Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

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…

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Robert A. Honkanen is the first-ever recipient of the SBU Physicians Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, which was presented to him at the 2009 Clinical Practice Management Plan (CPMP) Conference held in November by Peter S.A. Glass, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Chair of the CPMP Board of Directors. Established in 2009 under the auspices of the CPMP Practice Committee, the SBU Physicians Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice recognizes a CPMP physician who exemplifies a sustained commitment to excellence in patient care. The selection committee, comprised of Practice Committee members,…

Associate Professor of Pathology Dennis K. Galanakis has been selected by his peers as the first-ever recipient of the Lifetime Clinical Service Award. Galanakis was presented the award at the 2009 Clinical Practice Management Plan (CPMP) Full Member Conference in November by the Chair of the CPMP Board of Directors, Peter S.A. Glass, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. The SBU Physicians Lifetime Clinical Service Award was presented to the clinician who has demonstrated a life-long dedication to patient care, characterized by outstanding service and commitment to both colleagues and patients. Galanakis has been an associate professor and…

Former Stony Brook President John H. Marburger, III has agreed to serve as the University’s Interim Vice President for Research effective January 21, 2010. Marburger was Stony Brook’s third president (1980-1994), Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory (1998-2001), Science Advisor to President George W. Bush, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (2001-2009). He takes over after Gail S. Habicht announced her decision to step down in October to pursue her interests in research, teaching, and travel. “Jack Marburger is both a renowned scientist and administrator,” said President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “His institutional knowledge of Stony…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Eva Feder Kittay, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, which is the University’s highest faculty designation. Kittay’s early work on metaphor is considered a major contribution to the literature. Her book, Metaphor: Its Linguistic Structure and Its Cognitive Force, is still in print and is read internationally by linguists, psychologists, literary scholars, and philosophers. Her subsequent work on care ethics and feminism is among the most sophisticated developments of this much-discussed line of thought. It is discussed not only in the English-speaking world, but also in…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Evelyn Bromet, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, the University’s highest faculty designation. Bromet’s research spans a range of psychiatric problems including alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Her research on disaster mental health started with a groundbreaking study of the psychological impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident on mothers of young children, workers at the plant, and psychiatric patients in the public treatment sector. She also collaborated with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in Kyiv on the first…

Stony Brook’s Special Collections and University Archives has received the 2009 Annual Archives Award for “Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository.” The Board of Regents and the New York State Archives present this award annually to an organization in the state that exemplifies excellence in an archival program. “It is honor to have my department recognized for its commitment to excellence,” said Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives. “We are dedicated to preserving and providing access to distinctive collections that enrich the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, students, and visiting researchers.” Christine Ward, New York…

Daria Semegen, a professor from the Department of Music, has won the 2009 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership in Rochester, New York, site of the Susan B. Anthony House National Historic Landmark. The award was presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner at the University of Rochester, where the speakers included the university’s president, vice president, and noted historian Allida Black, Project Director and Editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers at George Washington University. Previous recipients of this award include internationally recognized figures in arts, sciences, and medicine. Semegen is the first composer to…

Paul Lombardo, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program in the School of Health Technology and Management, has received the Master Faculty Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) at the Annual Forum of the PAEA in early November. PAEA is the sole national organization representing the 146 PA programs throughout the United States. The award recognizes a faculty member who inspires, stimulates, and challenges his or her students and colleagues through exemplary contributions to PA education and the profession. Candidates must have served the PA profession for a minimum of seven years and demonstrate…

Roger Rosenblatt, Distinguished Professor of English at Stony Brook, will present “You Can’t Teach Writing? Nonsense!” on Wednesday, November 18, at 12:40 pm in Humanities 1003. This talk is part of his candidacy for the Cherry Award as the best teacher in the United States. Rosenblatt is one of three finalists for that award. After being the youngest house master in the history of Harvard, Rosenblatt served a term as director of education at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He then became literary editor of The New Republic and a columnist and essayist for The Washington Post, Time magazine,…

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