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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…

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…

Jennifer L. Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of History, has received a coveted Emmy nomination in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research” as part of the research team for Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North that aired on the PBS series, Point of View. Traces of the Trade is a feature-length documentary that depicts a unique view of slavery as it existed outside of the Deep South. The film tells the true story of filmmaker Katrina Browne’s unexpected discovery that her illustrious New England forefathers, the DeWolfs, were infamous as the…

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