Stony Brook University Biology and Biochemistry Convocation , May 2018


[ Music ]>>Stay standing. Here we go. [ Music ] [ Music ]>>Please be seated. [ Applause ] It is a great pleasure, as well as a privilege
and my distinct honor to welcome you all and officially open the departmental convocation
ceremony honoring the biochemistry and biology students in the Stony Brook University graduating
class of 2018. Welcome first to this impressive group of
graduates. Congratulations, guys. You did it. [ Applause ] Please let me also offer hearty welcome to
the family and friends of our graduates who have assembled here today to help myself and
my colleagues in undergraduate biology and from the departments of biochemistry and cell
biology, the department of ecology and evolution, the department of neurobiology and behavior,
celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating biochemistry and biology majors and biology
minors and master’s degree students. We are also honored today to be joined by
colleagues from the departments of the school of medicine and the school of health technology
and management. The faculty that are assembled here today
have all been active participants in the education of today’s graduates. I know I speak for my faculty colleagues in
saying how extremely proud we are of all the accomplishments with this group of graduates. They did it. [ Applause ] While we are in the process of congratulating
folks and getting through this very special day, there is another group that deserves
an extremely hearty round of applause and that is indeed you, the families and friends
that have — families and friends of the biology and biochemistry graduates of the class of
2018. We all know how important your love and support
has been in helping our graduates reach this moment. I asked all of our graduates to now join myself
and my faculty colleagues in thanking the parents, the grandparents, the siblings, the
cousins, the aunts, the uncles, the spouses, the little brothers and sisters and friends
that have made this day possible. Let’s give them a hand. [ Applause ] So now to our graduates. You guys are certainly aware of the work you
have put in to get to this day. But I would like to make sure our guests appreciate
your accomplishments. Please bear with me for a minute while I bring
them up to speed. Here you go, folks. This is what your graduates have done. Our biology and biochemistry graduates will
be receiving degrees from two of the most rigorous and respected undergraduate degree
programs in Stony Brook. Biochemistry and biology also happen to be
two of the largest majors on the Stony Brook campus. Indeed, this gathering is the largest departmental
convocation ceremony at Stony Brook today. As alumni of Stony Brook, this group of graduates
will be alumni of one of the premier public research universities in the United States
and will have earned a degree that is respected worldwide. This respect is not just handed out but is
achieved through hard work. More than 600 new freshmen came to Stony Brook
as majors in biochemistry and biology in the fall of 2014. The students here today are the ones who put
in the work to make it to the finish line. They can all tell you some of their freshman
friends, approximately one-third of those who started in this path, are not here today
but opted instead for a different major. These survivors are joined today by a cadre
of students who came to Stony Brook as transfer students and also put in the hard work needed
to cross the finish line. Indeed, the successful transfer students account
for approximately 25% of the graduates sitting here today. These students can all tell you that the biological
sciences here at Stony Brook are built on a solid foundation of math and the physical
sciences. Our biology and biochemistry graduates have
all taken two semesters of calculus, two semesters of general chemistry with lab, two semesters
of physics with lab, two semesters of organic chemistry with yet another lab. As well as additional math and chemistry courses
depending on their specific area or specialization. The biochemistry and biology curricula comprise
a rigorous core of five bio courses including two more labs that cover the fundamentals
of biology from hydrogen bonds, cellular physiology and genetics to the evolution of humans and
our interactions with the world and its global ecology. This comprehensive core curriculum is then
followed by seven different upper division biology courses, including upper division
labs, all of which must be passed with a grade of C or better. And there is the satisfactory completion of
an upper division writing requirement. And PS to our graduates, Akira is here today
and is accepting submission of upper division writing requirements. Not to brag on our graduates too much, but
they are among the best and the brightest at Stony Brook. This is why faculty in the life sciences frequently
hear from colleagues in other departments extending from Asian American studies, applied
mathematics, studio art, philosophy, psychology and women’s studies, that they’re the very
best students in their class, the biology and biochemistry students. I do not need to spend more of our previous
time here further belaboring this point. As our graduating students can tell you, science
is evidence-based. The accomplishment of this year’s group of
graduates will indeed become evident as we go through today’s program. As you will hear, these efforts and experiences
extend beyond the classroom experiences of a college student. Clubs, research, community service work and
well, just growing up as a person, a scholar and an educated citizen. Not to steal any thunder here, but there will
be more of this later when we have the privilege of hearing comments from today’s student speaker. So what does the future hold for our graduates? Today we are honored to have as a special
guest a former Stony Brook student who has come back to provide some perspective on the
world outside and the types of challenges and opportunities that await our graduates. It’s a large and complex world out there,
one that is not fixed but constantly in a state of flux and change. Our alumni speaker should give you the confidence
that the education you’ve received here at Stony Brook has prepared you to not only meet
the challenges that you might expect, but has also equipped you to overcome the challenges
that we cannot yet imagine, using knowledge that has yet to exist. Dr. Stuart Levine grew up in Unionville, New
York in a zip code shared by several of you here today. He came to Stony Brook in 1971 and graduated
with a BS in biology in 1975. Like many of you, Dr. Levine took three semesters
of introductory biology courses, a year of chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a
year of calculus and a year of physics. At the upper division, his interests at that
time were in the area of ecology and evolution. As many of you have done, Dr. Levine also
took advantage of the opportunity to do research as an undergraduate, working with Iver Dudal,
a new assistant professor in the marine sciences research center, which now evolved into the
school of marine and atmospheric sciences. Following completion of his undergraduate
studies, Dr. Levine spent some time on Long Island before heading to Washington where
he earned a master’s in healthcare administration from George Washington University. This was followed after a few other curves
in the road by completion of an MD degree from the University of Illinois Chicago school
of medicine. Following this, Dr. Levine moved further west
to California to do a residency in psychiatry at UCLA. He then quickly moved into a leadership role
in healthcare administration that has spanned several decades. In 2011, Dr. Levine received a fellowship
in bio-design and innovation from Stanford University. And his efforts since that time have involved
job titles that include terms such as innovation and transformation. This includes his current role as the chief
physician strategist for Google and the chief medical and innovation officer for Agilon
Health, a healthcare services and technology company based in Long Beach, California that
assists over 1,800 primary care physicians and more than 10,000 specialists across three
states, and improving care for more than 600,000 patients. We are delighted to bring Dr. Levine back
to Long Island, the place of his beginnings to be with us on this special day. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Stuart Levine
back to Stony Brook. [ Applause ]>>Wow, I just want to thank you for having
me here. To be perfectly transparent with you guys,
this is the first cap and gown I’ve ever worn in my life. I seem to have missed every graduation that
I ever had the opportunity to go through. The closest I got was seeing my daughter graduate
from Penn. And hopefully now when she graduates from
Penn with a PhD. But this is it. So I thank you for the first privilege of
being able to wear this cap and gown in front of you. I think that the remarks that I want to make
are going to be a little bit different than others you’ll hear. Some of it is around how things are amazingly
the same today as they were 40 years ago, and how the opportunity is at your footsteps
to actually learn and make a difference. And that people are fairly discouraged these
days about, “Well, things aren’t looking. And look at the atrocities of what’s going
on with violence and guns and things like that.” And when I was on a plane writing down some
thoughts for today, the things that occurred to me was the things I was struggling with
as a student here at Stony Brook was not vastly different than what we’re encountering today. And how dare we, me, not learn well enough
from that and how the opportunity for you is at your footsteps to really take that knowledge
and go somewhere with it. The other thing is that people are so focused
on what they need to do next, what’s their next degree, what’s their next job? Do they have a gap year? How do they pass the next test, et cetera? They sometimes forget the most essential ingredients
to be successful. So to be perfectly honest with you guys in
the audience, I was not a very successful Stony Brook student. In fact, when they asked me to do this, it
was like, “Who are you asking? Right? Me?” I was not your shining star at Stony Brook. But one of the things in my reflection that
I learned was the great learning from failure. And one of the things that is most essential
in my roles in leading innovation and leading healthcare systems is learning how to fail
often, early and learning from every mistake. And one of those things was learned here at
Stony brook. I failed a lot. [Laughs] But it taught me a lot. When I started medical school, it was almost
like, “Why’d they let me in here? You know, like didn’t they see what I did
as an undergraduate?” And people who were incredible in college
had a lot harder time in medical school, because when you couldn’t learn it all, when you couldn’t
accomplish it all, and the things that make the greatest doctors in the world today is
not, “I know all the answers.” But, “I’m sorry, I don’t know. I need help.” If you look at the humility of the best doctors
in the world and the best leaders in the world, it’s, “I need help. I have humility. What can I learn more today than I knew yesterday?” And as you’re graduating and taking your next
steps forward, think about what you’ve learned, what you didn’t learn, what things you accomplished
and what things you failed at. And most of all, how can you use that to take
the next step forward? Think about the things that did make you successful
to be here this day in this incredibly special day. Because it really is all about you. You know, I remember — it almost brings me
to tears now thinking about when my daughter graduated Penn. And Biden was there because his granddaughter
was graduating that day, and Trump was there because his daughter was graduating that day. And security was beyond control. But I was just choked up by the thrill of
just seeing all of those folks and what they had accomplished and what they went through. And just looking at your incredible smiling
faces, it moves me. And how do you take that forward? What are the most important things? You look at somebody and you say, “Oh my god,
you have six degrees. You went to medical school. You did all this stuff with national companies. You’re even at Google.” It’s not about me and it’s not about what
I accomplished. It’s about what can you learn and what drove
the success for that. What do you think it is? Most of all it’s heart. It’s passion. It’s fire in the belly. It’s something that moves people beyond brains. I bet that most of you are way smarter than
I am and I will ever be in my lifetime. I can certainly tell you my daughter is, and
my wife. And my wife is an obstetrician and she’s my
inspiration of around healthcare every day. And so that passion, that inspiration that
takes you to the next step, make sure you take that today and go forward. What else works? Hard work. Just working hard. When I think about what worked best in medical
school, was you just really worked hard. Again, you didn’t have to be a genius, but
you did have to work really hard. What else? Diligence, organization, focus. Think about the things that you did best in
your great years here. Think about it. Was it because you were you know, you had
scored 1600 out of 1600 on your SAT’s? Was it because you just naturally were gifted
with that? Was it because you really knew how to focus,
you know how to organize your thoughts, you know how to put them together? And you learned how to do that every day. And those of you who I’m sure will get the
greatest success are those of you who are going to learn how to do this and continue
to learn every day. Every day is going to be an experience and
an opportunity for you to go forward and make a difference. Make a difference in the world. Think of what’s going on in the 1970’s. I know you can’t, because you were not even
born then. But you know, marijuana was rampant all over
campus. Now we have the opiate crisis. Vietnam was the crisis of the day. Now we have the crisis in the Mid-East. Then there was abuse in populations with disparity. Now we have people getting killed by police
and violence in the schools. What have we learned? It is up to you guys to change this. It is really up to you to understand what’s
going to be most important to you as biology majors, as scientists, and most of all, as
human beings and people in this world that really care. My wife has delivered 21,000 babies in her
career and only 12% of them are born by C-section. The national average is almost 48%. Is it that she’s really, really smart? Well, I think so. But she’s my hero. Is it that she delivered a lot of babies? That probably helps. Or is it that when a human being comes in
front of her, is she thinking about all the algorithms in her head, or is she shutting
up and listening to that patient and trying to really understand who they are as a human
being, what are they trying to communicate, what point of life are they at? And how does she guide them through the next
incredibly important nine months? Think about this day as that interview, of
how you’re going to walk up on this stage, get your diplomas, learn how to take the next
step, go on to the next day and take a breath. Make sure you have fun every day. You do not want to do something that is like,
“Oh god, what a job.” I’ve had them. I had a job running a huge insurance company
and I went in with a stomach ache and I went home with tears. I mean, there’s no reason for that, right? We have to really make a difference. You have to make a difference for yourselves,
for your families, for your community, for your families. The other really important thing is remember
that it’s not all accomplishments. Look at what you accomplished to be sitting
here today and being so proud of what you’ve done. And look at your families and what joy they
have of seeing you here. What is that about? Is that about all your accomplishments? Or is that being able to start to come up
with a work/life balance that keeps the min perspective? That embraces the love around you, that takes
that in and makes you a whole human being, and then look at how much easier it is to
be a great professional. Think about the people that you love and respect
most in the world and those who have accomplished the most. They’re the ones who have that work/life balance,
who appreciated their family and their love around them. Who appreciated what’s not working in the
community and what they can do for themselves. To go to a hackneyed old expression from John
F. Kennedy, think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. We should be asking that every day of ourselves,
for you as professionals, as young people, as next leaders of tomorrow and what you could
do to learn every day and make it important and significant. Your obligations are as human beings and the
citizens of the world and what you want to do. Think about what your passion is, what’s important
for you and how you can contribute. Don’t settle for second thrift. Don’t settle because you just have to. Do what’s important. Do what your heart is behind, because it’s
hard work. Every day is hard work. It’s got to be fun work, but it’s hard work. And that’s what’s going to get you through. So in closing, I think the message for today
is around look at history. Look at what you can learn from history. Look at what you can learn from history before
you were born. Look at what you can learn from history while
you’ve been growing up. And that every day reflect on that day. Somebody really brilliant in medical school
told me, “Every time you see a patient, read at least one article about something that
happened important today so you get a little bit smarter and a little bit more focused
on what’s important.” Think about somebody who moved your life and
changed you, whether you’re as a physician, a scientist or a citizen in the world. And write down in a book, what did you learn? What’s one tidbit you learned that was really
important to you as a human being and to your heart? Start making that journal of academia and
life important. And bring that home to who and what’s important
to you every day so that you can start off the next day with something that you can be
proud of. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished today. Be proud of the love and the families that
you have around you, that have really made a difference in your life. And be proud of the next step, but don’t worry
about what do you have to do. Just be able to chart what you need to do
and what’s important and follow your heart. Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>Thank you, Dr. Levine. So now we’re going to move to the part of
the ceremony for presentation of awards and honors. This is what we’re going to call the evidence-based
part of the ceremony. I told you these were good kids. This is where it’s coming from. We would like to recognize our graduating
students for their many outstanding achievements, and we’ll start with an award given by the
chancellor of the State University of New York. State University of New York Chancellor’s
Award recognizes undergraduates who best demonstrate the integration of academic performance with
other aspects of university and community life. This year, 15 Stony Brook undergraduates were
recognized with this award at a ceremony held in Albany on April 10th. Five, that’s right, five of the 15 Chancellor’s
Award winners are here with us today as graduating biochemistry and biology majors, and the sixth
is graduating with a minor in biology. The names of these students are noted on the
back of your program. Please join me in applauding these students
for this outstanding accomplishment. [ Applause ] Thank you. The provost is the chief academic officer
of the university and is responsible for advancing academic excellence across the range of programs
in the colleges, schools, research centers and interdisciplinary institutes on the west
campus at Stony Brook. The Provost Award is given annually to a select
number of graduating seniors who have shown true academic excellence not just in the classroom
but in other ways as well, in research or creative activities or building an academic
community. I’m honored to inform you that of the 15 Stony
Brook students selected to receive the Provost Award for academic excellence this year, six
are here today as graduating biochemistry and biology majors. The names of these students are also indicated
on the back of your programming. Please join me in congratulating these students
for this well-deserved recognition. [ Applause ] Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition
Awards are bestowed upon students who have significant accomplishments above and beyond
the requirements of their academic degree programs. Achievements of these students were compiled
based on nomination materials contributed by university faculty and staff and graduate
students. And the awards were presented in the Undergraduate
Recognition Awards ceremony on April 16th of this year. The award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
and Academic Excellence is given to students who have demonstrated a passion for learning
that extends beyond the classroom. 21 of the 49 Stony Brook undergraduates recognized
with the University Recognition Awards for Academic Excellence this year — that’s 21
of 49 — were from biochemistry and biology, including 19 graduating seniors who are here
with us today. The names of these students are noted on the
back of your program. Please join me in also congratulating these
students for their distinguished academic accomplishments. [ Applause ] As our students will attest, there’s much
more to life at Stony Brook than what happens in the classroom. Honors also conferred at the Undergraduate
Recognition Awards ceremony reveal that biochemistry and biology students continue to be active
participants and leaders in shaping student life at Stony Brook. Our students received a number of Undergraduate
Recognition Outstanding Achievement awards. This includes Outstanding Achievement Awards
in athletics, community service and leadership. The name of the seven students receiving these
different awards are also noted on the back of your program. The University Recognition Award ceremony
also included different specialized area awards. This includes recognition of biochemistry
major Amanda Storbach with the Babach Norba-Heddy Senior Leadership Award. Please join me in applauding all of these
students for their remarkable contributions to Stony Brook University. [ Applause ] Phi Beta Kappa is a national honor society
devoted to the promotion of scholarly attainment in liberal arts and sciences. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is based not only
on high grades, but also on the breadth, the balance and proportion in the candidate’s
program. Five of this year’s biochemistry graduates
and 16 of this year’s biology graduates have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. This accomplishment is noted next to the names
of the students on the inside of the program. It is notable that this group of 21 biochemistry
and biology degree candidates accounts for almost 40% of the 54 Phi Beta Kappa graduates
at Stony Brook University this year. Please join me in congratulating this impressive
group of students for this accomplishment. [ Applause ] So degrees with distinction are conferred
upon candidates with bachelor’s of science who completed at least 55 credits at Stony
Brook and have attained the requisite grade point average in the class. Attainment of a degree with distinction is
indicated on the student’s diploma and permanent academic record. The distinction of Suma Cum Laude is awarded
to students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher. The distinction of Magna Cum Laude is awarded
to students with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. And the distinction of Cum Laude is awarded
to students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To put those numbers in context for the families,
an A is a 4, a B is a 3. 3.5 or higher means that you’re between a
B plus and A minus in all of your courses here at Stony Brook. The eligibility of our graduating students
for these different degrees of distinction is noted on the inside of the program. 22 of our graduating biochemistry students
and 26 of our graduating biology students are candidates for the bachelor of science
degree with the distinction of Suma Cum Lauda. That’s 3.85 or higher. 11 biochemistry and 29 biology students are
candidates for the bachelor of science degree with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. That’s 3.7 or higher. And now finally we can add to this that 23
biochemistry and 42 biology students are candidates for the bachelor of science degree with distinction
of Cum Laude. For those of you that are really quick at
math, you will realize this comes to a total of 153 of our current graduates that are eligible
for a degree with distinction. I would now like to ask all of the students
who are here with us today, that are in one of those three groups — you know who you
are, guys — to please rise so that we can recognize you for your achievement. [ Applause ] Okay, great work, guys. Please be seated. So before we move to the portion of the ceremony
where we present departmental awards, I would like to recognize a few of our graduates for
a very special accomplishment. I am pleased to inform you that it was determined
earlier this week — we needed to wait for the submission of final grades for the semester
— that not one, not two, not three, but four of our graduating biochemistry and biology
students will be recognized with the [inaudible] Valedictorian Award in the commencement ceremony
later today. This award is given to students that were
admitted as freshmen and are graduating with the highest grade point average in the class. Biochemistry students Iem Avila and Allisandra
Recio, and biology students Ankit Ing and Roy Rahib are all graduating from Stony Brook
today with a perfect GPA of 4.0. [ Applause ] I would like to ask Iem, Allisandra, Ankit
and Roy to please rise. [ Applause ] Let’s close this part of the ceremony by providing
a well-deserved congratulation to these four students as well as to all of their classmates
and our other previously recognized graduates for their success and the honor that they
bring to all who are associated with the biochemistry and biology degree programs at Stony Brook
University. One last round of applause for everybody. [ Applause ] It is now with great pleasure that I invite
Dr. Aaron Neman, the chair of the department of chemistry and cell biology to come to the
microphone to present the departmental awards for honors in biochemistry.>>So we would now like to recognize the students
who will be graduating with honors in biochemistry. This distinction requires both a record of
outstanding academic achievement as well as the completion of an honors thesis. The eight biochemistry students who have earned
this distinction are listed on the back of your program, and the full title of their
thesis projects is in the insert page of the convocation program. I’d like now to call up the eight students
who are graduating with honors in biochemistry who are here today to receive a framed certificate
acknowledging this accomplishment. I’d like to start by asking Mina Alkazid and
Ty Alid to please come forward. [ Applause ] Mina did her honors thesis research with Dr.
Debra Brown in the department of biochemistry and cell biology. Ty did his research with Dr. Ed Luck, also
from the department of biochemistry and cell biology. Will Drs. Brown and Luck please come forward
to present the students with their certificates? [ Applause ] [ Applause ] I would now like to ask Yee-Min Lee and Anne
Lin to come forward. Yee-Min did her thesis research in the laboratory
of Dr. Dave Mattis in the department of biochemistry and cell biology, who will present her with
her certificate. And Anne did her thesis research with Dr.
Jason Sheltzer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Sheltzer sends his apologies as he is
unable to attend today. Anne’s certificate will instead be presented
by Dr. Peter Gergen, a reader of her thesis. Will Drs. Mattis and Gergen please come forward? [ Applause ] [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Oops, skipped somebody. I would now like to ask Sanuri Pathanaraga
and Christopher Walsh to come forward. Sanuri did her thesis research with Dr. Ewal
Ujima in the department of chemistry. Dr. Ujima sends his regrets as he cannot be
here today. Sanuri’s certificate will instead be presented
by Dr. Debra Brown, the biochemistry honors program coordinator. Christopher did his research with Dr. Morris
Kernan from the department of neurobiology and behavior who will present Christopher
with his certificate. Will Drs. Brown and Kernan please come forward? [ Applause ] [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Finally I’d like to ask June Yong and Leon
Yong to come forward. June did her thesis research with Dr. Fang
Chan Lee in the department of pharmacology. As Dr. Lee isn’t able to attend today, June’s
certificate will be presented by Dr. Debra Brown, a reader on her thesis. Leon did his research with Dr. Mercedes Acosta-Martinez
from the department of physiology and biophysics. Will Drs. Brown and Acosta-Martinez please
come forward to present the framed certificates? [ Applause ] [ Applause ] At this time it’s my pleasure to invite Dr.
Lorna Rolle, professor and chair of the department of neurobiology and behavior to come to the
microphone to present the departmental awards in biology. [ Applause ]>>We would like to recognize four of our
graduating biology majors for outstanding academic achievement in the completion of
an honors thesis in biology. These students are listed on the back page,
and the full title of each thesis is provided by the insert page of the convocation program. Each of these students will be called up to
the platform to be presented also with a framed certificate acknowledging this accomplishment
by a member of the faculty. I’d like to start by asking Maria Ania and
Sana Fujiomara if they will please come forward. [ Applause ] Maria did her thesis research with Dr. Stella
Sterka from the department of pharmacological sciences. And Sana did her research with Dr. Lonnie
Walmuth in the department of neurobiology and behavior. Both Dr. Sterka and Dr. Walmuth send their
regrets as they are unable to join us today. In their place I would like to ask Dr. Bill
Collins from the department of neurobiology and behavior to please come forward to present
the students with their certificates. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] I would now like to ask Serika Hira and Siyad
Husanin to come forward. Serika’s research was done with Dr. Ewal Ujima
in the department of chemistry, and Siyad’s research was done with Dr. Sharon Pashral
in the sustainability program in the school of marine and atmospheric sciences. Drs. Ujima and Pashral are also unable to
join us, as they are attending their departmental convocations today. Serika’s certificate will be presented by
Dr. Bill Collins, and Siyad’s certificate will be presented by Dr. Marvin O’Neal, the
course director of the introductory biology laboratories and a reader on his thesis. Will Dr. O’Neal please come forward to join
us in presenting the students with their framed certificates? [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Okay, it’s now my pleasure to ask Dr. Debra
Brown, professor of biochemistry and cell biology, to come to the microphone to present
the Raymond Jones Award for outstanding research in cell biology. Dr. Brown.>>Dr. Raymond Jones was originally from Wales. He was a professor at Stony Brook back in
the late ’60’s and 1970’s. He was chairman of the biology department
and then provost of the division of biological sciences. He also had another hat. He served as director of the international
exchange program and set up scholarly exchange programs with foreign countries including
Poland and China. The Raymond F. Jones Award for outstanding
research in cell biology was established in his memory. I’m proud to announce today that this year’s
winner of the Raymond F. Jones Award is Ty-Li Lee. Ty is especially appropriate for this award. One of Raymond Jones’ contributions in 1978
was a paper entitled “A Rapid and Sensitive Method for the Detection of Histone Peptides.” Now I know that all of our graduates know
exactly what histones are because everybody got that question right back in bio 202 when
it was on the exam. But for everybody else in the room, I will
tell you that histones are important proteins that organize DNA in our cells. So Ty is being recognized today for his work
in the lab of Dr. Ed Luck in the biochemistry and cell biology department, developing a
rapid method for purifying histone remodeling proteins. So I think Dr. Raymond Jones would heartily
approve of this choice. So protein purification is one of the biggest
challenges in biology today, and Ty’s task in Dr. Ed Luck’s lab was not just to purify
one protein, but a complex of protein called SWER, made of 14 separate proteins. This complex works in histone exchange that
is changing the specific type of histone proteins that are bound to the DNA at any given time,
according to the specific needs of the cell. Now to make Ty’s job even harder, the SWER
complex is unstable and rapidly loses its activity during purification. So Ty spent many long hours in the cold room,
and he eventually came up with a method that shaved 12 hours off the previous approach
to this problem. And he ended with a SWER complex that was
twice as active as what they’d had before. So Dr. Luck’s lab can now use SWER purified
by this method to determine its 3D structure to give more insights into exactly how it
works. And for this work, Ty’s work is actually going
to be included in two papers coming out of Dr. Luck’s lab, which is an outstanding accomplishment
for an undergraduate. Ty received a Eureka Biology Alumni Research
Award to support his research on this project over the summer. He wrote a beautiful honors thesis describing
his work and he’s graduating as you just heard with honors in biochemistry. So I asked Ty about what he’s learned in the
lab, and he told me a couple of things in addition to the specific expertise he gained
in protein purification. First, he told me a lot of times experiments
don’t work. This is a very important lesson that all of
us who have done lab work have come to realize. Importantly though, he went on to say he’s
learned from this experience how to use different experimental tools to try to figure out why
the thing hadn’t worked and how he might fix it the next time. This is a sign of a real scientist. It’s one of the most important lessons that
a scientist can learn. The other thing that Ty told me that he’s
learned wasn’t about science itself, but about the process of doing science. He said that the entering research workshop
was his gateway into research and helped point him toward the Luck lab. Once he got there, he discovered how close-knit
a research lab is. And instead of just everybody standing at
their bench doing their experiments on their own, the people are constantly talking to
each other and sharing ideas with each other. So what he found was not just a challenging
scientific project, but a real scientific community. So Ty, please come up to the platform now
to join me and accept my congratulations on this well-deserved award. [ Applause ] [ Applause ]>>So I’m Morris Kernan from the department
of neurobiology behavior, and it’s my pleasure to present the Irwin Oster Award for outstanding
research in genetics. Like the Raymond Jones Award, one of the only
two actual cash awards we’ll be handing out. However, the certificates and diplomas that
you do receive today, we hope they remind you and your families of your achievements
here for many years to come. But if you want to ensure that your name will
live on for many, many generations, here’s how to do it. Create a really useful fruit fly chromosome. If you’ve ever done any Dreisofl genetics,
the odds are good that you used a fly chromosome called Kerny-O to help map your mutations. The O stands for Irwin Oster and the chromosomes
he created over 60 years ago, or that is 1,500 fruit fly generations ago, are still used
by fly geneticists all over the world. Elof Carlson, also a geneticist and one of
Stony Brook’s great teachers, trained together with Oster and endowed this award in memory
of his colleague and friend. We honor their life’s work each year by presenting
this award for outstanding research using genetics. The Oster Award this year goes to Anne Lin
and I ask her to rejoin us on the platform now. Anne is a double major in biochemistry and
economics and a 2017 Goldwater scholar. She’s compiled a remarkable research record. She’s been a leader in the Stony Brook iGen
synthetic biology team and founded the Student Synthetic Biology Society. She researches multi-similarity in yeast with
Dr. Gabra Balashi, and herpes virus with Dr. Lori Krug. But it’s her work in cancer genetics within
the lab of Dr. Jason Sheltzer at Cold Spring Harbor that’s really now making news. The Sheltzer lad uses crisper gene editing
to study the genes that cancer cells need to grow and which therefore are possible targets
for new anti-cancer drugs. Together with a fellow Stony Brook undergrad
and Goldwater scholar Christopher Juliano, Anne used crisper to mutate a gene called
MELK which is widely thought to be essential for cancer growth. Indeed, a drug that inhibits it is now in
clinical trials on that basis. But when they knocked out the gene, the cancer
cells grew just fine. So the drug still kills those cells, but it
must be working on something else. Something that’s really important to know. Overturning established science like this
is difficult, maybe even more difficult than making new discoveries. But there are two papers, on both of which
Anne and Christopher are joint first authors, leave no doubt about the result. This is genetics at its best and most incisive,
absolutely deserving of this year’s Oster Award. [ Applause ] Anne has since been awarded Fullbright Fellowship
which will now take her to the University of Oslo in Norway to join a large international
collaboration exploring organella chip technology. And her further goal, if she really needs
it, is a PhD. It’s now my pleasure to ask Dr. Gergen to
return to describe the final group of departmental award winners. [ Applause ]>>So the departments of biochemistry and
cell biology, ecology and evolution and neurobiology and behavior are pleased to recognize several
of our graduating seniors with departmental outstanding undergraduate achievement awards,
based on their numerous accomplishments as students, their contributions to science as
researchers in the laboratory. And the invaluable assistance they have provided
as undergraduate teaching assistants in our classrooms. Each of these students is listed on the back
page of your program, and will receive a certificate commemorating their award when they come to
the platform to be recognized as individual degree candidates. However, we’d now like to recognize them as
a group by asking each candidate to stand as their name is read and to remain standing
until all the names have been read. I would like to request that family members
and guests please hold their applause until all 39 names have been read. The award winners for outstanding achievement
in biochemistry, and again, please stand when I read your name. Mina Alkasid, Mustafa Babar, Mark Berenstein,
Brian Chan, Allison Chang, Matthew Chapman, Yogida Presode, Allesandra Recio, Kevin Shan,
Christopher Walsh and June Yang. For outstanding achievement in biology, specialization
in bioengineering, Cecilia Miguel. For outstanding achievement in biology, specialization
in developmental genetics, Adiola Adaya, Justin Bell, Olivia Joseph, Aaron Kwan, Ankit Ing,
Roy Rahib, Jonshid Serwari, Karesh Tatuska, Pu-Li Wong and Brian Yang. For outstanding achievement in biology, specialization
in ecology and evolution, Shang-Hu Wong. For outstanding achievement in biology, specialization
in environmental biology, Abigail Higgins. For outstanding achievement in biology, specialization
in interdisciplinary biology, Laura Kaba, Sanef Pujimura, Huta Kwanango, Huma Kwanago,
Hir Sha, Agatha Svoboda, Amanda Storbeck and Nicole Sukaria. And finally for outstanding achievement in
biology, specialization in neuroscience, Charismus Chabra, Gregory Chinochio, San-Hun Park, Robert
Santos III, Lio Su, Luna Tan and Nigel Xhang. They’re all standing now. Please joining me in thanking them for their
efforts and congratulating them. [ Applause ] Please be seated. Now it is a distinct honor and my great pleasure
to introduce the student speaker for the 2018 biochemistry and biology convocation program,
Ms. Lio Su. Lio is a graduating biology senior in the
neuroscience specialization who was selected as the student speaker today by a panel of
students. Please help me welcome her. [ Applause ]>>Welcome, everyone. My foot fell asleep so bear with me while
I go through this with the painstaking steps. Okay. Welcome, everyone. We are gathered here today to witness and
celebrate the union of our class of 2018 with our hard-earned degrees. But before we go further with the speech,
I want to ask what else are we celebrating? What else are we recognizing? We are celebrating the endless efforts made
by our families. Please. [ Applause ] Our friends that are sitting among us. [ Applause ] Yeah, applause. Our mentors that might be up on stage or in
their lab. [ Applause ] And lastly, our entire community. [ Applause ] We are also recognizing the support and dedication,
the biology and biochemistry department and faculty have shown us. So everyone in here. [ Applause ] Okay. So before we go further, I want us to think
back to when we first arrived at Stony Brook. We definitely brought with us an array of
emotions. I remember mine being anticipation with just
a spoonful — okay, I won’t lie, maybe a really big spoonful — of fear. But we overcame that. And I overcame that. We came from all over the world, or at least
all over the tri-state area. Let’s be realistic. We came from all sorts of backgrounds and
we came from those who believed in us and from those who did not. No matter where or how we got here, we have
grown. We have learned and most importantly we have
endured, maybe with the help of caffeine, a lot of it. And we have no finally come to the final chapter
of our lives, or maybe this chapter. It is with confidence we can say that we have
made proud those who believed in us and proved wrong those who didn’t. If you think back, we learned a lot. From the basic chemical interactions, the
metabolic behaviors, DNA, RNA, intricate signaling pathways if you’re a neurobio specialization. And of course countercurrent exchange, thank
you Dr. Coughlin in bio 203. We have triumphed in the face of rigorous
education. As Stony Brook students, we know how rigorous
the curriculum is and we should be proud that we’ve made it this far in one piece. Each course we took and each all-nighter we
pulled — and we pulled a lot of those, didn’t we — numerous challenges were overcome. But more importantly, we found people that
could overcome these challenges with us. We shared our struggles and maybe some Starbucks
because that was the only justified procrastination we could afford at the moment. We relied on each other. It was important that we had these people
to make it through everything with us. The idea that we were in it together got us
through the most anxious of times. We found our group as I call it — we found
our group that understood us, that supported us, accepted us and just got how weird we
were. It could have been fellow classmates, club
friends, coworkers or in my case, my suitemates that I love. It was with this group of people that we survived
these eventful four years. And it is with these people that we leave
here today together. Our time here has taught us many things. The idea of togetherness that I’ve been continuously
taking about. How to email professors without being disrespectful. How to cite properly so we don’t get points
taken off in 204. And what we are really capable of, maybe cramming
seven articles in one night. I think we’ve all been there at one point. But if there’s one crucial thing that we’ve
learned, it is the idea of embracing. Embracing endless midterms and lab reports
that always seem to be on the same week for some reason. Please, professors, somehow coordinate. [Laughs] Embracing sacrifices we need to make,
whatever they may be for. And finally, embracing support. Embracing the fact today that college wasn’t
meant to be the answer to our entire future’s plan, I think is one of the most important
things that we need to think about. College didn’t merely give us the ability
to seek the answer, but it gave us the ability to question and find the answer ourselves. Remember that this is the most valuable tool. Because it won’t just last through college,
but it will help you guide your life all throughout. Finally, it is with accepting and embracing,
with this beauty and this ability that we see how to open the next door. And when I think about the first time I started
thinking about the next door, my future, what kind of person I want to become, not just
what occupation I want to hold, I go back to a quote made by none other than Dr. Gergen
on stage. I remember specifically, and very clearly
he said, “I do what I do for my students so one day you can do more or, like everything,
what you can for others.” This is a perfect reminder that as we acknowledge
that we’ve really done well for the past four years, we must now continue to do well. Now as everyone’s going their ways, doing
well may mean different things for every each and one of us. Whatever field we dive into, whatever next
step is taken, we must urge ourselves to not only see what title we hold and what occupation,
but what kind of person we are becoming. We chase after the job and the degree, but
we rarely chase after happiness and thankfulness. Our tangible accomplishments will be acknowledged
as merit, but who we become will shape the way we see these accomplishments. The kind of person we become will shape how
we succeed. It doesn’t matter how we succeed. You say, “No, this is how we become happy
and just enjoy our lives.” Now embrace the importance of character and
how you view life. Class of 2018, it is time to open that next
door that I’ve been talking about. Open it with confidence and fully embrace
what is on the other side. Focus yourself with the determination that
has gotten you through all of your toughest times. Know that you will never be a product of your
circumstances, but rather your determination and your decisions. Let’s push forth and start our next journey. You all saw it coming, far beyond. Congratulations. We made it! [ Applause ]>>So now we come to the point in the program
where each of our individual degree candidates will come up to the platform to be recognized. You may have noticed professional photographers
are here to document this moment for each of our graduates. You may have also noticed that the ceremony
is being recorded and projected on the jumbotron screens in the arena. We fully appreciate the pride and excitement
of our guests and certainly share these sentiments. It will be greatly appreciated by everyone
in attendance today if all of our guests will be considerate of other members of the audience
as the individual graduates come forward to be recognized. I’d like to start the festivities by asking
Dr. Robert Thacker, professor and chair of the department of ecology and evolution, to
come forward to help recognize and congratulate for the candidates of master of arts degrees. It is now with great pleasure that I ask Scott
Grimmel, a candidate for the master of arts degree in biology with a specialization of
ecology and evolution, to please come up and be recognized. [ Applause ] Coincidentally, it can be noted that Scott’s
advisor in this degree program was indeed Dr. Thacker. I would now like to ask Adreitas Subriki,
a candidate for the master of arts degree in genetics to please come up and be recognized. [ Applause ] I would now like to ask Dr. Prithi Sha from
the school of health technology management to help recognize and congratulate the master
of science degree candidate. So now I’d like to ask Tiffany Richards, the
candidate for the master of science degree in neuroscience, whose research was done under
the guidance of Dr. Sha, to please come up and be recognized. [ Applause ] I would now like to ask Dr. Aaron Neman, professor
and chair of the department of biochemistry and cell biology to help recognize and congratulate
the degree candidates for the bachelor of science in biochemistry. We will start by presenting the biochemistry
banner bearer first, followed by the rest of the biochemistry graduates. We’d like to remind you that professional
photographers are here to document the recognition of every single student and ask that everyone
respect the rights of other members of the audience. The biochemistry graduates will be individually
introduced by Professor Nancy Hollinsworth from the department of biochemistry and cell
biology. For each graduate, she’ll read their name
and then provide individual recognition for their awards and accomplishments. Dr. Hollinsworth, please bring the group of
biochemistry majors forward.>>Allesandra Recio, Suma Cum Laude, Chancellor’s
Award, University Leadership Award, Outstanding achievement in biochemistry, banner bearer
and valedictorian. [ Applause ] Sayif Ahmed. [ Applause ] Nina Alkasid, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in Biochemistry and honors thesis. Justina Al-Modivar. Sebastian Alvarez, Cum Laude. Kevin Ayala. Jasmine Ayers. Mastufa Babar, Suma Cum Laudea, Outstanding
Achievement in biochemistry, University Academic Excellence Award. Shalana Baptiste. Emily Backam. Steven Begelman, Suma Cum Laude. Stephanie Blanco. Nicholas Brown, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude. Matthew Chapman, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in biochemistry. Ryan Chen, Magna Cum Laude. Joseph Churman. David G. Cross. Narone Douglas. Sing-Ping Duon. Catherine Eckhart, Magna Cum Laude, Provost
Award, University Academic Excellence. Kelly Eckhart. Jasmine Elsendioni, Cum Laude. Laticia Eugene. Drew Fatone, Cum Laude. Tashif Ferdus. Brenden Fitzsimmons. John Haley. Wasifa Son, Magna Cum Laude. Steven Hannah. David Hong. Victoria Wong. Raika Kabata. Sayid Calra, Cum Laude. Shannon Canadink. Atong Cudialara. Xhio-Jong Lee, Magna Cum Laude. Christy Lao. Lydia Lee. Simon Lee. Ty-Li Lee, Magna Cum Laude, honors thesis,
Raymond Jones Award. Yee-Man Li, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude,
honors thesis. Anne Lee, Cum Laude, honors thesis, Provost
Award, University Academic Excellence Award, 2018 Stony Brook Sigma Chi Research Award,
Irwin Oster Prize. Christina Lowe, Suma Cum Laude. Katie Luck. Jasmine Lupe. Vlad Moraru. Navid Nayan. James Nevins, Cum Laude. Derek Ing, Cum Laude. Nicole Nordal. Kevin Oh. Sanuri Patharenege, Cum Laude, honors thesis. Bavana Patil, Suma Cum Laude. Yogita Persaud, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in biochemistry. Christopher Ruiz. Alexander Sagelvad. DJ Sayez. Kevin Shan, Suma Cum Laude, Provost Award,
Outstanding Achievement in biochemistry. Navjat Singh, Magna Cum Laude. Maki Shimota. Sarah Skender, Suma Cum Laude. EG Su. Yee-Yung Tau, Cum Laude. Carlos Tosama. Vivetkanand Tatinani. Vivetkanand Tatinani. Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude. Adriana Toska. Stanley Toyberman. Bralio Trejo. Margaret Ushman. Jocelyn Vasquez. Erica Walata. Christopher Walsh, Suma Cum Laude, honors
thesis, Outstanding Achievement in biochemistry. Camille Widener. William Wong, Cum Laude. Cecelia Yan, Cum Laude. Jong-Wun Yang. June Yang, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in biochemistry, honors thesis. Leon Yang, Cum Laude, honors thesis. Alan Zarabi, Suma Cum Laude. Bell Zhang. Edward Zhang. Aaron Zong, Magna Cum Laude.>>Okay, so the candidates for the bachelor
of science degree in biology will be presented in three different groups and individually
recognized and congratulated for their awards and accomplishments. We will start by presenting today’s student
speaker and biology banner bearer first. And the first group of biology graduates will
be introduced by Professor Steven Glyn from the department of biochemistry and cell biology. Dr. Glyn, please bring your group forward
by going backwards. You stand there and I’m going to go over here.>>Lio Su, Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude,
Chancellor’s Award, University Academic Excellence Award, Outstanding Achievement in Neuroscience
Award and student speaker. Ankit Ing, Suma Cum Laude, outstanding achievement
in developmental genetics award, valedictorian and banner bearer. James Ankona, Cum Laude. Tyler Anderson, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum
Laude, University Academic Excellence Award. Timothy Antela Payan. Monica Anzelone. Jaqueline Arata. Brian Badalu. Nayim Batch. Kenny Bastin. Justin Bell, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in developmental genetics. Mark Berenstein. Verdrand Berrick, Cum Laude. Emma G. Brisbane, Cum Laude. Edward Brown. Colby Buel, Suma Cum Laude. Kimberly Buffon, Cum Laude. Megan Alexandra Boulard. Laura Caber, Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude,
Outstanding Achievement in interdisciplinary biology. Canaan Shamuk, Cum Laude. Kevin Calagy. Anna Cambra. Jonah Caputo. Christine Cazalay. Julima Cespedes. Tyler Chan, Cum Laude. Jun-Hi Chang. Shi-Lang Chen. Vincent Chen. Anne Marie Charabino. Anveth Chidenanva. Gregory Chianchio, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in neuroscience. Michael Chiconi. Yu-Shin Choe. Matthew Choy. Isabelle Cintran. Sierra Coleman, Cum Laude. Selsio Carrera-Padafial. Elizabeth Cruz. Julia Cunningham. Enzo Di Ferrari, Cum Laude. Cynthia Davendron. Amrit Jot Dylan. Blanca Diaz. Jordan Donagan, Cum Laude. Allison Dowling. Anweshi Dutar. Ryan Echivaria. Abigail Esceviaz. Nanziba Farabi. Humira Fadush. Ian Ferge. Camille Fida. Austen Fornier. Ryan Friesner. Sana Fujimora, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude,
honors thesis, Outstanding Achievement in interdisciplinary biology. Emily Gains, Magna Cum Laude. Merver Gesir. Maria George. James Glenn. Hunter Goldsmith, Cum Laude. Myra Gonzalez. Douglas Giordana, Magna Cum Laude. Catherine Gorecky. Nimrod Gozu, Magna Cum Laude. Matteo Granero. Ria Gulati. Jessica Hange. Shinshita Hassan. Christy Harrison. Alecia Hartman, Magna Cum Laude. Francily Hernandez. Abigail Higgins, Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in environmental biology. Cyrica Hera, Phi Beta Kappa, Chancellor’s
Award, honors thesis. George Hevis. Ivan Hwang. Samir Hussein Karilos Ibrahim. Rafid Enam. Kasper Hewanoswki. Sijad Husseini, Cum Laude, University Academic
Excellence Award, honors thesis. The second group of biology graduates will
be introduced by Professor Sangit Huni from the department of molecular genetics and microbiology.>>Samantha Jablonski. Denise Janvier, Phi Beta, Magna. Victoria Jarimila. Kiana Jofine. Diviad John. Olivia Joseph, Suma, University Academic Excellence,
Outstanding Achievement in developmental genetics. Ji-Yun Kang. Jonathan Kelly, Magna, University Academic
Excellence. William Michael Kennedy, University Leadership. Brandon Kenny. Rubia Kahn. Vidia Kosmahangu. Sarica Kohari. Harica Kolipara, Suma Laude, Provost. Aaron Kwan, Suma Laude, Provost, University
Academic Excellence, Outstanding Achievement in developmental genetics. Kevin Kwan, Laude. Vincent Kwan. Melissa Lowell. Laura Leon. Nicholas Lerner. George Michardo Lima. Andy Lin, Laude. Faman Lin. Catherine Lowe. Jamie Mangalatu. Daniel Maragelio. Randy Martinez. Alexei Maslow. Sabrina Marose. Winnifred May. Joshua Marai. Janine Mader, Magna Laude. Holina Maisek. Bria Magid, Laude. Michael Maward. Moraid Maloney, Suma Laude. Erica Morales. Gora Mudgal. Art Naid, Laude. Brandon Nam. Shala Nichols. Jaqueline Nikakis. Jennifer Orlando. Eric Orton, Phi Beta, Magna Laude. Nichole Anne Pagan. Stephanie Gabriele Pantina. Brittany Paradiso. Hoydi Park. Sang-Hoon Park, Suma Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in neuroscience. Hadan Patel. Lawrence Paul. Christian Pedraza. Andrew Pelicano. Ida Marie Penolina. Dora Pepra. Perez Pekio. Via Persad. Sandra Popa, Laude. Jessica Parshad. Roy Rahib Kilo, Suma Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in developmental genetics, valedictorian. Roshni Retnasingan. Sundas Remal. Katelyn Riley, Laude. Jini Rivera. Jessica Rodriguez. Tracy Rosenlecht. The third and final group of biology graduates
will be introduced by Professor William Collins from the department of neurobiology and behavior.>>Next student, next student. [ Applause ]>>Samin Reman Lowry. James Rail, Suma. Asham Nasid. Martin Ranginowada. Min O’Brian, Laude.>>Daniella Sanchez. Cassandra L. Santiago. Eunice Santian Gress. Robert Santos, Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in neuroscience. Kaylie Sartoris, Magna Cum Laude. Aia Setsu, Laude, Provost Award. Hira Sha, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in interdisciplinary biology. Mohammed Shigri. Raj Winder Singh. Christie Su, Cum Laude. Rachel Stokes. Robert Talay. Julia Tamay. Luna Tan, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in neuroscience. Jennifer Tang. Niyat Team, Cum Laude. Valerie Anne Timmerman. Jessie Tokash. Makenzey Blake Truman. Jaquelin Wonker, University Community Service. Shannon Wang, Outstanding Achievement in ecology
and evolution. Hua Wang, Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in developmental genetics. Zi-Yi Wang. Jessica Welch. Joelle White. Rebecca Wolf. Samuel Vargas. Raymond Shriyi. Brian Yang, Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude,
Outstanding Achievement in developmental genetics. Hau Yu. Nigel Zang, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in neuroscience. Ying-Ying Zhen, Magna Cum Laude. Juliet Zimbalis. Zeu Zun. Faraz Yussef. Angela Sang, Cum Laude. Adil Sadiki. Dominque Segowksi, Magna Cum Laude, University
Academic Excellence. Debra Weimer. Mobina Toluchter. Simi Williams. Sandeet Singh. Agatha Svoboda, Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in interdisciplinary biology. Charez Zahid. Nichole Sukari, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in interdisciplinary biology. Matthew Torres. Samantha Fontario. Zinea Bonea. Melnika Singh. Aditi Sharma. Caris Tutuska, Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in developmental genetics. Nivan Singh. Aiswaria Vijadran. Jamshid Shawari, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding
Achievement in developmental genetics. Atif Ahmed, Cum Laude. Tajmika Maharjen, Cum Laude, University Academic
Excellence. Brian Chan, Suma Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement
in biochemistry. Jona Genie. Diego Molina. Michelle Wu, Suma Cum Laude. Jinsid Nija, Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude. Chen Wen Su. Rada Tarin. Isaac An. Danga Ajai. Amanda Staubach, Magna Cum Laude, Chancellor’s
Award, University Academic Excellence, Outstanding Achievement in interdisciplinary biology. Noel Osatutu, Cum Laude. Fania Halle Rohu. Mavis Oforte Brown. Iem Avila, Suma Cum Laude, Valedictorian. Ristima Chapra, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum
Laude, Outstanding Achievement in neuroscience. Constantino Muskas. Ervander Singh, Magna Cum Laude. Rami Arikats, Suma Cum Laude. Inri Deselmay. Kierans Hector. That was good. Okay. Huma Quan-Ang Numo. Ryan Samuelson, Cum Laude. Maria Anaia, Cum Laude, University Academic
Excellence, honors thesis. Min-He Chen, Magna Cum Laude. Sean Tan. Andrew Smith. Jasmi Abraham. Hura Hwanungo, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude,
Outstanding Achievement in interdisciplinary biology. Kafu Ahmed. Ja-Kee Wang. Ryan Julius. Hasan Vish Amin, Magna cum Laude. Adiola Adiyaya, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum
Laude, Outstanding achievement in developmental genetics. Quan-Yong Park, Magna Cum Laude. Jun-Yae Lee. Usman Mazfar. Congratulations, graduates. [ Applause ]>>So we are now very close to the conclusion
of the 2018 biochemistry and biology convocation. I’d like to start by thanking the staff that
helped put this event together, so let’s give them a hand. They’re back behind the scenes. [ Applause ] And especially, I know all of the students
filling out the yellow cards for Lynette Giordano. She appreciates your efforts and we appreciate
your efforts on that. Okay. [ Applause ] So I would now like to ask all of today’s
degree candidates from the master of arts in biology, master of arts in genetics, master
of science in neuroscience, bachelor of science in biochemistry and the bachelor of science
in biology to please rise. [ Applause ] Congratulations to each and every one of you. In recognition of your achievements, please
turn the tassel on your cap from the right to the left. Congratulations. [ Applause ] So this brings us to the conclusion of the
2018 biochemistry and biology convocation ceremony. Congratulations once again to the graduates,
their friends and families. We’d like to thank you all very much for joining
us on this important occasion. And I now ask that the audience please remain
in place until the procession departs. For those who will be attending the main ceremony
at Lovalo Stadium, the biochemistry and biology students will be lining up outside the sports
arena. We look forward to seeing you all outside. Hit it. [ Applause ] [ Music ]