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Leading faculty scholars and scientists honored

The Research Foundation of SUNY honored 52 of 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 at a recognition dinner held earlier this month at State University Plaza in Albany.

George Klir, distinguished professor of systems science and industrial engineering, and Timothy Perry, professor of music, were recognized with the Research and Scholarship award — the highest honor the Research Foundation can bestow. The award is given to SUNY faculty for their outstanding scholarly and research contributions in the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, medicine and engineering.

“These award-winning faculty from 26 State University of New York campuses have contributed to the dramatic growth in the importance and volume of research, scholarship and creativity that we have seen take place,” said Vice Chancellor John J. O’Connor, president of The Research Foundation. “The outstanding quality of their work brings prestige to the State University and attracts new students with the best and brightest minds from around the world.”

Klir has done path-breaking research in the domain of general systems theory, generalized information theory and in the area of fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic. His work has attracted funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the U.S. Air Force and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). His work has helped shape and form a new field that did not exist before his time — systems science. Perry demonstrates the highest level of creativity in his work as performer, conductor, researcher and educator. Whether composing, arranging and conducting as director of Bingham-ton’s orchestral and wind ensemble programs, or guiding the progress of students in the clarinet and conducting studio, for Perry the art of musical creation — and re-creation — is a way of life. He is a world-class soloist and chamber musician, thrice invited as a featured artist to international clarinet conferences in Europe and Asia. When not on the podium, he is actively involved in scholarly research on musical phrasing, performance on historical instruments and writing orchestral concerts for children.

“Thanks to your commitment to your challenging and varied intellectual pursuits, we have been able to foster growth throughout our university community,” said Chancellor Robert L. King. “As recipients of this Research and Scholarship award, continue to push the boundaries of academia.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08