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Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged. But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology. Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind. The National Geographic…

As a freshman who lived just 30 minutes from campus, James Vassallo ’17 thought he would experience Stony Brook like a stereotypical commuter student, showing up for class and heading home afterwards. Instead, his dynamic involvement with University life entails  a schedule more demanding than most campus residents. “I had no idea just how much this school would become part of me,” said the Bellport, New York, resident. James joined a variety of clubs and organizations that involved a high degree of volunteerism, and to his surprise, he found the experience addictive. “I became more and more invested in this school and…

Six students in the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare got a taste of experiential learning the weekend of April 14. They parlayed their classroom lessons into a way to help the stricken community of Flint, Michigan, which has been without clean drinking water for two years due to a lead-contaminated water supply. The students, all from the class of 2016 — Stephanie Dick, Tiffany Hervas, Alaina Ingram, Lindsay McBeth, Tira Skaggs and Taylor Zummo — helped distribute more than 10,000 bottles of water, baby wipes and hand sanitizer to Flint residents after connecting with pastor Tom Mattiuzzo of…

Stony Brook University will launch 6,570 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 56th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 20, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon two distinguished professionals who have made lasting contributions in their respective fields. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, will receive a Doctor of Law; and award­-winning journalist  Soledad O’Brien, will receive a Doctor of Letters. “This is a remarkable distinction for the class of 2016, to be joined by individuals who personify what…

John Feinberg ’16 embodies the changing landscape of the American newsroom. Equally at home behind a video camera or on the web, Feinberg anticipates a future in journalism that embraces multiple channels and dynamic new forms of storytelling. News organizations increasingly rely upon “one-man band types” who can singlehandedly pursue a story without the need to assign additional personnel. That’s a role Feinberg is admirably equipped to fulfill. “I understand that for any digital media field, one skill won’t cut it. A combination of great writing as well as video editing or photography is necessary for the job market today,” Feinberg said. His interest…

Digital media in its many forms has permeated our everyday lives, but a group of 15 students at Stony Brook are being exposed to it in a whole new way. This semester English professors Elyse Graham and Michael Rubenstein are co-teaching an honors undergraduate course, “Digital Media and the Meaning of James Joyce’s Ulysses” — a class that uses new technologies to support different forms of instruction. The course is part of the MACT (Media, Art, Culture, and Technology) program at Stony Brook, which aims to construct and support dialogues on the critical study of media and technology in relation to art…

As Stony Brook University continues its ascent as one of the nation’s preeminent research universities, there are so many reasons to be proud. Recently, Stony Brook faculty and students have been recognized for numerous prestigious honors, including five National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards, three Goldwater Scholarships, and 11 NSF graduate research fellowships. The University continues to be recognized for its strengths across college rankings, most recently by Money and Essence magazines as one of the top 50 colleges offering the best value for African American students. The Stony Brook men’s basketball team won a berth in the NCAA Tournament for…

Graduate researchers set a new Stony Brook record this year, earning 11 fellowships and 14 honorable mentions in the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of 17,000 applicants from 488 institutions nationwide. “We are exceedingly proud of this year’s 11 GRF recipients. It’s a huge boost for graduate education at Stony Brook,” said Vice President for Research David Conover. “Given that each award is worth $138,000 summed over three years, the total…

A festive atmosphere prevailed at the recent Service Awards celebration for employees marking 25 years or more of service to the University. More than 279 of the 376 honorees celebrating a milestone from 2015 filled the Student Activities Center Ballroom A with laughter and conversation as they reconnected with colleagues and shared memories of their years at Stony Brook. The banquet and award ceremony for those celebrating 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, 45- and 50-year milestones included an elegant lunch and featured music selections by a trio of students from the Department of Music. Stony Brook University Provost Dennis Assanis, speaking…

U.S. Premiere of Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s La Verità on April 16 Staller Center brings the U.S. premiere of Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s La Verità to the Main Stage on Saturday, April 16, at 8 pm. The lush cirque performance is a theatrical homage to the life and work of the surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. The show moves to the Brooklyn Academy of Music after its premiere at Staller Center. La Verità brings a cast of versatile acrobats who play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown and even can-can. Themes explode into other themes with humor and cirque-inspired creativity. For the first time since…

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