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As a recent graduate of Stony Brook, I often think about the amazing times I had on campus, the lifelong friends I made and the opportunities I had. Much of the success I have had after graduation has been a direct result of these experiences. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to go to college because it is the most effective way to broaden your horizons. I want my gift to help students from all over the world come to Stony Brook University to get their education. One of the strengths that Stony Brook had was the…

A.J. Nagaraj has been named assistant vice president for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Nagaraj will enhance strategic fundraising initiatives that support all aspects of the $600 million comprehensive Campaign for Stony Brook, the largest fundraising effort in SUNY history. To date, more than $553.5 million has been raised from over 43,300 donors. “We’re excited to add A.J. to the advancement team and look forward to the expertise and leadership he’ll bring into this new position,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr, senior vice president of University Advancement, “His knowledge of best practices and…

Janet Bernier, JD ’86, principal at BDO USA, LLP and leader for the northeast region’s State and Local Tax Practice received the Distinguished Alumna Award during the 2017 Department of Political Science Convocation on May 19. “What a time to enter the professional arena,” Bernier said to the graduates. She used her speech to reflect on her career while noting how time and experience can provide an interesting rearview mirror. “(Time) provides an ever-changing lens for you to perceive and interpret the world through,” she said, “Everything I’ve learned that has made me successful today goes back to the professors…

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on a daily basis, about 80,000 chemical compounds are in commercial use nationwide. However, only a few of those chemicals are ever tested for their toxicity to humans. An increasing number of these contaminants are being found in Long Island’s aquifers — the sole source of drinking water for 2.8 million residents — and building levels of nitrogen discharged into local waters are degrading island coastal resources. Despite the critical role water quality plays in sustaining public health, mass interest in these issues has historically been low, with only limited or fleeting levels of…

The John C. Dunphy Private Foundation establishes Cancer Innovation Fund at Stony Brook Medicine The first documented case of cancer dates back to 3000 BC and is described in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery, as having “no treatment.” Fast forward more than 5,000 years and cancer remains an incredibly resilient and difficult disease to understand, prevent and cure. But we’re getting close. At the Stony Brook Cancer Center, researchers are pioneering studies that are gaining worldwide attention. “Stony Brook is a disciplined and first-class organization that supports a culture of people who work to change…

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…

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