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President Stanley Recognizes Young Alumni for Representing Excellence On January 26, over 200 alumni, former honorees, family, and friends joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. at the second annual “40 Under Forty” celebration at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, New York City. The “40 Under Forty” program honors forty of the most innovative and entrepreneurial spirited Stony Brook University alumni age forty or younger who are making significant contributions to their professions and communities. This year’s honorees were recognized for their achievements in medicine, the arts, public service, business, and academia, among other fields. [For LI…

For much of history, artists have been portrayed as quirky, out-of-touch romantics. Kristin Walter ’16, an artist who focuses on drawing and painting, is determined to defy the stereotype. The University Scholar from Bethpage, New York, insisted on a well-rounded and varied education by majoring in anthropology and psychology while minoring in studio art. Her goal is to satisfy her need to create art while positioning herself for a career that could move her in many directions. “Stony Brook is a very diverse school and I love meeting so many different people from so many different cultures and seeing everyone…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD made time for a selfie with actress Emma Watson on Friday, January 22 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, during a UN Women event promoting its HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Watson is the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and President Stanley is representing Stony Brook University at the event as one of the 10 founding university champions of the HeForShe campaign. Launched in September 2014 by UN Women, HeForShe created its IMPACT 10x10x10 program to engage 30 key leaders across three sectors—the public sector, private sector and academia—to take…

Alisa Rybkin ’16 faced a dilemma: choose an education in science or the humanities. At Stony Brook, the Staten Island-raised University Scholar realized that she could inhabit both worlds as a biochemistry major and English minor. But she still finds time for her first love: dance. Alisa’s mom, once an ice dancer for the Russian Olympic team, was an inspiration. “My mother put me into dance when I was 3 years old,” Alisa said. “I began with ballet but moved over to ballroom when I was 4. I didn’t start liking it until much, much later.” For her first eight years,…

Before enrolling at Stony Brook, Danielle Meyers ’16 had already acquired a real-world education growing up on the streets of Harlem. She missed the guidance many children get. Her mother suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and her father had been incarcerated, so she and her two older brothers and two younger sisters learned to fend for themselves. But what she lacked in privilege she made up for by way of intelligence and commitment. Danielle qualified for New York State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which provides access to higher education for students who possess the potential to succeed in college…

Stony Brook University, long devoted to fostering diversity and equality, has furthered its commitment to worldwide gender equality, hosting the first face-to-face meeting of the HeForShe solidarity movement IMPACT 10x10x10 University champions. Stony Brook is one of 10 universities around the world — and only two in the United States — that have committed to the United Nations Women’s HeForShe movement to take bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. During the two-day IMPACT meeting, held November 30 and December 1, representatives from seven of the other nine universities flew in from across the globe to…

(left to right): Cary F. Staller, Esq, Marisela H. Staller, James H. Simons, PhD, Marilyn H. Simons ’74, PhD, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D, President, Stony Brook University, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, Richard L. Gelfond ’76 and Senior Vice President Dexter Bailey (not pictured: Glenn R. Dubin ’78 and Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD) November 23, 2015 — On November 21, Stony Brook University launched the public phase of a seven-year, $600 million comprehensive campaign. The capital campaign, led by the Stony Brook Foundation, is the largest in the history of the State University of New York. More than 30,000 individuals have already…

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and when Great American Smokeout Day takes place. If you’re a smoker ready to quit, or a non-smoker concerned about your own or a loved one’s lung health, you’re invited to join us for these important free events. Starting January 1, 2016, the Stony Brook University campus will be 100% tobacco free. (Stony Brook Medicine has been smoke free since 2012.) Need help quitting? Sign up for a free six-week smoking cessation program for techniques, counseling and free nicotine replacement. Learn more: http://www.stonybrook.edu/tobaccofree. Lung Cancer Screening and Prevention Seminar Monday, November 16, Stony Brook University…

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery is featuring a solo exhibition by Washington, DC-based artist Isabel Manalo that includes new paintings, collages and stitched works. Isabel Manalo: Skin Codes runs from November 7 through December 12. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm, and an artist talk is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, at 4:15 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class. Combining painting with photography, drawing,…

Students looking for healthy dining options have a new resource on campus — registered dietitian Stephanie May. Having just completed a Stony Brook University Dietetic Internship and passing her registration exam in July, Stephanie is eager to put her experience to good use in promoting Stony Brook Campus Dining’s Mindful program. Stephanie grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she was surrounded by fresh produce from local farms and eggs from her family’s chickens, all of which provided her with the ideal background to become a dietitian. “I always had a love for food,” Stephanie said. “I started cooking with…

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