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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…

Roger Rosenblatt, professor in the Southampton MFA program and a Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of English and Writing, has been awarded the President’s Medal by the Chautauqua Institution. Given for one’s body of work, other recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor, David McCullough, E.O. Wilson, and Rita Moreno. Chautauqua Institution president Tom Becker presented Professor Rosenblatt with the medal on June 28 in front of a standing ovation of 7,000 people. Dr. Rosenblatt is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 15 books, published in 13 languages. His published works include Kayak Morning, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, Making Toast, Beet,…

The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University has developed a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools that can remove high amounts of nitrogen — the primary cause of local water quality degradation — from household wastewater. The system incorporates simple design with locally sourced, natural materials to position it as an economically viable alternative for high-performance onsite wastewater treatment, a crucial infrastructure need for restoring Long Island water quality. Pilot installations of the system are underway at a test center and are scheduled to begin locally by early fall as part of the Suffolk County Department…

It is commonly believed that population growth will be the dominant factor in determining water scarcity in the next few decades. However, a new study led by Political Science Professor Oleg Smirnov states that climate change — not population growth — will play the main role in predicting future exposure to extreme droughts. The study, The relative importance of climate change and population growth for exposure to future extreme droughts, was published in the journal Climatic Change and also includes the work of two other Stony Brook researchers, Professor Minghua Zhang and PhD student Tingyin Xiao from the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

Benjamin Hsiao, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-Lemelson 2016-17 Class of Invention Ambassadors. As part of a diverse group of 10 national innovators seeking global solutions in their respective fields, Hsiao will begin his one-year ambassadorship at the AAAS Celebrate Invention event on July 14 in Washington, DC. The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is a platform for inventors to demonstrate their role as change agents and problem solvers in society. Each ambassador meets the vision of the program to “showcase the human face of…

The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia is mostly run by men, and the number of editors for the site has been shrinking. Julia Bear, an assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s College of Business, and colleague Benjamin Collier from Carnegie Mellon, have analyzed the issue of gender difference in editing. Their results were published in the journal Sex Roles in January. A recent Harvard Business Review article, “Why Do So Few Women Edit Wikipedia?”, details their findings and explains why they matter. Read the full article here. Bear joined the College of Business faculty in 2013. Her research focuses on the…

If a tree fell in the woods and no one was around, would it make a sound? From vibrations in speakers to light reflections and pixels in a camera, those were just some of the examples used to tackle the question “What is Sound?” in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science’s 5th annual Flame Challenge. This year’s question was posed to scientists by 11-year olds from around the world. Alan Alda announced the winners of Stony Brook University’s Flame Challenge contest June 5 at the World Science Festival in New York City. The winners, Bruce Goldstein of Arizona and Nick Lucid…

Professor inspires students to change the world using empathy and innovation Undergraduate life can be tough — What should I major in? When is my project due? How much does my lunch cost? As challenging as college can be, some of our students are inventing strong solutions to major global issues like malnutrition, poverty and water scarcity before ever leaving the Stony Brook campus. Welcome to EST 205: Introduction to Technological Design, part of the Department of Technology and Society (T&S) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “My course teaches students the basics of design ideation, prototype development…

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