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October 9 Lecture Explores How Certain Traits Shape Our Success

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Dr. Dilip Jeste

The Mattoo Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University is sponsoring the first annual lecture through an endowment from Dr. Krishna Gujavarty. On Thursday, October 9, Dr. Dilip Jeste will present “Positive Leadership: Resilience, Optimism and Wisdom” at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1. Dr. Jeste is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His talk is an exploration of the critical role of resilience, optimism and wisdom in shaping our wellness and success. The role of these positive traits, emphasized in ancient Indian writings such as the Bhagavadeeta, is now supported by modern neuroscience. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jeste is also associate dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, and director of the Education Division for the Clinical and Translation Research Institute at UCSD. He completed his medical education in Poona, India, and his psychiatry training in Bombay, and then did his psychiatry residency at Cornell University and his neurology residency at George Washington University. Dr. Jeste is past president of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

He is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and has published 11 books, more than 500 articles, and 125 invited books chapters. Dr. Jeste has received numerous awards for his research and service, including the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the International Psychogeriatric Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Dr. Krishna Gujavarty endowment will bring to Stony Brook prominent experts on contemporary leadership values, ethics, strategies and theories with special reference to cross-cultural relations in business, not-for-profits, media, politics, education and other fields. Dr. Gujavarty hopes the seminars will inspire students to believe in their leadership potential.

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