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Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been awarded two grants totalling $4.5 million from SUNY’s Empire Innovation Program. The funding will be used to recruit and retain world-class faculty and researchers that strengthen Stony Brook’s research productivity in two high economic opportunity areas of state and national significance — artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. The awards are designed to strengthen Stony Brook’s prominence by enabling senior leadership hires in AI and cybersecurity. In AI, Stony Brook will focus on applications in medicine, smart environments and infrastructures, as well as core AI and machine-learning technologies. These hires…

Stony Brook University once again made the College Choice 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities list. The ranking highlights universities like Stony Brook that have a strong history of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ community and committing time and resources to equipping students, faculty and staff with tools that encourage education, support, safety and inclusion campus wide. Stony Brook’s LGBTQ* Services staff provides meaningful programs to help students thrive and to ensure inclusion in every aspect of the University. In addition to these services, the University also has many all-gender restrooms on campus, gender-inclusive housing options, the soon-to-come LGBTQ* Center and…

Actor Alan Alda was given an honorary Doctor of Law during the graduation ceremony at the University of Dundee in Scotland for his work promoting the communication of science. A visiting professor at Stony Brook University, he founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The center serves scientists, medical professionals, students and the public with opportunities to explore, learn and practice communicating effectively about science and medicine. The Alan Alda Center is an international partner of Dundee University’s Leverhulme Centre and will be involved in Dundee’s new forensic science research center. The goal is to help forensic scientists communicate…

Is 70 the new 60? A new Stony Brook University-led study  published in PLOS ONE uses new measures of aging with probabilistic projections from the United Nations to scientifically illustrate that one’s actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, but rather aging should be based on the number of years people are likely to live in a given country in the 21st Century. The study also predicts an end to population aging in the U.S. and other countries before the end of the century. Population aging – when the median age rises in a country because of increasing life expectancy and…

Stony Brook University has received a five-year, $1 million grant to support diversity and inclusion in STEM education. The funding will be used to create faculty learning communities focused on developing inclusive practices in the classroom and laboratory. The grant, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative, is intended to help increase the capacity of higher education institutions to engage students from diverse ethnic, family and economic backgrounds and nontraditional students such as military veterans, to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. “Stony Brook University has an unwavering commitment to diversity – anchored in our strong…

Janet Bernier, JD ’86, principal at BDO USA, LLP and leader for the northeast region’s State and Local Tax Practice received the Distinguished Alumna Award during the 2017 Department of Political Science Convocation on May 19. “What a time to enter the professional arena,” Bernier said to the graduates. She used her speech to reflect on her career while noting how time and experience can provide an interesting rearview mirror. “(Time) provides an ever-changing lens for you to perceive and interpret the world through,” she said, “Everything I’ve learned that has made me successful today goes back to the professors…

It was a perfect June morning on the East End of Long Island. Breeze flowing off the water, clouds providing a slight scrim for the sun trying to push through. Sitting at a remote picnic table (although not quite remote enough to keep away several “Hi Bobby, I love your new show” fans) with television star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, I shared our plans and set-up for the opening night keynote address he would be delivering for the 3rd Annual Food Lab Conference. It would be delivered that evening on the water’s edge at the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

Every day, more and more cancer patients are surviving and thriving. That was just one of the positive messages on Sunday, June 4, when Stony Brook Cancer Center welcomed 300 courageous people who are living proof that cancer diagnosis and treatment have come far. “Together we can push back on cancer,” declared Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center and Vice Dean of Cancer Medicine. The audience met his welcome with cheers and applause for the miracle of being alive. More than 1,100 people attended the event, Stony Brook’s 13th annual recognition of this worldwide celebration. Stony Brook…

Eighteen of Stony Brook University’s esteemed faculty and staff were honored with 2016-17 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in five categories: Faculty Service, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, and Adjunct in Teaching. “The strength and impact of SUNY is powered by expert faculty and staff from throughout our 64-campus university system, and the 361 individuals receiving this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best among the best,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “They are at the top of their game in providing their institution and students with the highest quality of instruction, professionalism and support. It…

In collaboration with the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Naomi Wolf presented “The Public Intellectual,” a series of workshops presented in Spring 2017 and designed to help students and faculty articulate their expertise when in public settings, at Stony Brook University. In this workshop, Dr. Wolf coaches students and faculty on how to dynamically present and interactively engage with live, non-academic audiences. Dr. Wolf is the author of eight New York Times nonfiction bestsellers, including The Beauty Myth, called “one of the most important books of the 20th century.” Her journalism has appeared in numerous major…

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