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SUNY Binghamton closer to new president, and "Doppler on wheels"

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One of the candidates for president of SUNY Binghamton will be graduating with top honors.

Binghamton University's search for a new president continues - the final candidates names are now in the hands of the chancellor of SUNY, Nancy Zimpher.  The word from her office on who the candidates are, of course, is "no comment." But Julia Hunter has some details in the Press & Sun-Bulletin:

Five finalists visited BU late last year for public forums and to meet with members of the campus. The only female candidate, Susan Jeffords, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Washington Bothell, withdrew her name from the search following her visit. The other four candidates were Gary Miller, provost and vice president of academic affairs and research at Wichita State University; Jonathan Alger, senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers; Uday Sukhatme, executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Bruce Bursten, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee.

Just in time for Groundhog Day, Charles McChesney at the Post-Standard reports that SUNY Oswego is using a "Doppler on wheels" to track the weather:

For several minutes [visiting meteorolgist Mike] Evans and [professor Scott] Steiger excitedly discuss what it means and how such insights might give forecasters the ability to give more precise predictions for where snow is falling, the sort of information that could be helpful, Evans suggested, to those who manage highway plow crews. “Nothing like this has been done before,” Evans said. “I saw things I didn’t know existed,” Steiger said. The data, Steiger stresses, needs to be analyzed, and he expects to do that this summer with a crew of students.

Syracuse University has its own Foursquare badge.  But they've got an in - the check-in app was co-founded by alum Dennis Crowley, reports Fernando Alfonso at the Post-Standard:

The badge features the number 44 to recognize some of the universities most-renowned athletes — Brown, Davis and Little — who wore that number, Gleason said. The badge can be unlocked by checking into locations on campus.

Allissa Kline at Buffalo Business First reports that college giving was on the rise for state supported schools in western New York, while some private schools saw a decline:

Charitable contributions at some private, four-year institutions such as Canisius College and St. Bonaventure University declined for the second year in a row, the survey said. Canisius pulled in $5.7 million during 2010, nearly half the amount in gifts it received in 2009. Gifts to St. Bonaventure totaled $6.9 million, dropping more than one-quarter from 2009 levels. Nationwide, contributions to colleges and universities increased 0.5 percent in 2010, reaching $28 billion, the report said. The percentage of corporate and foundation gifts surpassed individual gifts as alumni giving — the amount of alumni gifts and overall alumni participation — declined.

Jennifer Harb of the University at Buffalo's Spectrum reports that the school has signed an agreement with a Nigerian university to develop joint program in nanomedicine:

"Our research is in the area that involves nanotechnology with photonics," [UB professor Paras] Prasad said. "The two major application areas are alternate energy and health care. We are applying this merge of photonics, of light wave energy, for application in the area of medicine called nanomedicine. The other, alternative energy, focuses primarily on solar energy harvesting." In Nigeria, the primary focus will be on nanomedicine, which could be applied to disease diagnosis, treatment, and delivery, according to Folarin Erogbogbo, the group leader and research assistant professor in cancer nanotechnology under Prasad.

A trustee at the University of Rochester is dishing out $20 million  for a fund that will finance five full-tuition scholarships a year, reports James Goodman at the Democrat and Chronicle.

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