Interview with the Ombudsman

With a new year ahead of us, it’s important that graduate students (and everyone else) know about the resources at Stony Brook University for handling issues and conflict. With that in mind, we interviewed the University ombuuds, Donna Buehler, to find out more about what she does, and how she can help improve both students and faculty experiences at SBU.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Diana

Say hello to Diana, another winner from SBU for this years National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Diana’s work focuses on developing the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, but she is interested in all alternative energies and technologies.

Diana smiling for a photo.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Chemistry from Elmira College; currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University with the Takeuchi Research Group

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Katherine

Say hello to Katherine! A foodie, fencer, and fellowship winner for this year’s National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship! Keep reading to learn more about her work on cell and organ regeneration!

EDUCATION: B.S. in Biology with a developmental genetics specialization from Stony Brook University. This Fall I will be starting a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program.
RESEARCH: I am interested in studying stem cell biology, specifically their roles in animal development and in organ regeneration.

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STEM Moms: Meet Taylor

In honor of the women who fed and housed us before we were even born, we are turning Mother’s Day into Mother’s Week! For the rest of the week we will be posting about the amazing women at SBU who research all day and raise children all night. Our first STEM Mom is Taylor Medwig-Kinney, whose research on cell fate determination and development can help humans better understand evolution and how disease affects development.

Taylor with a sign that shows Rosie the Riveter holding a pipette, with the words "Women in Science, we grab by the pipette" surrounding it.
Taylor with the poster she made for the inaugural March for Science, held in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Jillian Nissen

Our final panelist for the Women’s Research in STEM Showcase is Dr. Jillian Nissen of SUNY College at Old Westbury. Dr. Nissen works to understand the differences between women and men’s immune systems in response to glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Stony Brook University
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury
CURRENT RESEARCH: My current research focuses on the phenomenon that men are not only more likely to be diagnosed with glioblastoma than women, but are also more likely to succumb to this disease following diagnosis.

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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Marci Lobel

Our third panelist for tomorrows Women’s Research in STEM Showcase is Dr. Marci Lobel of Stony Brook University. Dr. Lobel directs the Stress And Reproduction (STAR) lab, which seeks to understand the psychosocial affects of reproductive health.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with minors in Health Psychology and Measurement) from the University of California, Los Angeles
CURRENT POSITION: Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Stress, coping, and their impact on health, especially women’s reproductive health.

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