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Stony Brook University Medical Center will host the inaugural Harvest Luncheon on Thursday, November 18, at the Watermill Restaurant in Smithtown. Bring your friends and enjoy a delectable lunch, silent auction, and many surprises all to benefit children with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and MS research at the National Pediatric MS Center at SBUMC as well as the vital work of the University Hospital Auxiliary. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships are available by calling Johanna Biederman at (631) 444-8096. A highlight of the luncheon will be the first Woman of Distinction award honoring Lauren Krupp, founder and director of the National Pediatric…

Balaji Sitharaman, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is a 2010 recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. Only a select group of early-career biomedical researchers nationwide receive this award, which includes a five-year $1.5 million grant. Sitharaman is engineering a nanotechnology-based theranostic (integrating therapeutic and diagnostic) technology for combined non-invasive imaging and targeted treatment of bone loss, a major health problem worldwide due to trauma, disease, and aging, including menopause. The NIH Director’s New Innovative Award was created as part of the NIH’s commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists who are exceptionally creative and…

Maria Ryan, Professor of Oral Biology and Pathology, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and External Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine, and Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, was presented with the Victress Award in Health at a gala in Germany in August. The Victress Initiative is a non-profit organization that aims to increase the percentage of females in leading positions and to promote mixed leadership by presenting modern role models, providing innovative solutions for companies, and inspiring young women on their way to the top. Victress was founded in 2005 by men…

Eric Kaler, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Iwao Ojima, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery, were elected as Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program recognizes and honors members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and service to the Society. To be selected as an ACS Fellow, a member must have demonstrated excellence in science/profession and must have provided outstanding service to the ACS. Kaler and Ojima were honored, together with other…

Steven Jonas, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Professor for the Graduate Program in Public Health, has received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Public Health. Jonas, a prolific author and researcher in health policy analysis, preventive medicine and public health, and personal health and wellness, began his academic career more than 40 years ago, shortly after earning a Master’s of Public Health from Yale in 1967. The award, established by the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health Board of Directors in 1988, recognizes the contributions and achievements of alumni with distinguished careers in public health…

Transportation consumes 70 percent of U.S. oil, but less than 20 percent of fuel energy is used to drive cars. Lei Zuo, a professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the principal investigator of a new invention, the electricity-generating shock absorber, which continuously harvests vehicle vibration energy due to road irregularities, in contrast to traditional shock absorbers that dissipate the vibration energy into waste heat. Several prototypes of electromagnetic shock absorbers have been developed at Stony Brook. “One stone kills two birds” said Zuo. “On one side, we can mitigate the vibration of vehicles; on the other, we are…

Stephen A. Vitkun, a professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacological Sciences in the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York. Vitkun was one of nine SUNY professors approved for appointment to Distinguished Teaching Professor, one of the highest academic ranks SUNY bestows on outstanding faculty within the SUNY system. Vitkun’s academic and clinical career at Stony Brook University Medical Center has spanned 28 years. He began in 1982 as an anesthesiology resident and rose in the ranks as a physician educator in that department. Vitkun…

John Parise, Professor in the Departments of Geosciences and Chemistry, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York. Parise was one of six SUNY professors approved for appointment to Distinguished Professor, one of the highest rankings bestowed by SUNY and Stony Brook’s highest faculty designation. Parise’s research during the past 28 years, has earned him the highest level of international prominence within the closely linked communities of crystallography, mineral physics, and solid state chemistry. His success in continually raising the standards of research has garnered him key leadership positions in community-wide development…

After a national search, Kenneth Kaushansky, the Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, has been appointed as Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences for Stony Brook University. Kaushansky joins Stony Brook in July, and will oversee the education, clinical, and research components of the School of Medicine and the Health Sciences, which include the School of Dental Medicine, School of Health Technology and Management, School of Nursing, and the School of Social Welfare. He will also have some oversight responsibility for Stony…

Stony Brook has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to enhance science education. The award will be led by Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology David Bynum, also founder and director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME). HHMI, the largest private funder of science education in the nation, invited 197 research universities to submit proposals and selected 50 institutions to receive a total of $70 million. With this funding, CESAME will create undergraduate courses such as the Laboratory in Cancer Genetics, strengthen relationships with Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven National…

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