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Salvi named SUNY Distinguished Professor by board of trustees

  • Richard Salvi

Published: November 28, 2011

Richard Salvi, professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system.

Salvi was one of six SUNY faculty members appointed a distinguished professor, distinguished service professor or distinguished librarian by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting on Nov. 22.

The rank of distinguished professor is an order above full professorship and has three co-equal designations: distinguished professor, distinguished service professor and distinguished teaching professor.

The distinguished professorship recognizes and honors individuals who have achieved national or international prominence in their fields.

Considered a pioneer in research on hearing and deafness, Salvi is co-founder—and continues to serve as director—of UB’s Center for Hearing and Deafness, one of the nation’s foremost hearing research groups.

A UB faculty member since 1987, his main area of research is the auditory physiology associated with acquired hearing loss. He has studied noise and ototoxic drug-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, inner-ear physiology, central auditory plasticity and reorganization, hair-cell regeneration and, most recently, the use of stem cells to treat hearing loss.

A prolific scholar, he has published more than 300 articles in top-tier journals and is a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as boards of national and international organizations.

His research has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Health, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc., National Organization for Hearing Research, American Tinnitus Association and the Oishei Foundation.

Salvi is the recipient of numerous awards, among them a fellowship in the Acoustical Society of American for his contributions to the understanding of noise-induced auditory pathology, as well as a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University and received a doctorate in experimental psychology from Syracuse University.

Reader Comments

Leslie Butcher says:

What an accomplishment. I'm honored to say I've been taught and influenced by Dr. Salvi. He's definitely someone I admire.

Posted by Leslie Butcher, UB student, 12/05/11

Charles Paganelli, Ph.D. says:

Congratulations to Dick Salvi on his recent appointment to Distinguished Professor. He has been distinguished for many years, and it is only fitting that SUNY should now make it official.

Posted by Charles Paganelli, Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Physiology & Biophysics, 12/02/11

Norman D. Mohl, DDS, PhD says:

The promotion of Dick Salvi to SUNY Distinguished Professor is very well deserved. His research in auditory physiology associated has been outstanding and has added important information to the understanding of such clinical problems as acquired hearing loss and tinnitus.

Posted by Norman D. Mohl, DDS, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, 11/28/11