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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.

News from Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital

Stony Brook Children's

“Children’s Fundraising More than Doubles Since 2011”

Article Featured in the Three Village Patch, May 13, 2013

When Patch checked in with the team behind fundraising for Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital in October of 2011, pledges and donations had reached nearly $4 million.

Now, about a year-and-a-half later, more than double that amount has been raised through gifts and pledges: $8,040,943. 

The goal is to raise $25 million for the new facility, which could break ground in late 2013 or early 2014, according to Dexter A. Bailey Jr., Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Stony Brook Foundation. More. 

It’s “Don’t Fry Day” with the Long Island Ducks

Stony Brook Children’s is sponsoring Friday, May 24 as “Don’t Fry Day” at the Long Island Ducks game to raise awareness about skin cancer and sun safety. 

Join us and get a discounted ticket rate. Ask to be seated in the Stony Brook Children’s section (while seats last)!

Just complete the order form and fax or email it directly to The Ducks. 

Hope to see you there!

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

“NAME THE GAME” by 6/1/13


The athletic departments at Stony Brook and Albany are excited to be playing each other in football every season as new CAA Football opponents. We are calling on all Seawolves and Great Danes fans alike to help us name this newly formed rivalry game.

How to enter: 
-Facebook: Message your naming idea to “Stony Brook Athletics” or “Wolfie Seawolf”

-Twitter: Tweet your naming idea to “@SBAthletics” or “@WolfieSeawolf” using the hashtag ” #EmpireClash

Need help getting ideas? Check out these famous college football rivalries for inspiration: 

***Deadline to enter ideas is June 1st!****Image


Stony Brook Film Festival Early Bird Passes now on sale

18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival at Stony Brook University, July 18-27, 2013 
$70 Early Bird Film Passes Now Available 
Stony Brook Film Festival Early Bird film passes and party tickets go on sale today.  Film passes are $70 for entry into all films. 
In June, when the film festival schedule is announced, passes are $80. Anyone buying a Film Pass may buy party tickets at the same time: $20 for the Opening Night Reception and $20 for the Closing Night Awards Reception. Parties provide an opportunity to mingle with filmmakers, guests and other film lovers.  Party tickets are $25 for non-passholders, subject to availability.
The 18th Stony Brook Film Festival will once again celebrate the best in independent film chosen from hundreds of entries. All films are shown in Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre on one of the largest screens in the region. New foreign language films, American independent films and shorts from around the globe promise to provide an unforgettable experience this summer. 
“We offer the Early Bird film passes because patrons have asked for them,” notes Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival. “The response to the Early Bird offer in the past has been a vote of confidence in the Festival,” says Alan Inkles. “Many film goers who make the Stony Brook Film Festival an annual event each summer have been buying Early Bird film passes for years.”  
Notes a film festival regular, “I buy an Early Bird pass because I know I’m going to want to attend most of the films in the Festival and the Early Bird Pass locks the event into my summer schedule. I trust that the programming will be high caliber. Since film passes have sold out in past years, I buy one early, save money, and I arrive early so I can choose a good seat in the theater.” 
Passes are available at or by calling (631) 632-ARTS [2787].
About the Festival
The 18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival will host filmmakers at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 27, 2013. Short films are paired with most features. Films screen in the evenings and during the weekend with question and answer periods after screenings. The final Saturday includes a closing night film and awards reception with John Anderson, film critic, as the Master of Ceremonies.  
The Stony Brook Film Festival is a highly-regarded, highly-competitive festival. The ten-day festival produced by Staller Center for the Arts showcases films to houses of 850 -1000 filmgoers. The complete schedule for the 2013 Stony Brook Film Festival will be announced in early June.

The Investiture of Basil Rigas, MD, DSc 5/8/13

Investiture of Basil Rigas, MD, DSc

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD
cordially invites you and a guest to attend 

The Investiture Ceremony for 
William and Jane Knapp Alumni Chair in Pharmacological Sciences

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • 3 PM
Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby

Reception to follow

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, May 6 to Jennifer Filasky 
at (631) 632-4466 or 


Stony Brook University

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
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