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Nine to be honored with Chancellor’s Citations March 17
Nine to be honored with Chancellor’s Citations March 17March 11, 2008Sara Millersemortim@syr.edu
Nine Syracuse University faculty and staff members will receive Chancellor’s Citations at a dinner in their honor March 17 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. The 2007-08 Chancellor’s Citations will recognize individuals in the categories of: Engaging the World; Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction; Outstanding Contributions to Academic Access and Support; and this year, a Special Award for Excellence.
The selection committee received many outstanding nominations for this year’s awards and will honor the following 2007-08 Chancellor Citation Award winners:
- Barbara Deimling, director of Syracuse University in Florence (SUF);
- John E. LaGraff, emeritus professor of aerospace engineering;
- Grant Reeher, associate professor of political science and director of Graduate Studies;
- Marina Artuso, professor of physics;
- Tomasz Skwarnicki, professor of physics;
- Mark N. Glauser, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and interim associate dean for research and doctoral programs in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science;
- Tadeusz Iwaniec, John Raymond French Distinguished Professor of Mathematics;
- Adrea L. Jaehnig, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center; and
- David M. Rubin, dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Each Chancellor’s Citation recipient receives a special art object created by a member of the faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, together with a citation statement recognizing his or her accomplishments.
BARBARA DEIMLINGEngaging the World
Deimling joined the University’s center in Florence, Italy, in 1997 as a faculty member and then became its director in 2000.
As director, Deimling coordinates all academic, faculty, student and community components of the Florence Center, which was established in 1959. Most notably, she has created many opportunities for U.S. students staying in Florence to do more than just experience the local culture, but also give back to the residents and community in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Deimling has forged new, key relationships with Florence government and community officials to continue the tradition of SUF being an integral part of the Florentine community. Through the SUF Volunteer Program, student volunteers visit elementary schools to read to school children; in past semesters, students have staged large- and small-scale theatrical performances for area students and residents, including Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm and Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”[more]
JOHN E. LAGRAFFEngaging the World
During his distinguished career, LaGraff, emeritus professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS), has been at the forefront of promoting the internationalization of engineering studies.
LaGraff was the originator and founding director of the Engineering Year Abroad Program through SU Abroad. When it began in 1980, it was the first program to provide engineering students with an opportunity to live and study abroad in a full-year, fully integrated program. In spring 2003, he helped to finalize an exchange agreement with the University Politecnica de Madrid in Spain for undergraduate study, and today the engineering study abroad program continues through SU Abroad with semester- and summer-long academic and internship opportunities in England, France and Spain.
LaGraff joined the SU faculty in 1970 and served as chair of LCS’ Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering from 1998-2003. Prior to his tenure as department chair, LaGraff served as program director of aerospace engineering for 13 years.[more]
GRANT REEHEREngaging the World
Reeher, an associate professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, instills in his undergraduate students the belief that political science studies mean little without the active and informed engagement of citizens wanting to create change. This theme of promoting civic participation is central to Reeher’s teaching, scholarship and service to the community.
Reeher has served as the faculty team leader for Maxwell’s team-taught citizenship course, “Critical Issues for America,” and also regularly teaches the course “Democratic Theory and Practice.” He works with political science majors to help them gain practical experience in politics through internship opportunities and also serves as director of SU Abroad’s summer program on “Politics and Media in England,” which aims to internationalize the concept of civic engagement though course work and an internship in London.
Reeher also regularly publishes editorial essays on various political topics — several of which have appeared in national newspapers — and writes a regular political column for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Reeher’s recent book, “First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service” (NYU Press, 2006), addresses public alienation from politics and politicians by studying legislators and their careers. A recent edited volume, “The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships That Make Government Work” (CQ Press, 2008), emphasizes values-based leadership. He has given numerous talks on various aspects of politics and citizenship to local community organizations and served on civic organizations such as the League of Women Voters Fair Campaign Practices Committee.[more]
MARINA ARTUSOFaculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
TOMASZ SKWARNICKIFaculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
Professors Artuso and Skwarnicki are leading researchers and scholars in the study of particle physics and have individually and collaboratively worked on important discoveries that help define the properties of the basic forces in nature.
Both Artuso and Skwarnicki conduct experiments in high-energy physics, and both for more than 20 years have worked in the CLEO experiment, one of the world’s most advanced particle detectors located at the CESR accelerator at Cornell University. Specifically, their individual and collaborative efforts have contributed to the development and installation of the Ring Imaging Cherenkov detector (RICH). CESR collides electrons with their anti-particles, positrons, and produces many other kinds of particles; the RICH is a sophisticated device that is able to then classify the identities of these particles, which was previously not possible.
MARK N. GLAUSERFaculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
Glauser, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and interim associate dean for research and doctoral programs at LCS, is a distinguished researcher and teacher, and advocate for diversity in engineering education and professions.
Glauser joined the SU faculty in 2001, with a dual appointment as associate director of research at the Syracuse University-led New York STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQS). As a principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he has obtained more than $10 million in research funding related to the EQS center and other areas from such organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA.
Glauser was recently elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), honored during the 60th annual meeting of the APS’ Division of Fluid Dynamics in November 2007.[more]
TADEUSZ IWANIECFaculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
Since his first research paper in 1974, Iwaniec has written more than 100 papers, and this research has led to numerous lecture invitations all over the world, including invitations to address the International Congress of Mathematicians and the American Mathematical Society. He is an internationally known mathematician who works in the broad areas of geometric function theory and partial differential equations.
Iwaniec joined Syracuse University in 1986 as a professor of mathematics; in 1996, he was named the John Raymond French Distinguished Professor of Mathematics.
He has had research grant support from the National Science Foundation continuously since 1988, including one of the few NSF Collaborative Grants received at SU.[more]
ADREA L. JAEHNIGOutstanding Contributions to Academic Access and Support
In 2001, the University’s first-ever LGBT Resource Center was established with the leadership of founding director Adrea Jaehnig. Today, the LGBT Resource Center serves as a model in higher education, supporting a diverse, active community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students, staff and faculty. The center was recently recognized by Campus Pride — the leading national organization that promotes collaboration among LGBT student leaders and campus groups — as one of only eight institutions nationwide to earn a perfect, five-star rating in its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
Today, under Jaehnig’s direction, the University’s LGBT Resource Center is staffed by three professionals and several student assistants who work to provide information, services, education and campus programming to the LGBT community and its allies. The center’s staff works with faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote a campus climate that is safe, supportive and respectful for LGBT students.
Since the center’s founding and during Jaehnig’s tenure, SU has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Campuses for LGBT students and is included in “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,” the first comprehensive campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States. Jaehnig also co-teaches the “Intergroup Dialogue Course on Sexual Orientation,” along with the Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel.[more]
DAVID M. RUBINSpecial Award for Excellence
Rubin, dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the past 17 years, will step down from his position effective June 30 and return to the faculty. As dean since July 1990, Rubin has made a major impact on all aspects of the school, from fundraising and alumni relations to the quality of the student body and the administrative structure.
Rubin has transformed the school with numerous programs, new hires and initiatives, resulting in Newhouse being one of the most selective communications schools in the country, with an admission rate of less than 25 percent. Early in his tenure, he established a Career Development Center and an alumni relations operation that have become models for other units at SU. He created a new faculty rank, Professor of Practice, which allows top professionals from industry to bring their expertise to the University and assume full-time faculty positions without the pressure of a research agenda.
Under his leadership, the school created a special deanship and office to support graduate professional master’s degree students. He started graduate programs in arts journalism, new media and media management.[more]