Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

Former leatherneck Tony Wan doesn’t run from challenges; he runs toward them. Tony, a first-year medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, failed chemistry three times in high school. But after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine infantryman, he found a reason to master that subject: He resolved to build on his battlefield experiences and help combat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Tony travelled a long road to get to medical school. His parents couldn’t afford to pay for college. After 9/11, Tony enlisted, hoping to serve his country and gain experience that would serve him in civilian life. As…

Jahangir S. Rastegar, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. Dr. Rastegar’s career spans the previous 24 years. He worked at Loxem Corp. in Dallas, Texas, designing locks and lock manufacturing machinery following his graduation from SMU in 1969 and during his…

“Education is the best investment we can make in our future” — R. David Bynum, PhD, John S. Toll Professor “I grew up in Oklahoma and initially went into the oil business because I was surrounded by it,” said David Bynum. Bynum joined the Stony Brook University faculty in 1982 and retired from Stony Brook last May after 33 years of service. He now holds a three-year position as a John S. Toll Professor. Bynum founded and directed Stony Brook University’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) (now the Institute for Stem Education (I-STEM)) in 2007 and its predecessor, LIGASE…

Professor Suparna Rajaram, Ph.D. of Stony Brook University is among seven psychological scientists recently elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP). Rajaram is a cognitive psychologist who studies memory, including the interpersonal transmission of memory through social groups and networks and the emergence of collective memory. Her work has included research with both people affected by amnesia and people with normal memory in order to study the distinction between episodic and semantic memory and the relationship between attention and long-term memory. Suparna Rajaram received her B.A. (1984) from Mt. Carmel College (Bangalore University, India) and M.A. (1986) from Bangalore University (India). She then moved to Purdue University where she received her…

Three high school students mentored at Stony Brook University were awarded a $30,000 scholarship today for their research presented at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation’s premier research competitions for high school students. All three students participated in Stony Brook’s Garcia Research Scholar Program for High School Students during the summer of 2015. Daniel Chae of Oakton, Va.; Alan Tan of Fremont, Calif.; and Sidharth Bommakanti’s, of Pleasanton, Calif., research on 3-D tissue printing earned them the title of winning team for region six, and a $30,000 shared scholarship. The team was mentored by Adrianna…

Michael Bell, David Conover, Michael Frohman, and Ellen Pikitch among those internationally recognized for their work advancing science December 3, 2015 – Four Stony Brook Professors – Michael Bell, David Conover, Michael Frohman, and Ellen Pikitch – have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work toward the advancement of science and/or its applications. The journal Science will formally announce the new AAAS Fellows on November 27, 2015. The fellows will be honored on February 13, 2016, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. “This year’s election of four internationally-known Stony…

Stony Brook Professors Miriam Rafailovich, Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, and Stephen Walker mentored the winners during the summer Garcia Program December 1, 2015 – Four high school students from around the country mentored by Stony Brook University faculty have been named national finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation’s leading research competitions for high school students. These four students will be competing in Washington, DC, December 4-8, for additional scholarship awards, including a top team prize of $100,000. All of the four students were previously named Regional Siemens Competition Winners and each participated in…

Na Zhang, a Stony Brook University doctoral student, won the silver medal at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) at the International Conference of Supercomputing 2015 held in Austin, Texas, in mid-November, with her work, “Efficient Multiscale Platelets Modeling Using Supercomputers.” Zhang works with Professor Yuefan Deng, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. This International Conference, established in 1988 by the ACM and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is a yearly “must attend” forum for the high performance computing community and it is one of the most…

November 12, 2015 — Stony Brook University’s Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Department of Theatre Arts announce their third annual Science Playwriting Competition. The winning entries, submitted by University faculty, current and former students and a freelance writer from California, were inspired by the lives of real people, common pop culture references and more. The contest, created by Christopher Herzog, associate professor at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook, combines science and theatre, while finding new ways of teaching difficult concepts, traditionally based in the classroom. “By…

Highest faculty honor given to “innovators and trailblazers in their chosen field” says Chairman McCall November 16, 2015 – Seven Stony Brook University faculty have been approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees for appointment to the distinguished ranks as recommended by campus colleagues and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor are: Lawrence Dutton, a Professor of Viola and Chamber Music in the Department of Music; Benjamin Hsiao, Professor in the Department of Chemistry; Chang Kee Jung, a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Daniel Klein, a…

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