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May 2017
1 week 3 days  ago
Gregory Rushton & Keith Sheppard receive NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant. 
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Greg Rushton and Keith Sheppard, science education faculty in I-STEM, have recently been awarded $1.02M  by NSF to study early career teachers at five sites across the US. Using social network theory and social network analysis techniques as experimental methods, they will answer critical questions about Noyce teacher programs and the links between communities of practice (CoP) and teacher retention. Specifically, they seek to determine (i) how different Noyce program types and support features have influenced the development of teacher communities of practice, (ii) the extent to which Noyce programs and teacher communities of practice impact teacher disposition toward remaining in the profession, and (iii) the effect of different Noyce programs and teacher communities of practice have on teacher identity. Congratulations Greg and Keith!
1 week 3 days  ago
Linda Padwa receives Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International "Friends of Education" award.
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lindaEach year, the Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International bestows "Friends of Education" awards to honor the commitment and accomplishments of outstanding educators, staff members, and community members throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. We are pleased to announce that Linda Padwa is a recipient of this award.  Congratulations, Linda!



April 2017
1 month 1 week ago
PhysTEC recognizes Stony Brook University as Leader in Physics Teacher Preparation
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physicsThe Physics Teacher  Education Coalition (PhysTEC), a joint project of    American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), commend Stony Brook on its outstanding contributions to the education of future physics teachers.  Stony Brook received its third consecutive “5+ Club” award from the PhysTEC.

Stony Brook University graduated 6 highly qualified physics  teachers in the academic year 2015-2016.   To put this number into perspective, fewer than 20 institutions  in the United States graduate 5 or more highly qualified physics teachers in most years. 

In 2013 the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics reported, “the need for qualified teachers is greater now than at any previous time in history.” Of the approximately 1400 new teachers who are hired to teach physics each year, only 35% have a degree in physics or physics education. Stony Brook University’s efforts are an essential part of helping to address the critical shortage of qualified physics teachers.

Stony Brook University offers three programs registered and approved by the New York State Education Department for individuals seeking New York State certification to teach physics in secondary schools, grades 7 – 12.


1 month 2 weeks ago
Five Long Island Master Teachers present at the NSTA Conference in April '17
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Five of the Long Island Master Teachers presented at the National Science Teachers Association National meeting in nsta Los Angeles from March 30 - April 2, 2017.


Ashley Bloch, Stephanie Burns, Jessica Conrad, Olga Crnosija and Catherine Hantz gave a presentation entitled "Inquiry Beyond Four Walls: Topics in Earth and Space Sciences".  

The presentation described ways to use local outdoor settings to cultivate student-centered learning while using an Earth systems approach to inquiry labs.

Janet Kaczmarek and Peter Schuchman also  contributed to the preparation of this presentation.

January 2017
3 months 2 weeks ago
I-STEM and CEAS Host Inaugural Engineering and Science Outreach Symposium
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At the Stony Brook-hosted Engineering & Science Outreach Symposium for Long Island Superintendents, Jan 17, 2017, left to right, Robert Kukta, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, CEAS; Monica Bugallo, Faculty Director, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD; David Ferguson, Chair of the Department of Technology and Society; Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

The Institute for STEM Education (I-STEM) and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) hosted the inaugural Engineering and Science Outreach Symposium on January 17, 2017. This event initiated K-12 partnerships to engage students, teacher/counselors and faculty in the passion, challenge and opportunity of engineering - a profession that promotes social and economic mobility. At this event - sponsored by Rodney Morrison, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management, and Judith Burke-Berhannan, Dean of Admissions - 50 school districts from Long Island were represented.  

Professors Dr. Monica Bugallo, Dr. Angela Kelly, Dr. David Ferguson, Dr. Robert Kukta and Dr. Keith Sheppard presented a program titled “Education, Guidance, Advancement, and Learning in Technology and Engineering” (EGALITE) to bolster pre-college and university students’ recruitment and retention in engineering fields. EGALITE is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and corporate partners National Grid and PSE&G. Phase I is focused on educating high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors on engineering design and career pathways, consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. Phase II is focused on retaining a diverse pool of candidates in engineering majors at SBU.  

As part of the EGALITE initiative, I-STEM and CEAS are offering the following resources:

  • Professional development aligned with NGSS designed and provided by SBU faculty and master teachers.
  • School counselor workshops on engineering education.
  • Engineering teaching labs (ETLs) - subsidized for high needs schools.
  • Engineering and science education faculty, staff and students designing and instructing activities.
  • Engineering and science education faculty to serve in advisory capacity for standards alignment.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) programs. 

I-STEM and CEAS will hold a second event in the spring for Long Island school guidance counselors and science education administrators. Through this partnership, SBU will lead the way in integrating engineering education into classrooms, thereby creating well prepared engineers for successful careers in industry and research.


The symposium presentation can be accessed here.



Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, reaches out to Long Island school superintendents.


Keith Sheppard, Director of Science Education at Stony Brook University and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, reaches out to Long Island school superintendents.

3 months 3 weeks ago
Martin Palermo is named one of Stony Brook's Top 40 Under 40 Alumni
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palermoMartin Palermo received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stony Brook in 2004 and his MAT Teaching Biology degree in 2006.  He will soon be a doctoral student in the Science Education Program at Stony Brook as well.

He is currently a chemistry teacher at William Floyd High School and a New York State Master Teacher.  

See  here for more information.

Congratulations, Martin!

November 2016
5 months 4 weeks ago 
BioPREP summer research student wins award at a national biomedical research conference.
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  BioPREP Program directors, Drs. Dan Moloney and Jennie Williams, and thirteen college students from Stony Brook University’s BioPREP summer research program attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, FL in November 2016.



Front row (from left): Francisco Caban, Destinee Semidey, Lily Munguia, Catherine Hernandez, Thalia Cepeda,   Leyda Mata, Bernice Essuman and Joselin Vargas

Back row (from left):  Dan Moloney, Amanda Valverde, Hugo Concha, Oscar Zagalo and Margaret de los Santos


BioPREP participant (summer 2015), Jon Millings, formerly from Suffolk County Community College and currently attending Stony Brook University, won an award for his research poster presentation in the field of Cancer Biology.  For the past year, Jon has been conducting cancer research in the labs of Dr. Gerardo Mackenzie (currently at UC-Davis) and Dr. Jennie Williams (department of Preventive Medicine, SBU).  This is the 5th year in a row that a BioPREP student has won an award at the ABRCMS conference.



October 2016
6 months 3 weeks ago
Mónica Bugallo is Inaugural Faculty Director of WISE
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When the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) created a new faculty director position for the Women monica_facultyin Science and Engineering (WISE) honors program,  Mónica Bugallo was appointed to serve in the inaugural role. An Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, she will help support WISE’s strong commitment to STEM diversity.


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12 months 3 days ago
Luisa McHugh receives first Ph.D. in Science Education degree at Stony Brook
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Congratulations to  Dr. Luisa McHugh!  Luisa received her doctorate in Science luisa
Education on May 19.  She is the first graduate of Stony Brook's Ph.D. in Science Education Program.  

Luisa is pictured here with her research advisor, Dr. Angela Kelly  and the Science Education Program Director, Dr. Keith Sheppard.

1 year 5 days ago
Dr. Angela Kelly receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
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angela_chancellorDr. Angela M. Kelly, Associate Professor in both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for STEM Education has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She and other faculty and staff from Stony Brook will be honored at the annual University Awards Dinner to be held on October 13 where they will receive a certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion to commemorate this prestigious selection.

“Faculty and staff who receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence have served their students, fellow faculty and staff, campuses, and communities with the utmost distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees across New York State.”

The honor provides system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community.

March 2016
1 year 1 month ago
Kate Aubrecht receives 2016 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education
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kateKate Aubrecht receives the  2016 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement.  She was chosen based on her work, “Connecting Chemistry to Sustainability for both Science Majors and Non-Science Majors.”

Aubrecht is also a faculty member in Stony Brook’s Sustainability Studies Program as a chemist whose research and teaching interests include the development of learning materials about sustainability for the chemistry curriculum, context-based approaches in chemical education, biodegradable and biorenewable polymers, and environmentally benign synthetic methodology.

Aubrecht will be honored for her accomplishments at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, March 13-17, 2016. In the award symposium, she will give a talk titled “Connecting Chemistry to Issues of Sustainability: Preparing Students for Transdisciplinary Challenges.”

1 year 1 month ago
David Kahn Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
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  kahnDavid Kahn has received this year's College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for Mathematics. The award exemplifies faculty who have demonstrated not only excellence in teaching, but a warmth of spirit and true caring for students in and outside of the classroom. Over 200 nominations were received during the first part of this semester.  .   This award is all the more meaningful because award nominations are submitted by students and the recipients are chosen by students.      Dean Sasha Kopp states "I am all the more proud hearing first-hand accounts of the great efforts you all have put forth on behalf of our students."   David will be recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences Awards and Recognition Ceremony on April 12, 4-6pm in SAC Ballroom A

 1 year 2 months ago
Jennie Williams named Assistant Dean for Student Diversity at Stony Brook Medicine

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jennieKenneth Kaushansky, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine, announces that   Dr. Jennie Williams, Associate Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Student Diversity.

As this is a newly created position in the School of Medicine, Jennie will be the Founding Dean for Student Diversity, a position that will serve as the primary liaison between Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University, acting to encourage our very best undergraduate students of color to seek out and succeed in careers in the health sciences.  Jennie’s role will be to mentor Stony Brook undergraduate and graduate students and attract more than at present into careers in the health sciences

Jennie received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Savannah State University, her Master’s in Microbiology at Tuskegee Institute, her PhD in Molecular Biology at Purdue and a post-doctoral fellowship in Infectious Disease at Harvard. Jennie then joined Harvard as a research scientist, and was then recruited to Stony Brook as a Research Assistant Professor, being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013.

Jennie is also an affiliate faculty member in the Institute for STEM Education where she works with underrepresented community college students who are interested in biomedical careers.

Jennie’s research interests focus on the prevention of cancer, and studying disparities in healthcare in the cancer realm. Jennie has secured several research grants to support her work, including two current grants from the NIH, as well as playing a pivotal role in a NIH planning grant designed to bring a large collaborative study to Stony Brook University to study gastrointestinal malignancies in underserved populations. 

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