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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.…

Wealth inequality increased over the past 11,000 years and was tied to the rise of animal domestication, according to an analysis by a team of international scientists, including Elizabeth Stone from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology. Published in Nature, the study focused on 63 archeological sites across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, using house size as a measure of wealth. The sites included a range of economic systems – from ancient cities to hunter-gatherer communities – and spanned the past 11,000 years. “The houses that I looked at often have cuneiform tablets within them which document the inheritance, sale and exchange of…

Thanks to pioneering work at Stony Brook Medicine, digital solutions are in development for Pathology slide specimens — the last major frontier in digitizing medical images. Dr. Joel Saltz, Chair of Biomedical Informatics at Stony Brook Medicine and a board-certified clinical pathologist with a PhD in Computer Science, is at the forefront of this major breakthrough. For more than 20 years, Dr. Saltz and his team, which includes physicians and technologists from Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Emory and Stony Brook, have been developing digital solutions for pathology slide specimens. His groundbreaking work in digital image viewing and archiving systems for…

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…

First responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook Medicine staff and community members gathered on November 28 for the grand opening of the new World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Long Island Clinical Center of Excellence in Commack. The WTC Health Program — the clinical component of Stony Brook’s WTC Wellness Program — moved to Advanced Specialty Care, Stony Brook Medicine’s new multi-specialty care center at 500 Commack Road, in April. The WTC Wellness Program includes patient care, research, education and outreach. As a component of the Wellness Program, the WTC Health Program provides health monitoring and…

Two student teams that were mentored by Stony Brook University faculty took first and second place in the prestigious nationwide 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The first-place team, mentored by Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship to be divided among team members Arooba Ahmed of Melville, NY; Jiachen Lee of Dix Hills, NY; and Jillian Parker of Dix Hills, NY, all from the Half Hollow Hills school district. The team discovered that a specific protein not previously recognized in cell division plays a crucial role in the process and could be…

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the most prestigious organizations in the American science realm. With its dedication to supporting colleges throughout the nation, the NSF continues to help advance computer science research at Stony Brook University. Professor Jie Gao is the latest Stony Brook faculty member to earn not one, but two awards from the NSF. Gao has been awarded $250,000 for the NeTS grant (Research in Networking Technology and Systems) along with $100,000 for the Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) grant. “We at the Computer Science Department are very proud of Jie for her exceptional work,” said Interim Department Chair Samir Das.…

Was it violence or pathogens that took the greatest toll on Native Americans? Should historians refer to the loss of life as genocide or an accidental consequence of epidemics? Or perhaps, it was a combination of factors. Newly arrived Department of History Professor Paul Kelton presented his audience with the academic evidence to draw their own conclusions and spark their own dialogue at the University Libraries lecture “Germs, Genocides and American’s Indigenous Peoples” on November 27. In 2015, Kelton read about a classroom incident between a Native American student and a professor at California State University at Sacramento in which…

While skin pigmentation is nearly 100 percent heritable, it is far more genetically complex than previously thought. According to a new study published in Cell, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Brenna Henn, the genetics of skin pigmentation become progressively complex as populations reside closer to the equator, with an increasing number of genes—known and unknown—involved, each making a smaller overall contribution. Researchers from SBU, Stanford University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard worked closely with the KhoeSan, a group of populations indigenous to southern Africa. They found that earlier studies of the genetics of skin pigmentation are misleading because they rely on…

The State University of New York Board of Trustees recently approved the appointments of three Stony Brook faculty to the Distinguished Faculty rank. “Each member of the SUNY family appointed to a Distinguished Faculty rank has conveyed their own passion in their field of expertise with students, enriching the educational experience, accelerating research, and impacting lives within SUNY and beyond,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are proud to honor these individuals for being leaders in their fields, for mentoring students who will go on to contribute to our society, and for pushing the boundaries of research beyond…

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