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As the scientific world mourns the passing of the man many consider a modern-day Einstein, Stony Brook University faculty remembered and reflected on the world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on March 14. Martin Roček, a Stony Brook professor of theoretical physics and a member of the C. N. Yang Institute, first met Hawking in the late 1970s, when he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University. In 1979, Hawking hired Roček to teach him about the concept of supergravity, a significant extension of Einstein’s theory of relativity developed at Stony Brook by Roček’s colleague…

Stony Brook University has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the award recognizes outstanding innovation and accomplishment in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. “Internationalization supports the University’s ethos of excellence. It provides diversity of perspectives and cultures, access to global research opportunities and promotes academic idea exchange, while enhancing the University experience for students, faculty and staff,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is an honor to be recognized by NAFSA…

An estimated 225 members of the Stony Brook University community marched outside of the Student Activities Center on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in support of the national #MeToo movement and raised their voices in solidarity with the cause of ending sexual harassment. The campus gathering, organized by the local Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), was designed as an opportunity for the community to show it stands strong on the issue of gender-based violence. The University showed support, with several administrators walking joining the marchers as they made their way around campus, shouting from bullhorns and holding placards. “It’s 2018, it’s time…

Stony Brook University officially opened its brand new LGBTQ* Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, March 2. The center, located on the second floor of West Side Dining, is a 1,967 square-foot facility aimed to provide an open workspace for students, areas for private conversations, all-gender restrooms, and spaces and technologies that support collaborative learning. “This day has been on my mind for 15 years,” said Chris Tanaka, Assistant Director of LGBTQ* Services, who was visibly moved by the emotion of the moment. “This is a space for people to explore who they are and find…

Stony Brook University salutes Women’s History Month with educational and social programs that commemorate the historical achievements of women and address the contemporary issues that affect them. Below are some program highlights. For a complete list of Women’s History Month events and locations, please visit stonybrook.edu/womenshistory. Thursday, March 1 Diversity Film Series: Miss Representation, 6 pm to 7:15 pm, West E Commons Join a discussion about gender roles as you watch clips from the documentary Miss Representation, a film that explores how media sells the idea that women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality, and that men learn that their…

Each spring, the Stony Brook Foundation hosts the Stars of Stony Brook Gala to benefit student scholarships and a select academic program of excellence, generating nearly $50 million since 2000. This year, the 19th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala will be held on April 11, 2018, and honor Dorothy Lichtenstein, President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and a Stony Brook Foundation Board Trustee. The Gala will celebrate our renowned Stony Brook Southampton Creative Writing and Film program and feature special guests, CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley and “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau (illustration pictured here). Lichtenstein joins a distinguished roster of…

 Paul B. Shepson has been named Dean of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), announced Michael Bernstein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Selected after a national search, Shepson is Jonathan Amy Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, and the Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at the National Science Foundation. His tenure begins July 2, 2018. A native of Elmira, N.Y., Shepson obtained a BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Cortland and a PhD in Analytical/Atmospheric Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.  After a short…

Stony Brook University is deeply committed to maintaining an all-inclusive community that is nondiscriminatory and safe for all. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) serves the University, Stony Brook Medicine and the Long Island State Veteran’s Home and Stony Brook Southampton — including all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, contract employee’s working at Stony Brook, and visitors, patients, and guests. The office is dedicated to preventing and eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. “We have a process in place that we expect everybody here to be good citizens of our campus community and…

When the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), a New York State-designated Center of Excellence, was founded several years ago at Stony Brook University, its goal was to foster collaboration between the brightest minds in academia and industry leaders in energy. Its interdisciplinary research program and state-of-the-art laboratories have since kept the University at the leading edge of discovery, resulting in new technologies that impact residential and commercial energy use worldwide. Stony Brook recently took another step in its commitment to a future that protects the environment with efficient, sustainable energy management. The University announced on Friday, Feb. 16,…

Following the passing of Dr. Peter Baigent, vice president of Student Affairs and president of the Faculty Student Association, along with the recent retirement of former Dean of Students Jerrold Stein, the university was left with the unenviable task of replacing two giants in the campus community. Rick Gatteau, PhD, recently named interim vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, is well positioned to fill their shoes. “You need someone really special to succeed in that new role,” said Jeffrey Barnett, interim associate Dean of Students and longtime colleague of Gatteau. “Combining these two positions can work, but…

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