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For more than 22 years, the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has maintained a commitment to promoting the principles and philosophies of Dr. King. This year, the Commission recognized Dr. Bonita London, Department of Psychology, and Toni Sperzel, Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), as recipients of the 2017 Public Service Award based on their demonstrated record of dedication to civil rights. The two were honored at a luncheon held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at The UpSky Long Island Hotel. Dr. London, a social and personality psychologist, has dedicated her research and scholarship over the past 10…

Renowned Energy Storage Researcher Esther Takeuchi Named Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment From cell phones, computers and cars to kids toys, remote controls and other utilities, batteries big and small can be found everywhere on Earth — including our landfills. Esther Takeuchi, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, aims to curb that pollution with the following question: Is it possible to develop an energy storage system that can lead to a more sustainable Earth? Takeuchi — who holds a…

Hallmarks of cancer progression are uncontrolled proliferation (division) of cancer cells and invasive behavior, leading to the spread of tumor cells throughout the body. Now two Stony Brook University cell biologists, David Matus, PhD, and Benjamin Martin, PhD, have discovered that cell division and invasion are mutually exclusive behaviors. For this novel finding, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has awarded the researchers with the 2017 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award and a two-year grant of $300,000, followed by another renewable grant of $300,000 for an additional two years to further advance their work. “Cells can’t divide and invade at the same time, and most…

Distinguished political science professor Dr. Jeffrey Segal will examine the role of ideology in Supreme Court decision-making, and the corresponding absence of “law” as a significant determinant of the justices’ decisions. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill 1080 Corporate Drive Westbury, NY 11590 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Networking reception 6:30 pm to 8 pm Presentation and question and answer session (followed by more networking) Click here to register for this event. ($10 per person. Refreshments will be served.) If you have questions or an interest in becoming more involved with the Nassau County Alumni Chapter,…

Peggy Maher has been named Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement and Chief Development Officer at Stony Brook Medicine. She began her Stony Brook career on Monday, January 9. Maher is a seasoned fundraiser who comes to Stony Brook with more than 16 years of development experience, including advancement leadership roles at Columbia University, University of Arkansas and Weill Cornell Medicine. In addition, Maher worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong and is a longtime student of Mandarin Chinese. At Stony Brook, Maher will lead a medical advancement team to implement key fundraising strategies, translate organizational priorities into major…

Five Long Island Trade Unions Unite For a $600,000 Impact for New Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Building In 2015, ironworkers from local 361 tagged a steel beam in orange paint with the message, “IW 361, Hope you all feel better soon.” Suspended by a crane, the beam was lowered into place in what is the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital building. Not long after, a paper sign scrawled in crayon appeared in one of the patient’s windows with a reply: “Thank you, IW 361.” The brief back and forth between patients and on-site construction workers culminated in five area…

Behind every great university is a network of successful and active alumni. More than 170,000 strong, your alumni community is larger than many cities in the United States. You’re a virtual metropolis spread around the globe, sharing in a common desire to succeed and bound together by one common place: Your alma mater. Even more impressive; your peers include world renowned scientists, athletic powerhouses, famous artists, tech innovators, civic heroes and so many more. You’re living proof in the value of a Stony Brook degree, and to say we’re proud of you and your fellow alumni is an understatement. The…

Third Annual Program Celebrates Notable Stony Brook Grads Under 40 They are groundbreakers and innovative. They are diverse. Unrelenting. Determined. Bold. Most of all, they are a successful cohort of grads who are making waves early in their careers. They are reflective of the immense capability all Stony Brook graduates harbor as they enter into professional fields. The 40 Under Forty honorees represent the University’s most creative and bold young professionals in science, technology, engineering and medicine, as well as business, sports and the arts, from groundbreaking researchers and tech innovators, to health care advocates and civic heroes. Each will…

Stony Brook alumnus Jonathan Gottfried ’11 was recently named to the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” list in education for his work as a cofounder of Major League Hacking (MLH). MLH is a student hackathon league that supports more than 200 weekend-long invention competitions each year, inspiring more than 65,000 future leaders around the world to learn and develop their computer science skills. According to Forbes, the organization has secured $1 million in funding to date. Every year, Forbes honors “600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” — 30 honorees per industry category. This year’s class of honorees was vetted and…

Four scholars are competing for the 2017 Discovery Prize, a $200,000 award given to a Stony Brook University faculty member in the STEM disciplines whose research project embraces risk and innovation and embodies the potential of discovery-driven research. The Discovery Prize was established in 2013 with a generous donation from the Stony Brook Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a way to advance pioneering scientific breakthroughs. In keeping with the University’s goal of supporting early-career faculty, eligibility is open to faculty members who have a tenure-track assistant professor appointment or are no more than five years beyond tenure and promotion at the…

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