Professors Winn and Lance named Emeritus Center Fellows for 2023

A headshot or Timothy Reese next to a photo of a seated Mary Beth Winn holding books that say Opera Cinema. Above her head is a purple bar with the words Emeritus Center.
Professers emeriti Timothy Lance and Mary Beth Winn

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2023) — The University at Albany Emeritus Center has elected Mary Beth Winn and Timothy Lance as the 2023 William L. Reese Fellows. The Fellows program, named after founding president and benefactor Bill Reese, honors UAlbany emeriti for sustained, consequential and exemplary post-retirement professionally related contributions and achievements in scholarship/creative productions, teaching or service, in or outside the University.

Professor Winn retired as a full-time member faculty of French Studies in the Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures in 2013, and has continued her scholarly research on French late medieval and renaissance literature.

Winn recently completed a critical edition of Les Loups ravissans (The Ravening Wolf), a satirical work critical of the clergy, written by Robert Gobin ca. 1506) Winn’s work is under review by the Toronto Studies in Romance Philology, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto. Since retiring from UAlbany she has produced two other books (Roman de Tristan in two volumes, and the co-edited Opera Omnia of the Renaissance composer Jean Mouton), 12 chapters in books, four journal articles and one review article. She also participated in four international conferences and will be presenting a paper in September at a conference in France.

Winn is currently working on two other projects: a collaboration with a musicologist on the critical edition of a renowned 15th-century manuscript, the Laborde chansonnier, and a database of the editions of the French Renaissance publisher Anthoine Vérard (1485-1512).

Janna Harton, administrative manager for Languages, Literature and Cultures, notes that “her passion for her work has not changed as a retiree. She often jokes that her insatiable research keeps libraries going!”

Since retiring from the Department of Mathematics in 2006, Professor Lance has continued to be an active participant in NYSERNet.

Math Professor Lance was instrumental in the development and implementation NYSERNet, a computer network built with research in mind that provides low-cost connections across New York that provide speed, redundancy and reliability to 50 universities, hospitals, museums, libraries and elementary and secondary schools. Since retiring in 2006, he has continued to be an active participant in NYSERNet, serving on the board, and was praised by former Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for his “brilliant contributions regarding the future of New York City’s technological efforts.” 

Lance also serves as co-chair of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, a Department of Defense funded program to foster high quality research in high schools. University at Albany recently hosted the 38th annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium featuring more than 450 science research students and teachers.

Emeritus Center President Edward Fitzgerald said both Winn and Lance exemplify the center’s goal of encouraging emeriti to stay actively engaged with their profession, the community and the University.

Glyne Griffith, associate vice provost for faculty success and the University’s administrative liaison to the Emeritus Center, said, “UAlbany emeriti have a vital role to play in the continued success of our university and professors Winn and Lance, and the Emeritus Center, provide wonderful examples of what emeriti excellence can look like.”

For more information about the Emeritus Center and the Fellows Program visit the webpage.