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President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. showcased a range of achievement and challenges facing the community of students, faculty and staff at Stony Brook in his eighth State of the University Address on Wednesday, September 27, at the Staller Center for the Arts.

The hour-long speech covered everything from the budget to the importance of philanthropy as a driver of innovation and discovery. Here are the top 12 takeaways from the big event:

12. Distinguished Faculty Set Stony Brook Apart

It’s time to get ready for the flu season. That means making sure you and your loved ones have been vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine annually. For more information, see Stony Brook Medicine’s Influenza Information site. Watch as Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, gets his seasonal flu shot and reminds us of the importance of getting the influenza vaccine.

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released five new interviews with global thought leaders and celebrities, including actor-philanthropist Michael J. Fox and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications, spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student and community enrichment events and activities. Also interviewed this month are high-tech entrepreneur Jonathan Oringer, internet pioneer Ben Shneiderman, and astrophysicist Frank Shu. More on this month’s luminaries: Michael J. Fox is an…

In collaboration with the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Naomi Wolf presented “The Public Intellectual,” a series of workshops presented in Spring 2017 and designed to help students and faculty articulate their expertise when in public settings, at Stony Brook University. In this workshop, Dr. Wolf coaches students and faculty on how to dynamically present and interactively engage with live, non-academic audiences. Dr. Wolf is the author of eight New York Times nonfiction bestsellers, including The Beauty Myth, called “one of the most important books of the 20th century.” Her journalism has appeared in numerous major…

Stony Brook history professor Nancy Tomes recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book challenging the notion that health care should be bought and sold. Nancy Tomes, distinguished professor in the Department of History, was honored with Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers. (Read excerpt.) The Bancroft Prize, announced March 13, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American History writing. It is awarded each year by the…

Twenty-one years after earning his own Stony Brook degree, Jonathan Oringer ‘96, founder, chairman and CEO of Shutterstock, the influential New York-based global tech company, came home to where he said it all began. The tech entrepreneur returned to the University for our 57th annual commencement on May 19 to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree and to inspire our newest class of graduates. “You are young. It gets harder and harder to take calculated risks,” he told the nearly 7,000 graduating seniors. “You will fail sometimes. You will learn things about yourself that will scare and inspire you simultaneously. Taking calculated…

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released three new interviews with leaders in the field of journalism. Speaking to the importance of journalism in a rapidly changing world are Dean Baquet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Executive Editor of The New York Times; Corey Flintoff, recently retired international correspondent for National Public Radio; and Dan Slepian, an award-winning investigative producer for Dateline NBC and a Stony Brook alumnus. They are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browsable website as well as a YouTube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office…

Speaking at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala on April 19, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered inspiring words about the ongoing battle to find a cancer cure. He revealed his sole regret in not becoming President of the United States, emphasized the “urgency of now” in finding new ways to combat the disease, and offered his vision for the future of cancer research. View the 10 most inspiring moments from his speech:

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released four new video interviews highlighting the importance of the arts and humanities in higher education. This month’s luminaries include distinguished poet Billy Collins, Native American performer Ty Defoe, award-winning actor Julian Sands and acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer. they are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browsable website as well as a YouTube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications,  spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student…

To mark Women’s History Month, Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” is releasing five new video interviews highlighting the importance of gender equality in higher education. This month’s luminaries include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, and award-winning novelist Cristina Henriquez. Together with Margaret Jay, Sulma Arzu Brown and Lindsey Hilsum, they are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browsable website as well as a Youtube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications,  spotlights the university’s role…

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