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Nov. 20, 2012
Stony Brook's Inaugural Investiture Ceremony Honors First Simons Chair of Medicine and Benefactor

Aug. 6, 2012
Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science

July 24, 2012
Thomas Hartman Parkinson's Center at Stony Brook announced (VIDEO)

April 17, 2012
Stony Brook pediatric MS center gets $5M gift

Dec. 18, 2011

Simons donation lets SUNY Stony Brook shoot for the stars
New York has moved closer to creating a top-notch flagship for the state university system thanks to the generosity and advocacy of billionaire James Simons. Simons and his wife, Marilyn, are donating $150 million to Stony Brook University, by far the largest gift to a SUNY institution and the sixth-largest donation to any public university in the country. (New York Daily News Dec. 18, 2011)

 

Dec. 16, 2011

Newsmaker of the week, James Simons
If you look up the word “benefactor” in any dictionary at Stony Brook University, James Simons’ picture is there. And that picture was worth $150 million this week, when Simons announced that he and his wife, Marilyn, along with their Simons Foundation, were donating that amount to the university. (Long Island Business News Dec. 16, 2011)

 

Dec. 15, 2011

Great Gift
They call them “quants.” They’re math whizzes who’ve truly revolutionized Wall Street trading–far more so than all those “occupy” protestors who vowed to disrupt it. (Cablevision editorial Dec. 15, 2011)


Dec. 14, 2011

Editorial: Simonses' transformational gift
In making the largest gift ever to a State University of New York campus, James and Marilyn Simon sare not just breaking their own previous record, but blazing a path for Stony Brook University to reach the highest levels of medical research excellence. It's not hard to imagine an exciting day when a professor hired with part of this $150-million gift, working in a lab that it helped build, announces a stunning breakthrough that will forever change medical history. (Newsday Dec. 14, 2011)

Guv: Stony Brook's $150M a gift from 'Santa'
James Simons said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had stepped up to the plate, so he would too. "He did his job and we did ours," he said. The billionaire chairman of Renaissance Technologies formally announced at Stony Brook University Wednesday that he and his wife, Marilyn, and the Simons Foundation were making a $150-million gift -- the largest ever to a SUNY campus -- to fund medical research. (Newsday Dec. 14, 2011)

Stony Brook University Receives $150 Million Gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced today that the University has received a $150 million gift from Dr. James and Dr. Marilyn Simons, and from the Simons Foundation. It is the largest gift in the history of Stony Brook University or to any one of the 64 institutions in the SUNY system, as well as one of the largest to any institution of public higher education. Present for the historic announcement, in addition to the Simons, were New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, and a number of elected representatives. (Stony Brook University news release Dec. 14, 2011)

Governor Cuomo Approves NYSUNY2020 Application for Stony Brook
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today travelled to Stony Brook to sign the Stony Brook University 2020 challenge grant application that proposes a $194 million plan to help revitalize Long Island's economy by building a first-class medical research building at the Stony Brook campus. Under the proposal, the university will be able to support Stony Brook's plan to build a new translational medical research building; hire additional faculty and staff; and, launch economic development partnerships with industry in the Long Island region. (Governor's Office news release Dec. 14, 2011)

Governor Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher Approve NYSUNY 2020 Plan for Stony Brook University
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher were on the Stony Brook University campus today to approve SBU’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant application, and join SBU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. to accept the largest gift in SUNY history from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation. (SUNY news release Dec. 14, 2011)

Billionaire Hedge Funder Donates $150 Million to SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook University has received the largest gift in the institution’s short history: $150 million over the next seven years from James and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation. The donation, which will fund medical research, 35 new endowed professorships, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and the construction of a new life sciences research building, is more than double the size of the next largest gift ever received by a SUNY school: $60 million from the Simons Foundation to Stony Brook in 2008. (Forbes Dec. 14, 2011)

$150M gift to NY's Stony Brook U will aid research
A $150 million gift to Stony Brook University on Long Island will be used to fund medical research, endow professors and recruit top students. The gift is from James and Marilyn Simons, and the Simons Foundation. He's chairman of Renaissance Technologies. (Wall Street Journal Dec. 14, 2011)

Former professor, wife donate record $150 million to Stony Brook University
A billionaire former professor and his wife are donating $150 million to Stonybrook University, the largest gift ever to any school in the State University of New York system. The gift announced Wednesday comes from James Simons, a hedge fund manager who taught math at Stony Brook, and Marilyn Simons, an alumna of the school. (MSNBC.com Dec. 14, 2011)

Hedge Fund Manager Simons Gives $150 Million to Stony Brook
James Simons, the founder of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies LLC, and his wife are donating $150 million to New York's Stony Brook University, according to a statement from the school. The university and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are scheduled to announce the gift, the largest in the history of the State University of New York, tomorrow at its campus on Long Island, both said in statements today. (San Francisco Chronicle Dec. 14, 2011)

Stony Brook to receive $150M donation
Stony Brook University is receiving a $150 million donation from the Jim and Marilyn Simons Foundation, the largest gift ever donated to a State University of New York school. The donation will be used to help build a Medical and Research Translational center on the university’s health sciences campus, increase faculty hires through new endowed professorships across all academic disciplines and support top-level graduate students. (Long Island Business News Dec. 14, 2011)

Stony Brook University Gets $150 Million Gift
It’s the kind of gift that can vault Stony Brook into the upper tier of public colleges. Hedge fund giant James Simons and his wife Marilyn are donating $150 million – the school’s largest gift since the couple donated $60 million in 2008. (CBS New York Dec. 14, 2011)

Billionaire Ex-Professor Gives Stony Brook $150-Million
The billionaire hedge-fund manager James H. Simons plans to announce today a $150-million gift to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he taught mathematics before pursuing a career in finance, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The NewYork Times report. The donation from Mr. Simons and his wife, Marilyn, a Stony Brook alumna, made through their Simons Foundation, is by far the largest ever to a SUNY campus and the sixth-biggest gift to a U.S. public university. (Chronicle of Philanthropy Dec. 14, 2011)

 

Dec. 13, 2011

Stony Brook University To Get $150 Million Gift
James H. Simons usually shuns publicity, though some attention is inescapable for a hedge fund billionaire and major philanthropist. But on occasion, he allows one cause to draw him into public view: Stony Brook University, where he was a mathematics professor long ago. (New York Times Dec. 13, 2011)

$150-Million Gift to Stony Brook Is a Record for Any SUNY Campus
In one of the largest gifts ever to a public institution of higher education, the State University of New York at Stony Brook will announce on Wednesday a donation of $150-million from a foundation established by a former professor turned financier and his wife. The donors are the billionaire hedge-fund manager James H. Simons, who was chair of the mathematics department at Stony Brook from 1968 to 1976, and his wife, Marilyn, an alumna of Stony Brook. (Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 13, 2011)

Stony Brook University Receives $150 Million Gift
Stony Brook University is being granted $150 million, the largest gift in the school's history, according to a published report. The Simons Foundation's gift, said The New York Times, is the sixth-largest donation ever to a public university, citing The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Newsday Dec. 13, 2011)

Stony Brook University Receives ‘Historic’ $150 Million Grant
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that noted hedge fund billionaire and former Stony Brook mathematics professor James H. Simons has donated a $150 million grant to the university — the largest private endowment in SUNY history. (SB Independent Dec. 13, 2011)

James Simons to donate $150 million to Stony Brook University
James Simons, former chairman of the mathematics department and a hedge fund manager, will announce tomorrow morning his donation of $150 million to Stony Brook University, according to sources and as was reported in the New York Times. (Stony Brook Statesman Dec. 13, 2011)

Simons to Give Stony Brook $150M Gift
Renaissance Technologies founder and philanthropist Jim Simons is expected to announce a $150 million gift to Stony Brook University on Wednesday, according to a report published Tuesday in The New York Times. (Patch.com Dec. 13, 2011)

 

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Stony Brook University Presents Its NYSUNY 2020 Plan To Governor, Legislative Leaders
The president of Stony Brook University, together with a number of high-profile Long Island business, labor, and community leaders, presented a comprehensive plan today to Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the State Legislature that would increase student access to the University, while creating thousands of well-paying jobs and enhancing health care services on Long Island. (June 1, 2011)

Senator Schumer Comes to Stony Brook University to Announce Partnership that will "Boldly Build the Economy of the Future"

On Monday, January 11, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., Dr. Samuel Aronson, Dr. Bruce Stillman, Dr. Jim Simons and Leo Guthart, announced the creation of a major partnership between Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, to establish a regional innovation cluster on Long Island that would create high-paying jobs focused on the development of advanced technologies. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Capital Campaign Raises Nearly $360 Million

The University received gifts and pledges totaling nearly $360 million in its first-ever capital campaign, “The Emergence of Stony Brook.”  The seven-year campaign, with an original goal of $300 million, is the largest ever of any campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Through their foundation, Dr. Jim Simons, the legendary financier and former chairman of the University’s mathematics department, and his wife Dr. Marilyn Simons, who holds both doctoral and bachelor’s degrees from Stony Brook, became the University’s first $100 million dollar donors. Their total giving of more than $138 million includes a $60 million commitment announced last year to construct and endow the new Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. It represents the largest gift in the University’s history and the largest ever to any one of the 64 institutions in the SUNY system. (June 24, 2009)

Stony Brook University Announces $60 Million Gift From Renowned Financier And Former Math Chair James Simons And Wife Marilyn, A Ph.D. Alumna
Dr. Jim Simons, the prominent financier and mathematician who, as chairperson, built Stony Brook University’s Mathematics Department into one of the top-ranked in the nation, and his wife Marilyn, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University and is president of the Simons Foundation, announced today that the Foundation is donating $60 million to Stony Brook – the largest gift in its history. (Feb. 27, 2008)

Stony Brook Announces $25 Million Gift From Renowned Former Math Chair Jim Simons
Jim Simons, a world-renowned mathematician who as Chair built Stony Brook University's Mathematics Department into one of the best in the nation, announced today that the Simons Foundation is donating $25 million to the University — the largest single cash gift in its history and, in fact, the largest single cash gift ever given to any SUNY institution. (May 8, 2006)