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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. Thomas J. Begley
University at Albany
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Dr. Thomas J. Begley, Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Director of the RNA Institute at the University at Albany, is known for his trailblazing achievements in RNA research, focusing on the relationship between stress and genetic damage. His demonstration that mammalian tRNAs are modified under stress to regulate the translation of stress response genes, a process associated with tumor growth, has implications for improved medical interventions in human cancer research. In parallel work, Dr. Begley has also helped develop both experimental and computational technologies, including the Codon Utilization tool, and database and graphene nanopore sequencing methods for detecting tRNA modifications, among others. Dr. Begley has been awarded almost $18 million from 29 grants. He has received the University at Albany’s 2019 President’s Award for Excellence in Research and its 2022 Inventors Award; in 2006, he was named outstanding new investigator in Environmental Health Sciences by the National Institute of Health. In 2021, he joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the multi-national company Theonys. He co-founded Codomax, a biotechnology company working to address food insecurity and to lower the cost of manufacturing protein-based therapeutics.

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Dr. Zai Liang
University at Albany
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Dr. Zai Liang, Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, is an internationally known expert on migration and immigration. His work examines the nature, intensity, cause and consequences of human migration, and the life of migrants in their new home countries, particularly those in and from China. Co-director of the Urban China Research Network since 2004 and associate editor of Frontiers in Sociology since 2021, Dr. Liang has authored, co-authored, or edited six books and over 100 articles. He received the 2020 Louis Wirth Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association for research leading to his 2023 From Chinatown to every Town: How Chinese Immigrants have Expanded Restaurant Business in the United States. His 2012 essay collection, The Emergence of a New Urban China: Insiders’ Perspectives received an “outstanding academic title” from the American Library Association’s Choice review. He has held visiting professorships at three Chinese universities and with the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Liang has received the University at Albany 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities, and the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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Dr. J. David Jentsch
Binghamton University
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Dr. J. David Jentsch, Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University, is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Sciences. His research studies the importance of impulsivity in substance abuse disorders, underscoring how impulsivity can result from drug overuse and analyzing the associated neural and molecular mechanisms. He has shown how impulsivity is both a risk factor for and a consequence of drug misuse, a conceptualization drawing together the broader fields of psychological science, neurobiology of addiction, and genetics. His work has also identified genes instrumental to individual differences in addiction vulnerability, including sex differences that contribute to drug misuse. Dr. Jentsch has published extensively in a variety of behavioral domains and mental illnesses, including working memory in schizophrenia, attention and impulsivity in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder, and motivation in major depressive disorder. He played a significant role in Binghamton obtaining a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) T32 graduate training program, and he served as the grant’s first training director. He is a fellow of the American College for Neuropsychopharmacology and received the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Dr. Ruhan Zhao
SUNY Brockport
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Dr. Ruhan Zhao, Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Brockport, has had a profound impact on mathematical scholarship, including important and foundational discoveries across different areas of mathematics. Dr. Zhao's research has focused mainly on complex analysis and operator theory. More precisely, he has introduced many new concepts in several classical and new spaces of analytic functions, including the Bloch space, BMOA, Qp spaces, Bergman spaces, weighted Dirichlet spaces, Besov spaces and F(p,q,s) spaces. These spaces originated from different sources and of independent interests. Because of their wide connections with classical function theory, geometrical function theory, functional analysis, differential equations, and operator theory, they play prominent roles in modern function theory. His greatest influence on the field of mathematics is his introduction of Qp spaces. The American Mathematical Society realized the topic of Qp spaces was so important that it was assigned its own Mathematical Subject Classification in its list of research fields. Dr. Zhao has been successful in receiving 17 research grants, both internal and external, and he serves as an editorial board member for several well-known math journals. He has also served as an external Ph.D. dissertation reviewer and is a referee for many academic journals. His scholarship has been recognized by his receipt of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and by awards received from universities in China and Japan.

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Dr. Diana S. Aga
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Diana S. Aga serves as the Henry M. Woodburn Chair and Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo (UB) and is a pioneer and world leader in environmental analytical chemistry. Dr. Aga has remarkable achievements in scholarship, graduate student mentoring and substantial research funding. While at UB, she has published 160 peer-reviewed papers in scientific and engineering journals, 9 books chapters and 2 edited books. She has directed 29 doctoral students and 8 masters’ students. Dr. Aga and her research team have made foundational contributions in developing analytical methods, primarily involving mass spectrometry, to explain the chemical fate, transport, bioaccumulation, and health implications of emerging environmental contaminants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, hormones, engineered nanomaterials, and “forever chemicals” such as Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Dr. Aga and her team use advanced analytical methods on real-world samples (e.g., water from lakes, streams, and wastewater treatment plants, manure from dairy farms, biological samples), identifying and quantifying emerging contaminants at exceedingly low concentrations in samples from the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Her research has increased public awareness of the effects of contaminants on the environment and human health and has influenced public policy. She had been a Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and the Philippines in 2021, and to the Philippines in 2011. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, she received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2017.

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Dr. Jochen Autschbach
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Jochen Autschbach, Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo (UB), studies the relationships between chemical bonding, molecular structure and observable magnetic, optical, and spectroscopic properties. He develops novel techniques to calculate molecular properties from first principles. The subjects of his research range from main group molecules, including amino acids to heavy metal-complexes such as those made with rhodium, uranium and gold. Dr. Autschbach’s calculations have helped explain how chiral, mirror-image molecules bend plane-polarized light. His predictions of nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of proposed metal complexes have enabled experimental researchers to identify these elusive molecules when they are created in the laboratory, oftentimes as highly unstable reaction intermediates. His 2020 textbook Quantum Theory for Chemical Applications is accessible both to students and scholars. Dr. Autschbach’s sustained prolific output, strong citation record, and substantial federal grant support demonstrate the impact of his contributions to the field. He has mentored undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral and visiting scholars, most of whom have gone on to faculty, government, and industrial positions. Dr. Autschbach has delivered seven plenary lectures or keynote addresses and presented at approximately 120 invited high-level national and international conferences. He has presented over 115 invited talks and seminars, at national and international conferences and at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Autschbach was named a UB Distinguished Professor in 2017, and he received a 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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Paul Hawthorne Vanouse
University at Buffalo
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Mr. Paul Hawthorne Vanouse, Professor of Art and Program Head for Emerging Practices in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo (UB), is a pioneer in the field of biological art. He invented a convergent model of artistic practices that both draws upon and critically contributes to scientific research. Mr. Vanouse is considered one of the seminal practitioners in the field of “Bio Art”— defined as creative research that bridges art and media culture with the life sciences, and he directs UB’s Coalesce Center for Biological Art, which he founded in 2015. He has exhibited his work in more than 25 countries, at venues including the Louvre, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Museum. Mr. Vanouse has published 21 essays, including 8 peer-reviewed articles. In "Labor," one of his most recent biological art projects, Professor Vanouse isolated and grew the bacteria typically responsible for human scent. In re-creating the odor related to human labor – i.e., sweat – he highlighted societal phenomena such as automated work, ethnic and racial discrimination, and the various stages of labor. Professor Vanouse has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He serves on the editorial board of Palgrave Studies in Bio Art, and the advisory network of Schering Stifting. His work has been recognized five times by the Austrian Prix Ars Electronica.

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Dr. Igor Žutić
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Igor Žutić, Professor of Physics at the University at Buffalo (UB), is a renowned expert in theoretical condensed matter physics, specifically spintronics and spin-dependent phenomena. His contribution to this field includes foundational studies, distinguished service, as well as advisory and organizing roles at international institutes and in international conferences. An elected member of the American Physical Society and a 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER awardee, Dr. Žutić has published nearly 140 peer-reviewed articles and has given approximately 180 invited conference presentations and lectures. With commercial applications of his work and funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and others, Dr. Žutić has garnered significant international attention. Since joining UB, Dr. Žutić has garnered approximately $6 million in research, including nearly $1.5 million in 2021 alone. In addition to contributing to the proposals and organization of a multitude of conferences, he has served on advisory boards for the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Institute of Physics, and the International Council of the University of Rijeka as well as others. His recommenders include two winners of the prestigious Oliver Buckley Prize, a winner of the Millennium Technology Prize, five recipients of honorary doctorates from universities worldwide, three members of the National Academy of Sciences, and two members of the National Academy of Engineers. A 2016 Fellow of the American Physical Society, he received the 2020 Gordon Godfrey Fellowship, the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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Dr. Xiufeng Liu
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Xiufeng Liu, Professor of Science Education at the University at Buffalo, is internationally known for his pioneering research on student knowledge development. His introduction of sophisticated data analyses such as the Rasch measurement – a psychometric model for analyzing categorical data – has fundamentally changed science education research. His research on students’ learning progression – their long-term development and understanding of concepts – became central to NEXT Generation Science Standards (NGGS), the national standard for science education. His chapter on using data to reform science instruction was part of a book acknowledged with a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Publishing. He serves as co-editor-in-chief of Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research and as an associate editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching. He served as UB’s director of the Center for Educational Innovation from 2014 to 2018. He was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning; he is a fellow of Center for Inquiry Transnational and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Dr. Thomas Thundat
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Thomas Thundat, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, is one of the leading authorities in the world in sensor technology. His pioneering realization that microcantilevers could be used as sensors paved the way for a new field of chemical and biological sensors, with applications ranging from disease identification to chemical characterization of expensive drugs and drug discovery. Dr. Thundat’s groundbreaking work in triboelectricity has the potential to allow power to be transmitted with over 95 percent efficiency. This work in energy transmission is enabling new, high-performance, low-cost, engineered materials and devices in fields such as renewable energy, sustainability, disease detection, plastic sorting for recycling, etc. He has published over 460 refereed publications, and he has 44 issued U.S. patents. Among other honors, he is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, the Society for Optics and Photonics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Electrochemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

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Dr. Robert Zivadinov
University at Buffalo
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Dr. Robert Zivadinov, Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo (UB), has devoted his career to the study of multiple sclerosis (MS)—an immune-mediated process directed against the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves – and his groundbreaking research has changed the practice of MS care and research worldwide. In working to diagnose MS and other neurological diseases earlier, he has become an expert in magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Zivadinov has been instrumental in the formation of the Buffalo Center for Brain and Behavior Informatics, and since 2004, he has served as the director of the UB Neuroimaging Analysis Center. In 2010, the Upstate New York chapter of the National MS Society recognized him with the MS Community Champion Award, and he was a corecipient of the American Biological Safety Associations Richard Knudsen Award. In 2016, he received the Silver Medal Award from the International Society for Neurovascular Disease, and in 2022, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Zivadinov is a fellow of both the American and European Academies of Neurology.

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Dr. Ruth D. Yanai
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)
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Dr. Ruth D. Yanai, Professor of Forest Ecology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is a trailblazing scientist in forest soils and ecological research in forested ecosystems. Dr. Yanai has addressed important, and often neglected, questions that required quantification of forest ecosystem pools and processes. She has published more than 100 journal articles and generated nearly over $7 million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation, USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and the U.S. Forest Service. Her publication record puts her in the top two percent of forest ecology scientists in the world. Her h-Index (46) and number of citations (over 8,000) are specific measures of her broad and deep research impact: those place her as one of the more influential professors at ESF. Dr. Yanai’s research extends to her mentorship of 23 masters’ students, 5 Ph.D. students, and 4 post-docs. An inspirational leader, she has been an invited visiting scientist/instructor to other countries, including Japan and New Zealand. Dr. Yanai has coordinated national and international forest ecology conferences and workshops. She has served as an editor/advisor for the Soil Science Society of America and Forest Ecology and Management scientific journals. In addition to a 1987 Fulbright Fellowship, Dr. Yanai has received the Society of American Foresters 2020 Barrington Moore Memorial Award, the 2018 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, and the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, among others.

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Dr. Robert A. Saunders
Farmingdale State College
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Dr. Robert A. Saunders, Professor of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College, is internationally known for his work on global political change and nation branding. His research focuses on the impact of popular culture and mass media on geopolitics, nationalism, and religious identity, particularly in Russia, Central Asia, and Nordic Europe. In addition to over 65 peer-reviewed articles and a special issue of Critical Studies in Television, Dr. Saunders has published six books and monographs. These include his 2021 Geopolitics, Northern Europe, and Nordic Noir, on television’s representations of world politics, and his 2017 Popular Geopolitics and Nation Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm, on the tension between Western pop-culture representations of the fifteen former Soviet republics and their own attempts at image management. His 2010 Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace won the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s Outstanding Scholarly Publication prize. He has held visiting positions at Aarhus University in Denmark and Malmö University in Sweden. An honorary fellow of the University of Leeds Russian Center and an academic fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Dr. Saunders received a 2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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Dr. D. Jeffrey Over
SUNY Geneseo
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Dr. D. Jeffrey Over, Professor of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo, has 31 years of dedicated and effective service at the College, and has made an impact nationally and internationally in the fields of geology and paleontology. Dr. Over’s work is both respected and important, advancing the common share of knowledge about the interval of Devonian time some 360 million years ago. He has published in flagship journals in his discipline including the Journal of Paleontology, Palaeogeography / Palaeoclimatology / Palaeoecology, American Journal of Science, Stratigraphy, and Geological Society of America (GSA) Bulletin. He has prepared fieldtrip guidebooks and edited books and special issues. In 2018, he co-edited an issue of Bulletins of American Paleontology dedicated to the memory of some conodont paleontology greats. Dr. Over has received $500,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Petroleum Research Fund, to enrich the scholarship and research opportunities available to his colleagues and undergraduate students. Dr. Over has been notably successful at integrating his research into excellent teaching and mentoring. While his immense contributions to the field of geology and paleontology stand alone, they are all the more noteworthy due to having provided Geneseo students with hands-on training, transformative experiences, and deep mentorship. He served as a 2021 Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic, received a 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and a 1998 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Dr. Shashi Kanbur
SUNY Oswego
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Dr. Shashi Kanbur, Professor of Physics at SUNY Oswego, is a leading expert in Cepheid variables, a very luminous class of pulsating star. His research showed that the intrinsic luminosity of each star is closely correlated to its period of luminosity and color, and his theoretical models (verified by observation) underpin the calibration of the extra-galactic distance scale. Dr. Kanbur has demonstrated how the interaction between the hydrogen ionization front and the stellar photosphere can naturally lead to a constant spectral type at maximum light, a well-known observational fact that however had not been properly understood before. He has published over 80 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and has garnered over 2,800 citations. He has received over $1.7 million in external funding support, including funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Director of Oswego’s Global Laboratory from 2009-2016, Dr. Kanbur sent roughly 200 students to do research at institutions such as the Munich Institute for Astro-Particle Physics or the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. He received the American Astronomical Society’s 2008 Chretien Award and a 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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Dr. Danny Bluestein
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Danny Bluestein, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, is an outstanding scholar and researcher in cardiovascular biomechanics. His research is primarily involved in platelet function with cardiovascular diseases, microcalcification, artificial mechanical and engineered heart valves, and numerical simulation of flow dynamics. His research is highly related to translational medicine. He has developed a combined experimental and analytical approach to tackle complex flow behavior within the vessel and heart.. He is an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of biofluid mechanics, spanning many areas of applications. He has contributed to the field through publications and presentations, particularly in the areas of hemodynamics in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA), engineered tissue heart valves, and the activation of platelets. Dr. Bluestein is a recipient of the 2021 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Savio L-Y Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal, an extremely prestigious award that recognizes an outstanding individual who has translated meritorious bioengineering science to clinical practice through research, education, professional development, and with service to the bioengineering community. Dr. Bluestein is a 2021 Member of the National Academy of Inventors, a 2017 Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a 2010 Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

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Dr. Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Professor of English at Stony Brook University, is the author of three poetry collections, The Ground, Heaven, and Living Weapon, and a book of sportswriting, The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey. He has a revised and expanded edition of his book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness; I Just Want Them to Remember Me: Black Baseball in America forthcoming, as well as Silver: Poems. Dr. Phillips has translated from Catalan Salvador Espriu’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. His books have been named a book of the year by The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), NPR, and The Australian Review of Books. His poems and essays on sports appear in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review. In addition to a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Phillips has received the 2013 Whiting Award, the 2013 PEN-Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the 2016 Anisfield Book Prize for Poetry, the 2019 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, and the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing; he was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry and a finalist for the 2013 NAACP Outstanding Book Award for Poetry. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, Williams College, and New York University. Dr. Phillips has been invited to give talks and readings over much of the United States as well as Australia and the U.K.

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Professor Martin Roček
Stony Brook University
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Professor Martin Roček, Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University, has made foundational contributions to theoretical physics and mathematics, and he has facilitated a new era of collaboration between mathematics and physics, including the establishment of the world-renowned Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. In over forty years of research, Dr. Roček has developed the formalism known as supergraphs, which is essential to the calculation of fundamental properties of supersymmetric quantum field theories, making ongoing  theoretical advances possible. He is an author of a foundational textbook on supersymmetry, which remains deeply influential. In an historic breakthrough, Dr. Roček showed how the physics concepts embedded in supersymmetric quantum field theories serve as organizing concepts for the creation of Riemannian spaces called Hyperkahler Manifolds, which reflect essential features of general relativity, of classical and of quantum mechanics. This connection has become part of the shared language of modern geometry, of string theory, gravity, and quantum field theory, facilitating new ideas and results. These and other of his advances, recognizing new theories inspired by, and often inspiring, new mathematics, have had a deep and abiding influence on the ongoing development of contemporary mathematics and quantum field theories, supergravity and string theory, and have opened new pathways connecting theoretical physics and geometry. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2016, and a Neuron Award for Contributions to Science in 2017.  

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Dr. Bettina C. Fries
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Bettina C. Fries, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stony Brook University, is a nationally recognized physician-scientist in the field of microbiology. She has examined how fungal pathogens such as cryptococcus neoformans (the leading cause of death in patients with AIDS) and candida auris change during chronic infection. She discovered that microbial cells age as they divide during infections, and that this aging process affects their virulence and pathogenticity. This microbial aging influences how susceptible a fungal infection is to anti-fungal drugs, a key contribution to our understanding of fungal drug resistance. She has also developed novel antibodies to use against multi-drug resistant bacteria, particularly Klebsiella, one of the most common multi-drug resistant bacteria isolated from infected patients. Dr. Fries has also been critical in finding new ways to combat the coronavirus through several clinical trials launched at Stony Brook University. She has served as President of the New York Infectious Disease Society and of the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, of the American College of Physicians, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Dr. Christopher J. Gobler
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Christopher J. Gobler, Professor of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, is a world-renowned expert in marine and freshwater phytoplankton ecology. His research is far-ranging, including examinations of Aureococcus brown tides on Long Island, fish kills by Cochlodinium in Northeast U.S. estuaries; Mycrocystis cyanobactieral blooms; shellfish toxicity by Alexandrium, allelopathic effects of macroalgae against harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification. His research examines how climate change, harmful algae blooms, and overharvesting of fisheries alters the ecological and biogeochemical functioning of coastal ecosystems and on uncovering ways to mitigate this damage in the future. In addition to identifying the key biological and chemical factors that promote these harmful algal blooms and their public health effects, he has examined possible engineering actions to remediate eutrophication of coastal waters that can contribute to these blooms. In 2004, he and his team coined the concept of ecosystem disruptive algal blooms. His 233 peer-reviewed papers have received over 22,800 citations to date. He is the 2014 recipient of the Pine Barrens Society’s Dennis Puleston Environmental Achievement Award and the 2016 recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Champion Award.

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Dr. Richard T. Mathias
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Richard T. Mathias, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University, is a world-renowned scientist known for his research into the physiology of both the heart and the optic lens. His cardiac research focused on structural, membrane, autonomic, and hormonal determinants of the cardiac action potential and contractility. His heart research has made important contributions both theoretically and experimentally into how the renin-angiotensin system controls contractility across the cardiac ventricular wall. His lens research began by questioning contemporary wisdom that the lens was an inert sac of protein molecules; Dr. Mathias demonstrated that the lens has a circulation of fluid that follows the movement of sodium and calcium ions. This fluid circulation is associated with a pressure gradient and changes in the refractive index, increasing understanding of the physiological basis of cataracts. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Kinoshita Lectureship by the National Foundation for Eye Research (NFER) for meritorious research that contributes to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of cataract development. He was also awarded the first NIH Biophysics training grant at Stony Brook University.

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Dr. Sharon Appelbaum Nachman
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Sharon Appelbaum Nachman, Professor of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University, is an international leader in the area of pediatric infectious disease and the treatment of children with AIDS, flu, and measles. As the principal investigator of the IMPAACT Network (International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials), she leads a global research network focused on improved treatment and prevention of HIV. She has developed both the domestic and international agendas for evaluation of treatment toxicities from HIV therapies, investigations of novel vaccines in HIV+ populations and underlying complications worsened by HIV, particularly in tuberculosis patients. These network clinical trials have changed the ACIP (Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices) recommendations for vaccinating HIV+ youth, stopped bacterial prophylaxis in children with reconstituted immune systems, and changed FDA labeling for antiretrovirals for use in children. Her research also includes perinatal and pediatric tuberculosis, and vaccine studies across a range of pathogens, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, meningococcal disease, measles, pneumonoccal disease, tuberculosis, and COVID-19. She is a fellow of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society.

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Dr. Jeffrey Alan Bogart
Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Jeffrey Alan Bogart, Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at Upstate Medical University, has an international reputation in innovative treatments for non-small and small cell lung cancer, and novel integration of systemic chemotherapy and radiation. He has been a leading voice in defining new research and in shepherding that research through multi-institutional collaborative investigations. He fundamentally redefined the role of integrated radiation in treatment of thoracic cancer. He has established or been a key part of teams that established standard treatment regimens for the most common types of lung cancer, and those paradigms are used tens of thousands of times a day. Founding director of the Upstate Cancer Center, Dr. Bogart has been elected as chair of the Radiation Oncology Committee at the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology since 2001. Dr. Bogart has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles; he is associate editor for the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and for the last three editions of the textbook Clinical Radiation Oncology. He has been recognized five times in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctor and named in 2015 as one of Newsweek’s top cancer doctors as chosen by his peers.

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Dr. Wei-Dong Yao
Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Wei-Dong Yao, SUNY Empire Innovation Scholar, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Director of the Cellular Molecular Neuropsychiatry Laboratory at Upstate Medical University, is a world-renowned neuroscientist, bringing together work in genetics, molecular biology, and neurophysiology. He researches synaptic transmission, modulation and plasticity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain to understand how psychiatric diseases damage brain cells and how these impairments cause mental illnesses, including addiction and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Among other discoveries and innovations, he was the first to find that scaffolding proteins in glutamatergic synapses have a role in dopamine signaling and helped to establish post-synaptic density (PSD) in dentric spines as a key neural substrate for psychostimulants and addiction. He developed the first animal model of empathy loss in human disease (a loss tied to mutations in the C9ORF72 gene), and he has demonstrated that this core FTD symptom can be treated by targeting cortical hypoexcitability at late disease stages. He received the 2019 Upstate President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and in Research and the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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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. Kathleen Burke
SUNY Cortland
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Dr. Kathleen Burke, Professor of Economics at SUNY Cortland, is a leader in teaching innovation. She created SUNY Cortland’s entrepreneurship minor, developed and has taught its introductory entrepreneurship course, and collaborated to build the Cortland Entrepreneurship CenterShe regularly teaches the Cortland Experience, a course designed for first-semester Business Economics majors. She also teaches the Community Innovation Lab, the European Innovation Academy, Research in Economics, and Cortland VITA--non-traditional economics and management courses that provide a service for the community. Her students have served as volunteer income tax preparers for people in need and have worked directly with local small businesses and non-profits to solve real-world problems. Dr. Burke has published on salary inequity and gender issues, regional economic development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has served as a member and past president of the Academy of Process Educators and as chief editor of the International Journal of Process EducationShe received SUNY Cortland’s Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Outreach Award in 2007, 2012 and 2016; and she was awarded a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018. 

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Dr. Maureen P. Maiocco
SUNY Canton
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Dr. Maureen P. Maiocco, Professor of Early Childhood at SUNY Canton, has been the builder, sustainer, and lead educator of Canton’s Early Childhood education programs. Dr. Maiocco restructured the two-year associate degree in Early Childhood Studies, increasing enrollments from 25 students on average to 85 in fall 2021. In 2018, she created a four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Early Childhood Care and Management and fostered it through accreditation with the International Accrediting Council for Business Education. She has developed both degrees for online delivery, using merged and flex modalities. Dr. Maiocco has developed and/or redesigned more than 20 courses since her hiring, averaging one new course preparation a year. She serves as the advisor to the B.B.A. program’s 58+ students and has coordinated placements for off-campus field-based student teaching experiences for over 20 students every semester. Dr. Maiocco increased her program’s international reach through joint ventures with colleges in China and Ukraine, which included an opportunity for Chinese early childhood educators to share their culturally specific teaching ideas with the U.S. students in her classroom. She has been strongly engaged in programs dedicated to student success such as the Canton Completion Retention Initiative, Gateway to Success program, Canton’s First Year Experience program, and Strategic Planning Group. In 2011, Dr. Maiocco compiled and authored the Student Success Resource Booklet for faculty advisers in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. She has received Canton’s Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence 20 times since 2006 and in 2017 received the Stellar Advisor Award. In addition, she received SUNY Canton’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Dr. A. Tina Wagle
Empire State University
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Dr. A. Tina Wagle, Professor of Education at Empire State University, is a founding member of the graduate education division. She launched Empire’s first teacher education program, the master of arts in teaching, grounding that program in ideals of social justice. She oversaw the development of a clinical residency pathway to certification; the creation of a special education program; and three masters degrees, in Curriculum and Instruction, in Adult Learning, and in Learning and Emerging Technologies. Under her coordination, the Curriculum and Instruction program has been reshaped to focus on the works and perspectives of Black Indigenous and People of Color. She has supported her teaching with robust scholarship, writing on teacher dispositions, content cohorts, remote learning, critical pedagogy, and alternative teacher certification. In 2018, she was named a SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador. Empire State in 2019-20 awarded her the Susan H. Turben Chair in Mentoring. She has received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021.  

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Dr. Robert W. Malmsheimer
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)
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Dr. Robert W. Malmsheimer, Professor of Forest Policy and Law at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has served for 20 years as a dedicated and inspirational teacher. His four undergraduate courses are among the highest ranked courses both within the Department of Sustainable Resources Management and at SUNY ESF overall. He teaches more than 300 students each year in senior and graduate level courses and continues to receive extremely high course evaluations. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Malmsheimer has advised, on average, 25 undergraduate students per year. A recognized legal expert on federal land management, Dr. Malmsheimer has testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Federal Lands, presented twice to the British House of Commons All-Parliamentary Committee on Biomass, and since 2001, has provided more than 150 science-based policy briefings to state, national, and international legislative and administrative policymakers. He brings this vast experience to his classrooms, regularly revising his course content to reflect changes in policy and regulation. Dr. Malmsheimer has served as the major professor to 35 graduate students, and he also regularly publishes with his advisees, frequently giving them valuable “first author” credit. Graduating students in exit interviews regularly cite his courses (and his academic advising) as highlights of their ESF education. One graduate student recommender writes that, “he has a knack for supporting students’ strengths and transforming their weaknesses into useful skills.” A Fellow in the American Society of Foresters, he has received 10 awards for his research and teaching, including SUNY ESF’s 2001 Distinguished Teacher Award, SUNY ESF’s 2011 College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching, and in 2019, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Paul W. Mockovak II
SUNY Fredonia
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Mr. Paul W. Mockovak, II , Professor of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia, brings a robust industry knowledge to his teaching. Trained at the Early Dance Institute, the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Ballet Oklahoma, Harvard Dance Center, and others, Professor Mockovak has taught 39 individual courses, served as a reader on 3 MFA. theses, and as an advisor to more than 50 BFA recitals. Despite his heavy teaching load, Professor Mockovak has maintained an active and varied performance career for over 40 years, premiering more than 25 dances and performing in another 17 works. He has served as director or choreographer to more than 80 performances, including Into the Wood in 2022, Macbeth in 2021, Sweet Charity in 2020, and Anything Goes in 2019. And he brings all this experience to his students who praise him for creating “community.” For eleven years, he served as a judge for dance, solo, duet, and group musical theatre to the annual district thespian conferences. He is active in fundraising for the arts, including serving on the United Arts Appeal Advisory Council since 2015.

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Dr. Robert G. Costello
Nassau Community College
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Dr. Robert G. Costello, Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Nassau, is known for his engaged teaching and mentoring, both in his own and other’s classrooms. His letters of support from former students highlight his generosity, kindness, honesty, and his continued mentorship of them through their careers and life challenges. He leverages his relationships in law enforcement and social work to provide students with vital experiential learning experiences. Author of over 60 publications, Dr. Costello has authored or edited three textbooks on law and criminal justice. Notably, the royalties from these works are paid directly to nonprofits dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system, to supporting college access for non-traditional students and families, or to support two scholarships at SUNY Nassau that he established to honor former students killed in the line of duty. He has received a Fulbright Scholar’s Award to lecture at the University of Malta Faculty of Law, and he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge’s Institution of Criminology/Socio-legal Group. His student-engaged research with Hofstra University School of Law’s Center for Children, Families, and the Law produced an influential report on at-risk youth in Nassau County. From 2016-2022, his column for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice magazine bridged the gap between legal education and social science education. He is the 2020 recipient of Nassau’s Faculty Award for enhancing the college experience of students with disabilities, and the 2002 Faculty Appreciation Award for outstanding work with students from Hispanic origins. In 2011, he received Nassau’s Academic Affairs Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 2013, he was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Dr. George Hovis
SUNY Oneonta
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Dr. George Hovis, Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, is an inspirational teacher and mentor, teaching courses from general education through the English major. His courses in twentieth-century American literature and in Literature of the American South engage directly with issues of representation and the intersectionality of race, class, and cultures. He has reinvigorated the creative writing program and chaired the Red Dragon Reading Series, which has under his direction hosted more than eighty readings by nationally and internationally renowned writers. He has been advisor to the Oneonta Creative Writing club since 2013, and he has served on Oneonta’s Common Read Committee since 2018 and the Alden Lecture Series Committee since 2021. Between 2008 and 2012, he coordinated Oneonta’s All Faculty and Staff Poetry Slam. His enthusiasm for teaching is fueled by his scholarship, particularly on the work of Thomas Wolfe, and his creative publications, including his critically acclaimed 2019 novel, The Skin Artist. In 2007, he won the Denny C. Plattner Award in Nonfiction from Appalachian Heritage. In 2017, he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Dr. Steven H. Schwartz
College of Optometry
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Dr. Steven H. Schwartz, Professor of Biological and Vision Sciences at the College of Optometry, is nationally recognized for his contributions to optometric education, particularly in areas of student learning and wellness and in clinical practice, where he integrated structured basic biomedical sciences into the teaching of clinical care. He has authored two widely used textbooks: Visual Perception: A Clinical Orientation and Geometrical and Visual Optics: A Clinical Introduction. He has served as a council member on the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, where he has participated in 20 campus site visits. Dr. Schwartz received the American Optometric Foundation’s 2015 Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education; a Certificate of Appreciation from the Student Council of Optometry; the College of Optometry’s 2016 President’s Merit Award for Excellence; and in 2017 the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Southern College of Optometry named him the 1992 Teacher of the Year, and the New York State Optometric Association named him their 2015 Optometric Educator of the Year. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

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Dr. Georges E. Fouron
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Georges E. Fouron, Professor of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University, is a seasoned educator with a career spanning more than four decades, having begun as a primary school teacher in 1979 and joining SBU in 1985. Described as an inspiring, wise, and warm mentor, Dr. Fouron is known as a “teachers’ teacher,” modeling by his own compelling example of best practices and sound principles in education. He contributed to Stony Brook’s Conceptual Framework, the campus’s vision for its Transdisciplinary Teacher Education program. As a teacher, Dr. Fouron speaks powerfully to the complexities of racial politics, calling attention to the Haitian diaspora and issues of transnationalism. His coauthored 2001 book, Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism & the Search for Home has made a significant and lasting contribution to understanding the Haitian American experience in both Haitian studies and in the wider fields of sociology and anthropology. That work offers a fundamentally new theory of identity--transmigrant, for those people whose origins are rooted in a place different from the place of their living--and offers potent analyses of the imperialistic effects of global capitalism on micro-nations. In 2012, he edited a collection of essays on critical pedagogy, and his 2014 Footsteps of Migration: Caribbean Immigrants and US Taxonomy is required reading for many sociology programs. In 2016, he received both the College of Arts and Sciences Godfrey Prize for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and the John Toll Prize in Undergraduate Education. In 2020, he was named Stony Brook Athletics’ “Most Valuable Professor,” followed in 2021 by the student-selected COVID-Hero Teaching Award by the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. 

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Dr. Stephen J. Knohl
Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Stephen J. Knohl, is Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, and Interim Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University. An expert in nephrology and in internal medicine and an accomplished and innovative medical educator, Dr. Knohl teaches medical students, internal medicine residents, patients and their families, practicing physicians, and medical educators across the country. As Residency Program Director, he oversees and mentors 140 residents. He created the Learning to TALK program in the Standardized Patient Care Center, in which students complete 3-4 challenging simulated communication scenarios (involving patients/families, peers, and students). He also created the Education through Theater Arts program, where a faculty member in theater works with Upstate trainees on communication and cultural awareness. Dr. Knohl has received Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, Upstate’s Patient Experience Award in 2017, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018, and the Association of American Medical College’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2018, among others. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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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. Aimable Twagilimana
Buffalo State University
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Dr. Aimable Twagilimana, Professor of English at Buffalo State University, has an international reputation in African and African-American studies. He has held four Fulbright fellowships, teaching or supervising the research of 577 students in Senegal and Rwanda and training hundreds of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) teachers in Rwanda, and received three National Endowment for the Humanities grants. He has consistently mentored undergraduate and graduate students, supervising 74 master’s theses in the United States, Senegal, and Rwanda between 2009 and 2019. An active scholar, he has published seven books, 14 chapters, and 15 reference articles as well as 10 general-audience articles for a Rwandan newspaper, The New Times. His 1996 novel Manifold Annihilation has received critical attention for illuminating the Rwandan genocide, while his Historical Dictionary of Rwanda offers an encyclopedic overview of that nation. He has served on the Fulbright screening committee, and as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education Comprehensive Program grants. At Buffalo State, he helped plan new initiatives including the College Planning Council, the Graduate School Advisory Council, and the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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Eric A. Zizza
Cayuga Community College
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Mr. Eric A. Zizza, Division Chair and Professor of Psychology at Cayuga Community College, has an exemplary record of service and leadership. From his robust experience as a transfer counselor to Cayuga students, he helped build successful transfer articulations within SUNY and with private organizations, and he served on the New York State Transfer Articulation Association for more than seven years. An elected member of Cayuga’s Faculty Association since 2013, he has been elected its President for 10 consecutive years. He has been an instrumental leader for the Cayuga County Municipal Health Care Consortium for the past 13 years and as the elected Chair for the past 10 years. In that role, he has been instrumental in managing insurance premiums for the College, Cayuga County, and the City of Auburn employees, while maintaining quality of benefits and affordability. He was elected to the Weedsport Central School Board for two terms, serving as vice-president and president, and he served as a member of the New York State School Boards Association for two years. Professor Zizza has been a presenter at the New York State United Teacher’s (NYSUT) Presidential Conference, and he has also been selected as a delegate to represent his constituency at NYSUT’s Representative Assembly since 2014. Professor Zizza received a 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, and he has been recognized by regional and national organizations for his leadership and service. 

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Dr. Kevin R. Caskey
SUNY New Paltz
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Dr. Kevin R. Caskey, Professor of Operations Management and Quantitative Methods at SUNY New Paltz, is known for his extraordinary service to his school and community. At the institutional level, he has served as chair of the curriculum committee, as a member of the executive committee, as ombudsperson, and as co-chair of the ad-hoc committee on governance, among many other roles. He has also served on the University Faculty Senate for more than a decade. In conjunction with Ulster BOCES and SUNY Ulster, he designed P-Tech Pathways, a public-private partnership providing high-school students with an alternative path to a career in technology; he has taught project management in that program. He taught economics to justice-involved students through the Bard Prison Initiative. He has used his expertise in production planning and manufacturing process improvements to improve operations and business functions at the New Paltz Rescue Squad, the Belleayre Mountain Ski Patrol, and the Gunks Mountain Biking Patrol Association. The New Paltz School of Business acknowledged him with a 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2015, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

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Dr. Susan E. Brennan
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Susan E. Brennan, Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University (SBU), is a renowned cognitive scientist, studying the psychology of language use. Deeply committed to graduate education, she has directed 10 Ph.D. students and served on another 26 Ph.D. committees. From 2015-2018, on loan from SBU to the National Science Foundation, she served as a program officer, where she directed the Graduate Research Fellowship program, and since 2019, she has served as an Innovation in Graduate Education Research Fellow for the SUNY Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. In that role, she conceived of and implemented the SUNY GREAT (Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent) award to provide $5K in flexible funding to SUNY students who win competitive federal graduate fellowships and remain within the SUNY system. This program has presented 50 awards since 2021. In 2003, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Society for Text and Discourse.

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Dr. Judith Ann Crowell
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Judith Ann Crowell, Division Chief for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University, has gained an international reputation for her foundational work on the dynamics of interpersonal relationships across the lifespan. Her studies linking a child’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers to their adult romantic relationships have had an enduring impact on the field, serving as a foundation for the work of many other academic researchers. These studies have also resulted in the development of several widely used research instruments, including the Crowell Parent Child Interaction Procedure, the Current Relationship Interview (CRI) and the Secure Bases Scoring System (SBSS), as well as 60 peer-reviewed articles and over a dozen book chapters. Over the past 30 years, her work has received continuous support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), private foundations, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). As the division chief, Dr. Crowell has been a tireless advocate for faculty/trainees and has launched the academic careers of numerous advisees now at prestigious institutions across the world. Stony Brook Medicine and the discipline have benefited from Dr. Crowell’s sustained service and advocacy in the areas of child health and autism at the local and national levels as well as through her contributions to National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientific review, editorial board service, and committee service for the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Dr. Lawrence C. Hurst
Stony Brook University
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Dr. Lawrence C. Hurst, Professor of Orthopaedics at Stony Brook University, is nationally recognized for his transformative service to orthopaedics. His career is dedicated to serving his patients, students, residents/fellows, and fellow faculty at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Since joining the Stony Brook faculty in 1979, even before the hospital at Stony Brook opened, Dr. Hurst has been committed to creating a first-class orthopaedic department, for which he served as chair from 1994 to 2021, and a world-class Hand Surgery division. He has received numerous accolades as a clinician, educator, and researcher. His trainees hold faculty positions in many academic institutions. Recently, desiring to provide education and address difficulties that surgeons world-wide face with the intricacies of hand surgery, he founded ‘Hand Surgery Resource,’ a non-profit organization supported by him, which provides free hand surgery educational material in the form of textbook and video information on surgical procedures. This resource has become an efficient and appropriate tool for hand surgeons, especially in parts of the world where the training for this intricate surgery is limited. For his outstanding contributions to orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Hurst received the New York State Medical Society’s Albion O. Bernstein Award, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Clinical Research Award, and the Long Island Business News Health Care Heroes Award. Dr. Hurst was also elected as a Lifetime Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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Dr. Wanda P. Fremont
Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Wanda P. Fremont, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, is a renowned board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She has served as director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training program, as medical director of the Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, and as chief and then vice-chair of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She developed and implemented initiatives to improve the system of mental-health care for children and adolescents in New York State, including founding Project TEACH, a consultation program to enhance capacity among primary care physicians and others working with mental health in children and adolescents, and more recently, with maternal health. She received Upstate’s Psychiatry Residents Faculty Award in 2001 and Best Teacher Award in Child Psychiatry in 2004, as well as the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. The American Psychiatric Association has honored her with the 1998 Bruno Lima Award for Excellence in Disaster Psychiatry; the 2004 Nancy C. A. Poeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education; and the 2017 Psychiatric Services Achievement Bronze Award presented to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care.

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