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False assumptions made by employers about gender roles, and women’s inclination to avoid conflict in negotiations, are key factors contributing to the longstanding pay gap between men and women, according to a business professor who studies organizational behavior at Stony Brook. “Furthermore, it’s going to take increased awareness of these factors across industries if that gap is ever going to disappear,” said Julia Bear, an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the College of Business  at Stony Brook University. “The research I have conducted shows that assumptions about men’s and women’s roles in their families contribute to wage discrimination and…

Scientists believe that anatomical variation within and between species is the raw material for natural selection. However, the prevalence of convergent evolution, or the repeated evolution of highly similar yet complex forms among distantly related animals, suggests the presence of underlying general principles ( or“rules”) of evolution. Now Alan Turner, Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences, along with colleagues at the University and at Oklahoma State University are conducting research they believe will help to unlock the rules of evolution. Their research is funded by a newly awarded $579,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Professor Turner leads the team, which will…

Stony Brook University has released the first set of matching grant funds for vital research laboratory equipment to Nassau and Suffolk Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees. The matching State funds will allow Long Island companies to leverage the federal SBIR research funds to accelerate technology and manufacturing commercialization to create jobs and economic impact in the region. This $1.2 matching grant program is funded by an incentive package offered by Empire State Development and administered by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and The Research Foundation. Startups face daunting challenges raising capital to develop and commercialize emerging technologies, many locally conceptualized at Stony Brook…

What is “wetware” and what makes it more powerful than even the most advanced artificial intelligence? Adrienne Fairhall, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington, will reveal the secrets of wetware in her talk “The Computing Power of Wetware” at the 22nd Annual Swartz Foundation Mind Brain Lecture on Monday, April 2, in the Staller Center for the Arts. Our world is increasingly influenced by machine intelligence, as artificial neural networks become part of our daily lives. Powerful as they are, our brains and the nervous systems of even simple organisms, or “wetware,” perform at levels that…

As the scientific world mourns the passing of the man many consider a modern-day Einstein, Stony Brook University faculty remembered and reflected on the world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on March 14. Martin Roček, a Stony Brook professor of theoretical physics and a member of the C. N. Yang Institute, first met Hawking in the late 1970s, when he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University. In 1979, Hawking hired Roček to teach him about the concept of supergravity, a significant extension of Einstein’s theory of relativity developed at Stony Brook by Roček’s colleague…

New York’s U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin has received the National Sea Grant Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant Program for his continued support of this national coastal science association. New York Sea Grant Director and SBU Professor Bill Wise presented the award to him in Washington, DC, on March 7 along with SGA President Jim Hurley. New York Sea Grant is headquartered at Stony Brook University. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness about the state’s marine…

Humans are interacting more and more with technology as it advances through time. Thanks to research that attempts to formally represent a design space, individuals are able to understand the structure of computational interactions and find solutions using desirable properties. Computer Science Professor Xiaojun Bi is one of four co-editors and a co-author of the newly released book, Computational Interaction. This book provides a fresh perspective on the way humans and computers interact with one-another, along with presenting a new systematic engineering approach to the design of user interfaces. “It was really a pleasure to help write this book,” said Bi. “My hope…

An international research team including Krishna Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, has performed the first genomic analysis of populations that lived on the former territory of the Roman Empire from around 500 AD. The analysis provides a direct look at the complex population movements during the era known as the European Migration Period. The palaeogenomic study, published in PNAS, investigated early human medieval genomic variation in southern Germany, with a specific investigation of the peculiar phenomenon of artificial skull formation, the origins of which scientists have debated for more than 50…

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Ya Wang has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project, Understanding Dynamics of Ultra-small Magnetic Nanoparticles in the Brain for Neuron Regeneration Therapies​. The award exclusively supports the research of junior faculty with federal grant funding. The research objective of Professor Wang’s CAREER project is to analyze biological phenomena to predict the neuron regeneration mechanisms. The established microvascular dynamic model, capable of quantifying the neuron regeneration process, is essential for moving closer to clinical success in treating fast-spreading neurodegenerative diseases. Professor Wang proposes that the…

There is widespread agreement that more young people to pursue careers in STEM, particularly women. Providing challenging and engaging opportunities outside the classroom during high school has a major impact on inspiring students to continue in STEM fields during college. The Garcia Research Scholar Program, part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is Stony Brook’s most prestigious pre-college program, with nearly 40 percent of participants continuing to medical school, and another 33 percent going on to graduate programs in STEM. The Garcia Research Scholar Program engages young students in polymer material research and helps guide them towards possible career…

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