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October 02, 2003  Volume 25, No. 6
Spitzer discusses financial ethics during Briloff lecture
New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer will discuss "Ethics in Financial Markets" Tuesday, October 28, during the 18th lecture of the Abraham J. Briloff Lecture Series on Accounting and Society.

Spitzer, whose lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center Concert Theater, was invited to take part in the series because of his commitment to ethical business practices.

The attorney general has investigated conflicts of interest on Wall Street and has led lawsuits against Midwest and Mid-Atlantic power companies.

The lecture series, which has been offered for 15 years, often has members of the accounting profession and the business and campus communities gather to contemplate extremely important topics of business ethics.

Briloff, who was named the first presidential professor and awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University, has served as an ethical conscience for the business and accounting professions.

Through his writings and lectures, Briloff emphasized the need for ethical business practices and influenced others to make the highest ethical standards the basis of their work. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the President?s Reception Room. For more information, contact 777-2314.

Chemistry professor to explain sensor research
Omowunmi A. Sadik will present "Intelligent Chemical and Biological Sensors: From Cancer Detection to Bioterrorism Applications' at 2 p.m. October 22, in the FA-Casadesus, as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture.

Sadik, BU associate professor of chemistry, is leading the way in developing chemical and biological sensors. She will discuss the patented innovations in chemical and biosensors technologies and how they detect the presence and/or quantity or multiple analytes, including organic vapors, toxins, metals, nucleic acids and proteins.

As the nation deals with increasing threats from chemical and biological weapons from terrorist organizations, scientists and government agencies are interested in tools that can be used to detect and effectively combat biochemical warfare agents.

Sadik will discuss the advances made in her laboratories in the last couple of years, as well as ongoing collaborations with Cornell University, Harvard University and other institutions.

She is currently a visiting professor and distinguished fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

New browser software for BearCat catalog introduced
The new version of the University Libraries' web-based catalog, BearCat, has been introduced and now provides a more advanced and functional design with many improvements for users, libraries officials said.

Some older software has been found to be incompatible with the new catalog. Version of Netscape (for windows) below 6.0 will no longer work with BearCat. This includes Netscape 4.79, which is still widely used on campus due to its prevalence with the local Oracle human resources and financials systems.

Members of the campus community who use Netscape 4.7, should either upgrade to a newer version or Netscape 7.1, or install Internet Explorer 6.0 as a second browser. BearCat supports a world language character set standard called unicode. This font allows the display of library materials in many languages and includes non-Roman data such as Chinese and Arabic.

For more information of how to download browser software, visit or call Dave Vose at 777-4907.

Multicultural dinner unites BU's various cultures
The Students of Color Support Center (SCSC) will hold its 13th Annual Multicultural Dinner Kaleidoscope: Uniting an Expression of Cultures during parent's weekend on Saturday, October 18.

The dinner, which will take place from 5-8pm in UU-Mandela Room, is the organization's largest event and brings together a variety of cultural groups who perform and cook traditional meals for a conglomeration of ethnicities.

By exposing its participants to various aspects of different cultures, the dinner helps to diversify both the campus and Greater Binghamton community.

Tickets are $8 for University students and $10 for parents and guests. For more information, contract SCSC at 777-4195 or email

FIPSE grant application topic of luncheon series
As part of the fall Research Brown Bag Series, the Division of Research and United University Professions will present U.S. Department of Education -Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education - Comprehensive Program from noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, October 6, in PSPC-C.

Presenters will include Jo Malin, project director the School of Education and Human Development's Educational Talent Search and an adjunct assistant professor of English; and Dan McCormack, project director of TRIO and veterans programs.

The program is the central grant competition of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and is designed to support innovative reform projects, which hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in postsecondary education.

FIPSE is unique among federal programs in that it is inclusive and action-oriented, encourages bold thinking and innovative projects, and is responsive to practitioners. Descriptions of the application and review process will be provided to help prepare responsive pre-proposals to the 2004 competition.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to pre-register, contact Teri Bower at 777-6136 or email tbower@

Open houses set for October 19, 25
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host open houses for prospective students and families on Sunday, October 19 and Saturday, October 25.

Each event typically attracts approximately 1,200 guests. Open houses are opportunities for prospective freshman and transfer students to gain insight to BU's academic programs and services, as well as participate in campus and residential community tours.

The events are joint efforts between the Undergraduate Admissions Office and other offices and departments. For more information, visit, or contact Yamiley Saintvil at 777-4010 or email


Hours at BU?s dining halls will be changed during Yom Kippur, which begins the evening of Sunday, October 5. To view the change of hours, visit

Intermediate ArcView GIS will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 20, in SW-206A. Topics will include joining, linking, editing tables, geocoding and GIS queries and analysis. Introduction to ArcGIS 8 will be held from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, in SW-206A. Participants will learn how to use ArcGIS to create thematic maps and layouts, manipulate tables, geocode tabular data and perform some basic queries. To register, call 777-3536 or email

?Noncyclic Covers of Knot Complements? will be the topic of the geometry/topology seminar at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, October 2, in LN-2205. Speaker will be Cornell University?s Nathan Broaddus. A coffee/tea will follow the lecture in the Anderson Reading Room

The Employee Assistance Program will host a wellness program ?Fitness Facts, Fads and Phobia,? from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in UU West-324. The program will be presented by Cindy Cowden, director of Campus Recreational Services. Contact Diane Fitchette, director of EAP, at 777-6655 for program confirmation and information.

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