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AUGUST 2011 EDITION

Orientation 2011

University presents NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant proposal

Earlier this week, Binghamton University presented its NYSUNY2020 Challenge Grant plan to the Executive Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Highlights of the five-year strategic plan include:

- Expanding enrollment by 2,000 students.
- Construction of a new Health and Natural Sciences facility.
- Creation of a new Southern Tier Economic Development Center in     downtown Binghamton.
- Creation of 1,300 jobs in the local economy, including 150 faculty positions; and approximately 1,600 across the state.

This plan presentation generated significant media coverage including the following:

Learn more about the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program and view Binghamton's proposal at Think Binghamton.



Advocacy News

Magrath named to regional economic development council
Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath will serve as a member of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, one of 10 groups designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in the state.

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Summer Orientation 2011
Hundreds of students and parents signed up at this year's summer orientation session to help with the University's advocacy efforts, bringing the number of Think Tank advocates to over 9,000. View an orientation slideshow at Advocacy News; read the Inside article, "Students, parents 'click-in' during orientation".


University News and Accomplishments

Binghamton, SUNY Upstate Medical form partnership
Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University leaders signed an articulation agreement July 25 that links the two institutions academically in new ways, and a memorandum of understanding for shared course offerings in their neuroscience graduate programs.

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Bridges to Baccalaureate program sparks faculty 
Christopher Bishop, associate professor of psychology, was one of several Binghamton University faculty who mentored 17 underrepresented students from community colleges during a five-week, hands-on research program this summer. Established to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing and earning baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical sciences, the program guarantees admission to Binghamton University to participating students if they have maintained a 2.7 grade point average in science courses and overall at their home community colleges.

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Five faculty named to distinguished ranks
Five Binghamton University faculty, including Ron Miles, Bahgat Sammakia, Shelemyahu Zacks, James Pitarresi, and John Frazier, were appointed to the ranks of distinguished professors, the highest system honors conferred upon SUNY faculty.  They join more than 65 Binghamton University faculty who have achieved distinguished rank.

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Binghamton University ranks high for return on investment 
A ranking by Investor's Business Daily placed Binghamton in a tie for ninth in the nation for return on investment - the earnings per dollar spent to get an education.  IBD looked at net pay 30 years after earning a bachelor's degree, beyond what it cost for the degrees.  According to the data, compiled by PayScale, the cost (as of 2010) to complete a degree at Binghamton totaled $73,700, and graduates average a $712,300 net income after 30 years, giving Binghamton grads a 12.5 percent return on investment (ROI).

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Research

Improving cell phones, one drop at a time
The world's second-largest cell-phone manufacturer, Samsung, turned to Binghamton's S.B. Park to analyze what happens when a device gets dropped and to help improve cell phone reliability.

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Engineer puts DNA to the test 
Some of today's most innovative science happens at the places where one field of inquiry meets another. That's precisely where you'll find Changhong Ke, a Binghamton University mechanical engineer whose interests extend to biology and physics.

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Breakthrough may have implications for superconductors
Binghamton physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues, who are searching for the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity, published their latest findings in the journal Science.

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Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
Binghamton University
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Binghamton, NY 13902
think@binghamton.edu
607-777-3658

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IN THIS ISSUE:

ADVOCACY
NEWS

University presents NYSUNY2020 Challenge Grant proposal

Magrath named to regional economic development council

Summer Orientation 2011

UNIVERSITY
NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Binghamton, SUNY Upstate Medical form partnership

Bridges to Baccalaureate program sparks faculty

Five faculty named to distinguished ranks

Binghamton University ranks high for return on investment

RESEARCH

Improving cell phones, one drop at a time

Engineer puts DNA to the test

Breakthrough may have implications for superconductors