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Jackson Pollock’s dynamic painting style has inspired musicians in diverse genres. Now musical artists can tap directly into Pollock’s energy when they play the limited edition Jackson Pollock Studio Guitar or Jackson Pollock Studio Bass from Waterstone Musical Instruments of Nashville. Each instrument retails for $1,500, including a hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity. They can be ordered at pollockguitar.com. Proceeds from sales of the guitar will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Pollock spread his canvas out flat on his studio floor and danced around it, using rhythmic gestures to apply liquid paint in vivid colors that often spilled…

Stony Brook Medicine has received a major gift from Stony Brook University alumni Eugene ’97, and Carol Cheng ’97, to support cardiovascular imaging research that advances non-invasive techniques to diagnose and treat heart disease. The gift will be matched by the Simons Foundation Challenge Grant to establish the Carol and Eugene Cheng Cardiovascular Imaging Research Endowment. The gift will also be used to purchase additional technology for the clinical research team of renowned cardiologist and cardiovascular imaging specialist Michael Poon, MD, a professor of medicine, emergency medicine and radiology, and director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, a program within the Department of…

Alan Alda and the Stony Brook University Center for Communicating Science are challenging scientists to answer a fundamental question asked by 11-year-olds around the country: What is time?
 
That is the question for this year’s edition of the Flame Challenge, an international contest that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that would interest and enlighten an 11-year-old. The Flame Challenge began last spring with actor and science advocate Alan Alda’s childhood query: What is a flame? “Last year’s contest question came from a real 11-year-old: me,” Mr. Alda said. “But when I asked what a flame was at the age…

Stay on track for graduation. Fulfill your DEC requirements. Lighten your academic load for future semesters. Earn three credits in three weeks by enrolling in Stony Brook University Winter Session 2013, from January 8 to January 26. There are more than 100 Winter Session courses in more than 20 academic subjects to choose from. Connect with your academic advisor and enroll now. For more information, visit stonybrook.edu/winter.

Coach Shaun Lally is conducting a tour of the space the 28 wrestlers in his newly formed wrestling club use as their practice room at the Pritchard Gymnasium from 6 to 8 pm on weeknights. It’s long been used as a racquetball court or a place where wrestlers or martial arts buffs can work out their moves. The space is tiny for 28 people. But that’s okay, Lally says, because not everyone can make every practice due to scheduling conflicts. Lally keeps tabs on who attends each session with an accountability chart posted on a wall in the practice room.…

The Charles B. Wang Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with five programs that reflect the vitality and diversity of what the Center’s Asian and Asian American programming offers. Reinterpretations II: Celebrating Ten Amazing Years Exhibition, October 24 through December 2 Curated by Nicole Hixon and Jennifer Iacona, artists from the Department of Art reflect on the Wang Center as an architectural and sculptural phenomenon, revealing elements of the building’s function, aesthetics and socio-cultural symbolism. The Opening Reception celebrates 10 amazing years on Wednesday, October 24, at 1 pm in the Wang Center Skylight Lobby, and features performances by Asian student…

Members of the Department of Psychology and Center for Prevention and Outreach, with the assistance of a Presidential Mini-Grant for Diversity Initiatives, have created a website to provide faculty members, instructors and TAs with information on creating an LGBTQ-friendly educational experience for students (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning). In developing the site, the group surveyed faculty and students at Stony Brook University and across the country. They received hundreds of responses about good and bad experiences in the classroom, problems people were struggling with and things people found helpful. The information contained in the site…

Three Stony Brook University professors have earned the distinction of Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Academies for the 2012-2013 academic year. This honor was bestowed upon them by virtue of their selection and participation in the 2012 National Academies Northeast Regional Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, held this past summer at Harvard University. Stony Brook University’s team of professors, Giancarlo La Camera, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior; Liliana Dávalos, assistant professor of ecology and evolution; and Edward Luk, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, assembled with teams from 14 other research universities…

Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff can now utilize the new Wolfie Wallet debit card program from the Faculty Student Association (FSA) to shop on campus at dining and retail locations, make food purchases from off-campus merchants, wash and dry laundry, make purchases from vending machines and more. Wolfie Wallet, a new declining-balance debit account that is linked to the Stony Brook ID card, is accepted at many more locations than the now discontinued Campus Cash and Faculty Staff Debit Plan programs. “The Wolfie Wallet program has made it easier than ever for students, faculty and staff to manage…

The once rich shellfish beds of Shinnecock Bay may thrive again thanks to an ambitious environmental restoration project funded in part by a philanthropic gift from the Laurie Landeau Foundation matched by a gift from the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $3 million. These targeted funds will be used by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) over five years to restock shellfish, expand existing eelgrass beds, harvest seaweeds to absorb nutrients and inhibit harmful algal blooms, monitor restoration efforts and share the project’s goals and results with stakeholders and the public. The Laurie Landeau Foundation…

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