Browsing: Awards and Honors

Author Frank McCourt, most famous for his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir Angela’s Ashes, was a member of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing and Literature faculty for almost a decade. In his honor, The Southampton Review literary journal has established the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and winners will be published in the Summer/Fall 2016 Issue of TSR. Multiple submissions of 4,500 words or less will be accepted. The submission period opens at midnight February 15, 2016, and closes at midnight March 15, 2016. The contest seeks “writing that is intimate,…

The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to actor Alan Alda, a visiting professor at Stony Brook University, who played a major role in creating the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The medal recognizes his “extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public.” This is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. “Through so many different…

The School of Nursing at Stony Brook University is ranked as 10th nationally for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in U.S. News & World Report. For the 2016 edition, schools were ranked using five categories — student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. “This is a huge honor for our School and an even greater honor to those who give their expertise and energy to making our graduate programs so distinctive,” said Lee Xippolitos, Dean of the School of Nursing. “A special tribute goes out to Patricia Bruckenthal, who has directed our NP…

The Stony Brook Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Lenahan, officially received reaccreditation from the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council in Albany on December 17. The Department first received accreditation in 2010. Participation in the accreditation program demonstrates the commitment that the officers have to providing the highest level of service and professionalism to the Stony Brook community. “This is a wonderful accomplishment for our department and a testimony to the true professionalism of all our members,” said Chief Lenahan.

Members of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have elected Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology in the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, to serve as the next AADR vice president. Her term will begin at the conclusion of the 45th AADR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, March 16-19, 2016. After serving as vice president, she will remain on the AADR Board of Directors for three consecutive terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president. AADR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental…

The Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH), in cooperation with the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, awarded 13 technology development grants totaling $900,000 to researchers from Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. These grants represent a multi-tiered funding initiative aimed at contributing to a pipeline of commercially promising biomedical technology in the region. The three funding initiatives include Feasibility, Proof of Concept and Commercialization awards. Feasibility awards are designed to rapidly test the feasibility of new ideas in a “fail-fast-or-proceed” format, or to add value to existing intellectual property leading to new market applications…

Na Zhang, a Stony Brook University doctoral student, won the silver medal at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) at the International Conference of Supercomputing 2015 held in Austin, Texas, in mid-November, with her work, “Efficient Multiscale Platelets Modeling Using Supercomputers.” Zhang works with Professor Yuefan Deng, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. This International Conference, established in 1988 by the ACM and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is a yearly “must attend” forum for the high performance computing community and it is one of the most…

Faculty, staff and graduate students should submit nominations recognizing excellence among our undergraduate students in the categories of Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievement. Nomination materials must be received no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. Awards for Academic Excellence are given for academic accomplishments that go beyond the classroom experience. Awards for Outstanding Achievement are presented for excellence in activities that relate to the co-curricular life of the University and surrounding community. Nomination forms can be found online Although students will be given an opportunity to submit relevant supplementary material in support of their nomination, letters of reference play the…

Prachi Chitnis, a Stony Brook University graduate student mentored by Kevin Brown, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Collider-Accelerator Department, has been awarded the 2015 Experimental Physics Control Systems Prize by the European Physical Society (EPS) for her “significant contributions to the reliability of the RHIC beam permit system.” Chitnis traveled to Australia in October to accept the award. Chitnis, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering, has focused her thesis work on machine protection systems; in particular, analyzing reliability and vulnerabilities of the beam permit and quench detector systems at Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion…

Political Science major Laura Horvath-Roa has received the Amelio Sanchez Undergraduate Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center 
and the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. Laura is a Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholar and an undergraduate staff assistant at Stony Brook’s Career Center. The Amelio Sanchez Undergraduate Award recognizes Stony Brook students who have shown outstanding academic achievement, scholarly promise and service and leadership to the community. The award, with a monetary gift of $2,000, is open to Latino/Latina juniors and first semester seniors in the College of Arts and Science with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Laura…

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