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Former Stony Brook President John H. Marburger, III has agreed to serve as the University’s Interim Vice President for Research effective January 21, 2010. Marburger was Stony Brook’s third president (1980-1994), Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory (1998-2001), Science Advisor to President George W. Bush, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (2001-2009). He takes over after Gail S. Habicht announced her decision to step down in October to pursue her interests in research, teaching, and travel. “Jack Marburger is both a renowned scientist and administrator,” said President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “His institutional knowledge of Stony…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Eva Feder Kittay, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, which is the University’s highest faculty designation. Kittay’s early work on metaphor is considered a major contribution to the literature. Her book, Metaphor: Its Linguistic Structure and Its Cognitive Force, is still in print and is read internationally by linguists, psychologists, literary scholars, and philosophers. Her subsequent work on care ethics and feminism is among the most sophisticated developments of this much-discussed line of thought. It is discussed not only in the English-speaking world, but also in…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Evelyn Bromet, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, the University’s highest faculty designation. Bromet’s research spans a range of psychiatric problems including alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Her research on disaster mental health started with a groundbreaking study of the psychological impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident on mothers of young children, workers at the plant, and psychiatric patients in the public treatment sector. She also collaborated with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in Kyiv on the first…

Stony Brook’s Special Collections and University Archives has received the 2009 Annual Archives Award for “Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository.” The Board of Regents and the New York State Archives present this award annually to an organization in the state that exemplifies excellence in an archival program. “It is honor to have my department recognized for its commitment to excellence,” said Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives. “We are dedicated to preserving and providing access to distinctive collections that enrich the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, students, and visiting researchers.” Christine Ward, New York…

Daria Semegen, a professor from the Department of Music, has won the 2009 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership in Rochester, New York, site of the Susan B. Anthony House National Historic Landmark. The award was presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner at the University of Rochester, where the speakers included the university’s president, vice president, and noted historian Allida Black, Project Director and Editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers at George Washington University. Previous recipients of this award include internationally recognized figures in arts, sciences, and medicine. Semegen is the first composer to…

Paul Lombardo, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program in the School of Health Technology and Management, has received the Master Faculty Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) at the Annual Forum of the PAEA in early November. PAEA is the sole national organization representing the 146 PA programs throughout the United States. The award recognizes a faculty member who inspires, stimulates, and challenges his or her students and colleagues through exemplary contributions to PA education and the profession. Candidates must have served the PA profession for a minimum of seven years and demonstrate…

Roger Rosenblatt, Distinguished Professor of English at Stony Brook, will present “You Can’t Teach Writing? Nonsense!” on Wednesday, November 18, at 12:40 pm in Humanities 1003. This talk is part of his candidacy for the Cherry Award as the best teacher in the United States. Rosenblatt is one of three finalists for that award. After being the youngest house master in the history of Harvard, Rosenblatt served a term as director of education at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He then became literary editor of The New Republic and a columnist and essayist for The Washington Post, Time magazine,…

Anthony Szema, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery, is the new head of the Allergy Diagnostic Unit located at 26 Research Way, East Setauket. The Unit provides quaternary care with highly sophisticated tests for asthma and allergy, including exhaled breath condensate nitric oxide, impedance oscillometry, and multi-test allergy skin testing. The Unit will soon offer penicillin skin testing. Szema recently testified before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee in Washington, D.C., about “burn pits” in Iraq. The U.S. Army is burning trash in these pits and some soldiers are concerned about their exposure to fire, smoke, and fumes. Michael Peters,…

Urszula Zalewski, a member of the Career Center staff for six years, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Outreach Efforts at Stony Brook’s 28th Annual Student Affairs and Enrollment and Retention Management Convocation. One of four staff members to receive the award, Zalewski has made her mark throughout the campus community and beyond. As the Career and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Zalewski works with non-profit organizations to help connect them with students interested in gaining experience, while making a difference at the same time. Despite a busy daily schedule, Zalewski has enthusiastically counseled students, while working endlessly in making…

Since May 25, 2009, when North Korea announced that it conducted a second nuclear test, the exact location of the test site has remained elusive to international organizations, federal agencies, military, and the scientific community, until now. A new study from Stony Brook, performed by Lianxing Wen, Professor of Geophysics, and graduate student Hui Long in the Department of Geosciences, has pinpointed the test site with a geographic precision of just 140 meters, which has never been done before in the scientific community. The precision from the U.S. Geological Survey, which was the best result being used by the National…

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