BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Five faculty members representing dentistry,
medicine and the social sciences have been named University at
Buffalo Distinguished Professors for 2011. The appointments are
effective Sept. 1.
The UB Distinguished Professor designation -- not to be confused
with the State University of New York Distinguished Professor
designation, a rank above that of full professor awarded by the
SUNY trustees -- was created by the UB Office of the Provost to
recognize full professors who have achieved true distinction and
who are leaders in their fields.
It is open to faculty members who have been a full professor for
at least five years and who have achieved national or international
prominence and a distinguished reputation within their field
through significant contributions to the research/scholarly
literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the
The new UB Distinguished Professors are:
-- Robert Baier, professor, Department of Oral Diagnostic
Sciences, School of Dental Medicine.
A UB faculty member since 1978, Baier is executive director of
the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University
Cooperative Research Center in Biosurfaces at UB, as well as
director of UB's Biomaterials Graduate Program.
He also holds research or adjunct faculty appointments in
several departments in the School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as
well as in the Biomedical Engineering Program, housed in both the
medical and engineering schools, and Roswell Park Cancer
An expert in biomaterials and surface sciences, Baier's work has
impacted greatly on the practice of medicine and dentistry,
including cardiovascular implants, dental implants and
ophthalmologic care. He has conducted more than 100 research
trials, which has produced numerous publications.
He has received more than 20 national and international awards
and honors, and served on more than 25 editorial boards and
specialty panels, as well as numerous university committees.
-- James Campbell, professor and chair, Department of
Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences.
Campbell's research program testing theories of congressional
and presidential election outcomes has established him as one of
the leading authorities on the topic in the country. He has
published four books; 15 book chapters; nearly 50 articles in
refereed journals, including the top-tier journals in his field;
and seven introductions to edited journals.
His publications productivity -- considered a substantial
achievement for a scholar in the discipline of political science --
earned him a UB Sustained Achievement Award in 2001. Last year, he
was elected president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society
of political science.
Campbell joined the UB faculty member in 1998 as a full
professor with tenure after holding tenured positions at the
University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, and serving
as program officer in the Political Science Program at the NSF.
-- Paul Knight, professor, Department of Anesthesiology,
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Knight joined the UB faculty in 1992 as a professor of
anesthesiology and microbiology and chair of the Department of
Anesthesiology. He served as chair until 1998, when he stepped down
to devote more time to research and clinical activities. He
continues to maintain administrative duties in the department,
serving as senior vice chair for research and director of the
Medical Scientist Training Program -- the MD/PhD program at UB.
Knight's research focuses on the effects of inhalation
anesthetics on lung function, with specific emphasis on the
relationship between anesthetics and viral infection, and the
inflammatory process in lung tissue following the inhalation of
vomit due to surgery or accidental causes.
A prolific scholar, he has published 115 papers in premier
peer-review journals in the field, and was editor of the seventh
edition of Wylie and Churchill-Davidson's "A Practice of
Anesthesia," the premier textbook in anesthesiology. He has
authored or co-authored 27 book chapters, including a chapter in "A
Practice of Anesthesia."
He has held appointments on numerous review committees and
panels for the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes,
the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Heart
Association, among others. He has moderated and chaired scientific
sessions at annual meetings of professional scientific societies,
and has delivered more than 80 invited lectures on his specialty,
as well as on his translational research, in this country and
around the world.
He received the medical school's 2010 Stockton Kimball Award for
outstanding contributions to scholarship and to furthering the
overall mission of the school.
-- Teresa Quattrin, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and chair of
the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Biomedical
An internationally known expert in childhood diabetes and
obesity, Quattrin's clinical practice and research focus on
pediatric diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and insulin-like
A UB faculty member since 1987, she also serves as
pediatrician-in-chief at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo,
chief of the department's Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and
director of the hospital's Diabetes Center, which she established
Quattrin's research has been funded continuously since the
mid-1980s, including grants from Eli Lilly, Genentech, Pfizer and
the American Diabetes Association. She is the principal
investigator on a $2.5 million NIH grant to study how family-based
primary care can impact obesity in youth, and received one of five
Type 2 Diabetes Center of Excellence grants from the New York State
Department of Health to screen youth at increased risk of
developing the disease.
Elected to the prestigious Society for Pediatric Research in
2003, Quattrin has delivered 14 national and three international
invited lectures, and serves as associate editor of Diabetes Care,
the premier journal in the field.
-- Stanley Schwartz, professor, departments of Medicine,
Pediatrics and Microbiology, School of Medicine and Biomedical
A UB faculty since 1992, Schwartz also is director of the
Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology in the medical
He studies the immunoregulatory process, immunodeficiency
diseases and cancer, and is a leading authority on the relationship
between drug abuse and AIDS.
For the past 15 years, he has received more than $7 million in
NIH funding to study the effects of cocaine and heroin on
immunological and neurological pathogenesis, including the brain
disorders of encephalopathy associated with AIDS.
He has published 175 papers, most in top-ranked, peer-reviewed
journals, and five book chapters; edited two books; and was guest
editor for a volume of the Journal of Clinical Immunology devoted
to immunoglobulin therapy -- a key research area in which he is
Schwartz has received numerous honors for his work, including
the Stockton Kimball Award, a UB Sustained Academic Achievement
Award and the Meller Award for Outstanding Research from Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.