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October 16, 2003  Volume 25, No. 8
Curtin named director of federal relations and public affairs
Mary Beth Curtin, a former senior grant and contract administrator who has been employed at the University since 1988, has been appointed director of federal relations and public affairs, said interim vice president for research Bahgat Sammakia.

The post was left vacant when Mary Sokolowski accepted a job as director of community and government relations with Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

In her new role, Curtin will work to enhance the University’s relationships with federal agencies and legislators and will represent BU on a variety of regional community groups. She will retain contact with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, but will spend the majority of her time on her new responsibilities, Sammakia said.

Curtin is a Binghamton alumna who holds a master’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in teaching, both earned in 1987. She is a former visiting lecturer in biology at Colgate University, former president of University Women, and is the 2004 co-chair of the Region II program committee of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

BU launches “Ask a Scientist” in Press and Sun Bulletin
A Binghamton University feature recently debuted in Press and Sun Bulletin’s Sunday edition, matching up questions from Greater Binghamton school districts with University experts to provide answers some of life’s little mysteries.

“Ask a Scientist” also features a website, which highlights the question of the week along with an archive of previously covered topics. It also provides links to other student-oriented sites such as the kids page on BU Connects at BU Connects Students can send their questions to, fill out the website form or mail to Ask A Scientist c/o Binghamton University, Office of Communications and Marketing, PO Box 6000, Binghamton 13902-6000. For more information, visit the Ask a Scientist website at or call 777-2174.

Glave to read new work
Thomas Glave, a fiction writer and assistant professor of creative writing, will read from his new work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, in S1-149.

Glave's debut book, Whose Song? And Other Stories, was nominated by the American Library Association for their 'Best Gay/Lesbian Book of the Year' award, by the Quality Paperback Book Club for their Violet Quill Award, and was named a Notable Book of 2000 by the Lambda Book Report.

He recently completed a second collection, The Trials of Taran J. and Other Not-Fictions, and is at work on a novel, a collection of essays, and an anthology of contemporary Caribbean lesbian and gay writing.

The Village Voice named Glave a 'Writer on the Verge' in 2000. Reviewers have compared his work favorably to that of Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. Glave's work has appeared in many literary journals, including Callaloo, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, The Massachusetts Review and The Kenyon Review.

His stories have been collected in various anthologies, including the O. Henry Awards, Best American Gay Fiction 3 and the Best Short Stories by Black Writers 1967-present. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Creative Writing at 777-2713 or e-mail

Distinguished service award recipients announced
The Professional Employees Council recently announced the recipients of its second annual distinguished service awards.

Paul Parker, director of sponsored funds administration for the Division of Research, received the award for those who have five or more years of professional service to the University.

Tanya Robinson, assistant director for academic programs for OCC, received the award for those who have less than five years of service.

Both recipients will be honored at the Sixth Annual Professional Employees Recognition Luncheon and PEC Constituency Meeting at noon Monday, November 3, in UU-133. All professional employeesare invited to attend.

TRIP lecturer outlines the role of translation in literature
The Translation Research and Instruction Program will hold its second informal talk on current research this semester from 2-4 p.m. Friday, October 17, in LT-1310.

Lecturers will be Carrol F. Coates, professor of French and comparative literature, who will discuss 'The Easy Translation: Subtleties of Word Order and Diction (Dany Laferrière).'

Also, during the same session, Maria Constanza Guzman, doctoral student in comparative literature, will address "The Role of Translation in the Reception of Contemporary Spanish American Literature: An Introduction." Light refreshments will be served.

Annual Libraries book sale ends Monday with bag sale day
The University Libraries' annual book sale, which began October 15, continues until Sunday. The sale, which will be held in LS-1531, can be accessed through the reference area.

Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 18; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 19 (discount day); and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, October 20 (bag sale day). For more information, call 777-2183.

Harvest Festival encourages children to stay healthy
Nursing students will help local children keep healthy during this year's MacArthur Elementary School?s Harvest Festival on Friday, October 24. More than 150 students from the Decker School of Nursing will participate in the festival, which will run from 6-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium.'

University students will offer a variety of informational booths, including injury prevention, exercise, fire safety, healthy eating, bike safety, tooth care and Halloween safety.

"This festival is a great way for our students to reach out to children and help them learn basic healthy living and safety skills," said Judy Quaranta, clinical lecturer in Decker. "It is also a wonderful opportunity for our nursing students to practice their teaching and presentation skills, which will be useful in their future careers."

The students are all enrolled in the 'Client System of Nursing' course and the health program at the festival provides an opportunity to enhance classroom learning. During the planning of the event, students worked closely with school nurses and conducted research in the community to establish what information would be appealing to festival participants.

For more information about student participation in the festival, contact Quaranta at 777-6170 or to learn more about the festival, contact Randy Zur, MacArthur principal, at 762-8180.


The Professional Employees Council has formed a committee to gather information about the history of PEC. If you were involved with PEC at its inception and in the early years or if you have documents that would shed light on the history of PEC, contact Darryl Wood at or call 777-2908.

The Employee Assistance Program will host “Everyday Courage: Mental Health Issues and Teens” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, in UU West-324. Presenter will be Lise Fiato, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Contact Diane Fitchette, director of EAP, at 777-6655 for program confirmation and information.

In the October 9 edition of InsideBU, the article, “Support, cultural diversity key to internationalism” should have said that writer Rabia Muhammad had also contributed to the report.

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