Lemur Expert Honored at 2014 Stars of Stony Brook Gala

Stony Brook University professor and conservationist expert Dr. Patricia C. Wright was honored at the 15th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala last week, but it was the lemurs that look like they stole the show that night. Which was probably, all right with Wright since she’s a lemur expert and recently finished working on the new IMAX® documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”

The annual gala brings together academia stars and Hollywood stars and in the past 15 years has raised more than $37 million to support student scholarships and hands-on research programs.

Dr. Patricia C. Wright, Drew Fellman, writer and producer of IMAX documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”, lemur. Credit: Ann Billingsley

“Dr. Wright’s commitment to the people, nature and extraordinary wildlife of Madagascar makes her a true star, one worthy of our most high-profile honor. We are proud to add her to the list of others who have received this honor, most recently Alan Alda, Ed Harris and Julie Andrews,” Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. MD, President of Stony Brook University said.
Wright is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Award,” finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Conservation Prize and was honored at the gala for her contributions in the biology, ecology, conservation and behavior of living primates.


Liz Claman, Anchor of Fox’s Countdown to the Closing Bell, lemur. Credit: Ann Billingsley

“I feel incredibly humbled and grateful to have been honored by Stony Brook University,” Wright said. “It was wonderful to be surrounded by such inspiring colleagues and especially the students. Also, can’t forget how nice it was to see the beautiful lemurs in NYC – lemurs are such wonderful animals.”


Jim Simons, Euclidean Capital, LLC and philanthropist and Co-Chair of Stars of Stony Brook Gala, lemur. Credit: Ann Billingsley