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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…

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…

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