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The Wright Path

BY PATRICIA SARICA Patricia Wright has had quite a year. Last spring, the world-renowned primatologist and anthropology professor in Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala in New York City for her commitment to the people and wildlife of Madagascar. The IMAX® film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, featuring her work to protect these fascinating and endangered creatures, opened nationwide as well. In the fall the second of her two-part memoir, For the Love of Lemurs: My Life in...

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On the Trail of a Ticking Time Bomb

BY LIZA BURBY   While the world is fascinated with infectious diseases such as the Ebola outbreak and the Enterovirus D68, it is worth noting that Stony Brook faculty were at the forefront of identifying the cause of the most common tick-borne infectious disease in the United States — Lyme disease. Finding the cause of an infectious disease is like solving a mystery; scientists and detectives have a lot in common. As with any good sleuth, a scientist gathers facts, analyzes data and investigates evidence. Some leads go nowhere, while others result...

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Building and Growing

It’s evident everywhere — from the towering construction cranes hovering over buildings in progress to the temporary construction fencing surrounding them — that Stony Brook’s facilities are growing to keep apace with our academic and research initiatives. In fact, new construction projects begun in the past five years total $674 million. Innovation and Discovery Center Conceived in the design of a mezzanine structure, the Center will promote growth of startup businesses and attract innovative new companies in the areas of biotechnology, information technology, electronics, and advanced materials and processing.       Computer Science...

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Brilliant Minds, Bright Ideas: Research, Discoveries, Innovations

Engineering Creativity Exceptional engineers are known for their attention to detail, analytical aptitude, excellent math skills and, what may be most important to success, creativity. Alex Doboli, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, is studying creativity in design as part of a multi-university team that has been working on the research project “INSPIRE: The Hunting of the Spark: A Systematic Study of Natural Creativity in Human Networks.” The project studies how novel ideas propagate in large groups of people in two ways: first, by looking at how research ideas percolate through the technical community;...

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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Grows Up

Just like kids themselves, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is quickly growing up. The new Children’s Hospital is part of a 10-story Hospital Pavilion, made possible by $53 million in support from New York State Senators Kenneth LaValle and John Flanagan. The new Children’s Hospital signals that Stony Brook has made a long-term investment in the children and families in the community. It further advances Stony Brook Children’s mission: to bring the best ideas in medicine to kids — sooner, smarter and better. Children Matter Here Stony Brook Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics offers some...

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Artists, Authors and Editors

The works in the annual exhibition by Stony Brook faculty artists, authors and editors are as remarkable for their diversity as for their depth of scholarship. In addition to performance and art exhibits, there are biographies, novels and memoirs, and books on anthropology, art, computer science, cultural analysis, ecology and evolution, history, literature, music, political science and other disciplines. Stony Brook faculty have edited or co-edited many scholarly journals, including the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Journal of Persianate Studies and The Quarterly Review of Biology. Said Arjomand, Sociology Co-Editor: Worlds of Difference Co-Editor: The Rule of Law,...

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Honors and Accolades

BY PATRICIA SARICA From primatologists to playwrights, mathematicians to mechanical engineers, and cartoonists to computer scientists, Stony Brook University’s world-class faculty continue to generate innovative ideas, push the boundaries of knowledge and make an impact at home and abroad. In recognition of their outstanding achievements, many have been the recipients of awards and distinctions and elected to prestigious scholarly societies. Here are some highlights of our faculty’s meritorious accomplishments this past year. PRIZES AND AWARDS Breakthough Prize in Mathematics Sir Simon K. Donaldson, professor of mathematics in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) and the Department of Mathematics and professor of...

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Stony Brook Southampton: East End Hub for the Arts and Sciences

BY SUSAN TITO Whether bringing a screenplay to life, studying marine science in an indoor wet lab or becoming an expert on the biomechanics of human motion, students find inspiration and hands-on learning at Stony Brook Southampton. Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the land on which the 82-acre campus is built has a rich history, including a 300-year-old windmill where Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams resided in the summer of 1957. Established in 2007, the Stony Brook Southampton Campus serves as a muse for students in three core areas — Southampton Arts, the School of Marine and...

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Student Spotlight

BY TOBY SPEED Prepare to be inspired. Stony Brook’s first-ever Gates Cambridge Scholar, Neha Kinariwalla ’14, graduated summa cum laude with a major in sociology and a minor in international studies. But before Neha moves on to physician training in Stony Brook’s School of Medicine, she’s taking a year off — to earn a master’s in Philosophy at Cambridge University. Judging by her accomplishments so far, there’s no stopping Neha from achieving her goals. “Throughout my life, my aspirations have always been centered on improving the lives of others,” said Neha. With the help of the WISE (Women In Science...

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Alum Spotlight: Tristan Walker

BY GLENN JOCHUM Tristan Walker ’05 is living proof that the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” still applies. While getting ready for work one day, he wondered what it would be like to shave without discomfort. “No brands of shaving products catered to people like me,” said the Stony Brook University economics graduate and valedictorian, who is originally from Queens, New York, and worked as a trader on Wall Street for a short time after graduation. And that was how Bevel, the pioneering shaving product that caters to the needs of men with coarse, curly facial hair, was...

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