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Get ready for the Stony Brook Film Festival, July 20-29, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets and passes to the festival Click here to watch a selection of film trailers Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival and director of the Staller Center for the Arts. “We…

Omar Naimi ’17 thinks of himself as “absurdly ambitious.” As a child, he wanted to become President of the United States. But as he grew older and learned about the complications inherent in politics, he traded that dream for a new one: becoming an architect. Then in high school he became obsessed with the microscopic complexities of cells and their components, atoms. He realized that big dreams could involve the smallest building blocks and processes known to mankind. “I went from wanting my name on a skyscraper to wanting to have a protein named after me,” said Queens native Omar, a…

Stony Brook journalism student Mike Adams ’19 and his classmates put their journalistic principles to the test when they traveled to report on issues confronting in the jungles of Ecuador. The 500 remaining members of the once-populous Sápara nation live in the Amazon rain forest atop land believed to be rich in petroleum. The Ecuadorean government wants to let foreign oil companies explore those potential reserves. But exploratory drilling generally leads to deforestation, which would threaten the Sápara’s way of life. It would be easy to see this issue as a war of good versus evil, but journalists are trained…

The summer enrichment program is opening doors to higher education for children from low-income families — and their parents Stony Brook University’s Freedom School will be back in session for the fifth summer next month, and if the past four years are any indication, children from the Longwood and Wyandanch school districts taking part in the program will come to campus eager to jump into the daily activities centered around the program’s perennial theme: “I can make a difference in myself, my family, my community, my country and my world.” About 30 of the 50 children — called scholars in…

A Martian crater is providing more proof that the Red Planet may once have supported life, a Stony Brook geochemist and planetary scientist says in a recently published NASA study. The study led by Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz offers perhaps the most significant evidence to date that an ancient lake on Mars had all the ingredients of a life-sustaining body of water. Building on the 2013 discovery that Mars’ Gale crater contained a freshwater lake more than 3 billion years ago, Assistant Professor Joel Hurowitz led a team of 22 international scientists using findings beamed to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity…

Emerging from Stony Brook with the momentum to make a difference, 6,991 students celebrated their graduation at the University’s 57th Commencement ceremony May 19 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. They became Stony Brook’s newest alumni, joining more than 160,000 of their forerunners around the globe whose lives and work advance the mission and spirit of Stony Brook. “I don’t think anyone can say that graduating from Stony Brook is easy,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD in his address to the Class of 2017. “You have met that challenge and you and your families should be proud of what…

*Update: Unfortunately Prince Emmanuel de Merode is unable to join us at Commencement and is planning to accept his honorary degree at a future ceremony. Stony Brook University will launch 6,991 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 57th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 19, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox will be among the luminaries receiving honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement.  Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

Amy and Michael Howard of Center Moriches couldn’t believe when they heard that they were having triplets, but the surprises didn’t stop there.  Shortly after birth, the first time parents found out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Stony Brook Medicine that all three of their babies — Jackson, Hunter, and Kaden — had Craniosynostosis, a congenital premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby’s skull It’s particularly unusual because Jackson and Hunter, the identical siblings, both had Sagittal Synostosis, while Kaden, the fraternal triplet, had Metopic Synostosis. “Craniosynostosis in itself is not extraordinarily rare; it’s…

Rethinking mobile security in today’s app-as-a-platform environment is both a challenge and a labor of love for Long Lu, who has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research in this area. For Dr. Lu, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the honor represents his fourth NSF award and eighth research grant, securing him more than $3 million in research dollars over his career. “The NSF CAREER award is one of the highest honors an ‘early career’ faculty member can achieve nationally, and directly impacts the advancement of promising…

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