Browsing: Appointments

Lee Bitsóí, EdM, EdD, joined Stony Brook University as our first Chief Diversity Officer on July 28, 2017. Dr. Bitsóí, proud member of the Navajo Nation, arrives with a distinguished background of more than 20 years in academia, working in leadership roles related to student diversity and recruitment at Harvard, Dartmouth, and most recently, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. As he continues his dedicated career at Stony Brook, Dr. Bitsóí shared his thoughts about the importance of diversity in education, and his plans to further enhance the equity, inclusivity and diversity of our campus community. As Stony Brook’s first…

Andrew Flescher, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the national ethics committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the country’s non-profit organization that manages the nationwide organ procurement and transplant program. His three-year term will begin July 1st. Responsibilities of membership on the national ethics committee include support and advancement of the key goals of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), deliberating the many ethic issues related to organ procurement and allocation; as well as making recommendations for transplantation policy and laws. Dr.…

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…

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…

The State University of New York Board of Trustees named seven faculty members from Stony Brook University as Distinguished Faculty, SUNY’s highest honor. Petar M. Djuric, Department of Electrical Engineering; Frederick E. Grine, Department of Anthropology; Mikhail Lyubich, Department of Mathematics; Scott M. McLennan, Department of Geosciences; Kathlyn A. Parker, Department of Chemistry; and Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have been appointed Distinguished Professors and John Peter Gergen, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has been named Distinguished Service Professor. “Each year it is an honor to review the collective work of SUNY’s outstanding faculty and…

Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term as an executive board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The NBME is an independent organization that provides a common evaluation system for physician applicants seeking licensure to practice medicine in the United States. NBME membership is composed of approximately 80 individuals representing the academic community, national professional organizations, state licensing boards, students, residents, the federal government and the public. Responsibilities of the membership…

Renowned marine fisheries scientist Ellen Pikitch has been appointed by President Tommy Remengesau of the Republic of Palau to be his special advisor on Matters on Oceans and Seas. Pikitch, director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, will serve in this role for one year. The honorable title reflects her dedicated effort toward assisting Palau on matters of ocean resource management and conservation. As special advisor Pikitch will work closely with the Government of Palau, Palau’s United Nations Permanent Representative, and Palau’s Honorary Ambassador to the Oceans and Seas. This…

The impact that Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov has had on the field of physics can be measured by a simple metric: 18,000. It’s the number of times his published research has been cited; one of the highest in physics to date. A pioneer in modern theoretical physics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Zamolodchikov is known internationally for his contributions to the study of condensed matter physics, conformal field theory and string theory. Adding to an extensive list of titles and awards, Dr. Zamolodchikov became the inaugural Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and…

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed eight faculty — five of them from Stony Brook University — to the Distinguished Faculty Rank, now among SUNY’s 1,070 member Distinguished Academy. Manuel London, Dean of the College of Business; Scott Smokla, Department of Computer Science; and Yuanyuan Yang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were named Distinguished Professors. Latha Chandran, Department of Pediatrics and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Perry Goldstein, Chair of the Department of Music, was named a Distinguished Service Professor. “Stony Brook University is fortunate to be…

When the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) created a new faculty director position for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) honors program, Mónica Bugallo was appointed to serve in the inaugural role. An associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, she will help support WISE’s strong commitment to STEM diversity. Working hand-in-hand with WISE Director Carrie-Ann Miller-Engel, the aim of this new role will “build upon the success of WISE and take it to the next level, with the goal of advancing STEM professions by increasing the participation of women,” according to Associate Dean Robert Kukta.…

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