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When the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), a New York State-designated Center of Excellence, was founded several years ago at Stony Brook University, its goal was to foster collaboration between the brightest minds in academia and industry leaders in energy. Its interdisciplinary research program and state-of-the-art laboratories have since kept the University at the leading edge of discovery, resulting in new technologies that impact residential and commercial energy use worldwide. Stony Brook recently took another step in its commitment to a future that protects the environment with efficient, sustainable energy management. The University announced on Friday, Feb. 16,…

Following the passing of Dr. Peter Baigent, vice president of Student Affairs and president of the Faculty Student Association, along with the recent retirement of former Dean of Students Jerrold Stein, the university was left with the unenviable task of replacing two giants in the campus community. Rick Gatteau, PhD, recently named interim vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, is well positioned to fill their shoes. “You need someone really special to succeed in that new role,” said Jeffrey Barnett, interim associate Dean of Students and longtime colleague of Gatteau. “Combining these two positions can work, but…

 Paul B. Shepson has been named Dean of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), announced Michael Bernstein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Selected after a national search, Shepson is Jonathan Amy Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, and the Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at the National Science Foundation. His tenure begins July 2, 2018. A native of Elmira, N.Y., Shepson obtained a BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Cortland and a PhD in Analytical/Atmospheric Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.  After a short…

The power of choice was the common theme during the Black History Month opening ceremony — the choice to achieve, to persevere, to love and to rise up — coinciding with Stony Brook’s overarching theme for the month, “Sankofa: Still I Rise.” The opening ceremony is part of an annual program of Black History Month events throughout the month of February, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black History Month Committee and Department of Africana Studies. This year, the Department of Africana Studies is also celebrating their 50th anniversary as a department at Stony Brook. “At Stony Brook, we’re…

All over the world, conversations about the environment and the state of our planet are intensifying. We are dryer, hotter, more crowded and disaster-prone than ever before. Climatologists and others in the scientific community have stressed a need for immediate, far-reaching action. On February 6, 2018, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced his participation on behalf of the SUNY system in a North American initiative of universities designed to help save our planet . See: Top Research Universities Announce Coalition to Accelerate Local Climate Action at 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit From Feb. 4-6, President Stanley…

Have a case of the sniffles, some body aches, developing a fever? Join the club — it’s going around. A particularly powerful strain of the influenza virus, or what is commonly known as the flu, is circulating through campus (and the rest of the country) this year, leading to increased hospitalizations, missed classes and a community susceptible to infections that can sideline people for days at a time. Stony Brook University health experts are responding. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. M.D., a specialist in infectious disease, recently sent out a strong reminder for everyone to get their free flu vaccine…

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Jameel Warney ‘16

Jameel Warney

1. Seawolves are present in the NBA! Three-time American East Player of the Year Jameel Warney ’16 was the first Stony Brook basketball player to sign a National Basketball Association contract. The 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year is presently a member of the Dallas Mavericks Developmental League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Understanding the complexities of high-impact science is tough. Communicating those complexities to policy-makers is even tougher. At Stony Brook, STRIDE (Science Training and Research to Inform Decisions) aims to meet that challenge by providing STEM graduate students with the interdisciplinary skills they need to communicate their findings and make positive change. Funded by a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant and implemented by the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), STRIDE prepares the next generation of scientists to translate complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies. Heather Lynch, associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook, was…

Stony Brook University once again has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 300 Best College Values for 2018. The University earned the #32 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in public colleges. Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Kiplinger also ranks the 100 best values in each category. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability, not subjective criteria. “Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, questioned the importance of arbitrary college rankings in an op-ed published in Inside Higher Ed January 8. Instead, President Stanley argued, high school students and their families should consider opportunities for social mobility when applying to college. “It is at the very heart of American values that if you work hard and get a good education, you can achieve more than what your parents or their parents dreamed,” he wrote. “While social mobility is one of the most transformative purposes of a college education, traditional rankings don’t tell us much about it,” he added. President…

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