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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…

Figuring out what is true in science when researchers are bombarded with information from many different studies is a challenge. A new paper, published in Nature, reveals that the power of meta-analysis in research synthesis over the past 40 years has transformed scientific thinking and research approaches. Meta-analysis has also become invaluable to making advances in many scientific fields, including medicine and ecology. Meta-analysis is the quantitative, scientific synthesis of research results from different studies investigating the same question. Since the approach (and the term) were first introduced in the 1970s, meta-analysis has been used to resolve seemingly contradictory research outcomes, to…

“I was intimidated by research, and I didn’t really know what was involved,” admits URECA scholar and undergraduate researcher Pamela Best ’19. “And yet, I wouldn’t have experienced it if I hadn’t tried it out,” she says. “Find a lab and a research area that really interests you. Don’t count yourself out.” Best, a junior in the University Scholars program and a double major in Biochemistry and Psychology, has explored multiple experiential opportunities while a student, including hands-on research via the URECA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities) summer program. Pamela’s URECA project investigates the use of acute intermittent hypoxia as a treatment…

Samir Das, who has served as associate dean for research for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2016, has been appointed chair of the Department of Computer Science following a competitive national search. Das was named interim chair of the Department in August 2017. Previously, he was a division director in the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) as well as the graduate advisor in the Computer Science Department. Das is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, where he has been a faculty member since joining Stony Brook in 2002. His research interests…

The National Science Foundation (NSF), one of the leading government research agencies in the American science realm, is once again demonstrating its support to computer science researchers in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences through its Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Computer science professor Anshul Gandhi has been named the latest winner of an NSF CAREER Award for his project, “Enabling Predictable Performance in Cloud Computing.” Gandhi’s CAREER research takes aim at unpredictable performance in cloud environments. Cloud computing has quickly emerged as a key service for all users, offering benefits such as low cost, elasticity and pay-as-you-go options.…

12th Annual Women in Medicine Research Day: The Challenges and Triumphs of Women in Medicine While women have been in medical specialties for many decades, they continue to contend with gender disparities. Women in Medicine Research Day at Stony Brook University School of Medicine was created to raise awareness of the issues women still face in medical training, healthcare and research, and to highlight the achievements of women in those fields. This day also offers opportunities for community building, networking, mentoring and collaboration. The program has expanded and linked with Pediatric Grand Rounds allowing it to further promote its mission. The current climate…

STAT Madness is an annual competition that selects the nation’s best biomedical research taking place at universities and research institutions. This year Stony Brook University Professor Ken Dill and colleagues have been selected as finalists in the competition for their research published in PNAS about a computational model that may explain the origins of life. STAT Madness operates similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament where winners move through the brackets before the finalists face off. Professor Dill’s research will be placed in a voting bracket of 64 at the start of the competition. Your voting determines a winner! Stony Brook…

Jarrod French, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Cottrell Scholars are recognized for their innovative research plans and education programs. French was chosen for his research proposal, “Structural Dynamics of Photoactive Proteins and Crowdsourcing Structural Biology.” The award, given this year to 24 top early-career academic scientists, includes a $100,000 grant for each recipient. Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them an opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This year’s Cottrell Scholar…

“Get into lab as early as possible, regardless of whether you know you’ll like it or not, advises URECA Scholar Michael D’Agati ’18. “You never know where it can lead to and it makes the experience of school a lot more fun.” Michael, an Electrical Engineering major in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and a University Scholars member, is a big advocate of research. He enjoys challenges, likes to ask questions, and has thrived in the research environment – he was named a Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national honor, in his sophomore year. Michael’s substantive work in the Multi-Functional Nano-Biosystems Laboratory with his long-time mentor…

Hack@CEWIT is back, focusing on IoT and security in 2018. The weekend-long event, hosted by the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), will be held from 4 pm Friday, February 16, to 12 pm, Sunday, February 18. Hack@CEWIT is an interdisciplinary IoT-focused hackathon bringing students together for a two-day technical challenge. The event awards more than $5K in prizes for the most innovative, ambitious, original, health-conscious, and industry-applicable IoT projects, and hosts 25+ tech talks and deep-dive workshops to improve your skills, learn new programs, and meet fellow hackers and industry gurus. Hack@CEWIT is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate…

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