Name: David J. Triggle
Present Position: University Professor
Organization: State University of New York at Buffalo
Address: 457 Hochstetter Hall
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo NY 14260
E-mail: Triggle@buffalo.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Affiliation: SUNY Buffalo
Candidate's Statement: Robert D. Putnam powerfully expressed a contemporary American dilemma in his book, "Bowling Alone" - the decline of social capital and the attendant loss of societal cohesion with overall detrimental effects to society. Science is part of this dilemma: increasing scientific specialization, competitiveness and secrecy are threatening the role of science as part of the public knowledge commons. The consequences are that scientific literacy decreases, and the public trust of science and the scientific method are further eroded. Sigma Xi is perhaps unique as a society that embraces a holistic view of science and the scientific method, and as such can play an increasingly important role as a catalytic influence to further their importance in the educational and public domains. This is not an easy task: our declining membership over the past several years reflects, according to Putnam, societal changes at large. This will not easily be reversed, but efforts must be increased particularly by focusing on outreach to undergraduates and high school students where opportunities to broaden horizons are perhaps greatest. I have been a member of Sigma Xi for many years and have served as Chapter President for the past six years. I welcome any opportunity to continue to serve the society.
Sigma Xi and Other Activities: I am a long-term member of Sigma Xi, as well as other more specialized scientific societies. For the past six years I have served as Chapter President of the State University of New York at Buffalo Chapter, where I have been principally involved in organizing our Annual Research Day, invited lecture and joint sponsorship of a Graduate Research Ethics course. I have played other similar scientific roles including being Chair of a Gordon Research Conference, a New York Academy of Science symposium, courses for the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, for the China Pharmaceutical University and the Sci-Tech Center in Bombay. For the past decade I have taught, with my philosopher colleague Richard Hull, a graduate course on research ethics and have chaired commissions on and written papers of graduate education.
Biographical Information: I am a University Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy. I was educated in the United Kingdom with B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the Universities of Southampton and Hull. Following several years of postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Ottawa and London I joined the School of Pharmacy at Buffalo where I served on the faculty and was Dean from 1985 -1995. From 1995-2001 I served as Dean of the Graduate School and from 2000-2001 as University Provost. I am the author of a number of books dealing with drug-receptor interactions, of some two hundred and fifty papers and some one hundred chapters and reviews. I have received awards from the American Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics ( the Otto Krayer Award ), from the American Association of Pharmacology and Therapeutics ( Volwiler Research Achievement Award ), and from the Medical Foundation of Buffalo. I have served in a variety of educational and scientific advisory capacities in Universities in China, the Middle East and India and hold honorary degrees from the University of Hull and the University of Camerino. I also serve on an academic credentials committee of the New York State Board of Regents. I am the Editor of Pharmaceutical News and serve as Perspectives Editor of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
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