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Sidney Outlaw owns a formidable résumé : he’s a world-famous baritone, an international diplomat and a doctoral student in the Department of Music in Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences. Outlaw has been lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” with a “deep, rich timbre,” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as an “opera powerhouse” with a “weighty and forthright” sound. The 2010 grand prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe, Sidney most recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments, for the Naxos Records recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle, in which…

Three students in the Department of Computer Science have received Catacosinos Fellowships for Excellence in Computer Science. PhD candidates Najmeh Miramirkhani, Prashant Pandey and Syed Billah were each recognized for their hard work and cutting-edge research with a $5,000 grant from the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund. “Historically, the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund has been very supportive of computer science students. I am proud that this carefully selected group of students will benefit from that support,” said Samir Das, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Over time a number of CS students have received Catacosinos funding, and Najmeh Miramirkhani is…

Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week. New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo’s initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). “As a major international research university, Stony Brook is deeply committed to applying the results of its…

Professor R. Sekar, from the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his work in cybersecurity, drawing on principles and techniques from programming languages and compilers, operating systems, algorithms, networks, and artificial intelligence. “Professor Sekar’s transformative work is critical to addressing the issues we face in today’s era of exponential technological growth,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition from SUNY and thank him for his important work in cybersecurity, exemplary of the…

Distinguished Teaching Professor Steven Skiena, from the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named Director of the newly formed Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. “The advent of AI is ushering in a new era in the history of humanity. Its consequences can be so vast and far reaching that are hard to even imagine today,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Stony Brook is well positioned to lead both in advancing AI-centric research and economic development as well as in educating the engineering workforce for…

Internationally recognized ocean conservation expert Ellen Pikitch, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, discusses eDNA analysis — a tool that may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before — in a perspectives piece in the June 15 edition of Science. Pikitch is Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. In the Science piece, she explains how eDNA — obtained from seawater that contains sloughed skin cells, scales, secretions and other matter from marine organisms — is being used to detect species presence and…

Sunlight is essential for all life, and living organisms have evolved to sense and respond to light. Dronpa is a protein “light switch” that can be turned on and off by light. A team of scientists led by Peter Tonge, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has discovered a way to use infrared spectroscopy to determine for the first time structure changes that occur in dronpa during the transition from the dark (off) state to the light (on) state. The findings are reported in a paper published in Nature Chemistry. According to Tonge, the technique and the…

With nearly 20 years of experience as a technology executive and entrepreneur that started with a computer science degree from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Eddie Shek ’90 sees all too well the increasingly vital role that artificial intelligence (AI) already plays in modern life. “I think AI is a much bigger part of our world than most people realize,” said Shek, the Chief Strategy Officer at TrackX, a leading enterprise asset management company. “People talk and think about self-driving cars, for example, but every time you go on YouTube, AI is already part of everybody’s…

Stony Brook University has been selected as one of eight prestigious institutions charged by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with accelerating solutions to health security threats. Through the federal program BARDA-DRIVe, the Center for Biotechnology will receive financial resources to support the incubation of businesses that can innovate in the detection and treatment of sepsis. Sepsis is among the most expensive conditions treated in US hospitals, as well as a leading cause of hospital readmission, according to HHS. “Stony Brook’s selection by the Department of Health & Human Services reflects our longstanding commitment to leadership and innovation in the fight against infectious…

When Daniel Cacace ’15 first came to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory during Summer Sundays as a young boy, he already felt there was something special about the Lab that was just down the road from his family home in Shoreham. “I was always an inquisitive kid and liked figuring things out,” said Cacace, who also visited the Lab as a participant in the bridge and maglev contests. Fast forward to 2014 and Cacace, then studying mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook, spent his summer working as an intern…

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