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Nigel Hitchin, a member of the Board of Trustees at Stony Brook University’s Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, won the 2016 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences “for his far reaching contributions to geometry, representation theory and theoretical physics. The fundamental and elegant concepts and techniques that he has introduced have had wide impact and are of lasting importance.” Hitchin is Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford. The Shaw Prize, which includes a monetary award of $1.2 million, is widely regarded as the Asian Nobel Prize. It is awarded annually to individuals who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and…

May 18, 2016 – Joanna Kiryluk, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty nationwide who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research. Kiryluk’s award, which totals $895,000 over the next five years, will support her proposed research project titled “Experimental Particle Astrophysics with High Energy Neutrinos in IceCube.” This research aims at elucidating the…

Suparna Rajaram, Professor of Psychology and former Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, was chosen President-elect of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She will succeed Susan Goldin-Meadow from the University of Chicago as APS President in May 2017. A Fellow of the Washington, DC-based organization, Rajaram assumes a position previously held by such distinguished scientists as Walter Mischel, Elizabeth Loftus and Michael Gazzaniga. She formerly served as a member of the APS Board of Directors from 2012-2015, and is a former Associate Editor of the Association’s flagship journal Psychological…

Reflecting the world-class faculty and top-tier education offered by Stony Brook University, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has selected six Stony Brook faculty members for its highest honor: the rank of Distinguished Professor. Four faculty — William C. Chittick, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies; Michael Aaron Frohman, Chair of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences; Lorna W. Role, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior; and Kathleen Wilson, Department of History — received the rank of Distinguished Professor, and two faculty — Peter Richards Brink, Department of Physiology and Biophysics; and Laura J. Fochtmann, Department of Psychiatry…

Joanna Kiryluk, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research, “CAREER: Experimental Particle Astrophysics with High Energy Neutrinos in IceCube.” The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Kiryluk’s NSF CAREER award will support her group in research with neutrinos and the IceCube observatory at the South Pole.…

The research supported by the one-year grants ranges from broadening mobile applications to improving storage and enhancing video analysis May 3, 2016 – A record-setting five faculty from the Department of Computer Science (CS) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received prestigious Google Faculty Research Awards, which support innovative research of new technologies developed by university faculty worldwide. Google’s Faculty Research Awards Program is also designed to build and maintain strong collaborations with top research faculty globally. The research being done at Stony Brook supported by the Google awards fosters educational training of undergraduate and graduate students.…

Stony Brook’s Dr. Richard Leakey has been honored for lifetime achievement by the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. Founded in 2010 by Craig Hatkoff along with disruptive innovation “founding father” Clayton Christensen, the awards recognize leading innovators not only in the technology and industrial sectors but also in the non-traditional areas that are desperately in need of innovation to help solve intractable problems. Leakey is a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, where he helped establish the Turkana Basin Institute, a not-for-profit research facility based in Kenya. In recent years he has become a prominent spokesman for efforts to halt poaching…

Two Stony Brook University graduate students are part of a research team that is exploring the promise of a new approach for improving solar cells, photocatalysts, light sensors, and other optoelectronic devices. Optoelectronic devices detect and control light, harnessing the power of the sun to create and use energy in sustainable ways. New technologies in this field promise cheaper, more environmentally sustainable ways of generating power. Creating light-harvesting devices requires a material that both absorbs light efficiently and converts the energy to highly mobile electrical current. Finding the ideal mix of properties in a single material is a challenge, so scientists have…

Reflecting Stony Brook University’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Carl Safina, PhD, Founding President of the Safina Center, is a finalist for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. On April 25, a feature news story about Dr. Safina’s work to protect marine species across the globe will air on Indianapolis’ WTHR-TV. He joins five other leading international animal conservationists who are in the running for the prestigious award, which will be selected in early May. Dr. Safina, the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Chair for Nature and Humanity in the School of Marine…

The Winter 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) features the work of Mark Aronoff, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. The Bulletin discusses the first meeting of the Commission on Language Learning, of which Aronoff is a member. This national Commission was created by the AAAS at the request of Congress to examine the state of language education, project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future and offer recommendations for ways to meet those needs. The Commission is made up of national leaders in education, scientific…

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