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Ryan Kawlerski,’19 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Goldwater Scholarship, becoming one of only about 200 such scholars chosen nationwide out of more than 1,200 nominations. Kawlerski is a junior double majoring in Biochemistry, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes promising research leaders in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. The award includes a scholarship intended to help cover academic costs for the scholars based on merit and financial need. Nicole Soder ’19 also received an Honorable Mention in the competition. “This distinction means a great…

On April 10, 15 students from Stony Brook University State University received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. SUNY students, their families, campus presidents, and faculty convened in the Albany Capital Center to congratulate this year’s 249 awardees. “I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students…

Psychology and Sociology alumna Michelle Olakkengil is poised to be an agent of change in the field of global health. Thanks to her impeccable record of academic excellence and leadership at Stony Brook, she now has the backing to take her next steps educationally and professionally. Olakkengil ’17 has been selected for the prestigious Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship. She competed against applicants from across the country and was one of only 10 selected from a pool of 244. Michelle is the first ever recipient of this award from Stony Brook University as well as from the entire SUNY system.…

Stony Brook Southampton MFA Professor Meg Wolitzer touches on second-wave feminism, the #MeToo movement and coming-of-age in her new book, The Female Persuasion. Focusing on feminist issues and gender equality, Wolitzer’s latest novel follows suit with her previous publications, including 2003’s The Wife and 2008’s The 10-Year Nap. The Female Persuasion takes place at the fictional Ryland College, where Wolitzer introduces us to freshman Greer Kadestsky and her soon-to-be mentor, Faith Frank, a veteran of the first-wave feminism movement and the founder of a semi-prominent women’s magazine. Both on the forefront of change, their dynamic creates a timeless story that illustrates what modern feminist…

By combining data on pathology images of 13 types of cancer and correlating that with clinical and genomic data, a Stony Brook University-led team of researchers are able to identify tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), called TIL maps, which will enable cancer specialists to generate tumor-immune information from routinely gathered pathology slides. Published in Cell Reports, the paper details how TIL maps are related to the molecular characterization of tumors and patient survival. The method may provide a foundation on how to better diagnose and create a treatment plan for cancers that are responsive to immune-based anti-cancer therapy, such as melanoma, lung, bladder,…

Jerrold Stein, Dean Emeritus and Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs, was recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation as a 2018 Diamond Honoree for his extensive work at Stony Brook University. The Diamond Honoree Program is both a recognition program and a fundraising activity for ACPA’s goals in furthering the development of student service professionals. The program has generated more than $100,000 since it began in 1999. Previous Diamond Honorees at Stony Brook include Dr. Dallas Bauman, Assistant Vice President for Campus Residences, and the late Dr. Peter Baigent, Vice President for Student Affairs. Stein…

An exciting collaboration between Stony Brook University and the BeLocal organization has spawned the BeLocal-bridge project, a student initiative aimed at designing and building a badly needed bridge in Madagascar. The project’s team leader is Johnny Donza, a senior majoring in Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Together with his fellow Civil Engineering team members Manuela Corcho, Luke Papazian and Yuxin Xia  – all working under the direction of Prof. Harold Walker – Johnny has devoted much of his time over the past year to an innovative bamboo bridge design, already proposed for use in actual construction this summer in Madagascar. “For…

Professor Robert Patro of the Department of Computer Science has received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research proposal, A Comprehensive and Lightweight Framework for Transcriptome Analysis. In layman’s terms, this project focuses on the field of RNA (ribonucleic acid) research and how to analyze sequencing data pertaining to it. In addition to performing various other functions in the cell, RNA acts as a messenger molecule, carrying instructions from DNA and acting as a template for protein synthesis. “As a researcher at an institution focused on developing engineering-driven solutions in medical research, his proposed project supports not only the mission…

BY BRIANNE LEDDA Stony Brook University’s Robot Design Team is building a robot to compete in the University Rover Challenge, a competition to build a rover equipped to explore Mars. The competition will take place at the Mars Desert Research Station outside Hanksville, Utah, where the sandy terrain is meant to mimic that of Mars. Rovers must be able to traverse the ground autonomously, complete an extreme retrieval and delivery task where the rover must pick up and deliver objects in the field, collect and analyze soil samples and pass the terrain traversal test, meant to assess the rover’s suspension…

A technology in development that uses electric fields to sweep dust from solar panels has promise as a new self-cleaning solar panel system designed to enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs. The technology was created in the laboratory of Alex Orlov, professor in the  Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is being further developed by a Stony Brook research team named SolarClear. The team has received a $150,000 grant from PowerBridge NY to advance the technology, which uses tiny inexpensive electrodes to produce the electric fields. “We were inspired by NASA technology developed for Mars rovers…

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