Stony Brook President Maurie McInnis said Birx was interested in how the school had maintained such a low case load during the fall semester and had gotten widespread compliance from students to wear masks.
Howardena Pindell decided to quit to focus on making and teaching art. In 1979, she was hired as an associate professor at Stony Brook University, but soon after, she and a colleague were in a car accident that left her with injuries and short-term memory loss. It proved to be a watershed moment in her practice. “I remember thinking, if I could have died so quickly, I would never have expressed my opinion,” she said. “That started me looking at my life again and thinking about what I felt about the world.”
Stony Brook University researchers have received a $7.9 million federal grant to assess whether World Trade Center first responders who inhaled toxic dust after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are at greater risk for cognitive decline and possible early-onset dementia.
In addition to raising over $10 million in research, patient services and education, Pendergast also helped open an ALS clinic at Stony Brook 2002, which eventually was named after him, Newsday reported.
The panel, which in addition to Ferber included Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Childen’s Hospital, and Dr. Evangelos Loukas, associate medical director at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, agreed there’s a need to rethink any potential gatherings.
“[Christopher Pendergast] was a marvelous man who was an inspiration to so many people,” said Theresa Imperato, nurse coordinator with Stony Brook’s ALS clinic named after Pendergast. “He devoted his life to help others with ALS and provide them with a better life.”
In 2016, Stony Brook University rebranded itself to a new campaign called Far Beyond. The idea behind the campaign was to highlight the wide range of programs and activities the school offered, since everyone normally acknowledges the university for its medicine, science and technology specialties. But this year in 2020, the institution proved that it indeed has gone “far beyond” with protecting public health.
It’s important to realize that cleaning and disinfecting are not one and the same, says Susan Donelan, MD, the medical director of healthcare epidemiology at Stony Brook University in New York. “Cleaning is removing as much visible dirt and material as possible. Cleaning gets rid of the debris and any impurities that are on the surface of whatever it is that you’re looking to disinfect,” she says.
By her own admission, Christine Vachon is not a nostalgic person. This would normally make a conversation about the 25th anniversary of her pioneering independent film company Killer Films a challenge but, luckily, recent events have changed her perspective. Vachon attended September’s Venice Intl. Film Festival, for which she served as a juror, an event greatly strained by the coronavirus pandemic. With a masked audience spaced three seats apart, opening night made Vachon “revisit, in a very profound way, what the theatrical experience can be,” she says. “And it can’t be copied. It almost felt medicinal, after everything we’ve been going through.”
In short? “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”