SUNY honors Binghamton University researchers


     Three Binghamton University faculty members were honored in Albany with the State University of New York Award for Research and Scholarship.

     The awards honor New York's most important and innovative scholars and scientists for their accomplishments in medicine, education, literature, genetics, engineering, music, environmental studies, chemistry, computer science and other fields and is the highest honor the Research Foundation can bestow.

     Kanad Ghose, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science; Mark F. Lenzenweger, professor in the Department of Psychology; and Norman E. Spear, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology, were among those honored.

     With grant support from DARPA and the National Science Foundation totaling more than $2.5 million, Ghose has established a research team that is at the leading edge of massively parallel computer processing architectures. His work has been widely published in prestigious journals and proceedings. He and his students have partnered with scientists from IBM, HP, Intel, and BAE, and together they are achieving breakthrough designs in parallel systems, processor design, task scheduling and optical networking.

     Lenzenweger has been at the forefront of the longitudinal study of personality disorders in which he has helped overturn nearly 100 years of scholarly debate suggesting that personality disorders were stable, enduring and inflexible. With the support of more than $15 million in federal funding, this prolific writer has achieved national and international acclaim.

     Spear is a leader in the study of learning and memory development, the consequences of early experience with alcohol, and its influence on later responsiveness to alcohol. 

     He is known for his work on how alcohol influences development and how the processes of learning and memory development change from prenatal to infant stages. Spear has mentored more than 250 undergraduate research students and supervised the completion of 90 doctorate and master’s of science theses.

Last Updated: 9/17/13