By Tina Paknejad '10 and Eric Coker
HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, distinguished professor of English and director of both the creative writing program and the Binghamton Center for Writers, was thrilled to receive the 2008 American Book Award for her most recent publication, All That Lies Between Us. “It was such a wonderful moment in my life,” Gillan said. “To win this big national award validates what I have been doing for a long time.” The book is a collection of poems that deal with issues such as grief, loss, and anger. Read more in Inside BU.
Jennifer Sullivan '98 participated in a mock phone interview with current Binghamton University students in preparation for “the real thing.” It was part of the Alumni Phone Interview Practice Program, which recently received coverage in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. Sullivan, who does communications and development work for a software company, drilled students such as junior Moshe Roberts with questions concerning their interest in the organization and past work experience. The program is a creative way to meet students’ need to practice phone-interviewing skills without having to use additional funding, Holly Horn, Career Development Center assistant director told the Press & Sun-Bulletin.
David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biological sciences, co-authored an article featured in the September issue of American Scientist magazine and RedOrbit.com about his research on group selection. “For the Good of the Group” discusses how the process known as group selection was once widely accepted, only to be widely discredited by the scientific community.
Lisa M. Savage, associate professor of psychology, was featured in numerous publications in September, including Pharma Business Week, Health and Medicine Week, and Drug Law Weekly, regarding research findings on amnesia. The report stated, “Diencephalic amnesia manifests itself through a host of neurological and memory impairments. A commonly employed animal model of diencephalic amnesia, pyrithiamine-induced thiamine deficiency, results in brain lesions and impairments.”
Burrell Montz, chair of geography, was mentioned in several articles about flood insurance in the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, Sioux City (Iowa) Journal and Insurance Journal (Calif.). Montz, a flood expert, suggested that many Iowa homeowners figure there is little if any chance that flooding will affect their properties. Furthermore, many of them believe that the federal government will care for them if they lack insurance, according to Montz.
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Spending more than a decade in the working world has given Nicole Hofmann, a non-traditional junior, new perspective on life in the classroom. Hofmann, a computer science major, began at Binghamton in 2007 with a newfound confidence and appreciation that distiguishes herself from other students in the classroom. “I really enjoy it. I needed to go out into the real world to see how it works. It opens your eyes and you grow in the process,” Hofmann said. Read more in Inside BU.
Guangwen Zhou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was featured in Innovations Report (Germany) for his research on how and why metals suffer corrosion when under stress. “This fundamental research can improve our understanding of metal oxidation on a nanometer scale. This is increasingly critical as the dimensions of devices continue to shrink to nanoscale,” Zhou said.
C. Michael Mercincavage, executive director of Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR), was featured in the Press & Sun-Bulletin in the fall about the work of SPIR in upstate New York. Mercincavage stated that SPIR works with 25 companies, primarily in hardware and software development, to work on upgrading and introducing new technology to enhance product development and testing. In addition, students get hands-on experience in the industrial setting that often leads to full-time jobs.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
Mary Muscari, associate professor of Nursing, was featured in Yahoo! News, and in Quips and Tips for Healthy Women (Canada) last fall. Muscari discussed her recommendations on how to protect children on Halloween night. She suggests that parents dress their children in costumes that allow for adequate vision and mobility, trick or treat in daylight hours, and that they carry flashlights and cell phones.
Kelly Kinney, assistant professor of English, general literature and rhetoric reports that seven graduate students from the department (Ji Hye Ahn, Natalia Andrievskikh, Kellie Deys, Jim Deys, Kellie French, Andrei Guruianu and Joshua Lewis) were accepted to present their scholarly work at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco, March 11-15, 2009. Each received a Writing Initiative travel grant to support his or her attendance.