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Five researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center have been awarded a total of nearly $4 million in New York State funding for stem cell research projects. The research will potentially enhance the understanding of stem cell biology and lead to cell-based therapies to treat life-threatening diseases. The awardees are Wadie F. Bahou, Ira S. Cohen, Soosan Ghazizadeh, Ute Moll, and Hsien-yu Wang. The New York State grants are part of an expanded effort to fund stem cell research, which was initiated by President Obama’s Executive Order for restored federal stem cell research funding and Governor David A. Paterson’s announcement…

The Southampton Review (TSR), the literary magazine published by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA Program in Writing and Literature, honored Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and faculty member, who died on July 19, in its Volume III. The new issue was feted at a gala launch in July in the newly restored Avram Theater on campus, with readings by a select group of contributors. The event was a celebration of McCourt’s writing, teaching, and joie de vivre. Featured reader Billy Collins joined Roger Rosenblatt, Robert Reeves, Lou Ann Walker, and many others for an evening of readings, reminisces, literature, tears, and…

Todd R. Griffin has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. Vice president of the Medical Board at the Hospital, Griffin also serves as the vice chairman for education and as residency program director in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine and is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Group. As CMO, Griffin will be responsible for overseeing the medical staff in carrying out standards of practice and delivery of patient care. He will also work collaboratively with senior leadership to develop networks and enhance external physician relations; function as a bridge between nursing and…

Sei Iwai, an electrophysiologist, has joined Stony Brook University Medical Center as professor of clinical medicine, director of the Complex Arrhythmia Ablation Program, and director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program. Appointed by David L. Brown, chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and co-director, Stony Brook Heart Center, Iwai is the latest appointment to SBUMC’s section of cardiac electrophysiology, the largest academic electrophysiology program in New York State. Iwai’s clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias. He has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe on various topics related to cardiac electrophysiology. Iwai will…

Jared M. Huston has joined the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center in the Division of General Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Burns. Appointed in July as assistant professor of surgery by Todd K. Rosengart, interim chair, Department of Surgery, Huston joins a growing department that has added seven new surgeons in 2009. Huston, a Stony Brook University School of Medicine graduate, returns to SBUMC following his residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. He also held the position of research fellow at The Feinstein Institute for Medical…

The Department of Orthopaedics has established an endowment to advance research and support musculoskeletal education. Lawrence C. Hurst, Marie A. Badalamente, and Edward D. Wang contributed to this endowment fund with a $10,000 gift that stems from a national award that the group received from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) earlier in the year. “Establishing the endowment and using part of the funds from our award is the right thing to do for the department, residents, and patients,” said Hurst, who is chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. “We should all give back, and this is one way…

Todd K. Rosengart, professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center, has been appointed chair of the Department of Surgery. He had been interim chair of the department since August 2008. With 40 faculty members and nearly 50 physicians in training including residents and fellows, the Department of Surgery comprises the divisions of Breast Surgery; Cardiothoracic Surgery; Colon and Rectal Surgery; General Surgery, Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care; Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (ENT); Pediatric Surgery; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Upper Gastrointestinal and General Oncologic Surgery; and Vascular Surgery.  A nationally recognized leader…

Jennifer L. Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of History, has received a coveted Emmy nomination in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research” as part of the research team for Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North that aired on the PBS series, Point of View. Traces of the Trade is a feature-length documentary that depicts a unique view of slavery as it existed outside of the Deep South. The film tells the true story of filmmaker Katrina Browne’s unexpected discovery that her illustrious New England forefathers, the DeWolfs, were infamous as the…

Stefan Hyman is the web and electronic information coordinator in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. In this role, he has made greater use of social media to reach prospective students through their preferred mediums, and he has shared with them all of the resources Stony Brook has to offer. Social media has also been a very effective tool for getting more current students involved in recruitment efforts and for adding more personalization to the admissions process. There are a number of platforms that Admissions utilizes with these goals in mind—student blogs, online chats, instant messaging, and external social mediums like Facebook,…

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