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Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD joined hundreds of college and university presidents, business leaders, investors, governors and mayors from across the United States in signing an open letter to the international community, endorsing actions being taken at the state and local levels to address climate change in support of the Paris Agreement. Those signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement declare that they “will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement,” and vow “to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.” “Climate…

In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, faculty at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay. Meanwhile, the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences monitors and investigates the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. The following stories provide news and background: SBU Receives $3M…

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…

Dana Badke and Catherine Vidal, two senior Stony Brook University respiratory care students, advocated for the American Association for Respiratory Care in Washington, DC, in April. They were accompanied by Clinical Associate Professor Stephen G. Smith from the School of Health Technology and Management’s Respiratory Care Program. The group had scheduled meetings with New York congressional representatives to discuss the importance of the clinical care that respiratory therapists provide to their patients and to encourage them to support legislation that will have a positive effect on caring for patients, specifically with cardiopulmonary diseases. Respiratory therapists add to the care of…

Stony Brook University students Sandhiya Kannan and William Tunney participated in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) program that took place in Washington, DC, April 2 through April 5. The program was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The CASE program is designed for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines who want to learn more about the role of science in policy-making. It is meant to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. “The AAAS CASE Workshop was an amazing opportunity to…

Four Stony Brook University students — Jean-Doris Muhuza, Patrick Smith, Kayla Gogarty and Lyl Tomlinson — were on Capitol Hill at the end of March as part of “SUNY Students on the Hill Day,” advocating for increased federal support for public higher education so SUNY and Stony Brook can continue to deliver high-quality, affordable opportunities to New Yorkers. Students advocated for: Increasing the total maximum Pell Grant award to $5,920 Reducing student loan interest rates and allowing students with high-interest loans to refinance at current lower rates Advocating for a humanitarian approach to immigration reform Reinstating the year-round Pell Grant program Supporting…

Defying conventional wisdom and the polls, Stony Brook University Political Science Professor Helmut Norpoth predicted Donald Trump’s victory using a model with a remarkable record of predicting election outcomes. Based on his analysis of primary voting, Norpoth gave Trump an 87%-99% chance of beating Hillary Clinton nearly one year ago. He stuck by his model in press interviews despite an overwhelming consensus of pollsters and pundits promising a Clinton victory. Norpoth’s projection is based on a statistical model that relies on presidential primaries and an election cycle as predictors of the vote in the general election. Under the model, winning the early primaries…

As part of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC), Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, joined other LIREDC representatives on November 2 in Albany as the group made its annual presentation of priority project proposals to the State Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT). It is SIAT’s job to review the ten Regional Councils’ annual progress reports and proposals as each council competes for state funding. In addition to President Stanley, LIREDC was represented at the hearing by Council Co-Vice Chair Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association; Patricia Edwards, Vice President for Community Development, Citigroup;…

Politics has become a transatlantic phenomenon in today’s interconnected world, acknowledged Britain’s former Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women Margaret Jay in an October 11 Presidential  Lecture entitled “The New Populism in America and Britain: What Has Happened to Our Politics?” Jay, the Right Honorable the Baroness Jay of Paddington, Labour politician and former broadcast journalist, is a pioneer of women’s issues and has longstanding interests in health and constitutional affairs. In her lecture, Jay compared Britain’s recent vote to leave the EU, popularly known as “Brexit,” to the populist upsurge reflected in the current US Presidential…

Those who proclaimed the end of infectious diseases spoke too soon. The words of Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, resonated with a group of 250 primary care providers who gathered online and in person at the Stony Brook Medicine Campus on Sept. 29 to hear an update for medical professionals on the Zika virus. Titled “From A to Zika: An Update on Zika Virus for Primary Care Providers,” the event was hosted by New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, as part of the Commissioner’s Medical Grand Rounds series. A panel…

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