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27 SBU Faculty and Staff Members Honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

STONY BROOK, NY, July 20, 2020 — Twenty-seven of Stony Brook University’s esteemed faculty and staff members have received the 2019-2020 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. These awards acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of instructional faculty, librarians, and professional staff across SUNY campuses and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The awards are presented annually in seven categories including Librarianship, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Professional Service, Faculty Service, and Teaching. 

“The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are an important acknowledgement of the tremendous talent I am honored to be surrounded by at Stony Brook University,” says University President Maurie McInnis. “I add my personal congratulations and note of appreciation to all of our 27 outstanding recipients for the 2019-20 Awards and look forward to significant accomplishments ahead.”

Michael Bernstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, adds, “The tremendous contributions of these 27 staff and faculty members are a testament to the excellence of our Stony Brook community. I extend my hearty congratulations to this year’s recipients on this well-deserved honor.” 

The following are the honorees from Stony Brook:

Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

Zachary Dowdy, Lecturer, School of Journalism

Jeffrey EcklundLe, Lecturer, Undergraduate Biology

Excellence in Classified Service

Lorraine Carroll, Office Assistant, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

LaShawne Jones, Administrative Assistant, Student Health Services/Infirmary

John Lomando, Recycling Specialist, Recycling and Resource Management/Facilities Operations

Excellence in Faculty Service 

Dr. Mary Jo Bona, Professor, Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. M. Ete Chan-Lo, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Marie Huffman, Ph.D, Department of Linguistics

Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung, Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Marcia Simon, Professor, Department of Oral Biology and Pathology

Excellence in Librarianship 

Yuet Clara Tran, Associate Librarian, Science Engineering Library

Excellence in Professional Service 

Charles Beier, Student University Assistant Director, Department of Activities and Facility

Joan D. Dickinson, Senior Staff Associate, Department of Government Relations

Diane Englot, Instructional Support Technician, Department of General Library Public Service

Jennifer L. Green, Senior Staff Assistant, Graduate School

Laura S. Hawryluk, Staff Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Jessica L. Klare, Staff Associate, Department of Honors College

Jeremy D. Marchese, Staff Associate, Department of University Scholars

Elizabeth-Anne Tolson, Senior Staff Assistant, Department of European Languages

Donna Tumminello, Assistant Director, Department of Research Administration

Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities 

Dr. Carlos Simmerling, Professor, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

Dr. Jacobus Verbaarschot, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Excellence in Teaching 

Camille Abbruscato, Lecturer, College of Business

Dr. Michelle Ballan, Professor, School of Social Welfare

Dr. Steven Glynn, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Dr. Sohl Lee, Assistant Professor, Art Department

Dr. Marci Lobel, Professor, Department of Psychology

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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, over 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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