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SUNY honors researchers

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

The awards dinner, held May 3, is a chance for SUNY to 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.

The award 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. Ghose’s research interests are in the areas of processor design, low power VLSI systems, high-performance networking and computing systems.

With grant support from DARPA, the National Science Foundation, the industry and various agencies totaling over $4.5M, he has established a research team at the leading edge of high-performance, power-aware processing architectures.

His work has been widely published in prestigious journals and proceedings.

An enthusiastic and creative mentor, Ghose is the leading advisor of graduate students in his department.

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’s research focuses on experimental psychopathology with an emphasis in schizotypy, the latent liability for schizophrenia.

He has also 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.

He has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute of Mental Health since joining Binghamton.

Spear has mentored more than 250 undergraduate research students and supervised the completion of 90 doctorate and master’s of science theses.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08