BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY – Three SUNY Broome faculty members, including two department chairs, were among the 200 graduates recognized at Binghamton University’s Doctoral Degree Ceremony on May 10, 2023 at the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Theater.
Dr. Denisa Talovic, a professor in the Nursing Department, received her Doctorate in Nursing for “Smoking Predictors for Teens in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia”.
Dr. Timothy Skinner, Chair of Communications and Media Arts, received a Doctorate in Education for his research project entitled “Augmented Reality in the Community College Classroom”.
Dr. Kennie Leet, Chair of Physical Science, was recognized with her Doctorate in Geology for her research on “Origins of Chert: Lake Magadi Basin, Kenya”.
Dr. Leet began her doctoral academic work in 2016 and sat for the defense of her research at B-U in June 2022, just missing Binghamton University’s Spring 2022 graduation. As a result she was formally recognized in the Class of 2023.
In addressing the class Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger focused on the obstacles the graduates had overcome during their doctoral quests. “Your journey has been especially challenging. Most, if not every one of you, spent two years pursuing your studies in a world upended by a pandemic,” Dr. Stenger said. “But you found ways to work around it. Instead, you mastered the art of the Zoom call and made connections through remote learning and teaching,”
The research projects were international in scope for both Leet and Talovic, whose subjects were in Kenya and Bosnia respectively. “I was in Kenya in 2019 and 2022. I began coursework around 2016. 2017-2022 were all research years. Through Covid I had to run samples remotely through the University of Wisconsin SIMS lab,” said Leet. Dr. Talovic began her doctoral work in 2018 and is titled “Smoking Predictors for Teens in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia”.
Submitted by Ed Evans, Communications Dept.