Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

Mani Kuntal Sen, a Materials Science and Chemical Engineering PhD student from Dr. Tad Koga’s group won the second place poster award at the “14th International Conference on Surface X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SXNS-14),” held from July 10-14 at Stony Brook University. The conference was co-sponsored by SBU and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Sen received the award for his poster on “Block copolymer adsorbed layers on solids.” This award was presented by Dr. Ben Ocko (BNL), the chair of the organizing committee for SXNS-14. Over the last few decades, block copolymer (BCP) thin films have offered a simple and effective route…

Stony Brook University PhD student James Scheuermann won first place in the John R. Cameron Young Investigators Competition held by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The award was presented at the 58th annual AAPM meeting in Washington, DC, July 31 through August 4. The competition is held each year for young investigators, with the top projects presented in a special symposium at the annual meeting. Scheuermann is studying medical physics in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is a research assistant in the Digital Radiological Imagining Laboratory led by Wei Zhao, a professor in the…

High-performance computing expert Robert Harrison, director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University, is one of the leaders of a new institute that is supported by a five-year $19.4 million award from the National Science Foundation. The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), located at Virginia Tech and directed by Daniel Crawford, will act as a nexus for science, education and cooperation. It will serve the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists, which is a broad field including biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry and materials science. “The award of MolSSI is very exciting, and its community-oriented and…

M. Ete Chan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Stony Brook University, received a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) for her research, “Lab-in-a-Cube Hands-on Lab Learning with an Automatic Feedback.” IITG funds campus innovations and initiatives in instructional technology that have the strongest potential to be replicated across all SUNY campuses. When it comes to online learning programs, how to handle courses with lab requirements remains a challenge. Lab-in-a-Cube explores virtual access to labs with hardware that acts as a remote control to allow students realistic, hands-on experiences, which includes elements of “gamification” to…

Jasmine Garani’s research is out of this world. The astronomy and physics double major ’18 was selected from a field of applicants this summer to study exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. Jasmine, who hails from Sharon, Massachusetts, is earning a stipend while working with her mentors, astronomer Franck Marchis and postdoctoral fellow Eric Nielsen, as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the SETI Institute in California’s Silicon Valley. SETI stands for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Nielsen took pictures of stars with the Keck telescope a few years ago and Jasmine is…

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in science, The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Stony Brook University Professor Carlos Simmerling to the 2016 class of ACS Fellows. He joins 57 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to the ACS. Professor Simmerling is associate director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, helping to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science. The Simmerling lab carries out research in the area of computational structural biology, particularly on understanding how dynamic structural changes are involved in the…

Biology Student Finds a Lab That Makes a Difference in Peoples’ Lives Biology major Louis Susca ’16 was looking for a lab with an interpersonal focus. He found it in Stony Brook’s Center For Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, where Founding Director Amy Yopp Sullivan leads a workshop designed to enhance the lives of Parkinson’s patients.  Every week during the academic year, Susca assists as a small group of patients experience the benefits of movement, dance and creative thinking. For Susca, studying neurological science means more than just hitting the books. The workshop has taught him the importance of a…

When Rima Madan joined the Madagascar Study Abroad program the summer after her freshman year, she had yet to discover how that one experience would transform the rest of her undergraduate education. “It was amazing because the rainforest became a classroom,” explains Rima, a Biology and Anthropology double-major in the Honors College. The hands-on learning, the exposure to tropical field biology, and the passion for conservation work she developed, were only part of it. Rima adds: “Research made material from my biology and anthropology classes come to life.” Rima’s Study Abroad experience also gave her the chance to do an…

Magdalene Brandeis, associate director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Film program offered in association with Killer Films, has been invited to The White House in Washington, D.C. for a special March on Washington Film Festival awards ceremony and screening on Wednesday, July 20. Brandeis served as a juror in the Festival’s inaugural Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition this year. Founded in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Festival includes 10 days of film screenings, discussions with filmmakers and producers, and panels on the groundbreaking activism of the 1960s, as…

Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged. But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology. Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind. The National Geographic…

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