The selection was made by a panel of
â€œWe are honored to recognize Dr. Blight for his accomplishments as a distinguished scientist in the academic and corporate sectors. His career represents the scientific excellence, vision and innovation which are hallmarks of science programs at
â€œAt Purchase,â€ he said â€œwe are proud of the science training we provide in biology, chemistry biochemistry, psychology, computer science and environmental studies and of the many students who go on to earn graduate degrees. Our faculty includes active research scientists trained at leading universities who provide an exceptional education for our liberal arts and science students preparing them for leadership in the
â€œWilliam Mooney, President of the Westchester County Association added, â€œWe are excited to partner with
â€œI am delighted and honored to have been chosen to receive this award,â€ said Dr. Blight. â€œAcorda has given me the opportunity to work with an extraordinary team of people, dedicated to bringing science to bear on significant medical needs. Science is a truly communal enterprise and it is very gratifying to be singled out as a representative in this way.â€
Dr. Blight has been the Chief Scientific Officer at Acorda Therapeutics since 2004 and previously served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development from 2000 to 2004 and Vice President from 1998 to 2000. Acorda Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to the identification, development and commercialization of novel therapies that improve neurological function in people with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other disorders of the central nervous system.
Prior to joining Acorda, Dr. Blight spent six years as Professor and Director of the Neurosurgery Research laboratory at the
The award will be presented at the Westchester County Associationâ€™s Annual Spring Congressional luncheon on April 26 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.