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John W. “Jack” Milnor, Professor of Mathematics and Co-director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook, has been awarded The American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) prestigious Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The award, presented during the recent AMS Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, is among the world’s most prestigious honors given for outstanding contributions to mathematics. The award includes a $5,000 prize. “The AMS Lifetime Achievement Award is a well-deserved honor and recognition,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “Jack’s continuous contributions to his field constitute a tremendous legacy, he is an outstanding member…

The University will offer a new master of arts degree in higher education administration beginning in September 2011. The 30-credit program is designed to provide the academic preparation and credentials necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers. “We are excited to help students achieve their academic and career goals through the development of this innovative degree program that is well-suited for professionals working in all areas of college and university administration,” said Interim Faculty Director Richard Gatteau. The announcement of this new degree program comes on the heels of an encouraging report issued…

Geckoes and chameleons and iguanas, oh my! There is no scaling back senior Melissa Vodofsky’s interest in all things reptilian, particularly lizards. Vodofsky is proof that the unconventional path to higher education can work, providing that it is accompanied by a lifelong love of learning and an inextinguishable passion. The former New Jersey native, who now makes Stony Brook her home, took a few years off to work a variety of odd jobs before an unquenchable thirst for knowledge led her back to academia. In researching colleges, Vodofsky learned that Stony Brook is one of a select number of collegiate…

The Staller Center Conference Bike was taken for a spin on September 15 during Campus Lifetime by students who work at Staller Center. They invited other students to take a ride as they circled the academic mall on Involvement Day. The bike, created and designed by Eric Staller, is a gift to the University and is showcased at campus events (photo by Paul Newland).

With Asia moving to the center stage in world economic and political developments, the learning and teaching of Asian languages has become crucial. Stony Brook is taking the lead in preparing qualified teachers of Asian languages with the launch of undergraduate teacher education programs in Chinese and Japanese leading to New York State initial teaching certification and the B.A. degree in Asian and Asian American Studies: Adolescent Education–Chinese/Japanese, Grades 7-12. The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies provides content core courses, the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program (FLA) offers pedagogical core courses, and the Professional Education Program coordinates additional…

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and individuals who purchase tickets for the Stony Brook University Seawolves home opener football game on Saturday, September 11, will help tackle childhood cancer. A portion of the ticket sales will support the “Play Fit-Stay Fit!” program sponsored by the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC). The program is a comprehensive physical therapy and fitness/wellness program for childhood cancer survivors and their families. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease in children younger than 15 years old, despite overall rising…

Season tickets for the 2010-11 Stony Brook Seawolves men’s and women’s basketball season are now on sale. Season ticket packages start as low as $120 for the men and $65 for the women. The men’s team looks to defend its 2010 America East Regular Season Championship when they open the 2010-11 season on Saturday, November 14 vs. Mount Ida College at 2:00 pm inside the historic and intimate Pritchard Gymnasium. The women’s team strives to build off their strong finish at the 2010 America East Tournament as they open the 2010-11 season against Hofstra on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 pm inside…

Staller Center will be welcoming an eclectic mix of artists to its Main Stage Theatre and Recital Hall this fall—from top jazz players that make up the SFJAZZ Collective, the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, dancers and singers in the Bollywood show, The Merchants of Bollywood, to Galumpha, an award-winning troupe of children’s entertainers and acrobats, as well as a nightclub cabaret with clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski. Two special performances on the Staller Center Main Stage are The Merchants of Bollywood on Saturday, October 30, at 8:00 pm and a concert by Katharine McPhee, a singer-songwriter-actress who attracted fans as a singing…

Travis W. Holloway has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study philosophy in Germany. He was named a Graduate Fellow by the Fulbright Commission and will receive a research grant to study at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Holloway is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program during the 2010-2011 academic year. “Travis is a thoughtful and inventive student who thinks globally about international trends in philosophy,” said Department of Philosophy Chair Robert P. Crease. “He spends as much time as he can in Europe, brushing up on languages…

A talented group of Stony Brook University art students are painting a beautiful new mural in the hallway of the lower level of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library. The project originated with Provost’s Liaison Deborah DiFranco in mid June when she commissioned senior studio art major and art history minor Sophia Dang to sketch ideas for the mural. Dang is a gifted artist with a passion for large mural projects and has been awarded the 2010-2011 Palmedo Scholarship for art. She has worked on several major mural projects in the past, mostly in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and New York…

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