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6/22/2018 (Innovate LI) Veteran, Rookie SBU Researchers Earn Major HonorsTwo Stony Brook University researchers - one with an extended résumé of scientific accomplishments, one just warming up - received some major recognition this week. R. Sekar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science in the university's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his cybersecurity work, which draws on disciplines ranging from programming techniques to networking to artificial intelligence....Also this week, SBU announced that neuroscientist Lyl Tomlinson (Class of 2017), a pharmacology postdoctoral student and program coordinator of the university's PhD Career Ladder Program, has been named a Science and Technology Policy Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
6/21/2018 (Newsday) No consensus on major issues as legislative session nears endSome issues did win approval. Both houses approved a land lease that would allow Stony Brook Southampton Hospital to build a new facility on Stony Brook University property.
6/21/2018 (Newsday) LI to be site of offshore wind research/development consortiumLong Island will be home to a "major stake in the ground" for the nascent U.S. offshore wind-energy industry with the awarding of $39 million in federal and state grants to fund a new research and development consortium here, a top state official said Thursday. The multi-state consortium will be based at Stony Brook University's Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, whose chairman, Robert Catell, will also serve as chairman of the new National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. Catell was formerly chairman of National Grid USA and chief executive of KeySpan, both of which ran the Long Island electric grid for LIPA before PSEG Long Island.
6/19/2018 (Times Beacon Record) East Setauket farmers market gets new name, helps cancer centerThe East Setauket Farmers Market has now been named the Three Village Artisan and Farmers Market, or nicknamed Three Village Market for short. Linda Johnson, owner of Chocology Unlimited and market manager, said the new name reflects the growing participation of vendors from across the Three Village area and the artisans, musicians and other makers on hand every week. This year, the market aims to raise money with various fundraisers throughout the season for Stony Brook Cancer Center, specifically the Healthy Forks and Move to Heal Survivorship series.
6/19/2018 (Washington Post) Another aspect of white privilege: Better sleepLauren Hale, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, calls the sleep gap between Caucasians and African American people "a matter of social justice" and identifies two other significant predictors in addition to race: level of education (those without a high school diploma are more likely to have sleep disorders) and neighborhood context (city dwellers typically sleep less than those outside the urban core). Hale says of her findings, "If the very people who are the most socially disadvantaged and most need that extra boost to function better during their days wake up the least prepared, then they are at a disadvantage throughout every aspect of their day."
6/18/2018 (Innovate LI) SBU's Artificial Intelligence Director Is the Real DealA Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science will head up Stony Brook University's new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. Steven Skiena, a computational biologist (among other talents) in his 30th year as a member of the SBU faculty, will direct the artificial intelligence-focused program, part of the university's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
6/14/2018 (Los Angeles Times) 2014 Napa earthquake may be linked to groundwater changes, study saysResearch suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys....We think it's more of a localized effect, something related to the groundwater system. We don't know if it is groundwater pumping specifically, or something related to how the natural aquifer system works, or a combination," said lead author Meredith Kraner, formerly of the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University in New York and now with the University of Nevada, Reno. Co-authors were William E. Holt of Stony Brook University and Adrian A. Borsa of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
6/15/2018 (Phys) eDNA analysis--a key to uncovering rare marine speciesThe days of searching the oceans around the world to find and study rare and endangered marine animals are not over. However, an emerging tool that can be used with just a sample of seawater may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before. According to Ellen Pikitch, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), this 21st Century tool that holds such promise is eDNA analysis. Her explanation was published in a perspectives piece on June 15 in Science. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-06-edna-analysisa-key-uncovering-rare.html#jCp
6/14/2018 (Long Island Press) NY Pols Seek Limits On Nitrogen FertilizerTwo like-minded bills are making their way through both houses of the New York State Legislature that would restrict the sale and use of lawn fertilizers that contain nitrogen in Nassau and Suffolk counties, other than low-nitrogen fertilizers....Nitrogen is a key ingredient in fertilizer that aids in the growth of grass and other vegetation. A combination of stormwater runoff and wastewater from cesspools has plagued LI's waterways with algae blooms that can kill marine life and, in some cases, pose a danger to humans. Blue-green algae, which thrives on nitrogen, has bloomed in Lake Agawam, Mecox Bay, and Mill, Wickapogue and Georgica ponds at different times since 2016. And the more nitrogen "that goes into these water bodies, the more nitrogen [algae] make," said Dr. Christopher Gobler, a marine science professor at Stony Brook University and one of the region's most respected water quality experts. "And it works in reverse: if you reduce the amount of nitrogen, they actually--per cell--are less toxic."
6/12/2018 (Gizmoto) Woman Sues NASA to Keep Its Hands Off Her Precious Vial of Neil Armstrong Moon DustThe question of who owns the moon is at the center of a new lawsuit filed against NASA by a woman who wants to keep a vial of lunar dust gifted to her by astronaut Neil Armstrong....In fact, scientists researching the dangers of moon dust weren't even able togain access to the real stuff in their experiments, instead using simulated lunar dust for a study they published last month. Bruce Demple, a professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine who authored the study, told Gizmodo that he hopes their findings--that simulated moon dust presents health risks--will convince NASA to give them real moon dust from the Apollo missions.
6/12/2018 (Newsday) Stony Brook professor awarded prize for battery inventionEsther Sans Takeuchi, a Stony Brook University professor who invented the battery that boosted by fivefold the life span of implantable cardiac defibrillators, has won a prestigious European Patent Office award for her cutting-edge development.
6/12/2018 (Indianapolis Star) The 2018 Indianapolis Prize winner has discovered 18 species, meet Russ MittermeierAfter discovering 18 new species, protecting hundreds more and preserving millions of acres of habitat around the globe, it is clear to see why Stony Brook University Professor Russ Mittermeier has been named the winner of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation.
6/10/2018 (Newsday) High-tech stretcher eases strain of moving overweight patientsThe Village of Nissequogue Fire Department is buying a $47,000 powered stretcher and ambulance load system, in part because people are getting too heavy for emergency personnel to safely lift, said Chief Russell von Frank.
6/9/2018 (Newsday) Teen boys mark first year of My Brother's KeeperThe event marked about 40 ninth-grade boys completing the district's first year of My Brother's Keeper, a program launched in October to increase academic and social outcomes for male students through mentorship, leadership development and college exposure....It included a partnership with Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management and a West Islip-based nonprofit, Youth Enrichment Services, whose staff visited Brentwood weekly to help lead academic, career readiness and social skills sessions with the My Brother's Keeper students, she said.
6/9/2018 (News 12) Prom Night at Stony Brook Children's HospitalStony Brook Children's Hospital threw a very special prom night for teens who are often too sick to attend their own school dances.
6/9/2018 (Newsday) Long Island college students get help from on-campus food pantriesFor nearly a year, Stony Brook University student Luigi Pesce says the main way he ate was by attending campus events where free food was being provided. He would bring Tupperware with him to take leftovers to last him until the next event. Pesce, an international student from Venezuela, said that at the time, he couldn't afford a meal plan and lacked access to financial aid. But everything changed when he heard about the on-campus food pantry in the spring of 2015. It made the difference between going to class hungry and being able to succeed in school, he said.
6/9/2018 (Indianapolis Star) From pigeons to seabirds and sharks, Carl Safina shares the stories of our natural worldStony Brook University Professor Carl Safina almost was a jazz musician. Almost. He had to choose between his two great loves: music and nature. You can guess which one won out. Still, the conservationist finds the beauty and rhythm and melodies in the natural world that he studies and endeavors to protect.
6/8/2018 (Innovate LI) No. 313: Takeuchi Triumphs, The CPC Goes Global, The Domestic Innovations Of Yesteryear And Serenity Now (Also, Mars Has Gas)Battery power: A distinguished professor of chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering at Stony Brook University has won the 2018 European Inventor Award in the "Non-EPO Countries" category, the European Patent Office announced Thursday. Esther Sans Takeuchi, who is also chief scientist of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Energy & Photon Sciences Directorate, was on hand to receive the honor during an EPO ceremony in Paris. The leading battery-technology researcher and SBU's William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment is best known as the inventor of a compact lithium/silver vanadium oxide battery that enabled the widespread introduction of modern implantable cardiac defibrillators in the 1980s.
6/7/2018 (Southampton Patch) Stony Brook Southampton Hospital To Treat Heart Rhythm DisordersCutting edge heart rhythm treatment will soon be available on the East End at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. On July 1, the Stony Brook University Heart Institute will begin to offer select electrophysiology services to treat heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias, at the facility, the hospital said in a release.
6/7/2018 (Newsday) East End hospital to offer expanded cardiac care servicesThe Stony Brook University Heart Institute said Thursday it will begin to offer select electrophysiology services to treat heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias, at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The services will launch at the East End facility on July 1.More News