Stony Brook Matters

February 18, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 02



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Scott Abrams '80, past president of the Alumni Association and President of the Omnicon Group, was named 2015 LI Technology Hall of Fame "Entrepreneur of the Year." 

Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94
 and Scott Middleton Esq. '84, both past presidents of the Alumni Association and partners of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, had their firm named the 2015 Bethpage Best of Long Island/Long Island Press - Best Firm on Long Island. Joseph Campolo was also named the 2015 Best of Long Island - Best Lawyer on Long Island.  

Kostya Kennedy ’90, New York Times best-selling author and editor at Sports Illustrated, won the 2014 CASEY Award for the Best Baseball Book of the Year, as announced by Literary Baseball Magazine, for “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma.”

Patricia Marcin, Esq. ’81 has been promoted from counsel to partner in the Uniondale law firm of Farrell Fritz, PC.

Onaje Muid ’04 was selected to receive the NASW-New York Chapter Mid-Career Exemplary Leadership Award.

Debra Peoples ’99 recently published a novel entitled “Hallow State.” 

Arnab Ray, PhD ’04, one of India’s most read bloggers and author of three books, returned to Stony Brook to present a talk during the Department of Computer Sciences’ Embedded Systems Security Colloquium.

Andrew B. Roth, Esq. ’72 a healthcare lawyer, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

Tanzina Vega ’96 has been named to the newly created position of Bronx courthouse reporter at The New York Times. She was previously the paper’s national race beat reporter.

Alumni & Friends Events

February 21, 2015
Northern California Alumni Chapter Luncheon with Tristan Walker '05

February 21, 2015

Student Ambassador Alumni Network Get-Together

February 22, 2015
Stony Brook Women's Basketball Alumni Day

February 24, 2015
'Build and Nurture Your Connections' - Webinar

February 25, 2015
Preparing for the Job Fair

February 25, 2015
Alumni Author Book Signing: "Losing the Dollhouse" by S. Jane Gari '96

February 25, 2015
Join SBU Alumni and Friends in Boston

March 4, 2015
New Jersey Alumni Chapter Social Event

March 7, 2015
Liberty Mutual Defensive Driving Course

March 11, 2015
Dental Medicine CE Course - Direct Posterior Composite Restoration and Adhesives: What You Really Need to Know 

March 12, 2015
Alumni and Friends Reception during IADR Meeting

March 12,

'Letter Writing Deconstructed' - Webinar

March 24, 2015
First-time Homebuyer Boot Camp

March 25, 2015
Careers in Medicine

March 26, 2015
5th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer

March 31, 2015
Lessons from Mid-Life Career Changers

April 9, 2015
Faculty Lecture on Lyme Disease Presented by Jorge L. Benach, PhD

April 19, 2015
LGBTA 40 Year Anniversary Brunch


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University Events

February 18, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. UMass-Lowell 

February 19, 2015

Alan Alda: "Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science"

February 19, 2015
Schwarzman Scholars Young Professionals Event

February 19, 2015
Information Technology Job and Internship Fair

February 20, 2015
Engineering Job and Internship Fair

February 20, 2015
World of Physics Lecture: A Close Look at the Theory of Everything

February 21, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Binghamton

February 21, 2015
Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra

February 22, 2015
Lecture: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups

February 22, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Albany: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 24, 2015
Science on Tap Presents Shark Night

February 25, 2015
Stony Brook Southampton Writers Speak: Jessica Soffer

February 25, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. UMass-Lowell

February 27, 2015
Business and Political Affairs Job and Internship Fair

February 27, 2015
Geology Open Night

March 5-8, 2015
International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

March 6, 2015
Healthcare, Research and Human Services Job and Internship Fair

March 6, 2015
Investiture Ceremony of Carl Safina, PhD


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Save the Date April 22, 2015  Stars of Stony Brook Gala Honoring Jane Fonda

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Dr. Stanley's Huffington Post blog

Stony Brook Ranks Among the Top

Stony Brook has been named one of the top public universities by The Business Journals (TBJ), the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States. Stony Brook ranked #32 out of 484 four-year public institutions. Read More

Alumni Spotlight:

Alumnus Carl E. Heastie '90 Elected Speaker of the New York 
State Assembly

Carl HeastieA graduate of Stony Brook with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Heastie is an active alum who participates in University events to support the Alumni Association and current students. As speaker, Heastie is among the three top leaders of the state and will work with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to negotiate the state’s $142 billion budget. He is the first African-American to hold the position. Read more. 


Administrators Establish Scholarship for Student-Athletes

Gomes ScholarshipCarol Gomes '90, '97, COO at Stony Brook University Hospital and president of the Alumni Association, and her husband Lyle Gomes, VP for finance and chief budget officer, recently donated $30,000 to establish the Carol and Lyle Gomes Endowed Scholarship. The award is open to student-athletes who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the School of Nursing, School of Social Welfare, or School of Health Technology and Management. Read more.

Morgan DiCarlo Named New Face of Engineering 

Morgan Dicarlo

Morgan DiCarlo '16, civil engineering student and founder of Stony Brook’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has been named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition by the ASCE. Read more.


Online Graduate Programs Take a Leap in U.S. News & World Report

Stony Brook’s Online Graduate Nursing and Business (Human Resources) Programs were recognized in the 2015 Best Online Programs ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The Online Graduate Nursing Program was recognized as the 13th overall best program for 2015. The Business (Human Resources) program is in spot 45, representing a jump of 54 places from its ranking in 2014.  Read more.

Students and Alumni Networking Mixer

Register Now for the 5th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer Thursday, March 26.

Stony Brook Salutes:

Benjamin Hsiao, PhD, Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and Co-Founding Director of the Innovative Global Energy Solutions Center, has been selected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society for "world-renowned accomplishments in materials well as contributions to community services and university administration.” Read more.

Alan Alda, renowned actor, director, writer and a founding board member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the effective communication of science in the media. Read more.

Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, has been named to the newly established Cardiology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), where he will help to define and assess the full scope of practice certification guidelines for the ABIM specialty. Read more.

The Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission honored Nina Maung-Gaona, Assistant Dean in the Stony Brook University Graduate School and Director of the Center for Inclusive Education, with the 2015 Public Service Award. Maung-Gaona’s work at Stony Brook over the last 15 years has focused on enhancing the academic performance, mentoring experiences and career competitiveness of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Read more.

Stony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital Moving Forward with Affiliation Agreement

Hospital AffiliationStony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital can now move forward with a proposed affiliation agreement after the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the deal last month in Albany. The planned collaboration will allow the two hospitals to improve healthcare quality and access, coordinate care and improve efficiency for their patients through shared resources and managing the flow of patients between the two facilities. Read more.

Nikki Barnett

Building Interviewing Skills: Separate yourself from the Masses

Planning for a job interview can be an overwhelming process. What are they going to ask me? What do I say? What do I not say? How much information should I give them?

Knowing how to interview properly doesn't have to be a guessing game. Break down interviewing preparation into three easy stages: before, during and after. This will ensure order while you are collecting relevant information and practicing for your interview.

Here are a few solid techniques and tips to help you better prepare for and manage your job interview:

  1. Prior to the interview, reflect on your career accomplishments. Create positive "career stories" to highlight your relevant strengths.
  2. During the interview, manage the impressions you make — non-verbally and verbally. Make the interview feel like a conversation and end with prepared meaningful questions.
  3. After the interview, send a thank you note indicating anything unique that will remind the interviewer of you.

View our latest Alumni Career Services webinar titled "Interviewing Part I: Learn How to Prepare" within our Archived Webinars or visit
ur website.

Stony Brook Research:

New Design for Solar Panels Inspired by Moth Eyes: A team of SBU and Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) scientists have developed a new anti-reflective design for solar panels based on nanostructured surface textures and inspired by the structures of the eyes of moths. Their method, submitted for patent protection, can potentially streamline silicon solar cell production and reduce manufacturing costs. Read more.

Mapping of Silver Matrix Formation in Batteries Will Enhance Efficiency: SBU and BNL scientists are using pioneering X-ray techniques to map internal atomic transformations within lithium-based batteries that may lead to the design of more efficient batteries. Read more.

Scholarship Golf Classic
June 22, 2015

Register here for a great day of golf at Indian Hills Country Club in Northport, one of Long Island's finest private courses. Proceeds go to scholarships for deserving Stony Brook University students who need your continued support now more than ever. 


Dance Team

Dance Team places in top five at the 2015 National Championships.
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