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April Masten, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. Professor Masten joins 36 other distinguished international scholars who were selected as the 2015-16 Fellows. For more about the selection of the Fellows and the National Humanities Center, see this announcement. Professor Masten, whose scholarship explores the interplay between cultural production and political economies, is the author of numerous scholarly works. As a National Humanities Center Fellow in the coming academic year, she will complete the research and writing of her book project and share…

Matthew Barnson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips join the prestigious ranks of more than 80 Guggenheim Fellows emanating from Stony Brook Two Stony Brook University scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences — Matthew Barnson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips — have been named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows based on “distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future.” Guggenheim fellowships are intended for faculty who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Barnson and Phillips were selected as part of a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists on the…

Kathleen Finnegan, Clinical Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the Stony Brook University School of Technology and Management, has been named to a national list of the “25 Top Phlebotomy Professors.” The ranking was developed according to a survey analysis by MedicalTechnologySchools.com. Professor Finnegan, also Program Director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program and Phlebotomy Training Program at Stony Brook, is recognized as a clinician, educator, and industry speaker with expertise in hematology, coagulation and phlebotomy. For more details and the complete top 25 phlebotomy professor listing, see this webpage.

Stanislaus S. Wong, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, is the 2015 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Inorganic Nanoscience Award. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina NanoCenter, the annual award recognizes “sustained excellence, dedication, and preservation in research in the area of inorganic nanoscience.” Dr. Wong’s research at Stony Brook focuses on carbon nanotube chemistry and inorganic nanostructure synthesis, two areas that will potentially broaden the impact and practical applications of nanostructures. As a joint appointee with Brookhaven National Laboratory, he collaborates widely with scientists at both institutions in multiple disciplines…

Award will support Stony Brook computer scientist’s work in anomaly mining with applications to security, surveillance, and healthcare Leman Akoglu, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Akoglu will receive NSF CAREER funding of $507,000 over the next five years to support her project titled “A General Framework for Methodical and Interpretable Anomaly Mining.” According to the NSF, the CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding…

Married Couple Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag Teach Classes Together By Brian Harmon It was all about preservation. When professors Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag set out to establish a scholarship for narrative journalism at Stony Brook University, the married couple was intent on two things: preserving the art of narrative storytelling and preserving their legacy. “I care about writing. I really care about the written word, and I want it to carry on,” said Aronson, 85, who has taught journalism classes at Stony Brook in tandem with his wife since the creation of the University’s School of Journalism eight…

If you tried to describe the perfect candidate for the inaugural Creative Arts Semester by the Sea program at Stony Brook Southampton, you would likely come up with a person bearing a very strong resemblance to Gareth Burghes, Stony Brook University class of 2012. The inaugural Creative Arts Semester by the Sea is a  project-based 10-week term that will allow students interested in filmmaking or playwriting to work with MFA in Theatre and Film professors at the Southampton campus in the creation of a film or a play that will be completed and produced by the end of the term.…

The “It’s About Us” faculty and staff campaign is winding down for this fiscal year and to date over 1,300 employees have pledged their financial support. Critical to the campaign’s success is employees’ year-after-year giving that, collectively, allow the University to plan ahead to make an even more significant impact on our students, patients, and veterans home residents. Over the years, faculty and staff members have been very supportive of the “It’s About Us,” campaign. This year, one of our faculty members really stands out: Frances Brisbane, the Dean of the School of Social Welfare. In addition to her decades-long…

Balaji Sitharaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, is a 2010 recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. Only a select group of early-career biomedical researchers nationwide receive this award, which includes a 5-year $1.5 million grant. Dr. Sitharaman is engineering a nanotechnology-based theranostic (integrating therapeutic and diagnostic) technology for combined non-invasive imaging and targeted treatment of bone loss, a major health problem worldwide due to trauma, disease, and aging, including menopause. The NIH Director’s New Innovative Award was created as part of the NIH’s commitment to increasing opportunities for new…

Danny Bluestein, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, has been awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant by the National Institutes of Health. The award marks the first time a Stony Brook professor has received a Phase II Quantum Grant, given by The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), a division of the NIH, to make a profound improvement—or quantum leap forward—in health care. Dr. Bluestein’s project involves testing and optimizing the designs of various cardiovascular devices with the goal to eliminate the need for anticoagulation therapy for patients with these devices. Millions of cardiovascular disease…

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