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At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2, the College of Business Dean, Manny London, and Island Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Bret Sears, formally opened the Island Federal Credit Union Business Lab. The newly outfitted space, located on the third floor of Harriman Hall, provides a functional and private lab for research. The naming comes as part of a $3,000,000 philanthropic gift made by Island Federal Credit Union in 2014. Of that gift, $750,000 established three funds at the College of Business, including an endowment for banking education and research, a dean’s fund for excellence in finance and a…

Ed Flower can only think of one reason why his friend of 60 years, the late Bernard Malberg, DDS, put him in charge of his charitable trust. For a laugh. “I suspect it was his idea of a joke,” Flower said, “to create this charitable trust, put me in charge, and not tell me what to do. He probably thought, ‘You’ll figure it out.’” That said, one of the things that Flower has “figured out” is anything but a joke for students at Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine: how to distribute his friend’s money to defray the cost…

The Stony Brook Foundation offered a match, and more than 75 members of Stony Brook University’s faculty and staff delivered the spark. During the months of March and April, the University’s faculty and staff had the opportunity for their payroll deduction contributions to the University to be matched by the Stony Brook Foundation for the remainder of 2018 through a matching challenge. The response was significant. When the challenge concluded on April 30, a total of 77 new donors had enrolled in payroll deduction, bringing the total number of employees donating through payroll deduction to more than 600 across the…

In a country of just 9 million people, Israel has quickly become one of the world’s true scientific powerhouses. The country ranked 10th in this year’s Bloomberg’s Innovation Index, ahead of the United States, and Israeli innovations in fields ranging from water desalination to cybersecurity to clean energy have been hailed as having transformative power around the world. However, while Israeli science and technology are booming, the communication of science in Israel — the capacity for the country’s scientists to share their work with the public — is still in its nascent stages. It is important that the country’s scientists…

When Mike Power drove to Stony Brook University’s Cancer Center on February 19, it was hard not to think of another drive he took some 35 years ago…with his mother, Emily, taking her for treatment as she suffered from breast cancer. 

“I got to the hospital in five minutes,” Power said. “I was driving like a madman, and I was young; I think I was 17 or 18 at the time. The cop’s behind me, trying to pull me over, and I wasn’t stopping. I drove right to the hospital, got out, and said, ‘My mom has to go in…

Since 1987, Stony Brook University has had the honor of helping to preserve the legacy of major 20th-century artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in its role as steward of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, located in the Springs section of East Hampton. Now, a key figure in helping Stony Brook’s Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center reach its potential will be honored with a legacy of his own. With a gift from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences is proud to establish the Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professorship in Studio Art. This…

Tom MacCarthy, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to better understand how human antibodies are generated in response to infection by using computational biology. Part of a multi-PI $3 million grant, in collaboration with the lab of immunology pioneer Matthew D. Scharff, MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the research will employ computational models and analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data. “Our approach is innovative because the computational models we are proposing will test molecular mechanisms both computationally and…

For nearly 20 years, the Stony Brook Foundation Stars of Stony Brook Gala has celebrated centers of excellence at Stony Brook University while raising millions for undergraduate and graduate student financial aid. The 2018 Gala on Wednesday, April 11 at Chelsea Piers was no exception, securing $2.1 million in new funding for student financial aid. The funds are used to support 149 high achieving and financially deserving students with 4-year scholarships. The cohort is referred to as Foundation Trustee Scholars. Among the 700 attendees were six Foundation Trustee Scholars. These students — all of whom come from New York State…

I give back to Stony Brook University because it gave me the education to fearlessly seek a great job in publishing. I transferred to Stony Brook in 1980 after 2 semesters at Suffolk (and a semester each at two other colleges over the course of 10 years), and wound up spending four full years there, every minute of which I loved.  Yes, I graduated with around 180 credits but, they were all worth the time and effort, as I learned so much from my classes.  I was an English major but, also studied medieval history, behavioral psychology, and French.  I think, because I was in my late 20’s, I had a more mature attitude…

As a lifelong Long Islander with a love of the outdoors, David Knapp has seen more than enough to know that the face of tick-borne illness has changed since he was a child. “Growing up on Long Island,” said Knapp, the President of the Island Outreach Foundation, “we used to get bit by ticks all the time. You’d call your mom over, get a pair of tweezers, burn the tick and be done. In more recent times, you get bit by a tick, and it’s a much more serious concern. You’re instantly worried about Lyme disease, rickettsia, or something else,…

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