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The p73 gene could be the key to discovering better treatments for chronic lung diseases, Stony Brook researchers have found. A team led by Professor Ute M. Moll, MD, and research scientist Alice Nemajerova, PhD,  from the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, found that this gene is the master regulator of a cell type that is responsible for constantly cleaning our airways from inhaled pollutants, pathogens and dust. Rising global air pollution and increasing smoking prevalence in many developing nations will likely lead to a growing incidence of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary…

If a tree fell in the woods and no one was around, would it make a sound? From vibrations in speakers to light reflections and pixels in a camera, those were just some of the examples used to tackle the question “What is Sound?” in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science’s 5th annual Flame Challenge. This year’s question was posed to scientists by 11-year olds from around the world. Alan Alda announced the winners of Stony Brook University’s Flame Challenge contest June 5 at the World Science Festival in New York City. The winners, Bruce Goldstein of Arizona and Nick Lucid…

“I can’t really imagine my four years at SB without research,” reflects Andrew Seunghyun Lee. “I spent most of my time doing research. And the only reason I did was because I really loved it. Around sophomore year, I was so involved with research that I knew that this was something that I could do for the rest of my life. I just love it.” Andrew will graduate with a B.S. (Honors) in Psychology in August 2016. While at SB, he has been active in 3 different research groups in Psychology, including those of Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung, Dr. Brenda Anderson, and…

Women used warmer, more agreeable language in their Facebook status updates compared to men, a computational analysis of 10 million messages revealed. Additionally, algorithms of language use predicted one’s gender on Facebook 90 percent of the time. But women are no less assertive than men, the study found. In the paper, titled “Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive Than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook,” some of the most commonly cited topics, or automatically derived clusters of related words, used by women included words such as wonderful, happy, birthday, daughter, baby, excited, and thankful. Some of the words most commonly cited by…

As part of her research, Nusnin Akter is developing chemicals to speed up the reduction of nitric oxide emissions from diesel engines. But she also teaches and volunteers in the community with the hope diversifying the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.      “I want other women and underrepresented minorities to get involved in research and for them to realize that they are not alone and can succeed in STEM fields,” said Akter, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University and performing research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at…

Scientists could fine-tune your brain so as to forget bad memories and remember good ones, Stony Brook research suggests. A research team led by Lorna Role, PhD, has taken a step toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, one of the brain’s natural mechanisms for signaling involved in memory. Their findings are published in the journal Neuron. Potential therapeutic uses include strengthening good memories for those suffering from dementia or wiping away bad memories for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder “Memories of emotionally charged experiences are particularly strong, whether positive or negative experiences, and the goal of our…

Three Stony Brook undergraduates were honored with prestigious 2016 Goldwater Scholarships and will receive grants to pursue research careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Michael D’Agati ’18, Lea Kenigsberg ’17 and Ioana Soaita ’17 were nominated by the University and selected from a field of 1,150 applicants, representing 415 colleges and universities nationwide. The prestigious one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is charged with providing a continuous stream of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The multiple awards underscore Stony Brook’s record…

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