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In Money magazine’s annual list of the Best Colleges for Your Money, Stony Brook University ranked #54 overall and #32 among public universities in the nation. With the goal of identifying schools that provide the best education at the most reasonable price, Money evaluated 711 schools on 27 factors in three categories — quality of education, affordability and student outcomes. According to Braden J. Hosch, Assistant Vice President of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness, social mobility is the primary reason our ranking jumped significantly from #125 in 2016 to #54 in 2017. The biggest change to this year’s methodology was…

Big dreams often begin as little actions. When she was a child, Irene (Rena) Thomas ’17 and her sisters would stage “pretend” newscasts just for fun. As the Syosset, New York native got older, she became obsessed with reading Seventeen magazine cover to cover. “After that, I wanted to work for a magazine,” she said. “Then that dream kind of faded out and I entered college undecided.” Thinking she was attending a general orientation, Rena stumbled upon the orientation for the School of Journalism, and by the spring semester of her freshman year she decided to make journalism her major.…

New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the Journal of Chemical Engineering, could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, as many as seven million premature deaths of people worldwide may be linked to poor air quality and pollution. Sulfur dioxide emissions are among the most common…

Department of Art Professor Nobuho Nagasawa recently received the New York City Public Design Commission’s highest honor at the 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, held at City Hall. Professor Nagasawa was honored for her permanent public art “Luminescence,” the installation of which is currently in progress at the newly developed Peninsula, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in Queens, New York. Designed to enhance a new public waterfront park situated on approximately 30 acres of prime East River property in Long Island City, “Luminescence” consists of seven sculptures that emulate the seven phases of the moon. Each moon sculpture is cast in white…

Stony Brook-led research into the structure of a key enzyme involved with cell growth regulation could offer important clues to understanding cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. The finding, published in PNAS, reveals the first visualization of the enzyme and could provide insight into how the enzyme is activated. The enzyme, neutral sphingomyelinase (nSMase2), is one of the major enzymes that produces ceramide in the body. Ceramides are oil-like lipids that are produced in response to chemotherapy and other cell stresses. The ceramides that nSMase2 produces allow cancer cells to pass DNA and proteins to other cells to change…

With United States premieres on its opening and closing nights and the world premiere of a moving documentary by a pair of Long Island brothers, the 22nd annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union promises something for everyone. The festival runs from July 20-29 at the Staller Center for the Arts and features films from 19 foreign countries, as well as more American independent features and shorts than ever before. Twenty features and 16 short films will be screened over 10 days, with each film treated as a special event, shown on one of the region’s…

For the third year in a row, SBU iCREATE (previously known as the SBU Innovation Lab) attended the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire, which took place this year on June 10 at the Port Jefferson Maritime Explorium. The Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of the interesting things people — from engineers to artists — do in the spirit of innovation, creativity, resourcefulness and invention. SBU iCREATE was featured as one of the makers and showcased several different interactive activities including 3D Doodler pens, a PacMan robot maze, DIY arm braces, and 3D puzzles made of cardboard and balsa wood. The PacMan maze, Google…

It was a perfect June morning on the East End of Long Island. Breeze flowing off the water, clouds providing a slight scrim for the sun trying to push through. Sitting at a remote picnic table (although not quite remote enough to keep away several “Hi Bobby, I love your new show” fans) with television star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, I shared our plans and set-up for the opening night keynote address he would be delivering for the 3rd Annual Food Lab Conference. It would be delivered that evening on the water’s edge at the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

Thursday, June 22, 6:15 pm (gates open at 5:35 pm) Join Stony Brook Children’s Hospital as the Long Island Ducks host the Somerset Patriots. This family-friendly event includes free Quackers and sunglasses for the first 1,500 fans, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and health demonstrations. Stony Brook employees can take advantage of a special ticket rate of $10 per person through end of day Friday, June 16. Call Sean Smith at (631) 940-3825 x108 to place your order. Any questions can also be emailed to tickets@liducks.com. Wear red to show your Stony Brook spirit!

Due to this past mild winter, experts are predicting one of the worst tick seasons ever. Dr. Luis Marcos, Director of the Adult Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Medicine, and Dr. Saul Hymes, Director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, offer advice on how to protect yourself and your children from tick-borne illnesses. What are tick-borne illnesses? Many people have heard about Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of the Ixodes scapularis tick. In acute infections, it can cause headaches, fevers, rash and muscle aches. More severe cases can progress to Bell’s Palsy…

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