For Immediate Release – May 17, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516


GENESEO, N.Y. – Two professors from the State University of New York at Geneseo have been selected as recipients for the SUNY Chancellor’s Research Recognition Award.

David Geiger, professor of chemistry, and Dale Metz, professor of communicative disorders, received their awards May 4 at a dinner honoring research and scholarship at the State University Plaza in Albany. The Research Foundation of SUNY presented the awards.

Geiger’s research is in the area of chemical bonding, structure and reactivity. His interests span such diverse topics as the correlation of magnetic and structural data for biologically relevant heme protein models, the synthesis and characterization of late transition metal complexes that are of potential use in solar energy conversion and chemical sensors, and the fabrication of deuterated targets for use in nuclear diagnostics. Geiger’s work has led to the publication of 33 research articles, three invited reviews on the coordination chemistry of chromium and 24 conference presentations.

Geiger, of Geneseo, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Franciscan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. After postdoctoral studies at the Department of Energy Radiation Research Laboratory, he joined the faculty at Geneseo in 1985. He served as chair of the college’s chemistry department for seven years. In addition to his research accomplishments, Geiger was named Geneseo Foundation Professor of Chemistry in 1997. He has supervised the work of 54 undergraduate research students.

"It was wonderful to hear that Dr. Geiger has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research," said Provost Katherine S. Conway-Turner. "Dr. Geiger has a tremendous record of outstanding research and teaching and this recognition is another acknowledgement of this excellent work."

Metz, of Irondequoit, has been an exemplar in integrating student researchers into his research activities. Under his guidance, students have been involved in every stage of research and have co-authored several significant papers. His focus over the last decade has been to investigate simultaneous communications, also known as SC. SC is commonly used by normally hearing persons when they communicate with a person who is hearing impaired. Metz has authored or co-authored 56 articles in peer reviewed journals and has published two co-authored books. His books, "Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders" (4th Ed., 2002) and "Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Life Span Perspective" (2nd Ed., 2003), both published by Allyn and Bacon, have made significant contributions to the teaching of communication disorders.

Additionally, Metz has been actively involved in editorial work within his discipline. He has served as an editorial consultant for several journals, associate editor for two journals and as editor of the discipline’s flagship research journal, the "Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research." Currently, he serves as editor of "Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders." Metz received his Ph.D. in 1976 from Syracuse University. In 1992, he joined the faculty of Geneseo, from which he received his bachelor’s degree.

"It was with great pleasure that I received the news that Dr. Metz is among those to receive the SUNY system Chancellor’s Award for Research," said Conway-Turner. "Dr. Metz has a long and accomplished research and teaching record at Geneseo, and it is wonderful to see it recognized by the Chancellor."

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