Stony Brook University Prepares to Celebrate 25 years of Minority Graduate Student Achievements
Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Program prepares for Silver Anniversary for its 400+ Alumni
The celebration taking place on October 5, titled “Once a Turner, Always a Turner: Turner strength in self, the community, and the academy,” will present an opportunity to highlight the work that Turner Alumni engage in to foster this same sense of community, service, and academic excellence in their own careers. Alumni of the program are invited to submit proposals for mini-workshops, research and reflection talks via the Turner website. The celebration will be capped off with an evening gala that will serve as both a commencement of the 25th anniversary celebration and a welcoming for our 2012 Turner Fellows. More.
Ikal Angelei (MA 2010) Wins Goldman
Environmental Prize for Work in Africa
Ikal Angelei, who earned her master’s in public policy and political science at Stony Brook, is one of six winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her campaign to block construction of the Gibe 3 Dam on the Omo River in Ethiopia.Click here for the full story. Also see the New York Times blog To Fight a Dam, 'Rather Than Live on Your Knees'.
Ilari Kaila, PhD '10, Wins the 2011 Thayer Fellowship in the Arts and Patricia Kerr Ross Awards
“The winners of the competition totally impressed the review panel with their excellence. They presented work consistent with that of experienced professionals. SUNY should take enormous pride in the education of students at this high level of accomplishment." - Artistic Director and SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Service Professor of Art Joseph Hildreth More.
Christine Vachon (Killer Films) Partners with Stony Brook Southampton Arts Campus
Legendary producer and indie film powerhouse Christine Vachon of Killer Films has joined the Stony Brook Southampton faculty, announced Associate Provost Robert Reeves, moving the vibrant and emerging campus a giant step closer to the goal of establishing a new, innovative graduate program in film. "Adding Vachon to the faculty is especially exciting," Reeves said, "because she is bringing her production company, Killer Films, with her." More.
Meet Dr. Craig Hardgrove, a Postdoc in Geosciences
From Death Valley to Russia to Mars, this planetary scientist mixes music, gaming and space travel … literally
Can you imagine what music, Mars, videogames and geology might have in common? That’s easy - Dr. Craig Hardgrove. The makers of Halo recently purchased his synthesized 16-song soundtrack for an iPad videogame, the National Academy of Sciences has asked his newly formed Astrum Terra group to act as consultants for science fiction role-playing games, and on August 5th he’ll be busy at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA as part of an elite Science Team anxiously awaiting the ‘ping’ that will hopefully be emitted by NASA’s latest rover, Mars Science Laboratory, as it lands. And oh yes … lest we forget to mention … Craig is a Postdoc in the Geosciences Department at SBU studying Planetary Science. Editor's note: Since this article was written, Craig was offered and accepted a position with Malin Space Science System in San Diego.
New student organization educates grads about life
outside the academy
Graduate Career Association wins Best New Student Organization Award
Call to alumni: If you are interested in contributing your expertise and/or words of wisdom to this new student organization, please send your contact information to Vinal Patel at Patel@pharm.stonybrook.edu. More.
Turner Fellow credits SBU program with saving lives
James Herrera, PhD candidate, lives through Madagascar's cyclone
I am a graduate student in the Anthropology Department studying primates and rainforest ecology for my PhD at Stony Brook, and I work in a national park called Ranomafana in Madagascar. Stony Brook hosts a research center in Ranomafana called the Centre ValBio (CVB), which offers some creature comforts and a place to rest and restock in between my field trips into remote jungles, but CVB does a lot more for the local communities in Madagascar: I have seen first-hand how these efforts have saved lives, including my own. More.
Stony Brook University Student Zhixun Dou Wins Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship
Zhixun Dou, a graduate student in Stony Brook University, has won the seventh annual Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Association at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dou recently made a groundbreaking discovery that illuminates how autophagy, a cell metabolic process, is regulated. More.
Salinas Finds Mama and Papa Fish Know Best
SBU graduate student Santiago Salinas started out his journey in Argentina but spent his last two years of high school in British Columbia as part of the United World Colleges, an international program that educates a diverse cross section of students who are expected to make positive contributions to society on a community and global level. From there he received a scholarship and went on to Bar Harbor to study as an undergraduate in the College of the Atlantic, an environmental liberal arts school of about 350 students situated on Maine’s rocky coast near Acadia National Park … and that’s where his interest in fish ecology and evolution ‘spawned’. More.
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