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Three Graces Foundation Supports Stony Brook Program to Promote Education and Conservation in Madagascar In the heart of Madagascar’s rainforest — one of the economically poorest regions in the world — 12-year-old Hanta watches the edge of the treeline recede into the distance. Why the forest she calls home is disappearing has always been a mystery to her, until now. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Three Graces Foundation, Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB) has integrated conservation education into the school curriculum of Madagascar’s most remote villages. Where Hanta and others like her live there is no running…

Dr. Dimitrios “Jimmy” Kilimitzoglou ‘02, was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) during the White Coat Ceremony on March 8. Dr. John Rose, President, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board, presented the award to Dr. Kilimitzoglou. The Distinguished Alumni Award is an honor bestowed on a select few who have contributed to the profession, school and alumni in an exemplary manner. The audience gave Dr. “K” a standing ovation in recognition of his outstanding achievements and support of the School. Dr. Kilimitzoglou graduated magna cum laude from…

Renowned Energy Storage Researcher Esther Takeuchi Named Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment From cell phones, computers and cars to kids toys, remote controls and other utilities, batteries big and small can be found everywhere on Earth — including our landfills. Esther Takeuchi, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, aims to curb that pollution with the following question: Is it possible to develop an energy storage system that can lead to a more sustainable Earth? Takeuchi — who holds a…

Hodan Hassan has been named chief development strategist for the Global Health Institute (GHI) at Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB). Spearheaded by scientists and philanthropists Jim and Robin Herrnstein, GHI joined forces with the CVB — a research, conservation and educational organization established in Madagascar in 2003 — to conduct internationally led health science research for the benefit of the Malagasy people and to establish a sustainable healthcare infrastructure in one of the world’s poorest nations. At Stony Brook, Hassan is responsible for helping translate this vision into a robust program and lead the institute’s philanthropic activities, including the…

The Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has named Kelly Dowling as its new assistant dean for advancement. Dowling joined Stony Brook after nine years with the University of Central Florida (UCF) and most recently served as the senior director of development for the UCF College of Business Administration. At Stony Brook, Dowling is tasked with creating a sustainable culture of philanthropy with CEAS alumni, corporations, foundations and other organizations by promoting the college’s faculty research focus in the areas of energy systems for sustainability, smart and resilient cities and eco-systems, engineering-driven medicine (in partnership with…

Rebecca Bair joined Stony Brook as assistant dean for advancement in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. At Stony Brook, Bair provides direction and oversight to the College’s advancement office while building on relationships with alumni and friends to aid in the successful completion of their philanthropic goals. “Since Rebecca joined the Stony Brook community, her drive and leadership have continued to foster the kind of momentum that is sure to propel this University into the future and far beyond,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr, senior vice president of University Advancement. “We couldn’t be happier to have her on…

David and Cynthia Lippe Fund Healing Garden for New Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Building In a 1984 Science article, environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich published his groundbreaking research, which revealed that hospital rooms with outdoor views assisted patient recovery. Specifically, vegetation — and especially water — elicited positive feelings in patients, reducing their fear, anxiety and stress. Patients had shorter postoperative stays, required fewer drugs, and provided more positive reviews of their nurses. Long Islanders David and Cynthia Lippe aim to provide similar experiences of respite and rejuvenation for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital patients and families by funding the “Lippe Family Children’s…

The Class of 1983 Endowed Scholarship Honoring Dr. Aldustus Jordan and Dr. Jack Stern was awarded to David Fell ’18 during an inaugural award presentation late Summer 2016. “It’s no surprise that David Fell was selected by our class to receive the scholarship from the class of 1983, just as it was no surprise that he was elected to be our class president within just weeks of having met everyone,” said Sowmya Sanapala ’18, student representative for the School of Medicine Alumni Board. “We’re lucky to have him as a peer.” Future awardees must have completed the basic sciences portion…

Stony Brook Foundation Contributes $1 Million to Renovate Melville Library At more than two million volumes, the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library stands today as the largest academic research library on Long Island. A recent $3 million modernization of the North and Central Reading Rooms has transformed the Library into a centralized, interdisciplinary learning environment: a model for the 21st century university campus. “Student academic success today depends on meaningful collaborations,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “These renovations turn our Library into a dynamic space that promotes both independent and collaborative learning by maximizing our seating capacity, creating spaces…

Alumna gives $100K to Stony Brook Cancer Research According to the National Aging Institute, a person born at the beginning of the 20th Century could expect to live between 40 and 50 years. In 2009 that number had jumped to at least 81 and is expected to continue to rise. It has older adults asking, yet again, what do I want to be when I grow up? Elder Law Attorney Nancy Burner, Esq. ’85, and others who study aging, often refer to these additional years as the Third Age, a time of life that follows adulthood. “For 20 or 30…

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