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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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Dr. Igor K. Lednev
University at Albany
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Dr. Igor K. Lednev, Professor of Chemistry at the University at Albany, is a globally-respected scientist and expert in Raman laser spectroscopy. Dr. Lednev has produced cutting-edge research in analytic and forensic chemistry. His work has resulted in significant advancements in multiple fields, most notably in forensic analysis, medical diagnostics, and biochemistry. He has been extremely productive over the course of his four-decade career. He has generated well over 200 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews that appear in highly-regarded international outlets. His work has attracted significant external funding, totaling over $6.8 million, as well as national and international press coverage. In recognition of his worldwide stature, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry have inducted Dr. Lednev as a Fellow. The impact of Dr. Lednev’s research has made important changes in the way scientists and practitioners approach their work to address a wide range of issues of public importance, from analyzing forensic evidence to diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Lednev is committed to community-engaged scholarship in service to the greater public good.

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Dr. Scott T. Misture
College of Ceramics at Alfred University
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Dr. Scott T. Misture, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the development and application of materials analysis tools to understand ceramics and glasses at high temperatures. Dr. Misture continues to advance state-of-the-art materials which impact many aspects of modern society. He was on the leading edge of the growth of the New York State College of Ceramics graduate research funding in the 1990s, having won the first prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award on campus, and his extensive industry and government funding has only grown since then. He was appointed the College of Ceramics first major endowed professorship (Inamori Professorship) and he built and maintains the largest research portfolio of any professor on campus, with funding from several federal and state agencies, and many companies most headquartered in New York State. Beyond his own group, Dr. Misture has funded many common-use research instruments and he has built out unique laboratory facilities that are second to none. His international reputation is apparent in his many invited engagements around the world, his many leadership roles in professional societies, including editorships and board chair positions, and his publication record. Dr. Misture has also supported the campus as a Program Chair, campus governance leader, and he has tirelessly served on many important campus committees.

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Dr. Quanxi Jia
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Quanxi Jia, Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research, is an internationally recognized leader in multifunctional and nanostructured materials for energy and electronic device applications. He has made significant contributions to the development of high-performance superconducting coated conductors or 2G wires for electric power applications. He invented and pioneered the polymer-assisted deposition, a cost-effective coating technique to grow a vast number of electronic materials. Dr. Jia has also designed and developed innovative approaches to the integration of different materials for desired functionalities and made many original and high impact contributions to the nanostructured materials. A pervading characteristic of the body of scholarship produced by Dr. Jia, as represented in his over 500 publications and nearly 50 patents, is how it enabled significant key technological advancements in the field of electronic materials science and device technology. Dr. Jia is not only an exceptional scientist, but also an extremely successful inventor who applies scientific knowledge to problems of great practical importance. His work has been recognized by major awards from distinguished professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS) and American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and most recently by his election to the National Academy of Inventors.

 

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Dr. Marianthi Markatou
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Marianthi Markatou, Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, also serves as associate chair of research and healthcare informatics in the Department of Biostatistics. An internationally renowned expert in biostatistics, statistics and biomedical informatics, she has conducted seminal methodological research that has significantly advanced the fields of statistical robustness, mixture models, statistical distances, weighted likelihood methods and statistical machine learning. Dr. Markatou's interdisciplinary work has applied her rigorous statistical methodologies to advance epidemiological research on emerging safety sciences, biomedical informatics such as text mining to support patient safety, and computer science including "big data" analysis and data science. Since 1990, she has been continuously supported by external funding agencies and her influential statistical publications have appeared in highly-regarded journals. Her current awards include a $7 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), for a study on which she serves as co-investigator/biostatistical lead. The project involves the conduct of a stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate patient-centered Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) care via telemedicine for individuals on methadone therapy. Dr. Markatou has been elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a member of the International Statistical Institute. These and other honors and awards are indicative of her outstanding reputation as a world-renowned statistician and biostatistician.

 

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Dr. Janet R. Morrow
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Janet R. Morrow, Larkin Chair and Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of inorganic chemistry and is also known for her advancements in MRI contrast agents. The past decade has been a time of remarkable innovation and accomplishment for Dr. Morrow, with her invention of iron-based MRI contrast agents. This alternative contrast agent holds the potential of monitoring disease states in patients with fewer side effects and less toxicity than the current industry standard. She has carried out groundbreaking studies on the mechanism for the recognition and sequence-specific cleavage of DNA and RNA by metal ion complexes, and on the development of luminescent lanthanide complexes in studies on biological tissues, with important applications in the imaging of cancerous tissues. This work has led to numerous patents, and the commercial applications are being developed by Ferric Contrast, Inc., for which she is Chief Security Officer (CSO). Dr. Morrow has authored more than 120 publications, several which are recognized as classics. This work was carried out by 26 Ph.D. students, 11 master’s students and more than 100 undergraduates, many who now hold important positions in industry and academics. Dr. Morrow serves as associate editor of Inorganic Chemistry, the premier journal in this discipline, and was co-organizer of influential National Science Foundation workshops, that highlighted seminal work in this field. She received a First Award from the National Institutes of Health, a Special Award for Creativity from the National Science Foundation, the Schoellkopf Medal from the American Chemical Society, and she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 

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Robert G. Shibley
University at Buffalo
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Mr. Robert G. Shibley, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo (UB), has advanced planning and architecture for almost 50 years, shaping Western New York as a model for other city-regions throughout the world. Joining UB as professor and chair of architecture in 1982, Professor Shibley went on to serve as the founding director of the Urban Design Project, senior advisor to the president for Campus Planning and Design, campus architect and director of the UB Regional Institute. He was appointed dean in 2011. He has worked with faculty, staff, collaborating publics and students on over 80 projects—of which he was PI for $25 million—to develop and implement urban designs, comprehensive plans and economic development strategies. His work informed 17 books, 15 book chapters, 12 journal articles, and 91 professional press publications, conference proceeding articles and reports. He has received the top national awards in his disciplines: American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Thomas Jefferson Award and induction into the College of Fellows in the AIA, and the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners. He received the University at Buffalo President’s Medal, the New York State AIA Educator of the Year Award, and 45 other national and regional recognitions for outstanding design and planning, as well as additional life-time achievement awards. His extraordinary and groundbreaking career has combined teaching, research, scholarship, professional practice, and academic leadership with superlative results.

 

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Dr. Mark Swihart
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Mark Swihart, Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Empire Innovation Professor in the RENEW Institute at the University at Buffalo (UB), is recognized globally for his sustained research excellence in developing new nanoscale materials, engineering practical processes for producing these unique materials, and generating fundamental understanding of those processes. Such nanoscale materials exhibit size-dependent properties and functions that enable new high-impact applications from biomedical imaging to renewable energy. Dr. Swihart has made key contributions to the development of experimental methods for synthesis and post-processing of nanomaterials for a broad spectrum of applications. Methods and materials developed in Dr. Swihart's group have been adopted by researchers and industry worldwide. He has published more than 275 manuscripts on these subjects, which have been cited more than 18,000 times. At UB, he has advised more than 30 Ph.D. students, over 55 master's students, and over 110 undergraduate researchers. Beyond these research contributions, he has co-authored the two most recent editions of the best-selling chemical engineering undergraduate textbook of all time and has cofounded two startup companies to commercialize results from his research. Dr. Swihart has led multiple campus-wide initiatives, including the UB2020 Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems and the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, and has collaborated broadly within and beyond UB, promoting interdisciplinary and convergent research approaches.

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Dr. Avan R. Jassawalla
SUNY Geneseo
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Dr. Avan R. Jassawalla, Professor of Management at SUNY Geneseo, has an international reputation in diverse areas of scholarship within the academic field of business, real-world applications, and scholarship of teaching. She is an award-winning expert in innovation management, brand management, and international human resource management. Researchers and other professionals endorse this reputation and the scope and impact of her research and writing. Her widely cited publications appear in journals rated by the Australian Business Dean’s List of Journal Quality (ABCD) the blue-ribbon standard in business scholarship. Influential in fields such as organizational behavior and leadership, she is also accomplished in real world applications and the consequence of learners in college classrooms and wider communities. Statistics from the European Research Gate shows the impact of her work is higher than 72.5 percent of listed scholars and Total Research Interest is higher than 93 percent. Her work has been read and downloaded by scholars in 14 countries. She has had 20 publications with an h-index, a metric for evaluating the cumulative impact of scholarly output above 40, 20 is considered "good." Evaluators of her work concur with the impressive statistics. They find her work "internationally respected and routinely cited"; published in "excellent, high-impact, high visibility journals"; and "what one would typically expect from very successful senior faculty at tier-one institutions." Dr. Jassawalla has consistently produced high-quality research over a career of 25 years at SUNY Geneseo. She is an insightful and disciplined scholar, whose groundbreaking work has elevated the standards in her field.

 

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Dr. Christopher J. Bishop
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Christopher J. Bishop, Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University, is an internationally acclaimed groundbreaking mathematician and one of the leading experts in complex analysis, hyperbolic geometry, and computational geometry. His work shows a remarkable breadth, covering many areas of complex analysis, geometry, and dynamics. In each of these fields, his work has been lauded by experts as "breakthrough" and "revolutionary." He was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 1992, elected a Fellow of American Mathematical Society in 2019, and Simons Fellow in 2019-2020. Dr. Bishop has over 90 publications, including publications in Annals of Mathematics, Inventiones Mathematica, and Acta Mathematicae, which are considered to be the top journals in mathematics. He continues to be extremely active. At this time, he has more than 10 manuscripts, including 3 books in preparation for publication. He was invited to give a plenary talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018. He has received continuous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 1991. In addition to his research, Dr. Bishop is also a great citizen of his department at Stony Brook University. He has served on numerous committees and mentored many Ph.D. students and postdocs. Dr. Bishop is very passionate about mentoring undergraduate students as well. He has mentored more undergraduate honors theses than any other faculty in the department. In his over three-decade career, Dr. Bishop has solved extremely challenging and significant problems, and has developed new concepts and theories and in doing so has advanced the field of mathematics. 

 

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Dr. Mary Jo Bona
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Mary Jo Bona, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Professor of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures as well Women's, Gender and Sexuality at Stony Brook University (SBU), has a distinguished national and international reputation within the fields of Italian diaspora studies, multiethnic literary studies, and feminist studies. She recognized early on the need for intersectionality and combined study of ethnicity with gender. She studies complex family relationships, through the lenses of trauma and migration. Dr. Bona has authored three scholarly monographs, a fourth is near completion, one poetry collection, four edited or co-edited collections, and numerous essays that have been widely translated and republished. In addition, she is founding editor of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures book series at SUNY Press. Dr. Bona's scholarship is described as "trailblazing," "path-breaking," "cutting-edge" and "field-defining." Dr. Bona's eminence is evidenced by invited lectures in the United States and abroad, and her Presidency of the Italian American Historical Association. In 2014, Dr. Bona was invited to a convening of international experts on Italian diaspora studies at the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation site in Bellagio, Italy. The group developed a postdoctoral summer program on the Italian Diaspora at the Universities of Calabria and Roma Tre, where Dr. Bona taught every year until the Covid-19 pandemic. In the words of her distinguished referees: "[Bona] has far exceeded the benchmarks achieved by full professors, and is uniformly recognized as a scholar whose name is synonymous with the field"; "she has earned a visibility, distinction, and stature that have enhanced the reputation of SBU as a center of innovative modern scholarship"; Mary Jo is a star in the profession … [this honor] is way overdue." Dr. Bona enriches the Stony Brook University community through her research, reputation and, most of all, her blazing example of unwavering dedication to the academic profession.

 

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Dr. Abhay L. Deshpande
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Abhay L. Deshpande, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has an outstanding record of international leadership in nuclear and high-energy physics for more than 20 years, particularly in nucleon spin. The nucleon spin puzzle refers to the inability to account for the nucleon spin as the sum of contributions of its constituents. Noting that the quark contribution was insufficient, Dr. Deshpande became a leader in establishing a nucleon spin program at Brookhaven's National Lab RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider), and produced seminal results demonstrating a non-zero gluon contribution that was still insufficient to solve the puzzle. Dr. Deshpande spearheaded the efforts to conceptualize a new accelerator complex featuring polarized electron-proton and electron-nucleus collisions beginning with the first workshops he organized in 1999. Over the years, this concept evolved into what is now called the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) whose physics case rests upon the three pillars of nucleon spin, spatial mapping of the nucleon, and investigations of high density gluonic matter. Dr. Deshpande was selected by the world community to present the EIC scientific case to the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC). NSAC named EIC as the highest priority for new construction in U.S. nuclear physics. He was further selected by the world community to present the EIC science to the National Academy who ruled that the EIC science was of critical importance. In January 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the $2.5B EIC would be built at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The EIC Users Group, which Dr. Deshpande established and served as its first chairperson, now boasts more than 1,200 physicists spanning 250 countries. One world-leading scientist summarized the effort with these words: "Please note that the future of the U.S. high energy nuclear physics relies on the EIC, the son of Abhay Deshpande." Dr. Deshpande's 330 refereed publications have amassed more than 43,000 citations. His five best papers have more than 800 citations each and his top publication has more than 3,000 citations. His prior awards include the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation (2018), the RIKEN President's Special Prize for the Study of Nucleon Spin (2015), Fellow of the American Physical Society (2014), and the National Academy of Science's Education Fellow in Life Sciences (2013). Dr. Deshpande is the Founding Chair of the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) User's Group (2016), Scientific Director of the Electron-Ion Collider at Brookhaven Lab (2017), and Founding Director of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (2017) at Stony Brook. During Dr. Deshpande's time as CFNS Director, SBU's ranking in nuclear physics has advanced to #3 in the U.S. and is Stony Brook's highest ranked sub-discipline.

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Dr. Aiguo Dai
University at Albany
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Dr. Aiguo Dai, Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany, is an internationally renowned scientist and expert in anthropogenic climate change and variability. Dr. Dai has produced cutting-edge research that contributes to the understanding of how human behavior affects the global climate system. By all measures, Dr. Dai’s scholarly productivity is impressive and its impact extraordinary. With more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and a recent average of 13 peer-reviewed publications annually, his work appears in highly respected journals. His publications have received more than 45,000 citations and nine of his articles have been cited more than 1,000 times each, making him the most highly cited scholar at the University at Albany and the second most-cited scientist in the field of atmospheric science. He has also attracted significant external funding, totaling over $9.4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Dai was appointed Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a designation limited to no more than 0.2 percent of all AMS members. His research has made important contributions to the understanding of climate change, a critical issue of public importance. Dr. Dai embodies the University at Albany’s and the State University of New York’s commitment to producing first-rate scholarship in service to the greater public good.

 

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Dr. Mohammad T. Khasawneh
Binghamton University
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Dr. Mohammad T. Khasawneh, Chair and Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University, is a path-breaking scholar in the areas of healthcare systems engineering, operations management and data science. Dr. Khasawneh’s research is focused on the novel application of systems engineering to transform healthcare systems into high performance environments that produce better patient outcomes at lower costs. One of his external reviewers points out that Professor Khasawneh's research is applied in ways that lead to optimal healthcare including through more efficient use of operating room suites, better outpatient scheduling, reduced patient turnaround time in emergency rooms, better predictability of hospital readmissions and much more. Dr. Khasawneh's research and scholarly activities has resulted in an excellent body of knowledge that has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at leading conferences, and yielded patents. His excellence as an academician working "health systems engineering" has resulted in many invited presentations and keynote addresses. Through research partnerships with 15 plus hospital systems and healthcare organizations, he has generated over $12 million in external funding and over $39 million in-kind software/equipment grants. Working with experts across the globe, his research continues to address the growing societal need nationally and globally for transformed healthcare systems that embrace patient­centered care, optimized operations, quality, safety, and equity. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University Award for Excellence in International Education, and the University Award for Outstanding Graduate Director.

 

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Dr. Kaiming Ye
Binghamton University
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Dr. Kaiming Ye, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University, is one of the world’s leading scientists in advanced biomanufacturing. He is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is Chair-Elect of the Council of Chairs of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Ye pioneered human islet organoid development from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs). His group is the first one that demonstrated the feasibility of generating functional human islets from PSCs. His work in 3D tissue bioprinting was featured in the February 2015 issue of Prism (ASEE). Dr. Ye is one of the pioneers who designed fluorescence resonance energy transfer nanosensors for continuous glucose monitoring. His early work in yeast surface protein display opened a new avenue to arm yeast with various displayed proteins. This groundbreaking study was featured in two major Japanese newspapers, the Japanese Economic Daily and Japanese Industrial Newspaper. His recent work on cancer immunotherapy led to the development of a new cancer immunotherapeutic vaccine. As a researcher, he has secured more than $42.67 million in grants (as PI or Co-PI). Dr. Ye has published one book, more than 90 high impact peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and reports. He has chaired and co-chaired more than 10 international and national conferences and delivered more than 45 keynote, plenary and invited speeches in international and national conferences, and graduate seminars in more than 50 universities. He has contributed significantly to national policy-making in science and engineering. During his tenure at the NSF, he directed a biomedical engineering program. He was a member of the Interagency Workgroup for Neuroscience, Interagency Modeling and Analysis Workgroup, and Multiagency Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Workgroup. As Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Binghamton, he led its growth in rankings, research expenditures, and undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

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Dr. R. Lorraine Collins
University at Buffalo
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Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo (UB), is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in the study of addictive behaviors. She has contributed foundational research on cognitive and behavioral approaches to the conceptualization, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and marijuana use disorders. Her early work on alcohol drinking restraint greatly expanded her peers’ understanding of the phenomenon, in part by rigorously improving the corresponding assessment measures. Her research focuses on adolescents and young adults, in whom illicit drug use can be highly prevalent and lethal. She is tremendously innovative, as evidenced by her adaptation of ecological momentary assessment technologies to understand evolving alcohol use patterns in real time. Dr. Collins has been continuously funded since 1987. She received 18 federal grants from the NIH and the National Institute of Justice totaling more than $28 million, serving as the principal investigator (PI) for seven and the co-investigator for 11. One of Dr. Collins' studies, titled "Restraint and Attributions: Risk Factors in Alcohol Abuse," was funded with multiple continuation awards for 20 years. A prolific scholar, Dr. Collins has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles in respected journals such as the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Addictive Behaviors, Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Dr. Collins' scholarship also includes an edited book and numerous book chapters, reports, book reviews and manuscripts. Her voice in the field extends to her frequent presence at scientific meetings and conferences across the state, nation and world. She has been involved in over 170 presentations, including 29 invited addresses and presentations, 34 symposia and paper sessions, and 116 poster presentations. Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Addictive Behaviors Division, She is an outstanding mentor to doctoral students and early-career investigators. She is truly a pioneer with over 45 years in the field (35 at UB), and the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Collins was recently awarded the UB Graduate School’s Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award.

 

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Dr. Luis A. Colón
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Luis A. Colón is the A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, is an internationally recognized expert in analytical chemistry with pioneering work in ultrahigh pressure chromatography. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr. Colón has contributed substantially to his field with impactful, innovative findings. At a time when academic practices are being reconsidered to root out systemic bias, Dr. Colón is greatly sought out for his collaborative approach to creating positive change and equity. Dr. Colón’s mentorship of students and colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds is a dominant aspect of his research and scholarly efforts, and defines his approach to linking research in experimental chemistry with the necessary human resource development. He has demonstrated novel approaches for increasing the participation of underrepresented and underserved populations of students, faculty and staff. Dr. Colón has received approximately $13 million in total funds awarded from public and private sources including the National Science Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Drug Manufacturers Association, Merck, and Pfizer. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented Dr. Colón with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Considered the Nobel Prize of mentoring awards, the PAESMEM recognizes individuals who have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring and have enhanced the participation of individuals who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions.

 

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Dr. Gil I. Wolfe
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Gil I. Wolfe is the Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo's (UB) Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is also Kaleida Health’s Chief of Service for Neurology. Dr. Wolfe is an internationally recognized leader in neurological diseases and therapeutic treatment, particularly relating to myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular diseases. He served as the clinical chair on an $8-million multicenter international study, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, that confirmed the benefits of surgically removing the thymus gland over conservative medical intervention in patients with myasthenia gravis. Throughout his career, he has served as a principal investigator or co­investigator on more than 45 clinical trials. Currently, he is conducting clinical trials funded by NeuroNEXT-a multicenter consortium supported by the NIH-and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in addition to four industry-sponsored trials evaluating new pharmaceutical treatments for myasthenia gravis. He is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His research has been funded by grants from national agencies and foundations such as the FDA, NIH, and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Dr. Wolfe has been a leader of groundbreaking clinical trials. He has published prolifically in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Neurology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Annals of Neurology and Muscle & Nerve, just to name a few. Specifically, he has 144 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, 25 book chapters and 45 editorials. Peers frequently cite his scholarly publications, as they provide seminal study results as well as postulate therapeutic and outcome measures guidelines. He is a highly sought-after educator of professionals and students alike, and he has mentored many students who now have successful careers in the field.

 

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Dr. Valentin E. Brimkov
Buffalo State College
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Dr. Valentin E. Brimkov, Professor of Mathematics at Buffalo State College, is an internationally recognized scholar, pioneer, and leader in the discrete geometry and image analysis communities. His scholarly output includes 137 peer-reviewed publications, 14 journal editorials, and 18 edited books totaling hundreds of thousands of reads. He has chaired and organized a dozen international conferences, served on numerous editorial boards of well-respected international journals, and conducted frequent academic visits to help colleagues around the world initiate research in new areas. He has also served as PI or Co-PI of several projects and grants receiving over $1,200,000 of funding. Among Dr. Brimkov’s scientific contributions are several foundational and cutting-edge findings on topics including raster and volume graphics, Fibonacci arrays, topology of digital manifolds, and discrete volume polyhedrization. His work has found numerous practical applications in medical imaging, security, and educational technologies. Dr. Brimkov has been honored with various accolades for his scholarship and professional leadership. His awards include the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Buffalo State College’s President's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity, the British Computer Society's Wilkes Award, and Shizuoka University's Honorable Guest Professorship. Dr. Brimkov is held in the highest regard by his colleagues, peers, and students, and he elevates the status of the Department of Mathematics at Buffalo State College.

 

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Dr. Junaid Ahmed Zubairi
SUNY Fredonia
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Dr. Junaid Ahmed Zubairi, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at SUNY Fredonia, has an outstanding record as a scholarship, teaching, and service. He joined SUNY Fredonia in 1999, and was promoted to full professor in 2011. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the Kasling Award for Scholarship and Creative Excellence. Dr. Zubairi has published 13 refereed journal articles, 43 conference proceedings, two edited books, and five book chapters. Dr. Zubairi is a senior member of the prestigious IEEE (formerly known as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He has been awarded external research grants totaling over $500,000. Particularly impressive is his patent for a real-time flight data tracker. The Flight Data Tracker improves safety of flights by providing real-time transmission of flight data to ground-level sensors, which monitor and track airline flights. In addition to his reputable publication work in his research fields, Dr. Zubairi has chaired/co-chaired several national and international conferences from 2009 to the present and he has been an invited speaker as well. Dr. Zubairi has demonstrated strong evidence of exceptional scholarship throughout his career. Most impressive is the potential impact of Dr. Zubairi's research. His contributions in the fields of flight data tracking, network traffic engineering, emergency medical data transmission, disaster management, and assisted smart city planning have the potential to make a global impact.

 

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Dr. Stewart A. Bloomfield
SUNY College of Optometry
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Dr. Stewart A. Bloomfield, Professor of Biological and Vision Sciences and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the College of Optometry, is an internationally recognized neuroscientist in the field of retinal neurophysiology. He has made many notable and significant contributions to the understanding of retinal structure and function through his work on horizontal and amacrine cells and electrical synapses in the retina. He has been continuously funded with multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1988, as well as funding from the NSF, and Research to Prevent Blindness. In recent years, he has applied his work on investigations of the role of connexins and gap junction function to the development and treatment of glaucoma and other retinal diseases. This work has led to the development of several patents and the formation of a start-up company, Connexin Therapeutics. Dr. Bloomfield has received numerous honors for his research, including awards from Research to Prevent Blindness and the Brian B. Boycott Award for Achievement in Vision Research from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Dr. Bloomfield is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is not only a productive and important contributor to the field of retinal neurophysiology, but he is also an excellent colleague and influence on the College of Optometry’s research and graduate programs. Dr. Bloomfield is the Principal Investigator of Optometry’s National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute T35 Training Grant, and he teaches in both professional degree and graduate programs. He readily collaborates and generously assists students and faculty at all levels in their career at Optometry and other institutions as well.

 

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Dr. Sarfraz A. Mian
SUNY Oswego
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Dr. Sarfraz A. Mian, Chair and Professor of Marketing and Management at SUNY Oswego, has made an indelible mark on the field of management and entrepreneurship having earned a world-renowned reputation for his scholarly work in the field. Dr. Mian's work has elevated the standard of entrepreneurial scholarship at the local, state, national, and international levels, and his research continues to inspire colleagues within the School of Business at SUNY Oswego. In his three decades with SUNY Oswego, he has put the college on the entrepreneurship map with over 50 peer-reviewed articles, five books, sixteen book chapters, and over 100 national and international presentations. He holds the topmost rank in citations on "business incubator and accelerators" (Hausberg & Korreck, 2021). He also holds the top rank in citations regarding "technology business incubation" (Albort-Morant & Ribeiro-Soriano, 2016). He was ranked #13 in citations related to "academic entrepreneurship" (Rothaermel et al., 2007). His commitment to campus service has been significant and impactful, and he has consistently engaged with service work across campus and more broadly throuh elected leadership positions in various professional organizations. Dr. Mian's expertise in entrepreneurship, new venture development, technology incubators, and the role of government and university in promoting business start-ups is relevant and timely. His work informs policymakers in the design and implementation of technology parks. He is a collaborative researcher and a generous mentor to young scholars. Dr. Mian is the recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly Activities, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

 

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Dr. Carol A. Carter
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Carol A. Carter, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University, is a highly respected virologist who is internationally renowned for her work on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) that causes AIDS. She joined Stony Brook University in 1975, and has made numerous innovative contributions to virology. Dr. Carter is best known for her lab’s landmark discovery that a cellular protein known as Tsg101 promotes proper trafficking of HIV-1 proteins to form a virus particle. This result has had tremendous impact beyond HIV-1, as Dr. Carter and others have shown that Tsg101 is also needed for other types of viruses to form infectious virions and Tsg101 is now known to have a broad range of normal cellular roles. This work has opened up new avenues for antiviral therapy, as was demonstrated by Dr. Carter’s recent studies showing how small molecule inhibitors can block the function of Tsg101 in HIV-1 virion formation. A testimony to the broad significance of her research is that she is frequently invited to speak at research conferences, and to serve in an advisory role for the Allergies and Infectious Diseases division of the NIH. Her research has been steadily funded by the NIH, and she will be the keynote at an upcoming Retrovirus meeting at Cold Spring Harbor this spring. Dr. Carter regularly serves on NIH Grant review committees and has served as journal editor and on editorial boards of several leading journals. She has trained and mentored many successful graduate students who are active in research, and some maintain collaborations with her. Her mentoring reaches beyond the Stony Brook campus. She has mentored numerous junior faculty within the SUNY system and high school students all over Long Island. Dr. Carter has shown an outstanding commitment to education, mentoring, and service that has earned her multiple awards and vast recognition.

 

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Dr. Leonie Huddy
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Leonie Huddy, Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, is one of the leading political psychologists in the world having earned an international reputation in the subfields of intergroup relations, identity politics, racial attitudes, reactions to threat, and public opinion. She has won individual and “lifetime achievement” awards for her work. Dr. Huddy’s work examines the politics of intergroup behavior and especially the political effects of group loyalties; public reactions to threat, which has extended past research by examining the differing political effects of cognitive threat perceptions and related emotional responses such as anxiety and anger; racial attitudes; public opinion; and gender stereotyping. She has served as President of the International Society for Political Psychology, the co-editor of its flagship journal, Political Psychology, and she has won national and international awards for her research. In addition, she has been invited to speak at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Oxford. Dr. Huddy has published numerous journal articles and books. She has written and edited seven books and 76 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Huddy’s work is extremely visible as she has been an important contributor of the National CBS radio, where she has regularly analyzed Election Exit Polls since 1989. According to external reviewers, Dr. Huddy is among the most influential of the handful of top scholars of political psychology in the United States and the world.

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Dr. Richard K. Larson
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Richard K. Larson, Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University, is a major figure in modern linguistics. He has made seminal contributions to the fields of formal syntax and semantics for more than a quarter century and is regarded as the leader in the study of their interaction. Dr. Larson has also made groundbreaking contributions to the scholarship of how both are taught and is the most prominent public advocate for the field of linguistics in its entirety. Dr. Larson has published on syntax, semantics, and their interface with great regularity. His most important publications are among the most widely cited in the field. He has written four books and edited three, and has been lead author of four important software programs. While many of his contributions deal with data from English, he has also published important work rooted in other languages, notably Mandarin Chinese and Persian. Dr. Larson’s research has garnered regular support from both public and private foundations. He has received funding for his research in excess of one million dollars. Dr. Larson is the recipient of various awards such as the EduCom Medal for his pioneering software, the SUNY’s Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. He has been recognized with visiting positions, and is a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America.

 

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Dr. Robert E. Shrock
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Robert E. Shrock, Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University, has made numerous contributions to the theory and phenomenology of high energy physics. His work helped establish the electroweak sector of the Standard Model of elementary particles and forces, and continues to provide guidance to experimental searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. These include the analysis of lepton number non-conservation proposals for novel and theoretically consistent measurements of neutrino masses and mixing in particle and nuclear decays, the proposal of invisible decays of the Higgs boson, explorations of neutron-antineutron oscillations and investigations of strongly-coupled quantum field theories, among many others. Dr. Shrock's theoretical work has proved essential in current experiments, and in the planning for future ones in the United States and elsewhere. These include experiments that search for forces beyond the Standard Model in rare decays, conducted at many international sites, including Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Shrock's research helped set the stage for ongoing experiments at the Fermi National Laboratory, such as MicroBooNE on neutrinos and Mu2e on lepton number non-conservation, and is an integral part of the planning for the flagship domestic project of U.S. high-energy physics, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Dr. Shrock is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has received numerous awards over his career, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has an outstanding dissemination record of his work with more than 300 publications and contributions to many white paper studies.

 

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Dr. Katy Siegel
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Katy Siegel, Professor of Art at Stony Brook University, is one of the world’s foremost art historians/curators. Her works have transformed the field of art history through an interdisciplinary collaborative approach exemplified by her recent catalog for the Joan Mitchell exhibition shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Baltimore Museum of Art. Her devotion to diversity, equity, and inclusion predates current awareness, and her curation of Mark Burford’s work in the Venice Biennale is seen as a watershed event in the history of modern art. Long before it was fashionable, in her curating, her writing, and her activism, she pushed for equity of representation for people of color, and for all women in the arts. Many traditional art historians have fought against the progress she has advocated, but she is finally being recognized for her singular vision. Dr. Siegel’s exhibitions are regularly covered by the New York Times, and she is regularly asked to give public and scholarly talks. Her productivity has not slowed since becoming the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair at Stony Brook University and she is in-demand as a mentor for students wishing to explore creative curation and/or interdisciplinary art history. Her doctoral student Amy Kahng won the SUNY PACC Prize to bring her exhibition Mis/Communication: Language and Power in Contemporary Art to Stony Brook.

 

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Dr. Vincent W. Yang
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Vincent W. Yang, Simons Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, is an extraordinarily accomplished scientist and Physician with groundbreaking contributions to science. His research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate crucial physiologic processes of the mammalian intestinal tract including proliferation, differentiation, and regeneration of the intestinal epithelium. His lab also studies the mechanisms underlying several gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including colorectal cancer, radiation injury, and inflammatory diseases. Specifically, his lab's work has concentrated on the roles played by the Krüppel-like factors or KLFs zinc finger transcription factors in GI physiology and pathophysiology. His group published a paper in 1996 that transformed the field by identifying and characterizing KLF4, shown to be crucial in maintaining homeostasis of the gut epithelium. KLF4 is one of the four transcription factors responsible for the programming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a finding that made possible work by many colleagues including work that led to the award of a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2012 for Shinya Yamanaka. KLF4 and related KLFs in various physiologic and pathophysiologic processes have attracted significant attention in the field and stimulated numerous groups to study them (there have been over 3,700 published original manuscripts in PubMed on KLF4 alone since its discovery by Dr. Yang's group). In his lab, Dr. Yang has continued to investigate the physiological functions of KLF4, along with a close relative, KLF5, in the gut epithelium. Their recent findings indicate that KLF4 and 5 are crucial regulators of intestinal epithelial stem cell proliferation and regeneration, and that their expression becomes dysregulated in colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. Pharmacological and/or genetic manipulations of KLF4 and 5 in colon cancer cells lead to perturbation of growth and proliferation of these cells, suggesting that these KLFs may be targets for therapies or prevention of colon cancer. Indeed, Dr. Yang's lab has identified several novel small molecule compounds that affect expression of KLF4 and 5. Some of these compounds have subsequently been shown to have anti-cancer or anti-inflammatory activity and are now planned for preclinical and clinical studies in patients.

 

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Dr. Xin Jie Chen
SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Xin Jie Chen, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and Physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is an internationally recognized researcher in mitochondrial biology. His work has provided insight into important biological features of mitochondria, the "powerhouses of the cell," including mechanisms of mitochondrial DNA maintenance and biogenesis. Dr. Chen's work on the mitochondrial mechanism of disease in Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia led him to a series of paradigm-shifting experiments and the discovery of mPOS (mitochondrial precursor overexpression stress); this work has had a major impact on the field. His lab has demonstrated that mPOS is associated with muscle wasting and neurodegenerative disease in mouse models, suggesting novel mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets in age-associated diseases. Dr. Chen's research has received consistent grant funding and his publications are highly cited. He is a highly respected teacher and research mentor, serving as Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Dr. Chen is on the Editorial Board of the journal Mitochondrion and reviews for many top journals in biochemistry and molecular biology, including Science, Nature, Molecular Biology of the Cell, and EMBO Journal. He serves regularly on NIH study sections and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

 

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Dr. Ma-Li Wong
SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Ma-Li Wong, Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience, and Physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is an internationally recognized researcher in foundational, translational and clinical research in psychiatry and neuroendocrinology. Her laboratory has studied the genomics of antidepressants and major depressive disorders, the role of neuroendocrine and neuroimmune aspects of major depressive disorder, and the biology of human leptin, particularly its role in several endocrine axes. Dr. Wong has conducted this research for over three decades at Yale, the National Institutes of Health, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Miami, the Australian National University, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and now the SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received millions of dollars of competitive grant funding in the U.S. and Australia; her work has resulted in over 250 publications and been cited over 18,000 times. She has mentored dozens of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Wong is Associate Editor of Molecular Psychiatry, Senior Editor of eLife, has co-edited books on pharmacogenomics and the biology of depression, and has served as a reviewer for dozens of journals. She has been a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world, and has received many awards for her research achievements. Dr. Wong actively inspires and enriches the next generation of scientists through her supervision and mentorship of undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, medical students, visiting scholars and fellows. She also serves as advisor for many Master’s degree candidates and Ph.D. Dissertation committees.

 

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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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Dr. Weiyi Meng
Binghamton University
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Dr. Weiyi Meng, Chair and Professor of Computer Science at Binghamton University, has an extraordinary record as a teacher, researcher, scholar, and leader in academia. Over the years, Dr. Meng’s service to his profession, colleagues in academia, on-campus and across the State University system, and to the field of computer science are remarkable. His service-focused philosophy is based on being a good citizen and making a positive impact, and in both of these areas, he has done exceedingly well. Building on his intellectual capital as an outstanding academician, Dr. Meng has helped organize and run over 100 conferences all over the globe. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of very prestigious archival/peer reviewed publications. Over the past few decades, Dr. Meng has served his profession by reviewing research proposals for national and international organizations, he has given more than 60 invited talks, and for many conferences, he has served as the Program Chair or the General Chair. In addition to growing and leading an excellent academic department at Binghamton University, one of the largest on campus, Dr. Meng’s penchant for service is seen in numerous facets of the Computer Science Department. From mentoring to strategic planning to building consensus, team building and recognizing the excellence of his colleagues, Dr. Meng continues to be an excellent supportive and proactive leader. He has restructured his department, and works effectively with all stakeholders–including graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Meng has developed and implemented new graduate degree programs, and led his department through accreditation efforts. On the international front, Dr. Meng has been at the vanguard of establishing and growing partnerships with leading institutions in other countries, and was the pioneer in instituting collaborative academic programs with international universities. Dr. Meng’s contributions are invaluable, his hard work, focus, dedication and attention-to-detail have resulted in a lasting impact vis-à-vis his colleagues, academic department, Binghamton University, the State University, and his profession.

 

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Dr. Steven D. Schwaitzberg
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Steven D. Schwaitzberg, Chair and Professor of Surgery in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has excelled at not only fulfilling the academic pillars of scholarship, research and teaching but also in providing extraordinary, far-reaching service to his profession, university, community and country. His clinical, academic and research interests focus on sophisticated device development and simulation with novel, minimally invasive surgical technology. Dr. Schwaitzberg is a leader in video and computer technology in the operating room, and has a broad influence on the global surgical community. Professional societies have recognized Dr. Schwaitzberg's outstanding service with the Distinguished Service Award and the Health Policy Scholar Award. In addition, he was named Master Educator in Surgery by the American College of Surgeons. A teaching video he created for surgeons was awarded a Computerworld/National Smithsonian 21st Century Laurette Award for use of technology to produce beneficial changes for society. Dr. Schwaitzberg's involvement in multiple editorial activities, his numerous leadership positions in surgical societies and the many visiting lectures he has delivered demonstrate his extensive service to the profession. Further, Dr. Schwaitzberg's trusted leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated his commitment to the greater good. When the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Western New York, Dr. Schwaitzberg displayed his outstanding dedication to clinical service. His leadership in staff management, logistical support and the complexities of surgical scheduling proved critical to maintaining continual access to surgical care in the face of staff and resource shortages. Early in the pandemic, when a cohort of intubated COVID patients required tracheostomies, Dr. Schwaitzberg organized a group of volunteer surgeons and anesthesiologists to perform the procedures. Dr. Schwaitzberg is an extraordinary leader, and he is dedicated to his profession.

 

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Dr. Lynn Couturier MacDonald
SUNY Cortland
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Dr. Lynn Couturier MacDonald, Professor of Physical Education at SUNY Cortland, is a noted authority on physical education standards and outcomes. She has provided exemplary service to SUNY Cortland, the community, New York State, the discipline of physical education, and the nation. Dr. MacDonald's service and scholarship has transformed K-12 physical education in the United States. She led major task forces for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) to revise K-12 physical education standards and compose grade-level outcomes for the standards. This service work was motivated by her commitment to leadership in the service of others and her scholarship on physical education standards, assessment, and physical education teacher preparation. Dr. MacDonald has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in respected journals in physical education, and she is an author and editor of several texts for physical education practitioners. She has also given over 50 presentations at national, regional, and state professional conferences. Dr. MacDonald served as president for NASPE from 2009-12, and she is a lead program reviewer for NASPE and the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education. Her visionary service to the state and national professional organizations is echoed in the monumental impact of her campus service. Dr. MacDonald served as Chair of Physical Education from 2008-17, led the Faculty Senate as President and Past President from 2018-20, and has played a primary role in campus accreditation efforts, including as Middle States co-chair. Dr. MacDonald received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2017, and in 2016, she was inducted as a fellow in the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance in recognition to her longstanding and exemplary contributions to the profession.

 

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Dr. Douglas M. Johnston
SUNY ESF
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Dr. Douglas M. Johnston, Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture at SUNY ESF, is a tireless advocate for the College, campus community, students, and the State University. He has demonstrated the highest levels of service and dedication throughout his time at SUNY ESF. He has made significant leadership contributions and was willing to serve as Director of ESF's Open Academy during a time of need. He continually devotes his time and energy in service of others to ensure their success and advancement. SUNY ESF and the Department of Landscape Architecture have benefited from Dr. Johnston's service at the national level, as he has brought his insight from experience in upper-level administrative positions at prestigious design programs, including the University of Illinois and Iowa State University. He has shepherded and secured resources for ESF's Department of Landscape Architecture through multiple phases of growth in the face of challenges, including hiring new tenure-track faculty, revising the program's curriculum, upgrading digital technology, renovating building facilities, and maintaining cohesion and academic quality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Johnston routinely serves in professional organizations such as the Council of Landscape Educators, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is routinely called upon to serve as a member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board's Roster of Visiting Evaluators. Over and over, Dr. Johnston's work has advanced a sense of design as a form of public service aimed at improving both human and environmental health.

 

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Dr. Stephen A. Albanese
SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Stephen A. Albanese, Chair and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery as well as Medical Director of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His service to Upstate Medical started in 1986, when he returned to his alma mater after finishing his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. At Upstate Medical, Dr. Albanese has served as Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for 21 years, as President and on the Executive Committee of the united faculty practice plan, and on numerous committees and task forces related to clinical care and education. Regionally and at the state level, Dr. Albanese has served as a consultant to the United Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association of New York and on the United Health Care Medical Advisory Committee. He has been a member of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well. At a national level, his service has led to leadership roles in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, where he chaired the Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery, overseeing the quality of orthopedic residencies across the country. Dr. Albanese spends considerable time working one-on-one with residents on pedagogical activities related to their education and development as surgeons and well-rounded medical professionals. His contributions span every dimension of Upstate Medical University’s mission to improve the health of communities through education, biomedical research, and patient care.

 

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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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Dr. Ilya Grinberg
Buffalo State College
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Dr. Ilya Grinberg, Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Buffalo State College, has coordinated the Electrical Engineering Technology program since 2014. He has developed more than 20 courses, including a two-semester design course that provides every student with a research experience that includes presenting their findings at research conferences. Dr. Grinberg uses a variety of active learning pedagogies to engage his students, integrating real-world scenarios into his courses, and he promotes professionalism in his students. One of his former students said, “Upon reflection, it is the little things, those extra little miles Dr. Grinberg goes to ensure personal, professional, and academic growth of his students. These are not specifically unique to just me, this is a similar story you will hear when speaking to any of his students. I can think of no one I would rather emulate than Dr. Grinberg. There is a passion he holds to develop students to their maximum potential so that they may succeed in all aspects of their lives. It is this passion for others to succeed that is the cornerstone to his success, and the foundation of his character.” Dr. Grinberg is author and coordinator of Buffalo State's Energy Systems minor. He has also developed three twenty-hour professional development courses for National Grid and an online course in electric power systems for Coursera, which has attracted over 76,000 learners worldwide. He secured state, federal, and corporate funding for a state-of-the-art multi-Institutional Smart Grid Laboratory; educates and trains future engineers by replicating at smaller scale physical models of contemporary power systems including many elements of contemporary Smart Grids such as renewable generation, energy storage, and voltage control. The lab has received recognition by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) program review team as an exceptional facility that uses high impact practices to engage students and prepare them for further education or the workplace. At the national level, he served in many leadership positions at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and currently serves as Chair of ASEE Zone 1. In addition, he serves as an ABET program evaluator and Commissioner representing the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Grinberg has developed educational modules, Electric Power Distribution and Loading, published by the New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education (NJCATE). This was done as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored project. These innovative educational modules facilitate and integrate learning of technical disciplines which simultaneously studying basic disciplines, including mathematics and physics, focused around solving engineering problems and presenting the results. He has coauthored two books and over 56 articles and presentations. Dr. Grinberg; he is a recognized expert in aviation and military history, and his Lend-Lease web archive provides archival, photographic and other resources for scholars and teachers. In 2016, he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and in 2020, he received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)'s Region 1 (U.S. Northeast region) Outstanding Teaching Award for his groundbreaking contributions to education in the power industry.

 

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W. Theodore Lee
SUNY Fredonia
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Dr. W. Theodore Lee, Professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, has been a faculty member since 1999. He has taught more than 20 courses during his career at Fredonia, extensively advised students for the past 14 years as Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee, and mentored and coauthored with student researchers. A 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, colleagues describe Dr. Lee as centered on providing a superior learning experience for his students. As Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee, the impact of his mentorship is highly evident in the accomplished medical professionals that his former students have become. He has an impressive array of interesting courses in the health and biological sciences as well as in the Honors Program. In 2019, Dr. Lee created the Honduras Study Abroad Program, in which students participate in medical brigades to rural villages in Honduras. This is a life-changing experience for the students, with students commenting, "this course was one of the best experiences of my life," and "the impact that it made on myself seeing from a different perspective on the world was very eye opening!" Dr. Lee's entire career has been in the service of his students: the courses he created, the programs he launched, and the scholarship he produced, all trace back to improving and expanding the learning experience for his students.

 

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Dr. Intekhab Alam
SUNY Geneseo
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Dr. Intekhab Alam, Professor of Marketing at SUNY Geneseo, has an impressive record of providing special opportunities for his students beyond the classroom. Dr. Alam's classroom presentations are dynamic and effective, creating an environment in which students feel comfortable participating. Outside the classroom, he provides valuable service as an advisor to the SUNY Geneseo Marketing Club and has organized a marketing trip to New York City for more than 30 Geneseo students. Dr. Alam has developed several new courses in the School of Business and has helped to create a new minor in marketing. More recently, he created two new micro-credentials that will soon be submitted for faculty governance review focused on the Social Media Hootsuite Platform Certification and Hootsuite Social Marketing Certification that will help students achieve skills in areas that are actively sought after by hiring managers. Since coming to Geneseo, Dr. Alam has won several teaching awards including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the National Meritorious Teaching Award. He is an active scholar in the field of New Service Development (product prototype and testing), and has a lengthy and impactful publication record. His colleagues and former students speak to the quality of his scholarship and tireless dedication to his students. Dr. Alam is an innovator and a dynamic instructor who truly cares about his students and helps them succeed.

 

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Dr. Ampalavanar Nanthakumar
SUNY Oswego
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Dr. Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Oswego, is a highly regarded faculty member and an integral resource on campus and in the community. He exemplifies the core values, including advancement of the science of teaching and the dedication to classroom instruction, that have promoted student success. In addition to his outstanding teaching, Dr. Nanthakumar has been highly active as a scholar of international significance and has demonstrated a consistent commitment to service at the local, national and international levels. His 14 courses include introductory level, intermediate, and capstone courses. As an instructor, he motivates, inspires, encourages, and identifies with students. Students in his classes describe him as caring, fair, enthusiastic, and well prepared. Dr. Nanthakumar has supervised over 60 student projects in capstone courses, independent studies, Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee Challenge grants, and internships. Six of these student projects produced publishable results and appeared in peer-reviewed journals. Staying current in his profession, Dr. Nanthakumar has published 44 peer-reviewed articles and five proceedings. Of these, 26 articles and three proceedings were published since his appointment at Oswego. He has presented research at 16 international and 13 national and local conferences. He is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the SUNY Oswego President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

 

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Dr. Jadranka Skorin-Kapov
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, Professor of Management at Stony Brook University, has made significant contributions to the field of business education, combining philosophy and art history to instruct students on important business principles. In 2015, she founded and currently directs the Center for Integration of Business Education and Humanities (CIBEH). CIBEH is specifically designed for business students, executives, and leaders, in order to connect business expertise and creativity with humanistic concerns. In 2016, she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and for her innovative course on business ethics, she received the prestigious Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute in 2017. Her course was named among "The 20 Most Interesting Business School Classes in the World" by Quarz at Work and was also named among "The 20 Most ‘Deeply Optimistic' MBA Courses" by Poets and Quants. A related single-authored book on business ethics via film was published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan, and was downloaded over 3,300 times before October 2021. Her two books in philosophy as related to aesthetics and ethics, published in 2015 and 2016 respectively by Lexington Books, were recognized as giving impulses to new ways of rethinking and reformulating the modernist paradigm of aesthetics and ethics. Dr. Skorin-Kapov's research papers in Operations Research, funded through five National Science Foundation grants, provided novel algorithmic developments for notoriously hard combinatorial problems. In 2020, she was elected a corresponding member to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

 

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Dr. Thomas L. Schwartz
SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Thomas L. Schwartz, Chair and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is an expert in clinical psychopharmacology. His learners include medical students, psychiatry residents, practicing physicians, and members of other health professions. He teaches in the classroom and clinical setting, at professional conferences, on the Internet, and through various other media, to reach an audience at Upstate Medical University, in Central New York and the State of New York as well as across the country. His student, resident and peer evaluations consistently attest to his clarity of instruction and his ability to help students understand and retain information. Dr. Schwartz has received numerous awards for teaching, including course and program-specific awards, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Upstate Medical, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and teaching and service awards from national organizations, including those from the Academic Psychiatric Association for teaching medical students and residents. He is sought after by students and residents for his mentorship. Dr. Schwartz has published regularly throughout his career, primarily as a content expert in clinical psychopharmacology and medical education. He has been a principal investigator on numerous grants in clinical psychopharmacology. Dr. Schwartz is an inspirational teacher, leader, scholar, clinician and administrator.

 

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