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The Department of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a program and 20th anniversary as a department, marking these milestones at a recent celebration attended by students, faculty, alumni and friends. Sacha Kopp, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Georges Fouron, professor, Department of Africana Studies;  and Tracey Walters, chair, Department of Africana Studies, welcomed guests to a reception held in the department’s honor. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. offered opening remarks, recounting how the program has enriched and expanded the intellectual horizons of Stony Brook…

Dr. Marianna Savoca, director of the Career Center, talked with Newsday recently about how alumni should negotiate their salary and benefits in their first job. “Don’t negotiate anything before a job offer is made and don’t think an employer has an obligation to give you everything you need,” Savoca told the paper, adding that “you want to know your value and benchmark your salary and benefits.” The article  gave three pointers on how to conduct salary negotiations: be confident, consider the entire benefits package when negotiating and don’t sabotage yourself by being impatient. The article is available online here (password required.) Connect…

Karen Chen-Wiegart, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (MSCE) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (NSF CAREER award) for her project, “A Multi-modal Study of Bi-continous Pattern Formation in Nano/Meso Composite and Porous Metals Films via Solid-State Interfacial Dealloying.” The NSF CAREER award is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards proving federal grants to support junior faculty with research and educational activities. She will receive $558K during the next five years to conduct her project. Chen-Wiegart’s CAREER research aims…

Stony Brook University will launch a record 7,350 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 58th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 18, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith  will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, recognizing the tremendous impact she has had on the world as a poet and as an educator. Degrees to be awarded to Stony Brook graduates include 4,530 bachelor’s, 2,010 master’s, 620 doctoral and professional, and 265 certificates. Graduates range in age from 18 to 77 years and represent 42…

Stony Brook University seniors Anne McNulty and Rose Goldberg, are celebrating the publication of their book, Japanese Short Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English Tuttle Publishing (2018), with Eriko Sato, a professor of translation studies and Japanese at Stony Brook. The book provides authentic Japanese stories, their English translations, principles and theories of translation studies, artistic illustrations, and guides and resources for appreciating the stories in both English and Japanese. McNulty is majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Asian and Asian American Studies and Korean Studies. Goldberg is majoring in Studio Art and Asian and Asian…

 No. 1 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse won its sixth-straight America East Conference championship on Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium, topping Albany by the final score of 22-14. With the win, the Seawolves (19-0, 7-0 AE) earned an automatic bid to the 2018 Women’s Lacrosse NCAA Tournament. The team  has been selected as the No. 5 national seed and will square off with the winner of Penn and Penn State on Sunday, May 13 from LaValle Stadium. Stony Brook is the only unbeaten team heading into the NCAA Tournament, going 19-0 (7-0 AE) so far this year. The Seawolves cruised past Albany, 22-14, earlier on Sunday…

No. 1 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse kicked off the 2018 postseason in impressive fashion on Friday night at LaValle Stadium, defeating New Hampshire, 19-5, in the semifinal round of the 2018 America East Women’s Lacrosse Championships With the win, the Seawolves (18-0, 7-0 AE) will advance to the 2018 America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship contest for the seventh-straight season. Stony Brook has won five-straight conference postseason titles under Head Coach Joe Spallina and will look to make it six on Sunday, May 6 at LaValle Stadium vs. Albany. “We’re 1-0 in the new season,” Spallina said. “I liked our approach, and I thought…

Any tears shed following longtime Stony Brook University conductor David Lawton’s final opera performances on April 28 and April 29 were no match for those that Lawton himself cried as a 5-year-old while attending a dress rehearsal of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor conducted by his father. “During the final chorus I began to weep because the music was so unbearably beautiful I didn’t ever want it to end,” he said. “My father was a very fine choral conductor and I learned an immense amount from attending his rehearsals at an early age.” For Lawton, 76, his glorious…

The Office of Veteran Affairs hosted the Murph Challenge at the Stony Brook Walter J. Hawrys Recreation Center on Saturday, April 21. The intensive training regiment consisted of a 1 mile run followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and a second mile run, all while wearing a 20 pound vest or body armor. The challenge is named for Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who selflessly gave his own life in combat to save the lives of his team. He was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near…

Future astronauts spending long periods of time on the Moon could suffer bronchitis and other health problems by inhaling tiny particles of dust from its surface, according to new research. A new study from researchers at Stony Brook University finds simulated lunar soil is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells. Up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse neurons died when exposed to dust particles that mimic soils found on the Moon’s surface. The results show breathing toxic dust, even in minute quantities, could pose a health hazard to future astronauts traveling to the Moon, Mars…

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