Author Brian Smith

“ANTIFORM,” a new exhibition featuring unconventional work by New York artists Lindsay Packer, Mitch Patrick and John Ross, is on display until February 18 at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery located in the Staller Center for the Arts. The exhibition features art that is meant to relate the viewer to their own environments, either physical, perceptual or digital. Its title, “ANTIFORM,” is inspired by an art movement of the late 1960s, during which artists began to experiment with more materials and processes. “The most important thing about this exhibition is that it’s experiential,” said Karen Levitov, director and curator for…

Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) is now located at the Student Activities Center (SAC), Room 310, offering students services and support to address concerns about alcohol and other drugs, and sexual violence, in one unified location. “By integrating our two service departments under one roof, our efforts are better coordinated, and we can deliver better service to our students,” said Smita Majumdar Das, assistant director of CPO. “We’re now located in a high-traffic student area and activity hub, which increases both the visibility and vibrancy of our office.” The new CPO office features an open area with…

Nearing its one-year anniversary of implementation, Stony Brook’s tobacco-free policy, and accompanying campaign titled “An Air of Respect,” are already making a positive impact on the campus community. On November 13, Stony Brook’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) hosted a tobacco cleanup effort outside the Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library. Student volunteers collected and weighed a total of 2.1 pounds of tobacco-related waste, such as cigarette butts. The event replicated previous efforts to collect and weigh tobacco waste near the same area on campus. In November 2015, about one month before the tobacco-free policy was implemented, volunteers collected 14 pounds…

Stony Brook welcomed a record number of Seawolves fans and university alumni back to campus for our annual homecoming tradition, Wolfstock — a week full of great events capped off with one big football win at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Seawolves Beat Rhode Island, 14-3 Saturday afternoon, the Seawolves took out the visiting Rhode Island Rams 14-3 in front of a record crowd of 12,221 for the homecoming matchup at LaValle Stadium. The win helped Stony Brook snap a two-game homecoming losing streak, putting our season record at 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time since joining…

Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged. But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology. Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind. The National Geographic…

Professor inspires students to change the world using empathy and innovation Undergraduate life can be tough — What should I major in? When is my project due? How much does my lunch cost? As challenging as college can be, some of our students are inventing strong solutions to major global issues like malnutrition, poverty and water scarcity before ever leaving the Stony Brook campus. Welcome to EST 205: Introduction to Technological Design, part of the Department of Technology and Society (T&S) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “My course teaches students the basics of design ideation, prototype development…

If you experience sexual or interpersonal violence, our Complainant Navigator is here to help. As Complainant Navigator, Samantha provides confidential advocacy and support to students, faculty and staff who experience any kind of sexual or interpersonal violence, including domestic and dating violence, and stalking. At Stony Brook, we refer to these individuals as complainants, or survivors. The Complainant Navigator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide crisis support and emergency response immediately following an incident, and can assist survivors with obtaining medical care and reporting an incident. Reporting an incident Reporting an incident to Stony Brook…

Graduate researchers set a new Stony Brook record this year, earning 11 fellowships and 14 honorable mentions in the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 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 17,000 applicants from 488 institutions nationwide. “We are exceedingly proud of this year’s 11 GRF recipients. It’s a huge boost for graduate education at Stony Brook,” said Vice President for Research David Conover. “Given that each award is worth $138,000 summed over three years, the total…

Nicole Bender Grad program: Ecology and Evolution Undergrad: BA in Applied Mathematics, Marist College Hometown: Warwick, NY Advisor: Heather Lynch How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Surreal! Last year I received an Honorable Mention, so to receive the award this year is so exciting! I’m so proud to be one of the select few chosen by the NSF to receive this award. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? This award will give me the flexibility to fund my dissertation research in any way necessary, which is a luxury…

Alexander Borowicz Grad program: Ecology and Evolution Undergrad: BA in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic Hometown: Cedarburg, WI Advisor: Heather Lynch How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It’s very exciting to join an incredible group of scientists who produce amazing work. It’s been slowly sinking in since the award was announced. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? The fellowship will allow me to focus more of my time on research but will also undoubtedly open a lot of doors in the future both during graduate school…