Monthly Archives: July 2012

Stony Brook University Alumni Mobile App

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Seawolves in London? Stony Brook Alumni at the Summer 2012 Olympics


Stony Brook Alumni, Al Bello ’89 Chief Sports Photographer, Getty Images (left) and Bedel Saget ’88 Sports Graphics Editor, The New York Times covering the London Olympics.

Stony Brook University students, staff, faculty and alumni will all be cheering on our very own  Lucy Van Dalen (’12) – 1,500 meters track – New Zealand Follow Lucy’s experience on twitter @LucyVanDalen 

van DALEN Lucy

The Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza VII: Celebration of Italian Automotive Excellence


Event Description

In recognition of  Robert Cess, Marine Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, whose interest in Italian automobiles, especially the Alfa Romeo, served as the inspiration and impetus for having this show initially and as a continuing annual campus event. The Concorso d’Eleganza is a display of art forms on wheels as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Various Italian car and motorcycle clubs will be represented. Display vehicles will rally  at Stony Brook University campus on the lawn adjacent to the Graduate Physics Building and directly across from the Sports Complex off John S. Toll Drive. Participation and viewing is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by The Center for Italian Studies.

Owners of Italian automobiles interested in participating in this display, please contact Center for Italian Studies at 631-632-7444.

Special Note: Due to the possibility of unforeseen campus construction developments on campus, the location of this event may have to be changed to another campus site. Please consult the The Center for Italian Studies where any updates and last minute changes will be posted.

Contact: The Center for Italian Studies 
Phone: 631-632-7444 

Stony Brook School of Medicine Announces 2012 Distinguished Alumnus

Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni

Announcing The 2012 Distinguished Alumnus
Douglas Katz, MD '90

Douglas Katz, MD ’90

Douglas S. Katz, M.D., F.A.C.R., is the Director of Body Imaging and Vice Chair for Clinical Research and Education at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York, and Professor of Clinical Radiology at Stony Brook Medicine. He was Attending-Physician-Of-The-Year five times at Winthrop-University Hospital, and is past President of the Long Island Radiological Society.

“Dr. Katz is an icon in the field of Radiology,” said Dr. Patricia Vorwerk ’86, a fellow radiologist at Winthrop. “He is a true role model to students, residents, and other physicians…his broad knowledge base, keen clinical skills, and stellar diagnostic and interpretative capabilities continue to outshine all others.”

Please join us to celebrate Dr. Katz’s outstanding achievements and welcome the incoming freshmen as they receive their White Coats.

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Student Activities Center
Stony Brook University

For further information or to reserve your seat, please contact: Mary Hoffmann at, or 631-632-4995.

Presented by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association.

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Day One Foundation Golf Classic 10/1/12

Stony Brook Children's

Save the Date:
Day One Foundation Golf Classic
Monday, October 1, 2012

The Day One Foundation was created to help and give our youth a greater chance at success in life. We could not think of a greater cause than to help assist in the building of a greatly needed Children’s Hospital on Long Island. We hope you can join us for a great day for a great cause.

This year the Day One Foundation will be honoring Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief of the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Click here for the invitation and to register visit

Stony Brook University Alumni Association Names 2012 Distinguished Alumni


STONY BROOK, NY, July 23, 2012 – Five prominent graduates of Stony Brook University have been named recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, which represents The Stony Brook Alumni Association’s highest honor.  All will be honored at an awards dinner on November 13, 2012 at Flowerfield in St. James, NY.


The 2012 honorees are: Vito A. Cannavo (BA’75), partner, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo PC;  David Gelertner (MS’80, PhD’83), artist, writer, and professor of computer science, Yale University; Suzanne Johnson (PhD ‘74), distinguished research professor, Florida State University College of Medicine; Joseph L. Tromba (BS’77), developer and founding member, Endoscopy Center of Long Island; attending physician, Winthrop University Hospital and teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medical School; Andrez S. Carberry (BA’00, MA. ‘02), employment counsel, Avon Products, NA.


Dr. Sherri Sussman ’91, ‘95, president of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, noted that each individual honoree has made extraordinary contributions, ranging from corporate and civic leadership to innovative research and artistic achievement. “As different as their paths to success have been, all of our recipients share a common bond,” said Sussman. “They all chose to transform talents into skills that make the most of their Stony Brook experiences. Each deserves special recognition for how well they used their time at the University as a foundation for discovering, reshaping, and enriching the world around them.”


Vito Cannavo ’75  is a partner in the firm of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, one of the leading personal injury firms in the nation. Mr. Cannavo is in charge of one of the firm’s General Negligence departments. He has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle and firefighter- related litigation.  Mr. Cannavo is currently serving as President of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn.  He has been listed in New York magazine and Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top lawyers in New York, and he has received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Cannavo resides in Staten Island, NY.


David Gelernter, PhD, ’80, ‘83 is professor of computer science at Yale, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, and regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His books include Mirror Worlds, the novel 1939, the memoir Drawing Life, and others. He’s published essays, fiction and reviews in Commentary, The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, National Review, ArtNews, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and many others. His essays are widely anthologized.  The first museum show of his paintings will open at the YU Museum in Manhattan this fall; his next book, America-Lite, will be published June 19. Dr. Gelernter resides in Woodbridge, CT.


Suzanne Johnson, PhD ‘74 is a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine and 2012 President of the American Psychological Association.  She received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook.  From 2002-2010, she served as the first Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences a FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee.  Prior to that time, she was a distinguished professor and director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville.  Dr. Johnson has numerous publications in the areas of pediatric psychology and clinical health psychology and has received many research, teaching and service awards.  She has over 30 years of continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, including a Research Career Development Award.  Dr. Johnson resides in Tallahassee, FL.


Joseph L. Tromba, M.D., ‘77 received his medical training at the University of Catania, Italy, where he graduated with honors.  Dr. Tromba was a developer and founding member of the Endoscopy Center of Long Island, one of the largest free-standing ambulatory endoscopy centers on the east coast.  Dr. Tromba is an attending physician at Winthrop University Hospital and a teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medical School. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tromba is an active participant in the Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology fellowship teaching programs at Winthrop University Hospital and has been nominated for Teaching Attending of the Year.  He has served as Adjunct Professor of gastrointestinal physiology at Hofstra University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology.  Dr. Tromba resides in Garden City, NY.


Andrez S. Carberry, ’00, ‘02 is the Employment Counsel for Avon Products, NA.  Prior to joining Avon, for several years Mr. Carberry served as an Associate Attorney at Fox Rothschild, LLP (New York City) and as Associate Corporate Counsel for the Employment and Labor Division of the New York City Labor Department. Mr. Carberry serves as an adjunct professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law.  Mr. Carberry has numerous honors to his credit including the Legal Rookie of the Year Award, New York City Law Department (2005-2006) and recognition as one of New York’s “Rising Stars” by New York Super Lawyers (2011). He was selected for the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Diversity Fellowship Program for 2011-2012. He also serves on the board of directors for the Pajama Program, a New York City-based charity that provides new pajamas and books to underprivileged children who are abused, orphaned or fostered. Mr. Carberry resides in New York, NY.


“This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients embody the personal and intellectual transformation that takes place from the student experience at Stony Brook University,” said Matthew Colson, Stony Brook Alumni Relations Executive Director, “The Alumni Association and Stony Brook are extremely proud to recognize and share their success with them on this very special occasion.”
Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) recognize and pay tribute to outstanding Stony Brook University alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the University, have exceptional achievements, and careers that reflect the highest values embraced and promoted by both Stony Brook University and the Stony Brook Alumni Association.


About Stony Brook Alumni Association
Stony Brook University Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization which represents more than 149,000 alumni nationwide and abroad. Established in 1965, the Association works to increase communication, encourage involvement, and expand services for alumni, while building support for Stony Brook University. See photos from Distinguished Alumni Awards 2011

Chicago, IL – Infinite Possibilities: A Conversation with President Stanley 8/14/12

Infinite Possibilities

A conversation with
about the Future of Stony Brook University

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
6 pm Cocktail Reception 
6:45 pm Presentation 

20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

We hope you’ll join us!
R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, August 8.
For more information contact Nicole Piampiano, 631.632.4197.

Presented by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

Stony Brook University Career Center Diversity Professional Leadership Network seeking mentors

Are you looking for a way to give back to Stony Brook University? Become a Professional Buddy and mentor a Stony Brook University student of color for the 2012/2013 academic year through the Diversity Professional Leadership Network. We are looking for professionals with at least 3 years experience in one of the following disciplines: Law, Nursing, Physician, Healthcare Management, Athletic Training, Child Psychology, School Psychology, Marketing, Accounting, Electrical Engineering, IT, and Writing/Editing.

If you are interested, please contact Kimberly Joy Dixon (631) 632-6805 by August 3, 2012 

Stony Brook University Athletics To Host Annual Movie Night At LaValle Stadium on Aug. 2!

On Thursday, August 2, Stony Brook University Athletics will host FREE “Movie Night” presented by Team Ardolino and Realty Connect USA at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.
(No Raindate Scheduled).

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission for all spectators is FREE.
The 3rd Annual FREE “Movie Night” will feature a presentation of the Universal Pictures film Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” (PG) on the stadium jumbo video board.

Concessions will be available and spectators will be able to watch the movie from the stands or on the stadium field. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or beach towels to watch the movie from the field of LaValle Stadium.

For more information on FREE “Movie Night”, call 631-632-WOLF or visit us on the web at Remember, Get Your RED On and GO SEAWOLVES!

Menlo Park, CA – Infinite Possibilities: A Conversation with President Stanley 8/13/12

Infinite Possibilities

A conversation with
about the Future of Stony Brook University

Monday, August 13, 2012
6 pm Cocktail Reception 
6:45 pm Presentation

100 El Camino Road
 Menlo Park, CA 94025  

We hope you’ll join us! 
R.S.V.P. here by Friday, August 3.
For more information contact Nicole Piampiano, 631.632.4197.

Presented by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

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