Author Brian Smith

Get ready for the Stony Brook Film Festival, July 20-29, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets and passes to the festival Click here to watch a selection of film trailers Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival and director of the Staller Center for the Arts. “We…

A Martian crater is providing more proof that the Red Planet may once have supported life, a Stony Brook geochemist and planetary scientist says in a recently published NASA study. The study led by Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz offers perhaps the most significant evidence to date that an ancient lake on Mars had all the ingredients of a life-sustaining body of water. Building on the 2013 discovery that Mars’ Gale crater contained a freshwater lake more than 3 billion years ago, Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz led a team of 22 international scientists using findings beamed to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity…

To discover some of the amazing places our class of 2017 is going, we surveyed some of the 4,292 undergraduates who earned bachelor’s degrees at Stony Brook’s 57th annual commencement on Friday, May 19. Here’s what 20 of our newest graduates shared. From graduate school to global health research, immediate employment to confident entrepreneurship, our 2017 graduates are living out a Stony Brook mantra. If you’re a class of 2017 graduate and want to share your destination, please take our quick five-question survey. Joselin Vargas will continue the ongoing global effort to cure cancer as a Research Fellow at the National…

With Stony Brook’s totally revamped University Pool now open, the Women’s Swimming and Diving program reinstated, and two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson on board as head coach, the Seawolves are ready to dive back into collegiate competition. “Stony Brook Swimming and Diving has a long and illustrious history,” President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. said. “With Janelle Atkinson as head coach, I predict we will be adding championship banners to this highly-anticipated facility’s walls very soon.” Stony Brook celebrated the reopening of University Pool on Monday, May 15 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility will be the new home of the…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

Lea Kenigsberg Major: Mathematics Hometown: Bnei Berak, Israel What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My interests lie in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. While I don’t know my research focus yet, and what applications it may have, it is my hope that if I can make it through grad school, and afterwards in the academic world, my story can encourage other mothers and nontraditional students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds that attaining and pursuing a career in mathematics is indeed possible. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this…

Henry Ng Major: Biology Hometown: Hong Kong What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My current research focuses on studying cell wall glycosylation in Candida albicans using CRISPR/Cas. C. albicans is the most prevalent fungal pathogen and cause dangerous infections in immunocompromised patients. Yet the study of its biology and the development of antifungal treatment has been deterred because of the limitation in technology and complication of its genome. By optimizing the CRISPR/Cas system, the investigation in C. albicans can be immensely accelerated. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will…

Joshua Farr Major: Chemistry Hometown: Worthington, OH What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My research focus is organic chemistry, which has a high potential for impact because of how adaptable and interdisciplinary it can be it. I currently work in a lab using organic chemistry to create molecules that can be used to study the brain. This has the potential to garner a greater understanding of how the brain works at a fundamental level, which has implications for understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and…

Laura Perrone Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, Pomona College Hometown: San Jose, CA Advisor: Dr. Kristin Bernard What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My research focuses on the effects of early adversity on children’s development, psychobiology, and psychological well-being, as well as the role of parenting as a protective factor against negative child outcomes. More specifically, my study proposes to examine the psychobiology of prenatal stress and whether such stress increases infants’ susceptibility to their environments in predicting subsequent psychological and health outcomes. Understanding the mechanisms through which early adversity…

Yugarshi Mondal Grad program: Applied Math Undergrad: BS in Chemistry and Economics, Case Western University Hometown: Palatine, IL Advisor: Allen Tannenbaum What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? An application of geometry to understanding networks — in my case, applied to gene networks. The particular project I proposed for the fellowship had to do with investigating of the geometry of gene networks of patients with mental disabilities towards creating quantitative measures for assessing states of mind. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this fellowship enhance your research? I think…

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