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2018 CommUniversity Day Happening this September

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CommUniversity Day, an event that brought together more than 1,800 members of the University and local community last year, is taking place again on September 22, 2018, around the Academic Mall. The event will be held rain or shine from 12 pm to 4 pm with free admission and parking. CommUniversity Day features more than 50 hands-on and explorative activities, captivating performances and good food that all highlight the best Stony Brook has to offer. There are family-fun activities and things to do around every corner during CommUniversity Day. Visit the Arts neighborhood to play a Theremin in the Instrument…

SBU Professors Host Computer Science Summer Workshop

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Every Monday from July 9 through July 30, Professors Aruna and Niranjan Balasubramanian, from the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, held a machine learning workshop for children at Comsewogue Public Library. Each session lasted two hours and provided a fun learning experience for kids during their summer break. Guided by the professors, students learned about the inner workings of computer science through hands-on activities. They worked with software on computers that helped them understand Optical Character Recognition, digital creation and various other computer-related tools. They had the opportunity to ask and answer questions…

Stony Brook Hosts First iCREATE Inventor Summer Camp

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iCREATE, the Division of Information and Technology, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching hosted a camp from July 9 to July 13 for 19 middle school students from the local community. The camp was designed to teach the students about creative and innovative technology. Each day featured five key concepts including Intro to Innovation, Conceptualization, Design, Robotics, and Digital Media. “My favorite activity was flying the mini-drones in the tent,” said Cody Dickinson, age 12. Utilizing resources of the iCREATE lab, students used laser cutters, 3D print pens, spheros and other technology to engage in hands-on activities…

Stony Brook University Named 34th Best US College by Money Magazine

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Stony Brook University has been named the 34th best college in the US, as well as the 22nd best public institution, in an annual ranking released by MONEY Magazine. In the 2018 list of “Best Colleges For Your Money,” SBU ranks  No. 34 overall this, a 20-place increase from its 2017 ranking, and No. 22 among public universities, a 10-place jump from last year. Stony Brook’s rise in the rankings reflects an increase in graduation rates alongside a slower growth in tuition rates compared to other institutions. Social mobility is also an important factor behind the improvement. SBU scored highly…

The Seawolves in the Summer Leagues

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A total of 24 Stony Brook baseball student-athletes represented the Seawolves in eight different leagues around the nation this past summer. Seven of the Seawolves earned All-Star status, including rising senior Michael Russell (Staten Island, N.Y.) in the PGCBL, rising sophomore John Tuccillo (Clinton Corners, N.Y.) in the Hampton League, rising sophomore Jake Alba (South Plainfield, N.J.) and incoming freshmen Evan Giordano and Nick DeGennaro in the ABCCL, rising junior Chris Hamilton (Schenectady, N.Y.) in the GLSCL and rising senior Cristian Montes (Pacioma, Calif.) in the Northwoods League.   Summer League Highlights  Dylan Resk  Ocean State Waves | NECBL  3 HR, 10 RBI, 22 games (Ocean State reached NECBL Championship)  Brian Morrisey  Ocean State Waves | NECBL  1-0, 2.53…

Seawolves Ranked 20th in Preseason STATS FCS Poll

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The Stony Brook football team, coming off its best season in years with 10 wins overall and seven CAA Football victories in 2017, was tabbed as the 20th-ranked team in the nation in Monday’s STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll. The Seawolves closed out the 2017 season ranked 11th in the final STATS FCS poll after an opening round win over Lehigh in the NCAA Division I Championship and a loss at then-No. 1 James Madison in the second round. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25.…

First In-Human Clinical Trial Targeting CD4 Protein for Aggressive T-cell Leukemia and Lymphoma to be Launched

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Stony Brook University, iCell Gene Therapeutics and the University of Louisville have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an Investigational New Drug (IND) for the treatment of relapsed and refractory T-cell leukemia and lymphoma. The approach is the first to use chimeric antigen receptor engineered T-cells directed against the target protein CD4 (CD4CAR). Together, Stony Brook University, the University of Louisville, and iCell Gene Therapeutics expect the first in-human Phase I clinical trial to begin accruing patients before the end of 2018. “We are excited to partner with the University of Louisville and iCell Gene Therapeutics to offer this…

University’s Center for Corporate Education Focuses on Empowering Women

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Before she started her first corporate job, Anna Goldberg ’09, ’12 said she didn’t recall experiencing gender bias. All that changed when at age 24 she participated in a meeting with predominantly male co-workers and realized she wasn’t being taken seriously. “We were talking about a project that wasn’t working out and when I suggested a solution they just brushed it off. Then a man suggested the same thing and was told it was a good idea,” said Goldberg, who has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a master’s in chemistry, both from Stony Brook University. “Another time I proposed…

Backstage Names Stony Brook University a “Film School You Should Know”

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Backstage has featured Stony Brook University as one of “27 Film Schools You Should Know” in its latest survey of “film schools that offer opportunities future filmmakers should consider when selecting the right fit.” Backstage notes that Stony Brook’s MFA Film Program is the only graduate program in the SUNY system focused on independent filmmaking, and touts the university’s new Manhattan location at 535 Eighth Avenue. “Formed around a partnership with Killer Films run by Christine Vachon (Carol, Far From Heaven), the program is committed to supporting indie filmmakers,” the Backstage post reports. “Two people who live up to that…

President Stanley, Chancellor Johnson Collaborate on Climate Change Op-Ed

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In an op-ed published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson issue a clarion call for higher education to leverage research, resources and minds to help avert catastrophic climate change. The op-ed, titled “How to Help Combat Global Warming, Campus by Campus,” sets forth the responsibilities of higher ed institutions in light of sharp increases in extreme weather and climate-related events and the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Solutions to global warming must come from the country’s 334 research universities because, Stanley and Johnson write, “at no other place in…

Stephanie Dinkins Awarded Soros Fellowship

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A prestigious Soros fellowship has been awarded to Stephanie Dinkins, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art. Dinkins was recently named to the Open Society Foundation’s  2018 class of Soros Equality Fellows, a program intended to help incubate innovators and risk-takers striving to create and develop new ways of addressing the challenges of racial disparity and discrimination in the United States. Through this fellowship, Professor Dinkins is developing Not the Only One (NTOO), a multigenerational memoir of one black American family told from the perspective of an artificial intelligence with an evolving intellect. According to Professor Dinkins,…

Interning with Stony Brook’s Office of Federal Relations in Washington, DC

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Luigi Pesce Ibarra, a doctoral candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, shares his experience as an intern. Before departing Long Island for my 2018 summer internship at Stony Brook University’s Office of Federal Relations located off of Capitol Hill, I could not fully imagine the unique experience that awaited me when I stepped off the train at Union Station in Washington, DC. As a STEM PhD student focusing on Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, I have always been interested in federal policy and funding related to scientific research. Working with Stony Brook’s Director of…

FSA Announces Price Freeze on Unlimited Meal Plans for ‘18-’19 Semesters

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There will be no price increase on unlimited meal plans for the second academic year in a row. As part of an initiative by the Faculty Student Association (FSA) to keep dining plans affordable without sacrificing quality, the price on unlimited meal plans will stay the same going into the 2018-19 school year. Nearly 60% of students on a resident meal plan have chosen an unlimited meal plan. “Keeping prices static is a welcome way of alleviating some pressure on students’ wallets while giving them the best value for their money,” staid Maryanne Reinhardt, FSA Chief Financial Officer. Unlimited plans…

Individual Football Game Tickets are on Sale Now

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Individual game tickets for the five 2018 Stony Brook football home games are now on sale online, in person at the ticket office in the lobby of Island Federal Credit Union Arena, or by calling (631) 632-4513. The Seawolves open the 2018 home season when Bryant visits Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Sept. 8 for a 6 pm kickoff. Stony Brook also hosts CAA Football foes Richmond (Sept. 22) and Villanova (Sept. 29) in the season’s opening month. Rhode Island comes to LaValle Stadium on Oct. 20 at 6 pm for Homecoming before Delaware returns to campus to close out the…

Gregory Matousek ’20 Does Big Science, Hands-On

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“This whole environment, which is one big learning tank to discover more about particle physics, has been one of the most thought–provoking experiences I’ve ever had in my education,” says URECA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities) summer researcher Gregory Matousek ’20. A physics major in the Honors College, Gregory has had the opportunity this summer to participate in full-time immersive research in particle physics. He works under the direction of Dr. Abhay Deshpande and Dr. Nils Feege on a simulation study that explores the feasibility of measuring a heavy quark composite particle called the J/Psi, which is made of Charm and…

Stony Brook Announces Partnership with JVC Broadcasting

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Stony Brook Athletics along with the Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment group have announced a one-year agreement with JVC Broadcasting, to broadcast Seawolves’ football games beginning in the fall of 2018. “Stony Brook Football has established a strong legacy of success as Long Island’s only Division I program, and we are excited about the upcoming season and our partnership with JVC,” Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron said. “This year promises to be one of the best ever for the Seawolves so whether fans are watching at LaValle Stadium or listening on 103.9 FM LI News Radio, they will be able to…

Coca-Cola Partnership Brings New Beverages and More Scholarships to Campus

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Stony Brook University has entered into a beverage partnership with Coca-Cola that will provide more student scholarship opportunities, multi-million dollar sponsorship funding, and a higher level of beverage service. The selection of Coca-Cola as the University’s beverage partner was made after a  competitive bid process, conducted by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). The main goal of the competitive bid was to create a partnership that would deliver increased savings to students, in addition to scholarship opportunities. According to Nadeem Siddiqui, Executive Director of FSA, “Going to college represents a large expense for every student. Our focus was to select a…

Lover of Languages Turns to Crowdfunding for Help

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In an era when the cost of higher education can stretch family budgets to the breaking point, some students are experimenting with a novel form of assistance: online crowdfunding, boosted by social media. When Pablo Lopez Alonso was accepted by Stony Brook’s PhD program in Linguistics, he received a generous financial package that includes a full tuition waiver and a position as a teaching assistant. But the Cuernavaca, Mexico native soon discovered that the full ride fell short of what he would need for plane and train tickets, first month’s rent, groceries, books, furniture and appliances and University fees. Looking to…

Center for Biotechnology Tapped for New Healthcare Security Innovation Program

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Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. It’s dangerous and often deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 250,000 people die from sepsis each year, and it is a leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. What if a simple test could identify the onset of sepsis as soon as it occurs? Better yet, what if wearable technology was available to alert doctors about sepsis in a patient before they ever show symptoms? This may be possible in the future thanks to Stony…

Stony Brook’s Alda Center focuses on women in STEM with new gift from Andrew and Ann Tisch

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The physicist who struggles to navigate the politics of her lab because her competence is perceived as making her less “likable.” The medical researcher who misses out on career guidance as would-be mentors gravitate toward her male colleagues. The high school student who never even embarks on her science career, because she’s been conditioned to believe she can’t be successful. These are just a few examples of the stereotyping and gender bias that hold women back in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (collectively referred to as “STEM”). Now, through a powerful gift from two of the nation’s…

An Inside Look at “Faces and Places” Exhibit

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“Faces & Places: Photographs from the Kellerman Family” is an exhibiton on display in the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery that features over 60 color and black and white photographs by well-known documentary and fine art photographers. Donated to Stony Brook University by alumna Katherine King Kellerman ’94 and her husband Andrew Kellerman, the collection focuses on striking images of people and places from the 1960 through the present. To view more photos from the Gallery, please visit our Flickr album. The exhibit has also been a topic of coverage for the School of Journalism’s Robert W. Greene Institute for High…

Qi Sun ‘18 Develops Technology Expanding the Experience of Virtual Reality

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Stony Brook alumnus Qi Sun ‘18 has been fascinated with augmented and virtual reality for years. For him the idea of fully melding our physical world with a computerized, virtual one holds incredible promise for humankind and opens a world of possibilities for computer simulated experiences. Sun, 28, was born and raised in China, where he attended Shandong University in his home province. An only child, Sun admits that he wasn’t especially interested in video games growing up. These days, though, it’s a necessity — he’s now developing cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) technology that he hopes will shape the way…

“The Etruscan Smile” Wins Grand Prize at the 23rd Annual Stony Brook Film Festival

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The Etruscan Smile, featuring acclaimed actor Brian Cox in the lead role, won the Grand Prize at the 23rd Annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union. The sold-out U.S. Premiere screened at Stony Brook on Saturday, July 21 with Brian Cox, Thora Birch and Sandra Santiago attending and hosting a Q&A. Brian Cox, an Emmy Award winning actor and a Golden Globe Nominee, is presently seen on HBO’s Succession. He is one of Scotland’s most celebrated actors in films and Shakespearean theatre. His credits include Braveheart, Troy, Match Point and Manhunter. Alan Inkles, founder and director…

BME Students and Future Entrepreneurs Win Honors at NYS Finals Competition

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This spring a team of students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, competed in the finals of the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) and presented Roflex — their medical device innovation for stroke patients — and detailed their business model. Approximately 100 teams from 75 universities in New York participated in the competition. The students developed Roflex as a wearable device technology that stroke patients can use at home to monitor and gauge their rehabilitation practices. The device is worn like a watch. The broader…

Scientists Develop Novel Approach to Spontaneous Emission Using Atomic Matter Waves

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A research team led by Dominik Schneble, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, has developed a novel method to explore spontaneous emission – when an atom or molecule transitions from an excited energy state to a lower energy state. Using a principle called wave-particle duality, the team constructed artificial emitters that spontaneously decay by emitting single atoms, rather than single photons. This method, published in Nature, uses ultracold matter waves and provides a novel experimental platform that may help scientists advance their understanding of open…

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