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Three penguin species that share the Western Antarctic Peninsula for breeding grounds have been affected in different ways by the higher temperatures brought on by global warming, according to Stony Brook University Ecology and Evolution Assistant Professor Heather Lynch and colleagues. The work by Lynch and her team is contained in three papers that have been published online in Polar Biology, Ecology and Marine Ecology Progress Series. Lynch and her colleagues used a combination of fieldwork and, increasingly, satellite imagery to track colonies of three penguin species – Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo. The Adélie and chinstrap migrate to the peninsula…

Following a nationwide search that began last September, Benjamin S. Hsiao, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University has been appointed Vice President for Research at Stony Brook effective May 1, 2012. In this new role Hsiao will serve as the chief research officer/senior academic administrator at Stony Brook University. He is responsible for the campuswide advancement of Stony Brook’s research mission through strategic planning. He will oversee the Research Foundation, supervise all Stony Brook University research administration activities and functions, and is the primary advocate for the University’s research enterprise on a state, national…

Stony Brook University researchers in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and the Department of Ecology and Evolution are receiving a share of the $2.4 million awarded by the New York Sea Grant (NYSG) program for fiscal years 2012-2013 to fund research and education about issues important to coastal New Yorkers such as seafood safety, flooding due to storm surges, water quality and habitat restoration. “NYSG has begun a new round of nine funded research projects which address critical coastal concerns from diverse regions of the state: the Lake Ontario shoreline, the Hudson estuary and New York Harbor,…

Nithin Tumma, who was mentored by Stony Brook’s Berhane Ghebrehiwet, has been awarded first prize in the prestigious 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. A native of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Nithin worked with Ghebrehiwet in the Simons Summer Research Program. He was awarded a $100,000 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding research relating to breast cancer therapy. Also honored was Alissa Zhang, who worked with Miriam Rafailovich on nanoparticle toxicity. She finished ninth and won a $20,000 scholarship. This year Stony Brook faculty mentored a record eight of the 40 high school students chosen as finalists in the Intel competition — which accounts for 20…

A team headed by two Stony Brook professors, Elizabeth Stone and Paul Zimansky, found evidence of an ancient settlement during the first archaeological excavation in Iraq outside of Kurdistan by any foreign team in a decade and the first by an American team in more than 20 years. Professor Stone, Department of Anthropology, and Professor Zimansky, Department of History, uncovered evidence of a herding or marsh-based settlement at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Tell Sakhariya in what is now southern Iraq. The settlement, which lies six kilometers (just under four miles) from the ancient city of Ur, Biblical birthplace of…

Thomas Cubaud, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was selected to receive the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award for his work in combining educational and research activities designed to expand the scientific foundations for new and improved manipulations of highly viscous fluids at the microscale level. The award, given to promising young faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research, comes with a supporting five-year grant for approximately $400,000. “I am honored to receive this award as…

Joseph S.B. Mitchell, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and research professor of Computer Science, was among only 46 fellows selected by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for 2011. ACM selected Mitchell and his colleagues for their contributions in providing fundamental knowledge to the computing field and generating multiple technological advances in industry, commerce, healthcare, entertainment and education. “Professor Mitchell is one of the country’s leaders in computational geometry,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis N. Assanis. “His work in studying the design, analysis and implementation of efficient algorithms to solve geometric…

The research of Stony Brook ecology and evolution graduate student Patrick Lyons and colleagues is featured in Marine Ecology Progress Series and highlighted in Science Now. Lyons, who works in the marine ecology lab of Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Levinton, has been studying a novel behavior of Pacific red lionfish (Pterois volitans), which have been a major area of study in marine conservation because they have invaded the Caribbean from the western Pacific and are devastating predators. Lionfish have reduced the number of native Caribbean and western Atlantic reef fishes by up to 90 percent. While monitoring lionfish populations in the Bahamas,…

Brentwood High School student Samantha Garvey, whose triumph over adversity made national headlines in January, met with President Barack Obama when she participated in the second White House Science Fair on February 7. Garvey was chosen as an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist after being mentored by Stony Brook University Professor Dianna Padilla from the Department of Ecology and Evolution. The child of immigrants from wartorn El Salvador, Garvey conducted her research even as her family lost their home and were forced to relocate to a homeless shelter. A 2011 Simons Summer Research Fellow, Garvey spent many hours conducting research…

Stony Brook University has mentored a record eight of the 40 high school students chosen as finalists in the prestigious 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, which accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s total. Five of the students are from Long Island, two are from California and one is from Michigan. The eight Stony Brook-mentored finalists participated in summer research at the University in 2011 through the Simons Summer Research Program (five students), the Garcia Center: Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Summer Research Program (two students) or independently (one student), where they worked in Stony Brook labs under the direction of…

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