Graduate Student Publication Highlights Interdisciplinary Collaboration

An eclectic group of attendees gathered in the Shore Room in the Student Activities Center for the May 1 unveiling of The Stony Brook University Graduate of Arts and Sciences Magazine, the first magazine and platform of its kind at Stony Brook. 

The aim of the project is to showcase the academic and creative endeavors of graduate students, including academic articles, poetry, and student spotlights from more than 20 departments. The first issue, titled The Human Connection, highlights the threads of commonality that bind us together. 

“Our magazine marks a notable achievement as the only student-run graduate publication at Stony Brook,” said Ava Nederlander, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the magazine’s executive editor. “We showcase local talent, highlighting the wealth of intellectual and artistic talent within the community. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the magazine demonstrates the power of blending fields for richer understanding and innovation while giving students a chance to share their voices and achievements.” 

Grad magazine groupFounding sponsors of the magazine include: the Alan Alda Center for Communicating ScienceDepartment for Electrical and Computer EngineeringGraduate Student OrganizationInstitute for Advanced Computational Science and Staller Center for Fine Arts. The multi-departmental sponsorship and collaborative support underscores the university’s ethos of empowering students and promoting academic excellence, while reinforcing its vibrant academic and creative community. 

Nederlander, who is also a PhD researcher in the Department of Computer Science, initiated the project and said her motivation stemmed from a desire to integrate academic and research passions in both the arts and sciences, while at the same time bridging the gap to communicate these intricate disciplines to broader audiences. 

“This encompasses a vibrant community comprising prospective and current graduate students from many different departments,” she said. “This collective effort seamlessly aligns with our overarching theme of The Human Connection, as it is within the fabric of community building and magnifies interdisciplinary collaboration and its profound connection to human experience.” 

“We’re embarking on a journey where intellect as imagination and research intertwines with artistic expression,” said Jennifer L. O’Connor, a graduate student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the magazine’s managing editor. “As the managing editor and lead on art conceptualization, I’ve had the unique privilege of bringing together the diverse gravitas of creativity and scholarship that define our university. Our vision for this magazine was to create a platform that not only showcases the academic excellence of our graduate community, but also highlights the profound artistic talents that thrive alongside them.” 

Grad magazine wolfieO’Connor said that through advertising and promotion, she hopes to foster a sense of connection and community with local businesses and cultural institutions. 

“These students worked so hard all year long to get this completed,” said Isobel Breheny-Schafer, assistant director of Student Media and general manager for WUSB, who advises all the registered, recognized media organizations on campus. “Not only are they excellent, hardworking students in their academic studies and fields, they’ve become experts in creating a new community for graduate students and other students. They participated in the Student Media Council, they came to media conferences, and they followed up with every important thing that was required in order to bring this publication to print. I’m extremely proud of them.”

Nederlander said the annual magazine, which will be published every spring, is also available online in a digital format.  

— Robert Emproto

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