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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.

Michael Bruneau, professor at UBuffalo

Michel Bruneau

University at Buffalo

Dr. Bruneau, a member of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Bruneau is a structural engineer who is internationally renowned for his expertise in earthquake and blast engineering of buildings and bridges, with particular emphasis on the ductile design of steel structures. Lauded by his peers as a “towering figure” in structural engineering who has been “informative and influential in the progress made on steel design and seismic standards in the United States,” Dr. Bruneau has made seminal research findings that have been incorporated into both national and international standards of specifications for ductile steel plate shear walls, tubular eccentrically braced frames, and ductile composite sandwich walls. Dr. Bruneau’s development and validation of the tubular eccentrically braced frames concept for bridges was implemented in the $1 billion temporary supports for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Over the decades, Dr. Bruneau has traveled the world to assess structural damage caused by earthquakes, including those in Christchurch, New Zealand; Turkey; Los Angeles; and San Francisco. Similarly, he was sought out for a reconnaissance visit to New York City in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He has more than 500 publications to his credit.

Jessica Gurevitch, Stony Brook University

Jessica Gurevitch

Stony Brook University

Dr. Gurevitch, a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, is a nationally and internationally lauded ecologist. She was elected as a Named Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in the inaugural year of this award, demonstrating her standing in the field. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Gurevitch is a leader in research synthesis and meta-analysis, biological invasions, and plant ecology. She introduced contemporary quantitative research synthesis and meta-analysis to the fields of ecology and evolution, changing the way scientists in these fields conceptualize and review scientific data. Dr. Gurevitch’s work has had an impact on numerous other fields, including human medicine and sociology. Her bestselling co-edited book The Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments, now in its second edition, has influenced a generation of young ecologists. She is the lead author of a major undergraduate textbook, The Ecology of Plants, and co-authored the influential Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution. Dr. Gurevitch served as an NSF Program Director, Secretary of The American Society of Naturalists, and Executive Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. She currently serves on the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America.

Dmitri Kharzeev, professor at Stony Brook University

Dmitri E. Kharzeev

Stony Brook University

Dr. Kharzeev, a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world's leading theorists in nuclear physics. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on the Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME), which relies on the separation of right- and left-"handed" particles in the presence of strong magnetic fields. CME was first discovered experimentally in heavy ion collisions at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Though the theory behind CME was initially developed in the context of nuclear physics, it has far-reaching implications for condensed matter physics as well. Based on Dr. Kharzeev's prediction, he and a team of condensed matter scientists discovered a new way to generate very low-resistance electric current in a new class of materials. This discovery points to a range of potential applications in energy, quantum computing, and medical imaging, and possibly even a new mechanism for inducing superconductivity – the ability of some materials to carry current with no energy loss. Dr. Kharzeev is an author of nearly 200 scientific publications.

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Errol E. Meidinger

University at Buffalo

Dr. Meidinger is the Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law in the School of Law at the University at Buffalo. He is an internationally renowned scholar of regulation, and a pioneer of the influential view of regulation as a collaborative process of government. He is credited with conducting research that helped demonstrate the vast potential of non-governance institutions, and his scholarship has greatly broadened national and international strategies to address critical environmental challenges. He has served the Law School as Vice Dean for Research, Director of the UB Environment and Society Institute (from 1998-2001), and Director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. Dr. Meidinger is known internationally for his path-breaking work in theorizing regulation as a complex interaction within a field of “regulatory culture.” This framework has enabled Dr. Meidinger to illuminate emergent governance institutions in environmental policy, including emissions markets, privatized enforcement, collaborative ecosystem management, and, most notably, private standard-setting and product certification. A consistent focus of his scholarship has been the rise of non-state governance institutions. Dr. Meidinger has catalyzed a group of scholars worldwide to transform our understanding of the relationships among and between citizens, institutions, and the environment, and to expand strategies for meeting critical environmental challenges. His work has influenced not only this area of study but also the practice of policy, both nationally and internationally.

Professor Martha Moll of Stony Brook University

Ute Martha Moll

Stony Brook University

Dr. Moll is a member of the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University. She was recruited to her first faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology in 1992, and since that time has developed her career at Stony Brook as an internationally renowned research scientist based on her numerous and fundamentally important discoveries of the roles of p53/p63/p73 and MIF gene expression in both health and disease. Dr. Moll’s work most recently demonstrated that pharmacological approaches to eliminate the oncogenic protein encoded by TP53 hotspot mutations could be highly effective cancer treatments. She has authored over 175 research manuscripts and her work has been cited over 19,000 times, earning her an H-index of 65. Dr. Moll has also maintained continuous grant support for over 25 years from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and others. She has received numerous honors, including, in 2017, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians.

Suparna Rajaram, professor at Stony Brook University

Suparna Rajaram

Stony Brook University

Dr. Rajaram, a member of the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, is a leading scholar in the experimental study of human memory. Her early work on explicit versus implicit memory and recollective experience has influenced major theories of memory. Dr. Rajaram pioneered a conceptual framework to study cognitive mechanisms that underpin memory transmission in groups and the emergence of collective memory. Her major contributions include the introduction of novel paradigms to model social networks in the laboratory. Dr. Rajaram's research has appeared in top journals and has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google, and others. She is the recipient of the prestigious FIRST Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Rajaram was President (2017-18) of the Association for Psychological Science. She was also Chair of the Psychonomic Society Governing Board. A Fellow of AAAS and the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and associate editor of three major journals, Dr. Rajaram was a featured memory scholar in the Rubin Museum of Art's Brainwave Series. Dr. Rajaram also co-founded an international group, Women in Cognitive Science, supported by NSF to promote gender equity in cognitive sciences.

Nicole S. Sampson - Stony Brook University

Nicole S. Sampson

Stony Brook University

Dr. Sampson, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, is a Professor of Chemistry and an internationally known scholar in chemical biology and organic chemistry. Her research contributions include enzymology of bacterial cholesterol metabolism, drug and diagnostic discovery for treatment of tuberculosis, pioneering the use of polymer probes to unravel mammalian sperm-egg interactions, and developing precisely alternating copolymer synthetic methodology. Professor Sampson has received $16 million in research support from federal and private agencies. She has written more than 100 research papers and reviews in high profile journals and holds five issued patents. Dr. Sampson's honors and awards include the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, an NSF CAREER Award, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, both from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Research Foundation of SUNY Research and Scholarship Award, and the New York State NYSTAR Faculty Development Award. She has served in leadership positions in the ACS, and provided major service to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NSF. Dr. Sampson currently co-directs an NIH-funded Chemical Biology Graduate Training Program and served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 2012-2017.

Lawrence Schell, professor at UAlbany

Lawrence M. Schell

University at Albany

Dr. Schell is a member of the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Albany’s School of Public Health. He also serves as Director of the University at Albany Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities and holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor at Albany Medical College’s Department of Pediatrics. A globally respected biological anthropologist, Dr. Schell is internationally known and respected for his research on human growth and development. He has generated nearly 200 publications that are highly regarded across the fields of anthropology, biology, and public health, and that appear in some of these fields’ top outlets. His research has attracted significant external funding, totaling over $25 million, resulting in important changes in environmental health and the ways in which practitioners and policy-makers serve those most affected by health disparities. Dr. Schell has been honored with numerous awards and prestigious fellowships. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Honorary Scientific Advisor for the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia. He has received support from the NATO Advanced Study Institute, and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Florence, Italy.

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Leon A. Takhtajan

Stony Brook University

Dr. Takhtajan, a member of the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University, is a highly regarded mathematical physicist who has produced fundamental and pioneering work on the theory of classical and quantum integrable systems and string theory, with deep applications to algebraic geometry, the Teichmüller theory of Riemann surfaces, and number theory. He has co-authored several highly influential textbooks, regarded as must-reads for several generations of mathematical physicists. Dr. Takhtajan has played a crucial role in shaping his department over the past three decades, including serving as department Chair for four years. He also played an instrumental role in founding the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. Dr. Takhtajan’s outstanding achievements have been recognized by an invitation to give an address to the International Congress of Mathematicians and a plenary address to the annual meeting of the American Math Society. He received a Clay Math Institute Fellowship and was elected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Lisa Jean Moore, professor at Purchase College

Lisa Jean Moore

Purchase College

Dr. Moore, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in Purchase College’s Department of Sociology, has made an exceptional interdisciplinary impact, as evidenced by more than 3,000 citations of her work in publications across fields, including body studies, sexuality and gender, food studies, and animal studies. Dr. Moore has authored seven scholarly books and 42 articles or book chapters, edited four book or journal special issues, as well as other publications. Her book Buzz: Urban Bee-Keeping and the Power of the Bee won the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award. Dr. Moore’s latest book, Catch and Release: The Enduring Yet Vulnerable Horseshoe Crab, challenges established norms within the fields of Sociology, Biology, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, bringing under review the limited ways humans view non-human existence, with significant consequences for both. Her book series at NYU Press, Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century, with seventeen titles published, is regarded to be one of the best in medical sociology.

Nkiru Nzegwu, professor at Binghamton University

Nkiru Nzegwu

Binghamton University

Dr. Nzegwu, professor in the Africana Studies Department at Binghamton University, is an artist, curator, art historian, and philosopher, whose trailblazing work has transformed African philosophy, and strongly challenged the canon of Western art history. Her book Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy, which questions the applicability of Western conceptual frameworks on Africana culture, is regarded as a classic. In addition, she has edited five anthologies, authored 62 articles and book chapters, produced 11 curated art exhibitions and seven exhibition catalogs. Her artistic production includes six solo and eight group exhibitions. To promote research in African philosophy and art, Dr. Nzegwu built award-winning repositories, including the Africa Resource Center, which at its height served over 10 million users from over 90 countries with 200,000 users per week, has served as a resource for UNICEF, the BBC, and National Geographic. Likewise, her Africa Knowledge Project serves as a publishing platform for five journals devoted to the study of Africa. She has been awarded fellowships by the Smithsonian Institution, the Canada Council, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, the Getty Museum, and UCLA’s Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa.

Tiantian Zheng - SUNY Cortland

Tiantian Zheng

SUNY Cortland

Dr. Zheng, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at SUNY Cortland, is a world authority on ethnographic field anthropology in post-socialist China. For the past 15 years, she has extensively investigated the socio-political problems of human trafficking, sexual identities, domestic violence, sex work, the transmission of HIV/AIDS and STDs, and the intersection of these social and political dynamics with conditions of poverty and marginality in post-socialist China. Dr. Zheng has authored or co-authored nine academic books, 26 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 25 peer-reviewed journal publications. She has testified before Congress and the United Nations on human trafficking, and has been a featured guest speaker on NPR, BBC, and NBC. Dr. Zheng has delivered over 90 papers at both national and international conferences. Her two seminal books, Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China, and Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China, are widely acclaimed for their meticulous fieldwork. Dr. Zheng has contributed significantly to her field by promoting a deeper understanding of the inextricable connections between socio-economic and political conditions in China and other post-socialist countries.

Anthony Campagnari, professor at University at Buffalo

Anthony A. Campagnari

University at Buffalo

Dr. Campagnari, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Biomedical Education in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has achieved national and international recognition for his research contributions to the field of infectious disease. A Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Dr. Campagnari is a highly cited author, and a renowned authority on the biology and pathogenicity of specific bacteria and immune system regulation in sexually transmitted infections, inner ear infections, and respiratory tract infections. His innovative translational research is leading to the development of new ways to treat infections, and his seminal study on the role of capsule proteins in the pathogenesis of some bacteria has helped identify potential therapeutic drug targets. Dr. Campagnari’s colleagues especially value his work examining a range of structures from protein to lipid to saccharides in the context of different infection processes (e.g., adherence, biofilms) and models (e.g., pneumonia, ear infections).

Gary Giovino, professor at UBuffalo

Gary A. Giovino

University at Buffalo

Dr. Giovino is the Chair of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. A Fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Dr. Giovino is an internationally recognized expert on the surveillance and control of tobacco use. Dr. Giovino’s accomplishments include extensive research funding and an exemplary record of publications in high-ranking journals. His scholarship has contributed to the understanding of health disparities and consequences related to smoking in high-risk populations, including African Americans and young people. In 2012, Dr. Giovino led the world’s largest tobacco use study, which surveyed more than 435,000 respondents representing three billion people from 16 countries around the world. His international surveys have documented barriers to tobacco control in low- to mid-income countries, which bear the brunt of the mortality and morbidity related to its use. His research has informed the development of tobacco control policies around the globe. Among the leading tobacco epidemiologists in the world, Dr. Giovino is sought out by such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s office for his expertise.

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Yusuf A. Hannun

Stony Brook University

Dr. Hannun, Stony Brook University’s Joel Kenny Professor in Cancer Research, has conducted NIH funded research for more than 30 years, with a focus on cutting edge research on bioactive lipids, specifically studying and introducing to the scientific community the metabolism and function of bioactive sphingolipids. Based on the staggering volume of his pioneering studies, the field of sphingolipid mediated cell regulator is now one of the fastest growing areas of contemporary cell biology research with thousands of publications each year. He has over 550 scientific publications, and has been recognized with many national and international awards and honors. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Avanti Award in Lipids, the European Lipid Science Award, and the Kuwait Prize. As Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, he spearheaded efforts to earn the Center its National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.

David Kieber, professor at SUNY ESF

David J. Kieber

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Kieber, professor in Environmental Science and Forestry’s Department of Chemistry, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of chemical oceanography. Dr. Kieber has made a number of seminal contributions to the understanding of oceanic carbon and sulfur cycles (in the Antarctic, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans), the role of photochemical and biological processes in these cycles and the effect of aerosols across the air-sea interface. He has made a number of advanced findings in the study of the effects of sunlight on seawater chemicals, reactive oxygen species generation, and the production of volatile organic sulfur compounds by marine phytoplankin. His career comprises nearly 25 years of academic excellence in scholarship, teaching, and creative activities. Some of his more significant scholarship include 78 peer reviewed journal publications in leading publications within his field including Science, Nature, Nature Geosicence, Limnology and Oceanography, Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Chemistry. The principal investigator for over 25 grants and contracts worth millions of dollars, Dr. Kieber is a leader in his department in science citation indices.

Julio Licinio - Upstate Medical University

Julio Licinio

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Licinio, Doctor of Neuroscience and former Dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University, is an internationally recognized leader in translational and clinical research in psychiatry and neuroendocrinology, including depression and obesity. Over the span of 25 years, he has obtained more than $20 million in competitive grant funding from sponsors throughout the world; his work has resulted in over 300 publications and has been cited over 27,000 times. He is the founding and Chief Editor of three Springer Nature journals: Molecular Psychiatry, Translational Psychiatry, and The Pharmacogenomics Journal. In the last six years, he has published collaboratively with 190 colleagues from 54 institutions located in 19 countries, evidence of the strength and productivity of his strong and unique international partnerships in psychiatric research. Dr. Licinio has received many national and international awards for his exceptional achievements. He has defined an exciting vision for education, clinical care, and research growth at Upstate Medical University, and has recruited outstanding scientists, clinicians, and leaders to help make that vision a reality.

William Lytton, professor at Downstate Medical Center

William W. Lytton

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Lytton is a Professor in Downstate Medical Center’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Department of Neurology. Dr. Lytton is a pioneer in the field of Computational Neuroscience, a field that aims to consolidate into explicit computer models the enormous amounts of anatomical and physiological data obtained from clinical and basic research sources such as genomics, Electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Dr. Lytton was one of the first to suggest and then demonstrate applications of his research in a wide variety of brain disease. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); his book Computer to Brain was the first undergraduate textbook in the field, and he has over 120 publications. Dr. Lytton has chaired multiple NIH study sections, helped to develop core neural simulation software tools, serves on the editorial boards of several renowned journals, and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally.

Lawrence J. Maheady - Buffalo State College

Lawrence J. Maheady

Buffalo State College

Dr. Maheady, professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at Buffalo State College, is an accomplished researcher who embeds his research within teacher education programs. The Hank Mann Endowed Chair of Exceptional Education, Dr. Maheady has co-authored three books and 102 articles and book chapters, and he has edited two special journal issues. He has conducted more than 300 staff development sessions in 29 states. Dr. Maheady’s work ranges from peer-mediated interventions to evidence based and high-leverage practices in special education. His newest book, High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Practice, provides rich, practical information for teachers of students with mild disabilities. An invited member of prominent think tanks such as the non-profit Wing Institute and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, Dr. Maheady has been honored with the Pearson Excellence in Teacher Education Award by the International Council for Exceptional Children’s Conference, one of the highest international honors given to those in special education.

John Richard, professor at UBuffalo

John P. Richard

University at Buffalo

Dr. Richard, a Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Chemistry, is internationally renowned for his pioneering discoveries in physical organic chemistry and chemical biology. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Richard is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, nearly half of them in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the top academic journal in the field. He has edited or co-edited 16 books, and he serves as the editor or co-editor of 16 volumes of the Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry: Organic Chemistry. He has presented more than 230 invited lectures in more than twenty countries. Dr. Richards’ research has been continuously funded for the past 25 years by either the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. His research in mechanistic enzymology addresses issues related to how enzymes catalyze organic reactions, thus bridging chemical studies designed to characterize the reactive intermediates of organic reactions in water and biological studies on enzymatic catalysis of these reactions. His findings help explain key steps in metabolic pathways essential to all organisms and have enormous implications for healthcare and other industries.

Louis H. Roper - SUNY New Paltz

Louis H. Roper

SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Roper, Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz, is an early Atlantic historian, an innovative scholar, and a nationally and internationally recognized leader in his field. He has been a prime mover in creating scholarly interest in early American history among European scholars. Experts uniformly praise the breadth, depth, and originality of Dr. Roper’s work, which includes seven authored or edited books and numerous peer-reviewed publications and invited presentations. Co-founder and editor of a prominent journal, The Journal of Early American History, Dr. Roper has worked tirelessly to promote academic exchange in his field, organizing conferences and creating venues for publication. He leads scholarly boards in England and the U.S., working to expand the audience for his field. A Fellow of the New York Academy of History and Yale’s Beinecke Library, Dr. Roper is the recipient of a New Netherland Institute article prize, among other awards. A passionate and respected teacher, Dr. Roper has a record of dedicated service as history department chair and chair of the SUNY New Paltz Central Committee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion.

Peter Tonge, professor at Stony Brook University

Peter J. Tonge

Stony Brook University

Dr. Tonge is a Professor of Chemistry and Radiology (by courtesy) at Stony Brook University, where he is the Co-Director of the NIH-funded T32 Chemical Biology Training Program, the Lead for the Biomolecular Imaging Faculty Cluster, and the Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Drug Action (CASDA). He is also an Associate Editor for ACS Infectious Diseases. Dr. Tonge has approximately 200 publications and patents including chapters and reviews and has advised 44 doctoral students and 12 master’s students. His research program combines kinetic, structural, synthetic, computational, and biophysical approaches to develop inhibitors of enzyme drug targets. Dr. Tonge has pioneered rapid synthetic methods with carbon-11 and fluorine-18 to label tuberculosis drugs. He works to develop drugs that have extended target engagement, resulting in decreased side effects and increased compliance. His research has provided exceptional insight and knowledge on the mechanisms of the interactions between chemical compounds and living systems. Dr. Tonge’s interests in translational research led him to co-found the START-UP NY company Chronus Pharmaceuticals Inc. to help commercialize novel therapeutics and diagnostics.

Minghua Zhang - Stony Brook University

Minghua Zhang

Stony Brook University

Dr. Zhang, professor in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, has made novel contributions to climate science in the areas of climate feedback with clouds, climate model physics, and methods to utilize field data to Earth’s climate in sophisticated computer models. He has authored or co-authored 143 papers, and his work has garnered over 12,400 citations. His cloud resolving mathematical scheme is widely used by many modeling communities and investigators worldwide. While Dean at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS) for six years, Dr. Zhang continued to serve as Principal Investigator on several research projects supported by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Zhang is currently Editor-In-Chief for the American Geophysical Union’s highly regarded, peer-reviewed Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. He was elected to the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, and became an Honorary Professor at both Tsinghua University (2010) and the Chinese Academy of Science. For his contributions to climate science, Dr. Zhang shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President Al Gore in 2007.



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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Beverly J. Evans

SUNY Geneseo

Dr. Evans, a member of the Department of Languages and Literatures at SUNY Geneseo, has consistently demonstrated exceptional teaching over her 33 years at Geneseo. She has taught a wide array of courses including advance-level offerings; key general education courses in the humanities; and special programs for study abroad, first-year seminar, and the honors program. Early in her career, Dr. Evans adopted integrative learning strategies identifying ways to incorporate social and political issues within the humanities. Her dedication to mentorship has led to numerous students presenting their research at local and regional conferences. She received the SUNY Geneseo President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising in 2014, in recognition of her focus on student success. She is an engaged scholar, having published a significant number of peer reviewed articles and reviews. Additionally, Dr. Evans’ contributions to her discipline include serving as executive director of Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society; a member of the board of directors of the Association of College Honor Societies; and editor of Encomia, an annual publication of the international Courtly Literature Society.

Mark S. Hartman - SUNY Potsdam

Mark S. Hartman

The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Hartman, of The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, has consistently demonstrated mastery of his musical specialty and excellence in teaching over his career at SUNY Potsdam. Former students from his trombone studio at Crane are employed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band, and the New York Philharmonic, and have performed at highly regarded national and international performance venues. He has also successfully placed students in some of the most competitive graduate programs in the country. In support of his teaching, Dr. Hartman maintains a rigorous professional performing schedule as a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet and as principal trombone with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Northern Symphonic Winds. Dr. Hartman has toured New York State conducting the Crane Trombone Ensemble and has given presentations to music educators at statewide, regional, and local events for the New York State School Music Association, New York State Band Directors Association, and others, as well as authoring articles on trombone pedagogy. He provided outstanding service as Acting Associate Dean at the Crane School of Music and in other leadership roles on campus. He has been awarded both the SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Hartman was also awarded lifetime membership to the International Trombone Association and received the New York State Band Directors Association Award for his service to music education.

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Subimal Chatterjee

Binghamton University

Dr. Chatterjee, a professor in the School of Management at Binghamton University, has been with the university since 1997. A specialist in marketing and an active scholar with principal interest in studying consumer behaviors through various models and theoretical constructs, colleagues and students alike describe his productive research profile as a deeply integrated contributing factor to his excellence in course development and pedagogy. Dr. Chatterjee is focused on student-centered learning with serious reflection on learning outcomes, student motivation toward continuous learning, and student investment in achievement. He is consistently the first in his school to introduce new teaching methodologies, having done so with the “flipped classroom” and “just in time” learning. Regarding the latter, Dr. Chatterjee excels in using up-to-the-minute assessment tools that allow teaching materials and content to be customized to meet identified comprehension gaps. This approach has proven to be particularly effective given the level of difficulty across his quantitative courses in marketing, economics, and statistics at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Students overwhelmingly report his techniques strongly promote individual mastery of concepts. Dr. Chatterjee is a devoted mentor to both students and colleagues. He regularly guides his Ph.D. students by providing opportunities for co-authorship of publications, and he is highly regarded for his leadership of the Binghamton University Faculty Development Committee’s 360-degree feedback program. Because of his own devotion to regularized and regulated assessment and re-assessment, Dr. Chatterjee has been the chief architect in the assessment program that allows the School of Management to enjoy the highly regarded Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation.

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Jason M. Lazar

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Lazar, a professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, holds appointments in the Cardiology Division of the Department of Medicine, the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Neurology, and in the School of Public Health. Dr. Lazar also serves as the Clinical Assistant Dean, a position which incorporates his extensive knowledge with his passion for teaching and mentoring medical students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the Department of Medicine and the Cardiology Division, he is solely responsible for providing all of the cardiology lectures in the physician assistant and cardiology ultrasound programs. He is the head of the Graduate Medical Education Research Committee, an oversight group charged with developing and implementing the highest quality research experiences for nearly 1,000 residents regardless of specialty or subspecialty. Notably, Dr. Lazar is regularly asked to provide instruction to fellow faculty and administration. Students comment that Dr. Lazar personalizes medicine for them and helps them see the application of basic concepts to more complex clinical situations. His presentations are interactive and engaging, making difficult concepts accessible. An eminent cardiologist, Dr. Lazar is also an expert in population health and launched initiatives to educate students in the principles of this approach. He incorporated the development of community-based health initiatives across Brooklyn as part of his teaching, providing students with invaluable experiences. An important outcome of his distinguished teaching is the large group of eminent alumni whose contributions to the advancement of disease prevention and treatment are the result of the training and mentoring they received from him. Dr. Lazar has published more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and more than 30 invited articles and book chapters. He has a national and international reputation as a non-invasive cardiologist studying microvascular physiology and its effect in conditions such as sickle cell disease, HIV, and systemic lupus.


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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Mary F. Kritzer

Stony Brook University

Behavior at Stony Brook University, has provided outstanding service to the University in many capacities beyond her primary teaching and research responsibilities. She has volunteered to serve on medical school governance, the University's athletics programs, services for underrepresented graduate students, and services for commuter students. She has also gained an impressive reputation for service outside the University by participating in science programs in local high schools, serving as an effective leader in numerous NIH study section activities, and bringing the Healthy Minds Across America Outreach program to Stony Brook University. Dr. Kritzer has twice taken on the demanding task of graduate program director for her home department, a crucial aspect of the departmental mission. Individuals inside and outside the University write glowingly of her willingness to serve in multiple capacities and the reliability of her service as a go-to person. Her teaching has received numerous awards, and her research program on cerebral cortex function has been externally funded and published in high quality international journals.

Margaret Turk, professor at Upstate Medical University

Margaret A. Turk

Upstate Medical University

Dr. Turk is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics since 1999, and the Department of Public Health & Preventative Medicine since 2015 at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Turk has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. An academician and clinical expert in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dr. Turk currently serves as Vice Chair and Quality Officer of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation, Associate Director of Rehabilitation Units, Director for Clinical Research, and Director for Student Education. She has chaired both the Medical College Assembly and the Faculty Organization, and currently chairs the College of Medicine Appointment and Promotions Committee. Dr. Turk has participated in and/or led multiple initiatives at the regional, state and national levels to enhance care for patients with disabilities. She has worked with the New York State Department of Health; American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, serving as its first female chair; the American Board of Medical Specialties; Association of Academic Psychiatrists; the Centers for Disease Control; the National Institute of Health; the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; Institute of Medicine; the Association of American Medical Colleges; and the World Health Organization. She has also served as Chair of a panel for the White House Summit Research Forum on Children with Disability, developed guidelines for health promotion and preventive medicine for people with spina bifida through a partnership with the CDC and the Spina Bifida Association, and worked with the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop quality care measures for working with people with disability. She is the founding co-editor of the Disability and Health Journal, a high-impact journal in the field; has edited several books; authored 25 book chapters/monographs and over 40 journal articles; and has been recognized with multiple regional, national, and international awards for her work.

Daniel Rosenbaum, Downstate Medical Center

Daniel M. Rosenbaum

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Rosenbaum, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center since 2006, is an internationally recognized leader in cerebrovascular disease who excels in his roles as a clinician-scientist, administrator, and educator. His groundbreaking NIH-funded research ranges from understanding stroke mechanisms to examining novel therapeutic strategies to ameliorate neurologic damage. In service to the college, Dr. Rosenbaum recently completed a rigorous master’s program, while continuing to work full time, in Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Dartmouth College focused on finance, operations, and value-based care and improvement that is scientifically, ethically, and managerial sound. Dr. Rosenbaum was named Regional Chair of Neurology in 2017, merging neurological services at two major Brooklyn hospitals and setting the stage for SUNY Downstate’s future strategic alliances with other regional institutions. His vision and dedicated service led to an expansion of the neurology department, a more comprehensive stroke unit and specialties in neurological care for adults and children. His vision also led to The Stroke Unit at Downstate named as a New York State Department of Health Designated Stroke Center. Dr. Rosenbaum has served on numerous institutional committees, including Student Academic Promotions, the Institutional Review Board, and the University Physicians of Brooklyn Executive Committee. He currently serves as the chair of the Graduate Medical Education committee. He volunteers to speak on neurological issues and strokes as a New York City Honorary Police Surgeon and at Hatzalah, a volunteer ambulance corps; and at local synagogues and churches. At the national and international level, Dr. Rosenbaum serves on the Critical Care Neurology and Geriatric Neurology subcommittees for the American Academy of Neurology. He was the Chairman of the Rehabilitation Subcommittee for Operation Stroke. Dr. Rosenbaum serves on the editorial boards of two leading journals in his field, the Journal of Stroke and Epilepsy (a peer-reviewed open access journal) and the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology. He serves as scientific reviewer for an additional 25 journals.


Distinguished Librarian Professorship

The Distinguished Librarian Professorship recognizes librarians whose contributions have been transformational in creating a new information environment by providing access to information, sharing or networking information resources, and fostering information literacy.

Michael B. Huang - Stony Brook University

Michael B. Huang

Stony Brook University

Mr. Huang, a Full Librarian at the Health Sciences Center Library at Stony Brook University, serves as Director of Global Library Initiatives, developing productive and diplomatic relations between U.S. and Chinese libraries. His significant contributions to Stony Brook University and the library profession, both locally and internationally, focus on Chinese digital and medical libraries initiatives. Through his teaching as a course instructor, library workshops, and consultations, Mr. Huang has contributed substantially to the understanding of evidence-based practice and the acquisition of information literacy skills for the students and faculty in Stony Brook’s Health Sciences programs. As Director of Global Library Initiatives, he has fostered sustainable partnerships with institutions abroad, furthering the global mission of the University. An accomplished and committed scholar, his publication record includes four co-edited books, more than 25 articles, nine research guides, and more than 85 presentations. Mr. Huang serves as editor of the International Journal of Librarianship. He has received awards from the Library Society of China, the Guangzi Society for Library Sciences, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. He has twice received the Stony Brook President’s Award for Excellence in Team Achievement.

Edward Komara, librarian at SUNY Potsdam

Edward M. Komara

The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam

Mr. Komara, a full librarian in the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, has achieved an international reputation for his work as a librarian and musicologist. A two-time inductee of the Blues Hall of Fame, Mr. Komara is the epitome of a scholar-librarian, publishing six books, more than 23 articles, and 121 reviews of sound recordings and books. Mr. Komara is able to write for both the scholar and the fan, as his many recognitions acknowledge. He has thrice won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research: in 2002 for his essay and discography in Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: the Worlds of Charley Patton; in 2007 for the two-volume Encyclopedia of the Blues; and in 2014 for his coauthored book 100 Books Every Blues Fan should Own. This last book also won the Music Library Association’s prestigious Vincent H. Duckles Award for best book-length bibliography. He has served as a consultant on the blues for the American Folklore Society, the American Folklife Center, and the Library of Congress. His broad scholarship informs his management of the Julia E. Crane Memorial Library and service to its users. Mr. Komara is an Adjunct Instructor teaching Introduction to Music Bibliography and Mississippi Blues 1890-2000; he also leads bibliographic instruction sessions and gives guest lectures to a wide range of classes.

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