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Thursday, February 4 Open Forum and Conversation on Energy and Sustainability On Thursday, February 4, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and approximately 200 SUNY delegates will visit Stony Brook. As part of Chancellor Zimpher’s strategic planning efforts, she has visited all of the SUNY institutions and is participating in meetings and discussions at seven campuses throughout the state on topics related to the future of SUNY and its institutions. The fifth conversation on Energy and Sustainability will take place at Stony Brook. The Open Forum begins at 8:30 am in the Student Activities Center Auditorium. This is a prime opportunity…

The Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) team, consisting of Subramanyan Swaminathan (PI), Brookhaven National Laboratory Department of Biology; Iwao Ojima (Co-PI), ICB&DD Director; Peter Tonge (Co-I), Department of Chemistry; and Robert Rizzo (Co-I),  Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has received a research consortium grant award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which is part of the Department of Defense. This grant award is for the project “Structure-Based Discovery of Pan-Active Botulinum Neurotoxin Inhibitors.” Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent toxins known to humans and are considered to be potential biowarfare agents. As a consequence, the…

Eastern Energy Systems Inc. is sponsoring the Renewable Energy Essay Contest for high school students in Suffolk County, with the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to Stony Brook University, Molloy College, or Farmingdale State College. Students are asked to answer the question: Why I want to work in the renewable energy industry? Prizes include a $1,000 scholarship to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, Molloy College, or Farmingdale State College; a spot in the Eastern Energy Systems summer 2010 internship program; the honor of cutting the ribbon at the 100kW wind turbine ribbon cutting…

The Brook, Stony Brook’s alumni magazine, welcomes submissions of books recently written by alumni, faculty, and staff (not self-published). Send a review copy and relevant press materials to: Susan Scheck, Editor, “Brookmarks,” Office of University Communications, Administration Building, Room 144, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0605; or by interoffice mail to Susan Scheck, Communications, Zip = 0605.

At Staller Center January 23 and 24 Masters of baroque music perform a double concert, “Aulos Ensemble: All the Brandenburgs,” in the Staller Center Recital Hall on Saturday, January 23, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 24, at 7:00 pm, playing all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos as well as Bach’s Concertos for Multiple Harpsichords. Renowned guest artists join with the Aulos Ensemble for this Baroque extravaganza. The Saturday program includes the appealing and ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos #3, #5, and #1, and Concertos for Multiple Harpsichords; Sunday’s program features Brandenburg Concertos #6, #4, and #2, as well as…

Governor David Paterson has announced that the Executive Budget will include a sweeping reform to the SUNY system for public higher education. Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. was joined by SUNY Trustees Michael Russell, Stony Brook Foundation President Richard Gelfond, and Stony Brook University Council Member Diana Weir in a thorough endorsement of the new “Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act,” indicating that it categorically provides high-impact, zero-cost solutions that will create jobs, build the foundation for tomorrow’s economy, and strengthen public higher education–while saving millions of taxpayer dollars. “This is absolutely central to enhancing…

Stony Brook alum Chris Vivas is featured in an art exhibit at Gallery North in Setauket. “Three Perspectives: Eleanor Berger, Nancy Bueti-Randall, and Chris Vivas” is on display now through Sunday, February 14. Vivas studied English and studio art at Stony Brook, with an emphasis in ceramics, which led to a studio artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. Upon his return to the United States, he began exploring wood firing while working as the artist in residence at Stony Brook’s Craft Center. Influenced by existential writers such as Camus, Nietzsche, and Sartre, Vivas pursued his…

Thirty-four high school students who worked with Stony Brook faculty have been named among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2009-2010 Intel Science Talent Search competition. The faculty mentors come from a range of departments and disciplines throughout Stony Brook, including Anesthesiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dental School-Oral Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Medicine, Neurobiology and Behavior, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. Ten semifinalist projects were mentored by faculty in the Department…

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the University has assembled a Campus Response Team that is being coordinated by Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, and Susan DiMonda, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life. A Web site has been developed that describes the support services and resources available to faculty, staff, and students who want to get involved. Relief efforts and methods of assistance are listed on the site, which will be updated as information becomes available.

Stony Brook’s Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning is now offering new dance and movement classes for the community. Classes run from February 1 through April 17 and include Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Salsa, Samba, Argentine Tango, Ballroom, Hip Hop, Creative Movement for Children, Dance Yoga, Yoga Alignment, Yoga Flow, Kripalu Dancekinetics, Healthy Heart Yoga, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Dancing Back to Life, and Body/Mind Performance for Leadership. The registration fee for 12 classes is $180. (Classes will not be held March 29 through April 2.) For more information, schedules, and registration

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