A single mother of a 4½-year-old daughter, Casey VanKuren juggles responsibilities as a Discovery Adviser, founder of the Binghamton Gaming Group, SOS Children’s Shelter volunteer and mentor to a sixth-grader. This fall, add tour guide duties and an elementary school internship.
Casey VanKuren, junior, double major in English and human development
M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry, was quoted in a New York Times article about a new development in batteries that indicates that adding a metal-containing compound to an inexpensive base material increases conductivity. Whittingham said the new material isn’t likely to be useful in batteries that require a great deal of energy to be stored in a small space, but "the material may find a use in large batteries, where cost is very important."
Suzi Howell, assistant director of Resident Assistant Development for Residential Life, was asked to evaluate whether Caprice’s portrayal of the life of a resident assistant on Days of Our Lives reflects reality. Howell’s assessment? As a 30-something newcomer to a college campus, Caprice would not likely be hired as a resident assistant until she gained some campus experience.
Dennis Chavez, director of financial aid, was quoted in an article regarding the benefits of consolidating student loans.
Akbar Muhammad, associate professor of Africana Studies, and Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, were quoted in an article regarding the effect September 11 has had on Muslims.
Robert Ostergard, assistant professor and associate director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was quoted in an article regarding how the Southern Tier has adapted to changes in local security precautions initiated in the aftermath of September 11.
Elizabeth Droz, director of the counseling center, was quoted in an article regarding how people chose to remember and reflect upon the first anniversary of September 11.
Patrick Regan, associate professor of political science, was quoted in an article regarding the division of support among most Americans for President Bush’s push to disarm Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein by force.
Thomas Brunell, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in an article regarding primary elections and how unusual the losses of two veteran incumbents were in recent races.
Peter Knuepfer, director of the environmental studies program, was quoted in an article regarding the impact the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Facilities can have on the local environment.
Francis Yammarino, director of the Center for Leadership Studies, was quoted in an article regarding the skills and expertise needed to be a good leader.
Kevin Wright, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in an article regarding the chances of solving a criminal case years after the crime took place.
Brian Hazlett, assistant director of admissions, was quoted in an article regarding the kind of experience non-traditional students can bring to a classroom setting.
Bonnie Winfield, professor of human development, was quoted in an article regarding the growth of the local anti-war movement.
Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an article regarding the increased number of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile Virus in the Southern Tier this year.
Harolyn Pasquale, associate director of admissions, was quoted in an article regarding the benefits of web-based technology in assisting students with the college application and admission process.
Thomas Brunell, assistant professor of political sciences, was quoted in an article regarding political ads that are used during the campaigning process to target specific regions.
Kevin Wright, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in an article regarding the number of suicides that occur during the first 36 hours an inmate is jailed. He stated more suicides happen in county jails than in state prisons.
Christopher Anderson, professor of political sciences, was quoted in an article regarding the use of advertisements for $1,500 drawing to attract attention to three local Democratic candidates for town office.
Patricia Rourke, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, was quoted in an article regarding the role of parents in encouraging volunteerism.
Lois Einhorn, professor of English, was quoted in an article regarding the effectiveness of television debates on voter choice.
Kevin Wright, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about a California state prison being charged with discrimination and civil rights violations for denying visitation rights to black inmates following the serious beating of three guards. Wright said that, "in terms of prison management, generally the idea is to treat people fairly and justly. When you start treating them more unfairly, they get more difficult to manage."
Nancy Paul, director of the Career Development Center, was quoted in an online article about employer recruitment and hiring trends. Explaining that about 65 employers were expected at this year’s two-day job fair, Paul was quoted as saying, "Many (employers) are waiting to see how the economy will affect business before committing to college events."
Jane Webber Runte, a college adviser in New Jersey said that she is advising high achieving students to keep a financially feasible list of state schools. "High on her list: colleges such as the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the State University of New York at Binghamton, which are well regarded but cheaper than many private schools, even for out-of-state schools."
Cindy Kester, assistant director of academic computing, was quoted in an article about film studios wanting colleges to block students from downloading movies. Kester said she had received about 30 requests from MediaForce, a company retained by the film studios to put a stop to online sharing of their films. Kester noted that it takes about a half day to respond to each request from the company.
Lynn Gamwell, director of the University Art Museum, wrote the text of the End Paper in the Chronicle Review section. The title of Gamwell’s article is "The Scientific Origins of Abstract Art." Gamwell proposes that two catalysts contributed to the precipitation of abstract art: the scientific worldview that developed after the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, and the secular concepts of the spiritual that developed thereafter.
Professor Ali A. Mazrui, director of Binghamton's Institute of Global Cultural Studies, gave the keynote address on "USA and the Islamic World After September 11" at a forum at Kuwait University. The speech was reported by the Kuwait Times and Global News Wire.
Last Updated: 12/19/11