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March 20, 2008  Volume 29, No. 24
DeFleur International Fund seeks project proposals

The newly established Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund has launched its first round of competition for grants.


The fund was created by President Lois B. DeFleur’s contribution of the Harold R. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education she received last September plus additional contributions from alumni. It will support projects in line with the “comprehensive internationalization” to which Binghamton has been committed throughout DeFleur’s tenure as president.


Projects, which should enhance curricular or co-curricular undergraduate or graduate student experiences, may begin as early as June 1, 2008, and must end no later than Aug. 31, 2009. Awards, in the amount of $2,000 to $5,000, will go to any member of the University community (faculty, staff or students) before the end of the spring semester. Proposals are due April 15.


For award criteria and application details, see the Call for Proposals at http://provost.binghamton.edu/documents/international_innovation_fund.doc.



Student debaters take first place

Students Pete Groh and Cliff Tucker won the American Debate Association’s national debate tournament, held last weekend at James Madison University. The pair defeated Mary Washington College on a 2-1 decision.


Students Ben Crossan and Alan Ostrovsky made it to finals in the junior varsity division, where they lost on a 2-1 decision.


Binghamton’s performance at the event mathematically locked up its first-place finish for the season in rankings from the Cross-Examination Debate Association and the National Debate Tournament, said Joe Leeson-Schatz, director of debate.



In the News

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English and creative writing, wrote an article for The Boston Globe on Nov. 18 regarding the near-extinction that children’s picture books have been facing in the past 20 years. She credits author Mo Willems with having saved the genre and discusses his latest book, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.


Binghamton University was featured in The Virgin Island Daily News (St. Thomas) on Nov. 19 regarding public universities as “Best Buys.”


Lawrence Roma, associate vice president for facilities management, was featured in The New York Times on Nov. 21 regarding increased mailroom activity on university campuses nationwide. Dealing with mailroom activity costs colleges a lot of money. “We’re hoping we’ve seen the worst of it,” Roma said. The University received 57,000 packages in 2006, a significant increase from 33,000 in 2002. Officials from the University invested about $25,000 in a bar code scanning system to track packages from arrival until students sign for them.


William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences, was featured in The New Scientist (London) on Nov. 24 for his role in the discovery of a near-complete fossil tree from the first forest on Earth.


David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, was featured in The New Scientist (London) on Nov. 24 regarding the evolution of laughter.


Wilson was also quoted in The New York Times on Nov. 27 regarding the evolutionary value of art. Compared to art, “the only social elixir of comparable strength is religion, another impulse that spans cultures and time,” Wilson said.


Thomas Glave, associate professor of English, was featured in Now Magazine (Canada) on Nov. 29 regarding anti-gay violence in Jamaica.


Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in The Sacramento Bee, The Albany Times-Union, The Orange County Register and The Edmonton Journal (Canada) on Nov. 24, 28, 29 and 30, respectively, for her tips on how to help children avoid turning into “gift monsters.” The article describes “gift monsters” as children who steal the holiday spirit by demanding everything on their wish lists as ransom. “Parents need to be empowered to say no,” Muscari advises.


Muscari was also featured in The Austin-Statesman on Nov. 28 regarding ideal toys for children of various ages.


Muscari was also quoted in The Sun News (S.C.), The Wichita Eagle and The Record (Canada) on Dec. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, regarding holiday spending.


Raymond Romanczyk, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Child Development, was noted in The New York Post on Dec. 3 for his comments on child-friendly tech toys.



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Run honors fallen Marine
Runners stand at attention as the national anthem is played March 15 before the second-annual John McKenna Memorial 5K at Binghamton’s Recreation Park. McKenna ’98, who was killed in Iraq while serving as a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps, was a member of Binghamton Crew. Proceeds from the event, organized by the crew team, will go to the John McKenna Memorial Fund and a boat to be named after McKenna.

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