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Class of 2017 / Spring 2018

Class of 2017 and Spring 2018

Distinguished Professorship

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

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Stelios Andreadis

University at Buffalo

Dr. Andreadis, a member of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University at Buffalo, has made seminal contributions to the field of bioengineering, spanning both fundamental and translational research, with emphasis in the areas of stem cell bioengineering; vascular, skin and gland tissue engineering and regeneration; molecular design of biomaterials; protein and gene delivery, and lentiviral arrays for high-throughput pathway analysis of stem cell differentiation and reprogramming. Among his highly recognized findings are those in the area of stem cells for cardiovascular tissue engineering. These advances place him at the forefront of worldwide efforts to use tissue engineering approaches for treatment of cardiovascular disease. He also discovered that stem cell senescence (aging) could be reversed using a single pluripotency factor, a discovery with significant implications in the field of aging and the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine. Notably, his discovery that skin stem cells can be the source of neural crest stem cells and their derivatives (neurons, glial cells, melanocytes, muscle, bone, cartilage) is a paradigm shift in stem cell biology with profound implications on regenerative medicine as it can provide an unlimited source of stem cells for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, for which cell sourcing remains an intractable barrier to development of cellular therapies.

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Ira S. Cohen

Stony Brook University

Dr. Cohen, a member of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, began his career at Stony Brook University 42 years ago. Acknowledged as one of the leading electrophysiologists in the world, Dr. Cohen has made seminal contributions to our understanding of pace-making currents in cardiac tissue and the use of stem cell approaches to promote pacemaker activity and improve mechanical function in damaged cardiac tissue. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In recognition of his outstanding record of scholarly research, Dr. Cohen received a ten-year NIH Merit award. With 26 U.S. and international patents to his name, Professor Cohen consistently seeks to apply new technologies to important physiological and biophysical research questions. In 2016, Nature Biotechnology named Dr. Cohen one of the top 20 translational scientists in the world; that same year he was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.

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Jonathan Dewald

University at Buffalo

Dr. Dewald, a member of the Department of History at the University at Buffalo (UB), is internationally recognized and acclaimed for his innovative scholarship in early modern French history. His research has garnered many of the most prestigious national and international fellowships and honors over a more than 40-year career in academia, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. He has twice been designated as Directeur d'Etudes Invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. A preeminent and prolific scholar and former chair of the Department of History at UB, his research contributions have advanced the historical methods, theory, analysis, and interpretation among historians with a serious interest in social, cultural, economic, material, and gender history. The author of six major books and numerous articles in the top journals of his field, he is acclaimed by colleagues as someone who is “widely cited and respected, and unquestionably one of the best historians of France of his generation” and “one of the very few scholars who have…reshaped his field” by changing how scholars look and think about early modern French history.

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Petar M. Djuric

Stony Brook University

Dr. Djuric, a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University, is a world-leading scholar in signal processing with numerous contributions impacting the field. In particular, his pioneering work in sequential Monte Carlo sampling and model selection is of groundbreaking caliber and truly outstanding. It finds applications not only in engineering, but also in almost any branch of science where randomness, uncertainty, and inference from observed data and mathematical models are of essence. Examples include understanding gene networks and their topologies, predicting weather patterns with improved degrees of accuracy, estimating unknowns from biomedical signals, quantifying the effects of ionization in radiation, understanding information diffusion and rumor spreading in social networks, and managing risk in finance. His contributions have been recognized by international scholarly and professional bodies with a number of highly prestigious awards and honors. He has mentored 37 Ph.D. students, has been Editor-in-Chief of a prestigious journal, Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE, and Fellow of both IEEE and EURASIP. His work has made Stony Brook University a leading center in Monte Carlo-based signal processing.

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Steven J. Fliesler

University at Buffalo

Dr. Fliesler, a member of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair Professor at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is a highly sought-out expert in the field of vision science. His research focuses on the retina and pathologies that affect vision. The former president of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) and recently elected president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the world’s premiere eye research association, Dr. Fliesler is internationally renowned by his peers as a distinguished scholar and is widely considered by colleagues to be “the world's foremost authority on the topic of cholesterol biosynthesis and metabolism in the retina.” His laboratory investigates retinal degenerations caused by metabolic defects, particularly lipid abnormalities (dyslipidemias) related to defective cholesterol metabolism as well as lipid and protein oxidation that underlies causes of photoreceptor cell death in retinal degeneration. Dr. Fliesler is a leading lipid biochemist on cholesterol metabolism and its role in retinal structure and function. His work was the first to invoke disturbed cholesterol metabolism in the retina as a disease mechanism. The translational relevance of his research findings are crucial to the field’s understanding of retinal health and pathology. His work is viewed as seminal in our understanding of the antecedents to pathology in age-related macular degeneration.

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James P. Gibbs

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Gibbs, a member of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is an international expert in conservation biology. His career comprises nearly 25 years of academic excellence in scholarship, teaching and creative activities. Some of the more significant products of his scholarship include 120 peer-reviewed journal publications and five widely used books. One external reviewer stated, “These books have been unrivalled in their effectiveness as teaching tools and have tremendously helped in shaping the current generation of conservation biologists.” Dr. Gibbs has maintained an exceptionally high level of professional productivity, while achieving a growing national and international reputation. He has been involved in international projects around the world, including Mongolia, Tanzania and Ecuador. He is perhaps most well-known for his work in Galapagos to conserve the giant Galapagos tortoises and the ecosystem services they provide. Professor Gibbs has been the principal investigator for over 80 grants and contracts worth millions of dollars, and typically publishes 10 or more peer-reviewed articles annually in the leading journals.

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Alan Gintzler

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Gintzler, a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is a leading pain and addiction researcher investigating narcotic tolerance and sex differences in pain and analgesic mechanisms. Dr. Gintzler’s studies stand out in their depth and breadth. Professor Gintzler’s research provides the foundation for multiple areas of novel therapeutic discovery to develop highly efficacious agents for treating intractable pain in women, the prevalence and severity of which, relative to men, is poorly understood. Dr. Gintzler’s academic status is reflected by highly profiled citation classics, Editorial Board appointments, memberships on major NIH study sections, membership on the SUNY Research Foundation Board of Directors, and more than 35 years of funding from the NIH.

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Frederick E. Grine

Stony Brook University

Dr. Grine, a member of the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, is one of the world's foremost paleoanthropologists, and is widely acknowledged as having made substantial contributions to our understanding of how humans evolved. A leading authority on hominins from the Pliocene and Pleistocene in Africa known as the robust australopiths, Professor Grine is also an acclaimed expert on the emergence of Homo sapiens in the Late African Pleistocene and a pioneer in the analysis of microscopic traces left by food on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth. He has published four books, 164 articles, and over one hundred abstracts, reviews, and conference presentations. His 2007 Science article was recognized by Time magazine as one of the top ten scientific news stories of the year. Professor Grine has obtained nearly one million dollars in grants, and received recognition from prestigious institutions such as the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Visiting Professorship and elected a Life Member, and the Leverhulme Centre for Evolutionary Studies he was named a Leverhulme Visiting Professor.

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Mikhail Lyubich

Stony Brook University

Dr. Lyubich, a member of the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University, is one of the world's top researchers in the field of low-dimensional dynamical systems. He has made numerous deep and influential contributions to many aspects of this important field, which brings together ideas from many seemingly distinct areas of mathematics, and has important applications to many areas of science, including physics, economics, computer science, and biology to mention a few. Dr. Lyubich's most major contributions can be combined under the heading of "Renormalization,'' and is an undisputed leader in this important direction of research. His scholarly achievements include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian Math Society, and two invitations to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He provides indispensable service to a broad mathematical community by organizing programs and conferences, and editing and refereeing for numerous math journals. He has worked tirelessly to elevate mathematics at Stony Brook University and in particular, the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS), of which he has been Director for the past nine years. Over the past three years, the IMS has been recognized throughout the world as a leading center for research in dynamical systems.

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Scott M. McLennan

Stony Brook University

Dr. McLennan, a member of the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University, is a world-class geochemist whose contributions have made him a leading figure in the study of the Earth first, and later Mars. While doing so, he proved himself to be an extraordinarily successful mentor to some of the leading geochemists of the next generation. Early in his career he wrote the book on the evolution of the Earth's crust. Still an essential reference after 30 years, this text paved the way for decades of productive research by many scientists. His ongoing insights into the potential of sedimentary rocks to serve as preserved, homogenized records of bulk crustal chemistry led Professor McLennan to discover profound changes in that chemistry early in our planet's history, illuminating broad questions of Earth's tectonic, atmospheric and climatic evolution. Over the past decade and a half, Dr. McLennan has focused his research on Mars. He and his students have been instrumental in using Rover data to unravel the hydrological and climatic history recorded in Martian rocks. In the process, he has established himself as a leading figure on the Mars Rover teams, and become widely regarded as the leading senior-level planetary geochemist in the country.

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Lina M. Obeid (deceased)

Stony Brook University

Dr. Obeid, was a member of the Division of General Medicine and Vice Dean for Research at Stony Brook University, and was a trail-blazing scientist whose work focused on the study of bioactive lipids and their effects on the regulation of cell processes. She explored in depth the biochemistry and cell biology of sphingolipids, their biosynthesis and degradation, and investigates their role in cancer and aging. Her studies led to the critical discovery of the role of ceramide as a mediator/regulator of apoptosis (programmed cell death). Her research was of the highest standards and quality, and many of her contributions have become classics in the world of signaling and cell regulation. Her work spanned the biological spectrum, ranging from employing yeast as a model system to dissecting the basic biochemical pathways of lipid biosynthesis, to translating these insights to human cancer and aging. Moreover, throughout her career, Dr. Obeid served as an outstanding mentor and role model for women students, trainees, and junior faculty.

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Kathlyn A. Parker

Stony Brook University

Dr. Parker, a member of the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, is an internationally known scholar in the field of organic synthesis. Her research contributions include numerous demonstrations of new methods and strategies, which set standards for the efficient construction of novel and important "small molecules" (drug-like molecules). Her more than 130 research papers and reviews in high profile journals have garnered more than 1,600 citations. Dr. Parker has received two major awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and several fellowships for career advancement; she is a Fellow of the ACS and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has mentored 45 Ph.D. students, 8 M.S. students, 5 postdoctoral researchers, and more than a dozen undergraduate research students, and led a project on graduate education in chemistry. She has served in leadership positions in the ACS and provided service to the NIH, NSF, AAAS, the American Cancer Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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Andras Perl

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Perl, a member of the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship, and Co-Director of the M.D.-Ph.D. Training Program. Professor Perl has achieved national and international recognition for his research into the mechanisms of autoimmunity in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), as well as the translational applications of that research to treatment of patients with the condition. His major discoveries include the identification of HRES-1, the first protein-coding human endogenous retrovirus and its impact on T-cell activation and lupus pathogenesis; the discovery of mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction and the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in lupus; the discovery of transaldolase and its role in metabolic control of apoptosis, inflammation, autoimmunity and progressive liver disease leading to cancer; and clinical research into effective treatment of lupus based on targets of molecular pathophysiology.

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Bernice Porjesz

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Porjesz, a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is an outstanding leader in the field who has engaged in cutting-edge research in alcoholism, neurophysiology and genetics for the past 40 years. Her early discoveries of subtle deficits in the brain function of alcoholics and their children were published in Science. Since that time, her research has been continuously funded by the NIH, she has authored over 200 publications, serves on the editorial boards of several renowned journals, and is a dedicated mentor to trainees and junior faculty. Professor Porjesz leads the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA), an NIH funded initiative launched in 1989 that remains on the forefront of cutting-edge science. Building on her earlier discoveries that certain genetically influenced brain features make people more likely to develop alcohol use disorders (AUDs), Porjesz’ research has led to the identification of the genes involved in the development of AUDs. Under her leadership, COGA has progressed well beyond identifying genes to understanding the genetic mechanisms involved in risk, as well as Gene x Environment interactions during the development of AUDs. Porjesz has been the recipient of the prestigious MERIT award (2002), the Mendelson award (2014), the Research Society on Alcoholism’s Henri Begleiter Award for Excellence in Research (2016), and has been a member of Downstate Medical Center’s “Million Dollar Club” for 13 consecutive years. The Club honors faculty who received $1 million or more during the academic year for funded research, public service or training programs.

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William Alex Pridemore

University at Albany

Dr. Pridemore, Dean and Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, has distinguished himself internationally in the field of criminology as an expert in homicide, suicide, and the influence of social structure and of alcohol on these and other forms of violence. His research spans the fields of criminal justice and criminology, sociology, epidemiology, and public health, and has reframed the ways in which we think about critical issues in these areas. One external reviewer notes that his work is “relevant to efforts to devise policies and strategies for preventing violence in diverse cultural and political contexts.” His research has impacted the way policymakers, scholars, and practitioners approach their work in the U.S. and abroad. The international and interdisciplinary scope of his research has led to collaborations with premier scholars from multiple fields and throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, and Sweden. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, many in highly-regarded journals in multiple disciplines, including Criminology; Journal of Quantitative Criminology; Justice Quarterly; Social Forces; Social Problems; Journal of Health and Social Behavior; American Journal of Public Health; and Addiction; among others. Dr. Pridemore has received several honors and awards for his work, including two that are considered lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Jean H. Quataert

Binghamton University

Dr. Quataert, a member of the Department of History at Binghamton University, has made pioneering and transformative contributions to German and women’s history, gender studies, global history and human rights history. At each stage of her career, she has challenged the prevailing assumptions and categories of the fields in which she works, broadening the framework of understanding and discussion in ways that have not only made her a figure of national and international renown, but that fundamentally reframe how we as a society conceptualize and address questions of justice and human rights. Her research has highlighted the role of women in history, the relationship between the gendering of society and power relationships, the need to think transnationally about issues faced by modern nation-states, and the importance of global grassroots efforts in advancing positive change. Many of the assumptions fundamental to historical research today emerged through debates and inquiries in which Dr. Quataert played a pivotal role. She has published three books that, according to one external reviewer, have shaped “five major historical fields: European socialism and feminism; gender and labor in manufacturing; the history of patriotic women, philanthropy and nation formation; gender, medicine and war; and the history of international law and human rights.”

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Chunming Qiao

University at Buffalo

Dr. Qiao, a member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Professor Qiao is one of the world’s leading researchers on network protocols and architectures, and inventor of optical burst switching who has also been at the forefront of pioneering research on integrated wireless systems that have revolutionized the smartphone industry, and profoundly impacted in the communication infrastructure of the Internet as well as in video, multimedia and high-end digital services. A prolific scholar, he has published more than 350 peer-refereed articles, approximately 140 journal papers, eight book chapters, and more than 210 symposium and conference papers. With research that has been cited more than 20,000 times, his groundbreaking 1999 article on optical burst switching has received 2,700 citations to date. Holding eight U.S. patents, Dr. Qiao’s seminal research has garnered almost 50 grants and more than $8 million in total funding, including from the National Science Foundation where he has served as Principal Investigator (PI). Over the last ten years, he has also established himself as a leader in the design and evaluation of Transportation Cyber Physical Systems with connected and autonomous vehicles.

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Arthur G. Samuel

Stony Brook University

Dr. Samuel, Professor of the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, is a leader in a substantial field in psycholinguistics, and has produced a wealth of imperial data and theoretical developments that have been a major component in the progression of the field. His research is in the field of Cognitive Science, with a focus on how humans perceive spoken language, has led to a better understanding of the recognition and categorization of human speech, even when noise obscures individual signals. He has been continuously funded by federal grants since his first year as a faculty member. According to one external reviewer, his findings “critically inform the architecture of the speech-lexical processing system.” Professor Samuel has also taken on major leadership roles within the University, nationally, and internationally. He has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and Department Chair. Nationally, he has served on a half dozen Editorial Boards of major journals, and served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Memory and Language (#1 ISi ranking in Linguistics, and #3 ISi ranking in Experimental Psychology). Dr. Samuel also served as Chair of the Perception and Cognition study section at the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of his scientific expertise, he was invited to serve as Associate Director of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language to help create a world-class institute in San Sebastian, Spain.

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Fotis Sotiropoulos

Stony Brook University

Dr. Sotiropoulos, former Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, is one of the world’s leading researchers in simulation-based engineering science for cross-disciplinary fluid mechanics problems in renewable energy, environmental, biological, and cardiovascular applications. Funded by NSF, DOE, NIH, the Sandia National Laboratories, private industry, and other state and federal agencies, Professor Sotiropoulos has raised over $25 million in externally sponsored funds for research and research facility development and renovation. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), has authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, has twice won the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion competition (2009, 2011), and is a recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. His research results have been featured repeatedly on the covers of prestigious peer-reviewed journals in fluid mechanics. He is also a 2014 distinguished lecturer of the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies at Tel Aviv University, and is serving or has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

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Sharon R. Steadman

SUNY Cortland

Dr. Steadman, a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SUNY Cortland, is a global authority on the Chalcolithic to Byzantine archaeological periods of the Turkish Anatolian Plateau. In addition to supervising fourteen excavations throughout the Near East, including Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, Steadman has been the field operations director for evacations at Cadir Hoyuk in Turkey for the past twenty years. A prolific author of books and articles, Steadman has authored two well-cited books, The Archaeology of Architecture and the Human Use of Space, and The Archaeology of Religion, and co-authored a third, Ancient Complex Societies, works which have shaped a more comprehensive understanding of Anatolian culture in the Near East. Her work is distinctive for placing archaeological data alongside models of human behavior to create testable hypotheses of prehistoric phenomenon. Editor of the influential Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia, Steadman has also co-edited four essay collections, three on the archaeology of Anatolia and a fourth, on agency and identity in the Ancient Near East. Her three-volume book series on the excavation at Ҫadir Höyük excavation spans from the late Chalcolithic and early Bronze age to the Classical and Byzantine periods. Recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation among others, Steadman reviews grants for the NSF and the National Geographic Society; book manuscripts for publishers including Routledge; and articles for 16 archaeological journals. She is a member of the Editorial and Advisory Board of Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, and a member of the Committee on Archaeological Policy, and the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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John E. Tomaszewski

University at Buffalo

Dr. Tomaszewski, Professor and Chair in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, is internationally renowned for his research in pathology and prognostic factors in cancer, and the development of quantitative image analysis tools used in digital pathology and automated cancer diagnostics. He is a global leader in digital pathology and computational modeling in histopathology and the informatics revolution in pathology where he contributes to international diagnostic guidelines. A pioneer of high-throughput detection of prostate cancer in histologic sections using probabilistic models and computer-aided diagnosis, he is a leader in the development of multidimensional molecular data pairings with pathological findings. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, 35 book chapters, and ten chapters dealing with his special interests in renal pathology, renal transplant and immunopathology. He holds four U.S. patents.

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JoEllen Welsh

University at Albany

Dr. Welsh was recruited to the University at Albany as an Empire Innovations Professor in the School of Public Health in 2008. Recognized internationally for her pioneering work on the role of vitamin D in prevention and treatment of breast cancer, Professor Welsh’s expertise spans the areas of cell biology, human nutrition and molecular biology. She received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and was funded by the Human Nutrition Research Council of Ontario for post-doctoral training. Her first academic position was in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, where she received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. In 1994, Professor Welsh moved to the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid, NY as a Senior Scientist and in 1998, she was recruited to the University of Notre Dame, where she became the first female Full Professor in the 150 year history of the Department of Biological Sciences. Professor Welsh is currently based at the UAlbany Cancer Research Center on the Health Sciences Campus, where she directs a research lab, mentors undergraduate and graduate students, supervises post-doctoral fellows and interacts with UAlbany faculty colleagues on diverse projects dedicated to prevention and treatment of cancer. Since her return to the US, she has been awarded more than $9.5 million in research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the USDA CREES program, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program, among others. Professor Welsh serves on multiple grant review panels and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal Endocrinology. She regularly presents at scholarly meetings and through high-profile media outlets, including ABC News and Good Morning America. Professor Welsh is also an inaugural member of the Board of Directors for the Vitamin D Workshop, Inc, a non-profit organization focused on the biology and health implications of vitamin D, for which she also serves as Webmaster and Chief Financial Officer.

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Andrew S. Whittaker

University at Buffalo

Dr. Whittaker, a member of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is an internationally renowned structural engineer who has made fundamental contributions across a wide range of areas including performance-based earthquake engineering, seismic probabilistic risk assessment, and characterization of the effects of detonations of high explosives. A national leader among the earthquake and blast engineering communities for decades, Dr. Whittaker served for seven years as president of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE), and has served on a number of national committees developing standards of practice. He currently chairs the ASCE Nuclear Standards Committee. His work has been recognized with several national awards including Fellow of ASCE, Fellow of American Concrete Institute, four best paper awards, and ASCE Walter P. Moore and Stephen D. Bechtel Awards. Among the most highly cited civil engineering scholars in the U.S., Professor Whittaker has served as the director of UB’s MCEER (Multi-hazard Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) since 2011, the Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) since 2015, and the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) since 2016.

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Zhen Yan

University at Buffalo

Dr. Yan, a member of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University at Buffalo (UB), is an extraordinarily prolific researcher who has received global recognition for her groundbreaking findings and scholarship, particularly for her investigations related to the areas of schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A preeminent, innovative, experimental neurophysiologist in the field of cellular and synaptic neurosciences linked to neurological diseases, Dr. Yan investigates the mechanisms by which chronic stress exposure underlies cognitive deficits and depressive behaviors. She has made important advances delineating the genes and molecular mechanisms underlying human neurological disorders and is considered one of the leading authorities among molecular and cellular neurobiologists of her generation. Since 2000, Dr. Yan has been continuously funded with more than 20 grants totaling nearly $18 million from such sources as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health—National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Alliance on Research for Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Yan published 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters, among others and garnered more than 10,000 citations.


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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Ann S. Botash

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Botash, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is an expert in child abuse. Her learners include medical students, pediatric residents, practicing physicians, members of many other health professions, colleagues in law, criminal justice, social work, and the lay public. She teaches in the classroom, at the patient bedside, on the Internet, and through various other media to reach an audience at Upstate Medical University, in Central New York, in the State of New York, and across the country. She has received a number of awards from national organizations for her teaching and service, including the Public Policy and Advocacy Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, for her work developing a curriculum in advocacy, and recognition from the American Association of Medical Colleges Council on Teaching Hospitals for her work on a model which teaches physicians how to deliver a safe and comfortable experience for pediatric patients undergoing bedside procedures. Dr. Botash was recently appointed to the position of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development in the College of Medicine.

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Christopher S. Cohan

University at Buffalo

Dr. Cohan, a member of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is a teacher and investigator in the neurosciences with a more than thirty-year history of excellence in academic education. He uses innovative approaches to integrative neuroscience teaching, and has continuously developed and improved his already outstanding skills as an educator. He adopted digital methods in education long before they were common. Dr. Cohan’s teaching integrates a cross-disciplinary approach to subject matter with state-of-the-art educational methodologies attuned to individual student learning styles. Professor Cohan has developed novel websites, unique interactive learning exercises, and a one of a kind hands-on “brain museum” in support of the multi-modal education of students in neuroscience. He is known as a preeminent teacher both regionally and nationally. Medical students have selected Dr. Cohan for award recognition of his teaching excellence 13 times.

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Peter K. Ducey

SUNY Cortland

Dr. Ducey, a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at SUNY Cortland, has devoted over two decades to the mastery of teaching and learning. He implements a variety of teaching methods, including scaffolding and innovative applied learning activities designed to engage students at all levels. As a faculty mentor, he introduces majors and non-majors to professional undergraduate and graduate research. He maintains longstanding mentorships with former students, many of whom go on to become physicians, teachers and Ph.D.’s, and who attest to the positive impact he has made on their lives. He serves as a member of the SUNY Master Teacher Advisory Board for Central New York, sharing his expertise with K-12 teacher-leaders from across the region. He is frequently sought after as a model educator and mentor with colleagues frequently asking him to attend their classes and offer suggestions. Dr. Ducey possesses a strong record of scholarship, which is reflected in his teaching. Dr. Ducey’s students are authors or co-authors in more than 25 of his publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and published abstracts of conference proceedings. He serves on the editorial board for Northeast Naturalist and has served as a reviewer for NSF and NIH. He is a 2004 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2006 SUNY Chancellor’s/Research Foundation Recognition for Exemplary Contributions to Research in Scholarship, as well as the SUNY Cortland Excellence of the Use of Research in Teaching Award in 2002, the Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award in 2016, and the Excellence in Academic Advisement Award in 2017.

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Charles G. Freeman

SUNY Geneseo

Dr. Freeman, professor and chair of SUNY Geneseo's Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a passionate teacher who brings innovation, rigor, and excitement to the physics classroom. His pedagogy is student-centered, inquiry-based, and inclusive of all students. Because of his extensive work with students in directed studies and independent research projects, many have gone on to continue their studies in leading graduate and research programs. He has garnered considerable praise for his role as Director of Geneseo’s MV Pelletron Accelerator Lab, which has supported collaborations with undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers at other institutions. Most notably, Dr. Freeman has trained students to use the Pelletron Accelerator, which positions them to gain skills in a wide range of areas. In addition to the work with the Pelletron, his collaborators credit him with laying the foundation for important advances in the area of plasma physics, and he has served as co-principal investigator in a number of projects totaling $4.2 million in DOE funding.

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Daniel George Payne

SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Payne, a member of the Department of English at SUNY Oneonta, has proven to be a truly exceptional instructor in both English and the Environmental Humanities since his arrival in 2001. In addition to the student-centered classroom environment and wide-ranging classroom activities provided by Dr. Payne, he has routinely engaged with his students outside the classroom, advising independent study students (45 since 2001) and arranging innovative field experiences. Professor Payne’s teaching accolades include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012); the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council Award for Outstanding Faculty (2011); and the SUNY Oneonta Outstanding Advisor and Mentor Award (2007). His excellence in teaching and mentorship is fed by his internationally recognized scholarship in the area of environmental literature, expertise he has used to encourage SUNY Oneonta to incorporate sustainability throughout its curricula and as a part of its identity. In addition to developing interdisciplinary courses in the Environmental Humanities deemed key to the program’s success, Dr. Payne has regularly hosted internationally acclaimed environmental writers on the Oneonta campus to engage and inspire students. For the past fifteen years serving as Director of the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference, Professor Payne has created a unique and extraordinary opportunity for students from various disciplines to interact with international experts in the field of Environmental Literature.

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Julie Ann Woodworth

Niagara County Community College

Dr. Woodworth, a member of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), is an enthusiastic, engaging teacher who brings innovation to the classroom using evidence-based teaching techniques. Her career as a Registered Professional Nurse is comprised of over 28 years experience working in acute care hospital and home care settings. She continues to practice in the hospital setting to keep her teaching current and relevant. Professor Woodworth maintains high standards of care and knowledge level attainment for patient care delivery in the very rigorous nursing program. She is also involved in the promotion of curricular reform at NCCC to advance the nursing curriculum to an up-to-date, rigorous student centered program with above average NCLEX-RN pass rates. Professor Woodworth has completed recent research within the nursing education field and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals to add to the evidence-based literature in the nursing education field. Professor Woodworth is a leader at the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York, as well as, many college committees at NCCC. Award recognition include: the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ruth T McGrorey award from the Professional Nurses Association, and the Carol Jamieson Award from NCCC.

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Andrea A. Zevenbergen

SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Zevenbergen, a member of the Department of Psychology at SUNY Fredonia, is a superb mentor and teacher. Through data driven assessment, she continuously refines her courses in order to maximize the student learning experience. She recently pursued and received a faculty development grant to pilot innovative teaching strategies. She exemplifies the teacher-scholar model through lessons informed by her scholarship as well as the provision of countless hands-on opportunities for her students outside of the classroom. She is committed to faculty-student collaborations and has supervised more than fifty independent study students, three McNair students, and one undergraduate research fellow. In addition, she has co-authored paper presentations with 35 students and supervised more than 150 student internships, engaging students in her research on child language acquisition and emergent literacy. She has more than 25 widely cited publications, and nearly 70 research presentations. She has served on and led many committees, including those relating to athletics, diversity, curriculum, and student success, and has mentored colleagues on how to be more effective in advising. As Fredonia's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), she provided sound academic support and advocacy for student athletes, chaired the Intercollegiate Athletic Board, and led the SUNYAC FAR Organization. Evidence of her noteworthy teaching can be seen in her extremely high teaching evaluations, extensive and very effective mentoring, numerous teaching awards, as well as enthusiastic student comments.


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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Mohamed Gaber

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Gaber, Professor and Chair of the Accounting Department, is among the finest professors in the School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has been presented the Outstanding Adult Student Educator Award and the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for his work with students, as well as the Faculty Staff Impact Award for his work as an informal mentor to several faculty members. He is also the recipient of the SUNY Plattsburgh Leadership Award. Accounting alumni have recognized him for his commitment with the establishment of the Mohamed Gaber Excellence in Mentoring Endowment. In addition to his extraordinary service to the campus, he has served as the Coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), in conjunction with AARP-Tax-Aide for the past 20 years. He has established accounting internships with local, regional, national and international businesses and non-profit organizations, and supervised over 250 student internships. He has served on the board of the Institute of Management Accountants as Director of Manuscripts and Director of Student Activities. Professor Gaber has served as an external consultant on the promotion boards of foreign universities. He co-edited an accounting book with G. Gregoriou, International Accounting: Standards, Regulations and Financial Reporting, which was published in Egypt.

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John Peter Gergen

Stony Brook University

Dr. Gergen joined the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University in 1989. Since that time, Dr. Gergen has developed an exceptional record both of scholarship in his field and of service to the undergraduate and graduate students of the University. He served as an Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 2005 to 2008, during which time he was involved in efforts to expand the pool of graduate applicants and diversity of the graduate students. He remains active in these efforts and is currently the principal investigator on a large NIH grant that provides support for underrepresented and disadvantaged students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, to develop careers in biomedical research. As Director of Undergraduate Biology since 2010, Dr. Gergen has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve guidance and counseling services, to upgrade the teaching laboratories, and to increase opportunities for research experiences. He has also led outreach efforts to Biology alumni and been actively engaged in working with other professors lo improve and incorporate new teaching modalities into their courses. Dr. Gergen has had national impact on efforts to improve biology education. He was an organizer and serves on the Leadership committee for the National Academy of Sciences/HHMl Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology, held annually at different sites around the country.

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Bonni C. Hodges

SUNY Cortland

Dr. Hodges, a member of the Department of Health at SUNY Cortland, is a noted authority in public and community health. A prolific researcher, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in respected journals of health, and is co-author of a seminal book, Assessment and Planning in Health Programs. Dr. Hodges has made over 90 presentations at professional conferences across the United States. She is a successful grant writer securing awards in excess of $1 million. She is an editorial reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of School Health, and Journal of Health Education Teaching. Dr. Hodges has served as department chair for the past 14 years, providing superior leadership in curriculum development and the NCATE/CAEP and the CEPH accreditation processes. She is a tireless advocate for the greater Cortland community, providing extensive service to the YWCA, Seven Valleys Health Coalition, the Cortland County Health Department, and Cortland City Schools. She was instrumental in the school district obtaining a Healthy Heart Mini-Grant, and she has provided training to elementary school children on nutrition, obesity prevention and other health topics. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) appointed Dr. Hodges to the Public Health Educator Continuing Education Committee. She has also provided superior executive leadership to the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), American Association for Health Education (AAHE), and the American School Health Association (ASHA).

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Gary D. James (deceased)

Binghamton University

Dr. James, a former member of the Department of Biomedical Anthropology, provided exemplary service to Binghamton University, the medical community of the Binghamton region, and to national professional societies through editorial services, scholarship, and leadership. In addition to his remarkable service contributions, he was an internationally known scientist in areas of stress and blood pressure research, and in 2009 was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. James’ distinguished record of service was characterized by leadership on numerous administrative committees, including longstanding contributions to the University’s Institutional Review Board providing oversight and management. Service to the medical community arose from his experience in biomedicine and commitment to interdisciplinary training and research. He assisted residents and practicing physicians in designing and conducting research, and served on the United Health Services IRB for more than a decade. As a biological anthropologist and biomedical scientist, Dr. James’s professional service spanned many societies. He served on seven journal editorial boards, he has served as president of two societies, and he reviewed papers for numerous journals.

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Eric J. Johansson

SUNY Maritime College

Captain Johansson began his career as Master of Tugs, Salvage Vessels and Pilot of Unlimited Tonnage Ships before joining the faculty at SUNY Maritime College in 1994. Captain Johansson has been the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, the Plimsoll Award, and the Public Service Commendation (United States Coast Guard). He is the founder of the annual SUNY Maritime College Towing Forum, now in its 17th year, and has published numerous funded research projects including the Maritime Support Service Location Study I, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation "Economic Analysis," Small Business Dredge Needs Port of NY Study, "New Jersey Offshore Wind Outlook,” and “Economic Impact of Siltation on NYC’s Small Waterways." In addition to educating and mentoring cadets at Maritime College, Captain Johansson is a founding member and Co-Chair of the NY Harbor School Professional Advisory Committee facilitating curriculum development and industry connections, and is an internship liaison with the McKee Vocational School in Staten Island. He was appointed by the Department of Homeland Security as Vice Chair of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.

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Andrew (Drew) J. Kahn

Buffalo State College

Mr. Kahn, a member of the Department of Theater at Buffalo State College, has consistently achieved the highest caliber of faculty service. He is the founding director of The Anne Frank Project, a multi-layered social justice initiative that utilizes the wisdom of Anne Frank as a springboard for the intense examination of genocide, bullying, and intolerance through the lens of storytelling and performance. With an expertise in devised theatre, he presents and teaches internationally on the universal language of theater and the intersection of storytelling, conflict resolution and reconciliation. His passionate work through the Anne Frank project, his position as a Professor of Theater, his activism in all arenas promoting the improvement of the quality of life for all, has had an impact in classrooms and audiences from Buffalo to Africa. Professor Kahn marries his scholarly and creative work with his teaching, bringing them into sharp focus on serving the public good. Students studying under his tutelage learn the power of their craft and creativity in addressing some of the world’s most pervasive problems of prejudice and inhumanity that know no community boundaries. He demonstrates a sustained and focused commitment to social justice that transcends a daily schedule of classes and research. His innovative work in drama-based education has brought voice to the silent, as close to home as the urban youth of Buffalo, and as far away as the healing of Rwanda’s deep spiritual wounds. Professor Kahn offers significant leadership that dramatically transforms the lives of his students, the communities they serve, and the Buffalo State community. His work is grounded in the mission of the College and has deepened the ways that Buffalo State College manifests a commitment and dedication to social justice in both measurable and immeasurable ways.

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Douglas R. Lazzaro

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Lazzaro served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He held the Richard C. Troutman MD Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Microsurgery. Dr. Lazzaro, who is a Downstate Medical School graduate, has contributed to the SUNY Downstate Community since 1990. He has lectured to medical students and residents at all levels, and has participated in Continuing Medical Education seminars for practicing community and academic physicians. He has served as the President of the Kings County Medical Staff, and Chair of Downstate’s CPMP and University Physician of Brooklyn Board. He actively sees patients and has written about his experiences from the Level 1 Trauma Center at Kings County Hospital. Professor Lazzaro has received grant money to study common eye problems and has found ways to treat them. He has been named teacher par excellence by his residents.

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Timothy B. Mihuc

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Mihuc, a member of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Director of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Lake Champlain Research Institute, has a long-standing record of service to the campus, community, New York State and beyond. An expert in stream and lake ecology, he has extensively studied freshwater ecosystems and the impact of a variety of forces on Lake Champlain. Dr. Mihuc has received funding for his work from a number of agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Canada, member of the International Joint Commission Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board, and co-director of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant. He is also Director of the Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh, drawing hundreds of students, faculty, and community members into its research efforts, creating a base of knowledge and activism on behalf of the lake that makes a major contribution to its preservation. Dr. Mihuc is editor in chief of the Journal of Great Lakes Research and also created and edits Scientia Discipulorum, an online undergraduate research journal that introduces students to the processes of scientific publication. He has anchored the leadership of graduate programs in natural sciences, serving as longtime coordinator of the Professional Science Master’s Program as well as the M.S. program in Natural Science. He has led or served as a member of a broad range of campus committees and task forces (experiential learning, information literacy, and more) and regularly works with master teacher programs, community organizations, and individuals needing expert guidance on issues connected with Lake Champlain. He has mentored over 100 undergraduate student research projects and served as thesis advisor for 11 master’s degree students.

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John F. Penrose

Jefferson Community College

Mr. Penrose, chair of the Department of Lab Sciences at Jefferson Community College, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Thomas Myers Co-Curricular Award in 2003, Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Faculty Member in 2005 and 2012, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. His work at the Educational Testing Service as a reader/table leader of advanced placement examinations, as well as a head writer of examination questions for the PRAXIS exams distinguishes him among science educators. During his 39 years at Jefferson, Professor Penrose has served on many SUNY initiative committees (strategic planning, academic excellence, transfer pathways for chemistry). He has also served on many Middle States initiatives such as member and co-chair of three Jefferson steering committees and peer evaluator for Cumberland County Community College.

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Mira I. Sakrajda

Westchester Community College

Dr. Sakrajda, an endowed chair and member of the Department of English, Reading and ESL at Westchester Community College (WCC), has a record of service to her students, college, SUNY, and her discipline that has consistently revealed her commitment to providing opportunities that support scholarship and achievement. At WCC, where she has been a professor for 27 years, she has served in many leadership capacities including as Co-Director of the Honors Program, Project Director of the Honors College Grant, and Chief Designer of the Common Writing and Resource Shell. Dr. Sakrajda currently serves as the Interim Director of both the Honors Program and Honors College at WCC. In 2017, she helped establish the Honors College offering Honors-designated degrees in Liberal Arts. Professor Sakrajda has been a leader in promoting the regional Beacon Conference, where students from nearly 20 area participating colleges present original research papers each year. She has hosted three Beacon Conferences at WCC over the past 25 years, and serves on the Steering Committee. Dr. Sakrajda created a connection to Cambridge University in the U.K. in 2003 for summer study programs for WCC students. To date, over 170 WCC students and 10 professors have participated in this program. Her work with the national Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship has brought scholarship opportunities to many students, resulting in awards of as much as $120,000 for students to go on to further their studies at prestigious four-year colleges.

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Joseph A. Skrivanek

SUNY Purchase College

Dr. Skrivanek, a member of the Department of Chemistry at Purchase College, is a longtime mentor of under-represented minority students in the natural and social sciences and his related service has extended well beyond the bounds of the campus. He is the founder and director of the Baccalaureate and Beyond (Bridges) programs, which have garnered almost nine million dollars in funding from governmental and private donor sources such as NIH, NSF and PepsiCo. The Bridge’s program—providing mentoring and hands-on research experiences to students in two-year programs—has had an undeniably positive impact on hundreds of students who have successfully transitioned from community colleges to four-year institutions. The program received national recognition when it received the President’s Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2011. This prestigious award was presented to Dr. Skrivanek at the White House by President Obama, and recognizes successful sponsorship and cutting-edge training of underrepresented ethnicities as future leaders in the sciences. Professor Skrivanek has secured years of federal grants to support fostering intense summer research and laboratory experiences. Currently continuing and expanding his involvement and expertise in matters concerning advanced education, Dr. Skrivanek spends days each month in Albany, as part of the System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, advising funders and leaders in matters of enhanced minority participation in our scientific future.

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Paula M. Trief

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Trief, a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Medicine and Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has made significant contributions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in the area of behavioral health and diabetes. She is a well-funded researcher for her work in the role of partner relationships and psychological factors in diabetes control, and the relationship of parenting style and parent-youth conflict in medication adherence in youth with diabetes. She serves internationally, including reviewing grants, speaking, and through elected membership in international organizations related to behavioral health and diabetes. Her innovative programs at Upstate Medical’s Joslin Diabetes Center address diabetes prevention and management, as well as health disparities. Dr. Trief has served as an elected member and officer of the Faculty Council and has developed many innovative programs in faculty development. She is also a member of the President’s Diversity Council, and developer and facilitator for the Corps of Diversity Allies at Upstate. Dr. Trief has previously received recognition for her service as a recipient of both the President’s and the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Faculty Service, a President’s Award for Excellence in Affirmative Action, and a Diversity Achiever Award from the Syracuse YMCA.

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Leonard B. Weiner

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Weiner serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology, and Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has previously served in a number of other leadership roles at Upstate Medical University, including Vice Chair and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, as well as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Medicine and Deputy Medical Director of University Hospital. Dr. Weiner’s service in the region includes his role as Director of the State Designated Pediatric AIDS Center, service on the Professional Standards Review Organization of Central New York at Upstate, on the “Success by Six” Immunization Project Team. He has been active with the American Academy of Pediatrics for several decades, including his membership on the Committee on Infectious Diseases, which publishes the “Red Book,” clinical guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious disease in children, which is used world-wide. For his many contributions to the field of pediatric infectious disease over many decades, he received the Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Contribution Award in 2015.

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Tracey E. Wilson

Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Wilson, a member of the Department of Community Health Sciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been a valued member the Downstate Medical faculty for over 18 years. Dr. Wilson is committed to community and uses an engaged approach to improving public health and eliminating health inequities in Brooklyn. Her work supports the mission of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC), which works toward eliminating health disparities in Brooklyn. Dr. Wilson currently serves as the Research Core Co-Director of the BHDC and also serves on its Executive Board. She has received more than $5 million in grants, and her research has led to several large-scale behavioral studies that are designed to improve engagement of care for those living with and at risk for HIV. She is a passionate advocate for her students, staff, community, and the field of public health. Dr. Wilson is recognized nationally and internationally as an accomplished researcher. Notably, given the significant time and contributions she has made to community engagement and capacity building, student teaching and mentoring, and supporting the administrative capacity of the institution, Dr. Wilson has consistently maintained a highly productive and impactful research career in the areas of infectious disease prevention and treatment, and in the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of health and health disparities.

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Ezra B. W. Zubrow

University at Buffalo

Dr. Zubrow, a member of the Department of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo (UB), is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London—the world’s oldest and most prestigious archaeological professional society. Professor Zubrow has achieved remarkable distinction in sustained and outstanding service to the UB campus, to the State University of New York, and to his discipline—the broadly defined field of anthropology. His level of publication, scholarly work and professional service are also distinguished, and he has attained international and national prominence for the significance of his achievements. His leadership roles in service to UB and SUNY promote the advancement of faculty and meaningful faculty governance, academic freedom, equity, and excellence. His outstanding leadership in and service to his field have had a sustaining impact on climate change, demographic modeling, social policy, law, disability, literacy and heritage.

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