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Devinder Mahajan, a professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department and co-director of the Chemical and Molecular Engineering Program at Stony Brook University who holds a joint appointment with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named a 2011-2012 Jefferson Science Fellow, an honor given to only 13 individuals this year and 66 since its inception in 2003. He is the first Jefferson Science Fellow recipient from Stony Brook University. The Jefferson Science Fellowship, named after Thomas Jefferson, is a prestigious program that brings tenured professors of science and engineering to the State Department for one year to advise officials on…

Aristolochic acid, a component of a plant used in herbal remedies since ancient times and still used in certain herbal medicines worldwide, leads to kidney failure and upper urinary tract cancer in individuals exposed to the toxin. This association is reported by Arthur Grollman, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and an international team of scientists, based on their study of patients in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia with the unusual kidney disease known as Balkan endemic nephropathy. Their findings, an explanation of the 50-year-old mystery as to the cause of these devastating diseases, are reported…

The Department of Chemistry has been named ninth on the list of academic research and development (R&D) spending at universities and colleges throughout the nation, according to data released by the National Science Foundation for the fiscal year 2009. The department’s ranking has steadily increased with successive rankings of #46 (2006), #29 (2007), #24 (2008), and ninth for fiscal year 2009, the latest data available, surpassing Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill, UCLA, Purdue, Cornell, Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, and other peer universities. “This is a well-deserved honor for the Chemistry Department and for the University,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel…

Stony Brook University and 10 other world-class private and academic medical centers have announced the collaboration of the New York Genome Center, one of the largest bioinformatics and genomics facilities in North America with the goal of significantly accelerating progress toward a new era of genomic research. Through this partnership, scientists and physicians from Stony Brook and other member institutions will share diverse clinical and genomic data on a scale not yet realized in order to discover the molecular underpinnings of disease, identify and validate biomarkers, and accelerate development of novel diagnostics and targeted therapeutics to improve clinical care.

Stony Brook has been selected among the first 21 teams for the inaugural class of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) awards. I-Corps is a program designed to guide promising university research with commercial potential into the marketplace. Recipients receive a $50,000 grant to begin assessing the commercial readiness of emerging technology concepts, and will receive guidance from both public- and private-sector experts and the opportunity to meet with potential investors. Stony Brook’s project, the utilization of nanogrids or Photocatalysts for Water Remediation (PWR) is the invention of Perena Gouma, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and…

The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, in collaboration with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors, and key opinion leaders from the biotech and biopharmaceutical industries, academia, medical research foundations, and investment community, has organized a two-day event to forge partnerships to accelerate the development of new treatments for some of the world’s most devastating diseases affecting millions. The Life Sciences Summit is the only national translational science partnering event that brings these groups together to map out commercialization strategies for next-generation medicines. The event takes place at Sentry Centers Midtown East in New York City on November 16-17, 2011. Event…

Forty-one high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty mentors have been announced as regional finalists and/or semifinalists in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology—one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook annually ranks among the leaders in universities nationwide who mentor high school researchers. Many of the competition winners participated in summer research programs offered at Stony Brook, including the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program. Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, directs the Garcia program, and is one of the nation’s leading mentors of…

Come to CEWIT2011, the Eighth Annual International Conference and Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World. The conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge on Thursday, November 3. It is an excellent opportunity for networking and hearing industry and academic experts discuss innovative ideas and applications in special topic sessions on Cloud Computing, Visual Computing, Smart Grid and Smart Energy, Smart Infrastructure, Dynamic Data Analytics, and more. A full-day Symposium on Wireless Medicine and Health Technologies, jointly hosted by CEWIT (Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology) and the Gary & Mary West Wireless Health Institute, will…

The future of clean and renewable energy technology will be showcased at the Advanced Energy 2011 conference on October 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, New York, where a broad range of speakers and attendees will discuss and present some of the latest developments in advanced energy technology, policy, and workforce issues. Advanced Energy 2011, produced by the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, will feature presentations by regional and national experts in clean energy technology striving to enhance electric power systems and lay the groundwork for economic development and environmental benefits. The goal…

By employing optogenetics, a new field that uses genetically altered cells to respond to light, and a tandem unit cell (TCU) strategy, researchers at Stony Brook University have demonstrated a way to control cell excitation and contraction in cardiac muscle cells, the details of which are published in the early online edition of Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology: “Stimulating Cardiac Muscle by Light: Cardiac Optogenetics by Cell Delivery.” The team of scientists, led by Emilia Entcheva, Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, and the Division of Cardiology in Medicine, includes members of the interdepartmental Institute of…

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