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Hack@CEWIT is back, focusing on IoT and security in 2018. The weekend-long event, hosted by the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), will be held from 4 pm Friday, February 16, to 12 pm, Sunday, February 18. Hack@CEWIT is an interdisciplinary IoT-focused hackathon bringing students together for a two-day technical challenge. The event awards more than $5K in prizes for the most innovative, ambitious, original, health-conscious, and industry-applicable IoT projects, and hosts 25+ tech talks and deep-dive workshops to improve your skills, learn new programs, and meet fellow hackers and industry gurus. Hack@CEWIT is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate…

Have a case of the sniffles, some body aches, developing a fever? Join the club — it’s going around. A particularly powerful strain of the influenza virus, or what is commonly known as the flu, is circulating through campus (and the rest of the country) this year, leading to increased hospitalizations, missed classes and a community susceptible to infections that can sideline people for days at a time. Stony Brook University health experts are responding. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. M.D., a specialist in infectious disease, recently sent out a strong reminder for everyone to get their free flu vaccine…

What Darwin Didn’t Know Hopi Hoekstra is an internationally renowned biologist and the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University. She has made major strides in developing an approach that connects evolution in the wild to mechanisms at the molecular level. When Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was missing a key piece: While he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this information was transmitted through generations. In the years since, not only has DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we can link genes to the…

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science just released its latest video in a series designed to help scientists prepare for The Flame Challenge™, an annual contest that challenges scientists to communicate familiar yet complex concepts in ways that are understandable to an 11-year-old. But for this particular video, the Alda Center enlisted help from an unlikely source — the University Police Department. Alda Center and Stony Brook alum Steven Jaret introduced his game, Jargon Police, by taking Stony Brook faculty and researchers to the back of a police car and charging them to talk about their science without using any scientific jargon. “It’s all…

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Jameel Warney ‘16

Jameel Warney

1. Seawolves are present in the NBA! Three-time American East Player of the Year Jameel Warney ’16 was the first Stony Brook basketball player to sign a National Basketball Association contract. The 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year is presently a member of the Dallas Mavericks Developmental League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Understanding the complexities of high-impact science is tough. Communicating those complexities to policy-makers is even tougher. At Stony Brook, STRIDE (Science Training and Research to Inform Decisions) aims to meet that challenge by providing STEM graduate students with the interdisciplinary skills they need to communicate their findings and make positive change. Funded by a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant and implemented by the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), STRIDE prepares the next generation of scientists to translate complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies. Heather Lynch, associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook, was…

Experts have long known that as oil paintings age, soaps can form within the paint, degrading the appearance of the artworks. The process significantly complicates the preservation of oil painting, along with valuable cultural manifestations, which the paintings themselves help to preserve. “These soaps may form protrusions that grow within the paint and break up through the surface, creating a bumpy texture,” said Silvia Centeno, a member of the Department of Scientific Research at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). “In other cases, the soaps can increase the transparency of the paint, or form a disfiguring, white…

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

Could baboons and other mammals worldwide soon need pedometers? Not likely, but a new study to be published in Science reveals that on average, mammals move distances two to three times shorter in human-modified landscapes than they do in the wild.  Researchers worldwide, including Catherine Markham in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, collected data on movement of 57 mammal species around the globe by using GPS tracking devices. To get the results, the research team – led by Dr. Marlee Tucker — compared the tracking data to a Human Footprint…

The Black History Month Opening Program at Stony Brook University takes place on Wednesday, January 31. Various campus organizations will be hosting a range of educational, social and cultural programs that focus on the campus’ dual theme for the month, Sankofa! Still I Rise.    Sankofa is an Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “return and get it,” and has been the enduring theme over the years for Black History Month at Stony Brook. Sankofa is used throughout the pan-African world to promote the idea that African people must go back to their roots in order to…

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