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FALL 2010 EDITION

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Think Binghamton Advocacy Update

With the academic year well underway, so is our advocacy plan to continue the University's advancement. This year we are coordinating our advocacy efforts with the SUNY system's advocacy program, addressing budget constraints and funding challenges, securing legislative reforms and garnering support for a law school. We will keep you informed and will ask for your help at critical points.

This month we launched Inside on-line, the University's online news publication. It is a great way for advocates to get an inside look at news and issues affecting the University. See below for this week's features and take a minute to subscribe to receive Inside on a regular basis. You won't want to miss any of the exciting discoveries, research and news at Binghamton University.

Binghamton University was once again highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine's popular "America's Best Colleges" issue ranked Binghamton 39th among public universities and colleges and 86th among all public and private universities nationwide. Binghamton is one of only two universities in New York state, public or private, to make the publication's list for schools whose students graduate with the least amount of debt and is 11th on its first-ever "Up-and-Comers" ranking of institutions having made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

In reviewing the accolades received recently from U.S. News & World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review's "Best 373 Colleges", and Forbes college rankings, Binghamton University's Interim President C. Peter Magrath noted, "It is correct that Binghamton University is listed among the best colleges in American higher education because we are the best, and that is a consequence of our commitment to high quality education." Read more about the University's recent accolades and accomplishments in this newsletter.

Thanks again for all you do in support of the University. We look forward to working with you this year to achieve our advocacy goals and spread the word about Binghamton University's significant contributions to the region and state.

The Think Binghamton Advocacy Team

 

Advocacy News

Binghamton University receives another $4 million in federal funds

On Sept. 22, U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $4 million for Binghamton University to upgrade military data systems to ensure they are secure from outside threats and operating in an energy-efficient manner.
Read more.

Hinchey announces $10.5 million in research funds for Binghamton University

More than $10 million will soon be flowing into research centers at Binghamton University to support research efforts ranging from developing solar power sources to creating sensors to safeguard U.S. troops in the field, U.S. Rep Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, announced on Sept. 20.
Read more.

Albany Update - New York State Primary Elections

The big news of last week's New York state primary races was Carl Paladino's victory over Rick Lazio in the Republican gubernatorial primary, which sets up an intriguing general election match-up with Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo. In question is whether Lazio will remain in the race on the Conservative Party's line.

In the high-profile race on the Democratic side, state Sen. Eric Schneiderman narrowly defeated Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice in a five-way primary for attorney general. Schneiderman will face Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan in the general election. Donovan has the support of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Edward Koch among others and it is expected to be a close race.

For the complete election results from the Associated Press, go here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2010/by_county/
NY_Page_0914.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS

SUNY Reform Legislation -- Update

In a recent Capitol Confidential interview, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher states that she plans to continue working to get SUNY reform legislation passed.
Read more.

Law School Update

At the Sept. 17 Binghamton University Council meeting, Interim Provost Jean-Pierre Mileur talked about his hopes to open a law school by 2018. Read the complete Press & Sun article covering the Council meeting.

New Inside Online

Get an insider look into Binghamton University. Read about students, discoveries, research, professors, the arts, sports and what's happening on campus in the new, online-only Inside. Go to http://www.binghamton.edu/inside for the following stories:
- University Council hears about the integration of athletics into the rest of campus.
- FAA to fund students' award-winning project at Greater Binghamton Airport.
- The University is on track to receive more than $10 million in federal funding for research projects.
- Meet new faculty members such as Stephen Levy, Stephen Ortiz and Bogum Yoon.

Be sure to join our mailing list to be automatically notified when a new issue of Inside is posted online and when there is breaking news. Sign up at: http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/subscribe.

University Fest Photo Album

See if you can find yourself -- or someone you know -- in the crowd. Take a look at the University Fest 2010 photo album posted on the Think Binghamton site. Among the highlights of the day: students performing amazing break-dancing and over 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members signing up to help with the University's Think Binghamton advocacy program. View the slide show and read more about the event.

 

University News and Accomplishments

Homecoming to bring campus and local community together
The biggest annual on-campus event for alumni  -- Homecoming 2010 -- will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10. About 1,000 graduates and their family members are expected to return to campus for a variety of educational and fun activities. Many events are open to the local community. 

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Corpse Flower in bloom
The rare Corpse Flower in the E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse reached peak full open on the evening of Sept. 14. Experience Binghamton's own Corpse Flower, minus the smell, in this video: binghamton.edu/greenhouse/metis.html.

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Professor debuts as puzzle creator
Michael Sharp, assistant professor of English at Binghamton, recently made his debut as a crossword-puzzle constructor in the New York Times. Go behind the scenes at the Times blog Wordplay or check out Sharp's well-known blog, written by his alter ego, Rex Parker.

 

Research

Researchers work to improve speech recognition technology
Stephen Zahorian discusses his plans to improve speech recognition technology with a reporter from Your News Now.

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Why do Koreans eat hot food to cool down?
Michael Pettid, author of Korean Cuisine: An Illustrated History and professor of premodern Korean studies at Binghamton University, explains to Salon's Alex Jung that the food philosophy is based on the idea of balancing one's ki, the flow of energy that courses through your body.

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Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
dgreiwe@binghamton.edu
607-777-3658

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IN THIS ISSUE:

ADVOCACY NEWS

- Binghamton University receives another $4 million in federal funds

- Hinchey announces $10.5 million in research funds for Binghamton University

- Albany Update - New York State Primary Elections
- SUNY Reform Legislation - Update

- Law School Update

- New Inside Online

- University Fest Photo Album

UNIVERSITY NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Homecoming to bring campus and local community together

Corpse Flower in bloom

Professor debuts as puzzle creator

RESEARCH

Researchers work to improve speech recognition technology

Why do Koreans eat hot food to cool down?