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STAT Madness is an annual competition that selects the nation’s best biomedical research taking place at universities and research institutions. This year Stony Brook University Professor Ken Dill and colleagues have been selected as finalists in the competition for their research published in PNAS about a computational model that may explain the origins of life. STAT Madness operates similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament where winners move through the brackets before the finalists face off. Professor Dill’s research will be placed in a voting bracket of 64 at the start of the competition. Your voting determines a winner! Stony Brook…

Jarrod French, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Cottrell Scholars are recognized for their innovative research plans and education programs. French was chosen for his research proposal, “Structural Dynamics of Photoactive Proteins and Crowdsourcing Structural Biology.” The award, given this year to 24 top early-career academic scientists, includes a $100,000 grant for each recipient. Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them an opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This year’s Cottrell Scholar…

“Get into lab as early as possible, regardless of whether you know you’ll like it or not, advises URECA Scholar Michael D’Agati ’18. “You never know where it can lead to and it makes the experience of school a lot more fun.” Michael, an Electrical Engineering major in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and a University Scholars member, is a big advocate of research. He enjoys challenges, likes to ask questions, and has thrived in the research environment – he was named a Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national honor, in his sophomore year. Michael’s substantive work in the Multi-Functional Nano-Biosystems Laboratory with his long-time mentor…

Hack@CEWIT is back, focusing on IoT and security in 2018. The weekend-long event, hosted by the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), will be held from 4 pm Friday, February 16, to 12 pm, Sunday, February 18. Hack@CEWIT is an interdisciplinary IoT-focused hackathon bringing students together for a two-day technical challenge. The event awards more than $5K in prizes for the most innovative, ambitious, original, health-conscious, and industry-applicable IoT projects, and hosts 25+ tech talks and deep-dive workshops to improve your skills, learn new programs, and meet fellow hackers and industry gurus. Hack@CEWIT is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate…

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science just released its latest video in a series designed to help scientists prepare for The Flame Challenge™, an annual contest that challenges scientists to communicate familiar yet complex concepts in ways that are understandable to an 11-year-old. But for this particular video, the Alda Center enlisted help from an unlikely source — the University Police Department. Alda Center and Stony Brook alum Steven Jaret introduced his game, Jargon Police, by taking Stony Brook faculty and researchers to the back of a police car and charging them to talk about their science without using any scientific jargon. “It’s all…

Forty finalists have been named in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and among them are three students who were mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University. The Regeneron competition (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search from 1942-1997 and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. It is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. The finalists mentored at Stony Brook — Ella Feiner, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY; Kavya Kopparapu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria,…

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…

Professor Zohar Komargodski of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics will be awarded the 2018 Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. The international prize is given at Tel-Aviv University each year, alternatively in the fields of physics and chemistry. The 2018 honor and $100,000 prize will be given to Professor Komargodski and Professor Pedro Viera from the Perimeter Institute in Canada for their research in physics probing Quantum Field Theory – universal language for theoretical physics – in non-pertubative regimes. The prize is intended to encourage dedication to science, originality, and excellence by rewarding outstanding young scientists. “Quantum Field Theory – Novel Developments” is…

Thanks to pioneering work at Stony Brook Medicine, digital solutions are in development for pathology slide specimens — the last major frontier in digitizing medical images. Dr. Joel Saltz, Chair of Biomedical Informatics at Stony Brook Medicine and a board-certified clinical pathologist with a PhD in Computer Science, is at the forefront of this major breakthrough. For more than 20 years, Dr. Saltz and his team, which includes physicians and technologists from Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Emory and Stony Brook, have been developing digital solutions for pathology slide specimens. His groundbreaking work in digital image viewing and archiving systems for…

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…

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