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May 9, 2001
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OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego professors will be honored at the first Chancellor's Recognition Dinner to Honor Scholarship and Research in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences on May 23. Dr. David C. Conrad, professor of history, and Dr. Barbara Beyerbach, professor of curriculum and instruction, will be recognized along with accomplished colleagues from across the university system at the program in Albany.
Dr. Jack Narayan, dean of graduate studies and research, said campuses were invited to nominate candidates for the honor.
Beyerbach's scholarship is in the area of teacher's professional development, teaching for social justice and teacher research.
Conrad's research with the Mande peoples of West Africa -- conducted on regular trips to Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Gambia since 1975 -- focuses on social status and identity, oral tradition, early kingdoms, traditional religion and the influence of Islam.
Both are past recipients of the SUNY Oswego President's Award for Creative and Scholarly Activity and Research.
Beyerbach earned her doctorate from Syracuse University and has published in a variety of leading journals. She presents regularly at national and international conferences.
The Goals 2000 Preservice Technology Infusion project, which Beyerbach co-directs, has received close to a million dollars of funding and supports partnerships between 35 school teachers from Oswego County, the Syracuse City School District and New York City District 1, and 19 Oswego faculty.
She also co-directs Project SMART, a 14-year partnership between SUNY Oswego, the Oswego County business community and community groups, Oswego County superintendents, Syracuse City School District and New York City District 1's Junior High School 56 to enhance mathematics, science and technology teaching.
Conrad has a doctoral degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is president of the Mande Studies Association and has been a Fulbright Fellow and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Bremer Stiftung fur Geschichte. He has received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He has published in many scholarly journals and among his books are "A State of Intrigue" (Oxford University Press), "Status and Identity in West Africa" (Indiana University Press), "Epic Ancestors of the Sunjata Era" (University of Wisconsin Press) and "Somono Bala of the Upper Niger" (Brill).
Conrad has taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales at the University of Paris. He has made invited presentations at University of California at Berkeley and Yale, Princeton, Wesleyan and Stanford universities, among others, and abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Uppsala, Paris, Leiden and Utrecht universities.
Conrad's photographs have been published and exhibited widely, and he has been a consultant with the Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. He has also served as an expert consultant with major media organizations
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