Browsing: Awards and Honors

Stony Brook history professor Nancy Tomes recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book challenging the notion that health care should be bought and sold. Nancy Tomes, distinguished professor in the Department of History, was honored with Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers. (Read excerpt.) The Bancroft Prize, announced March 13, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American History writing. It is awarded each year by the…

Professor Mario B. Mignone, Director of the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Forum Italicum, a journal of Italian studies for which he has served as editor for the past 25 years. The celebration was held in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament in Rome. Mignone was presented with a special issue of the journal, Forum Italicum: Lucania within Us: Carlo Levi e Rocco Scotellaro, by a panel that included the Hon. Stefano Dambruoso, Commissioner of the Chamber of Deputies; Vito De Filippo, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of University Education and Research; Antonio Felice Uricchio, President of the University of Bari; and guest…

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA’s Annual Meeting and Reception. Dr. Kaushansky follows a long line of individuals committed to GNYHA’s principles of equity in access to high-quality patient care. The GNYHA Board includes hospital CEOs from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hartford (CT), Hackensack (NJ), Elizabeth (NJ), Newark (NJ), and the entire New York City region. As GNYHA Chair, Dr.…

Stony Brook University Career Center, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services celebrated Student Employment Week on April 12 by hosting the Student Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards. This year’s event had a huge increase in student nominations compared to past years, which led to the selection of 10 top students — seven distinction of excellence awardees and three grand prize winners. With almost 5,000 students working in more than 200 departments, these 59 student nominations and 23 supervisor nominations were each extraordinary in their own way. David Ullman from the…

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI). The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos will accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, CA. The award acknowledges Sotiropoulos’ leadership in waterways research and application, and for generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways. “Dr. Sotiropoulos’ groundbreaking research…

Five Stony Brook University students have been recognized by the Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a highly competitive program that provides funding for American students to conduct research or teach English in over 140 countries overseas. This year’s Fulbright honorees are Rashaun Allen ’17, Jessica Opatich ’17, Tayisha St. Vil ’17, Richard Tomczak ’19 and Jessica Willdigg ’17.  All five honorees are New York natives and represent a diverse array of Stony Brook’s academic programs. The majority will be pursuing mentored research abroad: PhD student Tomczak from History heads to Canada to research mandatory labor in the…

*Update: Unfortunately Prince Emmanuel de Merode is unable to join us at Commencement and is planning to accept his honorary degree at a future ceremony. Stony Brook University will launch 6,991 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 57th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 19, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox will be among the luminaries receiving honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement.  Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many…

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…

World-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, a research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology, has been given the elite honor of membership in the eminent American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS is the oldest learned society in the US, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Only 5,573 members have been elected since its inception. Meave is director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research for studying the origins of humankind. While maintaining her positions as director of field research…

Five Stony Brook students were recently honored with highly competitive scholarships from the U.S. Department of State that will enable them to study, intern, conduct research, and engage in intensive language study overseas during the summer of 2017. Magaline Alcindor ‘17, Michelle Olakkengil ‘17, Andrea Persaud ‘18, and Brittany Wong ‘18 were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. All four will be participating in SBU study abroad programs: Alcindor will be heading to Tanzania, Olakkengil and Persaud to Madagascar, and Wong to Dongguk University in South Korea. These students will be studying a range of topics from global health to…

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