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In a new article in the Yale Daily News, “The Dark Side of Diversity,” Stony Brook Professor and LDS Faculty Director Todd Pittinsky asks why the media confuses a plus from an ampersand. When Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, announced his “Us + Them” tour, with “a story that’s about whether love trumps everything,” Pittinsky noticed that the media kept calling it the “Us and Them” tour. This struck home because Pittinsky’s recent book, Us Plus Them, was also constantly referred to as Us and Them. In its small way, says Pittinsky, this mistake shows how hard it is for people…

Renowned actor, writer and science communication advocate Alan Alda was honored with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s prestigious Double Helix Medal at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on December 1. Alda — whose passion for science communication spurred him to create the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in 2009 — was recognized for his efforts to help scientists improve the way they communicate about their work, in turn making science more accessible to the public. Each year, the Alda Center provides in-person training to thousands of scientists and medical professionals around…

Raju Venugopalan, an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for his remarkable achievements in theoretical nuclear physics. This prestigious international award — issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany — comes with a prize of €60,000 (nearly $70,000 U.S.) and the opportunity to collaborate with German researchers at Heidelberg University and elsewhere. Venugopalan joins 13 other Brookhaven National Laboratory physicists who have received this award since 1974. “This is a great honor and I’m delighted to be…

Five of the finalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology — the nation’s premier research competition for high school students — were mentored at Stony Brook University. The five high school students make up two teams, both from the University’s Garcia Center Program, which will compete for the grand prize at the national finals in Washington, DC, December 2­–6. The teams are: Rose Hong (California) and Jasmin Gao (Georgia), with Stony Brook mentors Marcia Simon, Oral Biology and Pathology; Dennis Galanakis, Pathology; and Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science and Engineering Katherine Cao (Wisconsin), Alice Wu (New York) and William Hu (California),…

Astonished Harvest — a community of poets sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics — is holding a poetry reading on Thursday, December 8, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in the Health Sciences Center, Room 152. Drs. Jack Coulehan, Maria Basile and Richard Bronson, the founding physician-poets of the program, will lead off with short readings, followed by an open mic for anyone at Stony Brook Medicine who would like to share their poetry. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact bioethics@stonybrookmedicine.edu or (631) 444-8029. Astonished Harvest focuses on the art of medicine and the professional…

Jason Starr, a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Professor Starr is a world-renowned expert in algebraic geometry, the geometric study of solutions of systems of polynomial equations. His most celebrated contributions deal with the question of when such a system of equations has at least one solution. Starr’s work has given mathematicians a new way of thinking about such matters. The AMS Fellowship program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. This…

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed eight faculty — five of them from Stony Brook University — to the Distinguished Faculty Rank, now among SUNY’s 1,070 member Distinguished Academy. Manuel London, Dean of the College of Business; Scott Smokla, Department of Computer Science; and Yuanyuan Yang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were named Distinguished Professors. Latha Chandran, Department of Pediatrics and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Perry Goldstein, Chair of the Department of Music, was named a Distinguished Service Professor. “Stony Brook University is fortunate to be…

Defying conventional wisdom and the polls, Stony Brook University Political Science Professor Helmut Norpoth predicted Donald Trump’s victory using a model with a remarkable record of predicting election outcomes. Based on his analysis of primary voting, Norpoth gave Trump an 87%-99% chance of beating Hillary Clinton nearly one year ago. He stuck by his model in press interviews despite an overwhelming consensus of pollsters and pundits promising a Clinton victory. Norpoth’s projection is based on a statistical model that relies on presidential primaries and an election cycle as predictors of the vote in the general election. Under the model, winning the early primaries…

Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Becoming an elected member of NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in their field. Dr. Abi-Dargham joins current Stony Brook University School of Medicine faculty Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Dean of the School and Senior VP for the Health Sciences; and Dennis Choi, Chair of the Department of Neurology and Director…

Alexander Orlov, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, has received an educational award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. The 2017 ACS-CEI Award, sponsored by the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI), selected Orlov for his work, “Incorporation of novel education approaches, including online gaming tools and 3D printing, intro graduate and undergraduate courses focused on sustainable materials.” The award program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education. Orlov is also a faculty member of…

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