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Striking rock ‘n’ roll photography by the late SBU chemistry professor Dick Solo is on display through July 2 at the Village Center in Port Jefferson, LI. Solo, who was among SBU’s original faculty when the University opened at its current location in 1962, doubled as a serious chronicler of area events featuring big-name musical acts who performed on campus in the early 1980s. Preview the photos below: Dick Solo’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame by Stony Brook University on Exposure

Fourteen of Stony Brook University’s esteemed faculty and staff have received the 2017-2018 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. A total of 332 faculty and staff from across the SUNY system received awards this year. “Excellence is SUNY’s hallmark,” said State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “At each of our campuses it is driven by our faculty and staff and their commitment to providing the highest quality environment, where students are inspired and supported to excel as they pursue their passions. I congratulate this year’s recipients, and thank them for their contributions.” The Chancellor’s…

Professor R. Sekar, from the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his work in cybersecurity, drawing on principles and techniques from programming languages and compilers, operating systems, algorithms, networks, and artificial intelligence. “Professor Sekar’s transformative work is critical to addressing the issues we face in today’s era of exponential technological growth,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition from SUNY and thank him for his important work in cybersecurity, exemplary of the…

Distinguished Teaching Professor Steven Skiena, from the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named Director of the newly formed Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. “The advent of AI is ushering in a new era in the history of humanity. Its consequences can be so vast and far reaching that are hard to even imagine today,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Stony Brook is well positioned to lead both in advancing AI-centric research and economic development as well as in educating the engineering workforce for…

Internationally recognized ocean conservation expert Ellen Pikitch, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, discusses eDNA analysis — a tool that may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before — in a perspectives piece in the June 15 edition of Science. Pikitch is Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. In the Science piece, she explains how eDNA — obtained from seawater that contains sloughed skin cells, scales, secretions and other matter from marine organisms — is being used to detect species presence and…

Sunlight is essential for all life, and living organisms have evolved to sense and respond to light. Dronpa is a protein “light switch” that can be turned on and off by light. A team of scientists led by Peter Tonge, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has discovered a way to use infrared spectroscopy to determine for the first time structure changes that occur in dronpa during the transition from the dark (off) state to the light (on) state. The findings are reported in a paper published in Nature Chemistry. According to Tonge, the technique and the…

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…

One of the world’s leading energy storage researchers, Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor Esther Sans Takeuchi has won the 2018 European Inventor Award in the category “Non-EPO countries.” The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of its 2018 innovation prize at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. Out of four US scientists nominated for the award, she is the only American to bring home Europe’s most prestigious prize of innovation. Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering…

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,”…

Esther Sans Takeuchi is a finalist for the European Inventor Award, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. But she is also eligible to win in another category — the European Inventor Award Popular Prize — open to all 15 finalists that is based on voting. Members of the public can cast their vote for Professor Takeuchi now through June 3. Vote now online Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, Chief Scientist of the…

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