President's Report Masthead
September 30, 2014


Harpur College of Arts and Sciences


Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Professor of English, general literature and rhetoric, and director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the Creative Writing Program, was awarded the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs at its annual conference in Seattle in February. The award recognizes individuals who have worked tirelessly in support of writers.

Ralph Garruto
Research professor of biomedical anthropology, has been awarded the SUNY Medallion of Distinction. As a recipient, he becomes an honorary member of the SUNY Distinguished Academy that includes more than 400 active members, nearly 40 of them at Binghamton.

Tom McDonough
Associate professor and chair of art history, received a visiting associate professorship at Harvard University in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. While at Harvard, he will teach courses similar to those he offers at Binghamton, like “Artist as Typographer” and “Ends of French Cinema.”

Eric Rozners

Associate Professor of Chemistry received a four-year National Institutes of Health research award of $1,572,389 to continue his research on the recently discovered biological activity of amide-modified RNA. He also won an over $400,000 National Science Foundation award.

Marilynn Desmond
Distinguished professor of English and director of medieval studies, won the Rome Prize, a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Only 30 such awards are given annually, and Desmond is just one of two recipients in medieval studies this year. She will study a medieval manuscript at the Vatican Library for six months.

Graduate School of Education

Thanks to a generous grant from the Spencer Foundation, Associate Professor

Adam Laats

will spend the next academic year traveling to a variety of archives around the United States to conduct research for his next book, a history of conservative evangelical Protestant higher education. The book is tentatively titled Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education.