By Tina Paknejad '10 and Inside BU
HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Bernard Mason, 89, professor emeritus of history, died on July 22, in Littleton, Mass. A scholar of colonial America and early 19th-century U.S. History, Mason joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1960 and retired in 1988. He then served as one of the University’s earliest Bartle professors for the 1988-89 academic year. Read more in Inside BU.
Kristin Dupre’s research of Parkinson’s disease earned her a prestigious honor from the National Institutes of Health. “It is quite an honor to get a grant while you’re trying to get your PhD,” said Dupre. She is currently working as one of four doctoral students in the lab of Christopher Bishop, assistant professor of psychology. Bishop’s lab is studying the side effects of Parkinson’s treatment: Patients taking medication often develop abnormal movements called dyskinesia after nine to 10 years. Dupre is helping to determine how a class of compounds can work to reduce the effects of dyskinesia. Read more in Inside BU.
“My career goal is trying to understand the evolutionary and neural foundations of love and intimacy,” said Justin Garcia (pictured), a 24-year-old from Queens who is pursuing his doctorate in biological sciences. At Binghamton, Garcia has also had the opportunity to branch into teaching. His human development course, Bioculture of Love and Sex, sought to “teach the science of love and sex and see how it’s really an integration of biological and cultural factors,” he said.
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Binghamton University and M. Stanley Whittingham (pictured) are at the forefront of a movement seeking new ways to design the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Whittingham, professor and director of the University’s Materials Science and Engineering program, wrote the proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy with Clare Grey of Stony Brook University and Glenn Amatucci of Rutgers University. The five-year, $17 million NECESC was one of 46 research centers established by the DOE and will operate out of Stony Brook. The next generation of lithium-ion batteries will be used on plug-in hybrid electrical vehicles, Whittingham said. However, the batteries will be much larger and have to last longer. Read more in Inside BU.
Recently, Eriks Rozners, an associate professor of chemistry, coordinated a successful collaborative application for a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program that will fund the purchase of more powerful nuclear magnetic resonance equipment. With a new multi-user instrument on its way, Rozners and others can expand their research in new directions. “We need this equipment to start new projects and new collaborations,” Rozners said. “With the new instrument, we’ll be able to do much more advanced structural studies on biopolymers and materials, something that the chemistry department had not been able to do previously.” Read more in Inside BU.
Internships at local hospitals have proven beneficial to Sejdo Mulic at two different levels. “With these internships, you’re able to gain the experience you need for your future aspirations,” said Mulic, a 21-year-old senior majoring in biological sciences. “At the same time, you are able to connect with the community and contribute to the community." Mulic spent the spring of 2008 helping at Binghamton General Hospital, where he worked in the operating room. He moved to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in spring 2009. There he shadowed family practice physicians, worked in the emergency department and received advice about the field from medical students. Read more in Inside BU.
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, a distinguished professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) became the new dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering on June 1. He plans to enhance the Watson School's interdisciplinary work, establish a minor in sustainable engineering, and prepare students for success in an increasingly globalized world. “In the world in which we live, we’re working with people across the planet and that is only going to increase for the next generation,” Srihari said. “How do we help our students become more competitive in this globalized, diverse environment?" Read more in Inside BU.
Scott Craver will be honored at the White House this fall as one of 100 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award, which will include a grant of $200,000 a year for five years, is the highest honor the federal government gives to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. “The award is a culmination of research we have previously done in information security,” said Craver, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Information security is something of a cat-and-mouse game: You try to detect; I try to evade. The big question is, Who will win?” Read more in Inside BU.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
Joyce Ferrario, dean of the Decker School of Nursing, received $5,000 from the Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund to develop a partnership between Decker and the nursing faculty at Universidad Pontifica Maestro Maria in the Dominican Republic. The funding will enable Decker faculty to travel to the Dominican Republic to gain an understanding of the country’s health-care delivery system and community health issues. Visits could also identify areas of potential collaboration and help develop a study-abroad program with the Dominican Republic. Read more in Inside BU.