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Five Stony Brook University students have been recognized by the Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a highly competitive program that provides funding for American students to conduct research or teach English in over 140 countries overseas. This year’s Fulbright honorees are Rashaun Allen ’17, Jessica Opatich ’17, Tayisha St. Vil ’17, Richard Tomczak ’19 and Jessica Willdigg ’17.  All five honorees are New York natives and represent a diverse array of Stony Brook’s academic programs. The majority will be pursuing mentored research abroad: PhD student Tomczak from History heads to Canada to research mandatory labor in the…

The timely conference “Explaining the Populist Movements and Their Impact on Western Democracies,” hosted by Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies on April 29, featured presentations that were informative, thought-provoking, well-researched and intellectually stimulating. Speakers connected well with the audience, and the conference created a forum for a rich exchange of ideas and for the creation of new knowledge. Center Director Mario B. Mignone and Provost Michael Bernstein provided a warm welcome and gracious opening of the proceedings. This was followed by the morning session chaired by Frank Myers, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus from Stony Brook’s Department of Political Science. Session I Presentations…

Five Stony Brook students were recently honored with highly competitive scholarships from the U.S. Department of State that will enable them to study, intern, conduct research, and engage in intensive language study overseas during the summer of 2017. Magaline Alcindor ‘17, Michelle Olakkengil ‘17, Andrea Persaud ‘18, and Brittany Wong ‘18 were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. All four will be participating in SBU study abroad programs: Alcindor will be heading to Tanzania, Olakkengil and Persaud to Madagascar, and Wong to Dongguk University in South Korea. These students will be studying a range of topics from global health to…

Expanding the university’s global reach, Stony Brook’s School of Journalism has concluded a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding to support the development and spread of its News Literacy curriculum in Vietnam. Under the agreement, the School’s Center for News Literacy (Center) will provide funding to Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Ho Chi Minh City for four initiatives: Organizing, hosting and conducting annual News Literacy training courses for university-level academics from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations; Further development of a pioneering effort to provide a grounding in News Literacy principles to all incoming Vietnam National…

Madagascar’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Zina ANDRIANARIVELO, opened the meeting on April 20th in Washington, D.C., saying he was, “committed to continuing to explore innovative ways that drones can improve human and ecosystem health in Madagascar. . .and will raise this issue at the highest levels within the United Nations.” The event, sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), convened scientists, corporations, drone manufacturers, funders and U.S. government agencies to build a durable coalition of support and an action plan for the use…

Alexis Kaushansky, an assistant professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, will present “New Approaches to Studying the Molecular Battle Between Parasite and Host” on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. Her talk is part of the Engineering-driven Medicine Lecture Series jointly organized by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Global Health Institute. Kaushansky is a research biologist, but her experience in engineering and social justice issues has made her a scientist who looks at social and economic constraints as a path to creativity. She received her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2004 and…

The Flame Challenge Worldwide Assembly is a live-streamed web conference in which students around the world join Alan Alda on Monday, April 24, from 12 pm to 1 pm to discuss the six finalist entries to the sixth annual Flame Challenge. The student judges of The Flame Challenge take this event very seriously and they can be charmingly unpredictable! The Flame Challenge has partnered with IBM this year to broadcast live from the THINKLab at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which scientists answer a technical question in a clear…

World-renowned primatologist Patricia Wright led ABC’s Alex Marquardt through Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar to search for endangered lemurs. The segment aired April 1 on ABC News Nightline. Wright is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. Considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs, Professor Wright is best known for her 28-year study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly…

Issuing a call to resist anti-immigration rhetoric in a Scientific American guest blog, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. argues that immigration is essential to the pursuit of knowledge and the health of American research universities. “Our embrace of international students and faculty has given the U.S. a leg up on all other countries in the race to lead in innovation and discovery,” Stanley writes. In a strongly worded piece, Stanley states that xenophobic rhetoric and restrictive immigration policies “are undoing the compact between the United States and those seeking opportunity from around the world.” “Policy needs to be…

As lead institution for the U.S. ATLAS collaboration, Stony Brook University has received additional National Science Foundation (NSF) funding toward the project. This recent $5.4M award for U.S. ATLAS Operations: Discovery and Measurement at the Energy Frontier will stimulate development of a scientific and technically educated workforce, advancing the multidisciplinary application of technology and the popularization and dissemination of science to the general public. Stony Brook Physics Professor John Hobbs is principal investigator for U.S. NSF operations of ATLAS, which has received a total amount of over $54M in funding to date. This ongoing project provides the U.S. contribution to the international ATLAS experiment at…

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