9 Things You Didn’t Know About Binghamton University Research – Blog


Posted by Rachel Coker on September 13, 2022

Binghamton University researchers are innovators in disciplines ranging from literature to electrical engineering. Read on for a quick overview of what they’re doing on campus and beyond!

1. The Nobel laureate who invented the lithium-ion battery? Yeah, his lab is on campus

Binghamton chemist Mr. Stanley Whittingham was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Today, his team at the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) is taking a holistic and ambitious approach to manufacturing and testing batteries. “We only work on things that can power a million cars,” says Whittingham.

Learn more about Whittingham’s Nobel Prize journey.

2. Our labs want to get you moving

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Binghamton’s new 1,600 square foot Motion Analysis Research Lab has some of the most sophisticated equipment available to conduct human movement research focused on improving people’s health and quality of life . The lab, led by biomechanist and data scientist Vipul Lugade, brings together faculty and students from physical and occupational therapy programs as well as engineering.

The lab is a significant step forward for Binghamton University’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences, which was established in 2019 with the School of Applied Health Sciences. Learn more.

3. Our research makes electronic devices faster, smaller and greener

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S3IP, Binghamton’s New York State Center of Excellence, partners with companies to improve devices ranging from smartphones to wearable medical monitors and self-driving vehicles to sensors powering the Internet of Things. This requires new technology to build 3D stacks of microchips, print electronic devices on rolls of flexible plastic and glass, use less energy in data centers, and develop efficient solar cells from cheap materials and abundant.

Take a virtual tour of the Center of Excellence.

4. We have brilliant historians who research and educate

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Historian Anne Bailey, author of a recent book on the largest slave auction in US history, has also written about the push for reparations for black Americans. She directs the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity in Binghamton.

Bailey recently discussed her book “The Weeping Time” with WSKG’s book podcast Off the Page.

5. We put drones to work for the good of people and the planet

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Binghamton geophysicists Alex Nikulin and Tim de Smet combined specialized cameras and metal detection technology with drones to spot unexploded landmines. More recently, they realized that the same approach would help locate abandoned gas wells, which pose a threat to the environment. They launched a start-up called Aletair to further develop the technology.

Sierra Club magazine recently wrote about their research.

6. Our experts help deal with health crises

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What strategies can we deploy today to ensure greater access to life-saving tools tomorrow? Pharmacy researcher William Eggleston hopes to expand the use of naloxone – a nasal spray designed to reverse an opioid overdose – and raise awareness of its benefits. He is one of many Binghamton scientists focused on improving health outcomes.

Eggleston discusses the stigma associated with opioid use disorder in this Faculty Focus video.

7. Our teachers research literary legends

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Faculty author Liz Rosenberg brings two beloved writers to life in recent biographies for young readers. Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott is inspired by the author’s journals and letters, shedding light on the life of the writer who gave us Little Women. House of Dreams: The Life of LM Montgomery introduces Anne of Green Gables fans to the complicated life of the woman behind this masterpiece.

Rosenberg studied diaries and letters for his book on Alcott. Learn more.

8. Our engineers find ways to make your life easier

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Most knee replacements last 20 years or more, but what happens when patients live longer or undergo surgery when they are young? Mechanical engineer Shahrzad “Sherry” Towfighian is developing ways to monitor knee replacements using sensors that generate their own energy through movement. His plan includes a smartphone app that allows patients to track the performance of their implants.

Towfighian recently won a five-year, $2,326,521 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support this research.

9. Even freshmen do research

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The first-year research immersion program introduces undergraduate students to research upon their arrival in Binghamton. Participants in the FRI program tackle important global issues, build relationships, and chart the course for academic and professional success. It’s all part of our mission as an R1 doctoral university with “very high research activity” in the Carnegie classifications!

Our FRI program is the only one of its kind in the Northeast.

Rachel Coker, Director of Research Advancement, writes on topics ranging from physics to fiction, schedules lab tours, and generally tries to get people interested in research on campus. She is also an assistant journalism trainer.

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