Three Oswego professors earn SUNY research awards

Mark ColeThree Oswego professors were among 43 outstanding SUNY faculty members recognized with the 2006 SUNY Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award on May 3.

Mark Cole of the theatre department, Dr. Geraldine Forbes of the history department and Dr. David Valentino of the earth sciences department were honored in Albany at a ceremony recognizing outstanding research activities, teaching, publications, community activities and academic reputation.

Cole has directed more than 30 productions, including the world premiere of “Alchemist of Light” and the American premiere of the English National Theatre’s “Hiawatha.” The professor and chair of Oswego’s theatre department was also noted for his adaptation of two Ray Bradbury short stories into an original production, “The Traveler” and “The April Witch.”

His versions of “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” earned recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Cole has written nine dramatic works, including the award-winning pieces “On the Terrace of the Pontiac Hotel” and “Poe/Play,” which was one of three North American plays chosen for performance at a London festival.

Geraldine ForbesForbes, a distinguished teaching professor, was especially noted for her influential research on women in India. She has published several books, including “Women in Modern India” in the New Cambridge History of India series and “An Historian’s Perspective: Indian Women and the Freedom Movement,” plus more than 30 articles over the past 30 years on the history and lives of Indian women.

She also serves as series editor of “Foremother Legacies: Autobiographies and Memoirs of Women from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America” and on various editorial boards and advisory committees, including those for the Journal of Women’s History and Modern Historical Studies.

David ValentinoValentino was recognized for his prolific activities in less than a decade at SUNY Oswego. He has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored or co-authored more than a dozen papers in Proceedings to Field Conferences and contributed more than 60 conference abstracts (half for papers he also presented).

He co-edited the book “The Mid-Atlantic Piedmont: Tectonic Missing Link of the Appalachians.” Valentino has received three dozen research grants, contracts and awards. The associate professor of geology has supervised research projects for 30 undergraduates and directed the college’s summer geology field camp for the past six years. Last year he was president of the New York State Geological Association.

The SUNY Research Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation that supports the advancement of education, research and discovery among the university system’s 64 campuses

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Photos: Top: Mark Cole. Middle: Geraldine Forbes. Bottom: David Valentino.

(Posted: May 03, 2006)