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At an investiture ceremony on the Stony Brook University campus, three new endowed chairs were formally appointed; two leading pediatric clinical research physicians at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and a renowned materials scientist and chemical engineer at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The three new endowed faculty positions were funded by philanthropic gifts from the Knapp family through the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, and Jane and William Knapp respectively. “From the start of my tenure at Stony Brook, it has been my goal to create 100 endowed faculty positions across a wide range of disciplines to…

With live shows featuring performers from all over the world, the winter/spring season at Staller Center at Stony Brook University is as diverse as it gets. From troupes touring the world to a very special performance by singer Audra McDonald to comedy with Jay Leno, the vast choices at Staller Center make it easy to find entertainment close to home. Tickets are available at stallercenter.com for all performances, with waiting lists for some shows. The Staller Center box office can be reached at (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. Starting the season off, the New York-based ensemble The Hot Sardines comes to Staller Center on Saturday, January 20.…

A new study published in PNAS details a new “landscape portfolio” theory that uses insights from economics to predict animal population growth and the spread of disease. The paper, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Jessica Gurevitch, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution in the College of Arts and Sciences, melds Harry Markowitz’s “portfolio theory” in economics with ecological landscape theory to predict population growth of living things. Population demography of plants, animals and microbes that cause diseases is central to understanding many problems in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Scientists have had limited information on collections of living populations to understand and…

Stony Brook University has taken another bold step in developing its international outreach and services with the creation of the China Center. On Friday, November 10, Stony Brook University celebrated the grand opening of the China Center with a festive ribbon cutting ceremony featuring student performers and special guests. Yumin Zhao, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, joined Dr. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Founding Director of the China Center; Lindsi Walker, Senior Assistant Dean, International Academic Programs and Services; and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. MD…

From new approaches to student recruitment to workshops on equity and gender awareness, Stony Brook is tackling the issue of diversity head-on. At the most recent in a series of town hall meetings, University officials offered an update on implementation of the Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. “We’re interested in improving the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention and to expand educational research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure Stony Brook students have the ability to thrive,” President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in his introduction to the November 7 event. The forum was…

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…