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Stony Brook history professor Nancy Tomes recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book challenging the notion that health care should be bought and sold. Nancy Tomes, distinguished professor in the Department of History, was honored with Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers. (Read excerpt.) The Bancroft Prize, announced March 13, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American History writing. It is awarded each year by the…

Historian Paul Kelton has been named the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History by the College of Arts and Sciences. The endowed chair was established in the Department of History in February 2016, thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Kelton, a leading scholar of Indigenous North American and Colonial American history, is the author of numerous published works that have made important revisions to our understanding of the biological processes involved in the European takeover of the Americas. He continues his in-depth research on Indigenous experiences with European-introduced diseases and has…

Twenty-one years after earning his own Stony Brook degree, Jonathan Oringer ‘96, founder, chairman and CEO of Shutterstock, the influential New York-based global tech company, came home to where he said it all began. The tech entrepreneur returned to the University for our 57th annual commencement on May 19 to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree and to inspire our newest class of graduates. “You are young. It gets harder and harder to take calculated risks,” he told the nearly 7,000 graduating seniors. “You will fail sometimes. You will learn things about yourself that will scare and inspire you simultaneously. Taking calculated…

Emerging from Stony Brook with the momentum to make a difference, 6,991 students celebrated their graduation at the University’s 57th Commencement ceremony May 19 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. They became Stony Brook’s newest alumni, joining more than 160,000 of their forerunners around the globe whose lives and work advance the mission and spirit of Stony Brook. “I don’t think anyone can say that graduating from Stony Brook is easy,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD in his address to the Class of 2017. “You have met that challenge and you and your families should be proud of what…

Among this month’s graduates from Stony Brook School of Medicine are several who took non-traditional paths to the medical field. The graduates, emerging from various walks of life and professions, reflect the diversity and vitality of medical education at SBU. Take recent Stony Brook School of Medicine graduate Erika Blaikie, of Brooklyn. Her change of heart speaks directly to the need to make a difference. Blaikie decided to jump professions when she realized that in her prior job she was merely helping people with money make more money and not contributing anything meaningful to the world. So at age 39, Blaikie started…

Skye Wiegman ’17 is an exceptional scholar — and person. Whether this graduating senior is expressing the pride she feels for her Native American heritage, focusing on her love of languages, opening up about her creativity or ruminating on her passion for making music, Wiegman, 22, moves through life with quiet dignity, learning as she goes. Watch and listen below as she tells her story. And check out her linguistic skills in a second video.

When Stephanie Dick graduates on Friday, May 19, her mother Judith Fischer won’t be sitting in the bleachers, tears of joy streaming down her face. Instead, she’ll be on the same stage, beaming with pride over her daughter’s accomplishment and basking in her own. Both mother and daughter will be accepting the same Master’s degree in social work from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, having walked a similar academic path and helping each other along the way. “I enjoyed having my daughter in the same classes with me,” Fischer said. “Like me, however, Stephanie has an independent streak,…

Five Stony Brook University students have been recognized by the Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a highly competitive program that provides funding for American students to conduct research or teach English in over 140 countries overseas. This year’s Fulbright honorees are Rashaun Allen ’17, Jessica Opatich ’17, Tayisha St. Vil ’17, Richard Tomczak ’19 and Jessica Willdigg ’17.  All five honorees are New York natives and represent a diverse array of Stony Brook’s academic programs. The majority will be pursuing mentored research abroad: PhD student Tomczak from History heads to Canada to research mandatory labor in the…

*Update: Unfortunately Prince Emmanuel de Merode is unable to join us at Commencement and is planning to accept his honorary degree at a future ceremony. Stony Brook University will launch 6,991 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 57th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 19, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox will be among the luminaries receiving honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement.  Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many…

Five Stony Brook students were recently honored with highly competitive scholarships from the U.S. Department of State that will enable them to study, intern, conduct research, and engage in intensive language study overseas during the summer of 2017. Magaline Alcindor ‘17, Michelle Olakkengil ‘17, Andrea Persaud ‘18, and Brittany Wong ‘18 were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. All four will be participating in SBU study abroad programs: Alcindor will be heading to Tanzania, Olakkengil and Persaud to Madagascar, and Wong to Dongguk University in South Korea. These students will be studying a range of topics from global health to…

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