Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

The National Science Foundation has awarded Stony Brook a $1,200,000 grant to support the project “MRI-R2: Acquisition of Mass Spectrometers for Earth Systems Science Research” under the direction of co-PI’s J. Kirk Cochran, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; E. Troy Rasbury, Department of Geosciences; and N. Gary Hemming from Queens College, who is an adjunct professor in Stony Brook’s Department of Geosciences. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Stony Brook is providing $529,000 in cost-sharing, making the total project about $1.7M. With this funding, a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry laboratory will be built…

One of the nation’s leading scholars of film and cultural studies, E. Ann Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, has received a Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), which is the largest and most prestigious organization for scholars in cinema, media, and communication studies. No more than one award is given in any year, and only 25 people have received it during the 50 years that the organization has existed. Kaplan is a past president of the SCMS and has been a central figure in cinema and media studies…

The It’s About Us faculty and staff campaign is winding down for this fiscal year and to date more than 1,300 employees have pledged their financial support. Critical to the campaign’s success is employees’ year-after-year giving that, collectively, allows the University to plan ahead to make an even more significant impact on our students, patients, and veterans home residents. Over the years, faculty and staff members have been very supportive of the It’s About Us campaign. This year, one of our faculty members really stands out: Frances Brisbane, Dean of the School of Social Welfare. In addition to her decades-long…

Radu Laza and Raanan Schul, both assistant professors in Stony Brook’s Department of Mathematics, are among the 118 outstanding early career scientists, mathematicians, and economists to be named as Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellows. The winners are faculty members at 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience. “The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work,” said Paul L. Joskow,…

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Eric W. Kaler, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Brookhaven Affairs, as one of 68 new members and nine foreign associates. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” “I’m very…

Michael Youdelman, from the Department of Recycling and Resource Management, has been elected chair of the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) by his colleagues. CURC is a national organization of more than 600 colleges and universities. Its mission is to organize and support environmental program leaders at institutions of higher education on managing resource, recycling, and waste issues. CURC’s goals are to provide technical assistance, education, training, and networking opportunities and to support an expanding member base. Some of the features of CURC include an online “RECYCLE-L” e-mail discussion list, a continuous webinar series, technical “peer to peer” assistance,…

Mathematics Professor Dennis Sullivan has been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize in Mathematics, which is considered an equivalent of the Nobel Prize and worth $100,000. Sullivan, who was recognized for his innovative contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics, will receive the award from President Shimon Peres and Education Minister and Wolf Foundation Council Chairman Gideon Sa’ar at the Israeli Knesset in May. Wolf prizes are also awarded in agriculture, chemistry, medicine, physics, and the arts. “When I looked at the list of people who won the prize, I was honored. They were all my heroes,” said Sullivan. “This was…

Philip B. Allen, Barbara V. Jacak, and Alan Tucker have been named 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, a designation that was officially announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on December 18. Election as an AAAS fellow is awarded to individuals by their AAAS peers. The tradition of awarding the distinction of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Philip B. Allen, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected for his “distinguished contributions to the field of condensed matter theory, particularly superconductors, transport properties of all forms of…

The Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) team, consisting of Subramanyan Swaminathan (PI), Brookhaven National Laboratory Department of Biology; Iwao Ojima (Co-PI), ICB&DD Director; Peter Tonge (Co-I), Department of Chemistry; and Robert Rizzo (Co-I),  Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has received a research consortium grant award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which is part of the Department of Defense. This grant award is for the project “Structure-Based Discovery of Pan-Active Botulinum Neurotoxin Inhibitors.” Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent toxins known to humans and are considered to be potential biowarfare agents. As a consequence, the…

PBS Series Runs January 6, 13, and 20 “I’m trying to find out what makes me unique,” says Alan Alda at the start of a three-part series, The Human Spark, which also features Stony Brook’s John Shea and Veronica Waweru. The series broadcasts on PBS January 6, 13, and 20 at 8:00 pm (check local listings). “And when I say me,” Alda continues, “I don’t mean just me. I mean you, too. We’re pretty sure that something sets us apart from all the other living things on Earth. There’s us, and then there are the other animals. Well, if that’s…

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