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How Stony Brook Pays Off its Promise to Transform Lives Finding ways to enable upward income mobility, one of the defining issues of our time, is a pinnacle of achievement for many institutions of higher learning. Removing the obstacles to a quality education isn’t just a moral mandate for colleges and universities — it’s become a necessity. A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward income mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,…

Robert D. Hough, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, was awarded the David P. Robbins Prize by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Presented once every three years, the award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics. Dr. Hough’s “Solution of the minimum modulus problem for covering systems,” was published in the Annals of Mathematics. Research for this problem was conducted during Dr. Hough’s tenure at the University of Cambridge. According to the MAA, “Bob Hough stunned the field by showing that for any…

As she completes the finishing touches on her honors thesis, Diana Hernandez remarks: “It’s the first big paper that I’ve ever done like this. And it was a really incredible experience!” On track to graduate with honors in Comparative Literature in May 2017, Diana is completing an honors thesis that focuses on a 1933 work written by Salvadoran author Salarrué called Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Clay), a collection of folktales about the everyday lives of El Savador’s “campesinos” or impoverished farmers. Working under the mentorship of Professor Timothy August of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Diana…

The impact that Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov has had on the field of physics can be measured by a simple metric: 18,000. It’s the number of times his published research has been cited; one of the highest in physics to date. A pioneer in modern theoretical physics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Zamolodchikov is known internationally for his contributions to the study of condensed matter physics, conformal field theory and string theory. Adding to an extensive list of titles and awards, Dr. Zamolodchikov became the inaugural Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and…

At Stony Brook University, one of 62 research universities in the American Association of Universities, we’ve focused on attracting and supporting economically disadvantaged students who have great potential but who may not have excelled at a low-performing high school. And we’ve built an array of programs to assist them in a comprehensive way. (See: Stanford Study: Stony Brook Creates Upward Income Mobility For Low Income Students) First, our Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) offers services to economically disadvantaged students with potential to succeed in college but didn’t receive adequate academic preparation in high school. In addition to extra tutoring,…

A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, the report ranks Stony Brook among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation whose students begin college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and then go on to earn in the top three-fifths of income distribution. According to the study, “51% of students from the bottom quintile reach the top quintile at Stony Brook. Because 16%…

In 2016, Stony Brook University was once again an academic hotbed of innovation, diversity, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we followed the road to the White House, celebrated the medical miracle that gave a young Congolese boy his smile back, advanced global health in Madagascar, and made our first appearance in the NCAA’s Big Dance. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2016.

Sorting fact from fiction, news from promotion, and fact-based opinion from emotional assertion is the goal of a groundbreaking massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens is produced by the Center for News Literacy and its partner, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) at the University of Hong Kong. Hosted on the online learning platform Coursera, the course will help students develop the critical thinking skills needed to judge the reliability of information regardless of where…

Looking beyond graduation to an exciting future, an expected 1,605 students will receive degrees as Stony Brook University holds its 19th annual December commencement ceremony, taking place in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena on December 22. Stony Brook’s newest undergraduate, graduate and doctoral alumni, ranging in age from 20 to 65, will join more than 175,000 fellow Seawolves who are living and working around the globe. During his commencement address, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will highlight key elements of the Stony Brook experience, congratulate the accomplished graduating class, and celebrate the university’s forward trajectory and diverse landscape. Ceremonies…

Stony Brook University student-athletes recently went to bat for one of their own. When Stony Brook softball player Danielle (“Danni”) Kemp learned that she had an inoperable brain tumor and needed treatments, her male diamond counterparts put on their rally caps in solidarity, creating the initiative #BeardsForDanni. Danni, who played second base for the Seawolves in 2015-2016, was hit in the helmet by a pitch this past summer. Soon after she experienced balance problems, trouble focusing and dizziness. Doctors discovered she didn’t have a concussion, but a brain tumor. Stony Brook University Associate Baseball Coach Pennucci learned the news about…

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