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Class of 2015

Class of 2015 Inductees

Distinguished Professorship

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field.


Istvan Kecskes

Istvan Kecskes

University at Albany

Dr. Kecskes was appointed Professor of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany’s School of Education in 1999. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Kecskes has amassed a strong record of scholarly productivity, international leadership, and academic influence. In over 40 articles and proceedings, 10 books, six edited collections, and 21 book chapters, Dr. Kecskes has provided integrative insights that span many related fields, such as, linguistics, multilinguism, language development, language education, and pragmatics. He has delivered more than 40 keynote and plenary presentations at conferences around the world since 2007, just one of many indications of the high regard in which he is held by national and international colleagues. He is the elected president of two academic associations, the American Pragmatics Association and the Chinese-as-a-Second-Language Research Association. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from the University at Albany, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

 
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Jessica Fridrich

Binghamton University

Dr. Fridrich is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Binghamton University. Her main research areas are steganography, the science and art of message hiding, and the forensics of digital multimedia. In 2009, in addition to her many research papers, she published “Steganography in Digital Media: Principles, Algorithms, and Application,” (Cambridge University Press), which has rapidly become the seminal graduate textbook in steganography. In the areas of forensics, she has developed a now patented method for “finger printing” digital photos so that photos can be reliably linked with a camera. Her method is the only one that has been officially approved for use as evidence in forensics cases in courts of law. In total, Professor Fridrich’s research has resulted in over 150 refereed publications, which have been cited over 12,000 times, and seven patents, all of which have been successfully commercialized.

 
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John M. Canty, Jr.

University at Buffalo

Dr. Canty is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University at Buffalo. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Canty’s pioneering research is defined by the breadth and interdisciplinary approach he brings to it, from physiology and biochemistry to stem cell biology and nanotechnology. Prior to his work, the phenomenon of myocardial hibernation was misclassified and misunderstood. Through his development of a unique animal model and inventive and elegant experiments, he challenged this misconception and redefined the paradigm of hibernation and sudden cardiac death. Professor Canty has achieved international prominence for his distinguished scholarly work and is a guiding light for young people working in the areas of cardiovascular disease. His research has impacted millions of patients with severe ischemic cardiomyopathy.

 
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Jean Wactawski-Wende

University at Buffalo

A renowned epidemiologist and a global leader in women’s health research, Dr. Wactawski-Wende, Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, has exceptionally high impact at the national and international level. Professor Wactawski-Wende’s scholarly contributions continue to transform healthcare practice for women in the U.S. and around the world. Of particular note is her leadership role in the landmark Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a multi-million dollar long-term national health study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in the U.S., involving more than 162,000 women across the nation. Building on this critical body of work, her current research addressing factors affecting the health of post-menopausal women has an enormous impact on clinical practice and disease prevention, as well as in expanding current understanding of long-term health in women worldwide.

 
Steven R. Levine

Steven R. Levine

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Levine is a Professor of Neurology and Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is an internationally-renowned researcher, prominent scholar, major contributor, clinical trialist, and thought leader in the study of cerebrovascular disease. Continuously National Institute of Health (NIH) funded for three decades (over $13.7M direct funding), since joining SUNY in 2010, he initiated several SUNY-wide clinical trial networks. He has published more than 170 original peer-reviewed papers and made significant distinguished advances in stroke treatment and epidemiology. He co-authored the seminal/landmark, NIH-funded t-PA stroke study that resulted in the first FDA-approved treatment for stroke. He linked crack cocaine use to stroke and pioneered telemedicine for stroke, creating a new research and clinical field. He has been an invited lecturer on five continents, served on Executive Committees, Editorial Boards, and Guideline Writing Committees, mentored over 30 stroke fellows (many academic faculty), received numerous national research awards/honors from major organizations/peers for research and teaching, and consults to NIH (grant reviews), AHA/ASA, NYSDOH, and industry.

 
Henri Tiedge

Henri Tiedge

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Tiedge is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and Professor of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is a world-renowned neuroscientist whose ground-breaking discoveries explain how regulatory RNAs control brain function. His research has transformed understanding of how RNA regulation underlies higher brain functions such as memory and cognition, and how RNA dysregulation causes neurological disease. His national and international preeminence and reputation are reflected in the numerous awards and honors that he has received. He has enjoyed substantial and uninterrupted funding from the DOD, NSF, and NIH, among others, for the entirety of his 22-year career. Dr. Tiedge has organized a number of scientific conferences, including a National Academy of Sciences Colloquium at the NAS Beckman Center in Irvine, California. He also fosters international scientific exchange via repeated invitation as a visiting professor to Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He is the President of the Robert F. Furchgott Society, inaugurated by the late SUNY Downstate Medical Center Nobel Laureate in 2005 to promote the research of exceptional junior scientists.

 
Michael-Oberg

Michael Oberg

SUNY Geneseo

Dr. Oberg is a Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo. He is one of the leading national and international authorities on the intersections of colonial English and Native American societies. He has published six books with premier university presses and is under contract for two more, in addition to a variety of seminal articles and other publications. Dr. Oberg is a master ethnohistorian who mines the scarce historical record for Native American voices and consequently breaks new ground in much of his published work. The Head in Edward Nugent’s Hand, for instance, examines the well-known Eurocentric “Lost Colony” of Roanoke from the perspective of the Algonquian people. Similarly, in his solely authored textbook, rather than attempting to survey all Native American societies, as is the convention, he uses a smaller number of societies as a lens for a more in-depth and productive study of 500 years of interactions with Europeans and their descendents. As a measure of the depth of Dr. Oberg’s knowledge and the care he takes in his research, he has been invited by both the U.S. Justice Department and the Haudenosaunee nations to write expert reports.

 
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Gary Waller

Purchase College

Dr. Waller is a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at SUNY Purchase. He is a prolific scholar whose work encompasses a range of academic fields: late medieval, renaissance, and early modern English Literature and Popular Culture, Shakespeare, Theater History, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Literary Theory. He has published more than 20 books, written nearly 100 book chapters and scholarly articles, and presented scores of guest lectures and conference papers. Early in his career, Professor Waller's pioneering scholarship opened the established literary canon to include the work of women authors like Mary Sidney and Mary Wroth. In the middle of his career, while an academic administrator, he organized and authored work that integrated developments in theory into the curriculum and pedagogy of literary studies. Dr. Waller's most recent work on the Virgin Mary in late medieval and early modern literature and popular culture brings together his interests in literature, theology, psychoanalysis, and popular culture. All of this work has earned him a national and international reputation.

 
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Dennis Assanis

Stony Brook University

Dr. Assanis is the former Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. He is a world-renowned scientist, engineer, and educator. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Society of Automotive Engineering. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Dr. Assanis has published over 200 refereed journal articles, 135 in refereed conference proceedings, and 70 in other conference proceedings. He holds six patents and has edited five books. His research in internal combustion engines and automotive powertrain engineering is at the forefront of energy research, and is highly respected all over the world. The importance of his work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards and honors. Dr. Assanis has mentored more than 50 Ph.D. students in their dissertation completion, and in mentoring these students, he has significantly helped to foster the intergenerational transmission of the passion and skills needed to conduct ground-breaking research inquiry.

 
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Lawrence Dutton

Stony Brook University

A world-class violist, Mr. Dutton, Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, is a member of the nine-time Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet, and he has collaborated with many of the world's great performing artists, and performed as a guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles. Since 2001, Mr. Dutton has been the artistic advisor of the Hoch Chamber Music Series, and has been featured on three albums with the Grammy-winning jazz bassist John Patitucci and recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57 with the Beaux Arts Trio and the Faure G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 45 . His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge records was nominated for a Grammy award. Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras and as a guest artist at several music festivals throughout the country. With the late Isaac Stern, he had collaborated in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Mr. Dutton and the other members of the Emerson Quartet, were presented the 2015 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America, and were recipients of the Avery Fisher Award in 2004. They were also inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and were Musical America's Ensemble of the year for 2000.

 
Benjamin-Hsiao

Benjamin Hsiao

Stony Brook University

An outstanding scholar, Dr. Hsiao, Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has a distinguished national and international research reputation in polymer science. Dr. Hsiao has published over 429 scientific papers, 41 reviews and chapters in books and encyclopedias, 32 issued patents (18 U.S. patents) and 21 pending patent applications, and two books. There are more than 20,000 total citations of his publications, and his H-index is 76. The major accomplishments of his research are: (1) development of frontier synchrotron X-ray scattering for polymer research, (2) advancement of fundamental understanding of polymer crystallization, and (3) applications of nanofiber technology for improving health and environment. Based on these accomplishments, he was elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2002, Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2011, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011, Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in 2014, received the Chang-Jiang Professorship from the Education Ministry of China in 2008, and received the 2015 Cooperative Research Award in Applied Polymer Science from the American Chemical Society. The quality of his work elevates the standards of scholarship both within and beyond the polymer community, allowing him to develop significant technology, including a breakthrough technology for water purification.

 
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Chang Kee Jung

Stony Brook University

An exceptional and leading scientist, Dr. Jung, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has an excellent record of teaching and service to the University and to the broader community, and for his major scientific achievements and leadership role in the study of neutrinos and nucleon decay. Since 1990, when he established the Stony Brook Nucleon decay and Neutrino Physics group, he rose steadily in international recognition due to his deep understanding of particle physics, his strategic thinking, as well as his communication and organizational skills. His work at the Superā€Kamiokande, the K2K and the T2K experiments, and his studies on nucleon decay, are widely recognized and made him an international leader in neutrino research. He has recently embarked on helping to design and build the next generation of neutrino experiments in the U.S. Professor Jung also had tremendous successes in both graduate and postdoctoral training, in undergraduate research experience, and in classroom teaching.

 
Daniel-Klein

Daniel Klein

Stony Brook University

A leading researcher in the development and course of mood disorders, Dr. Klein, Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, is an extraordinary scholar. His work on chronic depression influenced the classification of depression in the last two editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1994, 2013). In addition, he was a PI on several pioneering clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for treating chronic depression. For the last 15 years, he has been working to identify precursors and risk factors for depression in early childhood, and tracing their influence on the development of abnormalities in the processing of emotionally salient (e.g., reward, threat) information and neuroendocrine system dysregulation. Dr. Klein has published over 300 articles and chapters, most in high-impact journals; his H-Index is 63. His work has been continuously supported by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1984. He has received significant awards for mid-career and career research contributions; was elected President of two major scientific societies; and has received local and national awards for mentoring the next generation of scientists.

 
Robert-Lazarsfeld

Robert K. Lazarsfeld

Stony Brook University

Dr. Lazarsfeld is a Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University. He is one of the great algebraic geometers of our time, having made numerous deep and influential contributions to many themes of this classical field, central for mathematics. His scholarly achievements are marked with numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Professorship at the University of Michigan, and very recently the Steele Prize of the American Mathematical Society. Dr. Lazarsfeld is also a great teacher, advisor, and mentor who has brought up generations of students and postdoctorals, many of whom have become prominent mathematicians in their own right. He provides indispensable service to a broad mathematical community by organizing various programs and workshops, editing and refereeing for a number of math journals, and serving as an external reviewer for various institutes and departments.

 
Philip-Setzer

Philip Setzer

Stony Brook University

An exceptionally gifted violinist, Mr. Setzer, Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, has studied with Josef Gingold (1956-1958) and Rafael Druian (1958-1969); then while at the Juilliard School he studied with Oscar Shumsky (1969-1974). In 1967, Professor Setzer won second prize at the Meriwether Post Competition in Washington, DC, and in 1976 received a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has appeared with the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New Mexico and Puerto Rico Symphonies, Omaha and Anchorage Symphonies, and on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra. Professor Setzer has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival (1974-1975), and has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. Mr. Setzer has given master classes at schools around the world, including The Curtis Institute, London's Royal Academy of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Mannes School. In April 1989, Mr. Setzer premiered Paul Epstein's Matinee Concerto. This piece dedicated to and written for Professor Setzer has since been performed by him in Hartford, New York, Cleveland, Boston, and Aspen. Professor Setzer is a member of the Emerson String Quartet, which is widely regarded as one of the three most prominent and accomplished American string quartets of the last 50 years and one of the five great string quartets internationally of the last 100 years.

 
Allen-Tannenbaum

Allen Tannenbaum

Stony Brook University

An extremely bright and very prolific researcher, Dr. Tannenbaum, Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, is an outstanding educator in the areas of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Google Scholar shows his total citations are 19,676 (and growing) with an H-Index of 61, i10-index of 231, and a G-Index (Publish or Perish) of 129. His leading paper on Feedback Control Theory, alone, has generated 2,826 citations. He is an internationally renowned scientist, with a worldwide reputation in a spectacular array of areas spanning from Computer Science to Medical Imaging to Systems and Control to Computer Vision to Applied Mathematics and to Image Processing. He is a recognized leader and pioneer in multiple disciplines, and has made fundamental contributions in algebraic geometry, control theory, image processing, computer vision, and biomedical imaging. In Computer Science, he has conducted major research in computer vision and image analysis. He made significant contributions in many distinct applied areas, including geometric invariance theory for image processing, geometric flow for shape analysis and for image segmentation, statistical knowledge-based image segmentation, conformal flattening colonoscopy, and optimal mass transport for brain registration and warping.

 
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Nancy J. Tomes

Stony Brook University

Dr. Tomes is a Professor of History who has been teaching at Stony Brook University since 1978. She is one of the nation’s most widely recognized and respected figures in the History of Medicine. In her innovative and prolific scholarly career, she has published three major monographs, four edited volumes, 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 peer-reviewed book chapters, and seven major review essays, and has produced numerous public oriented publications and online information sites. Dr. Tomes’ monumental 1998 book The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard University Press) changed the way historians and the public alike think of germ theory and won her the field’s two top academic prizes, the Welch Medal (American Association for the History of Medicine) and Watson-Davis Prize (History of Science Society). She continues to inform as a public intellectual about popular and governmental responses to medicine, most recently in media commentary about the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Tomes’ newest book project, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), is expected to generate another broad debate about the social and political landscape of American healthcare. Professor Tomes has won numerous prestigious research grants and fellowships. She served as 2012-2014 President of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the field’s chief professional organization. In recognition of her wide intellectual impact, she received the 2011 Arthur J. Viseltear Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Public Health History of American Public Health Association.

   

Distinguished Teaching Professorship

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes and honors mastery of teaching for faculty members who have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the nominating campus, 10 years of full-time teaching in the System, and must have regularly carried a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus.


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Mark L. Fowler

Binghamton University

Dr. Fowler is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Binghamton University. From his first semester on campus in fall 1999, Dr. Fowler has excelled as a teacher both inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, he has excelled in a variety of settings: from teaching Binghamton’s largest undergraduate course to small, challenging graduate courses. Outside the classroom he selflessly devotes much time to helping students. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and twice awarded the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s Outstanding Faculty Instructor Award. He has made significant contributions aimed at improving pedagogy: employing innovative teaching methods and publishing papers about them; developing exceptional course materials and making them openly available online; improving overall pedagogy by leading a complete restructuring of ECE curricula and restructuring ECE graduate programs to better serve educational outcomes. He has served on numerous advisory committees on campus and has consulted outside of SUNY on the assessment of educational outcomes.

 
Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Williams is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at Downstate Medical Center. He is an internationally-recognized neuroscientist and scholar who joined the campus in 1999. He has developed novel and valuable approaches to teaching that epitomize the SUNY Downstate Medical goal of interactive teaching, student participation, and mastery of complex concepts. Students benefit greatly from his guidance, leadership, and teaching skills in ways that are integral to the development of future physicians. He is a role model for faculty and is consistently ranked by students among the best faculty in the preclinical years. He has received several awards, including Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator of the Year of the Preclinical Faculty. Professor Williams played a key role in SUNY Downstate Medical’s recent curriculum renewal, serving on the Steering Committee and the Executive Steering Committee, and he currently serves as Unit Director for the first segment of the Medical School curriculum.

 
Robert R. Rogers

Robert R. Rogers

SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Rogers is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at SUNY Fredonia. He joined the faculty in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2003. His expertise is in the areas of functional analysis and the history of mathematics and its relation to pedagogy. His colleagues and students alike admire his unique, effective style of teaching, and his willingness to think outside the box in service of the learning process. Dr. Rogers is extraordinarily generous with his time outside the classroom, serving, among other things, as editor of the New York State Mathematics Teachers’ Journal (NYSMTJ); as president of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State; as a representative in the New York State STEM Education Collaborative; as chair and governor of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Seaway Section; and as co-founder of Project PRIME (Professional Resources in Mathematics Education). He has co-authored a textbook in the SUNY Open Textbook Program, published 13 articles in refereed journals, four book chapters, and 11 articles as editor of the NYSMTJ. In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Rogers has earned the Fredonia President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the MAA Seaway Section Distinguished Teaching Award, and the MAA Meritorious Service Award – Seaway Section.

 
Carleen Graham

Carleen Graham

SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Graham is a Professor of Opera and Director of the Crane Opera Ensemble. She teaches Advanced Performance Practice, Directing Musical Theatre, Opera Literature, and Teaching Opera to Children. She is the director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, as part of a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant (2009-2013). She secured a patron gift of $100,000 to create the Opera Education Outreach Program for first-time students attending opera productions. She has collaborated with internationally-known opera singer and alumna, Stephanie Blythe, in founding the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (2012) to promote enriched artistry in emerging professional singers and collaborative pianists. Student evaluations consistently reveal that Dr. Graham is enthusiastic about teaching, is committed to a student-centered learning process, provides a nurturing learning environment, and creates an atmosphere of creative decision-making that is infectious. Colleagues regard her as a collaborative colleague with significant influence on the direction of opera education.

 
Ronald Labuz 2016 Inductee

Ronald M. Labuz

Mohawk Valley Community College

Dr. Labuz is a Professor of Graphic Design at MVCC. His career spans over three decades of inspired teaching that engages students in creative, experiential, project-based learning. A full professor since 1991, Professor Labuz expertly teaches a myriad of courses, and compassionately mentors former and current students within the Graphic Arts program, in which he serves as coordinator. Dr. Labuz led the total redesign of the art program and serves as a teaching fellow in MVCC’s New Faculty Institute. He currently serves on 16 separate college-wide committees as well as the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. He is the recipient of Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Professional Service, Faculty Service, and Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Labuz has published 15 books, including Faces of the Mohawk Valley which features MVCC students. He has the heart of a teacher, and the testimonials of countless students and colleagues spanning 34 years who powerfully attest to this.

 
Nancy-Hollingsworth

Nancy Hollingsworth

Stony Brook University

Dr.Hollingsworth, a member of the Department of Biochemistry at Stony Brook University, is an excellent scientist and teacher. She is successfully combining having an active, funded research lab in which she uses genetics and biochemistry to understand meiosis with teaching genetics to students of all ages and types. She has been an outstanding and innovative educator for both undergraduate and graduate students, using techniques that engage the students, such as Interactive PowerPoint slides, Clicker questions, generation of question banks and discussion boards. She has the ability and mastery to take complicated biology topics and, using the Socratic Method, she allows the students to become masters of the material and fully understand the topics. Professor Hollingsworth maintains an open door policy for her students and is generous with her time and advice. At the same time, she maintains high standards for the rigorous courses she teaches. Professor Hollingsworth has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since that award, she has generated new question banks for her students and made her lectures more interactive. She has introduced rational mathematical-like explanations and analysis to her courses, an approach that impacts and enhances student learning. She has also initiated science lectures and biology topics in the local high schools where she devotes her time.

 
Richard A. Courage

Richard A. Courage

Westchester Community College

Dr. Courage, a member of the English Department at Westchester Community College for over 25 years, is widely recognized as a master teacher, a “teacher of teachers,” and a widely praised author. While his major impact takes place within the classroom, he is an award- winning scholar with a sterling record of publications and professional presentations, and author of “The Muse of Bronzeville,” a book tracing the history and work of African-American intellectuals of Chicago, from 1932 to 1950. His second book, “Root, Branch, and Blossom: Social Origins of Chicago’s New Negro Intellectuals and Artists” will soon be published. A sought after speaker on a variety of professional venues, he inspires students, colleagues, and peers alike in the discipline of writing and the teaching of literature. He has earned a national reputation and has co-directed National Endowment for the Humanities programs for teachers of English. He has been awarded a Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Teaching, as well as a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The Westchester Community College Foundation has also recognized his work with an award for Excellence in Scholarship. His colleagues recognize and praise his extraordinary dedication to student learning and success, as well as his leadership as Coordinator of the Writing Program for the English Department, and as an Assessment Fellow, where he led the campus response to SUNY’s Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Initiative.

   

Distinguished Service Professorship

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service by candidates who have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University, but also at the community, regional and State levels.


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Elizabeth Tucker

Binghamton University

Dr. Tucker is the author of five books and a recipient of Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Faculty Service, and is internationally known as an expert in children’s and adolescents’ folklore. She has served numerous times as Undergraduate Director and Graduate Director of the English Department and as Faculty Master of Dickinson Community (1991-1999) and the Apartment Communities (2006-2010). In 2011, students and staff of Dickinson Community established the Libby Tucker Center. Dr. Tucker has also served as President of the American Folklore Society’s Children’s Folklore Section and Editor of the journal Children’s Folklore Review and two other academic journals as well. She recently completed a three-year term as President of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, and she has been an active member of the Executive Board of the New York Folklore Society. In the Binghamton area, she has been a leader in fund-raising and service to schools.

 
Barbara G. Delano

Barbara G. Delano

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Delano is Chair and Professor in the Department of Community Health Services at Downstate Medical Center. Her service covers a range of areas in public health and medicine. Credentialed in internal medicine, nephrology, and public health, Dr. Delano has focused much effort on the prevention and control of end-stage renal disease, especially among underserved populations. A national leader in promoting home dialysis, Dr. Delano was responsible for the establishment of the first inner-city home hemodialysis unit. She has worked tirelessly with patients, their families, and their health care providers to deal with the stresses of the disease and the treatment. Dr. Delano contributed to the development of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and in preparing for the school’s initial accreditation in 2010 and re-accreditation in 2015. Dr. Delano is the author of 83 articles in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, and has been the recipient of numerous research grants, including one from the Health Care Financing Administration for $2.45 million. Professor Delano’s exceptional service has been recognized by numerous awards and honors. She was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, and received the Clarence and Mary Dennis Dedicated Service Award, and the Master Teacher Award in Preventive Medicine, both from the Alumni Association, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.

 
Karen Johnson-Weiner

Karen Johnson-Weiner

SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Johnson-Weiner is a Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She has international prominence as an author and consultant in Amish and Mennonite Studies known for her ability to “give voice” to Amish concerns. For example, she has committed significant personal time and resources to assist the Amish in understanding legal documents, proceedings, and proposals; and has assisted attorneys in understanding the cultural and religious practices of the Amish and how these impact the Amish point of view. She frequently provides expert commentary in interviews and national broadcasts. She is the primary author of the John Hopkins Press scholarly series on Anabaptist Studies and principal commentator on the PBS American Experience television series titled "The Amish." Dr. Johnson-Weiner has published several textbooks that have become standard in the field; and she is a recipient of substantial research grants including NEH (2005-2007) and the Spencer Foundation (2001).

 
Sharon Brangman

Sharon A. Brangman

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Brangman is a Professor of medicine and Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine at SUNY Upstate. An international leader in the field of geriatrics, she has established unique clinical programs that enhance the care of the elderly, such as the “ACE” Team (Acute Care of the Elderly) at University Hospital. She has contributed to University Hospital’s nursing care for the elderly, leading to the receipt of the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders certification and the establishment of an emergency department for older adults at the Community Campus. She served as an expert panelist at a White House Conference on Aging and Agenda Development, and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s project “Building Health Systems for People with Chronic Illnesses.” She was President of the American Geriatric Society in 2010/11, and served as Chair of its Board of Directors in 2011/12. She is a recipient of two SUNY Health Network of Excellence Grants awarded in 2014. Dr. Brangman has received numerous awards. She is a leading advocate for care of the elderly in Central New York, a highly sought after clinician, and the consultant of choice for medical professionals caring for aging parents.

Distinguished Academy

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The Distinguished Academy Induction Ceremony was held on May 31, 2016 in Albany, NY