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September 04, 2003  Volume 26, No. 2
SUNY ranks in top 10 in U.S. patents
State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King announced earlier this year that SUNY has broken into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s top 10 U.S. universities receiving patents. SUNY jumped from 17 in 2001 to eighth in 2002.

“This top-10 distinction is a tribute to our scientists, researchers, research assistants and all those at the State University of New York who support this important work,” King said. “Our national success demonstrates that SUNY research initiatives will continue to make great contributions to New York state’s economy and society.”

SUNY was awarded 55 patents for inventions in 2002, one of which went to BU assistant professor Chuan-Jian Zhong for a microfluidic device that can pump fluids using electrically driven surface tension changes similar to existing mercury/electrolyte-based micropumping systems. Zhong’s pump operates without environmentally hazardous and toxic mercury fluids, requires little power, has no mechanical moving parts and can be designed in a variety of sizes and shapes to work in technological applications.

Binghamton University offers consulting services to local businesses
The School of Management is offering free consulting services by its students to local organizations and businesses that are interested in acquiring highly skilled management assistance for short- and medium-term projects.

The students, both undergraduate and graduate, are looking to gain practical experience through projects in the various disciplines of accounting, finance, information systems, marketing and human resources. Teams of three and four students are available to tackle projects, which can extend three to four months. Each team is supported and guided by an SOM faculty member. The students are available for the fall and spring semesters.

Interested organizations should call John Barden at 777-6059 or e-mail at jbarden@binghamton.edu

BU seeks local agencies for annual resource fair
The University will host the annual volunteer and community resource fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, the UU-Mandela Room.

The fair is open to community and nonprofit organizations seeking to engage BU students, faculty and staff as volunteers. Nonprofit organizations that would like to be represented at the fair should contact BU’s Off Campus College office at 777-2767.

Last year, over 450 students, faculty, and staff visited the fair to pick up information about volunteer and community service opportunities on campus and in the Greater Binghamton community.

The fair is sponsored by Off Campus College, the Discovery Program and Residential Life. For more, visit the website at occ.binghamton.edu/Volunteer/VolunHome.html

Physicist to discuss science and the Bible
Noted physicist and author Gerald L. Schroeder will address “Genesis and the Big Bang - A discovery of harmony between modern science and ancient biblical commentary” at 1 p.m. Friday, September 12, in the Anderson Center Reception Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

With a background in both physics and biology, Schroeder has in recent years, taken on skeptics from both sides of the cosmological debate, arguing that science and the Bible are not at odds concerning the origin of the universe. He is the author of several books on the subject of science and creationism, including the best-sellers, The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, Genesis and the Big Bang Theory: The Discovery of Harmony Between Modern Science and the Bible and The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom. Schrieder’s formal training in chemistry, nuclear physics and the Earth and planetary sciences provides the basis for his broad scientific perspective. In addition, Schroeder’s research has been reported in Time, Newsweek, Scientific American and in newspapers around the world.

Schroeder earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to laboratories at the Weizmann Institute, the Hebrew University and the Volcani Research Institute in Israel. Currently, Schroeder teaches at the Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Schroeder’s lecture is made possible through the support of Philip M. Piaker, BU professor emeritus, and sponsored by the Office of the Harpur College Dean, in cooperation with Judaic Studies, philosophy and Chabad House. A reception will follow.

INSIDE INFO

Inside Info : Blood Drive: Volunteers and donors are needed for a blood drive from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the UU-West Lounge. The event will include a mobile museum, live DJ, food and prizes. The Charles Drew Pre-Health Society and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in conjunction with the American Red Cross are sponsoring the drive. For more, call Kelly Johnson at 355-7801.

Used Books: The Friends of the Libraries Book Shop of used books has reopened and will resume its regular semester hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-5 p.m. on Fridays.

Employee Tuition Assistance: Employees interested in applying for tuition assistance for semester courses can obtain application forms from the Employee Benefits Office, LSG-528, in Bartle Library, or e-mail esinger@binghamton.edu. Applications for all programs should be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 10.

ANNUAL Clambake: The BU Athletic Club will hold its 3rd annual clambake from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Top Grove, Binghamton. Costs are $35 per person, $15 for children 5-11, and under 5 are free. For tickets and more information call Tom Brush, assistant athletic director of development, at 777-6389 or e-mail tbrush@binghamton.edu.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08