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Relevant learning — a teaching method through which faculty reconfigure their curricula by linking academic content to real-world problems — has long been central to Stony Brook’s mission. Now a key national initiative in relevant learning is housed at the University thanks to a visionary program, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). Using the SENCER approach, for example, a biology professor may choose to teach a course from the perspective of an HIV/AIDS patient, or an engineering professor may identify problems in Third World countries and encourage the class to come up with solutions. Engaging students —…

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…

For his work focusing on the risks involved in deploying fully autonomous computer systems, Romeil Sandhu has been awarded $450K from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. Sandhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, jointly administered by Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and School of Medicine. His research could impact autonomous systems for a variety of systems that rely on artificial Intelligence, including self-driving automobiles and drones. Professor Sandhu is one of only 43 scientists and engineers to receive the award, for his proposal addressing 3D Interactive…

The Alumni Association invites you to join us on Thursday, November 9, 2017 for a before hours networking breakfast and faculty lecture. Professor of Business, Michael Nugent will discuss why the stock market has not reacted to world events such as the North Korean missile tests, Venezuela’s economic and political meltdown, ending of quantitative easing, and increasing federal funds rate or legislative gridlock in Washington. Why are stocks doing so well? Is this a bubble? November 9, 2017 Novak Motors 215 Daniel Street (right off of Route 110) Farmingdale, NY 11735 7:30 am   Breakfast and Networking 8:00 am “Why is…

Experience Seawolves Basketball at the new Nassau Coliseum! On Friday, November 10, Seawolves Men’s Basketball will take on the Big 10 powerhouse, the Maryland Terrapins. Join the Alumni Association and Stony Brook Athletics in supporting your Seawolves and attend a pre-game gathering at The Green Turtle Sport Bar and Grill, sponsored by Island Federal Credit Union. 5 pm to 6:30 Pre-Game Gathering The Green Turtle Sports Bar and Grill 1740 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY 11554 Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 7 pm Seawolves Men’s Basketball vs. Maryland Nassau Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale, NY 11553…

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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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