Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

Engaging with communities all over the world comes naturally to Maryam Ige ’16. While she was attending a boarding school in Nigeria, Maryam learned the value of community service.  During the six years she spent there, which included middle school and high school, Maryam was secretary for a community service club and participated in numerous fundraisers, learning to cut costs and maximize profits by working alongside volunteers. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Maryam is grateful that her family is active in the Offa Descendants Union of North America (ODUNA), dedicated to helping Nigerian immigrants assimilate into American culture. ODUNA’s mission cuts both…

Running is far more than a sport to Christina Melian ’16 — it’s a way of life. The medical school aspirant and Stony Brook cross countryand track and field star has even left the possibility open for a professional career, or a trip to the Olympics someday, but for now it’s one race and one class at a time. “I’ll always run, even if it’s not competitively, since it’s such a big part of my life,” said Christina, who in 2010 first experienced the proverbial thrill of victory as a freshman, when the “six-peat” America East Seawolves cross country powerhouse…

October 5, 2015 – Jorge Benach, PhD, Director of Stony Brook’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was inducted into the American Society of Rickettsiology (ASR) as an Honorary Lifetime Member. Established in 1979 with an international membership of around 400 of the most world-renowned microbiological experts, the ASR serves as an intellectual organization dedicated to the exchange of relevant information among scientists who are engaged in research concerning Rickettsiae and Rickettsial diseases. In a letter to Dr. Benach, the ASR stated the induction “honors the many contributions that you have made…

Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, has been elected as a member of the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC). September 29, 2015 – Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, has been elected as a member of the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC). Founded in 1961, the AUC is limited to only 125 active academic cardiologists who represent the leaders, innovators, and best national researchers in the field of cardiology. Dr. Butler will be officially installed as an AUC member in…

It’s fitting that Lukas Vasadi ’16 was one of six students honored at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala in New York City last May. Lukas has had his head in the stars since he was old enough to remember. “I was a self-proclaimed nerd, spending the majority of my afternoons pretending to be an astronaut or Jedi Knight,” said the Stony Brook University senior. “I was a huge Star Wars fan.” His mother encouraged him. “She made me a pair of ‘moon socks’ from a pair of my dad’s socks with craft supplies. I ran around the house pretending that…

Heaven, a book of poetry by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, is a contender on the National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry. National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 14, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 18. “It’s a great honor to be included among such marvelous poets on the longlist for the National Book Award for Poetry,” said Phillips. “I put everything I had into Heaven, and it’s a book that means the world to me. You never know when you…

Their Nominations for the Prize – Which Was Awarded in 2014 to Stony Brook University Professor Patricia Wright – Underscores the University’s Extraordinary Leadership in Animal Conservation in the United States and around the World Stony Brook University faculty members Carl Safina and Russell Mittermeier have been named nominees for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, which celebrates “true heroes in the field of animal conservation.” Carl Safina, PhD, was cited for having “brought ocean conservation into the environmental mainstream by using science, art and literature to inspire a ‘sea ethic’.” Russell Mittermeier, PhD, was cited as a “visionary leader able to…

During Fall semester the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery will present the Faculty Exhibition 2015, featuring new work by Stony Brook University’s acclaimed Art Department faculty and affiliated faculty and staff. The 2015 Faculty Exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, video installation and digital media. The 16 artists represented engage a broad range of media, crossing boundaries in creative, challenging and sometimes playful ways. The Faculty Exhibition includes the work of internationally renowned faculty artists such as Howardena Pindell, who will show recent prints, and Nobuho Nagasawa, who is creating a new installation of sculpture and video’ Also featured are Toby Buonagurio’s brightly…

FinPrint is the first-ever global survey to inform shark and ray conservation About one quarter of the world’s sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction. The lack of comprehensive and up-to-date data on species abundance and distribution hinders efforts to protect and replenish these important and dynamic marine animals. ​ Demian Chapman, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and a multi-institutional team have kicked off the Global FinPrint initiative, the first-ever global survey to inform shark and ray conservation. The largest of its kind, FinPrint is a three-year survey of sharks and rays in…

Ioana Soaita Biomedical Engineering major; Honors College, Class of 2017 Research Mentor: Dr. David Rubenstein, Biomedical Engineering Ioana Soaita is the recipient of this year’s Chhabra-URECA Fellowship, an award which annually recognizes an undergraduate researcher with tremendous potential who has a passion and talent for science. Ioana was selected from among 125 applicants to the 2015 URECA summer research program; and is a rising junior in the Honors College who majors in Biomedical Engineering and is mentored by Dr. David Rubenstein of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Although Ioana had never so much as held a pipette before volunteering as…

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