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$100,000 Gift Establishes DeSimone Endowed Visiting Lectureship in Italian and Italian American Studies When Italian American and prominent Nassau County resident Vito DeSimone reads the headlines of the country’s growing international political and economic disarray, he underscores his lifelong philosophy: That cultural education and awareness are critical ingredients to modern society. “The importance of inclusion and teaching of culture to up and coming generations can’t be understated,” DeSimone said. “To compete in today’s world, you as an individual and the United States as a nation cannot afford to be isolated. We all need to be aware of and to learn…

I have invested in Stony Brook since I became an alum in January 1983. My reasons for staying involved with the University and continuing to support Stony Brook monetarily are many-fold. On a personal level, my education at Stony Brook was enriching on many levels: I made lifelong friends, was able to establish myself in a meaningful career/vocation (Aerospace Engineering, a field which I continue to work in 35 years later), and in no small fashion it helped to shape my personal approach and philosophy to life. This included, but is not limited to, the ability to approach and address…

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on a daily basis, about 80,000 chemical compounds are in commercial use nationwide. However, only a few of those chemicals are ever tested for their toxicity to humans. An increasing number of these contaminants are being found in Long Island’s aquifers — the sole source of drinking water for 2.8 million residents — and building levels of nitrogen discharged into local waters are degrading island coastal resources. Despite the critical role water quality plays in sustaining public health, mass interest in these issues has historically been low, with only limited or fleeting levels of…

The Class of 2017 doesn’t waste time. Just before they officially moved their tassels from right to left, the graduating class gave over $15,000 in support of the Stony Brook Fund for Excellence and other critical initiatives on our campus. Senior Class Senator Jonathan Rodriguez ’17, member of the Senior Legacy Council, announced the Senior Class Gift during Stony Brook University’s Commencement ceremonies on May 19. “We hope this contribution allows us to leave a living legacy at Stony Brook University and in the surrounding community,” Rodriguez said. Under the leadership of the Senior Legacy Council, more than 500 seniors…

The John C. Dunphy Private Foundation establishes Cancer Innovation Fund at Stony Brook Medicine The first documented case of cancer dates back to 3000 BC and is described in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery, as having “no treatment.” Fast forward more than 5,000 years and cancer remains an incredibly resilient and difficult disease to understand, prevent and cure. But we’re getting close. At the Stony Brook Cancer Center, researchers are pioneering studies that are gaining worldwide attention. “Stony Brook is a disciplined and first-class organization that supports a culture of people who work to change…

Stony Brook gave me an affordable first rate education in engineering with a healthy dose of humanities and especially science. A science-based engineering curriculum is especially valuable in understanding how and why things work or don’t. During those four years, lab experiments — such as measuring the speed of light — enhanced my respect for and appreciation of the scientific method. I also learned to use computers, which led to a position as a paid undergraduate research assistant. Much of my career and graduate work involved the use of computers. My senior project was building a cardiac pacemaker circuit, a…

47th Vice President Joe Biden honored for cancer research advocacy In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook, Stony Brook University’s annual fundraising gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 19. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence.  This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer…

Fellowship Established with $1 Million From George and Olga Tsunis Stony Brook Cancer Center researcher Dr. Basil Rigas, MD is onto something big. His recent studies have identified two novel compounds that may hold the secret for new drugs to combat ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. To accelerate his research, Rigas needs more highly trained researchers to explore how the compounds react with cells and identify their molecular targets and also how safe and ultimately effective they will be. And the clock is ticking: more than 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with ovarian or pancreatic cancer every year. Thanks to their…

Three Graces Foundation Supports Stony Brook Program to Promote Education and Conservation in Madagascar 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…

With an annual income of $10,000 or less, it’s no surprise that some Suffolk County residents can’t afford health care. Without access to preventative medicine or treatment, a sick child or spouse may worsen and quickly escalate a mildly stressful situation to one that requires emergency personnel. When illness strikes, where do they turn? Fortunately, for the past nine years, underserved Suffolk County residents have had the opportunity to find the aid they need at Stony Brook HOME, a free student-run primary care clinic that serves a twofold purpose: Improve the health and well-being of uninsured and in-need community…

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