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SBU Postdoc Spotlight 

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SBU Postdoc Spotlight is a celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars. The 2017 Spotlight was held on November 16, 2017 .

Cutting-edge research at SBU presented for a general audience. Spotlight talks are five minutes long and are designed like a TED talk to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The Postdoc Spotlight is a great opportunity to see some of the latest discoveries and exciting research taking place at Stony Brook.

Postdoc speakers receive specialized coaching in providing a broad and engaging talk for non-specialists.  Postdoc speakers at Spotlight 2017 Speakers work with the  Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science . The internationally recognized center works to enhance understanding of science by helping to train the next generation of scientists to communicate more effectively with the public, the media and others outside their own specialty. Selection as a speaker is a unique professional development opportunity that helps prepare our postdocs to become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

Prizes given for the best talk. A panel of judges evaluate the talks for how well they achieve the Spotlight's goals of sharing the excitement of our postdocs' discoveries in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist.

Maria Rosa presents to a full house at Spotlight 2017 Location:  Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

Date:    Thursday, November 16, 2017

Spotlight Talks: 4:00 pm—5:30 pm 

Reception & Award Presentation: 5:30 pm—6:30 pm 

This event is free and open to the public.


Congratulations to our Postdoc Spotlight speakers, and especially our winners! 
1st Place: Krupa Haranahalli, Chemistry
2nd Place: Diana Amorim, Physics and Astronomy
3rd Place: Maria Rosa, Ecology and Evolution

Krupa Haranahalli Diana Amorim Maria Rosa



Ligia Diana Amorim, Physics and Astronomy
"Accelerators of the Future"

Jozef Bodnar, Mathematics
"Strings and doughnuts "

Emiliano Brini, Laufer Center
"Using physics and information to look at how proteins hug"

Veronica Canoa Roman, Physics and Astronomy
"The First Second of the Universe"

Hagit Hak, Biochemistry
"There’s someone in my kitchen! How Agrobacterium hijacks plant cells for making food"

Krupanandan Haranahalli, Chemistry
"Kryptonite for  Cryptococcus neoformans"

Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Public Health
"Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Among 9/11 Responders: An unfortunate legacy of getting bullied in childhood"

Maria Rosa, Ecology and Evolution
"Life in Transition: Can feeding flexibility help marine animals in a changing environment?"

Kirsten Siebach, Geosciences
"Reading the Martian Rock Record: Stories of a Previously Habitable World"


QUESTIONS: Contact Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and SBU Postdoc Spotlight Coordinator, at or 631-632-7531.