Browsing: College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming, associate professor of Sociology and Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of a new breed of public intellectuals who are harnessing the power of social media to share their research with a broader audience.  A thought leader and expert on global racism, Dr. Fleming first gained extensive media experience when completing her dissertation fieldwork in France, where she often appeared on international TV and radio to provide commentary on race and politics. More recently, her trenchant and provocative takes on the 2016 US elections made her something of a social media celebrity. Her personal Twitter account now boasts more than 33,000…

BY JOSEPH KONIG Stony Brook alumnus Mark Bridges walked away from the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday with two prizes. And one of them was an Oscar. The 1983 graduate won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for his work on the Paul Thomas Anderson film, “Phantom Thread.” By the end of the night, Bridges secured a second prize to go with his golden statuette: a jet ski. In an effort to encourage shorter speeches at the 90th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel ended his monologue by promising an almost $18,000 Kawasaki jet ski to the Oscar winner with…

Michele Bogart, a professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University, has been named to the 2017-18 Society of Fellows at the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute dedicated to American illustration. Established to bring leading thinkers and fresh perspectives to the study of American illustration art between 1850 and the present, the Society of Fellows will explore the history and criticism of this understudied field, to more fully develop the language and discourse of an academic discipline devoted to published art. In addition to scholarly writings, the Society of Fellows…

Student group Taiko Tides welcomed drum groups from across the country as Stony Brook University hosted the 2018 East Coast Taiko Conference (ECTC), February 9 through February 11. This marked not only the first year that Stony Brook hosted the conference, which started in 2011 at Cornell University, but also the first time ECTC was hosted by a public university. “I love performing for people, and while the practicing is very long and intense, at concert time I just light up and I love seeing the people’s faces,” said Vice President of Taiko Tides Grace Zhen, a Stony Brook senior…

Jarrod French, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Cottrell Scholars are recognized for their innovative research plans and education programs. French was chosen for his research proposal, “Structural Dynamics of Photoactive Proteins and Crowdsourcing Structural Biology.” The award, given this year to 24 top early-career academic scientists, includes a $100,000 grant for each recipient. Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them an opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This year’s Cottrell Scholar…

Award-winning nonfiction author Roger Thompson, director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University, has traveled throughout Italy documenting the history and current crises of the country’s brown bears. He documents the experience in an upcoming new book, No Word for Wilderness: Italy’s Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth (Ashland Creek Press, May 2018). This meticulously researched and eye-opening book tells the incredible stories of two special populations of bears in Italy — one the last vestige of a former time that persists against all odds, the other a great experiment in rewilding.…

Forty finalists have been named in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and among them are three students who were mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University. The Regeneron competition (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search from 1942-1997 and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. It is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. The finalists mentored at Stony Brook — Ella Feiner, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY; Kavya Kopparapu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria,…

Composer and cellist Margaret Schedel, who co-directs computer music at Stony Brook University, discusses the use of computers to create artificial intelligence (AI) music in a recent BBC Culture article, “Is this the world’s first good robot album?”. Computers have been creating music for years, but now AI researchers are using the latest technology such as artificial neural networks that allow computers to learn by doing. The article talks about a new project called Flow Machines, in which dozens of music scores were fed into the computer system, analyzed, and then new songs were generated. Schedel doesn’t think computers will…

Abigail Bishop ’19, a junior in the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) program, is becoming an expert on the life and death of stars. Abby probes the heavens under the mentorship of Michael Zingale, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences. They create Type Ia supernovae simulations to investigate a form of stellar death used to measure distance astronomically. In her sophomore year, Abby participated in research under the supervision of Drs. Krishna Kumar and Seamus Riordan and co-presented a poster at the annual URECA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities) Celebration of Undergraduate Research event…

Annie Bernberg knew she wanted to explore a career in publishing as early as the seventh grade.  An avid reader, Annie fell in love with A School Story by Andrew Clements, about a girl who wants to publish a book and the process she must go through. The premise was exciting for Annie — imagine having a hand in making the books she always reads! Today, Annie is an assistant editor at Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., and is pursuing a master’s degree in publishing. A student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Annie originally declared a double major in…

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