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Stony Brook graduate student Erwing Alouidor is responding to the devastating earthquake that hit his homeland Haiti in 2010 by starting A Helping Hand for Haiti. “My sister and I survived the earthquake, and we witnessed the living conditions of our already fragile land become progressively worse,” he explained. “We developed a strong interest in giving back to and helping our country, and after volunteering in the summers of 2013 and 2014, we realized more needed to be done.” With the support of family and friends, they started A Helping Hand for Haiti, which strives to help hospitals in Haiti…

Two Stony Brook graduate students — Colin West and Steven Jaret — will compete in the FameLab USA 2016 National Finals at the Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington, DC, on May 13. FameLab is a contest that challenges early career scientists to discuss their research engagingly for a general audience. Participants must create a three-minute, powerpoint-free talk on their research or a related topic and deliver it in a supportive environment to judges who give only constructive feedback. Stony Brook University PhD candidate in neuroscience Lyl Tomlinson won the national competition in 2014 and traveled to the International Final at…

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…

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…

Come for the clarinet; stay for the opera. Music major David Davani ’16 landed a full scholarship to Stony Brook based on his proficiency as a clarinetist. But the discovery of his powerful baritone voice now has him singing, and studying, Puccini. Before Stony Brook, David was was trained at the Mannes College of Music, part of the New School in New York City. An avid Mozart fan, David knew that performance was in his blood when he won a concerto competition playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto before a packed hall of cheering fans while still at Mannes. He was rewarded with…

At Stony Brook, “scholar athlete” is more than just a collegiate catchphrase. With more than half of the nearly 250 Seawolves — excluding club and intramural sports — posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher last fall, a feat accomplished consecutively since 2006-2007, Stony Brook is on track to record its highest student-athlete academic year GPA on record. The previous high was 3.08 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Comparatively, last semester 95 students earned a GPA of 3.5 or better, and seven nailed a perfect 4.0. Super Scholars The student-athletes who earned perfect GPAs were: Megan Cooney ‘17, Samantha DiSalvo…

A team of students from Stony Brook University designed a model for a revolutionary new mode of transportation to compete against 120 teams from 20 countries in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M University. The Hyperloop is an idea proposed in 2013 by entrepreneur Elon Musk for a high-speed pressurized capsule that could transport people between major cities through a reduced-pressure tube. Musk is CEO of SpaceX, the company that hosted the competition, where the Stony Brook team presented its design to judges from SpaceX, Tesla Motors and engineering faculty from across the country. The competition…

A presentation by Stony Brook senior Ruchi Shah received first place among all undergraduate and graduate students in the category Medicine and Public Health at the 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. She was awarded for research on keratin 17 expression in cancer based on her work with pharmacology graduate student Luisa Escobar-Hoyos in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Shroyer, chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Pathology. Shah, a biology major minoring in journalism, presented her project “Keratin 17 Maintains Proliferation by Binding p27KIP1 and Facilitating its Nuclear Export” at the AAAS meeting in Washington DC in February. Shah has been…

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