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February 12, 2004  Volume 25, No. 20
BU, IBM challenge future engineers during competitions
In celebration of National Engineers Week, the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and IBM will sponsor a free program for budding engineers on Saturday, February 28. The program, which is open to middle school, high school and college students, will run from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the Engineering Building. Participants will be able to create Web pages, drive a simulator, steer a laser beam, explore robots at work, experience speech through engineering and see demonstrations of a solar-powered car.

The event will also feature sessions for parents interested in learning more about Internet safety and legal issues of Internet use.

Highlights of the program include two competitions: a spaghetti bridge building contest and a maglev (magnetic levitation) drag race tournament, which is new to the competition this year.

The spaghetti bridge building competition will feature teams competing in a timed head-to-head competition to build a bridge that can hold the most weight. The maglev drag race has teams or individuals design and construct a vehicle that utilizes magnetic levitation to compete in a drag race tournament. Kits for the maglev event must be reserved in advance.

For more information or to register for the competitions, e-mail asme@binghamton.edu. To register for the Web site design program, call 777-6735. Visit watson.binghamton.edu for additional information.

Jensen to address assault on world's forest
Derrick Jensen, author, environmentalist, expert on forests and their exploitation and critic of the modern exploration, will offer a critique of modern society at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 12, in LH-8. The event is sponsored by Environmental Studies.

Jensen will center his remarks around his new book Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests, which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jensen will explore the nature of injustice and what civilizations do to the natural world.

Derrick Jensen, author, environmentalist, expert on forests and their exploitation and critic of the modern exploration, will offer a critique of modern society at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 12, in LH-8. The event is sponsored by Environmental Studies.

Jensen will center his remarks around his new book Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests, which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jensen will explore the nature of injustice and what civilizations do to the natural world.



Tariq Ali to speak on newest book at BU
Author Tariq Ali will speak Thursday, February 19, in a speech titled “Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq,” based on his recent book. His lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in LH-10.

Ali is an internationally-renowned scholar and activist who has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics, and three fiction novels. He is a filmmaker and currently serves as an editor of New Left Review.

In his latest book, Bush in Babylon, Ali dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism and explains why many believe the U.S. empire is the mother of all fundamentalist regimes.

The Palestine Solidarity Committee and Materialist Reading Group are sponsoring the lecture. For more information, contact Stephanie Farmer at sfarmer1@ binghamton.edu.

BU poets offer views on black history
BU students will reflect on the progress, richness and diversity of African-American achievement in a poetry slam beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 15, at the Lost Dog Café at 222 Water St., Binghamton.

The event will feature Tehut Nine, a respected writer and performer on the spoken word circuit. Nine is a recent nominee for the Best International Poet Award given by the International Reggae and World Music Association. He has released a recording, “Mind Magician,” and is the author of two books of poetry, The Fire In Me and Mental Everoglyphics.

Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the poetry slam through open-microphone periods throughout the evening.

The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and is free and open to the community.

For more information about the poetry slam, contact the BSU at 777-2885.

Three new exhibits introduced in Bartle Library
University Libraries have mounted three new exhibits in the Glenn G. Bartle Library lobby and mezzanine.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Nonviolent Legacy focuses on King’s commitment to nonviolent resistance and will be on display through Saturday, March 19. Chinese Cultures focuses on Chinese New Year celebrations, arts and crafts and newly acquired scholarly works including BU faculty publications on Chinese cultures, and will be on display through February.

Special Collections is also showcasing two of its archival collections. The Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sound features 20th-century vocal art, primarily operatic performance practice but also historic spoken word recordings. The Max Reinhardt Archives illustrates Reinhardt’s directorial talent and theatrical innovations, particularly in Shakespeare productions. The exhibit will also feature a set of original lithographs for the 1922 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, which will be presented by the Tri-Cities Opera at the Forum in February.

Forum to discuss community student initiatives
A community and student forum will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, February 16, in UU-West Lounge to discuss efforts to improve the economy and quality of life in the region.

Discussions will focus on initiatives spearheaded by the Greater Binghamton Coalition, including those already in place, and will also lay the groundwork for new projects that will strengthen the linkages between BU students and the community.

The forum, which is free and is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Greater Binghamton Coalition and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. For more information, contact Jason Welch at 778-6001.

INSIDE INFO

Inside Info :

NO SMOKING:
By order of the Broome County Department of Health, the loading dock area at the Glenn G. Bartle Library, Computing Center and Engineering building, along with any area covered by the deck has now been designated a non-smoking area. For more information, contact Connie Corey, associate director of environmental health and safety, at 777-2259. For more information on smoking cessation resources, contact Diane Campbell of the Employee Assistance Program at 777-6655.

PROMOTIONS:

The following promotions have been announced: Marilyn Simpson, SG-7 janitor in Physical Facilities; Marsha Kretsch, SG-9 keyboard specialist 2 in Payroll; Patricia Greco, SG-9 calculations clerk 2 in Parking; Thomas Lyon, SG-12 general mechanic in Physical Facilities; Elizabeth Nowak, SG-11 secretary 1 in Office of the University Registrar; and David Randis, SG-6 grounds work in Physical Facilities.

NEW OFFICE:
The Office of Research Advancement has relocated to UU East-252. The office is comprised of Susan Barker, executive director; Ashok Subramanian, information tech-nology coordinator; and several graduate student employees. Individual campus telephone numbers for Barker and Sub-ramanian remain the same. The new office number is 777-4791. For more information, visit research. click here

LUNCHEON:
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will host its second annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on Saturday, February 28. The program will include performances from various student groups, brunch, as well as panelists. The program is open to the public; cost is $7. Proceeds benefit the Renaissance Award, a scholarship open to all undergraduate students. For more information, e-mail a chapter representative at lzsgrho22@hotmail.com.

DISSERTATIONS AVAILABLE:
BU dissertations from 1997 to present are now available with full text online through a service called Current Research at BU, and can be accessed at click here Citations and abstracts of most BU dissertations are also available. For more information, visit library.lib.binghaton.edu.



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