1/29/2015 Stony Brook University Alum and Light Welterweight Champ Chris Algieri Makes Kids at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Champs for The Day Light Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri took some time away from the ring and training yesterday to visit patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Stony Brook is familiar territory for Algieri, who graduated from the University with a bachelor's degree in healthcare sciences in 2007. He met with patients and their parents in the Child Life Playroom the hospital where he signed autographs, took pictures and showed the kids his WBO Light Welterweight Champion belt, which resulted in a lot of smiles and 'ooh's and ah's.'
1/28/2015 Stony Brook U's Emergency Operations Center Debuts on "The Weather Channel" SBU's Emergency Operations Center, staffed by 15-20 employees at the storm's peak on Tuesday morning was also thrust into the Weather Channel's Wake Up with Al's limelight early this morning as TWC reporter Raegan Medgie dropped in for a live interview with UPD Assistant Chief and Emergency Management Director, Larry Zacarese. The two minute segment highlighted the Center's facility and systems in place to help the Emergency Management team prepare for and respond to major incidents on the campus.
1/26/2015 Stony Brook Trauma Center Experts Shares Safety Tips in Severe Winter Weather Conditions The cold weather not only brings snow, ice and chilly weather, but a number of hazards such as slips and falls from wet floors and icy stairs; frostbite and hypothermia from exposure to extreme cold temperatures; overexertion when removing snow; and injury from hazardous driving conditions to snow blowers.
1/23/2015 Research Team Uses Nanostructure Surface Textures to Improve Solar Cells Light that bounces off of solar panels is lost energy and presents a ubiquitous problem for efficiently converting the sun's rays into electricity. Now a team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new anti-reflective design for solar panels based on nanostructured surface textures and inspired by the structures of the eyes of moths, which are designed to keep light from reflecting back out. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.
1/23/2015 As Cases of MRSA Climb on Long Island, Stony Brook Children's Expert Eases Concerns The number of students at Rocky Point High School confirmed with cases of the bacterial infection known as MRSA is now up to five, according to the school's Superintendent Michael F. Ring.
1/23/2015 Stony Brook Children's Doc Urges Families to Get Vaccinated after Disney Measles Outbreak Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials urging those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, to avoid Disney parks where the spread originated back in December.
1/21/2015 Four High School Students Mentored at Stony Brook Among 40 Intel STS Finalists to Compete for More than $1.6 Million in Scholarship Awards Four high school students who conducted their summer research projects at Stony Brook University and who were mentored in the labs of distinguished faculty at Stony Brook, were named among 40 finalists in the prestigious 2015 Intel Science Talent Search. Finalists were selected from a group of 300 semifinalists after Intel received more than 1,800 original entries, the highest number since 1998.
1/21/2015 Benjamin Hsiao Named Materials Research Society Fellow Benjamin Hsiao, PhD, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Affiliated Professor in Materials Science & Engineering, and Co-Founding Director of the Innovative Global Energy Solutions Center at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He will be recognized with this distinction at the MRS annual meeting in April in San Francisco.
1/20/2015 Researchers Discover How Brain Recognizes Danger Our existence depends on a bit of evolutionary genius aptly nicknamed "fight or flight." But where in our brain does the alarm first go off, and what other parts of the brain are mobilized to express fear and remember to avoid danger in the future?
1/16/2015 Shamash Takes New Role as Special Advisor to SUNY Chancellor on STEM-ED; Steps Down As CEAS Dean to Focus on VP for Economic Development Stony Brook University Provost Dennis N. Assanis announced that Yacov A. Shamash will step down as Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) upon the appointment of his successor. Shamash will continue to serve as Stony Brook University's Vice President for Economic Development. In parallel, he has been asked to work with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for STEM Education and Research. He will also play a key role in the promotion of SUNY's SPIR programs.
1/15/2015 SBU Students Credited Participants in Feature Film Still Alice, nominated for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Winning Film Performance for "Best Actress" for Julianne Moore Three Stony Brook University film students were credited participants in the full-length film Still Alice, nominated today for a 2014 Academy Award® for "Best Actress in a Leading Roll" and winner of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress," for Julianne Moore.
1/15/2015 President Stanley Appointed to NCAA Division I Board of Directors Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., has been appointed to a four year term on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors. Dr. Stanley was selected by the America East to be put forward to the NCAA as a nominee following the conclusion of his tenure as chairman of the America East Board of Presidents. The Division I Board represents nearly 350 NCAA Division I schools.
1/15/2015 Nationally Recognized Educator Named Dean of the School of Dental Medicine Mary R. Truhlar, DDS, MS, a nationally recognized dental medicine educator, has been named Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.
1/14/2015 Global communications strategist Nicholas Scibetta Appointed Vice President for Communications at Stony Brook University After a comprehensive national search, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. has appointed Nicholas Scibetta, Partner and Global Director of Ketchum Public Relations in NYC, as Vice President for Communications at Stony Brook University, effective January 26.
1/14/2015 David O. Conover Named Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University Following a nationwide search, David O. Conover, Interim Vice President for Research and Professor of Marine Science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Research at Stony Brook announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. Dr. Conover has been serving as Interim VP for Research for 13 months while the search was underway.
1/13/2015 Stony Brook Launches New Master's Degree in Applied Health Informatics The Stony Brook University School of Health Technology & Management is now offering a new Master's Degree in Applied Health Informatics for healthcare professionals. The development of the program is in response to urgent local and regional workforce demands and will foster telehealth services under New York State legislation passed this month that increases healthcare programs for rural communities, those with limited means, and patients suffering from chronic conditions.
1/13/2015 Stony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital Can Move Forward with Affiliation Agreement Following Unanimous SUNY BOT Vote Stony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital can move forward with a proposed affiliation agreement following a unanimous vote today at the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees meeting in Albany. The affiliation will enable the two hospitals to work more closely to improve healthcare quality and access, coordination and efficiency for patient care.
1/9/2015 Cancer Center Advances Research Program with New Pathology Expertise Four faculty recruited by the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine within the past year bring additional expertise to the Stony Brook University Cancer Center research program to help advance the development of new and more effective targeted therapeutics for cancer.
1/9/2015 Co-Director of Heart Institute Named Member of National Cardiology Board Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, has been named to the newly established Cardiology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The role of the board is to define and assess the full scope of practice certification guidelines for the ABIM specialty.
1/9/2015 Online Nursing and Business Graduate Programs Take a Leap in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Programs Ranking The Stony Brook University Online Graduate Nursing and Business (Human Resources) Programs are being recognized in the 2015 Best Online Programs ranking by U.S News & World Report. Stony Brook's Online Graduate Business (Human Resources) Program increased in the ranking to 45, representing a jump of 54 places from 2014's ranking. The Online Graduate Nursing Program also saw an increase and was recognized as the 13th overall best program for 2015.
1/8/2015 Mapping of Silver Matrix Formation in Batteries Will Enhance Efficiency Scientists at Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are using pioneering x-ray techniques to map internal atomic transformations of the highly conductive silver matrix formation within lithium-based batteries that may lead to the design of more efficient batteries. Their findings are published online today in the journal Science.
1/8/2015 Stony Brook Receives $2 Million DOE Grant to Create a New Super Energy-Saving Air Conditioning Vent A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop an active air conditioning vent capable of modulating airflow distribution, velocity, and temperature designed for commercial or residential units. Led by Ya Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the goal of the project is to create a vent that results in up to 30 percent energy savings through directed localization of existing building heating/cooling output.
1/8/2015 19 SBU Summer Research High School Students Named Intel Semifinalist Nineteen (19) Stony Brook University summer research high school students were named semifinalists in the prestigious 2015 Intel Science Talent Search. These young researchers were selected for the research they did while participating in various Stony Brook University summer programs where they worked in labs with renowned faculty, graduate and undergraduate student mentors. Winners were chosen from more than 1,800 entries, the highest number since 1998.
1/7/2015 High School Senior Working in Stony Brook Lab Takes Fifth in Siemens Competition, and Selected as a 2015 Intel Semifinalist Jay Zussman is a striking example of the scientifically minded youth of today who are tackling our most intractable problems. The high school senior spent last summer working in the lab of Nancy Hollingsworth, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University. His findings won him 5th place and a $20,000 prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and landed him a semifinalist spot in the prestigious 2015 Intel Science Talent Search.
1/7/2015 Bracing for a Tough Flu Season In early December, the Center of Disease Control officials warned that the year's flu season could result in more fatalities than in other years. CDC Director Tom Frieden noted that the dominant flu strain circulating this season, H3N2, tends to lead to a greater number of hospitalizations and fatalities than other strains. About half of the flu samples tested in the early stages of this year's flu season were a new H3 subtype of the virus that this year's vaccine is not well prepared to fight.
1/5/2015 Two Long Island High School Students Among Team that Files Patent Application for New Highly Effective, Eco-Friendly Flame Retardant Fire consumes wood ferociously, in a deadly blaze--but the substances used to treat wood to resist burning can also be noxious and toxic. A Stony Brook University Materials Science Professor guided an undergraduate and two Long Island high school students as they developed a patent-pending, environmentally sustainable way to render the wood used in construction flame retardant--and 5x stronger--using natural materials.
2/25/2015 New Technology Tracks Cell Lineage To Watch Evolution at Work Evolution is change, and not always for the better. Evolution, in fact, is at the core of many of the diseases that are hardest to treat. Pathogens such as bacteria and parasites evade their host's defenses or antimicrobial drugs through evolution. Cancer itself in an evolutionary process, whereby "rogue" cells evolve to grow beyond their normal barriers, migrate to distant locations in the body, and ultimately evade chemotherapy.
2/25/2015 Stony Brook Holds "Girl Power in STEM: Make it Happen!" On March 7, the Stony Brook University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program in conjunction with Brookhaven National Laboratory's Brookhaven Women in Science will hold "Girl Power in STEM: Make it Happen!" a symposium to celebrate the accomplishment of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The event brings together women who are Stony Brook faculty in the Sciences, Brookhaven Laboratory scientists, and other science professionals to educate students, aspiring scientists and engineers, and the community about women's careers in STEM.
2/23/2015 New Building Dashboard Provides Real-time Consumption Data and Sustainability Initiatives The Stony Brook University Office of Sustainability, Department of Energy Management and Division of Campus Residences have taken another step forward in the field of energy conservation and sustainability by implementing the Building Dashboard system. Available for review online, the new system allows the campus community to track energy utilization through real-time information fed from more than 120-building energy meters. Energy consumption data provided by the system includes electricity, solar electricity, steam, chilled water, natural gas, recycling statistics and information on sustainability initiatives.
2/23/2015 Family Concert "Musical Excursions!" Features Winner of Pre-College Concerto Competition, 14-Year Cellist Yasmine Kocan The University Orchestra at Stony Brook University will present "Musical Excursions!," its annual Family Concert, featuring 14-year-old cellist Yasmine Kocan, winner of the 2014 Stony Brook University Pre-College Concerto Competition. Kocan is currently a freshman at Riverhead High School. "Musical Excursions!" comes to the Staller Center for the Arts' Main Stage Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
2/23/2015 Stony Brook Physics Professor Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship Lukasz Fidkowski, PhD, an assistant professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has been selected to receive a 2015 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 to further his research.
2/20/2015 Stony Brook University Science on Tap Presents Shark Night, Feb. 24 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, presents Shark Night on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Stony Brook Yacht Club.
2/20/2015 Cut the Sugar, Up the Good Fats Stony Brook Medicine Registered Dietician Gives New Strategies for Heart Healthy Nutrition Eggs, anyways you like them, might be back on the breakfast menu. For decades, dietary cholesterol has been the focus of nutrition-related heart disease prevention. But now, as the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is preparing its 2015 report, new evidence has opened up the discussion that dietary cholesterol may not play as harmful of a role in heart disease as once thought.
2/17/2015 Oncology Nurses at Stony Brook University Hospital Share the Medicine of Love, Host Romantic Evenings for Their Patients There's a new dating hot-spot and it's at Stony Brook University Hospital. A group of oncology nurses have been playing cupid, putting together a 'date night' for their patients right in their hospital rooms - with the hopes that these patients will forgot about having cancer, even just for a little while.
2/13/2015 IT'S A GIRL! The Midwifery Practice at Stony Brook Celebrate their 10,000th Birth The Midwifery Practice at Stony Brook celebrated their 10,000th birth yesterday. The Midwives created a countdown on social media and were anticipating this birth for a few weeks! With three women admitted into the Labor and Delivery Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital on Wednesday night, the race was on to see which baby would be "crowned" number 10,000th!
2/13/2015 Stony Brook University Named Top Public University By The Business Journals Stony Brook University has been named one of the top public universities by The Business Journals (TBJ), the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States. Stony Brook ranked #34 out of 484 four-year public institutions.
2/11/2015 Research Team Finds How CBD, a Component in Marijuana, Works Within Cells A team of Stony Brook University researchers have identified fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) as intracellular transporters for two ingredients in marijuana, THC and CBD (cannabidiol). The finding, published early online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is significant because it helps explain how CBD works within the cells. Recent clinical findings have shown that CBD may help reduce seizures and could be a potential new medicine to treat pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy.
2/9/2015 Study Reveals Industrial Aerosol Emissions Has Changed the Relationship Between Temperature and Precipitation in the Northern Tropics An international team of scientists, including Minghua Zhang, Dean and Director of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), has found that man-made aerosol emissions from industrial processes have changed the relationship between temperature and precipitation in the northing tropics. The findings, published early online in Nature Geoscience, may help to indicate the shifts in seasonal rainfall in Central America, which is critical for agriculture in the region.
2/6/2015 Actor and Visiting Professor Alan Alda Hosts a "Getting Beyond a Blind Date With Science" Discussion at Stony Brook University Alan Alda - actor, writer, science advocate and visiting professor at Stony Brook University - will share his passion for science communication in a public talk entitled, "Getting Beyond a Blind Date With Science." Held on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook University, Alda will explore the following questions: Why is it so important for scientists, engineers and health professionals to communicate effectively with the public? And how can they learn to do it better?
2/6/2015 Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates the World's Brightest Synchrotron Light Source U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz today dedicated the world's most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The NSLS-II is a $912-million DOE Office of Science User Facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light used to examine a wide range of materials, including superconductors and catalysts, geological samples, and biological proteins to accelerate advances in energy, environmental science, and medicine.
2/3/2015 After the Storm: Tips for Surviving Old Man Winter's Inconveniences As each winter storm ends and it's time to get back the daily grind, getting out of the house and back on the roads could come with some risk and potential injury. Experts from the Stony Brook University Trauma Center share some tips that go beyond the usual winter safety driving advice and touch upon those often overlooked inconveniences that winter storms leave behind in order to decrease injuries and major accidents.
2/3/2015 Stony Brook's Morgan DiCarlo Named New Face of Engineering BY ASCE Stony Brook University civil engineering student Morgan DiCarlo '16 has been named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering - College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This program recognizes young and talented engineering students who through their academic achievements demonstrate strong analytical skills, practical ingenuity, creativity, good communication skills, business and management knowledge, leadership, high ethical standards, professionalism and flexibility.
2/2/2015 Study Finds Transgender Children Are Clear About Their Identity A visible and growing number of transgender children in North America live in alignment with their gender identity rather than their natal sex, yet scientific research has largely ignored them. No longer, says Nicholas Eaton, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Eaton and his colleagues at the TransYouth Project have started the first large-scale, national study of socially-supported transgender kids.
2/2/2015 Women: Have Questions About Heart Disease? Heart disease is often thought of as a health problem for men, but more and more women die of heart disease each year than men, and from any other disease including breast cancer. One challenge is that some heart disease symptoms in women may be different from those in men.
2/2/2015 Alan Alda Elected an American Physical Society Fellow Alan Alda, renowned actor, director, writer, and a founding board member of Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Alda will be recognized with other new fellows in the March issue of APS News.
3/31/2015 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month -- Stony Brook "Stands Up" In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a national campaign facilitated annually by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO), student groups and administration at Stony Brook University are launching a month-long calendar of events that will address issues ranging from healthy sexuality to empowering survivors to bystander intervention. A VIP Workshop titled Bystander Basics workshop, held during campus lifetime, will kick off the awareness and prevention campaign on April 1. Other events, held through April 30, will include the Monument Quilt Event on April 3, Green Dot on April 25 training, Take Back the Night on April 29, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Resources workshops and more.
3/30/2015 Stony Brook Nutritionists Say the New Diet Trend is Skipping the Trend Looking for a new diet? Trying to determine what will be on your dinner plate by glancing at the headlines, well think again. While some consumers may feel like the ideal diet is always changing, Stony Brook Medicine Nutritionists say - "nutrition, like medicine and science, is evolving with new research tools enabling new discoveries and better recommendations." However, most of what makes up a high quality diet doesn't change with the latest research study.
3/27/2015 Organ Donation: 6 Myths that Might Change Your Mind about Giving the Gift of Life Did you know that one organ donor can save up to eight lives? And that could be extremely helpful given the fact that in New York State alone, over 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, according to LiveOnNY (formally the New York Organ Donor Network). More than 8,000 people await kidneys; over 1,300 need livers; and more than 300 need hearts.
3/26/2015 Gates Foundation's Peter M. Small, MD, Appointed Founding Director of the Stony Brook University Global Health Institute Peter M. Small, MD, Deputy Director of the Tuberculosis Delivery Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been appointed as Founding Director of the Stony Brook University Global Health Institute (GHI) effective August 1, 2015, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. Established in 2013 with a $10 million philanthropic commitment to endow the Institute based on Stony Brook's main campus, the Global Health Institute was conceived as a university-wide interdisciplinary research center to drive cutting-edge, health-improvement-oriented research in Madagascar, an island country located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa with which Stony Brook University has a near 30-year history and deep ties. Madagascar is a vital research site for initiatives that will benefit the world because of its rich biodiversity.
3/25/2015 Toward Mentoring Excellence, Stony Brook University Commits Resources to SU2C Stony Brook University is the first higher education institution committed to providing cancer researchers as mentors to high school students under a program run by "Stand Up To Cancer" (SU2C) and PBS LearningMedia. Called the EMPEROR Science Award Program, the education initiative encourages students from economically disadvantaged high schools to pursue careers in science, with a particular emphasis on cancer research through a year of mentorship with a scientist from a leading research institution or industry.
3/25/2015 Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Hosts NASA FameLab Competition The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is hosting a regional heat of the NASA FameLab Competition, April 16 and 17, 2015 at the Charles B. Wang Center on the Stony Brook campus. Entry into the competition, and reservations to attend the public event, which is free of charge, can be made through the Alan Alda Center.
3/24/2015 Med Students "Match" to Leading Programs in New York, Nationwide 115 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students matched to residency programs in New York and 17 other states at this year's Match Day, an annual event when more than 25,000 graduating medical students find out where they will launch their medical careers as resident physicians. Most residency programs begin July 1.
3/23/2015 Judith B. Greiman Named Chief Deputy to the President of Stony Brook University Judith B. Greiman, President of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) has been appointed Chief Deputy to the President of Stony Brook University effective July 1, 2015 announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
3/19/2015 A High Tech Option for Colon Cancer Screening Colonoscopies are one of those necessary screenings that people tend to put off -- despite the fact that if detected early, colorectal cancers have extremely high survival rates. In recent years, an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy has emerged as an option for many patients - called virtual colonoscopy. Matthew Barish, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Division Co-Chief, Abdominal Imaging, and Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Stony Brook Medicine, talks about the benefits and risks of this high-tech screening device and how it could be life-saving.
3/18/2015 Stony Brook Professor Selected for China`s High-end Foreign Experts Program Energy and environmental issues are both national and transnational in scope, and as such require the cooperation of experts and countries on a global scale. Stony Brook University is playing an important role in worldwide eco-partnership efforts, one research expert at a time, as Materials Science Professor Devinder Mahajan was selected by China to participate in its High-End Foreign Experts program. His first trip to China will be in April; he will travel there up to four times a year over the next three years.
3/18/2015 Stony Brook University Lauds SUNY BOT Vote to Advance New School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, lauded the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees for voting to adopt a resolution endorsing the University's effort to confer the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, subject to approval by the New York State Board of Regents. The vote is a major step forward establishing the Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). The SPPS would be the first School of Pharmacy on Long Island and adds to the existing Health Science Schools at Stony Brook University, joining the Schools of Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, Social Welfare and the Program in Public Health.
3/17/2015 Wounded Police Officer Discharged from Stony Brook University Hospital Suffolk County police officer Mark Collins who was wounded while pursuing a suspect late Wednesday night in Huntington Station was discharged Sunday afternoon from Stony Brook University Hospital.
3/17/2015 Scientists Find Tropical Cyclone Size Controlled By Relative Sea-Surface Temperatures A team of scientists including Minghua Zhang, Dean and Director of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), have found that the size of tropical cyclones is controlled by their underlying sea-surface temperatures (SST) relative to the conditions of the mean SST within the surrounding tropical zone of the storms. Their findings, published early online in Nature Communications, imply that under a warmer climate, the size of tropical cyclones (including hurricanes), are not based on the absolute value of SST alone.
3/16/2015 Bioscience Company Licenses Stony Brook Discovery to Treat Canine Periodontal Disease Traverse Biosciences has signed an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to develop a drug to treat canine periodontal disease. The potential therapy would fulfill an unmet medical need, as periodontitis affects approximately 80 percent of dogs by the age of three and leads to tooth loss. The drug candidate comes from a discovery by Stony Brook University scientists who have developed a library of proprietary agents designed to treat inflammation.
3/12/2015 New York Islanders Score Big with Patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital There might have been some sad faces after a loss against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night - the final faceoff at Nassau Coliseum for both New York based National Hockey League teams - but the New York Islanders scored big smiles with patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on Wednesday afternoon as three players visited the hospital.
3/12/2015 Patrick Hearing Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology Patrick Hearing, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy is the prestigious leadership group of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization.
3/11/2015 7 Ways to Reduce the Risks for Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for men and women combined. And this year alone, it is expected to cause nearly 50,000 deaths.
3/10/2015 Wide Range of Stony Brook Programs Cited in 2016 Edition of US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Stony Brook University is named frequently in a listing of highly ranked programs in graduate education, according to the 2016 edition of US News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" publication. The rankings reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs. The publication focuses on programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing had the highest jump in ranking, as it rose 76 spots from being ranked 166th in 2011 to 90th in 2015.
3/6/2015 Michael Ferdman Receives NSF CAREER Award Totaling $500K Michael Ferdman, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ferdman will receive NSF CAREER funding of $500,000 over the next five years to support his project titled "Leveraging Temporal Streams for Micro-Architectural Innovation in Data Center Servers."
3/5/2015 Walk for Beauty The Walk for Beauty has raised more than over $1.275 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.
3/5/2015 Rapid Changes in Lovejoy Comet's Tail Observed A team of astronomy researchers from Stony Brook University, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and Tsuru University are the first to reveal clear details about the rapidly changing plasma tail of the comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy). The observation and details behind the discovery are published in a paper in the March 2015 edition of the Astronomical Journal.
3/5/2015 5 Tips to Fight off the Winter Blues With the forecast calling for more snow today, this 'eternal' winter the North-East has been suffering through has many in the region calling it quits on this season. But if you have been feeling moody or even depressed this winter, you're not alone. About 10 million Americans are said to be effected with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Another 10 to 20 percent could have a mild case of the disorder.
3/4/2015 The International Conference on Masculinities Explores Gender Activism and Gender Justice: Jane Fonda, Sheryl Sandberg, Gloria Steinem to Headline The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM) at Stony Brook University will host the International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality, a four-day symposium to encourage men's activism in support of gender justice and increase cooperation between feminist activists and academic researchers who address these issues. The event will be held from March 5-8 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
3/3/2015 Fresh from Covering the Nuclear Arms Talks in Geneva, Ann Curry to Deliver Colvin Lecture at Stony Brook University, March 10 at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m., Stony Brook University welcomes five-time Emmy Award-winning NBC News anchor and correspondent, Ann Curry, who will deliver the Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture at Staller Center for the Arts. The talk is free and open to the public.
4/29/2015 $2.2 Million Raised for Scholarships at the 16th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala More than $2.2 million was raised to support scholarships at the 16th annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala on Wednesday, April 22. The gala, held at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, honored legendary actress and activist Jane Fonda for her support as a member of the Board of Directors of Stony Brook University's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM). The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Stony Brook Foundation
4/22/2015 Report: Single Stream Recycling Leads to 25 Percent Increase in Recyclables Recovered Researchers at the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University released a report today that analyzed the 2014 Town of Brookhaven switch from dual stream recycling (separating the collection of paper and containers) to single stream recycling (paper and containers collected together). The report revealed that the change led to a 25 percent increase in recyclables recovered from 2013 to 2014, and significantly fewer recyclable materials mixed in with the disposable trash.
4/22/2015 Stony Brook SHTM Faculty Member Named a "Top 25" Phlebotomy Professor Kathleen Finnegan, Clinical Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the Stony Brook University School of Technology and Management, has been named to a national list of the "25 Top Phlebotomy Professors." The ranking was developed according to a survey analysis by MedicalTechnologySchools.com.
4/21/2015 Stony Brook Chemistry Professor Wins Inorganic Nanoscience Award Stanislaus S. Wong, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, is the 2015 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Inorganic Nanoscience Award. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina NanoCenter, the annual award recognizes "sustained excellence, dedication, and preservation in research in the area of inorganic nanoscience."
4/21/2015 New Mathematical Model to Predict Pharmacodynamic Activity May Improve Drug Discovery A new mathematical model that uses drug-target kinetics to predict how drugs work in vivo may provide a foundation to improve drug discovery, which is frequently hampered by the inability to predict effective doses of drugs. The discovery by Peter Tonge, a Professor of Chemistry and Radiology, and Director of Infectious Disease Research at the Institute for Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB & DD) at Stony Brook University, along with collaborators at Stony Brook University and AstraZeneca, is published advanced online in Nature Chemical Biology.
4/20/2015 Billy Joel, Charles Wang and Prof Ben Shneiderman To Address the Class of 2015 at Stony Brook University Commencement Ceremonies Stony Brook University will confer honorary degrees this year upon three luminaries who have established remarkable legacies in their respective fields. Long Island's Piano Man, William Martin Joel, will receive a Doctor of Music; world renowned computer scientist Professor Ben Shneiderman, a two-time Stony Brook alumnus who pioneered the human-computer interaction and the highlighted textual link, will receive a Doctor of Science; and one of Long Island's most prolific businessmen and philanthropists, Charles B. Wang, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. All three will don academic regalia along with nearly 6,000 students as they join in the University's 55th Commencement ceremony. Mr. Joel and Mr. Wang will speak at the Friday, May 22 Commencement Ceremony that begins at 11 am at LaValle Stadium; Prof. Shneiderman will speak at the prestigious Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 21 at 1 PM in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
4/20/2015 60 = 50: New Study Reveals Increases in Life Expectancy Reflect Slower Population Aging Everyone knows that 60 is the new 50. But now, Warren Sanderson, a Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University, and Sergei Scherbov, a project leader at an Austrian research institute, have written an article about future population projections for Europe up to the year 2050 published in PLOS ONE, which shows that, counterintuitively, population aging is slower when life expectancy increase is faster - 60 really is the new 50.
4/17/2015 Stony Brook Named the #4 "Environmentally Responsible University" in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges As Stony Brook University readies for its annual week-long “Earthstock” celebration leading up to Earth Day on April 24, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition announced that the University ranked the #4 most environmentally responsible “green” college. The Guide to Green Colleges is the only free, comprehensive resource identifying colleges with exemplary commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. Schools were also ranked based on their 2014 Green Rating score (of 60 to 99), which Stony Brook ranked 99 – the highest score possible.
4/17/2015 Spring is here! Get Rid of Ugly Varicose Veins, Show Legs off By Summer Embarrassed to show off your legs this summer? Well you're not alone. Varicose veins affect more than 30 million adults in the US between the ages of 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.
4/14/2015 Leman Akoglu Receives NSF CAREER Award Leman Akoglu, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Akoglu will receive NSF CAREER funding of $507,000 over the next five years to support her project titled "A General Framework for Methodical and Interpretable Anomaly Mining."
4/13/2015 Could Your Morning Cup of Joe Be Associated with Reducing Cancer Risks? Coffee is a morning staple for most Americans who turn to a hot cup to help increase wakefulness and to try to improve concentration and focus. Coffee is known as the world's most popular beverage, with over one billion drinkers world-wide and 6.7 million tons global consumption yearly. But over the years there has been some conflicting reports on whether having that cup of Joe is good or bad for your health?
4/10/2015 Billy Joel, Charles Wang, And Prof. Ben Shneiderman To Address The Class Of 2015 At Stony Brook University Commencement Ceremonies Stony Brook University will confer honorary degrees this year upon three luminaries who have established remarkable legacies in their respective fields. Long Island's Piano Man, William Martin Joel, will receive a Doctor of Music; world renowned computer scientist Professor Ben Shneiderman, a two-time Stony Brook alumnus who pioneered the human-computer interaction and the highlighted textual link, will receive a Doctor of Science; and one of Long Island's most prolific businessmen and philanthropists, Charles B. Wang, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.
4/8/2015 Stony Brook Receives NIH Award to Develop a Bioscience Hub The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Stony Brook University's Center for Biotechnology a three-year $3 million grant through the SUNY Research Foundation to establish the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH). The grant is part of the NIH's Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program and one of only three awarded nationwide. It is a collaboration between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory and is designed to help accelerate the translation of biomedical discoveries into new drugs, devices, and diagnostics to improve patient care and enhance health.
4/3/2015 Neurosurgery Leaders Endorse Interventional Thrombectomy to Treat Acute Stroke Henry Woo, MD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Neurological Surgery, Director of the Cerebrovascular Center and Co-Director of the Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center at Stony Brook Medicine's Neurosciences Institute, along with other national leaders in neurosurgery, strongly endorse interventional thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke secondary to emergent large brain vessel occlusions in a paper published online in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
5/29/2015 121 New Physicians from Stony Brook Medicine Launch Careers Stony Brook Medicine's latest crop of new physicians - all 121 who received their MD degrees during the 41st Convocation of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine on May 21 - will begin their careers as practicing physician starting in July. Collectively nearly half of the Class of 2015 will begin residency in New York State. The rest will train at academic medical centers and other healthcare institutions in 17 other states.
5/28/2015 Study Suggests that Dinosaurs were Warm-Blooded Dinosaurs grew as fast as your average living mammal, according to a research paper published by Stony Brook University paleontologist Michael D'Emic, PhD. The paper, to published in Science on May 29, is a re-analysis of a widely publicized 2014 Science paper on dinosaur metabolism and growth that concluded dinosaurs were neither ectothermic nor endothermic--terms popularly simplified as 'cold-blooded' and 'warm-blooded'--but instead occupied an intermediate category.
5/26/2015 Removing Mutant p53 Significantly Regresses Tumors, Improves Cancer Survival Removing accumulated mutant p53 protein from a cancer model showed that tumors regress significantly and survival increases. This finding, by an international team of cancer researchers led by Ute Moll, MD, Professor of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is reported in a paper published advanced online May 25 in Nature.
5/22/2015 Stony Brook University Celebrates 55th Commencement Ceremony Honoring Billy Joel and Charles B Wang with Honorary Degrees At Stony Brook University's 55th commencement ceremony today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, 6,298 students had their degrees conferred, becoming the University's newest alumni. They joined more than 155,000 of their forerunners around the globe whose lives and work personify the mission of Stony Brook.
5/22/2015 Five Brooklyn Women Embody the Success of Stony Brook University's EOP/AIM Program As a prestigious AAU flagship of the SUNY system, Stony Brook University prides itself on access to excellence for economically disadvantaged students by maintaining competitive in-state tuition, merit-based scholarship opportunities and a highly successful Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) program. Just ask these five women: Lyncia Bertil, Kamala Moore, Deronna John, Natalie Fordjour and Shanice Richards. Three are first-generation Americans, and all of their families settled in the Flatbush and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn after traveling from Barbados, Grenada, Haiti and Ghana. Some grew up together, others met on day one as freshmen enrolled in the EOP Summer Academy, and on Friday, May 22, they will together, as great friends, receive four-year degrees - with honors - from Stony Brook, with majors that include biology (pre-med), health science, clinical laboratory science, psychology, women's gender studies and sociology.
5/21/2015 Media Advisory: Stony Brook University to Confer 6,298 Degrees at 55th Commencement Ceremony Stony Brook University's 55th May commencement ceremony will award 6,298* degrees and three honorary degrees to luminaries who have established remarkable legacies in their respective field. The degrees awarded include: 3,823 Bachelors 1,761 Masters 473 Doctoral 199 Certificates 121 MDs 39 DDS
5/20/2015 Stony Brook Archaeologists Find the Earliest Evidence of Stone Tool Making in Cradle of Humankind Stony Brook, N.Y., May 20, 2015 - Our ancestors were making stone tools even earlier than we thought--some 700,000 years older. That's the finding of the West Turkana Archaeological Project (WTAP) team--co-led by Stony Brook University's Drs. Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis--who have found the earliest stone artifacts, dating to 3.3 million years ago, at a site named Lomekwi 3 on the western shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
5/20/2015 Stony Brook University Set To Launch Georgica Pond Research Project Stony Brook University has partnered with a group of homeowners from the Georgica Pond community, and the East Hampton Town Trustees, to form a public-private partnership to address water quality issues on the east end of Long Island. Local residents have raised $359,000 to support the research project, which will investigate the causes of environmental degradation and the toxic algae blooms observed in Georgica Pond over the last several years. Research will be led by Dr. Chris Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Based on the research findings, the partnership will work closely with the Nature Conservancy to develop a plan of action to remediate the Georgica Pond eco-system. This plan will also help inform other communities in Long Island facing similar water quality issues.
5/20/2015 Researchers to Create "CyberCardia" Platform for Advanced Medical Device Development A virtual-heart platform proposed by Stony Brook researchers and colleagues to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $4.2 million over five years.
5/19/2015 Stony Brook University School of Journalism Awarded National Accreditation Stony Brook University's School of Journalism has been awarded national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in recognition of the school's outstanding program.
5/15/2015 Four High School Seniors Inspired by HOPE to Attend Stony Brook Sixteen high school seniors from underserved communities on Long Island who completed Stony Brook's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program celebrated their "graduation" from HOPE and are on their way to college. A ceremony took place at Stony Brook Medicine to honor their accomplishment on May 12. The students are from the Brentwood, Longwood and Wyandanch school districts. Four students will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall.
5/8/2015 Department of Chemistry Wins Safety Award The Stony Brook University Department of Chemistry is the 2015 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) University Safety Award. The award is presented to an academic department engaged in chemical research that has demonstrated significant progress in creating a culture of safety. The Department was presented with the award at the CCR Annual Meeting on May 6 in Alexandria, Va.
5/8/2015 Stony Brook's Simons Center "Iconic Wall" dedicated Friday, May 8 at 4:00pm; The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics will host the unveiling of the "Iconic Wall," a site-specific permanent 25.25' x 20' x2" installation/sculpture depicting significant equations and diagrams from mathematics and physics that span several thousand years.
5/7/2015 Stony Brook Biological Anthropologist Named Chair of Anatomical Sciences Randy Susman, PhD, an expert in Biological Anthropology and a Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University for more than 25 years, has been named Chair of the Department, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Susman's tenure as Chair of Anatomical Sciences begins on May 10.
5/7/2015 Stony Brook University Hospital-led Suffolk Care Collaborative Launches New Website The Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) today launched its new website dedicated to providing information and fostering communication on behalf of the more than 500 organizational partners in the Stony Brook University Hospital Performing Provider System (PPS) for Suffolk County. Known as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), this federal program represents an historic opportunity to change how healthcare is delivered in Suffolk County, particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients. Under DSRIP, the SCC has evolved as a result of the recent partnership of thousands of healthcare delivery partners across Suffolk County, NY.
5/6/2015 Stony Brook Athletes and Community Salute ALS Patients "Riding for Life" A chorus of cheers and bagpipers could be heard as patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) rode onto the Stony Brook University Campus in their power wheelchairs at the annual Ride for Life event. Stony Brook University athletes escorted the Riders who rode to Stony Brook to take part in the Pinwheel Remembrance Ceremony on May 2, the cornerstone event of the 12-day power wheelchair Ride for Life trek across Long Island that ends in Manhattan on May 9.
5/4/2015 2014-15 Stony Brook Online Learning Development (S-BOLD) Initiative Awards Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr, MD, and Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in support of the continuing evolution of educational excellence, have established the Stony Brook Online Learning Development Initiative (S-BOLD), funded initially for four years at a level of $250,000 per year. This initiative sought new and innovative proposals to develop both online and blended-learning courses and tools that would offer special opportunities for learners at Stony Brook University and beyond. A successful proposal must have had significant curricular impact and advance understanding of effective practices for online learning.
5/4/2015 Two Faculty from Stony Brook University Selected 2015 Guggenheim Fellows Two Stony Brook University scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences -- Matthew Barnson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips -- have been named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows based on "distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future." Guggenheim fellowships are intended for faculty who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Barnson and Phillips were selected as part of a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. They were chosen from among more than 3,100 applicants.
6/23/2015 Evolutionary Feeding Advantages of "Warm Fish" Now Affected by Human Impacts Scientists have commonly thought that fish which evolved to become endothermic, or warm-blooded, may allow them to be more active in colder waters and thus exploit more food sources. But a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Daniel Madigan, PhD, a Stony Brook University marine biologist, and colleagues nationally, reveals that this is not the case and that combined effects of overfishing and environmental changes can impact the performance of these fish.
6/22/2015 Astronomers Discover 854 Ultra-Dark Galaxies in the Famous Coma Cluster A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have discovered 854 "ultra-dark galaxies" in the Coma Cluster by analyzing data from the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope. The new discovery, published in the June 2015 edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, surpasses the 2014 discovery of 47 mysterious dark galaxies by more than 800 and suggests that galaxy clusters are the key environment for the evolution of these mysterious dark galaxies.
6/19/2015 Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life at Stony Brook More than 800 people, including some 300 cancer survivors, came together to celebrate survivorship and life with their families and Stony Brook University Cancer Center caregivers at Stony Brook's annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The beautiful, bright June day brought many sunny smiles to those in attendance, as well as stories of hope from survivors ranging from the very young to those in their golden years.
6/18/2015 "We Are HeForShe": Stony Brook University Commits to Take Action for Gender Equality Following IMPACT 10x10x10's launch earlier this year, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD today announced that he has joined UN Women's HeForShe solidarity movement as an IMPACT 10x10x10 champion, making Stony Brook University one of 10 universities around the world committing to take bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. This work will be done in partnership with UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. On Sept. 20, 2014, UN Women introduced HeForShe, which aims to mobilize one billion men and boys in support of gender equality.
6/17/2015 Consumers Digest Names Stony Brook University the #5 Most Valuable Public University Stony Brook University has been named the #5 most valuable public college and university by Consumers Digest, a magazine committed to providing practical advice, factual evaluations and specific recommendations that lead consumers to exceptional values in today's complex marketplace. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institution's academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. Stony Brook is among 100 colleges and universities, out of some 2,000 U.S. schools, that have been identified.
6/16/2015 Climate and Ecosystem Instability Delayed Dinosaur Success Climate and plant community instability may have hampered the success of dinosaurs in the tropics during the Late Triassic Period (235-201 million years ago), according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This finding was reached by co-author Alan H. Turner, PhD, of Stony Brook University, and an international team of scientists by examining the sedimentary rocks and fossil record preserved in the Chinle Formation in northern New Mexico to investigate the environment in tropical latitudes during the Late Triassic.
6/15/2015 Stony Brook Enters Licensing Deal to Bring Anti-Cancer Technology to Market Stony Brook University has entered into a licensing agreement with a startup company, CadheRx Therapeutics, to develop and market an anti-cancer technology discovered by Sabine Brouxhon, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The technology involves use of an antibody-based cancer therapy that down-regulates a plethora of pathways associated with resistant disease. The approach could advance treatment for patients with many forms of cancer, including breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and other epithelial-derived cancers.
6/8/2015 Stony Brook Among 8 Universities Selected to Test-drive NSF Funded PULSE certification of Undergraduate Biology Education Stony Brook University has been selected to test-drive the PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education) certification process, an ambitious endeavor designed to motivate important changes in life sciences education nationwide. More than 70 life science departments applied to be part of the pilot certification project, funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, and eight were selected based on initial evidence of transformed and innovative educational practices. The programs chosen represent a wide variety of schools, including two-year colleges, liberal-arts institutions, regional comprehensive colleges, research universities and Minority Serving Institutions. In addition to Stony Brook, schools selected include Gaston College, Whatcom Community College, Davidson College, Georgia Southern University, the University of Wyoming and Morgan State University.
6/5/2015 Beam It Up Densely: Transporting Quantum Information Without Moving Matter A team of scientists have taken quantum teleportation - a method of communicating information from one location to another without having to physically move it - to a higher level by using certain high-dimensional states (which they dubbed "donut" states) for teleportation. Stony Brook University physicist Tzu-Chieh Wei, PhD, and colleagues nationally demonstrated that their method works, is more reliable than previous teleportation schemes, and could be a stepping stone toward building a quantum communications network. Their findings appear in Nature Communications.
6/1/2015 Stony Brook History Professor Named a National Humanities Center Fellow April Masten, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. Professor Masten joins 36 other distinguished international scholars who were selected as the 2015-16 Fellows. For more about the selection of the Fellows and the National Humanities Center, see this announcement.
6/1/2015 Critically Endangered Ocean Giant is Reproducing Without Sex in the Wild Are males truly essential for reproduction? Female birds, reptiles and sharks living in captivity have sometimes surprised their keepers by giving birth even though, as far as anyone can remember, they have never been housed with a male. Scientists used DNA analysis to solve this mystery some time ago, showing that these offspring were produced by asexual reproduction, a process called parthenogenesis, or "virgin birth." Although these events have captured tremendous public interest, it was unknown if this ever occurred in wild populations of these animals.
6/1/2015 Alan Alda Announces Winners of Stony Brook University's Flame Challenge: Scientist Explained Sleep to 11-year-olds It's like a superpower, a TV with static, a brain-cleaning system, a study hall, a practice session for video games. Those were just some of the metaphors used to explain sleep by the winners of Stony Brook University's Flame Challenge contest, announced today by Alan Alda.
7/31/2015 Stony Brook Professor Receives Cyber Research Institute Grant to Tackle Tech Support Scams Tech Support Scams appeared first in 2008 and since then, despite various crackdowns by the Federal Trade Commission, there have been thousands of individuals who have fallen victim and lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Nick Nikiforakis, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University and member of the National Security Institute, has been awarded a $67K grant from the Cyber Research Institute (CRI) to continue his research and work in technical support scams to help this ongoing issue. The grant will fund his research project, Tools and Techniques for Understanding and Detecting Technical Support Scams, which investigates the techniques used by scammers and designs effective defense systems against those scams.
7/31/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up, Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/30/2015 July 30 Update! 11 Babies Born at Stony Brook yesterday!....We're now just 239 births away from the 100,000th delivery! (congrats to the Schultz family on birth of Stella!) Thank you to Patrick & Sheri-lea Schultz of Mastic, Long Island, for helping us get there! Their daughter Stella, was born yesterday, July 29. She joins sister Makenna, 15 months. Both girls and Patrick (born on Jan. 4, 1984) were all born at Stony Brook. Congratulations to the Schultz family!
7/29/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up, Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/28/2015 School of Dental Medicine Unveils 'Henry Schein Cares Reception Area Stony Brook University (SBU) School of Dental Medicine and Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, unveiled the new "Henry Schein Cares Reception Area," the gateway to the School's Dental Care Center, the largest dental care treatment facility on Long Island. More than 60 attendees from Henry Schein and the School of Dental Medicine, including students, faculty, and senior leadership celebrated at the recent unveiling ceremony.
7/28/2015 Stony Brook Children's Installs Final Steel Beam at 'Topping Off' Ceremony - Marking Construction Milestone and Launching $2.5M Knapp Swezey Foundation 'Children's Challenge' At the "Topping Off" Ceremony for Stony Brook Children's Hospital, cheers were heard as a crane installed the final beam needed to complete the frame of the major building project on the Stony Brook Medicine campus. The event marked a major milestone for the project and also served as a launching point for the Knapp Swezey Foundation Children's Challenge, a $2.5 million matching challenge pledge designed to raise the $5 million needed to complete the $25 million Children's Hospital Building fund philanthropic goal. The Knapp Swezey Foundation has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match on all private donations and public funding received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Before the ceremony, the final beam was signed by patients, families, donors, elected representatives and Stony Brook Medicine leadership.
7/27/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up , Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/23/2015 Stony Brook University Named 3Rd Best College in the U.S. for Applied Mathematics Degree Stony Brook University has been named the 3RD best college for a degree in applied mathematics among all public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. Ranked by College Factual, and reported by USA Today College, the ranking is based on overall quality, and recognizes programs that challenge students and prepare graduates to become leaders in their field. College Factual's rankings system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education, nationally mandated data reporting for institutions and PayScale.
7/23/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up , Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital
7/22/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up and Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/21/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up and Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/17/2015 Gearing Up and Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/15/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up and Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
7/10/2015 Eastern Long Island Hospital Board Votes to Advance an Affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital Stony Brook Medicine was informed today that the Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital, subject to the successful completion of the definitive agreement and all regulatory and other approvals.
7/9/2015 Stony Brook University Receives 4th ARPA-E Grant in Six Months Stony Brook University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a small, highly efficient and clean natural gas generator designed for use in homes to provide electric and heating. Sotirios Mamalis, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, will lead the research, which is the fourth Stony Brook University energy-related research project this year to receive a prestigious ARPA-E award from the DOE.
7/9/2015 Stony Brook Receives $2.5 Million DOE Grant for Transformational Energy Technology A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a system that condenses water vapor from power plants in order to provide supplemental cooling for the plant and reduce water use. Led by Professor Jon Longtin, PhD, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, the goal of the research is to condense water out of flue gas to provide additional cooling that may enable power plants to be built in dry and land-locked areas, not located near a large body of water, at a time when using open bodies of water for cooling has become a national and global concern.
7/8/2015 Stony Brook University's Demian Chapman Leads Global Shark Data Initiative - About one quarter of the world's sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction. The lack of comprehensive and up-to-date data on species abundance and distribution hinders efforts to protect and replenish these important and dynamic marine animals. Demian Chapman, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and a multi-institutional team have kicked off the Global FinPrint initiative, the first-ever global survey to inform shark and ray conservation. The largest of its kind, FinPrint is a three-year survey of sharks and rays in coral reef ecosystems designed to provide fundamental data essential to building effective conservation programs. FinPrint is funded by Vulcan Inc. which was founded by Paul G. Allen.
7/7/2015 Stony Brook University's Marine Sciences Center Hosts Fundraiser to Restore Shinnecock Bay: "Clams for Clams" Marine Sciences Center will host "Clams for Clams" cocktail reception fundraiser and tour to raise funds to restore Shinnecock Bay and strengthen the local clam population. Guests can adopt/sponsor clam spawner sanctuaries at various donation levels.
7/7/2015 Advancing Research to Fight GI Cancer, Lyme Disease and Pediatric Health Disparities Three Stony Brook University School of Medicine faculty have received SUNY Health Network of Excellence awards to further clinical investigation of critical areas in medicine affecting populations nationally and globally. The grants total $450,000, and each award is for one-year and $150,000, effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
7/3/2015 David Conover to Receive National Award for Excellence in Marine Fishery Biology David O. Conover, PhD, Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University and a Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), has been named the 2015 recipient of the Oscar E. Sette Award by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Dr. Conover will receive the award from the AFS's Marine Fisheries Section at the AFS annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on August 16.
7/3/2015 Keep Safe and Have a Great Summer! For many, the summer months - when school is out and families take vacations - mean lots of fun in the sun. But with all the pleasures of the season comes injuries and increased visits to the emergency department.
7/2/2015 New Computer Science Building Is Open for Business, Education and Infinite Innovation Stony Brook University's state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot Computer Science Building is open for business as University administrators, elected officials, faculty, staff and students gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The celebratory event featured remarks from Stony Brook leadership and community leaders, tours of the facility and its five research centers and live lab demonstrations that included virtual colonoscopy screenings, immersive head mounted displays which allowed attendees to tour the building virtually in 360 degrees, and cyber security demonstration projects in the building's National Security Institute.
8/26/2015 Two Stony Brook University Faculty Members - Carl Safina and Russell Mittermeier -Nominated for 2016 Indianapolis Prize, the Most Prestigious in Animal Conservation Stony Brook University faculty members Carl Safina and Russell Mittermeier have been named nominees for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, which celebrates "true heroes in the field of animal conservation." Carl Safina, PhD, was cited for having "brought ocean conservation into the environmental mainstream by using science, art and literature to inspire a 'sea ethic'." Russell Mittermeier, PhD, was cited as a "visionary leader able to motivate every level of conservationist to support the greater good of many species." The Prize, the most prestigious in the field of animal conservation, is awarded every two years by the Indianapolis Zoo; the winner receives an unrestricted cash award of $250,000.
8/25/2015 132 Incoming Medical Students - Largest Class Ever - Begin Journey at Stony Brook The 132 first-year students of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2019 -- the largest ever in the school's history -- officially began their training with the School's annual White Coat Ceremony. At the August 23 event, the incoming medical students received their first physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.
8/20/2015 It's a Boy! 100,000th Birth Milestone Reached at Stony Brook University Hospital Stony Brook University Hospital today celebrated the 100,000th birth since the hospital's Labor & Delivery program began in May 1980. Luca Michael Picarella, born at 8:09 am on August 17 weighing 8lbs., 9 oz., and 20 ¾ inches in length, was feted along with his parents Katie and Mike Picarella, and big sister Gianna (5) who was also born at Stony Brook. He was also presented with scholarships and other gifts inspired by community residents who caught wind of the delivery countdown -- either from Stony Brook announcements, social media, or local news -- and reached out to Stony Brook to volunteer their gifts of support.
8/18/2015 Stony Brook University's Yevgen Borodin is Recognized as an Honoree of MIT Technology Review's Annual INNOVATORS UNDER 35 List Today, MIT Technology Review reveals its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For his work in the field of computer accessibility, Stony Brook University's Yevgen Borodin has been recognized as a humanitarian in the Internet and Web category.
8/14/2015 Stony Brook University Helps Prepare Next Generation of Farmers by Introducing a Hydroponic 'Freight Farm' On Campus This fall, Stony Brook University is introducing a fresh new technology - a hydroponic Freight Farm - where student farmers can grow crops year-round in an indoor environment. Created in a discarded shipping container converted into a fully operational hydroponic farm known as the Leafy Green Machine, the Freight Farm will be primarily managed by Stony Brook students. Using the latest in farm-management technologies such as cloud-synced growth data, live camera feeds and a smartphone app that monitors and controls light levels inside the container anytime, anywhere, the students will get hands-on experience planting and harvesting lettuce, and Campus Dining will use the fresh produce to feed the student body. Stony Brook University is the first higher education campus to offer students a hydroponic Freight Farm.
8/13/2015 Less than 50 births from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook! Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/13/2015 Astronomers Discover 'Young Jupiter' Exoplanet The first planet detected by the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) from an international team of astronomers, which includes two scientists from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook University, is one outside earth's solar system at 100 light years away. The exoplanet is being called a "young Jupiter" by the researchers because it shares many characteristics of Jupiter. A paper outlining the full findings is published in Science.
8/12/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up, Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/12/2015 Clinical Performance Measures for Healthcare Target Underuse of Care Yet Fail to Adequately Measure Overuse Clinical performance measures - quality indicators used to evaluate and motivate health care providers' performance - have taken center stage in efforts to improve quality in health care on a national level. Lead author Erika Newton, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine, and Principal Investigator Brenda Sirovich, MD, MS, of the Outcomes Group, VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT, and the Dartmouth Institute, and colleagues examined 16 national collections of performance measures and found that more than 90 percent of 521 outpatient measures targeted underuse of care and only 7 percent addressed overuse of care. Their findings are reported in the online first edition of JAMA-Internal Medicine.
8/11/2015 Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up, Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/10/2015 41 births over the weekend -- now just 92 births away from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook! Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital. Congratulations to Nick and Kristine Tanzi of Brookhaven, Long Island, on the birth of daughter Olivia Kathryn, at Stony Brook University Hospital on Aug. 5! Nick is pictured holding a copy of the beloved children's book that inspired their daughter's name. As the new parents are both librarians, they chose a name that reflects their love of reading. And working together seems to be a family tradition for the Tanzi's -- both Kristine and Nick work for the Suffolk County Public Libraries, and Kristine said that both of her parents work at Stony Brook University. Best wishes to the Tanzi family!
8/7/2015 133 births away from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook - 17 babies born on Aug. 6 (that's a lot of babies! But it's still 10 shy of the record for deliveries, 27, in one-day at Stony Brook) Congratulations to the Jablinski family on the birth of son Jax William on Aug. 4! Mom Jessica Jablinski had come in early that morning for a scheduled c-section, but had to wait a few hours due to the storm - so Jax was born at 4:43pm that day. Jax's big sister, Maeve Ellen, was also born at Stony Brook - on June 21, 2013. Interestingly, the Jablinski's noted that they're in the very same recovery room that they were in with Maeve.
8/6/2015 150 births away from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook - 19 babies born on Aug. 5 For the Mann and Rodriguez families, Stony Brook is a family affair in more ways than one. Evelyn Mann, a Stony Brook University retiree, delivered her daughter, Deborah Mann Rodriguez, at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 4, 1982. Deborah, who holds both a bachelor's and master's of science from Stony Brook University, currently works in grants administration in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook. And continuing her mother's tradition, she gave birth to her daughter, Madison Rodriguez at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 11, 2014. All three were kind enough to attend yesterday's group photo session for Stony Brook University employees who were either born here or who delivered their children here. Thank you to the Mann and Rodriguez families for helping us get towards the 100,000th delivery milestone, and congratulations on the addition of Madison to your families!
8/5/2015 169 births away from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook University Hospital -- 14 babies born yesterday, August 4, 2015 Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/4/2015 Could Body Posture During Sleep Affect How Your Brain Clears Waste? Sleeping in the lateral, or side position, as compared to sleeping on one's back or stomach, may more effectively remove brain waste and prove to be an important practice to help reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases, according to researchers at Stony Brook University.
8/4/2015 183 births away from 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook -- 11 babies born yesterday, Aug. 3 Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/4/2015 Update! 32 Babies Born at Stony Brook This Past Weekend!... We're now just 194 births away from the 100,000th delivery! Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
8/3/2015 32 Babies Born at Stony Brook This Past Weekend... We're now just 194 births away from the 100,000th delivery! Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.
9/29/2015 Co-Director of Stony Brook Heart Institute Elected to Association of University Cardiologists Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, has been elected as a member of the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC).
9/28/2015 Stony Brook Children's Ouchless Approach to Pediatric Medicine As written about in the Wall Street Journal's Informed Patient column, Stony Brook Children's Hospital clinicians follow pain management protocols to proactively, preemptively, and consistently treat pain in each and every pediatric patient
9/28/2015 Stony Brook Children's Ouchless Approach to Pediatric Medicine As written about in the Wall Street Journal's Informed Patient column, Stony Brook Children's Hospital clinicians follow pain management protocols to proactively, preemptively, and consistently treat pain in each and every pediatric patient. Known as the Ouchless Approach to Pediatric Medicine, Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, describes it as the cornerstone of treatment for pediatric patients at Stony Brook Children's. Designed to specifically address acute pain, the approach acknowledges that many children arrive in pediatric emergency departments in different levels of pain, following an injury or because of an illness, etc. And clinicians often have to give injections, reset broken bones, and do other procedures may result in pain or discomfort in patients.
9/28/2015 "Forget the Stereotypes: It's a New World of Aging" On Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00pm, a conversation with Jeannine English, President of AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) entitled, "Forget the Stereotypes: It's a New World for Aging" will take place at Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Stony Brook University (101 Nichols Road, Stony Brook, New York 11794). Ms. English, President of AARP, will speak to the Stony University community about the new face of aging. A reception will follow.
9/18/2015 President Stanley Gives Sixth State of the University Address In delivering his sixth State of the University Addresson Wednesday, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, expressed his most optimistic view of the University's future since becoming president in 2009. He highlighted the growth of capital projects on both main and Medicine campuses, and brought attention to the faculty research that received attention around the world; reinforced the importance of continued federal, state and philanthropic support; and announced a new plan to renovate and update the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library.
9/17/2015 Stony Brook Enters Licensing Agreement with OncoGenesis for Use of Cancer Biomarker Stony Brook University has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with molecular diagnostics company OncoGenesis Corporation, on the use of the protein biomarker Keratin 17 (K17) for diagnostic and prognostic applications for cervical cancer. These applications will be developed based on the research of Kenneth Shroyer, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, and colleagues at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
9/17/2015 President Stanley Unveils New Library Renovation Plan; Waxes Optimistic in State of the University Address In delivering his sixth annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, expressed his most optimistic view of the University's future since becoming president in 2009. He highlighted the growth of capital projects on both main and Medicine campuses, and brought attention to the faculty research that received attention around the world; reinforced the importance of continued federal, state and philanthropic support; and announced a new plan to renovate and update the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library.
9/15/2015 Stony Brook University Secures NYSTAR CAT Awards Stony Brook University received two Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) awards from NYSTAR, Empire State Development's (ESD's) Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, including a new grant for the Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES), and a renewal grant for Stony Brook's existing Center for Biotechnology. ESD is New York State's chief economic development agency.
9/14/2015 Stony Brook Research Team Receives NSF Grant to Create "Ceramic Cloth" Blankets A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded a $935,056 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the continuous production of three-dimensional, self-supported, ceramic nano-fibrous materials that will act as photocatalysts for new energy production using water ponds as reactors. This project is led by Principal Investigator Pelagia Gouma, PhD, Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
9/9/2015 Stony Brook University Among Top 100 National Universities and Top 40 Public Universities in US News & World Report's 2016 Best College Rankings Stony Brook University has been named the #89th best national university and the #37th best public university by US News & World Report. The rankings are based on a formula that uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. It compares colleges based on a number of common quality indicators, such as retention, graduation rates, faculty strength and more.
9/9/2015 Sea Spray Aerosols May Affect Ice Cloud Formation and Global Climate Scientists believe that the thin film on the ocean's surface, which is involved in the formation of sea spray, holds many mysteries that impact our atmosphere and world. A team of Stony Brook University and international researchers may have discovered one key role of this thin layer. They found that biogenic materials in the layer may affect ice cloud formation and thus climate on a global scale, particularly when other known ice forming particles such as mineral dust are scarce or absent. Their findings are detailed in a paper published in Nature.
9/3/2015 Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos Selected Dean of Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Following a competitive national search, Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos has been appointed Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Stony Brook University, effective October 15, 2015. Dr. Sotiropoulos is the James L. Record Professor of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering, and Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMN). Prior to his appointment at UMN, Dr. Sotiropoulos was on the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.
9/2/2015 Stony Brook University Begins Innovative Study of Communication Between Native And Non-Native English Speakers In The Classroom A major issue on college campuses is that American undergraduates report that they have difficulty understanding the non-native English speaking instructors who teach sections of their introductory courses. Now, thanks to a $1M National Science Foundation grant, a new study called Communication in the Global University: A Longitudinal Study of Language Adaptation at Multiple Timescales in Native- and Non-Native Speakers at Stony Brook University will address this issue. Researchers in the Psychology, Linguistics, and Asian & Asian-American Studies Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences will look at communication between native English-speaking undergraduates and non-native English-speaking international PhD students newly arrived in the US, who serve as International Teaching Assistants (ITAs).
9/2/2015 Playing it Safe: Preventing Common Sports Injuries Getting students ready and off on the right foot this school year is not just about hitting the books, but also hitting the field safely. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. One leading expert on sports injuries from Stony Brook University Hospital says playing it safe should not be overlooked and many sports injuries can be prevented.
9/1/2015 Study Shows K17 Protein Promotes Cancer Keratin 17 (K17), a protein previously believed to provide only mechanical support for cancer cells, appears to play a crucial role in degrading a key tumor suppressor protein in cancer cells named p27. This finding, published in the September 1 issue of Cancer Research, is based on the work of researchers in the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. They found that K17 has the ability to enter the nucleus of cancer cells, leading to the degradation of p27. The work illustrates for the first time that a keratin can function to promote the development of cancer. Furthermore, the paper details that tumors with high levels of K17 are biologically more aggressive and have a worse prognosis than low K17 tumors.
9/1/2015 Research Team Creates Model to Predict Cellular Evolution Scientists have not been able to understand and predict how cells evolve in our bodies, and this process is important because evolving cell populations are at the core of drug-resistant infections and cancer development. Now a research team led by Gábor Balázsi, PhD, of Stony Brook University, has developed a synthetic biological model that validates computational predictions of how quickly and in what manner cells change in the presence or absence of a drug. Their findings are published in a paper in Molecular Systems Biology.
9/1/2015 Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development Offers Digital University Badges to Showcase Workplace Skills Students in the Stony Brook University School of Professional Development (SPD) may now earn "University Badges" - digital icons that demonstrate achievement of a particular skill or set of skills, and which are designed to help the student make academic progress toward achieving another credential such as a graduate certificate or master's degree.
10/30/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Opens New Vascular Center Stony Brook Medicine celebrated the opening of the new Vascular Center at Nicolls Professional Park on South Howell Avenue in Centereach, NY, on Wednesday evening. This new, spacious 6,000-square-foot building will facilitate the growing clinical practice of Stony Brook Medicine's Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Patients can expect clinical evaluations with the most advanced diagnostic tests, complete with state-of-the-art on-site procedure rooms for minimally invasive office-based treatments, plus an angiography/operating room suite. This new facility will serve as the home to Stony Brook Medicine's Aortic Center, Center for Vein Care, Hemodialysis Access Center, and Limb Preservation Center.
10/27/2015 Group Living: For Baboons Intermediate Size is Optimal Living with others can offer tremendous benefits for social animals - including primates, but these benefits could come at a high costs. New research by a team of scientists led by Catherine Markham, PhD, a Stony Brook University anthropologist, reveals that intermediate-sized groups provide the most benefits to wild baboons.
10/26/2015 Study Suggests Targeting Invasive Cells Not Dividing Cells to Halt Cancer Most cancer drugs are designed to target dividing cells, but a new study by Stony Brook University researchers suggests that targeting invasive cells may be a new strategy to treat metastatic cancer.
10/26/2015 Study Suggests Targeting Invasive Cells Not Dividing Cells to Halt Cancer Most cancer drugs are designed to target dividing cells, but a new study by Stony Brook University researchers suggests that targeting invasive cells may be a new strategy to treat metastatic cancer.
10/23/2015 New York Assembly Speaker and Cold Spring Harbor Executive Awarded Stony Brook University Alumni Award New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory General Counsel Charles S. Ryan, J.D., Ph.D., both from the class of 1990, were recognized as Stony Brook University Distinguished Alumni. The awardees were among 11,000 in attendance at the sold-out Stony Brook University Homecoming football game at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
10/22/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Names New Assistant Dean for Ambulatory Operations Richard Bias has been named Assistant Dean and Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Operations at Stony Brook Medicine. The announcement was made by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior VP, Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine; and Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, and Associate Dean, Ambulatory Operations. Bias arrived on campus on October 1.
10/22/2015 17 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists Mentored at Stony Brook Seventeen high school students mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers.
10/21/2015 17 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists Mentored at Stony Brook Seventeen high school students mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook University mentored a total of 51 semifinalists in the competition, marking a University record.
10/21/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Reaches Agreement with EmblemHealth to Include Exchange Plan Stony Brook University Hospital and EmblemHealth have reached a provider services agreement effective November 1, 2015, resulting in in-network coverage through EmblemHealth's Select Care Network, for thousands of Long Islanders who are participating in health exchange plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act.
10/19/2015 Researchers Find Way to Control Heart Waves With Light Electrical waves regulate the rhythm of the heartbeat, and when those signals go awry, the result is a potentially fatal arrhythmia. Now, a team of researchers from Stony Brook University and Oxford University has found a way to precisely control these waves - using light.
10/16/2015 Pain Management: No "One Size Fits All" Approach When Treating Chronic Pain Chronic pain - typically defined as pain lasting more than three to six months-- affects nearly 100 million Americans. It is the leading reason people see their doctors and it costs the nation over $600 billion a year -- more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.
10/15/2015 Dubin Family Foundation Pledges $5 Million Matching Gift Toward New Indoor Athletic Training Center Stony Brook University alumnus, Glenn Dubin ('78, '12) and his wife Eva, announced today a $5 million pledge in the form of a 1:1 matching challenge grant, setting the stage for the Stony Brook Foundation and Stony Brook Athletics to complete a $10 million fundraising goal to build a new Indoor Training Center through Together We Transform, a five-year comprehensive plan launched by Stony Brook Athletics in June. All gifts received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, restricted for the Indoor Training Center Fund, will be counted toward the goal.
10/15/2015 Stony Brook University Appoints Four New Alumni Association Board Members The Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed four new board members, announced Robert W. Stafford '72, '82, Association President. The new board members, appointed to three-year terms, include two local business owners, a clinical forensic specialist working with domestic abuse cases and an early career development manager.
10/15/2015 Stony Brook Researchers Receive $1 Million DOE Grant to Advance Engine Technology A Stony Brook University-led research team has received a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research on Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI), an emerging combustion technology which has the potential to simultaneously reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
10/14/2015 Long Island Motorcycle Enthusiasts Support Breast Cancer Awareness with 'Ride for a Cure' at Stony Brook University Cancer Center Over 150 Long Island motorcycle riders participated in the first annual 'Ride for a Cure' motorcycle run starting at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Sunday, October 11, bikers revved their engines in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors from Stony Brook Medicine, sporting black and pink tee-shirts which were provided by 'World of Pink'.
10/8/2015 Team Stony Brook Signs Up over 500 New Yorkers During Donor Enrollment Day Potentially Saving over 4100 Lives In New York State alone, over 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, according to LiveOnNY (formally the New York Organ Donor Network). Statewide someone dies every 18 hours while waiting for an organ transplant. Currently, more than 8,400 New Yorkers await kidney transplants, over 1,200 need liver transplants, and more than 350 need heart transplants - making the Empire State ranked the lowest state in registered organ donors in the country.
10/6/2015 Chimpanzees Shed Light on Origins of Human Walking A research team led by Stony Brook University investigating human and chimpanzee locomotion have uncovered unexpected similarities in the way the two species use their upper body during two-legged walking. The results, reported in Nature Communications, indicate that our early human ancestors, including the famous fossil 'Lucy' (a species known as Australopithecus afarensis), may have been able to use their torsos to increase walking efficiency in the same way as modern humans.
10/5/2015 Distinguished Professor and Chair of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Inducted into American Society of Rickettsiology Jorge Benach, PhD, Director of Stony Brook's Center for Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was inducted into the American Society of Rickettsiology (ASR) as an Honorary Lifetime Member.
10/2/2015 What You Should Know About Legionnaires' Disease Sharon Nachman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, shares information that concerned parents and community members should know about this disease.
10/1/2015 The Paper Ceiling - Women Underrepresented In Media Coverage Mirroring a major problem in society at large, women are significantly shortchanged when it comes to media coverage, with men being mentioned in the news a whopping five times more than women. This is the major finding of a first-of-its-kind study by Stony Brook University researchers. The paper, titled "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News," is published in the American Sociological Review.
10/1/2015 As the U.S. Aging Population Rises, Stony Brook Geriatric Experts Offer Tips for Families Adults 65 years or older currently represent more than 14 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And by 2060, it's estimated that there will be approximately 98 million older Americans, more than twice the amount in 2013, the last year data was available. As more of us have older relatives in our lives, geriatric experts at Stony Brook Medicine have provided tips and other guidance to help people care for aging parents and other relatives -- including how to broach sensitive topics such as giving up driving, considering a move to an assisted living or nursing facility, when an examination by a geriatrician can help, and more.
10/1/2015 The Paper Ceiling - Women Underrepresented In Media Coverage Mirroring a major problem in society at large, women are significantly shortchanged when it comes to media coverage, with men being mentioned in the news a whopping five times more than women.
10/1/2015 Stony Brook Opens New $20-Million Supported Institute for Advanced Computational Science Stony Brook University held a grand opening for the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), a $20-million supported 6,000 square-foot facility with the mission to make sustained advances in the science of computation and its applications to complex problems in many fields.
11/30/2015 Home Intervention Improves Child Vaccination Rates Among Children Living in Poverty A program by Stony Brook Children's Hospital that involves the use of trained community health workers on child immunization reveals that home intervention and education improves vaccine/immunization rates in at-risk children, including those living in poverty. Overall, the intervention improved the likelihood of up-to-date immunization status by more than 15 percent for children up to 2 years of age compared to those without the intervention. The study involved more than 300 pediatric patients and is published in the journal Vaccine.
11/24/2015 Stony Brook Southampton will host the traditional holiday lighting of the Windmill and reception in Chancellors Hall on Friday, December 4 Stony Brook Southampton will host the traditional holiday lighting of the Windmill and reception in Chancellors Hall on Friday, December 4, from 5 to 7 pm.
11/23/2015 Will troubleshooting a Quantum Systems-Based Computer be Easy for a Technician? A Stony Brook University research team has developed new tools to test the fundamental constituents of a quantum information processor, a device that manipulates data based on quantum mechanics rather than classical physics and therefore would have computing power well beyond the capabilities of a classic computer. Their findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.
11/23/2015 Stony Brook University Announces $600 Million Capital Campaign, The Largest In SUNY History On November 21, Stony Brook University launched the public phase of a seven-year, $600 million comprehensive campaign. The capital campaign, led by the Stony Brook Foundation, is the largest in the history of the State University of New York. More than 30,000 individuals have already donated a total of $426 million and the Foundation expects to raise the remaining $176 million by July 2018.
11/20/2015 Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. It's also a season to indulge in all of your favorite holiday foods and drink. For people living with diabetes, keeping blood sugars under control is often a challenge, but the holiday season can bring additional hurdles.
11/19/2015 Microbiome Technology Developed at Stony Brook May Help Combat Certain Infections Stony Brook University and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that two patent applications were filed in the United States and internationally for nutrient based compositions utilizing an innovative microbiome technology that may help combat certain infections. Developed at Stony Brook University, these compositions have been exclusively licensed to Ortek as part of a long-standing and commercially successful collaboration with Stony Brook University and the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation.
11/19/2015 Don't Let Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Ruin Thanksgiving The holiday season is upon us and most days and nights will be filled with delicious festivities! However, with millions of Americans suffering from heartburn, fear may set in when anticipating these celebrations.
11/17/2015 Stony Brook Researchers Confirm Information Is Contagious Among Social Connections A new study using advanced computer modeling, conducted by researchers from Stony Brook University, found that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections --- shedding light on the mechanisms that drive real-world contagious phenomena, including smoking, obesity, eyewitness testimony and even fads and fashion. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
11/16/2015 Seven Stony Brook Faculty Appointed to SUNY Distinguished Ranks Seven Stony Brook University faculty have been approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) 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: Lawrence Dutton, a Professor of Viola and Chamber Music in the Department of Music; Benjamin Hsiao, Professor in the Department of Chemistry; Chang Kee Jung, a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Daniel Klein, a Professor in the Department of Psychology; Phillip Setzer, a Professor of Violin in the Department of Music; and Allen Tannenbaum, a Professor in the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Appointed to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professorship is Nancy Hollingsworth, a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology.
11/16/2015 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Expert Shares Tips with Parents on When to Use Antibiotics and When At-Home Remedies May Do the Trick Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, is among the most pressing public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a broadening partnership of international and national partners, will observe the eighth annual "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" between November 16-22 to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings.
11/12/2015 Advancing Science Communications with Art, Stony Brook Playwriting Competition Changes the "T" in "S-T-E-M" to Theatre Stony Brook University Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Department of Theatre Arts announce their third annual Science Playwriting Competition. The winning entries, submitted by University faculty, current and former students and a freelance writer from California, were inspired by the lives of real people, common pop culture references and more.
11/11/2015 Stony Brook Docs Says Small Steps May Help When Dealing with a Growing Diabetes Problem There are currently 29 million Americans living with diabetes and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2050 one in every three people will have this disease. Recent data shows that pre-diabetes, a condition that puts you at great risk for developing diabetes, exists in 37 percent of the population-- meaning that nearly 50 percent of Americans are dealing with the risks and implications of diabetes.
11/11/2015 Single Tooth Analysis of Oldest-Known Plant-Visiting Bat Fossil Suggests it was Omnivorous A Stony Brook University-led team of evolutionary biologists has discovered that the oldest known nectar-drinking bat fossil, Palynephyllum antimaster, was probably omnivorous. They determined this by analyzing only a single molar of the fossil, which helped estimate the bat's skull length and infer its eating habits. Their findings are published in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters.
11/5/2015 Big Data Research at Stony Brook Gets Big Boost with NSF Funding for Computer Cluster The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Stony Brook University Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) a $1.4 million Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant to acquire an additional high-performance computer system that will further build the University's computational capacity and big data analyses in research and education initiatives encompassing all fields. Total funding for the computer cluster will reach $2 million, based on $600,000 in matching grants from internal University sources and the Empire State Development's NYSTAR program ($300,000).
11/4/2015 Stony Brook-led Team to Evaluate Racial Differences in GI Cancer Biology Americans of African descent are at a significantly higher risk for developing and dying from Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, which include colorectal and pancreatic cancers, compared to individuals who are of Caucasian descent. Because of this health disparity, researchers from Stony Brook University, SUNY Downstate, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), are teaming up to launch a program to assess GI cancer biology in patients.
11/4/2015 Robert L. Megna, M.P.A., M. SC., Appointed Senior Vice President For Finance And Administration At Stony Brook University After a comprehensive national search, Robert L. Megna, M.P.A., M.SC., Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, has been appointed Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Stony Brook University, effective January 19, 2016, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D
11/2/2015 Research Team Achieves First Image of Molecular Machinery that Copies DNA The molecular mechanisms behind DNA replication, an element essential to maintaining life, remain difficult for scientists to define or image. But now a team of researchers from Stony Brook University, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Rockefeller University, has taken a major step to better understand the "replisome" - a block of proteins that act as molecular machinery to duplicate DNA. Their findings are published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
11/2/2015 Alan Alda's 2016 'Flame Challenge': What Is Sound? After reviewing hundreds of questions submitted by children from around the world, the 2016 Flame Challenge will ask the burning question, "What is sound?" The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to answer that resounding question in video or written form.
12/31/2015 Heart Attack Patients with History of Bypass Surgery Prone to Delayed Treatment Heart attack patients who had previously undergone cardiac bypass surgery are about twice as likely to have a delay in receiving angioplasty, or another form of revascularization, compared to heart attack patients who had no history of bypass surgery or previous angioplasty. This finding, from a study led by a Stony Brook Heart Institute cardiologist Luis Gruberg, MD, and published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology Interventions, may lead to a finding new ways to improve hospital arrival to treatment times for heart attack patients with a bypass history.
12/29/2015 The Year In Review: Top 15 Stories of 2015 2015 was a busy year for Stony Brook University. But which was the biggest story? As we get ready to turn the calendar to 2016 - take a quick look back at some of the stories that made an impact in the news around the world, on social channels and at home at Stony Brook University.
12/28/2015 Holiday Treat: Patients at Stony Brook Children's "Meet the Matz" Steven Matz, New York Mets pitcher and native of Stony Brook, brought holiday cheer and big smiles to the faces of dozens of Long Island's youngest Mets fans - pediatric patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
12/22/2015 Long Island Veterans Salute Canine Hero during Retirement Celebration There were cheers and tears today at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University as retired service men and women said farewell to one of their heroes-- an almost 13-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador mix named Andi.
12/22/2015 Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program Donates 9/11 Responder Oral Histories to the Library of Congress Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund Pellegrino Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, has announced the donation of the first installment of a collection of oral histories provided by 9/11 World Trade Center responders to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. The Center will become the permanent home of the collection, known as the "Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project." Dr. Luft, along with colleagues, established the project by recording the histories of responders who attended the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, which cares for some 6,900 responders.
12/18/2015 From Students to Alumni: Nearly 1,500 Degrees Conferred at 2015 Winter Commencement Stony Brook University held its 18th annual December commencement ceremony today in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, where 1,495 students* had their degrees conferred. Stony Brook's newest undergraduate, graduate and doctoral alumni range in age from 19 to 73, join more than 150,000 fellow Seawolves who are living and working around the globe. About Stony Brook University Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.
12/16/2015 Study Reveals Environment, Behavior Contribute to Some 80 Percent of Cancers A team of researchers from Stony Brook University, led by Yusuf Hannun, MD, the Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research and Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, have found quantitative evidence proving that extrinsic risk factors, such as environmental exposures and behaviors weigh heavily on the development of a vast majority (approximately 70 to 90 percent) of cancers. The finding, reported in the December 16 online issue of Nature, in a paper titled "Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development," may be important for strategizing cancer prevention, research and public health.
12/15/2015 Holiday Safety: Stony Brook Children's Hospital Experts Gives Parents a Checklist on How to Avoid Preventable Injuries It's the 'most wonderful time of the year' - and the most exciting time for little ones, but it's also a time when kids can be at risk for injuries. Dr. Susan Katz, Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, is encouraging all parents and caregivers to be prepared with simple safety tips this holiday season.
12/10/2015 Stress-Induced Loss of NG2 Glial Cells in the Brain Causes Depression A Stony Brook University-led research team has discovered that when a rare type of glial cells, called NG2 glia, are depleted from the brain in mice, depressive-like behaviors occur. This finding, published early online in the journal Neuron, helps to advance the understanding of brain changes associated with depression and suggests novel therapeutic targets for antidepressant drug development.
12/9/2015 Daniel Chae, Alan Tan and Sidharth Bommakanti, Mentored at Stony Brook, Awarded $30,000 Scholarship in 2015 Siemens Competition Three high school students mentored at Stony Brook University were awarded a $30,000 scholarship today for their research presented at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation's premier research competitions for high school students. All three students participated in Stony Brook's Garcia Research Scholar Program for High School Students during the summer of 2015.
12/8/2015 New Technology Means Fewer Surgeries for Kids with Scoliosis Scoliosis - typically defined as the curvature of the spine-- affects around 3 out of every 100 people. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
12/8/2015 Dr. Jun Liu to Join Stony Brook as Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of International Academic Programs and Services After a competitive national search, Dr. Jun Liu, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Chief International Officer, Director of the Confucius Institute, and a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University, has been selected as the next Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of International Academic Programs and Services at Stony Brook University, effective January 25, 2016.
12/3/2015 Four Stony Brook University Professors Elected AAAS 2015 Fellows Four Stony Brook Professors - Michael Bell, David Conover, Michael Frohman, and Ellen Pikitch - have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work toward the advancement of science and/or its applications. The journal Science will formally announce the new AAAS Fellows on November 27, 2015. The fellows will be honored on February 13, 2016, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
12/1/2015 Four Siemens Competition Winners Mentored at Stony Brook Head to National Finals Four high school students from around the country mentored by Stony Brook University faculty have been named national finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation's leading research competitions for high school students. These four students will be competing in Washington, DC, December 4-8, for additional scholarship awards, including a top team prize of $100,000.