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Stony Brook Ice Hockey is ranked as the #1 team in the country for the third time in the 2015-2016 ACHA Rankings. The Seawolves swept league rival Rhode Island (9-5, 7-3) to up its record to 22-2-0 and return to the #1 spot. “This is a great accomplishment for the team and for the University,” said Head Coach Chris Garofalo. “I am really proud of the team, not only for all of the success we have had on the ice, but even more so with our work in the community and in the classroom.  Our overall team GPA is a 3.1. We…

Recognize this Jeopardy! contestant? It’s Colin West from Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Colin is a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He works as a teaching assistant for the Alda Center and has been a presenter at the Science Unplugged series for young scientists. Colin appeared on Jeopardy! Wednesday, January 27, and was in the lead going into Final Jeopardy. Although he didn’t win, he had an excellent experience on the show and attributes his success to the Alda Center. “I want to emphasize how much I think my training from the…

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…

While much of Meaghan Coyne’s time at Stony Brook has been spent on the water, none of it has been spent treading water. Whether it was rowing with the crew team as a freshman, collecting samples from a coral reef in a study abroad program or arranging music for the popular all-female University a cappella group, the Pipettes, Meaghan ’16 has made the most of her educational opportunities on campus. The life skills she picked up in the process, most of which center on teamwork, should benefit her as she plans for a career in healthcare. “Utilizing sources and strategies…

Because of his 6’8”, 260-pound frame, Jameel Warney ’16, like many big men, had to struggle to master the game of basketball. “I was terrible until I was 14 or 15,” said the Plainfield, NJ native. Arriving at Stony Brook as a shy player surrounded by proven upperclassmen, Jameel went on to capture the America East Conference Player of the Year — twice. So what changed? If you ask Jameel, it’s his work ethic that made the difference. Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell agrees with that assessment, also crediting Jameel’s physical maturation to his becoming the heart and soul of the…

Some people immerse themselves in books to escape the world’s problems. For University Scholar Brian Mazeski ’16, literature is a pathway to activism. In the first semester of his freshman year, Brian began to frequent meetings of a campus literary club, Spoke the Thunder. The meetings made him realize that he was missing a practical outlet and application for many of the common issues found in contemporary literature, such as sexism, racism and homophobia. “I realized that I never wanted my life to be without activism of some sort — that I always wanted to be striving to use my privilege…

Power-based personal violence is tough to tackle alone. It’s a good thing thousands of students, faculty and staff at Stony Brook are now “Green Dots,” ready to intervene if need be. Green Dot is a strategy for preventing forms of power-based personal violence such as rape and sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment and stalking. The program teaches people how to recognize potentially violent situations, and how to intervene to prevent or address such violence. “The Green Dot strategy is really simple, and carries a core emphasis on personal connection, individual responsibility and social accountability,” said Christine Szaraz, a counselor with…

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,…

Former leatherneck Tony Wan doesn’t run from challenges; he runs toward them. Tony, a first-year medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, failed chemistry three times in high school. But after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine infantryman, he found a reason to master that subject: He resolved to build on his battlefield experiences and help combat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Tony travelled a long road to get to medical school. His parents couldn’t afford to pay for college. After 9/11, Tony enlisted, hoping to serve his country and gain experience that would serve him in civilian life. As…

The 3D printers in Stony Brook University’s Innovation Lab are creating medical devices of the future. Medical Daily, which covers the latest health news, scientific trends, and medical information, visited the Lab in the College of Business and saw students creating prosthetics and sound amplifiers that would cost much less than those currently on the market. The Lab is featured in Medical Daily along with the following video. The 1,200-square-foot Innovation Lab, located in Harriman Hall, Room 210, is filled with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, computers, vinyl cutters and even a sewing machine. The space opened in February…

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