Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

For more than 22 years, the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has maintained a commitment to promoting the principles and philosophies of Dr. King. This year, the Commission recognized Dr. Bonita London, Department of Psychology, and Toni Sperzel, Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), as recipients of the 2017 Public Service Award based on their demonstrated record of dedication to civil rights. The two were honored at a luncheon held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at The UpSky Long Island Hotel. Dr. London, a social and personality psychologist, has dedicated her research and scholarship over the past 10…

Four scholars are competing for the 2017 Discovery Prize, a $200,000 award given to a Stony Brook University faculty member in the STEM disciplines whose research project embraces risk and innovation and embodies the potential of discovery-driven research. The Discovery Prize was established in 2013 with a generous donation from the Stony Brook Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a way to advance pioneering scientific breakthroughs. In keeping with the University’s goal of supporting early-career faculty, eligibility is open to faculty members who have a tenure-track assistant professor appointment or are no more than five years beyond tenure and promotion at the…

Several Stony Brook University faculty have helped 23 high school students become scholars in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly, Intel STS Competition), the oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition in the U.S. Each scholar receives a $2,000 award from Regeneron with an additional $2,000 going to his or her school. The competition overall awards $3.1 million to provide the opportunities and resources that students need to become the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and STEM leaders. Only 300 students are announced as scholars each year. From this select pool, 40 finalists will be announced on January 24, 2017, and then…

Lorne Golub, DMD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology & Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and an innovator in the development of medicines to promote oral health and to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI, election as an “NAI fellow” is high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated “a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” Dr. Golub and other new 2016…

Sonia Harmand, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, has been named one of the 50 most influential French in the world by French Vanity Fair. Harmand is an expert in Early Stone Age archaeology and the evolution of stone tool making. In 2011 she and a team of scientists discovered 3.3-million-year-old stone artifacts in the Turkana Basin in Northern Kenya. Until these findings, the oldest stone tools were dated to 2.6 million years old. A paper on this groundbreaking research was published in Nature. Prior to her work at Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute, Harmand…

In 2016, Stony Brook University was once again an academic hotbed of innovation, diversity, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we followed the road to the White House, celebrated the medical miracle that gave a young Congolese boy his smile back, advanced global health in Madagascar, and made our first appearance in the NCAA’s Big Dance. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2016.

A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University’s Jin Wang, a Professor of Chemistry and Physics, and Physics graduate student Zhedong Zhang, has announced a discovery that could help make sustainable solar energy a reality. The team discovered a mechanism in the energy transfer process of photosynthesis (for the pigment-protein complex) that illustrates quantitatively the maintenance of long-survived quantum coherence. The role of quantum coherence – when subatomic particles cooperate reflecting a form of harmony in the microscopic world – is important to understanding energy transfer in photosynthesis. Recently, a new phenomenon with quantum coherence puzzled many scientists – that…

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…

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