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It seems fitting that Henry Towery ’17 — who grew up in Corning, New York, and was raised by a father who worked with fiber optics — would opt to specialize in the medical imaging portion of biomedical engineering. “Stony Brook had a well-established biomedical engineering program that surpassed all of the other programs,” said Henry. “It also features a hospital, which I viewed as a great resource for research facilities.” And make use of that resource he did, in every way he could. For example, Henry assisted with Harvard’s ICON Reload study in its Stony Brook Hospital location. The study sought to develop a…

A.J. Nagaraj has been named assistant vice president for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Nagaraj will enhance strategic fundraising initiatives that support all aspects of the $600 million comprehensive Campaign for Stony Brook, the largest fundraising effort in SUNY history. To date, more than $553.5 million has been raised from over 43,300 donors. “We’re excited to add A.J. to the advancement team and look forward to the expertise and leadership he’ll bring into this new position,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr, senior vice president of University Advancement, “His knowledge of best practices and…

Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public forum on water quality last month. Professors Jeffrey Levinton, Joseph Warren and Michael Frisk journeyed to Washington, DC in conjunction with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a Beacon, New York-based grassroots organization founded by Pete Seeger. These advocates for environmental action conveyed a “cargo of concern” consisting of municipal resolutions, petitions and personal messages from residents and communities between the Hudson Valley and Washington DC to decision makers in support of fair and equal environmental policies and projections based on science. The action was symbolic of a…

By Dawn Zier ’ 86, CEO of Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI), Spirit Airlines Board Member My education at Stony Brook has been one of the most profound things that has happened to me – it taught me how to think critically.  I was trained as an engineer and in computer science and learned how to take complex problems and break them down into modules and then build up solutions. This has helped me in every job that I have had since. Ask engineers what they do and they’ll likely tell you they solve problems. That’s true whether they’re trying to shrink the…

Enrolling at Stony Brook University as a shy student from upstate New York, Janki Patel ’17 could have never envisioned the leader she would become. “Coming from a small high school, I didn’t have the academic opportunities that many of my friends had and I already felt I was at a disadvantage as a freshman,” she said. But as a member of the University Scholars program, which encourages stewardship and leadership in addition to academic dedication, Janki made a smooth adjustment to campus life and her confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Without prior research experience, Janki joined International Genetically…

Scientists have traced the emergence of the modern dog to the domestication of a population of gray wolves that took place in Europe between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. By analyzing the DNA of two prehistoric dogs from Germany, an international research team led by Krishna R. Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University, has determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. The finding was published in Nature Communications. Dogs were the first animal to be domesticated by humans. The oldest dog fossils that can…

Stony Brook, New York – Stony Brook University is pleased to announce that Meryl R. Cosentino, JD, has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP). Six members were elected to the board to serve three-year terms beginning January 2018. The members were elected at the Assembly of Delegates held June 29, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Cosentino is senior director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University. Previously she has held positions at St. Francis Hospital and The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. She also just…

On Wednesday, July 12, more than 140 members of the New York City Alumni Chapter gathered to celebrate the Class of ’17 and welcome the newest members of the alumni community. Spirits were high as alumni arrived at The Frying Pan, boarding the historic vessel docked at Pier 66 Maritime. “I’ve never really done anything like this and I’ve always wanted to. It’s an overwhelming experience and I’m really excited about this,” said David Yoo ’00, who was looking forward to connecting with his fellow Seawolves. With sweeping views of the Hudson River, alumni ranging from Class of ’73 to…

The Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed three new board members and installed Bedel Saget ’88 as the Board president at their June meeting. The new board members — appointed to three-year terms — include Jaime Moore ’88, Neil Butterklee JD ’80, ’82, and Shahnilla Jamal ’00. Bedel Saget ’88 Sports Graphics/Multimedia Editor at The New York Times Bedel Saget is an Emmy nominated producer, award winning photographer and videographer, innovative thinker and dynamic leader with more than 28 years experience as a journalist developing award winning content for The New York Times and news outlets…

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