5/25/2017 Stony Brook University Names Historian Paul Kelton Endowed Chair In the Department Of HistoryThe Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences recently named historian Paul Kelton as the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The endowed chair was established in the Department of History in February 2016, thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.
5/22/2017 Three Senior Administrators Appointed to New Roles At Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, announced today that he is appointing Richard J. Reeder as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, and promoting both Judith B. Greiman and Melissa Z.Y. Woo to the role of Senior Vice President.
5/22/2017 New MDs Enter Medical Profession in Age of Technology and GlobalizationOne hundred and twenty-six Stony Brook University School of Medicine 2017 graduates will soon launch their careers as physicians. The Class received their MD degrees during the School's 43nd Convocation, presided over by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. The new physicians, who gathered at the Convocation Ceremony in a packed Staller Center on May 18, begin their residency training in July.
5/19/2017 Stony Brook University Celebrates 57th Commencement CeremonyWords of encouragement, wisdom and sage advice prevailed from all who addressed the class of 2017 during the 57th Commencement Ceremony at Stony Brook University today, including honorary degree recipients Michael J. Fox and Jonathan Oringer, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and student speaker, Danielle Jean.
5/19/2017 Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky Installed as Chair of GNYHAKenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA's Annual Meeting and Reception.
5/17/2017 Lee Bitsóí, EdD Appointed Chief Diversity OfficerLeManuel "Lee" Bitsóí, EdM, EdD, Director of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Stony Brook University, effective July 28, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. As CDO, Dr. Bitsóí will report to Chief Deputy to the President, Judith Greiman, and will serve on the University Council. He brings more than 20 years of experience in academia, which will serve him well in providing vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at Stony Brook, including guiding efforts to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource.
5/15/2017 Fotis Sotiropoulos to receive ASCE's Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering AwardStony Brook University's Fotis Sotiropoulos, PhD, has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI) to receive the 2017 Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will be recognized and accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, Calif.
5/12/2017 Study Reveals Prevalence of Women With Heart Disease Delivering Babies is IncreasingA study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012 reveals that the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over that 10-year period. This jump, reported in a Stony Brook University-led study to be published May 15 in the American Journal of Cardiology, may prompt greater awareness of heart disease in women of childbearing age, heighten individual screening of heart disease in pregnant patients, and institute a multidisciplinary approach to labor and delivery.
5/11/2017 Stony Brook-Mentored HOPE Program Inspires Students from Underserved High Schools to Follow Careers in HealthcareFifteen high school seniors from the Brentwood, Longwood, and Wyandanch school districts celebrated their "graduation" from Stony Brook Medicine's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program at a ceremony on May 9, 2017, in the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Tower.
5/4/2017 Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Associate DirectorChris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency (CDA), has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University's Business Incubator at Calverton, effective May 15, 2017. Selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, Kempner will oversee the operations of a large R&D facility that provides an optimal environment for the development of emerging business ventures compatible with the unique setting of Long Island's East End for its agricultural, aquaculture, environmental and high-tech industries.
4/26/2017 Global Warming Making Oceans More ToxicClimate change is predicted to cause a series of maladies for world oceans including heating up, acidification, and the loss of oxygen. A newly published study published online in the April 24 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled, "Ocean warming since 1982 has expanded the niche of toxic algal blooms in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans," demonstrates that one ocean consequence of climate change that has already occurred is the spread and intensification of toxic algae.
4/26/2017 Stony Brook's Jared Farmer Named Carnegie FellowStony Brook University's Jared Farmer has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Farmer, an associate professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use this prestigious fellowship and award of $200,000 to complete a creative non-fiction book on the human relationship with long-lived trees and our larger relationship with nature in a time of climate change.
4/20/2017 Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and ScholarshipsIn recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at Stony Brook University's annual charity Gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence. This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Since 2000, the event has raised more than $50 million.
4/14/2017 Thomas Allison's "Molecular Movies" Concept Takes Home Stony Brook's $200K Discovery PrizeThomas Allison, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and a developer of a technology at Stony Brook that will record the movement of molecules that may lead to the development of better high-tech devices, is the winner of the 2017 Discovery Prize. He and three other Stony Brook professors faced off and presented their research to a panel of judges at the competition in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre at Stony Brook University. As the winner, Dr. Allison receives a $200,000 award.
4/11/2017 Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program Receives $60 Million from NIOSHThe Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program, led by Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund D. Pellegrino Professor of Medicine in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a five year federal grant totaling more than $60 million. Awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the grant comes at a time when the WTC Wellness Program continues to expand its medical services to patients and is relocating later this month to a larger clinical space in Stony Brook Medicine's new specialty care facility in Commack, NY.
4/4/2017 Modeling Protein Interactions Critical to Understanding Disease Now Simplified With Computer ServerProteins are the most abundant substance in living cells aside from water, and their interactions with cellular functions are crucial to healthy life. When proteins fall short of their intended function or interact in an unusual way, these disruptions often lead to disease development. By modeling the structure of protein interactions - a process that has been complicated for researchers for years - scientists gain important insight to many diseases. Stony Brook University-led research team through the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology has created a user-friendly automated computer server that calculates complex computations of modeling protein interactions with a handful of clicks from a home computer. The resource, available researchers around the world, is detailed in a paper published in Nature Protocols.
4/3/2017 Stony Brook to Confer Honorary Degree to Actor & Philanthropist, Michael J. FoxAmong the five to whom Stony Brook University will confer an honorary degree at its 2017 commencement ceremony is actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox. Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many honors and awards, and establishment of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The degree will be conferred on Friday, May 19 at 11am at Stony Brook University's 57th Commencement ceremony at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, where Fox will don academic regalia along with nearly 6,000 students as they join the University's more than 160,000 alumni ranks around the globe.
3/24/2017 Research Suggests a Possible Role for a Storm of "Jumping Genes" in ALSBy inserting an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-linked human gene called TDP-43 into fruit flies, researchers at Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory discovered a potential role for 'transposons' in the disease. Transposons, which are also called 'jumping genes' because they jump from place to place within DNA, are virus-like entities that fill most of the spaces between genes in an organism. The new research demonstrates that these transposons are no longer effectively inhibited, resulting in a storm of jumping genes, leading to DNA damage accumulation and cell death. The research, published in the current issue of PLOS Genetics, may be a clue to the genetic processes of ALS and the idea that anti-transposon systems may collapse in individuals with ALS.
3/23/2017 A New Approach to Diagnosing Mental Disorders Could Become an Alternative to DSM-5A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists from universities around the world, co-led by Stony Brook University, University of Minnesota and University of Notre Dame researchers, has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach, articulated in a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and impaired functioning. The diagnostic system addresses fundamental shortcomings of the fifth edition (2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the clinicians' and researchers' guidebook to mental illnesses.
3/21/2017 Medical Students Launch Careers at a Match Day Like No OtherShouts and tears of joy filled the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students found out where they will launch their medical careers at the school's Match Day event. Medical schools nationwide hold Match Day each March. Stony Brook students matched to top residency training programs at institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Stanford University, New York University, Mt. Sinai and Stony Brook Medicine. They begin their training in July.