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All tadpoles grow into frogs, but not all frogs start out as tadpoles, reveals a new study on 720 species of frogs to be published in the journal Evolution. The study, “Phylogenetic Analyses Reveal Unexpected Patterns in the Evolution of Reproductive Modes in Frogs,” led by John J. Wiens, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, and colleagues Ivan Gomez-Mestra from the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain, and R. Alexander Pyron from George Washington University, uncovers the surprising evolution of life cycles in frogs. Roughly half of all frog species have a…

Daniel N. Klein, professor of clinical psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received the 2012 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology at the Society of Clinical Psychology’s annual meeting held in Orlando, Florida. This award is the Society’s highest honor presented to those who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology throughout their careers. Klein was recognized as a leading researcher in determining the causes and treatment of chronic depression; and more recently on the contributions of temperamental, family and biological factors on the development of depression in children and…

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…

SUNY Distinguished Professor Esther Sans Takeuchi, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, and is chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Takeuchi, one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers who is best known for developing the technology for the power source used in implantable cardiac defibrillators and for holding 153 patents — more than any woman in the United States — will…

Exciting new fossils discovered east of Lake Turkana confirm that there were two additional species of our genus, Homo, living alongside our direct human ancestral species, Homo erectus, almost two million years ago. The finds, announced in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on August 9, include a face, a remarkably complete lower jaw and part of a second lower jaw. They were uncovered between 2007 and 2009 by the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP), led by Meave and Louise Leakey. KFRP’s fieldwork was facilitated by Stony Brook University’s Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) and supported by the National Geographic Society, which…

Scott McLennan, a professor of geosciences at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a participating scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission with the proposal “Sedimentary Petrology at the Mars Science Laboratory Site.” McLennan is one of 30 participating scientists selected from a total of 149 proposals to NASA, and will join more than 300 scientists who will take part in the MSL mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This is McLennan’s third Mars mission. He has been a participating scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover mission since 2002 and still takes part in the…

The National Academies has released a report examining the health and competitiveness of our nation’s research universities. The report discusses the importance of research universities partnering with government and industry to strengthen the national economy and to help the nation reach its goals. The report was commissioned by Congress, which charged the National Academies with identifying “the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and…

Rouven Essig, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for a Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award. The prestigious award is given to junior faculty at universities and for staff at national laboratories. Essig, one of 68 awardees nationwide for fiscal year 2012 chosen from among 850 proposals, was cited for his research in “Particle Physics at the Cosmic, Intensity and Energy Frontiers.” “Major efforts at the Intensity, Cosmic and Energy frontiers of particle physics are rapidly furthering our understanding of the fundamental…

Inspired by a European study, a team of Stony Brook University researchers looked into the potential impact of healthy human skin tissue (in vitro) being exposed to ultraviolet rays emitted from compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The results, “The Effects of UV Emission from CFL Exposure on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes in Vitro,” were published in the June issue of the journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. The researchers, led by Miriam Rafailovich, professor of materials science and engineering and the director of the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook, conducted similar research to a European…

The Science Coalition, an organization of 50 leading public and private research universities in the United States, recently hosted a roundtable discussion with a select group of senior research officers from top universities and science media in Washington, D.C. Stony Brook University Vice President for Research, Benjamin Hsiao participated in the discussion, which focused on the importance of sustained federal funding for research to help drive the nation’s economy; maintain global competitiveness; spur innovation and create strategic partnerships between government, research universities and industry. The group discussed the evolution of research universities into regional hubs of innovation, international collaborators and…

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