HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Grants to aid University's alcohol-research efforts
Two new federal grants will help Binghamton University stay at the forefront of alcohol research. The first is a five-year, $8.5 million grant that funds the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center, a partnership of Binghamton University, SUNY Upstate Medical Center and SUNY Cortland. About $3 million of the funds will go to Binghamton. The second is a two-year, $800,000 grant that has enabled Binghamton University’s Psychology Department to hire an assistant professor/alcohol researcher and establish and support a research lab.
Political science professor named Kissinger Scholar
A Binghamton University faculty member hopes to provide new insights into American foreign policy in the early 1900s by amassing a year’s worth of research at the Library of Congress in Washington. Benjamin Fordham, professor and chair of the University’s political science department, was named a Henry Kissinger Scholar for the 2010-11 academic school year.
Chemistry professor developing sensors for identifying, monitoring nanoparticles
Interest in “green” innovation means not just thinking big but also very small. At least that’s the way Omowunmi Sadik, director of Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems, sees it. She’s working to develop sensors that would detect and identify engineered nanoparticles. Her research will advance our understanding of the risks associated with the environmental release and transformation of these particles.
Senior works to build Nicaragua connection
Two volunteer trips to Nicaragua as a high school student inspired Mary McNamara to bring the experience to fellow Binghamton University students. As part of the group Students for 60,000, McNamara helped build houses, repair schools, and deliver clothes and medical supplies to people in rural areas.
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Incredible opportunity for SOM students
This spring, six juniors and two graduate students in Visiting Assistant Professor Dina Naples-Layish’s Financial Statement Analysis class are working side-by-side in a real-world environment with financial analysts at UBS in New York. Having been selected by UBS, each student is working with a team of experienced analysts, building financial models, valuing companies and developing analysts’ reports.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Naples-Layish. “This kind of hands-on experience is invaluable. It may be the first program in the country to team up students with a Wall Street firm. If the students perform well, it may lead to a summer internship or even a job offer.”
“We are, first and foremost, a talent-driven business,” says Glenn Schorr '89, who developed and organized the program. Schorr, an equity analyst who heads the UBS Investment Research financials group, said, “Binghamton University has phenomenal students. This program is a way to raise awareness of Binghamton University, which might not have the same recognition of larger schools, while at the same time sourcing talent for us.”
WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Computer science team studies New Hampshire lake
On its clear blue surface, Lake Sunapee appears calm, but there’s a lot of science going on in its depths. Everything about the New Hampshire lake, from its blue-green algae to its water quality, is fodder for researchers. But what was learned about the lake wasn’t always filtering through to the people who live and play nearby. Binghamton University’s Kenneth Chiu and his students set out to change that, putting their expertise in computer science to work for the good of the community.
Grant helps grad students research flexible electronics
What if a bandage could do more than just cover up a wound? What if it could help you to heal by dispensing medicine and scrubbing away bacteria? What if this technology were so cheap you could throw it away when you were done? These are questions doctoral student Dylan Farnam grapples with as he attempts to design a better bandage. His research is funded by a fellowship called the IGERT, or Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship. Binghamton’s $500,000 portion of the award supports student research focusing on the medical applications of flexible electronics.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Winter 2010 issue of The Difference - GSE's newsletter - is online. In this issue, among other topics, you can read about GSE students making a difference in the Binghamton community, alumni events and GSE grads making news.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
Decker instructor volunteers in Haiti
Karen Feltham is still struck by the scenes she observed while volunteering in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in early March: People trying to remove rubble by hand. Schools closed for a third month. Families living in tents with little food and water.
COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Spring 2010 issue of Currents - CCPA's newsletter published twice a year - is online. In this issue, among other topics, you can read about the college's international reach, including field work in Pakistan and South Africa, and a student's semester at sea that covered 11 countries in 67 days.
Center for Civic Engagement names director
The new Center for Civic Engagement within the Division of Student Affairs is taking shape, with the appointment of Allison Alden, assistant professor of public administration, as director. In the planning stages for a few years, development of the center’s mission has been a thoughtful process that has involved faculty, community partners, students and administrators, according to Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs.