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A special reception was held on January 8 for the three grand prize-winning students from Half Hollow Hills High School who won the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Arooba Ahmed, Jiachen Lee and Jillian Parker were honored by the Board of Education along with their mentor, Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from Stony Brook University’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Also honored was Stony Brook University alum Michael Lake, who is Research Director for Half Hollow Hills School District. In December 2017, the SBU-mentored team was awarded a $100,000…

Suffolk County reportedly has recorded the most car accidents caused by sleepy drivers in the state; Stony Brook University researchers are on a mission to help turn that around. The School of Health Technology & Management (SHTM) was recently awarded a General Highway Safety Grant to conduct research to put together insights, methods of prevention and a program to combat drowsy driving among college students. The research project timeline runs from October of last year through September 2018 and will involve data collection on sleep habits and drowsy driving behaviors among Stony Brook commuter students, the development of a research-informed…

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, along with an interdisciplinary team from CEAS, represented Stony Brook University at the first Cheeloo Conference on Computational Medicine and Big Data in Jinan, China — a global US-China research partnership between the University and other partners, and the Jinan Supercomputer Center. The conference was organized by Professor Yuefan Deng from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, together with colleagues from across CEAS. This international conference was designed to identify critical problems and propose leading solutions and time-wise milestones, leveraging the most advanced supercomputer methods to biomedical research, healthcare, and massive analysis on intensive data. The conference…

On Thursday, December 14, Dr. Robin Staffin, Director of Basic Research for the Department of Defense (DOD) visited Stony Brook University along with four of his DOD colleagues. This visit was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Government Relations to provide Stony Brook researchers with a strategic networking opportunity to learn about a wide range of disciplinary funding opportunities for basic research activities from the Department of Defense. “The visit by DoD’s Director of Basic Research reflects our outstanding reputation for fundamental research at Stony Brook,” said Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research…

Significant research in the area of computational power and large-scale application efficiency is being conducted by Professor Barbara Chapman, one of the latest computer science faculty members to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award. Chapman won the NSF Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme, otherwise known as an SPX award, for her research, Cross-layer Application-Aware Resilience at Extreme Scale (CAARES). The funded research addresses the challenges imposed by future extreme-scale architectures that will require dynamic programming approaches, where different software layers, potentially developed using different programming paradigms, will have to closely interact with each other. “I’m extremely excited to…

Wealth inequality increased over the past 11,000 years and was tied to the rise of animal domestication, according to an analysis by a team of international scientists, including Elizabeth Stone from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology. Published in Nature, the study focused on 63 archeological sites across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, using house size as a measure of wealth. The sites included a range of economic systems – from ancient cities to hunter-gatherer communities – and spanned the past 11,000 years. “The houses that I looked at often have cuneiform tablets within them which document the inheritance, sale and exchange of…

Maria Anaya and Wilson Nieves, recently named URECA Researchers of the Month, have a lot in common. Both are passionate about research, and have had transformative summer research program experiences, both on and off campus. Both recently presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students ( ABRCMS) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Both began their Stony Brook research experiences in the summer of 2016, as participants in I-STEM’s BioPREP program as well as the NIH-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Development: Maximizing Excellence in Research for Graduate Education (IMSD-MERGE) Program administered through CIE. Both previously attended Queensborough Community College (QCC). Both are immigrants; both are first-generation college students.…

Two student teams that were mentored by Stony Brook University faculty took first and second place in the prestigious nationwide 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The first-place team, mentored by Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship to be divided among team members Arooba Ahmed of Melville, NY; Jiachen Lee of Dix Hills, NY; and Jillian Parker of Dix Hills, NY, all from the Half Hollow Hills school district. The team discovered that a specific protein not previously recognized in cell division plays a crucial role in the process and could be…

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the most prestigious organizations in the American science realm. With its dedication to supporting colleges throughout the nation, the NSF continues to help advance computer science research at Stony Brook University. Professor Jie Gao is the latest Stony Brook faculty member to earn not one, but two awards from the NSF. Gao has been awarded $250,000 for the NeTS grant (Research in Networking Technology and Systems) along with $100,000 for the Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) grant. “We at the Computer Science Department are very proud of Jie for her exceptional work,” said Interim Department Chair Samir Das.…

While skin pigmentation is nearly 100 percent heritable, it is far more genetically complex than previously thought. According to a new study published in Cell, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Brenna Henn, the genetics of skin pigmentation become progressively complex as populations reside closer to the equator, with an increasing number of genes—known and unknown—involved, each making a smaller overall contribution. Researchers from SBU, Stanford University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard worked closely with the KhoeSan, a group of populations indigenous to southern Africa. They found that earlier studies of the genetics of skin pigmentation are misleading because they rely on…

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