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Stony Brook Scientist, Education Administrator Honored by Town of Brookhaven


Stony Brook Scientist, Education Administrator Honored by Town of Brookhaven

Awards ceremony recognizes women who are leaders and excel in their field

Brookhaven Women Awardees
Stony Brook University’s Dr. Marie Badalamente (front row seated, 4th from left) and Cathrine Duffy (back row, 5th from left) assemble with other honorees and Town of Brookhaven leadership during the
30th Annual Women’s Recognition Night.

Stony Brook, N.Y., April 5, 2016 – Two Stony Brook University professionals received the highest honor by the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women’s Services during its 30th Annual Women’s Recognition Night. Marie A. Badalamente, PhD, a Professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics, and Cathrine Duffy, MA, Associate Director of Student Support, were among those women recognized for their excellence and leadership in their professions.

Each year in celebration of National Women’s History Month, the town honors the accomplishments of outstanding women who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Brookhaven based on a variety of endeavors ranging in a variety of fields, such as education, medicine, law, performing arts, government and community service.

This year, Dr. Badalamente was selected as the winner in the Science category. Dr. Badalamente and colleagues in her department discovered a new treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture, a crippling hand condition that affects millions worldwide. The discovery led to the first non-surgical FDA-approved treatment of the condition. She and colleagues have taught other professionals worldwide how to administer the treatment. Their discovery of this injection treatment, which is based on breaking up excess collagen, also led to the creation of the Dupuytren’s Institute at Stony Brook.

Dr. Badalamente ‘s research with collagenase is also leading to a new treatment for frozen shoulder and a way to effectively diminish cellulite.

Duffy was chosen as the winner for the Education Administration category. She provides support and outreach to students, as well as administrative and programming support through the Office of the Dean of Students. She is also Staff Liaison to Stony Brook’s Elect Her: Campus Women Win program and works to collaborate with faculty and staff on women’s leadership development on campus, including the American Association of University Women (AAUW) that encourages women to run for elected office.

Duffy has been instrumental in bringing AAUW’s Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshops to campus. These workshops teach negotiation skills to women students entering the workforce in an effort to narrow the gender wage gap.

Nominations for the awards are considered by members of Brookhaven’s Women’s Advisory Board and selected based on resumes and letters of recommendation by peers. 

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.


Greg Filiano
Media Relations Manager
School of Medicine
Stony Brook University
Office of Communications and Marketing

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