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47th Vice President Joe Biden honored for cancer research advocacy In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook, Stony Brook University’s annual fundraising gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 19. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence.  This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer…

Three Graces Foundation Supports Stony Brook Program to Promote Education and Conservation in Madagascar In the heart of Madagascar’s rainforest — one of the economically poorest regions in the world — 12-year-old Hanta watches the edge of the treeline recede into the distance. Why the forest she calls home is disappearing has always been a mystery to her, until now. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Three Graces Foundation, Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB) has integrated conservation education into the school curriculum of Madagascar’s most remote villages. Where Hanta and others like her live there is no running…

With an annual income of $10,000 or less, it’s no surprise that some Suffolk County residents can’t afford health care. Without access to preventative medicine or treatment, a sick child or spouse may worsen and quickly escalate a mildly stressful situation to one that requires emergency personnel. When illness strikes, where do they turn? Fortunately, for the past nine years, underserved Suffolk County residents have had the opportunity to find the aid they need at Stony Brook HOME, a free student-run primary care clinic that serves a twofold purpose: Improve the health and well-being of uninsured and in-need community…

I appreciate the education I received at Stony Brook, and I’m dedicated to giving back to the generation that is following after me. Where else would I have received the mentorship that I did under the guidance of Dr. Elof Carlson, a distinguished teaching professor, to learn the scientific process? Where else would I have been able to pursue an education in order to become a physician and work one-on-one with such a gentleman? I’m a family man, I’m a physician, I’m a scientist, I have an appreciation for the arts, and I have an appreciation for Stony Brook University.…

The fossil-rich sedimentary rock basin of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya was set upon almost 50 years ago by renowned paleoanthropologist and Stony Brook professor Richard Leakey. To build on decades-long and groundbreaking fieldwork and research, Leakey and Stony Brook University founded the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in 2006 to provide the crucial infrastructure needed to facilitate future research and discovery in the remote desert region, now known to be the most complete and important repository in the world for human fossils. Supported entirely through private philanthropy, the kinds of discoveries possible at TBI are manifest in a recent find…

When Don Thompson, BA ’78, JD Harvard ’81, first stepped foot on the Stony Brook University campus in 1975, he immediately took note of the hundreds of students on the walkways. When he walked through Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library he noticed that the computer labs were full and that in the classes he took, not a single seat was left unoccupied. To succeed in this rigorous environment, he knew that he needed to sharpen his senses of responsibility and independence to forge his own path. Spending much of his time studying in his Roth Quad dorm, Thompson graduated as…

A notable and national expert in training physicians, Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Medicine. “This professorship will serve as the catalyst for developing the next generation of medical leaders, whose careers will change lives,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “No one is better suited for that role at Stony Brook Medicine than Dr. Latha Chandran.” The professorship was made possible thanks to Long Islanders Miki and David Donoho whose generosity also established the Donoho Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars (ACES) in 2012, which…

Although I graduated from Stony Brook long ago, I have vivid and warm memories of my time there. In an era when the University was in its formative stages (lots of construction and mud!) and known mostly for programs in technology and medicine, I received a world-class education in music, studying with several high profile individuals in the world of music. I will never forget working with Isaac Nemiroff, Richard Kramer, Leo Treitler, Daria Semegen, Peter Winkler, Charles Rosen and many other luminaries. Without the strong foundation these educators provided, I never would have been able to forge my own…

What is the role of verifiable information in a civil society? How can critical thinking skills be imparted to students and adults to create a new literacy for the 21st Century? An accelerating communications revolution — fueled by social media platforms that can promote unfiltered and false information — has given these questions a newfound significance for not only Stony Brook students and their American peers, but also for students worldwide who find themselves attending school in transitional media societies. Conceptualized and entirely funded by an anonymous donor via The Campaign for Stony Brook — $340,000 in Fiscal Year 2016…

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