Stony Brook Matters

July 20, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 07



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Benjamin Bannier, PhD '09, ’14 received this year’s RHIC/AGS Thesis Award at the annual RHIC/AGS Users’ Meeting, Brookhaven National Laboratory, held this June. 

Alexis Ashley Hall ’13 and William Fiordalisi ’14 were married during the July 4 holiday weekend. The couple met after Alexis’ first week on campus at Kelly Dining.

John Goldberg ’14 won the 2015 Nintendo World Championship in June.

Dr. Todd Griffin ’93 has been named one of the top 18 Best Doctors in Obstetrics and Gynecology by New York Magazine.

Nada Marjanovich ’03 is the founder, publisher and editor of Long Island Pulse. The magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the printing of the July/August issue.

Eric McAlister ’13 has signed with Aurore de Vitre in the French Pro League.

Sophie Vanier ’05 was nominated for best actress for her performance in “Alice” at the UnChained Theatre Festival.

Jean-Claude Velasquez ’14 is a recipient of the Transamerica Retirement Solutions 2015 Leaders in Health Care Scholarship.

Patrick A. Woods, Esq ’05 has been selected as the 2015-2016 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, to begin this fall.

Alumni & Friends Events

July 20-24, 2015
CareerCamp Webinars: Helping Graduates Transition to the Work World

July 21, 2015

Black and Latino Alumni Summer Networking Mixer

July 22, 2015 
CareerEncores Webinar: 65 Things to Do When You Retire

July 29, 2015
Career Encores Webinar: The Six Secrets to a Happy Retirement

August 8, 2015
"Are You Ready for ICD-10?" - Electronic Records, Coding and Billing Workshop

August 12, 2015
CareerEncores Webinar: Second Act Careers

August 19, 2015
CareerEncores Webinar: You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think

September 19 2015
Dr. Frances Brisbane's Retirement Celebration

September 21, 2015
4th Annual SUNY Alumni Day at Citi Field

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University Events

July 16-25, 2015
Stony Brook Film Festival

July 20-24, 2015
26th International Conference on Game Theory

July 23, 2015
Henry Schein Cares Reception Area Dedication

July 26-31, 2015
Eighth International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution

July 27, 2015
Stony Brook Touchdown Golf Classic

August 21, 2015
Women's Soccer vs St. John's

August 23, 2015
Women's Soccer vs Sacred Heart

August 28, 2015
Men's Soccer vs Central Connecticut

August 31, 2015
Men's Soccer vs Sacred Heart

September 12, 2015
Seawolves Football vs Central Connecticut

September 18, 2015
Institute for Advanced Computational Science Grand Opening


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October 17, 2015


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Stony Brook Offers Top Value Among Public Universities

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Stony Brook has been ranked #5 most valuable public university by Consumers Digest out of 100 colleges and universities, based on attributes that validate or define the institution’s academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. Read more.


Campus Celebrates Grand Opening of New Computer Science Building

Computer Science Building

University administrators, elected officials, faculty, staff and students gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, July 1, to celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot Computer Science Building. Click here for more information about the building.

Get Your Tickets for the Stony Brook Film Festival

20th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival

This year's film festival is showing 19 feature-length films and 14 short films, with multiple East Coast and U.S. premieres. Get your tickets today. 

Alumni Spotlight:

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Hong Zhang ’91 and Liya Liang ’94 Establish Fellowship at College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Alumni Gift

Hong Zhang ’91 and Liya Liang ’94, in appreciation of Stony Brook’s personal and financial support when they moved from Beijing nearly three decades ago and in thanks to the success of their business, have donated $300,000 to establish the “Liya Liang ’94 and Hong Zhang ’91 Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science.” Read more.


Eric Engoron ’15 Exemplifies the “Ability” in “Disability”

Eric EngoronEric Engoron ’15, a computer science major who just earned his master’s degree, wants to change people’s perceptions about disabilities and has been using his time at Stony Brook to do so. Read more.





Call for Nominations!  

To celebrate our brightest, most innovative and entrepreneurial-spirited young graduates, the University is excited to announce our second annual 40 under Forty alumni recognition program.

Visit our new 40 under Forty website to endorse a Stony Brook graduate who has already been nominated or to nominate your own graduate (who fits the 40 under Forty criteria). 
Endorsements and nominations will be accepted until August 31, 2015.

Stony Brook Takes Action for Gender Equality, Joins "We Are HeforShe" 

HeForShePresident Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, announced he has joined the UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement, which aims to mobilize one billion men and boys in support of gender equality. Stony Brook is one of 10 universities around the world committed to take bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. Read more.

PSEG Scholars Begin Summer Research

Thanks to a nearly $300,000 donation from the utility company PSEG, student scholars can take part in The Explorations in STEM Research Summer Program. The 10-week paid summer research opportunity at Stony Brook University matches freshmen and sophomores with STEM research faculty in laboratories across campus. Read more

URECA Researcher of the Month: Ioana Soaita

Ioana SoaitaIoana Soaita is the recipient of this year’s Chhabra-URECA Fellowship, an annual award that recognizes an undergraduate researcher with tremendous potential and who has a passion and talent for science. To learn more about Ioana and read an interview about her research experiences, click here.

Thank you to Ashvin B. Chhabra, PhD for supporting students like Ioana.  


Stony Brook Parents Fund Innovative Classroom 

Over $200,000 in gifts to the Stony Brook University Parent Fund for Excellence generated a new innovative learning lab based on an MIT design. Read more.

Southampton Writers Conference Celebrates 40th Year

Southampton Writers ConferenceThe Southampton Writers Conference celebrated its 40th year July 8-19 at Stony Brook’s Southampton campus. The conference is the heart of the Southampton Arts Summer, which also includes a Children’s Literature Conference and the Southampton International Theatre Workshops and Festival. Read more.



TEDxSBUNominations for TEDxSBU are open from April 1 to September 13. 

Click here for more information.

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NEW Career Speaker Webinar Series

Alumni Career Services is thrilled to announce our partnership with TalentMarks, an online career management system, which will help you manage and enhance your career. This online community offers a lineup of the nation’s top career authors to give you the knowledge needed to transition into any stage of your career.

Participate in any of the five webinar series, live or recorded: CareerDiscussions helps individuals and organizations thrive; CareerSkills helps enhance your soft skills; CareerSearch provides job search advice from the world’s top authors; CareerEncores supports retirement planning, and CareerCamp helps graduates transition to the world of work. Check out the networking, on demand career advice and additional resources available.

Click here to create your career plan and access your alumni career management community.


Discoveries at Stony Brook:

  • Astronomers Discover 854 Ultra-Dark Galaxies in the Famous Coma Cluster: A team of SBU researchers and colleagues have discovered 854 “ultra-dark galaxies” in the Coma Cluster, surpassing the 2014 discovery of 47 mysterious dark galaxies and suggesting that galaxy clusters are the key environment for the evolution of these mysterious dark galaxies. Read more.
  • Climate and Ecosystem Instability Delayed Dinosaur Success: Climate and plant community instability may have hampered the success of dinosaurs in the tropics during the Late Triassic Period (235-201 million years ago), according to a study co-authored by SBU's Alan H. Turner, PhD. Read more.

Thank you for joining us!

2015 Scholarship Golf Classic -
June 22, 2015

With your help, we raised over $60,000 for student financial aid.

2015 Scholarship Golf Classic

To see more photos from this event and others, click here.

Stony Brook Athletics:

  • Seawolves United was launched as part of the new Together We Transform 5-year strategic vision for Stony Brook Athletics. Click here to learn more about the campaign.
  • Members of the Stony Brook volleyball team represented the United States July 12-16 in Croatia for the 2015 European Global Challenge. Read more. 

Save the Date - October 17, 2015


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Links to more Stony Brook University news and information:
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Stony Brook Alumni Association
University Advancement
Staller Center
Seawolves Athletics
Charles B. Wang Center

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