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April 15, 2010  Volume 31, No. 28
18th Annual Couper Lecture to be held April 23

Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, will discuss “The Mind, the Brain and the Future of Education” at the 18th Annual Edgar W. Couper Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in S1-149.

A reception will precede the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in AB-124.

Willingham has taught at the University of Virginia since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on the brain basis of learning and memory. Today, all of his research concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-12 education. He writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for American Educator magazine, and blogs for The Washington Post. He is also the author of Why Don’t Students Like School?

The Couper Lecture and related events are funded by the Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence.

University to take part in National Lab Day

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade will be invited to Binghamton University on May 12 for National Lab Day.

The event is part of a new grassroots initiative designed to reinvigorate science and math education in the nation’s schools and after-school programs and lead to increased U.S. competitiveness.

At Binghamton, the event will include a morning of demonstrations, tours and activities in disciplines ranging from chemistry to archaeology and from computer science to physics. The University will also provide faculty and student speakers to visit classrooms as part of the initiative.

If you or your department would like to get involved, contact Rachel Coker, director of research advancement, at or 777-6135. For more information about National Lab Day, visit

Environmentalist’s lecture will focus on impact of PVC piping

Environmentalist Lois Gibbs will present a lecture on the toxic effects of PVC at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in LH-14. The event is free and open to the public.

Gibbs is the founder of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, a national organization dedicated to building safe and healthy communities. She founded the organization after winning a battle to relocate 900 families who were affected by a toxic waste leak near the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York.

The lecture will cover the negative health effects related to chemicals found in PVC, where the material is used and what can be done to remove it.

The event is sponsored by Binghamton University’s Environmental Studies Program, the Student Environmental Action Coalition and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice’s Greening Schools Inside & Out Campaign.

For more information, contact the director of the environmental studies program, Peter Knuepfer, at 777-2389.

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser set for April 1

The University will host a head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the Mandela Room of the University Union. This event is free and open to the public.

The fundraiser is organized by Binghamton students Jackie Anne Senz and Paul Veccione. They are seeking individuals willing to participate in the event by either having their head shaved or through a pledged donation.  All funds raised will assist the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in its mission to fund childhood cancer research projects. More than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the foundation.

The event will also feature raffles, performances and live music from WHRW.

To volunteer or find out more information, contact Charles Berman at (914) 479-9706 or email

Hinman to host 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Fair

This year, Hinman College is hosting the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Fair from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Mandela Room.

Departments from every school are invited to present research. The event is open to professors, lab volunteers and graduate and undergraduates working in research.

For more information, contact Janice Lee at

Art Museum exhibits to open this week

Two exhibits will open this week at the University Art Museum.

The Studio Art Student Show 2010 will open Thursday, April 15, with a reception from 4–7 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The exhibition “For Keeps: An Exhibition of Souvenirs,” curated by Anthropology 476 and Art History 388B students, also opens April 15 with a reception from 4-7 p.m.

The exhibits are in FA-179 and FA-213 and run through May 15.

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