Stony Brook Matters

November 20, 2014    Vol. 08, Issue 11



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Erika Balfour MD ’98 has a new website, www.beingan
for her new book “Being An Empowered Patient: An Advocacy Guide.”

Aimee Brunell ’95 was elected president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Bernard Fialkoff, DDS ’80 was recognized by local officials for his efforts in supporting the Foundation for a Drug Free World Queens Chapter and its drug education program for children.

Barbara Jean Magnani, PhD ’76, 84 has received two awards from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the CAP Foundation. She is pathologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. 

Anthony Morena ’83, ’88 has published a book titled “Hope – A Story of Devotion,” a debut novel that examines how devotion affects the decisions we make.

Reza Raji ’86 founder and CEO of Juggle Labs, was honored with the Consumer Electronics Association's Innovation Entrepreneur Award for small business executive of the year.

Miriam Rios '02, '03 married Kirkland Lewis on November 29, 2013 and gave birth to their daughter McGuire Rios Lewis on August 8, 2014.

Robert Waxler PhD ’76 has published a book “The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World.”  

Dawn Zier ’86 President and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc. has been named the 2014 Direct Marketer of the Year by Target Marketing.  

Alumni & Friends Events

November 22, 2014 
WBO Welterweight Championship Fight Watches: Cheer on Chris Algieri '07

November 24, 2014
Alumni Panel: Successfully Transition from College to Career

December 2, 2014
Greater New York Dental Meeting Alumni Reception

December 2, 2014
40 Under Forty

December 5, 2014
Stony Brook Public Policy Alumni Networking Social Gathering

December 6, 2014
New Jersey Pre-Game Event

December 9, 2014
Celebrate Dean Stein's Retirement in NYC

December 10, 2014
Medicare/Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

December 10, 2014
'Take a Step Forward and Give Back!' - Webinar

December 17, 2014
Career Advisors Network Orientation

December 18, 2014
Volunteers Needed - December Commencement Ceremony


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University Events

November 21, 2014
Seawolves Men's Basketball at Hofstra

December 3, 2014
Investiture Ceremony for Michael Poon, MD, FACC, FSCCT

December 5, 2014
Lighting of the Windmill



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Stony Brook 40 Under Forty

Stony Brook announced the winners of its inaugural 40 Under Forty alumni recognition awards. The group of recent alumni will be celebrated during a ceremony and reception on December 2 in New York City. The honorees include groundbreaking researchers, leaders in social media and highly accomplished professional athletes. Among them are Shutterstock founder and CEO Jon Oringer ’96, professional boxing champ Chris Algieri ’07 and National Geographic wildlife correspondent Mireya Mayor ’08. Read more

SBU and Island Federal Ink 10-Year, $7 Million Partnership Deal

Stony Brook and Hauppauge-based Island Federal Credit Union announced a 10-year, $7 million corporate advertising sponsorship agreement. The long-term arrangement, facilitated by the Faculty Student Association, includes two retail banking branch sites and ATMs across campus; title sponsorship for the renovated 4,000-seat Stony Brook Arena and the Stony Brook Film Festival; and partnership in banking education through Stony Brook’s College of Business. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:
Boxing Champ Chris Algieri ’07 to Fight Manny Pacquiao for Welterweight Title Nov. 22 

Chris Algieri

Chris Algieri ’07 quickly climbed the ranks as a professional kick boxer, going undefeated and winning two world titles before graduating from Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare science. Algieri switched to boxing in 2008 – and still hasn’t lost a professional bout. Cheer on Algieri at one of several fight watches as he vies for the WBO welterweight title November 22. Algieri is also featured in the HBO documentary, 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Algieri, which is available via HBO On Demand. The program includes scenes recorded at Stony Brook University during Wolfstock in September. Read more.

Stony Brook Announces Four Finalists for Inaugural Discovery Fund Award

The Discovery Fund, which supports pioneering scientific breakthroughs with philanthropic giving in response to declining federal grants for basic research, is a means to champion Stony Brook faculty who dare to tackle the biggest ideas in science. Four finalists were selected to compete for the inaugural Discovery Fund Award of up to $200,000. The winner will be announced immediately following TEDx style presentations on Thursday, December 11 in New York City. Read more.

President Stanley and Dr. Ellen Li Give $50,000 to Stony Brook Children's Hospital

Dr. Stanley and Dr. Ellen Li

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and his wife Dr. Ellen Li, a renowned gastroenterologist and research scientist at Stony Brook Medicine, announced a $50,000 donation to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in honor of Dr. Li’s parents, Mary and Henry Li. An anonymous donor has matched the gift, bringing the total impact to $100,000, which will go toward the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital facility. Read more.

Dr. Iacono Installed as the Tarrson Family Professor of Periodontology

Vincent J. Iacono, DMD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Chair of the Department of Periodontology, and a nationally recognized leader in periodontology research and education, was formally installed as the School of Dental Medicine’s first Tarrson Family Professor of Periodontology. The professorship will strengthen Stony Brook’s position as a leader in the field of Periodontology. Read more.

Dental School Alum Gives Back to SBU School of 
Dental Medicine

Dr. KilimitzoglouJimmy Kilimitzoglou ’02, a Stony Brook professor and dentist who made the decision to pursue dental medicine when he was just 6 years old, has donated $100,000 to establish three student scholarships and awards at the dental school. As a student, Kilimitzoglou worked tirelessly to increase his knowledge and to add to his skillset, said his mentor, former Stony Brook dental professor Dr. Mark Wolff ’81 and ’97. Now, Kilimitzoglou is an inspiration to his patients and to Stony Brook dental students with his approach to work and life, and through his generosity. Read more.

Stony Brook Salutes:

 SUNY Distinguished Professor James Lattimer has been selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Hans A. Bethe prize, sponsored by the American Physical Society. Lattimer was picked “for outstanding theoretical work connecting observations of supernovae and neutron stars with neutrino emission and the equation of state of matter beyond nuclear density." Read more.

 Rouven Essig, PhD, an assistant professor at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected to receive the American Physical Society’s 2015 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics. Essig was picked “for seminal contributions to theoretical models of dark matter with new gauge interactions, and for leadership of the APEX experiment at the Jefferson Laboratory." Read more.


Nikki Barnett

Resume Writing Revisited

If you’re applying for jobs that you qualify for and are not getting the interview, your resume could be the problem. Your resume isn’t the only thing that will land you a job; however, there are ways to write your resume that will get you noticed for the right reasons. Resume advice will vary from person to person, which leaves many people confused about what's needed (or not needed). There is no right or wrong way of writing a resume. Writing an effective resume requires a person to showcase skills and accomplishments based on the needs of the employer. 

Here are three tips to help your resume go from good to GREAT:

1) There's no need to include all of your past experiences; your resume should only include experiences and/or skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

2) Take time to develop bullets that move beyond your job description, show measurable results and speak to the skills the employer is looking for.

3) Use keywords and industry buzz words that will show your depth of knowledge and make your resume easily searchable in a database. 

View our latest Alumni Career Services webinar titled "Resume Reconsidered: A New Way of Thinking” within our 'Archived Webinars' or visit our website.

Research at Stony Brook:

 Newly Discovered Fossil is a Clue to Early Mammalian Evolution—Stony Brook paleontologist David Krause, PhD, led a research team that unexpectedly discovered a nearly complete cranium of a fossilized mammal that may be up to 70 million years old. Massive in size compared to other mammals of its era, the discovery in Madagascar provides new and important insights into early mammalian evolution. Read more.

Scientists Map Key Moment in Assembly of DNA-Splitting Molecular Machine—A team of scientists from Stony Brook University, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Imperial College in London have pinpointed crucial steps in the beginning of the DNA replication process. Seeing this specific moment at the molecular level helps scientists understand the most fundamental process of life, and how the process might go wrong. Read more.

SBU Alumni Caring for Our Heroes

Vets Home

With Veteran's Day being celebrated this month, we would like to say thank you to the eight Stony Brook alumni pictured above who are caring for America's heroes at the Long Island State Veterans Home and all our alumni supporters who play an important role in serving our veterans right here on the Stony Brook campus. For more information,
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Thank You for Joining Us!

School of Dental Medicine Class of 1984
30th Reunion - November 8, 2014

SODM Reunion

For additional photos from this event and from 
other events, click here

Missed the event? Watch the talks here.

Seawolves Men's Basketball at Hofstra: A Rivalry Reignited!

An old rivalry will be reignited when Seawolves Men's Basketball takes on the Hofstra Pride on November 21 at Hofstra's Sports and Exhibition Complex. Join us for pre-game festivities at Champions Sports Bar - and cheer on your Stony Brook Seawolves as they pick up the strong rivalry that left off in 2009.

Alumni Volunteers Needed!
We invite you to share a special day with our graduates as they celebrate December Commencement on December 18 and embark on their post-college careers. Volunteers are needed to help greet students, assist with check-in and act as ushers. Click here to learn more.
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