Upstate News

April 26, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Two Upstate Medical University faculty win top honors from SUNY

SUNY Upstate faculty members Lynn M. Cleary, M.D., and Maxwell M. Mozell, Ph.D., have been appointed as Distinguished Professors by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Cleary was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Mozell, a Distinguished Service Professor.

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship honors SUNY faculty who have shown superior commitment to students and intellectual growth as well as a strict adherence to academic standards of excellence. Professors receiving this award are promoted above a full professor, and must have taught a minimum of 10 years full time within the SUNY system while holding the rank of full professor for more than five years.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors SUNY faculty who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to service exceeding that for which professors are normally compensated. Professors receiving this award must dedicate their teaching and research towards areas of public concern. This recognition provides a faculty rank above full professor. Individuals receiving this honor must have taught a minimum of 10 years full-time within the SUNY system while holding the rank of full professor for more than five years.

Cleary, one of 16 faculty members from across the SUNY system to be named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, has taught at SUNY Upstate since 1985. As a general internist, she has a longstanding reputation for excellence as a clinician and teacher of clinical medicine. As associate dean for curriculum, she has worked with faculty and students to renew the traditional curriculum, including increased interdisciplinary collaboration and delivery, earlier clinical contact, and a return to basic science education after immersion in clinical clerkships. She has helped to increase an emphasis on geriatrics, add a focus on spirituality and palliative and end-of-life care, develop a new Clinical Skills and Standardized Patient Program, and initiate peer-determined annual awards for student clinicians and resident teachers. Cleary has received numerous other honors, including a listing in “Best Doctors in America” for the past seven years, the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Upstate Class of 1999, and a G. Bruce Dearing Award for Writing in the Medical Humanities. Cleary lives in Skaneateles.

Mozell, professor of neuroscience and physiology and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, is one of only nine faculty members in the SUNY system this year to be named a Distinguished Service Professor. This faculty designation honors Mozell’s service to SUNY, which includes more than 40 years as a faculty member at SUNY Upstate. The honor also recognizes Mozell’s commitment to research, especially in the field of olfaction, or the sense of smell, for which he has held a National Institute of Health grant since 1962. Mozell has won numerous accolades for his work, including the Manheimer Award in Recognition of Career Achievements in the Chemosensory Sciences, the Sense of Smell Award from the Fragrance Research Fund, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Health and the SUNY Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Exemplary Contributions to Research. Mozell’s influence as a researcher and scholar extends beyond SUNY, as he is founder of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) and served as executive editor of the journal Chemical Sciences from 1992-1998. Mozell lives in Syracuse.

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