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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…

Following on a tradition of recognizing innovative business professors since 1999, this year the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program is awarding 20 exceptional courses that inspire and equip future business leaders to tackle the issues of our time.  The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards honor extraordinary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that is redefining excellence in business education –  and ultimately in business practice. Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, a Management Professor in the College of Business, developed the course, “Business Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film” to provide the combination of critical thinking, discussion of moral values, and ethical considerations…

A new study led by Ellen Kessel, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, suggests that high levels of stress associated with Hurricane Sandy may have left a lasting impact on children’s brain development. The research, “Hurricane Sandy Exposure Alters the Development of Neural Reactivity to Negative Stimuli in Children,” is published in the March/April 2018 issue of Child Development. Stony Brook faculty that collaborated on the study with Kessel include Clinical Psychology Professors Daniel Klein and Brady Nelson and Psychiatry Professors Roman Kotov, Evelyn Bromet and Gabrielle Carlson, along with Greg Hajcak from Florida State University and…

Benjamin Martin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has received the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research for his work with circulating tumor cells. The award, granted to promising early career New York City-area cancer research scientists, includes a three-year $600,000 grant, effective July 1. Professor Martin and colleague David Q. Matus, PhD, are using state-of-the-art microscopy and genetic analysis of circulating tumor cells to achieve an unprecedented level of understanding about how these cells exit blood vessels and invade news sites on the body. To help accelerate breakthroughs in cancer research, the…

Stony Brook University Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsóí writes about “Invisible Dimensions of Diversity” in the June 2018 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Dr. Bitsóí, who is also a member of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board, says that we all have visible and invisible dimensions of diversity, and that “as an indigenous scholar, I also defer to my cultural knowledge base about diversity, as I was taught that everyone exists for a reason. This is the basis of my understanding that diversity is more than the commonly accepted two-dimensional construct wedded to race, ethnicity, and biological sex.” Dr.…

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…

Nikki Barnett, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Services, and Joyce Guglielmo, Office Manager for the Career Center, both received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Classified Service, respectively. The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence acknowledge consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Barnett has been with the Career Center since 2007, but has been working with Stony Brook since 2003 as both a graduate assistant and a residence hall director. In her role as Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services, Barnett single-handedly manages the alumni-student mentoring program and coordinates site visits for students to…

Scientist. Athlete. On May 6, 2018, Gabrielle Russo took first place in the women’s division of the Long Island Marathon with a personal best time of 2:50. Russo signed up for the race just the day before, viewing the race as an opportunity to “empty the tank” after a long racing season that included the Boston Marathon only three weeks prior and a 50K in March. Interestingly enough, her road running journey began just two years ago. An assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology since 2014, Russo moved to Long Island in 2016 after…

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