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On Thursday, December 14, Dr. Robin Staffin, Director of Basic Research for the Department of Defense (DOD) visited Stony Brook University along with four of his DOD colleagues. This visit was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Government Relations to provide Stony Brook researchers with a strategic networking opportunity to learn about a wide range of disciplinary funding opportunities for basic research activities from the Department of Defense. “The visit by DoD’s Director of Basic Research reflects our outstanding reputation for fundamental research at Stony Brook,” said Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research…

Representatives from the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare travelled to Washington, DC, at the end of November to advocate for the school’s priorities. Jacqueline B. Mondros, Dean and Assistant Vice President for Social Determinants of Health for the School of Social Welfare, along with Professor Michelle S. Ballan and Professor George S. Leibowitz met with Congressman Peter King, Congressman Tom Suozzi, and the higher education policy staff of Leader Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Zeldin and Congresswoman Rice. “It was extremely interesting to have the opportunity to speak with the Congressional staff members and to hear their comments and perspectives,” said…

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) hosted its four-day annual winter meeting the week of November 12 in Washington, DC. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD served on two panels, “Back Tracking the American Dream?” and “The Next Frontier in University Technology Transfer: Evolving into a More Responsive and Engaged Enterprise.” On November 14, APLU and the Association of American Universities (AAU) hosted the inaugural University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase on Capitol Hill, spotlighting 22 startup companies that have created products born out of federally funded, university-based research. The national associations received about 100 highly competitive applications from more than 40…

New York Sea Grant Director Bill Wise participated in a legislative briefing, “Using Science and Outreach to Assist State and Local Decision Makers in Disaster Preparedness and Public Safety,” on November 8 in Washington, DC, which was sponsored by Congressmen Lee Zeldin (NY) and Joe Courtney (CT). Wise and others on the panel conveyed the importance of the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) to Congressional leaders. Specifically, he discussed the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP), funded with $1.8 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This program was initiated after Superstorm Sandy to help understand the factors that influenced…

Representatives from the Stony Brook University Graduate Student Organization (GSO) were on Capitol Hill on October 3 along with other members of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) — a network of graduate student organizations at more than 50 universities that represents approximately 500,000 graduate and professional students nationwide. While in Washington, DC, students advocated for the interests and concerns of thousands of graduate students as they met with staff from the majority of the Long Island Congressional Delegation, including Congressman Lee Zeldin. The representative from Stony Brook included Jinelle Wint, GSO Vice President; Luigi Pesce Ibarra, GSO Secretary;…

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…

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