Stony Brook Matters

January 9, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 01



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Jennifer Bentley, Esq. ’93 was named of counsel in the Labor Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP in the firm’s East Meadow Office.

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

Matthew Caputo 05 published his first novel, "The Queen and the Monster."

Kevin Crowley ’11 was named to the Inside Lacrosse list of top 50 indoor players in 2014.  He totaled at least 70 points for the third straight season with the Philadelphia Wings.

Rhys Duch ’08 has been named to the Inside Lacrosse list of top 50 indoor players in 2014.

Dario Gonzalez MD ’79 was in Liberia, working in the Bong Ebola Treatment Unit, caring for Ebola patients. 

Michael B. Goodman PhD ’72, ’79 authored a new book, "Corporate Communication: Critical Business Asset for Strategic Global Change."

Kyle Whyte PhD ’09 has been named the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. 

Alumni & Friends Events

January 15, 2015
'Interviewing Part II: Put Your Prep into Practice' - Webinar

January 23, 2015
Improved Patient Care through Malpractice Protection - CE Course

January 29, 2015
Career Book Discussion

January 29, 2015
Chicago Alumni and Friends Reception with Dean Kopp

February 4, 2015
School of Dental Medicine's Dental Jeopardy

February 7, 2015
Stony Brook Men's Basketball Alumni Day

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

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

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

March 26, 2015
Save the date! 5th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer


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University Events

January 9-10, 2015
"Comfort Women Wanted" Public Art Project

January 15, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. UMBC

January 17, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Maine

January 19, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Albany

January 25, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Binghamton

January 28, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Hartford

February 19, 2015
Information Technology Job & Internship Fair

February 20, 2015
Engineering Job & Internship Fair



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First-Ever Discovery Prize Winner Announced

Laurie KrugLaurie T. Krug, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, is the first scientist to be named an SBU Prize winner. Krug — selected from a group of four finalists — received the $200,000 prize following a “Shark Tank”-meets-“TED Talk”-styled competition at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City. Krug will use the prize money to support her research, which focuses on herpes viruses associated with cancer. Read more.

Peter Ferentino's Philanthropic Giving Inspired by Granddaughter's Care

Peter Ferentinos and GrandaughterPeter Ferentinos, CEO of several successful companies, including the pool chemical packaging company Qualco Inc., has donated over $150,000 to Stony Brook Children's Hospital. The gift was matched by an anonymous donor. He has given over $100,000 to other Stony Brook Medicine projects, bringing the impact of his philanthropy to over $400,000. His giving spirit is inspired by his granddaughter's care at Stony Brook Children's Hospital when she was born three months premature 21 years ago. Read more.

Dr. Michael Poon Installed as Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chair 

Poon Investiture Michael Poon, MD, FACC, FSCCT, Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Emergency Medicine and a world-renowned cardiologist and imaging specialist, was formally installed as the inaugural Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. The Gargano Chair, established in July 2013 through the leadership of Charles A. Gargano, will serve as an institutional leader in advanced cardiovascular imaging and will be dedicated to developing new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Read more.

Stony Brook Honors 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

40 Under Forty Group Shot

Twenty-nine members of Stony Brook’s inaugural 40 Under Forty class joined President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, at a ceremony and reception in New York City to proudly celebrate their achievement. Read more.

New! 2013-2014 Annual Report to Donors

Stony Brook received $65,751,476 in gifts during the 2013-2014 year.
Click here to read the report.

Alan Alda's 'Flame Challenge' for 2015: What is Sleep?

Flame ChallengeThe Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science announced this year’s "Flame Challenge":  What is sleep? In this international contest, scientists from graduate students to senior researchers are challenged to communicate complex science in ways that will interest and enlighten 11-year-olds, who judge the contest. Scientists have until February 13, 2015 to submit their answers in writing, video or graphics. Read more.


Alumni Spotlight:

Needleless Vaccination Takes 1st Place at Inventors Competition

Needleless VaccinationThree-time Stony Brook graduate, Katarzyna M. Sawicka, PhD ’04, ’05, ’14, won first prize in the graduate division of the national Collegiate Inventors Competition for her invention of Immuno-Matrix. The first of its kind, Immuno-Matrix is a non-invasive skin patch that uses nanofibers to hold and effectively deliver a vaccine through the skin; it’s painless, self-administered, and doesn't produce biohazardous waste. Sawicka hopes to see the patches brought to practical use in clinics and hospitals worldwide. Read more.

Congratulations New Alumni!

December CommencementSBU held its 17th Annual December commencement ceremony on December 18 in the newly renovated Island Federal Credit Union Arena, where 1,571 students had their degrees conferred. Photos

Stony Brook Salutes:

Iwao Ojima, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Ojima has been granted more than 100 patents since he started at Stony Brook in 1983. Read more.

Erwin London, PhD, a professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, was elected to the AAAS as a Fellow in the Section of Biological Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of biomembrane structure and function. Read more.

Clinton Rubin, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology, was elected as an AAAS Fellow in the Section of Engineering for distinguished academic contributions in biomedical engineering and for fostering and promoting the role of technology in the field of medicine.
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Rosalba Perna, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was elected as an APS Fellow for her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the long and short gamma-ray bursts. Read more.

Abhay Deshpande, PhD, a Professor of Physics, was elected as an APS Fellow for his sustained effort and leadership in experimental programs to understand the nucleons’ spin and for his leadership in the efforts toward realizing the future US electron ion collider. Read more.

Robert Lazarsfeld, PhD, a Professor of Mathematics specializing in Algebraic Geometry, will be awarded the 2015 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. He is honored for his two-volume work, Positivity in Algebraic Geometry I and II (Springer, 2004), which were cited as “instant classics” by the prize committee. Read more.

Nikki Barnett

 Career Book Discussion

"Before Happiness: 5 Actionable Strategies to Create a Positive Path to Success"

Positive psychology — shifting from a negative to a positive viewpoint is a breath of fresh air in the field of psychology and offers us a way to regain control over our path to success. Shawn Achor, a NY Times bestselling author, has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His latest book, "Before Happiness," reveals five action-oriented techniques to help us see the world through a positive lens.  

Here are three suggestions offered in the book:

1) Recognize the existence of multiple realities by simply changing the details your brain chooses to focus on.  

2) Try to balance every piece of bad news with three pieces of good news.

3) Map your route to success by highlighting your true meaning makers — any aspect of life you feel a deep emotional connection with — and reorient your mental map.

Watch Shawn Achor’s TED Talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work to learn more about his research.

Register and join us on Thursday, January 29, from 6pm to 7pm to discuss important takeaways and learn how we can apply these strategies to make positive life changes.

2014 Was a Banner Year! Let's Make 2015 Even Better!

The Year In Pictures

To see the full slideshow of notable 2014 events,
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Historic Win for Men's Basketball
Historic Victory
The Stony Brook men's basketball team defeated 13th-ranked Washington, 62-57, in Seattle to earn its first win against a ranked opponent. Read more.
Other Notable Stony Brook Basketball Stories:
  • Junior Jameel Warney scored his 1,000th career point during Stony Brook men's basketball's win over LIU-Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden. Read more.
  • Senior Sabre Proctor eclipsed 1,000 points as a Seawolf in Stony Brook's January 3 game against New Hampshire. Read more.
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