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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…

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…

In a roundabout way, being an Irish Step Dancer led Heather Monaghan ’19 to Stony Brook University. In 1996, at the height of Riverdance fervor, Heather was only three but her parents introduced her to the discipline on VCR. She would try to mimic the intricate steps of the performers she saw on tape and by age four, her mother thought she was good enough to sign her up to attend the Mulvihill Lynch School of Irish Step Dance in Ronkonkoma. “It was as if a whirlwind swept me up,” Heather says. By the ripe old age of 7 Heather…

Two Stony Brook University students zeroed in on the forces shaping the future of higher education as participants in the SUNYCON 2016 Student Fellows Program Conference in October 2016. Justine Finch Beringer ’17 and Greg Woody ’17, enrolled in the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program, were cited for their outstanding academic careers and extracurricular achievements and awarded SUNYCON fellowships. They are both earning Master of Arts degrees in the program. “When you consider that there are 64 SUNY schools and out of all of them only 17 students were selected for SUNYCON, it’s mind-blowing,” says Justine.  “I almost thought it…

BY EMILY NORMAN The tagline of graduate student Dewayne Wrencher’s website reads “Native Born Black … Artist.” “There is so much meat in that little center,” Wrencher said, referring to the ellipses. According to Wrencher, there is so much more to him than just the color of his skin. The Chicago native, a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts at Stony Brook University, is featured in the current exhibition at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery titled “Bodies: MFA Thesis Exhibit 2017.” The show features the artwork of four graduate MFA candidates whose work holds a special emphasis on sculpture,…

Nusnin Akter, a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, won the Richard J. Kokes Award sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society and administered by the North American Meetings (NAM) organization. The competitive Kokes Award encourages students to attend and participate in the biennial NAM conference, at which Akter will present her work in Denver, Colorado, this June. Nusnin Akter, mentored by Assistant Professor Taejin Kim from Stony Brook and Jorge Anibal Boscoboinik from Brookhaven National Lab, has been investigating heterogeneous catalysts to understand the relationship between molecular/electronic catalyst structure and catalytic activity for the…

Extending Stony Brook University’s commitment to global gender equality, an SBU delegation shared experience and vision with leaders in the education field at SXSWedu, the prestigious annual conference devoted to fostering innovation and learning. In a March 8 presentation anchored by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Stony Brook students and administrators discussed “A Gender Lens: Evolving Equality in Education.” The case study highlighted our equality and diversity initiatives, shared the lessons we’ve learned and opened the floor to a discussion about gender and human rights at all levels of education. “I was excited to have this ​unique ​opportunity to share…

PhD student Qiyuan Wu has received the 2017 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). As the world’s largest scientific society, the ACS awards up to 20 students each year who show promise in research and the potential to make an impact in the field of environmental chemistry. This is Wu’s third award from the ACS, and his achievements highlight the continued excellence in environmental research taking place at Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Qiyuan developed his research projects independently, exhibiting creativity, thoughtfulness and hard work,” said Alexander Orlov, Associate Professor of Materials Science…

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