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On a Wednesday morning at the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook, resident Al Anderson was feeling agitated. His wife was in the hospital, and not being there for her stirred up waves of emotion in the Vietnam veteran. Like many others who have served our country, Anderson now lives with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That day’s outcome would be different, however, thanks to a groundbreaking new initiative at the home, a major teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medicine. Anderson would be among the first at the LISVH to try out their recently-acquired virtual…

Internationally recognized ocean conservation expert Ellen Pikitch, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, discusses eDNA analysis — a tool that may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before — in a perspectives piece in the June 15 edition of Science. Pikitch is Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. In the Science piece, she explains how eDNA — obtained from seawater that contains sloughed skin cells, scales, secretions and other matter from marine organisms — is being used to detect species presence and…

When Daniel Cacace ’15 first came to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory during Summer Sundays as a young boy, he already felt there was something special about the Lab that was just down the road from his family home in Shoreham. “I was always an inquisitive kid and liked figuring things out,” said Cacace, who also visited the Lab as a participant in the bridge and maglev contests. Fast forward to 2014 and Cacace, then studying mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook, spent his summer working as an intern…

Tick-borne infectious diseases are an epidemic on Long Island, and Stony Brook Medicine is leading efforts to understand and treat them. To share scientific data and educate the public, Stony Brook Medicine hosted a recent symposium about the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, an infectious disease specialist, said insect-borne illnesses are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. “The University has actively been engaged in combatting these illnesses,” he told a packed lecture hall filled with clinicians and researchers at Stony Brook University Hospital. “When we think…

The 2018 Indianapolis Prize, recognizing the world’s leading heroes of conservation and environmental sustainability, has been awarded to biodiversity champion Dr. Russ Mittermeier, a research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anatomical Sciences. Mittermeier, Executive Vice-Chair and former President of Conservation International, is regarded as a world leader in the fields of biodiversity, primatology, and tropical forest conservation. He is renowned for his efforts to understand and educate others about worldwide threats to biodiversity, his work to conserve primates, and his efforts to create new protected areas in some of the world’s highest priority hotspots. He has conducted fieldwork…

Like many University Scholars, Abigail Cobb ‘18 assumes multiple roles on campus. Her studious side comes out when she is conducting psychology research, and an artistic side appears when she performs as a soloist with Stony Brook’s only all-female a capella troupe, The Pipettes. And there’s another side — the easygoing public persona she flashes as a barista at the East Campus Starbucks. The challenge of reconciling all these sides may explain why Abigail became a psychology major. She first became interested in the subject when she took an introductory course in her Poughkeepsie, NY, high school and was drawn…