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2014 Excellence Award recipients
October 21, 2014Tweet
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
Lijun Yin is a path-breaking scholar in the field of human-computer interaction, computer graphics, multimedia and computer vision and his work impacts applications in arenas as diverse as homeland security, healthcare and forensics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Beijing University, China; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Alberta, Canada. He joined Binghamton University’s Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2001, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. With a focus on the broad areas of computer vision and computer graphics, he has made exceptional strides in several areas of specialization: face and gesture modeling, automated analysis and recognition, computer animation and expression understanding; biometrics; human-computer interaction; and multimedia systems. He has expanded the state-of-the-art by examining 3-dimensional images captured from multiple cameras and improving the accuracy of face detection in applications for surveillance and suspect identification, as well as for image-based visual database searches. He has pioneered techniques and established a reference database of sample facial expressions for use by researchers and industry, and worked with psychologists to develop novel techniques to automatically identify facial expressions in subjects and relate them to the subjects’ mental and physical state. The founder of start-up company DawnView Technology, he has more than 1,500 citations overall, is principal or co-principal on grants totaling over $1.8 million and continues to make real advances by pushing the boundaries of 3D facial recognition.
Douglas Holmes is a pioneer in the anthropology of European integration and Europeanization who is central to the emerging specialization of the anthropology of finance and markets. His outstanding and sustained research record supports his reputation as one of the most distinguished economic and political anthropologists of our era. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and his doctorate in anthropological sciences from Stony Brook University. He joined the faculty at Binghamton in 2002 as a professor of anthropology and has taught at the University of Houston, University of Otago, New Zealand and held visiting appointments at Emory and Rice universities. A sought-after intellectual, he is senior fellow of Meridian 180 at Cornell University Law School and a member of the interdisciplinary Global Financial Initiative of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell currently focusing on the communicative practices of central banks and the potential of their communications to shape broad political and social agendas. Also a prolific scholar, he has authored three books that have inspired new directions of thought and established a specialization in the anthropology of finance and markets. His most recent book, Economy of Words, aims to describe the role that language and communication play in monetary policy and is the culmination of 12 years of study on the history, culture and practice of central banking. Through his rigorous research efforts and collaboration across disciplines, he has been a trailblazer and has carved a crucial niche that is of major import.
Meredith Coles is a creative and versatile researcher who is one of the leading experts in the field of anxiety disorders. She is a superb thinker who is on the cutting edge of psychological science and who has made an important and indelible mark on the field of experimental psychopathology. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and fine arts from Dickinson College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Temple University before completing an internship in clinical psychology at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology with rotations at the National Center for PTSD, the Veterans Administration Boston Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the New England Medical Center Division of Child Psychology. She joined the faculty at Binghamton in 2003, and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. With research grants totaling over $550,000 from the National Institute of Mental Health, she has conducted studies including the first of mental health literacy for anxiety disorders. A member of the University’s Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience, she seeks to use the laboratory methods of experimental psychology to explain the nature and cause of mental illness and has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorders and social anxiety disorders. She has an impressive publication record for someone so early in her career. Her groundbreaking work includes development of both child and adult assessment scales that index childhood experiences hypothesized to lead to development of obsessive-compulsive disorders. These assessments have been translated into 10 languages and cited nearly 400 times.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jennifer Stoever is an inspirational, enthusiastic and innovative teacher who brings a wide-ranging repertoire of research interests to the classroom and who uses multiple forms of up-to-date multimedia tools to engage her students. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and her single subject credential in secondary education in English from the University of California, Riverside, and her master’s and doctorate in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She joined the faculty at Binghamton as an assistant professor in 2007, and was also a fellow in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University for the 2011-2012 academic year. She is equally inspirational whether teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level, linking transdisciplinary, research-based literary study in an American studies framework with in-depth cultural and historical contextualization and development of a critical, theoretical lens for understanding power and its role in identity formation and the production of social inequality. As one who believes students are best served when their curiosities, talents and skills are engaged through multiple venues, she incorporates traditional, technological and social elements into her teaching, including discussion; use of audio/video clips; musical archives; song playlists; PowerPoint displays; radio and television broadcasts; Blackboard; and social media. Through meticulous preparation, she creates a sophisticated, intellectual community for students that branches out beyond any text and results in lively, well-informed discussions that accommodate all ranges of learning styles, encourage a sense of comfort in expressing opinions, and reveal how research can inform teaching and learning.
Dina Maramba is a gifted teacher who successfully melds theory and practice in the classroom, creating a comfortable learning environment that allows students to broaden their perspectives and understanding as they delve deeply into often-sensitive topics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s degree in student affairs in higher education and PhD in education with an emphasis on higher education from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton as an assistant professor in 2005, she was director of TRiO student support services for the University of California, San Diego. Promoted to associate professor in 2012, she is called a superb teacher who fosters the competencies and habits of mind we seek in our graduates: disciplinary knowledge, critical thinking, a willingness to view programs through multiple perspectives and clear writing. She approaches students in an especially thoughtful manner and with an engaging style that others find inspirational and is praised for her ability to connect with and mentor students. With a belief that self-reflection, theory and action are critical to both teaching and learning, she requires her students to integrate research, theory and practice, using her own research and personal experiences to model for them how to understand complex theoretical concepts and integrate knowledge with connections to the larger social context. She is known for creating an extremely safe environment for questions and comments, even during discussions about difficult topics such as affirmative action.
Harold Lewis encourages students, inspires their intellectual curiosity and creativity, and challenges them to tackle complex topics by building on their understanding of the fundamentals. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and his master’s degree and doctorate in systems science from Binghamton University. Between earning his degrees, he worked as an engineer, programmer and translator for Kurol Electric Co. Ltd. in Japan, as a programmer/analyst for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, as a staff engineer for IBM and as an assistant professor of the faculty of economics at Fukushima University in Japan. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1998 as associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering and has served as the department’s graduate director for systems science since 1999. He has authored one book, The Foundations of Fuzzy Control, remains abreast of his field, and brings his knowledge to the classroom. He is uniquely able to adapt lessons to the background and needs of his students, teaching at all levels and connecting with students without loss of academic rigor. His student-centered approach to instruction, coupled with his international experience, are assets in the classroom as he offers meaningful, globalized examples to students while accommodating their different communication and learning styles. With the education of students as his primary goal, he spends enormous amounts of time teaching them concepts and the very basics of critical thinking, yet is extremely flexible in his course teaching, fine-tuning material and pedagogy as needed by the students in his classes.
Alistair Lees is a dedicated and gifted teacher who has inspired and motivated students and colleagues alike with his innovative, rigorous and caring style. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, which awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science in Chemistry in 2005. After conducting a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California, he joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in 1981, and was promoted to associate professor in 1986. He was a visiting professor in 1983 with IBM Corporation, and also a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, England, from 1988 to 1989. He returned to Binghamton as department chair for two years and was promoted to professor. He then served as professor and dean at the University of Central Lancashire in England for two years, and returned again to Binghamton in 1994, where he has remained with the exception three years as a visiting professor at the University of York in England. He has taught courses ranging from small, graduate seminars to large, mainstream general chemistry courses, but no matter the class size, he reaches out to every student, always keeping in mind their differing abilities and learning styles. With a commitment to teaching that is fueled by the opportunity to make a difference in his students’ lives, he is able to convey his passion for the material and leave students with a feeling of accomplishment and reward.
Kimberly Jaussi is an extraordinary educator whose passion for student-centered teaching and whose commitment to students are unparalleled. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College and her doctorate in business administration and organizational behavior from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She joined the faculty at Binghamton University’s School of Management as an assistant professor in 2001, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. Creativity is her hallmark and she instills it into every class, always encouraging students to think outside of the box. Her own teaching philosophy clearly outlines her passion for putting students at the center of her teaching, as she believes it is her job to awaken and involve them in the co-creation of the learning journey while inspiring them to discover their gifts and passions. She sets high expectations while giving students meaningful work, building on their strengths and giving them chances to fail, all while also giving them the resources they need to share, take risks, try new things and play. Constantly changing her approach to do whatever it takes to motivate her students, she challenges her students to think on their feet and give back to the community, yet treats every student as an individual, spending inordinate amounts of time with each one to find out how best to help each student succeed. Finally, she truly understands the value of collaboration across disciplines, industry and community, and works to bring that value to her students in the classroom.
Barry Jones is a masterful teacher and mentor who challenges students to think critically by using real-world situations to help them delve into and better understand complex concepts. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University of Ohio, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1999, as an assistant professor of economics, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and as a Brookings Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was also a visiting professor at Syracuse University, a Leverhulme Fellow at Aston University in the United Kingdom and a visiting scholar at Lund University in Sweden. His number one priority is to teach students to think critically and rigorously about real-world issues and the policies that relate to them, striving to challenge them to think in new directions rather than simply memorizing results. Fostering an informal, conversational atmosphere in class, he is carefully prepared and relates difficult concepts in theoretical macroeconomics to current
events, bringing life into abstract economic theories for his students and relating them to national and international conversations about the role of economics. He is skilled at conveying even complex concepts with clarity, in making abstract analytical presentations compelling and in motivating students to reason creatively. In this manner, he empowers students to solve demanding assignments and succeed on challenging exams.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
(also recipient of Council/Foundation Award)
Dana Stewart is known for the multifaceted nature of her service and the energy, generosity, intellectual creativity, vision, efficiency and organizational skills she brings to bear when serving her department, campus and beyond. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Southern California, and her master’s and PhD in Italian from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor of Italian in 1994, and was promoted to associate professor in 2000. Her service to Binghamton University has been consistent and outstanding since her arrival, including extensive committee work for the campus and professional associations, supervision and organization of extracurricular activities for students of Italian, establishing and overseeing the weekly “Italian Table” for those who wish to improve their conversational Italian, collaborating with colleagues in the Linguistics Program and serving as undergraduate director for the Department of Romance Languages. She organizes, hosts and publishes the annual Bernardo Lecture and, in her role with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS), revived and now edits Mediaevalia, an interdisciplinary journal of medieval studies that garnered her the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals at the Modern Language Association. Most recently, she took the lead in every detail to plan and oversee the CEMERS-sponsored international conference to celebrate the 700th birthday of the Italian author Boccaccio. The international conference, with attendees from four continents, was termed monumental by participants, setting the bar that was not equaled by other conferences.
Nadia Rubaii, a forward-thinking, synergistic visionary, has internationalized the field of public affairs education and continues to bring endless energy to serving the campus and the global community. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Binghamton University, she was an assistant professor and director of the master of public administration program at New Mexico State University before joining the faculty at Binghamton University in 2004. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, examining the universality of public service values and competencies for public administration officials. She has served as chair of the Department of Public Administration and director of graduate studies and was indispensable in developing the curriculum and program that resulted in initial accreditation for her department. Her contributions to the development of her department’s immigration studies program and internationalization also stand out. She revised her own teaching to include Languages Across the Curriculum elements and is a tireless mentor to students and junior faculty, often incorporating international experiences such as Binghamton University’s first service-learning study-abroad program in Peru. Her leadership in crafting an innovative curriculum that strengthened her department’s public administration and non-profit focus has extended the department’s influence nationally and internationally. She also led the interdepartmental team that drafted the first by-laws for the College of Community and Public Affairs. She has served her discipline as president of NASPAA, the national professional association of public administration programs, and, in that role, was a crucial driver toward evidence-based decision-making for the field.
Scott Craver is a student-centered educator, committed to improving the academic environment for both students and colleagues. A ‘Pied Piper’ of sorts, he regularly finds ways to engage students and help them arrive at elegant solutions to complex problems. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and also worked as a research assistant for IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center and the Intel Microprocessor Research Lab, and as a software engineer for TeraCentral Corporation. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in 2004, and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. Currently undergraduate director for his department, he is also director of the Seymour Kunis Media Core, a laboratory for multimedia and signal processing, and multimedia security. From the moment he arrived at Binghamton, he has provided exceptional service, starting with development of a Web-based system to facilitate and manage the department’s assessment activities to meet accreditation requirements, which he continues to maintain and update. He also manages his department’s Web presence, but beyond administrative service, he serves as the faculty advisor to the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and organizes and runs regular team trivia nights for students to help them better understand science, math and engineering concepts. He has also involved students in a national security-oriented programming contest that has brought national recognition to the University in the area of cyber security, further strengthening the University’s identity among prospective students.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship
Julie Wang is a tireless advocate for students and faculty in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, always working to expand the research materials they rely on. Through creativity and ingenuity, she has developed a remarkably strong collection in East Asian studies and is known as a global partner in her field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Beijing Normal University in China, and an MLS degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been a technical services librarian for Ithaca College Library and for the McDaniel College Hoover library, and has held positions with Pennsylvania State University Libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries and the Yale University Libraries. She joined the Binghamton University Libraries in 2007, as area studies librarian for Asian and Asian American studies, providing reference services and individual research consultations, developing and managing the print and electronic collections in Asian and Asian American studies, coordinating the acquisition of Asian materials, chairing the Asian collections group, and planning and implementing library-related instruction for Asian and Asian American studies. She has been creative and innovative in seeking funding to support the department, including through grants from the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, the Nippon Foundation, the Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund and others, resulting in a remarkably strong collection in East Asian studies. Beyond the campus, she is very active in professional organizations, and has founded both the Southern Tier Chinese School and the Southern Tier Chinese Culture Association.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
Daniel McKinney is an enthusiastic, attentive and helpful teacher who cares about his students and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure their success. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/computer science from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, where he has been a graduate teaching assistant since 2002, an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Mathematical Sciences and a mathematics instructor and math lab tutor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Called a teacher in every sense of the word, he has been a valuable asset to the EOP, enabling students to fulfill their mathematics reasoning general education requirement within their first years at Binghamton. He has also been the mainstay of the Department of Mathematical Sciences teaching, single-handedly taking charge of pre-calc teaching and mentoring other pre-calc instructors. He is able to bring an astonishing number of students from the remedial level to the A-level in Calc 1, a transformation that opens up a world of possibilities for students. He is praised by students and faculty alike for his ability to present math, sometimes seen as static and unchanging, as something new and intriguing that can be used to solve different types of problems throughout life. Described as masterful in the classroom, he uses what he calls conversational lectures to help students develop a conceptual understanding through a dynamic, hands-on approach, thus passing along his love of the subject matter and motivating his students to strive toward their maximum potential.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Called the bedrock of the Alumni Association, Rose Frierman, senior director of alumni relations, is the chief operating officer/chief financial officer for the Alumni Association Board of Directors, representing more than 117,000 Binghamton University alumni. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing, from Elmira College, and a master’s degree in social science from Binghamton University. Before joining the staff at Binghamton University in 1986, she served as associate director of admissions at Elmira College. During her tenure at Binghamton, she has shown unwavering support for the alumni body, worked tirelessly to obtain campus buy-in for Alumni Association initiatives and developed meaningful relationships that have revitalized and propelled the association forward. When the Alumni Association engaged a consultant to assist with a comprehensive look at the association, she served as a confident and professional leader, dedicated to implementing recommendations. Her efforts culminated in the first-ever Alumni Leaders Conference in April 2013, when more than 200 alumni leaders returned to campus to learn how they could help the University. The tremendously successful event was followed in 2014 with a smaller Alumni Leaders Council meeting, equally as successful at engaging alumni with the University. Always prepared, knowledgeable and timely, she is universally respected by the members of the Alumni Association board and its committees. For over two decades, she has been the driving force of the Alumni Association, providing steady leadership and helping to reenergize and refocus its mission, charting a course that enables the association to meet and exceed its goals.
Dennis Chavez, director of student financial aid and records, manages and oversees all financial aid and registrar functions, policies and procedures to support student success and maintain the University’s student record. With a bachelor’s degree in social sciences/human services from the University at Buffalo, he began his career at Cornell University, where he rose to director of student financial aid and employment before joining the staff at Binghamton as associate director of student financial aid and employment in 1998. He rose to director in 2001, and assumed his current position in 2010. Approaching challenges thoughtfully and inclusively, he has created a student-centered vision for providing services to students that further the University’s mission. His leadership and team-building skills have enabled a smooth merger between the registrar and financial aid offices that has culminated in an efficient, service-oriented office with high morale and a can-do spirit. He develops his staff through listening, weekly training sessions and creativity – including using a Jeopardy-style format for training sessions – that injects fun and he has made his office a model for service to be emulated by all. His efforts have helped keep Binghamton’s retention and graduation rates among the highest in the country, contributing to the University’s high ranking in national publications. Guided by noteworthy principles, he focuses on reducing student debt and minimizing the gap for students with financial need so they can pursue their dreams rather than take a position that pays more so they can pay off their debt.
Tammara Behonick, assistant dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA), earned her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in accounting from Binghamton University., and worked as a financial/human resources assistant at Cornell University before joining the staff at Binghamton in 1998. She has been a staff assistant and coordinator of graduate programs for the Watson School, served as assistant to the provost for five years, and became assistant dean for the School of Education and Human Development in 2005, remaining in that role with CCPA when the new school was created. Always pleasant and respectful to everyone she comes in contact with, she maintains impeccable financial records for CCPA, and finds ways to maximize its budget. She has also become the expert mover for CCPA, having coordinated moves into the University Downtown Center twice and a move out to temporary quarters on the Vestal campus due to the 2011 flood. Colleagues across the board called the moves – whether planned or unexpected – seamless thanks to her oversight, as she provided regular updates, responded to inquiries at all hours, stayed on top of an extraordinary number of details and always maintained a calming presence. Called a partner by many, she is known for providing accurate information, prompt assistance and creative solutions while addressing the variety of challenges that can arise during day-to-day administrative operations. She is the quintessential go-to person for problems large and small and her resourcefulness has repeatedly changed seemingly hopeless situations into success stories.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service
Amy Edwards graduated from Chenango Valley High School and immediately entered the workforce. She joined the staff at Binghamton University as a keyboard specialist in the Graduate School in 1999, remaining in that position until 2006, when she moved to the Department of Social Work in the newly formed College of Community Affairs (CCPA) as a Secretary 1. Called an invaluable member of the department, CCPA and the University as a whole, she was presented with the Spirit of CCPA Award to recognize exemplary representatives of the school in 2010. Willing to take on any new task or learn any new system, she has become indispensable to the department and is central to helping students with both the concrete and emotional aspects of completing their graduate programs. She makes students feel welcome and supported, and also provides them the information they need to succeed. Her responsibilities are numerous, including providing secretarial support for the entire department; assisting with all travel, meetings, faculty searches, accreditation, special events and more; building the MSW program into the registration process; overseeing compliance with graduation requirements; working with alumni on licensing requirements; and acting as the face of the department. In all this, she is reliable, hardworking and resourceful, juggling multiple tasks in a calm, problem-solving manner and making it look easy. She is kind, empathetic, patient and organized; works well within a multidisciplinary team; is sensitive and respectful of diverse populations; and provides continuous support to students, faculty and staff in the Department of Social Work.
Thomas Petersen, a graduate of St. Pius X High School in Uniondale, N.Y., attended St. John’s University before leaving to help his father run a newspaper delivery business. He began his tenure at Binghamton University as a Mail and Supply Clerk in Campus Mail Services in 1998, moving to a Calculations Clerk 2 position in Telecommunications in 2001, a Clerk 2 position in Human Resources in 2007, and to his current position as a Payroll Examiner 1 in Human Resources in 2008. His excellent judgment, ability to work through stressful and sensitive situations surrounding employees’ pay and leave accruals and exceptional customer service set him apart. He has a rare ability to set people at ease, even when explaining very complex payroll situations, and uses that same ability to train student workers and to forge productive working relationships with partners including the Office of the State Comptroller. He has a deep understanding of the payroll system, and is known to follow up with employees to ensure an issue has been resolved satisfactorily. Always ready to go the extra mile, he is said to exhibit a quiet leadership through tact and patience and he is a constant role model for mature and responsible behavior. He has exceptionally strong communication and interpersonal skills, and also brings his sense of humor to bear, keeping things appropriately light-hearted even during difficult situations. His attention to detail has saved money for the campus and the state and he always take immediate care of any issues.
Cathy Wilding graduated from high school in Hudson, N.Y., and joined the staff at Binghamton University in 1981 as an SG4 Laboratory Animal Caretaker, was promoted to SG8 Senior Animal Caretaker two years later, supervising a staff of five, and was again promoted to the newly created position of SG11 Principle Animal Caretaker in 2009. She coordinates and supervises daily operations and care for vertebrate animals used in both research and testing. In many ways a pioneer in the department, she was also on the Science 5 Planning Committee and played a key role in the day-to-day logistics during construction and the transition to the new building, holding disruption to the animals to a minimum. She has earned respect by her hard work and willingness to do whatever needs to be done, always with a smile. This was evident when a water main broke in 2010, causing tremendous difficulties for caring for the University’s research animals. She helped oversee plans to care for the animals, motivated her staff and not a single animal was lost as a result. She manages her responsibilities in a very constrained and strong regulatory compliance atmosphere, and partners with researchers and staff to enforce guidelines as they evolve. Her ability to establish a positive culture for research compliance is outstanding. Called exceptionally flexible, responsive and nimble in a dynamic environment, she has never lost sight of her role to enable research. In 2011, she received the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Upstate New York Branch Manager of the Year Award.
Lisa Gilroy, assistant vice president for sponsored programs in the Division of Research, earned her bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences and her master’s in public administration from Binghamton University. She also holds a certificate in government acquisition and management from Binghamton. She began her tenure at Binghamton University in 1986, as an administrative assistant in the Small Business Development Center, and moved to the Office of Sponsored Programs as an assistant for grant and contract applications in 1989. She was promoted in 1995 and again in 2002 to increasingly responsible grant and contract administrator positions, and became director of the office in 2004. In 2010, she was promoted to her current position, and added the role of diversity officer for the Division of Research to her duties in 2013. She has tremendous expertise in working with faculty to search for funding, submit proposals, negotiate contracts and work on details with attorneys and technology transfer experts and her ability to assume and complete new responsibilities and improve processes is unmatched. She was sought out by the Research Foundation to serve as the first and only campus representative on its Planning and Monitoring Team and has excelled in the role. She chairs the COEUS Consortium, working long hours to provide a first-class proposal submission pre award online system, helped kick off the Research Foundation’s first mentor protégé program. She leads by example, with high energy, while also assisting others as she juggles high-priority projects and is called sincere, candid and dedicated by everyone she works with.
Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for Academic Achievement
Raymond Romanczyk, distinguished service professor of psychology and adjunct professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stony Brook University, and his master’s and PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He is a licensed psychologist in New York state, and a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. He began his tenure at Binghamton University in 1974, the same year he founded the Institute for Child Development (ICD), a state-certified, full-day treatment school for children ages 1 to 12 on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, that also includes centers that provide in-house opportunities for clinical training and state-of-the-art research. A recognized institutional leader in the field of autism treatment and an example of the best practices in education for children with autism, the ICD is home to many centers including the Children’s Unit for Treatment and Evaluation, the Children’s Unit for Learning and Discovery and the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ICD has had an enormous impact on the families it serves from all over the state, nation and internationally, as well as on the more than 2,500 students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have trained there. It was named by the National Research Council as one of 10 model, comprehensive programs in the nation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Passionate about his work and about training students to carry his work forward, he continues to work with students at all levels to create and transmit transformational knowledge that betters our campus and community.
University Award for Excellence in International Education
Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari
Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, distinguished professor and dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the University of Madras, India, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has transformed the Watson School with an ambitious vision for its internationalization, encompassing breadth and depth from research to teaching to individual student learning. He holds a clear vision that today’s engineers will be successful only if they understand how to work across national boundaries and in different cultures and work environments. He believes that preparing students begins with a globally proficient professoriate and a unifying idea to create a global engineering classroom in any endeavor, be it at Binghamton University or abroad, in a laboratory or in industry. Recognized with the 2014 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, he is strategic in the development of international partnerships with universities. He has initiated or continued approximately 11 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with select international partners, and with current, successful partnerships in India, China, Korea, Jordan, Turkey, Vietnam and Brazil, he has plans for expansion to other countries, building on the Watson School’s existing strengths and as appropriate partners are identified. His approach is always guided by the belief that growth in international education should be both horizontal, in the form of MoUs and strong relationships around the world, and vertical, in the form of enriching the educational experience for students and faculty.
Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
Professor of Psychology Lisa Savage earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her PhD in experimental psychology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She was a post-doctoral research associate at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., before joining the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in 1995. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and full professor in 2009. She has enrolled an average of five undergraduate students per semester in her laboratory and relentlessly pursues her aim to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in science by training McNair and Bridges to the Baccalaureate students in her lab and by co-directing the Bridges program. An extraordinary role model, she has nurtured close to 100 undergraduate students in this manner during her career, and continues to serve as a mentor for her students following graduation, with many now successful professionals in science, medicine, dentistry, education and other fields. She also directs a large number of independent honors undergraduate projects and frequently takes undergraduate student collaborators to present at national and regional scientific conferences, many of whom have also been published as a result of their work in her lab. Because of her deep commitment to mentoring science students as well as her support of first-generation and underrepresented students, she works to demystify the research experience, encouraging students to expand their skills while developing them into self-sufficient scientists.
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Director
Leslie Lander earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He has taught at the University College of North Wales, United Kingdom; been a scientific assistant at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a research fellow at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom; and held visiting and faculty positions in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1984, rising to the position of associate professor in 1994. As director of graduate studies for the Department of Computer Science since 1995, he is called its lynchpin in sustaining a well-populated, healthy graduate program. He spearheads the graduate student recruitment process, works to streamline the admission process, and selects and works with student ambassadors from feeder schools to ensure a steady stream of qualified applicants. The prime driver of the graduate program, he also monitors student progress, advises students to help them succeed and trains them to be strong professionals through projects that hone their skills. He also ensures that all graduation requirements are met, paperwork is correctly filed and students are making satisfactory progress toward their graduate degrees. As a member of more than 40 PhD committees and advisor for close to 300 master’s projects, his patience, passion, work ethic and motivation serve him well as he also teaches introductory programming courses to freshmen while maintaining his high standards for graduate-level programs.