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Triggle named president of Center for Inquiry Institute

Published: January 13, 2005

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David Triggle, SUNY University Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been named president of the Center for Inquiry Institute, the educational arm of the Center for Inquiry Transnational.



The institute is developing a graduate program on "science and the public," and also offers summer educational programs, including a workshop at the University of Oregon and a Summer Institute at Moscow State University.

Triggle, a former UB provost and dean of the Graduate School at the university, also been appointed a fellow of the Center for Inquiry, along with UB faculty members Peter Hare, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, and John Corcoran, professor of philosophy.

The Center for Inquiry Transnational is an international nonprofit organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism and society. Through education, research publishing and social programs, it seeks to present affirmative alternatives based on scientific naturalism.

Since joining the UB faculty in 1962 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemical Pharmacology, Triggle has served the university in a variety of administrative posts. He served as chair of the Department of Biochemical Pharmacology from 1971-85, when he was named dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He held that position until he was named dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education and research in 1995. He served as UB provost from January 1999 to July 2000.

He was named SUNY Distinguished Professor in 1989.

A prolific researcher, Triggle's internationally recognized work focuses on how drugs interact with calcium channels, cellular mechanisms that regulate the entry of calcium when stimulated. He has conducted pioneering research into the action of calcium-channel antagonists in the cardiovascular system and studies calcium channels and aging.

Hare joined the UB faculty in 1962 and held a number of leadership positions, including 13 years as chair of the Department of Philosophy, from 1971-75, and again from 1985-94. He retired in 2001.

Hare's service to the field of philosophy contributed to the development of the work of colleagues around the world and put the UB Department of Philosophy on the international map. Through his guidance and leadership, the UB philosophy department became unique among American universities, strong in traditional European branches of study while benefiting from the scholarship of outstanding Latin-American and Asian philosophers.

Considered one of the primary movers among those devoted to the study of American philosophy, Hare received numerous professional honors and awards, including the Herbert W. Schneider Award of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, presented in 1996 "for distinguished contributions to the understanding and development of American philosophy."

Internationally known for his work, Hare is the author or editor of several books in the field of philosophical pragmatism and for more than 25 years, edited The Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, an important journal in American philosophy.

Corcoran, a UB faculty member since 1969, specializes in the philosophy of logic, history of logic, mathematical logic, linguistics (semantics and syntax) and the philosophy of mathematics. He founded the Buffalo Logic Colloquium in 1970, and served as chair from 1970-77 and 1980-83, and has continued to hold the post since 1986.

He is a member of the editorial board of Indices, History of Logic and History & Philosophy of Logic, and is a regular reviewer for Mathematical Reviews. A festschrift—a volume of writings by different authors presented as a tribute to a scholar—was published in his honor by the History & Philosophy of Logic in 1999.

Corcoran has published nearly 70 scholarly articles and 40 abstracts, and edited or coedited four books.

He also received a Sustained Achievement Award for senior scholars from UB in 2002, recognizing exceptional achievement in research and creative activity.