Students take home cash prize for win in Stem contest

Cobble Hill

Three cheers for pupils in Cobble Hill’s Digital Art and Cinema Technology High School, who took home a big cash prize and were named winners in Samsung’s national Stem contest, Solve for Tomorrow. The local students’ project in sexual harassment stood out in the competition, which included many innovative ways to address important community issues by using skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, said a bigwig at Samsung.

“The scale and importance of the issues addressed in this year’s contest reflect how students are taking responsibility for their role as change agents for the future,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “These state winners and trailblazing teachers and students are taking action to create tangible solutions and promote positive change.”

Students in teacher Naomi Barak’s 11th-grade class pitched a wearable device system that can capture a harassment incident, including through photography, location, and description, as a way to empower victims to stand up against their harassers.

The students’ work was selected as the New York State winner from thousands of projects submitted.

The school took home $20,000 for its achievement, and the students will now go on to participate against the nation’s 50 winners in every state by creating and submitting a three-minute video that showcases their project.

Samsung will select 10 national school finalists — the top three will take home the grand prize of a $100,000 Samsung technology package, and the other seven will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package.

The public will elect one winner out of the 10 finalists to take home an additional $10,000 prize. — Julianne Cuba

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Meet the director

A big welcome to Paul V. Stahlin, the newest member of Northfield Bankcorp and Northfield Bank’s Board of Directors.

John W. Alexander, Chairman of the Board, commented, “We welcome Paul Stahlin to the Board, an individual with deep banking, financial, and governance experience that enhances Northfield’s leadership and its strong commitment to our stockholders.”

Steven M. Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer added, “Mr. Stahlin’s professional background, combined with his leadership in vital community organizations, will be an asset to Northfield as we continue to grow and expand our market share.”

Stahlin currently serves on the board of Miami International Holdings, Inc., the parent company of MIAX Options Exchange. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and on the board of RWJ Barnabas Health, Inc. Stahlin previously served as the regional president of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, President of Skylands Community Bank, and President and CEO of Somerset Valley Bank. He also has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fleet Credit Card Services and as Chairman of the Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Investing in students

Hip, hip, hooray for SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which now has the first-named fellowship established expressly for students enrolled in its School of Public Health — the Lenard and Christine
Szarek Fellowship Fund
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The fund was established by Michael Szarek, PhD, chair, and professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

“My intention is to recognize students who have reached a high level of excellence in their studies, promote professional development, and foster leadership among those training for a career in public health,” said Dr. Szarek. — Courtney Donahue

New director: Paul V. Stahlin was named to the Board of Directors of Northfield Bank and Northfield Bankcorp.

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