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Stony Brook researchers and colleagues use high-resolution imaging of proteins to develop the theory 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. “DNA replication is a major source of errors…

Black History Month is an annual tradition that celebrates the African American experience. Every February, Stony Brook University hosts events and guests in recognition — see what’s in store for 2016. Take a look at some of Stony Brook’s moments in black history and culture, including notable alumni, government officials, artists and guest speakers. 1. Many great black musicians have taken the stage at Stony Brook, like Jimi Hendrix in 1968, Miles Davis in 1970, The Notorious B.I.G. in 1996 and Ray Charles in 2000, plus many more over the years, including B.B. King, Buju Banton, Dizzy Gillespie and Lil’…

2016 Recyclemania Tournament Help Stony Brook University beat the competition in RecycleMania 2016, an eight-week recycling competition that begins Sunday, February 7, and runs through Saturday, April 2. Stony Brook will once again compete against more than 400 other colleges and universities in several recycling categories. During this eight-week event, you can help reduce the campus’ carbon footprint by living sustainably and recycling paper, bottles, cans and e-waste whenever possible. A full list of what can be recycled and other sustainable tips can be found online. In 2014 we took first place in e-waste recycling with 125,498 pounds recycled. In 2015…

Stony Brook University established the National Security Institute (NSI) in September 2014. NSI’s goal is to become a world leader in research and security technology, education, business and policy, and raising awareness. NSI spans multiple disciplines and establishes public-private partnerships to develop new holistic socio-technological solutions for securing the world’s highly digital societies. It also engages in the education of professionals in defense, national and cybersecurity, assurance, healthcare and policy. A comprehensive assurance education program trains not only Stony Brook students but also the broader corporate and academic community. NSI’s team of experts has helped launch successful security-centric technology startups.…

Eugene O’Neill’s last play and only true love story will be performed at Staller Center on Saturday, February 13, at 8 pm by actors from Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre. “A Moon for the Misbegotten” draws on autobiographical material from O’Neill’s own life. Angela Smith stars as Josie Hogan, a boisterous Irish woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation, who lives on a Connecticut tenant farm with her father in the 1920s. James Tyrone Jr., whose family owns the farm, returns to settle the estate when his mother dies and attempts to navigate his complicated relationship with Josie and…

The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to actor Alan Alda, a visiting professor at Stony Brook University, who played a major role in creating the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The medal recognizes his “extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public.” This is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. “Through so many different…

Nina Maung-Gaona, an assistant dean in the Graduate School and director of the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), will assume a new role at Stony Brook as of February 8, 2016. She has been chosen as the Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) and will assist Vice President David Conover in overseeing the operations of the Office of the Vice President for Research in her capacity as Research Foundation Deputy Operations Manager. Maung-Gaona has been a valuable staff member at Stony Brook since 2000. As director of the CIE, she has led a highly successful team supported by more than $8 million of external funding from…

Throughout February 2016 Stony Brook University will host Black History Month, an annual tradition that celebrates the African American experience. The Black History Month Opening Ceremony kicks things off on Wednesday, January 27, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm in the Student Activities Center, Sidney Gelber Auditorium. The guest speakers are Professor Sonia Sanchez, Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr., and Dr. James E. Smethurst, co-editors of SOS – Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (2014), a history of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The book depicts the works of the politically motivated Black poets, artists, dramatists,…

Because of his 6’8”, 260-pound frame, Jameel Warney ’16, like many big men, had to struggle to master the game of basketball. “I was terrible until I was 14 or 15,” said the Plainfield, NJ native. Arriving at Stony Brook as a shy player surrounded by proven upperclassmen, Jameel went on to capture the America East Conference Player of the Year — twice. So what changed? If you ask Jameel, it’s his work ethic that made the difference. Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell agrees with that assessment, also crediting Jameel’s physical maturation to his becoming the heart and soul of the…

Support for higher education is a key part of the agenda set forth by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address, delivered January 13. Gov. Cuomo called for an extension of the NYSUNY 2020 and NYCUNY 2020 program to keep tuition increases low and predictable while providing additional resources to New York’s public colleges and universities. “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,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel…

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