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Stony Brook graduate student researchers in the areas of applied math, anthropological sciences, chemistry, ecology and evolution, and neuroscience, have won the prestigious 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). In addition, three other students were chosen as honorable mentions. The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the country’s science and engineering research workforce by supporting graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-support STEM disciplines. The 2018 fellowship winners include Christopher Giuliano, who graduated this year with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and…

The Female Persuasion, the newest novel by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, was released this spring into a world very different from the one she imagined when she started writing it four years ago. Wolitzer, who’s also a Stony Brook Southampton MFA faculty member, said she had anticipated a different outcome of the 2016 election. Also, at the time she penned the novel, the #MeToo movement didn’t yet exist. Yet both real-world events have made her story of Greer Kadetsky, a female college student angered when a frat boy gropes her, and Faith Frank, the feminist mentor Greer idolizes,…

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…

“It’s an amazing experience just to understand how the research process in academia works,” says English major Alexandra Rivera ’19. “[You] understand the process by looking into books that scholars have written, to find out what dissertations are being written, and to discuss with colleagues these materials in depth.” Rivera, a student in the combined BA/MA English Teacher preparation program, is majoring in English with a minor in Japanese Studies. She is working on an honors thesis, Literary Fraudulence in Allegory and Fanfiction through Dante’s Divine Comedy, under the direction of Douglas Pfeiffer and is a participant in the English Honors Program as well…

For the second year in a row, Xiaojun Bi has won a Google Research Award for his proposal to investigate gesture-based authentication for smartphones. Bi is assistant professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Bi’s newly-funded Google research seeks to explore gesture typing, a widely adopted and popular text entry method for smartphone authentication. Authentication or “logging in” plays a vital role in keeping smartphone user information safe. Existing authentication schemes include using a PIN or a pattern locker to secure devices. Last year Professor Bi received a Google Research Award to to address user-interface design issues caused…

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Fan Ye is part of a team of researchers from across Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing that is studying new Internet-of-Things technologies to address the challenges of growing older and “aging in place.” The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast universe of potentially controllable objects, such as smart lights and indoor climate controls, that can transform the environments in which we we live and work. Consistent monitoring of physical and mental conditions of older adults living independently is a key concern of families and…

Some students enter the medical field inspired by television shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy.” Others are called by a personal experience. Such was the case for Alessandra Riccio ’18, who lost her cousin, Kristin Molini, at the age of 25 after a seven-year battle with a gastrointestinal disease that resulted in a five-organ transplant. “I was 10 years old at the time and she was in and out of hospitals and constantly going to the doctor,” said Alessandra. “She was on a J-tube to drain her intestines and I specifically remember a moment when she wanted me in the room…

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…

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…

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