Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

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.…

On April 27, dozens of students, faculty and staff gathered for a dedication ceremony of an originally designed outdoor mural, “HeartBeats of Stony Brook,” conceptualized and created by junior biology major and Scholars for Medicine student Naveen Mallangada ’17, and painted by Naveen and nearly 100 students and faculty volunteers. He said the goal of the project, located at Circle Road across from the Life Sciences Building, was to “provide how student and community involvement can create something unique and bright in this location, which links the West and East areas of campus and is used by hundreds of 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…

Three Stony Brook undergraduates were honored with prestigious 2016 Goldwater Scholarships and will receive grants to pursue research careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Michael D’Agati ’18, Lea Kenigsberg ’17 and Ioana Soaita ’17 were nominated by the University and selected from a field of 1,150 applicants, representing 415 colleges and universities nationwide. The prestigious one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is charged with providing a continuous stream of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The multiple awards underscore Stony Brook’s record…

Nusnin Akter, a materials science and engineering graduate student mentored by Professor Taejin Kim, won the first place poster award at the “Girl Power in STEM: Step It Up!” symposium that was held on campus March 5 to celebrate the accomplishments of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. She received the recognition for her research, “NOx Reducing Catalysts for Diesel Engine Exhausts.” Akter has been investigating the transition metal exchanged zeolite catalysts for reducing NOx from a diesel engine. At Stony Brook (with PI Taejin Kim) and at Brookhaven National Lab (with PI J.A. Boscoboinik), she performs several…

Some of us just dream about time travel. Through world-spanning archaeological research, Melina Seabrook ’17 is making it happen. The junior anthropology major from Monroe, Washington, has experienced hands-on research into the ancient past in far-flung dig sites across the globe.  Her first such trip took place in fall 2014 when she visited Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya to help investigate one of Professor James Rossie’s Miocene primate sites. There, Melina helped excavate an elephant femur. That prepared her for an even more groundbreaking experience: a 10-week excavation of Ur, an ancient Sumerian city-state, with Professor Elizabeth Stone, a world-renowned expert in…

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…

Stony Brook University student Ruchi Shah ’16 has been named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2016.   Shah, the inventor of an all-natural mosquito repellent designed to combat disease in third world countries, is also a CEO of her own social entrepreneurship company, a nationally recognized cancer researcher and a journalist published on a national news network. Her goal is to “inspire others to follow their ideas until they become realities.” While at Stony Brook, Shah has: Advanced her all-natural and inexpensive mosquito repellent, recognized by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Forbes, and the AXA Achievement Award. She currently has…

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