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Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee Kenneth LaValle (1st Senate District) announced the award of $25 million in funding to Stony Brook University that will enable the university to begin the initial phases for developing a new engineering building on campus. The funding will enable Stony Brook University to continue leading the effort to educate and train more engineers to live and work in the region and the state. “This funding will help bolster the academic pursuits of the young men and women who come to Long Island to study…

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 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Faculty and doctoral students from the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University recently developed Mantis, a space-efficient system that uses new data structures to index large collections of raw sequencing data. Searching these sequencing archives for evidence of a particular sequence is, potentially, a very powerful capability. If, for example, a scientist discovers a new gene or variant they believe to be associated with some condition (e.g., a particular disease), they may want to query the entire archive to find which samples contain this gene or variant. Searching such immense public databases…

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