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A scientist doesn’t have to wear a white labcoat to be taken seriously, let alone inspire a generation of young minds — just ask the students at East Islip High School. In mid-April, even on the verge of finals, college entrance exams, prom, graduation and summer vacation, the upperclassmen studying science at East Islip gave their full attention, and then some, to two visitors presenting their scientific research and passion. Jinelle Wint and Danica Warns are two of many who experienced Science Unplugged, a unique course offered through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University that provides…

Ashwin Kelkar ’16 loves research so much that he doesn’t mind its high rate of failure. But when success occurs, the biochemistry major said, the experience is that much more rewarding. “I’d say 99 out of 100 experiments will either fail or come back with strange results,” Ashwin said. “The key is to constantly be looking at these results in a different light.” Research first intrigued Ashwin when he was 16 and attending Syosset High School, which provided him with the opportunity to seek out a research institute in a laboratory setting. He wound up conducting research at The Feinstein…

Senior research officers from member universities of The Science Coalition and Association of American Universities met on July 15 for All Things Research, a roundtable discussion held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Among them was Stony Brook University’s Vice President for Research David O. Conover, who also serves as operations manager for the SUNY Research Foundation. Members of these two groups share a common goal of maintaining America’s leadership in science and technology through strong and sustained funding for scientific research across all disciplines. Each year at All Things Research, senior research officers discuss with DC-based journalists…

Thanks to a generous grant from PSEG, 16 Stony Brook students this summer are participating in the university’s Explorations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Research Program. The summer program provides freshmen and sophomores with high potential but low exposure to research with a 10-week paid summer research opportunity. Each of the undergraduate students in the program – now in its third year – are paired with faculty across campus, conducting research in the STEM disciplines with an emphasis on engineering. “We are delighted to contribute to a program that is developing tomorrow’s engineers,” PSEG Chairman and CEO Ralph…

The first international Advances in Functional Materials (AFM) Conference at Stony Brook University brought together 400 scientists, engineers, educators and students from all over the world to share their findings, exchange cutting-edge ideas and applications, and find global partners for collaboration in the field of functional materials. The conference was held at the Student Activities Center from June 29 through July 3. Tae Jin Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook, organized the event. “This was a great opportunity to introduce the University to new international scientists, many of whom are very interested in…

It took only six months for Stony Brook University to hit an energy research grand slam, earning major federal funding on four projects poised to revolutionize the world’s energy technology. “These four projects, which together earned nearly $5.7 million in funding, showcase Stony Brook’s dedication to researching and developing technologies that will have a major impact on how we generate and consume energy globally,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. But how can a state university on Long Island suddenly secure such funding and rise to rank alongside renowned energy research institutions like MIT and…

Niranjan Balasubramanian, a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University who joined the faculty in this spring, has received funding from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) to support his project, “Process Representations for Question Answering,” which seeks to build a question-and-answer system that can answer fourth grade science exams. The research focuses on designing computational representations of a wide-range of physical and biological processes. “For instance, a fourth-grader can easily recognize that a puddle drying in the sun is evaporating without needing to understand the intricate details of evaporation. This project aims to uncover the essential…

Stony Brook University alum Benjamin Bannier, who earned his PhD in Physics last May, has received this year’s RHIC/AGS Thesis Award at the annual RHIC/AGS Users’ Meeting, which was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) June 9 through June 12. Each year BNL invites PhD students to submit their thesis to the RHIC/AGS Thesis Award Competition, which recognizes the most outstanding thesis related to research conducted at BNL’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL), Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator Facility, Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP) or Accelerator Test Facility (ATF). Bannier received…

When Yerin Kim, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music, approached Chair Perry Goldstein about scheduling a concert that children with autism could enjoy, her idea was warmly received. Goldstein had just had a similar discussion with his colleague Ritch Calvin, an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory. “I really just got the conversation started,” said Calvin, who added that it was his wife, Claudia Tracy, who along with Yerin became the driving force behind the project. Tracy works in the School of Social Welfare for the Youth in Progress program. “I have been working…

Led by Stony Brook’s Jin Koda, PhD, the discovery surpasses the 2014 find by more than 800 A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have discovered 854 “ultra-dark galaxies” in the Coma Cluster by analyzing data from the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope. The new discovery, published in the June 2015 edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, surpasses the 2014 discovery of 47 mysterious dark galaxies by more than 800 and suggests that galaxy clusters are the key environment for the evolution of these mysterious dark galaxies. “The findings suggests that these galaxies…

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