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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…

The Office of Global Affairs and the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication invite you to a Global Forum, Intercultural Communication: Understanding Our Global Campus, on Wednesday, March 1, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The Global Forum offers a venue for Stony Brook faculty, staff and students to debate and comment on contemporary global issues. This forum will feature keynote remarks from Agnes He, Professor and Chair of Asian and Asian American Studies and Director of the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, will moderate a cross-disciplinary panel including…

In 2016, Stony Brook University was once again an academic hotbed of innovation, diversity, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we followed the road to the White House, celebrated the medical miracle that gave a young Congolese boy his smile back, advanced global health in Madagascar, and made our first appearance in the NCAA’s Big Dance. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2016.

Two Stony Brook University students traveled to a remote part of the world this past summer with the hope of contributing to big global change. Ruthann Monsees ’16, Alexandra Bonecutter ’17 and 21 other crew mates set sail in a brigantine, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, from Hawaii to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area of Kiribati. Their assignment: to study the pristine atolls there and the effects of climate change. The ship on which they sailed is operated by Sea Education Association (SEA), which offers the SEA Semester program, an accredited study abroad initiative. SEA is based on Cape Cod…

For Jessica Flores ’17, the collaborative nature of doing science is compelling — something that’s motivated her from the day she first joined the McKinnon-Rosati research lab in her freshman year through her subsequent research experiences on campus and at BNL. As a result, Jessica was very much in her element this past summer as an REU intern at the European Organization for Nuclear Research at CERN, Switzerland, where she had the opportunity to work alongside scientists from all across the globe, characterizing the spatial trajectories of particles in the Monopole and Other Exotics Detector at the Large Hadron Collider…

On November 11, fraternity members from Pi Lambda Phi and Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) students gathered at Sanger College behind Tabler Quad and loaded 47 unclaimed bicycles onto a truck rented by the charity organization Pedals for Progress, which repairs and transports bikes overseas to individuals who might have a use for them. The initiative simultaneously gives a boost to people in developing countries and helps clear the campus of derelict bikes. Beginning in 2014, the University Police Department (UPD) and Residential Risk Management (RRM) began to notice an increase in the number of abandoned bicycles at Stony Brook,…

From the time she was a young girl running around her father’s medical practice wearing a stethoscope around her neck, Jean Adomfeh ’16, ’18 has aspired to be a physician. Stony Brook’s Women’s Leadership Council is helping to make her dreams a reality. “Both of my parents were working, so sometimes I would be brought along for the day,” she says. “My mother is a nurse and at that time she was helping my father in his office.” As a first-generation American whose family has roots in Ghana, the Clifton Park, New York, native could gauge how fulfilling her father’s…

Reflecting Stony Brook University’s commitment to bold innovation in science education, Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge enters its sixth year with a brand new question directed toward scientists by children from across the globe. After reviewing hundreds of questions submitted by children from around the world, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University has announced the question issued to scientists for The Flame Challenge 2017 – What is Energy? “As far as I know, nothing happens without energy,” said Alan Alda, actor, writer, science advocate and a visiting professor at the Center. “Night and day, we’re surrounded…

A panel from Stony Brook University, led by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, will deliver a presentation outlining the University’s experience with the UN HeForShe initiative at the SXSWedu Conference, taking place March 6-9, 2017, in Austin, Texas. SXSWedu, an outgrowth of the famous SXSW conference on music, film and media, aims to foster innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. Joining President Stanley on the panel will be SBU undergraduate Bridget Foley, a member of the university’s HeForShe Steering Committee, and graduate student Tayisha R Saint…

Imagine saying goodbye to the mother who raised you and not knowing when you might reunite, if ever. That was the pain of separation that Gabriela Quintanilla ’16 and her sisters felt when their mother left their native El Salvador to join the rest of her extended family in the United States. But Gabriella declined to wallow in self-pity. Instead, she became an advocate for social change, turning her own personal pain into gain for others like herself. “My mother promised to send for us in two years,” said Gabriela. “She just wanted a better life and thought of the…

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