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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…

Alumni Spotlight: Anthony John Iafrate M.D. /Ph.D. ’00 A Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board Initiative Highlighting Prominent Alumni to Enrich and Inspire Students Today. Presented by: Jheison Giraldo, MD Candidate Class of 2021 It is with great pleasure and pride that the Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni board student representatives introduce Dr. Anthony John Iafrate for this month’s “Alumni Spotlight” feature. Dr. Iafrate has led a successful career as a physician scientist, and we hope that his advice and story will inspire current students to reach for success. Dr. Iafrate graduated from Stony Brook University in 2000 after…

Forty finalists have been named in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and among them are three students who were mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University. The Regeneron competition (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search from 1942-1997 and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. It is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. The finalists mentored at Stony Brook — Ella Feiner, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY; Kavya Kopparapu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria,…

Composer and cellist Margaret Schedel, who co-directs computer music at Stony Brook University, discusses the use of computers to create artificial intelligence (AI) music in a recent BBC Culture article, “Is this the world’s first good robot album?”. Computers have been creating music for years, but now AI researchers are using the latest technology such as artificial neural networks that allow computers to learn by doing. The article talks about a new project called Flow Machines, in which dozens of music scores were fed into the computer system, analyzed, and then new songs were generated. Schedel doesn’t think computers will…

A technique for detecting the presence of human beings in homes has been awarded $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Led by Professor Ya Wang of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the project entails developing a Synchronized Low-Energy Electronically-Chopped Passive-InfraRed (PIR) Sensor for Occupancy Detection (SLEEPIR), an inventive occupancy sensing solution that could that optimize heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) of buildings while reducing cost and slashing energy use. This non-mechanical oscillating technique, together with an advanced machine learning algorithm, is designed to address issues associated with high rates of false…

Jillian Kubala MS ’17 studied the effects of what we put in our bodies while at Stony Brook. Now she’s sharing some of that knowledge to help people get healthier. To kick off the new year, the nutritionist and writer recently published 25 tips for losing weight in a popular online publication. Her dietary ideas are not faddish by any stretch. The tips, she said, are based on science. “While there are many ways to lose weight, it is not one-size-fits-all,” Kubala said. “Finding a healthy eating and exercise plan that works for you and fits well with your lifestyle is the best way to…

Stony Brook graduates distinguish themselves with an empowered spirit and passionate engagement with the world’s great issues, empowering them to reach across boundaries and break through expectations. On January 9, Stony Brook honored a group of alumni who embody those ideals during the University’s fourth annual 40 Under Forty celebration. In a wide range of fields that spans business, health care, law, science, athletics, the arts and beyond, these remarkable Stony Brook grads are challenging previous norms and boundaries, with wildly successful results. Nearly 200 alumni, former honorees, family and friends joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.…

Abigail Bishop ’19, a junior in the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) program, is becoming an expert on the life and death of stars. Abby probes the heavens under the mentorship of Michael Zingale, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences. They create Type Ia supernovae simulations to investigate a form of stellar death used to measure distance astronomically. In her sophomore year, Abby participated in research under the supervision of Drs. Krishna Kumar and Seamus Riordan and co-presented a poster at the annual URECA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities) Celebration of Undergraduate Research event…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. will be visiting eight cities on the East Coast this year. Join fellow alumni and friends for a conversation with President Stanley about how Stony Brook has emerged as a national leader among public research universities. Suffolk County, New York Thursday, February 1, 2018 6 pm Reception Wind Watch Golf & Country Club 1715 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788 Please RSVP to advancementevents@stonybrook.edu or (631) 632-4466 by Monday, January 29. New York, New York Thursday, February 15, 2018 6 pm Reception Pryor Cashman LLP 7 Times Square (entrance between 41st & 42nd Street on Broadway) New…

With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil. Bala Swaminathan and his wife, Prabha, are determined to change that. The couple has created the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil at Stony Brook University in honor of Bala’s mother and father.  Studying an ancient yet still…

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