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Stony Brook’s School of Journalism has launched a fundraising campaign to establish a Center for International Reporting in memory of Marie Colvin, the acclaimed war correspondent and Long Island native who was killed last year while reporting in Syria. Known for her moving accounts of innocent civilians afflicted by war and for her courage, tenacity and dedication to eyewitness reporting, Colvin, 56, was killed by a rocket attack in February of 2012 while covering the violent crackdown by Syrian government forces in the city of Homs. Colvin, who worked for The Sunday Times of London at the time of her…

Stony Brook University officially opened its 8,000-square-foot Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center on June 6 with a dedication ceremony in honor of Glenn Dubin ’78 and his wife, Eva, who donated $4.3 million to build the world-class strength and conditioning center that will support and train Stony Brook student-athletes for success in both athletic competition and in life. The donation was the largest private gift ever made to a State University of New York SUNY athletics department. In attendance for the dedication ceremony and serving as the official ribbon cutters were Glenn and Eva Dubin and their son, Jordan, and…

In a paper published in the May 20, 2012, edition of the journal Nature Physics, a research group from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University reports the development and demonstration of a novel probe for atomic quantum matter. The paper, “Probing an Ultracold-Atom Crystal with Matter Waves,” describes a proof-of-principle experiment on the diffraction of atomic de Broglie waves from a strongly correlated gas of atoms held in an optical lattice. “Our work extends matter-wave diffraction, a technique that has already proven useful in various scientific disciplines, to the realm of ultracold quantum matter. What we demonstrated…

The new home of the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University was officially dedicated at a celebratory event on May 7. Nearly 40 extended members of the Laufer family from across the United States joined Stony Brook officials, researcher faculty and local elected representatives for the commemorative ceremony. The Laufer Center, which is housed in a newly remodeled building (formerly the Stony Brook University Life Sciences Library), started operation in February of 2011 with a major philanthropic gift in loving memory of Louis and Beatrice Laufer by their children Henry and Marsha…

As commencement approaches, Stony Brook University will presents its annual exhibition of works by senior art majors. This year’s show will be on view at the University Art Gallery in the Staller Center for the Arts from Wednesday, May 2, through Thursday, May 17. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The juried “Senior Show 2012” will include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, works on paper, and electronic media installations selected by Department of Art faculty members and representing the best work of this year’s graduating class. University Art Gallery…

A team headed by two Stony Brook professors, Elizabeth Stone and Paul Zimansky, found evidence of an ancient settlement during the first archaeological excavation in Iraq outside of Kurdistan by any foreign team in a decade and the first by an American team in more than 20 years. Professor Stone, Department of Anthropology, and Professor Zimansky, Department of History, uncovered evidence of a herding or marsh-based settlement at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Tell Sakhariya in what is now southern Iraq. The settlement, which lies six kilometers (just under four miles) from the ancient city of Ur, Biblical birthplace of…

Explore the dynamic relationship between movement, creativity and good health at The Festival of the Moving Body, which will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center. Through this daylong event, participants will learn how movement, creativity and imagination impact holistic health, recovery and well-being. Experts from around the globe will share their ideas, research, creative work, and interdisciplinary thinking through film, dance, media, interactive art installations, somatic education and therapy, visual art, panel discussions, music, classes and performance. The Festival is open to all participants (15 years and older)…

On January 5—the day that Provost Dennis Assanis announced that Lawrence Martin would step aside as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost in order to take on a full-time commitment as Director of the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya—10 poetry students and four staff members from Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature were already two days into the first-ever 10-day Turkana Basin Writers Conference. The conference was developed from an idea that Martin passed on to Associate Provost Robert Reeves almost two years ago, when Reeves was still the Director of the MFA in…

With the Emerson String Quartet long established as quartet-in-residence in Stony Brook University’s Department of Music, Long Islanders are fortunate to enjoy one of the world’s most renowned quartets performing in their neighborhood. Their next concert in the Staller Center Recital Hall is Wednesday, February 8, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $42, available at  (631) 632-ARTS or online at www.stallercenter.com. The final Emerson concert for the 2011-12 season is scheduled for Thursday, March 15. The Emerson Quartet’s February 8 performance includes one of Mozart’s “King of Prussia” Quartets, (B flat Major, K. 589), along with Thomas Adés Four Quartets (2010)…

Stony Brook University Cancer Center received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program. The accreditation follows a November 2011 site visit by the CoC. In written comments the surveyor praised Stony Brook’s program for “strong goals with clear benchmarks for evaluation and achievement,” an “exemplary” cancer conference program, “commendable” quality of data in the cancer registry, and strong leadership in radiation treatment, oncology nursing, and the cancer registry. “The surveyor’s comments confirm what we already know, that Stony Brook University Cancer Center is an…

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