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August-November 2004

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed children’s books for the Boston Globe on August 8. In Kevin Henke’s “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” she sees a book “which draws its lulling power from ancestors like ‘Goodnight Moon,’ books that show the art of the simple can be high art indeed.” In “Outside My Window” by Liesel Moak Skorpen, Rosenberg noted the writer’s ability to “write such charming and intriguing simple sentences, but one has the sense, instantly, of revisiting a beautiful old landscape.” Rosenberg also reviewed “Dragon Dance” by Joan Holub, calling it a “lively new paperback, with enough busyness in each page to entertain (and subtly teach) children, regardless of background or culture.” And finally, in Minfing Ho’s “Maples in the Mist” collection of poems, Rosenberg writes “the purity of these poems reminds us that we are never far from freshness and wonder, those twin homes of childhood.”

William McClure, director of non-credit continuing education programs, was quoted in the August 12 issue of Spirit, a New York City weekly, about why adults register for continuing education programs. “There’s a lot of economic factors that encourage people to get their skills up or maintain them,” he said. McClure is also president of the Continuing Education Association of New York.

Norman Spear, distinguished professor of psychology, in August was quoted in articles in several papers in the United Kingdom including The Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Newcastle Journal, the Western Daily Press, the Liverpool Daily Post and the Western Mail, about research into consequences of allowing children to drink alcohol. With a variety of ways young children can be exposed, such as through breast feeding, he said “The danger in all this is that exposure to alcohol early in life may increase its attractiveness and lead to the onset of drinking at an earlier age than otherwise would occur.” Articles also appeared in Health Day, WebIndia123.com and the Web site About.

Sally Dear, visiting assistant professor of human development, was featured in an Aug. 17 article in USA Today about a course she teaches on divorce culture and relationships. The course helps students understand that romance and reality are often at odds. “I’ve had students say, ‘I had no idea. I thought you grew up, fell in love and got married and that was it,’”

Binghamton University received mention in the October issue of Atlantic Monthly in an article that reviewed a study by researchers Alan Krueger and Stacy Berg Dale. The study indicated, “the student not the school, was responsible for success.” Krueger is noted as saying “that you go to college is more important than where you go.” The article lists Binghamton University as an “estimable destination.”

Binghamton University was mentioned in an Oct. 30 Newsday article reviewing a production of “Lysistrata” featuring doyenne of the Greek stage Lydia Koniordou. Koniordou also reflected on a directing stint at Binghamton University.

Research conducted by Mark Lenzenweger, professor of psychology, focusing on personality disorders was highlighted in October on News-Medical. Net. Lenzenweger’s study contradicts long-held beliefs that disabling psychiatric conditions cannot improve. “Although the disorders are common, with 1-in-10 people affected, the good news is that we now know the disorders can change over time’ states Lezenweger. Articles also appeared in Science Daily; Hindustan Times, India; 123Bharath.com, India; Webindia123.com, India; News-Medical.net; WebMD; Health magazine; BBC; Redactie Psychologie magazine & whY; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; KCSN, Northridge, CA; Reuters; ABC News web; and Social Work Today.

Susan Repine, assistant dean of the Graduate School, had her survey of first-year graduate stipends published in the fall 2004 issue of Perspectives, a news magazine for graduate admissions professionals. Repine notes that data on graduate student support is imperative for graduate programs to remain competitive. Repine’s survey was also featured in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

G. Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in a New York Times article on Oct. 5 on the discovery of 1.66 million-year-old stone tools found in northern China. Rightmire was invited to review photographs of the Chinese artifacts. He noted that they were primitive and compare in style and manufacture to those excavated at a Georgian site. “We see little progress in toolmaking in the 100,000 years between the sites.” The article also appeared in the International Herald Tribune. Rightmire was also quoted in an October 28 New York Times article about the discovery of a new human species, Homo florosiensis. Skeletons excavated from an island east of Bali indicate a race of little people whose adults stood just three-and-a-half feet high. A number of objects were also found including tools, which are evidence of their cognitive abilities. “I wouldn’t have supposed that such small-brained people descended directly from Homo erectus would be capable of producing these artifacts, but the evidence is pretty compelling,” he said. Rightmire was also quoted on the same topic in Rednova, the Oakland Tribune, the Daily Review, the International Herald Tribune, and U.S. News & World Report.

Binghamton University’s collaboration on a “pill camera” to be developed to detect cancer and monitor body functions was mentioned in articles in several health-related publications in October, including Pharma Law Weekly, Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week, Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week, Life Science Weekly, Biotech Weekly and Cancer Law Weekly.

Maria Pendolino ’03 was quoted in an Oct. 18 Associated Press article on college nostalgia. Pendolino noted “I miss a lot of little things – naps, sleeping in until noon and the feeling that you are in the same place in your life as everyone else. In college, I was the big fish in a little pond,” she said. “Now I’m a guppy in the ocean.” The article appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer; QC Times.com; KATU 2, Portland, OR; Guardian Unlimited; The Sun, Bremerton, WA; Citizen On-line, Rockdale, GA; and the Chicago Sun Times.

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured in the Oct. 25 issue of Time in a lengthy feature devoted to a study on whether religion is a product of evolution. Wilson discussed the divinity behind the water temples of Bali. The priests convene to schedule planting dates, dealing with crop pests and irrigation proposals “The religion has a temple at every node in the irrigation system. The priests make decisions and enforce the code of both religion and irrigation,” he said. Wilson was also featured in Ladies Home Journal about his research addressing how non-physical traits may influence a person’s perception of another’s beauty.

A new book by Raymond Romanczyk, professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Unit, was mentioned in the Oct. 25 issue of the Syracuse Post-Standard. The book, Defying Autism – Keeping Your and Taking Control, presents a scientific approach to improving life for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, reviewed children’s books for the Nov. 14 issue of the Boston Globe. In pop star Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples, Rosenberg sees a book written as “an exquisite Jewish folk tale, recast in modern dress, presented with economy, dignity, and a touch of sharp humor.” In John Irving’s book A Widow for One Year, Rosenberg noted that it is “spooky, back-shadowed, not quite for the very young.” Rosenberg also reviewed Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr, noting “major and minor characters delight and abound: it’s the forces of good against the forces of evil.”

Dorm decorating tips from Binghamton University Residential Life staff were included in a November article on discount decorating on Fastweb, a website managed by Monster.com. Tips included using plants to add a touch of green, adding a gumball machine and limiting the number of fragile objects.

Ali A. Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer professor of the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was honored in a roundup of notable Kenyans in world news in the November issue of Nation and allafrica.com. Mazrui was recognized as a leading expert in the study of culture and politics.

Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in a November 9 New York Times article about the discovery of a new human species, Homo florosiensis. The Floresians have shaken up existing views of the humans due to their size and their intelligence. Debate includes views on whether this race descended from Homo sapiens or Homo erectus. “There is no ambiguity about the morphological pattern, and it is erectus-like,” he said. The article also ran in the International Herald Tribune, Rednova and TechNewsWorld.

Philip Rightmire, distinguished professor of anthropology, was quoted in a November 18 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service article on a study, which indicates that running could be responsible for the evolution of humans. Rightmire said Daniel Lieberman and Dennis Bramble’s theory was “quite convincing….I support the conclusions.” The article appeared in the New York Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tallahassee Democrat , South Carolina’s State, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Omaha.com and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Binghamton University was featured in an article by Gannett News Service on a $1 million award from Congress to help provide the Pentagon with high-tech sensors that will increase the reliability of its weapons’ systems.

Anne Clark, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in the November 19 Post-Standard regarding her work with crows. The article covered Clark’s presentation to members of the Citizens Respectful of Wildlife or CROW in which she discussed crow roosts, cleanup suggestions and crow tourism.

Ellen Badger, director of international student and scholar services, was quoted in the November 2004 issue of International Education Report on how to successfully advocate for international education programs. Badger noted that knowing the right people is key. “When advocating, the goals is to have as many friends as possible.”

Bill McCarthy, associate director of the Career Development Center, was featured in the November 2004 Campus Career Counselor on ways to enrich routine workshops on resumes, cover letters and interviewing by creating an employer speaker series. McCarthy noted that the series aims to not only strengthen employer relations, but to encourage students to take advantage of the services provided by the University.

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