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The transformative career of Max Fink, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University, a world-leading expert and defender of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is the focus of a new collection at the Stony Brook University Libraries. The University recently announced the opening of the Max Fink Papers and Digital Collection. The digital collection, a subset of the papers, includes nearly 7,000 items (20,000 pages) of Dr. Fink’s original notes on experimental psychiatry, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017. The archive documents the extraordinary career of the psychiatrist and neurologist, who…

“Get into lab as early as possible, regardless of whether you know you’ll like it or not, advises URECA Scholar Michael D’Agati ’18. “You never know where it can lead to and it makes the experience of school a lot more fun.” Michael, an Electrical Engineering major in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and a University Scholars member, is a big advocate of research. He enjoys challenges, likes to ask questions, and has thrived in the research environment – he was named a Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national honor, in his sophomore year. Michael’s substantive work in the Multi-Functional Nano-Biosystems Laboratory with his long-time mentor…

As students get back into the swing of things with the start of a new semester and the stress that might come with it, one group is doing their best to remind us all of the positive. The Community of Awesome is a group of students including Erin O’Connell, Ruby Smith, Xicheng Zhou, Savannah Votino and Ian Lesnick. The group meets biweekly on Wednesdays at 9 am. Together with their faculty sponsors, they discuss ways that they can remind the campus community of the positive things around them — whether it be something beautiful or an act of kindness —…

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…

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

The Black History Month Opening Program at Stony Brook University takes place on Wednesday, January 31. Various campus organizations will be hosting a range of educational, social and cultural programs that focus on the campus’ dual theme for the month, Sankofa! Still I Rise.    Sankofa is an Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “return and get it,” and has been the enduring theme over the years for Black History Month at Stony Brook. Sankofa is used throughout the pan-African world to promote the idea that African people must go back to their roots in order to…

A technique for detecting the presence of human beings in homes has been awarded $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Led by Professor Ya Wang of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the project entails developing a Synchronized Low-Energy Electronically-Chopped Passive-InfraRed (PIR) Sensor for Occupancy Detection (SLEEPIR), an inventive occupancy sensing solution that could that optimize heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) of buildings while reducing cost and slashing energy use. This non-mechanical oscillating technique, together with an advanced machine learning algorithm, is designed to address issues associated with high rates of false…

Earlier this month, cyclone Ava made landfall on the east coast of Madagascar. Within 48 hours, the storm left 20,000 people displaced and 36 dead. Ava caused significant flooding throughout the southeast region of the country, affecting the communities that are served by Stony Brook University’s research and healthcare facility, Centre ValBio. Many villages have been isolated by flood waters and mudslides, with bridges along the main road washed away, making it impassable in many places. Five villages in the northeastern part of Ifanadiana District were most heavily affected, with more than 1,000 homes destroyed and 16 schools toppled, displacing…

Double Portrait brings together the work of Charley Friedman and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, an artist couple who make work that initially appears quite different, but upon further looking, embodies visual and conceptual overlays that create an intriguing dialog. Humorous, self-reflective and performative, Charley Friedman creates figures and environments that engage with their audience. Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez utilizes the framework of storytelling for her intricate drawings, paintings and sculptures that poetically embody expressions of humanity as seen through the lens of gender, political power and migration. Seen together, their work touches on issues of identity, self and community in relation to society. An artist…

Stony Brook University once again has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 300 Best College Values for 2018. The University earned the #32 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in public colleges. Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Kiplinger also ranks the 100 best values in each category. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability, not subjective criteria. “Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through…

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