based on individual and population variation to pharmacological regions.

Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA Laboratory (Science 3). The facilities consist of wet lab and analytical computer lab space. Facilities include ancient DNA extraction and PCR labs as well as separate contemporary DNA extraction, PCR, and genotyping labs. Equipment is available for direct sequencing of DNA, SNP discovery and for SNP-, RFLP-, and STR-typing as well as for the analysis of these data.

Paleoanthropology and Skeletal Biology Laboratory (Science 1). This facility houses extensive skeletal material, including skulls and mounted skeletons of monkeys and apes and other nonhuman primates. Human skeletal research and teaching resources include mounted skeletons, a number of unmounted skeletons, and a variety of skeletal specimens. Paleoanthropological resources include casts of most of the major hominid fossils that can be used for both teaching and research.

These facilities consist of wet (4) and dry (4) laboratories. The wet laboratories are recently renovated state-of-the-art facilities for microbial, cellular and molecular studies at biosafety levels 1, 2 and 3 for forensic DNA identification and ancient DNA studies. The dry laboratories are for paleontological, osteological, physiological and morphological (growth) studies. A large amount of research is conducted through these facilities and their collections. The research represented is international in scope and much is connected with ongoing field research programs in Latin America (Bolivia, Brazil), Europe (Georgia), Asia and the Pacific Islands (China, Siberia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia), Africa (Kenya, South Africa) and the USA.


Geographic Information System/ Statistical Analysis Lab

The GIS Campus Core Facility was created in August 2001 in response to a growing need for GIS and GPS training in a variety of disciplines. We are committed to a program of quality training and informed interaction, as well as to the provision of selected secondary data sources, through a variety of short-courses and one-on-one interactions with users seeking funded research. While the facility will not create primary databases, it will train users in GIS and GPS data acquisition methods, assist them in research and design, and evaluate existing data sets provided by users.

The hardware in the PC GIS lab consists of 16 Pentium PC's connected together in a Local Area Network (LAN).

One of these computers has four very large hard drives and acts as our data storage center.
The UNIX Workstation LAN consists of six Sun Workstations.

The printers and plotters include: one laser-jet printer, two size A (8 1/2" x 11") color deskjet printers, and a size D (32" by continuous feed) plotter.

Three digitizers: 12" x 12", 12" x 18", and 40" x 64"

The software in the PC GIS lab includes: Arc/Info (PC and UNIX), Arcview 3, MapInfo 4.5, Maptitude 3, WinGIS 3.2, IDRISI for Windows 2, IDL Image Processing System, XV Image Viewer, Surfer 32, Pathfinder Office 2 (GPS postprocessing software), CorelDRAW 8, SPSS.
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Department of Physics

There are many places for interested graduate and undergraduate students to get hands-on experience with research. The Physics Department has a wide range of equipment including:

The Magnetic Property Measurement System: This primary research tool is used to study the magnetism of matter.

Underfill Flow Lab: Here they do research in the underfill employed in direct-chip-attachment.

Interdiffusion and Thin-Films Lab: They study thin film deposition and metal alloys.

Thermal Analysis Lab: The thermal properties of samples can be studied in detail with the equipment offered in this lab.

The Institute of Materials Research: This is a multi-disciplinary organization that research is done in conjunction with.

The Integrated Electronics Engineering Center: This is another multi-disciplinary organization that physics research is done in conjunction with.

Opportunities in Theoretical Research: Several faculty are involved in on-going theoretical research programs. Some of these are described in faculty biographical profiles.


Decker School of Nursing

In its new home in the Academic Complex, The Decker School of Nursing offers the following core facility:

  • a nursing lab
  • a student computer facility featuring state of the art multimedia computers which utilize sophisticated software programs via a local area network.
  • a multimedia center with an extensive audio and video collection to assist with learning needs.

The new facility has some areas still in the development stage such as a home assistance lab, an alternative therapy suite and a center for nursing practice. Additional resources include multiple hands-on learning models, simulation resources and equipment. Students are brought closer to actual health-care situations through interactive videodisk workstations that focus on client care.


Department of Psychology

All laboratories and offices in the Psychology Department are Ethernet-linked to University computers, with access to on-line library collections as well as the World Wide Web. The building housing the Psychology Department, Science IV, contains faculty and graduate student offices as well as world-class cognitive laboratories, observation rooms, animal vivaria, and a research and training psychological clinic. The Psychology Department also maintains an extensive collection of computer equipment in the in-house Computer Room. The equipment includes PC and Macintosh computers with extensive graphics, image editing, statistical analysis and word processing software. The Computer Room also houses laser printers, image scanners, and facilities for editing video tapes and making slides. The Psychology Department is near the Science Library (part of the University Library system), which houses more than 200,000 volumes and is equipped with a number of online literature databases.


The IEEC - Research Instrumentation and Manufacturing Infrastructure

The IEEC has three laboratories that are dedicated to Electronics Packaging, and also owns other instruments that are parts of different research labs that are spread around the Binghamton University campus. The labs that are dedicated to Packaging cover three main areas:

Electronics assembly and manufacturing
Electronics tear downs, cross sectioning and failure analysis
Electronics reliability stress testing and diagnostics

The assembly and manufacturing lab. has typical assembly equipment such as wire bonders, flip chip aligner/bonder, convection reflow oven (Heller 1700W), an MPM stencil printer, Cyber optics LSM2 laser profilometer and other minor assembly stations, microscopes and rework stations. The tear down facility has typical failure analysis equipment such as a macroscope, Hi resolution digital image capturing system, metallograph, cross sectioning equipment, and precision video measuring system. The reliability stress testing and diagnostics laboratory includes four accelerated thermal cycling chambers, capable of cycling between –55 to 150 C, and two of which have controlled humidity, an air to air thermal shock chamber (two temperature zones with an elevator system), and a large chamber capable of testing a system up to about 1 cubic meter in size. Various thermal aging and curing ovens are available as well. The lab also has a Wyco precision laser profilometer capable of measuring surface topology to a few nano meters, a real time X-Ray imaging system (Fein focus), and an acoustic microscope. The micromechanics laboratory which is part of the reliability lab has a Dage mechanical tester which is suitable for measuring wire bond and solder ball shear strength. The lab has also acquired an MTS system suitable for ,measuring long term creep and fatigue for different packaging materials. The lab also has a variety of computers and data acquisition systems and four graduate students and a lab manager.

Instruments and equipment that belong to the IEEC and that are located in other labs belonging to IEEC affiliated faculty include an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, an Atomic Force Microscope, Microprobe, FTIR, TEM, Moire interferometry laboratory dedicated to measuring stress and strain in electronics packages, Vibrations lab with the capability of stress testing electronics packages at elevated temperature and vibrations simultaneously. The list also includes Vector network analyzers, Thermogravimetric analyzer, Thermomechanical analyzer, time domain reflectometer, event monitors, laser vibrometer, Instron, and MTS. This is only a partial list and additional details may be found at the IEEC web site at

Last Updated: 8/10/16