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Stony Brook University faculty, students, staff and alumni aren’t ones to rest on their laurels. Seawolves are always striving to shatter expectations, aim higher and be on the cutting-edge of the next big thing.

What’s next for Stony Brook? Too much to include in one issue of the magazine, of course, but we can highlight some of our latest programs propelling our students and faculty forward.

Thanks to support from the Simons Foundation and a dedicated new staff, our Simons STEM Scholars are Blazing the Trail to discovery. Read how these high-achieving students are already making an impact in the lab and on campus before they have even finished their first year.

Across Nicolls Road, our future doctors and nurses are benefiting from a unique training experience with simulated patients, as detailed in Practice Makes Perfect. Further west, on the shores of Governors Island, Stephen Hammer is Taking the Helm of the New York Climate

Exchange. Recently, President Maurie McInnis spoke with Hammer about his experience and his plans for the year ahead as The Exchange begins bringing the Center for Climate Solutions online.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. Or is it? How will what we call AI benefit or hinder our faculty in the classrooms? What will it mean for their research and the development of careers for our students? Several faculty share their thoughts on The Reality of AI and why it’s not as scary a future as The Terminator would have you think.

On the second floor of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library is a room filled with treasure — artifacts dating back to the 1400s and mementos from Stony Brook’s earlier days. In Archive of Achievements, we highlight the work of archivist Kristen J. Nyitray, who has helped build the Special Collections and University Archives, creating more opportunities online and in-person for researchers to access its many wonders.

Out on the baseball diamond, Coach Matt Senk encourages his players to swing for the fences, on and off the field. Meanwhile, Assistant Dean of International Academic Programs Mariam Isack’s journey of taking a risk to leave her home in Tanzania to study in New York inspires students to take their own adventures. And with Commencement around the corner, we asked horticulturist Alaina Claeson to spill the dirt on what it takes to make our campus beautiful for our students’ special day.

It’s been a busy spring at SBU, and the future awaits. As we work together to harness the power of innovation, there’s no telling where we will go next.