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Researchers from Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered new effects of an important method for modulating semiconductors. The method, which works by creating open spaces or “vacancies” in a material’s structure, enables scientists to tune the electronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals (SCNCs) — semiconductor particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers. This finding will advance the development of new technologies like smart windows, which can change opaqueness on demand. Anatoly Frenkel, a professor in Stony Brook’s Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, holds…

When Dominique Spiegowski ’18 got the opportunity to do hands-on chemistry research, she made the most of it. Last summer, she commuted nearly 2 hours each way from Ridgewood, Queens, just so that she could put in the hours necessary to advance her project:  optimizing the synthesis of hydroxyl amines for use in photoredox reactions to yield various perfluoroalkoxylated heteroarenes. When Dominique learned that she had been accepted to the 2017 URECA summer program and would be able to devote herself to research full-time, she was thrilled. A biology major with a minor in chemistry, Dominique first contacted Prof. Ming-Yu Ngai…

Project will Help PhD Programs Strengthen their Professional Development and Mentoring Efforts  Stony Brook is among 29 universities chosen to participate in a collective effort to gather and use data about the careers of PhD students and alumni in STEM and humanities fields. PhD Career Pathways is a best practice project of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national organization that supports graduate education and research. The project brings together a coalition of universities seeking to better understand and support the careers of PhD students and alumni. The research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and…

Three Stony Brook faculty members led a four-week computer science and informatics summer program for high school students. Fusheng Wang, Departments of Computer Science (CS) and Biomedical Informatics BMI), Daifeng Wang (BMI) and Xiaojun Bi (CS) joined forces for the inaugural program, Computer Science and Informatics Research Experience (CSIRE) for K-12 students, held from July 5 through August 4. Their motivation for the program was to provide an opportunity for K-12 outreach in the fields of computer science and informatics with a particular emphasis on research opportunities for students. Originally the program was outlined in Fusheng Wang’s National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER…

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible through the entire United States. Local observers will not witness a total eclipse, but the solar spectacle should still be impressive. At Stony Brook, about 76 percent of the sun will be covered, while New York City will see a 77 percent eclipse. At Stony Brook the eclipse will begin at about 1:25 pm and end at about 4 pm. Maximum eclipse will take place at 2:46 pm. Feast your eyes, but NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION, EVEN WHEN IT IS PARTIALLY ECLIPSED. According to Dr. Frederick M. Walter, a professor in the Department of Physics and…

Researchers in the Departments of Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics awarded $449k through the National Science Foundation’s NeTS program. Even for the personal smartphone or home computer user there is no avoiding the use of cloud computing. Cloud computing is low in cost, easily available, and offers access to useful services that would otherwise be out of reach. Services such as Netflix, Amazon Fire, and Expedia are only some of the popular online services being hosted on the cloud. On the backend, dynamic applications in the cloud are more lucrative if their deployments grow through dynamic capacity provisioning.…

It’s the little things that matter to Bilal Haider ’17 — little things that could potentially lead to big ideas that could in turn change the face of medical research. Bilal, a Biomedical Engineering major at Stony Brook, is off to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on nanotechnology at Tufts University this fall. Working in Balaji Sitharaman’s Stony Brook laboratory with graduate student Drasti Kanakia, the pair wanted to see whether graphene nanoribbons and nanoplatelets could deliver genetic material to neural cells to potentially treat Alzheimer’s disease. But their preliminary steps involved delivering these structures…

During the summer, Stony Brook’s campus is busy with camps and academic programs for learners of all ages, offering opportunities for community residents to get involved with the University. One of those programs is TechPREP. Launched in 2008, TechPREP is a multi-track program aimed at engaging 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young women from high-needs school districts with technology demonstrations, classroom instruction, and experimental participation. This year’s school districts included Brentwood Union Free School District Middle Schools (including East, West, North), William Floyd Middle School, and William Paca Middle School. To meet increased demand, this week-long program was held twice…

Alum Bryan Perozzi ’16, now a research scientist at Google, won the Association of Computing Machinery SIGKDD, KDD 2017 Doctoral Dissertation award for his work at Stony Brook University. The annual award acknowledges excellent doctoral research in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery. Perozzi thesis, Local Modeling of Attributed Graphs: Algorithms and Applications, was recognized as the best dissertation of the year in the data science community. His work involves graph embeddings — ways of representing the knowledge encoded in the structure of networks to make them accessible for machine learning models. Focused on developing scalable algorithms and models for…

For biology major Aaron Kuang ’18, undergraduate research is a “completely different beast than taking classes.” “What I’ve gained is definitely something that I would never have accomplished or learned if I stayed with lectures and introductory biology labs only,” Kuang said. Kuang has spent many hours over the last year doing research in the spinal cord injury translational lab of Dr. Prithvi Shah. Although he was very active in this laboratory’s experiments throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, and has been immersed in research full time this summer, Aaron clearly remembers being daunted by the prospect of starting undergrad research, wondering…

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