Browsing: Global

Highlighting its commitment to achieving gender equality on campus and across the globe, Stony Brook University co-hosted the UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary event, welcoming world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities. The evening reception was held September 20, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and co-hosted by SBU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, along with two other IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions: Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Bob Moritz, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited. “Stony Brook University is committed to be the national leader — a model in gender equality in the United States for colleges and universities,” said President…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD welcomed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, to deliver a timely and provocative Presidential Lecture on September 12, 2016. “Stony Brook University is not only our partner in gender equality but a true pioneer in its own right in this area,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “There aren’t enough universities in the world that have put this issue at the center of their work.” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s talk was followed by a lively discussion between her and President Stanley about achieving gender equality and defeating gender-based discrimination and violence on college campuses and across…

Seawolves football hosted all incoming international students in the first ever “Football 101” clinic on August 25, 2016. The players and coaches met with 125 new Seawolves to explain the ins and outs of American football, followed by a football skills clinic on the field at LaValle Stadium. Result? 125 brand new fans.

A quick look at a satellite image of Africa at night reveals the continent’s pressing need for electrical power. Stony Brook University exchange student Yelbi Balima ’18 has big plans to change that situation, beginning with one village, Sanogho, located in his native country, Burkina Faso, in West Africa. During his first semester at SUNY Korea, Yelbi, a technological systems management major specializing in mechanical engineering, delivered an eye-opening presentation to SUNY Korea President Choonho Kim and representatives from Korean power companies. Yelbi’s presentation was so persuasive that the Korean companies are now investing in his project. To make his…

This summer, Lydia Senatus ‘17 took her passion for international studies, as well as her academic and professional development to another level. She has just returned from a month-long study abroad experience in Wuhan, China, led by Ambassador Harsh Bhasin, visiting professor of political science. The program was organized by both International Academic Programs and the Confucius Institute. Like most students pursuing an overseas academic experience, Lydia was initially concerned about finances. In addition to the funding provided to program participants by the Chinese government, Lydia applied for and received the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is funded…

Stony Brook University launched its new Coursera program on Global Health Diplomacy on August 8. In this seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), students will be immersed in the diplomatic, financial and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making. They will be able to navigate their way through course articles and videos and test their knowledge through voluntary assessments. DoIT’s team of consultants from Academic Technology Services, the Faculty Center and Video Production all played a crucial role in the development of this new course, spending countless hours and numerous weeks perfecting the program to enhance the student learning experience. Jennifer Adams,…

A partnership between Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute, the University’s Centre ValBio and Vayu, Inc. used self-guided drones to transport lab samples from rural villages to centralized labs August 5, 2016 — Drones have become ubiquitous in our society; there is a national drone film festival, a national drone racing championship, and drones are being used extensively by the military for surveillance. But what would the world look like if this technology were used to improve the lives of the global poor? For the first time in history, drones are being used in a new, life-saving way to improve…

When Rima Madan joined the Madagascar Study Abroad program the summer after her freshman year, she had yet to discover how that one experience would transform the rest of her undergraduate education. “It was amazing because the rainforest became a classroom,” explains Rima, a Biology and Anthropology double-major in the Honors College. The hands-on learning, the exposure to tropical field biology, and the passion for conservation work she developed, were only part of it. Rima adds: “Research made material from my biology and anthropology classes come to life.” Rima’s Study Abroad experience also gave her the chance to do an…

Relatives of the late Marie Colvin, the famed foreign correspondent who grew up on Long Island and worked for the British newspaper The Sunday Times, have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Syrian government officials targeted and killed her in 2012 to silence her reporting on Syria and the besieged city of Homs. Colvin is the namesake of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, established by the Stony Brook University School of Journalism in her memory. The Center’s mission is to nurture and grow the next generation of overseas reporters, to raise public awareness about the need for robust international…

Haley Wodarczyk ’16 always knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure how best to translate her inclinations into meaningful action.. Her mother had acted as her role model, volunteering for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Big Brothers Big Sisters. But Haley yearned to travel her own path, and Stony Brook showed the way. “It was definitely the right choice for me,” she said. “Going away from home (East Syracuse, New York) and being exposed to such a diverse new environment made me grow tenfold,” said Haley. “The diversity is what I love the most. I’ve learned so much…

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