Author Dara Smith

They’ve made headlines, from a rare and difficult surgery to separate conjoined twins to successful initiatives to stop gang violence and organized crime. They’ve made great works of art, from critically acclaimed television series to photography that preserves the ancestral history and contemporary culture of Native Americans. They’ve made an impact, as educators creating transformative opportunities for students and as the founders of innovative startups and visionary nonprofits. Students emerge from Stony Brook University with the momentum to make a real difference in the world, and Stony Brook is proud to honor 40 of its most accomplished graduates at its…

For Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Alum Douglas Monticciolo ’84 ’85, Stony Brook was his bridge to everywhere. “Although the infamous Bridge to Nowhere is gone,” he reminisced in his speech at the spring’s commencement, “the truth is, Stony Brook was the bridge to everywhere for me.” Monticciolo’s deep-rooted partnership with the University began as an undergraduate Computer Science major in 1981. Recognizing the changing state of the industry, he asked Stony Brook to support him in pursuing an unconventional course of study, including subjects ranging from Applied Math to Metaphysics and Philosophy. “They let me break the rules,” he…

Stony Brook, New York — Since its establishment in 1987, the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation, located in Hampton Bays, New York, has upheld its primary mission to invest in studies of New York State history. With an emphasis on Suffolk County, the Foundation has amassed an extraordinary record of support for Long Island’s historical, educational and cultural institutions. Recently, The Foundation gave $120,000 to Stony Brook University’s Department of History to establish five undergraduate scholarships and a graduate student fellowship. “The Stony Brook University Department of History offers rigorous and lively interactions between their faculty and their students. The…

Research ideas like immunotherapy for early stage breast cancer treatment and novel PET tracer development for breast cancer imaging are driving a groundbreaking idea at the Stony Brook Cancer Center: Prevention is the cure. Each of these innovative studies use a Stony Brook-developed MRI technique to examine breast tissue and determine quickly and safely if a novel therapy may be effective at preventing breast cancer development. The use of such sensitive MRI equipment allows researchers and doctors to test pioneering interventions quickly so they can offer them to patients as a standard of care moving forward. Such innovation, however, wouldn’t…

I am amazed how far Stony Brook has progressed since my graduation in ’83. As a long-time Long Island resident, we should all come to recognize that Stony Brook is now a critical asset for the Long Island region and economy. I am encouraged to see Stony Brook developing a meaningful endowment fund and alumni program in support of attracting top talent, growing out its infrastructure and raising its academic standing among US universities. As a CEAS grad, I do ask that gifts be directed there purely out of sentimental reasons, although I did ask that a recent contribution be…

Before Stony Brook became home to the Seawolves in 1994, it was for 30 years a haven to the mighty Patriots. Almost 50 such Patriots came back to campus on June 2–3, 2017, to celebrate their 50th reunion and alma mater. Old friends, campus tours, and countless memories later, the weekend proved to be a nostalgic homecoming highlighted by conversations between alumni who hadn’t spoken in half a century and at least three couples who — having met as students on campus — used the event to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. With memories of tray sliding at St. Georges…