UB Faculty, Staff, Librarians Receive Chancellor's Awards

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: June 15, 1994 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Seven University at Buffalo faculty members, two librarians and three professional staff members have received 1994 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.

Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching are Victor Doyno, Ph.D., professor of English; Richard Gonsalves, Ph.D., associate professor of physics; Richard Hull, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy; Michael Kibby, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Learning and Instruction; David Kofke, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering; Charles Mitchell, Ph.D., associate professor of geology, and Judith Robinson, associate professor of information and library studies.

Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship are Judith Adams, director of UB's Lockwood Library, and Susan Dow, head of the Documents Department in the UB Law Library.

Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service are Raymond Dannenhoffer, Ph.D., director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and administrative coordinator in the UB Department of Anatomical Sciences; Jane Liebner, assistant director of presidential events and protocol in the Office of Conferences and Special Events, and Stephen Roberts, associate director of university libraries.

Victor Doyno, a faculty member since 1969, is one of the country's foremost Mark Twain scholars.

The author of three books and numerous journal articles and essays on Twain, Doyno is a member of the board of directors of the Mark Twain Center at Quarry Farm in Elmira, where Twain spent many of his summers.

Doyno was recently elected president of the Mark Twain Circle, an organization of 400 "Twainiacs" from throughout the United States.

He holds a master's degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Indiana University. Besides Twain, his areas of specialization include medieval and renaissance English literature and the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Doyno resides in Williamsville.

A faculty member since 1980, Richard J. Gonsalves’ primary research interests include gauge theories of elementary particles -- particles that have no mass -- and quantum field theories.

A recipient of a Government of India Merit Scholarship, Gonsalves received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Madras in India. He received two additional master's degrees and a doctoral degree in physics from Columbia University.

A resident of Amherst, he is the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded project dealing with high-energy colliders.

A faculty member since 1967, Richard Hull has authored numerous professional publications on ethics, especially medical ethics. He is the editor of "Ethical Issues in the New Reproductive Technologies," a book addressing the moral and ethical issues raised by in vitro fertilization.

Hull, the former headmaster of Calasanctius Preparatory School, is active in several professional organizations, including the American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Value Inquiry.

He has served on the ethics committees of Kenmore Mercy and De Graff Memorial hospitals and currently serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee at The Buffalo General Hospital.

A resident of Clarence, Hull holds a bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

Michael Kibby is one of the country's foremost authorities on reading and literacy.

His research focuses on literacy, diagnostic testing and reading proficiency. Much of his recent work explains how the misinterpretation of test scores by the media can influence public opinion and the decisions of public-policy makers.

Kibby is the director of UB's Reading Clinic, which provides diagnosis and assistance for children with profound reading problems while serving as a research center for doctoral students.

A resident of Williamsville, he formerly served as the town's deputy mayor and as president of the Williamsville Central School Board.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

David Kofke, a UB faculty member since 1989, earned his bachelor's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests lie in thermodynamics, statistical physics and molecular simulation.

Kofke, a recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator award, is also the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop simulation modules for chemical engineering instruction.

A resident of Eggertsville, Kofke recently was awarded the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award by the American Society for Engineering Education.

Charles Mitchell, 1990 recipient of UB's Milton Plesur Award for excellence in teaching, lectured at Harvard and Boston University before joining the UB faculty in 1983.

Mitchell is the secretary for the Northeastern Section of the Paleontological Society, co-director of UB's Graduate Group in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and a member of several professional organizations, including the International Union of Geological Sciences and the International Paleontological Association.

Mitchell, who has presented research and led workshops in the United Kingdom and China, heads a project aimed at discovering how the processes of mountain building affect continents. He also is collaborating on a project with scientists in Germany and China to discover a correlation between middle Ordovician rocks throughout the world.

An Amherst resident, Mitchell earned his doctorate from Harvard.

Judith Robinson, author of "Tapping the Government Grapevine: A User-Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources," is an expert on government publications.

Robinson, who earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, currently is working on the second edition of her book, "Subject Guide to U.S. Government Reference Sources," a revision of "Tapping the Government Grapevine," and a mystery story for children.

She resides in Getzville.

Before coming to UB, Judith Adams worked at the Library of Congress and several academic libraries, including those at Georgetown University and Oklahoma State University.

The author of three books, including "The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills," she is responsible for the administration of Lockwood Library, a 1.4 million-volume research library with a budget of $1.3 million.

Since Adam's appointment in 1989, Lockwood Library has established a business/government documents reference center and an interlibrary loan department, and made numerous landmark electronic improvements, including the installations of UNLOCK, an electronic mail reference service, and BISON, UB's on-line catalog system.

She resides in Amherst.

Susan Dow, a UB staff member since 1984, is the author or co-author of several books, articles and columns on subjects pertaining to law and documents libraries.

She recently was named to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, a council which advises the U.S. government printing office on issues related to public access of government publications.

A popular guest lecturer in UB law classes, Dow teaches a graduate law course on legal research methods.

She resides in Williamsville.

A resident of Clarence, Jane Liebner was a UB stenographer before becoming an assistant to the president for protocol and social planning in 1990. She moved into the Office of Conferences and Special Events earlier this year.

She is a member of the board of advisors of the Museum of European Art in Clarence and president of Friends of the Clarence Historical Museum.

Raymond Dannenhoffer earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from UB before joining the university's professional staff in 1987.

The author and co-author of many scholarly papers about anthropology, Dannenhoffer supervised a skeletal population curation and analysis project for Highland Park Cemetery in 1986.

A resident of Amherst, he is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Human Biology Council and the Society for the Study of Social Biology.

A staff member since 1972, Stephen M. Roberts is working on a project to engage SUNY libraries in cooperative collection development and resource sharing.

Roberts was hired by UB in 1977 to oversee the move of Lockwood Library's 1.4 million holdings from the South (Main Street) Campus to a new building on the North (Amherst) Campus. Having completed the move, he coordinated the automation of the circulation and catalog of Lockwood's holdings.

He was the principal co-investigator of a U.S. government project which tested the use of telefacsimile and digital scanning in providing access to library materials.

He also is a founder of Buffalo Free-Net, a Western New York public computing network.

A resident of the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, Roberts is active in the administration of the university's State Employees Federated Appeal, an agency that raises money for charity similar to the United Way.