Bacher, Friedman honored for scholarly activity, research

Leigh BacherDr. Leigh Bacher of SUNY Oswego’s psychology department and Dr. Barry A. Friedman of the marketing and management department have received the SUNY Oswego Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity and Research.

Bacher joined Oswego’s faculty in 2001 after postdoctoral research appointments at SUNY Binghamton and Cornell University. She received her doctorate from Cornell University.

She has published 10 peer-reviewed articles in the past six years, received a $338,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study spontaneous blinking in infants, and made many presentations at national and international conferences.

“She has authored substantive empirical publications that have had an impact on the field. She is an individual well known in the field of infancy research. Her work is well respected and used extensively,” wrote the editor-in-chief of the journal Developmental Psychobiology, George Michel of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Brooks Gump, the SUNY Oswego colleague who nominated her, noted that her articles had been cited in nine other published papers, “an impressive number for such recently published work,” he said. “Her work holds great potential for making significant and enduring advances in the field of developmental psychobiology.”

Her colleagues also praised the degree to which she involves undergraduates in her research, typically about five a semester.

“She and her students have made seven presentations to national audiences,” wrote Jacki Reihman, distinguished teaching professor of psychology.

Barry FriedmanFriedman was trained as an industrial organizational psychologist and spent 26 years in the corporate sector in Rochester before joining Oswego’s faculty as an assistant professor in 2003.

Since then, he has produced seven articles in refereed journals such as Industrial Relations and Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal; eight publications in refereed proceedings papers, including one that received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the annual conference of the Association on Employment Practices and Principles last year; and two presentations at refereed professional conferences. He also has numerous articles in progress.

“Dr. Friedman is a scholar in the true sense of the word,” wrote Dr. Steven Abraham, professor of management, in nominating him for the award.

Lisa Reed, assistant dean of the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Administration, co-authored publications on workplace e-mail privacy and employer recognition of same-sex relationships with the SUNY Oswego professor. “Dr. Friedman has seemingly inexhaustible energy for exploring and development interesting research projects and in helping colleagues develop their work,” she wrote in support of his nomination.

Friedman holds a doctoral degree from Ohio State University and has taught as an adjunct at the University of Rochester since 1979. He has also taught as a visiting assistant professor at Singapore Institute of Management and Konan University in Japan.

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(Posted: May 02, 2007)