Stony Brook Matters

August 16, 2013    Vol. 7, Issue 8


Class NotesShare Your News!
Read Fellow Alum News!

Ralph Pederson '84: "In August 2013 I will be conducting the excavation of a shipwreck in Beirut...Additionally, in September, my team and I will field our second survey of the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia."

Claudia Czeczyck '96: "I recently published my second novel 'Nevermore, Quoth the Raver' under the pen name Brianna Claire Olson. This one is published by Outskirts Press!"

Michael Nevradakis '05, '07: "Michael Nevradakis has recently been awarded a U.S. Fulbright grant to perform his dissertation research in Greece. His proposed dissertation will focus on the role that new media and social media has played in political communication and political discourse in Greece."

Alumni & Friends Events

August 18, 2013
Northern California 
Alumni Chapter New
Student Luncheon

August 30, 2013
Visit Stony Brook at the
NYS Fair

September 19, 2013
The Job Seeker's 
Survival Guide

September 21, 2013
Seawolves vs. Villanova Tailgate and Game

September 22, 2013
Boat Cruise Reception for School of Nursing Alums

September 23, 2013
NYC Multi-School Alumni Networking Reception

September 24, 2013
Land that Job! How to Write Resumes & 
Cover Letters

September 23 & 25, 2013
Defensive Driver
Training Course

September 26, 2013
SUNY Alumni Day
at the Ballpark

October 3, 2013
SAC Art Gallery Stony Brook Alumni Exhibit

October 10, 2013
TEDx - Nomination Deadline

Wolfstock Logo

Save the Date
Wolfstock 2013
October 5

Liberty Mutual

University Events

July 9 - August 29, 2013
Synergy: Dance, Data, Sculpture   

September 7, 2013
Clams for Clams

September 11, 2013
Commemoration of September 11

September 27, 2013
Career Center: STEMM Job & Internship Fair

September 30, 2013
Day One Foundation 2nd Annual Golf Outing 


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SBU Ranked Among the World's Top 100 Universities 

Stony Brook ranks 89th among the world’s top 100 institutions, according to the 2013 Center for World University Rankings, a measure of the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty and quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. Read more


  • SBU Continues to Improve Graduation Rates for Underrepresented Students. Read more.
  • SBU Places Eighth Among Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.

Carol Gomes Named Alumni Association President

Carol Gomes

Carol Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, '90, '97 was elected President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association for the 2013-2014 academic year. A twice graduate of Stony Brook, she is also currently employed by the University as Chief Operating Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital and Associate Director for Neurosciences. “I am thrilled to serve the University in this exciting new way, and look forward to the opportunity to meet more alumni, develop innovative programming, and collaborate with such a dedicated executive team,” said Gomes. Read more. 

We Salute Our Alums:

  • Out of the Brook, Into the Tank—Stony Brook alum Brett Raymer, co-star of Animal Planet's reality show "Tanked," attributes his success to the connections he made while on campus. Read more
  • Alumna is 1 of 20 Nationwide to Win Prestigious Graduate Arts Award—Stony Brook alumna Alexandra Iosub '11 received a graduate arts award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The award is given to students who demonstrate outstanding artistic and creative merit, and who have impressive academic and artistic records of achievement. Read more.
  • Student Advocate of the Year Cultivated Leadership Skills at Stony Brook—Eric Ascher '11, now a third-year medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glen Cove, NY, was recently awarded Student Advocate of the Year, a new award given to one osteopathic medical student who best represents the profession in the nation. 
    Read more.

Dr. Carl Safina Interviewed on NPR 

Carl Safina, PhD

Stony Brook's own Carl Safina, founding president of the University's Blue Ocean Institute and co-chair of the Center for Communicating Science, was featured in a recent NPR interview on the subject of the U.S. dropping bombs on the Great Barrier Reef. To listen to the discussion or read the transcript, click here.

New Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement

Greg Duyck

Greg Duyck, Vice President and Assistant Dean for Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, was named Stony Brook's Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement. In his new role, Duyck will manage the staff and operations for principle and major gifts and annual giving for the University and Stony Brook Medicine. Read more


$5 Million in Gifts Ushers in New Era for Center for Indian Studies at SBU

Dr. and Augustina Mattoo

Stony Brook is the recipient of the largest gift ever made to a U.S. public university for India Studies, making the Center one of the most preeminent resources in the nation for the study of Indian culture and civilization. A donation of $1.25 million from Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo, Chairman of Stony Brook’s Center for India Studies Executive Committee, and a $1.25 million permanent endowment from members of the Indian American community, coupled with matching funds of $2.5 million from the Simons Foundation Challenge Grant created a total impact of $5 million.  
Read more.

Dorothy Lichtenstein Donates $1 Million to Southampton Graduate Arts 

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Southampton resident and Stony Brook Foundation Trustee Dorothy Lichtenstein has made a $1 million gift to Stony Brook Southampton's Graduate Arts programs. The gift was announced on July 17 during the annual Southampton Writers Conference opening night. Read more.

Planting a New Perspective on Climate Research

Alison Liu

A Stony Brook study, led by Qiong A. Liu, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, published in Nature Communications is the first genome-wide profiling of microRNAs in plant species to demonstrate how increasing C02 and temperatures affect plant development. Read more.




What's Happening at Stony Brook Medicine:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon Receives American Heart Association Award—James R. Taylor Jr., MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the University Heart Institute, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association for his contributions to improving the heart health of Long Islanders. Read more.
  • Lifesavers on Stony Brook Medicine's Staff Honored at "Thank You" Event—Attorney Lenny Ackerman and his wife, Judie, residents of East Hampton, hosted 200 friends, colleagues and community members at a cocktail party to honor Stony Brook University Hospital staff who cared for Judie during a difficult medical journey last year. "This experience made me realize the important role Stony Brook Medicine plays for the residents of Eastern Long Island," Ackerman said. Read more.

Stony Brook Athletics 

Notable Alums:

  • Football Alum Miguel Maysonet '13 Named Big South Male Athlete of the Year. Read more.
  • Basketball Alum Tommy Brenton '13 Signs Pro Deal to Play in Japan. Read more.
  • Football Alum Michael Bamiro '13 Agrees to Deal with Eagles. Read more.

Stony Brook on Your Local Airwaves:

  • Two Stony Brook games will be televised live on one of the NBC Sports regional networks as part of our new conference's television package.
  • Champions Radio (now on 107.1 FM and 96.9 FM) will air all Stony Brook football games and at least 18 Stony Brook
    basketball games.


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Seawolves Athletics
Charles B. Wang Center

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