Nov. 27, 2017

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Zubrow, six UUPers join SUNY's distinguished professorship ranks

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A member of UUP’s statewide Executive Board and Negotiations Team has been appointed as a SUNY Distinguished Faculty, one of eight UUP members whose outstanding work was honored by the University Nov. 22.

Ezra Zubrow, above, a longtime Buffalo Center Chapter member and former chapter president, was one of just three SUNY professors named to the University’s Distinguished Service Professorship, which “recognizes extraordinary service on campus, at SUNY, as well as in the community and on regional and state levels." Binghamton Chapter member Gary James, a biological anthropologist and biomedical scientist, also attained the rank.

Six UUP members were honored with SUNY’s Distinguished Professorship, given to those who achieve “national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field.”

They are: Albany Chapter member JoEllen Welsh, an Empire Innovation Professor at UAlbany’s Cancer Research Center and School of Public Health; Binghamton Chapter member Jean H. Quataert, a professor of women's history, German history, human Rights and transnational history; and James P. Gibbs, an ESF Chapter member and professor of conservation, environmental and forest biology.

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Also honored were: Ira S. Cohen, a Stony Brook HSC Chapter member and one of the world’s leading electrophysiologists; Lina M. Obeid, a Stony Brook HSC Chapter member and vice dean for research at Stony Brook University; and Arthur G. Samuel, a Stony Brook Chapter member in the department of physiology and biophysics at Stony Brook.

“Congratulations to these deserving sisters and brothers, who have served SUNY and its students so well,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “They are passionate individuals who have used their leadership skills, dedication and expertise to produce some of SUNY’s best and brightest students.”

"Those honored with the distinguished ranking are truly the best of SUNY’s best, and they are to be commended for passing knowledge on to and mentoring the next generation of faculty and students in a manner that is as innovating as it is engaging," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

Dedicated to SUNY, activism

Zubrow, an anthropology professor who also serves on UUP’s Negotiations Team, was honored for his many publications, his scholarly work, and his leadership and service—which “have had a sustaining impact on climate change, demographic modeling, social policy, law, disability, literacy, and heritage,” according to a SUNY press release.

He currently serves as Buffalo Center Chapter vice president for academics. Through the years, Zubrow has been on more than 10 statewide UUP committees, and was twice elected to the statewide Executive Board. He has also worked as an AFT organizer.

CLICK HERE to read about the accomplishments of the other UUP members who were honored.

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