Resolution J1600-2013

Commending Patrick J. Gannon, Ph.D. upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Friends of Sands Point Preserve at its Gold Gala on May 4, 2013

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Patrick  J.  Gannon, Ph.D. upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Friends of  Sands
Point Preserve at its Gold Gala on May 4, 2013

WHEREAS,  Individuals  who distinguish themselves in their profession or
in service to their community merit the highest commendation; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with  its  long-
standing  tradition,  this  Legislative  Body is justly proud to commend
Patrick J. Gannon, Ph.D.  upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  for
special recognition by Friends of Sands Point Preserve at its Gold Gala,
to be held at the Hempstead House on May 4, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Patrick  J.  Gannon,  Ph.D., Chair of the Department of
Science Education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine with
a background in Anthropology and Neurobiology, came to the United States
from Yorkshire, England in 1979 to pursue his interests in  Anthropology
and  Neurobiology  research;  he  earned  a  doctoral degree in Physical
Anthropology while running a clinical research laboratory at  the  Mount
Sinai School of Medicine; and
  WHEREAS, In his 29 years at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Gannon
taught  numerous medical school courses and mentored several generations
of doctoral students,  residents,  and  fellows  in  the  Otolaryngology
Department  in research methods; this professional fulfillment was punc-
tuated by the publication of a ground breaking  study  in  the  interna-
tional journal SCIENCE, reporting "language" areas in chimpanzee brains;
a  seminal finding which supported the work of his lifetime hero, prima-
tologist Jane Goodall; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Goodall told him "thank you for your  contribution  to  a
better  understanding  of the evolutionary relationship with our closest
relatives, chimpanzee beings"; the evolutionary controversy  it  stirred
even made it into Jay Leno's monologue on the Tonight Show; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Gannon broke other ground with NASA funded K-12 science
education and public outreach based on Biomedical Research and the  work
of NASA scientists; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  lived in Manhattan for many years, Dr. Gannon's move
to City Island made it possible to keep honeybees, which  he  says  keep
him calm and add richness to his family and community; personal fulfill-
ment  was inherent to his 20-year partnership with an educator-scientist
and three children, living in a Bohemian sailing hamlet,  and  fostering
his passion for "bee-whispering"; and
  WHEREAS, His hobby of bee-whispering was inspired by the Fenland Farm-
ers  of Cambridgeshire in what he refers to as a previous lifetime, when
he worked for the Agricultural Research Council at Cambridge University;
and
  WHEREAS, Now, as a Chair and Professor of the  Department  of  Science
Education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Dr. Patrick
J.  Gannon  mentors future clinicians-scientists to cultivate honeybees,
conduct research on the benefits of honey for treating pollen allergies,
and to appreciate their role in supporting the  ecosystem  in  Hofstra's
arboretum campus; and
  WHEREAS.  Dr.  Gannon  has supported new beekeepers and helped them to
establish colonies at the Hosftra North Shore-LIJ  School  of  Medicine,
the  Ruth  Howell  Family  Garden  at  the New York Botanical Garden, at
private estates in the Bronx, Long Island and at Sands Point; and
  WHEREAS, Patrick J. Gannon's goal is to  help  others  find  the  same
passion he has for beekeeping, to promote environmental conservation and
research at Sands Point Preserve, the New York City Botanical Garden and
many  other  places  where  there  is  a  role  for public education and

research; another of his goals at Sands Point Preserve is to  re-establ-
ish  the  Boy  Scouts  Performance Patch for Beekeeping in collaboration
with a group of Sands Point Eagle Scouts; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Patrick J. Gannon, Ph.D. upon the occasion  of  his  designation
for  special  recognition by Friends of Sands Point Preserve at its Gold
Gala, to be held at the Hempstead House  on  May  4,  2013;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Patrick J. Gannon, Ph.D.

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