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SPRING 2010 EDITION

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Think Binghamton Advocacy Update

SUNY Legislation

Binghamton University and SUNY are aggressively advocating in Albany. We are working hard to make the case that SUNY institutions are the solution to the state's economic challenges and that previous budget reductions have had a negative impact on all state residents, not solely the SUNY system and its students.

We also are advocating for regulatory reform that will allow us to address our fiscal challenges. With SUNY's backing, Gov. David A. Paterson introduced the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA) in January. Passage of this act will provide the University more spending and contracting flexibility, increase access to capital for construction and other infrastructure projects and allow for leasing of University land and facilities. Most importantly, the act will ensure that tuition revenues are retained by the campuses.

The positive impact of PHEEIA was stressed by our teams at Binghamton University's recent Advocacy Day in Albany. (Read more about Advocacy Day; view a slideshow of the event.) In addition, Think Tank members have sent over 4,000 messages to key decision-makers asking for passage of PHEEIA. The immediate future of the act will be decided when the state budget is finalized. We will keep you posted as we work toward passage of this legislation. You can send a message to targeted legislators in support of PHEEIA and read recent news stories at the Think Binghamton site.

2010-2011 Budget Update

Despite emergency measures taken by Gov. Paterson, including implementation of a $500 million mid-year budget reduction for state agencies, New York state ended its fiscal year in the red and is having trouble paying bills. Lawmakers have approved several emergency spending measures, but remain deeply divided over how to balance the budget. Without further action, the state will be in the position of running short of cash beginning in May.

Double-digit budget deficits are forecast for the state in 2010-2011. Steps Binghamton University has taken to address this fiscal crisis include:

  • implementing a series of reductions in the state portion of our operating budget, amounting to $16.5 million over a three-year period, with the expectation for an additional $6 million in reductions in the coming year.
  • strategically limiting hiring, delaying or forgoing equipment purchases, slightly lowering new student enrollment, judiciously using one-time monies where possible to try to offset the decline in state funds and identifying and developing all available revenue streams.
  • establishing an innovative "voluntary separation program" that is providing individuals with 15 or more years of service the opportunity to leave the campus with a lump-sum payment based on their base salary and years of service.

For budget updates visit Think Binghamton.

SUNY Strategic Plan

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher reinforced the need for passage of PHEEIA during her April 15 presentation at Binghamton University of SUNY's new strategic plan -- The Power of SUNY. The plan was developed over the past 10 months through statewide conversations and symposia and focuses on six areas: entrepreneurship, a seamless education pipeline, a healthier New York, an energy-smart New York, and the vibrant community and the world. You can read more about this event and view a slide show at Think Binghamton. The complete strategic plan can be found at http://www.suny.edu/powerofsuny/.

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University News and Accomplishments

Binghamton University selected as top green college
Binghamton University was recently selected for inclusion in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges". Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this is the first free, comprehensive guidebook focused solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.

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GSE to expand elementary certification
A revised elementary education certification program being implemented in the Graduate School of Education will give Binghamton University graduates the upper hand when searching for a job. Beginning this fall, the school will expand its current program, which certifies students to teach grades 1-6, to include training for preschool and kindergarten environments. It will offer students the opportunity to choose a special education or literacy education pathway.

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Vice president receives national honor
Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research, will receive a national award in recognition of his work with the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Association of Immunologists, or AAI. "Diversity has always been an important issue for me," said Sonnenfeld, formerly the associate dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, a leading minority-serving medical school.

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Political science professor named Kissinger Scholar
A Binghamton University faculty member hopes to provide new insights into American foreign policy in the early 1900s by amassing a year's worth of research at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Benjamin Fordham, professor and chair of the University's political science department, was recently named a Henry Kissinger Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic school year.

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SOM rises in BusinessWeek rankings
The University's School of Management made significant gains in its ranking among the nation's top business schools, according to BusinessWeek, which has released its ratings of undergraduate business programs.

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Professor takes aim at literacy education
A University distinguished teaching professor is now providing leadership and instruction to an organization with more than 70,000 members worldwide.

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Binghamton University students recognized for charity work
The Binghamton University student group, Colleges Against Cancer (CAC), in partnership with a local charitable organization, A Room to Heal, was recognized nationally by Newman's Own Foundation. A Room to Heal was awarded $7,500, as part of the Foundation's first-ever Campus Community Service Challenge.

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Binghamton University receives national recognition for community service; named to honor roll with distinction
Binghamton University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

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Research

Probing public policy with a new lens
Pamela Mischen's research into public policy uses complexity theory to shed light on why programs succeed or fail.

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Exploring medical uses of flexible electronics
A federal grant that supports student research on the medical applications of flexible electronics could lead to innovations such as smart bandages and "green" nanotechnology.

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Computer scientists empower citizen scientists
Binghamton University computer scientist Kenneth Chiu and his students teamed up with an environmental group to harness the power of data gathered at a New Hampshire lake. The computer scientists and the citizen scientists learned about designing technology for users in the real world.

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Chemist monitors nanotechnology's impact
Interest in "green" innovation means not just thinking big but also very, very, very small. At least that's the way Omowunmi Sadik, director of Binghamton University's Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems, sees it.

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Economist offers a cool model for a hot planet
In his recent book, Binghamton University's Zili Yang suggests ways governments might realistically work together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. He also makes a case for curbing the use of fossil fuels -- whether they contribute to climate change or not.

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Putting data centers on a low-energy diet
Computer scientist Kanad Ghose and mechanical engineer Bahgat Sammakia see an emergency on the horizon in terms of the ever-larger carbon footprint left by data centers. They're looking for a way to manage both workload and cooling in these installations, which are at the heart of so much of what all of us do online every day.

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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 UPDATE

  • SUNY Legislation
  • 2010-2011 Budget Update
  • SUNY Strategic Plan
  • Share Your Story

UNIVERSITY NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Binghamton University selected as top green college

GSE to expand elementary certification

Vice president receives national honor

Political science professor named Kissinger Scholar

SOM rises in BusinessWeek rankings

Professor takes aim at literacy education

Binghamton University students recognized for charity work

Binghamton University receives national recognition for community service; named to honor roll with distinction

RESEARCH

Probing public policy with a new lens

Exploring medical uses of flexible electronics

Computer scientists empower citizen scientists

Chemist monitors nanotechnology's impact

Economist offers a cool model for a hot planet

Putting data centers on a low-energy diet