Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

Anthony Szema, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery, is the new head of the Allergy Diagnostic Unit located at 26 Research Way, East Setauket. The Unit provides quaternary care with highly sophisticated tests for asthma and allergy, including exhaled breath condensate nitric oxide, impedance oscillometry, and multi-test allergy skin testing. The Unit will soon offer penicillin skin testing. Szema recently testified before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee in Washington, D.C., about “burn pits” in Iraq. The U.S. Army is burning trash in these pits and some soldiers are concerned about their exposure to fire, smoke, and fumes. Michael Peters,…

Urszula Zalewski, a member of the Career Center staff for six years, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Outreach Efforts at Stony Brook’s 28th Annual Student Affairs and Enrollment and Retention Management Convocation. One of four staff members to receive the award, Zalewski has made her mark throughout the campus community and beyond. As the Career and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Zalewski works with non-profit organizations to help connect them with students interested in gaining experience, while making a difference at the same time. Despite a busy daily schedule, Zalewski has enthusiastically counseled students, while working endlessly in making…

Since May 25, 2009, when North Korea announced that it conducted a second nuclear test, the exact location of the test site has remained elusive to international organizations, federal agencies, military, and the scientific community, until now. A new study from Stony Brook, performed by Lianxing Wen, Professor of Geophysics, and graduate student Hui Long in the Department of Geosciences, has pinpointed the test site with a geographic precision of just 140 meters, which has never been done before in the scientific community. The precision from the U.S. Geological Survey, which was the best result being used by the National…

The regional finalists and semifinalists in the 2009-2010 Siemens Competition include 31 high school students who worked with Stony Brook faculty mentors. The Siemens Competition is one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook annually ranks among the leaders in universities nationwide who mentor these students. Eight awardees worked with faculty from the Department of Chemistry. Seventeen awardees (three regional finalists and 14 semifinalists) were mentored by Miriam Rafailovich, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Garcia Center. She is one of the nation’s leading mentors of research competition talent and has…

Richard and Meave Leakey and John Shea from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology are part of an upcoming Nova three-part special, “Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors,” which airs November 3, 10, and 17 on PBS. The series includes footage from both the Turkana Basin and Stony Brook. Richard Leakey is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Turkana Basin Institute, an international research institute to facilitate research and education in paleontology, archaeology, and geology in the Turkana Basin of Kenya. Meave Leakey is Director of Field Research, and Shea is investigating archaeological sites in West Turkana. NOVA’s comprehensive…

Marc J. Shapiro, Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, and Burns at Stony Brook University Medical Center, has been named Assistant Chief Quality Officer. Appointed by William H. Greene, Chief Quality Officer, Senior Associate Medical Director for Quality Management, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Shapiro will concentrate on hospital issues particularly but not solely related to surgical quality, performance improvement, and patient safety. He has been with SBUMC since October 2003. Shapiro’s new role as Assistant Chief Quality Officer is an outgrowth and broadening of his earlier and ongoing efforts…

The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies has been sponsoring an educational outreach program, the Pre-College Japanese Language Program, since 2004. Eriko Sato, a lecturer from the Department, is the program director. Sato and her 14-year-old-daughter, Anna, have created a bilingual educational picture book for children, My First Japanese Kanji Book, through activities that are part of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program. A book signing was held at the Wang Center Gift Shop in September for this mother-daughter, teacher-student inspirational collaborative publication. The book is now available from Tuttle Publishing and is available at the University Bookstore in the faculty…

Carl Safina, president and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute and adjunct faculty member in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, is among 29 animal conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species and have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The nominees’ work spans the globe, representing a range of species from insects to mammals, and includes amphibians, elephants, bats, wolves, and sharks, among many others. Safina was nominated for bringing ocean conservation into the environmental mainstream by using science, art, and literature to…

Joanna Fowler, senior chemist; director of the Radiotracer Chemistry, Instrumentation, and Biological Imaging Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory; and adjunct faculty member in Stony Brook’s Department of Chemistry, will be awarded the National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 7. She is one of nine researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in science. The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions…

A proposal headed up by Gil Hanson, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Geosciences, has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences in the amount of $1.5 million for five years. “GeoPREP Track 2: Expanding the Geoscience Pathway” aims to increase diversity in the Geosciences. This effort was spearheaded by Principal Investigator Hanson and co-PIs Brian Colle, Associate Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; David Ferguson, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, Department of Technology and Society; Kamazima Lwiza, Associate Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; David Bynum, Director, Center for Science and Mathematics…

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