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Suffolk County reportedly has recorded the most car accidents caused by sleepy drivers in the state; Stony Brook University researchers are on a mission to help turn that around. The School of Health Technology & Management (SHTM) was recently awarded a General Highway Safety Grant to conduct research to put together insights, methods of prevention and a program to combat drowsy driving among college students. The research project timeline runs from October of last year through September 2018 and will involve data collection on sleep habits and drowsy driving behaviors among Stony Brook commuter students, the development of a research-informed…

Going inside a large medical scanner can be scary, especially when you’re a child. But what if children could perform a pretend scan themselves to learn what will happen beforehand? The Kitten Scanner, the newest addition to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, is a miniature play-version of a computer-aided tomography (CAT) scanner, designed to help ease the anxiety CAT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can cause. This special scanner is one of only three in the entire Northeast. Child Life Specialists help pediatric patients choose an elephant, chicken, alligator or robot, place it on the scanner bed, and slide the bed…

Eya Setsu ’18 thrives on challenge. As a College of Arts and Sciences double major (biology and music), member of the fencing club, secretary of University Scholars and commuter student, she is used to managing her time and testing her limits. “I overload on credits,” said the Smithtown High School East graduate and St. James, New York resident, “but am fortunate enough to be learning in both fields that I love and am on track to graduate in four years.” Inheriting a strong work ethic from her parents, Eya was encouraged to embrace difficult tasks early on, particularly academically, and…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, questioned the importance of arbitrary college rankings in an op-ed published in Inside Higher Ed January 8. Instead, President Stanley argued, high school students and their families should consider opportunities for social mobility when applying to college. “It is at the very heart of American values that if you work hard and get a good education, you can achieve more than what your parents or their parents dreamed,” he wrote. “While social mobility is one of the most transformative purposes of a college education, traditional rankings don’t tell us much about it,” he added. President…

Psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences Lilianna Torres ‘18 is a full-time undergraduate student with what amounts to a full-time job. It’s not easy for the 22-year-old to be a substitute teacher’s assistant and a student at the same time. But it’s what she has to do to get to graduation. And like many Stony Brook students, she’s determined to do what it takes. “It’s tough working two part-time jobs and going to school full-time, but I do this so that I can keep up with my school loans. I don’t want to deal with a mountain…

Maria Anaya and Wilson Nieves, recently named URECA Researchers of the Month, have a lot in common. Both are passionate about research, and have had transformative summer research program experiences, both on and off campus. Both recently presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students ( ABRCMS) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Both began their Stony Brook research experiences in the summer of 2016, as participants in I-STEM’s BioPREP program as well as the NIH-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Development: Maximizing Excellence in Research for Graduate Education (IMSD-MERGE) Program administered through CIE. Both previously attended Queensborough Community College (QCC). Both are immigrants; both are first-generation college students.…

The study of objects less than a billionth of a meter, also known as “nanometers,” is a special research discipline that Materials Science and Engineering Professor Alexander Orlov has been working on for years. A major breakthrough in this field has been the emergence of a new generation of consumer products containing nanoparticles, nano-enabled biomedical devices and many other exciting developments straight out of science fiction novels. However, like many scientific breakthroughs, there is hesitation in the implementation of nanotechnology. “It is a very difficult area to describe, as you cannot see nanoparticles with the naked eye,” Orlov explained. “People…