The Campus and the Community
Stony Brook is the only major research university on Long Island, one of the nation's largest and most vital suburban regions. As the public university center for Nassau and Suffolk counties, Stony Brook serves the complex, growing Long Island economy through research into local problems, by participating in cooperative programs with governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, and by responding to the region's extraordinary demand for higher education opportunity. Excluding the state and county governments, the University is Long Island's second largest employer, with nearly 14,000 people on the campus payroll. It is the largest single-site employer in Suffolk County.
An important educational center for the Island, Stony Brook also provides a social and cultural focal point, making art, theatre, music, and film available to the local community. Several hundred concerts, lectures, films, theatre productions, art exhibits, and sports events on campus are open to the public each semester, many at no charge, and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people annually attend these events or visit the campus to take advantage of other facilities and services. The University offers a specialized referral center for health care, multiple recreational opportunities, and a broad range of other services for individuals and groups in the public and private sectors. Regional business and civic leaders help guide the Stony Brook Foundation-the University's independently incorporated development arm-and community members with special interests in campus programs participate in Friends of the Staller Center for the Arts and the University Hospital Auxiliary.
Technology, Research, and Industry
The University is an active partner with business on Long Island, a principal regional resource for high-technology research collaboration, and a source of technical support for public-policy challenges. The campus houses several active and innovative centers that work with local businesses. The Long Island High Technology Incubator was developed to provide opportunities for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to develop private companies on Long Island. The Incubator, located just north of the Health Sciences Center, is a 42,000 square foot home of more than 50 companies. The Center for Biotechnology was established in 1983 as a cooperative research and development partnership between universities, private industry, and New York State. Its goal has been to capitalize on the resources of New York's medical biotechnology research for the purpose of fuelling economic development in New York State. The Center is funded by the New York Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) was established in 1994 by the State of New York to utilize the extensive engineering resources of the SUNY system (the Engineering Colleges and programs at Stony Brook and three other schools) to help industry in the State compete more effectively. Its intent is to help companies improve their market posture, retain existing employees, and create new jobs. The Center for Regional Policy Studies conducts basic research in public policy issues and serves as a link between Stony Brook and the public sector.
Stony Brook plays an important role in local education as well. Liberty Partnerships is a program that sends undergraduate and graduate tutors and interns into the field to help at-risk students remain in junior and senior high school and go on to college. The Teacher Opportunity Corps recruits and trains Stony Brook students from underrepresented groups to become teachers in areas with the greatest need. The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), sponsored by the New York State Education Department, provides academic enrichment, counseling, and tutoring for underrepresented minorities and low-income secondary school students interested in scientific, technical, and health-related careers.
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME), formerly the Long Island Group Advancing Science Education (LIGASE), attracts, inspires, and educates students and teachers in science and mathematics so they will be committed to the highest standards of leadership, scholarship, and service.
The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education plays an important role on Long Island by coordinating, supporting, strengthening, and developing undergraduate (pre-service) and graduate (in-service) teacher certification and teacher education programs, educational research and development programs, and school-University partnership programs. The center has had a significant positive impact on the region, and is widely recognized as a symbol of Stony Brook's commitment to teacher education, educational research, and development.
In addition to the University's many degree programs, there are broad opportunities for credit-bearing and noncredit instruction for individuals pursuing specific, limited objectives or seeking personal enrichment.
Unleashing the power of medicine through technology has been the catalyst for sweeping changes in health care this decade. Already the discoveries made by Stony Brook's basic and clinical researchers who develop new approaches to treatment, new drugs, and new methods of transplantation have changed the quality of life for Americans. Stemming from the 1963 mandate of the Muir Report that recommends the creation of new state medical, dental, and nursing schools, the Health Sciences schools-Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Welfare-offer full-time professional education to more than 2,000 students and conduct programs in research, service, and continuing education. Additionally, the Long Island State Veterans Home serves as a teaching center for students from all professions.
More than 2,500 skilled professionals from the Long Island region have faculty appointments and participate in the Center's five schools. While teaching a full load of courses per semester, full-time faculty pursue scholarly research and publication, as well as curriculum development and active participation in campus committee activities. All Health Sciences students, as part of their clinical training or fieldwork, work for a specific time with some of Long Island's health and welfare agencies. The Health Sciences schools also sponsor conferences, workshops, and lectures for the general community. The Health Sciences schools share instructional space and multidisciplinary laboratories in addition to the support services of the Health Sciences Library and the Coller Learning Center, the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Media Services, and the Office of Student Services. The Center also includes a bookstore, bank, and food service area.
As one of the nation's leading academic health centers, Stony Brook's Health Sciences schools are totally committed to fulfilling their abiding missions: research-based patient care, education, basic and clinical research, and community service. Using multi-disciplinary foci and partnerships that create a synergy among the schools and departments with external resources, the Health Sciences have developed centers of excellence in cancer, heart, neonatology, autism, and molecular medicine. The Stony Brook Cancer Center, a comprehensive academic center, continues to grow, affecting patient care, as well as clinical, transitional, and basic research programs. The Centers for Molecular Medicine have formalized interdisciplinary collaborations by creating laboratories, some virtual and some real, that extend beyond the traditional departmental boundaries. Its health sciences curricula have been continually refined, strengthened, and expanded, but always in keeping with its educational philosophy emphasizing individualization of instruction and development of the complete professional. The Health Sciences schools have established the Graduate Program in Public Health to train health and health-related professionals who wish to integrate the knowledge, skills, visions, and values of public health into their careers and provide leadership in the field. The program leads to a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree.
Students who want detailed information on the extensive laboratory and research facilities available for academic programs are encouraged to address their inquiries to the appropriate school or department, or the URECA program (see http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca).
According to a survey done by the Association of University Technology Managers, Stony Brook University placed 12th among the 139 institutions in the country in royalties generated by its scientific discoveries. Its total was higher than those of New York University, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. The majority of the University's research contributions come from the Health Sciences schools. Two Health Sciences discoveries, ReoPro, used in coronary disease treatment, and Periostat, used in gum disease treatment, are the greatest royalty income generators. The development of the yeast two-hybrid system by the School of Medicine faculty has revolutionized the study of protein-protein interactions and is one of the most highly cited technologies in biomedical research.
As the major teaching facility for the educational programs of the Health Sciences schools, Stony Brook University Medical Center, a 504-bed hospital, serves the health care needs of the nearly three million residents of Long Island and provides clinical training for physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, and allied health professionals. Through subspecialties, the School of Medicine's 19 clinical departments offer consultation and care using a full array of specialized diagnostic and treatment techniques. The hospital is the only tertiary care hospital in Suffolk County and serves as the region's "quaternary" hospital, providing services to the region's high-risk medical patients. There are nine intensive care units dedicated to anesthesia, burn, cardiovascular, coronary, and neonatal and transplant patients. The neonatal intensive care unit provides the only tertiary care services for premature and newborn infants in Suffolk County. Utilizing the latest diagnostic and evaluative techniques, the prenatal diagnostic unit-the only American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine accredited unit on Long Island-identifies problems and solutions for high-risk pregnancies.
In addition to being the only academic-based hospital in Suffolk County, the Medical Center serves many regional roles. As the designated Regional (Level I) Trauma Center, helicopter and ground transports deliver Suffolk County's most seriously injured and ill patients to the hospital. The seven-bed shock trauma room is specifically designed for treating patients with problems ranging from multiple traumas to cardiogenic shock. The Medical Center also serves as the county referral center for all psychiatric emergencies. The hospital is designated as the regional perinatal center and the regional kidney transplant center. It also houses a cardiac diagnostic center, a sleep disorders laboratory, and a Lyme disease center. Adults and children with a variety of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis receive specialized care and advanced services.
Detailed information about the professional programs offered by the five schools is contained in the Health Sciences Bulletin. Since the training of health professionals requires special academic programming and support services, significant sections of the data contained in the Undergraduate Bulletin, such as admissions procedures and requirements, registration, student services, educational expenses, financial aid, and the academic calendar, are not applicable to the Health Sciences Center.
The Health Sciences Bulletin is available online at http://www.stonybrook.edu/hscstudents/bulletin.shtml.