AWARDS, HONORS, APPOINTMENTS AND RECOGNITION
The following promotions have been announced: Katherine French (History) has been promoted to professor; Anne Galperin (Art) to associate professor; Glenn Geher (Psychology) to professor; Susan Lewis (History) to associate professor; Andrea Noel (Elementary Education) to associate professor; Louis Roper (History) to professor; Surinder Tikoo (Business) to professor; and Reva Wolf (Art History) to professor. All promotions take effect at the start of the 2008-2009 academic year.
David Clark (Mathematics) won the 2008 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference’s top prize for human-competitive results produced by genetic and evolutionary computation. Clark worked with Lee Spector, a computer scientist at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., to solve a century-old algebra problem using evolutionary processes. The interdisciplinary team – along with Hampshire College students and alumni – searched for formulas that are useful in the design of electronic switching circuits.
Assistant Dean Joe Ramos (Art) has been appointed interim dean for the School of Fine and Performing Arts while the college searches for a new dean. Dean Kurt Daw has taken a position at San Francisco State University in California as dean of the College of Creative Arts. Daw served at New Paltz for five years and led the school through many outstanding milestones, including achieving full national accreditation, hiring 22 new staff, doubling the base operating budget and receiving the school’s first federal appropriation.
Victor de Munck (Anthropology) has received a Fulbright Award to travel to Macedonia for the fall 2009 semester. He will be lecturing and conducting research through the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He plans to study the conditions when Muslim-Christian (and inter-ethnic) relationships are cooperative and positive.
Megan Ferguson (Chemistry), John Harrington (Chemistry; School of Science and Engineering Dean, Emeritus) Pamela St. John, (Chemistry) and Maureen Morrow (Biology) have been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant for $253,668. The grant will be used to purchase an atomic force microscope (AFM) that sits on an inverted optical microscope platform. The new instrumentation will be used for teaching and research with undergraduates. The college will be the only institution in the Mid-Hudson Valley with a research grade AFM.