Browsing: Awards and Honors

IBM Faculty Award for Anshul Gandhi Anshul Gandhi, an assistant professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the competitive IBM Faculty Award. “The IBM Faculty Award is very prestigious, and represents IBM’s endorsement of our research,” he said. “In addition to helping drive our cloud autoscaling research, the award will further strengthen collaborations between our group and IBM Research.” Gandhi was awarded $10,000 for his project, AutoScaling for Cloud Applications. “This project aims to infer the resource requirements of opaque applications running in the cloud so as to enable online auto-scaling of the infrastructure to meet user-specified…

The Council for Chemical Research (CCR) has chosen the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University to receive the 2015 CCR University Safety Award. This award is presented to an academic department engaged in chemical research that has demonstrated significant progress in creating a culture of safety. Stony Brook University’s Chemistry Department is the second recipient of this award, which was presented at the 2015 CCR Annual Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 6. “Kudos to the entire Chemistry Department for safely undertaking laboratory research, as well as the staff of Environmental Health and Safety, who have supported our efforts,”…

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has chosen Stony Brook University graduate student Tao Wei to receive a 2015 OAH President’s Travel Grant for Emerging Historians. The grants provide travel stipends for graduate students and recent PhDs in history whose papers or panels/sessions have been accepted by the OAH Program Committee for inclusion on the annual meeting program. In his paper, “British Dissenters, Dutch Radicals, and the Radical Networks in the Atlantic World: The Case of Henry Laurens, 1779–1784,” Wei argues that the overlooked South Carolina merchant, slave trader and politician Henry Laurens was critical to the negotiation of the 1783…

Matthew Barnson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips join the prestigious ranks of more than 80 Guggenheim Fellows emanating from Stony Brook Two Stony Brook University scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences — Matthew Barnson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips — have been named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows based on “distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future.” Guggenheim fellowships are intended for faculty who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Barnson and Phillips were selected as part of a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists on the…

Stony Brook University Senate President Edward L. Feldman, an associate professor of Clinical Family Medicine and director of Behavioral Medicine, received the Chugh/University Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award at the 170th Plenary of the Statewide University Faculty Senate in SUNY Plattsburgh on April 24. This award is conferred by the University Faculty Senate Executive Committee for outstanding service in the area of faculty governance at the system and campus levels. At Stony Brook Dr. Feldman has been a member of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee since 2001 and faculty advisor to the Peer Counseling Program in the School of…

Dino Martins, Director of the Environmental Change and Sustainability Field School at Stony Brook University’s Turkana Basin Institute, was named winner of the 2015 Whitley Gold Award, presented April29, 2015, at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Bestowed by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), a charity offering awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world, the Whitley Awards support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Through a process of reference, application and interview, WFN identifies effective national and regional conservation leaders and celebrates them through grants of up to £35,000. Martins, an entomologist, was recognized for his project entitled “People, plants…

The stars came out on the evening of April 22, 2015, as the Stony Brook Foundation hosted its annual fundraising gala to benefit student scholarships. The 16th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala honored Academy Award-winning actress and activist Jane Fonda for her support of the Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Watch the 2015 Stars of Stony Brook Gala video, as the University celebrates its mission of excellence and discovery — ready for the future.

Award will support Stony Brook computer scientist’s work in anomaly mining with applications to security, surveillance, and healthcare Leman Akoglu, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Akoglu will receive NSF CAREER funding of $507,000 over the next five years to support her project titled “A General Framework for Methodical and Interpretable Anomaly Mining.” According to the NSF, the CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding…

Science-minded Seawolves made a splash in the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), winning 10 coveted fellowships and five honorable mentions. The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the United States’ science and engineering research workforce by supporting grad students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-support STEM disciplines. This year’s fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. Out of 16,500 applicants and 2,000 winners in 2015 nationwide, Stony Brook doubled its number of fellowships earned in…

Katharine (Kate) Elizabeth Trimbur Thompson Grad program: Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) Undergrad: BA in Anthropology, BS in Community, Environment and Development, Pennsylvania State University Hometown: Doylestown, PA Advisor: William Jungers and Patricia Wright How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Like a daydream. I never thought I would be awarded such a lifetime opportunity, and I’m certainly glad it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke! What will you research and how might it benefit the world? I hope to generate a fuller knowledge of Malagasy extant and extinct primates, focusing on how humans may have…

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