SUNY Provost Alexander N. Cartwright Named An AAAS Fellow

November 22, 2016

Honor Received Alongside University at Buffalo Faculty Dr. James M. O'Donnell and Dr. Dean G. Tang


Albany – The State University of New York today announced that Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest multidisciplinary scientific society in the world dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering, and innovation.

Provost Cartwright, one of three from SUNY to be named, was recognized for, "outstanding research, teaching and mentorship in optics, for advancing science in New York, nationally, and internationally, and for strengthening diversity and inclusion in science." The appointment reflects his work as SUNY provost as well as professor of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. James M. O'Donnell, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular and translational neuroscience. Dr. Dean G. Tang, Professor of Oncology and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and research professor at the University at Buffalo, was recognized for advancing the basic understanding of tumor cell heterogeneity.

"Throughout their careers, Provost Cartwright, Dr. O’Donnell, and Dr. Tang have emphasized the value of students and faculty working alongside one another as critical research is conducted and ground-breaking discoveries are made," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "This focus, as well as an essential commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, has led to their much deserved appointments as AAAS fellows, a national recognition that represents SUNY well."

"The University at Buffalo and the entire State University of New York do a remarkable job creating campus environments where innovation and research can really thrive," said Provost Cartwright. "It is an environment made all the stronger by the adoption of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy last year. My research and ongoing work mentoring students at UB provide a valuable lens to guide my work as Provost. It is a great honor to be named among the 2016 AAAS Fellows alongside some of the most innovative scientists in the world, including my SUNY colleagues."

"Appointment as an AAAS fellow is a competitive process where only those who truly embody the principles of the organization succeed," said University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi. "We are so delighted that three outstanding faculty affiliated with UB have earned this honor. I know I speak for their colleagues across the University at Buffalo in saying how delighted we are to see their research and academic accomplishments recognized with this great honor."

In his current role, Provost Cartwright refocused SUNY’s academic agenda around the overarching areas of: student success and completion; diversity, equity and inclusion; and, through research growth, increasing SUNY’s impact on state and global challenges. He remains active in research and scholarship and continues to mentor students. An internationally recognized scholar in the area of optical sensors and photonics, Provost Cartwright has produced more than 150 peer reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings. He holds three patents and his innovations have resulted in his being named a Fellow of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, as well as NAI - The National Academy of Inventors.

About AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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