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February 22, 2007  Volume 28, No. 21
Maintenance planned on University Web site
The Binghamton University Web site server will undergo routine maintenance beginning at 3 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, causing the site to be unavailable for a few hours. The maintenance is expected to be complete by the start of the business day on Feb. 23.

Expert on evolution to speak on campus

Robert T. Pennock, an expert witness in the historic Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board case, will deliver a talk titled “Why Did the Judge Rule Intelligent Design Creationism Unconstitutional?” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall.

Pennock is professor of history and philosophy of science at Michigan State University and author of Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism. His research interests are in philosophy of biology, evolutionary computation and in the relationship of epistemic and ethical values in science.

Pennock conducts scientific research on experimental evolution and evolutionary computation, which was featured as a cover story in Discover magazine and will form the basis of his Evolutionary Studies seminar at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in LH-8. That talk, titled “This Is Not A Simulation: Experimental Evolution Using Digital Organisms,” will describe how computers can become environments for digital organisms, which can be used to explore fundamental questions such how complex adaptations evolve.

Pennock’s visit is co-hosted by EvoS, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Bioengineering and the Harpur College Visiting Speaker Fund.

RecycleMania now underway

For the third year in a row, Binghamton University is participating in RecycleMania. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste generated on campus by promoting recycling and reuse.

Students, faculty and staff can keep track of results by visiting RecycleMania is a nationwide recycling competition involving more than 200 colleges and universities.

The competition, which began Jan. 28, lasts for eight weeks. Schools are eligible for prizes at the end of the competition.

Contact Juliet Berling with any questions at or 777-3411.

Performance to focus on male body image
The Eating Awareness Committee will present Muscle Bound at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the UU-Mandela Room.

Muscle Bound is a multimedia performance about male body image starring Michael Feldman. Feldman portrays three male characters, all tired of their appearance, who decide to alter their bodies in different and destructive ways.

Following the performance, a panel discussion with the performer, the director and members of the Binghamton University Eating Awareness Committee will take place.

This program is sponsored by Sodexho and the Binghamton University faculty masters, with refreshments provided by Sodexho before the show.

Foundation award nominations due

Nominations for a series of awards given to graduating seniors are due by Friday, March 2, to Sara Ballard in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Nominations should include a typed statement citing accomplishments and activities, a resume and nomination form.

Forms and additional information are available online .

The following awards are available: the Rishel-Searles Memorial Award, the Award for Outstanding Performance in Extra-Curricular Areas (outside athletics), the 1986 Senior Class Award, the Nell Jackson Award, the Mary Richardson Award, the Henrietta L. Pitler Award for Scholarship and Leadership, the Kent and Barbara Turner Award for Volunteer Service and the David L. Anderson Award for Student Excellence.

Campus talent search planned in April

Binghamton’s Got Talent will be held during the week of April 15-20 in each community from Sunday through Thursday.

The show will feature the most talented students on campus, ranging from singers, dancers and instrumentalists to comedians, jugglers, contortionists and magicians. The top three participants from each community show (15 total) will compete at 8 p.m. that Friday, April 20, in the UU-Mandela Room. The winning contestant(s) will receive a $500 prize and will perform at a Binghamton Mets game.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more details about the event, call Brooke Schneider at 355-4600.

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