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Susan E. Brennan, Chang Kee Jung and Nancy C. Reich have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a high honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Fellows are awarded because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be recognized on February 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017. Professor Susan E. Brennan, from the Department…

Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University, participated in Connected 2017, the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative Summit held in Washington, DC, in October. EAB helps education leaders by finding best practices to address education’s top challenges with research forums dedicated to presidents, provosts, chief business officers, and many other key academic and administrative leaders. Connected is a two-day event designed to bring the most relevant, actionable, and inspired ideas in student success to administrators responsible for positively inflecting student outcomes. At the summit, Robbins spoke about “The Missing Men at…

At an investiture ceremony on the Stony Brook University campus, three new endowed chairs were formally appointed; two leading pediatric clinical research physicians at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and a renowned materials scientist and chemical engineer at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The three new endowed faculty positions were funded by philanthropic gifts from the Knapp family through the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, and Jane and William Knapp respectively. “From the start of my tenure at Stony Brook, it has been my goal to create 100 endowed faculty positions across a wide range of disciplines to…

Relevant learning — a teaching method through which faculty reconfigure their curricula by linking academic content to real-world problems — has long been central to Stony Brook’s mission. Now a key national initiative in relevant learning is housed at the University thanks to a visionary program, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). Using the SENCER approach, for example, a biology professor may choose to teach a course from the perspective of an HIV/AIDS patient, or an engineering professor may identify problems in Third World countries and encourage the class to come up with solutions. Engaging students —…

Without social mobility — the ability to rise from a low-income background to a financially secure future — the American Dream is at risk. In an era of growing income inequality, families have fewer opportunities to better their children’s future. Meanwhile, we endanger a national tradition of innovation and discovery when many of our best and brightest minds are left by the wayside. For many lower-income and first-generation students, attending college can seem like a pipe dream, with few people guiding them toward higher education. At Stony Brook University, a committed community of scholars, administrators and students is igniting social…

At Stony Brook University, a committed community of scholars, administrators and students is achieving exceptional results in the area of social mobility — the ability to rise from a low-income background to a more financially prosperous and secure future. This week, an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reflects SBU’s impressive ranking among colleges with the highest student mobility rates. Based on data recently published by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the ranking shows Stony Brook in fifth place nationally among four-year public institutions. The Stanford study provides conclusive evidence that a Stony Brook education creates exceptional…

An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis Dennis E. Slice is a professor in the Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University and Honorarprofessor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his doctorate in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston. His work focuses on the development of theoretical and methodological issues in shape analysis, morphometrics, and on their application to real-world problems such as the fit and function of protective equipment and the…

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and the MFA program in Film will be hosting three separate open houses and information sessions this month at the Stony Brook Southampton campus and at the Southampton Arts Manhattan location on Eighth Avenue. MFA in Creative Writing director Julie Sheehan and Manhattan Coordinator Alison Fairbrother will host an information session about the MFA in Creative Writing program on Monday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan location, located on the 5th floor of 535 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets. An open house and information session will also be…

Celebrating 50 years of outstanding teaching, learning, and musicianship, Stony Brook University’s Department of Music can boast of outsize impact on the cultural scene worldwide. From opera stars to eminent musicologists, Stony Brook has spawned an impressive roster of talent that’s charting new territory in sound and performance. “We have justifiable pride in our notable faculty and 2,039 alumni who have fanned out throughout the world, performing in pre-eminent ensembles; teaching at prestigious institutions; creating, performing and studying music; and serving in important administrative capacities,” Department of Music Chair Perry Goldstein said. A prime example is the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet…

Stony Brook University Professor Anatoly Frenkel, from the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He received this prestigious recognition for his outstanding physics research, specifically for seminal contributions to in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transformative development of structural characterization methods for nanoparticles, and their pioneering applications to a broad range of functional nanomaterials in materials physics and catalysis science. Professor Frenkel joined the Stony Brook faculty in 2016 after working at Yeshiva University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at…

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