BUFFALO, N.Y. – Three more University at Buffalo faculty
members have been appointed to the ranks of distinguished
professors by the State University of New York Board of
Paul R. Knight III, UB Distinguished Professor of
Anesthesiology, and Daniel J. Kosman, UB Distinguished Professor of
Biochemistry, have been named a Distinguished Professor in
recognition of national or international prominence in their
Lynn Mather, professor of law, has been appointed a
Distinguished Service Professor in recognition of extraordinary
service to the community, region, state, nation or world.
The rank of distinguished professor, the highest faculty rank in
the SUNY system, is an order above full professorship and has three
co-equal designations: distinguished professor, distinguished
service professor and distinguished teaching professor.
The trio was among 16 SUNY faculty members appointed to the
distinguished professor ranks by the trustees at their May 7
Paul 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 associate 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 and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 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.”
Daniel Kosman studies how organisms acquire and
metabolize iron and copper, intrinsically toxic metals essential to
cellular respiration and oxygen transport. One of his goals is to
develop antifungal drugs to treat infections in humans.
His research has been funded nearly continuously by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation
since he joined the UB faculty in 1970.
He has authored or co-authored nearly 100 scholarly publications
and currently is writing a book, to be published by Garland Press,
on protein structure and function to be used by upper-level
undergraduates and first-year graduate students.
He has been an invited speaker and/or chair at numerous national
and international symposia, a reviewer for some of the top journals
in his field and a member of numerous study sections for the
A former acting chair and associate chair of the Department of
Biochemistry, Kosman has been appointed to more than 25 university
or School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences committees, including
search and promotions committees, and panels on teaching and
Lynn Mather joined the UB faculty in 2002 as professor of
law and political science, and director of the Baldy Center for Law
and Social Policy. She previously held the Nelson A. Rockefeller
Chair in Government at Dartmouth College and was a Dartmouth
faculty member for more than 30 years.
A leading scholar in the field of law and society, she has
published extensively on lawyers, legal professionalism, women in
the legal profession, courts in popular culture, litigation against
tobacco, trial courts and public policy, divorce mediation, plea
bargaining and the transformation of disputes.
Her most recent books are “Lawyers in Practice: Ethical
Decision Making in Context” (University of Chicago Press,
2012), co-edited with Leslie C. Levin, and “Private Lawyers
and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal
Profession” (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-edited with
UB sociologist Robert Granville.
A former president (2001-02) of the international Law and
Society Association, she continues to remain active in the
multidisciplinary, scholarly association, contributing to its
intellectual pursuits and mentoring younger colleagues in the