1/28/2016 Stony Brook and Regional Program Partners Receive Award to Advance Regional Manufacturing Stony Brook University has won designation as the Long Island Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC) in the recently completed Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) competition, managed by NYSTAR, the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Empire State Development Corporation.
1/27/2016 Kidney Transplant Patient Beats the Odds and the Storm A powerful nor'easter pummeled Long Island on Saturday, January 23rd, which forced emergency travel bans, created flooding in some areas and buried the region with nearly 30 inches of snow. But it didn't stop Stony Brook University Hospital's Transplant Team and Paramedics from getting Melanie Chirichella to the operating room once a match was identified at the peak of winter storm Jonas.
1/22/2016 Taste of Reality: Stony Brook Prepares Students For Life After College Through Student Employment Stony Brook University is serving students the recipe for success by providing valuable employment opportunities on campus, preparing them for life after college. Turning up the heat is Stony Brook's Campus Dining Services (CDS), whose student payroll wages increased by 32 percent and employment increased by 22 percent in 2015/2016 over the year prior.
1/20/2016 Alzheimer's Diagnosis Complicated by History of Reading Problems Correctly diagnosing Alzheimer's disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reveals a new clue to possible misdiagnosis. The study found that older adults with a history of reading problems perform similarly on some neuropsychological tests to those who show signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) associated with early Alzheimer's disease. The finding, based on the results of a Stony Brook University-led research team in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, emphasize the need for professionals to take into account developmental history and have a broad understanding of neuropsychological testing when interpreting the meaning of low memory test scores.
1/19/2016 Stony Brook Researchers Discover Ice-like Phonons in Liquid Water For more than 100 years, scientists have debated what the underlying molecular structure of water is, and the common view has been that H2O molecules are either "water-like" or "ice-like." Now through computer simulation conducted at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University, researchers can illustrate that the structure and dynamics of hydrogen bonding in liquid water is more similar to ice than previously thought. The finding, published in Nature Communications, changes the common understanding of the molecular nature of water and has relevance to many fields, such as climate science and molecular biophysics, and technologies such as desalinization and water-based energy production.
1/13/2016 Statement from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, on Governor Cuomo's proposed extension of NYSUNY 2020. "On behalf of Stony Brook University, I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for his leadership and vision in proposing to extend NYSUNY 2020 for five more years. This is a solid plan that keeps tuition increases predictable and low, while it provides a sustained revenue resource so we can continue to invest in our students and faculty. It provides us with the tools needed to plan for the continued enhancement of our academic advising programs, to ensure students stay on track to graduate on time with less debt. "Thanks to the original NYSUNY 2020 legislation, Stony Brook has met key targets related to our set of goals for the first five years. This includes raising our four-year graduation rate to better than 50 percent; hiring 246 net new faculty, moving our faculty to student ratio from 28:1 to 24:1; and increasing research funding and adding sections and faculty in key courses in an effort to clear obstacles to graduation. "I enthusiastically join Governor Cuomo in his vision to make public higher education in New York 'the envy of our country' as the value of a Stony Brook degree continues to surge, and as we move towards our goal to be ranked as a top 20 public research university."
1/12/2016 Stony Brook Professor Named 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer for an International Honor Society for Scientists and Engineers Alexander Orlov, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, has been named a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer by Sigma Xi, an international honor society for scientists and engineers. In this capacity, Dr. Orlov will lecture about scientific advances in nanotechnology in the context of energy generation and clean energy to thousands of scientists at Sigma Xi chapter events worldwide at universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers.
1/11/2016 Something to Smile About A Congolese boy who was left severely disfigured after being attacked by a group of chimpanzees near his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will undergo a rare facial reconstruction surgery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
1/7/2016 Stony Brook Mentors See Their HS Prodigies Reach Intel Semis Twenty six high school students who did research with Stony Brook faculty were named as semifinalists in the prestigious 2016 Intel Science Talent Search which is celebrating its 75th year.
1/7/2016 Stony Brook Announces "40 Under Forty" Honorees Stony Brook University has named the members of its second annual 40 Under Forty alumni recognition program. The University will celebrate these early career high achievers at an awards event on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.
2/26/2016 Scientists Discover New Four-flavor Particle Scientists on the DZero collaboration at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, including five physicists from Stony Brook University, have discovered a new particle--the latest member to be added to the exotic species of particle known as tetraquarks.
2/23/2016 Study Reveals Dodo Birds Not Stupid, as Previously Thought The dodo, an extinct bird popularly recognized for its stupidity that may have led to their quick extinction, may actually have been fairly smart, at least as smart as a common pigeon. This finding is based on a study led by Eugenia Gold of Stony Brook University, and published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
2/19/2016 A New York State First: Stony Brook Approved for Blood Transfusions on Ambulances Stony Brook University Hospital Ambulance Service is making strides in saving lives on-the-go. The academic medical center is the first Emergency Medical Services provider in New York State to be approved as an Ambulance Transfusion Service, which administers blood components during transport from one hospital to another hospital.
2/19/2016 A New Era for the Alda Center The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University has named a new director and welcomed its first international affiliate, the Australian National University, highlighting the Center's rapid expansion nationally and now globally.
2/18/2016 Yusef Salaam to Keynote Black History Month Closing Ceremony Stony Brook University will celebrate its Black History Month closing event on Feb. 24, 2016 by commemorating and acknowledging the accomplishments of two black leaders and pioneers. Keynote speaker, Yusef Salaam, a member of the award winning film, "The Central Park Five", will share his story of resiliency and triumph. Will Tye, Tight End for the New York Giants, will be honored for his accomplishments as the first Stony Brook football player to join the NFL. The event will be held at the Student Activities Ballroom A from 8 - 11 p.m. and is open to the Stony Brook University community and their guests.
2/15/2016 Sleep Health is Number One Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation was awarded Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine by the American Association of Publishers (AAP). Stony Brook University's Lauren Hale, PhD, is Sleep Health's Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Hale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, and a core faculty member of the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University.
2/12/2016 Using Glass to Improve Graphene's Powerful Conductivity A team of scientists led by Matthew Eisaman, a physicist at Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, have developed a method using common glass for creating resilient, customized, and high-performance graphene. The material is known for its durability and electrical conductivity and is used in the energy, electronics and semiconductor industries. The graphene-enhancing process is detailed in a paper published in Scientific Reports.
2/10/2016 Mechanism that Unwinds DNA may Function Similar to an Oil Rig "Pumpjack" A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University biochemist Huilin Li, PhD, have proposed that DNA is unwound by a type of "pumpjack" mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig. Their finding, published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, is based on new close-up images of the proteins that unwind DNA inside the nucleus of a yeast cell and could offer insight into ways that DNA replication can go awry and trigger disease.
2/8/2016 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.... Repeat: Stony Brook To Reclaim RecycleMania Top "E-Waste" Title Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.... Repeat! Once again, Stony Brook University is determined be recognized as a top recycler in RecycleMania 2016 -- an eight-week recycling competition for colleges and universities in North America. The Recyclemania tournament runs now through April 2, 2016 and ranks over 400 institutions, in various categories, based on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week.
2/4/2016 Gardiner Foundation Gift Aims to Foster Roots and Relevance of LI's Place in US History Thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Stony Brook University will establish an endowed chair in the Department of History known as the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. Named in honor of the late Robert D. L. Gardiner, the gift makes it possible for Stony Brook to appoint a prominent scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will foster an increase in public interest in the history of Long Island and its place in American history, creating a robust intellectual resource available to wider audiences.
2/4/2016 Study Reveals Proteins Most Associated With Aging Certain proteins known to be associated with aging and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and cancer are also at a high risk for destabilization caused by oxidation. This finding by a team of researchers at the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University provides an understanding of how oxidative damage, which is a natural process in aging cells, affects proteins. It could also prove to be a foundation to a better understanding of age-related diseases. The paper, titled "Highly charged proteins: the Achilles' heel of ageing proteoms," is published in the journal Structure.
2/3/2016 Gardiner Foundation Gift Aims to Foster Roots and Relevance of LI's Place in US History Thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Stony Brook University will establish an endowed chair in the Department of History known as the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. Named in honor of the late Robert D. L. Gardiner, the gift makes it possible for Stony Brook to appoint a prominent scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will foster an increase in public interest in the history of Long Island and its place in American history, creating a robust intellectual resource available to wider
2/3/2016 Stony Brook Celebrates 2015 "40 Under Forty" Honorees STONY BROOK, NY--February 3, 2016--On January 26, over 200 alumni, former honorees, family, and friends joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. at the second annual "40 Under Forty" celebration at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, New York City.
2/2/2016 Stony Brook Infectious Disease Experts Weigh In on Zika Virus The World Health Organization has declared the spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries powerful new tools to fight it.
2/1/2016 Novel Microscopy Helps Stony Brook Researchers Examine the Ocean Like Never Before There are about one million bacteria, thousands of species and untold genetic diversity in just one drop of seawater. This amazing fact and the powerful roles played by marine microbes in shaping the health of the ocean's ecosystem and our climate has led Gordon T. Taylor, a Professor of Oceanography at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), to focus his research on uncovering the wonders of marine microbial life. Now, a new $800,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will enable Professor Taylor and colleagues to develop new microscopy-based technologies to probe this environment at levels not seen before.
3/31/2016 Stony Brook New Home to NSF STEM Civic-Centered Learning Program Stony Brook University is the new home to SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities). Formerly located at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, SENCER is a national initiative connecting "the science of learning to the learning of science," with the goal to expand civic capacity and connect science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content to real world problems.
3/29/2016 New Method to Identify Nanoparticles in Tissue May Shed Light on their Health Impact A team of researchers from Stony Brook University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and George Washington School of Medicine have demonstrated a pioneering method for the rapid visualization and identification of engineered nanoparticles in tissue. The research, detailed in a paper published in Microscopy Research and Technique, is a cost-effective hyperspectral imaging method for nanomaterial analysis that may shed light on nanomaterials' potential health impacts.
3/25/2016 Matches Made: From Stony Brook to Harvard to UCLA and More Excitement and jubilance dominated the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students learned where they will begin their residency training this July. The rite of passage, known as Match Day, is an annual event at Stony Brook and other leading medical schools nationwide. This year on March 18 many Stony Brook students matched to top training programs at institutions such as Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and UCLA. An unusually high number of students also matched to Stony Brook Medicine (21).
3/24/2016 CAREER Award Enables Computer Scientist to Expand Research on Game Theory Jing Chen, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will help to advance her research on mechanism design that has impact on computation and rationality problems in areas such as game theory, economics and social sciences.
3/23/2016 First Kidney Paired Donation Exchange on LI Saves 3 Patients, Shortens Wait Time for Others Nearly 123,000 Americans are on the national waiting list for organ donation and of that over 101,000 are in need of a kidney donation. While waiting on a list could take years, patient struggle through multiple trips a week to a dialysis center.
3/15/2016 Study Shows Sharkskin Increases Drag by 50 Percent The nature of sharkskin with its riblets - the micro-grooved structures found in aircraft wings, wind turbine blades, and Olympic-class swimsuits - seems to suggest a design for speed and streamlined swimming. But a new study led by Stony Brook University using computational models demonstrates that the denticles that make up mako shark skin increase hydrodynamic drag by up to 50 percent. The study is published this week in the journal Physics of Fluids.
3/14/2016 Professor Researching Next Generation of High-Strength Metals Receives NSF CAREER Award Jason Trelewicz, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University (SBU), has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will help to advance his research aimed at transforming applications of high-strength metals.
3/14/2016 SUNY-wide HeForShe Conference Creates a Roadmap for America's Largest State University System to Address Engaging Men in Gender Equality Stony Brook University, a HeForShe University IMPACT Champion, hosted the first ever SUNY-wide HeForShe Conference, welcoming representatives from 26 campuses across the state, UN Women's HeForShe leadership and gender equality advocates. The conference elevated the conversation surrounding gender equality and inclusion at SUNY and inspired a commitment to further engage the SUNY campuses throughout New York State, including:
3/11/2016 Honorees Announced for 2016 'Stars of Stony Brook Gala' Stony Brook University's 2016 "Stars of Stony Brook" Gala, hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, will honor Glenn Dubin '78, Hon. '12 and his wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin and Major League Baseball all-star pitcher, Joe Nathan '97, Hon. '13 on Wednesday, April 20 at Chelsea Piers in New York City
3/9/2016 First Della Pietra Chair of Biomedical Imaging Installed Stony Brook University Professor Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD, was formally installed as the inaugural holder of the Della Pietra Chair of Biomedical Imaging during a Stony Brook Investiture Ceremony at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. The Della Pietra Chair was established in 2013 through the generosity of the Della Pietra family - Barbara Amonson and her husband Vincent Della Pietra, and Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra and her husband Stephen Della Pietra - along with a matching contribution by the Simons Foundation.
3/8/2016 Star High School Students Mentored at Stony Brook Reach Intel Finals Two high school students mentored by Stony Brook University professors are heading to the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) finals in Washington, DC, from March 10 to 16. The students, Michael Yifan Li, who attends James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md., and Rachel Zhang, who attends Parkway South High School in Manchester, Mo. conducted their independent research projects at Stony Brook University as part of the Simons Summer Research Program and the MIT-PRIMES program, respectively.
4/29/2016 Safe Steps for Seniors to Stop Stumbles May is National Trauma Awareness Month, and this year the American Trauma Society is raising awareness about senior safety and falls with "Safe Steps for Seniors." The Stony Brook Trauma Center is taking steps to shed light on the matter to help prevent serious injuries from occurring.
4/27/2016 Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Soledad O'Brien to Receive Honorary Degrees from Stony Brook University Stony Brook University will confer honorary degrees this year upon two distinguished professionals who have made lasting contributions in their respective fields. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, will receive a Doctor of Law; and Award-winning journalist and Long Island native, Soledad O'Brien, will receive a Doctor of Letters. Holder and O'Brien will address the class of 2016 and don academic regalia along with nearly 6,000 students as they join in the University's 56th Commencement ceremony, held May 20, 2016 at LaValle Stadium.
4/25/2016 Lemur Family Tree Shake-up: Extinct and Living Lemurs in One Evolutionary Tree By combining genetic and anatomical data of extinct and living lemurs, a Stony Brook University team of evolutionary biologists has developed the most complete evolutionary tree of lemurs yet. With extinct and living lemurs in a single evolutionary tree, scientists can better understand the evolution of these primates and what their future may be on earth. Their findings are published in the journal Systematic Biology.
4/21/2016 Stony Brook University Hospital Receives Award for Sustainability Projects Stony Brook University Hospital has received the Vizient Excellence Award for Sustainability. The award honors the hospital's strong commitment to good governance, community engagement and environmental stewardship in 2015. Vizient, Inc., the largest member-owned health care company in the country, presented the award on Thursday, April 14, during the 2016 Vizient Connections Summit held in Las Vegas.
4/21/2016 Cancer Center Receives $50,000 from Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Walk for Beauty Stony Brook University Cancer Center received a donation of $50,000 from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO). The proceeds were raised from the WMHO's 21st Annual Walk for Beauty held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Stony Brook, NY. The
4/21/2016 James Konopka Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology James Konopka, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Dr. Konopka will be recognized with other 2016 newly elected AAM Fellows on June 17 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
4/20/2016 "Far Beyond" Brings the Stony Brook University Story to Life As Stony Brook University continues its ascent as one of the nation's preeminent research universities, students, faculty, alumni and staff now have a new compelling and consistent communications framework from which to tell their stories, to describe their life-changing experiences, and to reflect their pride: FAR BEYOND.
4/19/2016 Wedding Bells Ring at Stony Brook, Hospital Hosts Ceremony for Long Island Mom to See Her Youngest Son Tie the Knot Catherine Holm wanted nothing more than to see her 'baby boy', 24-year-old Mark Holm, Jr., marry his fiancé Joanna. The wedding--a family affair - is set for Saturday, April 23 in Puerto Rico. As the mother-of-the-groom, Holm had picked out a shimmering blue dress and was ready to hop on a flight for the destination wedding, but plans quickly changed. Holm learned in March she would be fighting a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) instead of celebrating with her family. Doctors at Stony Brook University Hospital told the 58-year-old grandmother of North Babylon, NY, that traveling would be too much of a risk for her compromised immune system from the cancer.
4/19/2016 Wedding Bells Ring at Stony Brook, Hospital Hosts Ceremony for Long Island Mom to See Her Youngest Son Tie the Knot Catherine Holm wanted nothing more than to see her 'baby boy', 24-year-old Mark Holm, Jr., marry his fiancé Joanna. The wedding--a family affair - is set for Saturday, April 23 in Puerto Rico. The mother-of-the-groom had picked out a shimmering blue dress and was ready to hop on a flight for the destination wedding, but plans changed quickly as she learned in March she would be fighting a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) instead of celebrating with her family. Traveling would be too much of a risk for her compromised immune system from the cancer, doctors told the 58-year-old woman grandmother of North Babylon, NY.
4/18/2016 Bras, Lend Support in More Ways than One They were bold, beautiful and bodacious; and the over 75 unique pieces of 'bra art' were auctioned off for a good cause on the evening of Thursday, April 14 at the "Bodacious Bras for a Cure" event.
4/18/2016 Lori Strauss to Join Stony Brook Medicine as New Chief Compliance Officer After a national search, Lori Strauss, Chief Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer, University of Virginia Health System, has been selected as the next Chief Compliance Officer of Stony Brook Medicine, effective May 2, 2016, announced Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD.
4/15/2016 Computer Scientist Receives CAREER Award to Make Portable Parallel Programming Possible Rezaul Chowdhury, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will help to advance his research on developing theories and efficient tools to facilitate the design of portable parallel algorithms to be used in computing platforms ranging from small laptop computers to massive supercomputers.
4/12/2016 Rodney Morrison Receives Highest Honor from Middle States Region of the College Board Stony Brook University's Associate Provost for Enrollment Management & Retention, Rodney Morrison, received the 2016 Bernard P. Ireland Recognition Award from the Middle States Region of the College Board, the highest individual award that is given to Middle States Regional Assembly members.
4/12/2016 Stony Brook Selected as One of Top 50 Colleges for African Americans Stony Brook University was deemed as one of the top 50 colleges to offer the best value for African-American students by Money & Essence Magazines. This determination comes after analysis of offerings from more than 1,500 colleges.
4/7/2016 Bodacious Bras for a Cure Nearly 100 unique works of bra-art will be on display and up for auction at the Charles B. Wang Center on Thursday, April 14. Funds raised at the event will support patient programs at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
4/5/2016 Expert Pediatric Care Comes to Center Moriches A ribbon-cutting commemorated the opening of Stony Brook Children's Service newest location on Thursday, March 31. The brand-new 4550 square foot building is the new home to Advanced Pediatric Care and offers primary and preventive pediatrics as well as various pediatric specialty services.
4/5/2016 Stony Brook Scientist, Education Administrator Honored by Town of Brookhaven Two Stony Brook University professionals received the highest honor by the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women's Services during its 30th Annual Women's Recognition Night. Marie A. Badalamente, PhD, a Professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics, and Cathrine Duffy, MA, Associate Director of Student Support, were among those women recognized for their excellence and leadership in their professions.
4/2/2016 Stony Brook University Statement on SUNY 2020 and the NY State Budget In response to recent legislative action, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said today, " I am disappointed that the New York State budget adopted by the Legislature did not include Governor Cuomo's proposal for an extension of NYSUNY 2020 or the needed resources outlined by the SUNY Board." Stanley further noted, " The predictable tuition plan and the maintenance of state support that have been the hallmarks of New York's higher education funding for the past five years were instrumental in moving Stony Brook forward. I am hopeful that state lawmakers will consider extending NYSUNY 2020 as part of next year's budget."
5/27/2016 Burn Center Staff at Stony Brook Medicine Honored During Annual Burn Recognition Day The Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund expressed their gratitude to the staff of administrators, physicians, nurses, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, and physical therapists of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) Burn Center for their untiring efforts and compassionate care of the burned patients at the annual Burn Center Recognition Day on May 15.
5/26/2016 'Wonderful' and 'Thankful' Versus 'Battle' and 'Enemy' -- Do Women and Men Communicate Differently? In a computational analysis of the words used by more than 65,000 consenting Facebook users in some 10 million messages, it was discovered that women use language that is warmer and more agreeable than men. Additionally, algorithms of language use predicted one's gender on Facebook 90 percent of the time. The findings are published in PLOS ONE.
5/24/2016 New MDs Enter Medical Profession at a Time of Change and Great Advances One hundred and twenty-four Stony Brook University School of Medicine 2016 graduates will soon embark on their journeys as physicians, as the Class received their MD degrees during the School's 42nd Convocation, presided over by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. They enter the profession at a time when scientific knowledge is constantly growing, and discoveries of targeted therapies and technologies continue to rapidly advance the field.
5/23/2016 Second EMS First Responder Vehicle Hits the Road The second of two EMS First Responder vehicles begins operation on Monday, May 23, providing coverage in the areas of Greenport, East Marion and Orient.
5/20/2016 Stony Brook Celebrates 56th Commencement Ceremony At Stony Brook University's 56th commencement ceremony today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, 6,686 students had their degrees conferred joining more than 160,000 alumni from around the globe whose lives and work personify what Stony Brook embraces -- the relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to make a real difference. Graduates span 67 countries, 41 states and range in age from 20 to 73.
5/18/2016 Hospital's HOPE Program Inspires High School Students' Future in Health Science, Medicine Thirteen high school seniors who completed Stony Brook University Hospital's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program celebrated their "graduation" from the program and are on their way to college. A ceremony took place at the hospital on May 10 to honor their accomplishments.
5/18/2016 CAREER Award Enables Physicist to Advance Research on the Origins of Neutrinos Joanna Kiryluk, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
5/17/2016 Cancer Center Receives $62,000 From Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty Stony Brook University Cancer Center received a donation of $62,000 from the Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty team.
5/12/2016 Recognizing the Signs plus F.A.S.T. Thinking Can Save Lives during a Stroke Almost 795,000 Americans suffer from stroke each year, 130,000 which are fatal, making stroke the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. But how many Americans would be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke? And how many know what to do if a family member is having a stroke?
5/9/2016 Withdrawn Children Display Predictable Brain Activity During Social Interactions A study using functional-MRI brain scanning reveals certain areas of the brain have higher activity in children who are socially withdrawn or reticent compared to children who are not withdrawn. Led by Stony Brook University psychologist Joanna M. Jarcho, PhD, the study involved fMRI of the children while they experienced a "cartoon classroom" that featured themselves as the new student in the school involved in various social interactions. The findings, published online first in Psychological Science, provide a better understanding of the brain activity of socially withdrawn children and could help form a foundation to teach children how to think differently about social interactions and thus prevent further socially withdrawn behavior or social anxiety.
5/6/2016 Manipulation of Specific Neurons Helps to Erase Bad Memories, Enhance Good Ones Imagine if memory could be tuned in such a way where good memories are enhanced for those suffering from dementia or bad memories are wiped away for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. A Stony Brook University research team has taken a step toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating one of the brain's natural mechanisms for signaling involved in memory, a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Their findings are published in the journal Neuron.
5/3/2016 Google This: Five Computer Science Faculty Receive Google Research Awards A record-setting five faculty from the Department of Computer Science (CS) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received prestigious Google Faculty Research Awards, which support innovative research of new technologies developed by university faculty worldwide.
5/2/2016 Long Island Hospitals Rock Out at "Battle of the Bands", Event Supports Programs for Stony Brook Cancer Patients Stony Brook University Cancer Center hosted an event on Sunday, May 1, where five bands comprised of healthcare professionals from four Suffolk County Hospitals - including, Eastern Long Island Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine-- battled it out, and competed for the title of 'Docs who Rock'.
5/2/2016 Titanium Dioxide Exposure Increases Risk of Bacterial Infection When human cells are exposed to titanium dioxide without the presence of UV light from the sun, the risk for bacterial infection more than doubles. This finding by a Stony Brook University-led research team, published early online in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology, raises concerns about exposure to titanium dioxide, a nanoparticle commonly used in millions of products worldwide ranging from cosmetics to toothpaste, gum, food coloring, and medicines.
6/27/2016 New Promise Against Deadly Global Fungal Infections Systemic fungal infections cause more than one million deaths annually, and treatments against these infections are often not effective due to drug resistance or toxicity. Maurizio Del Poeta, MD, a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University, expects to change the landscape of treatment against fungal infections with new approaches based on his laboratory research and collaborative work with fungal experts worldwide. Recognizing the widespread need for better antifungal treatments and the promise of Dr. Del Poeta's work, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding his research with two grants totaling $6 million.
6/27/2016 News Corp Launches the Marie Colvin Fellowship at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism News Corp announced today the launch of a first-of-its-kind fellowship in honor of fallen Sunday Times war correspondent Colvin. The Marie Colvin Fellowship, sponsored by News Corp, will support a 10-week reporting assignment with The Wall Street Journal for a graduating senior in Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. The first recipient of the award is Hanaa' Tameez, 21, who will travel to Mexico City to work as an intern in the Journal's bureau following her 2016 graduation from SBU.
6/24/2016 Stony Brook Medicine Opens New Bariatric & Metabolic Weight Loss Center--Introduces New Facility, Offers More Choices to Lose Weight Stony Brook Medicine celebrated the opening of the new Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Nicolls Professional Park on South Howell Avenue in Centereach, NY, on Thursday evening.
6/23/2016 Getting to the Heart of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By better understanding daily activity levels and heart rate patterns of those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), scientists hope to discover more about this complex illness condition. Fred Friedberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take this research approach to determine if heart rate fluctuations in combination with certain daily activity patterns can be used to predict or prevent relapse in people with CFS.
6/21/2016 Stony Brook's Clean Water Technology Center Proposes Replacement for LI Cesspools that Removes Nitrogen & Other Contaminants The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University issued a white paper introducing a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools that has shown an ability to remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater, a contaminant identified as the primary cause of local water quality degradation on Long Island. The system incorporates simple design with locally-sourced, natural materials in order to position it as an economically viable alternative for high performance onsite wastewater treatment, a crucial infrastructure need for restoring Long Island water quality. Pilot installations of the system are underway at a test center, and scheduled to begin locally by early fall as part of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services demonstration program for innovate/alternative septic treatment systems.
6/20/2016 Stony Brook Nurse Honored with State and County Award of Excellence Connie Kraft, RN, MSN, MS, CEN, who recently received the Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence award from the Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) has just been rewarded with the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council Nurse of Excellence award.
6/15/2016 Teens Celebrate With a Star-Studded Prom Night at Stony Brook Children's Hospital First it was hair, then makeup, and finally the perfect outfit. And like any other prom, next it was time to take the photos! Nearly 50 teens showed up on Saturday evening to walk the red carpet into a star-studded Prom night at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
6/13/2016 Stony Brook Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Named an Invention Ambassador Benjamin Hsiao, PhD, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-Lemelson 2016-17 Class of Invention Ambassadors. Selected as part of a diverse group of 10 national innovators seeking global solutions in their respective fields, Dr. Hsiao will speak at AAAS presentations to scientists and policy makers. The kick-off of the one-year ambassadorship begins at the AAAS "Celebrate Invention" event on July 14 in Washington, DC.
6/13/2016 Activity of a new Synthetic Compound may be key to Cleaner Nuclear Energy An international team of researchers has discovered a new synthetic compound that acts to adsorb Xenon, an element and volatile radioactive waste commonly released by nuclear energy plants. Adsorption is a process in which molecules from a substance, in this case Xenon, collects on the surface of another substance. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, may prove to be a major step toward developing a better way to dispose of nuclear waste and improve the process of creating cleaner nuclear energy, which remains a viable alternative to the fossil-fuel based economy.
6/10/2016 Stony Brook Physician One of Three Selected as an Alpha Omega Alpha Leadership Fellow Susan Lane, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine, and the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been named by the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) as a recipient of the 2016 AΩA Fellow Leadership Award. Dr. Lane is one of only three to receive this national distinction, which the AΩA selects each year.
6/8/2016 Second EMS First Responder Vehicle Aids in Healthcare Expansion to Eastern Long Island Hospital Stony Brook Medicine is expanding its clinical relationship and service to the North Fork of Long Island on the heels of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees' approval of the affiliation between Stony Brook University Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital earlier this month.
6/8/2016 Stony Brook Medicine Honored with Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Sustainability Award Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) was awarded the 2015 "Greenhealth Partner for Change" Award by Practice Greenhealth. The award was presented on May 19 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, which is considered the premier national environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability.
6/7/2016 Community Comes Together to Celebrate Life at 12th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day at Stony Brook National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual event that is celebrated in communities across the country and held on the first Sunday in June. This year marks the twelfth year that the Stony Brook Cancer Center hosted the festivities. It is the one day each year when people around the world join together to honor cancer survivors.
6/6/2016 Listen Up! Alan Alda Names Flame Challenge Champs Who Best Explain "What is Sound?" to 11-Year Olds If a tree fell in the woods and no one was around, would it make a sound? From vibrations in speakers to light reflections and pixels in a camera, those were just some of the examples used to tackle the question "What is Sound?" in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science's 5th annual The Flame Challenge. This year's question was posed to scientists by 11-year olds from around the world.
6/2/2016 Could Controlling the p73 Gene be the key to Treating Chronic Lung Disease? Rising global air pollution and increasing smoking prevalence in many developing nations will likely lead to a growing incidence of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which currently affects more than 330 million people worldwide, is the third-leading cause of death and carries an estimated healthcare cost of $2.1 trillion. Treating COPD and other related lung conditions such as asthma, remain challenging. Now Stony Brook University researchers believe the key to discovering better treatments for chronic lung diseases sits with the p73 gene.
7/29/2016 Pediatric Cancer Survivors Receive Dan Brooks Memorial Educational Award On Thursday, July 21, 38 students who had been treated at Stony Brook Children's Hospital for childhood cancer, were the recipients of this year's Dan Brooks Memorial Educational Award. The award ceremony took place at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Stony Brook University campus.
7/25/2016 Soprano Rachel Schutz Wins National Artist Award Competition Soprano Rachel Schutz '07 a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University and critically acclaimed performing artist, won first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Awards Competition finals. Her winning performance included four pieces: "Anne Boleyn" (Try Me, Good King) by Libby Larsen; "Davno-l', Moj Drug Op. 4, No. 6" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; "Hark the Echoing Air" (The Fairy Queen) by Henry Purcell and "Non, Monsieur Mon Mari" (Les mamelles de Tirasias) by Francis Poulenc.
7/22/2016 Developing World Class Care for Kids on Long Island James Coughlan considers himself a father of four grateful patients of Stony Brook Children's Hospital. And as a member of the Children's Hospital Task Force, he's also an involved community partner, eager to support Suffolk County's only hospital dedicated to specialized care for children.
7/21/2016 Bike & Music Fest for Breast Cancer: Over 600 Rode in the 10th Annual Sticky Finger Motorcycle Run More than 400 motorcycles with their riders and passengers -- adding up to over 600 participants -- took off from Stony Brook University Cancer Center on Sunday, July 17 for the Tenth Annual Sticky Finger Motorcycle Run. This event helped to raise over $20,000, of which will support breast cancer services and programs at Stony Brook, adding to the upwards of $180,000 raised by past runs.
7/21/2016 Thousands of Volunteered Hours of Pet Therapy, Crafts and More Honored Stony Brook University Hospital has named Mickey (Michael) Martin with his pet therapy dog Lucy as the Senior Volunteers of the Year and Sharon Dang as Junior Volunteer of the Year in recognition of their dedicated volunteer service to the Hospital.
7/18/2016 President Stanley Appointed to Highest Governance Body in NCAA Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., has been elected to serve on the NCAA Board of Governors, the highest governance body in the NCAA, effective immediately through August 2018. The Board of Governors is composed of institutional chief executive officers that oversee Association-wide issues. The board is charged with ensuring that each division operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the Association. President Stanley will be one of 20 members on the Board of Governors.
7/15/2016 Stony Brook Medicine Named "Most Wired" for Eighth Consecutive Year Stony Brook Medicine has earned the 'Most Wired®' designation from the American Hospital Association's Health Forum for the eighth consecutive year.
7/12/2016 Meave Leakey Awarded Hubbard Medal, National Geographic Society's Highest Honor Stony Brook University's Meave Leakey has received the 2016 Hubbard Medal, National Geographic's oldest and most prestigious honor, presented for lifetime achievements in areas of scientific research, exploration, and conservation. Leakey, a world renowned paleoanthropologist, professor of Anthropology and Director of Field Research at Turkana Basin Institute, was recognized for redefining understanding of humankind's early ancestors as well as the roots of bipedalism.
7/12/2016 New Method to Model Protein Interactions May Help Accelerate Drug Development Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are the basis of cellular functions, and when these processes are compromised diseases such as cancer emerge. For years scientists have tried with mixed success to map out PPIs to understand cellular processes. Now a team of international scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have created an ultra-fast way to model protein interactions. The method may help pave the way to design drugs that prevent problematic protein interactions that lead to disease. The findings are published in the early online edition of PNAS.
7/5/2016 Diamond Beam Monitors Key to More Precise Radiation Therapy A national team of researchers led by Erik Muller, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, is developing high-speed synthetic diamond beam monitors that detect proton and carbon ion beams used for cancer radiation therapy. The technology, supported by a two-year $500,000 grant from the High Energy Physics Section of the Department of Energy, is designed to provide much higher precision of radiation therapy and could form the basis for the next generation of radiation beam therapy for cancer.
7/1/2016 Stony Brook University Selected As a 2017 Fiske Best Buy School Stony Brook University has been included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 based on its quality academic offerings and affordability. The University, which is among 21 public and 26 private colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and the UK selected, is recognized for a broad range of subjects including academics, diversity, state-of-the-art facilities, quality of student life on campus, extracurricular activities, food, housing, location and more.
8/31/2016 Scientific Evidence Reveals that the Brain Perceives Taste with All Senses The phrase "it looks so good you can almost taste it" may actually be scientifically proven based on the findings of a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that explored how the brain processes stimuli predicting taste. They discovered that the gustatory cortex, the part of the brain that mediates the conscious perception of taste, relies on all the senses to anticipate taste.
8/29/2016 Could PTSD Trigger Early Cognitive Impairment in Some WTC Responders? Findings from a study led by Stony Brook University researchers and published early online in Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring reveals that there may be a significant amount of cognitive impairment (CI) among 911 World Trade Center (WTC) responders - a rate (nearly 13 percent) that could be caused by symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study assessed more than 800 WTC responders cared for at the Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program.
8/23/2016 New Provost, Michael A. Bernstein, Joins Stony Brook on October 31 Michael A. Bernstein, the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost of Tulane University from 2007 through July 2016, has been appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University, effective October 31, 2016, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD.
8/19/2016 Avoid the September Shock: Scheduling Children's Back-to-School Medical Exams Transitioning back to school is as much of a process for parents as it is for kids. While parents may be overwhelmed buying school supplies, Dr. Jill Creighton, Medical Director of Ambulatory Primary Care Pediatrics, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, says scheduling annual medical appointments is something parents need to cross off their end-of-summer to-do lists.
8/19/2016 Getting Your Kids Back-to-School and Back to Sleep Between the long summer days and fluctuating summer schedules, many families may find it challenging to help their children get the sleep they need without the protest -- the 10 to 13 hours for recommended for toddlers, 9 to 12 hours for school-aged children, and teenagers needing 8 to 10 hours.
8/18/2016 School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Biosciences to Advance Emerging Treatment for Periodontal Disease The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Biosciences have received a $1.3 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further evaluate the pre-clinical safety and effectiveness of the Traverse Biosciences' leading drug candidate, TRB-N0224, for the treatment of periodontal disease. The research will be led by Lorne Golub, DMD, in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, and Ying Gu, PhD, DDS, in the Department of General Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. They will serve as co-principle investigators of the award, in close collaboration with Traverse Biosciences.
8/18/2016 Scholars, Immigrants, Athletes: Stony Brook's Incoming Med Students Have Many Skills, Faces Their paths into medicine are varied and inspiring - this is the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2020. All 132 incoming students officially began their training with the School's annual White Coat Ceremony on August 14. At the event the students received the physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.
8/16/2016 Stony Brook Medicine Welcomes New Cardiothoracic Surgeons; Joanna Chikwe Appointed Chief of CT Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Institute; Henry Tannous Joins CT Surgery Team Joanna Chikwe, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York City, has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, joining Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, as Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Heart Institute. Henry J. Tannous, MD, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and cardiothoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, has been named Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
8/11/2016 Mount Sinai and Stony Brook Announce Affiliation Stony Brook Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System today announced that they are entering into an affiliation agreement that includes collaboration on research, academic programs and clinical care initiatives, effective immediately. The institutions launched the partnership to heighten academic and research synergies and to promote discovery, provide expanded clinical trials for both institutions, and achieve breakthroughs in understanding and treating disease.
8/8/2016 T2K Scientists Say New Findings Provide Insight to Why the Universe is Dominated by Matter and Why we Exist New findings that reveal why the universe is dominated by matter and why we exist was presented by the international T2K Collaboration at the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Chicago. Stony Brook University physicist Professor Chang Kee Jung, a leading member of the T2K Collaboration, explained at the conference how the T2K Collaboration can now demonstrate why matter and antimatter are different.
8/5/2016 Drones Used to Improve Healthcare Delivery in Madagascar Drones have become ubiquitous in our society; there is a national drone film festival, a national drone racing championship, and drones are being used extensively by the military for surveillance. But what would the world look like if this technology were used to improve the lives of the global poor? For the first time in history, drones are being used in a new, life-saving way to improve healthcare for vulnerable rural communities where delivery of care is hampered by poor or non-existent roads. Vayu, Inc. and Stony Brook University, with support from Madagascar government and backing from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), completed the first ever series of long-range, fully autonomous drone flights with blood and stool samples.
8/3/2016 Ralph Macchio 'Revved Up' Awareness of Important Health Screenings On Sunday, July 31, 65 classic and exotic cars drove to Stony Brook University Cancer Center to partake in the first ever "Revved Up For a Cure Car Show." Over 200 participants had the chance to meet "Karate Kid" actor Ralph Macchio, who was 'in the driver's seat' as celebrity host and judge, and to take photos with the '47 Ford Convertible Coupe from the hit movie.
9/30/2016 President's State of the University Address Highlights Student, Faculty Success, Commitment to Excellence Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. delivered his seventh State of the University Address on Wednesday, during which he welcomed new faculty and administrators, expressed appreciation to administrators, faculty and staff for their dedicated efforts, and reinforced the University's commitment to excellence. Acknowledging the many elected representatives and public officials in attendance, as well as members of the Stony Brook Council, he talked about advancements in economic development, research on both main and Medicine campuses, unprecedented diversity initiatives, and faculty research that received worldwide attention. He also mentioned the successful launch of the University's new brand initiative, "Far Beyond," and emphasized the importance of continued federal, state and philanthropic support, and mentioned that Stony Brook is well on its way toward fulfilling a $600M capital campaign, with $472M raised to date.
9/30/2016 New Research Reveals an Ancient Reptile Had Bizarre Forelimb Evolution Fossil remains from an ancient reptile known as Drepanosaurus reveals unusual skeletal adaptations in the forelimb that scientists have never before recorded in land animals. A Stony Brook University-led national team of paleontologists published their findings in Current Biology. Their findings suggest that more than 200 million years ago reptiles had already evolved specialized modern ecological roles with their strange forelimb adaptation.
9/29/2016 Contrary to Popular Belief - Coca Not the Driving Force of Deforestation, Report Reveals Most of the world's coca--the plant source of cocaine--grows in the Amazon forests of the Andean countries of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where many think this illicit crop causes deforestation. However, a team led by Stony Brook University Professor of Ecology and Evolution Liliana M. Dávalos, shows most deforestation isn't caused by coca cultivation. In fact, the study, published in Bioscience, found that deforestation and coca both share a common origin in the implementation of an infrastructure plan from the 1960s to open the Amazon frontier through road construction and development projects.
9/27/2016 NSF $3 Million Grant to IACS Will Fund PhD Student Training in Multiple Disciplines The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) received a five-year $3M National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
9/21/2016 Children's Hospital Hosts Unique College Expo, Empowers Students with Cancer to Continue Their Education On Sunday, September 18, The School Intervention & Re-entry Program at Stony Brook Children's Hospital ran the first of its kind College Workshop and Expo specifically targeted to students with cancer, blood disorders and other chronic health conditions who are transitioning to college. Over 100 people, including students, their families, guest speakers, college representatives and Project Sunshine volunteers, attended.
9/21/2016 Stony Brook University President and Students Front and Center at UN Women's HeForShe 2nd Anniversary Celebration at the MOMA Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and 21 Stony Brook students, along with world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities recommitted to fast-tracking gender equality at UN Women's HeForShe second anniversary events on Sept. 20.
9/16/2016 President Stanley: Funding for Young Researchers is Critical In a new video produced by The Science Coalition for its Science 2034 video series, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, addresses the importance of creating new opportunities and additional funding for young scientific investigators, a critical step to pave the way for future scientific breakthroughs.
9/16/2016 New Discovery by Researchers May Lead to Better Understanding and Treatment for a Common Autoinflammatory Disease A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have discovered a new mechanism for a bacterial toxin to inhibit inflammation. Their research shows that a toxin in Yersinia pestis, the bacterial agent of plague, targets and inhibits the protein pyrin. The inherited autoinflammatory disease Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is caused by mutations that lead to continuous activation of pyrin. The findings, published in Cell Host & Microbe, can be used to better understand the genetic origins of FMF and explore new therapies for the disease.
9/14/2016 Finding Shows Muscular Dystrophy-Causing Receptor Has Broader Role in Brain Development Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell, may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism, and severe learning disabilities.
9/13/2016 Alan Alda & Amy Cuddy to Launch "Clear + Vivid" Live Web Show In the inaugural episode of CLEAR + VIVID, a new live web show to launch on Friday, September 16, Alan Alda, actor, writer and science communication pioneer will interview Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor, social psychologist, TED speaker and best-selling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.
10/27/2016 New Exclusive Video Series: Luminaries Reveal Personal Experiences That Launched Careers Billy Joel reveals that the first time he realized how much he loved performing was when he was in third grade and sang "Hound Dog" on his school stage to the delight of fourth grade girls. Ann Curry discusses what it was like being the first in her family to go to college and her introduction to a campus environment. Richard Leakey recalls his first important fossil discovery as a 4-year-old. And Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer recalls how the Army changed his life and influenced his decision to become a satirist.
10/25/2016 Stony Brook Recognized For Academic Excellence By 3 Top-Tier Publications Stony Brook University has been recognized in three recent college rankings for its academic excellence: the new Washington Post composite ranking, ranks the University #69 nationally and #35 among public institutions; the US News & World Report Best Global Universities ranking, ranks Stony Brook as #131 worldwide; and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking, places Stony Brook at #30 among public universities.
10/25/2016 Citizen Scientists Can Now Lend a Hand in Penguin Conservation Tracking penguin populations in Antarctica is a critical component of understanding environmental changes in the region. Now, thanks to a collaboration between NASA and Stony Brook University, citizen scientists can lend a hand through the use of a new, interactive, and user-friendly website that tracks Antarctic penguin populations and provides information to scientists.
10/24/2016 Alda Center at Stony Brook University Calls for Scientists To Enter The Flame Challenge 2017: What Is Energy? If this were "Jeopardy," the clue would be "food, batteries, gasoline, wind, and lightning." The answer, in the form of a question of course, would be "What are forms of energy?" Yet, the more fundamental - and important - question should be exactly "What is energy?" In fact, it is apparently a question that is on the minds of thousands of children from around the world. So much so that the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University has announced that "What is Energy?" is the question being issued to scientists across the globe for The Flame Challenge 2017.
10/21/2016 Two Physics Faculty Elected APS Fellows for Pioneering Research Two Stony Brook University Professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Alexander G. Abanov, PhD, and Axel Drees, PhD, have been named American Physical Society (APS) Fellows.
10/18/2016 Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University Receives Sponsorship Support from National Grid Stony Brook, NY-October 18, 2016--National Grid, an international energy delivery company, has awarded a sustainable grant to the Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University, which promote engineering among diverse and high needs populations and meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards.
10/17/2016 Gearing Up for Flu Season: Prevention is Key Colder temps during the first months of fall are a stark reminder that people should start thinking about how to prevent the influenza virus, or the flu.
10/14/2016 Stony Brook Children's Shares Safety Tricks to Keep Halloween a Treat Halloween is meant to be the spookiest time of year, but no parent wants to experience a real scare on the special night. Stony Brook Children's experts share tips and tricks on how to steer clear from hidden health and safety dangers.
10/11/2016 Robert Harrison Named Chief Architect of DOE National Project to Bolster High-Performance Computing for Energy Applications Robert Harrison, Director of Stony Brook University's Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), has been named the chief architect of a national effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve the scale, performance, accessibility and portability of high-performance computational chemistry. The project will center on improving the universal chemistry code NWChem by redesigning its architecture, with the goal to enhance applications in biomass-based energy production.
10/7/2016 First Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Center Opens in Tri-State Region Nearly 1,000 boys in the New York Tri-State area have been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and, until now, had to travel out of the state for comprehensive care. Stony Brook Children's Hospital stepped into the void and is becoming a destination for care for those patients residing in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut regions and beyond.
10/5/2016 Energy-Saving Superconductor to be Developed at Stony Brook Advanced Energy Center Supporting clean energy research remains important for increasing new technological applications in the growing marketplace for clean energy. A $1.15 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant to the Brookhaven Technology Group, Inc., (BTG) a business incubator tenant of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, will be used to develop a new High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) cable architecture designed to be more cost-effective and better suited for superconducting wire applications than the current high-aspect ratio HTS tape.
10/3/2016 Stony Brook University Offers Global Health Diplomacy Online Course Beginning October 3 Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system is now offering a Global Health Diplomacy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), available on Coursera. This beginner-level class provides an in-depth look at the diplomatic, financial, and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making.
11/30/2016 Licensing Agreement with Codagenix Advances Next Generation Viral Vaccines Stony Brook University, through the Research Foundation for the State of New York, has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Codagenix, Inc., to commercialize a platform technology to develop a pipeline of live attenuated vaccines against viral infections in people and animals. The technology relies on software to re-design the genomes of potentially harmful viruses to make them safe and effective vaccines. The technology stems from research in the laboratory of Eckard Wimmer, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. The lead indication for vaccine development generated is a vaccine against Seasonal Influenza slated for Phase I human clinical trials in 2017.
11/23/2016 Nikolaos Panou, PhD, Installed as Tsantes Endowed Professor STONY BROOK, NY-November 23, 2016--The Stony Brook community came together to celebrate the formal installation of Nikolaos Panou, PhD, the inaugural Peter V. Tsantes Professor in Greek Literature and Language.
11/21/2016 Unique Structure of Brain Blood Vessel Amyloid Latest Clue to Alzheimer's Development? Accumulating amounts of amyloid, which is a fragment of a larger protein, in the brain have been associated with the development of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Now a team of neuroscience and biochemistry researchers at Stony Brook University have made a novel discovery that illustrates for the first time the difference between amyloid buildup in brain blood vessels and amyloid buildup around brain neurons. Their findings, which may provide a new path to research on Alzheimer's disease and its cause, will be published November 21 in Nature Communications.
11/16/2016 INCITE Award to Advance Modeling Astrophysical Explosions Via Supercomputing A national research team led by Stony Brook University has been awarded 45 million hours of on one of the world's fastest supercomputers, the Titan Cray XK7 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to further their research on explosive astrophysical phenomenon and model these complex occurrences by way of supercomputer-generated simulations. The award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program, recognizes national research projects with high potential for accelerating discovery.
11/7/2016 Psychiatry Professor Elected into National Academy of Medicine Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Becoming an elected member of NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in their field.
11/4/2016 Stony Brook Leads Effort to Increase STEM Degrees for Underrepresented Stony Brook University is the lead institution for a new $4 million five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant designed to increase undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in underrepresented minority (UREP) student populations. The grant supports the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, a synergistic collaboration and alliance of 14 SUNY schools with a diverse mix of academic strengths and capabilities.
11/3/2016 Stony Brook University Launches New Amazon Pickup Location A new Amazon pick up location opened today on the campus of Stony Brook University. Located in the Frank Melville Jr. Library, Amazon@StonyBrook is a fully staffed pickup location where students and the campus community can conveniently get course materials and other college essentials ordered through Amazon. Stony Brook University is the first college campus in New York state, and one of only 15 colleges in the United States, to offer an Amazon pickup location. Earlier this year, Amazon also became the official bookstore for the university.
12/29/2016 Stony Brook University's Top Stories in 2016 Reflecting on all that 2016 brought our way, Stony Brook University is taking a look back at the top stories that are shaping our future. Along the way, Stony Brook experts played a role in impacting the news of the day as we followed the road to the White House, the medical miracle that gave a young Congolese boy his smile back, global health advances in Madagascar, men's NCAA basketball and more. Join us on this look back at the top stories of 2016.
12/26/2016 Stony Brook Surgeons Reconstruct Baby's Skull using 3D Printing, Baby Celebrates First Christmas Mark and Nicole Bono never imaged that their beautiful baby boy would be undergoing head surgery at just six months old. When there was no change in baby Vincent's triangular-shaped forehead at two months, Drs. Michael Egnor and Elliot Duboys of Stony Brook Medicine explained a new, innovative procedure for craniosynostosis that benefits from the use of 3D printing technology.
12/23/2016 1,605 Degrees Conferred at Stony Brook University's December Commencement Ceremony Stony Brook University held its 19th annual December commencement ceremony in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, where more than 1,600 students had their degrees conferred. Stony Brook's newest undergraduate, graduate and doctoral alumni join more than 155,000 fellow Seawolves who are living and working around the globe.
12/21/2016 NSF Grant Bolsters Geosciences Education Support for Underrepresented Students Stony Brook University (SBU) has received a three-year grant for more than $400,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the University's decades long commitment to engage underrepresented minorities in the geosciences. The grant will be used to develop the Stony Brook GeoPATH-IMPACT program, which will cultivate STEM education and pathways into the geosciences to increase underrepresented student involvement and experience from high school through community college to 4-year institutions.
12/15/2016 Stony Brook University's OLLI Program Receives $1 Million Endowment Grant from The Osher Foundation Stony Brook University received a $1 million endowment grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation, extending the University's ability to offer "Lifelong Learning" opportunities to individuals who are semi-retired or retired and seek to pursue intellectually stimulating programs at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Stony Brook's OLLI program is the only such program in the New York City/Long Island area.
12/14/2016 Holiday Safety Tips from Stony Brook Experts to Ensure the Season Stays Merry and Bright The hustle and bustle that comes with the 'most wonderful time of the year' can unfortunately lead many to disregard of important safety precautions.
12/8/2016 Bahl Center Will Transform Approach to Precision Cancer Medicine Understanding the metabolism of cancer at its most complicated cellular levels is an essential approach to advance cancer research and patient outcomes. Add new imaging tools and technology that can map tumors with more precision than ever before and you have a new, one-of-a-kind translational research resource, soon to be located at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Stony Brook University held a dedication ceremony for the official opening of the new program on December 1, in its first laboratory space in the Health Sciences tower.
12/6/2016 Study Reveals More Individuals May have "Masked" Hypertension than Thought A new study shows that around the clock monitoring of blood pressure during daily activity revealed masked, or undetected, high blood pressure in a significant number of otherwise healthy adults who had normal readings in the clinic. The findings stem from data of 888 participants at Stony Brook University and Columbia University. Led by Joseph E. Schwartz, PhD, of Stony Brook University, the findings will be published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.
12/6/2016 Water and Energy Features at Stony Brook University To Decrease Water Usage and Heating Costs Stony Brook University, in partnership with National Grid, has recently completed the installation of new water-efficient aerators, showerheads and spray valves in various campus buildings. With the implementation of these new water-efficient fixtures, the University has the potential to significantly reduce water consumption and increase natural gas savings.