Browsing: College of Arts & Sciences

Sonia Harmand, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, has been named one of the 50 most influential French in the world by French Vanity Fair. Harmand is an expert in Early Stone Age archaeology and the evolution of stone tool making. In 2011 she and a team of scientists discovered 3.3-million-year-old stone artifacts in the Turkana Basin in Northern Kenya. Until these findings, the oldest stone tools were dated to 2.6 million years old. A paper on this groundbreaking research was published in Nature. Prior to her work at Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute, Harmand…

Raju Venugopalan, an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for his remarkable achievements in theoretical nuclear physics. This prestigious international award — issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany — comes with a prize of €60,000 (nearly $70,000 U.S.) and the opportunity to collaborate with German researchers at Heidelberg University and elsewhere. Venugopalan joins 13 other Brookhaven National Laboratory physicists who have received this award since 1974. “This is a great honor and I’m delighted to be…

Jason Starr, a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Professor Starr is a world-renowned expert in algebraic geometry, the geometric study of solutions of systems of polynomial equations. His most celebrated contributions deal with the question of when such a system of equations has at least one solution. Starr’s work has given mathematicians a new way of thinking about such matters. The AMS Fellowship program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. This…

Michele Bogart, a professor of art history and criticism at Stony Brook University, defends New York City’s Public Design Commission in a recent POLITICO article. The commission’s job is to review the design of structures on city-owned property — everything from new libraries to street lights, playgrounds and newsstands. The agency is often seen by local politicians as a time-consuming, costly obstacle to getting projects completed timely. Bogart, once a member of the commission, was interviewed following proposed legislation that challenges the Public Design Commission, which is sometimes cited as being an opaque, mysterious agency. The new legislation would make it more transparent by requiring…

The Department of Theatre Arts’ upcoming production of “Woyzeck” is a reinterpretation of the 19th-century German play by Georg Büchner, directed by Izumi Ashizawa, an assistant professor of directing and devising in the Department. The play will be performed at Staller Center, Theater 1, November 10–13 and November 17–20. Thursday to Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; Sunday shows are at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. For tickets, please visit the Staller Center Box Office or call (631) 632-ARTS. Büchner’s sudden death in 1837 forced him to leave “Woyzeck” fragmented, unordered and unfinished. Four different drafts were left behind,…

Christopher Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, received a Young Investigators Grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his project, “Probing Electronic Structure and Energy Transfer in Protected Metal Nanoparticles by Mass-Selective Spectroscopy.” Johnson’s laboratory will be using newly developed experimental techniques to provide unprecedentedly specific insights into the role that chemical interactions play in controlling how energy and charge are transferred into and out of the core of metallic particles with diameters of ~1 nanometer. This work will use an instrument custom-built by his group to choose nanoparticles with exactly known atomic…

Erica Mukherjee, a doctoral student in the Department of History, has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant through the Department of Education. These grants provide six to twelve months of funding to conduct doctoral dissertation research in one or more countries worldwide. The program is intended to create modern language and world area specialists who have an interdisciplinary approach to research. Mukherjee, who is a PhD candidate in South Asian history, won a 2015 Fulbright Grant and spent the past year doing research in India. Now, the Fulbright-Hays grant will allow her to continue…

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has been awarded a five-year $3M National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. This unique and interdisciplinary grant is for Science Training & Research to Inform DEcisions (STRIDE). The award will prepare the next generation of scientists working with big data to support complex decision-making. STRIDE is an innovative training program that will provide STEM graduate students with unique interdisciplinary skills to assist, create…

Lori Flores, an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, won an ward for Best History Book from the International Latino Book Awards for her first book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016). The International Latino Book Awards were held on September 8 at California State University Dominguez Hills and featured 257 author and publisher honorees from across the United States and from 16 other countries. In the book, Flores analyzes the struggle for civil and labor rights in California’s Salinas Valley from the 1940s to the present. As she…

“Your Future, Your Vote: The Race for President 2016,” a provocative series of interactive discussions and debates, opens September 14 with a panel on immigration issues and will continue during the weeks leading up to this year’s hotly contested Presidential election. The opening event, “The  Immigration Dilemma,” takes place at 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 14 at the Sidney Gelber Auditorium in the Student Activities Center. The panel presentation will feature: Nancy Hiemstra, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lori Flores, History Gallya Lahav, Political Science Hugo Benitez-Silva, Economics Upcoming events include: Wednesday, September 28:  What Will Be in Your Wallet? Jobs, Trade and the…

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