During his annual address to the University community, Chancellor
Kenneth A. Shaw recognized engineering professor Barry Davidson
at the conclusion of his tenure as a Meredith Professor.
When I gave
my annual address to the University community in September, I emphasized
the need to make wise decisions about our priorities for the future.
While we at SU have always been cautious and thoughtful about the
use of our resources, greater scrutiny is called for given the current
economic climate and in light of unrest in the world. And, though
we did feel the effects of the extraordinary prosperity of the mid-
to late-1990s, we never let ourselves get caught up in the feeling
that the boom times would play on and on.
We will be guided
by the Academic Plan and the Space Plan as we choose those areas
of our enterprise to support more vigorously and move forward. We
will preserve and grow our mission as an institution to teach and
create new knowledge. We have done a great deal in the past few
years to elevate the art of teaching here, and students and their
families have expressed their appreciation for the personal attention
and caring they have received. And, as this issue of Syracuse
University Magazine clearly demonstrates, the pursuit of new
knowledge is alive and well on our campus.
scholarship took a leap forward at Syracuse in the 50s, just
as it did at universities across the country, in response to the
scientific challenges arising from the Russian launch of the Sputnik
satellite. Since that time, SU faculty members have contributed
to the worlds knowledge in such areas as sensory sciences,
geometry, electromagnetics, the humanities, and special education,
among many others.
With the establishment
of the CASE Center in the 80s came the growth of research
institutes across campus such as the Center for Health and Behavior
in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Natural Language
Processing in the School of Information Studies, and the Center
for the Study of Popular Television in the S.I. Newhouse School
of Public Communications. Today we are poised to take another giant
step forward with the newly established, multimillion-dollar Center
of Excellence in Environmental Systems.
These and other
significant research endeavors do much more than add to the body
of information, however. They help cement our reputation for excellence
across the country and the world. They attract the best new faculty
members. And, most importantly, they provide students with the opportunity
to work alongside men and women who are engaged in a lifes
work devoted to creativity, scholarship, and the love of learning.
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President