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Congratulations to the Stony Brook University Class of 2013

Stony Brook University graduates look back fondly on their college experience, while looking forward to an exciting future.

Help Us Commemorate National Nurses Week

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

This is National Nurses Week, and I’m writing to ask for your help to honor the incredible nurses and their colleagues with a gift to Stony Brook University Hospital.  Your online gift to the “Fund for Stony Brook University Hospital,” will help our dedicated caregivers provide:

  • world class compassionate care to our patients
  • healthcare leaders who have the opportunity to grow and learn
  • healing environments featuring state-of-the-art technology,
    services and medicine

Though we are fortunate to have a first-rate reputation in the region, you may not realize that we only receive 2.5 percent of our budget from the state of New York. So, Stony Brook University Hospital relies heavily on the generosity of individuals like you.

I hope that together, we can continue to provide excellent care to all our patients and the people who love them, and to celebrate the work of nurses and caregivers who give so much of themselves.

A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Please make your gift online or send a check to the “Stony Brook Foundation” (488 Administration, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1601).

Thank you in advance for your generosity and consideration as we commemorate our wonderful caregivers during National Nurses Week.


Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Diane Bello ’99, ’05 Appointed University Registrar at Stony Brook University

Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community,

I am very pleased to announce that Diane Bello has accepted the position as University Registrar at Stony Brook University, effective 4/1/13.

Diane began her career at Stony Brook in 1988 in the History Department and has held various positions during her 25-year tenure at the University.  Prior to accepting the University Registrar position, Diane served as Senior Associate College Registrar and
Associate University System Analyst in the Registrar’s Office.

Diane is a member of several national organizations and higher education groups. This year, Diane was selected to serve as part of the Student Record Product Advisory Group (SRPAG). Since 2011, Diane has held the Treasurer position for the State University of New York Registrars Association (SUNYRA). She also serves on the Executive Board of this organization.  During 2009-11, Diane served on the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Transfer Committee.

Diane will continue to be involved in several major projects, including the implementation of the new general education requirements. She is also involved in the SUNY-wide Degree Works project currently underway.  As part of Project 50 Forward, Diane and her team have been working on the implementation of departmental degree audits.  Diane also works closely with Academic and Transfer Advising Services to expand electronic course-by-course transfer articulations.

Diane lives in Stony Brook with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Michael and Jacquelyn. Please join me in congratulating Diane on her new position.

Best regards,
Dennis N. Assanis

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

How You Can Take All the Right Steps for Your Financial Future

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Please Join Us
"Take all the Right Steps for Your Financial Future"

May 2, 2013
Brook Alumni Room, Charles B. Wang Center
8 AM – 10 AM

Are You?

• Not completely sure how the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 impacts you?
• Wondering how you can sustain your lifestyle in retirement?
• Curious about the Affordable Health Care Act?
• Interested in hearing from experts in the areas of estate law, financial advising and accounting?

Join Us! 

“Take All the Right Steps for Your Financial Future,” is a FREE two-hour expert panel discussion on changes made by Congress to the Tax Law and the Affordable Health Care Act, and how these changes will impact your planning and financial outlook.

Light refreshments will be served.

Bonus: All attendees will receive a complimentary personal affairs booklet!

Register by: Friday, April 26. Register online or call (631) 632-4466

Featured Panelists:

Christine R. Shiebler, JD
Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman, LLP

Ernest P. Smith, CPA
Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner
Nawrocki Smith LLP

Mark J. Snyder ’69, ChFC
President and Founder
Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc.

Christine C. Ginocchio, Ph.D., MT (ASCP) ’93 2013 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology


BD Ginocchio ChristineThe 2013 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology has been awarded to Christine C. Ginocchio, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System, Lake Success, New York, for her research accomplishments in clinical microbiology. “She has often been at the forefront of clinical practice and has shown the ability to quickly evaluate new methodologies, including molecular and non-molecular techniques aimed at systemic, respiratory, fungal, viral and bacterial pathogens,” says, Randall Hayden, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Ginocchio is the Senior Medical Director and Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics at North Shore-LIJ Health System, the nation’s 2nd largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system and a Professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, NY. Ginocchio was part of the original medical school planning and curriculum committees and her laboratories provide comprehensive traditional and molecular infectious disease diagnostics that encompass all areas of Clinical Microbiology, including bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, and virology. Her laboratories are internationally recognized for providing both custom developed molecular assays and traditional viral culture methods for antiviral and vaccine trials. Ginocchio has been the principal investigator for more than 60 Federal and State funded research studies, diagnostic and pharmaceutical clinical trials. Her recent research has focused on novel molecular diagnostics, respiratory virus epidemiology, viral vaccine, and treatment trials.


Ginocchio received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from St. John’s University. After working as a Microbiology Technologist for 16 years at St. Charles Hospital, NY, she decided to obtain her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Genetics at the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where she is now a Research Associate Professor. Under the inspiration and direction of Jorge Galan, she was introduced to the world of molecular biology while working on Salmonella pathogenesis and host cell interactions. Her low voltage scanning electromicrographs were the first to visualize the triggering of Salmonella entry into epithelial cells. She graduated in 1993 with Highest Distinction, was awarded the Irving Abrahams Award for outstanding basic science research, and received a Sarber Fellowship from ASM.


In 1994, Ginocchio was hired as a Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Diseases and as Director of Clinical Microbiology at North Shore University Hospital, NY. During the height of the AIDS epidemic, Mark Kaplan introduced Ginocchio to the world of clinical virology, retroviral research, and HIV. Together in collaboration with Joe Romano, they worked on one of the first HIV viral load assays and demonstrated its utility in the clinical setting. Her virology laboratories provided the advanced molecular diagnostics that were key during the 2009 New York City area influenza A H1N1 pandemic. At the epicenter of the NYC area outbreak, Ginocchio was able, very early in the pandemic, to publish one of the first, and largest, studies that rapidly evaluated the performance of various diagnostics for the detection of H1N1. Ginocchio was the 2012 recipient of the PASCV Diagnostic Virology Award.


Ginocchio is a member of ASM, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (President 2012-2014), European Society for Clinical Virology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Association for Molecular Pathology, Infectious Diseases Society of America and College of American Pathologists Microbiology Resource Committee (2006-2012). She is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Clinical Virology, Section Editor, 10th and 11th editions Manual of Clinical Microbiology, and on the Editorial Board for Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Ginocchio has been an invited speaker at over 200 national and international conferences, has published 5 book chapters, over 200 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts. She is a member of five International Biotechnology Advisory Panels and National/International Advisory panels for the CDC, NIH, NIAID, FDA, IDSA, and European Union. Marie Louise Landry, Yale University concludes, “as attested to by her advisory positions to the FDA, NIH, and IDSA, her grants, and her invited talks, which number 12-15 a year, she is clearly a national and international leader in the evaluation and implementation of cutting edge molecular techniques, especially in the diagnosis of respiratory viruses.”


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Philosophy Department Alumni Reunion and Conference April 26-28, 2013
Dear Alumni, 
There’s still time to register for “Frontiers of Philosophy: 42 Years of PhDs from the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University” to be held on April 26-28. 

We have planned several exciting panels on feminism; on nature, technology, and environmental ethics; and on the intersection of the history of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies. 

Your colleagues and fellow alumni, Susan Bordo ’82, Terry Pinkard ’74, Charles Johnson ’88, and Paul Thompson ’80, have agreed to participate as plenary speakers. The program offers a number of exceptional events: our Friday schedule will include a special tribute to professor David Allison, PhD; a welcome reception; the first Don Ihde Prize in Philosophy will be awarded on Saturday afternoon and on Saturday night, we will have a gala dinner attended by the President and Provost, who will be new to most of you.

We hope that you will be able to join us for these milestone events. Click here for the preliminary full conference schedule.
For nearby hotel accomodations:

Discounted Online Hilton Garden Inn Reservations

(a new hotel on the Stony Brook campus)
Discounted Online Holiday Inn Express Reservations (block code “FOP” until April 11)
Early Conference Registration fee – $75 (closed March 29)Late Conference Registration fee – $90
Register Online
Check the department website for the latest updates on the alumni event.  

Eduardo Mendieta

Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy

4/20/13 MBA Association Annual Spring Dinner


MBA Association Annual Spring Dinner

Saturday April 20, 7pm

Where: The Meadow Club, Port Jefferson

Three course meal and open bar.

Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.

$40 for students; $55 for faculty, staff, and alumni.

Connect with the MBA Association on LinkedIn or Facebook

Location: The Meadow Club 1147 New York 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Stony Brook University School of Nursing New Bylaws & Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations

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Distinguished Alumni Nominations Requested and New Nursing Bylaws Proposed


In an effort to continue to improve our engagement of the Alumni and in concert with the current bylaws, we are asking that you approve the February 7, 2013 proposed amendments to the School of Nursing Alumni Chapter bylaws.

To vote to approve or not approve the amendments, please contact   

In addition, the School of Nursing Alumni board would like to honor one of our outstanding and distinguished alumni this year during the graduation ceremonies in May.  If you know of an alumnus who is a leader in his or her nursing profession, made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence of Stony Brook School of Nursing, please let us know.

We encourage you to submit your nomination for this year’s School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus by completing this form.

Thank you for your support of the School of Nursing Alumni Board. We look forward to hearing from you.


Patricia Jacobowitz BS ’79, MS ’86, DNP ’09

School of Nursing Alumni Board

Stacy L. Heuschneider BSN ’06, MS ’10

Bylaws Committee

Margaret Culhane MS ’81

Nominating Committee


Call for School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Nominations 3/1/13


Is there a graduate of the Stony Brook School of Medicine whom you greatly admire for his or her professional accomplishments?

Call for Nominations for:
The “Distinguished Alumni Award” and “Outstanding Recent Graduate Award”
To celebrate leadership, service and great achievement

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2013 


  • The Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) was established to recognize and honor graduates of Stony Brook University School of Medicine for outstanding professional achievement.
  • The recognition of outstanding, highly accomplished alumni will serve to inspire the current students and the other alumni of the school of medicine and help to instill a sense of pride in our institution.
  • Awareness of the great achievements of the recipients of the DAA will improve the public image and heighten the reputation of Stony Brook University School of Medicine. 

Definition/Criteria: The suitable candidate for the DAA:

  • should have demonstrated exceptional and superlative achievement in his or her chosen career
  • resulting in substantial positive impact on medicine and/or society, by advancing the practice of medicine, medical knowledge, access to health care, or generally improving the well-being of individuals or the community
  • with impact at the regional, national or international level.


  • The Distinguished Alumni Award is open to any graduate who has received an MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
  • Any individual who has received an MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine from 1997 through 2012 is eligible to receive The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award after demonstrating significant accomplishments during a relatively early stage of their careers and the promise of future exceptional achievements.

To Nominate an Individual for Either Award, Provide a Written Statement 
of the Following:

  • The name and graduating class of the nominee.
  • A brief explanation of why you are nominating this person.
  • Details of this individual’s achievements including, where applicable:

o    The impact of this individual’s work

§  Who has benefited and how it has helped others?

§  How it has advanced medical knowledge or improved treatment?  

o    Provision of some of the following to substantiate your assertions

§  Citations of articles or notices in news media, online reports, or community, professional or society publications.

§  Evidence of the effects of the nominee’s work.

§  Brief letters of recommendation or comments from others about the nominee.

§  Highlights of his or her most important books or journal articles.

§  The nominee’s curriculum vitae, if helpful to support the nomination.

        ·      There is no need to specify which award you are nominating an individual for; the award 
           committee will make this determination.

  • Your contact information and that of the candidate you are nominating. 

To Submit Your Nomination Statement: send an email including any other materials as email attachments to Mary Hoffmann and Dr. Tony Girardi.

For more information, please call 631-632-4995

Northern California Alumni Chapter Lunch 2/10/13

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Alumni Lunch

Hosted by 
The Stony Brook University 
Northern California Alumni Chapter 

 When: Sunday, February 10, 2013

12 PM – 2 PM

Where: Han Gen Szechuan Restaurant 
134 Castro Street 
Mountain View, CA 94041 
Phone: (650) 964-8881

Details: 12 PM: Welcome and chapter announcements

12:30 PM – 1 PM:  A Stony Brook story with triple alum, Ike Nassi, PhD, ’70, ’72, and ’74. Nassi, who has held senior technical positions at SAP AG, Cisco Systems Inc., Apple Computer Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp, and who played key roles in the design of the Ada programming language and the Mach operating system, will share his Stony Brook story as well as his career accomplishments in technology, education and research. Click here for his full bio. 

1 PM – 2 PM: Lunch and reminiscence over a montage of Stony Brook photos

Cost: $9 per person (including vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections with tea)  

Kindly RSVP to: Janet Masini at 631-632-6212 or by Febuary 6. 

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