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Materials science is a field that Jason Trelewicz has been interested in since he was a young child, when his father — an engineer — would bring him to work. In the materials lab at his father’s workplace, Trelewicz would use optical microscopes to zoom in on material surfaces, intrigued by all the distinct features he would see as light interacted with different samples. Trelewicz is now an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University…

Susan E. Brennan, Chang Kee Jung and Nancy C. Reich have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a high honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Fellows are awarded because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be recognized on February 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017. Professor Susan E. Brennan, from the Department…

The study of objects less than a billionth of a meter, also known as “nanometers,” is a special research discipline that Materials Science and Engineering Professor Alexander Orlov has been working on for years. A major breakthrough in this field has been the emergence of a new generation of consumer products containing nanoparticles, nano-enabled biomedical devices and many other exciting developments straight out of science fiction novels. However, like many scientific breakthroughs, there is hesitation in the implementation of nanotechnology. “It is a very difficult area to describe, as you cannot see nanoparticles with the naked eye,” Orlov explained. “People…

New York Sea Grant Director Bill Wise participated in a legislative briefing, “Using Science and Outreach to Assist State and Local Decision Makers in Disaster Preparedness and Public Safety,” on November 8 in Washington, DC, which was sponsored by Congressmen Lee Zeldin (NY) and Joe Courtney (CT). Wise and others on the panel conveyed the importance of the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) to Congressional leaders. Specifically, he discussed the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP), funded with $1.8 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This program was initiated after Superstorm Sandy to help understand the factors that influenced…

Josefina Gallardo Salguero, a lead preschool teacher at Stony Brook Child Care Services, has been awarded a mini grant from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) mini grant. Salguero received the funding for the project “All About Me, All About You,” which will help build tolerance and acceptance in the preschool classroom environment. Children will be engaged in a variety of activities that will help expand their knowledge of diversity, build on self-awareness and foster social tolerance. With activities that touch on various curriculum areas such as dramatic play, social studies, technology and literacy,…

Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University, participated in Connected 2017, the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative Summit held in Washington, DC, in October. EAB helps education leaders by finding best practices to address education’s top challenges with research forums dedicated to presidents, provosts, chief business officers, and many other key academic and administrative leaders. Connected is a two-day event designed to bring the most relevant, actionable, and inspired ideas in student success to administrators responsible for positively inflecting student outcomes. At the summit, Robbins spoke about “The Missing Men at…

At an investiture ceremony on the Stony Brook University campus, three new endowed chairs were formally appointed; two leading pediatric clinical research physicians at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and a renowned materials scientist and chemical engineer at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The three new endowed faculty positions were funded by philanthropic gifts from the Knapp family through the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, and Jane and William Knapp respectively. “From the start of my tenure at Stony Brook, it has been my goal to create 100 endowed faculty positions across a wide range of disciplines to…

More than 130 faculty and staff were honored at the Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner on November 8. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Provost Michael A. Bernstein hosted the event that celebrated faculty achievements and Chancellor’s Awards and Presidential Mini-Grants recipients. “Tonight we celebrate outstanding individuals whose efforts have gone far beyond the expected and who have made Stony Brook University a showcase for excellence,” said President Stanley. “Your contributions enhance the lives of our students and our reputation throughout SUNY and among our AAU peers. It is because of your dedication and vision that Stony Brook has…

As representatives from around the world meet in Bonn, Germany this month to discuss a way forward on the Paris Agreement and decarbonization, a new book on energy transitions by Kathleen Araújo, assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, sheds light on the experiences of countries managing the transition to low carbon technologies. Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) draws on over 120 interviews with scientists, governmental employees, academics, and members of civil society. Araújo focuses on four unique cases: Brazilian biofuels, Danish wind power,…

November 10 Living World Lecture Journey through time and learn how the brain has changed over more than 150 million years of evolution. All are invited to the Living World Lecture, “How the Brain Evolved: New Insights from Dinosaurs, Birds, Mammals and Humans,” on Friday, November 10, at 7:30 pm in the Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Theater, Room 001. Assistant Professor Jeroen Smaers, from the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, will begin the lecture talking about the brains of dinosaurs, then he will discuss how the brain has changed in birds and mammals, and end with primates…

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