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Paul Reiser '77 earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in music with a major in piano and composition at Binghamton before hitting the big time on the comedy circuit in New York City and moving in to acting.
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In the News

May 2006

Rose Frierman, director of alumni and parent relations, was quoted in the May issue of the Membership Management Report, in an article about the need for confidentiality as it relates to the tracking of member information. Frierman noted that many alumni share contact with the University and is a responsibility taken very seriously. “In today’s world of spam and junk mail, alumni need to know we’re not selling their information. We view is as a privilege t acquire and protect an alum’s address.”

Binghamton University was featured in the May issue of College Bound in an article about spring admissions. Binghamton’s record numbers of campus visits and applications were mentioned along with reference to programs such as nursing and computer science, which attracted increased interest.

Omowunmi Sadik, chemistry professor, was featured in the May issue of Black Enterprise magazine in an article titled “Masters of Technology.” Focusing on Sadik’s work in developing an ‘electronic nose,’ the article explained how microelectrode biosensors are used to mimic the way mammals detect odor thus allowing the e-nose to monitor scents and detect illicit drugs and chemicals. “We pre-design polymers to sense a particular molecule in certain odors, drugs, or pathogens; we –pre-design them to sense a particular molecule,” said Sadik. Using specially designed software, the biosensors are trained to build a database of different things that could be sensed in the same way a brain stores data.

Binghamton University researchers, led by Jessica Fridrich, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, were mentioned in the May 1 issue of the Tampa Tribune, FL. in an article about digital forensics research. Fridrich has developed a technique to help prove that an individual picture came from a specific camera. The technique exploits the fact that every camera produces a unique ‘fingerprint.’ Fridich and Binghamton University researchers, Jan Lukas and Miroslav Goljan, were also featured in the May 2 issue of Discovery Channel News magazine. She was quoted: “When a suspect is caught with images on the computer and the suspect has a digital camera in possession, the standard defense is that the images are computer-generated or downloaded from the Internet. Imagine now that you can tie them unmistakably to the camera that is in possession of the suspect.” Fridich was also featured for her new technique in the May 8 issue of the News in Science section of The Lab, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s online database.

Lynn Gamwell, director of the Binghamton University Art Museum and curator of the Sigmund Freud art exhibit called “Sigmund Freud’s Drawings and Diagrams of the Mind: From Neurology to Psychoanalysis” was featured in the May 3 issue of the Times-Herald Record. Gamwell was quoted as saying, “This complete collection of Freud’s diagrams includes some famous icons of psychoanalysis and other relatively unknown, rarely seen images.” Binghamton University organized this project. Gamwell was also a guest on the May 5 episode of Talk of the Nation: Science television show, discussing the Freud exhibition and how his artwork correlates to his work in psychoanalysis and science.

The Binghamton University Art Museum was featured in the May 8 issue of elmundo.es in an article regarding the Sigmund Freud art display.

Christopher James Iannone, a current student majoring in engineering, was featured in the May 4 issue of the Times-Herald Record for his community service work as an Eagle Scout. Iannone participates on the Binghamton University track and field team, and is a 2005 Washingtonville high school graduate. To earn his Eagle rank, Iannone restored the St. Mary’s Cemetery storage shed in his hometown. He completely renovated the shed and refurbished the area around it to make the shed look presentable.

Marcia Craner was featured in the May 11 issue of News On Women, for her appointment to Vice President of External Affairs for the University.

Paul Herr, an associate marketing professor, along with the late Yong-Soon Kang, also an associate professor, was featured in the May 9 issue of The Denver Post. The article examined whether sex appeal sells products or if this strategy has an opposite effect. Herr polled 200 college students using ads that feature sex appeal for his research study, “Beauty and the Beholder: Why Pretty Faces Don’t Always Help Sales”. The results were published in the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Herr was quoted in the Post article saying, “If the customer has time to process the ad, and the attractive model doesn’t fit, it’s almost like this bias detecto goes off.” According to Herr’s statement in the article, “for nonbeauty-related categories, the beautiful celebrity just isn’t carrying the day anymore.” Herr’s research on marketing products using sex was also featured in the May 10 issue of the Charleston Daily Mail.

Graham Munro, the defender for Binghamton University’s men’s soccer team, was featured in the May 11 issue of the Cape Codder for his role as a key player for the Cape Cod Crusaders soccer team. The Crusaders, founded in 1994, are part of Massachusetts Premier Soccer, a program that develops top college soccer athletes. Munro, a native of Scotland, is a three-time America East Defender of the Year at Binghamton.

Nina M. Versaggi, in association with Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility, announced to the May 11 issue of the Star-Gazette that archaeologists from Binghamton University have finished excavations at the Baldwin site. Once thought to be a Native American village, Versaggi explained that the site’s relationship to the Native Americans is this: Waterman Baldwin was captured by the Senecas, a Native American tribe, and became an “Indian agent” during the Revolutionary War. They worked together to settle United States/Native American government issues. Binghamton’s archeology department will continue to examine the artifacts found at the site, but will not return for more excavating.

Binghamton University was featured in the May 11 issue of News Forge, an online newspaper for Linux and Open Source. Linux is a center that brings together expertise from the school, IBM, and Mainline Information Systems. The article announced the new Linux Technology Center (LTC) would be based at the University, allowing for Linux to be available through Binghamton students. It will prepare students to be administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with open source expertise.

Matthew Gervais and David Sloan Wilson, of Binghamton University, were featured in the May 13 issue of NewScientist for their research in gelatology, the study of laughter. Their results found that the origins of laughter can be traced back two to four million years ago, when a laugh sounded more like a staccato panting. Laughter evolved with humans as the ability to control facial expressions developed. As humans learned more about cognition and language, laughter became more connected with humor. Gervais and Sloan Wilson’s research was also published in last December’s The Quarterly Review of Biology.

Dr. Ali Mazrui, the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the May 14 issue of South Africa’s Pretoria News to announce that he is invited to be a guest of the Es’kia Institute’s contributors to the Afrikan Affirmations series. Mazrui, fluent in Swahili and Islamic, is known for his expert knowledge in international politics, especially Islamic and African cultures. Mazrui completed a Ph.D. at Oxford University and has published a number of books between 1960 and 2004. Mazrui’s works feature a sense of exploration and are never biased toward any particular religion or culture, which is what appeals to his audiences.

Eugene Tettey-Fio and John Frazier, associate professor and professor of geography respectively, were featured in the May 14 issue of BookCatcher.com to announce the release of their new book Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America. Their work examines how race and ethnicity correlate with geography, including human interaction with the environment, patterns of settlement, and the changing face of America. University colleagues, Florence Margai and Mark Reisinger, also contributed to the book, which will be used as a student course book for Geography 103: Multicultural Geographies of the United States. Binghamton University Global Academic Publishing published their works.

Binghamton University was featured in the May 15 issue of Library Journal. The University has contracted with Innovative Interfaces for its electronic resource management project, which will facilitate the ability to search the University library collections. Between the Bartle Library and Science Library, the University’s collections include publications in fine arts, social sciences, humanities, computer sciences and various science fields.

Leslie Heywood, an English professor, was featured in the May 19 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in an article about marketing of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to female fans. Heywood has written on the topic of women and sports frequently, and was quoted, “It is crucial that we have women’s professional leagues.” Heywood admitted she was not the best person to ask about motivating females to watch the WNBA, saying, “That’s a good question, because you’d have to motivate me! I’m of the school that wants to play sports rather than watch them, which is the case for many women because the deflected glory men seem to feel from watching sports isn’t possible for women (because the glory is less).”

G. Phillip Rightmire, distinguished professor of the anthropology, was featured in the May 19 issue of Science for his expertise on the ancient human ancestor, Homo erectus. The article focused on the continued research of fossils believed to be of a dwarf-species named Homo floresiensis discovered on the island of Flores. Rightmire, who also works on fossils from Dmanisi, Georgia, supported the analyses of two other researchers, quoting their analyses “make it clearer and clearer that Homo floresienss is not some sort of dwarf modern human. This is a different species from us.”

Jessica Fridrich, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in the May 21 edition of The Post-Standard in Syracuse for her work in digital photo forensics. Along with co-inventors Jan Lukas and Miroslav Goljan, the research team discovered a method to trace digital pictures back to their source through pixels. This technology could be the breakthrough method in the fight against child pornography. In the article, Fridrich terms the method, “camera fingerprinting.”

Andy Morris, the associate director of admissions, was quoted in the May 20 issue of The New York Times. In the article about high school students’ practice of double depositing to colleges as a way to get around the deadline for accepting admissions offers Morris commented, “They are accepted to so many colleges that they can’t come to a decision by May 1.” Morris was also quoted as saying, “I think parents are of a generation in which the idea of booking two airline flights or booking multiple hotel rooms are things that these parents do. They are trying to hedge their bets.”

Binghamton University’s Outdoor Pursuits program was named in the May 23 edition of the Ithaca Journal, in a feature about whitewater kayaking. Along with kayaking, the program allows students to learn about surfing and canoeing on the Tioughnioga and Chenango rivers. Binghamton University student, Stephanie Heggenhougen, was quoted in the article saying, “The course taught me to be more comfortable in my learning abilities.”

Junghyun Cho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Binghamton University were featured in the May 23 issue of the A to Z of Materials science publication. The University received a $125,000 New York State high technology award for its research, projects, and programs in the engineer work with electronics. Binghamton is to work with Endicott Interconnect Technologies in developing ceramic thin film embedded capacitors, which will improve electronics, in addition to making them cheaper and smaller. Cho was quoted: “Commercialization of the product will be an ultimate goal of this 2-year prototype product development. The project is in fact not only consistent with current research initiatives in small scale systems at Binghamton University, but will create a synergistic outcome through the partnership with Endicott Interconnect Technologies. Success of the commercialization will also result in local economic development through sales and job creation in our community.” New York State named the University a Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging, joining centers in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Long Island, and Canandaigua.

Binghamton University was named in May 25 issue of The Associated Press State and Local Wire as a school affiliated with the World Universities Network’s opening of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State University. Binghamton University was also featured in May 25 issue of The York Dispatch for its association with the World Universities Network. The new center will focus on reducing the threat of terrorism, the causes of terrorism and its effects on society.

Michael Carbone, director of jazz studies, was featured in the May 25 issue of The Post-Standard. He was the visiting resident artist and saxophonist at the fifth annual Summer Jazz Workshop in the Art and Home Center at the New York State Fairgrounds. The workshop was for students eager to learn to play any instrument, and for those who already play, to improve their skills. Carbone has worked with various artists including Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Slam Stewart and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Thomas Glave, English professor, was featured in the May 25 edition of Hour in Montreal, Quebec. Glave is a well-known American-Jamaican author whose current anthology of essays, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent, covers issues such as homophobia in Jamaica and the war in Iraq. A onetime volunteer organizer for a Kingston-based gay-rights group JFLAG and winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award, Glave is expected to release a much anticipated anthology, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writings From the Antilles next year.

Binghamton University was named in the May 25 issue of Vermont’s Own: WCAX-TV News as the only New York college to attend the Worldwide Universities Network meeting for the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State University. The primary focus of the center is to reduce the threat of terrorism.

Binghamton University and President Lois DeFleur were featured in the May 26 issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. State University of New York four-year colleges were approved for a $2.26 billion financial plan to be divided, which led to Binghamton receiving an 11.3 percent increase in state money. DeFleur was quoted, “We’re really very, very pleased. This allows us to really provide the students with more opportunities.” Binghamton had more than 26,000 applicants last year and will be able to hire an estimated 20 new full-time professors, said DeFleur. Binghamton University and President Lois DeFleur were also featured in the May 28 edition of The Star-Gazette and The Journal News for the increase percentage of state money that Binghamton received.

Andy Morris, the associate director of admissions, was featured in the May 26 issue of the International Herald Tribune, in an article about high school students engaging in the practice of double depositing in order to avoid the May 1 deadline for college accepting admissions offers. Morris said, “The idea of booking two airline flights or booking multiple hotel rooms are things that these parents do. They are trying to hedge their bets.”

Dr. Robert Isaacson, professor of neurobehavioral science, was named in the May 30 issue of Tribune-Star in Indiana for his opinion on the America’s National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) report about the allowable level of fluoride in water. The report found that the current level of fluoride in water is not beneficial to the public’s health. Isaacson said the report should be a wake-up call because many American communities may be overexposed.

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