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Many signs are pointing to success this year for the Seawolves women’s lacrosse team — success, that is, in the form of a trip to the Final Four in pursuit of a national championship. Coming off their fourth consecutive America East title, the Seawolves enter this season having won 84 percent of their games over the last four years, the third-best mark in the nation. The team’s stellar standing has been forged during the Coach Joe Spallina era. In school history — at least on paper — there has never been a better chance for Stony Brook to win it all.…

Bike Fest 2017 will be held in the South P Lot on Saturday, April 22, from 11 am to 4 pm to raise funds for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Child Life Services Fund and Stony Brook University’s non-commercial radio station, WUSB 90.1FM. WUSB will host the main stage, so come support these causes and enjoy music, free healthy snacks, multi-person bike rides, bike/helmet safety checks, face painting, and other games and activities. Pre-register for Bike Fest and you will be entered into a drawing to win a new bicycle and some other healthy lifestyle and safety prizes. The suggested donation at the event is…

“Jumping genes” offer a new route to understanding the nature of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the paralyzing muscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. By inserting an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-linked human gene called TDP-43 into fruit flies, researchers at Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory discovered a potential role for ‘transposons’ in the disease. Transposons, which are also called ‘jumping genes’ because they jump from place to place within DNA, are virus-like entities that fill most of the spaces between genes in an organism. The new research demonstrates that these transposons are no longer effectively inhibited,…

Anand Giridharadas, former correspondent and columnist for The New York Times, will discuss “Leadership and Values: The Future of Leading in a Multicultural World” on Thursday, March 30, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre as part of the Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Family Seminar presented by the Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies. Given the changes in society brought about by today’s “new style,” where technology and social media are changing power equations, Giridharadas will discuss how to lead in a multicultural world, transcending a narrow Western lens and developing empathy for other cultures. Giridharadas appears regularly…

A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists from universities around the world, co-led by Stony Brook University, University of Minnesota and University of Notre Dame researchers, has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach, articulated in a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and impaired functioning. The diagnostic system addresses fundamental shortcomings of the fifth edition (2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the clinicians’ and researchers’ guidebook to mental illnesses. Diagnosis of mental illness is important…

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, May 7, from 12 pm to 5 pm at the Emporium, 9 Railroad 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.

The MFA THESIS EXHIBITION 2017 — on display now through April 11 at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center — presents new work by Stony Brook University’s graduating Master of Fine Arts students. The BODIES exhibition includes sculpture, printmaking, photography and video works by Tanya Kaiser Robinson, Rebecca Uliasz, Allison Walters and Dewayne Wrencher. These four artists are degree candidates in the Department of Art’s MFA program. All are welcome to attend a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 25, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Refreshments will be served. Zuccaire Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm, and Saturday, 7 pm to…

Tiny strands of fungi weave through the roots of an estimated nine out of 10 plants on Earth, an underground symbiosis in which the plant gives the fungus pre-made sugars and the fungus sends the plant basic nutrients in return. Scientists are interested in enhancing this mechanism as a way to help plants grow on nutrient-poor lands. Their success could lead to increased production of plant-based biofuels without having to compete with food crops for fertile farmland. “When fungus grows within the plant’s root system, it produces hair-like extensions all throughout the soil. These are thinner than the root hairs…

Stony Brook University has been nationally applauded for providing access and upward mobility to students in need. Recently, the University offered another program to demonstrate its enduring commitment to diversity and inclusion by encouraging local high school students to achieve their full potential. On Monday, March 6, 2017, more than 240 young women and their 21 chaperones from nine Long Island high schools packed the Stony Brook University Student Activities Center to attend the 2017 Women’s Conference: “Women Leaders Paving the Way for Young Women.” The message to the students was direct and clear — education can transform your life. The…

Adrian Bejan is J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. His research covers engineering science and applied physics: thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of organization and evolution in nature. Professor Bejan was ranked in 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries) by the Institute for Scientific Information. He has received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries and is the author of 30 books and more than 600 peer-referred articles. Abstract: What is evolution and why does it exist in the geophysical, biological, social and…

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