Browsing: College of Arts & Sciences

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…

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…

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide, the latest book by Stony Brook University Associate Professor Crystal M. Fleming, has earned a starred Kirkus review, awarded to books of exceptional merit. The book will be released in September 2018 from Beacon Press and is available now for pre-order. Recipients of a Kirkus star are automatically eligible for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 award given to the winning books published and starred in the given year. According to Kirkus, “Fleming offers a crash course in what will be a radically new perspective…

Nicole S. Sampson, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named  interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA , Sampson completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After holding an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, she joined Stony Brook University in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, later serving as chair of the Department from 2012-2017. She previously served as an Associate Dean in the College, and is currently a member of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology Graduate Program as well as…

Stony Brook University and Brentwood Union Free School District have received a competitive New York State Education grant of $225,000 from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP). This collaboration will engage teachers in real-world professional development opportunities. Project leader Rebecca Grella, a PhD graduate from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook, has taught at Brentwood Union Free School District (the state’s largest suburban school district) for 17 years. Grella has created a research laboratory at Brentwood High School, which is referred to locally as “Little Stony Brook.” It is here that…

Stony Brook University has received notification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that two proposals directed by SBU faculty to expand or develop Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security will receive funding totaling $21.75 million. The two Stony Brook EFRCs are the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M), led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, which will receive a four-year $12 million grant for the existing center; and the creation of a new EFRC, A Next Generation Synthesis Center (GENESIS) led by John Parise, PhD, which…

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…

Joseph Moreno ‘96 is ready for his closeup. An honoree at Stony Brook’s inaugural 40 Under Forty celebration in 2014, Moreno has been highly visible on CNN in recent weeks, providing legal analysis for the network’s coverage of investigations and court cases surrounding President Donald J. Trump and his 2016 campaign. Moreno’s analysis of the legal issues at play has provided a key complement to the political analysis from CNN’s array of political pros, helping viewers get a more complete understanding of the news from Washington. When he’s not under the TV lights, Moreno puts his legal mind to work…

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…

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