Kestas Bendinskas of chemistry and Juan Perdiguero of art have earned the President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity at SUNY Oswego, while Christopher Chandler of biological sciences received the Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The President’s Award honors tenured faculty for exemplary mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, and scholarly and creative achievements; the Provost’s Award similarly honors a junior faculty member.
Bendinskas joined SUNY Oswego in 2003 to create the biochemistry program, and he has attracted more than $5 million in research funding from such agencies as the National Science Foundation. He serves as the primary editor of the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, and he has also had numerous articles published. The current director of the college’s Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Center, Bendinskas also has had key leadership roles in the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and Sigma Xi research honor society at Oswego, as well as organizing a number of talks and events on campus.
Perdiguero’s drawings in the 2016 Oxford University Press publication Drawing Essentials present his work as exemplary to a large audience. Perdiguero also has been invited to teach master classes in drawing in the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico and Chile. An Oswego faculty member since 2002 and a recognized expert in art conservation, he also has held visiting artist appointments and residencies in the United States, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Mexico. Within the art department, Perdiguero has lent his energy, expertise and leadership skills to coordinating the drawing academic area, studio program and master of art in art teaching studio track.
Since coming to Oswego in 2012, Chandler, an evolutionary genetics expert, has published seven peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored a book chapter on genomics. He also has authored or co-authored 10 oral presentations and eight poster presentations at national, regional and local conferences. The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant that Chandler earned in 2015 is the foundation’s top award. It supports junior faculty teacher-scholars who perform and integrate outstanding research and education.
—Tim Nekritz M’05