Stony Brook University recently announced that the School of Journalism will be renamed to the School of Communication and Journalism. The School is the first, and only, in the 64-campus SUNY system that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Paul Goldbart will assume his new position in March. He was a dean at The University of Texas at Austin.
Novavax struggles to retain older trial participants now that they can receive Pfizer, Moderna vaccines
Benjamin Luft, MD — a Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital infectious-disease expert who is helping oversee the Novavax trial — told The Washington Post he is receiving calls from older participants asking if they can find out whether they received a placebo during the trial so they can drop out and sign up to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
“The number who have been calling me has been significant, and the numbers are increasing,” Luft, an infectious-disease expert at Stony Brook University Hospital, said in an interview. Fresh recruits also have begun to dry up, he said: “As we are doing our recruitment, all of a sudden the people over 65 became less interested.”
Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said, “In the midst of this latest surge of COVID-19, our frontline workers at Stony Brook University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals have pushed forward to administer 100 percent of the vaccine allocation from New York State within the first four weeks. This is another fine example of our selfless healthcare workers’ successful efforts to protect the community. We will continue to support their stellar work at every level to ensure Stony Brook optimizes vaccine allocations in the coming weeks and months.”
WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell checked in with Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island, which is conducting clinical trials for the two-dose Novavax vaccine.
Stony Brook Medicine’s Dr. Bettina Fries says the fact that most of the new cases are in the suburbs as opposed to the city is very concerning.
In a statement, Stony Brook University president Maurie McInnis said plans to keep the campus safe this spring would rely on “frequent COVID testing, required daily screening, and rapidly and effectively reacting to positive cases. … Moreover, we are committed to remaining flexible and nimble enough to adjust our plans as situations dictate and guidance changes.”https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/colleges-reopen-spring-semester-1.50119831
Stony Brook University has been at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, as hospital staff has treated and comforted residents stricken with the virus and researchers have worked tirelessly on a range of projects, including manufacturing personal protective equipment. Amid a host of challenges, administrators at Stony Brook have had to do more with less under budgetary pressure. In a two-part series, Interim Provost Fotis Sotiropoulos and President Maurie McInnis share their approaches and solutions, while offering their appreciation for their staff.
Nancy Hiemstra, an associate professor at Stony Brook University and author of a 2019 book on immigration enforcement, called Trump’s overhaul of the immigration system “enormously consequential.”