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Six SBU Faculty Named SUNY Distinguished Professor

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Six Stony Brook University faculty members were appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor — a prestigious honor bestowed upon professionals of the highest caliber — by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees for 2022-2023.

The honored faculty members include: Distinguished Professor Danny Bluestein, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Distinguished Professor Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Department of English; Distinguished Professor Martin Rocek, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Distinguished Service Professor Judith Ann Crowell, Department of Psychiatry; Distinguished Service Professor Lawrence Colwyn Hurst, Department of Orthopaedics; and Distinguished Teaching Professor Georges E. Fouron, Department of Africana Studies. Faculty will receive their medallions in June at the annual celebratory dinner and induction ceremony. 

“The outstanding contributions you have made through your dedication to teaching, research, scholarship and service continue to elevate Stony Brook University to new levels of excellence. You are role models for our students and an inspiration for the entire campus community. We recognize your accomplishments and we thank you for your tremendous service to this university,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis.

“Stony Brook is proud of our exceptional scholars,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Carl Lejuez. “I am pleased that SUNY has bestowed this honor upon these leading faculty and I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”

SUNY’s Distinguished Faculty Rank programs encourage ongoing commitment to excellence, kindle intellectual vibrancy, elevate the standards of instruction and enrich contributions to public service. They demonstrate SUNY’s pride and gratitude “for the consummate professionalism, the groundbreaking scholarship, the exceptional instruction and the breadth and significance of service contributions of its faculty.”

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon faculty who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual’s chosen field through significant contributions to the research and scholarship, or through artistic performance or achievement in the fine and performing arts.

The Distinguished Service Professorship is conferred upon instructional faculty having achieved a distinguished reputation for service not only to the campus and the university, but also to the community, the State of New York or even the nation, by sustained effort in the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate’s scholarly research interests to issues of public concern.

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship is conferred upon instructional faculty for outstanding teaching competence at the graduate, undergraduate or professional levels. Teaching mastery is to be consistently demonstrated over multiple years at the institution where the Distinguished Teaching Professorship is bestowed.

About the Faculty

Danny Bluestein
Danny Bluestein

Danny Bluestein’s research interests include the elucidation of physical forces that regulate cellular function in flowing blood and the translation of this knowledge to numerical and experimental strategies aimed at optimizing the thromboresistance of mechanical circulatory support devices, multiscale modeling of thrombosis, and enhancing clinical diagnostics of cardiovascular diseases processes and progression for developing strategies to achieve better clinical outcomes of procedures and devices for patients who suffer from these diseases. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, and his research has been sponsored by various federal agencies and private foundations including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Martin Rocek

Martin Rocek‘s research interests and expertise are in theoretical physics, with a focus on string theory, supersymmetry and related fields. He has been particularly interested in recent progress on the study of low-energy effective actions for super Yang-Mills theories with extended supersymmetry. More generally, he is investigating effective actions. In addition, Rocek is pursuing the program of understanding the relation between sigma-models in superspace and complex geometry. In this area, he invented the Hyperkahler quotient, which has found many applications in mathematics as well as in physics. Rocek also continues to investigate duality, a symmetry that relates apparently different theories, and has important geometric ramifications. He occasionally works on Regge’s discrete description of gravity and has an interest in condensed matter physics.

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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of five books, all published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (2010), The Ground (2012), Heaven (2015), The Circuit (2018), and Living Weapon (2020). He is also the author of a book-length translation, from the Catalan, of Salvador Espriu’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012). His books have been named a book of the year by the Washington Post, the Guardian (UK), NPR and the Australian Review of Books. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, Ricardo Phillips is also the recipient of a Whiting Award, the GLCSA New Writers Award for Poetry, the PEN-Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield Book Prize for Poetry, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His work has also been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the NAACP Outstanding Book Award for Poetry.

Judith Ann Crowell

Judith Ann Crowell, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She obtained her MD at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her training in general psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and post-doctoral training were completed at Stanford University. Since starting at Stony Brook, she has worked in the outpatient clinic. Her research and clinical work have focused on parent-child relationships, the attachment system, early childhood and autism spectrum disorders. She currently serves as director of the Child and Adult Psychiatry Division and is the clinical director of the Stony Brook Autism Initiative.

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Lawrence C. Hurst

Lawrence Colwyn Hurst, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery with more than 30 years of practice experience and additional qualifications in surgery of the hand. His dedication to his patients and to the field of hand surgery is evident through his long list of teaching and research credentials, as well as his exceptional quality of care. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then completed an internship at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To further specialize his knowledge, Dr. Hurst completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Since the mid 1980s, he has worked collaboratively to find a non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s Disease, a debilitating hand disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Georges E. Fouron

Georges E. Fouron is a native of Haiti whose research focus is on transnationalism and its effects as experienced by Haitians in Haiti and those of the Haitian Diaspora. He has published many peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals such as Identities, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Comparative Urban and Community Research, the American Ethnologist, and many more. His latest book, authored with Nina Glick Schiller, Georges Woke up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home, was published by Duke University Press in 2001. His latest manuscripts that are ready for review include Living in Distant Proximities as Outsiders Within, New York’s Haitian Transmigrants Articulate Their Long-Distance Nation-Building Designs for Haiti and Haiti’s Migratory Streams at the Crossroads of Global Capitalism and the Politics of Competing Empires. Fouron has taught thousands of students, many of whom still reach out to him for professional advice and support. He has said that he is most proud of the number of teachers he has and continues to train and develop during his tenure at Stony Brook. 

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