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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.…

“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,…

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…

An MD/PhD student with cerebral palsy, a child of Haitian Immigrants, and a couple from Long Island find out where they will start their residency training Shouts and tears of joy filled the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students found out where they will launch their medical careers at the school’s Match Day event. Medical schools nationwide hold Match Day each March. Stony Brook students matched to top residency training programs at institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Stanford University, New York…

Issuing a call to resist anti-immigration rhetoric in a Scientific American guest blog, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. argues that immigration is essential to the pursuit of knowledge and the health of American research universities. “Our embrace of international students and faculty has given the U.S. a leg up on all other countries in the race to lead in innovation and discovery,” Stanley writes. In a strongly worded piece, Stanley states that xenophobic rhetoric and restrictive immigration policies “are undoing the compact between the United States and those seeking opportunity from around the world.” “Policy needs to be…

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools, Stony Brook University is ranked one of the top 100 engineering schools in the country, and 14 of our graduate programs — including five in engineering — are also among the highest ranked in the nation. The 2018 edition features information and rankings in business, law, education, engineering, medicine and nursing, as well as specialty rankings within each graduate school discipline. Stony Brook’s programs making the Top 100 list include: Economics Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Mechanical Engineering English History Medical: Research Nursing (DNP program) Nursing (Master’s program) Political Science Psychology…

Bergre Escobores ‘00, ‘01 went to a tough high school in Queens, New York. While Bergre earned good grades and played varsity football, many of his classmates joined gangs, sold drugs and ended up in jail. Perhaps out of ignorance, Bergre’s guidance counselor suggested he skip college and learn a trade. But Bergre had a different plan — as a disadvantaged student who couldn’t easily afford tuition, he was determined to become the first in his family to earn a college degree, and use that degree to help his family move up in the world. Stony Brook offered the tools…

by Mallory Rothstein ’15, BA in Psychology This past fall, I decided it was the right time to leave my former employer and find a new job. My goal was to start a fresh chapter by landing a position in the tech industry. The only catch? Never before had I worked at a tech company, and I didn’t have many close connections within any tech companies, either. I knew that in order to get a job, I would have to be a standout applicant. And I succeeded! But how did I do this? I was able to use social media…

American historian Nancy Tomes has been awarded Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Tomes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, received this prestigious honor for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). In the book, which spans the 20th century, Tomes questions the popular and largely unexamined idea that in order to receive quality health care, people must learn to shop for it. Understanding where…

Three faculty members from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received Google Faculty Research Awards, one-year awards given to support the work of world-class faculty members at top universities around the world. This honor highlights Stony Brook’s competitive presence among other top engineering universities on Google’s 2017 winners list, which includes MIT, Stanford University and University of California – Berkeley. Each year, Google announces an open call for PhD students and faculty at accredited Universities to submit proposals on computer science-related topics. Those chosen gain the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Google researchers and engineers to develop their research.…

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