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MAY 2012

Students make giant bubbles at this year's Spring Fling.

Our NYSUNY 2020 Presentation

Binghamton University's NYSUNY 2020 Challenge grant proposal, presented on April 25 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and leaders of the New York State Legislature, is receiving praise from leaders in Albany and the Southern Tier. The plan calls for construction of a $70 million, state-of-the-art Smart Energy Research and Development Facility and the addition of 2,000 students, 150 faculty and 175 professional and support staff.

Here's what people are saying about the plan:

"The plan is truly very impressive and well thought out. The leverage that you bring in the plan, I think, is extraordinary -- the work you've done to identify the private-sector jobs, which to me this is all about, and that you are also in the right area, the growth area. Well done."
-- Gov. Andrew Cuomo

"This plan strikes at a chord that this is really focused on the Southern Tier. A great university will be known by its national and international reputation, but the heart of it is what the university can do for its community, its region and its state. This is a very proud moment for the State University of New York at Binghamton."
-- SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

"This project will not only create jobs, but also produce careers."
-- Sen. Thomas Libous

"This is a wise investment that will create jobs and enhance Binghamton University's reputation as a world-class research institution. Smart energy is one of the Southern Tier's strengths, making this a perfect fit for businesses in our region like BAE Systems, Endicott Interconnect and Lockheed Martin."
-- Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo

"By empowering the SUNY system ... you're going to see significant growth in job creation, high-paying jobs, good research, good technology, good science and this is what it's about."
-- Sen. Dean Skelos

"We are strong proponents of our public higher education colleges, universities and community colleges as engines for regional economic growth and job creation. At the same time we are committed to making sure that our SUNY and CUNY schools remain affordable to any New Yorker who wants to pursue a college degree and has earned the right to do so. That's how we measure your presentation. And our goals are the same. I commend you for an excellent presentation."
-- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Media coverage of Binghamton's Smart Energy Initiative has been extensive. For links to the coverage and more information about NYSUNY 2020, go to Think Binghamton.


Advocacy News

University celebrates two lab openings
Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who helped secure $8.5 million in federal funding for Binghamton's Center for Autonomous Solar Power, were among the speakers at the opening of two new laboratories at the New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP).

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New York state budget approved on time
Lawmakers in Albany passed the 2012-2013 budget on March 30, meeting the April 1 deadline. This budget includes additional funding for a new round of NYSUNY 2020 challenge grants. Sixty SUNY campuses, excluding the university centers, will compete for three $20 million grants. In addition, the budget for SUNY and CUNY will remain at the same level as previous years and accommodates authorized 2012-13 tuition increases by providing $113.2 million in additional spending authority for SUNY.

For additional information on the budget, see Gov. Cuomo's press release on the 2012-2013 Budget.


University News and Accomplishments

Iberdrola gift to help engineering students
The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science has received a $100,000 gift from the Iberdrola USA Foundation. This gift will be used to enhance the senior capstone design program, which gives students the opportunity to apply technical knowledge to real engineering scenarios.

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Research

Faculty, students address power of research
Binghamton Research Days helped to build connections between the laboratory, the library and the classroom.

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The unfiltered truth
Binghamton's Geraldine Britton pairs clinical experience with research to craft interventions that may reduce the percentage of pregnant women who smoke.

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Wall Street watchdog
Yan Zhang, an associate professor of accounting, explores the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, created in the aftermath of high-profile corporate scandals.

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A burden too heavy to bear
Binghamton historian Diane Miller Sommerville explores the high number of suicides by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and the impact this had on Southern society in The New York Times' Disunion Blog.

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New estimate raises Civil War death toll
Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker has recalculated the Civil War death toll through an analysis of newly digitized census data from the 19th century. This recalculation has led to a 20 percent increase in the previously-accepted death toll, marking a significant change to the century-old estimation.

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Bioengineering student's work pays dividends
Research by Binghamton senior Chris Paquette may possibly lead to innovations in cancer treatment technology. Paquette recently won a prize for the application of the same technology to agriculture.

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Faculty News and Accomplishment

Jennifer Jensen named American Council on Education Fellow
Fellow Jennifer Jensen, associate dean for academic affairs for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of political science, was named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Briloff receives University Medal at lecture named in his honor
At the 25th anniversary installment of the School of Management's Abraham J. Briloff Lecture on Accountability and Society, President Harvey Stenger presented the University Medal to Professor Abraham Briloff, the namesake of this lecture. Briloff is the first person to receive the University Medal who has previously received an honorary degree from Binghamton.

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Two Binghamton faculty members named to Princeton Review's Best Professors
Jennifer Wegmann, a Health and Wellness Studies lecturer, and Mary Stillwell Haupt, a lecturer in journalism, were named to Princeton Review's list of the top 300 faculty in the nation.

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SOM honors faculty excellence
The School of Management awarded the Corning Award for Excellence in Research to Yan Zhang and presented the SOM Award for Excellence in Teaching to Sabatino "Dino" Silveri.

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

ADVOCACY NEWS 

Our NYSUNY 2020 Presentation

University celebrates two lab openings

New York state budget approved on time

UNIVERSITY NEWS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Iberdrola gift to help engineering students

RESEARCH

Faculty, students address power of research

The unfiltered truth

Wall Street watchdog

A burden too heavy to bear

New estimate raises Civil War death toll

Bioengineering students' work pays dividends

FACULTY NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jennifer Jensen named American Council on Education Fellow

Briloff receives University Medal at lecture named in his honor

Two Binghamton faculty members named to Princeton Review's Best Professors

SOM honors faculty excellence