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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 by the University's 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.

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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 by the University's 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.

    Election 2020 -- Preparing for the Day After

    Election 2020 -- Preparing for the Day After

    From promoting voter registration, to inspiring informed engagement, and providing support for students, faculty and staff, Stony Brook University has been reaching out to the entire campus community with programs, services, messages and campaigns designed to ensure civil discourse and debate during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.

    This episode of Beyond the Expected podcast, titled “Election 2020 -- Preparing for the Day After,” looks at why it’s so important that the community come together with empathy as a community, to bridge the partisan divide. Three University experts speak about the programs and services planned for the day -- and days -- after this historic election. In addition, the panel looks at the psychology behind today’s political climate … why people feel the way they do … and how the population can work through divisions, fear, anxiety and uncertainty, all of which have risen to fever pitch this year.

    Laura Lindenfeld, the Dean of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science, serves as moderator of this episode of “Beyond the Expected.”

    Jeff Barnett is Interim Assistant Dean of Students. In this role, he’s responsible for areas such as community-building initiatives, large-scale programming, policy development, and student crisis response and case management, and he’ll talk about specific post-Election programs.

    Cathrine Duffy is Director of Stony Brook University's Healthier U initiative. In her role, she implements a full suite of programs designed to support a healthy work environment, and provide opportunities for staff and faculty to enhance their physical, fiscal and mental health. Like Jeff, she will share with us the post-Election services and support that will be available.

    Yanna Krupnikov is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. She integrates psychology and political science to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices and, ultimately, take political actions.

    Production Credits

    Moderator/Host: Laura Lindenfeld

    Guests/panelists: Jeffrey Barnett, Cathrine Duffy, Yanna Krunikov

    Interim Vice President for Marketing and Communication: Teresa Flannery

    Producer: Ellen Cooke

    Advisor: Lauren Sheprow

    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

    Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown

    Media Relations: Emily Cappiello

    Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan

    YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

    Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

    Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio

    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

    Camera: Frank D'Aurio and Frank Imperiale

    Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

    • 58 min
    Coming Back Safe and Strong: Students Step Up!

    Coming Back Safe and Strong: Students Step Up!

    As students have been returning to college campuses, we have seen a large spike in Coronavirus cases. However, cases at Stony Brook University have remained minimal and manageable. While the University has put rigorous testing protocols in place — even partnering with an outside lab to provide rapid tests — the onus of this success has been on the students. Their compliance, as well as their persistent urging of the entire campus community to follow safety protocols, continues to help maintain our low infection rate.  This episode of Beyond the Expected Podcast -- Coming Back Safe and Strong: Students Step Up! -- celebrates student and University successes to date and looks to our future plans for fall, winter and beyond.

    Moderated by Lawrence M. Zacarese, JD, MPA; Interim Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety, Stony Brook University Police; this panel looks at the keys to our success to date, including the role students have played to keep our campus safe and maintain our carefully designed hybrid learning model.

    Guests include:


    Marisa Bisiani, Assistant Vice President, Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services, Division of Student Affairs

    Rick Gatteau, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs

    Shelley Germana, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Success, Division of Undergraduate Education

    Production Credits

    Moderator/Host/Panelist: Lawrence M. Zacarese, JD, MPA

    Producer: Lauren Sheprow

    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

    Assistant Producer: Ellen Cooke

    Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Veronica Brown, Casey Borchick, Emily Cappiello

    Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan

    YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

    Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

    Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio

    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

    Camera: Frank D'Aurio and Frank Imperiale

    Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

    • 57 min
    An Interview with Stony Brook's Naturalist

    An Interview with Stony Brook's Naturalist

    Christopher Paparo has been exploring the wilds of Long Island’s marine estuaries for over 30 years, and in this episode of "Beyond the Expected," guest host Alan Inkles speaks with Chris as he shares his experiences snapping fascinating images of marine wildlife, as a naturalist and as the manager and public outreach coordinator for the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Center. Chris maintains the Center’s computerized, 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor seawater lab that contains three different seawater scenarios. He also actively assists graduate students and research faculty with their research projects.

    Stony Brook’s public outreach programs are vital to spreading the word about the important research taking place at SoMAS, and fostering interest in the next generation of marine biologists. As the Center’s naturalist, Chris gives tours of Shinnecock Bay to members of the community -- from elementary school children to adults.

    Born and raised on Long Island, Chris has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. He started the wildlife photography website, “Fish Guy Photos” (Instagram: #FishGuyPhotos) and is an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the New York State Outdoor Writers Association. Heis a freelance writer for several fishing and wildlife related publications, and although his work tends to focus on marine life, Chris says, “everything in the natural world is fair game.”

    Production Credits

    Guest Host: Alan Inkles, Director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University
    Producer: Lauren Sheprow
    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
    Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan
    Podcast Director and Chief Editor: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
    Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio
    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald
    Camera: Brian DiLeo Camera: Greg Klose
    Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel
    Special thanks to the Stony Brook University School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio.

    • 16 min
    Coming Back Safe and Strong: Welcoming Back Students

    Coming Back Safe and Strong: Welcoming Back Students

    The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unimaginable, unprecedented, and highly unpredictable challenges for all of us in the world ... across the country … on Long Island … and here at Stony Brook University … where we are just three days away from opening our doors to students, on campus and virtually. In this episode, we take a look at what that campus environment will look like when students begin the fall semester.
    This episode of "Beyond the Expected Podcast, Coming Back Safe and Strong: Welcoming Back Students" features Marisa Bisiani, Assistant Vice President, Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services; Rick Gatteau, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs; Shelley Germana, Associate Provost for Academic Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Lawrence M. Zacarese, Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety who serves as moderator/host/panelist.
    The panel looks at what we've done to create the safest, most secure conditions for our students. They discuss how our student affairs, academic success, and health services teams have collaborated with their colleagues across campus to help ensure that our students have the best possible experience. Measures like COVID-19 testing … screening … virtual advising and counseling services … face mask regulations … social distancing protocols ... hybrid learning scenarios … are all covered. And, students’ most frequently asked questions are answered as the Stony Brook University community has worked to prepare themselves for an academic year like no other.
    Production Credits
    Moderator/Host/Panelist: Lawrence M. Zacarese, JD, MPA
    Producer: Lauren Sheprow
    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
    Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke
    Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Emily Cappiello, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown
    Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan
    YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray
    Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
    Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio
    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald
    Camera: Frank D'Aurio and Frank Imperiale
    Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

    • 58 min
    Bridging the Racial Divide: Being an Ally

    Bridging the Racial Divide: Being an Ally

    In the workplace, in the classroom, in personal relationships and in everyday life, being an ally means being in tune with the people around you. Respecting their views. Listening to them. Empathizing and caring. It means taking the responsibility to provide support through action -- even if you don’t look like the person or group you’re advocating for, or share the same background. You need to take on the struggle as your own and truly understand where they’re coming from to give their movement -- big or small -- a voice. On this episode of “Beyond the Expected -- Bridging the Racial Divide,” moderator and panelist Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, Stony Brook University Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Equity and Inclusion talks about being an ally -- what it is, how to do it and why it’s so important in today’s racially ... ethnically … politically divided society.

    Guests:

    Adam Gonzalez is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments and behavioral medicine. His program of research focuses on understanding the interplay of cognitive, emotional and behavioral health factors that may affect physical and mental health, as well as disease management among chronically ill populations. In addition to his responsibilities with the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Dr. Gonzalez is also the Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Consortium Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training programs in clinical psychology and the Co-Director of the Center for Disaster Health, Trauma & Resilience.

    Juliette Passer is a practicing New York attorney, corporate diversity director, and Stony Brook University professor in the Political Science department who teaches courses on diversity, gender and inclusion. Juliette brings to the equation an extensive background in working with governments, and political organizations as well as multilateral institutions, to achieve these corporate goals for private companies. As such, she brings a unique business and legal understanding of international business transactions and business and political environments in architecting cross-border investments.

    Production Credits

    Moderator/Host/Panelist: Judith Brown Clarke, PhD

    Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta

    Producer: Lauren Sheprow

    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

    Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke

    Assistant producer: Emily Cappiello

    Topic Co-Creators: Veronica Brown, Emily Cappiello

    Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Emily Cappiello, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown

    Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan

    YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

    Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

    Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio

    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

    Camera: Brian DiLeo

    Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

    • 59 min
    Stony Brook’s Diversity Plan in Action

    Stony Brook’s Diversity Plan in Action

    The killing of George Floyd and similar tragic incidents have widened the racial divide in America and caused national unrest. At the same time, they’ve opened up a bigger conversation across the country about structural and systemic racism as it exists today. They’ve brought some of the critical issues of our times -- from implicit bias to negative stereotypes and far worse -- to the forefront of our consciousness.

    Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, Chief Diversity Officer at Stony Brook University, serves as Moderator in this episode of the “Beyond the Expected” podcast.  She and her guests look at what Stony Brook is doing -- around campus and across disciplines -- to deal with these types of issues and how to be accountable for change and growth, with everyone playing a role. Dr. Brown Clarke is working to ensure the University provides a campus environment that is just, equitable and tolerant.

    As the University is enhancing its Diversity Plan, we will get to hear from three distinguished panelists from the University’s faculty/staff who will give insight into what’s happening in their areas of academia, front-line medical care and procurement. They’ll also share the barriers they’ve had to break, both personally and professionally, as people of color, to get where they are today.

    Guests:

    Carmen Gonzalez is Stony Brook University’s Assistant Vice President for Procurement. She has held U.S. and global supply chain roles in both the higher education and corporate sectors. As part of her role at Stony Brook, she leads the areas of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, which are integral components of our commitment to supplier diversity. It’s how we ensure we not only have a diverse student and faculty population, but that we are giving our diverse vendors the opportunities to partner with us and thrive.

    Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and a historian specializing in recent African-American History, Civil Rights and Black Power, Urban History, Mixed Race and Biracial identity, and Hip-Hop Studies. His research interests include: African-Americans in Boston; Northern freedom movements outside of the South; mixed race history in the U.S.; and the Afro-Latin diaspora. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, essays and book chapters and is currently working on a manuscript on the civil rights movement in Boston.

    Dr. Jedan Phillips, MD is a family medicine specialist and full-time faculty member at Stony Brook Medicine, where he treats patients and is involved with medical education and leading-edge research. Dr. Phillips also serves as the Medical Director for Stony Brook Medicine’s Home Outreach and Medical Education -- or HOME -- program. This is a walk-in medical clinic for the uninsured that provides learning opportunities to medical students, and healthcare to the community -- a program that helps address some of the racial disparity issues in our current healthcare system.

    Production Credits

    Moderator/Host: Judi Brown Clarke, PhD

    Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta

    Producer: Lauren Sheprow

    Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

    Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke

    Topic Co-Creators: Veronica Brown, Emily Cappiello

    Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Emily Cappiello, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown

    Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan

    YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

    Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

    Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

    Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio

    Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

    Camera: Brian DiLeo

    Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

    • 58 min

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