Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Margaret Schedel’s pioneering research in sonification is the subject of a profile in the May 2 issue of the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Schedel, associate professor of composition and computer music and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Music, is also director of cDACT, Stony Brook’s consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology. She forges connections across disciplines through innovative research involving the emerging field of sonification — adding sound to data to communicate information that might otherwise be missed visually. The profile describes Schedel’s research in collaboration with Lisa Muratori, a professor of physical…

The Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI-SBU) held its Annual Meeting at the Charles B. Wang Center on May 1 and inducted 16 new members and 2 honorary members to the Academy. The newly inducted inventors hold patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With these 16 new members, NAI-SBU now has 50 NAI members, including 6 NAI fellows. SBU-NAI New Members Gregory Belenky, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jeronimo Cello, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Fu-Pen Chiang, Department of Mechanical Engineering Vitaly Citovsky, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Dufei…

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…

Rethinking mobile security in today’s app-as-a-platform environment is both a challenge and a labor of love for Long Lu, who has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research in this area. For Dr. Lu, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the honor represents his fourth NSF award and eighth research grant, securing him more than $3 million in research dollars over his career. “The NSF CAREER award is one of the highest honors an ‘early career’ faculty member can achieve nationally, and directly impacts the advancement of promising…

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