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Being arrested is not something most people would list on a résumé. Yet doing just that yielded a positive result for Paula Pecorella ’18. As the managing editor of her West Islip High School newspaper, Paw Prints, she and feature editor Nicholas Krauss spent time in the slammer, and in court, in 2013 while trying to conduct an investigative journalism piece for an article on school security following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Their plight was covered by The New York Times. When Bruce Stasiuk, a workshop leader for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University,…

“For most of my life, I could never watch scary movies; I’ve always hated them,” says undergraduate researcher Ashley Barry ’18.  “I think it’s so funny that I ended up actually choosing this area to work on for my project.” Ashley, a double major in English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a participant in the 2017 URECA summer research program., has spent the summer watching scary movies, reading theory, and immersing herself in scholarly research for her senior thesis project on: “Feminine Fear: Affect Theory and Horror Films in the Twenty-first Century.” The project developed out of a paper Ashley wrote for…

Kellon Belfon has always loved science, but the wet-lab experience was not for him. Stony Brook University provides an alternative — computational research — and that research takes place at the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology on campus. “Computational research involves using mathematical models to simulate the behavior of atoms,” Kellon said. “We do not necessarily deal with harmful chemicals but instead simulate them.” A PhD student in Stony Brook’s Department of Chemistry, Kellon recently received a prestigious ACM-SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship. With the fellowship comes a $15,000 stipend, ACM membership, a travel grant to attend…

For biology major Aaron Kuang ’18, undergraduate research is a “completely different beast than taking classes.” “What I’ve gained is definitely something that I would never have accomplished or learned if I stayed with lectures and introductory biology labs only,” Kuang said. Kuang has spent many hours over the last year doing research in the spinal cord injury translational lab of Dr. Prithvi Shah. Although he was very active in this laboratory’s experiments throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, and has been immersed in research full time this summer, Aaron clearly remembers being daunted by the prospect of starting undergrad research, wondering…

Genetics PhD candidate Alex Bott is ready to take his place in the front ranks of the fight against cancer, and he has the grants to prove it. This past year, Bott was recognized with two prestigious and highly competitive awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the F31 (Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award) and the newly-established F99/K00 — the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award, which is designed to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential to pursue careers as independent cancer researchers. Bott’s research focuses on Myc, a regulator gene amplified in a wide range of cancers, particularly breast cancer.…

Biomedical Engineering PhD student Michael Salerno was awarded the 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship, which is a grant offered by the French Embassy in the U.S. to support outstanding PhD students from American universities to conduct research in France. As part of the fellowship, Salerno will receive support to go to France for nine months on a joint project, “Integrating Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Functional Ultrasound (fUS) in the Behaving Rat,” to study the relationships between blood flow and neurochemistry during various behaviors. “Mike’s breakthrough research aims to advance a new imaging modality that combines the sensitivity of PET imaging with the…

Stony Brook Linguistics PhD candidate Paola Cepeda has been recognized with a 2017 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her thesis research entitled “Negation and Time. Against expletive negation in temporal clauses.” Cepeda is an international student from Peru. Scholars previously thought that this type of negation, which is present in a variety of natural languages, had no meaning (e.g., a speaker saying, “I missed not seeing you last summer” when he/she actually missed was “seeing you” and not “not seeing you”). Cepeda’s groundbreaking research suggests otherwise. In addition to addressing an open question in her…

Omar Naimi ’17 thinks of himself as “absurdly ambitious.” As a child, he wanted to become President of the United States. But as he grew older and learned about the complications inherent in politics, he traded that dream for a new one: becoming an architect. Then in high school he became obsessed with the microscopic complexities of cells and their components, atoms. He realized that big dreams could involve the smallest building blocks and processes known to mankind. “I went from wanting my name on a skyscraper to wanting to have a protein named after me,” said Queens native Omar, a…

Stony Brook journalism student Mike Adams ’19 and his classmates put their journalistic principles to the test when they traveled to report on issues confronting in the jungles of Ecuador. The 500 remaining members of the once-populous Sápara nation live in the Amazon rain forest atop land believed to be rich in petroleum. The Ecuadorean government wants to let foreign oil companies explore those potential reserves. But exploratory drilling generally leads to deforestation, which would threaten the Sápara’s way of life. It would be easy to see this issue as a war of good versus evil, but journalists are trained…

Hannah Mieczkowski ’17 discovered psychology in ninth grade when she read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller Blink — a book that suggests that spontaneous decisions may be preferable to well-planned ones. “It was the first time I realized that the scientific method I had practiced in various science classes, such as chemistry and biology, also applied to other subjects with which I connected,” she said. Thus began a fascinating series of research experiences en route to a 4.0 GPA. In Professor Susan Brennan’s Communication Lab, Hannah collected and analyzed data for multiple experiments regarding eye movements, theory of mind and interpersonal deception. In the spring…

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