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.
3/6/2018 Stony Brook Launches Three-Year MD ProgramStony Brook University School of Medicine has created a new medical training curriculum that enables students to complete their MD degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The new MD program is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the second one in New York State.
3/2/2018 Breaking Through Disparities, Advancing Women in MedicineWomen have practiced medicine and conducted biomedical and other scientific research for decades, yet disparities remain at the highest levels in academic medicine. On March 7, more than 150 Stony Brook University women faculty and students will assemble at the School of Medicine's 12th Women in Medicine Research Day to celebrate the achievements of women researchers, discuss issues women continue to face during medial training and the workplace, and share their own research in a networking environment.
3/2/2018 "Supercolony" of Adélie Penguins Discovered in AntarcticaFor the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic peninsula, has been steadily declining--or so biologists have thought. A new study led by Stony Brook University ecologist Heather Lynch and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, is providing new insights on this species of penguin.
3/1/2018 Women's History Month: Women & Men Supporting Women at Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University celebrates Women's History Month with educational, professional development and social programs that commemorate the historical achievements of women and address contemporary issues that affect them. These events are part of the University's Equity, Inclusion and Diversity initiative. Following is list of events, sponsored by the University administration and variety of student groups.
3/1/2018 Intensive Women in STEM Leadership Program Offers Strategies to Balance InequitiesWhy is women's presence in executive positions and senior academic posts in STEM scarcer than men? Whether it's the influence of gender/cultural bias; the impact of tokenism, isolation due to a lack of support networks or experience with glass ceiling obstructions, something needs to be done. One such approach, the new Women in STEM Leadership Program, hosted by Stony Brook University's Center for Corporate Education (CCE), looks to drive greater advancement, empowerment, and environments where best leadership practices will thrive.
2/16/2018 Integrated Gas Energy Technology Institute Launches at Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University and National Grid have launched the country's most comprehensive Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology.
2/12/2018 New Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy Taking ApplicationsThe Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - expected to enroll its first PharmD class in August 2018 - is now accepting student applications.
2/12/2018 Nationally Renowned Climate Change Expert Named SoMAS DeanPaul B. Shepson, the Jonathan Amy Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, and the Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at the National Science Foundation, has been named Dean of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) announced Michael Bernstein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Stony Brook University. Selected after a national search for a new SoMAS dean Shepson's tenure starts on July 2, 2018.
2/6/2018 New Drug Target Emerges for a Dangerous Fungal PathogenThe Cryptococcus neogormans fungal pathogen is deadly. Now a team of researchers led by Stony Brook University scientists have discovered a novel gene that helps understand the mechanism of survival of this pathogen in various host conditions.
2/6/2018 Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Represents SUNY as Panelist at 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Feb. 5 & 6 in ArizonaWith climate change atop the global agenda and one of the top concerns of municipalities across the country, according to the just published findings of the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors, universities are expanding their roles in taking meaningful action on addressing the problem. In fact, Stony Brook University in New York, has already achieved national and international recognition for its comprehensive academic and campus-wide sustainability initiatives, which date back to 1967, when the Environmental Defense Fund, which advocates using science, economics, and law to tackle environmental problems, was co-founded by a Stony Brook professor. It is more than appropriate, therefore, that State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Kristina Johnson has tapped Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., to represent the SUNY system as a keynote speaker at the Second Nature 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Feb. 5 and 6 in Tempe, AZ.
1/31/2018 Fossil Evidence Shows Bats Colonized from Islands to ContinentsPlants and animals are generally thought to colonize from continents to islands, over time leading to the evolution of separate island species.
1/26/2018 Mammals Moving Less in Human Landscapes May Upset EcosystemsCould baboons and other mammals worldwide soon need pedometers? A new study reveals that on average, mammals move less in human-modified landscapes.
1/19/2018 Can Using Theatrical Techniques Improve Social Skills of Autistic Youths?A new study examines the benefit of combining theatrical techniques with behavioral treatment approaches for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
1/17/2018 A Survival Lesson from Bats - Eating Variety Keeps Species MultiplyingDiet is an important factor influencing the survival and evolution of all species. Many studies have shown that when species evolve from being a predator or insectivore to being a vegetarian, the rate at which new species arise increases. But a new study published in Ecology Letters reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more generations in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species.
12/29/2017 Top 10 Moments of 2017 at Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University is sharing a look back at some its most significant moments from 2017.