Department of Defense Visits Stony Brook University

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On Thursday, December 14, Dr. Robin Staffin, Director of Basic Research for the Department of Defense (DOD) visited Stony Brook University along with four of his DOD colleagues.

Dr. Staffin addresses the SBU research community during the DOD visit to campus.

Dr. Robin Staffin addresses the SBU research community during the DOD visit to campus.

This visit was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Government Relations to provide Stony Brook researchers with a strategic networking opportunity to learn about a wide range of disciplinary funding opportunities for basic research activities from the Department of Defense.

“The visit by DoD’s Director of Basic Research reflects our outstanding reputation for fundamental research at Stony Brook,” said Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University. “The new insights gained during the visit will allow us to expand our research across a broad range of disciplines, a goal that’s vitally important at a time when some federal funding agencies are facing possible cuts.”

During his visit, Dr. Staffin provided a presentation to Stony Brook researchers and faculty members, participated in a working lunch with deans and department chairs, and joined faculty for an open session for targeted research connections. DOD visitors toured Dr. Gabor Balazsi’s Synthetic Biology lab and Dr. Eden Figueroa’s Quantum Technology lab at Stony Brook as well.

DOD basic and applied research underpins the innovative health treatments and technologies that help save lives on the battlefield and speed recovery from injuries. Stony Brook University is proud to partner with DOD to address complex challenges requiring innovation and engineering basic research performed at world-class research institutions like Stony Brook.

Recent highlights of Stony Brook’s DOD-funded research include researching algorithm diversity to prevent cyberattacks as well as developing a new super-resolution light microscopy system to enhance the study of cells, tissues and organ systems in order to better address infectious diseases and chemical agents that our American troops may encounter.

Stony Brook recently established its first DC-based federal relations office, demonstrating the University’s strong commitment to working closely with federal agencies like DOD.

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