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Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI). The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos will accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, CA. The award acknowledges Sotiropoulos’ leadership in waterways research and application, and for generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways. “Dr. Sotiropoulos’ groundbreaking research…

The number of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over a 10-year period, a Stony Brook-led study shows. Reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, the research could prompt new guidelines for screening and care during pregnancy. Kathleen Stergiopoulos, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a specialist in heart disease in women at the Stony Brook Heart Institute, led the study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease. From 2003 to 2012, researchers found, the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent. This jump may prompt greater awareness of…

Margaret Schedel’s pioneering research in sonification is the subject of a profile in the May 2 issue of the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Schedel, associate professor of composition and computer music and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Music, is also director of cDACT, Stony Brook’s consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology. She forges connections across disciplines through innovative research involving the emerging field of sonification — adding sound to data to communicate information that might otherwise be missed visually. The profile describes Schedel’s research in collaboration with Lisa Muratori, a professor of physical…

How smart is your watch? An award-winning paper co-authored by Department of Computer Science assistant professor Xiaojun Bi outlines a method for text entry that could make “smartwatches” as useful as smartphones. Bi’s research, which won a prestigious award at this year’s ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI), outlined the design, decoding algorithm and implementaion for COMPASS, a rotational keyboard that will be used to enter text into smartwatches without the need for touchscreens. According to the researchers, COMPASS is a text entry method that is based in the bezel of the watch, allowing the user…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

Lea Kenigsberg Major: Mathematics Hometown: Bnei Berak, Israel What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My interests lie in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. While I don’t know my research focus yet, and what applications it may have, it is my hope that if I can make it through grad school, and afterwards in the academic world, my story can encourage other mothers and nontraditional students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds that attaining and pursuing a career in mathematics is indeed possible. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this…

Henry Ng Major: Biology Hometown: Hong Kong What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My current research focuses on studying cell wall glycosylation in Candida albicans using CRISPR/Cas. C. albicans is the most prevalent fungal pathogen and cause dangerous infections in immunocompromised patients. Yet the study of its biology and the development of antifungal treatment has been deterred because of the limitation in technology and complication of its genome. By optimizing the CRISPR/Cas system, the investigation in C. albicans can be immensely accelerated. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will…

Joshua Farr Major: Chemistry Hometown: Worthington, OH What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My research focus is organic chemistry, which has a high potential for impact because of how adaptable and interdisciplinary it can be it. I currently work in a lab using organic chemistry to create molecules that can be used to study the brain. This has the potential to garner a greater understanding of how the brain works at a fundamental level, which has implications for understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and…

Laura Perrone Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, Pomona College Hometown: San Jose, CA Advisor: Dr. Kristin Bernard What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My research focuses on the effects of early adversity on children’s development, psychobiology, and psychological well-being, as well as the role of parenting as a protective factor against negative child outcomes. More specifically, my study proposes to examine the psychobiology of prenatal stress and whether such stress increases infants’ susceptibility to their environments in predicting subsequent psychological and health outcomes. Understanding the mechanisms through which early adversity…

Yugarshi Mondal Grad program: Applied Math Undergrad: BS in Chemistry and Economics, Case Western University Hometown: Palatine, IL Advisor: Allen Tannenbaum What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? An application of geometry to understanding networks — in my case, applied to gene networks. The particular project I proposed for the fellowship had to do with investigating of the geometry of gene networks of patients with mental disabilities towards creating quantitative measures for assessing states of mind. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this fellowship enhance your research? I think…

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