On February 18, the Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents: "On Wolves & Myths," a talk by Binghamton University Bioengineering Professor George Catalano. He will discuss the often maligned wolf, possibly the most glorified and vilified creature in the animal kingdom, and the relationship between man and wolf -- from the Middle Ages to modern times and into the future.
The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Julian Shepherd at email@example.com or 722-9327.
3rd Bob Johnston Memorial Photography Competition @ Cooperative Gallery 213
Newburgh NY invades Binghamton and Jungle Science
Kareemah Johnson, Down the Rabbit Hole Part 2, QuarterYellow Studios
"The Ones" dance party @ JungleScience
Karen Kuff-Demicco and Barbara Bernstein will open an exhibition of their work entitled “Inner Reflections: Works from the Kiln” at Cooperative Gallery 213 on First Friday, February 7th . Both make sculptures with a focus on the human form. The completion of their work can occur only with the use of the high temperatures available from kilns. Karen uses clay and other materials while Barbara works in glass. They have very different styles but they both are interested in what lies hidden beneath the surface. Karen's sculptures play with the narrative often with symbols, colors, gestures or expressions to explore humanity. Barbara's work plays literally with what is inside and what is outside, often using the transparency of glass to show different layers of meaning.
Along with a First Friday opening (6-9pm), there will be a Third Thursday discussion in the gallery on February 20th at 7 pm and a Closing Reception on March 1st from 1-3pm. Gallery hours are 3-6 pm on Fridays and 12-4pm on Saturdays. For more information please call 607-724-3462 or 607-821-9925.
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) examined records from a former IBM plant in Endicott, New York to assess whether occupational exposures at the plant put former workers at risk for job-related mortality and cancer. NIOSH conducted the study at the request of the NY State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Congressional representatives from New York, and community stakeholders.
This study examined available records for 34,494 workers employed at the plant from 1969 to 2001. The study, now available online by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, found that:
The total numbers of deaths from all causes and all cancers combined were lower among the IBM workers in the study than what would be expected from the general population.
Deaths from some types of cancer (rectal cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mesothelioma, pleural cancer) and cases of testicular cancer were more frequent in some groups of workers than would be expected from the general population.
Several types of cancer were relatively more common in workers who had more potential exposure to specific chemicals or worked longer in certain production buildings.
These findings could be due to job exposures, to other factors the researchers could not assess in this study (such as job exposures at other worksites, smoking, or family disease history), or to chance.
Because of study limitations, it was not possible to definitively answer the question of whether job exposures to chemicals at the plant put workers at higher risk of cancer. There were limitations in the data available to the researchers, and, because of the relative youth of the study population, it may be too soon to observe some work-related health effects.
One additional component of the study is still in process and expected to be completed in late 2014. Along with NYSDOH, NIOSH is analyzing data to address the question of whether or not the children of the former workers have increased incidences of birth defects.
NIOSH has announced a public meeting for stakeholders and other interested parties to discuss results of the study for job-related mortality and cancer. The meeting will be held in Endicott at 6:30 p.m. on January 23, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 53 McKinley Ave.
For access to a copy of the study please visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajim.22288/abstract.
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.
The proposal for the Public Arts Commission is back in front of City Council. The proposal, introduced in November, would create a Commission to promote public art in Binghamton and would take approval for such projects from CAUD--The Committee on Architecture and Urban Design which now approves exterior improvements as well as public art in the City.
However, the proposal got tangled in City politics with Republicans accusing the Ryan administration of "ramming through" the Commission and appointing members before the term ran out. Mayor Rich David named this legislation on a radio show where he was critical of the outgoing administration. He has not stated publicly whether he is for the Commission or public art for that matter, except during the campaign he said that he wanted 'more (funding) for police and less for public art.'
Councilman Papistrat asked that the measure be tabled at last week's meeting and it is on the agenda for Jan. 8th. According to Mark Bowers, of the Dept. of Public Art, an informal committee of mural artists and public art advocates, "We need to get folks out in force to this meeting. This has become somewhat of a political football but I think we need to show support for Public Art, and show that this is not about politics or who is in office, but it is rather about art, and people, and as we have stated it is about improving the public realm."
The Dept. of Public Art has also questioned the composition of the Commission, especially the definition of who will serve on the Commission. Judy Salton, a member of the committee, urged City Council at the Public Hearing, "to have public art proposals judged by artists in a peer review." The agenda for City Council is on the city's website www.cityofbinghamton.com. Meetings start at 6:30 pm in City Council chambers.
Judges Kirk and Lesli Van Zandbergen were so impressed with the entries to the Bob Johnston Photography Competition that they found it hard to choose. So they awarded a Best of Show, 4 Judge’s Choice, and 19 Honorable Mentions. The winning photo is “Long Way Down” by Bill Baburchak. The two Judge’s Choice awards in Black & White go to “Notes on Hard Times” (pictured) by Nancy Basmann and “Southern Belle” by Sandra Kirker. Judge’s Choice awards in Color Photography go to “Tree of Life” by Mike Ricciardi and “Caught It” by Barry Biddle.
The Bob Johnston Photography Competition runs from January 3th to January 18th, 2014 when the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Closing Reception. Visitors to the Show will be able to vote for their favorite photo among the 110 entries. Forty seven photographers entered this competition, “which is a sign of how many quality photographers there are in the area,” according to William Bay, of the Two Rivers Photo Club which is co-sponsoring the event with the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St in Binghamton.
The Honorable Mention Awards go to the following photos: “Awakening” by Fred Schum; “In the Eyes of Storm” by Scott Michael Anderson; “All Alone” by John Mullen; “Peaceful Bird” by Jeanne Van Buren; “Rooftops of Prague” by John Rehak; “Death of an Oak Leaf” by Dan Harendza; “Anxiety's Sunrise” by Scott M. Anderson; “Stairwell of the Press Building” by Bill Bay; “Flaming Hair” by Karissa Salton; “In the Garden” by Mary Lou Shapinas; “Clarity” by Troy Townsend; “Golden” by Sandra Kirker; “White Birch Dreams” by John Mullen; “Untitled” by John Fabiano; “Hip Hop Man” by Nancy Basmann; “Park at Your Own Risk” by Debra Rockefeller; “The Gatekeeper” by Pete Kofira; “Eye of the Beholder” by Bernice Lewis; “The Wonder of the Sea” Fr. Jim Dutko.
Today, the Center for Technology & Innovation honors Robert B. Garner, IBM Almaden Research Center, and Donald P. Seraphim, IBM Fellow, retired, as recipients of the inaugural 2013 F. V. "Fritz" Johnson Leadership Award for their work to demonstrate a mid-20th c. IBM Endicott computer system in action to TechWorks! visitors. See the IBM 1440 team’s progress at http://ctandi.org/ibm%201440.html
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