Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.82
Liaison Sandy DeJohn
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Binghamton University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Michael Jacobson
Research Development Specialist
Research
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

we have a Freshman Research Immersion program in which freshman with interested in science, math, and engineering are invited to be part of a program in which them conduct real research and gain valuable job skills. There are ten research streams that students can choose, with four explicit streams in sustainability: smart energy, biogeochemistry, community & global public health, and environmental visualization. Students are incentivized to apply to these streams through the opportunity to have publishable results, make a real impact, and develop valuable skills. The outcomes of this program include rapid expansion through internal support and external grant monies. From an initial cohort of 90 students in three research streams (30 per stream) in 2014-2015, there are now 300 students in 10 streams.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

the University established six transdisciplinary areas of excellence, three of which include research areas related to sustainability (Sustainable Communities, Smart Energy, and Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging). There have been at least 25 faculty hired to be affiliated with these TAEs who are expected to contribute research. The University also established a seed grant program and has made 72 seed grants to these three TAEs from 2013-2018, totaling over $900,000 that contribute to the success of their faculty.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

To ensure that Binghamton makes the most of this rare opportunity, the Provost will allocate a significant portion of these new faculty positions to six transdisciplinary areas of research and scholarship in which the University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence.
Two areas — health sciences and smart energy — emerged in 2010-11, as Binghamton developed its NYSUNY 2020 proposal. Three others were identified by a faculty committee appointed jointly by the Provost and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: citizenship, rights, and cultural belonging; material and visual worlds; sustainable communities, and data science.
All six areas of excellence address critical social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural, and policy issues. By hiring faculty from a variety of disciplines to explore them, Binghamton will develop solutions to complex and consequential problems. We invite you to learn more about each of these five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

the library has developed and makes publicly available subject guides on its website in areas related to sustainability research such as sustainable communities and environmental studies. These guides provide databases, reports, government and other organizational links, campus and community organizations and search key words to aid research and learning in the subject areas.


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