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September 18, 2003  Volume 25, No. 4
BU alumna to outline human kin detection systems
Psychologist and BU alumna Debra Lieberman will address "Mapping the architecture of human kin detection systems through patterns of altruism and opposition to incest" at 4 p.m. Monday, September 29, in LH-9.

Lieberman, who joined University of Hawaii's department of psychology as an assistant professor this semester, became interested in evolutionary studies while a BU undergraduate. She did her graduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, both leading proponents of evolutionary psychology.

Lieberman is interested in the mind as a diverse set of specialized mechanisms that evolved to solve the problems of survival and reproduction in human ancestral environments, an approach that is illustrated by her research on human kin detection systems.

New editor named for INSIDEBU

Award-winning journalist Sarah Lifshin has been named the new editor of InsideBU effective September 1. She will also serve as editor of Inside Research, the University's annual research magazine, and as news editor for the University?s web pages.

She began her journalism career at the Cortland Standard, covering both city politics and business for two years. In 2001, she joined the staff of the York Dispatch/Sunday News in York, Pa. as a business/finance reporter, covering such companies as Harley-Davidson, china-maker Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff, York International and the Bon Ton. She also was a feature writer covering the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Lifshin received a Keystone Press Award last year for her coverage of a racist rally in downtown York, which attracted hundreds of clashing protesters upset over the reopening of the 32-year-old murder trial for the then mayor who was accused of aiding in the murder of a black woman during the 1969 race riots in York.

A native of Kingston, Lifshin received an associate's degree in journalism from Morrisville State College and a bachelor's degree in communications from SUNY Cortland. While at Cortland, she was editor of the student-run weekly newspaper, the Dragon Chronicle, and also interned at the Press Republican in Plattsburgh and the Malone Telegram

Evolution to be discussed through long lens of literature
Franco Moretti, the Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell professor of English at Stanford University, will speak on "Literature in a Long-distance Lens: Evolutionary Theory and World-Systems Analysis" at 8 p.m. Monday, September 29, in AC-Chamber Hall.

Moretti is the author of "The Modern Epic: the World-System from Goethe to Garcia Marquez".

The lecture, presented by the Fernand Braudel Center and the offices of the president, provost, vice president for research and dean of Harpur College, will be followed by a reception in AC-Reception Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Study abroad opportunities Study abroad opportunities offered for next semester
The Office of International Programs will host a study-abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, in UU-Mandela Room. Students will have the opportunity to learn about study abroad and internship opportunities in several countries and in various fields of study.

BU's international programs staff and representatives from other SUNY campuses, as well as returning study-abroad participants and visiting exchange students, will be available to answer questions and help students gather information on the programs.

More than 600 students attended the event last year. International music and door prizes will be provided. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at 777-2336.

University judicial board seeks new student representatives
The BU Judicial Affairs Office is accepting applications for positions on the University Judicial Board. Graduate and undergraduate students in good judicial standing are eligible to apply.

Students with an anticipated graduation date of next May are not eligible. Applications are available at information sessions at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18; or noon Friday, September 19. Both sessions will be held in UU-325A. Applications will also be available in the Judicial Affairs Office from Monday, September 22 to Friday, October 10. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, October 17.

Late applications will not be accepted. For more information contact the Judicial Affairs Office at 777-6210.

Memorial service set for Professor Emeritus Christian P. Gruber
A memorial service for Christian P. "Pete" Gruber has been set for 3:30 p.m. October 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Riverside Drive in Binghamton.

Gruber, one of Harpur College's earliest faculty members, died at his home in Binghamton on August 31, at age 82. He suffered a stroke after a long struggle with coronary artery disease.

Gruber began his career at Harpur College in 1954, when the institution was only four years old. He taught its first courses in theater and directed the college's first departmental performances. He retired in 1983.

Connor to address nonviolent solutions
Jane Connor, associate professor of psychology, will present a psychoeducational program that will address nonviolent solutions to psychological problems Friday.

The discussion, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. in S4-224, will include ways to resolve issues including depression, marital discord and violent behavior. She will also discuss psychological and social problems in Sri Lanka, Brazil and Uganda.

Connor will provide video clips of the program?s prior research, along with an update on the recently created Center for the Study and Advancement of Nonviolent Communication at BU.



Hours at BU's dining halls will be changed during Rosh Hashanah, which begins the evening of Friday, September 26. To view the change of hours, visit

A new and revamped 16-week Weight Watchers at Work program will begin at noon Wednesday, October 1, in UU West-325A. The fee is $159 for the Flexpoint point program, which is tailored to individual dietary needs and flexible choices. For more information or to register, e-mail Patty Speen at or contact Diane Fitchette at 777-6655. Pre-registration is due Wednesday, September 24. BU's Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring the program.

The Employee Assistance Program. Programs are from noon to 1 p.m. and held in UU West-324. Contact Diane Fitchette, director of EAP, at 777-6655 for information. Diabetes: Type I and Type II will be held September 30 with presenter Carol Moran, registered nurse, UHS Diabetes Center.

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Medieval and Renaissance Group are sponsoring a trip to the New York City Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, October 25. The cost is $40 per person, which includes transportation, refreshments and museum admission. Reservations and payment are required by Monday, October 13. Confirmation is made upon payment. For more information, call 777-2730 or email, or

The Binghamton University Career Development Center will hold an employer fair from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18, in the Mandela Room. Recruiters will be onsite to speak about career and internship possibilities. Resume deadlines for on-campus recruiting begins Monday, September 22. Students must be registered with eRecruiting to participate. For more information, visit

Career counselors have begun new semester hours for the review of resumes at the Binghamton University Career Development Center, LSG 500. Counselors are available: Mondays from 2-3:15 p.m.; Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. Additional resume review times will be offered Thursday, September 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, September 19, from 1-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Campus Recreation Services/Wellness Services will offer adult "learn to swim" lessons at 1 p.m. Saturdays, in the East Gym pool. The cost is $35 for eight weeks. Participants must register by September 20. Hatha Yoga level two will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays in East Gym-5. The cost is $30 for five weeks. Participants can register for either class in the Membership Services Office, East Gym-139. For information, call 777-3125.

The following names were omitted from the September 11 edition of InsideBU's new faculty listing on page 7. Graduate School Tenure Track: Mark Bradbury, assistant professor of public administration and Pamela Mischen, assistant professor of public administration.
In the same edition, the page 1 article, "Mideast expert to discuss Israel, Palestine" reported the wrong date for the lecture of Michael Walzer, political philosopher and professor at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 22, in AC-Chamber Hall.

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