Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

Meryl Cosentino, Senior Director of Gift Planning in Stony Brook University’s Advancement Department, was elected President of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). She has 30 years of legal and gift planning background including prior experience as Director of Planned Giving for St. Francis Hospital and philanthropic work at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on Long Island as TNC’s Donor Relations Manager. “I am truly grateful to the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY) for continuing to strengthen my professional knowledge,” said Meryl.. “As a gift planning professional, it is especially important for me to stay…

A recent New York Times article takes a close look at Stony Brook University’s Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, spotlighting the Center’s director Dr. Michael Kimmel. Kimmel, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of masculinities studies. He is the Founding Editor of Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, and is the author of numerous books including Manhood: A Cultural History (1996), and the bestselling Guyland(2008). In an August 8, 2015 feature whimsically entitled “A Master’s Degree in … Masculinity?,” the Times visits Kimmel’s lively classroom and presents an engaging account of his subject and its history. Stony…

Senior research officers from member universities of The Science Coalition and Association of American Universities met on July 15 for All Things Research, a roundtable discussion held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Among them was Stony Brook University’s Vice President for Research David O. Conover, who also serves as operations manager for the SUNY Research Foundation. Members of these two groups share a common goal of maintaining America’s leadership in science and technology through strong and sustained funding for scientific research across all disciplines. Each year at All Things Research, senior research officers discuss with DC-based journalists…

Niranjan Balasubramanian, a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University who joined the faculty in this spring, has received funding from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) to support his project, “Process Representations for Question Answering,” which seeks to build a question-and-answer system that can answer fourth grade science exams. The research focuses on designing computational representations of a wide-range of physical and biological processes. “For instance, a fourth-grader can easily recognize that a puddle drying in the sun is evaporating without needing to understand the intricate details of evaporation. This project aims to uncover the essential…

The Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program (MSTP) at Stony Brook University has received $2.3 million in renewed grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — a 33 percent annual increase over last year’s funding and a 77 percent increase over the amount awarded five years ago when the grant was last renewed. “This is a great outcome, given that NIH funding of training programs has been shrinking and many institutions are losing support,” said MSTP Director Dr. Michael A. Frohman. The MSTP has been continually growing since its inception in 1981 and its acquisition of NIH funding in…

Gerrit Wolf is an industrial and organizational psychologist who has focused on entrepreneurship. His students have started or joined growing technology-based businesses in New York, where he started entrepreneurship classes 20 years ago; in Budapest, where he held Fulbright’s Alexander Hamilton Chair of Entrepreneurship in 1993; and in Stockholm, where he was the first Fulbright Chair of Wireless E-Commerce in 2001. He and his students have also consulted for a range of firms, including Symbol Technologies and Ericsson. He has published more than 60 academic articles on conflict management, managerial decision-making and leadership. He currently researches wireless impact on organizations…

When Yerin Kim, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music, approached Chair Perry Goldstein about scheduling a concert that children with autism could enjoy, her idea was warmly received. Goldstein had just had a similar discussion with his colleague Ritch Calvin, an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory. “I really just got the conversation started,” said Calvin, who added that it was his wife, Claudia Tracy, who along with Yerin became the driving force behind the project. Tracy works in the School of Social Welfare for the Youth in Progress program. “I have been working…

Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development (SPD) has appointed Davinder Kaur to further develop its successful online learning program. As Assistant Dean for Online Learning, Kaur will build upon SPD’s tradition of creating educational opportunities for working professionals. The School, which scheduled its first online courses nearly 20 years ago, now offers eight fully online master’s degree and graduate certificate programs. Kaur brings to the position a wealth of higher education and project management experience, having spent the past six years as a program director at the Metropolitan College of New York, where she managed the development, assessment and support of online…

Arie Kaufman, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received a grant for almost $1 million from The Marcus Foundation to explore the use of virtual reality in pancreatic cancer research. The research is a collaborative effort between Stony Brook and Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Kaufman, principal investigator of the project, shares the award with co-PI Joel Saltz, chair of Biomedical Informatics at Stony Brook, and PI Ralph Hruban and co-PI Elliot Fishman from Johns Hopkins. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It’s estimated that this year 46,420 Americans will be…

Natasha McKenzie, an infant and toddler lead teacher at Stony Brook Child Care Services (SBCCSI), has been awarded the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award for her proposal, “Tasting Friendship Soup.” Natasha received one of the top 10 scores and was invited to attend a ceremony in Philadelphia to receive her award. “It was an honor to attend the award ceremony and see Natasha recognized nationally as one of the top ten award recipients,” said SBCCSI Executive Director Mary Cain. “I am proud of her commitment to providing children with the best care and early learning experiences.” McKenzie wanted to use…

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