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Scientists have yet to understand and explain how life’s informational molecules – proteins and DNA and RNA – arose from simpler chemicals when life on earth emerged some four billion years ago. Now a research team from the Stony Brook University Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe they have the answer. They developed a computational model explaining how certain molecules fold and bind together to grow longer and more complex, leading from simple chemicals to primitive biological molecules. The findings are reported early online in PNAS. Previously scientists learned that the early…

New Student Move-in Day: Friday, August 25 Experience Stony Brook: Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27 Classes Begin: Monday, August 28 Get ready to greet our new students with a spirited Stony Brook welcome during the excitement of opening weekend as the Class of 2021 begins its journey. Experience Stony Brook activities kick off on Friday, August 25, for all new students on move-in day. Events continue throughout Saturday and Sunday, including the New Student Convocation and dinner, a men’s soccer game during first-night out activities, commuter and transfer student programs, movies, building tours and more. Students can download the New to SBU…

Come cheer on the docs who rock in bands from Stony Brook University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Northport VA, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Southampton Hospital. Proceeds benefit the best ideas in medicine at Stony Brook Cancer Center. The battle of the bands will be held on Sunday, September 17, from 2 pm to 8 pm at 89 North, located at 89 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY. The price is $20 per person (cash bar) and includes hot buffet, desserts and giveaways. Register online now For more information, please call (631) 444-1088.

Despite centuries of studying the atom and the particles within it, the mysteries of matter continue to elude scientists. What are we really made of? To solve such an enigma and better understand the building blocks of our universe, Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have partnered to establish the Center for Frontiers of Nuclear Science, bolstered by a new $5 million grant from the Simons Foundation. “The Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science will bring us closer to understanding our universe in ways in which it has never before been possible,”…

Jason Trelewicz received the prestigious Early Career Research award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. He will receive $750K over five years to develop his project,  “Enhancing the Performance of Plasma-facing Materials Through Solute-stabilized Nanostructured Tungsten Alloys.” The Department of Energy Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists in their early careers. To be eligible, researchers must be untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution, and received a PhD within the last 10 years. “The DOE Early Career award is among the most distinguished honors a…

Celebrating a new vision for East End medicine, more than 100 gathered on Aug. 21 to commemorate Stony Brook Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system. “Today signifies a bold step forward in realizing a new vision for bringing advanced medical care closer to home for residents of the East End of Long Island,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “We have raised a new flag and unveiled a new sign over the hospital entrance to symbolically signify the start of a new era for what is now called Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.” “Today…

Stony Brook University has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support a national program housed at Stony Brook that will expand educational courses connecting indigenous knowledge to science. The program will also help advance partnerships between educators and indigenous populations. The grant funds a National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) program, “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous Knowledge to Science,” which will help to establish and advance robust partnerships between indigenous populations and educators to improve undergraduate educational outcomes for students, as well as promote cultural understanding. Eliza Reilly, NCSCE executive director and a research professor…

When Roxanne Brockner isn’t working at Stony Brook’s Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (ICB&DD), she’s hitting the track and training hard. Brockner recently represented the U.S. as a member of the USA Track and Field (USATF) Masters Athletics team at the North and Central America and the Caribbean Region of the World Masters Athletics (NCCWMA) Championship in Toronto, Canada. She competed with nearly 1,000 athletes from 26 countries. Brockner not only competed, she won the 100-meter (13.41), 200-meter (27.60) and 400-meter (65.60) events with a personal best time and set new Long Island records for women in the…

“I’m happy and honored to get this award from my colleagues in the industry. They have a sense of what I do because they do it themselves,” said Isobel Breheny-Schafer, who has been the assistant director of Student Media and General Manager of WUSB 90.1FM at Stony Brook University for the past 11 years. The award, the College Media Advisers Four-Year School Broadcast Adviser Award for 2017, acknowledges that Isobel went well beyond the normal scope of her duties, especially during the past year. Her predecessor, Norman Prusslin, who served as WUSB general manager and broadcast adviser until Isobel took…

As part of the ATLAS Flavor Tagging/Higgs to bb Workshop at Stony Brook University, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is hosting a free public lecture, “Mysteries of the Universe and Everyday Life,” on Tuesday September 5, at 5:30 pm in the Della Pietra Family Auditorium, Room 103 at the Simons Center.  In the past few decades, we have learned a great deal about the basic laws of physics in the infinitely small – and the infinitely large – and how the two are intimately connected. New windows have expanded our understanding, and many unexpected questions have emerged. This…

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