Author Brian Smith

Hear Jeremy Dennis ‘13 speak about his art on Wednesday, September 20th as part of the “Race, Love and Labor” exhibition at Stony Brook’s Zuccaire Gallery. Fine art photographer, Stony Brook alumnus and Shinnecock Nation member Jeremy Dennis ‘13 uses his creativity and craft to send a strong message to Americans of all origins — that indigenous people, their places and their culture deserve true representation in our postcolonial country. “My work is about improving our perception of indigenous people — both their identity and their history,” Jeremy said. “Art is so important because you can talk about anything through…

NASA recently joined forces with Stony Brook University students and researchers to venture onto other-worldly terrain in the New Mexico desert as part of a program designed to prepare future astronauts for their potential journeys into space — to the moon and even Mars. A small group of Stony Brook journalism students, research faculty and NASA experts collaborated on this mission through a program called RIS4E (Remote, In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration). RIS4E is a five-year, $5.5-million project led by Stony Brook faculty and packed with out-of-this-world lab and field research, including the exploration of environments…

In the wake of what turned out to be a deadly protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., some citizens and elected officials across the country are pushing to remove public art, such as statues and monuments, that memorialize the Confederacy. The Charlottesville incident [see President’s statement]  and several others have kindled a nationwide debate over memorializing American history. Michele Bogart, professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of Stony Brook’s experts on public art and urban design, took a moment to offer her own perspective on…

Lee Bitsóí, EdM, EdD, joined Stony Brook University as our first Chief Diversity Officer on July 28, 2017. Dr. Bitsóí, proud member of the Navajo Nation, arrives with a distinguished background of more than 20 years in academia, working in leadership roles related to student diversity and recruitment at Harvard, Dartmouth, and most recently, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. As he continues his dedicated career at Stony Brook, Dr. Bitsóí shared his thoughts about the importance of diversity in education, and his plans to further enhance the equity, inclusivity and diversity of our campus community. As Stony Brook’s first…

Get ready for the Stony Brook Film Festival, July 20-29, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets and passes to the festival Click here to watch a selection of film trailers Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival and director of the Staller Center for the Arts. “We…

A Martian crater is providing more proof that the Red Planet may once have supported life, a Stony Brook geochemist and planetary scientist says in a recently published NASA study. The study led by Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz offers perhaps the most significant evidence to date that an ancient lake on Mars had all the ingredients of a life-sustaining body of water. Building on the 2013 discovery that Mars’ Gale crater contained a freshwater lake more than 3 billion years ago, Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz led a team of 22 international scientists using findings beamed to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity…

To discover some of the amazing places our class of 2017 is going, we surveyed some of the 4,292 undergraduates who earned bachelor’s degrees at Stony Brook’s 57th annual commencement on Friday, May 19. Here’s what 20 of our newest graduates shared. From graduate school to global health research, immediate employment to confident entrepreneurship, our 2017 graduates are living out a Stony Brook mantra. If you’re a class of 2017 graduate and want to share your destination, please take our quick five-question survey. Joselin Vargas will continue the ongoing global effort to cure cancer as a Research Fellow at the National…

With Stony Brook’s totally revamped University Pool now open, the Women’s Swimming and Diving program reinstated, and two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson on board as head coach, the Seawolves are ready to dive back into collegiate competition. “Stony Brook Swimming and Diving has a long and illustrious history,” President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. said. “With Janelle Atkinson as head coach, I predict we will be adding championship banners to this highly-anticipated facility’s walls very soon.” Stony Brook celebrated the reopening of University Pool on Monday, May 15 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility will be the new home of the…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

Lea Kenigsberg Major: Mathematics Hometown: Bnei Berak, Israel What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My interests lie in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. While I don’t know my research focus yet, and what applications it may have, it is my hope that if I can make it through grad school, and afterwards in the academic world, my story can encourage other mothers and nontraditional students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds that attaining and pursuing a career in mathematics is indeed possible. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this…

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