Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

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…

Hannah Mieczkowski ’17 discovered psychology in ninth grade when she read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller Blink — a book that suggests that spontaneous decisions may be preferable to well-planned ones. “It was the first time I realized that the scientific method I had practiced in various science classes, such as chemistry and biology, also applied to other subjects with which I connected,” she said. Thus began a fascinating series of research experiences en route to a 4.0 GPA. In Professor Susan Brennan’s Communication Lab, Hannah collected and analyzed data for multiple experiments regarding eye movements, theory of mind and interpersonal deception. In the spring…

Professor Mario B. Mignone, Director of the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Forum Italicum, a journal of Italian studies for which he has served as editor for the past 25 years. The celebration was held in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament in Rome. Mignone was presented with a special issue of the journal, Forum Italicum: Lucania within Us: Carlo Levi e Rocco Scotellaro, by a panel that included the Hon. Stefano Dambruoso, Commissioner of the Chamber of Deputies; Vito De Filippo, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of University Education and Research; Antonio Felice Uricchio, President of the University of Bari; and guest…

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA’s Annual Meeting and Reception. Dr. Kaushansky follows a long line of individuals committed to GNYHA’s principles of equity in access to high-quality patient care. The GNYHA Board includes hospital CEOs from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hartford (CT), Hackensack (NJ), Elizabeth (NJ), Newark (NJ), and the entire New York City region. As GNYHA Chair, Dr.…

The State University of New York Board of Trustees named seven faculty members from Stony Brook University as Distinguished Faculty, SUNY’s highest honor. Petar M. Djuric, Department of Electrical Engineering; Frederick E. Grine, Department of Anthropology; Mikhail Lyubich, Department of Mathematics; Scott M. McLennan, Department of Geosciences; Kathlyn A. Parker, Department of Chemistry; and Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have been appointed Distinguished Professors and John Peter Gergen, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has been named Distinguished Service Professor. “Each year it is an honor to review the collective work of SUNY’s outstanding faculty and…

World-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, a research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology, has been given the elite honor of membership in the eminent American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS is the oldest learned society in the US, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Only 5,573 members have been elected since its inception. Meave is director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research for studying the origins of humankind. While maintaining her positions as director of field research…

Margaret Schedel’s pioneering research in sonification is the subject of a profile in the May 2 issue of the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Schedel, associate professor of composition and computer music and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Music, is also director of cDACT, Stony Brook’s consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology. She forges connections across disciplines through innovative research involving the emerging field of sonification — adding sound to data to communicate information that might otherwise be missed visually. The profile describes Schedel’s research in collaboration with Lisa Muratori, a professor of physical…

Five Stony Brook students were recently honored with highly competitive scholarships from the U.S. Department of State that will enable them to study, intern, conduct research, and engage in intensive language study overseas during the summer of 2017. Magaline Alcindor ‘17, Michelle Olakkengil ‘17, Andrea Persaud ‘18, and Brittany Wong ‘18 were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. All four will be participating in SBU study abroad programs: Alcindor will be heading to Tanzania, Olakkengil and Persaud to Madagascar, and Wong to Dongguk University in South Korea. These students will be studying a range of topics from global health to…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

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