[Skip to Content]

Max Mozell is honored for more than 40 years as leader, scientist, mentor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University will present two free lectures and a reception April 10 as part of a celebration honoring a lifetime of service and outstanding accomplishments of Maxwell (Max) M. Mozell, Ph.D., a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and professor of neuroscience and physiology.

"We honor Dr. Mozell for his more than 40 years of dedicated service to the SUNY Upstate Medical University community," said SUNY Upstate President David R. Smith, M.D. "His contributions as a researcher, scholar and administrator and his concern for our public mission, has made him a role model for the SUNY Upstate community as well as the global community. There has been no better ambassador for Upstate Medical University."

John Hildebrand, Ph.D., and Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., members of the National Academy of Sciences, will present lectures beginning at noon April 10 in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Hildebrand will present "Explorations of a Simple Olfactory System," at 12:10 p.m. He is a Regents Professor, director of the Division of Neurobiology of the Arizona Research Laboratories and professor of Neurobiology, biochemistry and molecular biophysics, entomology and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona.

Bartoshuk, will present "Taste and Waists: Taste Damage, Diet and Obesity" at 1:45 p.m. She is an internationally known researcher in the senses of taste and smell and is a Presidential Endowed Professor of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida. The celebration will continue at a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance, 505 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Mozell's research interest is in the field of olfaction, the sense of smell. He has held a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant for 40 years. He served as the chair of the International Commission on Olfaction and Taste from 1984 to 1991 and has won numerous accolades for his work, including the Manheimer Award in Recognition of Career Achievements in the Chemosensory Sciences, the Sense of Smell Award from the Fragrance Research Fund, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Health and the SUNY Chancellor's Recognition Award for Exemplary Contributions to Research.

Mozell is founder of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) and served as executive editor of the journal Chemical Sciences from 1992 to 1998. In 2004, Mozell was appointed as Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees, honoring him for his superior commitment to students and intellectual growth as well as a strict adherence to academic standards of excellence.

Mozell resides in Syracuse.