SUNY Research Foundation honors two Oswego professors

The Research Foundation of State University of New York on May 4 honored two SUNY Oswego professors for their outstanding research and scholarship. Dr. Bruce Altschuler and Dr. Helen Zakin were among 52 faculty members at 26 SUNY campuses who were honored because they are recognized leaders in the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, medicine and engineering.

“Their dedication and hard work advances humanity, enhances New York state’s economy and ensures the State University of New York is recognized throughout the world as a home to research and scholarship,” the foundation said in a statement.

Altschuler is professor and chair of Oswego’s political science department. His scholarly work centers on United States politics and the presidency. Zakin, professor and chair of the art department, is an internationally recognized art historian in the field of medieval stained glass.

imageAltschuler has published three books: “Keeping a Finger on the Public Pulse: Private Polling and Presidential Elections,” “LBJ and the Polls” and “Running in Place.” He is also co-author of the textbook “Understanding Law in a Changing Society,” whose third edition is due out later this year from Paradigm Publishing. He has published many articles in refereed journals, including the “Learning the Art of Policy Management,” soon to appear in the journal White House Studies.

He has given many speeches, radio talks and interviews. Since 1984, he has been a political analyst for WRVO FM, SUNY Oswego’s National Public Radio affiliate, and has served as a commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Newsradio 93.8 in Singapore, Wisconsin Public Radio and WCNY TV in Syracuse.

He received his doctorate from the City University of New York. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Gerald Ford Foundation. He received the CUNY Ph.D. Alumni Award in 1993 and the Syracuse Press Club award for the best radio public affairs program in 1997.

imageZakin is the New York regional director of the Census of Stained Glass in America. Under the aegis of the American Committee of the Corpus Vitrearum, she is co-author of the two-volume “Stained Glass Before 1700 in the Collections in the Midwest States.” She is also the author of the book “French Cistercian Grisaille Glass” and more than 20 articles in journals, anthologies and proceedings in the United States and Europe, including the journals Arte Medievale and Studies in the History of Art.

She has been invited to lecture on Cistercian glass in the United States and Europe. Her essay “Stained Glass Panels from Mariawald Abbey in the Cleveland Museum of Art” is soon to appear in the new book “Perspectives for an Architecture of Solitude: Essays on Cistercians, Art and Architecture in Honour of Peter Fergusson.”

Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Research and Exchanges Board and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1992 she received the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity and Research. She received her doctorate from Syracuse University.

For more information on Oswego professors who earned awards this spring, visit the Faculty Achievers page.

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(Posted: May 05, 2005)