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Representatives from the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare travelled to Washington, DC, at the end of November to advocate for the school’s priorities. Jacqueline B. Mondros, Dean and Assistant Vice President for Social Determinants of Health for the School of Social Welfare, along with Professor Michelle S. Ballan and Professor George S. Leibowitz met with Congressman Peter King, Congressman Tom Suozzi, and the higher education policy staff of Leader Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Zeldin and Congresswoman Rice. “It was extremely interesting to have the opportunity to speak with the Congressional staff members and to hear their comments and perspectives,” said…

Stony Brook Medicine is the first hospital on Long Island and across the New York metropolitan area to implant a new commercially available retinal device known as the “bionic eye” to provide artificial vision for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. The first commercially available retinal implant surgery was performed in October by Khurram Chaudhary, M.D., a Retinal Surgeon at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. After 20 years of blindness, the patient, Linda Kirk, 67, of Port Jefferson, can now distinguish light from dark, some shapes, and movements. And it all happened within 10 minutes after an implanted retinal device was…

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing is launching a PhD in Nursing that will begin in the summer of 2018. The PhD in Nursing Program emphasizes education and training at the highest level in order to develop the next generation of nurse scientists and educators skilled in research methodologies useful in all areas of nursing science to improve the health and well-being of the population. The 54-credit program is designed to take 2.5 years to complete, with an additional year for dissertation completion. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (AACN), the current national demand for nurses with PhD-level education…

Dear Fellow Alumni, Happy Holidays to you and your family. We wish you good health, happiness and peace. On behalf of the School of Medicine Alumni Board, I am delighted to update you on our latest activities and continue to invite you to get involved by reaching back to help our current students. Our Careers in Medicine is a hallmark of how we, as alumni, can help our first and second-year medical students. Do you remember how confusing it was for us to try to determine which path we should choose? By participating in Careers in Medicine, we can offer…

While skin pigmentation is nearly 100 percent heritable, it is far more genetically complex than previously thought. According to a new study published in Cell, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Brenna Henn, the genetics of skin pigmentation become progressively complex as populations reside closer to the equator, with an increasing number of genes—known and unknown—involved, each making a smaller overall contribution. Researchers from SBU, Stanford University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard worked closely with the KhoeSan, a group of populations indigenous to southern Africa. They found that earlier studies of the genetics of skin pigmentation are misleading because they rely on…

Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago. Since people also arrived after that time, it has been impossible to determine whether natural changes or human influence are most responsible for these extinctions. A new study by an international team of scientists, including Stony Brook University Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, reports an analysis of the incredibly diverse “lost world” of Caribbean fossils that includes giant rodents, vampire bats, enigmatic monkeys, ground sloths, shrews and dozens of other ancient mammals. The study, published today in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, reveals that the arrival of humans…

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…

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.”

As the sun was rising over Long Island, a Stony Brook Medicine task force left for Puerto Rico on October 24 to help people still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Twenty-three Stony Brook staff members reported to Stony Brook University Hospital before boarding a bus that took them to JFK Airport and their flight to the devastated island. The Stony Brook contingent is part of a 78-member relief team of personnel from hospitals around the region. The Stony Brook team includes doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, paramedics, nurse-practitioners and nursing assistants. Richard Scriven, MD, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon, Associate Professor of…

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