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M. Cristina Leske, Distinguished Professor of Preventive Medicine and Ophthalmology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, has been named Emeritus Professor after 30 years of service to the institution. Leske is known worldwide for her epidemiologic studies on eye diseases and cancer. She will continue to lecture nationally and internationally. Leske is the only faculty member within the School of Medicine elected into the prestigious Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. She achieved SUNY’s highest academic titles and was the first woman to chair a medical school department at SBUMC, serving as Chair of Preventive Medicine for 12 years.…

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Eric W. Kaler, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Brookhaven Affairs, as one of 68 new members and nine foreign associates. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” “I’m very…

Mathematics Professor Dennis Sullivan has been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize in Mathematics, which is considered an equivalent of the Nobel Prize and worth $100,000. Sullivan, who was recognized for his innovative contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics, will receive the award from President Shimon Peres and Education Minister and Wolf Foundation Council Chairman Gideon Sa’ar at the Israeli Knesset in May. Wolf prizes are also awarded in agriculture, chemistry, medicine, physics, and the arts. “When I looked at the list of people who won the prize, I was honored. They were all my heroes,” said Sullivan. “This was…

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the University has assembled a Campus Response Team that is being coordinated by Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, and Susan DiMonda, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life. A Web site has been developed that describes the support services and resources available to faculty, staff, and students who want to get involved. Relief efforts and methods of assistance are listed on the site, which will be updated as information becomes available.

When Stefan Hyman, Web Electronic Information Coordinator for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, launched the “Favorite Spot on Campus” YouTube contest this fall, he wasn’t prepared for just how passionate students would be about their campus and how they would find a way to fit this in to an already cramped schedule leading up to final exams. The first YouTube contest, “Why Is Stony Brook So Hot?”, was initiated in the spring of 2008. The top prize for the first contest was an iPod. This year three cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 were offered. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions…

A newly discovered dinosaur that lived approximately 215 million years ago (Triassic Period) in the region of New Mexico is providing a team of paleontologists new information on early dinosaur evolution. Reported in the December 11 issue of Science, an analysis of Tawa hallae, a meat-eating theropod dinosaur between two-and-four meters long, reveals that the early history of theropods was characterized by waves of migration from South America, not just localized or regional species diversification. “To understand how these early theropods were related evolutionarily, we analyzed hundreds of morphological features, then used recently devised statistical methods to model how the…

Stony Brook University Medical Center has opened a new and expanded World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP) facility to care for thousands of 9/11 first responders who continue to suffer from asthma, pulmonary conditions, post-traumatic stress disorders, and other conditions related to their work at ground zero. The WTCMMTP medical staff, patients, and government officials attended a ribbon cutting of the state-of-the-art facility in Islandia in early December. In operation since immediately after 9/11, the WTCMMTP is a federally funded program largely supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an arm of the…

Ruoyi Jiang, a senior at Ward Melville High School, was named the individual Grand Prize winner in the prestigious nationwide 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Jiang conducted his research at Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratory under the mentorship of Carlos Simmerling, Professor of Chemistry. Jiang, 17, won a $100,000 scholarship for his research on chemotherapy drug resistance. He is the first Grand Prize winner of the Siemens competition to have done research at Stony Brook in the “individual” category; twice previously, the Grand Prize “team” winners worked with Stony Brook faculty mentors, including Professor Iwao Ojima…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Eva Feder Kittay, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, which is the University’s highest faculty designation. Kittay’s early work on metaphor is considered a major contribution to the literature. Her book, Metaphor: Its Linguistic Structure and Its Cognitive Force, is still in print and is read internationally by linguists, psychologists, literary scholars, and philosophers. Her subsequent work on care ethics and feminism is among the most sophisticated developments of this much-discussed line of thought. It is discussed not only in the English-speaking world, but also in…

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