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By employing optogenetics, a new field that uses genetically altered cells to respond to light, and a tandem unit cell (TCU) strategy, researchers at Stony Brook University have demonstrated a way to control cell excitation and contraction in cardiac muscle cells, the details of which are published in the early online edition of Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology: “Stimulating Cardiac Muscle by Light: Cardiac Optogenetics by Cell Delivery.” The team of scientists, led by Emilia Entcheva, Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, and the Division of Cardiology in Medicine, includes members of the interdepartmental Institute of…

Aurora D. Pryor has been appointed Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Burns, as well as Department Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, effective September 15, 2011. Most recently Associate Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of the Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Program at Duke University School of Medicine, and Chief, General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital, Pryor is a nationally recognized leader in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, and will also head a new Center for Metabolic and Weight…

On Monday, September 26, at 7:00 pm, Stony Brook University Anthropology Professor John J. Shea, a recognized expert on stone tools and early humans, will lend an insightful perspective as the guest speaker at the Port Jefferson Documentary Series showing of Werner Herzog’s groundbreaking documentary film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, sponsored by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council. The 3-D documentary, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010, is rated G with a runtime of 95 minutes. Shea will be introduced by Stony Brook University colleague and world-renowned paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey,…

Mauro Calcagno, an associate professor in musicology in Stony Brook’s Department of Music, has been awarded a three-year grant of $125,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as the Principal Investigator for the project “Online Edition of the Secular Music of Luca Marenzio” (see www.marenzio.org). The project is the only one awarded to a Stony Brook faculty member from a pool of 249 projects funded with $40 million announced on July 27, 2011, by the NEH. “The NEH grants awarded today,” said NEH Chair Jim Leach, “promote new areas of research and make the breadth of human experience more…

Dennis N. Assanis, Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, as well as Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, Founding Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles and Director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, assumes his role as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University on October 1, 2011. He will also serve as Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs. Assanis received his B.Sc. degree in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, England, in 1980, and four…

Katie Stockhammer has been appointed Director of Development for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Stockhammer brings to Stony Brook more than five years of fundraising experience from the Long Island Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), where she started as campaign coordinator and rose to a senior leadership campaign director position. At LLS Katie was responsible for strategic growth planning, budgeting, executive committees, revenue generation, and relationship development. She successfully managed annual budgets of $2.5 million and oversaw various campaigns and programs with a volunteer base of 8,000 people and her staff of five. As Director of…

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and internationally recognized for his poliovirus genome research, has received the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Prize by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The prestigious international award is given every three years to recognize outstanding achievement by a virologist. The award is in recognition of Wimmer’s contributions to the RNA virology field and his lifelong work on poliovirus. A faculty member at Stony Brook since 1974 and chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology between 1984 and 1999, Wimmer has worked for decades predominantly on poliovirus. His…

Yi-Xian Qin, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics, and Biophysics at Stony Brook University, has been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Recipients of this honor, considered one of the highest in the biomedical engineering discipline, are chosen for their outstanding achievements in medical and biological engineering. AIMBE states that Qin was elected into the College of Fellows for his work in orthopaedic biomechanics, which has provided unique insights into the mechanical control of bone repair and remodeling, as well as noninvasive diagnosis of bone diseases. Qin, Director of Stony Brook’s Orthopaedic Bioengineering…

National Geographic News Watch has published Unearthing the Story of Madagascar, featuring Distinguished Service Professor David W. Krause from Stony Brook’s Department of Anatomical Sciences. The in-depth Q&A discusses his decade of fieldwork unearthing some of the most complete and well-preserved fossils on the African island of Madagascar. Krause talks about his top-four finds, the supercontinent Gondwana, and equally important, what he has left behind—the Madagascar Ankizy Fund—an organization Krause founded to help provide education and health care to Malagasy children.

Fu-pen Chiang, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME Board of Governors confers the fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by their peers, ASME fellows have had ten or more years of active practice and at least ten years of continuous active corporate membership in ASME. Chiang’s research interest is in the development and application of various optical techniques such as moire, holographic interferometry, and speckle interferometry for stress analysis, nondestructive evaluation, and…

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