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How Stony Brook Pays Off its Promise to Transform Lives Finding ways to enable upward income mobility, one of the defining issues of our time, is a pinnacle of achievement for many institutions of higher learning. Removing the obstacles to a quality education isn’t just a moral mandate for colleges and universities — it’s become a necessity. A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward income mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,…

At Stony Brook University, Matthew Henninger ’16 took great risks and found big rewards. Matthew, who grew up in Farmingville, only 20 minutes away from the University, moved to Brookfield, Connecticut with his family when he was eight years old. He grew to love the relative seclusion and natural beauty of his new surroundings and vowed he would never return to densely populated central Suffolk County. His academic interests, however, lured him back. “The friends I remained close to on Long Island who attended Stony Brook raved about the immense opportunities and impeccable education they were getting there,” he says. “At…

Joseph Sweeney ’17 loves a good challenge — so much so, that it was a key factor in his decision to attend Stony Brook. “I knew that many of the science courses would be difficult and would push me to my greatest potential,” Joseph says. For Joseph, meeting challenges is a way of life. His personal struggle with diet and weight shaped his career aspirations, leading him on the path to becoming a physician-scientist, specializing in diabetes and obesity. His own research guided him as he gained control over his diet, replacing unhealthful foods with better choices. He added strength training and other forms of exercise,…

Imagine being both the youngest person in a company and one of the bosses. That is the unique perspective enjoyed by Stony Brook senior Matthew Glaser ’17 (graduating cum laude, a full year early), who recently purchased radio station WELJ in East Hampton (104.7 FM) with business partner Andrew Adams, a senior at Plattsburgh College. “We’re the youngest radio owners in the country,” said Matthew. “It’s pretty scary.” But Matthew has little reason for his fear: He has been around radio and media since before he can remember, as his father was the chief of engineering for Barnstable Broadcasting (later Connoisseur Long…

For Jessica Flores ’17, the collaborative nature of doing science is compelling — something that’s motivated her from the day she first joined the McKinnon-Rosati research lab in her freshman year through her subsequent research experiences on campus and at BNL. As a result, Jessica was very much in her element this past summer as an REU intern at the European Organization for Nuclear Research at CERN, Switzerland, where she had the opportunity to work alongside scientists from all across the globe, characterizing the spatial trajectories of particles in the Monopole and Other Exotics Detector at the Large Hadron Collider…

On November 11, fraternity members from Pi Lambda Phi and Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) students gathered at Sanger College behind Tabler Quad and loaded 47 unclaimed bicycles onto a truck rented by the charity organization Pedals for Progress, which repairs and transports bikes overseas to individuals who might have a use for them. The initiative simultaneously gives a boost to people in developing countries and helps clear the campus of derelict bikes. Beginning in 2014, the University Police Department (UPD) and Residential Risk Management (RRM) began to notice an increase in the number of abandoned bicycles at Stony Brook,…

Pushing the boundaries of high-tech cancer research and treatment, the Stony Brook University Cancer Center will open a new, one-of-a-kind translational research resource that will harness imaging technology to probe the metabolism of tumors. Made possible by two back-to-back gifts from Kavita and Lalit Bahl totaling $13.75 million, the new Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging advances the family’s vision to elevate Stony Brook Medicine to the cutting-edge of personalized cancer research, diagnostic imaging breakthroughs and evolving individualized cancer care far beyond the status quo. Metabolomics, an emerging field in cancer investigation, promises breakthroughs in individualized cancer treatment…

Leaders from every field share ambitious ideas and imaginative solutions for education and the global future in SBU’s new video series “5 Questions With …” Billy Joel, Alan Alda, Eric Holder, and Richard Leakey are among the initial set of luminaries giving thoughtful, compelling interviews, featured on a browsable website as well as a Youtube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications,  spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student and community enrichment events and activities.…

The Guerrilla Girls, a group of provocative, anonymous female artists on a mission to fight sexism and racism in the art world drew a crowd of more than 200 people to Stony Brook University on Thursday, October 13 for an Artist Talk at the Charles B. Wang Center. The talk complemented their current exhibition, “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery located in the Staller Center for the Arts. The exhibition is a major presentation of both their past and present works, including very large billboard prints and interactive…

When Trinley Palmo ’12 received the 2016 Norman H. Edelman Alumni Achievement Award from the Stony Brook University Program in Public Health last May, she spoke about how she used her master’s degree in public health to improve the lives of her fellow Tibetans. To appreciate her origins, it pays to understand world history. Trinley considers herself Tibetan but India is where she was born and is her current home. When Chinese forces occupied Tibet in 1959, her parents escaped the country, along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and roughly 80,000 fellow Tibetans. Trekking across the Himalayas without maps,…

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