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Dec. 18, 2002
OSWEGO -- Three SUNY Oswego professors were among those honored recently by State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King at the Chancellor's Recognition Dinner Honoring Research and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at University Plaza in Albany.
Professors Edward Lonky and Jacqueline Reihman of Oswego's psychology department and Richard Zakin of the art department were among the 42 scholars honored for significant contributions in the fields of journalism, sculpture, anthropology, social sciences, the arts and more.
"These award-winning faculty members of the State University of New York changed the way we view the past, see ourselves today and contemplate the future," King said. "The outstanding quality of the research and scholarship done by our honorees across our campuses brings prestige to the State University and attracts new students with the best and brightest minds from around the world."
More than 25 years ago, as graduate students in human development at the University of Wisconsin, Lonky and Reihman started a research collaboration in applied developmental psychology that continues today. Their early work, presented in more than 40 papers and publications, focused on logical concept, moral and political development and education, and on evaluating the effectiveness of educational and human service programs.
In 1991, Reihman and Lonky, along with the late Helen Daly, established the Center for Neurobehavioral Effects of Environmental Toxics at SUNY Oswego. Their work has included following three cohorts of children born from 1991 through 1994, comparing those born to mothers who were exposed to environmental toxins to a control group. The sample includes several hundred children. The center has drawn more than $5 million in outside funding to continue its work.
Zakin, who has been a fixture in the college's art department since 1967, is recognized as "an internationally known artist and influential thinker and writer on ceramic subjects," according to nominating materials. His publications include "Ceramics: Ways of Creation," "Ceramics: Mastering the Craft," "Hand-Formed Ceramics" and "Electric Kiln Ceramics."
He has also penned articles for ceramic periodicals in the United States, Great Britain, France, Spain and Australia; conducted workshops and lectures around North America and Europe; and received the SUNY Oswego President's Award for Creative Research in 1994.
The 42 men and women honored represent 20 SUNY campuses including university centers, four-year colleges, health science centers, specialized colleges, colleges of technology and statutory colleges.
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