Browsing: Sustainability

Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week. New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo’s initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). “As a major international research university, Stony Brook is deeply committed to applying the results of its…

Stony Brook University has received notification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that two proposals directed by SBU faculty to expand or develop Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security will receive funding totaling $21.75 million. The two Stony Brook EFRCs are the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M), led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, which will receive a four-year $12 million grant for the existing center; and the creation of a new EFRC, A Next Generation Synthesis Center (GENESIS) led by John Parise, PhD, which…

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) is bringing fresh, local, organically grown produce through the mobile farm stand HeartBeet Farms, every Tuesday this summer, starting this June 26. HeartBeet Farms is located only three miles from Stony Brook and it organically grows fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm is the brainchild of Ann Pellegrino, Co-Founder of HeartBeet Farms. The farm grew out of her own experience of visiting food pantries and observing the lack of fruits and vegetables options. “I was a single mom working two jobs and raising three kids. So, I would go to food pantries to get ‘boxed…

Stony Brook University is the first higher education institution in the United States to launch a Freight Farm on a college campus. The technology offers a hands-on learning environment that prompts students to be more sustainable in their own lives.   At the end of the spring semester, this student-run farm, with support from the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt, was able to produce about 800 heads of bibb and chicory lettuces, which were served to customers at the salad bar at East Side Dining’s Emporium. Hands-on Learning for a Sustainable Future “It has been an amazing experience for…

The 2018 Indianapolis Prize, recognizing the world’s leading heroes of conservation and environmental sustainability, has been awarded to biodiversity champion Dr. Russ Mittermeier, a research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anatomical Sciences. Mittermeier, Executive Vice-Chair and former President of Conservation International, is regarded as a world leader in the fields of biodiversity, primatology, and tropical forest conservation. He is renowned for his efforts to understand and educate others about worldwide threats to biodiversity, his work to conserve primates, and his efforts to create new protected areas in some of the world’s highest priority hotspots. He has conducted fieldwork…

There’s plenty of fish in the sea for human fisherman and bottlenose dolphins to feast on and now, according to a study by researchers at Stony Brook University published in Marine Mammal Science, both species are using a New York artificial reef at the same time to find fish to eat – a new finding. Using an underwater microphone deployed at 55 feet on an artificial reef three miles south of Atlantic Beach on Long Island, researchers were able to observe the sounds made by both species to determine eating habits and timing. Stony Brook graduate student in the School of Marine and…

Five new two-year coastal research projects are now underway and all are being administered at Stony Brook University. Two of the projects are being led by Christopher Gobler, Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, and Associate Professor Bradley Peterson from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook. The projects — funded with a total amount awarded of more than $1.1 million — are sponsored by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and funded through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea Grant’s federal parent agency. “These new projects target issues of importance to New Yorkers and to citizens everywhere,”…

Most people still think of drones as weapons. At Stony Brook University, however, researchers and students are pioneering the peaceful use of drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) –  for scientific and humanitarian purposes. They’re deploying these unpiloted flying machines to bring healthcare to remote villages in Africa, to aid in research and discovery in Antarctica and for fun and exploration on campus. Drones are taking Stony Brook research and the University’s commitment to global citizenship to places never before imagined. Helping humanity Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar is isolated, and the journey there is a grueling…

Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Patricia Wright has been honored with the City University of New York Graduate Center’s 2018 President’s Distinguished Alumni Medal for her many years of research and conservation work in Madagascar. Professor Wright is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction. She is also founder of Centre ValBio, a world-class research station…

Empowered by his position as a sustainability intern for the Faculty Student Association (FSA), Edward Gallagher ’18 has worked to develop a more efficient, sustainable method to compost food waste at campus dining locations. While FSA currently composts “pre-consumer” food leftovers that no one has bought or taken, resulting in more than 6,000 lbs. of food waste converted into usable compost this semester, a program to compost leftovers that students couldn’t finish was in need of development — and Gallagher was happy to help. In his research, Gallagher came across a composting process called Bokashi, a Japanese term for “fermented…

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