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February 07, 2008  Volume 29, No. 18
Staff member will chair Young Leaders Congress

Two members of the University community have been selected to participate in the new Young Leaders Congress, a part of New York first lady Silda Wall Spitzer’s I Live NY initiative.

Michael Frame, director of federal relations for the University, and Josh Kay, director of Catalysts for Intellectual Capital 2020, were appointed to the congress, which is designed to attract and retain the under-40 demographic as community members as well as develop communities across New York State. Frame will serve as chairman of the congress.

A key element of the governor’s proposed revitalization plan is a $4 billion endowment for the State University of New York system designed to improve links among SUNY campuses and local employers to promote job growth.

The Young Leaders Congress will aim to identify regional assets and develop strategies to harness those resources in collaboration with local advocacy groups and key economic development agencies.



PEC seeks nominees for annual awards

The Professional Employees Council seeks nominations of professionals in the campus community for its Distinguished Service Award.

The award is given in two categories: one to a professional with less than five years of service and another with five or more years of service.

Colleagues, supervisors or students may make nominations by submitting a form and up to four supporting documents (i.e. letters of support, résumé, job description). Winners will receive a monetary award and a framed certificate presented at the constituency luncheon in the fall. Their names will be also be added to a plaque in the lobby of the Couper Administration Building.

Forms and selection criteria are available at http://pec.binghamton.edu. Completed materials, as well as any questions, should be addressed to Sharon Santobuono, Watson Advising, LSG-552 by March 15 at 777-6099 or santobu@binghamton.edu.



Faculty Senate approves student affairs program

Following a brief discussion, the Faculty Senate earlier this week unanimously approved moving forward with the Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration program.

The program makes sense for the campus, said Mary Ann Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The practice in student affairs on this campus is done very, very well,” she said. “Given the student interest and the quality of our practice, we owe it to the next generation to provide a quality program.

Rodger Summers, former vice president for student affairs, will serve on the program’s faculty and reinforced that retirements in the student affairs field provide an opportunity to fill a void. “We need to train a new set of leaders,” he said.

The program will work with the Division of Student Affairs to place students in assistantships.



Graduate students win recognition for research

Graduate students Ashok Pachamuthu and Jasper Chiguma won third place at the Student Poster Session at the Seventh Annual Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference and Exhibition. They were selected from more than 100 research posters; the first- and second-place finishers were from Princeton University.

Pachamuthu, a system science doctoral student working with Professor Daryl Santos, and Chiguma, a materials science doctoral student working with Professor Wayne Jones, presented research titled “Fabrication and Electrical Properties of Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) — Polymer Nanocomposites” during the conference, organized by the United States Display Consortium last month in Phoenix.

The conference focused on the emerging field of flexible electronics and roll-to-roll manufacturing. The research at Binghamton has been supported through the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center and Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgance programs and in partnership with the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing.



Bioengineering fair planned March 1

The Binghamton Bioengineers will hold the second-annual bioengineering fair for elementary and middle school pupils on Saturday, March 1, at the University Downtown Center.

The event, titled “ICK,” or “I’m a Complex Kid,” will be held in two sessions, one from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Children in grades one through eight will have an opportunity to take part in a series of science experiments and demonstrations given by Binghamton faculty and students, including presentations on robotics, the human body, cell structure and DNA.

The cost of the event is $10, which includes refreshments. Sign up through Feb. 15 by calling 777-5792 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by e-mailing alda.mizaku@binghamton.edu.



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