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The Stony Brook Foundation offered a match, and more than 75 members of Stony Brook University’s faculty and staff delivered the spark. During the months of March and April, the University’s faculty and staff had the opportunity for their payroll deduction contributions to the University to be matched by the Stony Brook Foundation for the remainder of 2018 through a matching challenge. The response was significant. When the challenge concluded on April 30, a total of 77 new donors had enrolled in payroll deduction, bringing the total number of employees donating through payroll deduction to more than 600 across the…

Scientist. Athlete. On May 6, 2018, Gabrielle Russo took first place in the women’s division of the Long Island Marathon with a personal best time of 2:50. Russo signed up for the race just the day before, viewing the race as an opportunity to “empty the tank” after a long racing season that included the Boston Marathon only three weeks prior and a 50K in March. Interestingly enough, her road running journey began just two years ago. An assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology since 2014, Russo moved to Long Island in 2016 after…

Eight faculty from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences  have received 10 prestigious Early Career Awards, gaining nearly $6 million in funding, during the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards include six National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards, in addition to individual awards from the U.S Army Research Office (ARO), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Department of Energy (DOE), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “It is encouraging to see leading national research funding agencies supporting many of Stony Brook’s young faculty with early career awards this academic year,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook…

Empowered by his position as a sustainability intern for the Faculty Student Association (FSA), Edward Gallagher ’18 has worked to develop a more efficient, sustainable method to compost food waste at campus dining locations. While FSA currently composts “pre-consumer” food leftovers that no one has bought or taken, resulting in more than 6,000 lbs. of food waste converted into usable compost this semester, a program to compost leftovers that students couldn’t finish was in need of development — and Gallagher was happy to help. In his research, Gallagher came across a composting process called Bokashi, a Japanese term for “fermented…

Alexa Rockwell wanted to learn how to code in high school, but her district didn’t offer any computer science courses. She wanted to compete in the Long Island High School Robotics competition, but her school didn’t have a robotics team. So, by the time she was a senior in high school, she successfully petitioned her school district to add coding classes to the curriculum and founded New Rochelle High School’s first Robotics team. “I just saw it as another opportunity for me to take initiative and get into something,” said Rockwell, now a senior Computer Science major at Stony Brook…

Karen Chen-Wiegart, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (MSCE) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (NSF CAREER award) for her project, “A Multi-modal Study of Bi-continous Pattern Formation in Nano/Meso Composite and Porous Metals Films via Solid-State Interfacial Dealloying.” The NSF CAREER award is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards proving federal grants to support junior faculty with research and educational activities. She will receive $558K during the next five years to conduct her project. Chen-Wiegart’s CAREER research aims…

Samuel Homiller, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University is among a group of students selected nationally as a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award. The award supports the research of graduate students in STEM fields with a $3,000 per month stipend and an opportunity to conduct part of their thesis-related research at DOE laboratories. Homiller’s award runs the duration of the 2018-19 academic year. Homiller conducts theoretical and computational research in high energy physics within the C.N.…

Future astronauts spending long periods of time on the Moon could suffer bronchitis and other health problems by inhaling tiny particles of dust from its surface, according to new research. A new study from researchers at Stony Brook University finds simulated lunar soil is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells. Up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse neurons died when exposed to dust particles that mimic soils found on the Moon’s surface. The results show breathing toxic dust, even in minute quantities, could pose a health hazard to future astronauts traveling to the Moon, Mars…

Howard Schneider, Founding Dean of the Stony Brook School of Journalism, is about to make his big-screen debut in the highly-praised documentary Three Identical Strangers. Schneider was extensively interviewed for the film, which tells the astonishing story of triplets separated at birth and reunited by chance as teenagers. “When people ask me what is the most remarkable human Interest story I ever encountered as reporter and editor at Newsday, I tell them: the Long Island triplets,” Schneider said. “Even now, three decades later, it is an unforgettable story.”  In 1980 Schneider was approached by a local student who told him the…

Romeil Sandhu, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) jointly administered by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and School of Medicine, has earned a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Sandhu received the $500,000 award for his project: Network Geometry for Analyzing Dynamical Systems. Professor Sandhu’s research is focused on how we study and develop reliable communication and social systems that are robust to potential attack. His work could help to make these systems better able to combat these types of intrusions and extends well beyond such systems to areas in cancer biology, finance, and…

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