Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

Jared Farmer, a cultural and environmental historian whose work appeals to lay and academic audiences alike, has been awarded a prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Farmer, an associate professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use the $200,000 to complete a creative non-fiction book on the human relationship with long-lived trees and our larger relationship with nature in a time of climate change. “I am bringing together the history of trees and the science of longevity to contemplate the ethics and politics of long-term thinking in the Anthropocene,” said Farmer. “I’m a historian by training, but this…

Stony Brook University and one of its most talented students made history on the weekend of April 21-22 as Ju Hyeon Han became the first blind singer to be cast in a leading role in an American conservatory or university opera production. The production was Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, a challenging work undertaken by Stony Brook Opera and staged at the Staller Center Main Stage on April 22 and 23. Ju Hyeon, who is in her fourth year of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree, took on the major role of Female Chorus, which “speaks”…

“Research isn’t about answers; it’s about questions,” says Evelyn Kandov ’17. “Having the chance to try to answer them and figure things out — that’s the exciting part,” she adds. Evelyn’s academic career exemplifies the unique opportunities for hands-on, high-level research available to Stony Brook undergraduates. In January 2016, she Evelyn joined the laboratory of Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet, a Professor of Medicine and Pathology in the SBU School of Medicine. She credits this placement as crucial to her development as a scientist. “What drew me to him the most was his mentorship,” she says. “He is such an amazing mentor.” Evelyn is on track to…

This past March, the Service Awards celebration was held for employees marking 25 years or more of service to the University. More than 160 of the 352 honorees celebrating a milestone from 2016 filled the Student Activities Center Ballroom A with joy and conversation as they reconnected with colleagues and shared memories of their years at Stony Brook. A jazz trio from the Department of Music entertained the guests. Stony Brook University Provost Michael A. Bernstein, speaking on behalf of President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., expressed his gratitude at the devotion, talents and contributions of everyone who helped shape Stony…

Fifteen undergraduate students from Stony Brook University were recognized with the highest honor bestowed by SUNY — the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence — in a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on April 5. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to a total of 256 students. Students chosen for the Chancellor’s Award have demonstrated that not only are they exceptional students, but they go above and beyond — developing their talents and skills to contribute the best of themselves to their campuses and communities. “It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students…

Helping others is a way of life for Erica Ferer ’17. As a resident assistant and founding member of the Red Watch Band Care Team, she is well-versed in looking after her fellow students. But it wasn’t always that way that way for Erica. She arrived at Stony Brook University anticipating a science-based career as an engineer or researcher, but after taking on a number of leadership roles, she realized that working closely with other people is her strong suit Erica, who hails from West Sayville, NY, cites her role as a University Scholar fellow as instrumental in opening doors and…

World-renowned primatologist Patricia Wright led ABC’s Alex Marquardt through Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar to search for endangered lemurs. The segment aired April 1 on ABC News Nightline. Wright is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. Considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs, Professor Wright is best known for her 28-year study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly…

BY THOMAS JAMES Alec Simione is a Stony Brook student whose company, Critic Clothing, is rising through the ranks of the streetwear industry. Simione, a senior majoring in business management and marketing, has gone through life always looking for ways to make a name for himself. At the age of six, he took up skateboarding as a hobby and grew up immersed in the skateboarding culture. When he decided he wanted to create a clothing line, he infused his roots of skateboarding, a source of his favorite memories, into the brand. Since the fourth grade, Simione and his friends made…

American historian Nancy Tomes has been awarded Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Tomes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, received this prestigious honor for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). In the book, which spans the 20th century, Tomes questions the popular and largely unexamined idea that in order to receive quality health care, people must learn to shop for it. Understanding where…

Three faculty members from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received Google Faculty Research Awards, one-year awards given to support the work of world-class faculty members at top universities around the world. This honor highlights Stony Brook’s competitive presence among other top engineering universities on Google’s 2017 winners list, which includes MIT, Stanford University and University of California – Berkeley. Each year, Google announces an open call for PhD students and faculty at accredited Universities to submit proposals on computer science-related topics. Those chosen gain the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Google researchers and engineers to develop their research.…

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