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Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D., Named Chairperson For Biology, Chemistry, Physics Department

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, October 15, 2002

\"ImagePeter A. Schaefer, Ph.D., of Huntington, L.I., was recently named department chairperson for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics department at Hudson Valley Community College. Schaefer will oversee all science course offerings at the college, including the Biotechnology, Chemical Technician, and Environmental Studies programs. He plans to reside in West Sand Lake.

Schaefer, who earned a master's and Ph.D. in Physiology from Rutgers University, previously served as director of the Surgical Research division in the Department of Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center, which is affiliated with the State University of New York at Stony Brook. During his 17 years in that position, Schaefer directed advanced research projects with surgical residents and faculty members, and he taught surgical basic science.

A recipient of the Margaret Duffy and Robert Cameron Troup Memorial Research Award, which he received as a result of noteworthy research on cell physiology, Schaefer has had much of his research published. Most recently, Obesity Surgery accepted a piece he worked on for publication. Schaefer's key research interests include wound healing, inflammation, breast cancer and biomedical imaging.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.