LA&S names Excellence in Service and Scholarship award recipients

December 17, 2012
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announced recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Service and Scholarship Awards at its fall faculty meeting on Dec. 4.

2012 LA&S Excellence in Service award winners Kristine Harris (left) and Giordana Grossi (right)

The 2012 LA&S Excellence in Service Award went to Professor Kristine Harris (History), for her exemplary service as director of the Asian Studies Program for the past 12 years. Harris joined the faculty in the Department of History in 1996. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments is the expansion of the number of Asian Studies participating faculty and the establishment of new study abroad programs with colleges and universities in Asia, two recent examples being Nanjing University and National Taipei University.

The recipient of the 2012 LA&S Excellence in Scholarship Award is Professor Giordana Grossi (Psychology). Grossi has maintained an exemplary level of scholarship from the time she was hired at New Paltz in 2001. She has published 15 papers, five of them over the past four years. Grossi’s work over the last few years focuses on two highly specialized areas: empirical research focusing on brain organization related to reading; and a theoretical program in which she provides a scientific critique of research on inherent sex difference in cognition and brain organization.

According to James Schiffer, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, “These two colleagues are models of the highest professional standards, and it is a pleasure to see them recognized with these awards. It is an honor to work with faculty of the caliber of Kristine Harris and Giordana Grossi.”

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