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Three Stony Brook University professors -- James Bliska, Laszlo Mihaly, and Dianna Padilla -- have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientific and social efforts to advance science or its applications. Stony Brook’s three recipients are among 388 newly elected members who will be honored at the Fellows Forum held during the AAAS Annual Meeting on February 15, 2014 in Chicago. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November, 29, 2013.   read more...

 James Bliska

James Bliska, PhD
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

 Laszlo Mihaly

Laszlo Mihaly, PhD
Department of Physics and Astronomy

 Dianna K. Padilla

Dianna K. Padilla, PhD
Department of Ecology and Evolution

Two Stony Brook University professors are among nine SUNY faculty appointed to distinguished ranks by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Joseph S.B. Mitchell, a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and a research professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named SUNY Distinguished Professor, while a Distinguished Teaching Professorship has been conferred on Michael Schwartz, chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies. By virtue of these appointments, Mitchell and Schwartz become members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.read more...

 Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell, PhD
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

 Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, PhD
Department of Sociology

Prof. David Gu, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, was selected to receive the prestigious 2013 Morningside Gold Medal of Applied Mathematics during the International Congress of Chinese Mathematician (ICCM) in Taipei, Taiwan. Prof. Gu was recognized for his work in computational mathematics and was the only scholar in applied mathematics to receive the award this year. During the ceremony, in addition to the gold medal, he received a certificate and a cash award of $25,000.

The ICCM is a triennial event that brings together Chinese and overseas mathematicians to discuss the latest research developments in both pure and applied mathematics. The Morningside Medal is the most prestigious award for young Chinese mathematicians. It honors mathematicians of Chinese descent, under the age of 45, for their exceptional achievements in pure and applied mathematics. Both the ICCM and the Morningside Medals are modeled after the renowned older quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), and the Fields Medal. read more...

 David Gu

David Gu, PhD
Computer Science Department

The local Stony Brook University Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award recognizes the University’s appreciation of a faculty member’s significant and ongoing contribution/s to the missions of the University. The Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award shall be considered an accolade granted to a full-time Faculty Lecturer at Stony Brook University, based on significant contribution to the university as evidenced by the quality of the individual’s teaching, service, and related professional development.

In 2013 there are seven recipients of The Outstanding Lecturer Award:

  • Wilbur Farley, Writing
  • Timothy Hyde, Philosophy
  • Irene Marchegiani, European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Catherine Marrone, Sociology
  • Fernando O. Raineri, Chemistry
  • Thomas Tousey, Writing
  • Dongmei Zeng, Asian & Asian American Studies


One of the world’s preeminent conservationists and primatologists, Patricia Wright, PhD, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States which was started by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Dr. Wright, a Professor of Biological Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, Executive Director of Centre ValBio and Director at the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments, was recognized for her prominent career in the field of conservation and primatology, and for playing a pivotal role in convincing the government of Madagascar to establish a major National Park at Ranomafana.

Dr. Wright’s research and conservation efforts are diverse, including the funding and building of an international training center at Centre ValBio with modern research facilities near Ranomafana National Park. Her recent research synthesizes long-term data on lemurs, plants and climate relating to broader landscape-scale issues such as regional climate change and human impact on biodiversity. read more...

 Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright, PhD
Department of Anthropology

Anthropologist Meave Leakey, a research professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) at Stony Brook University, has been named a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. She is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries that were elected in recognition for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Dr. Leakey joined the Stony Brook University faculty ranks in 2003 as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology. In 2006 she was appointed Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the TBI. TBI is an institute in northern Kenya co-founded by the Leakeys and Stony Brook University to facilitate scientific, field based research. 

Dr. Leakey began her tenure as the Director of Plio-Pleistocene Research at the TBI in 2007 when she incorporated the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP) into TBI. In addition to her research position with TBI, she takes a leading role in Stony Brook’s TBI Field School, a full-semester field education program for undergraduate students interested in studying the sciences relevant to human evolution at Lake Turkana. She is also a Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya, a position she has held since 2001, and a National Geographic Explorer in Residence (since 2002). read more...

 Meave Leakey

Meave Leakey, PhD
Department of Anthropology and the Turkana Basin Institute

Two Stony Brook University professors – Leonardo Rastelli, PhD and Sheila Silver, PhD – have been named 2013 Guggenheim Fellows based on distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future. The fellowships, often called “midcareer" awards, are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

In the 89th annual John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation competition for the United States and Canada, Rastelli, Associate Professor in the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Silver, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Department of Music, were selected as part of a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. They were chosen from among almost 3,000 applicants. read more...

 L. Rastelli

Leonardo Rastelli, PhD
Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy

 S. Silver

Sheila Silver, PhD
Department of Music

Two Stony Brook University Distinguished Professors have been elected to the 233rd class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Mark Aronoff, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and H. Blaine Lawson, Jr., a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, will be formally inducted at a ceremony at Academy headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 12, 2013.


 M. Aronoff

Mark Aronoff, PhD
Department of Linguistics

 H. B. Lawson

H. Blaine Lawson, Jr., PhD
Department of Mathematics

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