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President StanleyPresident Stanley Leads Undergraduate Honors Seminar in Infectious Diseases

Twenty students majoring in subjects from history to anthropology to biomedical engineering enrolled in a unique honors seminar this semester: The Global Challenge of Infectious Diseases. The professor? Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University and a world-class scholar in the field.

In a course exploring viruses, vaccines, parasites, bioterrorism and other important and timely issues, Dr. Stanley shared the depth and breadth of his experience as a researcher and medical practitioner specializing in infectious diseases. It was his first semester-length course on the subject here at Stony Brook.

The Honors College students enrolled included 10 sophomores, four juniors and six seniors working toward degrees in 10 varied disciplines. Featured in the video are seniors Surinder Moonga, Wendy Fang and Jamie Leonard.

A highly distinguished biomedical researcher, Dr. Stanley was one of the nation’s highest recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria and viruses — a process commonly called the inflammatory response. 

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