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Alumna gives $100K to Stony Brook Cancer Research According to the National Aging Institute, a person born at the beginning of the 20th Century could expect to live between 40 and 50 years. In 2009 that number had jumped to at least 81 and is expected to continue to rise. It has older adults asking, yet again, what do I want to be when I grow up? Elder Law Attorney Nancy Burner, Esq. ’85, and others who study aging, often refer to these additional years as the Third Age, a time of life that follows adulthood. “For 20 or 30…

Please join Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. for the annual State of the University Address and introduction of new faculty members on Wednesday, September 28, at 1 pm on Staller Center’s Main Stage. Following the address, President Stanley and Dean of Stony Brook University Libraries Constantia Constantinou will host a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Melville Library Reading Rooms and a dedication of the Stony Brook Foundation Knowledge Commons. All are invited to this event on September 28 at 2 pm in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library Atrium. A reception and tours will immediately follow the program.

Highlighting its commitment to achieving gender equality on campus and across the globe, Stony Brook University co-hosted the UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary event, welcoming world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities. The evening reception was held September 20, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and co-hosted by SBU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, along with two other IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions: Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Bob Moritz, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited. “Stony Brook University is committed to be the national leader — a model in gender equality in the United States for colleges and universities,” said President…

You might say that Wales-born Rachel Schutz has made a science of music. A soprano, Schutz ’07 earned her bachelor of arts degree at Stony Brook as a double major in biology and music, then went on to earn a master’s degree in voice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2009. She then added a master of arts degree in linguistics at the University of Hawaii in 2012 before returning to Stony Brook to pursue a DMA in voice. She completed her first year here last May. Rachel has been performing on stage since she was three years…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, is featured in a newly released video from The Science Coalition, an organization supporting federal funding for research institutions. Dr. Stanley is a strong advocate for federal funding of basic research and the role of university research in innovation and discovery. In the video he discusses the critical importance of young researchers, their role in discovery and ensuring that they opportunities to participate in America’s research enterprise. He previously penned an op-ed on this topic for Scientific American. The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of the nation’s leading public…

September 16, 2016 — A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have discovered a new mechanism for a bacterial toxin to inhibit inflammation. Their research shows that a toxin in Yersinia pestis, the bacterial agent of plague, targets and inhibits the protein pyrin. The inherited autoinflammatory disease Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is caused by mutations that lead to continuous activation of pyrin. The findings, published in Cell Host & Microbe, can be used to better understand the genetic origins of FMF and explore new therapies for the disease. “This finding is very significant because it may explain…

June 30, 2016 marked the end of year five of The Campaign for Stony Brook. Since 2011, more than 38,000 friends, alumni, corporations, foundations and others have joined to support our deserving students, faculty and staff, raising more than $468 million in gifts and pledges. Over the course of the past 2016 fiscal year, gifts and pledges totaled $71.2 million, including: $5.4 million for student financial aid $15.1 million for campus life and facilities $15.0 million for research $33.5 million for faculty and academic support $2.2 million for Funds for Excellence (Annual Fund) With just 22 months remaining, $132 million…

The Stony Brook Foundation has appointed David Marcus as its new Chief Investment Officer, succeeding Erin Abouzaid, who served as CIO for four years before joining Hutchin Hill Capital, a New York-based hedge fund. Marcus comes to the Foundation with more than 35 years in the financial industry, 16 of which have been in senior level roles within prominent higher education institutions. Before his most recent two years as managing director at SHL Capital (USA), Inc., Marcus was CIO at The Julliard School from 2008 to 2014 where he was responsible for the management of its $1 billion endowment. Prior…

Errol Cockfield ’94 has had a remarkable career: as a journalist at prestigious newspapers, a press secretary for two governors and a consultant advising Fortune 500 companies. Now, he’s the senior vice president of MSNBC Communications. “I credit Stony Brook University for the entirety of my professional success,” Cockfield said. “Stony Brook is different from other universities because while it has stellar academics at its foundation, it’s a campus full of people who are invested in your evolution as a person. Stony Brook helped me to be better at who I am.” Born in a tiny village in Guyana, Errol…

Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell , may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism, and severe learning disabilities. In the newborn brain, one of the critical changes that occurs is that specialized pockets form that serve to house and nurture neural stem cells throughout life in discrete regions termed stem cell…

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