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A newly discovered dinosaur that lived approximately 215 million years ago (Triassic Period) in the region of New Mexico is providing a team of paleontologists new information on early dinosaur evolution. Reported in the December 11 issue of Science, an analysis of Tawa hallae, a meat-eating theropod dinosaur between two-and-four meters long, reveals that the early history of theropods was characterized by waves of migration from South America, not just localized or regional species diversification. “To understand how these early theropods were related evolutionarily, we analyzed hundreds of morphological features, then used recently devised statistical methods to model how the…

Stony Brook University Medical Center has opened a new and expanded World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP) facility to care for thousands of 9/11 first responders who continue to suffer from asthma, pulmonary conditions, post-traumatic stress disorders, and other conditions related to their work at ground zero. The WTCMMTP medical staff, patients, and government officials attended a ribbon cutting of the state-of-the-art facility in Islandia in early December. In operation since immediately after 9/11, the WTCMMTP is a federally funded program largely supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an arm of the…

Ruoyi Jiang, a senior at Ward Melville High School, was named the individual Grand Prize winner in the prestigious nationwide 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Jiang conducted his research at Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratory under the mentorship of Carlos Simmerling, Professor of Chemistry. Jiang, 17, won a $100,000 scholarship for his research on chemotherapy drug resistance. He is the first Grand Prize winner of the Siemens competition to have done research at Stony Brook in the “individual” category; twice previously, the Grand Prize “team” winners worked with Stony Brook faculty mentors, including Professor Iwao Ojima…

The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Eva Feder Kittay, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, which is the University’s highest faculty designation. Kittay’s early work on metaphor is considered a major contribution to the literature. Her book, Metaphor: Its Linguistic Structure and Its Cognitive Force, is still in print and is read internationally by linguists, psychologists, literary scholars, and philosophers. Her subsequent work on care ethics and feminism is among the most sophisticated developments of this much-discussed line of thought. It is discussed not only in the English-speaking world, but also in…

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