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Binghamton Research Days

Binghamton University will celebrate research with a series of events on April 22, 23 and 24, 2015. Faculty members, academic departments and programs and student groups are invited to plan events related to research. The schedule will include open labs, seminars, poster sessions, tours, speakers and more. Faculty members are encouraged to take several minutes during class on one of those days to introduce themselves as scholars. This year, organizers have chosen to focus on sustainability as a theme.

Who's invited?

You! Whether you're a faculty member, an undergraduate or graduate student, a postdoc or research assistant, a prospective student or simply a curious resident of Greater Binghamton, we hope you'll participate.

What's planned?

The schedule is still taking shape, but there will be open labs, seminars, tours, speakers and more. Two large student poster sessions are planned.

Can I create my own event?

Yes. Faculty members, academic departments and programs and student groups are encouraged to plan events related to research. Programs related to this year's theme of ethics are most welcome, though events need not tie into the theme to be part of the schedule.


Who's the keynote speaker?

Raj Patel, a food activist and author, will be this year's keynote speaker.

7 p.m. April 22, UU-Mandela Room

Raj PatelAward-winning writer, activist and academic Raj Patel is a research professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University. He has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and has been a visiting scholar at a number of universities, including UC Berkeley, where he co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class with Michael Pollan. He continues to be a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.


Patel was an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow from 2011-2013. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and was an advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations special rapporteur on the Right to Food.


In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, Patel regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, LA Times,, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and his latest, The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy (2010), was a New York Times best-seller. He is working on a documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.



How do I get involved?

E-mail Rachel Coker at for more details.





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