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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,…

Computer Science Professor Klaus Mueller will serve as the next Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics(TVCG) — the preeminent publication in the field of visual computing. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is a global association of professionals working toward the development, implementation and maintenance of technology-centered products and services. As part of his three-year term, Mueller will also be a member of the Transactions Operations Committee and an ex officio, non-voting member of the Publications Board. “It is an honor to be named to this position. IEEE TVCG is a well-respected journal that I have long admired,” said Mueller. Mueller started…

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…

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…

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 live and work. Consistent monitoring of physical and mental conditions of older adults living independently is a key concern of families and healthcare professionals. The…

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…

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