1/31/2014 Stony Brook Gears Up for 2014 'RecycleMania' Competition with Ambitious End Game: Zero Percent Landfill Impact Stony Brook University is gearing up to defend its 2013 RecycleMania title as the #1 campus recycler of e-waste in North America, when the annual eight-week recycling competition kicks off on February 2. More than 500 college campuses participated in RecycleMania last year, when Stony Brook collected 120,302 pounds of e-waste to secure the title.
1/30/2014 Cindy Chang receives Early Career Award from National Science Foundation Qing (Cindy) Chang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, has been selected to receive a 2014 Early Career Award from the NSF's Sensors and Sensing Systems Program in the amount of $400,000.
1/30/2014 Mittermeier, Safina, Wright, Named Finalists for 2014 Indianapolis Prize Three renowned conservationists on the Stony Brook University faculty, Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., Carl Safina, Ph.D., and Patricia C. Wright, Ph.D., have advanced as finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. Selected from a group of 39 nominees, they are among six finalists in the running to receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award and the Lilly Medal, and original work of art that signifies the winner's contributions to saving some of the world's most threatened animals.
1/29/2014 The Better to Bite Fruit with: Natural Selection Shapes Mechanical Advantage in Bats It's bat evolution that interests Stony Brook University Assistant Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, who joined forces with Dr. Elizabeth Dumont, and a mechanical engineer, Dr. Ian Grosse (both of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), in a recently published paper in Evolution -- Selection For Mechanical Advantage Underlies Multiple Cranial Optima In New World Leaf-Nosed Bats -- that lays out the team's findings relating mechanical advantage to natural selection. The researchers also unveiled an engineering model of a skull that can be computationally manipulated to morph into the shape of any New World Leaf-nosed bat species, to help uncover evidence for selection in long-extinct organisms.
1/24/2014 William Worek Receives 2013 ASME Church Medal Stony Brook's William Worek, PhD, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Edwin F. Church Medal, a high honor of achievement that recognizes eminent service in increasing the value, importance and appeal of mechanical engineering education.
1/24/2014 Suffolk County Bus Service Now Rolls for Students on Sundays Stony Brook University students seeking options for off campus dining, shopping and leisure activities on Sundays have a new option for transportation: the Suffolk Transit Connection. A student ID is all that is needed to access the new Sunday service on Suffolk County Transit's 3D Route, thanks to an expansion of the University's transportation partnership with Suffolk County.
1/22/2014 Stony Brook University faculty mentored three of the finalists in the prestigious 2014 Intel Science Talent Search
1/17/2014 From Pods to Private Rooms with a View, New Burn Unit will Help Improve Patient Care After more than 2 years of planning and over 6 months of renovation, Stony Brook Medicine celebrated the dedication of the newly relocated "Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center" on January 16. The Burn Center recently underwent a move from the 4th level to the 8th level of the hospital and a multi-million dollar transformation, creating an enhanced and comfortable environment for patient care and healing. The upgraded 7,200 square foot unit has an expanded debridement and bandaging area, larger treatment rooms, and six private patient rooms with large windows with a southerly view of Eastern Long Island. In keeping with the hospital's patient and family-centered care philosophy, these bright and spacious patient rooms are able to accommodate overnight visitors who wish to stay with their loved-ones.
1/15/2014 President Stanley to Attend White House Summit on Expanding College Opportunity Washington, DC - Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will join President Obama and the First Lady at the White House tomorrow to discuss the expansion of college opportunity for students from the country's neediest school districts and low-income families.
1/14/2014 Stony Brook University One of Six SUNY Institutions to Debut Open SUNY State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that Stony Brook University will play a leadership role in the system's introduction of Open SUNY, offering one of the first degree programs to be powered by this signature initiative. Stony Brook's Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering online degree will now be offered to students with a comprehensive suite of supports and services to aid in degree completion.
1/10/2014 Stony Brook University Hospital Names New Chief of Patient Care Services Mary Ann Donohue has been named Chief of Patient Care Services for Stony Brook University Hospital, effective April 1, announced L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook Univeristy Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine.
1/9/2014 Pediatric Nephrologist Joins Stony Brook Children's Robert P. Woroniecki, MD, MS, a pediatric nephrologist specializing in childhood hypertension, has joined Stony Brook Children's Hospital appointed as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, announced Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief of Stony Brook Children's and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.
1/9/2014 Stony Brook Mentors 22 Intel Semi Finalists from All Over the United States Twenty One (21*) high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty were named among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition. The mentors come from a range of departments and disciplines throughout Stony Brook, including: Anatomical Sciences, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Geosciences, Medicine, Music, Neurobiology & Behavior, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS).
1/7/2014 Richard Fine Receives International Pediatric Transplant Association Lifetime Achievement Award Richard N. Fine, MD, a Professor of Pediatrics and a former Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA). The award recognizes an IPTA member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric transplantation over the course of his/her career.
1/7/2014 Stormy Stars? NASA's Spitzer Probes Weather on Brown Dwarfs Editor's Note: This NASA news release was distributed today by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Pasadena California.
1/6/2014 Stony Brook Medicine Names New CIO Jim Murry has been named Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook Medicine announced Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. Murry will arrive on campus today, January 6.
1/6/2014 Stony Brook Computer Science Professor Quantifies Some Elements of Writing Style That Differentiate Successful Fiction Imagine the challenge publishers face, pouring over thousands of manuscripts to determine if a book will be a hit. Stony Brook Department of Computer Science Assistant Professor Yejin Choi thinks she has a tool to bring some science to that art, and she is co-author of a paper, Success with Style: Using Writing Style to Predict the Success of Novels, which was unveiled at the conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2013.
2/26/2014 Stony Brook University Ranked as Best ROI in the Northeast by BestValueSchools.com Stony Brook University gives students the best return on their investment for a college degree in the entire Northeast region of the U.S., according to BestValueSchools.com, an independent higher education ranking website that helps the public "get the most value in a college or graduate degree."
2/26/2014 Big Chill Sets in as RHIC Physics Heats Up If you think it's been cold outside this winter, that's nothing compared to the deep freeze setting in at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the early-universe-recreating "atom smasher" at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
2/26/2014 Climate Change Causes High, but Predictable, Extinction Risks Judging the effects of climate change on extinction may be easier than previously thought, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
2/24/2014 Bride-to-Be Travels across Country for Cutting-Edge Salivary Gland Surgery Tina Truglia had experienced excruciating pain in her jaw for nearly a decade and was misdiagnosed with everything from mumps to mono. Eager to have her upcoming wedding free of pain, she flew from Flagstaff, Arizona to Long Island, foregoing a week of bridal festivities, including her bachelorette party, for an appointment with Mark Marzouk, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stony Brook University Hospital.
2/21/2014 Zadok & Kaufman Receive NSF Award for Computer Storage Architecture Research Stony Brook University Computer Science Associate Professor and lead Principal Investigator Erez Zadok and Distinguished Computer Science Professor and Chairman Arie Kaufman at Stony Brook University, along with Harvard University and Harvey Mudd College, received a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Research Award for their proposal, Workload-Aware Storage Architectures for Optimal Performance and Energy Efficiency.
2/20/2014 Saving Lemurs from Extinction: An Emergency Three Year Action Plan amid Madagascar's Political Crisis With more than 90 per cent of species threatened with extinction, lemurs are the most threatened mammal group on earth, according to a paper published in the Feb. 21 edition of the journal Science, entitled "Averting Lemur Extinctions amid Madagascar's Political Crisis," co-authored by Patricia Wright, PhD, the founding director of Centre ValBio and the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments and a Professor of Biological Anthropology at Stony Brook. The article, led by primatologist Dr. Christoph Schwitzer, head of research at Bristol Zoo Gardens and vice-chair for Madagascar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) SSC Primate Specialist Group, was co-authored by 18 lemur conservationists and researchers in addition to Wright.
2/20/2014 CT of the Heart Saves Women's Lives Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in women, and it is often not easy to diagnose, as many suffer from atypical symptoms beyond chest pain that do not appear connected to blocked arteries or heart attacks. So says Stony Brook Medicine's Dr. Michael Poon, whose leading tool to diagnosing cardiovascular disease is use of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA), or cardiac CTA.
2/20/2014 Implantable 'Bracelet' Brings Relief to GERD Sufferers An innovative laparoscopic procedure that implants a ring of magnetic beads to help prevent acid reflux in patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the latest tool surgeons at Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) have to treat the disease.
2/19/2014 Lighting the Way for Better Bladder Cancer Detection Stony Brook University Hospital is the only institution on Long Island to offer a new imaging agent for the detection of papillary cancer of the bladder in patients with known or suspected bladder cancer.
2/19/2014 Study Shows New Conservation Approaches Needed for Endangered Black-Footed Ferret and its Plague-Impacted Prey The black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered mammals in North America, but new research suggests that these charismatic critters can persist if conservationists think big enough.
2/18/2014 Song Sun Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowship for Mathematics Song Sun, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University, has been selected to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He is one of 126 awardees from 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada chosen for this prestigious honor, which comes with a $50,000 two-year fellowship.
2/18/2014 Dr. Margaret Parker Named a Master of Critical Care Medicine by National Society Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, a pediatric critical care specialist at Stony Brook Medicine, has been selected as a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The honor is bestowed upon the society's long-standing fellows for their achievements in critical care medicine, leadership, and outstanding contributions to research and education in the field.
2/18/2014 Dr. Margaret Parker Named a Master of Critical Care Medicine by National Society STONY BROOK, N.Y., February 18, 2014 - Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, a pediatric critical care specialist at Stony Brook Medicine, has been selected as a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The honor is bestowed upon the society's long-standing fellows for their achievements in critical care medicine, leadership, and outstanding contributions to research and education in the field.
2/12/2014 Sneak Preview of IMAX Film Raises $30,000 for Stony Brook's Centre ValBio, Madagascar Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, the documentary IMAX Island of Lemurs Madagascar features Stony Brook Professor Patricia Wright, who has devoted 27 years to the endangered lemurs of Madagascar. In addition to protecting several lemur species from extinction and credited with discovering new ones, she was instrumental in helping protect their habitats by working with the Madagascar government and Malagasy people to conserve 106,000 acres of rainforest.
2/6/2014 Can Taking Doxycycline Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? For obese individuals who are insulin-resistant and therefore prone to developing type 2 diabetes, taking low dose doxycycline may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The Stony Brook Medicine "Doxycycline for treatment of insulin resistance in obesity" study is seeking participants for the three-month clinical trial. Compensation for volunteers is up to $450.
2/4/2014 Phillipa Gill Receives Early Career Award to Examine and Measure Internet Censorship Phillipa Gill, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has been selected to receive a 2014 Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program in the amount of $514,000
2/4/2014 $254K Bequest Supports Grad Research in Psychiatry A $254,000 bequest from the estate of Drs. Robert and Olga Von Tauber will encourage research and innovation by fourth-year residents and fellows in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The endowment created by the Robert Von Tauber and Olga Von Tauber Fund will enable them to present their research findings at national meetings, and it will also supplement a newly established research tract for Psychiatry residents.
3/27/2014 Arming the Community Against Cancer Stony Brook University Cancer Center specialists shared their knowledge with the community on the latest advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal, lung, ovarian and other cancers that afflict millions each year at an educational event on March 22.
3/26/2014 "Perceiving and Deciding" Brain Function Dynamics Explored at SBU How does the brain go from perceiving something to deciding what to do about it? The quest to understand brain functions associated with perception and decision making will be addressed Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm at Stony Brook's Staller Center. Dr. Newsome will discuss his research from three decades of study as well as his involvement in the newly launched BRAIN initiative.
3/24/2014 What a Match It was a Stony Brook residency Match Day like none other - Fourth-year medical student Roger Luo surprised his girlfriend and classmate, Gaby Chancay, with a marriage proposal. The story was captured live by CBS television, and the University videotaped the Match countdown and proposal moment.
3/24/2014 Conservationist & Lemur Expert Dr. Patricia C. Wright to be Honored at 'Stars of Stony Brook Gala 2014' April 16 at Chelsea Piers Trailblazing Scientist and Her Work Also Star in the Upcoming IMAX® Nature Documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Premiering April 4 Stony Brook University's 2014 "Stars of Stony Brook" Gala will honor devoted primatologist and conservationist Dr. Patricia C. Wright, on Wednesday, April 16 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. As she is being feted by her University, Dr. Wright will be enjoying stardom of another stripe, with her extraordinary work with lemurs and other wildlife of Madagascar being the central storyline of the new IMAX® documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. The film is narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and set for release in select IMAX® and IMAX®3D theatres starting April 4.
3/19/2014 Study Reveals How a Protein Common in Cancers Jumps Anti-Tumor Mechanisms A Stony Brook University-led international team of infectious disease researchers have discovered how a cellular protein, called STAT3, which is overactive in a majority of human cancers, interferes with an antitumor mechanism in cells and therefore promotes the growth of cancer. The findings, to be published early online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) add to the understanding of cancer development and provide a basis for potentially new targeted methods to prevent and treat cancer.
3/19/2014 Stony Brook Often Cited in 2015 Edition of US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Stony Brook University is home to many highly-ranked programs in graduate education according to the 2015 edition of US News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" publication. The annual rankings focus on programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine, and reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs.
3/18/2014 Brooke Ellison Named "Young Global Leader" Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP, a Stony Brook University professor, stem cell research advocate and public speaker, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Young Global Leader (YGL). This honor is bestowed each year by the Forum to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40 from every region in the world because of their achievements and contributions to society.
3/18/2014 March 24th: Science on Tap Event Probes 'What do you Remember?' Nancy Franklin, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, who specializes in eyewitness memory and identification, is the featured speaker for the next "Science on Tap," a series of informal chats about scientific topics designed to engage the public and demystify science. Franklin's talk, "What do you Remember?" is scheduled for Monday, March 24, starting at 7 pm at the Stony Brook Yacht Club, 21 Shore Road in Stony Brook. The presentation will be taped, starting at 8 p.m.
3/13/2014 Are Toucan Sam and Ronald McDonald Influencing Your Beliefs About Food as an Adult? What's learned early is learned well and that is especially true when it comes to brand loyalty, research shows. Exposure to ads featuring happy and fun characters in childhood can lead to enduring biases as kids grow up. Research done by Paul M. Connell, assistant professor, Stony Brook University's College of Business, and colleagues, suggests just that. Their results can be found in their published paper in the June 2014 issue of Journal of Consumer Research, titled "How Childhood Advertising Exposure Can Create Biased Product Evaluations That Persist into Adulthood."
3/13/2014 Engineering and Medicine cited in 2015 U.S.News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools Stony Brook University is home to 12 of the highest ranked programs in graduate education in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools". Stony Brook's School of Medicine increased in the ranking to 56th and the School of Engineering was ranked 69th overall. The top ranked graduate program for Stony Brook continues to be Physics, which was ranked 23rd. The annual rankings focus on programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine, and reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs.
3/13/2014 Dr. Yusuf A. Hannun Installed as Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, an internationally renowned cancer researcher and Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, was formally installed as the Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research during a Stony Brook University Investiture Ceremony. The ceremony also recognized Stony Brook University Past President Shirley Strum Kenny and her husband, Robert W. Kenny, as the endowed professorship honors the legacy of their son, Joel Strum Kenny, a scholar, educator and rabbi, who lost his battle against leukemia.
3/13/2014 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Receives $125,000 from Bank of America Suffolk County's only children's hospital is critical to the health and well-being of Long Island children, but also to Long Island businesses and workers. For this reason, the regional office of Bank of America has donated $125,000 for the expansion of Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
3/12/2014 Stony Brook University Shark Researcher Demian Chapman Awarded 2014 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation Demian Chapman, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and assistant director for science at the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, has been awarded a 2014 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation for a new research project to determine how recently enacted international regulations affect the trade in the fins of protected shark species.
3/10/2014 New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Reduces Stroke Risk Doctors at the Stony Brook Heart Institute Electrophysiology Lab are using a new nonsurgical technique called the LARIAT Suture Delivery Device to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, who cannot tolerate blood thinning medication.
3/10/2014 SCIENCE ON TAP ASKS "WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER?" Nancy Franklin, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, who specializes in eyewitness memory and identification, is the featured speaker for the next "Science on Tap," a series of informal chats about scientific topics designed to engage the public and demystify science. Franklin's talk, "What do you Remember?" is scheduled for Monday, March 24, starting at 7 pm at the Stony Brook Yacht Club, 21 Shore Road in Stony Brook. The presentation will be taped, starting at 8 p.m.
3/7/2014 Stony Brook University Ranks 4th in Kiplinger's New Best College Values Regional Edition Stony Brook University has been named to Kiplinger's list of 30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic region, ranking 4th in the "public colleges and universities" category. These rankings are part of Kiplinger's new College Finder tool, which complements Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's annual Best Values in Public Colleges; taking into consideration measures of academic quality and affordability -- among them, low student-faculty ratios, high graduation rates, reasonable price tags and rich financial aid, including need-based aid (grants, not loans) for students who qualify.
3/5/2014 Stony Brook University and Brookhaven Lab Host Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory recently hosted some of the brightest and most curious young women in the country for a conference on careers in physics. From Jan. 16-19, some 99 undergraduate physics majors participated in the 2014 East Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, meeting peers and women of all ages with whom they could share experiences, advice, and ideas.
3/4/2014 Stony Brook Women's Basketball Team Passes Its Winning Spirit to Kids at Cancer Center The Seawolves showed their team spirit on Saturday with a big win against the Albany Great Danes; earning a stunning 66-56 victory that halted the Great Danes' America East conference record winning streak at 38, and winning their seventh game in a row. Monday morning, after their weekend victory, the Stony Brook University Women's Basketball team brought that high energy and spirit off the court, and spread it around the playroom of Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
3/4/2014 Stony Brook's Ken Dill Looks Into New Ways of Exploring Evolution Stony Brook University's Ken A Dill, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, will be presenting new research on the mechanisms of evolution, Physical limits of cells and proteomes, at the March meeting of The American Physical Society (APS), a gathering of leading physicists, which focuses on some of the most dynamic and cutting-edge research areas in physics.
3/4/2014 Boron, Discovered in 1808, Gets a Nano Refresh The National Nanotechnology Initiative defines nanotechnology as the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions of approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Nanotechnology is taking the world by storm, revolutionizing the materials and devices used in many applications and products. That's why a finding announced by Xiang-Feng Zhou and Artem R. Oganov, Group of Theoretical Crystallography in the Department of Geosciences, are so significant.
4/30/2014 FAST Thinking Could Be Life-Saving During a Stroke Would you be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke? Do you know what to do if you suspect that you or a family member is having one?
4/30/2014 Staller Center to host 750 1st and 2nd graders from Brentwood School District for Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid Live STONY BROOK, NY -- April 30, 2014 -- Fourteen buses with 750 first and second graders from Brentwood School District's Twin Pines and Laurel Park Elementary Schools will be making a field trip to Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts to see Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid Live on the morning of Monday, May 5. The transportation and performance is free for the Brentwood students as an initiative of Staller Center for the Arts' Educational Outreach program. Sid the Science Kid features full-size puppets on stage in a sketch-comedy format that promotes science-readiness by encouraging kids' instinctive curiosity about the world around them.
4/30/2014 Ugly Varicose Veins Fizzle Away with New Foam Treatment Varicose veins affect more than 30 million adults in the US aged between 18 to 70, with women twice as likely as men to develop the condition. These veins bulge and rise above the skin's surface. They are often unattractive, uncomfortable and could cause further medical problems. Now, specialists at The Stony Brook Vein Center at Stony Brook Medicine have a new non-surgical approach to rid patients of their problem veins.
4/30/2014 James H. Simons Elected to the National Academy of Sciences James H. Simons, research professor and former chair of the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University and chairman of the board of the Simons Foundation, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries that were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, and brings the total number of Stony Brook University's NAS membership to 24.
4/29/2014 Herrnstein Foundation Gift Helps Fund Madagascar Dental Outreach for Two Years A $60,000 gift from the Jim and Robin Herrnstein Foundation to the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine will support the student volunteer Madagascar Outreach Project for the next two years. The project provides oral healthcare services to more than 1,000 impoverished villagers, primarily children, each year. The Herrnstein's gift extends their interest in global health to dental care and commitment to improving the lives of the Malagasy people. The gift will cover approximately half the cost of the 2014 mission that begins in July and will also help fund the 2015 mission.
4/28/2014 Study Shows Success Breeds Success In a Stony Brook University-led study that uses website-based experiments to uncover whether the age-old adage that "success breeds success" is a reality, researchers found that early success bestowed on individuals produced significant increases in subsequent rates of success, in comparison to non-recipients of success. The findings, to be published early online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation and by a SEED grant from Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratory, suggest that early success that is not based on merit may produce inequality in achievement among similarly qualified individuals. But the study also found that greater amounts of initial success failed to produce greater subsequent success.
4/28/2014 Two SBU Professors Elected into American Academy of Arts & Sciences Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation's most prestigious learned societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Ken A. Dill, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Chemistry, and Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology, and Jules Ralph Feiffer, an artist and writer, and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Arts Program, will be formally inducted at a ceremony a the AAAS headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., on October11, 2014.
4/28/2014 Stony Brook Takes Going Green to New Heights Stony Brook University was recognized twice during a week of Earth Day celebrations for environmental stewardship programs that place it as a leader in sustainability among all U.S. university and college campuses. The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Stony Brook as one of the nation's most environmentally friendly or "green" colleges for the fifth year in a row, and, in the RecycleMania 2014 tournament, Stony Brook finished strongly in multiple categories, and recycled the most e-waste of all colleges and universities for the second straight year.
4/28/2014 Stony Brook Students Snare Four NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards The results of the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition are in, and four Stony Brook University students--cited for their research potential--have been announced as winners of the coveted slots. This year's competition attracted a record 15,000 applicants from among the nation's top STEM graduate students; 2000 awards were made across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
4/25/2014 Call for Volunteers: Help Install 6,000 Pinwheels Representing Annual Lives Lost to ALS Volunteers are needed to assist Stony Brook University staff on May 3, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, when 6,000 pinwheels will be installed in the grass field next to the South P Lot on the Stony Brook University Campus. The pinwheels represent the lives lost annually to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The pinwheel display is the symbolic backdrop at Stony Brook University's annual "Ride for Life" Celebration and Remembrance Ceremony, which will take place on May 10 starting at 2:00 PM.
4/25/2014 SBU TO HOST PEKING MAN SYMPOSIUM MAY 1-2 The Peking Man site at Zhoukoudian and the fossil remains uncovered there continue to be a source of evolutionary fascination. The disappearance of these fossils en route from China to the American Museum of Natural History in 1941 has added to the mystery. While China's contribution to our understanding of primate and human evolution has grown immeasurably since that time and is now far greater than Peking Man, the historical and scientific importance of the Zhoudoudian site, fossils and artifacts is extraordinary.
4/22/2014 Four SBU Professors Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellows Three Stony Brook University professors -- Mark Aronoff, PhD, William Chittick, PhD, and Eva Kittay, PhD -- have been named 2014 Guggenheim Fellows based on distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future. The fellowships, often called "midcareer" awards, are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
4/21/2014 Stony Brook Medicine Doctors Perform Open-Heart Surgery on Patient 27-weeks Pregnant Being tired and run-down during her second trimester of pregnancy was something that 25-year-old Sharon Savino had felt before being pregnant with her son and daughter. But after developing a bad cough around Christmas, she started coughing up blood, and knew something was completely wrong.
4/21/2014 LEDs Get Seal of Approval: Safe for Skin There was a time when no one thought about light bulbs--one blew, you screwed another one in. Nowadays, it's more complicated, as energy efficiency concerns have given rise to a slew of options, including incandescent, compact fluorescent lights, and light emitting diodes.
4/18/2014 Stony Brook Southampton's Annie Baker Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Critically acclaimed playwright Annie Baker, a core faculty member in the MFA in Theatre program at Stony Brook Southampton since 2012, has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play The Flick. The drama award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is "for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life," according to the official guidelines. The Columbia University prize board said Baker's play was "a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world."
4/18/2014 National League Stolen Base Leader Steals Hearts at Stony Brook Children's To the Major League Baseball community he's known as the leader of stolen bases for the National League, but on Thursday, April 17th, Eric Young Jr. stole the hearts of patients, family and staff at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
4/18/2014 Stony Brook Raises $4M at Gala Honoring Conservationist and Lemur Expert Patricia C. Wright Stony Brook, NY, April 17, 2014 - On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in New York City, Stony Brook University honored one of its own, long-time conservationist and lemur expert Dr. Patricia C. Wright at its 15th annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala 2014. On top of being feted by her University, Dr. Wright was also riding the wave of stardom as her work with lemurs is the central storyline of the new IMAX® documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.
4/16/2014 Stony Brook University Commemorates Opening of Newly Refurbished Recreation Fields with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the southeast corner of the South P parking area of the campus. Stony Brook University students will have primary use of the three competition size turf and grass fields which measure over nine square acres and include lights for evening practice and competition.
4/16/2014 Everyone on Earth is Invited to Earth Day Tweet-Up and Can Now Watch What Happens Live During Meet and Tweet with Stony Brook University's Three Indianapolis Prize Finalists On Earth Day, April 22, not only will everyone on the planet be able to bond on Twitter with Stony Brook University's three Indianapolis Prize finalists - Russ Mittermeier, Carl Safina and Pat Wright - they will also be able to watch a live webcast of the University's first ever "Tweet-Up" featuring these three remarkable conservationists.
4/14/2014 Stony Brook University to Lease Commercial Kitchen Space on Southampton Campus as Incubator Facility to Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) Stony Brook University will begin leasing the commercial kitchen in the Student Center of its Southampton campus to the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) which will operate the space as a business incubator beginning xxx. The incubator, known as South Fork Kitchens, will provide local food businesses including farms with access to a commercial kitchen as well as business planning and development services.
4/11/2014 Stony Brook University to Host Earth Day Tweet-Up Honoring Three Indianapolis Prize Finalists On Earth Day--Tuesday, April 22--the Stony Brook campus community, and the global twitter-verse are invited to meet and tweet - virtually and in person - with Stony Brook University's three Indianapolis Prize finalists: Russell A. Mittermeier; Carl Safina; and, Patricia C. Wright, during the University's first ever "Tweet-Up" - an official event of the 2014 Earthstock celebration.
4/11/2014 Stony Brook University Named a Groundwater Guardian Green Site STONY BROOK, NY, April 10, 2014 - Stony Brook University was recently named a 2014 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation in recognition of its groundwater and environmental stewardship. Stony Brook University earned this exclusive designation based on its current practices related to water use, pesticide and fertilizer management, and pollution prevention.
4/9/2014 Stony Brook University Grad Student from Brooklyn Wins National Science Communication Contest Lyl Tomlinson, a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, has won the National Famelab USA competition, a contest that challenges young scientists to talk about their research engagingly for a general audience.
4/9/2014 Stony Brook University Launches Discovery Fund to Attract and Invest Private Dollars in Basic Research Thanks to a $500,000 donation from the Stony Brook Foundation, Stony Brook University has established the Discovery Fund, a new initiative to support the University's vital discovery-driven research through philanthropy. The Discovery Fund will attract private philanthropic dollars that will continue to advance basic science research and discovery at Stony Brook University, a counter to the years of funding cuts to scientific research at the Federal level.
4/7/2014 Stony Brook University Gets Nod and $60M to Build Innovation and Discovery Center in R&D Park Stony Brook University received a $60 million appropriation in the 2014 State Budget for the design and construction of the first phase of a new "Innovation and Discovery Center" to be located in the University's Research & Development Park, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
4/4/2014 From Chemo to the Catwalk, Pediatric Patients Graced the Runway at "Little Miracles" Event The Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook hosted their fifth "Little Miracles" Fashion show and dinner at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook, NY on Wednesday, March 26th. The fairy-tale themed night was dedicated to the true stars of the evening, the children and young adults who have completed treatment or are presently undergoing their last months of cancer treatment.
4/3/2014 Pioneer in Radiosurgery to Lead Stony Brook Radiation Oncology Samuel Ryu, MD, an internationally recognized specialist in radiosurgery to treat central nervous system tumors, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook Medicine, and Deputy Director for Clinical Affairs at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, effective April 1, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine.
4/2/2014 Alexander Orlov Named National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Fellow Alexander Orlov, PhD, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, has been named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Selected for his research of nanotechnology for environmental and energy applications, Dr. Orlov joins other young leading scientists at a Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium to present his work, network, and form collaborative international research.
4/1/2014 Wolfie Unplugged: SBU Set to Participate in Campus Conservation Nationals to Focus on Conserving Electricity The Stony Brook University Office of Sustainability and Department of Energy Management are gearing up for the University's first annual Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition, the largest electricity reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world.
4/1/2014 New Coastal Research Organization Launched at Stony Brook University In response to increased pollution in Long Island coastal waters, experts from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) are launching the "Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance" (LICCRA), the mission for which is to engage in research and monitoring that can be used to protect and restore Long Island coastal ecosystems.
5/23/2014 Stony Brook University Celebrates 54th Commencement Ceremony At Stony Brook University's fifty-fourth May commencement ceremony today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, 5,916 students had their degrees conferred, becoming the University's newest alumni. They joined more than 150,000 of their forerunners around the globe whose lives and work personify the mission of Stony Brook.
5/23/2014 Stony Brook Medicine at 40 Looks to the Future, Celebrates the Past The Stony Brook University School of Medicine has come a long way in 40 years - from its first graduating class of 18 in 1974 to 129 graduates this year, to its rise as an academic medical center on Long Island and in New York State, and its evolution into a hub for collaborative medical research involving the University and other institutions. These themes resounded during the School's 40th convocation and anniversary celebration that took place at Stony Brook University's Staller Center on May 22.
5/23/2014 'Operation Rejuvenation' Launches at Stony Brook University The Long Island State Veterans Home broke ground for a new facility at a ceremony on May 2. This event kicked off 'Operation Rejuvenation', a project that will help renovate the interior of the existing facility in order to enhance the safety and comfort of those veterans who reside at the Home.
5/22/2014 Recipe for Health: Can Curry Cure Blood Cancers? Gerardo Mackenzie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Stony Brook University Cancer Center was awarded a $179,000 grant investigating the prevention of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Recognizing Stony Brook Medicine's expertise related to research in this area, the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation sponsored the grant.
5/21/2014 Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund Acknowledges Staff, Celebrates Patients The members of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund honored the hard work, skill and devotion of the staff of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine at the Annual Burn Center Recognition Day on May 18. The day also celebrated and acknowledged the patients who were treated at the Center and so bravely overcame their life-altering injuries.
5/21/2014 Are Your Kids At Risk For A Growing Health Problem? Hypertension is estimated to affect more than 50 million Americans and is the leading causes of cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and cerebrovascular accidents. And although it is more common in adults, hypertension affects nearly 5 percent of the pediatric population. For High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, Dr. Robert Woroniecki, Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Dr. Katarina Supe-Markovina, Director of the new Pediatric Hypertension Center, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, are shedding some light on a growing health problem among our country's youth.
5/20/2014 Four Stony Brook Professors Appointed to SUNY Distinguished Ranks Four Stony Brook University faculty have been approved by the State University of New York Board of Trustees for appointment to the distinguished ranks as recommended by campus colleagues and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor are Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences; Robert Harvey, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Vitaly Citovsky, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine. Patricia Chapple Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences has been appointed to the Distinguished Service Professor rank.
5/20/2014 Walk for Beauty A collaboration between Stony Brook University and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the Walk for Beauty has raised more than $1.2 million for cancer research since its inception in 1994. Funds also help pay for wigs and prostheses for cancer patients. The event is an all-volunteer initiative with no administrative costs. All proceeds stay in the community to benefit cancer research at Stony Brook.
5/20/2014 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Completion of $23 Million West Side Dining Renovation Stony Brook University celebrated the $23 million renovation and revitalization of its largest residential dining facility, West Side Dining, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 8. The 23,000 square foot dining facility now serves over 30,000 customers per week and approximately 1,500 more customers per day than were served at the facility former known as Kelly Dining Center.
5/19/2014 HOPE Leads to a Stony Brook Match for Five LI High School Grads Eighteen high school seniors from underserved communities on Long Island who completed Stony Brook's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program are on their way to college. Under the mentorship of Stony Brook University faculty, the two-year program fosters the academic development of 11th and 12 graders and preps them for future careers in the health industry. Five students will be attending Stony Brook University with their eyes wide opened to the burgeoning field of healthcare.
5/16/2014 Stony Brook Receives $3.5 Million to Establish 'Bahl Molecular Imaging Laboratory' Kavita and Lalit Bahl of Stony Brook have pledged $3.5 million to establish the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Molecular Imaging Laboratory at Stony Brook Medicine. The high-tech laboratory will enable Stony Brook physicians and researchers to diagnose and monitor disease at the molecular level, as well develop new targeted treatments for cancer, neurological disorders, and other diseases. Plans for the laboratory include Long Island's first Cyclotron, a particle accelerator that is used in medicine to create radioactive tracer molecules to enhance diagnostic capabilities or treat specific diseases, particularly cancer.
5/15/2014 Stony Brook Medicine Earns Highest Level of Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Stony Brook Medicine was granted full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the new Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This accreditation demonstrates the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center's commitment to delivering the highest-quality care for bariatric surgery patients.
5/15/2014 Stony Brook University Ranks in Top Cluster Worldwide in Research and Knowledge Transfer Stony Brook University is ranked in the highest grouping in two categories of the newly released U-Multirank rankings. In the Research category, Stony Brook achieved a top ranking of "A"--"very good"--for citation rates, research publications (both absolute and normalized numbers), and top-cited publications as a percentage of total publications
5/13/2014 A "Field of Dreams" for an ALS Cure The 6,000 pinwheels displayed on a Stony Brook University field represents the annual lives lost to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The field of pinwheels is also symbolic of a growing theme of the annual Ride for Life and for Christopher Pendergast, a 21-year ALS patient, advocate and founder of the Ride for Life Organization. Pendergast, the ALS specialists at Stony Brook Medicine, and supporters of the Ride for Life envision that like the pinwheels, a cure for this fatal neurodegenerative disease is out there with an answer 'blowing in the wind.'
5/13/2014 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Honored with Medical Visionary Award Stony Brook Children's Hospital was presented with the Medical Visionary Award on Thursday, May 8, at Make-A-Wish Suffolk County's 20th Annual "Bouquet of Wishes" spring dinner. The event took place at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook and hosted over 800 guests. The Foundation presented this award to Stony Brook Children's for the institution's meritorious leadership in advanced and innovative pediatric specialty care.
5/13/2014 Patricia C. Wright Named 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner For her heroic and selfless dedication to protecting the lemurs, ecosystems and people of Madagascar, Indianapolis Zoological Society officials today announced Dr. Patricia Chappelle Wright as winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. As the Indianapolis Prize winner, Wright, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, will receive $250,000 and the Lilly Medal, joining the ranks of some of the most celebrated conservationists on Earth.
5/13/2014 Patricia C. Wright Named 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner For her heroic and selfless dedication to protecting the lemurs, ecosystems and people of Madagascar, Indianapolis Zoological Society officials today announced Dr. Patricia Chappelle Wright as winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. As the Indianapolis Prize winner, Wright, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, will receive $250,000 and the Lilly Medal, joining the ranks of some of the most celebrated conservationists on Earth.
5/9/2014 Oregon State's Shawn Heilbron Named Athletic Director at Stony Brook University After a nationwide search, Shawn Heilbron, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development at Oregon State University, has been named Director of Athletics for Stony Brook University, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. Heilbron, who for the past three years has been leading the OSU Athletics development program and serving as a member of the management team for both the OSU Foundation and OSU Athletics, rose to the top of the candidate pool that included a number of highly qualified applicants from outstanding Division I athletic programs across the country, according to Dr. Stanley.
5/7/2014 Stony Brook Researcher Develops New Tool to Measure The Speed of Aging A strong handshake can say a lot about a person--it can indicate power, confidence, health, or aggression. Now scientists at Stony Brook University and the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) say that the strength of a person's grasp may also be one of the most useful ways to measure people's true age. In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, IIASA researchers Warren Sanderson, Professor of Economics with joint appointment in History at Stony Brook and Serguei Scherbov show that hand grip corresponds to other markers of aging such as people's future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital stays.
5/7/2014 Governor Cuomo Proclaims May 7 as Health Care Auxilian Day Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 7, 2014 as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York State to recognize the dedicated Auxilians who annually donate more than five million hours of service to their health care facilities and to their communities.
5/5/2014 SBU Researchers Tackle Life-Saving Issues for End-Stage Heart Failure Patients The 7.5 million patients in the United States suffering from end-stage heart failure desperately need a lifeline. One option is a ventricular assist device (VAD), which serves as a "bridge" to a heart transplant and, in long-term use, as "destination therapy," continuing to support heart function if a transplant is not an option. Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed an innovative technique to evaluate VAD efficacy and safety.
5/5/2014 Technology Zaps Away Acid Reflux Without Surgery Over 30 million Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on a daily basis; experiencing symptoms like burning in the chest or throat, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food and a sour taste in the mouth. While many patients manage their condition by changing their diet and popping over-the-counter and prescription medications, a new technology may help relieve the burn for good.
5/5/2014 Nicole Bustamante '14 Awarded Prestigious Fellowship to Work and Study in Germany Nicole Bustamante, a Stony Brook University senior majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, at has been selected to participate in the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship to study and work in Germany.
5/5/2014 SBU Receives Top Tree Campus USA Designation by Arbor Day Foundation Stony Brook University has been designated a "Tree Campus USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of the university's dedicaation to campus healthy forestry management, sustainability and environmental stewardship.
5/2/2014 Don't Get Burned This Summer, How To Keep Your Family Safe in the Sun After the long, cold, snowy winter, everyone is looking forward to a day at the beach, an afternoon by the pool or just catching a few rays in the backyard. Maribeth Chitkara, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospitalist, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, is one of Long Island's most committed advocates for summer safety and skin cancer prevention. She says there is a right way and a wrong way to enjoy the summer, and is now sharing all the steps to keep families safe.
5/2/2014 Investigative Treatment Providing Relief From Frozen Shoulder Enters Advanced Trials An investigational drug developed by Stony Brook Medicine researchers for adhesive capsulitis, a painful condition more commonly known as "frozen shoulder," has advanced to Phase 2b Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated clinical trials. Twenty-five centers across the U.S. and 10 in Australia are conducting these trials, including at Stony Brook. The Department of Orthopaedics at Stony Brook is seeking participants for the trial.
6/26/2014 Awareness and Prevention are the Best Medicine to Fight Lyme Disease With the arrival of the warmer summer weather comes tick season, and with that, the threat of Lyme disease. Suffolk County is one of the country's highest risk areas, so Long Island parents should be aware of the risks of tick-borne disease in children. Saul Hymes, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Children's, offers some tips and advice on how to stay healthy this summer.
6/26/2014 SBU Professor Awarded Inaugural 'Breakthrough Prize' In Mathematics Sir Simon K. Donaldson, Professor of Mathematics in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) and the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London, was selected to receive the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, announced the Breakthrough Prize Foundation on Monday. Donaldson, a permanent member of the SCGP, was acknowledged for "the new revolutionary invariants of four-dimensional manifolds and for the study of the relation between stability in algebraic geometry and in global differential geometry, both for bundles and for Fano varieties."
6/25/2014 A Bright, New Future for Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males, with about 240,000 diagnoses expected this year. And there are 2.5 million people currently living with this disease. Recently there have been some dramatic changes in the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. Wayne Waltzer, MD, Chairman, Department of Urology, Stony Brook Medicine explains these major medical advances and what they mean for men across the nation.
6/23/2014 Sensitive? Emotional? Empathetic? It Could be in Your Genes Do you jump to help the less fortunate, cry during sad movie scenes, or tweet and post the latest topics and photos that excite or move you? If yes, you may be among the 20 percent of our population that is genetically pre-disposed to empathy, according to Stony Brook University psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron. In a new study published in Brain and Behavior, Drs. Aron and colleagues at the University of California, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Monmouth University found that Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) of brains provide physical evidence that the "highly sensitive" brain responds powerfully to emotional images.
6/23/2014 Stony Brook ALS Center Recognized for Meeting Highest National Standards of Care The Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, the only ALS Association-certified center on Long Island, has successfully received recertification as a "Treatment Center of Excellence" by the national association. The ALS Association cited the Center as having the "highest national standards of care in the management of Lou Gehrig's disease." To commemorate this milestone, the association awarded the Center with a $12,500 grant and a plaque marking its designation.
6/20/2014 SBU School of Journalism Founders Tapped by Press Club of Long Island Hall of Fame Stony Brook School of Journalism Dean Howard Schneider and Undergraduate Director Paul Schreiber were tapped by the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) as inaugural "Hall of Fame" inductees this week. The PCLI, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this month, is a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
6/20/2014 Stony Brook receives $10 Million DOE Grant for New Energy Frontier Research Center Stony Brook University received notification from the U.S. Department of Energy that the proposal led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, and is Chief Scientist in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Global and Regional Solutions Directorate, was selected to receive a $10 million Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) award. The Stony Brook led multi-institutional EFRC, known as the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2m), will conduct basic science research to advance and enable the deliberate design of materials and components to achieve higher performing, longer life, and safer energy storage systems, including batteries.
6/19/2014 Stony Brook University Researcher Receives $300+K Grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Work on Deadly Bat Disease Marianne Moore, in the Department of Ecology and Evolution in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, received a $318,455 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study skin immune proteins as predictors of resistance against white-nose syndrome (WNS) with her colleagues Dr. Liliana Dávalos (SBU) and Dr. Amy Russell (Grand Valley State University, MI). WNS is a fungal infection that has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was first documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007. It threatens at least two species with extinction.
6/18/2014 Seeds of Hope for Shinnecock Bay On Saturday, June 14, East End volunteers worked side-by-side with members of the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, (SoMAS) to help revitalize Shinnecock Bay. More than 40 residents, friends and neighbors were on hand at this second annual event to help improve the Bay's condition by restoring eelgrass habitat into areas where it has disappeared.
6/18/2014 Sacha Kopp Appointed Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University After a competitive national search, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis N. Assanis has announced that Dr. Sacha Kopp, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education of the College of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, effective August 11, 2014.
6/16/2014 Water Safety: The Key to a Fun and Healthy Summer With miles of beaches and acres of pools, Long Island is the ideal place to enjoy the delights of the summer. But along with the fun of swimming, body surfing or just paddling around come some real dangers -- including the risk for drowning. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages one to four, and that drowning can occur in as little as two inches of water.
6/13/2014 Stony Brook University Visiting Presidential Professor, Carl Bernstein, Commemorating 40th Anniversary Of 'all The President's Men,' Chats With NPR's Steve Inskeep On Watergate "scoops, and Mistakes" Stony Brook University congratulates Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the 40th anniversary of the publication of "All the President's Men," a recollection chronicled in today's interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, entitled "Woodward And Bernstein Recall Their Watergate Scoops, And Mistakes." Inskeep's interview with iconic authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein -- who is now a Visiting Presidential Professor at Stony Brook University in New York -- recalled "connecting what was originally dubbed a 'third-rate burglary' at the Watergate complex to the president of the United States."
6/12/2014 Keep Outdoor Activities Fun by Playing It Safe This Summer A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. And almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI are made annually from the ages of birth to 14 years of age.
6/11/2014 Record Number of Cancer Survivors Spark Celebration at Stony Brook A record number of cancer survivors came to celebrate life and overcoming cancer with their Stony Brook doctors, nurses and other caregivers at Stony Brook University Cancer Center's 10th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The more than 300 survivors, along with their families and friends, heard a message of hope that cancer survivorship will continue to rise with 21st Century medical advances and plans at Stony Brook Medicine to increase research on the prevention and treatment of all forms of cancer.
6/11/2014 Dr. Margaret McGovern Named Associate Dean for Ambulatory Operations Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Stony Brook Children's Hospital, has been named Stony Brook Medicine's inaugural Associate Dean for Ambulatory Operations, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine.
6/11/2014 U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Stony Brook Children's As Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospital for Nephrology U.S. News & World Report ranked Stony Brook Children's Hospital as a top provider of care in the specialty area of nephrology in the new 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Stony Brook Children's was the only Long Island children's hospital to be ranked as a center for children with serious kidney disorders.
6/11/2014 Stony Brook University Appoints Five New Alumni Association Board Members Two award-winning wordsmiths, a healthcare executive, a senior financial executive and a veteran research engineer with deep networking roots in Silicon Valley comprise the June 2014 slate of new members of the Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors.
6/10/2014 SBU's Francesca Campione Awarded First Michael Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Journalism Stony Brook University freshman Francesca Campione is the first recipient of the Michael Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship, established to support overseas student journalism, Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting announced Tuesday.
6/10/2014 Stony Brook Graduate Student Lyl Tomlinson Wins Second Place in International Famelab Competition Lyl Tomlinson, a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, traveled to England last week where he won second place in the International Famelab competition, a contest that challenges young scientists to talk about their research engagingly for a general audience.
6/6/2014 Edward Summers, Ph.D. Named Chief Deputy to the President of Stony Brook University Edward Summers, Ph.D., Chief of Staff and Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., has been appointed Chief Deputy to the President of Stony Brook University effective August 1, 2014, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. The position reports directly to the President and will also serve as a presidential advisor and chief of staff.
6/4/2014 Discovery of Compound May Open New Road to Diabetes Treatment The discovery of an inhibitor of the Insulin Degrading Enzyme (IDE), a protein responsible for the susceptibility of diabetes because it destroys insulin in the body, may lead to new treatment approaches for diabetes. In collaboration with the discoverers of the inhibitor, David Liu and Alan Saghatelian, Stony Brook Medicine scientist Markus Seeliger, PhD, and colleagues nationally, demonstrated the efficacy of the compound in a research paper in the early online edition of Nature.
6/2/2014 19th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, July 17-26, Features Indie Premieres from U.S. and 15 Countries The 19th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, produced by Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, will screen ten evenings of the best in new independent film from Thursday, July 17 through Saturday, July 26 in the Staller Center Main Stage Theatre. The popular summer festival will include three World Premieres and four U.S. Premieres among the seventeen features and twenty shorts and host Q&As with filmmakers and Opening and Closing Night receptions.
6/2/2014 Peconic Baykeeper Awards $10K Grant for Dedicated Shellfish Spawner Sanctuary in Support of Shinnecock Bay Restoration Project Peconic Baykeeper has awarded $10,000 to Stony Brook University's Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program to sponsor a shellfish spawner sanctuary in a dedicated location in the Bay. Working with the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at the Stony Brook Southampton campus, the grant will fund a designated clam sanctuary and representatives from Peconic Baykeeper will assist marine scientists from the school in the deployment of clams in Shinnecock Bay.
6/2/2014 10 Surgeries Result in New Face and Smile for "Saline" from Kenya STONY BROOK, NY, June 2, 2013 - After one year in the United States and 10 reconstructive surgeries at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, Saline Atieno, a 12-year-old Kenyan girl, has returned home this June with a transformed face, a new ability to smile, and a future with promise.
6/1/2014 Alan Alda Announces Winners Of Stony Brook University's 'Flame Challenge' - Scientists Explained Color To 11-year-olds Alan Alda today announced the winners of Stony Brook University's Flame Challenge contest, in which scientists had to explain "what is color?" in a way that would interest and enlighten 11-year-olds.
7/25/2014 Stony Brook Children's Expert Says ACT Now, Reduce Deaths in Hot Cars Babies and young children can sleep so peacefully that it may be tempting to leave them alone in a car while you run a quick errand. This, however, must never be done. It can lead to heatstroke, serious injury, and death. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It has claimed the lives of more than 600 children since 1998, and that number grows close to 40 more each year.
7/24/2014 Stony Brook Establishes Professorship in Nephrology with $750,000 Gift from Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) has donated $750,000 to Stony Brook University to establish a permanent endowed professorship in nephrology research at Stony Brook Medicine. The generous gift provides Stony Brook Medicine with a golden opportunity to recruit an accomplished researcher who can spearhead the University's efforts in studying how to better treat and prevent kidney disease.
7/24/2014 Simple Growing Pains or Something More? Most people associate arthritis with aging, but the fact is, one in 1,000 children is diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. Stony Brook Children's Hospital's Pediatric Rheumatologist Dr. Julie Cherian addresses the most common questions from parents -- and discusses what they can do if they suspect their child may have arthritis.
7/24/2014 Teaching the Internet Generation to Extract Reliable News from Onslaught of Digital Information As the digital age began to forever change how news and information were transmitted, Stony Brook University School of Journalism faculty members considered the following challenge: "Could they create an educational model that would prepare the next generation of news consumers to navigate the new, emerging information ecosystem and discover for themselves what news was trustworthy?" They met this challenge by working with the University to create the nation's first Center for News Literacy, which is the subject of new paper published by "The Brookings Institution" this month.
7/23/2014 Stony Brook University Professor Receives Dental Research Association's Highest Honor The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has awarded Stony Brook University's Israel Kleinberg, DDS, PhD, DSc, the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Dental Caries.
7/22/2014 Stony Brook Environmental Historian to Receive National Award in Humanities Jared Farmer, PhD, an Associate Professor of History at Stony Brook University, is the 2014 recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, a national honor awarded byThe Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The award recognizes scholars devoted to the humanities in the early stages of their careers whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture.
7/16/2014 High School Sophomore Mentored by SBU Faculty Headed to International Computational Linguistics Competition in Beijing At Stony Brook University, intellectual excitement is an infectious condition, but it's something faculty like to spread, not contain. That's why professors Lori Repetti and Yejin Choi recently established SBU as one of the sites for the National Science Foundation-sponsored North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)--a competition for US and Canadian middle and high school students--and inspired 37 students to take a qualifying exam.
7/15/2014 Parents: What You Need to Know Before Your Teen Hits the Road The facts couldn't be clearer: Car accidents are the number-one cause of accidental deaths in children ages 0-19 nationally. The AAA auto club says the 100 days of summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day) are the deadliest for teenage drivers and their teen passengers. It's a time when schedules are looser; trips involve friends and fun rather than school and structured activities; and curfews may be less strict.
7/15/2014 New Feathered Dinosaur from China Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight Research findings from an international team of scientists including Alan Turner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, uncovers details on how a new species of a feathered raptorial dinosaur found in China provides evidence on how large-bodied dinosaurs took to the air. To be published in Nature Communications, the research hinges on understanding where within the evolutionary tree of dinosaurs this new species, called Changyuraptor yangi, belonged.
7/14/2014 Two Faculty Awarded by NY State to Advance New Drugs for TB, Research on Aging Two Stony Brook University School of Medicine faculty will receive funding supported by the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Network of Excellence to advance their biomedical research. The SUNY collaborative research teams of Jessica Seeliger, PhD, who investigates new drug targets for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB), and Suzanne Fields, MD, whose research centers on age-related issues such as frailty, will each receive approximately $150,000 from the SUNY Research Foundation sponsored network.
7/14/2014 SBU Adds Six Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Stony Brook University will add six new electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) on main campus by this summer, bringing the total number of EVCS at on campus to 10. The new charging stations compliment the University's four existing stations, which are located at the Advanced Energy Center in the Research and Development Park installed approximately three years ago. These stations are being added to support a growing number of students, faculty, staff and visitors who drive plug-in vehicles and are seeking energy resources while on campus.
7/11/2014 Two Stony Brook Nurse Educators Named Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing Two Stony Brook University School of Nursing professors have been selected for induction as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BC, and Corrine Jurgens, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, are among an eminent group of nursing leaders selected nationally for the AAN's 2014 Class of Fellows. This selection is considered among the highest honors in the nursing profession. They will be formally inducted into the AAN this October.
7/9/2014 New Chocolate-Flavored Soft Chews Good for Your Teeth A dream come "chew" for your teeth? Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that is actually beneficial for your teeth. BasicBites(TM) is a sugar-free chewy that helps maintain healthy teeth by supporting the normal acid-base (pH) levels that exist on tooth surfaces while coating the teeth with a mineral source.
7/9/2014 HAPPY FEET III: Adélie Penguin Population Is Actually on the Rise The first global census of the Adélie penguin, long considered a key indicator species to monitor and understand the effects of climate change and fishing in the Southern Ocean, has revealed its population (3.79 million breeding pairs) to be 53 percent larger than previously estimated. By using high-resolution satellite imagery, Stony Brook University ecologist Heather Lynch, PhD, and conservation biologist Michelle LaRue, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, have applied a new method that permits regular monitoring of Adélie penguins across their entire breeding range, and by extension the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Their findings are published in The Auk, Ornithological Advances.
7/3/2014 Stony Brook Molecular Virologist Named to an NIH Panel Evaluating rDNA Research Patrick Hearing, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been selected to become a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, a federal advisory panel that makes recommendations to the NIH Director regarding recombinant DNA research, which is the use of artificial forms of DNA to investigate the causes of many diseases and the development of novel treatments.
7/2/2014 Stony Brook Medical Experts Say Kick Off Summer with a Safe Start For many Americans, summer means fun in the sun; kids are out of school, adults are on vacation and it's time for outdoor activities. But with all these pleasures of the season comes injuries and increased visits to the emergency department.
7/2/2014 Hamptons Heart Ball Honors Stony Brook University President The American Heart Association honored Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, Stony Brook University President at the 18th Annual Hamptons Heart Ball, which was set on the grounds of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY on June 28. Nationally syndicated TV host Rita Crosby served as Master of Ceremonies.
7/2/2014 Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary Urges Beach-Goers to Stay Safe in the Summer Sun It's officially summer, and after the long, cold, snowy winter, everyone is looking forward to a day at the beach, an afternoon by the pool or just catching a few rays in the backyard. To ensure that the community will have a happy and safe summer, Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary members hit the sand at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook last Saturday to educate beach-goers about sun protection and skin cancer prevention.
7/2/2014 Renowned Stony Brook Psychiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Max Fink, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN). Dr. Fink is internationally renowned for his leadership in electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, and spearheading ECT research and advocacy over the course of his 65-year career.
7/1/2014 Night of Laughs with Billy Gardell Benefits Stony Brook Children's Hospital More than 300 people enjoyed a night of terrific entertainment on June 18 at Stony Brook University when actor and comic Billy Gardell, star of the hit TV series Mike & Molly, performed at the Stand-Up for Kids comedy night, raising $200,000 to benefit Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
7/1/2014 Dr. Yusuf Hannun Receives Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Stony Brook University Cancer Center Director Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, is among three international luminaries who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the American University of Beirut. Dr. Hannun was recognized with this honor for his work as an internationally renowned molecular biologist and physician leading the charge against cancer.
8/29/2014 128 New Students Launch Journey into Medicine The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2018 officially began with the School's annual White Coat Ceremony, an event that is designed to emphasize the professionalism inextricably linked to the practice of Medicine. Each of the 128 new Stony Brook medical students received a physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.
8/29/2014 SBU Wins $1.4 Million NIH Grant to Support Underrepresented Undergrad and Doctoral Researchers Stony Brook University's (SBU) Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program. The grant will help increase the number of underrepresented individuals completing undergraduate and doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences, further supporting SBU's efforts in expanding and diversifying its undergrad and graduate programs. This grant marks the fifth high visibility, and competitive, award received by the CIE totaling $8.5 million in funds and support for 165 students and postdoctoral scholars.
8/29/2014 Stony Brook Medicine Provides Emergency Medical Services at Hampton Classic for 8th Year Since 2006, Stony Brook Medicine has been providing emergency medical services for The Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, one of the most prestigious and largest horse shows in the nation. Emergency Medical Services for the event include everything from small first aid needs like bee stings to ankle sprains to larger medical issues like severe fractures to head concussions.
8/28/2014 SBU Receives Highest Score in Princeton Review's 2015 Green Honor Roll Stony Brook University has been named in Princeton Review's 2015 Green Honor Roll, an annual list that offers a measure of how environmentally friendly universities are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99. Stony Brook, one of 24 universities to receive a score of 99 (the highest possible score), is among 861 colleges reviewed this year. Selection is based on data collected in its 2013-14 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings.
8/27/2014 Online Degree in Electrical Engineering Rated Best in Four Categories Stony Brook University's (SBU) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering online (BSEEOL) degree has been recognized as one of the best by OnlineCollege.org, a blog featuring the latest news in higher education and online learning. Taking top honor in four categories, SBU is recognized as offering the highest: - See more at: http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/news/general/140827onlinecourses.php#sthash.iR2ujCkL.dpuf
8/26/2014 Back-to-School Physicals, The First Exam of the Academic Year Between buying new backpacks and pencils, sneakers and jeans, parents should start thinking about getting their children into the pediatrician for a back-to-school medical exam.
8/25/2014 SBU Professor Receives NSF EAGER Award for BRAIN Initiative Research The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Stony Brook University's Scott Laughlin, PhD, an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER). The EAGER awards are part of the foundation's support of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a multi-agency research effort that seeks to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies that promise to help researchers answer fundamental questions about how the brain works.
8/22/2014 Stony Brook Names New Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement Stony Brook University has named Ann Boyd-Stewart as its Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement, announced Dexter Bailey Jr., Vice President of University Advancement.
8/22/2014 Stony Brook Places Fifth as One of the Best Online Masters in Educational Administration Programs in the Country Stony Brook University's online Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (HEA) has been ranked fifth in the country by TheBestSchools.org, a leading resource for campus and online education - an impressive feat for a program introduced just four years ago. The rankings, which recognize the best 25 in the country, were selected based on academic excellence, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, faculty strength, and reputation.
8/20/2014 Stony Brook University Hospital Honors Volunteers Stony Brook University Hospital held a recognition luncheon on July 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn where all hospital volunteers were acknowledged for the countless hours they donate to the hospital. Many volunteers received awards for reaching service milestones ranging from 100 to 15,000 hours of service.
8/20/2014 Aspiring Dentists Get a Head Start at Stony Brook Undergraduate students interested in entering the field of dentistry came from 40 colleges and 15 states nationwide to participate in Stony Brook University's Discover Dental School Summer Scholars Program. They gained hands-on experience in an environment that simulated clinical practice and emerging technologies. The annual one-week intensive educational program runs in August each year at the School of Dental Medicine and is among the most comprehensive of its kind nationwide.
8/20/2014 SBU's Emerson String Quartet Welcomes Calidore String Quartet as Quartet-in-Residence Stony Brook University's (SBU) Grammy® Award-winning Quartet-in-Residence, the Emerson String Quartet have selected the Calidore String Quartet, hailing from the Colburn School, as SBU's Quartet-in-Residence for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic terms. The Emerson String Quartet will coach members of the quartet as will David Finckel, the former cellist with the Emerson String Quartet. This residency is made possible through the generosity of Erwin and Freddie Staller.
8/19/2014 Nationally Recognized Physician Scientist Named Chief of Infectious Diseases Bettina Fries, MD, a nationally recognized physician-scientist in the field of microbiology, has joined Stony Brook Medicine as Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, announced Vincent Yang, MD, PhD, the Simons Chair of Medicine.
8/15/2014 Putting Ebola in Perspective, Seeking Solutions to Infectious Diseases The Ebola virus is a highly contagious RNA virus that causes a disease called hemorrhagic fever. Patients first present with fever and other symptoms similar to those seen in influenza. However, these symptoms rapidly progress to the point where a majority of patients die. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spreads in the human population through exposure to bodily fluids of infected patients.
8/15/2014 Stony Brook Professor Receives SUNY Grant to Develop Spinal Cord Blood Flow Device Thomas F. Floyd, MD, a Professor of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook Medicine, has been awarded $50,000 through SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF), which supports the development and commercialization of innovations by SUNY faculty and students. The SUNY grant supports his development of a disposable spinal cord probe designed to help measure spinal cord blood flow as a tool measure spinal cord ischemia, which can lead to paralysis.
8/15/2014 Putting Ebola in Perspective, Seeking Solutions to Infectious Diseases The potential spread of the Ebola virus has grabbed the attention of the world in recent weeks. Dr. Bettina Fries, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and her colleagues at Stony Brook Medicine, are monitoring the situation and describe what our community should be aware of and the precautionary measures put in place by Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/14/2014 Putting Ebola in Perspective, Seeking Solutions to Infectious Diseases The potential spread of the Ebola virus has grabbed the attention of the world in recent weeks. Dr. Bettina Fries, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and her colleagues at Stony Brook Medicine, are monitoring the situation and describe what our community should be aware of and the precautionary measures put in place by Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/14/2014 SBU's Fu-Pen Chiang to Receive the 2015 P.S. Theocaris Award SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Stony Brook University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fu-Pen Chiang, PhD was selected to receive the 2015 P.S. Theocaris Award for outstanding research by the Society of Experimental Mechanics. The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, is to be presented at the SEM 2015 Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, CA.
8/12/2014 Stony Brook Professor Elected to Governing Council of Child Psychiatry Organization Gabrielle Carlson, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine, has been elected to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) governing Council. Dr. Carlson will serve a three-year term on the Council, which is the AACAP's board of directors. Her term begins in October 2014.
8/8/2014 SBU Geosciences Secures $1.4 Million NASA Grant Dr. Joel Hurowitz and colleagues in the Stony Brook University Department of Geosciences, were selected to receive a $1.4 million NASA grant to support the development and testing of the "Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry" (PIXL), one of the seven instruments just selected to be part of the scientific instrument payload of the Mars 2020 rover mission. With PIXL, Mars researchers will be able to simultaneously link chemistry to rock textural features that are as small as a grain of table salt. This is the scale at which microbes leave their imprint on rocks; therefore, PIXL will provide a first-of-its-kind look at the record of life on the Red Planet.
8/4/2014 Stony Brook Vein Center Awarded with IAC Accreditation The Stony Brook Vein Center at Stony Brook Medicine has just been granted full accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
8/4/2014 New Residence Halls & Dining Facility Construction Underway at Stony Brook University Stony Brook University broke ground recently on Phase I of the new 759-room student housing facilities and 60,000-square-foot dining center located on Toll Drive. Scheduled to be completed by fall 2016, the new development will offer additional residential options for upperclassman, and bring the total on-campus housing inventory to more than 10,300 beds, making Stony Brook University the largest campus housing program in SUNY. (Phase II is anticipated to start construction in December this year.)
9/30/2014 Biomedical Informatics Receives $3.2 Million from NCI to Study Tumor Makeup Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Biomedical Informatics has received a five-year $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a suite of informatics tools that will enable basic researchers to study tumors, including their structures, genetics, and protein expression patterns. The project will involve massive biomedical quantitative analyses of tumors to better understand how and why they grow.
9/29/2014 TIP SHEET: Breast Cancer Awareness Events with Stony Brook Cancer Center October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Learn more about breast health, breast cancer treatment options, the latest research and more at Stony Brook University Cancer Center's free breast health educational seminars taking place throughout the month. Stony Brook Medicine experts are also available for additional interviews and insight on breast cancer related topics.
9/29/2014 Do We Have Time to Save Species from Climate Change? Climate change is expected to result in heightened risk of extinction for many species. Because conservation scientists are just starting to understand this threat, many have concluded that current risk assessment protocols, such as the International 'Red List' published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and based on rules established in the 1990s, will fail to identify many species at risk from climate change. However, an international team of researchers, including Professor Resit Akçakaya of Stony Brook University's Department of Ecology and Evolution, counter that current assessment methods are able to identify such species. Their findings are published in the journal Global Change Biology.
9/29/2014 Stony Brook Professor Dennis Sullivan Receives Balzan Prize for Mathematics Dennis Parnell Sullivan, PhD, Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University and the Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Balzan Prize for Mathematics (pure or applied). He was selected by the International Balzan Prize Foundation for his "major contributions to topology and the theory of dynamical systems, opening new perspectives for generations to come. For his exceptional results in many fields of mathematics, such as geometry, the theory of Kleinian groups, analysis and number theory." The Prize comes with a financial award of 750,000 Swiss Francs ($800,000 USD), half of which must be used to support to research projects.
9/28/2014 Stony Brook University Celebrates Chris Algieri at This Year's Wolfstock Homecoming For the first time since graduating with a BS in Health Care Management in 2007, undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI returned to his alma mater for Stony Brook's homecoming football game and Wolfstock Festival, where he was recognized by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association as Alumnus Fan of the Game.
9/26/2014 "Woman to Woman" Program to Pair Gynecologic Cancer Survivors with New Patients Stony Brook University Cancer Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) to establish "Woman to Woman," a patient support program that pairs new gynecologic cancer patients with trained and supervised survivor volunteers to provide mentoring and support. Stony Brook is one of only four institutions nationwide to receive the 2014 funding.
9/26/2014 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Project is Well on its Way: Building a Foundation for Children's Healthcare on Long Island through Private Donations and Public Support Stony Brook University showcased the construction progress of its new Stony Brook Children's Hospital facility during a ceremony yesterday where President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., was joined by public officials, generous donors, young patients and their families, and hundreds of administrators, physicians and staff. The new facility, which will have 100 beds and occupy two stories of a new 10-story Hospital Pavilion, is slated to open in 2016.
9/26/2014 New Book Connects Quantum and Culture, Finds Deep Meaning and Lots of Laughs Quantum mechanics is not for the faint of heart--or mind, and yet the notion has been embraced by modern culture. A new book by two Stony Brook University professors, THE QUANTUM MOMENT: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty, tells the story of how the quantum passed from physics into everyday life.
9/26/2014 Deepwater Wind, Stony Brook University and AWS Truepower Launch Research Initiative Focused on Offshore Wind Energy Deepwater Wind announced a collaborative study of Long Island's offshore wind resources with Stony Brook University (SBU), New York's top-ranked public university, and AWS Truepower (AWS), an Albany, NY-based wind energy consultant. Already underway, this collaboration will provide SBU with tools and resources that will strengthen their atmospheric research in the growing renewable energy industry and support the development of the Deepwater ONE project - a 210 MW offshore wind farm to be located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, proposed by Deepwater Wind in response to a Long Island Power Authority request for proposals for renewable energy.
9/24/2014 Stony Brook Researchers Quantify Underlying Landscape of Cancer The cellular and genetic hallmarks of cancer development are multiple, and a team of researchers in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Stony Brook University have developed a pictorial yet quantitative landscape theory to explore cancer cellular development that could form the foundation to new anticancer tactics.
9/24/2014 President Stanley Presents State of the University Address In his sixth annual State of the University Address, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, talked about the growth of the University, the importance of continued federal support of research, and announced its new Finish in Four fund and Online Learning program, both student initiatives created to increase four-year graduation rates, aid in individual college costs, and alleviate education debt.
9/22/2014 Stony Brook University Rec Center Named for Campus Builder and Avid Race Walker Marilyn Hawrys Simons, Linda Hawrys Berenberg and Walter Hawrys, Jr. joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and campus community members to honor their father's memory and celebrate the dedication of the newly named Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center.
9/18/2014 Dexter Bailey Appointed Senior Vice President for University Advancement Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced that Vice President for Advancement, Dexter A. Bailey Jr., has been appointed Senior Vice President for Advancement effective immediately. Bailey's promotion comes after much success during his three year tenure as Vice President, and in advance of the soon to be launched "most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of Stony Brook University," according to Dr. Stanley.
9/16/2014 NSF Awards $1.91 Million Dimensions of Biodiversity Grant to Stony Brook-led International Scientific Team Liliana M. Dávalos, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University and colleagues internationally have received a $1.91-million Dimensions of Biodiversity grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to discover how bats sense their environment and other individuals, including potential mates, thus ensuring survival and reproduction.
9/16/2014 Study of 87,000 Men Identifies Those with a Six-Fold Increase for Prostate Cancer Cancer and genetic researchers can now explain one-third of the inherited risk for prostate cancer, after a large study identified 23 new genetic variants associated with an increased risk for the disease. Published in Nature Genetics, the study involved nearly 100 medical institutions internationally, including researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
9/16/2014 Elusive Quantum Transformations Found Near Absolute Zero Heat drives classical phase transitions--think solid, liquid, and gas--but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations can dramatically transform a material.
9/15/2014 Stony Brook Researchers Develop New Method to Measure Cerebral Blood Flow One thing leads to another, especially in research. When Stony Brook University School of Medicine scientists developed a new method to measure how cocaine disrupts blood flow in the brains of mice, doctors and researchers got a way to form a clearer picture of how drug abuse affects the brain. But the quantitative imaging technique can also be applied to other disease diagnoses and treatments as well, including cancer.
9/10/2014 PTSD and Respiratory Illness: A Signature Long-Term Problem of 9/11 Responders According to the findings from research conducted over the past several years at Stony Brook Medicine's World Trade Center Health Program, as many as 60 percent of 9/11 World Trade Center responders continue to experience clinically significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lower respiratory illness.
9/10/2014 Marjolie Leonard Named Director for Title IX and Risk Management at Stony Brook University Marjolie Leonard had been appointed as Director for Title IX and Risk Management effective immediately, announced Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. In this role, Leonard serves as the designated agent for implementing and coordinating all aspects of its Title IX compliance efforts for Stony Brook University. Leonard will also oversee the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and is responsible for implementing the risk management program. Leonard's announcement comes after serving as the Interim Director for Title IX and Risk Management for three months.
9/10/2014 Simons Foundation Gifts $25 Million to Stony Brook University's Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Stony Brook University received a $25 million donation from the Simons Foundation to bolster groundbreaking interdisciplinary research and programming at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
9/9/2014 Raising Awareness for Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia in the United States, affecting between 3-4 million people and numbers are expected to increase by the year 2050 to 12 million to 14 million. Although widely unknown to the general public, atrial fibrillation or AFib needs to be taken seriously. It increases the risk of stroke by as much as five times and can contribute to heart failure and other heart conditions. Because of this reason, Dr. Eric Rashba, Director, Heart Rhythm Center, Stony Brook University Heart Institute, is raising awareness about this condition in hopes to get patients' hearts back in rhythm.
9/8/2014 Stony Brook CPR Event Preps People to Save Lives Less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims do not receive pre-hospital CPR, a vital step that can save a life. That startling American Heart Association statistic is one reason Stony Brook Medicine held a hands-only CPR training day at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium on September 7. Nearly 1,000 individuals, from children to seniors, attended to learn CPR.
9/4/2014 What is Keeping Your Kids Up at Night? Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to school-aged kids. Nearly three out of four children (72%) between the ages of 6 and 17 have at least one electronic device in their bedrooms while sleeping, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Children who leave those electronic devices on at night sleep less--up to one hour less on average per night, according to a poll released by the foundation earlier this year.
9/3/2014 Drug Therapies and Parent Training Help Children with ADHD and Severe Aggression Prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behavior management techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioral problems in children, according to a study conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
9/3/2014 Charles Taber Appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education Charles Taber, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, has been appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education effective September 1, 2014, announced Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
10/31/2014 People Change Their Moral Values to Benefit Themselves Over Others According to an old adage, if someone tells you "it's not about the money but the principle," chances are it is about the money. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds that people are quick to change their moral values depending on which rule means more cash for them instead of others.
10/30/2014 Dr. Vincent J. Iacono Installed as the Tarrson Family Professor of Periodontology Vincent J. Iacono, DMD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Chair of the Department of Periodontology, and a nationally recognized leader in periodontology research and education, was formally installed as the inaugural Tarrson Family Professor of Periodontology in the School of Dental Medicine during a Stony Brook University Investiture Ceremony.
10/30/2014 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Gets a Special Visit with a Few Tricks and Treats from Seawolves Football players Just in time for Halloween, members of the Stony Brook University Football team took some time off the field yesterday to lift the spirits of the young patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
10/28/2014 Stony Brook University and Island Federal Credit Union Announce 10-Year, $7 Million Campus-Wide Corporate Partnership Agreement Stony Brook University and Hauppauge-based Island Federal Credit Union ("Island") today announced a 10-year, $7 million corporate advertising sponsorship agreement that reaches across multiple areas of the University community including athletics, arts, academics, medicine, the Veteran's Home and alumni relations.
10/27/2014 Timothy Ecklund Named Dean of Students and Assistant VP for Student Affairs at SBU Timothy R. Ecklund, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs effective immediately, announced Stony Brook University Vice President for Student Affairs, Peter Baigent, Ed.D.
10/24/2014 Expert in Heart Failure Named Co-Director of Heart Institute Javed Butler MD, MPH, a physician and researcher who specializes in management and treatment of patients with heart failure, has joined Stony Brook Medicine as Co-Director of the Heart Institute and Chief of the Division of Cardiology, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.
10/24/2014 Stony Brook Medicine Updates Long Island Elected Officials on Ebola Preparedness Leadership from Stony Brook Medicine briefed Long Island elected officials yesterday on the hospital's readiness to combat Ebola. As one of eight hospitals designated statewide by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to treat potential patients who are infected with Ebola, Stony Brook University Hospital is playing a crucial role as a leader in New York State regarding this pivotal public health issue.
10/21/2014 Stony Brook Scientists Disprove Theory That Reconstructed Boron Surface is Metallic Scientific inquiry is a hit and miss proposition, subject to constant checking and rechecking. Recently, a new class of materials was discovered called topological insulators--nonmetallic materials with a metallic surface capable of conducting electrons. The effect, based on relativity theory, exists only in special materials--those with heavy elements--and has the potential to revolutionize electronics.
10/20/2014 Heidi Hutner Appointed As Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University Dr. Heidi Hutner, Director of Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University, has been appointed Director of the Sustainability Studies Program announced Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Hutner's announcement comes after serving as the Interim Director of the Sustainability Studies Program.
10/17/2014 Praise for Stony Brook Trauma Center as Police Officer is discharged from Hospital The Suffolk police officer who was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Huntington on September 22nd was discharged from Stony Brook University Hospital today. Officer Nicholas Guerrero, 36, was escorted out of the hospital front lobby with applause from more than one-hundred fellow officers along with physicians, nurses and other medical staff as he made his way into an ambulance that would transport him to a local rehabilitation facility.
10/15/2014 Scientists Map Key Moment in Assembly of DNA-Splitting Molecular Machine The proteins that drive DNA replication--the force behind cellular growth and reproduction--are some of the most complex machines on Earth. The multistep replication process involves hundreds of atomic-scale moving parts that rapidly interact and transform. Mapping that dense molecular machinery is one of the most promising and challenging frontiers in medicine and biology.
10/10/2014 First HealthDay Scholarship for Journalism Awarded to Alex Kramer Health news service HealthDay has awarded its first annual scholarship to Alex Kramer, a student enrolled in the School of Journalism's Master of Science Program at Stony Brook University.
10/10/2014 Stony Brook University Hosts Second Annual TEDxSBU Event Stony Brook University will host its second TEDxSBU event on Nov. 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The theme of this year's event is "Connect the Dots," and will feature 16 speakers and performers from Stony Brook's student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations.
10/9/2014 New, Expanded Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Opens at Stony Brook Medicine A new 15-bed unit in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at Stony Brook University Heart Institute was unveiled on Monday at Stony Brook Medicine.
10/9/2014 Stony Brook Professor Leads World's Largest Medical Study on the State of Mind and Consciousness at the Time of Death The results of a four-year international study of 2,060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals worldwide concluded that there is a unique experience of death for humans that appears far broader than what has been referred to as so called near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Sam Parnia, Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Director of Resuscitation Research at Stony Brook Medicine is lead author of the study, which is published in the journal Resuscitation.
10/9/2014 New Mobile Solar Unit is Designed to Save Lives When the Power Goes Out Brooke Ellison draws her own power from will, but the ventilator that keeps her alive requires uninterrupted electricity. Dr. Ellison, Director of Education and Ethics at Stony Brook University's Stem Cell Research Facility and Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, is allowing scientists to field-test, at her home, the Nextek Power Systems STAR, a mobile solar generator with battery storage. The testing focuses on potential equipment changes needed to secure FDA approval as a medical-grade, uninterrupted, clean-energy power resource for emergency situations like Superstorm Sandy or other disastrous events when power outages are rampant.
10/7/2014 Science on Tap Returns with Dr. Matthew Lerner on Autism: What Works and Why STONY BROOK, NY, October 7, 2014 - Science on Tap, a live event and web show created by the Stony Brook University School of Journalism's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, makes its debut at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Stony Brook Campus on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm with featured topic, "Autism: What Works and Why?
10/6/2014 Graduate Student in Chemistry Wins Scholarship for Protein Structural Research STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 6, 2014 - Meng Yang, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has won the tenth annual Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship. The Asian Pacific American Association at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsors the scholarship, which consists of $1,000 and a plaque, to honor the distinguished late Brookhaven Lab scientist for whom it was named.
10/6/2014 Social Entrepreneur Kicks Off Provost Lecture Series by Talking About Education and Job Creation at SBU Kicking off The Office of the Provost's Lecture series at Stony Brook University is social entrepreneur Bill Drayton, where he will speak on the topic of Education and Job Creation in a World of Accelerating Change. On Thursday, October 9 at 4 p.m. at the Tabler Arts and Humanities Center, Drayton will share his insightful view of a "changemaker world" where:
10/3/2014 Nationally Recognized Researcher and Educator Named Chair of Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology Tong Joo (TJ) Gan, MD, MHS, FRCA, an award-winning researcher in post-operative recovery and educator, has been named Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook Medicine, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.
10/3/2014 Stony Brook University Arena Ribbon Cutting a Slam Dunk Long Island's new athletic and entertainment destination is open for business as university administrators, elected officials, faculty, staff, students and student-athletes gathered for the Stony Brook University Arena grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held Friday morning.
10/3/2014 Can Diet Alter the Progression of Prostate Cancer? The Prostate Care Program at Stony Brook Medicine is seeking men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to participate in a study to see if diet affects disease progression. Called the Men's Eating and Living (MEAL) Study, sponsored nationally by the Alliance for Clinical Trials Oncology, part of a clinical trials network of the National Cancer Institute, the trial involves altering one's diet to include more vegetables, whole grains, fruit and fiber. Stony Brook is one of the sites participating in New York State, and the only one in Suffolk County.
10/3/2014 Iconic Journalists Woodward and Bernstein at Stony Brook October 16 Few journalists in American history have had the impact on their era and craft that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have. Pulitzer-winning journalists, Woodward and Bernstein will speak at Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD's Presidential Lecture entitled "Looking at the Presidency: from Nixon to Obama" at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:00pm. The lecture is free and open to the public
10/1/2014 Turning the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Yusuf Hannun, MD, Director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center, received a proclamation yesterday from Town of Brookhaven Supervisor, Ed Romaine, and Town of Brookhaven officials in recognition of "Turn the Town Pink," a month-long community health education initiative. The proclamation helped kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
10/1/2014 First diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S., What now? A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced yesterday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20. At that time, the individual did not have symptoms, but several days later, he began to feel ill. He went to a local emergency department, but was discharged and went home. As he continued to be symptomatic, he went to the emergency department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where is was admitted and isolated on Sunday.
10/1/2014 Health Risk: Childhood Obesity Today, one in three children can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.
11/26/2014 Thankful Long Island Toddler Gives Back to Stony Brook Children's Hospital Former patient, 4-yr-old Bobby Volk, who came through the Pediatric Emergency Department at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in September and needed emergency surgery, presented a giant check to Dr. Richard Scriven, a pediatric surgeon, today in the lobby of Stony Brook Medicine.
11/25/2014 Two SBU Professors Elected AAAS Fellows Two Stony Brook University Professors - Erwin London and Clinton Rubin - have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their efforts advancing science or its applications. Professors London and Rubin are among the 401 AAAS members elevated to the rank of Fellow who will be honored at the Fellows Forum held during the AAAS Annual Meeting in February 2015 in San Jose, Calif. This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced at the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on the November 28, 2014.
11/24/2014 Dr. Sharon Nachman Leads Network Involving NIH-Sponsored Study that Identifies Superior Drug Regimen for Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission The results of an international clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that taking a three-drug regimen during pregnancy prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission more effectively than taking a single drug during pregnancy, another during labor, and two more after giving birth.
11/24/2014 Nationally Recognized Breast Cancer Physician Named Associate Director for Translational Research at Cancer Center Alison T. Stopeck, MD, a breast cancer physician and researcher, has been appointed Associate Director for Translational Research at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, announced Yusuf Hannun, MD Director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center.
11/21/2014 Don't Let Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Ruin Your Thanksgiving The holiday season is upon us and most of these days and nights, are full of delicious festivities! However, there are millions of Americans who anticipate these celebrations with the fear of heartburn.
11/21/2014 Needleless Vaccination Developed at Stony Brook Takes 1st Place at Inventors Competition Three-time Stony Brook University graduate, Katarzyna (Kasia) M. Sawicka, PhD ('04, '05, '14), won first prize in the graduate division of the national Collegiate Inventors Competition for her invention of "Immuno-Matrix," a needless vaccination that is as simple as putting on a Band-Aid®. The first of its kind, Immuno-Matrix is a non-invasive skin patch that uses nanofibers to hold and effectively deliver a vaccine through the skin; it's painless, self-administered, and doesn't produce bio hazardous waste.
11/21/2014 Translational Cancer Researcher Named Director of Outpatient Medical Oncology Minsig Choi, MD, an expert in gastrointestinal cancers and translational oncology research, has been selected as Director of Outpatient Medical Oncology and Director of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, two newly created positions at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, announced Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director of the Cancer Center and Vice Dean for Cancer Medicine.
11/20/2014 Stony Brook Scientists Unveil First Structure Measurements of Molten Uranium Dioxide Nuclear power is part of the worldwide energy mix, accounting for around 10% of global electricity supply. Safety is the paramount issue. Uranium dioxide (UO2) is the major nuclear fuel component of fission reactors, and the concern during severe accidents is the melting and leakage of radioactive UO2 as it corrodes through its protective containment systems. Understanding--in order to predict--the behavior of UO2 at extreme temperatures is crucial to improved safety and optimization of this electricity source.
11/20/2014 Robert Lazarsfeld to Receive 2015 AMS Steele Prize for Exposition Robert Lazarsfeld, PhD, professor of Mathematics specializing in Algebraic Geometry at Stony Brook University will be awarded the 2015 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. He is honored for his two-volume work Positivity in Algebraic Geometry I and II (Springer, 2004). The prize citation notes that these books were "instant classics" that have profoundly influenced and shaped research in algebraic geometry over the past decade. Algebraic geometry, a major branch of modern mathematics with connections to many other areas of mathematics and also to physics, investigates the geometric properties of solutions to polynomial equations.
11/17/2014 Stony Brook Researchers Receive Two-Year INCITE Award of 50 Million Supercomputing Hours for Modeling Astrophysical Explosions A team of Stony Brook University researchers has been awarded 50 million hours on the Titan Cray XK7 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, to advance their research on modeling of astrophysical explosions. The two-year project, titled, "Approaching Exascale Models of Astrophysical Explosions," led by Astronomy Professor Michael Zingale in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, stems from the U.S. Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment award (INCITE), which provides the supercomputing hours.
11/13/2014 Recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes In Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences Announced The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. These distinguished winners, along with previously announced recipients in the Mathematics category, each receive a $3 million prize.
11/13/2014 Could Depression Actually be a form of Infectious Disease? Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. In a paper published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr.Canli suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. He presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of MDD.
11/12/2014 Brookhaven Science Associates Awarded Brookhaven Lab Management Contract Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (BSA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory under a new five-year base contract. Established as a partnership between Battelle and Stony Brook University, BSA has managed Brookhaven Lab since 1998.
11/10/2014 SBU Music Department Celebrates 27 Years of World Premieres with Concert Series The Music Department at Stony Brook University presents its 27th annual Stony Brook Premieres! concert on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook, NY and on Friday, Nov. 16 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY at 7:30 p.m.
11/10/2014 SBU Appoints Dr. Stella Tsirka as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Dr. Stella Tsirka has been appointed as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA) at Stony Brook University (SBU), effective immediately announced Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
11/7/2014 Stony Brook's James Lattimer Receives Prestigious 2015 Bethe Prize SUNY Distinguished Professor James Lattimer has been selected to receive the prestigious Hans A. Bethe prize, which is sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS). Professor Lattimer is a member of the Astronomy Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
11/7/2014 Stony Brook's Rouven Essig Receives 2015 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics Rouven Essig, PhD, an assistant professor at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has been selected to receive the 2015 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics which is sponsored by the American Physical Society.
11/6/2014 President Stanley And Dr. Ellen Li Donate $50,000 To Stony Brook Children's Hospital Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, a nationally prominent expert in infectious diseases, and his wife Dr. Ellen Li, a renowned gastroenterologist and research scientist at Stony Brook Medicine, announced they are making a $50,000 donation to Stony Brook Children's Hospital in honor of Dr. Li's parents, Mary and Henry Li.
11/6/2014 News Coverage of "Vintana" Discovery Goes Global News coverage about the discovery of a new fossil mammal by Stony Brook University paleontologist and Distinguished Professor Dr. David Krause and his team has gone global. The discovery of Vintana, published on Nov. 5 in the journal Nature, has grabbed headlines and captivated the news media from around the world.
11/5/2014 Newly Discovered Fossil is a Clue to Early Mammalian Evolution A newly discovered 66-70 million-year-old groundhog-like creature, massive in size compared to other mammals of its era, provides new and important insights into early mammalian evolution. Stony Brook University paleontologist David Krause, PhD, led the research team that unexpectedly discovered a nearly complete cranium of the mammal, which lived alongside Late Cretaceous dinosaurs in Madagascar. The findings, which shake up current views on the mammalian evolutionary tree, will be published in the journal Nature on November 5.
11/4/2014 SBU Launches Entrepreneur Interview Series - IMAX CEO Booked As First Guest Stony Brook University (SBU) College of Business today announced the launch of a new series of interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs who hail from Long Island. Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation - the billion-dollar movie technology company - will be the series first guest interview on November 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. in SBU's Wang Center.
11/4/2014 Stony Brook Announces Four Finalists for Inaugural Discovery Fund Award Sometimes you just have to do it yourself. That's what the Stony Brook Foundation did in establishing The Discovery Fund, which supports pioneering scientific breakthroughs with philanthropic giving in response to declining federal grants for basic research. Now, the finalists for the inaugural Discovery Fund Award have been selected and will compete for up to $200,000; the recipient(s) of which will be announced immediately following their presentations which will take place on Thursday, December 11 in New York City.
12/23/2014 Physical Therapy Professor Takes U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team to World Cup Dr. Eric Lamberg, EdD, PT, an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM) at Stony Brook University, led a group of 14 men from around the country to compete in the 2014 Amputee Soccer World Cup in Mexico this December. As head coach of the US National Amputee Soccer Team, Lamberg brought the team to new heights, as they advanced through several competitive rounds and finished the tournament ranked 12th of 30 teams worldwide.
12/19/2014 Two Stony Brook Physics Scholars Elected American Physical Society Fellows Two scholars from the Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy -- Abhay Deshpande and Rosalba Perna - have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for their exceptional contributions to the national and international physics enterprise.
12/19/2014 Stony Brook University's Top 14 Stories of 2014 A recap of the top 14 stories for 2014 at Stony Brook University:
12/18/2014 SBU Celebrates its 17th Annual December Commencement with 1,571 Degrees Conferred Stony Brook University held its 17th Annual December commencement ceremony today in the newly renovated Island Federal Credit Union Arena, where 1,571 students had their degrees conferred. The new graduates, which range in age from 20 - 77, joined approximately 150,000 of their predecessors around the globe whose lives and work personify the Stony Brook University mission.
12/18/2014 9550 Student Volunteers, 110,000 Hours of Community Service Places SBU on President's 2014 Community Engagement Honor Roll Stony Brook University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a member of the 2014 President's Higher Education Honor Roll (PHEHR) for Community Service, Economic Opportunity and Education. In addition, Stony Brook was awarded Honor Roll with Distinction for a new category: Interfaith Community Service. PHEHR is designed to acknowledge colleges and universities that focus on community service and service learning for solving community problems.
12/16/2014 Professor Iwao Ojima Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors Iwao Ojima, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) at Stony Brook University, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
12/16/2014 12/16/2014 "Happy Holidays from President Stanley, Dr. Ellen Li and all of us at Stony Brook University"
12/12/2014 Decking the Halls Safely During the Holidays It's the 'most wonderful time of the year' - but it is also one of the busiest times of year for the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook University Hospital. As the holidays approach, doctors at the Burn Center are urging people to take extra precautions and to eliminate potential dangers that could lead to serious burn injuries. "Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we see a significant increase in patients coming in with burns," said Steven Sandoval, MD, Medical Director, Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center, Stony Brook University Hospital. "Holiday celebrations should be full of joy, but if not careful, could quickly turn tragic." Dr. Sandoval says many of these burns and injuries can be preventable and shares some tips for a safe holiday season.
12/11/2014 Philanthropic Prize Supporting High Risk, High Reward Research Addressing Modern Problems Awarded To Laurie T. Krug For Research on How Viruses Cause Disease Laurie T. Krug, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University, is the first early career scientist to be named the Stony Brook University Discovery Prize Fellow, a new philanthropically-sponsored award established to fund high-risk, high-reward basic research projects. Krug was named today following a "Shark Tank"-meets-"TED Talk"-styled competition at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City. Krug was selected from one of four finalists for her project that researches herpes viruses that are associated with cancer and the idea of delivering molecular scissors to the site of virus infection using nanoparticles.
12/9/2014 Keeping Families Safe from the Flu The flu, or seasonal influenza virus, is extremely unpredictable. Its severity can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including the strains of flu spreading, availability of vaccines, how many people get vaccinated and how well the flu vaccine is matched to the flu viruses circulating each season. For these reasons, especially with recent news out of the CDC last week, many may be wondering, "should I be concerned about this flu season?"
12/9/2014 Singer and 'Pretty Little Liars' Actress Spreads Holiday Cheer to Kids at Stony Brook Children's Hospital 25-year-old Country singer and "Pretty Little Liars" actress (ABC Family) Lucy Hale visited patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on Monday, December 8th. Lucy delivered toys that were collected at the MyCountry96.1 FM's (JVC Broadcasting) 4th Annual Secret Holiday Show, signed autographs and took photos with the children.
12/9/2014 Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center, Is Master of Ceremonies at Stony Brook Discovery Fund Prize As author of several international best-sellers with science and math themes, host of the PBS series "Discovering the Great Minds of Science," long-time editor-in-chief of Discover magazine, and now president and CEO of Liberty Science Center, Paul Hoffman has his finger of the pulse of scientific breakthroughs.
12/8/2014 Long Island Motorcycle Enthusiasts Play Santa, Bring Toys to Kids at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Yesterday, toys and gift cards that were collected during the Full Throttle Magazine Winter Wonderland event on December 3rd were donated to patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital during the publication's 5th annual Toy Run
12/8/2014 Leading Healthcare Executive Joins Stony Brook as Chief of Operations for Population Health Joseph Lamantia, an experienced healthcare executive with extensive knowledge of administrative processes and financial operations, has been named Chief of Operations for Population Health at Stony Brook Medicine, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.
12/4/2014 Alan Alda's 'Flame Challenge' for 2015: What Is Sleep? The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to answer an eye-opening question: What is sleep?
12/3/2014 Dr. Michael Poon installed as Ambassador Gargano Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Stony Brook University Michael Poon, MD, FACC, FSCCT, Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine and a world-renowned cardiologist and imaging specialist, was formally installed as the inaugural Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging during a Stony Brook University Investiture Ceremony.
12/2/2014 Stony Brook Leadership Signs Last Beam to Make Phase 1 of MART Construction Complete In honor of the last piece of structural steel being erected on the newly constructed Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building at Stony Brook Medicine, leadership from the institution and elected officials from the area joined in a beam signing event yesterday morning.
12/1/2014 Two Stony Brook Surgeons Honored by Blanca's House Stony Brook Medicine surgeons Alexander Dagum, MD, and Henry Woo, MD, were honored for their volunteerism and commitment to Blanca's House at its 2014 Gala.