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Oct. 8, 2003


    OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego professors, Doug Lea of the computer science department and Suzanne Weber of the School of Education, will be among those honored by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York during the Chancellor's Recognition Dinner Honoring Faculty Research and Scholarship.

    The two will join other honorees from across SUNY at the Oct. 20 dinner at the State University Plaza in Albany to be recognized by State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King.

    Lea is an internationally recognized specialist in software engineering. Since 1992, he has been the principal investigator for Sun Microsystems Collaborative Research Projects, which have yielded more than $1 million in equipment for SUNY Oswego.

    He has been a leader in the creation of Oswego's human-computer interaction graduate program, which awaits approval, and has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants supported by the National Science Foundation, IBM and other agencies and corporations.

    The author of the book "Concurrent Programming in Java" and co-author of the text "Object-Oriented System Development," Lea is the author of several widely used software packages and components.

    He has also written 60 articles and reports dealing with object-oriented software development and has served on several editorial boards and a number of software standards committees, including the executive committee of the Java Community Process.

    Successfully securing more than $682,000 from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education to lead a SUNY-wide teacher assessment initiative is the latest in Weber's line of accomplishments.

    The associate dean of the School of Education's grant-writing and organizational ability has resulted in approximately $2 million in external funding to support professional development for in-service teachers and science education research projects. Several publications and spin-off grant projects resulted from this collaboration, including the college-wide project to reform science, mathematics and technology in the late 1990s, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. This project resulted in the creation of the college's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

    In 1998, Weber accepted the challenge of supporting the efforts of SUNY Oswego's School of Education to achieve accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The college achieved this standard of excellence in teacher education in 2001.

    Weber began her career as a scientist engaged in fisheries research in the Lake Ontario region. She entered the educational arena through an NSF-funded project that introduced an environmental curriculum to the region's schools.

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