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Employee Recognition Luncheon
Retiring faculty and staff, and employees who have completed 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of dedicated service to the University at Albany, were honored on February 12 at a luncheon in the Campus Center Ballroom on the uptown campus. More >>

by Tavonna Goodman

• Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Eric Block, one of the world’s leading authorities on organosulfur and organoselenium chemistry, is the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2003 Kenneth A. Spencer Award, presented by the Kansas City Section of the ACS. The honor recognizes excellence in food and agricultural chemistry. Block is renowned for his work in Allium chemistry, or the study of the chemistry of garlic, onions, and related plants of the genus Allium. His research is particularly relevant to medicine: epidemiological and medical studies suggest that individuals who regularly consume garlic and other Alliums experience a lower incidence of stomach and prostate cancers; longer blood-clotting times; and lower lipid levels, indirectly translating into reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

• The University at Albany won a Gold Accolade Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II for its package of materials designed to articulate the case for the Campaign for the University at Albany. The University’s Media and Marketing Office produced a main case statement, 14 component case statements for individual schools and initiatives, and a folder for campaign materials, all carrying out the Campaign’s theme of “BOLD.VISION.” Oberlander Design, Albany, N.Y., designed the materials.

• Director of Media Relations Karl Luntta has written his first novel Know It By Heart (Curbstone Press). Luntta’s novel follows the adventures of teenagers in the 1960s in a white Connecticut community into which a racially mixed couple and teenage daughter have moved. When a burning cross flares in the night—and worse—the young adolescents set out to seek justice.