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News, Views, Kudos and Exciting Reasons to Be on Campus this Spring!

January 27, 2022

Welcome to spring semester everyone! 

As I mentioned in my Welcome Back to Campus note on Monday, there are so many wonderful reasons to celebrate our return – once again – to in-person learning, teaching, office working and fun-filled activities here on campus. From athletics, to the arts, and from stimulating lectures to exciting events, this semester promises to be another great example of how we’re Stronger Together. 

And I urge all of you to continue to help us stay that way by following all of the health and wellness protocols that have kept our campus and surrounding communities safe.

To kick off the semester, I want to share some exciting news, as well as the latest examples of the too-many-to-name inspirational role models all around us who make Stony Brook the incredible institution it is.

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See How Our Seawolves Have Upped Their Game!

In case you haven’t heard, Stony Brook University has accepted an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as a full-time member, elevating the University’s profile and enhancing the student-athlete experience. This invitation is a historic step for our institution and a testament to our tremendous growth – both in academics and athletics – over the last two decades, and I couldn’t be more excited, as I hope you are too. Go Seawolves!

Governor’s Visit to BNL and Our Thriving Partnership 

SBU has the honor and responsibility of co-managing Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy – one of only eight universities in the country with a role in running a federal research laboratory. Last Friday (January 21), we had the additional honor of welcoming Governor Kathy Hochul to BNL to see, firsthand, some of the amazing research and development efforts happening in our own Long Island backyard. Many Stony Brook researchers work with advanced equipment at BNL, share knowledge with Brookhaven researchers and educate students who will be the next generation to solve future world issues.

Top National Ranking for Our Nursing Program, and Welcome New School of Nursing Faculty 

I’m happy to share that for the third year in a row, the Stony Brook University School of Nursing’s Online Master’s Program was ranked in the top 10 schools nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in its 2022 Best Online Programs rankings.

 I’m also thrilled to welcome, and introduce to you, two new faculty members in the School of Nursing:

  • Dr. Pamela Ginex is Assistant Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing and has a joint appointment at the Stony Brook Cancer Center, Division of Population Science. She’s an accomplished clinician-scientist in oncology nursing and has authored/co-authored more than 40 publications focused on guidelines and intervention strategies in cancer patients.

  • Dr. Marisa Massaro, MS, FNP-C graduated from the master’s program at Stony Brook University and is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her research focuses on improving mental health access for adolescent patients, and she has coordinated a multidisciplinary Integrated Behavioral Health Model within Friendly Medical Group to improve mental healthcare access.

 A Few More Points of Pride. Join Me in Congratulating … 

History Professor Eric Zolov, who won the María Elena Martínez Prize for his recent book

Kudos, too, to Esther Takeuchi, PhD, Distinguished Professor, who will be receiving the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Award in Chemical Sciences for her breakthrough contributions in understanding electrochemical energy storage.  

Congratulations to Daniela Flesler, associate professor and chair, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, and Adrián Pérez Melgosa, associate professor in that department, for receiving a 2021 National Jewish Book Award for their co-written book, The Mem­o­ry Work of Jew­ish Spain

Shout out to all of our fantastic SBU mentors!SBU faculty members mentored three high school students who were named among the top 40 finalists – and 11 of the top 300 finalists – in the 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search competition, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

 Black History Month Starts Next Week

I’m hoping you can participate in a variety of special events throughout the month of February, all focused on this year’s theme of Social Activism. The Opening Program is next Wednesday, February 2, at 1 p.m. (register on the Black History Month link above).