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April 9, 2003
OSWEGO -- Three educators at SUNY Oswego will be honored for outstanding dedication to scholarly and creative activity during the college's Quest symposium on Wednesday, April 23.
Marketing and management Professor Qiong June Dong and psychology Professor Jacqueline Reihman will receive the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The Provost's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity will be conferred on Ding Zhang, associate professor of marketing and management.
Dong's principal research centers on how the world is becoming an increasingly networked place. She and Anna Nagurney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct an intense study on the intersection of information, transportation, telecommunication, financial and social networks. They co-authored the book "Supernetworks: Decision-Making for the Information Age" as well as many journal articles on the subject.
"I can honestly say that the quality and quantity of her research accomplishments are simply outstanding," Dean of Graduate Studies Jack Narayan said in a letter of support. "The feedback from her students convinces me that she not only knows her content very well but also teaches in a manner that engages the students in their learning."
Reihman is honored for her work with the college's Center for Neurobehavioral Effects of Environmental Toxins. The center's research has included following three cohorts of children born from 1991 through 1994, comparing those born to mothers who were exposed to environmental toxins to a control group.
The center has drawn more than $5 million in outside research funding. Reihman received a Chancellor's Award for Research and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in December.
"This research is of critical social importance as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to establish regulations and recommendations for exposure," wrote colleague Brooks Gump, an associate professor of psychology. "Notably, this project has established an international reputation and is frequently referenced in the literature as the 'Oswego cohort.' Dr. Reihman is the driving force behind this impressive program."
Zhang earned the Provost's Award for his research into the application of mathematical modeling of dynamic networks to address traffic congestion in urban areas. His co-authored book, "Projected Dynamical Systems and Variational Inequalities with Applications," as well as many journal articles on the subject are considered ground-breaking by colleagues and regularly cited in studies in the field.
"His work in the development of the theory and the stability analysis of projected dynamical systems has been recognized as significantly advancing the methodology of dynamic modeling," said James Molinari, professor and chair of marketing and management. "I believe Dr. Zhang has established himself as a leader within his discipline, recognized internationally for the quality of his contributions to his field."
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