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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…

47th Vice President Joe Biden honored for cancer research advocacy In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook, Stony Brook University’s annual fundraising gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 19. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence.  This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer…

Stony Brook postdoc to assistant professor receives $200,000 to unravel mysteries of movement within molecules  How do electrons move within molecules? Thomas Allison, an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Stony Brook University, posed this fundamental question on the way to winning the 2017 Discovery Prize. In a presentation delivered April 13 at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Allison convinced a panel of three distinguished judges that his project deserved a $200,000 cash prize to help fund his research. The award will finance equipment that will help scientists see how molecules move and behave in real time. The…

Actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox will be among the luminaries receiving honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement. Fox is known for his tireless work on behalf of Parkinson’s research and is beloved worldwide for his acting in Family Ties, the Back to the Future series, and numerous award-winning roles in movies and on television. Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many honors and awards, as well as a dedication to charitable endeavor best exemplified by the founding and stewardship of the Michael J. Fox…

Bergre Escorbores ‘00, ‘01 went to a tough high school in Queens, New York. While Bergre earned good grades and played varsity football, many of his classmates joined gangs, sold drugs and ended up in jail. Perhaps out of ignorance, Bergre’s guidance counselor suggested he skip college and learn a trade. But Bergre had a different plan — as a disadvantaged student who couldn’t easily afford tuition, he was determined to become the first in his family to earn a college degree, and use that degree to help his family move up in the world. Stony Brook offered the tools…

American historian Nancy Tomes has been awarded Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Tomes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, received this prestigious honor for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). In the book, which spans the 20th century, Tomes questions the popular and largely unexamined idea that in order to receive quality health care, people must learn to shop for it. Understanding where…

Traditional academic silos mean little to Phillip Baldwin, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences who guides his students toward innovative thinking that merges science, technology, engineering and mathematics with music, film, theater and art. “What I see in a lot of STEM students is this thirst to get beyond sheer memorization because the human mind loves a healthy diet of innovation, novelty, curiosity and things that aren’t quite in the scientific method,” Baldwin said. Some call it “STEM to STEAM” – adding an “A” for art to the STEM curriculum -…

How Stony Brook Pays Off its Promise to Transform Lives Finding ways to enable upward income mobility, one of the defining issues of our time, is a pinnacle of achievement for many institutions of higher learning. Removing the obstacles to a quality education isn’t just a moral mandate for colleges and universities — it’s become a necessity. A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward income mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,…

At Stony Brook University, Matthew Henninger ’16 took great risks and found big rewards. Matthew, who grew up in Farmingville, only 20 minutes away from the University, moved to Brookfield, Connecticut with his family when he was eight years old. He grew to love the relative seclusion and natural beauty of his new surroundings and vowed he would never return to densely populated central Suffolk County. His academic interests, however, lured him back. “The friends I remained close to on Long Island who attended Stony Brook raved about the immense opportunities and impeccable education they were getting there,” he says. “At…

Joseph Sweeney ’17 loves a good challenge — so much so, that it was a key factor in his decision to attend Stony Brook. “I knew that many of the science courses would be difficult and would push me to my greatest potential,” Joseph says. For Joseph, meeting challenges is a way of life. His personal struggle with diet and weight shaped his career aspirations, leading him on the path to becoming a physician-scientist, specializing in diabetes and obesity. His own research guided him as he gained control over his diet, replacing unhealthful foods with better choices. He added strength training and other forms of exercise,…

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