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Stony Brook students are having the experience of a lifetime learning hands-on about field research in Kenya’s Turkana Basin. Much of the record for human evolution is written in the rocks of the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya. The first anatomically modern people evolved there about 195,000 years ago, the population from which all of us are descended lived there about 70,000 years ago. Settled life supported by fishing and agriculture developed there about 10,000 years ago. The first bipedal humans lived there about 4 million years ago, and it is still one of the most remote and beautiful parts of…

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York marked 60 years of supporting SUNY research on February 15. Established in 1951, “to assist in developing and increasing the facilities of the State University of New York to provide more extensive educational opportunities for and service to its students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to the people of the State of New York,” the Research Foundation has advanced to become the largest most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. “Congratulations to the Research Foundation on reaching this milestone of longevity and success,” said SUNY Chancellor and Research Foundation…

Distinguished Professor Jorge Benach, Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Director, Center for Infectious Diseases (CID); Jessica Gurevitch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution; and Dmitri E. Kharzeev, Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook and Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The election of an AAAS fellow is awarded to individuals by their AAAS peer members. The nomination process starts with a steering group from the particular AAAS section a person is part…

Congratulations to our Stony Brook mentors, once again. Thirty-two high school students who worked with Stony Brook faculty were named yesterday among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2011 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition. The mentors come from a range of departments and disciplines throughout Stony Brook, including anatomical sciences, anesthesiology, applied mathematics and statistics, biochemistry and cell biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, ecology and evolution, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, medicine, pharmacological sciences, physics and astronomy, psychology, and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). The semifinalists will each receive awards of $1,000; their schools will also…

Four high school students who were mentored at Stony Brook won a combined total of $80,000 on December 6 at the 12th annual national finals of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, America’s premier science research competition for high school students. Nevin Daniel, a senior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket won a second-place $50,000 scholarship in the individual category for his work on developing a faster cancer drug delivery system. Daniel was mentored by Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Iwao Ojima, who is also Director of Stony Brook’s Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. Long Island seniors…

Congratulations to Iwao Ojima, Director, Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) and Project Leader, and Ramesh Gupta, Vice President, ChemMaster International Inc. and Principal Investigator) on receiving a Phase II STTR/SBIR award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the project, “Preclinical Studies on Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid-Taxoid Conjugate for IND Filing.” The NCI scored this Phase II STTR/SBIR proposal as outstanding and awarded $2.7 million for two years. The aim of this project is to advance a new tumor-targeting chemotherapeutic agent, PUFA-Taxoid (invented by Ojima), to treat a variety of human tumors associated with pancreatic, colon, breast, and…

Alfredo Fontanini, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, and a 2010 PECASE Award winner. His research focuses on the neuroscience of taste, and he studies regions of the brain that are involved in the processing and perception of taste and emotions. Following are some of his observations. On Taste and the Brain “Taste is a profoundly psychological sense. This is easy to imagine in the case of a dinner on the waterfront with great wine and company, yet even the simplest of all the stimuli can evoke emotions. And that’s taste uniqueness; while a beep is a…

Chemistry Research Day—a celebration of chemical research performed by graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students, as well as postdoctoral fellows and staff scientists affiliated with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory—will take place this year on Friday, November 5, at the Student Activities Center. Researchers involved in chemistry departmental research will submit a poster for this annual celebration of collective research achievements and will be available to speak to the public concerning any questions during the poster sessions. Professor Carlos Simmerling will deliver the keynote lecture, “Chemistry in Bits and Bytes: How Video Games and Digital Technology are Transforming our…

Professor of Medicine Benjamin Luft and a team of medical researchers have determined the genetic blueprint of 13 strains of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The finding is crucial to advancing research on the disease and may lead to better diagnostics and a vaccine. Luft presented the research results at an October 11 meeting in Washington, D.C., at the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The study is reported in the early online edition of the Journal of Bacteriology. Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative agent of Lyme disease. The first complete genome sequence of…

Stony Brook’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been awarded full accreditation status by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), making it one of 220 human research protection programs worldwide to achieve this recognition. “With this significant accreditation, funding agencies that choose Stony Brook as a performance site know that the research will be conducted with the utmost attention to research integrity, quality, and subject safety,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Achieving this level of distinction from our peers in the field of human research protections is confirmation that Stony Brook…

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