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Four Researchers, One Discovery Prize…The Gloves Come off at 12:30
Alan Alda, Stony Brook leadership, and an illustrious panel of judges to select the $200,000 prize winner

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP  For Thursday, April 13
Stony Brook University Media Contact: Greg Filiano
Office: 631-444-7880; Cell Phone: 631-338-7644

This competition event reveals the winner of the Stony Brook University Discovery Prize, a $200,000 grant awarded to a Stony Brook University early career basic researcher whose novel work embraces innovation and has the potential to transform a scientific idea. The prize will be awarded following presentations before a panel of judges. The four finalists will present their novel research, which include: the dynamics of molecules and lasers in the development of high technology; how genes control the biological processes of drug resistance; how and why electrons, which are implicated in many scientific applications, move from point A to point B; and analyzing the oldest light in the universe to determine what happened a fraction of a second right after the Big Bang

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University
Alan Alda, Founder and Visiting Professor of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

The finalists:
Thomas Allison, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics
Gábor Balázski, PhD, Associate Professor, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
Matthew Reuter, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Neelima Sehgal, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The panel of judges:
F. Duncan Haldane , Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University and 2016 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Barbara Jacak , Director of the Nuclear Science Division and Professor of Physics at University of California, Berkeley
James H. Simons , PhD, Chairman of the Simons Foundation; founder of Renaissance Technologies, former Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Stony Brook University

Thursday, 12:30 PM, at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Established in 2014 by the Stony Brook Foundation, the “Shark Tank” meets “Ted Talk” style competition is produced in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The prize augments funding for promising basic research at a time when federal support for basic research is dwindling.

LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road 8.5 miles. Cross over Route 347 and make left at the Main SBU Campus Entrance. Go straight to Administration Building garage. The Wang Center is directly across (north) from the Administration Building.