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Timeline of Events & Milestones


The first comprehensive timeline of Stony Brook University history was compiled by Kristen J. Nyitray, Ann M. Becker (graduate student assistant) and Deborah Dolan (graduate student intern) between 1998 and 2000. Entries from the book Stony Brook: State University of New York  (Arcadia Publishing, 2002) by Kristen J. Nyitray and Ann M. Becker have been added. Press releases issued by the Office of Media Relations were consulted for the most recent additions to the timeline.  

Last update: July 2020. 

Table 1: 1948 to 1969

 Start Date  End Date  Event
1948   New York State adopts the State University of New York system. This system links 31 state-supported campuses. Most are teacher-training schools, with a total of 28,300 students.
1948   William Robertson Coe presents his 400-acre Long Island estate, located in Oyster Bay and called Planting Fields, to New York State for use as a school of horticulture after his death.
1956   Ward Melville donates land in Stony Brook and his parent's former estate in the Village of Old Field known as “Sunwood” to the State University of New York. The acreage, valued at $4.5 million, will be the future location of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Sunwood will host recitals and visiting scholars.
1956-02   The Board of Trustees of the New York State University system recommends that a state-supported and state-operated college and graduate school be established on Long Island for the education of young men and women in the sciences, math, and engineering.
1956-10   The Board of Regents adopts the Board of Trustees’ recommendation to establish a college and graduate school on Long Island. They authorize a temporary campus, the bequeathed Coe estate in Oyster Bay as a temporary campus, while a new campus is constructed at Stony Brook on the 480 acres donated by Ward Melville. The college is called the State University College of Long Island at Oyster Bay. Its mandate is to prepare secondary math and science teachers.
1957-09-17   The State University College of Long Island at Oyster Bay opens on September 16, 1957. There are 144 first-year students and 14 faculty members. There is one building and six classrooms. Together with a dormitory converted from horse stables, this comprises the temporary campus. The college is tuition-free.
1957-10-30   Classes are cancelled for the first student social event titled "Nameless Day." Activities include volleyball, tug-of-war, and egg tossing.
1958   Its name newly changed to the State University Center on Long Island at Oyster Bay, the University is “now authorized to prepare students for careers in science, mathematics and engineering.” Tuition is free for students preparing to be secondary school teachers, $375 per year for other New York residents and $455 for non-residents.
1958-02   The first student publication, the newspaper titled Sucolian (acronym for State University College on Long Island), is published.
Professors Swartz and Levin shared office quarters in Mrs. Coe's former bathroom, where the fixtures were made of solid gold plating. Professors Gordon and Chill shared a space in a converted closet that served as Mrs. Coe's dressing room.
State University College on Long Island chose its own colors: blue and gold. The colors, which also represented the State University of New York, were chosen by a vote of the faculty.
Tuition for students in science, mathematics and engineering was $375.00 a year. For out-of-state students, tuition was $455.00 per year. In accordance with state policy there was no tuition charge for those students preparing to be secondary school teachers.
1959-04-22   The title of the student newspaper Sucolian is changed to the Statesman.
1960   The Heald Report recommends upgrading New York State’s higher education system, specifically urging a new major university – The Long Island Center at Stony Brook. The State Board of Regents and Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller establish the future university’s mission as a comprehensive university center.
1960-04-08   The formal ground breaking ceremony is held for the newly named State University of New York, Long Island Center at Stony Brook. New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller turns the first spade of dirt, accompanied by Ward Melville, State University of New York Trustee Chairman Frank Moore, and others.
1960-06-09   SUNY Trustees designate the Stony Brook campus as a university center and officially change its name from the State University College on Long Island to the State University of New York, Long Island Center.
1961-02-01 1961-11-09 John F. Lee is appointed as the first President of the University, still located in Oyster Bay. His mandate is to convert the Long Island Center from a science and engineering college to a university with liberal arts and sciences programs and a graduate school.
1961-06-25   1st commencement exercises held. Twenty-five Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in ceremonies held at Planting Fields in Oyster Bay.
1961-09   Fifteen buildings - geodesic domes - provide new classrooms for the Oyster Bay student body, now numbering 600. Classes begin in September with 527 students and 138 faculty members.
1961   The first published list of student officers in the campus is posted in the Bulletin. Rosemary Capone is moderator of the Student Polity; 42 students make the Dean’s Honors List.
1961-10-01   Students engage in the first of many future campus demonstrations. They boycott classes in protest of the transfer and removal of key administrators of the Oyster Bay campus.
1961-11-09   President Lee resigns due to controversy over bureaucratic and organizational matters. Dr. Thomas H. Hamilton is appointed as chief administrator.
1962 1963 Dr. Thomas H. Hamilton appointed as acting administrative head of the university. The SUNY Trustees granted him the authority to "exercise the powers and perform the duties pertaining to the office of President of the said Long Island Center until such time as a new incumbent of such office shall been appointed."
1962-06-03   2nd Commencement exercises held at the Oyster Bay campus.
1962   WUSB, a carrier current radio station, begins broadcasting on the Stony Brook campus on 820 kHz on the AM band.
1962-09-25   While some classes and laboratories continue at the Oyster Bay campus for a fifth and final year, the new Stony Brook campus opens on 9/16 and classes begin on 9/25. It is known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY at Stony Brook). The two completed academic buildings are Humanities and Chemistry. Most classes are held in the Humanities building. The dormitory, G Dorm, accommodates 616 resident students. G Dorm also houses the administrative, athletic, student government and newspaper offices, and the infirmary.
1963-06-02   3rd Commencement exercises held.
1963-06-19   The Muir Report is issued and recommends to New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the Board of Regents the establishment of “a new medical center, including schools of medicine, dentistry and other health professions, on the State University campus at Stony Brook, Long Island by 1970…”
1963   A report commissioned by Governor Nelson Rockefeller titled "Education for the Health Professions," (commonly referred to as the Muir Report because its principal author was the chair of the New York State Committee on Medical Education, Malcolm Muir) proposes the establishment of a medical school and teaching hospital at Stony Brook University to address a projected shortage of doctors on Long Island by the 1980s.
1963   In the fall, the Library, Engineering, Biology, and Physical Laboratory (housing Physics and Mathematics) buildings are opened.
1964-05   The Health and Physical Education Building opens.
1964-06-07   4th Commencement exercises held. It is the first held on the Stony Brook campus.
1965-04-01   John S. Toll is inaugurated as the second President of the university.
1965   University is named State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1965   The Stony Brook Foundation is established as a not-for-profit corporation under New York State Education Law. It is chartered to collect and manage gifts from private and other non-state resources to supplement state funding of Stony Brook.
1965-06-06   5th Commencement exercises held.
1965   Students choose "Patriots" as the new name for Stony Brook’s athletic teams.
1966   C.N. Yang, Nobel laureate, joins the Stony Brook faculty. On November 13, 1965, he was appointed "Einstein Professor of Physics," one of only ten Einstein Professors in New York State.
1966   Stony Brook is selected to be the site of the New York State Marine Sciences Research Center.
1966-04-18   John S. Toll installed as president of Stony Brook University. 
1966-06-05   6th Commencement exercises is held. First PhD awarded to Raymond Arthur Mackay (Chemistry).
1966-09   The first Vice President of the Health Sciences, Edmund Pellegrino, is charged with establishing a medical center at Stony Brook University that includes a tertiary care hospital.
1966-10-27   Governor Nelson Rockefeller attends ground breaking ceremonies for three new buildings: Graduate Engineering, the Computing Center, and the Earth and Space Sciences building.
1966   The first Professor of Medicine, Dr. Alfred Knudsen, is appointed to the Health Sciences.
1967   Student Union groundbreaking is held.
1967   Construction is begun on a pedestrian bridge intended to connect the Student Union, Library, and what will later be the Fine Arts Center.
1967-03-07   The nine-million-volt King Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator is delivered to campus. It is a 44-foot-long, 57.5-ton atom smasher. The first of its kind at any university in the world.
1967-06-04   7th Commencement exercises held.
1967   SUNY Stony Brook’s Center for Continuing Education conducts its first classes.
1967   G building, the first dormitory, is renamed in honor of Washington Irving and Eugene O’Neill.
1967-12-07   Students hold a demonstration in protest against the Army’s Selective Services.
1967   Buildings on West Campus are filled to capacity. University President John Toll pushes for construction of new structures to hold burgeoning student population.
1967   West Campus doubles in size, adding dormitory space for 3,000 students and nearly three million square feet of non-residential space to campus.
1968-01-17   The Suffolk County Police Department carries out "Operation Stony Brook" at 5am. 198 police officers arrive on campus for a ‘drug bust’ that results in the arrest of 35 young adults, 24 of whom are Stony Brook students.
1968-06-04   8th Commencement exercises held.
1968-09   Classes begin in September with 6000 students and 572 faculty members.
1968   Dr. Edmund Pellegrino and Dr. Alfred Knudsen create an "ideal" institution on paper to include five schools: Medical (now known as School of Medicine), Nursing, Dental Medicine, Social Work, and Allied Health Professions (now known as the School of Health Technology and Management); they commit to open the schools by September 1970.
1968   Dr. Edmund Pellegrino proposes temporary buildings be constructed to hold classes and administrative offices. He also proposes to have students do clinical work at hospitals throughout Long Island, such as Long Island Jewish in New Hyde Park, Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, VA Medical Center in Northport and Winthrop Hospital in Mineola.
1968 1974 The Departments of Biochemistry, Pathology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Microbiology, Surgery, Medicine and Pharmacology are established from 1968 to 1974.
1969-01-15   Dr. H. Bentley Glass, noted geneticist, becomes President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science while in the second of his three years as President of the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. This is believed to be the only time one person has simultaneously held these two prestigious positions.
1969-08-13 1969-08-21 The Eighth International Congress of Crystallography convenes at Stony Brook. Among the major papers is a full analysis of the structure of insulin and a scientific analysis of the first moon rocks.
1969   Roth Quad opens.
1969   Dr. Jan Kott is appointed to the faculty of the English and Comparative Literature Departments. Dr. Kott authored more than 300 books and articles and is credited with revitalizing the production of modern theater in his native Poland.
1969-03-19   Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organizes a sit-in in the library for students’ rights. Hundreds of students participate; twenty-one are arrested after refusing repeated requests by President Toll to leave the building.
1969-05-15   The University gatehouse is burned and a security car overturned as student unrest continues.
1969-06-01   9th Commencement exercises held.
1969   Dr. Edmund Pellegrino becomes dean of the School of Medicine and recruits deans for the four other schools: Ellen Fahy, Nursing; Edmund McTernan, Allied Health Professions; Sanford Kravitz, Social Welfare; J. Howard Oaks, School of Dentistry. He also recruits Emil Frey, director of Health Sciences Center Library.
1969   In anticipation of future developments, Dr. Peter Rogatz is named director of University Hospital and Associate Director of the Health Sciences Center.
1969   Stony Brook Union opens in the fall semester after seven years of construction. The building contains meeting and conference rooms, a 600-seat ballroom, an art gallery, the campus radio station, offices for student organizations, a 24-hour snack bar, an arcade, a bowling alley, a craft center, and a beauty parlor.

Table 2: 1970 to 1979

 Start Date  End Date  Event
1970   Stony Brook's Child Care Services Program established.
1970   Students participated in an 11-day hunger strike against war-related research on campus.
1970   The first four Health Sciences Center (HSC) Schools open: Allied Health Professionals, Social Welfare, Nursing, and Basic Sciences begin classes in temporary facilities.
1970   Dr. Tobias Owen joins the Earth and Space Sciences faculty. During his tenure at Stony Brook, Dr. Owen was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space mission imaging science teams for unattended flights to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
1970   The Urban and Policies program is established.
1970   The first issue of Stony Brook People is published.
1970   The Stony Brook Union opens after long construction delays.
1970   Plans progress for design of physical structures. Recommendations call for a 1.3 million square-foot space complex to include space for the five health sciences schools, library, lecture halls and auditoriums, administration offices, physical plant, communications, and a 500-bed hospital.
1970   The University Construction Fund selects architect Bertrand Goldberg for the hospital and health sciences complex project. The project is split into construction phases: first, HSC; second, University Hospital; third, Basic Sciences Tower. Projected cost for each phase, exclusive of equipment, is $60 to $80 million.
1970-04   Construction begins on the Health Sciences Center.
1970-06-07   10th Commencement exercises held.
1970   Construction on the hospital stalls due to skepticism for the need and financial losses incurred by hospitals connected with SUNY Downstate and Upstate.
1970-09   A total of 11 temporary buildings are ready for occupancy on the South Campus, on an undeveloped area south of the Health Sciences campus and on the west side of Nicolls Road, to house students for the five schools of the Health Sciences Center.
1970   A Health Sciences Center faculty and staff of 64 welcome a total of 43 students to its first classes.
1971   The Health Sciences Center Schools of Allied Health Professionals, Basic Health Sciences, Social Welfare, Nursing, and Medicine begin offering classes.
1971   The fifth of six HSC Schools opens: the School of Medicine.
1971   Stuart Goldstein (Class of 1973) became Stony Brook University's first athlete to earn All-American honors. Goldstein was ranked 7th nationally in the sport of squash.
1971   The Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, named in honor of Ward Melville’s father, opens after a major expansion project.
1971-06-06   11th Commencement exercises held.
1971-09-15   Students hold an Attica rally.
1972   The last of the six HSC Schools opens: the School of Dental Medicine opens with 24 students chosen from 1600 applicants.
1972   Leah Holland (Class of 1976), the first woman on a Stony Brook swimming team, becomes the first woman to win a medal in the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Swimming Association Championships.
1972-05-28   12th Commencement exercises held.
1972   The State Legislature approves $9,947,000 for Phase I for the Fine Arts Center, estimated to cost $15 million.
1972 1976 The Stony Brook Playhouse first opens at the Slavic Cultural Center in Port Jefferson, later moving its summer schedules to the Fine Arts Center in 1976.
1972   The Institute of Advanced Studies of World Religions moves to the Library. C.T. Shen, chairperson of the board of the American Steamship Company, founded it in 1970.
1972-12   Students march to the Smithaven Mall and join the National Strike protesting the bombing of Hanoi.
1972-09-07   Students hold a demonstration against the Department of Defense.
1972   Dr. J. Howard Oaks is appointed second Vice President for the Health Sciences.
1972   Dr. Marvin Kuschner, founding director of the Department of Pathology, is appointed the Dean of Medicine.
1972   Dr. Edmund Pellegrino accepts the position as chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Memphis.
1972   Ground is broken for hospital construction.
1973   The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accreditation report recognizes Stony Brook’s “spectacular achievement in so quickly becoming an institution of national stature.”
1973   In the fall, the Graduate Chemistry building and the Math Tower open; the total number of buildings is 76.
1973   Dr. Paul Lauterbur, professor of chemistry, produced the first image of a living organism via nuclear magnetic resonance.
1973   Construction begins on the new Health Sciences Center. The HSC complex is designed by Bertrand Goldberg Associates, whose architectural designs include the Marina City Towers in Chicago.
1973   Stu Goldstein (’73) becomes Stony Brook’s first All-American athlete, earning honors in squash.
1973-09   Classes begin with 12,000 students and 830 faculty members.
1973   After much negotiating by Dr. Edmund Pellegrino and the Bureau of Budget, the hospital design is settled at 504 beds.
1973   Edmund Pellegrino departs Stony Brook.
1973-05-27   13th Commencement exercises held.
1973 1978 Construction of hospital begins and continues despite steel strikes, construction strikes and funding concerns.
1974   Graduate Biology is renamed the Life Sciences Building, and opens housing three departments of the Division of Biological Sciences and several departments of the Health Sciences Center School of Basic Health Sciences.
1974   Several new organizations are established on campus. The Mid-Career Counseling Center is founded by Professor Alan Entine; The Museum Computer Network is relocated Stony Brook from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan; and SAINTS (Scientific Achievements for Non-Traditional Students).
1974-05-19   14th Commencement exercises held.
1974-12   William Butler Yeats Microfilmed Manuscripts Collection is acquired from the Yeats family and would become part of Special Collections. This is the most extensive collection of Yeats materials outside of Ireland.
1974   HSC graduates its first class of 17 doctors.
1974   The School of Medicine gains reaccreditation and receives praise from the Liaison Committee for Medical Accreditation for its success. It also receives permission to increase its entering class from 24 to 48 students. The schools and the construction of the medical center are greatly supported by Governor Hugh Carey.
1975   Physics and Mathematics departments move to new complex, marking the completion of construction of facilities for sciences.
1975   Deborah Toll, wife of Stony Brook President John Toll, christens the research vessel “Onrust,” a 55-foot ship constructed for the Marine Sciences Research Center, at the Stony Brook Yacht Club.
1975   Professor Paul Lauterbur describes for the American Chemical Society “zeugmatography,” a new technique for use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy that he developed at Stony Brook.
1975-05-18   15th Commencement exercises held.
1975   Phase I of the Fine Arts Center opens. It includes classrooms, offices, rehearsal halls, a foundry, studios, and an art gallery.
1975   The Women’s Studies Program is established.
1975   The Urban and Policies program, founded in 1970, becomes the W. Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences in honor of New York’s former governor.
1975   Parents Day held.
1975-08-24 1975-09-01 Foreign student orientation held.
1975-08-27 1975-08-30 Undergraduate student orientation held.
1976   Professors of Physics Peter van Nieuwenhuizen and Daniel Z. Freedman, along with Sergio Ferrera, co-discover supergravity.
1976   A festival commemorates the establishment of the William Butler Yeats Archives at Stony Brook’s Center for Contemporary Arts and Letters.
1976   The Federated Learning Communities is established with its founder, Professor Patrick Hill, as master learner in its first unit, World Hunger. It has 24 students.
1976   An open house marking the dedication of the Health Sciences Center attracts 16,000 visitors to the site.
1976-09-01   Classes begin with 16,571 students and 977 faculty members.
1976   Michael Elliott becomes second director of Hospital.
1976   University President John Toll charges Elliott and Oaks with opening the hospital as soon as possible.
1976   The Clinical Science Tower of the Health Sciences Center opens.
1976 1978 Michael Elliott hires a core planning staff for the hospital: Assistant Director Martin Karris, Deputy Directory of Nursing Pura Laborde, Deputy Director for Financial Affairs James C. Rich, Deputy Director for Systems Frank Russo, Materials Manager Walter Birkhauser, Controller Paul Honor, Assistant to the Director Margaret Ort, Manager of Systems Planning and Development Sid Packer and Assistant Administrator Kenneth Pearson.
1976-01-08 1976-01-11 Undergraduate Student Orientation
1976-01-12 1976-05-07 Spring 1976 Semester
1976-03-21 1976-03-28 Spring Break
1976-05-10 1976-05-15 Final Exams
1976-05-16   16th Commencement exercises held.
1976-08-29 1976-09-06 Foreign Student Orientation held.
1976-08-30 1976-12-24 All Residence Halls Open / Close
1976-08-31 1976-09-02 Undergraduate Student Orientation for All Students not Having Previously Participated
1976-09-06 1976-12-17 Fall 1976 Semester
1976-12-18 1976-12-23 Final Exams
1977-06-05   Ward Melville, campus benefactor, first Stony Brook Council chairperson and honorary chairperson since 1960, dies at age 90.Melville donated 480 acres on which the campus is located, as well as his home, Sunwood, which was used to host recitals and house visiting scholars. The annual valedictory award at Stony Brook commencement is named in honor of him. Melville was chairperson of the board of the company that directed the Thom McCann shoe chain.
1977   The Poetry Center is established at the Center for Contemporary Arts and Letters, headed by Professor Louis Simpson of the Department of English, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
1977-06   In June, WUSB (90.1 FM) begins public FM broadcasting. Until now, its AM signal was heard only on campus.
1977-09-17   The Social and Behavioral Sciences Building opens. It was designed by architect Roland Thompson.
1977-11-11   The Bridge to Nowhere, of which construction began in 1967, is dedicated. Its completion connects the Stony Brook Union with the Fine Arts Center. The pedestrian span, 30 feet wide and 475 feet long, passes over Center Drive.
1977-01-23 1977-05-21 All Residence Halls Open
1977-01-24 1977-05-13 Spring 1977 Semester
1977-04-03 1977-04-10 Spring Break
1977-05-16 1977-05-21 Final Exams
1977-05-22   17th Commencement exercises held.
1976 1977 Sir Fred Hoyle is a Visiting Professor of Astronomy.
1978   Eight HSC departments open: Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiology, Preventive Medicine, Neurobiology and Behavior, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Physiology and Biophysics.
1978   HSC is accredited to offer residencies in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Surgery. Doctorates offered in Anatomical Sciences, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology.
1978   The Basic Health Sciences Research Tower of the Health Sciences Center opens.
1978   Major research is undertaken in magnetic resonance imaging, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and allergic diseases and organ transplantation.
1978   Thomas Flanagan, a professor of literature, begins his tenure in the English department at the university. Flanagan won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1979 for "The Year of the French."
1978   Center for Industrial Cooperation opens at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
1978   The Energy Management Training Program, founded at Stony Brook, conducts its first program for representatives of 21 developing nations.
1978   The Economic Development Conference (“Long Island at the Crossroads”) is attended by 250 Suffolk and Nassau county leaders. It adopts the “Stony Brook Manifesto,” calling for a “unified and coherent Long Island Community.”
1978   The Patriots basketball team (22 wins, 2 losses) is ranked No .1 in New York State Division III, and No .9 in US Division III. The team wins the National Collegiate Athletic Association Eastern Regional Championship the first ever played at Stony Brook. The team advances to the National Championship, and completes the season fourth in the nation with a 27-4 record.
1978-05-28   18th Commencement exercises held.
1978   SAINTS (Scientific Achievements for Non-Traditional Students), established in 1974, and expands its goals to recognize all academic achievements by non-traditional students.
1978   “End of the Bridge” opens as a restaurant/night club in the former “Buffeteria.”
1978   State University of New York adopts a new motto: “To Learn, To Search, To Serve.”
1978   Governor Hugh Carey cuts the ribbon at the Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, attended by Acting President Alexander Pond and Museum Director Steven Englebright. Englebright is the museum’s curator and founder.
1979   Six scholars from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) arrive at Stony Brook. Stony Brook is one of only six US campuses having exchange programs with the PRC since the US and China renewed diplomatic relations in 1978.
1979   The American Psychological Association publishes a study ranking Stony Brook’s Department of Psychology 18th among the 180 institutions most frequently quoted in scholarly works. Professor Daniel O’Leary is ranked among the 100 most-quoted individual psychologists in all of history.
1979   The Department of Arts publishes the first issue of Art Criticism, a new journal edited by Professors Lawrence Alloway and Donald B. Kuspit.
1979-05-20   19th Commencement exercises held.
1979   A sundial is dedicated to mark the completion of the central academic mall. The sundial was donated by Turner Construction Company, which built most of the Health Sciences Center.
1979   Phase II of the Fine Arts Center formally opens with a series of programs including violinist Isaac Stern, the Warsaw Mime Theatre, and jazz pianist Eddie Heywood. The complex includes the Theatre Arts and Art Gallery, experimental theatre, two ‘black box theatres,’ a recital hall, and a 1200-seat concert hall.
1979-10-25   Six former Statesman staffers found the Stony Brook Press “to give people in the University an alternative to the Statesman and other media on campus.”
1979   Sigma Beta, a new local honorary society for freshmen, has first organizational meeting.
1979   Gay Students Union hosts its first festival on campus.
1979   Mass recruitment of hospital staff begins.
1979   For six months prior to the hospital opening (1980) estimates show that $0.64 was spent every second of every day to furnish and equip 36 floors: 2 towers with 18 floors each.

Table 3: 1980 to 1989

The University Hospital opens 30 beds and the Ambulatory Care Pavilion. This opening is the first in the nation of a major teaching hospital since the University of Massachusetts hospital opened in 1977.

Dr. Felix Rapaport, Professor of Surgery and Director of Transplantation Services at the University Hospital, is honored with the French Grand Croix des Palmes-Academiques for his work in Histocompatibility in collaboration with Jean Dausset, the 1980 Nobel Laureate.

Susan Liers (’81), the 1982 US women’s national race walking champion, is among the New York State athletes chosen to carry the Olympic torch to the Lake Placid Olympic games.

The Laboratory for Personal Computers in Education and Dial-A-Univac opens.

800 people are employed by the hospital.

February 17: Administrator Michael Elliott receives call from the State Health Department authorizing the admitting of patients.

February 18: the first two patients are admitted to the 30-bed psychiatric ward.

February 27: Dr. Felix Rappaport and Dr. Wayne Waltzer perform the first kidney transplant at the hospital, also the first on 
Long Island.

March 30: the first baby is born at the hospital, Jeffery Eric Solomon.

May 24: the hospital is formally dedicated.

John Marburger becomes the third President of SUNY Stony Brook.
President Marburger announces review of academic and administrative organizational structures.
Statewide personnel hiring freeze lifted.
Preliminary budget targets include personnel and OTPS cuts. 
Graduate student apartments to be available for Fall occupancy.
July: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opens, the first in Suffolk County.

James Black becomes Vice President for University Affairs.
Sidney Gelber announces resignation as Provost effective June 1981 Arnold Strassenburg appointed Acting Dean for Undergraduate Studies Service of alcoholic beverages in dorms is limited to beer and wine, some dorm pubs closed
President Marburger announces priorities.
Development of support services for academic departments. 
Completion of University Hospital and HSC Schools.
Development of programs related to public services {i.e., engineer¬ing, business, high technology interfaces. etc.)
Increase in sponsored research
Stabilization of enrollment
Increase in fund-raising initiatives
Development of stronger concern for people
Increase in energy savings
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (20 beds) opens.

Energy conservation program launched Enrollments increase over previous year Students tripled in campus residences

MSRC creates artificial fishing reef: Governor Carey visits Food and Beverage Task Force established.
President Marburger to Chair Suffolk County Task Force on Financing.
Mobile intensive care ambulance is available to handle emergencies, including surgery. The unit is used to transfer the first patient from another hospital in the community to the PICU.
Emergency Department and Radiology Department opens.

Ad Hoc Committee on University Health Services convened Elizabeth Wadsworth resigns as Vice President for Student Affairs Recommendations on reorganization submitted.
Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics named.
Stony Brook Associates formed (fund-raising support group). 
University Scholars Program started (Undergraduate Admissions program].
University Hospital opening proceeding according to plan.

Governor Carey appoints President Marburger chair of State Energy Office Review Committee.

Friends of the Fine Arts Center hold first meeting.
Jacob Bigeleisen resigns as Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.
Ruth Brandwein becomes Dean of the School of Social Welfare.
Winter weather damages Fine Arts Center, SBS, dorms, etc.

The first Bach Aria Institute and Festival is conducted on the SUNY Stony Brook campus.
SUNY Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Cold Spring Harbor laboratory form an alliance to offer an academic program leading to Ph.D. in biosciences with a specialty in genetics.
Former US Senator Jacob Javits donates his papers, which cover his 34 years of public life, to the Special Collections Department of the Frank Melville memorial Library.

Academic reorganization (Provost, Vice Provosts, Deans) realized Robert Sokal appointed Acting Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Administrative reorganization effected.
President Marburger celebrates 40th birthday.
Office of Conferences and Special Events created.
Hospital Auxiliary is founded by a group of women including Carolyn Fell, Ann Poppers, Uta Dee, Beverly Sokoloff with a goal to raise funds for the "benefit of patients, families and staff of the Hospital and provide public information programs to serve surrounding communities."
Hospital is designated as the Long Island Regional Transplantation Center for kidney transplantation.

Three Village Times names President Marburger Man of the Year in Education.
Beverly Harrison appointed Affirmative Action Officer.
Mary Lasker and Lewis Thomas honored at SBF Annual Dinner.
Senator Jacob Javits donates papers to USB.
Second parking structure for HSC approved.
Richard P. Schmidt receives University Medal for service to Stony Brook.

Sidney Gelber Week held; Gelber receives University Medal for service to Stony Brook.
First Authors and Editors reception is held.
State budget approval delayed; SUNY issues paychecks in script.
Mobile intensive care unit treats two men overcome by paint fumes after falling into a water tank in Centereach after their scaffolding collapsed.

Marburger inauguration held.
In May, John Marburger is inaugurated as the third President of the University.
First annual I-CON (Island Convention of Science Fiction Fact, Fiction and Fantasy) is held at SUNY Stony Brook.
The Patriots volleyball team wins the New York State Division III championship, the first women’s state title for SUNY Stony Brook. 

Fine Arts Center hosts successful Bach Aria Festival and John Little exhibit

165 residents arrive and begin their studies in Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry and Surgery departments.
Hospital is one of the few in the state staffed entirely by RNs.
Hospital is becoming known for cutting edge medical treatment and research.
Hospital is at the forefront of developing patient informatics; touch-screen computer terminals are located at nursing stations.
Database software, designed by Stony Brook staff members, serves as a model for other institutions.
Hospital has area's only full body CAT scan unit.
Hospital establishes itself as the joint replacement center for Long Island.
Hospital is drawing national recognition for clinical research efforts.
First cardiac catheterization is performed by Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
First Year, 1980-81. 
150 of the 504 beds are open and occupied.
4,500 patients have been admitted to date.
45,000 passed through the ambulatory care unit.
Over 1,000 surgeries performed.
243 babies are born.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit treats its first patient.

Homer Neal becomes Provost.
Frederick R. Preston appointed Vice President for Student Affairs.
Robert Francis appointed Vice President for Campus Operations.
John Bilello resigns as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Stewart Harris appointed Acting Dean
Administrative reorganization. Step II, put in place.
Stony Brook People to be expanded and published monthly.
Campus falls short of enrollment targets.

First Alumni College Day held on campus.
Vice Presidential Advisory Group (VPAG) retreat held.
President Marburger visits Poland.
Provost Neal announces plans for a Distinguished Lecture Series.
Plans unveiled for new undergraduate recruitment initiatives.
Local hiring freeze imposed.

Kosher meal plan begins in Roth Cafeteria.
Faculty handbook to be revised.
Ammann College dedicated.
Women's Volleyball team captures State Championship.

Plans to strengthen intercollegiate athletics announced.

SUNY Stony Brook introduces a program leading to a Master of Science degree in Technological Systems Management.

SUNY Stony Brook now offers a total of 54 post-baccalaureate degrees (30 masters and bringing the number of graduate degrees offered at Stony Brook to 54 (30 masters and 24 doctoral degrees).

The Conference Board of Associated Research Councils rates SUNY Stony Brook among the top 20 programs in the US for physics, geosciences, mathematics, and computer science programs.

Classes begin with 16,144 students and 1,150 faculty members.

Four SUNY Stony Brook athletes earn All-American honors: Neil Vohr (82) in squash; Jan Bender (’83), Tom Aird (’85), and Bjorn Hansen (’85) in swimming.

Dr. Constantine Anagnostopoulos and a team of Stony Brook surgeons perform the first adult open heart surgery, coronary bypass graft.

First pediatric open-heart surgery is performed.

Dr. Jorge Benach and team announce discovery of spirochete responsible for Lyme disease, fortifying the hospital's role as a research center.

Annual budget approaches $100m; over 1200 people are employed by the hospital.

236 beds are open; 1,146 babies are born.

Planning Group established to generate annual planning document Provostial Student Advisory Council established.
Ruth Brandwein to chair Provost's Committee on Women and Minority Issues.
Lenora McClean becomes Dean of the School of Nursing.

Frank Press and Carl Sagan honored at SBF Annual Dinner.
Task Force on Stony Brook Union appointed.
Executive Director of Middle States to visit as first formal step in 10-year reaccreditation process.
University Hospital Auxiliary announces plans to sponsor horse show in July as fund-raising event.

Sigma Xi elevated to chapter status.
State adopts new accounting system; delays in processing payments expected.
Commuter College opens in Stony Brook Union.

Legislative redistricting moves campus from Senator LaValle's district to Senator Lack's.
Standing Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics appointed.
First President's Awards for Professional Service presented.
First central commencement ceremony held Neighbors complain about outdoor concerts.

Task Force on Campus Safety and Security established.
Reception held at Sunwood celebrating 10th anniversary of the Friends of Sunwood.

Governor announces Statewide hiring freeze.

David Glass appointed Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Graham Spanier appointed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Robert Neville appointed Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Egon Neuberger appointed Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences Roman de la Campa becomes Interim Director of International Programs
1982 is 25th anniversary of USB.
Daka is new campus food service contractor.
Oversight of computing services reorganized.
Provost Neal launches new initiative: "Luncheon Seminars."
SUNY Central announces reorganization.
Enrollment goals achieved: 500 more students than previous year.

USB fares well in national graduate program review by the Associated Research Councils.
New Affirmative Action initiatives underway.
Daycare services to be reviewed.
Provost Neal establishes University Council of Deans.

Mario Cuomo elected Governor.
Planning begins for Employee Assistance Program.

Fire causes serious damage to Commissary.


Rose Coser institutes a lawsuit against SUNY Stony Brook, citing discrimination against women faculty members, and calling for equal pay.

Stony Brook Foundation establishes new support group structure.
State begins lag payroll program.
New guidelines concerning how hospitals receive reimbursement for patient stays under Medicare are enacted.
Stony Brook dealing with slow, steady decline in subsidies from New York State.

New Stony Brook Union Advisory Board created.

Beverly Harrison resigns as Affirmative Action Officer.
Stewart Harris named Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Task Force to study use of alcoholic beverages on campus appointed by President Marburger and Vice President Preston.
Men's Lacrosse elevated to NCAA Division III.
Three Village Times names President Marburger Man of the Year

Alan Entine serves as Acting Affirmative Action Officer.
NYS Science and Technology Foundation designates USB as a Center for Advanced Technology in medical biotechnology
Dedication of USB linear accelerator held.
Undergraduate Achievement Recognition Program inaugurated State imposes rigid hiring freeze.
Michael Elliott resigns as hospital's executive director.
William Newell is named executive director.
Hospital Gift Shop is renovated by auxiliary volunteers; shop is staffed by auxiliary.
An additional 70 beds open.

James Black resigns as Vice President for University Affairs. 
SBF Dinner-Mary McCarthy and Seamus Heaney honored.
Governor Cuomo asks President Marburger to chair a commission on Shoreham nuclear facility.
State offers first voluntary retirement program.
First honorary degrees given at commencement.
Governor establishes Task Force on Flexibility.
Task Force on Promotion and Career Ladder Opportunities submits recommendations.

Michael Elliott resigns as Director of University Hospital.
Dan Melucci appointed Interim Budget Director.
President Marburger visits Israel.

President makes statement on "Politics of Race."
Court finds no pattern of sex discrimination.
Direct deposit program for paychecks offered.
Evening program to expand.
Campus buildings renamed (South Campus & generic buildings).
Football moves from club status to NCAA Division III.
Office for Foreign Students merges with International Programs Francis Bonner named Director of International Programs Center for Academic Advising opens.
Enrollments fall short of targets by 500.
University buildings on the Main Campus are renamed as follows, to reflect current usage: Social Sciences A and B changed to Psychology A and B. Old Biology to Central Hall; Graduate Biology became the Life Sciences Building; the Physical Laboratory and the Math Tower are now the Physics building and Mathematics building, and the Chemistry Laboratory was changed to the Chemistry Building ( Statesman, 23 September 1983).


Symposium celebrates acquisition of Javits papers. 
Draft of reaccreditation self-study ready for review.

October 11: Baby Jane Doe, born with severe birth defects, is transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital. Legal issues ensue when the baby's parents decide to withhold treatment since the prognosis is not good. Lawyers from a right-to-life group accompanied by a New York State Supreme Court judge and a representative from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office arrive at the hospital demanding to see the baby and her records. The Baby Jane Doe case draws national attention, rising up through the US Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. The case receives intense scrutiny, with then president Ronald Reagan commenting. Efforts to overturn the parents' decision fail.

October 16: A. Lawrence Washburne, attorney, files suit at State Supreme Court asking that a guardian for Baby Jane Doe be appointed.

Two pediatric patients avert open-heart surgery when the fist balloon valvuplasties are performed.
303 beds are open; 1,447 babies are born.

William T. Newell, Jr. appointed University Hospital Director.
Service Awards established-ceremony to be held in December.
First Annual Fund Drive launched.
Task Force on Campus Safety and Security submits report Faculty/Professional.
Employee Handbook revision published.

Marion Metivier appointed Affirmative Action Officer
Campus required to cut 162 positions by April
Report on Shoreham nuclear facility released

Residence Hall Association formed.
Campus plans to acquire its own telephone system.

Human Resources Office reorganized.
Decision made to reduce number of dormitories with cooking programs-Vice President Fred Preston establishes task force.

Hospital continues to expand and grow into its role as Suffolk County's tertiary care hospital. Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Radiation Oncology, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and Burn Unit, which is designated as the regional center for burn care, opens.

At SBF Dinner, Hyman Rickover and William Warner honored.
10-year accreditation site team visits: led by Stanley Eikenberry, President of the University of Illinois.
Space allocation policies established.
SUNY establishes Commission on the Future of SUNY.
Public Safety officers given permission to use mace.
Lecture Center named for Senator Jacob Javits.
University opens Parson House as guest facility.

Final report from Yang Commission (faculty rights and responsibilities) received.
New athletic fields to be constructed.
Vice President Preston recommends meal plan for all new students Feasibility of campus conference center to be explored.
On April 4th, the Lecture Center is renamed the “Jacob K Javits Lecture Center” in honor of Senator Javits’ many contributions to education and Stony Brook University (Statesman, 4 April 1984).

Motor Vehicle Registration Fee established.
Campus hosts symposium on Academic Freedom.

First President's Awards for Classified Service, Teaching, Librarianship and Service by RF Employees presented.

First Simons Fellowship Program for high school students held.

New SUNY Trustees Edgar Sandman and Clinton Dominick visit campus.
Replacement for HSC boiler arrives by barge.

Patricia Teed appointed Vice President for University Affairs.
Undergraduate admissions criteria raised.

New initiative increases residence hall security.

Council on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities established.
Burn Center opened. 
Homer Neal appointed to Research Foundation Board of Directors.
Campus acquires All-in-One electronic mail system.

Approval received to begin planning for Field House and addition for School of Dental Medicine.
Task Force on Women's Safety set up.

Dr. Paul Lauterbur, SBU professor of chemistry, is awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medicine, for his pioneering work in the development and refinement of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Dr. Lauterbur subsequently received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003 for his part in developing MRI technology.

368 beds are open; 1,653 babies are born.

New land use policy proposed.

The hospital suffers slight damage; however, the stucco covering of the HSC, under repair at the time, is seriously damaged, leaving the building vulnerable to the elements.
Independent Commission on the Future of SUNY finds SUNY to be most over-regulated university in the nation."
Faculty Student Association (FSA) strengthens by-laws.
First campus observance of Martin Luther King Day held.
Hospital ambulatory care space deemed inadequate.
Visitor parking spaces designated in Administration and ESS lots.
Denise Coleman becomes Assistant Vice President for Development.

New alcoholic beverage policy approved
Ceremony held to note fifth anniversary of opening of University Hospital
Plans developed to renovate Stony Brook Union Ballroom

SBF Dinner-Roland Schmitt and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences honored.
President takes first trip to Korea and Hong Kong; presents University Medal to Sir Bun Run Shaw for his support of USB
Campus identified as possible site for veterans home.
Campus to cooperate with UDC to build incubator.

Margaret Mitchell appointed Assistant Vice President for Human Resources.
Health Sciences Center parking problems increase; overflow lot to be available by late summer.

Center for Assessment of Health Services established.
USB and SCCC sign admissions agreement.
SUNY honors one-millionth graduate.
Student demonstration calls for divestiture of South African investments First Annual.
Student Faculty Staff Forum held.
Time capsule interred on Academic Mall in honor of USB's 25th graduating class.

Flexibility legislation approved; effective April 1, 1986 USB and NCCC sign admissions agreement.
Campus imposes freeze on overtime.
President Marburger makes official visit to Germany.

Plan for new telephone system approved..
Urban Development Corporation approves plan for campus incubator Employee Assistance Program established.
Athletic fields upgraded.
Campus Currents has a new format.
New parking facility for University Hospital approved.
New apartment-style residence hall set for West Campus.
SUNY Trustees vote not to invest in South African funds.
Gerrit Wolf named Dean of Harriman.
Don lhde appointed Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Deane Peterson named Acting Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Lester G. Paldy becomes Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.
Egon Neuberger reappointed Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences.
George Hechtel to serve as Acting Dean of CED.
Hurricane Gloria hits Long Island.

Chancellor Wharton begins three-month leave.

Conference held to mark availability of Javits papers to scholars.
IFR accounts gain new flexibility.

SUNY begins plans for implementation of flexibility.
New fund-raising policies announced.
Statesman reduces publication schedule because of financial difficulties.
Ad hoc Committee on AIDS established.
SUNY graduate students begin talks on unionization.
Computer transition (Sperry to IBM) plans announced.
Provost Neal sponsors workshop on Teaching Large Classes.
SUNY Trustees call for annual report from each campus on personal safety Chancellor Wharton keynotes at Black Faculty Staff Association Conference.

Temporary parking lot created on East Campus.
David Glass resigns as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies; J. R. Schubel assumes Acting position during search.
Minimum drinking age increased to 21.

Marburger teaches Physics 123 for the Spring semester
Ronald Douglas becomes Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics

USB chosen as site for veterans home.
Old Physics renamed Harriman Hall.
Proposal to have travel agency on campus endorsed.
Commissary restored after fire.
Plans under way to add a warehouse to the Service Complex.
SUNY Trustees Victor Marrero and Rosemary Salomone visit campus.

Sunwood, the University’s guest facility and faculty retreat, is destroyed by fire on March 1st ( Newsday, 2 March 86).
Homer Neal resigns as Provost effective August 31.
Senator Javits dies.
Fire levels Sunwood mansion.
Francis Bonner resigns as Dean of International Programs.

Flexibility legislation takes effect.
USB acquires alma mater.
Jerry Schubel agrees to serve as Provost in September.
Ceil Cleveland appointed head of news and publications.
John Buckhoff joins President's staff on temporary assignment as Deputy.
Residence Halls begin transition to self-sufficiency.

University Hospital reaccredited.
Memorial ceremony for Senator Javits held on campus.
SBF hosts first Donor Recognition Dinner.
Curriculum revision completed; new program to begin in Fall.

Public Safety officers get new gray uniforms.

Frank Myers becomes Dean of International Programs.

Governor cites higher education as a priority.
Robert Lichter becomes Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Paul Edelson becomes Dean of Continuing Education.
Jurgen Krause named Assistant Vice President for Human Resources for one year.
Graham Spanier resigns as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; Aldona Jonaitis named to acting position.
Andrew Ullmann chairs Stony Brook Council, succeeding R.C. Anderson.
New bicycle paths and walkways created during summer.
Stage XII cafeteria opens as food mall.
International College established in Keller.
Plans for Conference Center begin.
Fire in Javits Center.
Plans for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program unveiled.

SUNY begins planning for Graduate and Research Initiative Coopers & Lybrand assist with support services study.
Campus has Affirmative Action Town Hall Meetings.
Stony Brook Council holds open meeting on student issues.

Chancellor Wharton resigns effective February 1, 1987.
Reorganization of Computing and Communications; Robert Schneider is Acting Vice Provost.
Dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Task Force on Planning, Budgeting and Management issues recommendations.
New policy for space allocation issued and space advisory committee appointed.
Surgeons perform more than 100 open-heart surgeries.
A birthing room is opened and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is expanded.
453 beds are open; 2,096 babies are born.

Health Sciences Center refacing project begins.
President's Awards for Excellence in Affirmative Action set up.
Contract awarded for construction of Service Building.
Campus seek more flexibility for University Hospital.

Paul Chase becomes Acting Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

Chancellor denies tenure for Ernest Dube.
Plans under way for 30th anniversary of USB.
John Reeves appointed Director of Physical Education Pilot project to collect recyclable paper initiated.
Committee to Celebrate Diversity appointed.
Sculpture hung in Administration Building second floor lobby.

Graduate Student Organization announces work stoppage.
Stage XII becomes Eleanor Roosevelt Quad.
Aldona Jonaitis appointed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
Graduate students set up Tent City on campus.

Stony Brook Foundation acquires Pollock-Krasner house.

AAUP to look into Dube tenure case.
Construction of third tier of University Hospital garage to begin.

Javits Lecture Center to remain closed for the summer.
Tent City II emerges.
USB announces Honors College.
Residence Hall management consolidated under Student Affairs.

Marvin Kuschner resigns as Dean of the School of Medicine; awarded University Medal for his service to Stony Brook.
Tent City II dismantled.

USB's policy manual to be revised.
Provost Schubel plans University Convocation tenet.
Vice President Fred Preston to spend fall semester on special SUNY project.
Cruise on Marine Sciences Research Center's research vessel ONRUST includes Long Island legislators.

Faculty advising pilot program begins.
Jerry Schubel agrees to remain as Provost until July 1989.
Most of Javits Center reopened.
Carnegie Foundation classifies USB as Research Institution Presidential Task Force on Housing created.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building named for Ward Melville.
E. Ann Kaplan becomes first Director of Humanities Institute.
First University Convocation held.

SUNY authorizes capital facilities master plan.
Stan Altman appointed first Presidential Fellow (Housing).
Robert Francis resigns as Vice President for Campus Operations Carl Hares oversees area.
Advisory committee to review human resources appointed.
Advisory committee on administrative reorganization appointed.
Provost Schubel to appoint administrative planning and budgeting committee.
Undergraduate Admissions unveils fuel video of campus.

Veterans’ home ground breaking held.
Professional Staff reclassification completed.
Student Health Services task Force submits report.
School of Social Welfare relocates within Health Sciences Center.
Construction contract for Field house awarded.
Edward Beltrami named Presidential Fellow for Master Planning.
Ceil Cleveland announces resignation as Assistant Vice President for University Affairs.
Priorities Committee holds first meeting.
Omega Travel opens campus agency.
Theresa LaRocca-Meyer appointed first Dean of Enrollment Planning.

Preliminary report on efforts to address shortage of affordable housing submitted.
Humanities Institute holds formal opening ceremony.
University honors its first 30-year employees.
Women's Soccer team named State Champions.
Continued expansion includes the opening of the Hand Surgery Center, Allergy Disease Center, two Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Shock-trauma Unit, Lyme Disease Center and designation as a regional Cancer Center, AIDS treatment center (one of only two in the state at the time). In addition expanded services include Gynecologic Oncology, Metabolic Diseases, and Child Psychiatry.
Urology staff performs its first lithotripsy, a non-invasive treatment for kidney stones through the application of high intensity sound waves.
480 beds are open; 2,477 babies are born.


The Burn Center opens the only living skin bank on Long Island.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services and a second Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened.
The medical staff grows to more than 500 physicians.
[HSC]: Dr. Marvin Kuschner, dean of school of medicine, announces his retirement effective the end of the academic year.
2,606 babies are born.

Entire Javits Center reopened.
School of Social Welfare moves to South Campus.
Name of Center for Continuing Education changed to School of Continuing Education.
President proposes guidelines that limit smoking on campus.
Administrative reorganization committee submits report.
Ethics and Government Act takes effect.
Faculty committee on athletics recommends NCAA Division I status for Women's Soccer and Men's Lacrosse.

Stan Altman appointed Deputy to the President.
University Club opens.

Renovation of Chapin to begin.
D. Bruce Johnstone appointed SUNY Chancellor President announces administrative reorganization.
Carl Hanes named Deputy to the President for Special Projects.
Dick Brown named Acting Vice President for Finance and Management.
Employee Relations programming enhanced.
Campus Clean-up Day launched as annual event.

Campus celebrates 30th anniversary.
President Marburger elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Universities Research Association.

SBF opens Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs, NY.

Louis Rose named Director of Human Resources for West Campus.
Perkins & W' II named Master Plan architects.
Peter Kahn named Presidential Fellow for Energy Conservation.
[HSC]: Dr. Jordan Cohen, from University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, is named Dean of medical school.

SUNY receives S9 million mid-year budget cut.

September 19: Senior searches in progress (Provost. Vice President for Campus Services Vice President for Finance and Management and Vice Provost for Computing and Communications)

Andrew Policano named Dean of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Dan Forbush named Associate Vice President for Public Relations.
Eugene Katz serves as Acting Dean for Biological Sciences.
" USB 101," an orientation course for freshmen, offered for first time.
Howard Hughes Laboratory in Neuroscience officially opens.
John Fleagle receives MacArthur Award.
Field House Cornerstone ceremony held.
Three-year plan for development of physical education and athletics announced.
PETA questions SBU about a 1984 research experiment.
Three Fitness Centers open in residence halls.

The Fine Arts Center is renamed “Staller Center for the Arts” in honor of the late real estate mogul Max Staller, who gave the University its largest private donation to date (Statesman, October 24, 1988).
Chancellor Johnstone visits campus.
Fine Arts Center renamed for Staller family.
Office of Research Administration and Grants Management merged to form Office of Research Services.
Roger Pijacki named Acting Vice Provost for Computing and Communications.
Samuel Taube resigns to become Vice President for Student Affairs at Farmingdale.
Center for Regional Policy Studies opens.
Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education opens.
President Marburger named President of ACUSNY.
James McKenna to bead steering committee for 5-year accreditation review.
Students hold voter registration rally.

Ad hoc committee on safety recommends tighter controls.
Grumman donates Mobile Intensive Care Unit to University Hospital.


President Marburger makes development trip to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Robert Lichter resigns as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Ruth Brandwine becomes County Commissioner of Social Services; Frances Brisbane to be Dean of Social Welfare.
Celebration of Melville Library's 25th anniversary as Government Federal Depository.

Alex King becomes Acting Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Tilden Edelstein appointed Provost effective July 1.
Glenn Watts appointed Vice President for Finance and Management.
Andrew Collver becomes Presidential Fellow for Parking.
Intercollegiate Athletics Board formed to provide oversight for athletics programs.
First annual freshman supper held at Shorewood.
USB honors Senator Ken LaValle on his 10th anniversary as Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee.
First SUNY Day held in State Legislature.

Harry Snoreck appointed Vice President for Campus Services effective June 1.
First Annual Faculty-Staff Photography Exhibition held.
Citizens Advisory Council on Master Planning created by Stony Brook Council.
Paul Chase appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Campus Ombudsman office proposed.
Grand Opening of the New York State Small Business Development Center held on campus.
Campus holds first Open House.
SBF hosts first annual Golf Outing.
USB holds Open Forum on Campus Safety.
SUNY Trustee Chair Donald Blinken visits campus.
First Faculty and Staff Spring Dance held in Union Ballroom.


Staller Center for the Arts dedicated.
Jerry Schubel receives University Medal for his service as Provost.

Dr. Myung Oh appointed Stony Brook Professor.
Construction to begin on new graduate residence hall.
Aldona Jonaitis resigns as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; Egon Neuberger appointed to fill vacancy for one year.
Richard Brown resigns as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Management.
All-funds budgeting initiative announced.

Marion Metivier resigns; Monica Roth becomes Acting Affirmative Action Officer.
Roger Pijacki becomes first Vice Provost for Computing and Communications.
Kelly Quad flooded during torrential rains.
Human Resources moves from Campus Services to Finance and Management.
Search for Ombudsman begins.
Honors College enrolls its first students.
Faculty Instruction Support Office begins operation.


Andrew Ullmann resigns as Chair of Stony Brook Council.
Fire in basement of Melville Library.
Denise Coleman resigns as Associate Vice President for Development.
Staller Center for the Arts marks 10th anniversary.
Chancellor Johnstone gives keynote address at 8th Annual Student Affairs Convocation.


First Trading Places Day held.
Aaron Donner appointed Chair of Stony Brook Council.
Patricia Teed announces resignation as Vice President for University Affairs effective December 31.
Incubator corporation formed.
Regional Development Task Force appointed.
Department of Parking and Transportation set up.

University honors SUNY Trustees Donald Blinken and Judith Moyers.

Hospital Review:
The first Suffolk County Police Helicopter touches down on the hospital's helipad, a result of an agreement between the hospital and the police to provide helicopter transport of the critically ill or injured to Stony Brook University Hospital from throughout Suffolk County.
Diabetes Unit opens in the hospital with 14 beds.
Hospital outpatient offices expand to Technology Park in East Setauket, one mile east of the hospital.
2,626 babies are born. 
By end of decade: Research funding tops $35m.; 2,300 people employed; operating budget is over $200m.
480 of 504 beds are open and occupied at the hospital.


Florence Boroson appointed Campus Community Advocate effective April.
D. Bruce Johnstone schedules five-year review of President Marburger.
Irwin Lamm becomes first Director of Long Island State Veterans Home.
David Glass appointed Vice Provost for Research.

NYS/UUP establishes Excellence Awards Program.
President Marburger appointed to Research Foundation Board University.
Hospital celebrates 10th anniversary.
New USB logo proposed.

Planning begins for campus cogeneration plant.

Chancellor Johnstone visits campus to meet with the Stony Brook Council.
Court date set for Dube case.
Stony Brook Council holds ‘Open Meeting’ on parking fees.
Office of Campus Community Advocate opens.

Alex King becomes Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.
Patrick Heelan appointed Acting Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Governor Cuomo speaks at Commencement.

Carole Cohen appointed Vice President for University Affairs.
New policy manual issued.
SUNY Trustee Alan Iselin visits USB.

President Marburger takes three-month study leave; Provost Edelstein provides campus leadership.
Lou Rose resigns as Director of Human Resources effective September 1.

USB posts largest enrollment in history 17,623 students.
Dalai Lama visits campus.
AI Ingle appointed Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations.
Ron Douglas becomes Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
James McKenna appointed Dean of International Programs.
Patrick Heelan named Dean pro tern for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Richard Porter serves as Acting Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Carlson takes over travel office.
SBF organizes Student Ambassadors group.
Chimes are heard for first time (every hour from the Administration Building).

Indoor Sports Complex formally dedicated.
First annual SBF Day held.
Incubator building site dedicated.
SUNY approves Assistant University Counsel for campus Military recruitment debate opens.

Women's Volleyball team wins State championship and advances to final game of NCAA Division III regional tournament.
Undergraduate Admissions hosts first Annual Wine Tasting as fund raiser for scholarships.
Graduate housing ribbon-cutting ceremony held.
Campus hosts dinner for Richard Cahn, who is resigning as SUNY Regional Counsel.

Hospital Review:
Hospital is designated Level One Trauma Center for Suffolk County.
Otolaryngology program, speech and dermatology programs begin.
CPEP, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, opens.
First Employee Recognition Program is held.
The "BEST" (Bringing Excellence and Service Together) newsletter begins publication to keep employees informed of hospital events and expansion.
Hospital initiates a "smoke-free" policy.
Operating rooms are expanded based on need.

Campus required to absorb $1.7 million mid-year budget cut.
Tuition increased by $150 per semester.
State imposes second payroll deferment plan.
Holiday curtailment of activities results in utility cost avoidance of $375,000.
Interfaith Center sponsors Peace Rally on campus.

Campus Life-time established.
Campus holds Forum on War in the Persian Gulf.

President Marburger maintains position on permitting military recruitment on campus.
Thomas Boyden becomes Associate Vice President for Development.
Irwin Kra becomes Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

SUNY's fiscal year shifts to July 1 beginning.
I-CON celebrates 10th anniversary.
Students stage two-day demonstration in Administration Building opposing suspension of students involved in blood drive disturbance in December. 
Students take over President's Office for two days to protest proposed tuition increase.
Public Forum on arming Public Safety Officers held.

Campus holds first Commencement in Indoor Sports Complex President.
Marburger sets up committee on arming Public Safety Officers.
HSC reorganizes Public Relations and Development offices and changes reporting responsibility to Vice President for University Affairs.
Stony Brook's VIP Hall of Fame inducts first honorees.
Campus holds welcome home rally for Desert Storm troops.
Presidential Steering Committee for Employee Training and Development formed.

Andrew Policano resigns as Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences effective July 1; Bryce Hool appointed to post
Campus Master Plan report issued.

First annual Training Month held.
State operating budget cut by $10 million and requires reduction in number of authorized positions.
Tuition increased $500 per year.
John Reeves announces resignation as Director of Physical Education and Athletics.
Commissary renamed Central Services Building.
School of Medicine establishes Dean's Council to assist in fund raising and public relations for the Medical Center
ARA awarded campus food service contract.

Trustee Roderick Chu visits campus.
Arthur Ashe is featured speaker for New Student Convocation.

Edmund McTernan retires as Dean of Allied Health Professions; Robert Hawkins becomes Dean pro tem.
President Marburger named Chairman of United Way of Long Island Campaign.
Matthew Sobel becomes Acting Dean of Harriman School.
Enrollments again reach all-time high at 17,700 students.
Diversity award established and named in honor of Emile and Myrna Adams, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost for Affirmative Action.
Diversified Education Curriculum introduced to guide undergraduate education.

Long Island State Veterans Home officially opens.
Dianne Rulnick joins staff as Director of University Human Resources.
The SUNY 2000 Report formally endorsed by Board of Trustees Committee on Future Directions in Athletics recommends move to NCAA Division I; President Marburger accepts recommendation.
President Marburger appoints University Safety Council.
New Health Sciences Center parking structure opens.
PERB rules that GAs and TAs are employees and have right to unionize.
Dedication of Pritchard Gymnasium.

SUNY gets mid-year budget reduction of $28.7 million; USB share is $3.8 million.
Myrna Adams becomes Affirmative Action Officer.
The National Science Foundation designates the University at Stony Brook as a Science and Technology Center in High Pressure Research.

Hospital Review:
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expands from 30 to 40 beds.
The New York State Long Island Veterans Home opens across from the hospital, Loop Road.
504 beds are now open and staffed reaching 100% completion; 2,955 babies are born.
Hospital lobby is renovated.
Geriatric Unit and satellite laboratory open.
Introduction of Administrative Grand Rounds and Service Line Administration for cardiovascular, cancer and trauma.
Newsday features the hospital's growth in front page article titled, "Promises to Keep."
2,901 babies are born.

Ground-breaking ceremony for Incubator held.
Campus saves $83,000 on utilities during holiday intersession.
SUNY Trustees approved agreement between USB and cogeneration plant developers; further State approvals are required next.
Dedication of Herman Nertz Track in the Indoor Sports Complex.
Garber takes over campus travel office.

Chancellor Johnstone visits campus.
Graduate student apartments named in honor of Arthur A. Schomburg.
President's Administrative Issues Forum established and set to meet weekly.

University Hospital Auxiliary celebrates 10th anniversary.
Steve Englebright becomes State Assemblyman representing campus.
First drafts of Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Goals and Objectives issued as part of strategic planning initiative.

SB News is introduced to campus.
Stony Brook hosts display of AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Presidential candidate Jerry Brown speaks on campus.

USB holds first annual Faculty Achievement Dinner.
Newsday publishes major 10-part series on SUNY.
USB joins Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and North Shore Hospital in creating the Long Island Research Institute to facilitate technology transfers.

Patrick Heelan resigns as Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Dedication ceremony held for new facilities for School of Dental Medicine.

USB confronts $7.2 million cut in State budget.
Tuition increases by $500 per year (again).
Human Resources enhances faculty and staff orientation programs.
Dean Jerry Schubel to lead self-study process.

Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine visits campus to discuss regional economic development.
Undergraduate enrollments dip below targets.

Chancellor Johnstone visits USB and meets with representatives of institutional advancement from all SUNY Long Island campuses.
Yacov Shamash becomes Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Matthew Sobel named Dean of Harriman School for Management and Policy.
C. N. Yang awarded the University Medal on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Deputy to the President Stan Altman resigns to become Advisor to the President on Health Finance.
USB's Child Care Services is first program in Suffolk County to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
Dan Melucci promoted to Assistant Vice President for Finance and Management; Mark Maciulaitis becomes Budget Director.
Richard Kramer becomes Dean pro tern for Humanities and Fine Arts.
"Quiet" residence halls available for first time.
Emily Thomas named University Planning Coordinator.

Governor attends opening of the Long Island High Technology Incubator.
Installation of new campus directional signs begins.
President Marburger hosts Provosts Appreciation Day honoring Bentley Glass, Sidney Gelber, Homer Neal, Jerry Schubel and Tilden Edelstein.
Preliminary planning process for stadium gets under way.
President's Administrative Issues Forum changes to bi-weekly meetings Gerianne Sands appointed SUNY Associate Counsel on USB campus.

SUNY graduate students vote to unionize.
Professor Manuel London becomes Deputy to the President.
Women's Volleyball Team finishes third in NCAA Division III.
Planning begins on feasibility of capital campaign.
Dean Jerry Schubel chairs Undergraduate Project Steering Committee.

USB and Professor Ernest Dube reach agreement.
Philias Garant resigns as Dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

Plans for Engineering 2000 in full swing.
Planning for new Life Sciences facility under way.
Burton Pollack named Dean of the School of Dental Medicine.
Lorna McBarnette becomes Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.
John Donohue joins USB as Associate Vice President for Development.
University Safety Council issues analysis of pros and cons of arming Public Safety Officers; campus invited to comment.
Holiday shutdown results in utility savings of $94,000.
Human Resources announces plans for  Connections, a customer service training program.
Corner Stone Club for major donors to SEFA/United Way campaign set up.

Vice President for Student Affairs Fred Preston assumes oversight of ADA.
Staller Center for the Arts flooded following water main break.

Men's basketball team plays first game at Madison Square Garden.
Governor Cuomo visits campus.
Donald Langenberg, Chancellor of the University of Maryland System, to chair Middle States accreditation team.

Provost Tilden Edelstein announces intention to resign in June 1994.
Richard Laskowski becomes Dean of Physical Education and Athletics.
President Marburger appoints Advisory Committee on Provost Search.
Korean sculpture placed in Engineering Quad and dedicated.
Chapin Apartments rededicated after extensive rehabilitation.
George Marshall becomes Assistant Vice President for Institutional Services.

Staller Center reopens after flood damage repaired.
President Marburger authorizes limited arming program for Public Safety Officers.
Ernest Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation, is featured speaker at Faculty Achievement Dinner.

President Marburger announces decision to step down as President effective upon the designation of a successor.
Myrna Adams resigns as Affirmative Action Officer.
Emile Adams retires as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
Bryce Hool to become Deputy Provost.

Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Stony Brook Council Chair.
Aaron B. Donner, holds organizational meeting.
School of Allied Health Professions changes name to School of Health Technology and Management; plans expansion New student enrollments rebound from last year's decline.

G Quad renamed in honor of Harold Mendelsohn.
Peter Baigent joins staff as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
Lawrence Martin becomes Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.
University Hospital, clinical operations of the School of Medicine andmanaged care initiatives to be called University Medical Center.
SUNY Trustees Richard Berman, Edward Sommer and John Holloman visit campus.
Edward Katkin becomes Acting Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Planning under way for licensing logos and trademarks.

Gary Matthews named Affirmative Action Officer.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Student Activities Center held.
New campus entrance signs installed.
Roger Pijacki resigns as Vice Provost for Computing and Communications; Rich Reeder assumes responsibilities.
Stony Brook Child Care Services plans to purchase Parson House.
TOPTEAM begins to meet.

Craig Malbon becomes Vice President for Research.
President's Administrative Issues Forum disbands.
Consultants recommend USB launch capital campaign.
CED's Workforce Development Center dedicated.
Marburgers named SBF Volunteers of the Year.

Jordan Cohen to resign as Dean of the School of Medicine effective March 1.
Carole Cohen to step down as Vice President for University Affairs on March 1.

Hospital Review:
Stroke Unit opens at the hospital.
Hospital performs its first cryosurgery for prostate cancer.
Hospital is renamed "University Hospital and Medical Center".
2,868 babies are born.

Naji Abumrad appointed Acting Dean of the School of Medicine.
Michael Geheb appointed Acting Director of the University Medical Center.
Manny London to serve as Interim Administrator for University Affairs Construction begins for cogeneration facility.

Office of Governmental Relations moves from University Affairs to President's area.
Graduate students ratify collective bargaining agreement between the State and GSEU.
Sculpture removed from Administration Building lobby.
NYS Supreme Court ruling bans military recruitment on all SUNY campuses.
USB athletic teams change name from Patriots to Seawolves effective July 1.

Chancellor Johnstone retires for health reasons; Provost Joseph Burke to be Interim Chancellor.
Cornerstone Ceremony celebrates beginning of construction of cogeneration facility.

William T. Newell, Jr., retires as University Hospital Director.
AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on campus.
Middle States evaluation team visits campus.
Research I classification reaffirmed by Carnegie Foundation.
President Marburger portrait unveiled and displayed in Melville Library.

On September 1st, Shirley Strum Kenny assumes presidency of the University.

Hospital Review:
The National Institutes of Health awarded a 9.3 million dollar grant to fund the opening of the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Center, one of only 44 in the nation.
In April, William Newell steps down as executive director of hospital emphasizing the need for the hospital to expand its patient base and compete aggressively for patients in view of significant changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for, such as declining Medicare reimbursements.
The hospital, together with SUNY Brooklyn and Albany, also state-owned and operated academic medical centers, is prevented from joining with other healthcare networks in the region.
On July 1, Michael A. Maffetone, DA, assumes position as Hospital director and Chief Executive Officer.
The Cancer Helpline, Health Calls and the Doc-to-Doc services begin under the auspices of Healthcare Teleservices. A national record of 500+ calls is received in July.
Operating budget exceeds $200m.
3,200 babies are born.


Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny is inaugurated as the 4th President of Stony Brook University on April 28th.

The hospital becomes the first in the nation to voluntarily extend length of stay for maternity patients to two days or four days if patient had a caesarian section, bringing national press coverage including  Today and  Nightline.

The Surgical Care Center and Breast Care Center opens at Stony Brook Technology Center in East Setauket.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, appointed Dean of the School of Medicine.


Charles Wang of Computer Associates donates $25 million to Stony Brook for construction of an Asian American Studies Center. Governor George Pataki and Senator Alfonse D’Amato attend ceremonies celebrating the event ( Newsday).

Hospital is named one of the nation's "Top 100 Hospitals" and one of the "Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals," in Modern Healthcare.

Primary Care Center opens at Stony Brook Technology Park.

New Maternity Center opens with state-of-the-art equipment.

Breast Care Center is rededicated and named the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center.

Newsday's Sunday edition front page story is titled, "Eyes on the Prize: The Fight over Stony Brook," with subheading, "From East to West, Hospitals Vie for Suffolk's Premier Medical Center. Only Hitch is, It's Not for Sale".

Organizational restructuring takes place. The "Hospital within a Hospital" format calls for formation of five hospitals: Women's and Children's, Surgical, Medical, Mental Health and Cardiac.

Operating budget is approximately $300m.

3,510 babies are born.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, named Vice President of the Health Sciences Center.

September 12, 1996: dedication of the William and Jane  Knapp Alumni Center.


A national study ranked Stony Brook one of the top three public universities in the nation (second only to UC Berkeley and tied with UC Santa Barbara) in the combined research areas of science, social science, and arts and humanities ( SB News, Vol. 1, No. 1, February 1998).

Health Resource Center is opened in hospital lobby.

Stony Brook announces it will upgrade the athletics program to NCAA Division I (June 3)

Actor Alec Baldwin appears at press conference to announce his family's pledge to raise one million dollars for breast cancer research at Stony brook in honor of their mother, Carol Baldwin, a breast cancer survivor.

Sextuplets-third set in the United States and only the 10th set in the world-are born in the new maternity center.

University Hospital was named one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in a study that examined 3,575 hospitals nationwide ( SB News, Vol. 1, No. 1, Feb 1998).

Starting in 1999, the University’s men’s and women’s sports teams will be eligible to compete in Division I NCAA play ( SB News Vol. 1. No. 1, Feb 1998).

SB places 12th among all US colleges and universities in royalties generated from inventions licensed to industry ($12 million). SB accounts for 98% of all SUNY-system licensing revenue. (In previous five years, SB recorded 319 invention disclosures, 142 patents issued, 161 licenses. 16 new companies were formed to commercialize SB-originated technologies; 14 are in New York State, and 12 on Long Island. 

Community Resource Center is opened in Stony Brook Village.

Allergy and Asthma Centers open in Hampton Bays.

Carol M. Baldwin Health Screening Center opens in the Smith Haven Mall.


SB now has 12,700 undergraduates.

700+ public access computer terminals are now available to students. 

Centers for Molecular Medicine and Biology Learning Laboratories officially open on 11/12.

To fulfill President Shirley Strum Kenny’s vision of a ‘heart of the campus,’ the six-acre central mall is landscaped with fountains, trees, plants, benches, tables and chairs, and a ‘brook’.

Research Foundation ranks SB’s research activity as the highest in the SUNY system.

Ground breaking for 7500-seat stadium to host Division 1 sport events. 
Dennis Mitchell is appointed Chief Financial Officer.
I. Bernard Hirsch is appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer.
Hospital signs a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the option of joining the Long Island Health Network.


Thirteen University Hospital and Medical Center physicians are featured in  New York Magazine’s cover story “The Best Doctors in New York.”

Marine Sciences Research Center receives $1 million from the New York State legislature for a marine pathology laboratory to investigate marine diseases, particularly those affecting the Long Island lobster industry.

Billy Joel donates proceeds of his SB concert to MSRC. 

Meeting the goal of the 1995-2000 Five Year Plan, 100% of campus residence hall rooms now have computer network access.

Construction begins on sports stadium.

New SINC site in SB union adds 85 public access computer terminals.

The Academic Mall is completed and the 'Festival Fountain' dedication is held, celebrating President Shirley Strum Kenny’s vision for a new “heart of the campus." Dr. Maffetone retires to a hospital advisory position in the due to personal health issues.


February 1: the university announces name change to "Stony Brook University."

February 1: Stony Brook University is invited to join the America East conference after only its second year in NCAA Division 1.

February 14: Martin Luther King III, gives lecture as part of the Presidential Lecture series on his father’s dream in present day society. 

Bruce Schroffel becomes the hospital's new Director and Chief Executive Officer.

A major modernization plan is developed. The Master Plan calls for a new orthopedics unit; a new heart center; expanded emergency department; construction of a free standing ambulatory surgery center; a new Women's and Infants Center including renovated NICU, labor and delivery suites, ante and postpartum units and newborn nurseries, new operating rooms; the construction of a freestanding Ambulatory Care Pavilion and renovated and expanded cafeteria and lobby area.

March 12: the rock group Three Doors Down performs at the Stony Brook Sports Complex marking the first time a concert has been held at the campus in 10 years.

April 23: Stony Brook announces plans to raise funds for a chair in the Department of Italian American Studies in honor of former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato. 

April 30: NY Senator Charles E. Schumer speaks at Stony Brook Commencement.

May 18: Stony Brook University graduates over 3,141 students during the 41st University Commencement Exercise. 

Stony Brook announces opening of the first SUNY undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program.

June 25: former Stony Brook President John H. Marburger III is nominated to the post of Director of Science and Technology by President George W. Bush. 

August 6: Stony Brook University Hospital receives Long island’s first digital mammography unit.

Lee Ann Xippolitos, RN, PhD is appointed Chief Nursing Officer.

September 11: terrorists attack the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in Washington D. C. prompting university officials to close the campus as a safety precaution. 

The Peace Garden is dedicated to the memory of those lost during the September 11th attacks. The eight-foot pole is erected in the Table quad residential village. The pole contains “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written on it in four different 

Landmark surgery is performed when a total of five distinct heart procedures are performed during a single operation.
"Hospital within a Hospital" is restructured.
Hospital employs staff of 3,406; full-time medical staff totals 368 physicians.
Operating budget totals $364m.
3,500 babies are born.

Stony Brook Manhattan opens at 401 Park Avenue South. The new branch campus contains 11 classrooms, offices and conference and meeting space.

The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Stony Brook opens. 

The Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library receives a steel sculpture designed by noted graphic artist Milton Glazer. The new sculpture, part of the campuses new look, is the second of such sculpture to be installed on the Academic Mall.

May 23: the legendary “Bridge to Nowhere” is demolished. The bridge, originally intended to connect the Stony Brook Union and the library, was the butt of jokes and a focal center around which campus events were held after its completion in 1977. 

Renovations on the Humanities building begins as faculty are relocated to the campus’ new “surge space” located in the old Life Sciences Library.

September 12: Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library celebrates the official opening of the AIDC 100 Archive at Stony Brook University. Funded in perpetuity by members of the bar code industry, the archive is established to document the history and evolution of the development of AIDC related technologies.

September 30: Lt. Governor Donohue unveils counter-terrorism terminal at Stony Brook University. The unit allows critical counter-terrorism information culled from various governments and intelligence source to be transmitted instantaneously with law enforcement vie a secure computer network throughout NY State. 

October 19: the new Sports Stadium is named after Sen. John P. La Valle during the half-time Homecoming ceremony. 

October 22: the Charles B. Wang Center holds its official opening and dedication. The 1,200 square foot building cost a total of 40 million dollars to build and is the largest single private gift that the SUNY system has ever received from a donor.
Ambulatory Surgery Center, located on the East Campus, just west of the hospital, opens.

Amir Dan Rubin is named Chief Operating Officer for the hospital.

Neuromuscular Disease Center opens.

NASA Grant To Stony Brook for Bone Loss Study: Stefan Judex, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, received a three-year award totaling $764,073 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Poet Robert Bly featured at poetry program.

Medical School shows that massage can have neurological, physical and emotional benefits for babies. Many hospitals, such as Stony Brook University Hospital, have hired licensed massage therapists for their infant care wards.

Carol M. Baldwin, one of the nation’s leading breast cancer crusaders, is named the inaugural honoree for the Patron Award for “Celebrate Excellence,” the first annual gala presented by the School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Hospital.

Splashes of Hope,” a talented group of artists who paint “therapeutic murals” on hospital walls, dedicated one of their newest mural projects at Stony Brook University Hospital. It is a brightly colored and impressive mural of the Wizard of Oz.

Stony Brook University Professor Lianxing Wen from the Department of Geosciences is awarded the 2003 James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Marvin Hamlisch performs on the Main Stage at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University.

Clinical Program in Advanced Laparoscopic and Endoscopic ushers in a new era of patient care for men and women who need urologic surgery. 

Wall breaking ceremony takes place for construction of the new Heart Center.

Two leading researchers on ALS—commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease - and a nationally known advocate for patients with the disease featured at Stony Brook University’s ALS Awareness Day and Symposium on Tuesday, March 25th.

Former Suffolk County District Attorney James Catterson is discharged from Stony Brook University Hospital’s Heart Center late after undergoing sudden surgery to repair five separate blood-flow obstructions.

Dr. David Conover named to the position of Dean and Director of its Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC). Dr. Conover worked at Stony Brook since 1981 and is widely recognized for his research in the ecology and evolutionary biology of fishes and fisheries science.

Clinton T. Rubin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, is awarded the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Kappa Delta Award by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one of the highest honors given by the national organization.

Students from the Cleary School for the Deaf in Nesconset raise $225 for the destitute children of Madagascar as part of a cooperative effort with David Krause, Ph.D.

The Division of Wellness and Chronic Illness conducts a three-part series on Integrative Asthma Care and Prevention.

To help focus public attention during February (Heart Month), Stony Brook University Hospital participates in the ADHERE (Acute Decompensated Heart Failure National Registry) program.

A professor in the HSC at Stony Brook University is among eight researchers nation-wide to receive identical $150,000 grants from the Scleroderma Foundation.

International author, columnist and  Newsweek contributing editor Ellis Cose speaks about civil rights at Stony Brook University on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at 12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom B.

Stony Brook’s Mathematics and Chemistry departments selected to participate in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), a multi-year research and action project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities.

Art exhibits, musical and dance performances, and a spectacular street fair featuring contests, food, and cultural displays, highlight the week-long Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival held Tuesday, April 2 through Friday, April 11 at select sites throughout the Stony Brook University campus.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed 10 members of the SUNY faculty to the rank of Distinguished Professor and one member of the SUNY faculty to the rank of Distinguished Librarian. Eight of the faculty members who were honored are from Stony Brook University.

Congressman John Conyers, (D-Michigan), Roger Toussaint, President of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, and Jeff Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute discuss the price of war and the Bush budget, and their impact on the national and New York City fiscal crisis, and on the working class.

Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny announces that Stony Brook University will begin a year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the regularly scheduled NCAA Division I athletics certification program.

A Stony Brook University professor is among only 10 individuals nationwide to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Professor David Bynum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, received the award at a White House ceremony.

Stony Brook University’s Adult Literacy Center honors its tutors at a special Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, April 1 in the Student Activities Center.

Stony Brook University awarded a State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Award by Governor George Pataki, becoming only the second organization from Long Island ever to be so honored.

State Senator Kenneth LaValle is the honoree when the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University holds its Inaugural Spring Reception. The Sunrise Fund ( benefits the Pediatric Oncology program at Stony Brook University Hospital.

The Center for Biotechnology, in partnership with the City University of New York(CUNY) presented the 2003 2nd Annual Life Sciences Industry Career Development Conference “Exploring the Diversity of New York’s Life Sciences Industry” on Tuesday, March 25, 2003.

The School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University in conjunction with Walgreen, the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain, works together to address the shortage of pharmacists in the United States.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $1.5 million to a professorial team from Stony Brook University, Franklin and Marshall College, Washington College, and Catholic University for a four-year project designed to introduce an innovative method of teaching chemistry in institutions across the nation.

On April 25 and April 27 at 2 pm, Long Island residents experienced a professionally staged opera close to their doorsteps when Stony Brook Opera and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra presented a fully staged production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni (1787) at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook.

The First Stony Brook University Symposium on India Studies is held and features presentations, specially intended for the general audience, by the Center's faculty and visiting scholars on India's history, religions, arts, languages, literature, environment, security, foreign policy, and the life, culture, and education of Indians in America.

SUNY Awarded Patent for Stony Brook’s "Virtual Colonoscopy" Software: State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King today announces that a new "virtual colonoscopy" system is giving patients a non-invasive cancer screening alternative thanks to a series of patents awarded for technologies developed at Stony Brook University.

Long Island Life Sciences Summit: Key executives from Long Island's life sciences industry gather to address a series of critical issues at a summit meeting designed to explore and organize topics of strategic importance to the region.

Stony Brook University Alum and Family Bike Together to Raise Money for Sarcoma Research and IncreasePublic Awareness: as part of its wide range of outreach efforts to the local communities on Long Island, the Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook University announces plans to be partners in a Health Outreach Initiative in Coram. 

Stony Brook University Hospital receives a $220,000 New York State grant for a unique program designed to recruit and train healthcare workers from those with low incomes.

On April 28, 2003, the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life at Stony Brook University presents a Holocaust Memorial Concert of works composed and performed in the Terezienstadt Concentration Camp.

In a joint venture with the Long Island Farm Bureau, documentary filmmaker Glenn Gebhard of Loyola Marymount University and Mario Congreve of California State University at Domingues Hills, along with Research Assistant Professor Frank Turano of Stony Brook University completes “Long Island Farming,” a documentary that examines the history and current status of the region’s family and commercial farms.


Stony Brook Audiologist Warns Against Hazardous Summer Noises: According to the American Speech-Language
Hearing Association, 28 million Americans have a hearing loss; nearly half are due to damage from excessive noise.

Lenora J. McClean, EdD, RN, who piloted Stony Brook University’s School of Nursing through a period of unprecedented growth and established the nursing program as an international leader in many key areas after 31 years at the University—23 of them as Dean.

Barry S. Coller, MD urged the 107 graduates—the medical school’s 29th class—to “show the goodness of your soul.”

Stony Brook School of Medicine to Graduate 107: Among the students graduating will be a newlywed couple—Lauren McGowan and Scott McGovern—leave for their honeymoon after the Convocation before going on to begin their residencies together at the Mayo Clinic.

The largest commencement ceremony on Long Island this year takes place at Stony Brook University (2962 degree candidates).

Stony Brook HSC Professors Honored by SUNY Trustees: SUNY has appointed David W. Krause, PhD, a Distinguished Service Professor and Fred S. Ferguson, DDS, a Distinguished Teaching Professor. Both teach in the Health Sciences Center.

Chris Pendergast & 'Ride for Life' Make $25,000 Donation to Support ALS Ctr. at SBUH: Chris Pendergast, the nationally-known ALS advocate from Northport, will interrupt his “Ride For Life” from Montauk to Manhattan to stop at SBU, where he presents a $25,000 check, symbolic of a pledge from contributions generated during his “Ride.”

Stony Brook University Opens Cody Center: SBU unveiled its new autism center in Port Jefferson Station, the latest expansion of a wide variety of health services designed to meet the clinical needs of the surrounding community and the region while playing a national leadership role in research.

No Link Found Between Cancer and Power Lines (N.Y. Times): A study of women on Long Island has found no link between breast cancer and living near high-voltage power lines. Researchers, most of them from the State University at Stony Brook, looked at 1,161 Long Island women and found no statistically significant differences in exposure between the group with breast cancer and those who did not have it.

Seventeen physicians from Stony Brook University Hospital have been named to New York Magazine’s 2003 list of “The Best Doctors in New York.” The Stony Brook doctors were selected among more than 50,000 practicing physicians in the New York metropolitan area.

A National Geographic Society expedition to ancient sites and key museums in Iraq reports that although American bombs spared most archaeological sites and treasures, some sites have been damaged by recent looting or long-term neglect. 

SBU's HSC Appoints Director of Master in Public Health Program: Raymond L. Goldsteen, Dr. P.H., has been appointed Director of the Master in Public Health (MPH) program at Stony Brook University which is scheduled to be launched in Fall, 2004.

Paul Lawrence, graduate student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of 18 outstanding research participants to attend the 53rd international convention of Nobel Laureates.

A Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University has been appointed a Fulbright Scholar—the first one ever in healthcare appointed to work in El Salvador.

Dr. Danny Bluestein, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, was awarded the prestigious Established Investigator Award (EIA) from the American Heart Association.


Jim Fiore, a highly regarded administrator at two Ivy League institutions, today was named the ninth Director of Athletics in the history of Stony Brook University, becoming one of the youngest people to hold that title at the NCAA Division I level.

8th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival: The East Coast Premiere of Todd Komarnicki’s “Resistance,” a touching World War II epic drama starring Bill Paxton and Julia Ormond, opens the 2003 Stony Brook Film Festival at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, on Wednesday evening, July 16.

The AT&T Foundation donates $25,000 to Stony Brook University for the Research Scholars Program at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the University announced today.

Carol Gomes, Director of Stony Brook University Hospital’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Department, receives a prominent federal appointment. She was appointed to the 2003 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest level of recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

Stony Brook’s Brooke Larson Awarded ACLS Fellowship: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced recently the results of the 2002-2003 ACLS Fellowship Program, awarding one of the fellowships to Stony Brook University history professor Brooke Larson.

A study released today by scientists at Stony Brook University reveals that a highly polluted riverbed, once dredged of the pollutants, can recover its original environmental health.


Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the recipient of a $75,000 endowment to establish a permanent source of scholarship funding for students pursuing a major in aeronautical engineering, and who express an interest in pursuing a career in aviation or engineering.

The National Pediatric MS Center at SBUH—the first such center of its kind in the nation—has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) to support research into causes of pediatric MS through the creation of a national registry that will help capture analytic data related to the disease.

Thousands of Long Islanders will once again take to the streets to help raise money for both breast and prostate cancer research at the Tenth Annual “Walk for Beauty…In a Beautiful Place.”

A Stony Brook University physician and expert in neurology has been named “Physician of the Year” by the Metro New York Chapter of Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Rahman Pourmand, M.D. is honored on September 13 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.

A Stony Brook University professor is named the winner of a prestigious award given nationally in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Richard Mattison, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine, is being given the Sidney Berman Award for the Study and Treatment of Learning Disabilities.

Stony Brook University researchers are awarded a $250K three-year grant to study whether early informal educational programs can increase the participation of economically disadvantaged and minority girls in technology-related college majors and careers. 


Stony Brook University is awarded a U.S. government grant of $4,131,274 to develop academic programs in environmental health and archaeology to strengthen the capacity of Iraqi universities.

Little Miracles: Kids Recovering From Cancer Star In Their Own Fashion Show On Nov. 20th. Children and young adults who are recovering from cancer are made the stars of a fashion show to benefit the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University to raise funds for research and oncology services.

A unique breast education program for women of color in the Town of Babylon will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 PM at the Bethel AME Copiague Church. Known as the Witness Project®, this national program is sponsored by the Long Island Cancer Center of Stony Brook University, and brought to the community through collaboration with the Town of Babylon and other community groups.

Lecture Series at Melville Library Explores Important Literary Topics: George Wallace, Suffolk County's Poet Laureate, and other leading writers and authors are featured in a lecture series at the Melville Library at Stony Brook University during the months of October, November and December. The series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the University Bookstore, explores intriguing topics and is free and open to the public.

Wolfstock 2003: Stony Brook University's annual celebration of Homecoming and alumni activities this year will be highlighted by a meeting between Seawolves football team and St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, October 18 at 4:00 PM in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

The Charles B. Wang Asian-American Center at Stony Brook University hosts a series of cultural events open to the general public during October and November. The events coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Center, which opened October 22, 2002.

Stony Brook Names Faculty Director For New College Of Science And Society: Jeffrey Levinton, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist and teacher with broad interests in the sciences and the intersection of science, has been named the founding faculty director of the College of Science and Society.

Two Developers of MRI Awarded Nobel Prize ( Washington Post): An American and a Briton were jointly awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine yesterday for their seminal roles in the development of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, used routinely by doctors today to reveal in startling detail the interior of the human body.

Nobel Prize Is Awarded For MRI Technology; Discovery Made At Stony Brook by Paul Lauterbur: Paul C. Lauterbur, Ph.D., whose research conducted at Stony Brook University led to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and revolutionized healthcare in the latter portion of the 20th century, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden today.

SBUH Sponsors Free Cardiac Education Program: Stony Brook University Hospital sponsors a free Cardiac Education Program for patients, families and friends in the community.

Neiman Marcus & Cody Ctr. For Autism First Annual Fashion Event: Neiman Marcus of White Plains and Stony Brook University team up in a unique fund-raising event to benefit the Matt and Debra Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the University’s regional resource for treatment, research, and education in the Autism Spectrum.

A brand new Orthopedic Unit--the first component of a comprehensive $300 million construction project--will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 12th at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Researchers at Stony Brook University have been awarded a $356,000 planning grant to establish a Drug Discovery and Biodiversity Program in Madagascar. The grant from the International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG), a consortium led by the National Institutes of Health, will capitalize on Stony Brook’s expertise in drug discovery and its leadership in tropical environment conservation in Madagascar.

A Stony Brook University mathematician today was named by President Bush as one of eight of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers to receive the 2002 National Medal of Science.

Stony Brook University is one of the top public universities in the country when it comes to feeding highly-rated graduate schools, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shirley Strum Kenny, President of Stony Brook University, is honored at the 2003 American Heart Walk on Sunday, October 26 at the Central Islip campus of New York Institute of Technology. 


The hospital and the School of Medicine join together to host the first "Celebrate Excellence," a gala to raise funds for cancer research.

Relocated and renovated Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Center opens with a ceremony attended by over 300 staff, local officials and community members.

Division of Evaluative Sciences Established in Dept. of Preventive Medicine

SBUH Sponsors Program on "Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis": As part of Stony Brook University Hospital’s Department of Family Medicine’s ongoing program of group visits, the Division of Wellness and Chronic Illness will be conducting a three-part series on the “Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis.”

Romantic Love Motivational, Not A Specific Emotion According To Stony Brook University Researcher: Romantic love is associated with specific brain activity related to reward and motivation—not emotion—according to a Stony Brook University professor who helped lead a research study which used brain imaging to identify responses of men and women to photographs of their loved ones.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Ranks Stony Brook As One Of ‘100 Best Values’ Among Public Universities: Stony Brook University is listed as one of The 100 Best Values in Higher Education among public universities, according to the November, 2003 edition of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which annually tracks the best deals among the nation’s leading institutions.

Stony Brook Psychiatrist Honored for Work in Legislative Advocacy: Laura J. Fochtmann, M.D., Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, was honored with a Special Recognition Award by the New York State Psychiatric Assoc. The award was presented for her legislative advocacy on the issue of electroconvulsive therapy.

National Park Service And Stony Brook University Sign Cooperative Agreement To Study Coastal Issues: Stony Brook and the National Park Service have entered into a long-term partnership to expand the University's role in conducting and applying research to natural and cultural resource management issues at U.S. National Parks. To enable this alliance, SBU recently joined the North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (NAC-CESU), a collaboration of federal agencies and universities that provides research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers.

SBUH Accepting Applications for Nursing Aide Programs: Individuals have new opportunities at Stony Brook Univ. Hosp. to develop a career in health care. Thanks to a $220,000 New York State grant earlier this year, free classes will begin January 26, 2004 for those wishing to train as certified nursing assistants (CNA).

Rich Gelfond, President of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation plus leading representatives from the academic, not-for-profit world, and corporate worlds, will be honored at Stony Brook University’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.
Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center opens, first of its kind in the nation.


Don't Over-use Antibiotics for Middle-Ear Infections Says SBUH Specialist: A SBUH physician is warns parents not to over-treat middle-ear infections with antibiotics and instead to use “Observation Option,” a new medical strategy which delays or eliminates treatment with antibiotics. Stony Brook University Hospital’s Emergency Department is the first hospital in the nation where the “Observation Option” is regularly employed.

Astronomers Discover Most Distant Galaxy Showing Key Evidence For Furious Star Formation: Astronomers have discovered a key signpost of rapid star formation in a galaxy 11 billion light-years from Earth, seen as it was when the Universe was only 20 percent of its current age.

Americans Support Importing Drugs From Canada, Say They Are Safe, According To Stony Brook U.’S Health Pulse Of America: The majority of Americans believe it should be legal to import prescription drugs from Canada and that pharmaceutical products from across the border are perfectly safe, according to a national survey by Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook Investigators: Diagnosis For Ovarian Cancer Developed By Using Statistical Formula To Analyze Blood
A breakthrough is made by investigators at Stony Brook University which could lead to the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The 3D virtual colonoscopy (VC) technology developed at Stony Brook University shows a sensitivity and specificity that is a significant improvement over other techniques, according to the largest-ever clinical trial utilizing the 3D VC. The results of this landmark trial are reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Colds and Flu Workshop: The Division of Wellness and Chronic Illness in the Department of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital conducts a lecture focusing on how to prevent colds and flu this winter, and how to diminish their severity.

SBUH Opens Advanced Imaging Unit to Detect Breast Cancer: Doctors at Stony Brook University Hospital have launched a new, advanced technology for analyzing breast tissue images that enhances breast cancer detection in especially difficult cases.


Stony Brook University professor Henry J. White, Ph.D. is a recipient for 2004 of the most prestigious award offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for new f aculty members.

John W. Milnor, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University, is awarded the 2004 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics.

A new Community School for Dance and Movement Studies is formed at Stony Brook University, offering dance and movement classes representing a variety of styles and techniques from around the globe.


Joyce Roche, one of the leading female executives in the U.S., and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the highly-acclaimed exiled Kenyan poet and novelist, appears at Stony Brook University in February as part of the campus celebration of Black History Month.

A Stony Brook University faculty member is one of only two researchers in the nation to earn a grant from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) as a result of its 2003 Applied Research Competition: A Stony Brook University undergraduate student has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic honors nationwide. Diana David is one of only 11 students across the country to be honored with the scholarship, which enables outstanding Americans to conduct graduate work at Cambridge University in England.


Windows Cafeteria, the renovated and expanded dining services opens on the 5th floor.


State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King recognizes the University’s most outstanding students with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. In all, 245 students from 61 State University campuses, representing five foreign countries and nine states with and average grade point average of 3.74 were honored. Fourteen of the students were from Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University’s graduate program in Public Health has receives authorization from the New York State Department of Education to begin admitting students beginning Fall, 2004. Students admitted to the program will earn a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.

Two faculty members from Stony Brook University are appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor, the State University of New York has announced. Said Amir Arjomand and Malcolm Bowman were among the nine SUNY professors recognized.

Stony Brook University medical student Evelyn Hsieh is accepted into the prestigious Fogarty Fellowship program in Lima, Peru, where she will conduct clinical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including research in the field of infectious diseases.


Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit, only one of its kinds in Suffolk County, opens.

Professor Yi-Xian Qin is selected to study bone loss related to space missions. The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) selected 48 research projects to continue its mission to resolve the health and medical challenges related to long-duration space missions.

Senator Charles E. Schumer addresses 4,878 graduates at Stony Brook University and says, “and don’t let the fear of failure deter you.” Schumer, speaking at the first Commencement Stony Brook held in its Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, he added: “If you take the risk and fail, you can almost always recover. And if…you succeed, your life will be enriched forever.”

The first dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine told the members of the 2004 graduating class today to “remember your moral compass” as they embark on their careers as physicians. Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., who oversaw the establishment of the medical school at Stony Brook in the early 1970s, also told the graduates to be guided by the commitment they made in taking the Hippocratic Oath. “The oath has persisted for 2,500 years for a reason,” he said.

A Stony Brook University professor is awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in academia. Nicholas Fisher, Ph.D., a Professor in the University’s Marine Sciences Research Center, received a fellowship for his research relating to the biomagnifications of metals in contrasting marine food chains.

Three high school students from Long Island are inducted into the National Gallery for Young Inventors for 2004, one of the most prestigious national honors awarded for research by a high school student. All three—among only seven chosen nationwide—conducted their winning research projects as part of Stony Brook University’s Research Scholars Program under the tutelage of Professor Miriam Rafailovich of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Four young string quartets from across North America are selected to participate in an exclusive week-long workshop, including master classes conducted by the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, at Stony Brook University June 1-4.


Stony Brook University conducts a public hearing to address the proposed acquisition of property for the construction of its Research and Development Campus.

SBUH Unveils Phase I of Expanded and Modernized Heart Center
Stony Brook University Hospital unveiled Phase I of its expansion of the Heart Center. The $18 million project, part of the hospital’s $300 million master plan, began in February, 2003.

The State University of New York at Stony Brook announces the opening of its new Center for Wine, Food and Culture.

A new professional society which will examine issues of working class life is established at a meeting at Stony Brook University last week. The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) will shape a new field of study, develop curriculum, publish a journal, and sponsor research in an effort to create an organized forum for issues affecting working class people.

University Launches Center For Wine, Food And Culture With Inaugural Event June 28, Featuring Regional Wineries, Star Chefs: New York’s State Secret : Stony Brook University launches Center for Wine, Food, and Culture with inaugural event June 28, featuring regional wineries, star chefs, special guests Kevin Zraly, Waldy Malouf.
Stony Brook University Professor Patricia C. Wright, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost anthropologists, receives the Officier de l’Ordre National de Madagascar—the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian by the government of Madagascar.

Top leaders at U.S. Labor Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and the Global Exchange address the relationship between the war in Iraq and social class in America and the U.S. labor movements’ response to the war at “How Class Works 2004,” June 10-12 at Stony Brook University.

U.S. Premiere Of “Swimming Upstream,” With Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis Opens 9th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival July 21: "Swimming Upstream," an inspirational drama from Australia based on a true story of Olympic swimmer Tony Fingleton, starring Geoffrey Rush ("Shine"- Academy Award; "Pirates of the Caribbean"), Judy Davis ("Deconstructing Harry," "My Brilliant Career") and Jesse Spencer, makes its U.S. premiere to open (courtesy of MGM/UA) the 9th Annual Stony Brook Film.

July 20: Expanded Bone Marrow Transplant Unit opens, the only one of its kind in Suffolk County.


Stony Brook University hosts the commemoration and dedication of a Memorial Arch to honor the 21 alumni who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. The dedication will take place on Friday, September 10 at the Fountain Plaza on the Academic Mall at noon. In addition, the campus will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM.

Stony Brook University Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award: David Hicks, Professor of Anthropology and former Associate Provost, is awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. During the 2004–2005 academic years, he returns to East Timor to continue his research on the country’s political history and also advise in developing higher education.

Guidant Corporation of Indianapolis, Ind., Columbia University and Stony Brook University begin to collaborate to study a new gene and cell therapy that may ultimately provide better understanding of how genetically-engineered cells can help pace the heart.

Paul C. Lauterbur, Ph.D., who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his pioneering research conducted while he was a faculty member at Stony Brook University, returns to the campus. Lauterbur’s work in the 1970s led to his development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which helped transform medicine and led to the first Nobel Prize ever given for research done at Stony Brook.

Neuroscience experts from around the world examine functions of the brain related to personality differences at a three-day conference at Stony Brook University beginning August 13. The conference offers a forum for interactions between psychologists and biologically oriented researchers who share an interest in personality and individual differences.


Ground is broken for construction of the new Ambulatory Care Pavilion which will house the Long Island Cancer Center, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, outpatient oncology services, a state-of-the-art imaging center and pain management services.

Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny joins with State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Riverhead Town Supervisor Philip Cardinale to announce the official opening of the Calverton Incubator in the Town of Riverhead. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the end of a decade of hard work and determination and a new partnership for the University. The University will manage the facility, which is designed to attract industries that are in keeping with East End economies including agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental technologies.

Forty-five students from public schools in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan move closer to their goal of free tuition for four years at Stony Brook University this week. The 5th and 8th graders—participants in the unique “All the Way” program—are honored at Stony Brook for graduating their schools last June, keeping alive their hopes of a college education to be provided by Stony Brook University.

The Career Center launches the AmeriCorps Education Award Program, with support from the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Frederick R. Preston. "This program represents a very special leadership and community service opportunity for our students,” he said. It is a nationwide network of service programs that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in community service.

Speakers at 4th Annual Lobster Health Symposium at Stony Brook University identify probable causes of the 1999 lobster deaths and discuss steps needed to revive the lobster industry

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visits the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University on Saturday, September 18 to discuss her support for veterans and veterans’ health care.

More than a dozen of the leading anthropologists from around the world – led by the renowned Dr. Richard Leakey convene at Stony Brook University on Sept. 8 to examine and address “The African Origins of Modern Humans.”


Carolyn C. Porco, Ph.D.— a graduate of Stony Brook University and the leader of NASA’s Imaging Science team for the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft—speaks at the University on Friday, October 1 at 5:00 PM as part of the Provost’s Lecture Series at the Charles Wang Center Theatre. Her appearance, her first lecture at the University since obtaining her undergraduate degree, coincides with activities surrounding Homecoming.

Stony Brook University, which is home to a unique collection of archival materials relating to the history and growth of the Automatic Identification/Data Capture (AIDC) industry, the AIDC 100, and the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology host a conference on October 20 to provide users, suppliers, and technology vendors in the Automatic ID industry with a clear vision of the contentious issues arising between RFID and Bar Coding.

Louisa Hargrave, one of the best-known and most-respected figures in the Long Island wine industry and author, winemaker, and consultant, is named Interim Director of Stony Brook University’s Center for Wine, Food, and Culture, which will offer courses, workshops, and seminars at Stony Brook Manhattan. The Center is the first of its kind among universities in New York State.

Stony Brook University’s newly formed College of Business begins offering an MBA program featuring flexible day, evening, weekend, full and part time, and study abroad opportunities.

For the first time, N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events) of Florence, Italy - a cultural organization whose honorary members include Isabella Rossellini and Bernardo Bertolucci bring to Long Island a number of new Italian films to be presented and discussed by the filmmakers.

Stony Brook University Economics professor Michael Zweig, an expert on working class issues, is a guest on Bill Moyer’s nationally televised PBS program on Friday, October 22 at 9:00 PM. Zweig discusses policy changes which may be designed to serve big business and corporate elites at the expense of America’s working class.

World-Class Restaurant From Founders Of Café Spice And Feng Shui Opening At Stony Brook University October 27.

A Stony Brook University researcher testing a new form of aspirin—one that is much more potent than its commercially available counterpart, but with almost none of the side effects—to determine whether it can be used to prevent colon cancer in patients who are prone to the disease.

Stony Brook University Effort Aids In Restoration Of Libraries In Iraq: Thousands of expertly-selected archaeology books—ranging from rare, out-of-print excavation reports, to state-of-the-art remote sensing studies head for the University of Baghdad and Mosul University in Iraq. Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between Stony Brook University and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, librarians in Iraq get a heads up on what’s coming their way, and over half of these go into circulation immediately upon their arrival at resource-starved libraries.

C. David Heymann, the best-selling author of The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation’s Capital, RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy, and A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, is the featured guest at the 1st Annual Friends of the Library Lecture on Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM at the Charles Wang Center, located on the Stony Brook University campus. 


Mark J. Benotti, a doctoral student at the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) at Stony Brook University, received the sixth annual Evan R. Liblit Memorial Scholarship award on Friday, November 14 at the annual “America Recycles Day” breakfast held at the New York Institute of Technology’s Culinary Arts Center in Central Islip.
Official application is submitted to begin process for hospital to attain status as a Magnet Hospital.
HSC Market Place Café opens on level 5 providing expanded dining services.

The new University Café, which provides a coffeehouse atmosphere and live music for Stony Brook University graduate students, faculty, staff and the general public kicks off its winter performance schedule with an appearance by legendary singer/songwriter Eric Andersen.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory hostsa ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 16, 2004, for the latest addition to its Center for Translational Neuroimaging: a high-resolution micro magnetic resonance imaging (micro MRI) laboratory.

Stony Brook University has been ranked as one of the best universities in the world and one of the 50 best in North America, according to a survey by the prestigious Times of London. The November 5 edition of the newspaper ranks Stony Brook as No. 136 among universities worldwide, and No. 50 in North America. There are 8,300 colleges and universities worldwide, according to the International Association of Universities.

A drug used to treat Alzheimer's may also ease memory problems for people with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the brain and spinal cord, according to Stony Brook's Lauren Krupp.

Long Island University and Stony Brook University reaches an agreement that would request a transfer of the undergraduate marine science programs at Southampton College to Stony Brook University effective September, 2005. Under the terms of the agreement, Southampton College marine science majors, who are in good academic standing, will have the option of seamlessly transferring to Stony Brook to continue their studies.


Filmmaker and human rights advocate Rory Kennedy lectures at Stony Brook University on Wednesday, December 1 as part of the University’s commemoration of World AIDS Day. Kennedy, the youngest of Robert Kennedy’s 11 children, delivers a lecture titled “Pandemic: Facing the AIDS Crisis” in the Student Activities Center.
Stony Brook University Hospital and Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead form the University Hospital Alliance (UHA) to expand critical healthcare services in eastern Suffolk County. The alliance is the first affiliation between a SUNY teaching hospital and a community hospital.

Vincent J. Iacono, a Professor in Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine, is named President of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) during the organization’s 90th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Iacono is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at Stony Brook.


January 2005

Seventy-four percent of Long Islanders view the lack of affordable housing as one of the most serious problems facing the region, according to a survey of 805 Long Island residents released today by the Rauch Foundation.

Stony Brook University Hospital’s new Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. David L. Brown, introduces two procedures in Suffolk County to treat adults with serious heart defects.

Stony Brook University is awarded a $655,600 grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to recruit an internationally-recognized expert to study DNA repair.

Thirty-three high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty and in Stony Brook laboratories are selected as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious nationwide research competition.

Howard Schneider, who served as editor and managing editor during an illustrious 35-year career at Newsday, is joining Stony Brook University as a Visiting Professor in the English Department.

Douglas F. Little, Deputy Chief of Police at Stony Brook University, is installed as the President of the Board of the Chiefs of Police Association of Suffolk County at a ceremony on December 19 at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. Chief Little and his wife, Jovanna, are residents of Smithtown.

Stony Brook University’s Center for Wine, Food and Culture, the first of its kind in New York State, welcomes “Food Maven” Arthur Schwartz for an evening dedicated to “The History of Drinking in New York” on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Stony Brook-Manhattan, 401 Park Avenue South (at 28th St.).

February 2005

The second annual "Sweet Dreams and Chocolate Indulgence" event raised more than $48,000 for research, education and care for individuals with autism and related disabilities.

The Department of Technology and Society, located in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is a recent recipient of a Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

An international team of scientists has solved a 35 year-old debate about fossils from southern Ethiopia and extended the fossil record of modern humans back to almost 200,000 years—establishing these discoveries as the oldest well-dated fossils of our species from anywhere in the world. The research also reinforces the theories of an African origin for the human species.

Linda H. Aiken, Ph.D., R.N., a nurse and sociologist, explores critical issues in patient safety at the Vice President’s Health Care Forum.

Over 300 college students from across New York State participate in a national two-day conference at Stony Brook University features a wide variety of research achievements of underrepresented students in science. The conference—“A Gathering of Science Scholars” also highlights a myriad of diversity programs that promote academic achievement.

Students from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University are leading discussions on heart care, heart anatomy, and heart surgery as part of the Heart Month celebration at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.

Dr. Frederick R. Preston, who transformed the campus experience and introduced a variety of cultural, musical, and recreational events during a distinguished tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs at Stony Brook University, announced today that he will retire in June after 24 years. Dr. Preston, who is a national figure in student life administration and academic diversity issues, has been responsible for a supervising a wide variety of student services since joining Stony Brook in 1981.

An examination of the causes and effects of the recent tsunami disaster in Southeast and South Asia and an exploration of the possibility for such a catastrophe on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. features two leading Stony Brook University professors. Teng-fong Wong, Chair of the Department of Geosciences, and Malcolm J. Bowman, a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Marine Sciences Research Center, present "The Day Before the Day After Tomorrow: Threats and Responses to Natural Disasters,” which will probe topics including whether New York could be in danger of a destructive tsunami following a major earthquake.

Stony Brook University announced today that it has received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to transfer Southampton College’s undergraduate marine sciences program to the University’s Marine Sciences Research Center.

March 2005

A study conducted under real-world, Emergency Department conditions by researchers at SBUH, has found that the injectable form of the second generation antipsychotic Geodon (ziprasidone) effectively calms the most severely agitated patients.

The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, based at the Stanford Institute for the Environment, has announced its 2005 Leopold Leadership Fellows and appointed a new executive director. David Conover, Dean of the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University, is among only 20 Fellows selected nationwide.

Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny and Ruth Brandwein, Director of the Social Justice Center, were among those honored by the University’s Hillel Foundation at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., presents a $200,000 grant award to the LISVH. The award was the first ever presented by the Department of Health (DOH) to a skilled nursing facility and acknowledges the Veterans Home for excellence and advancement of quality assurance measures and effective clinical practices.

Stony Brook University Aids In Tsunami Relief Effort: Students at Stony Brook University begin raise over $18,000.00 through their Meal Plan donations in just three weeks for Oxfam America’s Tsunami relief effort.

A Stony Brook University Professor of Fine Arts has been named the winner of the inaugural Zenith Award by the Museum of Contemporary Diasporian Arts (MoCADA), one of the most prestigious awards given by the organization.

N.S. Ramamurthy, Research Professor (Emeritus) of Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (NAVS) of India.

In a rare procedure, two teams of surgeons at Stony Brook University Medical Center simultaneously reattached Aresenio Matias's hands during an 11-hour surgery.

Michael Chang, the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tournament in the history of men’s tennis, shares stories about his fame, family, and faith at a special appearance at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University on Friday, March 18 from 7:30 PM-9:30 PM.

April 2005

During the weekend of April 8-10, 2005, The Musicians’ Alliance for Peace (MAP) will again present a local Music for Peace Festival to coincide with their global Music for Peace Project. Three days of concerts, films, panel discussions and lectures will be presented on the campus of Stony Brook University and will benefit Long Island charities and the Asian Tsunami relief effort.

Cristina Fontanelli, the internationally known soprano, will perform at Stony Brook University to benefit the University’s Alfonse D’Amato Endowed Chair in Italian American Studies.

A photo exhibition illustrating the personal accounts of those who lack health insurance, is on display at Stony Brook University beginning today and running through May 20 in the Galleria, Level 3 of the Health Sciences Center. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

A Stony Brook University sophomore was awarded the Anne Sayre Scholarship at a banquet dinner on campus. Varsha Jain, who came from India to study Biomedical Technology, received the $500 award from the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program, which awards the scholarship each year to the outstanding WISE student who demonstrates the drive and intellectual commitment of Anne Sayre, the late author and Stony Brook lecturer who was an advocate for women in science.

Two Stony Brook University students have been named Goldwater Scholars, one of the most prestigious honors given nationwide to college undergraduates. Matthew R. Marge, a senior, who was majoring in computer science and mathematics, and Sara Goldgraben, also a senior, who was majoring in biomedical engineering, receive college expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 as part of the one-year scholarships.

May 2005

The Cody Comedy Festival 2005, an evening of comedy entertainment that will benefit the Matt and Debra Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University, is held Wednesday, May 11 at the Staller Center for the Arts.

Stony Brook University has launched a new graduate program that provides business professionals with the academic background and credential they need to work in a K-12 educational setting.

The President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) encourages the members of the 2005 graduating class of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University to have “a universal aspiration of better health for everyone” at the medical school's 31st Convocation.

SBUH Holds Grand Opening of New Dining Area May 25: On May 25, Stony Brook University Hospital will celebrate a dream long in the making for its patients, visitors and staff – a brand new food “system” with many elements, and outstandingly delicious good and healthy food.

A Stony Brook University professor has been recognized by the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for “extraordinary service and commitment.” Alan Tucker of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics was presented the Distinguished Service award from the MAA at a ceremony on May 7 at the City College of New York.

Researchers from Stony Brook University have been awarded three grants totaling $200,000 by the Hudson River Foundation. The awards came from the Hudson River Fund, the largest single source of funding dedicated to scientific research on the Hudson River. The Fund is administered by the Foundation, which was created in 1981 in recognition of the need for independent scientific research that would contribute to the development of sound public policy concerning the River’s ecological system.

The great Sarod maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash teaches a course in Indian Classical Music at the Manhattan campus of Stony Brook University this summer. The course, AAS 110 Appreciating Indian Classical Music, sponsored by the Center for India Studies and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, is open to anyone who wishes to learn about the beauty of Indian music - no previous background in music is required.

Christopher Reeve, the actor and activist for spinal cord research who won the hearts of millions during his courageous fight against paralysis, will be posthumously awarded an honorary degree at Stony Brook University’s Commencement on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 AM in LaValle Stadium. The Doctor of Humane Letters degree will be accepted by Stony Brook graduate student Brooke Ellison, whose own struggle against paralysis was the subject of a made-for-TV movie directed by Reeve shortly before his death last year.

June 2005

Stony Brook's Richard N. Fine, M.D. has been named president of the American Society of Transplantation for 2005-2006.

Mary Anne Dumas, Ph.D., a Clinical Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner, was inducted at the AANP’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale on June 19.

Thanks to more than $7 million in grants from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) and the American Red Cross that were announced today, Stony Brook University Hospital expands clinical services and other services for 1,800 Long Islanders who were involved in the emergency effort.

Representatives from the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), one of the major labor organizations in Iraq, will talk about life and work during the U.S. presence, and address critical issues facing Iraqi workers at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University on Thursday, June 23rd at 4:00 p.m. The discussion is free and open to the public.

New York Magazine’s annual “Best Doctors in New York,” features 27 physicians in a wide range of specialties from Stony Brook University Hospital. They were selected from more than 50,000 physicians in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.

The State University of New York Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) led by Stony Brook University, with the University at Albany, Binghamton University, and the University of Buffalo as partners, receives a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for an initiative to increase participation at the graduate level of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

President Shirley Strum Kenny announced today that the University is embarking on a five-year, $300 million capital campaign. It is the first capital campaign in the 47-year history of the University and one of the largest for an institution in the State University of New York system. 
Stony Brook University's President told a forum for university presidents from China and the U.S.: "We rejoice that the era of closed societies and mutual mistrust has been left behind."

July 2005

A group of Stony Brook University physicists are part of a national consortium that was selected today by the National Science Foundation to develop a site and conceptual design for an underground research facility in Colorado where revolutionary discoveries and advances in science and engineering would be possible.

A Stony Brook University researcher may be on the path to developing a non-invasive and more specific diagnostic tool for prostate cancer based on studies focusing on telomerase, an enzyme known to be inactive in the majority of normal cells, but active in cancer cells.

The $1.5 million campaign to endow a chair at Stony Brook University named for Senator Alfonse D’Amato is completed following a concert held last month featuring a performance by Cristina Fontanelli, the internationally known soprano.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Long Island Chapter has announced that Gary J. Kaczmarczyk is installed as president of the Society's chapter for 2005-2006.

August 2005

All-stars Celebrity Softball Team from the television, film, and music industries face a team of New York Celebrity All-stars in a nine-inning game at Citibank Park in Central Islip, home of the Long Island Ducks, Saturday, August 27 to benefit the Burn Center at SBUH.

Doctors at SBUH successfully completed a rare, life-saving combination of surgeries, rescuing triplets at 31 weeks so they could then treat an unusual and potentially lethal cardiac condition in the mother. The case is being hailed as a “medical miracle.”

Dr. La Ruth McAfee, recent recipient of her doctorate in chemical engineering at MIT, was selected as the first Postdoctoral Engineering Education Researcher (PEER) by CASEE under a program supported by the National Science Foundation's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program.

Stony Brook University Hospital celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a gala to be held at the Charles B. Wang Center on campus on Saturday, October 1 beginning at 6:00 PM.

Eva Chalas, M.D., one of Long Island’s leading gynecologic oncologists and Deputy Director of Women’s Cancer Svs. at the L.I. Cancer Center at SBUH, is among those honored at the 1st Annual Wave of Hope Gala presented by the L.I. Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Networking Support (OCEANS).

Suffolk Medical Home Network hosts a Resource and Technology Fair for children with special health care needs from 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21, at SportsPlus Event Center in Lake Grove.

Stony Brook University Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) marked its third anniversary by scoring among the best hospitals in the nation in a leading patient satisfaction survey.

Richard Leakey, the world famous anthropologist and conservationist, and a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook, convenes the international cast of archeologists, paleontologists, and geologists to explore the first human dispersal out of Africa and into Asia and the rest of the globe.

Stony Brook University’s “Mini-Medical School,” the popular lecture series designed for the general public covers a wide range of medical and health topics is held.

The Stony Brook University Career Center announces a new free job listing program, offered in partnership with our Internet job listing provider, MonsterTRAK.

September 2005

Stony Brook University is again ranked as one of the top universities in the world by the Institute for Higher Education in Shanghai

A group of distinguished physicists — successors to Einstein, including experimenters who carried out new tests of his ideas during the past half century come to Stony Brook University on October 20-21 to celebrate his work and to discuss new theoretical and experimental developments at a conference entitled: “Geometry and the Universe: A Symposium on General Relativity.”

The Japan Center at Stony Brook University today announced an annual scholastic essay competition that promotes awareness and understanding of Japanese culture in the U.S. in collaboration with Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Provost Robert L. McGrath announces the launching of the University’s first “Combined Degree” programs that will provide both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree to qualified students in five years.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees today authorized the State University chancellor to take the necessary and appropriate steps to acquire the Southampton Campus of Long Island University.

Stony Brook University Libraries hosts a conference on October 27 to provide users, suppliers, and technology vendors in the Automatic ID industry with a clear vision of the contentious issues regarding RFID (Radio Frequency Identification )and Bar Coding technologies.

Members of the Department of Music perform in three short concerts to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A series of three group visits concentrates on the prevention and management of osteoporosis at a series being presented by Stony Brook University Hospital.

Stony Brook University announces that it will start a Winter Session program beginning in January, 2006.

The Stony Brook University Athletics Hall of Fame will open its doors to four new members at an induction ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2005. The Class of 2005 includes Teri Tiso (former head coach, volleyball), Stuart Sharoff `81 (Football), John Brisson, Jr. `76 (Swimming/Rowing), and the president of the university, Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny.

Lawrence B. Slobodkin, Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University, is presented with the Eminent Ecologist Award by the Ecological Society of America.

Stony Brook University will dedicate a Memorial Garden at a commemoration to be held on Friday, September 9 at 12:30 PM to honor the 21 alumni and other members of the University community who lost their lives on 9/11.

Stony Brook University announces that students from the New York metropolitan area attending Tulane and other universities in and around New Orleans would be welcomed as transfer students on a "good-faith" basis in an effort to assist them in continuing their education should they decide to return home temporarily.

October 2005

Stony Brook University receives a contribution of $1.4 million in new equipment for its Mechatronics Laboratory from Anorad Corporation, a division of Rockwell Automation. A dedication ceremony for the new equipment will take place.

A new technology developed at SBU's School of Dental Medicine, which can be incorporated into confections, is used to market candy, chewing gum, and other treats that do not promote cavities often associated with their consumption.

Former North Shore-LIJ Health System head Jack Gallagher was named interim director and chief executive of Stony Brook University Hospital yesterday, two days after Bruce Schroffel announced he was stepping down from the top post.

President Shirley Strum Kenny announces that John (Jack) S. T. Gallagher, who developed the North Shore-LIJ Health System into the largest hospital system in the region during the 1990s, has been named Interim Director and CEO of SBUH. Dr. Richard N. Fine, a nationally renowned pediatric nephrologist and Chair of Stony Brook’s Dept. of Pediatrics, will be Dean of the School of Medicine.

Bruce Schroffel, who launched Stony Brook University Hospital’s $300 million Major Modernization Plan, is leaving his position as Director and CEO. Schroffel will take over in January as President and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

Masaharu Morimoto, better know as TV’s flamboyant “Iron Chef” gives a cooking demonstration for students, faculty, and the general public at Stony Brook University on Wednesday November 9.

A Stony Brook University researcher has been named a recipient of the 2006 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, one of the most prestigious honors awarded by the American Physical Society for his role in the discovery of supergravity.

Doctors Eva Chalas, Anne L. Hunter, James McKerrow, and Ami Shah, will be the honorees when Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine holds its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 PM at the Old Field Club in Setauket.

Results from the Health Pulse of America national poll released by The Center for Survey Research (CSR) at Stony Brook University indicate that over 65% of Americans now rate childhood obesity as a very serious problem.

Charles Wang to give the Keynote Address when more than 100 immigrants, including about 20 Stony Brook University employees and students, take the Oath of Citizenship at a “Citizen Celebration” and swearing-in ceremony to be held at the Charles B. Wang Center on campus on Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 AM.

Former Emmy-winning talk show host Phil Donahue and Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, discuss the issue of “Terror and Dissent” at the 7th Annual George Goodman Memorial Symposium on Thursday, November 3 at 4:00 PM in the Student Activities Center Auditorium. The debate focuses on issues of fighting terrorism vs. human rights.

Robert J. Aumann, a long-time member of the faculty at Stony Brook University and now a Visiting Leading Professor, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics today for his work in game theory.

Stony Brook University researchers are part of a team that produces the first lens-less X-ray images of a single nucleus-containing cell, an achievement that may ultimately lead to more advanced imaging of biological specimens with the goal of better identifying and examining the molecules inside a cell.

The Center for Biotechnology, A New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Medical Biotechnology, at Stony Brook University, in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) is pleased to present the 2005 4th Annual Life Sciences Career Development Conference “Building Successful Industry-University Partnerships: Careers, Collaborations & Contracts”.

Stony Brook University receives a Shared University Research (SUR) award from IBM, as part of the company’s nationwide initiative to foster collaborative research.

17th Annual “Run for Children” on Sunday, October 16, 2005 is held.

The first Alice V. and David H. Morris International Symposium on Language and Communication bring eminent scholars from around the globe to Stony Brook University on October 14-16.

Author Tim O’Brien, whose gripping series of Vietnam War stories in The Things They Carried (1990) melded fact and fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will lecture, discuss war experiences with students and Long Island veterans.

SBU’s School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Hospital will receive $2.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the next three years, to establish a free colorectal cancer screening demonstration program for low-income adults age 50 and older, who have little or no health insurance.

November 2005

The National Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at Stony Brook University Hospital the first center of its kind in the nation when established a year ago is named a Pediatric MS Center of Excellence™ by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Stony Brook University is again one of the nation's leaders in income from licensing technology developed by campus researchers.

A Stony Brook University senior is named the winner of a Marshall Scholarship which, along with the Rhodes Scholarship, is considered one of the most prestigious academic awards given in the U.S. Melissa Friedman, 23, of Great Neck is Stony Brook’s first Marshall Scholarship winner in the University’s 48-year history.

Stony Brook University’s Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems receives a $1.9 million grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to support the development of high-efficiency, high-power electrically pumped semiconductor lasers that can be used in a wide range of industries. Project partners include Power Photonic, Northrop Grumman, and EDO.

State Senators John Flanagan and Michael Balboni join residents of the LI State Veterans Home at Stony Brook U. to formally announce a joint effort between the Senators, the LI Congressional Delegation and the Veterans Administration in securing $2.2 million in funding for construction and technology upgrades at the Home.

Mark Schneider, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month as the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the remainder of a term expiring June 20, 2009.

Stony Brook University announces two major expansion developments that will result in new jobs, serve as an important economic engine of growth for the entire region, spawn pioneering research in various areas of science and engineering, lead to the creation of new technologies and commercial products, and have a significant impact on protecting the environment and sustainability on Long Island and beyond.

Stony Brook University’s Dr. Jeffrey Pessin, a nationally known researcher in diabetes, inaugurates the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Pharmacological Sciences at the School of Medicine with a lecture for the general public on Monday, November 28.

December 2005

Four members of the New York Islanders hockey team spend two hours going room to room dropping off gifts and visiting with more than 35 patients in the Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Acute, and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Stony Brook University.

Melissa Friedman, Stony Brook University Senior is first recipient of prestigious Marshall Scholarship.

Chocolate Champagne and Charity: Event Benefits Cody Center at SBU: A chocolate and dessert-tasting event was held to benefit the Matt and Debra Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University.