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Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago. Since people also arrived after that time, it has been impossible to determine whether natural changes or human influence are most responsible for these extinctions. A new study by an international team of scientists, including Stony Brook University Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, reports an analysis of the incredibly diverse “lost world” of Caribbean fossils that includes giant rodents, vampire bats, enigmatic monkeys, ground sloths, shrews and dozens of other ancient mammals. The study, published today in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, reveals that the arrival of humans…

Stony Brook University has taken another bold step in developing its international outreach and services with the creation of the China Center. On Friday, November 10, Stony Brook University celebrated the grand opening of the China Center with a festive ribbon cutting ceremony featuring student performers and special guests. Yumin Zhao, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, joined Dr. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Founding Director of the China Center; Lindsi Walker, Senior Assistant Dean, International Academic Programs and Services; and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. MD…

The challenges are formidable and the predictions bold — envisioning an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Highlighting these ambitious goals, Timothy Bouley, MD, launched the Global Health Institute’s Precision Planetary Lecture Series October 26 at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre. Bouley is a global health and environmental specialist who is at the forefront of the World Bank’s efforts to integrate health and environmental considerations into its investments. Following an introduction by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Peter Small, MD, founding director of the Global Health Institute, welcomed Distinguished Service Professor Patricia Wright via Skype…

A new study from world’s leading lemur expert paints a grim picture for future of dietary specialists like the critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur. Human disturbance of tropical rainforests in Madagascar, including wildfires, burning and timber exploitation, have led to reduced rainfall and a longer dry season, further pushing the Greater Bamboo Lemur to the brink of extinction. Findings are published in a new study from primatologist and lemur expert, Patricia Chapple Wright of Stony Brook University, evolutionary biologist Jukka Jernvall of University of Helsinki in Finland, and colleagues. The study is entitled Feeding Ecology and Morphology Make a Bamboo Specialist…

Global Health and Environmental Specialist Dr. Timothy Bouley will be the first speaker in the Global Health Institute’s Precision Planetary Health Lecture Series. He will discuss “World Banking on Climate and Health: Trade-offs or Synergies in Madagascar” on Thursday, October 26, at 3:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. Dr. Bouley is leading the World Bank’s efforts to integrate health and environmental considerations into their global investments. His technical expertise focuses on climate change, ocean science, sustainable fisheries, infectious disease, satellite remote sensing, Earth observation, data science and new financial mechanisms. Dr. Bouley holds degrees in biology, bioethics, geography and medicine from Tufts, Harvard, Oxford…

The Office of Global Affairs, International Academic Programs and Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) invite you to a Global Forum on the Turkana Basin Institute on Wednesday, October 11, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. Famed paleoanthropologist, politician, explorer and environmentalist Richard Leakey will be joined by a panel including Lawrence Martin, TBI Director; Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Isaiah Nengo, TBI Associate Director; and Jason Lewis, TBI Assistant Director. Hear from TBI’s Founder and Stony Brook Professor Richard Leakey, as well as TBI professors and researchers. Learn about the TBI sites in…

Stony Brook University is part of a statewide collaboration involving 10 SUNY campuses and five not-for-profit organizations to establish a sustainable village and learning community in Akayè, Haiti. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded SUNY a nearly $800,000 grant to support the project, which will develop educational, economic and social programs, resources, and other needed services on 40 acres of land donated by a Nassau Community College professor emeritus. Stony Brook faculty and staff, under the direction of PI Dr. Christina Maxis, will bring expertise to the project in the area of health sciences. The other SUNY campuses involved include:…

Alda Center Conducts International Workshops and Expands Capacity with New Faculty and Staff The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is responding to an ever-growing global demand for improvisation-based science communication training by building its instructional team and research capacity to serve more scientists via the Alda Method™. Since 2009, the Alda Center has served nearly 10,000 scientists and medical professionals in its workshops worldwide, with additional graduate students and faculty trained in courses and workshops on campus at Stony Brook University. Among more than 70 traveling workshops conducted for nearly 1,800 scientists from January 2017…

Being arrested is not something most people would list on a résumé. Yet doing just that yielded a positive result for Paula Pecorella ’18. As the managing editor of her West Islip High School newspaper, Paw Prints, she and feature editor Nicholas Krauss spent time in the slammer, and in court, in 2013 while trying to conduct an investigative journalism piece for an article on school security following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Their plight was covered by The New York Times. When Bruce Stasiuk, a workshop leader for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University,…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, told a group of leaders in combating gender bias worldwide that he has a critical goal for Stony Brook University: to use the power of scientific research to create true gender equality and build a campus free of gender-based violence. Alongside heads of state, top ranking corporate executives and other university presidents from around the globe, President Stanley shared bold strategies and ambitious goals for the University in support of gender equality at UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Parity Report Launch event in New York City on Sept. 20. “It’s our goal to create…

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