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Research Associate Professor Anurag Purwar (PI) and Professor Jeffrey Ge (co-PI) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook received a prestigious three-year award from the National Science Foundation for their research, “A Computational Framework for Data-Driven Mechanism Design Innovation.” Purwar is director of the Computer-Aided Design Innovation Lab at Stony Brook and Ge is interim chair of the Department and directs the Computational Design Kinematics Lab. The research will bring together the diverse fields of reverse engineering, computational shape analysis and design kinematics to develop a data-driven paradigm for kinematic synthesis of mechanical motion generation devices. The goal…

Stony Brook University researchers have found disturbingly high levels of cognitive impairment (CI) among 9/11 first responders. CI is considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Findings from a study published online in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring reveals a CI rate among 9/11 responders of nearly 13 percent, possibly reflecting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study assessed more than 800 WTC responders cared for at the Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the association of PTSD and major depressive disorder…

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…

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…

Christin Abraham ’19 is tackling a burning issue. Since his junior year in high school, the Pelham, New York, native has been collaborating with a friend, T.J. Hurd, to improve the fire-resistant properties of household objects. The pair were recently named finalists in The Paradigm Challenge, an annual event created by The Paradigm Project and one of the largest youth innovation competitions in the world. Christin and T.J. were among the top 100 entries from a pool of 50,000 students. Christin, a double major in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ chemical engineering and applied mathematics and statistics programs,…

Dr. Minghua Zhang, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), has been appointed Editor in Chief of the prestigious academic journal JGR-Atmospheres. Atmospheres is a publication of the American Geophysical Union, the leading organization for geophysicists, focusing on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the field. Dr. Zhang received his PhD at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and then joined Stony Brook in 1988 as a postdoctoral scholar. He later became an assistant and associate professor, then professor and director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres. He also served as associate…

In a pioneering partnership that could lead to new treatments for periodontal disease, Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Biosciences have received a $1.3 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding is intended to further evaluate the pre-clinical safety and effectiveness of the Traverse’s leading drug candidate, TRB-N0224, for the treatment of periodontal disease. The research will be led by Lorne Golub, DMD, in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, and Ying Gu, PhD, DDS, in the Department of General Dentistry at…

Highlighting the productive partnership between Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Samema Sarowar, a biosciences student at SBU, has been awarded the 2016 Renate W. Chasman scholarship. Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit organization at BNL, offers the scholarship to qualified candidates to encourage women to pursue careers in science, engineering, or mathematics. The University co-manages BNL, joining an elite group of universities — including Princeton, Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Chicago — that run federal laboratories. Sarowar has been working with Stony Brook biochemistry professor Huilin Li, who holds a joint appointment with BML,…

Mani Kuntal Sen, a Materials Science and Chemical Engineering PhD student from Dr. Tad Koga’s group won the second place poster award at the “14th International Conference on Surface X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SXNS-14),” held from July 10-14 at Stony Brook University. The conference was co-sponsored by SBU and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Sen received the award for his poster on “Block copolymer adsorbed layers on solids.” This award was presented by Dr. Ben Ocko (BNL), the chair of the organizing committee for SXNS-14. Over the last few decades, block copolymer (BCP) thin films have offered a simple and effective route…

At the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Stony Brook University Physicist Chang Kee Jung presented new findings on behalf of the international T2K Collaboration that reveal why the universe is dominated by matter and why we exist. Professor Jung, a leading member of the T2K Collaboration, explained how they can now demonstrate why matter and antimatter are different. He also presented the latest results of the T2K findings and explained why they are significant to theories of particle physics and Big Bang Cosmology. According to Jung, T2K’s recent finding hints that neutrinos and antineutrinos may oscillate slightly differently, which…

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