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From Riverhead to East Hampton, a toxic “rust tide” has spread through the Peconic Estuary as reported by the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Gobler is a marine biologist and leading researcher on the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. In Gobler’s research lab on Stony Brook’s Southampton campus, he and his colleagues have measured densities of the rust tide algae, known as Cochlodinium, exceeding 3,000 cells per milliliter. Densities above 500 cells per milliliter can be lethal to marine life. While…

Promising bold new academic leadership and commitment to excellence, Michael A. Bernstein has been named Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, has announced. Bernstein, the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost of Tulane University from 2007 through July 2016, will join SBU as the University’s chief academic officer effective October 31, 2016. “I’m very excited that Dr. Bernstein has decided to join Stony Brook University,” said President Stanley. “Under Dr. Bernstein’s leadership as Provost at Tulane both the STEM disciplines and the liberal arts flourished, benefiting from his…

Findings from Study Will Help Youth with Autism Who Struggle with Social Challenges Dr. Matthew D. Lerner, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received a $2.3M Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for his research project, “Optimizing Prediction of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The goal of the BRAINS program is to support outstanding young scientists such as Professor Lerner in launching innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research that can profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental disorders. Lerner…

A partnership between Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute, the University’s Centre ValBio and Vayu, Inc. used self-guided drones to transport lab samples from rural villages to centralized labs August 5, 2016 — Drones have become ubiquitous in our society; there is a national drone film festival, a national drone racing championship, and drones are being used extensively by the military for surveillance. But what would the world look like if this technology were used to improve the lives of the global poor? For the first time in history, drones are being used in a new, life-saving way to improve…

Promoting social and economic mobility takes many forms at Stony Brook University. To be sure, programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) were created specifically to help students who are economically disadvantaged, yet there are academic divisions on campus offering initiatives serving that same purpose — even though it is not their primary function. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is one such example. Since its formation in the 1990s, CAS has played a major role in Stony Brook’s growing national and international reputation through its humanities and fine arts, life sciences, physical sciences and…

High-performance computing expert Robert Harrison, director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University, is one of the leaders of a new institute that is supported by a five-year $19.4 million award from the National Science Foundation. The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), located at Virginia Tech and directed by Daniel Crawford, will act as a nexus for science, education and cooperation. It will serve the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists, which is a broad field including biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry and materials science. “The award of MolSSI is very exciting, and its community-oriented and…

The Fencer (Finland) and Between Sea and Land (Colombia) were among the outstanding new independent films honored at the closing ceremonies of the 21st Stony Brook Film Festival, held at Staller Center July 21 through July 30. Film critic John Anderson hosted the Festival’s Closing Night Awards Reception on July 30. Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Festival, welcomed the winning filmmakers, the public and Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Music Box Films in this year’s festival included The Innocents and the 2016 Closing Night film, A Man Called Ove. The winners were: 2016 Jury Award—Best Feature The Fencer Finland, Estonia, Germany –…

Heading to the Hamptons this summer? Visit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. The museum is open May to October, Thursday through Saturday, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Reservations are not required unless you want to do a guided tour at noon on those days, reserve your ticket here. Admission for Pollock-Krasner House members and for SUNY/CUNY faculty, staff and students is free. All other adults are $5 and children under 12 are free. Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 On Display August 4 to October 29 An exhibition of abstract graphics and works in other…

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in science, The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Stony Brook University Professor Carlos Simmerling to the 2016 class of ACS Fellows. He joins 57 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to the ACS. Professor Simmerling is associate director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, helping to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science. The Simmerling lab carries out research in the area of computational structural biology, particularly on understanding how dynamic structural changes are involved in the…

Stony Brook University President  Samuel L. Stanley Jr., has been elected to serve on the  NCAA Board of Governors, the highest governance body in the NCAA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization that regulates sports competition and athletes at higher education institutions nationwide. The Board of Governors is composed of institutional chief executive officers that oversee Association-wide issues. The board is charged with ensuring that each division operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the Association. President Stanley will be one of  20 members on the Board of Governors. His appointment is effective immediately and continues through August…

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