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UAlbany Faculty Honored for Groundbreaking Research

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y (May 14, 2003) -- Alain Kaloyeros, founding dean of UAlbany’s School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering, and Judith Langer, department chair of Educational Theory and Practice, were cited for Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge awards at the 2nd Annual State University Dinner Honoring Innovation, Creation and Discovery. SUNY honored 54 researchers this year, in areas ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and education. Awards were given in three categories: excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, first patent, and promising inventors.

“SUNY’s success at attracting millions of dollars of research funds in the areas of high tech science, medicine and education is being guaranteed today and into the future by the breakthroughs these award-winning faculty members contributed in 2002,” said SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King. “These faculty scientists and researchers have helped make SUNY the eighth largest producer of patents of all universities public and private, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, just behind the likes of the Universities of California and Texas, MIT and Stanford.”

Kaloyeros, executive director of Albany NanoTech, the Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, and affiliated centers, has worked with Governor George Pataki and UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock to create a global research, development, technology deployment and education resource center supporting accelerated high technology, commercialization and job creation through partnerships between business, government and academia.

He earned his Ph.D. (Experimental Condensed-Matter Physics) in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.S. (Experimental Condensed-Matter Physics) 1983 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he is the recipient of an Academic Laureate Award, University at Albany Foundation (1995) and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Langer, director of the Center on English Learning and Achievement at UAlbany, has profoundly altered English and literacy theory, teaching and assessment in New York State and the nation through her understanding of reading, writing and learning and what schools can do to help students do well. Her efforts have brought approximately $30 million to UAlbany, with new efforts continually under way.

Langer is founder and director of the Albany Institute for Research in Education. She has been a long-term consultant to the National Assessment of Educational Progress and is former editor of Research in the Teaching of English. Langer serves in a variety of advisory capacities to national groups seeking to improve literacy education. Special honors awarded to her include designation as Distinguished Professor, the highest rank in the State University of New York System (2001); and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Exemplary Contributions to Research (2001).

Three other UAlbany professors received recognition for inventions during the event. Albert J.T. Millis, chair of Biological Sciences, was honored for receiving his first patent for a new antibody therapy involving a protein that can inhibit vascular cell migration, a cause of blocked arteries. Eric Lifshin and Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik of the School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering, were named Promising Inventors for invention disclosures submitted in 2002

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