January  
1/23/2017 Internationally Renowned Physicist Appointed As Chen Ning Yang - Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov became the inaugural Chen Ning Yang - Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy on January 6 at an investiture ceremony in Beijing, China at the global headquarters of Bright Ocean's Corporation. A pioneer in modern theoretical physics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Zamolodchikov is known internationally for his contributions to the study of condensed matter physics, conformal field theory and string theory. His impact on the field of physics can be measured by a simple metric: 18,000 -- the number of times his published research has been cited; one of the highest in physics to date.
1/23/2017 Stony Brook Creates Upward Income Mobility for Low Income Students A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward mobility for students from low income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, the report ranks Stony Brook among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation whose students begin college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and then go on to have income in the top three-fifths of income distribution.
1/13/2017 Research Shows that Cell Division and Invasion are Separate Actions in Cancer Process Hallmarks of cancer progression are uncontrolled proliferation (division) of cancer cells and invasive behavior, leading to the spread of tumor cells throughout the body. Now two Stony Brook University cell biologists, David Matus, PhD, and Benjamin Martin, PhD, have discovered that cell division and invasion are mutually exclusive behaviors. For this novel finding, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has awarded the researchers with the 2017 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award and a two-year grant of $300,000, followed by another renewable grant of $300,000 for an additional two years to further advance their work.
1/9/2017 Professor Lorne Golub Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors Lorne Golub, DMD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology & Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and an innovator in the development of medicines to promote oral health and to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
1/9/2017 Caribbean Bats Need 8 Million Years to Recover from Recent Extinction Waves Islands are natural laboratories of evolution and home to unique species of animals and plants. But since the arrival of humans, islands have lost many species. In the Caribbean alone, more than half of the mammal species went extinct after human colonization. Bats are the most diverse group of surviving mammals. Can nature restore the numbers of species on islands to levels that existed before human arrival? How long would it take for nature to regain this lost mammal diversity?
February  
2/23/2017 Nationally Recognized Physician Educator Named to Distinguished Teaching Professorship Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized physician educator, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor.
2/13/2017 Med Student Brings Magic to Patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Stony Brook University School of Medicine student David Elkin is not your typical third-year medical student. In addition to studying to become a doctor, he spends his spare time spreading magic around the hallways of Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
2/9/2017 Shoveling Out: Seven Tips for Surviving Inconveniences Caused by Winter Storms As each winter storm ends and it's time to get back the daily grind, getting out of the house and back on the roads could come with some risk and potential injury. Experts from the Stony Brook University Trauma Center share some tips that go beyond the usual winter safety driving advice and touch upon those often overlooked inconveniences that winter storms leave behind in order to decrease injuries and major accidents.
2/8/2017 Stony Brook Educators Receive 2017 MLK Suffolk County Public Service Award Bonita London, PhD, Professor of Psychology in the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences, and Toni Sperzel, Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion for the Stony Brook Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), were awarded the 2017 Public Service Award by the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. The award was presented in recognition of their "demonstrated record of dedication to civil rights."
2/7/2017 Stony Brook Mathematics Professor Receives International Recognition Robert D. Hough, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, was awarded the David P. Robbins Prize by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Presented once every three years, the award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics. Dr. Hough's "Solution of the minimum modulus problem for covering systems," was published in the Annals of Mathematics. Research for this problem was conducted during Dr. Hough's tenure at the University of Cambridge.
March  
3/27/2017 Cancer Center Receives $40,000 From Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Walk for Beauty Stony Brook University Cancer Center received a donation of $40,000 from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO). The proceeds were raised from the WMHO's 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty held on Sunday, October 23, 2016, in Stony Brook, NY.
3/24/2017 Research Suggests a Possible Role for a Storm of "Jumping Genes" in ALS By inserting an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-linked human gene called TDP-43 into fruit flies, researchers at Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory discovered a potential role for 'transposons' in the disease. Transposons, which are also called 'jumping genes' because they jump from place to place within DNA, are virus-like entities that fill most of the spaces between genes in an organism. The new research demonstrates that these transposons are no longer effectively inhibited, resulting in a storm of jumping genes, leading to DNA damage accumulation and cell death. The research, published in the current issue of PLOS Genetics, may be a clue to the genetic processes of ALS and the idea that anti-transposon systems may collapse in individuals with ALS.
3/23/2017 A New Approach to Diagnosing Mental Disorders Could Become an Alternative to DSM-5 A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists from universities around the world, co-led by Stony Brook University, University of Minnesota and University of Notre Dame researchers, has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach, articulated in a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and impaired functioning. The diagnostic system addresses fundamental shortcomings of the fifth edition (2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the clinicians' and researchers' guidebook to mental illnesses.
3/21/2017 Medical Students Launch Careers at a Match Day Like No Other Shouts and tears of joy filled the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students found out where they will launch their medical careers at the school's Match Day event. Medical schools nationwide hold Match Day each March. Stony Brook students matched to top residency training programs at institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Stanford University, New York University, Mt. Sinai and Stony Brook Medicine. They begin their training in July.
3/15/2017 First in NY: Stony Brook's New 100 Gigabit Per Second Connection Enables Better Research Through Faster Data Transfer Stony Brook University became the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) connection to the NYSERNet Research and Engineering network through which it also connects to Internet2, revolutionizing the quality, quantity and speed of digital research.
3/10/2017 Study Reveals the English Language Organized Itself A Stony Brook University-led study of the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more orderly and self-organized that linguistics have previously thought. The finding, details of which are published in the journal Language, is an indication that the self-organization of English occurred even though the language has never been regulated or governed through the centuries.
3/9/2017 Former Vice President Joe Biden Guest of Honor at Stony Brook University Annual Gala Stony Brook University will recognize the 47th Vice President of the United States of America, the Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr., at its annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala on Wednesday, April 19 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers at 6:30 PM/ET in New York City. Vice President Biden is being recognized for his outstanding career and dedication to the fight against cancer.
3/9/2017 Discovery of a new Metabolic Pathway of a Known Lipid has Implications in Cancer, Obesity A collaborative Stony Brook University research team has discovered a novel metabolic pathway of the lipid ceramide, which is involved in cell death. The finding illustrates that ceramide is stored in lipid droplets, a step that may help to uncover processes necessary for cell death and lipid metabolism, and therefore has implications in the development of cancer or obesity. The paper is published in Cell Metabolism.
3/8/2017 Stony Brook and Suffolk Launch First Joint Admissions Nursing Program The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program. The new program, the first of its kind on Long Island, begins September 2017 with an initial class of 65 students. Students will be accepted to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program (at Suffolk) and be selected to move directly into a Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program (at Stony Brook) upon completion of the Suffolk degree.
3/3/2017 Stony Brook's "5 Questions" Video Series Shines Brightly on Women's History Month To mark Women's History Month, Stony Brook University's video series "5 Questions With ..." has released five new video interviews highlighting the importance of gender equality in higher education. This month's luminaries include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, and award-winning novelist Cristina Henriquez. Together with Margaret Jay, Sulma Arzu-Brown and Lindsey Hilsum, they are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browseable website as well as a YouTube playlist.
3/3/2017 Stony Brook's Taber Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Diversity Stony Brook University's Charles Taber, PhD, received the 2017 "Giving Back Award," from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Taber, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School is also a professor of Political Science at Stony Brook.
3/2/2017 Stony Brook Medicine Center Opens in Commack, Expands Healthcare for Long Islanders Stony Brook Medicine opened a new, multispecialty center in Commack yesterday called "Advanced Specialty Care," offering the residents of Long Island more choices and flexibility when looking for the highest quality medical care.
3/1/2017 Stony Brook University Dedicates Two New Residence Halls and Dining Facility, Residence Halls are Named after Two Prominent Civil Rights Leaders On February 22, 2017, Stony Brook University celebrated the formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman Residence Halls and East Side Dining. Named after two prominent civil rights leaders, the Chavez Hall opened in September, 2016 and Tubman Hall in January, 2017. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Stony Brook alumnus, partnered to cut the ribbon. They were joined by University leadership, local officials and student leaders as they performed the honors.
April  
4/28/2017 Nationally Recognized Medical Educator Named to NBME Executive Board Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term as an executive board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
4/27/2017 Professor Long Lu Earns NSF CAREER Award to Develop Solutions in Mobile Security Long Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research in rethinking mobile security in today's app-as-a-platform environment. This is Dr. Lu's fourth NSF award and eighth research grant, securing him more than $3 million dollars in research grants. Dr. Lu is the college's second NSF CAREER award recipient for 2017.
4/26/2017 Global Warming Making Oceans More Toxic Climate change is predicted to cause a series of maladies for world oceans including heating up, acidification, and the loss of oxygen. A newly published study published online in the April 24 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled, "Ocean warming since 1982 has expanded the niche of toxic algal blooms in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans," demonstrates that one ocean consequence of climate change that has already occurred is the spread and intensification of toxic algae.
4/26/2017 Stony Brook's Jared Farmer Named Carnegie Fellow Stony Brook University's Jared Farmer has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Farmer, an associate professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use this prestigious fellowship and award of $200,000 to complete a creative non-fiction book on the human relationship with long-lived trees and our larger relationship with nature in a time of climate change.
4/20/2017 Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and Scholarships In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at Stony Brook University's annual charity Gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence. This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to support the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Since 2000, the event has raised more than $50 million.
4/20/2017 Two Physicians Recognized for Novel Work in Cancer, Antifungal Research Named to AAP Stony Brook University School of Medicine physician-scientists Ute Moll, MD, and Maurizio Del Poeta, MD, have been elected into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (APP). The AAP recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in the pursuit of medical knowledge and the advancement of clinical science through experimentation and discovery. Both physicians will be inducted as AAP members at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago on April 22.
4/19/2017 US Veterans With Heart Disease and Depression Face Difficulties Affording Healthcare A study of more than 13,000 veterans with heart disease revealed that for those who also had depression, gaining access to and affording healthcare and medications is more difficult than those without depression. Led by Puja Parikh, MD, MPH, an interventional cardiologist at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, the study findings magnify the importance of assessing issues related to veterans with heart disease and concomitant mental health disease.
4/14/2017 Thomas Allison's "Molecular Movies" Concept Takes Home Stony Brook's $200K Discovery Prize Thomas Allison, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and a developer of a technology at Stony Brook that will record the movement of molecules that may lead to the development of better high-tech devices, is the winner of the 2017 Discovery Prize. He and three other Stony Brook professors faced off and presented their research to a panel of judges at the competition in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre at Stony Brook University. As the winner, Dr. Allison receives a $200,000 award.
4/11/2017 Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program Receives $60 Million from NIOSH The Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program, led by Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund D. Pellegrino Professor of Medicine in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a five year federal grant totaling more than $60 million. Awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the grant comes at a time when the WTC Wellness Program continues to expand its medical services to patients and is relocating later this month to a larger clinical space in Stony Brook Medicine's new specialty care facility in Commack, NY.
4/4/2017 Modeling Protein Interactions Critical to Understanding Disease Now Simplified With Computer Server Proteins are the most abundant substance in living cells aside from water, and their interactions with cellular functions are crucial to healthy life. When proteins fall short of their intended function or interact in an unusual way, these disruptions often lead to disease development. By modeling the structure of protein interactions - a process that has been complicated for researchers for years - scientists gain important insight to many diseases. Stony Brook University-led research team through the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology has created a user-friendly automated computer server that calculates complex computations of modeling protein interactions with a handful of clicks from a home computer. The resource, available researchers around the world, is detailed in a paper published in Nature Protocols.
4/3/2017 Stony Brook to Confer Honorary Degree to Actor & Philanthropist, Michael J. Fox Among the five to whom Stony Brook University will confer an honorary degree at its 2017 commencement ceremony is actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox. Fox will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, recognizing a career that has brought international acclaim with many honors and awards, and establishment of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The degree will be conferred on Friday, May 19 at 11am at Stony Brook University's 57th Commencement ceremony at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, where Fox will don academic regalia along with nearly 6,000 students as they join the University's more than 160,000 alumni ranks around the globe.
May  
5/25/2017 Stony Brook University Names Historian Paul Kelton Endowed Chair In the Department Of History The Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences recently named historian Paul Kelton as the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The endowed chair was established in the Department of History in February 2016, thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.
5/22/2017 Three Senior Administrators Appointed to New Roles At Stony Brook University Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, announced today that he is appointing Richard J. Reeder as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, and promoting both Judith B. Greiman and Melissa Z.Y. Woo to the role of Senior Vice President.
5/22/2017 New MDs Enter Medical Profession in Age of Technology and Globalization One hundred and twenty-six Stony Brook University School of Medicine 2017 graduates will soon launch their careers as physicians. The Class received their MD degrees during the School's 43nd Convocation, presided over by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. The new physicians, who gathered at the Convocation Ceremony in a packed Staller Center on May 18, begin their residency training in July.
5/19/2017 Stony Brook University Celebrates 57th Commencement Ceremony Words of encouragement, wisdom and sage advice prevailed from all who addressed the class of 2017 during the 57th Commencement Ceremony at Stony Brook University today, including honorary degree recipients Michael J. Fox and Jonathan Oringer, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and student speaker, Danielle Jean.
5/19/2017 Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky Installed as Chair of GNYHA Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA's Annual Meeting and Reception.
5/19/2017 Stony Brook's Susmita Pati Receives National Recognition for Innovative Pediatric Program Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, received the Academic Pediatric Association Healthcare Delivery Award for Stony Brook Children's Hospital's Keeping Families Healthy program. The award was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Francisco, CA, on May 7, during the APA Membership Meeting.
5/17/2017 Lee Bitsóí, EdD Appointed Chief Diversity Officer LeManuel "Lee" Bitsóí, EdM, EdD, Director of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Stony Brook University, effective July 28, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. As CDO, Dr. Bitsóí will report to Chief Deputy to the President, Judith Greiman, and will serve on the University Council. He brings more than 20 years of experience in academia, which will serve him well in providing vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at Stony Brook, including guiding efforts to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource.
5/15/2017 Fotis Sotiropoulos to receive ASCE's Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award Stony Brook University's Fotis Sotiropoulos, PhD, has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI) to receive the 2017 Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will be recognized and accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, Calif.
5/12/2017 Study Reveals Prevalence of Women With Heart Disease Delivering Babies is Increasing A study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012 reveals that the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over that 10-year period. This jump, reported in a Stony Brook University-led study to be published May 15 in the American Journal of Cardiology, may prompt greater awareness of heart disease in women of childbearing age, heighten individual screening of heart disease in pregnant patients, and institute a multidisciplinary approach to labor and delivery.
5/11/2017 Stony Brook-Mentored HOPE Program Inspires Students from Underserved High Schools to Follow Careers in Healthcare Fifteen high school seniors from the Brentwood, Longwood, and Wyandanch school districts celebrated their "graduation" from Stony Brook Medicine's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program at a ceremony on May 9, 2017, in the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Tower.
5/5/2017 First of Its Kind Case of Craniosynostosis in Triplets, Surgically Repaired at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Amy and Michael Howard of Center Moriches couldn't believe when they heard that they were having triplets, but the surprises didn't stop there. Shortly after birth, the first time parents found out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Stony Brook Medicine that all three of their babies -- Jackson, Hunter, and Kaden -- had Craniosynostosis, a congenital premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby's skull.
5/4/2017 Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Associate Director Chris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency (CDA), has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University's Business Incubator at Calverton, effective May 15, 2017. Selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, Kempner will oversee the operations of a large R&D facility that provides an optimal environment for the development of emerging business ventures compatible with the unique setting of Long Island's East End for its agricultural, aquaculture, environmental and high-tech industries.
June  
6/30/2017 Tips from Trauma Center to Stay Safe this Fourth of July Weekend In the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, experts at Stony Brook University Trauma Center and the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine offer burn prevention tips for party-goers to stay safe while having fun.
6/29/2017 Professor and Bioethicist to Join National Committee on Ethical Issues of Organ Transplantation Andrew Flescher, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the national ethics committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the country’s non-profit organization that manages the nationwide organ procurement and transplant program. His three-year term will begin July 1st.
6/28/2017 Researchers Define Structure of Key Enzyme Implicated in Cancer, Neurological Disease A Stony Brook University-led team of researchers has determined the structure of a key enzyme involved with cell growth regulation in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.
6/26/2017 Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University Announce Online Writing Workshop for Scientists Expert voices are needed more than ever in conversations of national and global importance. Scientists can help people understand the many ways that science shapes our lives and our understanding of the world--and, critically, their evidence-based findings and perspective can help in creating sound, scientifically informed public policy.
6/22/2017 Stony Brook Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Recruit Leaders in AI and Cybersecurity Stony Brook University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been awarded two grants totaling $4.5 million from SUNY's Empire Innovation Program. The funding will be used to recruit and retain world-class faculty and researchers that strengthen Stony Brook's research productivity in two high economic opportunity areas of state and national significance -- artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.
6/21/2017 New Measures of Aging May Show 70 is the New 60 Is 70 the new 60? A new Stony Brook University-led study published in PLOS ONE uses new measures of aging with probabilistic projections from the United Nations to scientifically illustrate that one's actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, but rather aging should be based on the number of years people are likely to live in a given country in the 21st Century.
6/21/2017 Stony Brook Receives $1 Million to Support Diversity, Inclusion in STEM Education Stony Brook University received a five-year $1 million grant, effective September 1, 2017, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative for a program that will create faculty learning communities focused on developing inclusive practices in the classroom and laboratory.
6/19/2017 Teen Patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Say "Aloha" to Prom Season Tiki torches, grass huts, colorful flowers and Polynesian-influenced cuisine came to life as nearly 50 teens attended the second annual Stony Brook Children's Hospital prom on June 10, 2017.
6/5/2017 Alan Alda Names ​Flame Challenge Champs ​Who Best Explain "What is Energy?" to 11-Year Olds After reviewing hundreds of written and visual submissions from scientists based in the United States, Germany, Australia and beyond, Alan Alda, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and intermediate school student judges announced the winners of The Flame Challenge contest at the World Science Festival in New York City on Saturday, June 3. Hannah Holt, a civil engineer from Hillsboro, Oregon was selected as the winner of the written contest and Johanna Howes, PhD, a chemist and freelance science writer from Mangerton, Australia was selected for her visual submission. Howes is an Alda Center workshop alumnae.
6/2/2017 Study links late-night tweeting by NBA players to worse game performance Preliminary data from a new study suggests that NBA players had worse personal statistics in games that followed a late-night tweet between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Players scored on average about 1 point less in games following late-night tweets, and their shooting accuracy dropped 1.7 percentage points compared with their performance in games that did not follow late-night tweeting. After a late-night tweet, players also took fewer shots and had fewer rebounds, steals and blocks.
6/1/2017 Mars Rover Reveals Ancient Lake with Properties Common to Those on Earth New findings based on NASA's Curiosity rover mission reveal that an ancient lake in Gale Crater on Mars had chemical and physical properties very similar to those common to lakes on Earth. The study, led by Stony Brook University geoscientist Joel Hurowitz, PhD, published in Science, provides evidence that there were multiple environments in the lake that could have supported life.
July  
7/28/2017 Stony Brook University Hospital Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Luncheon On Wednesday, July 12, Stony Brook University Hospital held its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. All hospital volunteers were invited to attend and received acknowledgement for the countless hours they donate to the hospital. Many volunteers received awards for reaching service milestones ranging from 100 to 16,500 hours of service.
7/28/2017 Pediatric Cancer Survivors Receive 2017 Dan Brooks Memorial Educational Award On Thursday, July 20th, 33 students who had been treated at Stony Brook Children's Hospital for pediatric cancer, were the recipients of this year's Dan Brooks Memorial Education Award. The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Stony Brook University Campus.
7/25/2017 School of Dental Medicine to Pilot "Digital Dentistry" Curriculum Stony Brook, NY, July 25, 2017- The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine has been selected as one of five dental schools nationally to pilot a Digital Dentistry Curriculum developed by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Digital dentistry has been in practice for more than 15 years. However, this is the first time a curriculum has been developed nationally to train future dentists in a uniform way on the uses of digital dentistry in practice.
7/18/2017 ​​Study Reveals Origin of Modern Dog Has a Single Geographic Origin By analyzing the DNA of two prehistoric dogs from Germany, an international research team led by Krishna R. Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University, has determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. The finding, to be published in Nature Communications, suggests a single domestication event of modern dogs from a population of gray wolves that occurred between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.
7/14/2017 Stony Brook Distinguished Professor Receives Distinguished Alumni Award Arthur P. Grollman, M.D, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacological Science, Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine and the Director of the Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been honored by John Hopkins University with an Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award.
7/13/2017 Award-Winning Research Could Make Wristwatches Smarter Than Smartphones Award-winning research co-authored by Xiaojun Bi, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University outlines the design, decoding algorithm and implementation for COMPASS, a rotational keyboard that will be used to enter text into smartwatches without the need for a touchscreen.
7/12/2017 Stony Brook Medicine Named to 2017 "Most Wired" List for Ninth Consecutive Year In recognition of its innovative use of technology to drive efficiencies and improve both care and the patient experience, Stony Brook Medicine has earned the 'Most Wired®' designation from the Hospitals & Health Networks and the American Hospital Association for the ninth consecutive year.
7/7/2017 Could Concrete Help Solve the Problem of Air Pollution? New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution.
7/3/2017 Stony Brook Professor Named a 2017 American Chemical Society Fellow The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Stony Brook University Chemistry Professor Nicole S. Sampson, PhD, to the 2017 class of ACS Fellows, which recognizes scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to the ACS. Dr. Sampson and the other newly named Fellows will be honored at a ceremony on August 21, at the Society's national meeting in Washington, D.C.
August  
8/23/2017 New Computational Model of Chemical Building Blocks May Help Explain the Origins of Life Scientists have yet to understand and explain how life's informational molecules - proteins and DNA and RNA - arose from simpler chemicals when life on earth emerged some four billion years ago. Now a research team from the Stony Brook University Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe they have the answer. They developed a computational model explaining how certain molecules fold and bind together to grow longer and more complex, leading from simple chemicals to primitive biological molecules. The findings are reported early online in PNAS.
8/22/2017 Research Center Established to Explore the Least Understood and Strongest Force Behind Visible Matter Science can explain only a small portion of the matter that makes up the universe, from the earth we walk on to the stars we see at night. Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have established the Center for Frontiers of Nuclear Science to help scientists better understand the building blocks of visible matter. The new Center will push the frontiers of knowledge about quarks, gluons and their interactions that form protons, neutrons, and ultimately 99.9 percent of the mass of atoms - the bulk of the visible universe.
8/21/2017 LI Natives, international Students Make up Diverse Group of Incoming Med Students Future physicians took the Hippocratic Oath and donned physician-in-training white coats for the first time at Stony Brook University's traditional White Coat Ceremony, the 20th annual event held on August 13 at the Student Activities Center. The incoming class of 136 students is the largest in the school's history. The Class of 2021 is a diverse group with varied backgrounds ranging from Long island natives to international students.
8/15/2017 Stony Brook Awarded Grant for National STEM Education Initiative from Keck Foundation Stony Brook University has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support a national program housed at Stony Brook that will expand educational courses connecting indigenous knowledge to science. The program will also help advance partnerships between educators and indigenous populations.
8/15/2017 Stony Brook Receives $1 Million for Brain Aging Research from Keck Foundation Stony Brook University has received a three-year $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund research that uses brain imaging data to understand how the nutrition of brain neurons affects cognition in aging humans. The research could provide a critical first step toward personalized medicine in neurology for aging patients.
8/9/2017 New 13 million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry Stony Brook, NY, August 9, 2017 - The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, to be announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10th, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. The research was done by an international team led by Isaiah Nengo of the Stony Brook University-affiliated Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University, and De Anza College, U.S.A.
8/1/2017 Stony Brook Welcomes Southampton Hospital to Its System Stony Brook University welcomed Southampton Hospital, hereafter known as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, as a member of the Stony Brook Medicine health system, announced Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President, and Ken Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. As such, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will now provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license.
September  
9/27/2017 Stony Brook Leads Health Sciences Program in Project Establishing a Sustainable Village in Haiti Stony Brook University is one of the 10 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and five non-for-profit organizations establishing a sustainable village and learning community in Akayè, Haiti. The project is being supported by an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Stony Brook University is the lead campus for the health sciences component of the initiative.
9/14/2017 Dr. James A. Vosswinkel Named First Endowed Professor of Trauma Surgery James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and Medical Director of the Stony Brook Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Medicine, was named the inaugural Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at a Stony Brook University investiture ceremony on September 7, 2017.
9/13/2017 E-Mental Health Tool May Be Key for Astronauts to Cope with Anxiety, Depression in Space A clinical trial of an innovative e-mental health tool led by a Stony Brook University psychiatry professor to help address stress, anxiety and/or depression will begin on September 18. The trial is designed to inform the delivery of mental health treatments for astronauts on long duration space missions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded study involves "astronaut-like" individuals and is being developed in conjunction with researchers from the Black Dog Institute in Australia.
9/12/2017 Stony Brook University Recognized For Retention and Increased Graduation Rates in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges Stony Brook University is once again ranked within the top 100 among U.S. colleges and universities (#97) and ranks as #41 among public universities according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges. Stony Brook also fared much better than expected in the category of 6-year graduation rate by achieving a 72 percent graduation rate vs. the expected rate of 69 percent.
9/6/2017 New Cardiac Cath Lab Brings Lifesaving Care to the North and South Forks On Tuesday, September 5, Stony Brook Medicine opened a fully-operational cardiac catheterization laboratory at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, making it the only facility on the East End of Long Island capable of providing clinically complex care to critically ill heart patients. Services offered include cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, intravascular ultrasound, and Impella®, a treatment to improve blood flow in heart failure patients requiring care in the lab.
October  
10/26/2017 Bamboozled! Climate Change Pushing Greater Bamboo Lemur Closer to the Brink of Extinction Human disturbance of tropical rainforests in Madagascar including wildfires, burning and timber exploitation, have led to reduced rainfall and a longer dry season, further pushing the already critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur to the brink of extinction. Findings are published in a new study from primatologist and lemur expert, Patricia Chapple Wright of Stony Brook University, evolutionary biologist Jukka Jernvall of University of Helsinki in Finland, and colleagues, entitled Feeding Ecology and Morphology Make a Bamboo Specialist Vulnerable to Climate Change, in the Oct. 26 online edition of Current Biology.
10/23/2017 Researchers to use Climate Data to Better Predict Marine Distribution in Northeast Scientists from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciencesd (SoMAS) will be developing seasonal predictions of fish and marine mammal distributions in the Northeast United States with the goal to enhance protected species management. The research is supported by a $509,573 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, in partnership with NOAA Research's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program. The Northeast U.S. large marine ecosystem is highly productive and supports important commercial and recreational fisheries. It has also experienced some of the highest warming rates in recent decades. Communities in the Northeast have observed many climate-driven changes including shifts in fish distribution for most fish species, as well as changes in the timing of breeding or spawning, seasonal movements, and migrations.
10/13/2017 Ernest Baptiste Appointed CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital Ernest Baptiste, CEO of Kings County Hospital Center, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the United States, will join Stony Brook Medicine as Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital effective November 27, 2107, announced Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. As Baptiste takes on this position, he steps into the vacancy that will result from the bifurcation of the position of hospital CEO and Vice President for Health Systems at Stony Brook held by Dr. Reuven Pasternak. Pasternak will remain at Stony Brook as Vice President for Health Systems to continue to shepherd the increasing number of healthcare interactions underway.
10/12/2017 Year-to-Year Volatility of Penguin Population Requires New Approaches to Track Marine Health Penguins are noisy, as any visitor to an aquarium knows. Penguins may be noisy in others ways too, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Scientists have long used Adélie penguin populations to monitor the health of the Southern Ocean and to understand how major factors such as fishing and climate change impact the oceans and the animals that rely on them. Now an extensive analysis of all known data on Adélie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adélie penguin populations can be attributed to measureable factors such as changes in sea ice.
10/12/2017 Stony Brook University Professor Elected Fellow of American Physical Society -Stony Brook University Professor Anatoly Frenkel, of the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society.
10/4/2017 School of Social Welfare Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Deliver Behavioral Health Screening to Underserved The Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, has received a $1.8 million four-year grant to deliver behavioral health screening, brief intervention, and referral to underserved populations within Suffolk County, NY. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant integrates the education and training of social work and nursing graduate students and is designed to expand the existing services at selected Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) sites and regional mental health agencies.
November  
11/29/2017 New Nursing PhD Program Answers Need for More Nurse Scientists The Stony Brook University School of Nursing is launching a PhD in Nursing that will begin in the summer of 2018. The PhD in Nursing Program emphasizes education and training at the highest level in order to develop the next generation of nurse scientists and educators skilled in research methodologies useful in all areas of nursing science to improve the health and well-being of the population.
11/22/2017 Stony Brook University President's Statement on Tax Reform In response to recent Congressional tax reform negotiations, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., said today "As tax reform negotiations continue, I urge leaders in Congress to consider the adverse impacts of proposed provisions on students, research and the State of New York. The provisions proposed would significantly increase costs for graduate students, hurt institutional stability by bringing about a reduction in charitable giving, and result in a decrease in federal funding availability for research and financial aid. In addition, the elimination of the state and local income tax deduction (SALT) would cause a brain drain in New York, resulting in a reduction in state services and support for areas like higher education. Increasing the tax burden on students and universities will make quality higher education less accessible and limit groundbreaking research conducted in the United States.
11/21/2017 Stony Brook University Scholar & Future Diplomat Wins Prestigious Rangel Fellowship Following a highly competitive nationwide contest, Stony Brook University senior Lydia Senatus '18 has been awarded a 2018 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The fellowship supports extraordinary individuals seeking to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the fellowship provides:
11/21/2017 Energy Scientist and Pediatric Physician Researchers Named Endowed Chairs at Stony Brook University Ceremony At an investiture ceremony on the Stony Brook University campus, three new endowed chairs were formally appointed; two leading pediatric clinical research physicians at Stony Brook Children's Hospital and a renowned materials scientist and chemical engineer at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The three new endowed faculty positions were funded by philanthropic gifts from the Knapp family through the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, and Jane and William Knapp respectively.
11/15/2017 White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy A new white paper designed to provide New York State healthcare providers and communities with the tools to manage and reduce opioid use disorder in pregnancy has been released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II. David Garry, DO, a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Co-Chair of the ACOG District II Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy Task Force, believes the white paper highlights key solutions that could help women's healthcare providers statewide care for women struggling with addiction and encourage providers to become buprenorphine prescribers.
11/13/2017 Investment Portfolio Theory Helps Scientists Predict Animal Population Growth, Disease Spread Population demography of plants, animals and microbes that cause diseases is central to understanding many problems in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Scientists have had limited information on collections of living populations to understand and predict what happens when you have many populations spread across vast geographic areas. Most research has focused only on local populations at small scales. A study published in PNAS details a new "landscape portfolio" theory that is based on Markowitz's "portfolio theory" in economics, melded with ecological landscape theory to predict population growth of living things.
11/10/2017 Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Energy Efficiency Project at Stony Brook University Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a comprehensive energy efficiency project at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County that will save the campus more than $832,000 in annual energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 tons a year - the equivalent of taking more than 730 cars off the road. The project support's Governor Cuomo's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, which is part of the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.
11/6/2017 Caribbean Islands Reveal a "Lost World" of Ancient Mammals Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago. Since people also arrived after that time, it has been impossible to determine whether natural changes or human influence are most responsible for these extinctions. A new review by an international team of scientists, including Stony Brook University Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, reports an analysis of the incredibly diverse "lost world" of Caribbean fossils that includes giant rodents, vampire bats, enigmatic monkeys, ground sloths, shrews and dozens of other ancient mammals. The article, published today in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, reveals that the arrival of humans and their subsequent activities throughout the islands was likely the primary cause of the extinction of native mammal species there.
11/1/2017 Using an Electronic Device to Detect Cavities Early Imagine if dentists could find clear signs of tooth decay long before dental lesions turn into cavities and without using X-rays. A new device cleared for commercialization this month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a potential tool for dentists to do just that. Developed and patented by researchers in the Division of Translational Oral Biology in the Department of Oral biology and Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and licensed to Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., the Electronic Cavity Detection (ECD) System uses electrical conductance to diagnose and monitor enamel lesions on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars.
December  
12/29/2017 Top 10 Moments of 2017 at Stony Brook University Stony Brook University is sharing a look back at some its most significant moments from 2017.
12/22/2017 Emerging Drug Could Help Treat a Common Liver Disease Treating a liver disease called NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), which affects 10 to 15 percent of obese individuals with type-2 diabetes worldwide, is difficult. But now scientists believe they have found a pharmacologic approach that may inhibit NASH, and thus stop deadly conditions that result from NASH such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.
12/21/2017 Stony Brook Launches 1,650 New Graduates in December Commencement Ceremony Launching 1,650 talented graduates into a promising future, Stony Brook University held its 20th annual winter commencement ceremony today in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. During his commencement address, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr​. highlighted key elements of the Stony Brook experience, congratulated the accomplished graduating class, and celebrated the University's forward trajectory and diverse landscape. "Today we mark a bright new future for our graduates," President Stanley said. "I know behind each and every one of your degrees that there is a story; a story of hard work, a passion for knowledge, but ultimately perseverance, and today its success". The commencement ceremony honored recipients of 915 Bachelor degrees, 590 Masters degrees, 110 Doctoral and Professional degrees and 55 certificates.​
12/19/2017 New Occupancy Detection Device Designed to Save Home Energy Use Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony Brook University research team is developing a new type of PIR sensor that is equipped with an electronic shutter and other technologies that enable fast and accurate occupancy detection including individuals who are stationary.
12/15/2017 Computer Scientist and Biomedical Engineer Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors Arie Kaufman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Clinton Rubin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
12/14/2017 Wealth Inequality Increased in Ancient Times with Animal Domestication An analysis of 63 archaeological sites across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa by a team of international scientists, including Elizabeth Stone from the Department of Anthropology, revealed that wealth inequality increased over time and was tied to the rise of animal domestication. Published in Nature, the study used house size as a measure of wealth.
12/13/2017 Stony Brook Southampton Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Audio Podcast Fellow Program Beginning in August 2018, a new one-year Audio Podcast Fellows program will launched at Stony Brook Southampton/Manhattan in association with WSHU Public Radio. The first of its kind in the U.S., the Audio Podcast Fellow program offers students advanced training in all aspects of podcasting while they develop their own podcasts, from proposal to pilot to pitch. Stony Brook Southampton's Kathleen Russo, a producer of Alec Baldwin's "Here's the Thing" podcast, will direct the new Audio Podcast Fellows program.
12/12/2017 Study Reveals Skin Pigmentation Heredity is Not Straight Forward Many studies suggest that the genetics of skin pigmentation are simple, as a small number of known genes account for nearly 50 percent of pigment variation. A new study published in Cell counters this scientific view and suggests that while skin pigmentation is nearly 100 percent heritable, it is not a straightforward trait in humans.
12/11/2017 ​New Professorship to Study One of the World's Oldest Languages With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil.
12/5/2017 New Reef Aims to Bring Oysters Back to Long Island The first oyster reef on Long Island has been installed in Shinnecock Bay by Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) researchers. The installation is a conservation effort to rejuvenate oyster reproduction on Long Island and help improve and maintain clean water.