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Answering the Simons Challenge
Part of the Simons' gift to Stony Brook was a $50 million challenge grant for academic excellence, including a specific dollar-for-dollar match for first-time alumni donors. Here, we celebrate the individuals who helped meet the Simons’ challenge.

Della Pietra Family Endows Biomedical Imaging Chair
Simons Foundation match creates total impact of $3 million More »

Stony Brook Medicine Among First Clinical Sites for Simultaneous PET/MRI
Birthplace of MRI technology becomes first on Long Island to offer simultaneous PET/MRI More »

Sociology Professor Arnout van de Rijt Awarded NSF Grant for Big Data Research 
with Simons Foundation and Anonymous Donor-Funded Advanced Computational Institute More »

New Cardiovascular Wellness and Preventive Research Center Opens
Michael Poon, MD, to lead research on new treatments for coronary artery disease, heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease More »

Stony Brook University Art Gallery Newly Dedicated in Memory of Paul W. Zuccaire
Stony Brook University Art Gallery was newly dedicated as the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery on April 4, 2013, to coincide with the anniversary of the late Paul Zuccaire’s birthday. More »

Chemistry Awarded $400,000 to Fund Graduate Education and Research
Stony Brook University received a $400,000 gift from an anonymous donor to support graduate education in the Department of Chemistry matched by the Simons Foundation Challenge Grant, creating a total impact of $800,000. More »

Gloria Snyder ’72 and Mark Snyder '69 Establish Symposium for Cancer Center
Stony Brook Medicine has received a $150,000 gift from Stony Brook alumni Gloria Snyder '72 and Mark Snyder '69 of Belle Terre, NY, to establish the "Gloria and Mark Snyder Symposium" for Cancer Medicine. more »

The Laurie Landeau Foundation Helps Fund Shinnnecock Bay Restoration Program
The once rich shellfish beds of Shinnecock Bay may thrive again thanks to an ambitious environmental restoration project funded in part by a philanthropic gift from the Laurie Landeau Foundation, matched by a gift from the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $3 million. more »

Goodale Family Show Gratitude with Gift to Stony Brook Children’s
Aquebogue residents Cathy and Russell Goodale give back to Stony Brook Children's in appreciation of care for two sons with cystic fibrosis more »

Christopher Pendergast Establishes Only ALS Association Certified Center on Long Island
Christopher Pendergast, who has battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 19 years, donated $500,000 through proceeds from the Ride for Life organization he founded, to support the development of an ALS Clinical Trials Program at the Stony Brook ALS Center of Excellence named in his honor in 2010. more »

Robert & Lisa Lourie Create the Lourie Center for Pediatric MS
The Louries' $2.5 million investment in Stony Brook’s Pediatric MS Center — renamed the Lourie Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis — will also establish the Lisa and Robert Lourie Imaging Suite. The Simons Challenge Grant will bring the total investment in Stony Brook Medicine to $5 million. more »

Huayi Zhang Establishes Chair in the School of Medicine 
In what he called an opportunity to “support an important institution in his neighborhood,” Huayi Zhang, Ph.D., a researcher at Renaissance Technologies, has established an endowed chair in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. more »

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Dr. Ellen Li Establish Scholarship to School of Medicine for Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program Graduates
President Stanley and his wife made a $125,000 donation to establish the Ellen Li and Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. This merit-based scholarship will provide critical financial assistance to young people who have received their undergraduate degree through Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit program. more »

Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Donates Gift for India Studies 
The endowed Dr. Gujavarty Family Seminar, designed for undergraduate students, seeks to foster values-based leadership from inside and outside the Asian Indian community and to develop a sense of shared purpose. It will attract nationally prominent leaders from the Asian Indian community to share their vision, values, strategies, insights and experience in defining leadership in business, not-for-profits, media, politics, education, and ethics. more »

Alumni Create Scholarship To Address Dentist Shortage
Maria Ryan, DDS '89, PhD '98, and Charles Ryan, JD, PhD '90, of Laurel Hollow, NY created the “Ryan Endowed Scholarship for Future Academicians” at the School of Dental Medicine. more » 

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Supports International Journalism
Amanpour donated $50,000 to Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism in support of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. Her gift will exponentially expand the Center’s ability to send student journalists on overseas reporting trips and assist in inspiring, training and nurturing the next generation of foreign correspondents. more »

Stony Brook Medicine Receives $750K Pledge from Charles Gargano
Charles Gargano Charles A. Gargano, former US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and long-time friend of Stony Brook University, has agreed to establish the Ambassador Charles Gargano Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Stony Brook Medicine. more »

Eugene and Carol Cheng, Both Class of '75, Create Cardiovascular Imaging Endowment 
Stony Brook University alumni Eugene '97 and Carol Cheng '97, made a major gift to support cardiovascular imaging research that advances non-invasive techniques to diagnose and treat heart disease. The gift will also be used to purchase additional technology for the clinical research team of renowned cardiologist and cardiovascular imaging specialist Michael Poon, MD. more »

Hartman Foundation Creates The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research
A substantial gift from the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research, that will be matched by the Simons Foundation, will fund an endowment in perpetuity to Name the Thomas Harman Center for Parkinson Research. "The Thomas Hartman Center in Parkinson Research will be housed in the University's nationally ranked Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. It will be a research intensive center in a Tier 1 Research institution and have the University's collaborative support and resources. The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research will be dedicated solely to Parkinson's Research. more »

Anonymous Donor Funds Institute for Advanced Supercomputing
A $10 million anonymous donation plus matching funds of equal value from the Simons Foundation has enabled Stony Brook University to establish a world-class Institute for Advanced Computational Science. The core mission of the Institute is to advance the science of computing and its applications to solving complex problems in the physical sciences, the life sciences, medicine, sociology, industry and finance. more »

Robert Wood Johnson Grant Helps Stony Brook Address Nursing Shortage, Diversity

A $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will be used to fund scholarships designed to expand enrollment to help address the nationwide nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. more »

Elaine Crosson Creates The Matthew T. Crosson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
To honor and commemorate the values and ideals that characterized Crosson’s life and work, The Matthew T. Crosson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism was created by his wife, Elaine Crosson, vice president for external affairs at Stony Brook University, and his son, Daniel. The scholarship will help support students in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, ranked as one of the top 50 journalism schools in the nation and recently cited as a “program on the rise.” more »


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Stony Brook is an outstanding public university, offering a wonderful education at reasonable cost to thousands of young people. The generosity of those who joined us in this effort will enhance the University in many dimensions, making that education more valuable still.

—Jim Simons

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