Browsing: Giving Back

I give back to Stony Brook University because I feel gratitude for the opportunities the University has provided for me. Both personally and professionally, Stony Brook has allowed me to learn, grow and discover. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and am also a proud alumnus of the Honors College and the Spirit of Stony Brook Athletic Bands. Throughout my time as a student I was fortunate to have wonderful experiences, from the guidance and mentorship of faculty and staff, to cheering on the Seawolves at every game I could possibly attend. As a higher…

KidOYO Donates Funding to Tutor More Long Island Children in Essential Computer Programming Skills Since Devon and Melora Loffreto started teaching Long Island kids computer programming through their nonprofit organization, KidOYO, Stony Brook University students and faculty have helped them reach more than 50,000 K-12 students across Long Island. “It’s solving the problem that no one knows how to solve,” Devon said. “How do we get qualified, capable teachers into our K-12 learning experience, so that these kids can engage this subject when there’s a shortage of teachers and there’s no CS certification process for teachers?” Now, through the Arie E.…

New Endowed Chair in Coastal Ecology and Conservation helps advance impactful research at School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences As a professor in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Christopher Gobler trains the next generation of marine scientists to tackle the challenges that face coastal ecosystems on Long Island and around the world. And, as he works with students and colleagues on answers to those challenges, Gobler often recalls his own days as a student, when there were no answers, just questions. “One summer, I worked for an environmental group on Long Island,” Gobler said, “and they had…

Growing up in Queens in the 1950s and 60s, John Warkentin ’70 knew one constant in his parents’ house: an emphasis on education. “Education was the most important aspect of our lives growing up,” Warkentin recalled. “We were encouraged to read, to go to the library, to do our best in school. We didn’t have to get the highest grades if it wasn’t possible, but effort was looked upon very carefully.” Still, when the time came for John and his siblings to go to college, the cost was a concern. “My parents were traditional middle-class for the era,” Warkentin replied,…

Leading dialysis provider names new professorship for Dr. Martin Liebowitz In its mission to deliver world-class, compassionate care, advance our understanding of the origins of human health and disease, and educate the healthcare professionals and biomedical investigators of the future, Stony Brook Medicine has had a valuable partner in Dialysis Clinic, Incorporated (DCI). The largest nonprofit dialysis provider in the United States, DCI has contributed over $200 million since its founding to research and education initiatives at a variety of institutions, including more than $5 million at Stony Brook University, where a great deal of that research has been carried…

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil. Bala Swaminathan and his wife, Prabha, are determined to change that. The couple has created the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil at Stony Brook University in honor of Bala’s mother and father.  Studying an ancient yet still…

The shape of Long Island is instantly recognizable to its nearly 8 million inhabitants, from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens to the North and South Forks of Suffolk County. Twenty thousand years ago, however, what we know today as Long Island would have been unrecognizable to modern eyes. The prehistoric Long Island’s shoreline was hundreds of miles further out, with the landmass that we know today buried under a continental glacier. That glacier dumped tons of sand, rock, and other sediment into the region over thousands of years, until melting water began to outpace ice renewal.…

A special reception was held on January 8 for the three grand prize-winning students from Half Hollow Hills High School who won the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Arooba Ahmed, Jiachen Lee and Jillian Parker were honored by the Board of Education along with their mentor, Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from Stony Brook University’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Also honored was Stony Brook University alum Michael Lake, who is Research Director for Half Hollow Hills School District. In December 2017, the SBU-mentored team was awarded a $100,000…

I graduated in Computer Science at SBU in the class of Dec 2014. Research & Education, on-campus hands-on development and other career opportunities in my domain helped me position myself better to land a full-time offer and grow my career. I specifically remember my conversation with Prof. Himanshu Gupta who mentored me when I needed a coach regarding long-term career trajectory. I believe Stony Brook University was there when I needed them most, and now as an alumnus, it is my time to give back. —Pathik Sharma ’15, Technical Account Manager, Amazon Inspired by Pathik’s story? Click here to make your gift…

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