Browsing: Faculty/Staff Highlights

Kenneth Lindblom, Dean of the School of Professional Development (SPD), was in Washington, DC, on February 15 to brief staff members from the Long Island Congressional Delegation on SPD program highlights and recent updates. Lindblom had the opportunity to discuss SPD’s degrees in human resource management and liberal studies as well as the school’s expanded master of arts in liberal studies degree, which includes an updated curriculum. He also talked about the fact that SPD is the first SUNY institution to offer digital badges — online credentials that demonstrate achievement in a specific skill set, which are available in a…

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…

On January 20, a Bleeding Control Basic Course for the visually impaired and blind, developed with the help of the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Medicine, was held at the West Islip Fire Department. A group of 26 people with visual impairments including complete blindness received training through this first-of-its-kind modified course. The course was given to this particular audience in response to a phoned-in question on a radio program. While the Trauma Center was being interviewed on 103.9FM’s Eye on Crime Show on November 9, Third Eye Insight member Michael Jordan, a completely blind veteran, heard the conversation and called the…

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.…

Understanding the complexities of high-impact science is tough. Communicating those complexities to policy-makers is even tougher. At Stony Brook, STRIDE (Science Training and Research to Inform Decisions) aims to meet that challenge by providing STEM graduate students with the interdisciplinary skills they need to communicate their findings and make positive change. Funded by a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant and implemented by the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), STRIDE prepares the next generation of scientists to translate complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies. Heather Lynch, associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook, was…

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…

Three stories that have appeared in The Southampton Review were performed on two recent episodes of National Public Radio’s podcast, Selected Shorts. The January 4 episode, titled “Crossing the Line,” included two TSR stories that were also read at a Southampton Writers Conference event in Avram Theater in the summer of 2017. Douglas Lawson’s funny “Love in a Kitchen Garden” was read by actor Richard Kind. (It begins at minute 11:00 and ends at 32:30 of the podcast.) The next story up at 32:30, “Brand Values,” was written by MFA student Emily Buckler. The December 28, 2017 episode of Selected…

Dr. L. Douglas Ried, Dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) recently visited Washington, DC, to advocate for the School’s federal legislative priorities. Dean Ried met with Congressman Lee Zeldin and the health policy staff of Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Congressman Peter King and Congressman Tom Suozzi. Legislative priorities discussed included the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which would enable Medicare beneficiaries access to pharmacist-provided services under Medicare Part B by amending the Social Security Act. These services would be reimbursable under Medicare Part B if they are provided in medically…

Professor Todd Pittinsky, from the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a founding member of the Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) Corporate Social Responsibility External Advisory Board. UCI is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The External Advisory Board (EAB) will provide strategic advice, thought-leadership, best practices, and insights to inform Univision’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Internal Council. The EAB will advance community empowerment platforms to build strong minds, promote healthy habits and celebrate diversity, as well as other focus areas. “The creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility External Advisory Board is an…

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