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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…

When Don Thompson, BA ’78, JD Harvard ’81, first stepped foot on the Stony Brook University campus in 1975, he immediately took note of the hundreds of students on the walkways. When he walked through Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library he noticed that the computer labs were full and that in the classes he took, not a single seat was left unoccupied. To succeed in this rigorous environment, he knew that he needed to sharpen his senses of responsibility and independence to forge his own path. Spending much of his time studying in his Roth Quad dorm, Thompson graduated as…

A notable and national expert in training physicians, Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Medicine. “This professorship will serve as the catalyst for developing the next generation of medical leaders, whose careers will change lives,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “No one is better suited for that role at Stony Brook Medicine than Dr. Latha Chandran.” The professorship was made possible thanks to Long Islanders Miki and David Donoho whose generosity also established the Donoho Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars (ACES) in 2012, which…

Although I graduated from Stony Brook long ago, I have vivid and warm memories of my time there. In an era when the University was in its formative stages (lots of construction and mud!) and known mostly for programs in technology and medicine, I received a world-class education in music, studying with several high profile individuals in the world of music. I will never forget working with Isaac Nemiroff, Richard Kramer, Leo Treitler, Daria Semegen, Peter Winkler, Charles Rosen and many other luminaries. Without the strong foundation these educators provided, I never would have been able to forge my own…

What is the role of verifiable information in a civil society? How can critical thinking skills be imparted to students and adults to create a new literacy for the 21st Century? An accelerating communications revolution — fueled by social media platforms that can promote unfiltered and false information — has given these questions a newfound significance for not only Stony Brook students and their American peers, but also for students worldwide who find themselves attending school in transitional media societies. Conceptualized and entirely funded by an anonymous donor via The Campaign for Stony Brook — $340,000 in Fiscal Year 2016…

Hard work does not go unrewarded. Five student employees have been chosen to receive Faculty Student Association (FSA) scholarships for the Fall 2016 semester: Ankur Mody, Senior, Technology Systems Management  Amy Nan, Junior, Technology Systems Management  Elena Howe, Sophomore, Psychology  Kylie Campanelli, Senior, Environmental Humanities Tylene Hilarie, Senior, Chemistry  The five scholarships, offered each semester, honor exemplary student employees with a monetary award of $500 each. “I plan to put the money I have been awarded toward my tuition, as I am determined to make the most out of my time at Stony Brook,” said Amy Nan. The scholarship, exclusive to…

Stony Brook Medicine Physician Researcher Named Knapp Chair in Pediatrics Nationally renowned clinical geneticist and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Physician-in-Chief Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, has been named the inaugural Knapp Chair in Pediatrics at Stony Brook Children’s. The Knapp Chair in Pediatrics was made possible through the generosity of the Knapp Swezey Foundation, the Island Outreach Foundation and the Gardener Foundation. “The incredible philanthropy of the Knapp family has continued to promote an environment of excellence at Stony Brook,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “Their establishment of the Chair in Pediatrics will remain a lasting legacy that illustrates the…

Back in the day (once upon a time) when I attended Stony Brook the tuition was nominal and with my NY Regents Scholarship, it was free except for fees and books, and books were WAY cheaper then. This left me free upon graduation to attend graduate school and later to start a family without the sword of debt over my head. Today I am retired, again being able to adequately fund that over the years and not having to divert those funds into paying off student debt. I hope that my small efforts can contribute to that for the current…

The impact that Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov has had on the field of physics can be measured by a simple metric: 18,000. It’s the number of times his published research has been cited; one of the highest in physics to date. A pioneer in modern theoretical physics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Zamolodchikov is known internationally for his contributions to the study of condensed matter physics, conformal field theory and string theory. Adding to an extensive list of titles and awards, Dr. Zamolodchikov became the inaugural Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and…

Renowned Energy Storage Researcher Esther Takeuchi Named Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment From cell phones, computers and cars to kids toys, remote controls and other utilities, batteries big and small can be found everywhere on Earth — including our landfills. Esther Takeuchi, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, aims to curb that pollution with the following question: Is it possible to develop an energy storage system that can lead to a more sustainable Earth? Takeuchi — who holds a…

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