Read the top 10 stories and news headlines of 2016 from Stony Brook University that have made an impact on Long Island, New York and
Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute, the University’s Centre ValBio and
drone partner Vayu Inc. have teamed up to improve delivery of care in communities
hampered by poor or non-existent roads. With the use of self-guided drones, lab samples
are being transported from rural villages to
the Centre ValBio research station. In August 2016, the Associated Press broke the story and shared it with national
and international audiences. In November 2016, an international crew for ABC’s
World News Tonight traveled to Madagascar to report on Stony Brook’s work with drones. The team also
covered Centre ValBio founder Patricia’s Wright’s involvement with protecting lemurs
and conserving the environment, as well as the 25
th anniversary celebration of Ranomafana National Park, also founded by Wright.
In September 2016, Stony Brook University
President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. attended
UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary events, which kicked off with the launch of
the first HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity progress report.
Stanley co-hosted a reception at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City that was attended
world leaders, activists and celebrities. In March 2017, President Stanley and two students on
the HeForShe steering committee will present a case study at the SXSWedu Conference
in Austin, Texas. They will outline the University’s experience with the UN
HeForShe initiative, which is aligned with Stony Brook’s Plan for
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.
After an attack by a group of chimpanzees that left his face severely disfigured,
then 6-year-old Dunia Sibomana had become the subject of ridicule from peers in his
village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World-renowned paleoanthropologist
Richard Leakey, professor and chair of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook
University, heard about the attack and offered to help the boy. He contacted Stony
Brook plastic surgeon Alexander Dagum, MD, who performs volunteer reconstructive surgery.
Dunia underwent surgery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in January 2016, and news
of the successful operation generated robust international coverage. In November 2016,
the Associated Press released an exclusive follow-up story that included a look at
how well Dunia is doing postsurgery and the role Stony Brook is playing in helping
him to rebuild his life.
Experts from the Division of Infectious Disease at Stony Brook Medicine paid close
attention to updates from the World Health Organization during the 2016 Zika virus
outbreak, noting the seriousness of the international public health emergency. They
kept the public well informed through national and local news coverage on the potential
threat of Zika and increase in microcephaly in children born to women who had contracted
the infection during pregnancy. Stony Brook Medicine experts were featured in outlets
such as Fox News Channel
, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Associated Press, ABC News, CNBC
, Fox News Latino,
Newsday, WSHU (NPR Radio).
Stony Brook University faculty are nationally renowned as expert resources in the
areas of water quality, marine biology, conservation and estuary care. They were widely
cited in news coverage, ranging from the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and brown tide
to the Fire Island breach caused by Superstorm Sandy. Outlets included Associated
The New York Times, NPR, CNN
, Buzzfeed, Business Insider
, Forbes, The Huffington Post,
Newsday, Slate Magazine and
Detroit Free Press.
Stony Brook Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System entered 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.
Established with two gifts totaling $13.75 million, the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center
for Metabolomics and Imaging is Stony Brook University Cancer Center’s newest translational
research resource. Offering enhanced technologies and imaging tools that can precisely
map tumors, the new center will help researchers understand the metabolism of cancer
at its most complicated cellular levels, while breaking new ground in cancer research
A Stony Brook-led research team has found declining levels of mercury in North Atlantic
bluefin tuna during the past decade. A national study led by Nicholas Fisher, a professor
in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, revealed that
while tissue concentrations of mercury are higher in tuna than in most other fish
species, there has been a consistent decline in mercury in these fish over time, regardless
of their age. The rate of decline parallels decreases in mercury emissions as measured
in air and seawater during the same time period. The findings were published in the
Environmental Science & Technology.