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September 28, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate Medical University employees win excellence awards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – SUNY Upstate Medical University honored 19 area residents for outstanding service to the university. The awards were presented at SUNY Upstate’s Fall Faculty Convocation Sept. 14. A listing of award winners is below.

President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research: Steven Batki, M.D. Batki, a 1979 graduate of SUNY Upstate, was honored for his research into alcohol abuse among people with schizophrenia. Since 1986, he has received more than $12 million in federal research funding. Batki lives in Syracuse.

President’s Award for Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator: Jennifer Moffat, Ph.D. Moffat is currently studying the Varicella Zoster virus (VZV), responsible for chicken pox and shingles in hopes of better understanding the interactions between the virus and the host at the molecular level. Moffat lives in Manlius.

President’s Award for Advancement of Affirmative Action: Sharon A Brangman, M.D. Brangman, professor of medicine, has served as a member of the College of Medicine’s Admissions Committee and as a faculty advisor for the past 15 years and thus has played a key role in recruitment and retention of students and faculty from underrepresented populations. Brangman lives in Syracuse.

President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service: Patricia Knox. A member of the SUNY Upstate faculty, Knox also serves as clinical nurse coordinator for the Palliative Care Service. In that role, she has helped promote broader discussions among patients and the healthcare community about end-of-life care and advance directives. Knox lives in Syracuse.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Susan B. Stearns, Ph.D. Stearns, an associate professor of cell and molecular biology, advises over 100 SUNY Upstate students, who call her an inspirational teacher, advisor and role model. Stearns lives in Syracuse.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Sara Jo Grethlein, M.D. Grethlein, associate dean and associate professor of medicine, is known as a dedicated and innovative teacher who is often praised for her teaching abilities and her successful mentoring of students in course requirements such as the pathophysiology of illness. Grethlein lives in Manlius.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Margaret Wells. Wells, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, is praised by students for her use of research, evidence-based data and current practice trends in her classroom presentations. Her development of role play activities for students in a graduate nursing course has sparked interest from other nursing educators and led to a presentation a nursing conference in Chicago. Wells lives in Fayetteville.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Pamela Gramet, Ph.D. Gramet, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Education, is recognized as a passionate and dedicated teacher with a keen ability to connect personally with each students, inspiring them to think critically, but also creatively, about their patients and presentations. Gramet lives in Jamesville.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Linda Fort, M.D. Fort, clinical assistant professor and program director of internal medicine at the Clinical Campus in Binghamton, is recognized for her dedication to academic standards and excellence and for being a passionate and inspiring teacher. Fort lives in Binghamton.

President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty: Dennis A. Brown, M.D. Brown, clinical associate professor of surgery and co-medical director of Crouse Hospital, is honored for his patience, professionalism and enthusiasm for both his patients and students. Brown lives in Fayetteville.

President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty: Patricia R. Koniz. Koniz, pediatric nurse practitioner at the Syracuse Community Health Center and clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, is honored for her help in enabling students to master the clinical skills needed for an advanced knowledge of nursing. Koniz lives in Cicero.

President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty: Shari Lustrinelli. Lustrinelli, a radiologic technologist at Community General Hospital and clinical instructor of medical imaging sciences at the College of Health Professions, is honored for demonstrating high standards and commitment to the clinical education of future radiologic technologists. Lustrinelli lives in Syracuse.

President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty: Nasiruddin M. Jamal, M.D. Jamal, clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Clinical Campus at Binghamton. Considered a gifted physician-teacher by students, Jamal is honored for his as energetic, enthusiastic and approachable teaching style. Jamal lives in Binghamton.

President’s Award for Distinguished Service: Margaret McKennan. McKennan, is honored her nearly 29 years of service to SUNY Upstate as a member of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Council, an advisory board to the SUNY Upstate president. McKennan lives in New Hartford.

President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service: Mary Ann Shaw. Community leader and advocate for children, Mary Ann Shaw is honored for her inspiring leadership as chair of the steering committee for the Central New York Children’s Hospital. Shaw lives in Skaneateles.

President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service: The Rosamund Gifford Foundation and the CNY Community Foundation. Both local organizations are honored for their unyielding support of Upstate Medical University programs, and especially their recent support of the Central New York Children’s Hospital.

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