Albany -- The SUNY Board of Trustees today approved the
appointments of five faculty at the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University to distinguished ranks, as recommended by campus colleagues and SUNY
Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. All of the today’s distinguished rank
appointments are effective immediately.
“SUNY faculty who receive appointment
to the distinguished ranks provide a glimpse of the broad service contributions
and the career achievements being made on our campuses across New York State” Clark said. “Each of these individuals has met and exceeded the requirements
for this honor and I commend the Board of Trustees for recognizing their talent
and service by approving their appointments to distinguished ranks.”
to the rank of Distinguished Professor is conferred upon individuals who have
achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation
within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant
contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or
achievement in the arts. The candidates’ work must be of such character that
the individuals’ presence will elevate the standards of scholarship of
colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields. It must also
be of such quality that students and scholars on other SUNY campuses could and
would wish to benefit by lectures and seminars or other appropriate
presentations the faculty members might bring to them. The following faculty
received this appointment:
Douglas H. Clements – Professor of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Clements is widely regarded as
“the major scholar” in the field of early childhood mathematics education, one
with equal relevance to the academy, to the classroom, and to the educational
policy arena. At the national level, his contributions have led to the
development of new mathematics curricula, teaching approaches, and teacher
training initiatives, as well as having a tremendous impact on educational
planning and policy, particularly in the area of mathematical literacy and
access. Appointed in 2006 to the President’s National Mathematics Advisory
Panel, he has also served on a number of key federal advisory panels addressing
educational policy issues, including the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics’ curriculum committee and that body’s Standards 2000 Project.
Vladimir V. Mitin – Professor of Electrical Engineering at the
University at Buffalo. Dr. Mitin is one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars of
nanophononics, the branch of nanotechnology concerned with heat transfer and
energy exchange at the nanoscale level. Dr. Mitin’s work in this area has been
instrumental in shaping current understanding of nanoscale thermal management,
and has broad-ranging significance, with important applications that include
energy efficiency, national security, and cancer treatment. Instrumental to
developing the University at Buffalo’s nanoengineering program, he established
the interdisciplinary UB Center on Hybrid Nanodevices and Systems, and created
the first nanoelectronics laboratory in the United States for undergraduates.
He has earned a number of high honors throughout his distinguished career,
including the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship in the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany.
Stephen Rudin – Professor of Radiology at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Rudin is a world-renowned expert in the field of medical physics. The
quintessential interdisciplinary research scientist, Dr. Rudin is an
international force in the development of a host of cutting-edge technology and
methodology in the area of medical imaging. He has won multiple awards for
scientific excellence as well as awards for excellence in design, and is
particularly well-known for his work in developing a solid state image
intensifier and his research in asymmetric stents, work with major theoretical
and clinical implications for medical physics, biomedical engineering, and
diagnostic radiology, as well as an immediate impact upon patient diagnosis and
care, particularly in cases of heart and brain treatment.
Barbara V. Jacak – Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook
University. Dr. Jacak is an internationally renowned nuclear physicist who uses
heavy ion collisions for fundamental studies of hot, dense nuclear matter.
After carrying out important experiments at accelerator laboratories in the United States and Europe, she has been since 1995 a leading member of the collaboration that built
and operates the PHENIX detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at
Brookhaven National Laboratory. She has led the Stony Brook PHENIX Group since
arriving as Professor of Physics in 1997. In December 2006, the more than 500
scientists of the PHENIX Collaboration elected Jacak to lead them as
Spokesperson. Their co-discovery the quark gluon plasma and its
strongly coupled, liquid-like behavior was hailed as the top physics story of
2005 by the American Institute of Physics.
Roger Rosenblatt – Professor of English at Stony Brook University. Dr.
Rosenblatt is a public intellectual who is also a brilliant novelist and
playwright, as well as a superb teacher. He is a beloved and immensely
prolific essayist and commentator, both in print and on the Public Broadcasting
System’s News Hour. He has published over 300 essays and articles as well as
ten books, over the last three decades. His eleventh book, his novel Beet,
will appear in the spring of 2008. He also has two new plays in rehearsal. At
every point, Roger’s career has been marked by great distinction. He was a
house Master at Harvard, Director of Education at the National Endowment for
the Humanities, and an editor at six of the most influential journals in the
country. His list of awards and honors runs from a Fulbright Scholarship to
five honorary doctorates, to an Emmy.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses.