Browsing: Gifts

In the heart of Madagascar’s rainforest — one of the economically poorest regions in the world — 12-year-old Hanta watches the edge of the treeline recede into the distance. Why the forest she calls home is disappearing has always been a mystery to her, until now. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Three Graces Foundation, Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB) has integrated conservation education into the school curriculum of Madagascar’s most remote villages. Where Hanta and others like her live there is no running water, no electricity, and the houses are made of mud and grass. Even worse,…

The fossil-rich sedimentary rock basin of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya was set upon almost 50 years ago by renowned paleoanthropologist and Stony Brook professor Richard Leakey. To build on decades-long and groundbreaking fieldwork and research, Leakey and Stony Brook University founded the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in 2006 to provide the crucial infrastructure needed to facilitate future research and discovery in the remote desert region, now known to be the most complete and important repository in the world for human fossils. Supported entirely through private philanthropy, the kinds of discoveries possible at TBI are manifest in a recent find…

Stony Brook University student-athletes recently went to bat for one of their own. When Stony Brook softball player Danielle (“Danni”) Kemp learned that she had an inoperable brain tumor and needed treatments, her male diamond counterparts put on their rally caps in solidarity, creating the initiative #BeardsForDanni. Danni, who played second base for the Seawolves in 2015-2016, was hit in the helmet by a pitch this past summer. Soon after she experienced balance problems, trouble focusing and dizziness. Doctors discovered she didn’t have a concussion, but a brain tumor. Stony Brook University Associate Baseball Coach Pennucci learned the news about…

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…

Highlighting Stony Brook University’s commitment to path-breaking research, Professor Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD, was formally installed as the inaugural holder of the Della Pietra Chair of Biomedical Imaging during an Investiture Ceremony at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. The Della Pietra Chair was established in 2013 through the generosity of the Della Pietra family – Barbara Amonson and her husband Vincent Della Pietra, and Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra and her husband Stephen Della Pietra – along with a matching contribution by the Simons Foundation. The appointment underscores Stony Brook’s fostering of scientific discovery and real-world innovation, bolstered by the…

Thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Stony Brook University will establish an endowed chair in the Department of History: the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The gift makes it possible for Stony Brook to appoint a prominent scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will foster an increase in public interest in the history of Long Island and its place in American history, creating a robust intellectual resource available to wider audiences. The Gardiner Foundation pledge qualifies for a dollar-for-dollar match from the Simons Foundation, bringing the gift to the threshold of…

“Education is the best investment we can make in our future” — R. David Bynum, PhD, John S. Toll Professor “I grew up in Oklahoma and initially went into the oil business because I was surrounded by it,” said David Bynum. Bynum joined the Stony Brook University faculty in 1982 and retired from Stony Brook last May after 33 years of service. He now holds a three-year position as a John S. Toll Professor. Bynum founded and directed Stony Brook University’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) (now the Institute for Stem Education (I-STEM)) in 2007 and its predecessor, LIGASE…

Thanks to a generous grant from PSEG, 16 Stony Brook students this summer are participating in the university’s Explorations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Research Program. The summer program provides freshmen and sophomores with high potential but low exposure to research with a 10-week paid summer research opportunity. Each of the undergraduate students in the program – now in its third year – are paired with faculty across campus, conducting research in the STEM disciplines with an emphasis on engineering. “We are delighted to contribute to a program that is developing tomorrow’s engineers,” PSEG Chairman and CEO Ralph…

Toxic algae blooms are among the most serious health risks in East Hampton pond Stony Brook University has partnered with a group of homeowners from the Georgica Pond community, and the East Hampton Town Trustees, to form a public-private partnership to address water quality issues on the east end of Long Island. Local residents have raised $359,000 to support the research project, which will investigate the causes of environmental degradation and the toxic algae blooms observed in Georgica Pond over the last several years. Research will be led by Dr. Chris Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University’s School of…

CBS executive Anthony M. Bongiorno  set out to accomplish three goals by establishing a scholarship this year at Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The 1981 political science graduate especially wanted a hand in empowering young women pursuing an education in science. Bongiorno also believed it was important to give back to his alma mater, while fulfilling his parents’ wishes that he work to have a positive impact on people in his community. “I’ve achieved all three with this endowment,” Bongiorno said. “This endowment is part of the lesson my parents imparted to me to make a difference…

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