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An extraordinary gathering of scientists and dignitaries broke ground on July 21, 1017, for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a leading-edge, international experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies in which Stony Brook University will play an important role. Discoveries over the past half-century have put neutrinos, the most abundant matter particles in the universe, in the spotlight for further research into several fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the evolution of the universe — questions that DUNE will seek to answer. Stony Brook University’s Nucleon Decay and Neutrino (NN) research group, led by SUNY Distinguished…

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released five new interviews with global thought leaders and celebrities, including actor-philanthropist Michael J. Fox and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications, spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student and community enrichment events and activities. Also interviewed this month are high-tech entrepreneur Jonathan Oringer, internet pioneer Ben Shneiderman, and astrophysicist Frank Shu. More on this month’s luminaries: Michael J. Fox is an…

Maybe novelist Thomas Wolfe had it wrong. For Elliott Murphy, world-renowned singer-songwriter and Garden City, LI, native, it seems you can go home again. Murphy, who moved to Paris in 1989 to satisfy the demands of his growing European fan base, still returns for occasional visits to see his family and friends, and for a handful of performances in the Northeastern U.S. But on July 26, at 9:15 pm, he will return to Long Island for a special event: the American premiere of The Second Act of Elliott Murphy, a 90-minute full-length feature film about his resurgent career, to be screened…

Enrolling at Stony Brook University as a shy student from upstate New York, Janki Patel ’17 could have never envisioned the leader she would become. “Coming from a small high school, I didn’t have the academic opportunities that many of my friends had and I already felt I was at a disadvantage as a freshman,” she said. But as a member of the University Scholars program, which encourages stewardship and leadership in addition to academic dedication, Janki made a smooth adjustment to campus life and her confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Without prior research experience, Janki joined International Genetically…

Scientists have traced the emergence of the modern dog to the domestication of a population of gray wolves that took place in Europe between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. By analyzing the DNA of two prehistoric dogs from Germany, an international research team led by Krishna R. Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University, has determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. The finding was published in Nature Communications. Dogs were the first animal to be domesticated by humans. The oldest dog fossils that can…

Genetics PhD candidate Alex Bott is ready to take his place in the front ranks of the fight against cancer, and he has the grants to prove it. This past year, Bott was recognized with two prestigious and highly competitive awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the F31 (Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award) and the newly-established F99/K00 — the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award, which is designed to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential to pursue careers as independent cancer researchers. Bott’s research focuses on Myc, a regulator gene amplified in a wide range of cancers, particularly breast cancer.…