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Stony Brook University Goes “Beyond the Expected” with New Podcast Series

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STONY BROOK, NY, February 12, 2020 – Stony Brook University is launching its first-ever official podcast, “Beyond the Expected,” to highlight the expertise and contributions from outstanding members of the Stony Brook University community. SBU leaders and personalities host guests whose stories exemplify the diversity of our community and thought, and the global impact of our scholarship. Brought to you from the University Office of Marketing and Communications, “Beyond the Expected” offers compelling interviews and insightful perspectives from members of the Stony Brook University community and beyond who are deeply committed to contributing their time, talent and solutions to the most pressing issues in the communities where they live, work or play.

The 30-minute show features rotating podcast hosts, beginning with inaugural host Interim President Michael A. Bernstein who kicks off the podcast series by delving into compelling discussions with members of the campus community who are making a great impact on the lives of others. Through teaching, research and discovery, scholarship, engineered solutions, diversity, public-private partnerships, and philanthropic relationships, these new episodes of “Beyond the Expected” podcast interviews will bring this to life.

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Interim President Michael A. Bernstein (left) with podcast guest Thomas Manuel (right).

“Stony Brook University faculty, staff and students put their heart and soul into their work, which elevates our regional economy and contributes more broadly to areas such as environmental sustainability, healthcare, and social and cultural identity,” said Interim President Michael A. Bernstein. “This podcast will showcase their drive and diversity as we learn about what inspired them when young, and what they’re doing now that helps make Stony Brook the great community partner that it is today.”

Some of the inaugural featured guests and topics of discussion on the “Beyond the Expected” podcast include:

● Professor Abhay Deshpande on the evolution of nuclear science and his involvement in planning for the Brookhaven National Lab-awarded development of the Electron Ion Collider.
● Dr. David Fiorella on cutting edge approaches to interventional brain surgery and new services he has brought to Long Island, helping save lives of stroke victims.
● Thomas Manuel on the origins and historic relevance of the Jazz Loft, the song that got him hooked him on jazz and a memory of his best performance.
● Dr. Sharon Nachman on the safety of immunizations and vaccines and insights on the 2019-Novel Coronavirus.
● Dr. Carolyn Peabody and second-year MSW student, Meesha Johnson, on the 2020 Census and getting the Native American population in Suffolk County counted.

“Beyond the Expected” podcast is now live and can be downloaded and subscribed to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public and Google Podcasts. Or check out the vodcast on YouTube.


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).

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