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The Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) at Stony Brook received a $7.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue a research program focused on investigating emerging organisms causing bacterial and viral infections in humans. The grant is a competitive renewal that began in 2004 and will total $23 million. The continuation grant is part of the NIH’s Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research Opportunity Program that is geared toward supporting interdisciplinary scientific research aimed at understanding how virulent organisms cause disease and finding ways to prevent them.…

Pick your favorite spot on campus, explain why you chose it, and you could win a top prize of $1000. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to make a short video about your favorite spot on campus. Videos can be as short as 30 seconds or as long as one minute. You can use a camcorder, a webcam, or even a video-recording phone. If you don’t have access to a recording device, you can borrow a Flip Video Camcorder (subject to availability). The contest runs through November 15 and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment…

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 pm, Wang Center Theater Born out of collaborations in New York City between Mongolian and Japanese American musicians, Khoomei Taiko Ensemble searches for and creates cultural links through music among Mongolia, the United States, and Japan. Easily transitioning between traditional Mongolian long and Japanese Minyo folk melodies to freeform jazz-inspired improvisations, the Khoomei Taiko Ensemble uses the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle), Mongolian jaw harp, khoomei (throat singing), long song, matgaal (praise) songs, Japanese flutes, and taiko (drums) to emphasize the similarities between Japanese and Mongolian traditions and bring both into the future together. Tickets for this…

Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Gallery presents an interesting exhibit and discussion, “Southampton: Setting the Agenda for a Sustainable Future,” with a special reception at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 9. For more information, call 632-5161. In this exhibit, the Avram Gallery focuses on the Southampton community and current conditions, particularly specifics of the physical place, history, and current use patterns. Each map on display shows some aspect that affects sustainability. The maps are intended to raise questions; audience members will be asked to consider what a sustainable future for Southampton means to them.

Seawolves Blow Past Blue Hose, 52-14 After a close first half, Stony Brook scored 29 unanswered second half points on its way to a 52-14 football victory over Presbyterian College in the Big South Conference opener for both schools. Stony Brook set season highs in points and total yards in the victory, with sophomore Edwin Gowins rushing for a season-high 138 yards and a score and sophomore Michael Coulter throwing for a career best 321 yards and two scores. The Seawolves defense chipped in with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in front of a large homecoming crowd at LaValle…

Dedication is Part of Ceremony Honoring Gynecologic Cancer Survivors To symbolize hope and new life, the Stony Brook University Cancer Center unveiled a large and colorful sculpture depicting sunflowers, which stands near the entrance of the outpatient center, during a ceremony honoring gynecologic cancer patients on September 21. Donated by a local artist, Cruz, the sculpture is a gift to SBUMC in honor of the care his wife, Patricia Hills Cruz, received through the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. When Cruz and Patricia learned earlier this year that she had a pre-cancerous condition that could develop into cervical cancer, they did…

Stony Brook faculty and staff will be able to utilize the Wellness Center in Room 307 of the Student Activities Center for free on Fridays in October with a valid Stony Brook ID card. You will be able to take advantage of the Wellness Center locker rooms, shower facilities, cardiovascular equipment, selectorized weight training machines, strength training equipment, and free weights. There will be giveaways and prizes for all faculty and staff that choose to participate as well as a raffle where you could win a one-year free membership to the Wellness Center. If you have questions, call Steve Macchiarolo,…

Proceeds from Golf Tournament Benefit the ALS Comprehensive Care Center at SBUMC Teachers and healthcare professionals will put down the books and stethoscopes and pick up the golf clubs to participate in the Seventh Annual Long Island Educators and Healthcare Professionals Cup Golf Tournament. The event is sponsored by the Ride for Life, an organization that raises awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and funds to help find a cure for the disease. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the ALS Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, the only ALS Association Certified Center on Long Island. The event…

Flu kits—containing tissues, hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and a fact sheet with flu prevention tips—were distributed by the Dean of Students Office to students and student leaders during opening week, at orientation, and at some of the major events taking place on campus. The University has created a Web site that is designed to answer students, families, faculty, and staff questions about Stony Brook’s proactive response to the H1N1 Virus. Learn more about how to protect yourself, and what to do if you believe you have the virus.

Joanna Fowler, senior chemist; director of the Radiotracer Chemistry, Instrumentation, and Biological Imaging Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory; and adjunct faculty member in Stony Brook’s Department of Chemistry, will be awarded the National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 7. She is one of nine researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in science. The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions…