HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Harpur is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010; in honor of this occasion, the college will partner with various on-campus departments to present programming across the country that represents the breadth and depth of Harpur’s liberal arts tradition. The Alumni Association will partner with the college for events at a Jan. 23 performance of Galumpha at the Kennedy Center in Washington, and a March 14 performance of Spider-Man Turn off the Dark on Broadway. We encourage alumni to attend the performances, as well as brunches beforehand. For more information on these events, and others connected to the 60th anniversary, visit the Alumni Events and Networks section of our website.
Lauren Manganiello is doing her part to make the campus community healthier. The 21-year-old psychobiology major from Montague, N.J., has been a personal trainer and part of the floor staff for the past year at FitSpace. Manganiello stresses physical fitness and proper nutrition to students, faculty, staff and community members at the 5,200-square-foot facility in the East Gym.
“One of the things the East Gym promotes is gradually getting in shape, not just crash-dieting or going to the gym the week before spring break,” said Manganiello, who will be a senior this year. “It’s more of a lifestyle than someone going on a diet for a few weeks.” Read more in Inside BU.
Just how does one catch the interest of rising eighth-graders when it comes to science, math and engineering? Try asking a “question of the day” that they can relate to, such as “What would it cost to add one nanometer of gold to the outside of an iPod Touch?
That was just one question tossed out to the 51 students participating in the two-week Go Green Institute on campus. The response was immediate as students began estimating the dimensions of the iPod, learning how many gold atoms are in one nanometer, discovering how many atoms are in a gram and working on their calculations. The answer — which came at the end of the day — to cover one iPod Touch with one nanometer of gold would cost about a dime. What eighth-grader wouldn’t be interested in that? Read more in Inside BU.
Morris Budin, 88, professor emeritus of geography, died at his home in Monsey, N.Y., on May 26, after a long illness. Budin earned a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research, and held teaching positions in economics and urban planning at Utica College and Syracuse University before joining the Binghamton faculty in 1964. He was a Renaissance man, according to Norah Henry, graduate director in the Department of Geography and long-time friend and colleague.“He was interested in urban planning and had done work for the government in India and various other areas, but with his planning background he was a natural fit for us in geography,” she said. “He helped us build the department as a constant cheerleader and critic, but was a definite dynamo to make the place go.” Read more in Inside BU.
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
What started as an exercise in communication and problem solving ended with national acclaim for Binghamton University, the Computer Science Department and 43 of its students.
Two student teams led by Associate Professor William Ziegler received first-place awards in the National Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition for Universities. One team captured the top prize in the airport operation and maintenance challenges category for a plan that uses geothermal heat to remove snow and ice from runway aprons. The second team won the airport environmental interactions challenge for offering ways to recycle de-icing fluids. Read more in Inside BU.
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Once again, the School of Management received high praise from Business Week. In its recent business school rankings, the magazine ranked SOM 18th among B-schools at public universities in America and 48th overall in the nation. Read more.
Most Boy Scouts are happy after earning the 21 merit badges needed to become an Eagle Scout. That just wasn’t enough for Shawn Goldsmith. During his senior year of high school, the freshman from Oceanside, N.Y., decided to complete all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. His grandmother encouraged him to do it, and when she died last August, he knew he had to complete the 18 he had left. Once a boy turns 18, he is ineligible to earn merit badges, so Goldsmith only had until Nov. 28. But on Oct. 25, a month before his birthday, he earned his last badge: bugling. Read more in Inside BU.
Faculty, teaching staff and graduate students interested in learning how to connect teaching theory and practice — with the goal of improving their teaching — gathered at the University Downtown Center for the 11th annual Institute for Student-Centered Learning early in the summer
More than 65 people took part in the discussions and activities, organized by the Center for Learning and Teaching. Following an exercise to identify different learning theories moderated by Kim Jaussi, associate professor in the School of Management, participants heard from colleagues and students about what works for them in the classroom. Read more in Inside BU.