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Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John and Yoko’s Year of Peace will be presented at the University Art Gallery in the Staller Center from September 6 through October 15. Originally organized by the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, the exhibition was curated by Kevin Concannon and John Noga. Staller Center is the first venue in New York to present this traveling exhibition. The closing night of the Art Gallery exhibit coincides with the first concert of the Staller Center 2011-2012 season: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger—comprised of the duo Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp…

Three exceptional undergraduates were recently recognized by Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and the Stony Brook Council for their high accomplishments. Seniors Geri Galotti, winner of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence; Michelle Mbekeani, Baccalaureate Speaker for 2011 Commencement; and junior Yaseen Eldik, Stony Brook’s first Truman Scholar, were commended on their contributions to the University community. The students were open in speaking about their experiences leading to this point. Following are excerpts from their conversation with Happenings. Q: Have you had a particular professor who influenced your path, or a class that stands out as…

Bike riding is not only a healthier way to travel, it also reduces the number of cars on campus and helps the environment. With these goals in mind, Stony Brook’s Environmental Stewardship Office has purchased bicycles to be shared by students on campus. The bicycles will be located at various racks on campus that will be accessible to members of the Bike Share program. Participating students can unlock one of the Bike Share bicycles, ride it around—either on-campus or off-campus—and then return it to any of the campus racks and lock it up again. The Bike Share program is another…

Inspiration often arrives at the unlikeliest times and places. Just ask Deborah DiFranco, the Provost’s Liaison, who noticed one day that students had drawn some graffiti on a wall in the lower level of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library. Instead of reacting negatively to this act of vandalism, she had an idea: turn the students’ urge to draw into a sprawling mural made up of representative scenes from the University. She told Kevin Kelly, executive director of the Faculty Student Association, and Building Manager Jim Lapiano, about her idea. Both approved the project. “One of the reasons I thought…

Stony Brook scientists have discovered evidence for a superfluid state of neutrons in the neutron star at the center of the supernova remnant, Cassiopeia A. Neutron stars are the compressed remnants of supernova explosions and are among the most inexplicable objects in the universe. The findings, “Rapid Cooling of the Neutron Star in Cassiopeia A Triggered by Neutron Superfluidity in Dense Matter,” are reported in Physical Review Letters. This represents the first direct evidence for a neutron superfluid—a friction-free state of matter at the core of a neutron star—and has important implications for understanding nuclear interaction in matter at the…

In a paper recently published in Current Anthropology, Professor John Shea from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology, who is also a research associate with the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, disproves the myth that the earliest humans were significantly different from us. The idea that human evolution follows a progressive trajectory is one of the most deeply entrenched assumptions about Homo sapiens evolution. In fact, archaeologists have long believed that modern human behaviors emerged tens of thousands of years after our species first evolved. And while scientists disagreed over whether the process was gradual or quick, they have agreed that…

Leadership from the School of Medicine and Department of Surgery officially opened and tested the new Surgical Skills Center (SSC) on Friday, January 7. Located on Level 2 of the Health Sciences Center, the 1,800 square-foot facility is dedicated to surgical training of fellows, residents, and medical students, and complements the School’s existing 6,000 square-foot Clinical Skills Center that opened in 2006, further reinforcing simulation training as a major component of medical education at the School of Medicine. Embraced as a training tool and promoted as an assessment of resident surgical skills by the American College of Surgeons, surgical simulation…

Four hockey players from the New York Islanders played Santa on December 14, delivering toys, other gifts, and good cheer to hospitalized children at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Forwards Jesse Joensuu and Matt Martin, along with defensemen Travis Hamonic and Milan Jurcina, visited with the patients and their families, signing autographs and giving away team jerseys. About 40 kids, as well as some teenagers and young adults, received visits from the players, who walked through the entire inpatient pediatric floor and the pediatric unit of SBUMC’s outpatient Cancer Center. During the previous week, the Islanders players chose gifts ranging…

Fossils of an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth discovered in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania is changing the picture of animal life at 100 million years in what is now sub-Saharan Africa. The new species, found by an international team of scientists, including Joseph Sertich from Stony Brook, is named Pakasuchus. “Paka” is the Ki-Swahili name for “cat” and “souchos” is Greek for crocodile.  The scientists analyze the anatomical structure and evolution of the new species in the August 5 issue of Nature. The scientists describe the new species of notosuchian crocodyliform as a small animal whose head would…

A festive awards reception was held July 31 on Staller Center’s Main Stage, with film critic John Anderson as master of ceremonies, to close the 15th annual Stony Brook Film Festival. Anderson announced the Audience and Jury awards for best features and shorts as well as an Excellence in Filmmaking prize. Five Star Day, written and directed by Danny Buday, won Best Feature, Jury Award; Ayla, directed by Su Turhan, and Berlin 36, directed by Kaspar Heidelbach, tied for Best Feature, Audience Choice Prize; Worth, by Kathi Carey, won Best Short Film, Audience Choice Award; Unrest, by Christina Rubenstein, won…

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