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May 2013

Terence netterTerence Netter

Doctor of Fine Arts

Terence Netter, the founding director of Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, is a renowned artist and legendary educator in the area of fine arts. His accomplishments as an artist and his role in the development of fine arts as a nationally recognized academic field place him among the most influential academic artists of his generation. He has been as inspiring with his life as he has been with his art.

In 1960, after graduating from Georgetown Preparatory School, Netter was ordained into the Jesuit Order. By 1965, he was already a prolific and talented artist, having presented his first one-man show at the Allen Funt Gallery in New York City. Later that year, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and began his career in academia. In 1966, he received his first academic appointment as an assistant professor of art and philosophy at Fordham University, where he was instrumental in developing the Fine Arts curriculum at the Lincoln Center campus. In 1968, as his reputation grew in both artistic and academic circles, he asked to be released from his religious vows. His marriage a short time later was reported in Life magazine in an article titled “A Priest Who Chose to Marry,” which became the prelude to his second one-man art exhibit in New York City. In the years that followed, he was appointed chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Santa Clara University and later became the founding director of the Paul Mellon Art Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.

In 1979, he became the founding director of the newly built Fine Arts Center at Stony Brook. In his 18 years at Stony Brook, he oversaw the development of the Center into a powerful force for the arts on Long Island and nationally. Netter’s background and connections in the art world helped him build the Center into a world-class venue for visual, musical, theatrical and cinematic arts. Exhibits of high-profile artists in the gallery, including a widely noted Jackson Pollock–Lee Krasner exhibit, brought Stony Brook to a position of prominence in the international arts community. His connections and leadership also led to the acquisition of the Pollock–Krasner House in East Hampton, New York, after his friend Lee Krasner passed away. In 1988, he was instrumental in bringing a major donation from the Staller family in tribute to Max and Mary Staller, and the Fine Arts Center was renamed the Staller Center for the Arts. This endowment has enabled the Staller Center to grow and evolve into the mecca for art and culture it is today.

Terence Netter — artist, educator, leader — has left an indelible mark on the arts and on the development of academic programs in fine arts across the nation and especially at Stony Brook. For all his contributions, Stony Brook University is proud to bestow upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

Nora VolkowNora D. Volkow
Doctor of Science

Nora Volkow’s groundbreaking research, advancements in science, and dedication to social sciences have changed the way the world views drug addiction. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, she pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. She has revolutionized neuroscience with her work on drug addiction, obesity and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Most important, she has been focused on destroying the myths, misconceptions and societal stigma associated with drug addiction and the people it affects.

Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico City, the great-granddaughter of Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Modern American School in Mexico City and her MD in 1981 from the National University of Mexico. She did her postdoctoral training in psychiatry at New York University.

In 1987, Dr. Volkow began her affiliation with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Stony Brook University, where she spent most of her professional career. At BNL she held several leadership positions through the years, including director of nuclear medicine, chairman of the medical department and associate director for life sciences. At Stony Brook she was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and later became associate dean of the medical school. During this time, she was the first to use Positron Emission Tomography imaging to investigate, in real time, the neurochemical changes in the human brain that occur during drug addiction. She has devoted decades of research to focusing attention on the neurochemical basis of drug addiction, showing that addiction is a medical problem and not the result of a character flaw.

In 2003, Dr. Volkow left BNL to become director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. There, she continues her work on drug abuse and addiction and inspires a new generation of researchers to help people overcome their addictions.

For her many accomplishments, she was recently named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World” and was included as one of the 20 people to watch by Newsweek magazine in its “Who’s Next in 2007” feature. She also was included in Washingtonian magazine’s 2009 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Powerful Women” and named “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report in 2000. In 2007, she earned an Emmy for her work with HBO’s Addiction project.

For all that she has contributed to science and to Stony Brook University, we are proud to grant Nora Volkow the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.



Shaun Massiah ’93 (Anthropology)

Biology and Biochemistry
Dr. Steven K. Galson
VP for Global Regulatory Affairs, Amgen

Kevin Koch, PhD, President & Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder,
Array BioPharma Inc., Boulder, Co

European Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Tom Godfrey
Director, Language Assessment and Testing Operations
Berlitz Corporation

Stephen Terracciano
Chief Hydrologist
NY Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, Coram, NY

Graduate School
Christopher Koenigsmann
Chemistry PhD graduate

Kathleen Waldron
President, William Patterson University

Jisu Sung ’08, MS., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Multidisciplinary Studies
Mohammad Sarhan ’04, 
VP, JP Morgan Chase

Pharmacological Sciences
Dr. Miguel Berrios
Research Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Physics & Astronomy
Tokofumi Kato, PhD, ‘07
Neuberger Berman

Political Science
Lynda Nicolino
General Counsel, Long Island Power Authority

Ernie Canadeo ‘77, 
President, EGC Group

School of Health Technology and Management
Mohammed Naeem
Stony Brook University student
Provost Award for Academic Excellence, Undergraduate Recognition Award for Community Service and founder and current president of the Stony Brook Chapter of "Project Sunshine."

Timothy Moran
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Students, Stony Brook University

Carl Safina
Blue Ocean Institute/Stony Brook University

School of Medicine Convocation
May 23
Staller Center, 10 AM
Convocation Address: 
Michelle M. Le Beau, Ph.D.
Arthur and Marian Edelstein Professor of Medicine
Director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Chicago

School of Nursing 
May 23 (graduate students)
SAC auditorium, 10 AM
Speaker:        Dr. Todd Griffin, Chief Medical Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, Fellowship Director – Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery Stony Brook Medicine

School of Nursing
May 24 (undergraduate students)
Staller Center
Speaker:        Kenneth Faulkner, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing

School of Dental Medicine
May 24
SAC auditorium, 4:00 PM
Speaker:        Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc.

School of Social Welfare
May 24
Staller Center Main Stage, 4:00 PM
Speaker:        Michael Reisch, PhD, 
Daniel Thursz, Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. 

School of Health Technology and Management
June 28 (all professional programs)
Staller Center
Speaker:        TBD