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Investing Eminent Scholars as Endowed Faculty

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With so many notable scholars on our campus, Stony Brook is at the vanguard of new knowledge in a multitude of fields. Endowed chairs and professorships are key to recruiting and retaining these great minds across campus and giving them the resources they need to advance what we know for a better future.

David Thanassi, PhD, and Qingping Yao, MD, PhD, are leaders in the study and treatment of infectious and immunologic disease. With their newly endowed positions, created by the late Huayi Zhang, PhD, and Siuling Zhang, the Zhang Family Endowed Chair in Microbiology and Immunology and the Zhang Family Endowed Chair in Rheumatology, respectively, they will be better positioned to make critical lifesaving advancements in their fields.

An internationally renowned visual artist, Shimon Attie, MFA, uses contemporary media to explore new relationships between space, time, place and identity. Now, as the Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor of Studio Art, Attie will share his talent, vision and inspiration with the next generation of young artists at Stony Brook. The professorship was established by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in honor of the late Charles Bergman’s devotion to the arts and decades-long service as chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Since joining Stony Brook in 2019 as a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stan Uryasev, PhD, has kept Stony Brook at the forefront of applied mathematics. With his investiture as the Frey Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Quantitative Finance — generously funded by alumnus and founder of Stony Brook’s Quantitative Finance Program Robert Frey, BS ’80, PhD ’87, and his wife, Kathy — he will continue to make transformative contributions and broadly increase Stony Brook’s international exposure and expertise in quantitative finance and applied mathematics.

Generous friends and alumni have endowed 69 professorships and chairs at Stony Brook to date, giving leading faculty the financial security to take risks, pursue innovative ideas and make groundbreaking discoveries. For more information, visit

-Kate O’Brien, University Advancement

In a year of extraordinary challenges, alumni and friends came together in a remarkable way to support our students, faculty, healthcare workers and patients. For a wider view at the vast impact of your support, take a look at this year’s Stony Brook Foundation Annual Report to Donors.

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