Browsing: Awards and Honors

Three students in the Department of Computer Science have received Catacosinos Fellowships for Excellence in Computer Science. PhD candidates Najmeh Miramirkhani, Prashant Pandey and Syed Billah were each recognized for their hard work and cutting-edge research with a $5,000 grant from the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund. “Historically, the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund has been very supportive of computer science students. I am proud that this carefully selected group of students will benefit from that support,” said Samir Das, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Over time a number of CS students have received Catacosinos funding, and Najmeh Miramirkhani is…

Fourteen of Stony Brook University’s esteemed faculty and staff have received the 2017-2018 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. A total of 332 faculty and staff from across the SUNY system received awards this year. “Excellence is SUNY’s hallmark,” said State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “At each of our campuses it is driven by our faculty and staff and their commitment to providing the highest quality environment, where students are inspired and supported to excel as they pursue their passions. I congratulate this year’s recipients, and thank them for their contributions.” The Chancellor’s…

The Stony Brook Entrepreneur Challenge held each spring provides student entrepreneurs with an avenue to win a share of a $50,000 to make their business idea into a viable company. This year five student teams are moving their ideas closer to market and have received significant support from the University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). At the Challenge, students pitch their ideas to a campus panel of experienced venture funders, entrepreneurs and business services professionals. Then they have the opportunity to move on to the Regional and State competitions for additional funding. For 2018, the top three Stony Brook student awards…

The 2018 Indianapolis Prize, recognizing the world’s leading heroes of conservation and environmental sustainability, has been awarded to biodiversity champion Dr. Russ Mittermeier, a research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anatomical Sciences. Mittermeier, Executive Vice-Chair and former President of Conservation International, is regarded as a world leader in the fields of biodiversity, primatology, and tropical forest conservation. He is renowned for his efforts to understand and educate others about worldwide threats to biodiversity, his work to conserve primates, and his efforts to create new protected areas in some of the world’s highest priority hotspots. He has conducted fieldwork…

One of the world’s leading energy storage researchers, Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor Esther Sans Takeuchi has won the 2018 European Inventor Award in the category “Non-EPO countries.” The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of its 2018 innovation prize at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. Out of four US scientists nominated for the award, she is the only American to bring home Europe’s most prestigious prize of innovation. Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering…

After winning the NASA Fame Lab science communication competition in 2014, Pharmacology Postdoc Lyl Tomlinson (’17) will now make an even broader impact as one of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) newest science policy fellows in Washington, DC. The premiere science policy fellowship in the U.S., the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program brings PhD-level scientists and engineers to Washington for an exciting crash course in policy making from the front lines. Tomlinson’s one-year fellowship will place him in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director, where he will contribute to NIH-wide…

Esther Sans Takeuchi is a finalist for the European Inventor Award, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. But she is also eligible to win in another category — the European Inventor Award Popular Prize — open to all 15 finalists that is based on voting. Members of the public can cast their vote for Professor Takeuchi now through June 3. Vote now online Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, Chief Scientist of the…

“What is climate?” Over the past several months, 5th and 6th graders from around the world have asked scientists for a user-friendly answer. More than 100 submissions poured in for consideration by hundreds of 11-year-old judges in the 2018 Flame Challenge. In the end they chose Stony Brook’s own Soumyadeep “Deep” Mukherjee as a winner. Mukherjee was honored in the “Writing” category for this year’s Flame Challenge, sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Founded in 2012 by Emmy award-winning actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda, the contest invites scientists of all backgrounds to…

Following on a tradition of recognizing innovative business professors since 1999, this year the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program is awarding 20 exceptional courses that inspire and equip future business leaders to tackle the issues of our time.  The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards honor extraordinary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that is redefining excellence in business education –  and ultimately in business practice. Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, a Management Professor in the College of Business, developed the course, “Business Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film” to provide the combination of critical thinking, discussion of moral values, and ethical considerations…

Benjamin Martin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has received the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research for his work with circulating tumor cells. The award, granted to promising early career New York City-area cancer research scientists, includes a three-year $600,000 grant, effective July 1. Professor Martin and colleague David Q. Matus, PhD, are using state-of-the-art microscopy and genetic analysis of circulating tumor cells to achieve an unprecedented level of understanding about how these cells exit blood vessels and invade news sites on the body. To help accelerate breakthroughs in cancer research, the…

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