Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

From Riverhead to East Hampton, a toxic “rust tide” has spread through the Peconic Estuary as reported by the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Gobler is a marine biologist and leading researcher on the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. In Gobler’s research lab on Stony Brook’s Southampton campus, he and his colleagues have measured densities of the rust tide algae, known as Cochlodinium, exceeding 3,000 cells per milliliter. Densities above 500 cells per milliliter can be lethal to marine life. While…

Findings from Study Will Help Youth with Autism Who Struggle with Social Challenges Dr. Matthew D. Lerner, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received a $2.3M Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for his research project, “Optimizing Prediction of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The goal of the BRAINS program is to support outstanding young scientists such as Professor Lerner in launching innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research that can profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental disorders. Lerner…

Stony Brook University launched its new Coursera program on Global Health Diplomacy on August 8. In this seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), students will be immersed in the diplomatic, financial and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making. They will be able to navigate their way through course articles and videos and test their knowledge through voluntary assessments. DoIT’s team of consultants from Academic Technology Services, the Faculty Center and Video Production all played a crucial role in the development of this new course, spending countless hours and numerous weeks perfecting the program to enhance the student learning experience. Jennifer Adams,…

At the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Stony Brook University Physicist Chang Kee Jung presented new findings on behalf of the international T2K Collaboration that reveal why the universe is dominated by matter and why we exist. Professor Jung, a leading member of the T2K Collaboration, explained how they can now demonstrate why matter and antimatter are different. He also presented the latest results of the T2K findings and explained why they are significant to theories of particle physics and Big Bang Cosmology. According to Jung, T2K’s recent finding hints that neutrinos and antineutrinos may oscillate slightly differently, which…

High-performance computing expert Robert Harrison, director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University, is one of the leaders of a new institute that is supported by a five-year $19.4 million award from the National Science Foundation. The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), located at Virginia Tech and directed by Daniel Crawford, will act as a nexus for science, education and cooperation. It will serve the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists, which is a broad field including biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry and materials science. “The award of MolSSI is very exciting, and its community-oriented and…

In her very timely first book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016), Lori Flores, assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, analyzes the struggle for civil and labor rights in California’s Salinas Valley from the 1940s to the present. As she gives a history of how Mexican communities fought for equality, Flores offers crucial insights about today’s growing U.S. Latino demographic, the ongoing campaign for farmworker justice and future immigration policy. Flores talks about her book in Process: A Blog for American History. When asked if Grounds for Dreaming speaks to modern debates…

M. Ete Chan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Stony Brook University, received a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) for her research, “Lab-in-a-Cube Hands-on Lab Learning with an Automatic Feedback.” IITG funds campus innovations and initiatives in instructional technology that have the strongest potential to be replicated across all SUNY campuses. When it comes to online learning programs, how to handle courses with lab requirements remains a challenge. Lab-in-a-Cube explores virtual access to labs with hardware that acts as a remote control to allow students realistic, hands-on experiences, which includes elements of “gamification” to…

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in science, The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Stony Brook University Professor Carlos Simmerling to the 2016 class of ACS Fellows. He joins 57 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to the ACS. Professor Simmerling is associate director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, helping to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science. The Simmerling lab carries out research in the area of computational structural biology, particularly on understanding how dynamic structural changes are involved in the…

Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged. But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology. Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind. The National Geographic…

After the success of last year’s inaugural Advances in Functional Materials (AFM) Conference at Stony Brook University, the second annual International AFM Conference will be held at the International Convention Center in South Korea from August 8 through August 11. Tae Jin Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, is chair and co-organizer of the 2016 AFM Conference. “This event will present up-to-date research and results in the field of functional materials,” he said. “The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates from around the world to share their findings and exchange…

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