Beyond the Expected

Beyond the Expected

By Stony Brook University
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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The Coronavirus Effect: Remote Learning Response
Host: Michael Bernstein Episode Notes: In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Interim President Michael Bernstein delves into what it takes to turn a college campus with 26,000 students and 2,700 faculty members into a virtual learning center the size and scale of which has been neither attempted nor experienced before. Like college campuses across the country, Stony Brook  is rising to the unprecedented challenge of massive-scale remote learning. In fact, virtual classes began here two days ago, on Monday, March 30, following an extended Spring Break. Tune in as “The Coronavirus Effect: Remote Learning Response,” looks at the issues Stony Brook Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Information Technology are addressing to smooth the way for faculty and students in this strange new world. Guests Patricia Aceves, Assistant VP, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Patricia’s collegiate career began 20+ years ago, building quality online programs for adult learners. As Assistant Vice President for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), she now leads a team of professionals in the expansion of online undergraduate education, developing policies and procedures around curriculum delivery, educational and multimedia technologies, learning space innovations and student evaluations of teaching.  Dr. Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges Charlie Robbins is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University. He is the Executive Director of the University’s Center for Changing Systems of Power. Charlie has led Stony Brook’s efforts to improve graduation rates and quality of the undergraduate academic experience. With his strong passion and experience around students’ physical and psychological well-being; equity, diversity and equality; and public health issues, he has an in-depth perspective to share around the transition to remote learning, all that entails on so many different levels. Diana Voss, Director of Academic Technology Services, CELT As Director of Academic Technologies for Stony Brook University’s Center for Excellence in Learning (CELT) and Teaching, Diana and her team (including Undergraduate Student employees) support numerous technology platforms including Blackboard. Adobe Connect, VoiceThread, Digication, Clickers, Echo360 and  Qualtrics.  They are responsible for the function of applications and simulations developed in the Teaching & Learning Lab, and student technology workshops. She also works on internal DoIT teams to improve service management, bolster information security through awareness programs, and increase student employee career competencies. Production Credits Thanks to our guests, Patricia Avedes, Charles Robbins, Diana Voss Guest Host: Michael Bernstein Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke Assistant producer: Emily Cappiello Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown Production assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray Podcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald Camera: Brian DiLeo Editor: Tony Fabrizio 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.
58:36
April 1, 2020
The Coronavirus Effect: Medicine Response | Carol Gomes and Dr. Josh Miller
Stony Brook University Hospital is a part of the Stony Brook University community that upholds the values and ideas of excellence for which Stony Brook has become so well-known. As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything for the Stony Brook Medicine team, this episode of Beyond the Expected, “The Coronavirus Effect: Medicine Response,” looks at the temporary ‘new normal’ for the team’s faculty, staff and leadership. We will also discuss how they have been called to rise up to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. These individuals are working tirelessly, together, to stop the spread of this pandemic. About the Guests Carol A. Gomes Carol Gomes is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital and has more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She has earned two Master's degrees from Stony Brook University in Management and Policy from the Harriman School of Management and Policy, Healthcare Management and Administration from the School of Allied Health Professions. Carol has served on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Program’s Board of Examiners since 1999 and teaches for the School of Health Technology and Management. She also holds certifications as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Certified Practitioner of Healthcare from the National Association for Healthcare Quality, and numerous certifications in laboratory sciences and management from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Also the recipient of numerous prestigious healthcare industry awards, she mentors students pursuing careers in healthcare administration. Carol will share with us the steps she and the Stony Brook University Hospital are taking to provide the best, safest care possible in a beyond-challenging environment. Dr. Joshua D. Miller Dr. Josh Miller is Assistant Dean for Clinical Integration and Medical Director of Diabetes Care at Stony Brook Medicine. He is dual-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology & Metabolism in the Department of Medicine. Living with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years, Josh brings vast experience and empathy as he helps people with diabetes conquer the challenges of living with the disease. With most resources squarely centered now on emergency response for the COVID-19 pandemic, Josh is currently also running operations at the newly opened drive through testing site for our community members, located on the university campus. He’s mobilizing, organizing and directing hospital staff in this challenging process and instructing them on how to remain safe while administering swab tests. Josh’s background and strong interest in population health is an asset in this critical new role and he will share details on what’s happening at our new testing facility in the P-lot parking area and why it’s important. 
55:21
March 25, 2020
The Coronavirus Effect: Campus Response
In this episode of Beyond the Expected, “The Coronavirus Effect: Campus Response,” Interim President Michael Alan Bernstein talks to three Stony Brook University administrators who are deep in the trenches of emergency management operations; communications and risk management; healthcare guidance and delivery; and mitigation of the spread of the fast moving pandemic disease COVID-19. Production Credits Thanks to our extraordinary panel of Stony Brook administrators, including Marisa Bisiani, Larry Zacarese and Rick Gatteau.  Guest Host: Michael Bernstein Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz  Assistant Producer: Emily Cappiello Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey Borchick Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan Podcast photography and social media: Ellen Cooke YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray Podcast Director: 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.
57:41
March 18, 2020
Special Report: The Coronavirus Effect
In this episode of Beyond the Expected -- “The Coronavirus Effect” -- Interim President Michael Alan Bernstein has gathered the diverse expertise of three Stony Brook University faculty who can discuss many of the different impacts our campus community is feeling related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. From health and wellness, clinical, economic, and an historical perspective, what does COVID-19 mean to us at this moment in time and how can we thrive through this trying pandemic turned public health crisis. About the guests: Stacey Finkelstein, PhD, is an associate professor of marketing at the Stony Brook University College of Business. With her research expertise and focus on marketing strategies, consumer behavior and consumer judgement as well as consumer insights, Stacey will address the Coronavirus effect and impact of panic on consumer purchasing decisions and purchasing trends. She is currently on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Appetite and earned her PhD, from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She joins this podcast remotely from her home in the New York State designated COVID-19 containment zone in New Rochelle, NY. Sharon Nachman MD, is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Associate Dean for Research in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Nachman is an international leader in the area of pediatric infectious diseases and the treatment of children with AIDS, flu and measles. She has been the principal investigator of more than 30 clinical trials of promising medicines for patients treated at Stony Brook University Hospital. These include international trials in areas such as new vaccines, Lyme disease, and AIDS. She also directs the Maternal Child HIV/AIDS Program. Nancy Tomes, Ph.D., is a researcher, SUNY Distinguished History Professor and Stony Brook University Senate President. Nancy joins this podcast to share her expertise of the history of Pandemics and American healthcare. She has researched historic epidemics like HIV AIDS and the Spanish Flu and what we can learn from these previous occurrences. Professor Tomes has taught at the University since 1978 and describes her own work as being focused on the intersection between expert knowledge and popular understandings of the body and disease. She is a multiple award-winning author of four books. While she enjoys research, Professor Tomes teaches undergraduate and graduate students with survey courses in American history along with more specialized courses on the history of disease and the evolution of the American mental hospital  in historical perspective. Production Credits Thanks to our extraordinary panel of experts: Associate Professor Stacey Finkelstein, Dr. Sharon Nachman, and SUNY Distinguished History Professor Nancy Tomes. Guest Host: Michael Bernstein Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz Assistant Producer: Emily Cappiello Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan Content Contributors: Robert Emproto, Jacob Levich, Glenn Jochum Podcast photography: Dennis Murray Podcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald 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.
50:17
March 13, 2020
We Are Still Here! Be Counted in 2020 | Dr. Carolyn Peabody & MSW student Meesha Johnson
Funded by a grant from the New York Community Trust Equity Fund, “We Are Still Here! Be Counted in 2020! Indigenous Suffolk 2020 Census Project” was created for the purpose of coordinating and maximizing local efforts to ensure that Suffolk County’s Native American community is not undercounted. In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Michael Bernstein talks to Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare’s Dr. Carolyn Peabody and her student Meesha Johnson about a groundbreaking project they are spearheading on to ensure all indigenous Long Islanders are counted. 
25:24
March 11, 2020
The Humanity of Communicating Science | Alan Alda
In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Alan Inkles, Director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, sits down with American actor, director, screenwriter, and author Alan Alda, visiting professor and founder of the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alan has honed his skills as a masterful interviewer over 11 years on the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers where he spoke with hundreds of the world’s greatest scientists. When meeting with academic leaders around the country, Mr. Alda started suggesting to university presidents that they teach scientists how to present their research to the public. Stony Brook accepted his challenge by opening the Center for Communicating Science where Alan used his experience as an actor: whether in relating to the people he interviewed or acted. Using exercises derived from improvisational theater, he and the Center’s trainers help participants connect with their audience and bring clarity to complex ideas. The Center has trained over 15,000 doctors and scientists in eight countries to be world class communicators. The Center has also trained Stony Brook University Discovery Prize Award young scientific finalists to present their nominated presentation to judges for consideration of winning $200,000 to further their research. Alan’s new podcast, “Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda®,” which looks to help listeners connect better with others in every area of their lives, launched in July 2018 and now has over seven million downloads. A seven-time Emmy Award winner as well as six Golden Globes Awards and recipient of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote and directed many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H. He has starred in, written and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. He appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Blacklist, Horace and Pete, The Good Fight, and a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Having most recently starred in the Academy Award nominated Noah Baumbach film, Marriage Story, Alan is also the author of several New York Times Best Selling books, the most recent being the 2017 break out book on relating and communicating, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?” Production Credits  Thanks to Alan Alda, legendary actor, director, writer, author, and, for more than 11 years, the host of “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS. In 2010 he founded the Alda Center For Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where he is a visiting professor. More recently, through his Alda Communication Training program, he launched “Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda®,” a podcast which looks to help listeners connect better with others in every area of their lives. Guest Host: Alan Inkles, Director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta 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.
32:30
February 25, 2020
In Search of the Origins of the Universe | Professor Abhay Deshpande
In this episode of Beyond the Expected, Michael Bernstein is talking with Stony Brook University Physics Professor, Abhay Deshpande, who, in addition to his role as the Director of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science at Stony Brook University, has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he is Director of EIC Science. Professor Deshpande works in experimental nuclear physics, and his current research includes various exploratory and precision studies in QCD using polarized proton-proton, proton-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus beams of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. He also does research with high intensity polarized electron beams of the recently upgraded Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia. He was one of the original proposers of and has been involved deeply in the development of the science and promotion of the Electron Ion Collider, a $1.6 billion-dollar Department of Energy development project -- the first of its kind in the world -- that was awarded in January 2020 to Brookhaven National Lab. He’s been focused on this area of science for more than 20 years, and now, with the certainty that this new facility will come to fruition, he will actually see his dream come to fruition. We can be assured that scientists around the world will have an opportunity to explore new frontiers that have never been explored before using the BNL’s Electron Ion Collider. Production Credits Thanks to Abhay Deshpande, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, Director, EIC Science at Brookhaven National Lab and Director of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science at Stony Brook University. Host: Michael A. Bernstein, Interim President Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald Chief Editor: Frank D’Aurio Editor/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.
20:43
February 7, 2020
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate | Dr. Sharon Nachman
Beyond the Expected host, Michael Bernstein, sits down with Sharon Nachman MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Associate Dean for Research in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Nachman is an international leader in the area of pediatric infectious diseases and the treatment of children with AIDS, flu and measles. She has been the principal investigator of more than 30 clinical trials of promising medicines for patients treated at Stony Brook University Hospital. These include international trials in areas such as new vaccines, Lyme disease, and AIDS. She also directs the Maternal Child HIV/AIDS Program. In this episode, Michael talks to Sharon about the international health crisis brought on by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the impact of the new New York State vaccine law on Long Island's school districts and discusses vaccines and immunizations and if vaccines are truly safe; what children and their families should know and how can they prepare; and what are some complications/symptoms that can occur if children are not vaccinated. Production Credits Thanks to episode two guest, Dr. Sharon Nachman, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine Host: Michael A. Bernstein, Interim President Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald Chief Editor: Frank D’Aurio Editor/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
20:23
February 7, 2020
Jazzing Up the Neighborhood | Professor Thomas Manuel
Jazz Artist-In-Residence, Thomas Manuel, may have been at a crossroads the year he completed his D.M.A. at Stony Brook in 2016; if not for an unexpected intervention by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook. A Newsday article published in May of 2014 entitled, “Tom Manuel has a collection. Now all he needs is a museum,” brought them together, which led to Tom emerging as founding president of The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook Village that same year. It was serendipitous: Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Gloria Rocchio, saw the story and immediately called him to offer him space to start a museum and Jazz entertainment venue in an empty firehouse building in historic Stony Brook Village. The rest, as they say, is history. In this podcast episode, Beyond the Expected host, Michael Bernstein, will explore Tom’s trajectory as an endowed Jazz Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University, his work with young jazz musicians, and his contributions to this popular community hot spot. He may even convince Tom to smoke a jazz jam while he’s at it. Production Credits Thanks to episode one guest, Stony Brook University Professor Thomas A. Manuel, D.M.A. (’16), President & Founder of The Jazz Loft, Inc., Endowed Jazz Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University and Director of the Stony Brook University Young Artists Jazz Program Host: Michael A. Bernstein, Interim President Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta Producer: Lauren Sheprow Art Director: Karen Leibowitz Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-DuncanPodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald Chief Editor: Frank D’Aurio Editor/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
19:31
February 6, 2020