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The College of Arts and Sciences Honors 2017 Promoted Faculty

Promotion and tenure of our faculty is the University’s recognition of excellence to the mission of teaching,
research, and creative activity. We celebrate all of our promoted faculty, both as a recognition of their accomplishments and distinction that they bring to the University, and as a celebration of the community that fosters the creative environment to which they contribute.
Peter Gergen J. Peter Gergen, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Professor Peter Gergen joined the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 1989. Since that time, he has developed an exceptional record both of scholarship in his field and of service to the undergraduate and graduate students of the University.

Professor Gergen was the first to identify the role of the transcription factor Runt in the fruit fly, a crucial contribution to understanding the regulation of gene expression in embryo development. His research accomplishments have been recognized with an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award & Catacosinos Cancer Scholar Award.

His service contributions include years of dedication to the campus and the wider community. On campus, he has spent the last seven years as Director of Undergraduate Biology, a program that serves more than 5,000 students each semester. He has led several efforts to transform the teaching of undergraduate biology.

Professor Gergen's efforts in furthering engagement with the broader community include service on the advisory board for the Center for Science and Math Education, which trains future teachers and offers numerous outreach programs for local schools on Long Island. He’s served on the steering group for the Alan Alda Center for the Communication of Science, and in the Stony Brook Career Center’s high school outreach program “Explorations in STEM Research” targeted at middle and high school students from high needs school districts.

Professor Gergen’s dedication to education and outreach have been recognized by the Stony Brook Career Center Partner of the Year award, the Center for Inclusive Education Faculty Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for
Excellence in Service. He has also been named a National Academies Education Fellow.
PGoldstein Perry Goldstein, Department of Music 
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Professor Goldstein has served as a leading figure in the growth and development of the Department of Music, holding positions of undergraduate director and graduate director. As department chair, he works tirelessly with both academic faculty and visiting artists to achieve a coherent and compelling vision that encompasses history, theory, composition, and performance.

Professor Goldstein personally invites hundreds of members of the Stony Brook and outside community to the department’s 300 recitals and concerts each year, and these programs have become a central part of the cultural life of Long Island. He is a leader, strong in his ability to craft a vision for his department and selfless in the day-to-day support of his students and faculty.

Professor Goldstein has served on the University’s Budget and Finance Committee, the University Senate and its Committee on Academic Prioritized Resource Allocation, numerous honors selection committees such as the Fulbright Committee, Graduate School Honorary Doctorate Committee, Honors Education Task Force, Presidential Mini-Grant Committee, and as a member of the selection committee for the Provost. He served as the first faculty director of the Arts Culture and Humanities Undergraduate College. And. when the University’s athletic programs moved to Division 1, he started the marching band, recruited and trained the first cohort, ordered uniforms and music, and even composed the school fight song.

Beyond the music department, Professor Goldstein has written extensively for organizations such as The New York Times, The Library of Congress, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, to name a few. He believes in immersing students in the cultural and artistic wonders of the campus.

SKelton Frederick E. Grine, Department of Anthropology
SUNY Distinguished Professor

Professor Grine, current chair of the Department of Anthropology, is an
internationally-known scholar in the field of paleoanthropology, early hominins, and the evolution of our species homo sapiens.

His work using isotopic research of food consumption has created new directions in scholarship and brought great prestige to the university. Time magazine listed one of his articles one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of the year in 2007, and he has been named an Honorary Research Associate from 1981 to the present at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Fred is widely recognized as a mentor and leader in his field. His innovative ideas have positively shaped the intellectual atmosphere of the College of Arts and Sciences through his leadership of the Department of Anthropology, now one of the foremost in the world, and collaborations with the
departments of Anatomical Sciences, Geosciences, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, and the world
renowned Turkana Basin Institute led by Richard and Meave Leakey.

Professor Grine has obtained nearly $1 million in grants and has published four books, 164 articles, and more than 100 abstracts, reviews, and conference presentations.
 Mikhail Lyubich, Department of Mathematics
SUNY Distinguished Professor

Mikhail Lyubich is an internationally known leader in the area of dynamical systems, an integrative field which brings together many ideas across mathematics and has
applications in physics, computer science, economics, and biology.

His particular work in renormalization has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jeffrey-Williams Prize, and invitations to speak at the International Congress of Mathematics.

Professor Lyubich has also been a noted teacher and mentor not only to many mathematicians but to the discipline as a whole. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of five distinguished journals in the field. He has advised and mentored generations of students, including one who went on to win a Fields medal, and many others who have gone on to prominent academic positions and contributions in the field of dynamical systems. He has organized semester-long programs at research institutes in the US and Canada, as well as 10 international conferences.

Prof. Lyubich’s stewardship of the Dept of Mathematics and the Institute of Mathematical Science, a recognized center for dynamic systems throughout the world, has brought intellectual vitality and prominence to the campus.
IAPaul Kathlyn Parker, Department of Chemistry
SUNY Distinguished Professor

Dr. Kathlyn Parker is an internationally known scholar, widely recognized to be a leader in the field of organic synthesis of complex molecules. She has developed synthetic routes to make compounds such as morphine and vitamins or others of medicinal interest and has discovered short, effective synthesis techniques, which vastly improved the yield and reduced the cost of
synthesizing such compounds.

Professor Parker’s work has been recognized with selection as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and most recently the Arthur C. Pope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, for excellence in research in organic chemistry.

Professor Parker is a noted teacher and mentor to not only many chemists but to the discipline as a whole. She has inspired countless women to advance in a yet-male-dominated field and has worked with colleagues on campus to establish training grants funded by the Dreyfus Foundation, the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, an NSF-funded Innovations in Graduate Education traineeship grants, a Department of Education GAANN traineeship, and as part of our local Turner Fellowship selection committee. Her prolific career encompasses new methods for the development of small, drug-like molecules, frontier graduate education and training, and building a department that attracts the best minds and colleagues.

CPercivalScott McLennan, Department of Geosciences
SUNY Distinguished Professor

Dr. Scott McLennan is an internationaly-known scholar in the field of geochemistry, the formation of the Earth’s crust, and the geochemistry of the surface of Mars. He has studied the geochemistry of crustal rock formation and the evolution of the Earth’s crust, making significant observations of changes in that chemistry early in the Earth’s history and suggesting a new understanding of the planet’s tectonic, atmospheric, and climatic evolution.

Professor McLennan’s text, written 30 years ago, is still the standard reference on the subject. His more recent research focuses on the Mars Rover expeditions, where he and his students have been instrumental in using the Rover data to unravel the hydrological and climatic history encoded in Martian rocks. He’s become a leader within the Mars Rover scientific community, designated one of a three member Long Term Planning committee for the Mars Opportunity Rover and the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Professor McLennan has been an editor or associate editor of prestigious journals such as Geochimicha et Cosmochimica Acta, the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, and the Yearbook of Science and Technology.
His stature in his field has been recognized by selection as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the European Association for Geochemistry. Such regard is echoed by his colleagues on campus, who have previously placed him in important positions within the department such as graduate program director or department chair.

JFarmerJared Farmer, Department of History

Dr. Jared Farmer received his PhD from Stanford University and came to Stony Brook from the University of Southern California as part of the CIDER environmental studies cluster hire. He views history through the
overlapping historical dimensions of landscape, environment, technology, science, religion, and culture, and is the author of the prize-winning monograph Trees in Paradise: A California History (W. W. Norton, 2013).

Named a 2017 Carnegie Fellow, Professor Farmer also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Program, which supports well-researched books intended for a broad readership. He has also been recognized by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a grant that supports authors of books that enhance the public understanding of science and technology.
AWallaceJiangyong Jia, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Jiangyong Jia received his PhD in Physics at Stony Brook University. Following three years at Columbia University, Professor Jia returned to Stony Brook with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research focuses on the chemistry and physics of matter under extreme conditions of temperature and density.

Professor Jia is currently the convener of the heavy-ion group of the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Juan ConesaJuan Conesa, Department of Economics

Dr. Juan Conesa holds doctorates in Economics from both the Universitat de
Barcelona and the University of Minnesota. He uses dynamic general equilibrium models to answer public finance questions and is one of a team of researchers building a model of the macroeconomic and welfare implications of health care with funding from NIA-NIH.

Professor Conesa currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Economics.

Lisa Diedrich, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Lisa Diedrich received her PhD from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist science studies, and interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories and methodologies.

Professor Diedrich is the author of the influential monographs Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism (Minnesota, 2016) and Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minnesota, 2007).
PernaRosalba Perna, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Rosalba Perna earned her PhD in Physics from Harvard University and came to the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Professor Perna’s research focuses on high-energy astrophysics, the study of gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars, X-ray sources and gravitational waves; cosmology, including the growth of supermassive black holes; and exoplanets, specifically the atmospheres of hot Jupiters. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a Kavli Frontiers of Science fellow. Perna won the 2010 SIGRAV Prize from the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics.

SunSong Sun, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Song Sun earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and came to Stony Brook from the Imperial College of London. His research lies on the boundary of geometric analysis and algebraic geometry, and he is known for his influential work on the interaction between Kähler-Einstein metrics in differential geometry and degenerations and moduli spaces in algebraic geometry.

Professor Sun is the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship.

SLevySheri Levy, Department of Psychology

This year begins Dr. Sheri Levy’s first term as chair of the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD from Columbia University; her research focuses on the factors that cause and maintain prejudice, stigmatization, and negative intergroup relations, and that can be harnessed to reduce bias, marginalization, and discrimination.

Professor Levy is particularly interested in the pivotal role of people’s everyday belief systems on social, academic, and health outcomes relevant to prejudice,
stigmatization, and intergroup relations. She is spearheading an NSF-funded project to support students in STEM majors at Stony Brook University.
OyeronkeOyeronke Oyewumi, Department of Sociology

Dr. Oyeronke Oyewumi received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and came to the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook from UC Santa Barbara. Her scholarship focuses on inequality as it intersects with gender, race, region, history, and culture.

Professor Oyewumi’s monograph, What Gender is Motherhood? (Springer, 2015) compares the cultural construction of motherhood in Yoruba society to the dominant understanding of motherhood in social theory.

Professor Oyewumi received a Fulbright Fellowship and the Distinguished Africanist Award of the New York African Studies Association.

SLevyCrystal Fleming, Department of Sociology
Associate Professor

Dr. Crystal Fleming holds a PhD from Harvard University. A cultural sociologist, she studies the ways in which racial minorities construct their collective identities and navigate racially stratified societies. Her book Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France
(2017, Temple University Press) utilizes a critical race perspective to analyze past and present racism in France, drawing on two years of qualitative fieldwork in the Paris region. Her work has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the European Union.

FloresLori Flores, Department of History
Associate Professor

Dr. Lori Flores received her PhD from Stanford University, then spent a fellowship year at Bowdoin College before coming to Stony Brook. She specializes in the Latino history of twentieth century America, focusing in particular on Mexican Americans, immigration, the US-Mexico border region, and California.
Her monograph Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican
Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016) was named Best History Book in the International Latino Book Awards competition.

JKirylukJoanna Kiryluk, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor

Dr. Joanna Kiryluk received her PhD from Warsaw University and held positions at UCLA, MIT, and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory before joining Stony Brook. Her research addresses the origin of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and she plays a leading role in the IceCube experiments, an
international collaboration that uses a telescope deployed deep in the Antarctic ice to detect neutrinos that originate from astrophysical
sources in our galaxy and beyond.

LaCameraGiancarlo LaCamera, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
Associate Professor

Dr. Giancarlo LaCamera received his PhD from the University of Bern and came to Stony Brook from a position at NIMH. He investigates the neural basis of cognition, building mathematical models of cognitive processes such as learning and decision-making, focusing on how the activity internally generated by the brain is combined with the neural activity produced by external stimuli to give rise to learning and behavior.

McLeanMark McLean, Department of Mathematics
Associate Professor

Dr. Mark McLean received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has held positions at ETH Zurich, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Aberdeen before joining Stony Brook. His research focuses on the relationship between symplectic geometry—the study of classical physical systems such as pendulums and particles—and algebraic geometry.

MohantyAprajita Mohanty, Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor

Dr. Aprajita Mohanty received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and came to Stony Brook from Northwestern
University. The goal of her research is to understand how emotional stimuli are prioritized and how this prioritization is impacted by anxiety. Professor Mohanty uses cognitive behavioral tasks, computational modeling, and
neurophysiological and imaging methods to investigate the ability to use past knowledge to detect and attend to emotional stimuli and to remain goal-focused in the presence of distracting stimuli. She has been named a Rising Star of the Association for Psychological Science.

RogersDeanne Rogers, Department of Geosciences
Associate Professor

Dr. Deanne Rogers received her PhD from Arizona State University and came
to Stony Brook from the California Institute of Technology. Her research uses remote sensing techniques and laboratory spectroscopy to investigate planetary surface processes and the volcanic and climatic histories of planetary bodies.

Professor Rogers is an expert on the surface of Mars and a member of two Mars Exploration Rover teams.
Tzu-Chieh Wei, Institute for Theoretical Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Tzu-Chieh Wei received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, coming to Stony Brook from the University of British Columbia. 

His research in interdisciplinary, spanning the areas of quantum information sciences, condensed matter physics, and quantum optics and connecting condensed matter physics and photonics with all areas of quantum information. 

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