President Stanley in Africa

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. traveled to Madagascar and Kenya this summer to experience Stony Brook University’s commitment to improving lives around the world. During his two-week adventure, he visited three sites that feature some of Stony Brook’s most far-reaching research and development efforts.

Day Eight – Honoring David Krause

Antanarivo UniversityI was on the road early in Antananarivo and the streets were alive with the hustle and bustle of the market. Eric Wong, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, the highest ranking US Official in Madagascar, kindly hosted us for a breakfast at his home just outside the City. It gave Prof. David Krause, Brian Woods and me a great opportunity to discuss Stony Brook's long-standing commitment to Madagascar, including Dave's incredible knowledge and experience in paleontology in the North, and Pat Wright's work at Centre ValBio in the South.

Brett Bruen from the US Embassy proposed working collaboratively with Dave in developing materials to educate visitors to a new Cultural Center in Mahajanga about the important dinosaur and bird fossils Dave has discovered. Other guests included John Reddy, Director, Africa Region of the Peace Corps Madagascar, Alyssa Finley-Vickers, MD, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Patricia Baxer, Medical Officer, US Embassy. There was great interest in a deeper collaboration among all parties so the breakfast proved most fruitful.

This afternoon I participated in the presentation of an honorary degree to Dr. Krause. The research that he has conducted in this area has been the result of a collaboration between Stony Brook University and the University of Antananarivo, the largest and most prestigious university in Madagascar. Almost the entire faculty from the University of Antananarivo attended the ceremony, including its President, at which I also had the honor to speak. It was followed by a wonderful reception which allowed us to again exchange information, ideas and the potential for additional collaborations with the University of Antananarivo faculty. 

Tonight concludes my stay in Madagascar, a country with which Stony Brook has a strong bond, and I hope we will do more for its people and its precious natural resources via the important scientific work being done by our distinguished professors, students, and in-country partners.

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