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Traditional academic silos mean little to Phillip Baldwin, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences who guides his students toward innovative thinking that merges science, technology, engineering and mathematics with music, film, theater and art. “What I see in a lot of STEM students is this thirst to get beyond sheer memorization because the human mind loves a healthy diet of innovation, novelty, curiosity and things that aren’t quite in the scientific method,” Baldwin said. Some call it “STEM to STEAM” – adding an “A” for art to the STEM curriculum -…

Department of Computer Science Professor Long Lu has received a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office for his latest work on web-mobile integration and security. The professor’s research aims to develop tools and techniques that will enable these integrations to be more secure, and eventually create hardware-assisted protection that will be used in situations involving high-level sensitive information. Despite the fact that web-mobile integration is one of the most widely used and quickly growing models, there have been very few studies done on its security implications. That lack of comprehensive understanding has thus far made it very difficult to…

BY ERIC SCHMID The American Physical Society, or APS, elected two scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory as 2016 APS fellows. Peter Petreczky and Michiko Minty were among the nearly 300 researchers and scientists honored in the 2016 nomination process. “It’s a recognition by your peers throughout the United States that the work you’ve done is impactful as it has been seen and known about outside of your immediate circle of colleges,” Minty, who works in accelerator physics, said. This recognition is not given just any member of the APS. Fellows are nominated by their peers and are elected by society…

The National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty (CAREER) has been awarded to Fan Ye, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He will receive an award of $450k over the next five years to build the foundation for a future smart environment. “The idea of a smart environment is to embed all kinds of computing, communication, storage, and sensing resources into common objects around you,” Ye explained, sharing examples such as lights, desks, appliances, and other everyday physical objects. “Once you embed such resources into it, you’ll be surrounded by…

PhD student Qiyuan Wu has received the 2017 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). As the world’s largest scientific society, the ACS awards up to 20 students each year who show promise in research and the potential to make an impact in the field of environmental chemistry. This is Wu’s third award from the ACS, and his achievements highlight the continued excellence in environmental research taking place at Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Qiyuan developed his research projects independently, exhibiting creativity, thoughtfulness and hard work,” said Alexander Orlov, Associate Professor of Materials Science…

College of Arts and Sciences junior Alexandra Zigomalas ’18 is “proud to represent the humanities side of Stony Brook University.” A history/art history double major and writing minor, Alexandra has been honored with a prestigious writing internship with the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is devoted to fostering the liberal ideal in education and encouraging the spirit of critical inquiry. Alexandra was strongly recommended for this internship through Professor Richard Gerrig, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Stony Brook chapter, as well as professors in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. As…

BY MICHAELA KILGALLEN AND MAHREEN KHAN Vanity Fair France has named Sonia Harmand, an associate professor, one of the 50 most influential French in the world. “I accepted the prize not only in my name but also the team working with me,” Harmand, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, said. In 2011, Harmand and Jason Lewis, a paleoanthropologist at Rutgers University, made a wrong turn in Kenya and discovered stone artifacts, dating back 3.3 million years. Before Harmand and Lewis discovered the artifacts on the western shore of Lake Turkana, the earliest stone tools only dated back 2.6 million…

Robert D. Hough, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, was awarded the David P. Robbins Prize by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Presented once every three years, the award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics. Dr. Hough’s “Solution of the minimum modulus problem for covering systems,” was published in the Annals of Mathematics. Research for this problem was conducted during Dr. Hough’s tenure at the University of Cambridge. According to the MAA, “Bob Hough stunned the field by showing that for any…

As she completes the finishing touches on her honors thesis, Diana Hernandez remarks: “It’s the first big paper that I’ve ever done like this. And it was a really incredible experience!” On track to graduate with honors in Comparative Literature in May 2017, Diana is completing an honors thesis that focuses on a 1933 work written by Salvadoran author Salarrué called Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Clay), a collection of folktales about the everyday lives of El Savador’s “campesinos” or impoverished farmers. Working under the mentorship of Professor Timothy August of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Diana…

The African wildlife conservation organization Tusk USA will honor renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey with the 2017 Tusk Legacy Award at its Wildlife Gala on April 6 at Guastavino’s in New York City. Leakey, professor and chair of the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), will be recognized for his tireless conservation efforts that reduced poaching in wildlife sanctuaries across Kenya. Leakey partnered with Stony Brook University in 2005 to create TBI, a collaborative, international, multi-disciplinary organization that facilitates scientific research in the Turkana Basin region of northern Kenya. At TBI, he inspires students to become the next generation of anthropologists while supporting further research in the region.…

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