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Hal Skopicki Appointed Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Operation in the Stony Brook University Heart Institute

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Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD, has been appointed Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Operations in the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, announced Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD and Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, Vincent Yang, MD, PhD. Dr. Skopicki is a renowned heart failure specialist, who has led the major effort in advancing the care of patients with advanced cardiac disease since his arrival at Stony Brook in 2006.

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A Survival Lesson from Bats – Eating Variety Keeps Species Multiplying

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Diet is an important factor influencing the survival and evolution of all species. Many studies have shown that when species evolve from being a predator or insectivore to being a vegetarian, the rate at which new species arise increases. But a new study published in  Ecology Letters  reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more   generations   in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species.

 

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In Antarctica Sam Urmy, PhD, a recent SoMAS graduate, counts penguins (including the one next to him) as part of the Antarctic Site Inventory, a long-term research study led by Professor Heather Lynch and Oceanites, Inc. The Site Inventory tracks population of penguins, key indicators of the health of fisheries and the Antarctic marine ecosystems. The 2017 penguin count is important because the data will be used to judge a NASA-sponsored competition to build the best population forecast model. The competition engaged people worldwide with 97 participating teams submitting over 600 models. The penguin counting data will be used to determine which model provided the best population predictions and will get folded into Dr. Lynch's decision-support application called MAPPD. Winner of the competition will be announced sometime in spring 2018. Credit: Ron Naveen.

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