Browsing: Awards and Honors

Bringing together the festive atmosphere of Stony Brook’s annual Earthstock celebration with the serious business of scholarship, Alfredo Esposito ’18 was awarded the Jeffrey Eng Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Studies at the Earthstock keynote event, held April 20 at the Sidney Gelber Auditorium in the Student Activities Center. Alfredo accepted the honor from Jeffrey Levinton, Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution. For Alfredo, it all began with a gift from his father — a fish tank. The Levittown resident was drawn towards health science, but after caring for the fish in his home he knew that marine biology would be his academic career path.…

47th Vice President Joe Biden honored for cancer research advocacy In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook, Stony Brook University’s annual fundraising gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 19. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence.  This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer…

Stony Brook postdoc receives $200,000 to unravel mysteries of movement within molecules  How do electrons move within molecules? Thomas Allison, an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Stony Brook University, posed this fundamental question on the way to winning the 2017 Discovery Prize. In a presentation delivered April 13 at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Allison convinced a panel of three distinguished judges that his project deserved a $200,000 cash prize to help fund his postdoctoral research. The award will finance equipment that will help scientists see how molecules move and behave in real time. The winner was…

A pair of Stony Brook University juniors who partner in the same laboratory are among the 204 students selected nationally as Goldwater Scholars. The 2017 Stony Brook recipients are Ann Lin ’18, from Flushing, NY, and Christopher Giuliano ’18, from Hauppauge, NY, who performed cancer-related research in the Cold Spring Harbor Lab under the guidance of Professor Jason Sheltzer. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program annually honors highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. The Goldwater researchers investigated the role of Maternal…

This past March, the Service Awards celebration was held for employees marking 25 years or more of service to the University. More than 160 of the 352 honorees celebrating a milestone from 2016 filled the Student Activities Center Ballroom A with joy and conversation as they reconnected with colleagues and shared memories of their years at Stony Brook. A jazz trio from the Department of Music entertained the guests. Stony Brook University Provost Michael A. Bernstein, speaking on behalf of President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., expressed his gratitude at the devotion, talents and contributions of everyone who helped shape Stony…

Fifteen undergraduate students from Stony Brook University were recognized with the highest honor bestowed by SUNY — the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence — in a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on April 5. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to a total of 256 students. Students chosen for the Chancellor’s Award have demonstrated that not only are they exceptional students, but they go above and beyond — developing their talents and skills to contribute the best of themselves to their campuses and communities. “It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students…

Stony Brook University’s has made the 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs, a national recognition that celebrates student affairs workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and committed to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence. The study is administered by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) along with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, the CHEE research team used a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities, to name a few. “This…

Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox will be among the luminaries receiving honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement. Fox is known for his tireless work on behalf of Parkinson’s research and is beloved worldwide for his acting in Family Ties, the Back to the Future series, and numerous award-winning roles in movies and on television. Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many honors and awards, as well as a dedication to charitable endeavor best exemplified by the founding and stewardship of the Michael J. Fox…

Four scholars are competing for the 2017 Discovery Prize, a $200,000 award given to a Stony Brook University faculty member in the STEM disciplines whose research project embraces risk and innovation and embodies the potential of discovery-driven research. The Discovery Prize was established in 2013 with a generous donation from the Stony Brook Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a way to advance pioneering scientific breakthroughs. In keeping with the University’s goal of supporting early-career faculty, eligibility is open to faculty members who have a tenure-track assistant professor appointment or are no more than five years beyond tenure and promotion at the…

American historian Nancy Tomes has been awarded Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Tomes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, received this prestigious honor for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). In the book, which spans the 20th century, Tomes questions the popular and largely unexamined idea that in order to receive quality health care, people must learn to shop for it. Understanding where…

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