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On Friday, August 19, the Stony Brook Alumni Association hosted alumni and friends for a pre-concert meet and greet and awards recognition ceremony with members of Blue Öyster Cult prior to the legendary rock band’s evening concert at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. While the world knows Blue Öyster Cult for FM radio staples “(Don’t) Fear The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” and “Burnin’ For You,” the Stony Brook University community knows them as the final musical evolution of SBU house bands Soft White Underbelly and Stalk-Forrest Group, which were popular on campus in the late 60s and early 70s. During that time, Stony Brook…

From Riverhead to East Hampton, a toxic “rust tide” has spread through the Peconic Estuary as reported by the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Gobler is a marine biologist and leading researcher on the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. In Gobler’s research lab on Stony Brook’s Southampton campus, he and his colleagues have measured densities of the rust tide algae, known as Cochlodinium, exceeding 3,000 cells per milliliter. Densities above 500 cells per milliliter can be lethal to marine life. While…

NIH Awards $1.3 million to the research partnership to evaluate a compound designed to reduce inflammation associated with the condition that affects millions worldwide August 18, 2016 – The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Biosciences have received a $1.3 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further evaluate the pre-clinical safety and effectiveness of the Traverse Biosciences’ leading drug candidate, TRB-N0224, for the treatment of periodontal disease. The research will be led by Lorne Golub, DMD, in the Department of Oral Biology and…

Promising bold new academic leadership and commitment to excellence, Michael A. Bernstein has been named Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, has announced. Bernstein, the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost of Tulane University from 2007 through July 2016, will join SBU as the University’s chief academic officer effective October 31, 2016. “I’m very excited that Dr. Bernstein has decided to join Stony Brook University,” said President Stanley. “Under Dr. Bernstein’s leadership as Provost at Tulane both the STEM disciplines and the liberal arts flourished, benefiting from his…

Findings from Study Will Help Youth with Autism Who Struggle with Social Challenges Dr. Matthew D. Lerner, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received a $2.3M Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for his research project, “Optimizing Prediction of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The goal of the BRAINS program is to support outstanding young scientists such as Professor Lerner in launching innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research that can profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental disorders. Lerner…

Stony Brook University welcomes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, for a Presidential Lecture on Monday, September 12, at the Staller Center for the Arts at 4 pm. All are welcome attend Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s talk, followed by a lively discussion between her and President Stanley about achieving gender equality and defeating gender-based discrimination and violence on college campuses and across the globe. Students, faculty and staff can also submit questions in advance that the speaker will answer as time permits (see stonybrook.edu/heforshe for details). You may also tweet a question using #SBU4Equality. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka…

Their paths into medicine are varied and inspiring – this is the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2020. All 132 incoming students officially began their training with the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on August 14. At the event the students received the physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The students hail from New York State, seven other states, and from around the world. They represent 70 undergraduate schools, have a collective grade point average of 3.70 and an average MCAT score in the 86 percentile. Only 8.3 percent of the…

Dr. Minghua Zhang, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), has been appointed Editor in Chief of the prestigious academic journal JGR-Atmospheres. Atmospheres is a publication of the American Geophysical Union, the leading organization for geophysicists, focusing on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the field. Dr. Zhang received his PhD at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and then joined Stony Brook in 1988 as a postdoctoral scholar. He later became an assistant and associate professor, then professor and director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres. He also served as associate…

Save the date for Wolfstock 2016! Saturday, October 15, 2016 Stony Brook University The annual homecoming tradition has something for everyone, including a family-friendly barbecue, special events for students, alumni and friends — and, of course, the big game in LaValle Stadium. Special events to look forward to include: Wolfstock Alumni Celebration and Class of 1991 25th Reunion Professor Barnhart’s “Great Power Rivalries” Alumni Breakfast with Simulation Black and Latino Alumni Network Multicultural Alumni Brunch Lecture: Trump or Clinton? Prof. Norpoth presents his Election Model that Predicts the Winner Learn more (and register) at stonybrook.edu/wolfstock.

Rising Stars from Mount Sinai Health System Ready to Advance Stony Brook CT Surgery Program August 16, 2016 – Joanna Chikwe, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, joining Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine,…

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