5/18/2018 SBU Celebrates its Largest, Most Diverse Graduating Class at 58th CommencementStony Brook University honored the largest graduating class in its history, granting degrees to 7,350 of the world's brightest minds today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Class of 2018 joins the ranks of more than 170,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by a vision of a bold new future. "The data shows that employers and graduate schools recognize the value of your degree, and that helps explain why 92 percent of you will be employed or in graduate school six months from now," said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. President Stanley affirmed his confidence in the graduates and the value of their education in his address to the Class of 2018.
5/10/2018 Fuel Cells and Internal Combustion - a New Approach for Hybrid EnginesA team of researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) are developing hybrid engines unlike others used in industry today. Supported by a new two-year $2.3 million award from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the research involves developing and testing engines powered by internal combustion, such as gasoline or natural gas, and fuel cells.
5/9/2018 Underrepresented High School Students on a Path with "HOPE"Thirteen high school students from underrepresented school districts graduated from the HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) Program on May 8. HOPE is a successful 2-year academic program that preps high school students from underrepresented school districts and economically challenged backgrounds for the SATs and gives them exposure and experience in healthcare and related fields.
5/7/2018 DOE Supports PhD Student's Research on an Elementary ParticleSamuel Homiller, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University is among a group of students selected nationally as a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award. The award supports the research of graduate students in STEM fields with a $3,000 per month stipend and an opportunity to conduct part of their thesis-related research at DOE laboratories. Homiller's award runs the duration of the 2018-19 academic year.
5/4/2018 Breathing Lunar Dust Could Pose Health Risk to Future AstronautsFuture astronauts spending long periods of time on the Moon could suffer bronchitis and other health problems by inhaling tiny particles of dust from its surface, according to new research. A new study from researchers at Stony Brook University finds simulated lunar soil is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells. Up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse neurons died when exposed to dust particles that mimic soils found on the Moon's surface.
5/4/2018 Stony Brook Named Among Best In Country to Work for by ForbesStony Brook University has been identified by Forbes as one of the top large companies at which to be an employee in America. Stony Brook is one of only 25 educational organizations to make the list and was #16 of all colleges and universities. It was the only Long Island university or college named and one of two Long Island companies selected.
4/25/2018 Stony Brook Professor Named European Inventor Award FinalistEsther Sans Takeuchi, PhD, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, Chief Scientist of the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the holder of more than 150 patents has been named a finalist for the European Inventor Award. The European Patent Office (EPO) selected Professor Takeuchi as a finalist in the category of "Non-EPO countries." The winners of the EPO's 2018 innovation prize will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on June 7.
4/23/2018 Time for Skin Cancer ScreeningDid you know skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer with more than 90 percent caused by excessive exposure to the sun? The combined number of skin cancer and melanoma cases account for about 50 percent of all types of cancer. This is why skin cancer screening is important for all adults. In support of National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month in May, Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, May 5, from 8 AM to 11:30 AM, at Stony Brook Medicine Advanced Specialty Care, 500 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725. Individuals 18 or older who haven't received a screening within the last year are encouraged to make an appointment.
4/19/2018 New Imaging Method Identifies How Normal and Cancer Cells Move and AdaptAn international team of scientists including David Q. Matus, PhD, and Benjamin L. Martin, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers, have developed a new cell imaging technology combining lattice light sheet microscopy (LLSM) and adaptive optics (AO) to create high-resolution "movies" of cells in their 3D environment that also captures subcellular processes. Published in Science, the research reveals a technology that shows the phenotypic diversity within cells across different organisms and developmental stages and in conditions such as mitosis, immune processes and in metastases.
4/18/2018 Stony Brook University Makes Forbes List of "America's Best Value Colleges"Forbes has released its 2018 list of "America's Best Value Colleges," and Stony Brook University ranks #41 overall among 300 schools in the United States that provide students with the most bang for the buck, up from #83 in last year's ranks. Stony Brook ranks at #18 among public colleges and universities, up from #29 in 2018, and received the highest ranking of all SUNY schools.
4/18/2018 New Drugs Using the Body's Natural "Marijuana" Could Help Treat Pain, CancerA new technology developed by Stony Brook University researchers affiliated with the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB & DD) that has identified Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) as drug targets of the body's endocannabinoid system is licensed to Artelo Biosciences, Inc. Endocannabinoids are natural marijuana-like substances in the body and have potential as the basis for new medicines. Artelo has an exclusive license with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to the intellectual property portfolio of FABP inhibitors for the modulation of the endocannabinoid system for the treatment of pain, inflammation and cancer.
4/5/2018 New Rapid-Fire Method Using Pathology Images, Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer TherapiesBy combining data on pathology images of 13 types of cancer and correlating that with clinical and genomic data, a Stony Brook University-led team of researchers are able to identify tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), called TIL maps, which will enable cancer specialists to generate tumor-immune information from routinely gathered pathology slides. Published in Cell Reports, the paper details how TIL maps are related to the molecular characterization of tumors and patient survival.
3/30/2018 New Non-Invasive Test for Urothelial Cancer EmergingUrothelial cancers of the bladder and upper urinary tract are among the most common cancers encountered worldwide. In the United States, urothelial cancers are among the most costly cancers to treat. With early diagnosis, followed by surgery, most urothelial cancers can be cured. Now an international team of cancer researchers including Kate Dickman, PhD, of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Medicine/Nephrology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive and specific non-invasive test as a biomarker for early detection of urothelial cancers. Details of this method known as UroSEEK, are published in eLife.
3/28/2018 Time for Oral Cancer Screening: Young and Healthy Need Screening TooDid you know the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers? Commonly associated with tobacco use, oral cancer can strike anyone. In younger populations the incidence of this form of cancer is on the rise in part due to exposure to the HPV virus.
3/27/2018 New Technology Cleans Solar Panels to Enhance EfficiencyA technology in development that uses electric fields to sweep dust from solar panels has promise as a new self-cleaning solar panel system designed to enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs. The technology was created in the laboratory of Stony Brook University Professor Alex Orlov and is being further developed by a Stony Brook research team named SolarClear.
3/20/2018 High-Tech Imaging of Ancient Crocs Helps Define How Species EvolveScientists believe that anatomical variation within and between species is the raw material for natural selection. However, the prevalence of convergent evolution, or the repeated evolution of highly similar yet complex forms among distantly related animals, suggests the presence of underlying general principles (or "rules") of evolution. Now Alan Turner, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences, along with colleagues at the University and at Oklahoma State University are conducting research they believe will help to unlock the rules of evolution. Their research is funded by a $579,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
3/15/2018 Stony Brook University Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Campus InternationalizationStony Brook University has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the award recognizes outstanding innovation and accomplishment in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses.
3/13/2018 Medieval Barbarians Likely Imported Brides With Elongated Heads From Southeastern EuropeAn international research team including Krishna Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, has performed the first genomic analysis of populations that lived on the former territory of the Roman Empire from around 500 AD. The analysis provides a direct look at the complex population movements during the era known as the European Migration Period. The palaeogenomic study, published in PNAS, investigated early human medieval genomic variation in southern Germany, with a specific investigation of the peculiar phenomenon of artificial skull formation, the origins of which scientists have debated for more than 50 years.
3/8/2018 Seeking Truth in Science: Meta-Analysis as a KeyFiguring out what is true in science when researchers are bombarded with information from many different studies is a challenge. A new paper, published in Nature, reveals that the power of meta-analysis in research synthesis over the past 40 years has transformed scientific thinking and research approaches. Meta-analysis has also become invaluable to making advances in many scientific fields, including medicine and ecology.
3/7/2018 Joshua D. Miller, MD, Named as President of the American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership BoardThe American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes, is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Miller, MD, of Setauket, NY, has been named as President of The American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board.