Purchase College professors Peter W.R. Corfield of Briarcliff Manor, NY and Todd Coolman, of Denville, NJ, have received the Research Foundation State University of New York Research and Scholarship Award. John Oâ€™Connor, president of the Research Foundation, presented the awards at the recognition dinner in Albany on May 3.
Dr. Coolman is the Director of Jazz Studies in the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. Dr. Corfield is the Director of the Center for Science and Math Education at Purchase College.
Dr. Coolman is a jazz educator in addition to having a busy performance schedule. He was selected for the 2001-2003 Doris and Karl Kempner Distinguished Professorship at Purchase College. The author of two books, The Bass Tradition and The Bottom Line, he is also in demand as a clinician and lecturer at universities throughout the world, and is frequently sought after as a writing and research consultant for jazz history and CD liner-note projects. A Grammy award-winner, Dr. Coolman is one of the more in-demand bassists on the New York jazz scene today. He has performed and/or recorded with a virtual â€œwhoâ€™s whoâ€ of jazz artists. He has also recently recorded a CD as a leader entitled Lexicon, with special guest artist Joe Henderson.
As Director of the Center for Science and Math Education, Dr. Peter Corfield has provided teacher professional development to institutes that have trained nearly 4,500 K-12 science and mathematics teachers, and has managed student programs that have served more than 1,400 disadvantaged middle-school, high-school and college students. During 1995 to 2005, Dr. Corfield secured $4.7 million in grant funds in support of programs for minority and low-income students and teacher professional development initiatives. He has managed major grants from a variety of government and private sources. He teaches two chemistry courses each semester at Purchase College, and has a record of research and publication in the synthesis and structures of polymeric mixed valence compounds (especially copper), and the structure and function of snake venom proteins.