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March 23, 2006  Volume 27, No. 23
Speech Team advances to national contest
Binghamton’s Speech Team had a remarkable showing at the 59th Annual New York State Forensics Championship held March 4-5 at New York University. Every member garnered awards for outstanding performance.

At the District Tournament the following day, Binghamton’s team was once again victorious. Five students advanced to compete in the American Forensic Association National Championship, which will be held March 31-April 3 in Florida.

Binghamton University (and New York state) will be represented by the team of Dana Stecker and Kristen Giammarinaro in Dramatic Duo Interpretation, Tanya Parks in Poetry Interpretation, Fang Fang Fu in Persuasive Speaking and Giammarinaro in Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation.

Debate team headed to national tournament
Binghamton students Jake Gartman and Matt Malia defeated a team from the University of California at Berkeley for one of the final 10 spots to attend the 2005-2006 National Debate Tournament (NDT).

The NDT is the longest-running debate tournament in America’s history, and one of the few that requires schools to qualify in order to attend.

This is only the second time in Binghamton University’s history that the debate team has qualified. Last year was the first. Qualifying two years in a row has put Binghamton’s debate team on the map and drawn interest from high school debaters.

This year’s NDT will be held March 24-27 at Northwestern University.

Former weapons inspector to give lecture April 1
Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter will speak in the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Concert Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, will be “Iraq: How We Got There, and Where We’re Going.”

Ritter will sign copies of his latest book following his speech, which is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Binghamton Political Initiative and Peace Action of New York State.

Wolf to visit campus for Sunday program
Atka, a 3-year-old Arctic wolf, will visit campus as part of an informational program on wolves and other endangered species.

The program, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in LH-2.

Atka, who was raised in captivity, has become the ambassador wolf of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC). WCC’s primary handler, Rebecca Bose, will also be on hand.

The mission of the nonprofit WCC is to educate people about wolves, the need to preserve their habitat and wilderness and biodiversity issues.

The Binghamton Scholars have undertaken this effort as part of the community-service aspect of their program. A $2 donation is requested and all proceeds will go to the WCC.

Barbara Gordon, dean’s widow, dies
Barbara Baker Gordon, widow of S. Stewart Gordon, Harpur College’s first dean, died Feb. 28 in Johnson City. She was 89.

The family requests that memorial contributions go to the S. Stewart and Barbara Baker Gordon Memorial Scholarship, which was established in 2001 by the Binghamton University Retirees Club and the Gordon family.

Awarded to a Harpur College student, with preference for a graduate student in the Department of English, the scholarship is based on merit and financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Mail donations to: Binghamton University Foundation, c/o The S. Stewart Gordon Memorial Scholarship, Account 20464, P.O. Box 6005, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902.

Alumnus, now a professor, to speak April 7 on campus
Donald Hood ’65, a psychology professor at Columbia University, will give two talks on campus Friday, April 7.

Hood teaches courses on the relationship between the brain and behavior. His research focuses on the biological basis of vision. Many of his more than 150 publications deal with the basic neuroscience of vision. Others, in collaboration with ophthalmologists, concern diseases of the retina and optic nerve.

His research is widely credited with shaping the boundary between the basic science of vision and the electrophysiology of retinal diseases.

He will speak at noon April 7 in LH-7 about “Life after Harpur College/SUNY Binghamton, or how a few key decisions affected the quality of my life.”

At 3:30 p.m., he’ll deliver a lecture titled “Measuring the Electrical Activity of Normal and Abnormal Human Visual System” in CV-49.

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