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Please join Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. for the annual State of the University Address and introduction of new faculty members on Wednesday, September 28, at 1 pm on Staller Center’s Main Stage. Following the address, President Stanley and Dean of Stony Brook University Libraries Constantia Constantinou will host a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Melville Library Reading Rooms and a dedication of the Stony Brook Foundation Knowledge Commons. All are invited to this event on September 28 at 2 pm in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library Atrium. A reception and tours will immediately follow the program.

Three Stony Brook University graduate students — Tiffany Victor, Joseph Verardo and Vahideh Rasekhi — met with the staff members of Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Lee Zeldin and Congresswoman Nita Lowey as part of the NAGPS Graduate Students Legislative Action Day in Washington, D.C., on September 12. Twice a year, the Graduate Student Organization partners with the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) for the NAGPS’ Advocacy Summit and Legislative Action Days. The Summit gathers student leaders from across the country for a two-day seminar and a day on the Hill meeting with policymakers about issues in…

Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell, may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism and severe learning disabilities. In the newborn brain, one of the critical changes that occurs is that specialized pockets form that serve to house and nurture neural stem cells throughout life in discrete regions termed stem cell niches. Lead…

It’s a fact. New York ranks 50th out of 50 states for registered organ donors. On Thursday, October 6, from 9 am to 5 pm, Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University will be part of an effort to educate and change that ranking by registering adults, 18 or older, at three locations during the Second Annual Organ Donation Day: Stony Brook University Hospital — outside the Marketplace Café Stony Brook University — at the Student Activities Center Level 2 of Health Sciences — by the coffee shop There will also be a kick-off event at 10 am in the Hospital lobby. Last year there were 650…

For the first time in Stony Brook history, the carnival came to campus. Undergraduate Student Government sponsored the event, dubbed Wolfieland, on Saturday, September 10. Wolfieland featured all the carnival fun a Seawolf could hope for — game booths hosted by student clubs, pop-up carnival rides including a ferris wheel, Gravitron and mechanical bull, and of course, cotton candy. Many students came out to enjoy the fun, creating the kind of lines you’d expect to see at Disney World. “I think it’s a great way to start off the new semester,” said Rebecca Molino ’16, a graduate student in sociology. Marianna Cantella ’18 agreed, saying, “I think it’s really cool…

Tune in Friday, September 16, at Noon In the inaugural episode of CLEAR + VIVID, acclaimed actor Alan Alda, a visiting professor in Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, will interview author Amy Cuddy, an associate professor at Harvard Business School. The conversation will focus on accessing “personal power” to achieve what Cuddy refers to as “presence, the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves.” Cuddy is the New York Times best-selling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. The web show will air live…

Stony Brook researchers Dianna Padilla and Bassem Allam have been awarded funding from NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program and the Northeast Sea Grant Programs to study the effects of ocean acidification on marine life in the Northeast. These studies will will help investigators gain a better understanding of effects of ocean changes on the region’s marine life, helping to preserve endangered species. Burning fossil fuels releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, a part of which is absorbed by the ocean. This increase in carbon dioxide is causing a change in ocean chemistry called ocean acidification. Learning how these changes affect seafood is…

As director of a groundbreaking Simons Foundation grant, Leonardo Rastelli, a professor in the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, will lead the “Collaboration on the Non-Perturbative Bootstrap,” a four-year, $10M project that includes 14 principal investigators at institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Quantum field theory (QFT) is a universal language for theoretical physics, describing phenomena ranging from the Standard Model of particle physics and early universe inflation to phase transitions and superconductivity in terrestrial materials. Physicists understand weakly coupled QFTs, but the challenge for the future…

A quick look at a satellite image of Africa at night reveals the continent’s pressing need for electrical power. Stony Brook University exchange student Yelbi Balima ’18 has big plans to change that situation, beginning with one village, Sanogho, located in his native country, Burkina Faso, in West Africa. During his first semester at SUNY Korea, Yelbi, a technological systems management major specializing in mechanical engineering, delivered an eye-opening presentation to SUNY Korea President Choonho Kim and representatives from Korean power companies. Yelbi’s presentation was so persuasive that the Korean companies are now investing in his project. To make his…

Christopher Stubenrauch, a Stony Brook University senior studying atmospheric science, astronomy and applied mathematics, was chosen to attend a special social media event for the launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample-return spacecraft on Thursday, September 8, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The mission is NASA’s first attempt to travel to a carbon-based asteroid to bring back a sample for complete examination. The invitation includes a tour of the entire facility the day before the launch. Stubenrauch owns a 10-inch Dobsonian telescope that he uses to show the Moon, planets and stars to SBU students and others around the world. He…

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