Top 10 Moments of 2017 at Stony Brook University
STONY BROOK, NY – December 29, 2017 -- Stony Brook University is sharing a look back at some of its most significant moments from 2017.
Study Shows Stony Brook is Leading Engine of Social Mobility
A study released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research named Stony Brook University among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation whose students begin college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and then go on to earn in the top three-fifths of income distribution. Titled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility , the report “ is a striking confirmation of Stony Brook’s unique strengths as an exceptionally powerful engine of social mobility,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.
Gov. Cuomo Gets on Board With Stony Brook Marine Biologist In Battle for Shinnecock Bay
Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded a $2 million grant in June to support Stony Brook University efforts to improve water quality in New York State by restoring shellfish to Shinnecock Bay. In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, faculty at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to build back this vital ecosystem. Cuomo visited SoMAS at the Southampton campus to talk with Chris Gobler about the Stony Brook professor’s research on Brown Tides. An estimated 30 million to 50 million clams are needed to fight brown tide in the bay. Joining Cuomo on the boat that day were Gobler, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, County Executive Steve Bellone, and Assemblyman Steve Englebright.
First Set of Triplets Undergo Pioneering Surgery to Fix Rare Skull Condition
Surgeons at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital performed the first known surgery of its kind on 3-month-old triplets whose skulls fused prematurely. Hunter, Jackson and Kaden Howard, the first triplets on record born with a rare birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped head, underwent laparoscopic surgery at the hospital in Spring 2017. First-time parents Michael and Amy Howard of Center Moriches, NY, found out shortly after the birth that their triplets had the congenital premature fusion. In the operation, David A. Chesler, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, repaired their skulls. The groundbreaking surgery was a total success.
13 Million-Year-Old Discovery Offers Insight into Human Ancestry
The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete 13 million-year-old fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10, 2017, was uncovered by an international team led by Isaiah Nengo of the Stony Brook University-affiliated Turkana Basin Institute , Stony Brook University and De Anza College. It is the best-preserved fossil of its kind ever found, giving researchers an extraordinary glimpse into the early stages of ape evolution.
Joe Biden Honored at ‘Stars’ Gala that Helped Raise Nearly $5 Million to Fight Cancer
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. headlined the annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala in April 2017, helping the University to raise money for the Stony Brook Cancer Center, a rising powerhouse for cancer research and clinical care. Honoree Biden, whose family’s personal struggles with cancer have been well chronicled and who led the Cancer Moonshot initiative of the White House, spoke emotionally to a sold-out audience about how research is demystifying cancer and giving science new hope in the battle to end the disease. More than $4.8 million was raised to support cancer research. Since 2000, the event has raised more than $50 million for scholarships and programs of academic and research excellence across campus.
New Bionic Eye Guides Port Jefferson Woman Out of the Dark
Stony Brook Hospital became the first in the New York metropolitan area to implant a new commercially available retinal device — a “bionic eye” — to provide artificial vision for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. The device was first implanted in October by Stony Brook University School of Medicine retinal surgeon Khurram Chaudhary, MD, and gave 67-year-old Linda Kirk, of Port Jefferson, NY, the ability to see the world around her for the first time in a half-century.
Healthcare Volunteers Deliver Treatment and Hope to Puerto Rico
A Stony Brook Medicine team of 23 volunteers traveled to Puerto Rico in November 2017 as part of a New York State medical relief team providing care for thousands in need after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Twenty-three Stony Brook staff members, including doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, paramedics, nurse practitioners and nursing assistants, spent more than two weeks treating victims. The volunteers responded after Puerto Rico requested medical help under an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Mission Order Authorization Request.
Lemur Study Casts Light on Impact of Climate Change
A study from the world’s leading lemur expert paints a grim picture for the future of the critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur and presents more proof of the impact of climate change on biological diversity. Stony Brook Distinguished Service Professor Patricia Wright, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, co-wrote the study, titled Feeding Ecology and Morphology Make a Bamboo Specialist Vulnerable to Climate Change. According to the findings, human disturbance of tropical rainforests in Madagascar, including wildfires, burning and timber exploitation, has led to reduced rainfall and a longer dry season, which is pushing the Greater Bamboo Lemur to the brink of extinction.
Michael J. Fox and Shutterstock Founder Earn Honorary Degrees from Stony Brook University
Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox and Stony Brook University graduate and Shutterstock founder Jonathan Oringer received honorary doctoral degrees at the 2017 commencement ceremony at Stony Brook University. In receiving a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, Fox was recognized for a career of international acclaim and his dedication to charitable endeavors best exemplified by the founding of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Serial entrepreneur Oringer ’96 received a Doctor of Science degree for his contributions to the tech industry as a pioneering programmer and CEO of Shutterstock, a global technology company that disrupted the image licensing industry.
About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.