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As a young, Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda was fascinated with the world around him. He yearned to know exactly how things worked and often developed his own makeshift experiments for fun. At age 11, he turned to his science teacher for answers to his latest conundrum: What is a flame? “[A flame] didn’t seem like anything else i’d ever seen — hot, but with no substance, full of color — i wondered how it got that way. I asked my teacher, and after thinking about it for a moment, she said it was oxidation,” Alda recalled. “Then I had…

No. 1 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse improved to 16-0 on Tuesday evening at LaValle Stadium, topping No. 16  Penn State by the final score of 21-13. With the victory, the Seawolves (16-0, 6-0 AE) have now beaten eight nationally-ranked opponents so far in 2018. Six different Stony Brook players tallied double-digit goals in the win. “I thought this was a great test for our squad in a lot of different ways,” said head coach Joe Spallina. “For us to beat a nationally-ranked opponent that has been in the Final Four each of the last two years, it says a lot…

“How Do We Understand Foreign Accents?” wins the third 3MT competition at Stony Brook University Research is teeming with technobabble. There are thousands of words that make perfect sense to a specialist, but no sense to an average person. “The public and our policymakers don’t understand academic research very well. It’s a fact,” said Charles Taber, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education at Stony Brook University. “And much of the responsibility for that unfortunate fact is ours.” “There’s a way to break through the technobabble,” said Taber. “Be vivid. Be exciting. Get to…

Five million teeth are either injured or knocked-out per year according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  A safe, effective mouth guard should be part of standard equipment for athletes from an early age. In honor of National Facial Protection Month, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine will be offering a 50% reduction on the fee for custom-made mouth guards in its Dental Care Center for both new and existing patients through May 31. “Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Dental Care Center prides itself on making high-quality dental care accessible, and we are delighted to reduce…

The Student Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards, hosted by Stony Brook’s Career Center and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, honored top student workers and supervisors across campus departments for their outstanding work on Wednesday, April 11. Hosted during National Student Employment Week, seven students were awarded with a Distinction of Excellence, and three were Grand Prize winners. “With almost 5,000 students working in more than 200 departments, students make substantial contributions to the Stony Brook campus community everyday and can’t all be recognized, though their hard work and dedication is much appreciated,” said Caterina Reed,…

If you have a dream you cherish, hang onto it and pursue it against all odds. That’s the philosophy that has kept Lou Ella Taylor motivated since she toured a hospital as a first-grader in Kansas. The local newspaper covered her visit and one of the photos in the feature shows Lou Ella wearing a nurse’s hat. The only student who asked to go on rounds with a doctor that day, Lou Ella remembered wanting to wear a doctor’s diagnostic head mirror. Today, in her mid-50s, Lou Ella is a registered nurse but is back at school, enrolled in a…

Stony Brook University has again been designated a “Tree Campus USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of the university’s dedication to campus healthy forestry management, sustainability and environmental stewardship. SBU earned its recognition through the implementation of five core standards that promote the health of trees and student involvement to improve their forests. The University met the standards by establishing a campus tree advisory committee that developed a plan, allotting annual expenditures and brought in community members in the observance of Arbor Day. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that: Effectively manage their campus trees. Develop connectivity…

Stony Brook University Professor Patricia Wright will discuss “Plants and Their Preservation from Long Island to Madagascar” on Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 pm as part of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s “Let’s Talk: Above, Below and Beyond” series. Professor Wright will talk about efforts to preserve the world’s endangered forests and the species and animals they harbor. The talk will be held at the WMHO Educational and Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village. General admission is $15, Charter Society members is $10. Reservations are required; call (631) 689-5888. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit wmho.org or call…

Sustainability on campus is in full force this spring! The Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt are hard at work with green initiatives to make Stony Brook University a more sustainable community. From “Farm” to Fork The FSA’s Freight Farm is an all-weather steel constructed freight container that has been converted into an automated hydroponic farm. The farm’s system works to create perfect growing conditions for plants through red and blue grow lights and programmable dosing of nutrients. The Freight Farm not only provides students with the experience of eating food they grow while enhancing their knowledge of sustainable agriculture,…

Stony Brook’s Esther Sans Takeuchi has been named a finalist for the 2018 European Inventor Award 2018, the European Patent Office (EPO) has announced. Takeuchi is being honored for developing a battery that increases the lifespan of implantable defibrillators by fivefold, greatly reducing the need for reoccurring surgeries. “Takeuchi’s innovative work on energy storage and power sources is enabling life-saving technologies that benefit millions of heart-failure patients,” said EPO President Benoît Battistelli, announcing the European Inventor Award 2018 finalists. “Her developments in the field of battery technology have also made her one of the most prolific US women inventors.” Patients at…

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