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Belfort and Hannan Named Distinguished Professors
by Lisa James Goldsberry
Marlene Belfort and Edward Hannan, both from the School of Public Health, are UAlbany’s newest Distinguished Professors. More >>

Professor Leonard A. Slade, Jr., chair of the Department of Africana Studies, has had an article accepted for the 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. The article is George Moses Horton, First Black Bard of the South: A Critical Evaluation.

Eugene Schuler has agreed to join Interim Vice President for Research Jeryl L. Mumpower as full-time associate vice president to assist in the efforts to grow the research enterprise at UAlbany. In order to assume this new responsibility, Schuler will continue to direct the University’s Office of Technology Development and the Business Incubation Program, and will relinquish his role as East Campus operations manager. Until a permanent director of East Campus Operations is found, a team of professionals led by John Giarrusso, director of operations for Finance and Business, will be in charge.

Electric Songs (EMF, 2003), Assistant Professor of Music Bob Gluck’s second CD, was released in mid-October. The new recording documents Gluck’s recent performances with acoustical instruments (Turkish saz, ram’s horn, and voice) whose sounds have been digitally transformed in real time, using home-designed software interfaces controlled by electronic sensors installed upon the instruments. The sounds are layered and mixed to create complex, evolving sound collages. Gluck directs the University’s Electronic Music Studios.

Several UAlbany professors have been named recipients of the Chancellor’s Research Recognition Award. The awards were presented at an October 20 dinner to Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Eric Block; Professor of Biomedical Sciences Joachim Frank; Distinguished Professor of Sociology John Logan; and Distinguished Professor of Social Welfare William J. Reid (See obituary above). Speakers included John J. O’Connor, president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and vice chancellor and secretary of SUNY; Randy A. Daniels, vice chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees and New York State secretary of state; and George B. Stefano, vice chair, Research Foundation Board of Directors and distinguished professor, State University College at Old Westbury.

Deborah Andersen of the School of Information Science and Policy is the editor of Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process, recently released by M.E. Sharpe. To receive tenure, professors have long been required to write scholarly monographs or articles, engage in serious research, and teach effectively. In recent years, however, the emergence of digital scholarship has changed – and complicated – the picture in unexpected ways. Promotional materials from the publisher note: “This collection of cutting-edge articles marks the first effort to evaluate the place of digital scholarship in the tenure, promotion, and review process… this book will help shape policy in the murky world of tenure review and become a point of reference for scholars and administrators everywhere.”

Distinguished Professor Emeritus William N. Fenton was honored on October 6 with a celebration at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.
He was honored for his pioneering and monumental research and scholarship
on the Iroquois nation.

Professor of Economics Kajal Lahiri, director of UAlbany’s Econometric Research Institute, has been developing a new system with doctoral student Vincent Yao to chart the movement of people and goods along the nation’s highways, railroads, pipelines, flight paths, and waterways in order to assess the health of the economy. The hope is that this system will one day be used like other prominent economic indicators, such as the Gross Domestic Product and the Consumer Price Index. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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