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Purchase Faculty Receive Chancellor Awards

Date Released: 9/2/2009

Five from Purchase receive awards for superior professional achievement

Jan Factor, Yorktown Heights, NY, Morris Kaplan, Gerry Hecht,  and Paul Siegel from New York City and Barbara Moore, Brookfield, CT, of Purchase College State University of New York were awarded Chancellor Awards from SUNY for 2008-09.

The Awards acknowledge consistently superior professional achievement throughout the State University of New York System and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The awards underscore SUNY's commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality on instruction, and serving the public good.

Professor Jan Factor, a distinguished biologist, received his award for Faculty Service. His research on the American lobster has been widely disseminated in a book and 17 peer-reviewed papers as well as in the popular media. His research has been conducted in part at Shoals Marine laboratory (operated by Cornell), where he has also been part of the summer faculty since 1981. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Morphology from 1991-2003 and has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

He has been a coordinator of Biology, one of the most successful programs on campus for almost eighteen years, and has served in leadership positions on various campus committees. He spearheaded the development of the Natural Science's new collaborative course for non-majors, Science in the Modern World. The course has made a major contribution to integrating the skills and needs of different segments of the College. He also directs the Science in the Modern World lecture series, which has brought nationally known speakers to Purchase.

Professor Morris Kaplan received the award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He is a distinguished philosopher who is widely praised for his research, analysis and writing. His broad range of expertise spans the entire history of Western philosophy including literature, film, and gender studies. Prior to joining Purchase he had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer (1974-1987) and has been a major figure in the teaching and administration of general education courses at the College. '

He has received numerous fellowships and honors and is deeply engaged in the life of the College. He is the author of two books and numerous publications. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Legal Humanities at the Stanford Humanities Center (1993-94), and has received several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities NEH including one to conduct research in London. He sits on the editorial boards of several journals and has had several Visiting Lecture appointments at such notable institutions as Stanford University, Williams College, Stanford Law School and Birkbeck College Law School at the University of London.

Gerard Hecht, received the award for excellence in teaching.  A professor of music, he is a superb, challenging and popular teacher over a range of courses in both music and the liberal arts. He is a master at both highly specialized classes for music students and at more general classes which incorporate the study of the arts with the history of Western and American civilization. He has made himself available to students outside of class hours and has gone out of his way to volunteer over and over again as an accompanist to student performers.  He has revamped many of the courses he teaches in music nd he has designed new liberal arts courses to help bridge the disciplinary gap between the arts and the liberal arts at Purchase, serving students in both areas of the College. 

 Barbara Moore, Director of Institutional Research at Purchase, received the Chancellor Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She has served in numerous administrative positions including Director of Human Resources, Interim Dean of Admissions, and Associate Director of the Northeast Regional Assistance Center for Science and Mathematics Education to name a few.

She is highly regarded by her colleagues and has assumed an increasing leadership role on the campus. She has raised the profile of Institutional Research in enrollment management, strategic planning and assessment. Ms. Moore is a graduate of Binghamton University with a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College.

Professor Paul Siegel,who has a dual appointment at Purchase College and Westchester Community College, received the award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He was nomonated by Dr. Iris Cook, Professor of Biology at Westchester Community College. His laboratory at Purchase College studies unconscious processes in psychopathology and personality. His primary research program focuses on the effects of exposure to subliminal stimuli on reducing fear. He was recently awarded a $20,000 grant by the American Psychoanalytic Association to support this research. Recent studies will be published in Consciousness and Cognition, a top-tier journal in psychology. His secondary interest is the assessment of unconscious patterns that underlie the stories that people reveal about their lives and enact in psychotherapy. He has published a series of articles in peer-reviewed journals on this topic.

Professor Siegel received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College. He earned a PHD in clinical psychology from the Dernier Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University in 2002, and post-doctoral certification in child/adolescent clinical psychology from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2003. He was formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University.