Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public forum on water quality last month. Professors Jeffrey Levinton, Joseph Warren and Michael Frisk journeyed to Washington, DC in conjunction with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a Beacon, New York-based grassroots organization founded by Pete Seeger. These advocates for environmental action conveyed a “cargo of concern” consisting of municipal resolutions, petitions and personal messages from residents and communities between the Hudson Valley and Washington DC to decision makers in support of fair and equal environmental policies and projections based on science. The action was symbolic of a…

Stony Brook, New York – Stony Brook University is pleased to announce that Meryl R. Cosentino, JD, has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP). Six members were elected to the board to serve three-year terms beginning January 2018. The members were elected at the Assembly of Delegates held June 29, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Cosentino is senior director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University. Previously she has held positions at St. Francis Hospital and The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. She also just…

Department of Art Professor Nobuho Nagasawa recently received the New York City Public Design Commission’s highest honor at the 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, held at City Hall. Professor Nagasawa was honored for her permanent public art “Luminescence,” the installation of which is currently in progress at the newly developed Peninsula, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in Queens, New York. Designed to enhance a new public waterfront park situated on approximately 30 acres of prime East River property in Long Island City, “Luminescence” consists of seven sculptures that emulate the seven phases of the moon. Each moon sculpture is cast in white…

Andrew Flescher, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the national ethics committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the country’s non-profit organization that manages the nationwide organ procurement and transplant program. His three-year term will begin July 1st. Responsibilities of membership on the national ethics committee include support and advancement of the key goals of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), deliberating the many ethic issues related to organ procurement and allocation; as well as making recommendations for transplantation policy and laws. Dr.…

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Professor Nicole S. Sampson to the 2017 class of ACS Fellows, which includes scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. Research in the Sampson laboratory focuses on understanding the relationship between protein structure and protein function and synthesizing chemical tools to probe and control biological function. Work is ongoing in the areas of AROMP, cancer metastasis, lipid-protein interactions, mammalian fertilization and tuberculosis steroid metabolism. Sampson and the other 2017 ACS Fellows will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on August 21,…

Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been awarded two grants totaling $4.5 million from SUNY’s Empire Innovation Program. The funding will be used to recruit and retain world-class faculty and researchers that strengthen Stony Brook’s research productivity in two high economic opportunity areas of state and national significance — artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. These hires will also accelerate the development of the emergent Institute for AI-Driven Discovery & Innovation. The initiative for the institute involves a collaboration between the CEAS and Stony Brook University School of Medicine, as faculty in these two high-tech areas encompass experts in multiple areas…

Christine Vachon, film producer and director of Stony Brook University and Killer Film’s MFA in Film program, spoke about the tectonic changes in the industry and what the future holds in a June 16, 2017 feature story in Filmmaker Magazine. The article delves into how the traditional film industry is in a period of great transformation and asks arts educators, “What should a film school look like at a time of disruption, and how should a film school respond to that change?” From the magazine: Producer Christine Vachon, who is also director of Stony Brook and Killer Film’s MFA in…

Actor Alan Alda was given an honorary Doctor of Law during the graduation ceremony at the University of Dundee in Scotland for his work promoting the communication of science. A visiting professor at Stony Brook University, he founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The center serves scientists, medical professionals, students and the public with opportunities to explore, learn and practice communicating effectively about science and medicine. The Alan Alda Center is an international partner of Dundee University’s Leverhulme Centre and will be involved in Dundee’s new forensic science research center. The goal is to help forensic scientists communicate…

For the third year in a row, SBU iCREATE (previously known as the SBU Innovation Lab) attended the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire, which took place this year on June 10 at the Port Jefferson Maritime Explorium. The Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of the interesting things people — from engineers to artists — do in the spirit of innovation, creativity, resourcefulness and invention. SBU iCREATE was featured as one of the makers and showcased several different interactive activities including 3D Doodler pens, a PacMan robot maze, DIY arm braces, and 3D puzzles made of cardboard and balsa wood. The PacMan maze, Google…

Eighteen of Stony Brook University’s esteemed faculty and staff were honored with 2016-17 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in five categories: Faculty Service, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, and Adjunct in Teaching. “The strength and impact of SUNY is powered by expert faculty and staff from throughout our 64-campus university system, and the 361 individuals receiving this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best among the best,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “They are at the top of their game in providing their institution and students with the highest quality of instruction, professionalism and support. It…

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