Browsing: Faculty/Student Spotlights

Dr. Alexander Orlov to discuss nanotechnology and clean energy at Sigma Xi events worldwide January 12, 2016 – Alexander Orlov, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, has been named a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer by Sigma Xi, an international honor society for scientists and engineers. In this capacity, Dr. Orlov will lecture about scientific advances in nanotechnology in the context of energy generation and clean energy to thousands of scientists at Sigma Xi chapter events worldwide at universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. For 78 consecutive years, Sigma Xi selected its…

Barbara Chapman, a leading researcher in programming languages, programming models and compilers, has been named head of the Computer Science and Mathematics Group (CSM) under the new Computational Science Initiative (CSI) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Chapman is a professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science at Stony Brook University, where she serves as a joint appointee affiliated with the University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS). The CSI leverages computational science, computer science, and mathematics expertise and investments across multiple research areas at the Laboratory — including the flagship facilities that attract thousands of scientific users each year…

Alisa Rybkin ’16 faced a dilemma: choose an education in science or the humanities. At Stony Brook, the Staten Island-raised University Scholar realized that she could inhabit both worlds as a biochemistry major and English minor. But she still finds time for her first love: dance. Alisa’s mom, once an ice dancer for the Russian Olympic team, was an inspiration. “My mother put me into dance when I was 3 years old,” Alisa said. “I began with ballet but moved over to ballroom when I was 4. I didn’t start liking it until much, much later.” For her first eight years,…

Former leatherneck Tony Wan doesn’t run from challenges; he runs toward them. Tony, a first-year medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, failed chemistry three times in high school. But after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine infantryman, he found a reason to master that subject: He resolved to build on his battlefield experiences and help combat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Tony travelled a long road to get to medical school. His parents couldn’t afford to pay for college. After 9/11, Tony enlisted, hoping to serve his country and gain experience that would serve him in civilian life. As…

Jahangir S. Rastegar, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. Dr. Rastegar’s career spans the previous 24 years. He worked at Loxem Corp. in Dallas, Texas, designing locks and lock manufacturing machinery following his graduation from SMU in 1969 and during his…

“Education is the best investment we can make in our future” — R. David Bynum, PhD, John S. Toll Professor “I grew up in Oklahoma and initially went into the oil business because I was surrounded by it,” said David Bynum. Bynum joined the Stony Brook University faculty in 1982 and retired from Stony Brook last May after 33 years of service. He now holds a three-year position as a John S. Toll Professor. Bynum founded and directed Stony Brook University’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) (now the Institute for Stem Education (I-STEM)) in 2007 and its predecessor, LIGASE…

Professor Suparna Rajaram, Ph.D. of Stony Brook University is among seven psychological scientists recently elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP). Rajaram is a cognitive psychologist who studies memory, including the interpersonal transmission of memory through social groups and networks and the emergence of collective memory. Her work has included research with both people affected by amnesia and people with normal memory in order to study the distinction between episodic and semantic memory and the relationship between attention and long-term memory. Suparna Rajaram received her B.A. (1984) from Mt. Carmel College (Bangalore University, India) and M.A. (1986) from Bangalore University (India). She then moved to Purdue University where she received her…

Three high school students mentored at Stony Brook University were awarded a $30,000 scholarship today for their research presented at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation’s premier research competitions for high school students. All three students participated in Stony Brook’s Garcia Research Scholar Program for High School Students during the summer of 2015. Daniel Chae of Oakton, Va.; Alan Tan of Fremont, Calif.; and Sidharth Bommakanti’s, of Pleasanton, Calif., research on 3-D tissue printing earned them the title of winning team for region six, and a $30,000 shared scholarship. The team was mentored by Adrianna…

Michael Bell, David Conover, Michael Frohman, and Ellen Pikitch among those internationally recognized for their work advancing science December 3, 2015 – Four Stony Brook Professors – Michael Bell, David Conover, Michael Frohman, and Ellen Pikitch – have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work toward the advancement of science and/or its applications. The journal Science will formally announce the new AAAS Fellows on November 27, 2015. The fellows will be honored on February 13, 2016, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. “This year’s election of four internationally-known Stony…

Stony Brook Professors Miriam Rafailovich, Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, and Stephen Walker mentored the winners during the summer Garcia Program December 1, 2015 – Four high school students from around the country mentored by Stony Brook University faculty have been named national finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation’s leading research competitions for high school students. These four students will be competing in Washington, DC, December 4-8, for additional scholarship awards, including a top team prize of $100,000. All of the four students were previously named Regional Siemens Competition Winners and each participated in…

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