Browsing: Awards and Honors

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,…

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…

A special reception was held on January 8 for the three grand prize-winning students from Half Hollow Hills High School who won the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Arooba Ahmed, Jiachen Lee and Jillian Parker were honored by the Board of Education along with their mentor, Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from Stony Brook University’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Also honored was Stony Brook University alum Michael Lake, who is Research Director for Half Hollow Hills School District. In December 2017, the SBU-mentored team was awarded a $100,000…

Professor Zohar Komargodski of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics will be awarded the 2018 Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. The international prize is given at Tel-Aviv University each year, alternatively in the fields of physics and chemistry. The 2018 honor and $100,000 prize will be given to Professor Komargodski and Professor Pedro Viera from the Perimeter Institute in Canada for their research in physics probing Quantum Field Theory – universal language for theoretical physics – in non-pertubative regimes. The prize is intended to encourage dedication to science, originality, and excellence by rewarding outstanding young scientists. “Quantum Field Theory – Novel Developments” is…

As one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs and a leading figure for conservation in Madagascar, Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Patricia Wright has been named a Natural World Hero by the wildlife travel service, Natural World Safaris. Professor Wright is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction. Wright is founder of Centre ValBio, a…

Arie Kaufman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Clinton Rubin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI, election as an NAI Fellow is a high honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Professors Kaufman and Rubin will be inducted as NAI Fellows during…

Significant research in the area of computational power and large-scale application efficiency is being conducted by Professor Barbara Chapman, one of the latest computer science faculty members to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award. Chapman won the NSF Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme, otherwise known as an SPX award, for her research, Cross-layer Application-Aware Resilience at Extreme Scale (CAARES). The funded research addresses the challenges imposed by future extreme-scale architectures that will require dynamic programming approaches, where different software layers, potentially developed using different programming paradigms, will have to closely interact with each other. “I’m extremely excited to…

Three projects with producer credits for Stony Brook MFA in Film faculty will have their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, to be held January 18 to 28, 2018, in Park City, Utah. The narrative feature Colette and television series This Close, both produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, and The Tale, with For Impact Productions’ Simone Pero as a producer, were all selected for screening at the upcoming festival in Utah. “Christine Vachon and Simone Pero have been integral to our program’s original vision and continuing growth,” said MFA in Film Program Director Magdalene Brandeis.…

They’ve made headlines, from a rare and difficult surgery to separate conjoined twins to successful initiatives to stop gang violence and organized crime. They’ve made great works of art, from critically acclaimed television series to photography that preserves the ancestral history and contemporary culture of Native Americans. They’ve made an impact, as educators creating transformative opportunities for students and as the founders of innovative startups and visionary nonprofits. Students emerge from Stony Brook University with the momentum to make a real difference in the world, and Stony Brook is proud to honor 40 of its most accomplished graduates at its…

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences 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, the funding will be used to develop a Synchronized Low-Energy Electronically-Chopped Passive-InfraRed (PIR) Sensor for Occupancy Detection (SLEEPIR), an inventive occupancy sensing solution, for residential homes for detecting high-accuracy human presence. This non-mechanical oscillating technique, together with an advanced machine learning algorithm, is designed to address issues associated with high rates of false alarms in existing PIR sensors — a long-time complication in high-accuracy occupancy detection. This technology relies on the use…

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