Browsing: On Campus

When some autistic people become interested in a topic, they often become so impassioned about it that they don’t want to talk about anything else. It’s this conversational cul de sac for which Stony Brook students are being recruited to help Cody Center clients between the ages of 18 and 26 avoid, said Virginia Cover, a social worker for the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University. This peer-mentoring program gives high-functioning individuals with autism and related disabilities a chance to socialize with people who are “neurotypical” and avoid becoming socially segregated. “We go out for pizza…

The students in Professor Kristina Lucenko’s Honors College memoir-writing class learned as much about themselves as they did about their subjects at the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH), located at Stony Brook University, after interviewing the residents recently. On May 7, their last day of class, the students returned to the LISVH to read what they wrote to some of the residents, who gave them a round of applause and were visibly moved by the students’ words. Student Ross Barkan wrote, “Running my eyes over the fluorescent, antiseptic hallways of the LISVH, I feared many of the same things…

When Stony Brook University biochemistry student Rian Shah got the idea to return the walkway known as the Zebra Path back to its original black and white design, he posted his views on Facebook and found out he wasn’t alone in his wish to preserve a piece of University history. Stony Brook art student Kim Hardiman had originally painted the Zebra Path as part of a project for her art class back in 1981. For Stony Brook’s 50th anniversary in 2007, the administration decided to repaint it red and white in honor of its “red hot” campaign. “I fought for the…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., joined New York State Governor David Paterson and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on May 11 as the Governor urged the New York State Legislature to pass the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA). The Act includes the most significant reforms to the State’s public higher education system in a generation and was introduced as part of the Governor’s 2010-11 Executive Budget. Also at the rally expressing support of PHEEIA were Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch; CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein; students; and university, business, and labor leaders. President Stanley said…

Stony Brook will celebrate its 50th Commencement on Friday, May 21. The main ceremony will begin at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 2:00 pm in the Staller Center. The Baccalaureate Honors Convocation recognizes candidates graduating with distinctions of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. This convocation will take place on Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 pm in the Staller Center. A schedule of each department program and the department representatives can be found on the student information page.

On April 28 four teams each consisting of three Stony Brook students competed in an hour-long Iron Chef cooking competition in which the winning team donated its earnings to the charity of its choice. A team of four judges and members of the crowd anointed the Hungry, Hungry Hippos and their chicken carbonara the winner. A check for $5,000 will be awarded to Stony Brook’s Sunrise Fund by Campus Dining Services. The members of the Hungry, Hungry Hippos are Crystal Lee, Chenghua Jiang, and Kelvin Lee, who were mentored by Campus Dining Service’s Chef George Kwasnik. The event took place…

Elizabeth D. Kaufman, a Stony Brook senior majoring in Health Sciences won the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the Japan Center’s Fifth Annual Essay Competition, jointly sponsored by the Japan Center of Stony Brook (JCSB) and Canon USA. Her award-winning essay was entitled “Shotokan: A Way of Life.” Kaufman was presented with the Award Certificate, $2,000 cash, and a Canon camera at the Award Ceremony held on May 1 at the Charles B. Wang Center. The goal of the competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans…

Students competed in the annual Roth Pond Regatta on April 30, attempting to sail their homemade cardboard boats across the 200-yard Roth Pond. The race, a Stony Brook tradition since 1988, requires that the boats are built only from cardboard, duct tape, rope or string, paint, wax, cloth (to be used only in sails), and Elmer’s glue.

On April 22 Stony Brook honored Professor Emeritus and its first Nobel Laureate physicist C.N. Yang at the 11th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala. Nearly 600 guests attended the fundraiser at Chelsea Piers in New York City, helping raise $2.2 million for student scholarships. C.N. Yang is an Albert Einstein Professor and the first director of Stony Brook’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, a research center that encompasses the full range of theoretical physics, including elementary particles, string theory, statistical mechanics, and quantum information. He retired from Stony Brook in 1999 and is now a professor at the Institute for…

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated last week with Earthstock 2010, five days of lively, informative academic and cultural events on the Stony Brook main campus. The week began on Monday, April 19, with a lecture by Carl Safina, president of the Blue Ocean Institute and an adjunct professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), on “History and Destiny in the World Ocean.” Safina also delivered one of two Earthstock Provost’s Lectures on April 21, “In the Same Net: Ocean Life, Ethics, and the Human Spirit.” The other Provost’s Lecture was delivered by Asha-Rose Migiro,…

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