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The University celebrated a historic moment on December 14 as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, and Jim and Marilyn Simons gathered at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology to announce the Governor’s approval of Stony Brook’s $35 million NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant application and a transformational $150 million gift to the University from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation. Jim Simons is Chair of the Simons Foundation, Board Chair of Renaissance Technologies LLC, and former Chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Mathematics. Marilyn Simons is an alumna of the University and President…

The Stony Brook Cares campaign is underway. If you have not yet made a pledge this year, please consider giving back to the Stony Brook community by donating to a Stony Brook University-based charity listed below through the SB Cares campaign. Stony Brook Child Care Services, Inc. (Agency Code 65-00290) is one of the nation’s top-ranked programs of its kind. It serves University faculty, staff, and students as well as Hospital employees and students. The center is multi-cultural, socio-economically diverse, and encompasses an inter-age classroom community, which supports a child centered, inclusive program. The primary aim is to provide a…

Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Public Art, Image Communication, and Industrial Design Artists’ Panel: Tuesday, October 4, 2:30 pm Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 4, 4:30 pm From October 4 through November 6 at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University will showcase Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Public Art, Image Communication, and Industrial Design, featuring the work of artists affiliated with East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. The exhibition focuses on the exploration of the connections between recycling as a practice, whether environmental or industrial, and the cyclicality of life, spirit, and history. One of the…

Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John and Yoko’s Year of Peace will be presented at the University Art Gallery in the Staller Center from September 6 through October 15. Originally organized by the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, the exhibition was curated by Kevin Concannon and John Noga. Staller Center is the first venue in New York to present this traveling exhibition. The closing night of the Art Gallery exhibit coincides with the first concert of the Staller Center 2011-2012 season: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger—comprised of the duo Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp…

Three exceptional undergraduates were recently recognized by Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and the Stony Brook Council for their high accomplishments. Seniors Geri Galotti, winner of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence; Michelle Mbekeani, Baccalaureate Speaker for 2011 Commencement; and junior Yaseen Eldik, Stony Brook’s first Truman Scholar, were commended on their contributions to the University community. The students were open in speaking about their experiences leading to this point. Following are excerpts from their conversation with Happenings. Q: Have you had a particular professor who influenced your path, or a class that stands out as…

Bike riding is not only a healthier way to travel, it also reduces the number of cars on campus and helps the environment. With these goals in mind, Stony Brook’s Environmental Stewardship Office has purchased bicycles to be shared by students on campus. The bicycles will be located at various racks on campus that will be accessible to members of the Bike Share program. Participating students can unlock one of the Bike Share bicycles, ride it around—either on-campus or off-campus—and then return it to any of the campus racks and lock it up again. The Bike Share program is another…

Inspiration often arrives at the unlikeliest times and places. Just ask Deborah DiFranco, the Provost’s Liaison, who noticed one day that students had drawn some graffiti on a wall in the lower level of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library. Instead of reacting negatively to this act of vandalism, she had an idea: turn the students’ urge to draw into a sprawling mural made up of representative scenes from the University. She told Kevin Kelly, executive director of the Faculty Student Association, and Building Manager Jim Lapiano, about her idea. Both approved the project. “One of the reasons I thought…

Stony Brook scientists have discovered evidence for a superfluid state of neutrons in the neutron star at the center of the supernova remnant, Cassiopeia A. Neutron stars are the compressed remnants of supernova explosions and are among the most inexplicable objects in the universe. The findings, “Rapid Cooling of the Neutron Star in Cassiopeia A Triggered by Neutron Superfluidity in Dense Matter,” are reported in Physical Review Letters. This represents the first direct evidence for a neutron superfluid—a friction-free state of matter at the core of a neutron star—and has important implications for understanding nuclear interaction in matter at the…

In a paper recently published in Current Anthropology, Professor John Shea from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology, who is also a research associate with the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, disproves the myth that the earliest humans were significantly different from us. The idea that human evolution follows a progressive trajectory is one of the most deeply entrenched assumptions about Homo sapiens evolution. In fact, archaeologists have long believed that modern human behaviors emerged tens of thousands of years after our species first evolved. And while scientists disagreed over whether the process was gradual or quick, they have agreed that…

Leadership from the School of Medicine and Department of Surgery officially opened and tested the new Surgical Skills Center (SSC) on Friday, January 7. Located on Level 2 of the Health Sciences Center, the 1,800 square-foot facility is dedicated to surgical training of fellows, residents, and medical students, and complements the School’s existing 6,000 square-foot Clinical Skills Center that opened in 2006, further reinforcing simulation training as a major component of medical education at the School of Medicine. Embraced as a training tool and promoted as an assessment of resident surgical skills by the American College of Surgeons, surgical simulation…

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