Three Women Appointed to Distinguished Professorships at the State University of New York

The State University of New York board of trustee recently conferred Distinguished Professorship status on seven faculty members. These Distinguished Professorships are conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. Three of these appointments went to women.

Lina M. Obeid is a professor in the Division of General Medicine and vice dean for research at Stony Brook University. Her research is focused on the study of bioactive lipids and their effect on the regulation of cell processes. She joined the faculty at Stony Brook in 2012 after teaching at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Obeid earned her medical degree at the American University in Beirut in Lebanon.

Jean H. Quataert is a professor of history at Binghamton University. She is the author or editor of several books including Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). Professor Quataert is the co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

JoEllen Welsh is the Empire Innovation Professor at the University at Albany Cancer Research Center and School of Public Health. She began her academic career at the University of Ottawa in Canada. In 1998, she became the first woman to serve as full professor in the 150-year history of the department of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Professor Welsh holds a Ph.D. in nutritional chemistry from Cornell University.

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