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Dr. John Positano, co-author of the memoir Dinner with DiMaggio, will give a book presentation on Thursday, November 30, at 5:30 pm at the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Library, Room E4340. Hear first-hand about the decade-long friendship between Dr. Rock Positano and Joe DiMaggio, which began in 1990 when Dr. Positano, a foot and ankle specialist, successfully treated the baseball champ’s heel spur injury. The stories and experiences shared with Dr. Rock Positano and written about with his brother, Dr. John Positano, create an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and icons of the 20th century. Books will be available for purchase and…

Join Daphne Perry, MPH, PHR, SHRM-CP, from the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, as she speaks about recognizing and addressing the early symptoms of dementia. Her lecture will focus on the difference between memory loss that has to do with aging and dementia, and the resources that can provide help for early diagnosis and intervention. The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease is one of 10 centers in New York State, and the only one serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of…

With live shows featuring performers from all over the world, the winter/spring season at Staller Center at Stony Brook University is as diverse as it gets. From troupes touring the world to a very special performance by singer Audra McDonald to comedy with Jay Leno, the vast choices at Staller Center make it easy to find entertainment close to home. Tickets are available at stallercenter.com for all performances, with waiting lists for some shows. The Staller Center box office can be reached at (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. Starting the season off, the New York-based ensemble The Hot Sardines comes to Staller Center on Saturday, January 20.…

A wall was erected outside of the Stony Brook Student Activities Center. It wasn’t large, or long, but it was made of black fabric. On the wall were small Post-It notes with messages of positivity and hope. One of the messages was a prominent “Don’t do it!” inscribed in bold lettering. In front of the wall were tables with pamphlets, stress balls, water bottles and bracelets. More noticeable, though, were the people that were in front of the wall. They waved neon-colored signs and chanted for people’s attention. Their signs read statistics and resources — “Suicide is the second leading…

Friday, November 17 This free conference for family and professional caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville on Friday, November 17, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The keynote speaker is Robin McIntyre, a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, who, along with her family, are the subject of a new book, The Inheritance, which tells the story of her family on the front lines of their battle against younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alan Steinberg, MD, and Michael Starr, LMSW, from the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease will be providing a breakout session…

A new study published in PNAS details a new “landscape portfolio” theory that uses insights from economics to predict animal population growth and the spread of disease. The paper, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Jessica Gurevitch, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution in the College of Arts and Sciences, melds Harry Markowitz’s “portfolio theory” in economics with ecological landscape theory to predict population growth of living things. Population demography of plants, animals and microbes that cause diseases is central to understanding many problems in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Scientists have had limited information on collections of living populations to understand and…

The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University welcomes Distinguished Professor Stanislao Pugliese from Hofstra University on Thursday, November 16, at 6 pm. Professor Pugliese will discuss the book he co-edited, The Routledge History of Italian Americans, a new multi-authored history of one of the largest ethnic groups in America, bringing together the best and brightest scholars and critics to create a narrative of the trials and triumphs of Italians in America. The presentation will be held at the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. This event is…

When the Stony Brook University women’s soccer season came to a close on November 10 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs against tenth-ranked Penn State, with a 7-0 loss, it felt more like a beginning than an end. It marked just the second time that the Seawolves women’s soccer team advanced that far — they last achieved that milestone in 2012. This time they did it with a 2-1 win over Vermont in the America East Finals. All season long the Seawolves were energized by second-year head coach Brendan Faherty, who helped propel the Washington Huskies to NCAA…

Stony Brook University has taken another bold step in developing its international outreach and services with the creation of the China Center. On Friday, November 10, Stony Brook University celebrated the grand opening of the China Center with a festive ribbon cutting ceremony featuring student performers and special guests. Yumin Zhao, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, joined Dr. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Founding Director of the China Center; Lindsi Walker, Senior Assistant Dean, International Academic Programs and Services; and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. MD…

More than 130 faculty and staff were honored at the Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner on November 8. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Provost Michael A. Bernstein hosted the event that celebrated faculty achievements and Chancellor’s Awards and Presidential Mini-Grants recipients. “Tonight we celebrate outstanding individuals whose efforts have gone far beyond the expected and who have made Stony Brook University a showcase for excellence,” said President Stanley. “Your contributions enhance the lives of our students and our reputation throughout SUNY and among our AAU peers. It is because of your dedication and vision that Stony Brook has…

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