Author Dara Smith

An international team of scientists including David Q. Matus, PhD, and Benjamin L. Martin, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers, have developed a new cell imaging technology combining lattice light sheet microscopy (LLSM) and adaptive optics (AO) to create high-resolution “movies” of cells in their 3D environment that also captures subcellular processes. Published in Science, the research reveals a technology that shows the phenotypic diversity within cells across different organisms and developmental stages and in conditions such as mitosis, immune processes and in metastases. The AO-LLSM technique offers scientists investigating…

BY JOSEPH KONIG For Kelsea Johnson, the path to success has been all about timing. In 2014, the Delaware native auditioned for the NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” at an open call audition attended by thousands. The producers liked her performance enough to call her back for another round of auditions, but Johnson had a scheduling conflict. “I ended up contacting The Voice and telling them ‘hey, I actually got my acceptance letter to Stony Brook,’” Johnson said. “I think I want to get my degree first and then do music later.” Three years later, Johnson did just that. She…

BY BRIANNE LEDDA Stony Brook University’s Robot Design Team is building a robot to compete in the University Rover Challenge, a competition to build a rover equipped to explore Mars. The competition will take place at the Mars Desert Research Station outside Hanksville, Utah, where the sandy terrain is meant to mimic that of Mars. Rovers must be able to traverse the ground autonomously, complete an extreme retrieval and delivery task where the rover must pick up and deliver objects in the field, collect and analyze soil samples and pass the terrain traversal test, meant to assess the rover’s suspension…

Steven Pollack was one of the original members of the Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse program. After a decorated career as an attackman that saw him score over 100 career goals, Pollack has used his Stony Brook education for a highly successful career in the executive search industry. Having learning his trade from one of the industry’s top executive search firms, Steven ventured out in 1990 and founded Pollack Resource Management (PRM). Inspired with a passion for excellence, conscience and integrity, PRM is recognized as a leader in the fashion search industry. We recently sat down with Steven to reflect on…

BY GARY GHAYRAT The Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI), located on the Stony Brook University campus, has been a congregation spot for start-up companies, providing office and lab spaces with campus resources in close proximity. Since the founding of the nonprofit organization in 1992, it has been helping technologically migrate innovative ideas to the private commercial sector. According to its website, the LIHTI has been associated with more than 70 companies, contributing $2.5 billion to the national economy and creating more than 500 jobs. Thirty-five companies are residing in the LIHTI’s stand-alone building located near Stony Brook Medicine, and…

BOSTON, MASS. – The Stony Brook indoor track and field team finished their indoor season at the ECAC/ IC4A Championships. The women’s team placed sixth with a total of 33.25 points. Coach Ronan’s Thoughts “Today was another banner day for the program. Kaylyn Gordon showed that she is a big-time performer, producing a school record jump on her last attempt to beat the defending champion in the triple jump; every time she participates she competes to the very end and that is why she is rewriting the record books each season,” said head coach Andy Ronan. “Mike Watts also produced…

DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) named the Stony Brook football squad as its Division I Football Championship Subdivision Team of the Year, it was announced at the 82nd Eastern College Football Awards Banquet held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last week. This past Fall, the Seawolves completed their most successful season as a member of CAA Football with a 10-3 overall record, a 7-1 conference mark and reached the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Stony Brook’s 10 wins equaled the program’s record for victories in a season and the the…

BOSTON — Freshman Elijah Olaniyi headlined the pair of all-conference honorees for the Seawolves as he was named the 2018 America East Rookie of the Year. Redshirt sophomore Akwasi Yeboah earned Second Team All-Conference honors as announced by the league office Thursday afternoon. Vermont’s Trae Bell-Haynes was named Player of the Year, UMBC’s K.J. Maura earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Vermont’s Cam Ward was dubbed the league’s Sixth Man of the Year. Coach of the Year honors went to Vermont’s John Becker and Hartford’s John Gallagher. Olaniyi has started six of the last seven games for the…

BY ANTHONY CARATURO Stony Brook Men’s and Women’s Track and Field traveled to Boston for the America East Championships this past weekend. The men came in fourth place out of the nine America East teams, while the women finished in second. “Today was by far the best first day for our men’s program in this meet,” head coach Andy Ronan said in a press release. “All of our guys competed very hard. The highlight has to be the three guys in the 5000m; [senior Danny Connelly, sophomore Cameron Avery and senior Michael Watts] took three of the top four spots.…

Stony Brook University faculty and staff gathered on Tuesday, February 13 for the annual Faculty and Staff Giving Social. Billed as the “Breakfast of Champions,” this year’s annual Faculty and Staff Campaign event drew attendance from across the campus. The event highlighted the more than 750 staff and faculty who have given for three or more consecutive years. “The people here in this room represent a team of more than 14,000,” said University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, “working millions of hours together each year to serve and support our students in their pursuit of success; our patients in…

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