Albany -- The SUNY Board of Trustees today approved the
appointments of eight faculty 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.
Applebee, leading professor of the
Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany,
is known internationally for his seminal scholarship in the field of literacy
and language arts. His research has reframed the ways in which scholars and
practitioners think about critical issues in language learning.
Richard Cross, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Upstate
Medical University, is known nationally and internationally for his work in
the field of bioenergetics, the study of biological energy transfer and
conversion at the cellular and molecular levels. He was acknowledged as a key
contributor to the work on ATP synthase for which Professor Paul Boyer shared a
Nobel Prize in 1997.
Frank, professor of biomedical sciences
at the University at Albany, was elected to the National Academy of
Science in 2006 and is known internationally for his pioneering research on the
application of electron microscopy and image analysis to the elucidation of
three-dimensional structure and function of macromolecular assemblies and cell
Rodolphe Gasche, professor of comparative literature at the University
at Buffalo, is one of the world's most eminent scholars of continental
philosophy and literary theory. He is a leading authority on the major literary
movement of deconstruction and is perhaps best known for his expertise on the
work of Jacques Derrida, the influential French philosopher who pioneered this
Donald Kuspit, professor of art at Stony Brook University,
is a distinguished art critic and scholar whose eminent contributions to the
field of art have received both national and international acclaim. He is the
founding editor of a leading journal in art criticism and has received many
distinguished professional awards, honorary degrees, and distinguished visiting
professorships at major universities.
Claes Lundgren, professor of physiology and biophysics at the University
at Buffalo, is one of the world's most renowned specialists in respiratory
physiology in specialized environments. He is particularly well known for his
studies of human respiration and adaptability undersea and in flight, and for
his work with remarkably broad theoretical and practical application. An
award-winning and prolific inventor, he holds or is a co-inventor on over 100
Sachs, professor of physiology and biophysics
at the University at Buffalo, is the founder of the field of cellular
mechanical transduction research and is considered the world's leading scholar
of mechanosensitive ion channels in cells. This field is now acknowledged as
one of the most important in biophysics and medicine, with life-saving
applications ranging from controlling cardiac arrhythmia and blood pressure to
treating muscular dystrophy.
Trevisan, professor of public health and
health professions at the University at Buffalo, is an internationally
renowned epidemiologist and academic physician. His pioneering research has
led to life-saving developments in areas such as heart and dental disease,
diabetes, nutrition, and cancer treatment. His expertise extends from
cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention science, to the impact of natural
disasters upon the health of populations, to his crucial role in the landmark
Women's Health Initiative.
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.