Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

Julie’s Greenroom, produced and written by Southampton Arts faculty member Emma Walton Hamilton and hosted by her mother, Julie Andrews, made its Netflix premiere on March 17, 2017 to great acclaim. Julie’s Greenroom teaches kids the wonder of the performing arts and the way they enhance our lives. Ms. Julie (played by Julie Andrews, of course) is a theater teacher to five attentive and curious puppet children, a dog, and a duck named Hugo. Over the course of the 13-episode season, Ms. Julie helps the “Greenies” create a musical. The show was first proposed to the pair by The Jim…

American historian Nancy Tomes has been awarded Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Tomes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, received this prestigious honor for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). In the book, which spans the 20th century, Tomes questions the popular and largely unexamined idea that in order to receive quality health care, people must learn to shop for it. Understanding where…

Three faculty members from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received Google Faculty Research Awards, one-year awards given to support the work of world-class faculty members at top universities around the world. This honor highlights Stony Brook’s competitive presence among other top engineering universities on Google’s 2017 winners list, which includes MIT, Stanford University and University of California – Berkeley. Each year, Google announces an open call for PhD students and faculty at accredited Universities to submit proposals on computer science-related topics. Those chosen gain the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Google researchers and engineers to develop their research.…

 Professor Nancy Hiemstra addresses today’s immigration policy issues in her recent Huffington Post op ed, “What Would You Do to Save Your Kids? The Outrage of Separating Immigrant Families at the Border.” Hiemstra, an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, incorporates ideas and topics that address some of the latest issues relevant to her courses. Last semester, she taught an undergraduate class that focused on immigration, discussing many different aspects of contemporary immigration policy. “As someone who researches detention and deportation, I know that these policies are heavily influenced by beliefs that are simply incorrect, for…

A Stony Brook University-led study on the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more orderly and self-organized than linguistics have previously thought. The finding, details of which are published in the journal Language, is an indication that the self-organization of English occurred even though the language has never been regulated or governed through the centuries. Unlike France, Italy and other countries where national academies oversee the written language, no English-speaking country has such an academy. Yet, in the paper, “Self-Organization in the Spelling of English Suffixes: The Emergence of Culture out of Anarchy,” the research…

As lead institution for the U.S. ATLAS collaboration, Stony Brook University has received additional National Science Foundation (NSF) funding toward the project. This recent $5.4M award for U.S. ATLAS Operations: Discovery and Measurement at the Energy Frontier will stimulate development of a scientific and technically educated workforce, advancing the multidisciplinary application of technology and the popularization and dissemination of science to the general public. Stony Brook Physics Professor John Hobbs is principal investigator for U.S. NSF operations of ATLAS, which has received a total amount of over $54M in funding to date. This ongoing project provides the U.S. contribution to the international ATLAS experiment at…

Rob Patro, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, leads a group of computational biological researchers that developed a new software tool, Salmon — a lightweight method to provide fast and bias-aware quantification from RNA-sequencing reads. The research was published in the March 6 edition of Nature Methods. The team includes researchers from the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Harvard School of Public Health, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, and private industry. “This research represents a perfect storm for computer science,”…

A Stony Brook Medicine research team is competing against Weill Cornell Medicine in STAT Madness, a bracket-style contest to find the best innovation in science and medicine from the top research institutions in the country. Each team submitted innovative research that was published in a peer-reviewed journal last year, and there are now 32 teams left in the competition. SBU’s competing team is from the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology — Alberto Perez, Joseph A. Morrone, Emiliano Brini, and Ken A. Dill — authored “Blind protein structure prediction using accelerated free-energy simulations,” which was published in the November 11,…

Renowned marine fisheries scientist Ellen Pikitch has been appointed by President Tommy Remengesau of the Republic of Palau to be his special advisor on Matters on Oceans and Seas. Pikitch, director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, will serve in this role for one year. The honorable title reflects her dedicated effort toward assisting Palau on matters of ocean resource management and conservation. As special advisor Pikitch will work closely with the Government of Palau, Palau’s United Nations Permanent Representative, and Palau’s Honorary Ambassador to the Oceans and Seas. This…

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, has been selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) to receive the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. The award recognizes one individual each year who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos was recognized for his leadership in waterways research and application, and for generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways. “Sotiropoulos’ groundbreaking research in hydraulics has set the standard for how people will treat…

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