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Stony Brook University has received a five-year, $1 million grant to support diversity and inclusion in STEM education. The funding will be used to create faculty learning communities focused on developing inclusive practices in the classroom and laboratory. The grant, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative, is intended to help increase the capacity of higher education institutions to engage students from diverse ethnic, family and economic backgrounds and nontraditional students such as military veterans, to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. “Stony Brook University has an unwavering commitment to diversity – anchored in our strong…

It was a perfect June morning on the East End of Long Island. Breeze flowing off the water, clouds providing a slight scrim for the sun trying to push through. Sitting at a remote picnic table (although not quite remote enough to keep away several “Hi Bobby, I love your new show” fans) with television star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, I shared our plans and set-up for the opening night keynote address he would be delivering for the 3rd Annual Food Lab Conference. It would be delivered that evening on the water’s edge at the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

The QS World University Rankings 2018 places Stony Brook among the top 1.4 percent of all universities in the world. More than 950 of the world’s best universities were included in the rankings. This year’s QS World University rankings were compiled by assessing institutions on six different indicators (the full methodology can be found here). More than 75,000 academics and 40,000 employers contributed this year, while 12.3 million papers and 71.5 million citations were analyzed to measure the impact of the research produced by each university. These six metrics were used in evaluating each school: Academic Reputation Employer Reputation Faculty/Student Ratio Citations per faculty International…

SUNY ranked 38th in the “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016,” according to the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, which publishes the ranking annually based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data. SUNY campuses overall were awarded 57 U.S. utility patents. Among those from Stony Brook University is a redesigned a catheter developed by a multidisciplinary team led by Annie Rohan from the School of Nursing. The catheter incorporates LED lights to reduce the likelihood of infection after the device is inserted into a patient’s body. “Catheter-related infections are a multibillion-dollar-a-year problem,” says Rohan. “Healthcare providers have…

“Without energy, a ball won’t roll, a car won’t drive and a babysitter won’t get off the couch. Energy is what get things moving.”  Those were just some of the examples used to tackle the question “What is Energy?” in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science’s  sixth annual Flame Challenge.  This year’s question was posed to scientists by 11-year olds from around the world. After reviewing hundreds of written and visual submissions from scientists based in the United States, Germany, Australia and beyond, Alan Alda, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and intermediate school…

Historian Paul Kelton has been named the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History by the College of Arts and Sciences. The endowed chair was established in the Department of History in February 2016, thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Kelton, a leading scholar of Indigenous North American and Colonial American history, is the author of numerous published works that have made important revisions to our understanding of the biological processes involved in the European takeover of the Americas. He continues his in-depth research on Indigenous experiences with European-introduced diseases and has…

Emerging from Stony Brook with the momentum to make a difference, 6,991 students celebrated their graduation at the University’s 57th Commencement ceremony May 19 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. They became Stony Brook’s newest alumni, joining more than 160,000 of their forerunners around the globe whose lives and work advance the mission and spirit of Stony Brook. “I don’t think anyone can say that graduating from Stony Brook is easy,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD in his address to the Class of 2017. “You have met that challenge and you and your families should be proud of what…

In a newly established position at Stony Brook University, LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), effective July 28. As CDO, he will report to Chief Deputy to the President Judith Greiman and will serve on the University Council. Bitsóí is director of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. With more than 20 years of experience in academia, he will provide vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at Stony Brook, including efforts to conceptualize, assess and cultivate diversity as an institutional and…

After an extensive renovation process, the University Pool located in Pritchard Gymnasium is now ready for use and open to the Stony Brook campus community. The revamped pool features significant upgrades including a state-of-the-art movable floor in the shallow end, an enhanced automated mechanical system that includes remote monitoring to aid in pool maintenance, and an updated HVAC system with multi-season climate control and a dehumidification system. In addition, this facility will be the new home of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, reinstated for the 2017-18 academic year, headed by Coach Janelle Atkinson, a two-time Olympian.   All members of the campus community…

Expanding the university’s global reach, Stony Brook’s School of Journalism has concluded a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding to support the development and spread of its News Literacy curriculum in Vietnam. Under the agreement, the School’s Center for News Literacy (Center) will provide funding to Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Ho Chi Minh City for four initiatives: Organizing, hosting and conducting annual News Literacy training courses for university-level academics from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations; Further development of a pioneering effort to provide a grounding in News Literacy principles to all incoming Vietnam National…

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