Browsing: College of Arts & Sciences

Traditional academic silos mean little to Phillip Baldwin, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences who guides his students toward innovative thinking that merges science, technology, engineering and mathematics with music, film, theater and art. “What I see in a lot of STEM students is this thirst to get beyond sheer memorization because the human mind loves a healthy diet of innovation, novelty, curiosity and things that aren’t quite in the scientific method,” Baldwin said. Some call it “STEM to STEAM” – adding an “A” for art to the STEM curriculum -…

College of Arts and Sciences junior Alexandra Zigomalas ’18 is “proud to represent the humanities side of Stony Brook University.” A history/art history double major and writing minor, Alexandra has been honored with a prestigious writing internship with the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is devoted to fostering the liberal ideal in education and encouraging the spirit of critical inquiry. Alexandra was strongly recommended for this internship through Professor Richard Gerrig, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Stony Brook chapter, as well as professors in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. As…

Adding to the university’s record of success in nurturing the nation’s brightest young minds, three of the 40 finalists in the prestigious Regeneron (formerly Intel) competition were mentored by Stony Brook faculty. Stony Brook-mentored finalists in this year’s competition are: Emily Peterson, Smithtown High School, Port Jefferson, NY. Her project, Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair, was mentored by Mariam Rafailovich, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and and Marcia Simon, Professor and Director for Graduate Studies, School of Dental Medicine. Arjun…

For more than 22 years, the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has maintained a commitment to promoting the principles and philosophies of Dr. King. This year, the Commission recognized Dr. Bonita London, Department of Psychology, and Toni Sperzel, Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), as recipients of the 2017 Public Service Award based on their demonstrated record of dedication to civil rights. The two were honored at a luncheon held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at The UpSky Long Island Hotel. Dr. London, a social and personality psychologist, has dedicated her research and scholarship over the past 10…

Sonia Harmand, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, has been named one of the 50 most influential French in the world by French Vanity Fair. Harmand is an expert in Early Stone Age archaeology and the evolution of stone tool making. In 2011 she and a team of scientists discovered 3.3-million-year-old stone artifacts in the Turkana Basin in Northern Kenya. Until these findings, the oldest stone tools were dated to 2.6 million years old. A paper on this groundbreaking research was published in Nature. Prior to her work at Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute, Harmand…

Raju Venugopalan, an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for his remarkable achievements in theoretical nuclear physics. This prestigious international award — issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany — comes with a prize of €60,000 (nearly $70,000 U.S.) and the opportunity to collaborate with German researchers at Heidelberg University and elsewhere. Venugopalan joins 13 other Brookhaven National Laboratory physicists who have received this award since 1974. “This is a great honor and I’m delighted to be…

Jason Starr, a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Professor Starr is a world-renowned expert in algebraic geometry, the geometric study of solutions of systems of polynomial equations. His most celebrated contributions deal with the question of when such a system of equations has at least one solution. Starr’s work has given mathematicians a new way of thinking about such matters. The AMS Fellowship program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. This…

Michele Bogart, a professor of art history and criticism at Stony Brook University, defends New York City’s Public Design Commission in a recent POLITICO article. The commission’s job is to review the design of structures on city-owned property — everything from new libraries to street lights, playgrounds and newsstands. The agency is often seen by local politicians as a time-consuming, costly obstacle to getting projects completed timely. Bogart, once a member of the commission, was interviewed following proposed legislation that challenges the Public Design Commission, which is sometimes cited as being an opaque, mysterious agency. The new legislation would make it more transparent by requiring…

The Department of Theatre Arts’ upcoming production of “Woyzeck” is a reinterpretation of the 19th-century German play by Georg Büchner, directed by Izumi Ashizawa, an assistant professor of directing and devising in the Department. The play will be performed at Staller Center, Theater 1, November 10–13 and November 17–20. Thursday to Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; Sunday shows are at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. For tickets, please visit the Staller Center Box Office or call (631) 632-ARTS. Büchner’s sudden death in 1837 forced him to leave “Woyzeck” fragmented, unordered and unfinished. Four different drafts were left behind,…

Christopher Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, received a Young Investigators Grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his project, “Probing Electronic Structure and Energy Transfer in Protected Metal Nanoparticles by Mass-Selective Spectroscopy.” Johnson’s laboratory will be using newly developed experimental techniques to provide unprecedentedly specific insights into the role that chemical interactions play in controlling how energy and charge are transferred into and out of the core of metallic particles with diameters of ~1 nanometer. This work will use an instrument custom-built by his group to choose nanoparticles with exactly known atomic…

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