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Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged. But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology. Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind. The National Geographic…

Empowered with NIH grants totaling more than $6 million, Maurizio Del Poeta, MD, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University, expects to change the landscape of treatment against fungal infections with new approaches based on his laboratory research and collaborative work with fungal experts worldwide. Systemic fungal infections cause more than one million deaths annually, and treatments against these infections are often not effective due to drug resistance or toxicity. The funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize the widespread need for better antifungal treatments and the promise of Dr. Del Poeta’s…

“I can’t really imagine my four years at SB without research,” reflects Andrew Seunghyun Lee. “I spent most of my time doing research. And the only reason I did was because I really loved it. Around sophomore year, I was so involved with research that I knew that this was something that I could do for the rest of my life. I just love it.” Andrew will graduate with a B.S. (Honors) in Psychology in August 2016. While at SB, he has been active in 3 different research groups in Psychology, including those of Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung, Dr. Brenda Anderson, and…

Professor inspires students to change the world using empathy and innovation Undergraduate life can be tough — What should I major in? When is my project due? How much does my lunch cost? As challenging as college can be, some of our students are inventing strong solutions to major global issues like malnutrition, poverty and water scarcity before ever leaving the Stony Brook campus. Welcome to EST 205: Introduction to Technological Design, part of the Department of Technology and Society (T&S) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “My course teaches students the basics of design ideation, prototype development…

Reflecting the global impact of Stony Brook’s research and public service initiatives, ministers of the government of Madagascar met with University officials May 16 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding extending the relationship between Stony Brook and the East African island nation. In attendance were Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy, Madagascar’s Ambassador to the United Nations; Dr. Monique Rasoazananera, the Madagascar Minister of Higher Education; and Josiane Rakotonirina, Director of Ranomafana National Park, the site of Stony Brook’s Centre ValBio research center. They were joined by Jim and Robin Herrnstein, who launched an ambitious new effort at Stony Brook University designed to bring…

Two Stony Brook University students earned prestigious Fulbright grants for 2016–17, and another student who received a grant for 2015–16 has been asked to renew her English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Turkey. Brooklyn, New York, native Sumaira Mian ’16, who has dual majors in biology and religious studies, accepted the ETA in Turkey, while Ross Medico ’13, who majored in political science and international relations, from Bellmore, New York, is an alumnus currently teaching English in South Korea. Ross, will head to Taiwan in the fall after accepting an ETA there. Alumna Michelle Chiarappa ’15, linguistics major, from Centereach, New…

Some of us just dream about time travel. Through world-spanning archaeological research, Melina Seabrook ’17 is making it happen. The junior anthropology major from Monroe, Washington, has experienced hands-on research into the ancient past in far-flung dig sites across the globe.  Her first such trip took place in fall 2014 when she visited Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya to help investigate one of Professor James Rossie’s Miocene primate sites. There, Melina helped excavate an elephant femur. That prepared her for an even more groundbreaking experience: a 10-week excavation of Ur, an ancient Sumerian city-state, with Professor Elizabeth Stone, a world-renowned expert in…

This spring the Charles B. Wang Center features lectures on the intersection of Buddhism and stand-up comedy, a theater production that explores what it’s like to be Muslim in New York City and a performance by one of the best taiko drum groups in Japan. Art exhibitions range from art that uses building as a canvas to Korean digital comics. Visit the website for the full schedule of programs. All lectures, workshops and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on May 1 are popular events, so book your space in advance. Space Drawing by Sun K. Kwak New York-based Korean-American artist…

Surviving the greatest natural disaster of our time; escaping a dictatorship; traveling half-way across the world on your own and learning who you want to be — dramatic events that sound like the plot of a movie, but they’re not. They’re all real experiences SUNY Korea students recently shared with fellow SBU student Brandon Loo in a series of compelling posts on the “Humans of Stony Brook” (HoSB) Facebook page. Inspired by the success of the “Humans of New York” Facebook page, three Stony Brook student photographers established HoSB in late 2012. The page highlights the diversity and vibrancy of…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD made time for a selfie with actress Emma Watson on Friday, January 22 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, during a UN Women event promoting its HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Watson is the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and President Stanley is representing Stony Brook University at the event as one of the 10 founding university champions of the HeForShe campaign. Launched in September 2014 by UN Women, HeForShe created its IMPACT 10x10x10 program to engage 30 key leaders across three sectors—the public sector, private sector and academia—to take…

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