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The shape of Long Island is instantly recognizable to its nearly 8 million inhabitants, from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens to the North and South Forks of Suffolk County. Twenty thousand years ago, however, what we know today as Long Island would have been unrecognizable to modern eyes. The prehistoric Long Island’s shoreline was hundreds of miles further out, with the landmass that we know today buried under a continental glacier. That glacier dumped tons of sand, rock, and other sediment into the region over thousands of years, until melting water began to outpace ice renewal.…

With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil. Bala Swaminathan and his wife, Prabha, are determined to change that. The couple has created the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil at Stony Brook University in honor of Bala’s mother and father.  Studying an ancient yet still…

More than 250 members of the New York Indian American community and Stony Brook University attended the 20th Anniversary Gala of the Bishembarnath and Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies in Great Neck on October 29. This event, attended by many esteemed guests including Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty, celebrated the remarkable growth and success of the Mattoo Center for India Studies as well as its ambitions for the future of India studies at Stony Brook and beyond. “We need more Centers like this to train the…

The Stony Brook Alumni Association has reached an exciting milestone this year – total SBAA giving towards the Campaign for Stony Brook has surpassed $1 million. The Stony Brook Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to reach, serve and engage all Stony Brook alumni, students and other constituencies to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates. “I’m very proud of this milestone,” said SBAA Board President, Bedel Saget. “The Alumni Association’s giving of over $1 million (to date) to the Campaign is a testament of our support of President Stanley’s “Far Beyond”…

The State University of New York is working collaboratively with the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) to offer exciting scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Approximately 70 women have received the scholarship at Stony Brook alone since the program’s 2011 inception. The JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program, funded by JFEW, is a two-year program for students from Stony Brook, Binghamton and Geneseo universities. It provides recipients with two years of scholarship support (up to $5,500 each year), a monthly seminar series for two academic years and, perhaps best of all, a paid internship in a New York-based global…

As many of us pause to consider our good fortune, faithful friends and loving families, please know that the Stony Brook community is grateful for you and all that you do to support Stony Brook’s mission.

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…

Independent Agents and Brokers Foundation Create Chair in Insurance and Risk Management at Stony Brook College of Business Chris Allenger and his colleagues at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Suffolk County (IIABSC) had been struggling with a problem faced by the insurance industry around the country: a shrinking pool of new professionals and a growing deficit in their field. Long Island’s insurance industry professionals make up an aging demographic, and it’s projected that about 30,000 plan to retire soon, leaving employers scrambling to find young talent to fill the void. As the IIABSC strategized solutions that would promote…

David Mark Silberhartz, MD, a 1980 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, has been a psychiatrist for 33 years and is passionate about helping other physicians join his profession. He recently established the Silberhartz Family Award to provide funds to medical school graduates who are entering their residency training to become psychiatrists. The grant will be awarded for the first time next spring. “I hope to help attract the best and brightest students into psychiatry,” Dr. Silberhartz said. The Silberhartz Family Award is funded through a family trust that was set up years ago. “My parents taught my…

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“Heartbeats of Stony Brook,” an outdoor mural conceptualized by Naveen Mallangada ’17, was finally completed at the beginning of September.

Now a medical student, Naveen was able to connect the two hearts of the University with this project.

The beautification project was painted inside the Nichols Road underpass, connecting East Campus and West Campus with two heartbeats. It was mostly complete by April 2016, but planned construction on the hospital side prevented Mallangada from painting the second heartbeat until this semester. Mallangada, now a Stony Brook medical student, felt determined to finish the project as soon as construction was over, finally connecting the two hearts of the University.  

“In between studying for anatomy and biochemistry in the medical school, I squeezed time to finally complete the project,” he explained. “It just ended up that I painted the West Campus heart when I was an undergraduate, and I painted the East Campus heart in medical school. The project inadvertently represents my own transition between the campuses.”

The mural is meant to symbolize a connection between the two “hearts” of the University. “I felt the tunnel should reflect its importance to the students and the University community. I used that heart imagery to literally paint the hearts of campus,” Mallangada said.

The project was a community effort with help from people from all over the University. It’s Mallangada’s second project on campus, after he initiated the transformation of the Tabler Steps from regular stairs into piano keys. That previous experience gave him the tools he needed to undergo the larger project of painting the hospital tunnel.

“With the Tabler Piano Steps I learned the value of getting the word out, of collaborating and connecting with people. I learned to remain determined and persevere with an idea no matter the obstacle,” he said.

Mallangada sees his art as an extension of his mission to improve people’s lives. “As a medical student, your desire is to improve the lives of your patients and to become the best physician possible,” he explained. “I view public art as a form of public medicine, improving our surroundings, providing a message and depth to people’s daily lives, even for a moment.”

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