1/28/2016 01/28/2016 (CNBC) Growing fears of spreading Zika virus Dr. Bettina Fries, Stony Brook School of Medicine, explains how the Zika virus spreads.
1/28/2016 01/26/2016 (Fox News) Zika virus triggers travel warnings for pregnant women Zika virus is already linked to brain damage in babies and perhaps paralysis in adults. Dr. Saul Hymes provides commentary.
1/27/2016 1/26/2016 (Associated Press) AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen Stony Brook Hospital paramedic Pete Amato made sure that kidney transplant patient Melanie Chirichella made it safely to the hospital in time for her surgery during a raging blizzard.
1/27/2016 1/26/2016 (Washington Post) Trump and Sanders allow partisans to stick with their parties while also rejecting them Written by Samara Klar, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona and Yanna Krupnikov, an assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University. They are the author of the book Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction.
1/26/2016 1/25/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University Hospital's food delivers health, good taste, survey says In a survey of 262 hospitals that ultimately ranked 24 hospitals nationwide, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine named Stony Brook first....for providing a "healthy hospital food environment."
1/26/2016 1/25/2016 (U.S. News and World Report) Piping as Poison: The Flint Water Crisis and America's Toxic Infrastructure "As the crisis over the water in Flint, Michigan, rolls on, we're learning more and more about the irresponsibility and callousness of officials and politicians in charge." Commentary by History Professor Chris Sellers.
1/25/2016 1/25/2016 (Futurity) Hydrogen Bonds In Water Are Ice-Like Daniel C. Elton and colleagues at Stony Brook used a powerful computer cluster to create the water dynamics simulations. By centering on water's unique hydrogen bond network, they routinely demonstrated that optical phonon-like modes can propagate the hydrogen bond network, just as in ice.
1/25/2016 1/25/2016 (The Conversation) Piping as poison: the Flint water crisis and America's toxic infrastructure History Professor Chris Sellers writes, "As the crisis over the water in Flint, Michigan, rolls on, we're learning more and more about the irresponsibility and callousness of officials and politicians in charge."
1/22/2016 1/21/2016 (U.S. News and World Report) Best Online Nursing Graduate Programs 2016 A master's degree in nursing has increased in popularity in recent years as the nursing profession continues to expand and specialization and leadership become more important. 10. Stony Brook University - SUNY (Stony Brook, New York)
1/21/2016 1/21/2016 (News Medical) Study reveals new clue to possible misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease The finding, based on the results of a Stony Brook University-led research team in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, emphasize the need for professionals to take into account developmental history and have a broad understanding of neuropsychological testing when interpreting the meaning of low memory test scores.
1/20/2016 1/20/2016 (Huffington Post) Baltimore Residents Never Expected A Cop To Be Punished For Killing Freddie Gray "When you have the condition of lynching -- which is a public spectacle of violence, the castration of black men and then their murder, burning and hanging in front of an audience -- that really takes out the notion that there is a justice system for African-Americans," Robert Chase, a history professor at Stony Brook University, told HuffPost.
1/20/2016 1/19/2016 (The Telegraph) Psychology studies reveal how to feel good According to Stephen G Post, director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at New York's Stony Brook University, being nice to others triggers the release of the pleasure chemical dopamine, as well as endorphins, which give a sense of euphoria, and oxytocin, which is associated with tranquillity, serenity, or inner peace. Oxytocin mediates the tend-mend response, the opposite of the "fight-or-flight" response that stressful moments create.
1/19/2016 1/15/2016 (Huffington Post) Remembering the 9/11 Story Beyond the Zadroga Bill Dr. Benjamin Luft writes about he and his team's project to preserve 9/11 first responders' stories, entitled "Remembering 9/11." This oral history program, residing with the Library of Congress, allows users to learn the responders' path, demonstrating "the importance of hope, community, spirituality, love and understanding in finding solace and clarity after experiencing mass trauma."
1/19/2016 1/15/2016 (BuzzFeed) 25 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week Dunia Sibomana, age 8, who was attacked two years ago by chimpanzees in his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, rides on a toy car at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. This week, doctors at Stony Brook Children's Hospital began a series of extensive facial reconstructive surgeries on Sibomana.
1/15/2016 1/15/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook, LIFT awarded $5 million to help manufacturers Stony Brook University and the Long Island Forum for Technology have been awarded nearly $5 million in state and federal funding over the next five years as part of a national program to help local manufacturers grow.
1/15/2016 1/15/2016 (Science Newsline) New Theory of Secondary Inflation Expands Options for Avoiding an Excess of Dark Matter A new theory from physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Stony Brook University, which will publish online on January 18 in Physical Review Letters, suggests a shorter secondary inflationary period that could account for the amount of dark matter estimated to exist throughout the cosmos.
1/15/2016 1/15/2016 (BBC Programmes) Given a reason to smile again Dr. Leon Klempner interviewed about Dunia Siboman's recent reconstructive surgery.
1/15/2016 1/13/2016 (Daily Beast) Florida Whooping Cough Outbreak Fuels Anti-Vaxxers "DTaP [vaccine] has long been known to have waning immunity," said pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Saul Hymes. "The close proximity and high ease of transmission in a daycare setting meant extremely high bacterial loads were being passed around..."
1/15/2016 1/13/2015 (Live Science) Hidden Plague? New Theory on How Disease Spread So Perilously Could bacteria have laid dormant for centuries and infect people 300 years apart across Europe during the plague of the Middle Ages? Professor James Bliska weighs in.
1/15/2016 1/13/2016 (WJLA-TV/Sinclair Broadcast Group) Obama addresses campaign dialogue during his final State of the Union Matthew Lebo weighs in about the Obama's last State of the Union address and how it focused on the years that will come beyond his presidency. "He didn't mention any candidates by name but alluded to lots of the rhetoric that's been going on in the campaigns... it was "pretty obvious," the President was commenting on things that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie have said about terrorism.
1/13/2016 1/12/2016 (WebMD) How to Talk to Your Child About Weight "Whether your child is overweight or simply thinks she has a weight problem, it's a common concern. And as a parent, it can be a tricky thing to address," says Rosa Cataldo, DO, director of the Healthy Weight and Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in Stony Brook, New York.
1/13/2016 1/11/2016 (Newsday) Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY chancellor, announces $18M in campus grants Chancellor Zimpher announced grants to boost student retention and completion rates of which Stony Brook will receive $1.75 million to increase four-year graduation rates to 60 percent by 2020.
1/11/2016 1/11/2016 (Asia One Travel) Cradle of humanity Dr Louise Leakey, one of the world's top paleontologists, will be hosting wealthy visitors to a remote north-western area in Kenya, an archaeological treasure trove. She is doing this for the money, she readily admits, but the proceeds will not go to her. They will go to the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) which her celebrated father, paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician Richard Leakey, established a decade ago to support scientists searching the basin for answers to the most fundamental questions about humanity - "who are we, where did we come from and how did that happen?".
1/11/2016 1/11/2016 (Metro) 5 core college classes that pay off While college is a time of self-discovery and individuality, there are certain courses every student can benefit from. General education requirements "give you breadth of knowledge, whereas a major gives you depth of knowledge," says Dr. Richard J. Gatteau, associate provost for academic success at Stony Brook University.
1/11/2016 1/8/2016 (Huffington Post) This Is Fear: ICE Raids on Parents and Children Nancy Hiemstra writes about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounding up Central American immigrants for deportation.
1/8/2016 1/6/2016 (Dissent) Why Fighting Air Pollution and Stopping Climate Change Aren't the Same Thing History Professor Christopher Sellers writes about the challenges of the recent Paris climate talks and that "its fruits could well wind up doing little to lift these cities' smog, which have helped to make air pollution one of the leading causes of death and disease in our world today."
1/8/2016 1/7/2016 (Reuters) Congolese boy attacked by chimps getting rare face surgery in New York Doctors at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on Long Island will perform a rare double-lip reconstruction, the first of several surgeries on Dunia Sibomana on Monday. The goal will be to restore functioning lips that will improve his speech and stop constant drooling.
1/7/2016 1/6/2016 (WJLA-TV-Washington DC) House Republicans celebrate victory despite impending Presidential veto On Wednesday, the House cleared legislation opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been trying to pass for years. A resolution repealing parts of the legislation cleared the House and was sent to the Oval Office..."It has no chance of the President not vetoing it," explained Dr. Matthew Lebo, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University.
1/7/2016 1/6/2016 (Radio West/NPR) What Animals Think and Feel Animals have deeply fascinated the writer Carl Safina since he was a little kid, and he's always wondered what animals do and why they do it. More than anything, Safina wants to know what it's like inside other animals' minds and in their day to day lives. To try to find out, he traveled to Yellowstone to observe wolf packs, visited elephants in Africa, tracked orcas in Vancouver, and just hung out with his dog at home. Safina joins us Wednesday to offer his insight into what animals think and feel.
1/6/2016 1/6/2016 (News12) Long Island's Hidden Past: Stony Brook Special Collections and University Archives Hidden treasures like historic documents, manuscripts, and maps all can be found at the the Stony Brook University Special Collections and University Archives.
1/6/2016 1/5/2016 (FiOS1) As the temperature drops, tips on how to stay safe during the winter Kristi Ladowski, Injury Prevention & Outreach Coordinator, Stony Brook Medicine talks about how as the temperature drops, the number of injuries relating to the cold will rise.
1/6/2016 1/5/2016 (US News and World Report) 9 Foods That Can Keep Your Brain Sharp Stony Brook University registered dietitian Stephanie May tells students, choosing colorful fruits and vegetables - and avoiding processed foods - will fuel you for success.
1/6/2016 1/4/2016 (Huffington Post) Why Climate Change Rhetoric Simultaneously Succeeds and Fails Co-written by Reuben Kline, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Adam Seth Levine, Assistant professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, this addresses that the discussion about climate change should show how it will personally affect American lives.
1/6/2016 1/4/2016 (WCBS-TV) Dr. Max Gomez: Stony Brook Doctors To Restore Boy's Face Following Chimp Attack Dr. Klempner of Stony Brook Children's Hospital helped bring Dunia to the country through his non-profit charitable organization Smile Rescue Fund For Kids.
1/6/2016 1/5/2016 (Associated Press) African boy mauled by chimps to undergo facial surgery in NY Eight-year-old Dunia Sibomana is set to undergo a rare and complicated surgery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital that will use tissue and muscle from his forearm to recreate both lips. The hope is that he will once again be able to open and close his mouth, and eat and talk normally.
1/4/2016 1/2/2016 (Daily Herald) Parental Guidance: Entice toddler by making fruits, veggies more appealing Suzette Smookler, director of clinical nutrition at Stony Brook Medicine talks about childhood nutrition.
2/29/2016 2/28/2016 (Financial Review) Michael Kimmel knows what happens if middle-class white men don't get their way Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies at New York's Stony Brook University, has spent his entire career studying men and masculinity and he has documented the growing anger of the "downwardly mobile middle-class white male".
2/26/2016 2/26/2016 (Fox News) Political science professor: Odds of Trump winning 97-99% Professor Helmut Norpoth claims on 'Fox & Friends' his statistical model has correctly predicted every election for 104 years.
2/26/2016 2/26/2016 (Long Island Pulse) Have We Unsilenced the T in LGBT? “I think it has started the transgender revolution, which other folks have gone through with other identities like being gay,” said Dr. Adam Gonzalez, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and the director of the Mind Body Clinical Research Center at Stony Brook University.
2/26/2016 2/25/2016 (New York Post) Get ready for President Trump, says election whiz who's scary accurate A New York professor, Helmut Norpoth, of Stony Brook University, whose formula has proven accurate in every presidential election but one since 1912 says Donald Trump has a 97.6 percent chance -- or better -- of taking the White House if he's the Republican nominee.
2/24/2016 2/24/2016 (Live Science) Dodo Birds Weren't 'Dodos' After All "It's not impressively large or impressively small -- it's exactly the size you would predict it to be for its body size," study researcher Eugenia Gold of Stony Brook University said in a statement, referring to the dodo's brain. "So if you take brain size as a proxy for intelligence, dodos probably had a similar intelligence level to pigeons."
2/24/2016 2/19/2016 (Wall Street Journal) Behind Supreme Court Delays: Ideological Influence "Before the Warren Court, the Supreme Court mostly decided economic stuff," said Jeffrey A. Segal, a political scientist at Stony Brook University on Long Island and co-author with Dr. Epstein of "The Supreme Court Compendium." "That did not fire up the citizenry as much as desegregation, school prayer, abortion and same-sex marriage."
2/24/2016 2/23/2016 (WSHU/NPR) How Improv Lessons Are Helping Scientists Express Themselves Any journalist will tell you that it can be difficult for scientists to explain themselves in layman's terms. Actor Alan Alda and Stony Brook University are trying to change that. Since 2009, the university has offered improv classes for scientists out of its Alan Alda Center for Scientific Communication. Alda got the idea while he was the host of the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
2/23/2016 2/22/2016 (Fox News) Researchers: Zika virus may increase risk of mental illness Dr. Susan Donelan reacts to new research revealing the impact the Zika virus may have on the increase risk of mental illnesses and neurological disorders.
2/22/2016 2/22/2016 (Canberra Times) Alan Alda communicating science at the ANU Now Alan Alda is turning his talents to communicating the value of science - and he will do so in partnership with the Australian National University. Alda has been pioneering science communication education through the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science, based in Stony Brook University's School of Journalism in the United States since 2009.
2/22/2016 2/22/2016 (The Street) 9 Universities That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck Stony Brook University is part of the State University of New York system. The university is heavily invested in the medical and research fields. Stony Brook operates a large teaching hospital, Stony Brook Hospital. It also co-manages the Brookhaven National Laboratory and owns a research and development park.
2/22/2016 2/20/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University gets Gardiner Foundation grant A donation from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation will allow Stony Brook University to appoint a scholar to promote further study of the role Long Island and its inhabitants have played in the nation's history.
2/19/2016 2/18/2016 (East Hampton Star) Georgica Pond Is in Trouble Supervisor Says A monitoring buoy placed in the pond last year revealed the extent of its ill health, said Christopher Gobler, a professor of marine biology at Stony Brook University who monitors trustee-managed waterways here. Dr. Gobler, who was recently engaged by the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, the property owners' group, said that at night during the summer, "the pond goes not hypoxic but anoxic" -- fully depleted of oxygen -- "and there were fish kills and other ills associated with it. Serious ecological and human health issues are in play."
2/19/2016 2/18/2016 (NPR) Want To Get A Great Night's Sleep? Head To South Dakota And even in the states full of good sleepers, only about 70 percent of adults say they're getting the recommended seven hours or more. "If there was a place where people got 98 percent sufficient sleep, then I'd be impressed," says Dr. Lauren Hale, a family and preventative medicine professor at Stony Brook University.
2/19/2016 2/18/2016 (National Geographic) Changing climate means changing times for fish and shellfish in New England and beyond Carl Safina co-authored this article about climate change which will decimate the populations of shellfish and shift the range of more than half of the most commonly consumed New England fish and shellfish.
2/18/2016 2/17/2016 (Sports Illustrated) Hungry Wolf--Jameel Warney May Be College Hoops' MVP, But First He Wants to Make School History Jameel Warney loves Wednesdays. On that day, Stony Brook's Union Commons cafeteria offers a special on gyros--$7.79 for a beef wrap with fries and a drink. And the Seawolves senior forward rarely skips the deal. He refers to it as Gyro Day, and he orders at least two--no vegetables, just meat and sauce--if not three.
2/18/2016 12/17/2016 (Chronicle of Higher Education) Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric? Naomi Wolf and Sacha Kopp write: "The question of whether academics should try to reach a popular audience has been, for decades, a nonquestion: Scholars typically assumed there was no way to popularize their work for the general public without abandoning their mission as intellectuals. But that set of assumptions is breaking rapidly apart."
2/17/2016 2/17/2016 (Energy Matters) The 'Accidental' Solar Cell Researchers have created a high efficiency solar cell after incorporating combining graphene with common glass. "The potential applications for graphene touch many parts of everyone's daily life, from consumer electronics to energy technologies," said co-author Matthew Eisaman."It's too early to tell exactly what impact our results will have, but this is an important step toward possibly making some of these applications truly affordable and scalable."
2/16/2016 2/15/2016 (Falls Church News-Press) F.C. Resident Wins Alumni Award from Stony Brook U. Falls Church resident Raymond K. Wong was recently selected as a 40 Under Forty Alumni Award winner at Stony Brook University, where he graduated from in 2007 with an electrical engineering degree.
2/16/2016 2/15/2016 (Long Island Business News) First Impressions High school sophomores across Long Island and beyond learned their scores in January for the PSAT test they took in the fall. And almost immediately, letters from colleges began to flood their mailboxes. "What schools are trying to do at this point is make an introduction," said Rodney Morrison, associate provost for enrollment and retention at Stony Brook University. "We don't assume kids know the school at all. This is a meet-and-greet, to try to make a good first impression and to let them know we want to get to know them better.
2/15/2016 2/12/2016 (Huffington Post) This Land Ain't Our Land Professor Carl Safina writes, "The standoff of armed ranchers occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is now over. They represent the deepest rift in humanity's relationship with land. They argue that all lands "belong" in private ownership. On the other hand, the land is currently held in public trust; the public being all Americans including the native Paiute for whom that ground is ancient homeland, and the non-human beings under the heading "wildlife" who come for the concept 'refuge'."
2/15/2016 2/12/2016 (Washington Post) Why we never really get over that first love "Your first experience of something is going to be well remembered, more than later experiences," explains Art Aron, a psychology professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook who specializes in close relationships. "Presumably there'd be more arousal and excitement, especially if it's somewhat scary. And falling in love is somewhat scary -- you're afraid you'll be rejected, you're afraid you won't live up to their expectations, afraid they won't live up to yours. Anxiety is a big part of falling in love, especially the first time."
2/12/2016 2/11/2016 (Newsweek) Is New Hampshire A Signpost To The Road Ahead? Yanna Krupnikov, assistant professor of political science, writes "The ConversationLast week, the diehards had their say in Iowa. On Tuesday night in New Hampshire, the independents took their turn."
2/11/2016 2/9/2016 (East Hampton Press) Stony Brook Univeristy Establishes Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History With Gift From Gardiner Foundation Stony Brook University recently announced plans to create an endowed chair in the Department of History following a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.
2/11/2016 2/11/2015 (NYSE Post) USA advises abstinence, condom use to prevent Zika spread Asked about the guidance to pregnant women, Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of the epidemiology department at Stony Brook University Hospital, said: "I can understand the Brazilian Health Ministry being concerned about not leaving out any potential mechanism for transmission, even if it's theoretical".
2/11/2016 2/11/2016 (Forbes) There Is No Longer Doubt: Zika Causes Microencephaly "I am personally convinced by this study that Zika is vertically transmitted [from mother to fetus] and infects the brains of infants, who then are born with microencephaly," said Saul Hymes, MD, an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in New York. "That seems like a solid link to me."
2/9/2016 2/5/2016 (Michigan Radio) Why cities like Flint transport water using pipes made with a poison The Flint water crisis has attracted attention and outrage from all over the globe, but unfortunately, the city of Flint isn't the first to have its population affected by lead.
2/9/2016 2/7/2016 (Psychology Today) Listening to Your Heart on Valentine's Day Joanne Davila writes "the dates, and popularity, of the original Emily Dickinson quote and the recent Selena Gomez song title suggest one thing: the idea that the heart wants what it wants is timeless and reflects a deep emotional experience that people can relate to. But is it a healthy one?"
2/9/2016 2/9/2016 (Healio - Cardiology Today) Javed Butler, MD: A nationally recognized HF investigator As a physician and researcher specializing in the management and treatment of HF, Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA, FACC, FAHA, FESC, has studied the entire spectrum of HF from prevention to treatment, with a special emphasis on management of patients with advanced HF.
2/8/2016 2/5/2016 (Newsday) Algal blooms, rising temps caused fish kills in Peconic River, report says Investigators with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell University and Stony Brook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences -- which conducted the study -- found normal levels of nutrients, bacteria and pesticides in the water, discounting the possibility of illegal discharge, spills or the presence of toxic substances.
2/8/2016 2/5/2016 (ABC News) In Brazil, Pregnant Women Urged to Be Cautious With a Kiss In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present....Asked about the guidance to pregnant women, Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of the epidemiology department at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital, said: "I can understand the Brazilian Health Ministry being concerned about not leaving out any potential mechanism for transmission, even if it's theoretical."
2/5/2016 2/5/2016 (USA Today) NCAA tourney contender Stony Brook shows 'You Can Play' The warmup shirts on the court match the scoreboard, which is lit up like the rainbow to match the LGBT pride flag.
2/5/2016 2/5/2016 (Fox News) Couple who found each other on Tinder match for kidney donation When Alana Duran and Lori Interlicchio swiped right on each other on Tinder, signaling a mutual interest, they never realized their match would later be life-saving.
2/5/2016 2/3/2016 (TBR News Media) Preventing heart disease and caring for your heart is a year-round commitment February means heart health awareness, but taking care of your heart requires a year-round commitment that has lifelong benefits. What will you do differently to take better care of your heart?
2/5/2016 2/4/2016 (MarketWatch) Martin Shkreli-style drug price hikes are not that new If modern gripes are to be believed, health care is more expensive and worse than ever. Nostalgia or clear-eyed assessment? Who better to answer the question than Stony Brook University professor Nancy Tomes, who takes a look at a hundred years of American health care in her new book, "Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers."
2/2/2016 2/1/2016 (Newsday) Long Island spotlights people of color in whaling history New research by scholars into the impact of local African- and Native American peoples in whaling; an upcoming symposium on the subject at Stony Brook University; a new book on the history of whaling on Long Island -- as well as popular depictions in such films as "In the Heart of Sea" -- are all helping shine the spotlight on a group long consigned to history's margins.
2/2/2016 2/2/2016 (WLNY/CBS-New York) "Exit 10:55: A Ninth Planet" In this "Exit 10/55" segment, TV 10/55's Richard Rose interviews Stony Brook University Professor Frederick Walter about the possibility of a ninth planet in our solar system
2/2/2016 2/2/2016 (CBS News) 2016 Iowa caucuses: Two races decided by very different factors "Two very competitive contests in Iowa Monday night were decided by very different factors. Here are some key findings from the CBS News Iowa entrance poll..." Voting behavior expert and Political Science Professor Stanley Feldman co-authors commentary with key findings from a CBS News Iowa entrance poll.
2/1/2016 1/31/2016 (NPR) Getting Science Right In Film: It's Not The Facts, Folks But why not go for hard facts as well as imaginative story-telling? Kerry Bishe recounted her experience in visiting the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where in a "boot camp" setting scientists are coached in how to grab the public's interest when explaining their research. Upon arrival, the scientists simply don't want to sacrifice any detail of their work, Bishe recalled. When shown specifically how they risk losing the very audience they hope to engage, they come around -- and tell a story that illuminates the human side of how the scientific process unfolds.
2/1/2016 2/1/2016 (Reuters) African boy attacked by chimps recovers after New York surgery Just weeks after a surgical team on New York's Long Island began a series of operations to rebuild both lips of an 8-year-old boy mauled by chimpanzees in Africa, the sound of success filled a play room at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
2/1/2016 1/28/2016 (BuzzFeed) Michigan Officials: Lead Water Pipes Will Remain For Now In Flint There are between 3 million and 6 million miles of lead pipes in the U.S., but records are often murky about exactly where they are, said Chris Sellers, a history professor at Stony Brook University
3/30/2016 3/29/2016 (National Science Foundation) Roll out the cleaning mat: solar-powered nano-net transforms oil spills A small oil spill can quickly contaminate a much larger body of water. Materials scientist Pelagia-Irene (Perena) Gouma created a "nanogrid," a large, floating net made of special photocatalysts, to minimize the damage after a spill.
3/29/2016 3/29/2016 (Long Island Pulse) What No One Tells You About Adult Friendships Do we outgrow promises of being friends forever? "People start to have less time when you're getting settled into your work life and relationship," explained Joanne Davila, a relationship expert and psychology professor at Stony Brook University.
3/29/2016 3/27/2016 (CBS: EXIT 10/55 with Richard Rose) Organ Transplant Advancement Dr. Frank Darras and Transplant Senior Specialist Dawn Francisquini discuss the importance of organ donors after completing Long Island's first kidney paired donation exchange.
3/29/2016 3/25/2016 (News12) Fire Island breach remains 3 years after Sandy It was feared that a Sandy-created breach at Fire Island National Seashore would flood nearby communities, but the breach remains three years later. Professor Charles Flagg says his studies show nothing but positive results from the inlet formation.
3/25/2016 3/24/2016 (FiOS1) Stony Brook University students demonstrate 3D printer Students from Stony Brook University's Innovation Lab demonstrated the use of a 3D printer Thursday at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Kids enjoyed an exciting show and tell in which they learned about the 3D experience and played with previously printed toys, including a puzzle, a Pikachu figure and a miniature Eiffel Tower.
3/25/2016 3/25/2016 (HealthDay) Spring a Good Time To Instill Healthy Habits in Kids In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled among children and more than tripled among teens in the United States, said Dr. Rosa Cataldo, director of Healthy Weight and Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in New York.
3/25/2016 3/24/2016 (Innovate LI) Stony Brook's Jing Chen Wins NSF Award, $500K Grant Jing Chen, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University, has landed a prestigious award - and $500,000 grant - from the National Science Foundation to pursue her work in game theory, economics and social sciences.
3/24/2016 3/24/2016 (Newsday) Tech execs learn how to communicate in plain English Executives from more than a dozen tech startups gathered at Stony Brook University Wednesday to learn how to talk about what they do in plain English.
3/24/2016 3/24/2016 (News12) No More Needles: Scientist Invents Vaccine Patch A Long Island scientist invented a way to get a shot in the arm without needles. Kasia Sawicka is a biomedical engineer at Stony Brook University Lab. She's also the inventor behind a patch that delivers medicine through the skin without needles.
3/23/2016 3/23/2016 (Fast Company) Why New Moms And Dads Aren't Taking Their Paid Parental Leave Paid parental leave is a polarizing benefit. Perhaps that's why so many workers with children say they've never taken it...According to Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology and gender studies at SUNY Stony Brook, attitudes simply had to change. Kimmel wrote in Fast Company, that's because neither men nor women work primarily at home or in the office, as in generations past.
3/23/2016 3/23/2016 (Fox 5 News - New York ) Three-way kidney swap saves Long Island woman "We had to find somebody around the country with a donor that our patient would not react to. That was in Missouri," said Dr. Frank Darras, medical director of the kidney transplant program with Stony Brook Medicine. "Missouri had a similar patient -- they found a match in Minnesota. They had a donor there who matched with our patient."
3/22/2016 3/22/2016 (New York Times Magazine) Should Parents of Severely Disabled Children Be Allowed to Stop Their Growth? This is the sort of reasoning that frustrates Eva Kittay, a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University who has written widely about the Ashley Treatment, disability ethics and her experience raising Sesha, a daughter now in her mid-40s, who has multiple physical and cognitive disabilities
3/22/2016 3/21/2016 (Newsday) Kidney Swap Gives Long Island Woman New Lease On Life In a first for Long Island, a multi-state swap of kidneys has helped transform three lives in three states. As CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez reported Monday, it all began last Tuesday in Suffolk County.
3/21/2016 3/18/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook returns to a warm welcome For one last time during a special basketball season, Stony Brook's players were treated to chants of "S-B-U" by a sea of red.
3/21/2016 3/18/2016 (Fox Business) Trump's chances of beating Clinton fall to 87% from 97% Stony Brook University Professor Helmut Norpoth predicts Donald Trump's chances of defeating former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the general election.
3/18/2016 3/17/2016 (CNN) SeaWorld should retire orcas Ecologist and author Carl Safina writes,"SeaWorld is evolving. Responding to public pressure, SeaWorld is no longer doing big flashy killer whale shows at its San Diego facility. And it has just announced that it will no longer breed killer whales, often called orcas, in captivity."
3/17/2016 3/17/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook's 3-state kidney swap a 1st for LI, doctor says An East Islip couple and the kidney transplant team at Stony Brook University Hospital have participated in Long Island's first multi-medical center kidney swap, an exchange that involved coordinated surgeries, couriers and jet flights crisscrossing three states. "This is the first time we have done this and it is a first Long Island," said Dr. Frank Darras, lead transplant surgeon, who hand-carried a packed-and-ready-to-ship kidney Tuesday afternoon. He handed it to a courier who rushed it to a flight leaving Long Island MacArthur Airport for St. Louis.
3/17/2016 2/16/2016 (New York Times) Why Obama Nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court In the face of Republican opposition to a Supreme Court nomination, President Obama needed a candidate who had support from Republicans in the past but who would still move the court in a progressive direction.
3/16/2016 3/16/2016 (USA Today/AP) At Stony Brook, team and fan help each other cope with loss There were one, maybe two, home basketball games at Stony Brook that Chemistry Professor Richard Solo missed in the past four seasons, even as he coped with cancer treatment. He was confident this would be the Seawolves' year...Solo was right, but he was not around to see it. He died from colon cancer on Nov. 27 at the age of 79, the day before the Seawolves' first home game.
3/16/2016 3/15/2016 (Los Angeles Times) Does shark skin really reduce drag? Not so fast, study says A Stony Brook University-led research team has discovered that the design of sharkskin may actually slow sharks down, further fueling the debate about sharkskin and swimming speed.
3/16/2016 3/15/2016 (WABC-TV) Sendoff Rally Held as Stony Brook Makes First Appearance in NCAA Tournament Long Island campus was swept up in March Madness Tuesday, as Stony Brook University gets ready for its first trip to the NCAA tournament. A sendoff rally was held for the Seawolves, the 13th seed in the Eastern Regional, who will head to Des Moines for a Thursday game against 4th-seeded Kentucky.
3/14/2016 3/12/2016 (CBS Sports) Tiny Dancers: With Warney, Stony Brook can win in the NCAA tourney Stony Brook has finally done it. For the first time in program history, the Seawolves are going to the NCAA Tournament. And they can thank one of the best all-around players in college basketball, Jameel Warney, for the trip. The SBU senior had the best game of his life on Sunday, scoring 43 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting four shots.
3/14/2016 3/12/2016 (New York Times) Warnery, Stony Brook Off to NCAA After 80 - 74 America East Win Everybody wanted a photo with the hero and Jameel Warney was happy to oblige. With a net around his neck and an MVP trophy in his hand, Stony Brook's unstoppable big man obliged fan after fan. Warney and his teammates were in no rush to leave the floor. The Seawolves had been so close to winning this championship and earning an NCAA bid before, they clearly wanted to savor the accomplishment.
3/11/2016 3/11/2016 (National Geographic) Probing the Dawn of Globalized Trade Archaeologists recently found the small artifact deep in a trench among the ruins of what was the world's first great cosmopolitan city, providing a rare glimpse into an era that marked the start of the global economy.
3/11/2016 3/10/2016 (News12) Doctors push screenings for Colon Cancer Awareness Month March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and doctors are making a big push for people to get screened. Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo explains the procedure for a colonoscopy.
3/10/2016 3/10/2016 (Sky News) Alan Alda discusses his passion for science Alan Alda spoke with Sky News political editor David Speers about his passion for science and the importance of reinvigorating the general public's interest in science. He hosted the popular US television show Scientific American Frontier and established the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York.
3/10/2016 3/10/2016 (Fox Business) The Future of Farming May Live Inside This Box Could shipping containers be the future of local produce? A Boston-based startup called Freight Farms thinks so. Students Kylie Campanelli and Chad Marvin, who are part of the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook, say the farm is easy to run and only requires around 20 hours of maintenance a week.
3/9/2016 3/9/2016 (CBS News) How Donald Trump won the Michigan and Mississippi Republican primaries Stanley Feldman writes, Donald Trump continued his march toward the Republican presidential nomination with wins in the Michigan and Mississippi primaries Tuesday. Continuing his strong showings in the South, Trump ran well ahead of Ted Cruz in Mississippi, where Cruz was his only real competition.
3/8/2016 3/8/2016 (Australasian Science) Alan Alda on the art of science communication: 'I want to tell you a story' Alan Alda is known to many people as the actor in the US television series M.A.S.H and later in The West Wing. But he's also passionate about science and is the visiting professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, at Stony Brook University in New York. Alan is in Australia this month to help spread his message about the importance of communicating science and he spoke with Will Grant and Rod Lamberts from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the ANU.
3/8/2016 3/8/2016 (MSN) 'M*A*S*H' star squawks back at cockatoo Alan Alda was in Canberra, Australia on Tuesday to launch a new centre focused on increasing public understanding about science. It's a partnership between the Australia National University and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science based at Stony Brook University's journalism school in the United States.
3/8/2016 3/7/2016 (USA Today) Teen's model of brain function could work miracles Michael Yifan Li, a 17-year-old high school student, who is presenting at the Intel Science Talent Competition which starts Sunday, March 13, spent last summer at Stony Brook with neuroscientist Dr. Memmings Park studying the functional organization of neurons in the brain. Li developed a computational statistical model of brain function that is involved in sensory processing. His research could shed light onto various brain disorders.
3/7/2016 3/6/2016 (CBS Sunday Morning) Jackson Pollock's black period "When he was in high school, he took art classes, and those were the only classes he really seemed to be very good at," said Helen Harrison, Adjunct Lecturer at Stony Brook University who runs the Pollock-Krasner Home & Study Center near East Hampton, Long Island. She says that at age 18, Pollock traveled to New York City to study with American muralist Thomas Hart Benton, whose influence can be seen in Pollock's early work.
3/7/2016 3/4/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook campus now tobacco-free With the new year comes a new policy at Stony Brook University, and we hope it will inspire some resolutions for 2016 -- all campus locations including Southampton and Manhattan are now 100 percent tobacco-free.
3/7/2016 3/5/2016 (Newsday) Substance use and abuse added to emergency room screening In February 2016, Stony Brook University Hospital unveiled a new program that screens every person who comes into the emergency department for alcohol, drug and tobacco use with a short questionnaire.
3/4/2016 3/3/2016 (Verizon FiOS1 Long Island) Pediatric patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital forget their worries with pup's help Patients had a tail-wagging good time at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, where they were visited by a therapy dog named Lucy.
3/3/2016 3/2/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Scientist offers explanation of possible new particle When Patrick Meade was a child, he asked why? The answer often brought the same question: Why? The process continued through his schooling, leading him to theoretical physics.
3/3/2016 3/2/2016 (News12) Stony Brook begins quest for NCAA tournament The Seawolves host UMBC in the America East quarterfinals.
3/2/2016 3/2/2016 (CTV Canada AM) Trump will win U.S. presidency, prof predicts Helmut Norpoth, a political science professor at Stony Brook University in New York, uses data from primary races to predict who will win the final vote.
3/2/2016 3/2/2016 (CBS News) Who supported Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? Political expert Stanley Feldman co-authored this story that explains who voted which way on Super Tuesday.
4/29/2016 4/28/2016 (Washington Post) What's a degree worth? Depends on what you study -- and where Mark Schneider, distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Stony Brook University and a former senior education official in the George W. Bush administration, argues that what matters is not just the school that a student attends but the program of study. Schneider, now at the American Institutes for Research, has come up with some surprising findings through his work with states.
4/29/2016 4/28/2016 (News12) New research indicates rise in childhood obesity For those struggling with childhood obesity, there are some programs on Long Island that may be able to help, including one at Stony Brook University Hospital. Doctors say they work with children in the program, catering to their individual needs.
4/28/2016 4/27/2016 (Scientific American) Richard Leakey Leads the Charge in Kenya's War on Elephant Poaching In the world of science, Richard Leakey is as close to royalty by birth as one gets. The son of Louis and Mary Leakey, whose dramatic discoveries at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania helped establish Africa as the birthplace of humankind, Richard is best known for his excavation of a nearly complete 1.6 million-year-old skeleton of "Turkana Boy"--a young Homo erectus male found near Lake Turkana in Kenya in 1984.
4/27/2016 4/27/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Hair dye from a beetle? Highlights from Earthstock 2016 While representatives from many nations signed the landmark Paris Agreement about greenhouse gas emissions, students, professors and guest lecturers descended on Stony Brook last week to celebrate and discuss ways of protecting the environment as a part of Earthstock.
4/27/2016 4/26/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook researcher Christopher Gobler wins national honor Christopher Gobler, a professor with the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, is seen with algae at the school's lab in Southampton on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Gobler has been recognized by the EPA for his work on aquatic ecosystems.
4/26/2016 4/26/2016 (New York Times) A Move Very Much Out of Line with the Electorate Samara Klar, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona, and Yanna Krupnikov, an assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University, are co-authors of "Independent Politics." The write, "Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich have finally agreed to cooperate, a move some conservative commenters have been pushing for several months: They will rally around one another to improve their odds in their best respective states, so as to withhold delegates from Donald Trump. But will it work? Americans, especially in this election cycle, have not been terribly keen on following the Republican Party's - or any party's - orders. If anything, there is a large and growing motivation in this country to explicitly reject partisan cues."
4/25/2016 4/25/2016 (People Magazine) New York Mom with Cancer Sees Son Wed in Emotional Hospital Wedding: 'It Brought Us All Together' "I was just so sick and I didn't know what was happening to me. The oncologist came in and said, "Mrs. Holm, I think you have leukemia,' " Catherine tells PEOPLE of her diagnosis. "I was in shock. They moved me to Stony Brook University Hospital the day after Easter." When doctors told Catherine - who is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant - that flying could compromise her immune system, the caring staff at the hospital joined forces with her son, Mark Holm Jr. and his fiancée, Joanna, to plan the perfect wedding.
4/25/2016 4/23/2016 (NPR) Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck? If a financial emergency struck -- say, a health problem or a car that needed repair -- would you be able to come up with $400? According to the Federal Reserve Board, 47 percent of Americans would have trouble doing so -- they would have to sell something, borrow money or simply couldn't pay. And this is true even for people who consider themselves middle class. Neal Gabler is one of them. He's a successful writer with five books under his belt, and he's a visiting professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
4/25/2016 4/25/2015 (Forbes) A New Family Tree For One Of The World's Most Endangered Mammals With 106 living species and almost every single one of them endangered, Madagascar's trademark mammal, the lemur, is in dire need of conservation. But how can studying their past inform scientists about their future? New research out today in Systematic Biology by James Herrera of the American Museum of Natural History and Professor Liliana Dávalos of the Stony Brook University reveals how the most complete lemur family tree ever constructed can begin to help these iconic creatures.
4/22/2016 4/21/2016 (NPR) Can Whales And Humans Collaborate On Research? In "A Conversation with Whales" in The New York Times this past Sunday, James Nestor raises the tantalizing possibility of full-on collaboration between human observers and wild whales in research on whale communication...Carl Safina Safina, too, is comfortable with the free-diving practice: "I think the team assembled, as described in the article, is capable of doing good science. I have zero difficulty with the ethics. On a related note, I don't think it's good ethics to exile ourselves from all interactions with free-living animals, because they crucially need us to know them better."
4/22/2016 4/22/2016 (Live Science) The Flu (Influenza): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Are there some cases where a seemingly healthy person may die of the flu? "There are some thoughts that a very robust immune system can have an overly exuberant inflammatory response to influenza, that could be potentially detrimental to the patient," Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of health care epidemiology at Stony Brook Medicine.
4/20/2016 4/20/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University launches 'Far Beyond' branding initiative Stony Brook University launches a multiyear rebranding campaign Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that includes new campus banners and installations, such as those shown in this rendering. The effort has been in the making for two years and cost an estimated $650,000. Photo Credit: Stony Brook University
4/20/2016 4/19/2016 (Fox News Health) Couple holds wedding ceremony at New York hospital for mother battling cancer Catherine Holm, of Long Island, N.Y., had picked out a dress and couldn't wait to fly to Puerto Rico for her 24-year-old son Mark's wedding on Saturday, April 23. But 58-year-old Holm's plans changed in March, when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Holm spent three weeks in the bone marrow transplant unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, in Stony Brook, N.Y., where some of her nurses suggested an early ceremony at the hospital-- an arrangement that would allow Holm to see her "baby boy" get hitched while awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
4/19/2016 4/19/2016 (Muscle and Fitness) Get High on Energy with a Seaweed Smoothie "The calcium in seaweed helps muscles contract, aids in cell communication, and contributes to nervous system function," says Jennifer Fitzgibbon, R.D., of the Stony Brook Cancer Center. "Both kelp and wakame, a seaweed served in soups and salads, contain 60mg of calcium [6% of your daily needs]."
4/19/2016 4/19/2016 (WNBC-TV) Long Island Cancer Patient Gets to See Son Wed in Hospital Ceremony Catherine Holm had bought a shimmering dress and a plane ticket to her son's wedding in Puerto Rico before doctors gave her the bad news: she couldn't travel from New York because she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia...But nurses at the bone marrow transplant unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, where she'd spend weeks, decided the party would go on, so they organized a wedding in the hospital's chapel.
4/18/2016 4/15/2016 ("Science Friday"/NPR) Listening In on Scientific Data When it comes to analyzing scientific data, there are the old standbys, plots and graphs. But what if instead of poring over visuals, scientists could listen to their data--and make new discoveries with their ears? That's one of the goals driving the emerging field of sonification, the process of transforming data into sound. Sonification specialist Robert Alexander talks about his work giving voice to solar wind with the University of Michigan's Solar Heliospheric Research Group. And cellist and composer Margaret Schedel explains why scientists at Brookhaven National Lab may soon be listening to nanomaterials.
4/15/2016 4/14/2016 (Becker's ASC Review) Exercising before surgery may improve quality of life -- 4 points A study presented at the 2015 New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PostGraduate Assembly found that exercise programs aimed at increasing exercise tolerance before a surgical procedure may decrease morbidity and mortality, as reported by Anesthesiology News. Ruchir Gupta, MD, an anesthesiology professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York City, and Michael Roizen, MD, an anesthesiologist with the Cleveland Clinic, searched Medline for the terms "heart rate recovery," "exercise capacity," "maximum O2 consumption," "perioperative outcome" and "physical fitness" used in studies between 1965 and 2015. Of more than 62,000 patients total, more than 36,000 underwent only heart rate recovery testing.
4/14/2016 4/13/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's Sotiropoulos shares shark tale, water expertise Recently,the dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, Fotis Sotiropoulos published a paper with University of Minnesota Ph.D. student Aaron Boomsma about a topic in dispute among scientists: Do the denticles on sharks enable them to move more quickly through the water or do they slow them down?
4/14/2016 4/14/2016 (Fast Company) How To Make A Better Business Case For Diversity Pondering the business case for diversity, Todd L. Pittinsky, a professor of technology and society at Stony Brook University, observes something isn't quite right. "Different kinds of people will come up with different kinds of ideas, and the more variety, the better," he writes in Harvard Business Review. Multiple studies have backed this up.
4/13/2016 4/12/2016 (Newsday) Opera meets circus in 'La Verità' at Stony Brook's Staller Center Daniele Finzi Pasca, born to a family of photographers and practically raised in a darkroom in Lugano, Switzerland, was mentored in circus skills by a clown named Fery. After a stint in India, where he cared for the sick, Finzi Pasca returned home to found Teatro Sunil and develop his "teatro della carezza" techniques -- "theater of the caress." Finzi Pasca now returns to Staller Center to treat audiences for a third time to the caress of his circus-as-theater hybrid. "La Verità," a visual and aural feast making its U.S. premiere, is co-inspired by the art of Salvador Dalí and the opera "Tristan and Isolde."
4/12/2016 4/12/2016 (HuffPost College) HeForShe Comes to Campus President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. writes, "A remarkable global collaboration is underway in support of gender equality, and universities are playing a key role in it. The initiative is UN Women's HeForShe campaign, and its 30 Founding IMPACT Champions are 10 universities, 10 corporations, and 10 heads of state."
4/12/2016 4/11/2016 (New Electronics) Quantum dots for better optoelectronic devices Stony Brook University researchers are part of a team of scientists who have combined the light harvesting properties of quantum dots with the electrical conductivity of semiconductors to pave the way for new materials used in optoelectronics applications.
4/12/2016 4/11/2016 (Essence) The 50 Best Colleges for African Americans Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions Black students will make in their lifetime. ESSENCE partnered with Money Magazine to create a definitive list of the schools that serve us most.Drawing on the federal data that Money compiles for its annual Best Colleges rankings--including graduation rates, net college costs after financial aid and graduates' early-career earnings--plus our own criteria for racial climate on each campus, we found that these schools provide Black students with the best combination of the following: Stony Brook #46
4/8/2016 4/8/2016 (New York Times) In Reddit's Unruly Corners, Trump Finds Support Recently, the group has focused on holding question-and-answer sessions -- known on Reddit as AMAs, for Ask Me Anything -- with figures including the conservative commentator Ann Coulter, the immigration activist Roy Beck and Helmut Norpoth, a political-science professor at Stony Brook University whose election model is favorable to Mr. Trump. (Mr. Norpoth, who did not express support for any candidate, said in an interview that he had been invited to participate by a student, but was unaware that he was speaking to a Donald Trump group. "It took me a little bit to find my bearings," he said.)
4/7/2016 4/6/2016 (Debrief) Ask An Adult: Is There Life After Death? Dr Sam Parnia, Assistant professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and lead author of the world's largest study on Near Death Experiences 'I do not hold a personal opinion. The results of many studies into cardiac arrest (this is a marker of the biological processes that occur at the time of death in humans) have indicated that the human mind and consciousness - the part that makes us all who we are - are not annihilated at the time of death - and continue for some time after we go beyond the threshold of death. This is the first step in scientifically investigating the age old philosophical question of what happens when we die.'
4/4/2016 4/4/2016 (The New York Times) Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest Michael Kimmel leads the discussion on how the perceptions of masculinity have and have not changed since the 18th century, highlighting the need for more resources centers for men on college campuses.
4/4/2016 4/3/2016 (The New York Times) Investigating the Minds of Mass Killers Spree killers usually don't fit into an existing category of mental illness. Dr. Deborah Weisbrot, the director of the outpatient clinic of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stony Brook University, has interviewed about 200 young people who have made threats and has found that they have a type of magical thinking in common.
4/4/2016 4/1/2016 (Newsday) 'Sharknado' April Fool's joke has some bite at Stony Brook U Despite its official-looking webpage, the sharknado studies program isn't real. It's the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences' contribution to the plethora of quirky products, strange videos and social media jokes for April Fools' Day.
4/1/2016 4/1/2016 (Newsday) LI gets $331M to spur 'research corridor,' hub projects Long Island is receiving $331 million spur a proposed "research corridor" and advance the Nassau and Ronkonkoma hubs, as part of the New York State budget, records show.
4/1/2016 4/1/2016 (MSN) 29 foods that can help you fight cancer Worldwide, more than 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Until recently it was believed that cancer is largely caused by genetic mutations; however, new research from Stony Brook University in the US indicates that up to 90% of cancers could be avoided by living a healthier lifestyle.
4/1/2016 3/31/2016 (Entrepreneur) Having a Lot of Facebook Friends Can Help You Land a New Job Landing a new job is a numbers game. That's why a wide net of Facebook friends is more strongly associated with finding a new job than any single individual connection, according to research from Tufts University, Stony Brook University and Facebook just released today.
4/1/2016 3/31/2016 (Freakonomics) The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 Does screen time disrupt your sleep time? Sleep researcher Lauren Hale turned off her devices and didn't look at any screens between 9pm and 7am. She did this for one week to see how it would improve her sleep.
5/27/2016 5/26/2016 (Fox 5 New York) Pregnant painter on bed rest turns hospital room into art studio A Long Island woman is on bed rest while she awaits the birth of her son. The mother-to-be has found a creative way to fill her time. Kristen Somody Whalen is pregnant. Her water broke earlier this month when she was just 30 weeks along. Prior to this pregnancy she and her husband had struggled with infertility and a miscarriage...Dr. Gerald Quirk says Kristen's room/art studio at Stony Brook University Hospital is a magnet for a lot of people.
5/27/2016 5/26/2016 (Newsday) On Facebook, men swear while women are polite, study finds Andrew Schwartz, a Stony Brook computer science professor, analyzed 10 million Facebook messages sent from more than 68,000 Facebook users over two years, with help from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
5/26/2016 5/25/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook Salutes Graduates Thousands of degrees were doled out on Friday as Stony Brook University said congratulations to the Seawolves' class of 2016.
5/25/2016 5/25/2016 (New York Times) Women From Venus, Men Still From Mars on Facebook, Study Finds Women used warmer, gentler words in their status updates on Facebook compared to men, who were more likely to swear, express anger and use argumentative language, a study of 10 million postings released on Wednesday found. In a bit of a surprise, the study showed that women used slightly more assertive language, said H. Andrew Schwartz, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University and one of its authors.
5/25/2016 5/25/2016 (Today Show/NBC) A pregnant pause: artist paints while bed rest puts her life on hold After seven years of infertility, Kristen Somody Whalen finally has a viable pregnancy. Unfortunately, Whalen's third trimester has been another long wait, as she struggles through over three weeks of bed rest at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.
5/25/2016 5/25/2016 (Lateline/ABC/Australia) Interview with Dr. Michael Kimmel These are the kinds of statistics that intrigue tonight's guest. Sociologist Dr Michael Kimmel was recently dubbed "the world's pre-eminent male feminist". He's the executive director of the Centre for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, where he is also distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies.
5/25/2016 5/24/2016 (Washington Post) Sparking fears of a zombie apocalypse: Controversial study aims to 'reanimate' the brain dead Sam Parnia, a researcher at Stony Brook Medicine who in 2014 led a groundbreaking study published on people's state of mind and consciousness at the time of death, has theorized that death may not be a specific moment but a process that can last hours or even days. If that's the case, he says, efforts such as Bioquark's to intervene and reverse this process hold "a potentially very exciting promise for the future."
5/25/2016 5/24/2016 (Newsday) 'Screenagers' film offers parents tips on teen phone rules When Setauket mom Delaney Ruston was deciding when and whether to get her daughter a smartphone -- and what the rules for use should be -- she went public with her thought process, making a film called "Screenagers." That movie is now being shown to parents and students at hundreds of schools, religious and community organizations and other venues on Long Island and across the United States. Ruston, 49, a physician, is currently filmmaker in residence at Stony Brook Medicine; she and her husband, Peter Small, 56, also a physician, moved from Seattle to Long Island in August with Tessa, now 14, and son Chase, now 17.
5/24/2016 5/24/2016 (Boston Globe) Bob Dylan's relentless reinvention This article is written by Jon Friedman, a professor at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism and the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution."
5/24/2016 5/23/2016 (Southold Local) Second Stony Brook first responder vehicle now serving the North Fork Another Stony Brook first responder vehicle is now on the road on the North Fork to help supplement local EMS and fire departments.
5/24/2016 5/21/2016 (New York Post) 70% to 90% of cancer is your own damn fault Intrinsic factors accounted for just 10% to 30% of people's lifetime risk of getting cancer, while extrinsic risks accounted for 70% to 90% for most common cancer types, the study showed. "Cancer risk is heavily influenced by extrinsic factors," the study researchers, who work at Stony Brook University in New York, concluded.
5/23/2016 5/23/2016 (New York Post/"Page Six") Soledad O'Brien and Eric Holder Speak at Stony Brook University Commencement Soledad O'Brien, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Stony Brook's 56th commencement on Friday.
5/23/2016 5/20/2016 (3D Printing Industry) The right workflow for medical models There is one major issue that a new paper by James Shin of Stony Brook University and Jacob Kaufman of the University of Neurology addresses. We need models, not scans.
5/23/2016 5/20/2016 (New York Daily News) What made Morley Safer great: Understanding the '60 Minutes' legend's unique talent Steve Reiner is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University on Long Island and writes, "Morley Safer would not have been sentimental about his death this week."
5/23/2016 5/20/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University 2016 commencement Stony Brook University held its 56th commencement Friday at the school's campus in Stony Brook.
5/20/2016 5/19/2016 (Next Avenue) Thanks for All Those Minutes, Morley Safer Steven Reiner, an associate professor of journalism at Stony Brook University, worked with Safer at 60 Minutes for more than a decade beginning in 1996 on profiles of the late neurologist, author Oliver Sacks and conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas, and traveling with him to the kingdom of Bhutan, thought to be the happiest place on Earth. What stands out, Reiner says, is Morley's "inimitable persona, his style, his affect, his extraordinarily quirky, unpredictable and brilliant wit, his sense of the absurd, playfulness, irony. He was a wonderful artist, pen and ink. Morley had a lot of passions -- racecar driving in the country -- a very full and rich life outside of 60 Minutes. I don't think 60 Minutes ever became his identity per se the way it was for others. But the great irony is he survived Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Bob Simon and founding executive producer Don Hewitt."
5/20/2016 5/19/2016 (Newsday) 124 Stony Brook grads become MDs Stony Brook University School of Medicine held their commencement exercises on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in which 124 graduates received their doctorates, along with the right to add the letters "MD" to the end of their names.
5/19/2016 5/18/2015 (Newsday) Top NY education officials push for teacher training reforms Dorit Kaufman, director of the professional education program at Stony Brook University, applauded the report for addressing the need to add diversity in its recruitment of teachers and create more student-teaching experiences for those going into the profession. "It's a visionary report," she said.
5/19/2016 5/18/2016 (WABC-TV) Could Implanted Balloons Help You Lose Weight? Could Implanted Balloons Help You Lose Weight? Dr. Aurora Pryor did the procedure at Stony Brook University Hospital and says the balloons are for people like Rodriguez who are trying to lose 30 to 50 pounds. At the same time, patients undergo a rigorous dietary program with nutritionists.
5/18/2016 5/17/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University offers all-gender restrooms to students Stony Brook University is steps ahead of the nation on its public restroom policies. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama required all public schools to provide restroom facilities for all students, including those who identify as transgender. But at Stony Brook, plans are already in place to accommodate students of any identification, making it the first school in the SUNY system to offer up all-gender restrooms and changing rooms.
5/17/2016 5/16/2016 (KFBK-FM-Sacramento) If You Could Erase Your Memory, Would You? It Might Be a Possibility Well, this idea may no longer be fiction. Researchers at Stony Brook University have begun experimenting with the brains of mice and have found the procedure could work on humans.
5/16/2016 5/15/2016 (Exit 10/55 with Richard Rose) Long Island Waterways Richard Rose interviews Dr. Christopher Gobler about Long Island's waterways.
5/16/2016 5/13/2016 (FiOS1) Stony Brook is first SUNY school to offer transgender restrooms, changing rooms But at least one university on Long Island already has that covered. One has urinals; the other, traditional toilets, but both of these multi-stall bathrooms at Stony Brook University are open for anyone to use regardless of their gender identity.
5/13/2016 5/12/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's Molly Frame follows blood flow from head to shoulders, knees and toes Molly Frame, a SUNY distinguished service professor in biomedical engineering at Stony Brook University has been intrigued by how the blood flows through her body ever since she read her mother's nursing anatomy and physiology textbooks in seventh grade. In her research, which she has conducted at Stony Brook since 2002, Frame is seeking to understand the localized signals that can open or close an arteriole
5/13/2016 5/12/2016 (MSN) What 5 Nurses Keep in Their Medicine Chests Andrea Kabacinski, associate director of nursing neurosciences, Stony Brook Medicine: What's in her medicine cabinet: Bacitracin and ibuprofen says, "I have Bacitracin which is handy for treating any cuts, burns or scratches in the skin. If you apply it right away it will prevent an infection from starting. Also important if you have kids because they have so many cuts and scrapes. I also have ibuprofen handy which is a great catch all to treat pain, fever, or inflammation. I never travel without it. It is a must for every bathroom medicine cabinet."
5/13/2016 5/12/2016 (HealthDay) Disabling Falls Don't Have to Happen It's crucial for seniors to get medical care after a fall, said Dr. James Vosswinkel, chief of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. "Older adults who suffer a serious fall have much better chances of survival and overall better health outcomes if they are treated at a trauma center where specialized surgeons are available," he said in a hospital news release.
5/12/2016 5/11/2016 (London Daily Mail) Would you erase your ex? Researchers discover how to tweak neurons in mice to boost or delete individual memories 'Memories of emotionally charged experiences are particularly strong, whether positive or negative experiences, and the goal of our research is to determine the mechanisms underlying the strengthening of memory,' said Lorna Role, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour and Co-Director of the Neurosciences Institute at Stony Brook Medicine.
5/12/2016 5/11/2016 (Fox News) NY man who won $1M lottery for 2nd time: 'This is impossible' The probability of winning twice is "astronomical," and likely more than one in a billion chance, said Eugene Feinberg, a distinguished professor of applied mathematics and statistics at Stony Brook University. But, he said, calculating a precise number is difficult because the probability of winning increases every time you buy more tickets.
5/11/2016 5/11/2016 (Newsday) LI scientists erase bad memories in mice; boost good ones Long Island scientists have found a way to manipulate specific populations of brain cells, allowing them to erase bad memories and amplify good ones..."One of the really wild and crazy out-of-the box outcomes, I hope, would be to reverse or ameliorate the rate of decline in diseases like Alzheimers and others that have a memory decline component, like Parkinson's," said lead investigator Dr. Lorna Role, who chairs the department of neurobiology and is co-director of the university's Neurosciences Institute.
5/11/2016 5/11/2016 (Washington Post) Australian researchers say they've found the world's oldest hatchet But the singularity of the specimen in this study is why some experts have doubts about its significance. "The evidence is essentially one flake," said John Shea, a Stony Brook University archaeologist not involved with the research, to the BBC. "They would make a stronger case if they could show that similar chips with edge abrasion occurred at a greater number of sites."
5/11/2016 5/11/2016 (Futurity) Scientists Test a Way to Erase Scary Memories "Memories of emotionally charged experiences are particularly strong, whether positive or negative experiences, and the goal of our research is to determine the mechanisms underlying the strengthening of memory," says Lorna Role, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Stony Brook University.
5/10/2016 5/9/2016 (Huffington Post) College Admissions: The Top 7 STEM Summer Programs Summer is quickly approaching, and you have no concrete plans yet. Should you take classes at a local community college? Volunteer at a hospital? Build houses in Kenya? Stony Brook University: Simons Summer Research Program Application Deadline: January 20, 2016 This summer research program at Stony Brook University offers hands-on research in science, math, or engineering for high school students between their junior and senior years. The selection process for Simons is very competitive - the acceptance rate is around 12%. Although prior research experience is not required, the application is time-intensive and requires essays and a school nomination. Unlike most summer applications, you will need to seek nomination from your high school from this program. Each high school may only nominate a maximum of three students per school, which helps ensure that you are one of the top candidates from your high school.
5/10/2016 5/9/2015 (Rare) A world-class education at a fraction of the cost -- these are America's most affordable quality schools It's no secret that the cost of a college education has been on the rise for decades. Making matters worse is the always-increasing national student debt, which is set to reach an all-time high this year. Factor in a recent decline in median household income, and paying for a quality college experience starts to feel like an impossible task.... #8. Stony Brook University Location: Stony Brook, N.Y. Smart Rating: 93.21 Acceptance rate: 41.3% In-state tuition: $8,430 Out-of-state tuition: $21,850
5/9/2016 5/7/2016 (USA Today) On Campus A degree in applied mathematics combines classes on general mathematics with special mathematical models and formulas used in fields of engineering, science, medicine and business. This often prepares students for more specialized work in a variety of fields. Students are taught how to solve specific problems using mathematical formulas and algorithms, making them very valuable to employers. Graduates leave with advanced critical and analytical thinking skills. According to College Factual, the top schools for a degree in applied mathematics are: (1) Brown University, (2) Harvard University, (3) Stony Brook University, (4) Stanford University, (5) Bryant University
5/9/2016 5/9/2016 (CNN) The sexy, happy apes we might have been Carl Safina is the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. His books include Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. Safina writes, Something like 2 million years ago, evolution gave the world a gift that's still sitting there wrapped in a bow. The problem is that it was delivered to the wrong address; we humans didn't get it."
5/6/2016 5/5/2016 (New York Post) Cops helps surgeon reattach LI man's hand Bilal Hussein, 24, got his mitt stuck in an industrial meat grinder -- and three cops joined a plastic surgeon in the operating room to help save most of his meat-man's fingers....Dr. Alex Dagum, chief of plastic surgery, was able to reattach Hussein's thumb and mend the rest of his mangled hand except his index finger.
5/6/2016 5/5/2016 (Newsweek) Memory Manipulation Makes Mice Forget Bad Experiences Imagine being able to erase bad memories or amplify ones that might be fading. In a new study that is reminiscent of the film Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, scientists at Stony Brook University in New York have found a way to strengthen, weaken or even erase memories by modifying signals in the brain.
5/5/2016 5/4/2016 (National Geographic) Abandoned fishing nets: The irony of the sea that keeps on catching (and killing) Carl Safina writes, "On the reef system off Makronisos, as in other many heavily fished regions of the seas, abandoned fishing nets have created a huge problem called "ghost fishing." It's a somewhat ironic, yet serious, threat: fishing nets that continue to catch sea creatures long after fishers purposefully discard or accidentally lose their gear and sail away."
5/5/2016 5/4/2016 (Psychology Today) Aging and Stereotyping Most people hope to live long lives, yet American culture is filled with negative images of getting older. Older adulthood is thought of as a time marked by deteriorating health, poor memory, low levels of activity, loneliness, and a sense of uselessness.
5/5/2016 5/5/2016 (Chronicle of Higher Education) Colleges Help the Faculty Adapt Teaching for Foreign Students In seminars or discussion-heavy courses, let students know about topics that may be covered ahead of class, says Jun Liu, vice provost for global affairs at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system. That can give non-native English speakers time to prepare and boost their confidence.
5/3/2016 5/3/2016 (Southampton Press) Stony Brook Southampton Campus Shifts Focus Roughly six years after massive budget cuts forced Stony Brook University officials to pull most of its academic courses from its Southampton campus, Stony Brook Southampton is in the middle of a resurgence, and is now being re-branded as a center for graduate studies.
5/3/2016 5/2/2016 (Innovate LI) 5 Incubators, 40 Startups, One Big Showcase Stony Brook University's vast business-development ecosystem will take a bow, and enjoy a healthy dose of self-promotion, during the university's first-ever Business Incubator Showcase.
5/3/2016 5/2/2016 (Huffington Post) Is Swaziland Selling Live Elephants and Rhino Horns Simply for Profit? Carl Safina writes, "Back in February when Swaziland sold 17 formerly free-living African elephants to three U.S. zoos (Dallas, Omaha and Wichita), I made a phone call to the president of one of the United States' better zoos--a zoo not involved in this deal--asking if he thought it was OK to still be catching wild elephants for zoos."
5/2/2016 5/1/2016 (Newsday) 'Docs Who Rock' battle to raise funds for patients The second annual Battle of the Bands was held at 89 North Music Venue in Patchogue on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to benefit bone marrow transplant patients at Stony Brook Hospital. The bands are made up of doctors, administrators and CEOs of area hospitals who say they love to have fun on stage and give to a worthy charity--though they freely admit they won't be quitting their day jobs.
5/2/2016 4/29/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook students blow off pre-exam stress in Roth Pond Regatta About 3,000 Stony Brook University students looking to blow off pre-exam stress attended the annual Roth Pond Regatta on April 29, 2016. The event, which is a campuswide tradition, featured 100 boats competing in heats of four at a time, each vying to make it across the 200-yard pond first. The winners of the heats then competed for the championship.
5/2/2016 4/30/2016 (National Geographic) Kenya Sets Ablaze 105 Tons of Ivory The record-setting burn is meant to send a message to the world that ivory has no value and that its trade should be banned...Countries that hoard ivory stocks "are speculators on an evil, illegal commodity," added Richard Leakey, chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service and chair of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University, in a speech before the burn. "There can be no justification for speculating price rises in ivory down the road, and they should be shamed out of their position once and for all."
5/2/2016 4/29/2016 (USA Today College) The top 10 schools for a degree in applied mathematics A degree in applied mathematics combines classes on general mathematics with special mathematical models and formulas used in fields of engineering, science, medicine and business. This often prepares students for more specialized work in a variety of fields. Students are taught how to solve specific problems using mathematic formulas and algorithms, making them very valuable to employers. Graduates leave with advanced critical and analytical thinking skills....3. STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY Stony Brook is a research school that has a reputation for providing students with an excellent education highlighted by small class sizes and research opportunities. The undergraduate applied mathematics program is a top choice for students interested in entering actuarial science, engineering, systems analysis, operations research and more. The program is designed to teach students how to tackle problems using mathematical techniques. It is one of the largest science majors at Stony Brook and one of the best applied mathematics programs in the country. Graduates of this program earn an average starting salary of $53,000.
6/30/2016 6/30/2016 (Washington Post) Antarctica's penguins could be decimated by climate change "One of the key advances over the last decade is our ability to find penguin colonies from space and, nearly as important, to determine which areas of Antarctica do not support penguin colonies," co-author Heather J. Lynch, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University's Ecology and Evolution Department, said in a release. "Having both true presence and absence across a species' global range is unique to this system, and opens up new avenues for modeling habitat suitability."
6/30/2016 6/29/2016 (New York Times) How to Talk to Fireflies I'd caught a sex-starved male, said Fredric Vencl, an evolutionary biologist who studies fireflies at Stony Brook University and consulted with Mr. Stein. "Imagine flying around in the middle of the night looking for sex, and all you need is a response to your pattern that has the correct timing features," he said. "He just thinks he's hit the jackpot."
6/30/2016 6/29/2016 (Today Show) I'm pregnant: What can I take for a headache? "It's absolutely essential to figure out the cause of the headache before attempting to treat it," said Dr. James Bernasko, Director of the Regional Perinatal Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Pregnancy headaches can range from "the merely inconvenient to the actually life-threatening," so context is particularly important, Bernasko added.
6/29/2016 6/28/2016 (WSHU-FM/NPR) The Proof Is In The Physics: Olympic 'Sharkskin' Swimsuits Outperform Shark Skin This year all of the Olympic swimmers are wearing swimsuits that were developed to mimic sharkskin. Now though, scientists have shown that the man-made design works better for swimmers in a pool than sharkskin does for sharks in the ocean...at least when it comes to drag. Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, worked with the University of Minnesota to study how sharks move and swim underwater.
6/29/2016 6/28/2016 (Hamptons.com) New York State Center For Clean Water Technology Exploring Cesspool Replacement Options The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University is making great strides in a positive direction as they attempt to introduce a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools. This replacement would remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater, a contaminant identified as the primary cause of local quality degradation on Long Island.
6/29/2016 6/28/2016 (WNBC-TV) Long Island Police Warn of Fireworks Dangers Just days before the holiday weekend, Suffolk County Police are reminding everyone that fireworks and holiday celebrations can be a dangerous mix. Greg Cergol reports from Stony Brook University Hospital.
6/28/2016 6/28/2016 (East Hampton Press/27 east.com) New Septic Technology Could Cut Out 95 Percent Of Nitrogen In Local Ground Water Scientists at Stony Brook University say they are testing new septic treatment systems that could reduce the amount of nitrogen released into groundwater by as much as 95 percent, and could be installed on a residential property for as little as $10,000.
6/28/2016 6/27/2016 (Fishbowl/Adweek) Stony Brook University Selects Inaugural Marie Colvin Fellow Named in honor of the Sunday Times of London journalist who was killed while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012, the Marie Colvin Fellowship sponsored by News Corp. has settled on its first Stony Brook University recipient. Heading to Mexico this summer to intern with the Wall Street Journal is 21-year-old 2016 graduate Hanaa' Tameez.
6/28/2016 6/27/2016 (News12) Scientists: Brown tide threatening LI marine life "The levels this year, over a million cells per milliliter, are the worst we've seen since 2012," says Dr. Christopher Gobler, of Stony Brook University. "That is a level that is very harmful to marine life."
6/27/2016 6/24/2016 (Psychology Today) Offering Patients Hope While Still Telling the Truth In 2009, the actor Alan Alda founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a division of Stony Brook University whose mission is to "enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline." It's a noble goal, and one that is crucial to ensuring that both laypeople and professionals can make the best decisions for themselves and their communities.
6/27/2016 6/25/2016 (WSHU Radio/NPR) Scientists Look To Nature To Tackle Nitrogen Wastewater Problem Stony Brook Professor Christopher Gobler, with the New York Center for Clean Water Technology, has developed a nitrogen-reducing biofilter that will remove the biggest contributor to nitrogen pollution on Long Island by filtering nitrogen out of household wastewater.
6/24/2016 6/24/2016 (WSHU Radio/NPR) They're Baaaack! Periodical Cicadas Emerge After 17 Years Underground The sound of cicadas is being heard across the Northeast right now, but the only place Long Islanders can see them this summer is in Wildwood State Park. Professor Douglas Futuyma, with Stony Brook University's Ecology and Evolution Department, said that periodical cicadas are not like ordinary insects. "Most insects live for at most a year," said Futuyma. "Many insects, they will have their entire life from when they're an egg until they die as adults, maybe just a few weeks. These things are living for 17 years underground."
6/24/2016 6/24/2016 (Bloomberg) U.S. Politics Scares Overseas Investors Sometimes, an economic paper delivers such a disturbing result that you have no choice but to sit up and take notice. That was the case for me, when I saw this new study by Stony Brook University's Marina Azzimonti. Azzimonti's disquieting hypothesis is that political partisanship is deterring overseas investment in the U.S.
6/24/2016 6/24/2015 (Media Post) No Doubt Women Are Stereotyped In Ads; What About Men? Female empowerment is a key hot button issue during Cannes Lions 2016, yet there was only one session exploring male identity. 72andSunny's Stephanie Feeney hosted a panel that explored the evolving concept of male identity with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker, The Representation Project; Dr. Michael Kimmel, professor, gender studies and sociology, Stony Brook University; and model/personality Shaun Ross.
6/24/2016 6/23/2016 (Newsday) Filtering Suffolk's wastewater studied at Stony Brook A simple layering of wood chips and sand could be one solution to Suffolk County's wastewater pollution problem, according to new research out of Stony Brook University's Center for Clean Water Technology.
6/24/2016 6/24/2016 (News Medical) Stony Brook researcher receives grant to evaluate daily activity levels, heart rate patterns of CFS patients By better understanding daily activity levels and heart rate patterns of those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), scientists hope to discover more about this complex illness condition. Fred Friedberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take this research approach to determine if heart rate fluctuations in combination with certain daily activity patterns can be used to predict or prevent relapse in people with CFS.
6/23/2016 6/22/2016 (New York Times) Food Pantries Address a Growing Hunger Problem at Colleges At Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York, Teresa Tagliaferri, a recent graduate who served as site manager for the school's pantry, said students often appeared at the end of the semester, when their prepaid meal plans ran low. "That's when we see a larger number of people," she said.
6/22/2016 6/22/2016 (Riverhead News-Review) DEC: No more harmful algal blooms found at Laurel Lake In May, the Suffolk County Health Department issued a warning to residents and asked them to stay out of the lake since Stony Brook University professors found high levels of cyanobacteria -- also known as a blue-green algal bloom -- in the water.
6/22/2016 6/21/2016 (News12) Stony Brook's nitrogen filter could help improve LI waters SOUTHAMPTON - New technology being developed at Stony Brook University could help reduce harmful nitrogen from septic systems that end up in Long Island's groundwater and waterways.
6/21/2016 6/21/2016 (Innovate LI) Day and Nitro: The End of LI Cesspools? A white paper issued this week by Stony Brook University's Center for Clean Water Technology discusses how Nitrogen Removing Biofilters, using locally sourced natural materials, have shown the ability to remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater.
6/20/2016 6/19/2016 (Innovate LI) Gerrit Wolf Is Innovating Innovation The Innovation Center stands out from Stony Brook University's rich selection of business incubators and entrepreneurship programs for many reasons, but the first is this: Unlike the university's other business-development programs, this one stems from SBU's College of Business. Under the guiding hand of Gerrit Wolf, a management professor who earned his PhD in psychology from Cornell University, the center matches real-world business development to the sky-high science coming out of SBU's research labs, while inviting Long Island companies of all sizes to streamline their products and operations - a key resource for the regional innovation economy.
6/20/2016 6/17/2016 (Time) Why Dads Are the New Heroes Michael Kimmel is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University and author of Manhood in America and writes, "yoday, though, fathers are caring in more concrete and less abstract ways. Rising above the mundane, today's Western hero rides off into the sunset because he needs to be home to share the cooking and washing the dishes before he puts the baby to bed. Now that's everyday heroism!"
6/20/2016 6/17/2016 (WSHU/NPR) Nitrogen Pollution On L.I.: Environmental Public Enemy No. 1 Last year Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences on Long Island researched an algal bloom phenomenon in Flanders Bay, which led to fish dying.
6/17/2016 6/16/2016 (San Diego Tribune) Caregiving fathers advance equality, social justice The U.S. fatherhood report is an outgrowth of 2015's first "State of the World's Fathers" report coordinated by Promundo, an international organization advancing gender equality founded two decades ago in Brazil. In its newest initiative, Promundo was aided by a diverse coalition of partners to produce the "State of America's Fathers" report. Its editorial board includes key researchers and influential nongovernmental organizations working on engaging fathers in the U.S., with representatives from: Families and Work Institute; the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being at Columbia University; the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University; the National Partnership for Women & Families; and the University of Maryland.
6/17/2016 6/16/2016 (WJLA) Responding to Orlando attack, elected officials walk politicization tight-rope As Dr. Stanley Feldman Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Survey Research at Stony Brook University pointed out, President Obama's message in such tragedies has been pretty consistent.
6/16/2016 6/16/2016 (Reporting Climate Science) Extreme Droughts Due To Climate Not Population Common belief states that the dominant factor determining water scarcity in the next few decades will be population growth. However, according to a new study by Stony Brook University, it's climate change -- not population growth - that plays the main role in predicting future exposure to extreme droughts.
6/16/2016 6/15/2016 (Tampa Bay Times) After Orlando massacre, LGBT community urges: Don't lose sight of the hate The true nature of the attack can be easily lost when memorializing it for different audiences, said Joseph Pierce, a professor of Latin American studies and queer theory at Stony Brook University. "To say that it's Islamic terrorism is easier to understand than to grapple with the kind of thinking that makes this kind of violence possible," Pierce said. He's wary of catchphrases like "We are all Orlando," however well-intended. "It's a sentiment of support and solidarity," Pierce said. "I just worry that the more complicated picture of the particular context of Orlando and of Pulse is getting lost."
6/15/2016 6/15/2016 (National Geographic) If payers don't sway players, what does funding tell you? Carl Safina writes, "Several people have objected to the recent piece here by me and Greenpeace's John Hocevar, so I am following up with this. That earlier piece explained a complaint by Greenpeace alleging that fisheries scientist Ray Hilborn has often not properly disclosed industry funding in his scientific publications. The people writing in to object to that piece point out that many people get various funding and can't mention it all with every publication. I accept that as fair and valid....So I don't think the main issue is whether Hilborn discloses funding or not. Let's just say he does. Perhaps the point is that Ray Hilborn is a darling of the fishing industry and a hero to extraction-oriented fisheries scientists because he thinks like they do, seems to excuse excesses, and seems to give them permission to do what they want to do: catch fish and not worry too much about it.
6/15/2016 6/14/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Antifungal work lands SBU professor $6 million from NIH Like the fictional Steve Austin, Stony Brook University's Maurizio Del Poeta has become the ""Six Million Dollar Man." No, Del Poeta didn't crash in an experimental spacecraft; and no, he doesn't have bionic limbs. Instead, work with a potentially deadly fungus in his laboratory helped Del Poeta, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University, earn two, multiyear $3 million grants from the National Institutes of Health.
6/15/2016 6/15/2016 (Fortune) Here's A Big Reason To Be Wary Of Free Live Sports Sites If you sometimes visit those websites that offer free livestreaming of sports and other events, you're probably aware that they're not quite legit--but copyright concerns aside, the security risk posed by these services is considerable. That's the conclusion of researchers at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium and Stony Brook University in New York, who analysed over 23,000 of these free livestreaming websites.
6/14/2016 6/13/2016 (Science Daily) New material has potential to cut costs, make nuclear fuel recycling cleaner Although the researchers showed that SBMOF-1 is a good candidate for nuclear fuel reprocessing, getting these results wasn't smooth sailing. In the lab, the researchers had followed a previously worked out protocol from Stony Brook University to prepare SBMOF-1. Part of that protocol requires them to "activate" SBMOF-1 by heating it up to 300 degrees Celsius, three times the temperature of boiling water.
6/14/2016 6/13/2016 (Sports Illustrated) Q and A with new Stony Brook coach Jeff Boals With the 2016 college basketball coaching carousel nearing its conclusion, SI.com is checking in with all the major hires about their new gigs. These Q&As will be posted periodically throughout April, May and June. Next up is Jeff Boals, who spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State before being named the head coach at Stony Brook.
6/13/2016 6/11/2016 (WSHU/NPR) What Is It About That Noo Yawk Accent Anyway? It's no secret--Long Islanders have an accent. But how is it different from any other? Professor Marie Huffman of Stony Brook University's Linguistics Department says the Long Island accent is different from General American English in three main ways. First is the coffee vowel.
6/13/2016 6/10/2016 (Washington Post) Solo-ish Rape culture is a man problem. Why aren't more men speaking up? There was a time when I believed it was up to women to change the legal system. I said women had to keep reporting their rapes because reporting them was the only way to change a broken system. I was wrong....Sociology professor Michael Kimmel heads up Stony Brook University's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, where he is attempting to turn traditional notions of masculinity upside down. Kimmel's efforts to prevent campus sexual assault include teaching college boys to "party with consent," and a 2015 feature in the Atlantic referred to him as "the bro whisperer."
6/13/2016 6/11/2016 (WPIX-TV) Stony Brook Children's Hospital hosts prom for its patients Then just like any other prom, it was picture time.The only difference? This prom wasn't held at a school gymnasium or banquet hall, it was held at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. "It was so generous of them to do this" said pediatric patient Erin Knox. "It makes up for all the time spent in hospital."
6/10/2016 6/9/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Incubated businesses bloom at Stony Brook University Code Dx was one of nearly 40 booths cascaded throughout the second floor of the Stony Brook University Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology building on Thursday, as its office of economic development flexed its muscles at an incubator showcase. Businesses did a lot of sharing throughout the day -- of their stories, but also of mentorship, advice, expertise and more.
6/10/2016 6/9/2016 (FiOS1) Wantagh students learn the 'bear' necessities while learning summer safety Kids at Forrest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh had an important lesson on summer safety and held a "teddy bear clinic" on Thursday. Kindergartners scrubbed up and dressed like doctors to make a diagnosis for their task in treating teddy bears that had suffered from a wide variety of chronic imaginary injuries. The lesson was part of summer safety tips from Kristi Ladowski, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Stony Brook Trauma Center.
6/10/2016 6/9/2016 (Fox News) It's not just Prince: Moms, dads, sons, daughters are dying every day of opiate overdoses Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW is an addictions specialist and clinical professor at Stony Brook University's Health Sciences Center where he teaches graduate level course-work on the treatment of addiction. He writes, "it's incredibly sad that a celebrity like Prince died of an opiate overdose, the even more sad news is that mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are dying every single day of prescription drug overdoses. It's not just limited to the stereotype of 'street junkies.'"
6/9/2016 6/8/2016 (Innovate LI) 'Accidental' Find May Be COPD Breakthrough From the Didn't See That Coming File comes Stony Brook University researcher Ute Moll and the p73 gene - potentially, a master key to unlocking new treatments for chronic lung diseases. As part of a cancer study, a team led by Moll - a professor in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine's Department of Pathology - and research scientist Alice Nemajerova studied a family of genes including the p53, "the mother of all tumor-suppression genes," according to Moll.
6/9/2016 6/9/2016 (PHYS ORG) Seeking humanity's roots Who were our earliest ancestors? How and when did they evolve into modern humans? And how do we define "human," anyway? Was it when some long-ago ancestor stood and walked; grew a brain of a certain size; or figured out how to make stone tools, control fire, plant crops or brew beer...Many leading discoveries have been credited to three generations of the Leakey family, who started working in Tanzania during the 1930s. In the Turkana region of Kenya, Richard and Meave Leakey, the second generation, were instrumental in founding Stony Brook University's Turkana Basin Institute, which has two research stations that help researchers stage logistics in remote areas.
6/8/2016 6/7/2016 (Huffington Post) Federal Funding Drives U.S. Innovation Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. writes in the Huffington Post's HuffPost Science blog, "What if we could strengthen or weaken emotionally charged memories? Such a scientific breakthrough would have tremendous therapeutic implications, making happy memories more vivid for those who suffer from dementia or depression or wiping away the bad ones that trigger anxiety or post-traumatic stress syndrome. This isn't science fiction. Just this year, researchers have discovered that by manipulating the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, they can tune memory strength in mice."
6/8/2016 6/7/2016 (Republica) On "good writers" Shyam Sharma is an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University and writes, "In place of a society where "writers" were a few creative and educated people who did all the writing for the rest of us, we now have a society where everyone constantly writes. And yet, many myths about writers and writing prevail. The first of those myths is that good writing requires good writers. As someone who pursued two post-graduate degrees in "writing studies," let me share the bad news: Good writers are a myth. Good news: You don't need to be a "good writer" to write well."
6/8/2016 6/7/2016 (Southampton Press) First Toxic Bloom Appears In Wainscott Pond Heavy rainfall over the weekend sparked the first toxic blue-green algae bloom in Wainscott Pond this week, the State Department of Environmental Conservation and scientists from Stony Brook University said. The bloom of blue-green algae gives off potentially toxic cynobacteria.
6/8/2016 6/7/2016 (National Geographic) Even in fish science, payers may sway players Article written by Carl Safina and John Hocevar: "It's a very good thing that scientists have shown us that most big fish are down to less than 10 percent of pre-fishing numbers, and that many of the world's commercial fisheries will run out of fish in about 30 years unless we turn the downward trends around. This distressing résume, threatening as it is to what we love about life, summons our concern and all our best creative efforts. And indeed, in response to these problems the U.S. has in the last decade or so become an energized world leader in halting overfishing, in the number of recovering fish populations, and in protecting some areas as no-take reserves where fish and other creatures can live and spawn (the ocean can no longer be just one retail store; we need some factories)."
6/7/2016 6/7/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook drug startup snags $500,000 in funding The company, which acquired rights to intellectual property developed at Stony Brook University, initially focused on developing drugs to treat gum disease in dogs, cats and other pets. About four out of five dogs have periodontal disease by age 3, according to Traverse.
6/7/2016 6/7/2016 (LI Pulse) Women on the High "If using heroin appears to them as a way to elevate their standing among their peers, become more popular or desirable to a partner, they may begin to dabble with its use, not anticipating the quick path to addiction," said Kristie Golden, the associate director of operations, neurosciences, neurology, neurosurgery & psychiatry at Stony Brook University Hospital.
6/6/2016 6/5/2016 (News12) Survivors celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day at Stony Brook University Cancer Center Hundreds of cancer survivors celebrated their lives and National Cancer Survivors Day at Stony Brook University Cancer Center on Sunday. It was the 12th year Stony Brook has held the event. The center honored cancer survivors and their families, and gave a message of hope and inspiration.
6/3/2016 6/3/2016 (Discovery Magazine) Everything Worth Knowing About Scientific Dating Methods (July/August Edition) When it comes to determining the age of stuff scientists dig out of the ground, whether fossil or artifact, "there are good dates and bad dates and ugly dates," says paleoanthropologist John Shea of Stony Brook University.
6/3/2016 6/2/2016 (Innovate LI) Startups Shine at SBU Showcase Stony Brook University's impressive economic-development ecosystem took a home run trot Thursday during the university's first-ever Business Incubator Showcase, held at the Center for Excellence in Wireless Information Technology.
6/2/2016 6/2/2016 (Newsday) Mahogany tide algae confirmed to be in Great South Bay Foamy residue churned up by winds and boats over Memorial Day weekend was likely due to the algae, known as prorocentrum minimum, dying off, said Chris Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences who analyzed the samples.
6/2/2016 6/1/2016 (Media Post) On Facebook, Men Are Meaner; Women Nicer The research, from Stony Brook University in New York, asked 65,000 Facebook users to participate, and analyzed 10 million messages. The experts found that women are more apt to use warmer and more agreeable language, while men are angrier and more argumentative. (We know. You're shocked by this.)
6/2/2016 6/1/2016 (Newsday) North Babylon woman who attended hospital wedding needs donor A North Babylon woman fighting leukemia was able to watch her youngest son marry in April with help from staff at Stony Brook University Hospital. Now she's searching for a bone marrow donor, and her family will be holding an event June 11 to help her find a match.
6/1/2016 5/31/2016 (Psychology Today) Why Does He Cheat In My Dreams? For the study, 61 undergraduate students at Stony Brook University were selected to participate, given they had been in a relationship for at least 6 months. The students kept both a daily dream diary and a daily record of their interactions with their partner for 14 days. For their dream reports, they were asked to write down their dreams immediately upon awakening, and to include as much detail as possible. They were asked to specify the characters involved in the dreams, along with any thoughts or feelings they had concerning the interactions in the dream. Following the written report, subjects responded to a questionnaire about the dream's emotion. They rated on a scale the amounts of negative emotions (anger, anxiety, stress, frustration, sadness), positive emotions (joy, affection, eroticism, calmness), jealousy (jealousy or betrayal) and guilt (guilt or embarrassment) in their dreams.
6/1/2016 5/31/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's focus on excellence At Stony Brook University Hospital, we've created a culture of excellence based on health care tailored to meet each individual's needs and preferences. We want to ensure that our neighbors, friends and families on Long Island who come to us feel comforted, respected and confident about the care they receive from Stony Brook.
6/1/2016 5/30/2016 (27east.com/Southampton Press) Metamorphosis Of Stony Brook Southampton Continues Stony Brook University is busy making plans for the future, with both school and Southampton Hospital officials working together to bring new, health-centered programming to the Shinnecock Hills campus within the next few years.
6/1/2016 5/27/2016 (Science Magazine) U.S. advisers sign off on plan for reviewing risky virus studies The new review process should ensure that risky GOF research is evaluated early, before it is funded, said National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity chair Samuel Stanley of Stony Brook University in New York. "We can start to avoid situations where gain-of-function is only first identified at the publication stage," as happened with the H5N1 papers, he said.
6/1/2016 5/28/2016 (Washington Post) These are the words most associated with men and women, according to Facebook status updates Andrew Schwartz, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University and one of the authors of the analysis, said that they can predict gender "simply from their language" more than 90 percent of the time, despite the many, many similarities between how men and women speak. "The question is, how do they differ?" he added.
7/29/2016 7/28/2016 (WABC-TV New York) Long Island Surfing Program Giving Paralyzed Patients Second Chance at Independence It has been thirty years since Eddy Lopez went surfing. On Monday, he, along with dozens of other people who use wheelchairs did just that. "So liberating, you know? It gives you such a freedom that you don't expect. Little things that you miss in life," says Lopez. The program at Lido Beach is made possible by two groups - 'Wheels 2 Water' and 'Empower Spinal Cord Injury' in partnership with Stony Brook University and its students.
7/29/2016 7/28/2016 (am New York) My model shows Donald Trump has an 87 percent chance of beating Hillary Clinton Political Science Professor Helmut Norpoth writes, "My advice: Beware of pollsters bearing forecasts, especially anyone trying to peek into the future, especially those with money to bet. Some 20 years ago, I constructed a formula, The Primary Model, that has predicted the winner of the popular vote in all five presidential elections since it was introduced. It is based on elections dating to 1912. The formula was wrong only once: The 1960 election. That one hurt because John F. Kennedy was my preferred candidate.
7/28/2016 7/27/2016 (Self) The Truth About That Rumor That Saunas Can Help You Lose Weight If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is, says Jessica Schnur, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital. Even when running on a treadmill, you have to work hard to burn hundreds of calories, she tells SELF. So the calorie hype surrounding infrared saunas is "hard to believe," says Schnur, adding that the lack of explanation for where this evidence came from is suspect.
7/28/2016 7/28/2016 (East Hampton Star) Town Must Fund Pollution Research Their findings have been alarming. Christopher Gobler, a Stony Brook University scientist hired by the trustees for an ongoing project, has found toxic algae in several ponds, as well as dangerously low oxygen levels. Based on fecal coliform tests, Dr. Gobler at one point recommended shellfish closures much more sweeping than those now in place. Among the most startling of his recommendations was that Napeague Harbor, which was previously believed to be essentially pristine, should be closed to shellfish harvesting between May and October.
7/27/2016 7/27/2016 (Self) The Truth About That Rumor That Saunas Can Help You Lose Weight If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is, says Jessica Schnur, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital. Even when running on a treadmill, you have to work hard to burn hundreds of calories, she tells SELF. So the calorie hype surrounding infrared saunas is "hard to believe," says Schnur, adding that the lack of explanation for where this evidence came from is suspect.
7/27/2016 7/26/2016 (Fox 5 New York) Produce grows on rooftop of hospital on Long Island You've heard of farm to table. Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island is doing farm to bedside. Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, the nutrition director, says they grow basil, shallots, thyme, oregano, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, turnips, peppers, pumpkins, melons, strawberries, and sunflowers organically on the roof.
7/27/2016 7/26/2016 (FiOS1) New exhibit at Stony Brook features more than 1000 epic record covers A new exhibit, on display at Stony Brook University, is bringing music to your ears and eyes. The exhibition at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery features more than 1,000 record covers by some of the greatest designers, artists and photographers of their times, including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Richard Prince.
7/27/2016 7/26/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Eye on Education: SBU's New Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., writes,"At Stony Brook University, we're proud to be a diverse community of scholars, researchers, educators and professionals representing many races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, abilities, socioeconomic levels, sexual orientations and veteran status."
7/27/2016 7/25/2016 (Prevention) Top 12 Foods Most Likely To Make You Sick Opt for boiled or scrambled over poached or sunny-side-up, since cooking eggs thoroughly is the best way to kill salmonella, says Jennifer Fitzgibbon, RD, CDN, a registered oncology dietitian at Stony Brook Cancer Center. (She works with many immune-compromised patients, who need to be extra careful about what they eat.)
7/26/2016 7/26/2016 (Playbill) No Pay, Nudity Film, With Nathan Lane and Gabriel Byrne, Premieres No Pay, Nudity, a new film from Lee Wilkof, the stage and screen star who created the role of Seymour opposite Ellen Greene's Audrey in the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, makes its debut July 26 as part of the Stony Brook Film Festival in New York.
7/26/2016 7/25/2016 (Newsday) Tight labor pool requires recruiting creativity Employee referrals can be a great way to get new applicants, says John Coverdale, president of The Center for Workplace Solutions, a Blue Point human resources management firm, and faculty director of the human resource management program at Stony Brook University.
7/25/2016 7/24/2016 (Newsday) COPD, tumor-suppressor gene linked by Stony Brook scientists Dr. Alice Nemajerova, left and Dr. Ute Moll, scientists at Stony Brook University's Health Science Center, have cracked the molecular code underlying COPD, the chronic respiratory disease that afflicts former smokers and people who work in certain lung-damaging industries.
7/25/2016 7/23/2016 (Chicago Tribune) Kids harmed by alcohol in the womb find haven in mom's suburban camp When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, it passes through the placenta to the fetus, said Dr. David Garry, a professor in obstetrics and gynecology at New York's Stony Brook University and an expert in pregnancy and alcohol for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But unlike the mother, the unborn baby doesn't yet have the enzymes needed to "clear" alcohol from the system, he said.
7/25/2016 7/22/2016 (News12) USDA cracks down on unhealthy school snacks The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday new rules that require schools to get rid of unhealthy snacks and eliminate students' exposure to junk food...Dr. Rosa Cataldo, who runs Stony Brook Children's Healthy Weight and Wellness Center, says the guidelines mean snacks must be packed with more whole grains, less sugar and fewer calories
7/22/2016 7/21/2016 (CNN) Can we end the cycle of racial violence? Robert T. Chase is an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, State University of New York and visiting fellow at the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of the forthcoming book "Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Prisoners' Rights Movements and Carceral States." All views expressed in this commentary are his own.
7/22/2016 7/21/2016 (MSN Money) Lifestyle gets blame for 70% to 90% of all cancers Intrinsic factors accounted for just 10% to 30% of people's lifetime risk of getting cancer, while extrinsic risks accounted for 70% to 90% for most common cancer types, the study showed. "Cancer risk is heavily influenced by extrinsic factors," the study researchers, who work at Stony Brook University in New York, concluded.
7/21/2016 7/20/2016 (Newsday) Mather Hospital adds radiology, psychiatry residency programs Mather's is the fifth radiology and the third psychiatry residency program on Long Island. Both are sponsored by Stony Brook University Hospital, which will provide oversight and give residents access to its educational resources.
7/21/2016 7/20/2016 (New York Post) Trophy lawns destroyed this Hamptons pond with poison Most of the kills have been small bait fish," said the Friends' own scientist, Chris Gobler, associate dean for research and professor at the school of marine and atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University.
7/20/2016 7/19/2016 (Long Island Pulse) 5 Films to Screen at Stony Brook Film Festival Cinephiles, plan to beat the heat and the traffic on Sunrise for 10 days. The Stony Brook Film Festival returns for its 21st year Thursday, bringing the best in new indies to the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Festival goers can expect an eclectic mix of films, from emotionally-driven dramas to the world premiere of Nathan Lane's new comedy. Make room on your calendar for these five film screenings.
7/19/2016 7/12/2016 (Priceonomics) Ranking the Most (and Least) Diverse Colleges in America Stony Brook University ranked #7 in the top 100 universities ranked by diversity.
7/19/2016 7/18/2016 (New York Times) A Dreaded Forecast for Our Times: Algae, and Lots of It So money for algal bloom science comes from more general federal science funds, and those pots are shrinking. Congressionally approved funding for a broad range of related science is around $9 million this year, down 45 percent from five years ago, according to several scientists involved in the research. That means less money for deploying sensors or even to pay for boats and crews to monitor the shorelines. "It's a paradox," said Christopher Gobler, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University who provides the data for Mr. Korbel's weekly report and believes the field should be more mainstream. "We need it more than ever, and we've brought ourselves to the precipice of making great forecasts, but we can't make it happen."
7/19/2016 7/18/2016 (USA Today) Campus men's groups explore what it means to be a dude tony Brook University's Center for the Studies of Men and Masculinities, for one, deals with masculinity as an interdisciplinary academic discipline.
7/18/2016 7/15/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's Kiryluk Uses South Pole Ice to Study Particles from Deep Space Joanna Kiryluk, an assistant professor of physics at Stony Brook University, didn't travel off the planet, although she visited a remote location that was considerably different, less populated and at a higher altitude than the sandy beaches of Long Island. In 2009, Kiryluk traveled to the South Pole as a part of the aptly named IceCube project, which was completed in 2010. Kiryluk and hundreds of other physicists around the world are studying the information gathered from detectors drilled deep into the ice below the surface.
7/18/2016 7/18/2016 (Chronicle of Higher Education) Science Students Learn to Use Social Media to Communicate Research John Timmer, a workshop instructor who teaches a digital-media course at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, says he doesn't know of many programs for scientists that teach those topics in great detail. "How many go into the legal issues like libeling somebody on Twitter? I think that's probably pretty rare in something dedicated to scientists," says Mr. Timmer, who is also the science editor of Ars Technica, an online technology publication.
7/18/2016 7/15/2016 (Innovate LI) No. 144: Space Junk, Tech Drain And Why Women Hate Calculus But first, this: Stony Brook University President Sam Stanley sent a carefully worded note to Newsday this week, expressing surprise over the paper's recent call to shut down the Start-Up NY program. Like other critics, Newsday editors focused on the relatively low numbers of jobs created by the program so far - 400 or so - and the $53 million advertising program that helped launch it. The point, as the critics missed and Stanley hammered home, is not about creating jobs for now, but about investing in ideas that might help Long Island reclaim the technological prowess and economic might it enjoyed during the Grumman years.
7/18/2016 7/15/2016 (Time Beacon Record) 21st annual Stony Brook Film Festival opens Just when summer becomes routine, the Stony Brook Film Festival appears like an oasis. Whether you're a cinephile or just an entertainment seeker, beginning next Thursday -- and running for 10 nights -- you can escape the doldrums by entering a unique venue shared with a thousand friends you've yet to meet. For 21 years, the Stony Brook Film Festival has offered Long Islanders an alternative to the usual multiplex summer blockbusters.
7/15/2016 7/14/2016 (Strings) 5 Minutes with the Calidore String Quartet In February, the Manhattan-based Calidore String Quartet (violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi) joined eight soloists and ensembles on the roster of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) Award and Fellowship winners for 2016...The Calidore was also the first North American ensemble to win a fellowship in the program's 13-year history. That announcement came in the midst of the first year of their appointment as artists in residence at Stony Brook University, selected by the Emerson Quartet. "It's definitely a dream of ours," the quartet told me earlier this year, "to be located at one place, at a university, because we're all passionately involved in working with young people, and at Stony Brook we have a teaching component that we very much enjoy."
7/15/2016 7/14/2016 (Innovate LI) Stony Brook University Doesn't Need A LIFT To Rework MEP Ann-Marie Scheidt and Jeffrey Saelens would like to make something clear: Long Island's Manufacturing Extension Partnership program is under Stony Brook University's exclusive control. Despite several erroneous media reports that a joint application by Stony Brook and the Long Island Forum for Technology won a five-year MEP award from NYSTAR, Empire State Development's technology innovation division, only the university is listed on the winning regional MEP competition application - and the university is managing the program alone.
7/15/2016 7/14/2016 (Pacific Standard) Why Recent Violence Is Unlikely to Increase Support for Donald Trump The proclivity to respond to fear by embracing authoritarianism is not universal. Stony Brook University political scientist Stanley Feldman reports there is no way of knowing what percentage of the population reacts this way, but he offers a good thumbnail definition of who they are. He writes, " The United States is undergoing a lot of rapid change right now: White Anglos are soon to be a minority of the population, power is shifting away from white males, gender roles are in flux, etc. This is extremely threatening for who are afraid that social change could lead to chaos. It's certainly not a world they understand. It is also problematic for people who see their political and economic power slipping away. If they don't see institutions dealing with this well enough they can turn to a leader who promises to fix the problems."
7/14/2016 7/13/2016 (Newsday) Start-Up NY needs time to grow Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. writes, "I was surprised to read the July 8 editorial, 'Shut down Start-Up NY.' This visionary program, like the new companies it was created to grow, also needs an adequate incubation period to gain the momentum needed to thrive."
7/14/2016 7/13/2016 (Innovate LI) A Summer of Endless Incubation at CEBIP Stony Brook University's incubator without walls, which provides assistance and resources for developers of disruptive renewable and clean-energy technologies, currently boasts nine member companies. It'll be 13 before August, according to Hamilton, who figures he can take on a few more clients "before my bandwidth gets pushed too far."
7/13/2016 7/13/2016 (Washington Post) How presidents can succeed by disappointing their base John V. Kane, a PhD candidate in the department of political science at Stony Brook University, writes, "One route to legislative success may lie with the public. If a president could persuade "out-partisans" -- citizens who identify with the opposite party -- to view her or him as more likeable and trustworthy, perhaps that could put pressure on Congress to compromise. For instance, if a President Clinton could win over some Republican identifiers, GOP members of Congress might be more willing to cut deals with her."
7/13/2016 7/13/2016 (Foreign Affairs) Climate Change May Shift or Shrink Penguin Habitat But over the past few decades, some parts of the southern continent have turned too warm--particularly the water--due to global climate change. According to a new study, that warmth is likely to change where Adélies can raise chicks...The study was led by Megan Cimino, a biological oceanographer who recently earned her doctorate from the University of Delaware; she is now a postdoctoral scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scientists from Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, and the National Marine Fisheries Service also contributed to the paper, which was published in Scientific Reports on June 29, 2016.
7/12/2016 7/12/2016 (New York Times) A Conservationist's Call for Humans to Curb Harms to Our Animal Kin Stony Brook Univesity professor Heidi Hutner interviewed Carl Safina regard his book, "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel"
7/12/2016 7/11/2016 (Suffolk Times) Two area ponds have blue-green algae, Health Department says A "blue-green algae" bloom has been confirmed in Peconic Lake in Calverton and in Marratooka Pond in Mattituck, according to the Suffolk County Health Department, which is urging people not to swim or wade in these waters. Those water bodies were among nine East End waters where recent sampling performed by SUNY/Stony Brook scientists has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue-green algae, according to Grace Kelly-McGovern, a spokeswoman for the county health department.
7/12/2016 7/11/2016 (National Geographic) An Arctic gift-wrapped in plastic? Carl Safina's recent bestselling book Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel is newly out in paperback. See Carl's TED talk here. He is Stony Brook University's Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity, and founder of The Safina Center. He writes, "The worst plastic accumulations I've seen are in the tropics, near where most of the people are. A lot of it comes to the ocean down rivers--80 percent or so."
7/11/2016 7/11/2016 (ABC Net-Australia) Professor Leonie Huddy-Interview with Margret Throsby Leonie Huddy is a professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She studies the psychology of politics, in particular through the prism of gender, race and ethnic relations. She is one of the foremost experts on public opinion and political polling in the US, and has also written extensively on reactions to terrorism and the Iraq War. Her most recent book is Going To War In Iraq: When Citizens And The Press Matter, written with her husband, Professor Stanley Feldman. She is currently a visiting fellow with the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
7/11/2016 7/9/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Finding the 'Needle' for the Nuclear Waste Haystack Manufacturers and drug companies are constantly searching for a specific substance, whether it's a drug that targets one part of an invading fungus or bacteria or a molecule that binds to a particularly harmful gas. Indeed, it is in this latter category where John Parise, a distinguished research professor with joint appointments in geosciences and chemistry at Stony Brook University, and a team from Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently shared their use of a metal organic framework, called SBMOF-1, that selectively binds to xenon, a gaseous by-product of nuclear reactions.
7/11/2016 7/9/2016 (Newsday) Marie Colvin's relatives sue Syrian officials over her death The Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, honoring her life and legacy, was established in Stony Brook University's Department of Journalism with seed money from a memorial foundation created by her family.
7/11/2016 7/9/2016 (National Geographic) Life aboard Greenpeace's ship Arctic sunrise Carl Safina's recent bestselling book, "Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel" is newly out in paperback. He is Stony Brook University's Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity, and founder of The Safina Center. He writes, "I'm here in the Norwegian Arctic for a few days, cruising the waters of Svalbard as a guest on Greenpeace's ship Arctic Sunrise. Fish like cod are moving north as ice melts and waters warm. So Greenpeace has worked an agreement with fishing companies and giant retailers like McDonald's to put fishing expansion here on hold while a plan is devised for protecting sensitive areas. Good work so far, Greenpeace!"
7/8/2016 7/7/2016 (Easthampton Star) Village Board Backs C.P.F. Water Proposal The village's initiative incorporates recommendations by Lombardo Associates, a consultant hired by the village, and by Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University, who has been monitoring town waterways since 2013. These include identification and upgrading of antiquated or substandard septic systems within the Georgica and Hook Pond watersheds; development of a rebate program to assist residents in upgrading such systems with advanced treatment technologies; evaluation and upgrade of septic systems at village-owned properties; and an analysis of the feasibility of a commercial-areas sewage district and assessment of connecting some or all of those districts to community treatment systems.
7/7/2016 7/7/2016 (News12) Experts: Blue green algae blooms increasing in LI lakes, ponds Experts say there has been a striking increase in blue green algae blooms in Long Island's lakes and ponds this year. Doctor Chris Gobler, a Stony Brook University professor and expert in toxic algae blooms, says this year is the worst yet.
7/7/2016 7/6/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's Moll finds gene for airway cleaners Some day, people may be able to breathe easier because of a cancer researcher. No, Ute Moll doesn't work on respiration; and, no, she doesn't study the lungs. What Moll, research scientist Alice Nemajerova and several other collaborators did recently, however, was explain the role of an important gene, called p73, in the formation of multiciliated cells that remove pollutants like dust from the lungs.
7/7/2016 7/6/2016 (New York Times) A Better Way to Raise Incomes Peter D. Salins, a professor of political science at Stony Brook University and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute writes, "In this campaign season, politicians across the country (including the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate and perhaps even the Republican one) have called for raising the minimum wage. Not just marginally, as in the past, but all the way to $15 an hour, more than double the current national level of $7.25. Even elected officials and candidates in states with higher minimum wages like New York have jumped on the $15 an hour bandwagon. Their justification: 'You can't support a family on the current minimum wage.'"
7/5/2016 7/4/2016 (Fox News Health) 10 surprising reasons you're tired all the time A healthy diet, exercise and getting enough sleep are sure-fire ways to give you more energy, but if you're still exhausted 24/7 there could be other reasons why you're not feeling like yourself.
7/5/2016 7/4/2016 (National Geographic) Seven ways fishing trawlers aren't great for the seabed Carl Safina discusses the major issues with trawling, one of the most basic and most effective ways of catching sea life including cod, flounder, and calamari.
7/5/2016 7/1/2016 (Wall Street Journal) Virtual Work and the Collaboration Challenge Assistant Professor Karen Sobel-Lojeski argues that technology-based interactions must take place within the proper context in order to be effective, which explains why virtual reality -- which cuts off all real-world context to better immerse us in its simulations -- can be very unsettling.
7/5/2016 7/4/2016 (The New York Times) Devouring 1,000 Mosquitoes an Hour, Bats Are Now Welcome Guests as Zika Fears Rise As mosquito season heats up, bringing with it the threat of the West Nile and Zika viruses, one Long Island town is taking an unorthodox approach: bats. Stony Brook experts Liliana Dávalos and Dr. Susan Donelon weigh in.
7/1/2016 7/1/2016 (Huffington Post) Laughter for Health and Happiness-The Holistic Power of Laughter Yoga In terms of depression, there has been research claiming that "inflammation" may be the cause - the resultant hormonal and chemical imbalances mean the body does not function properly. Turhan Canli of Stony Brook University in New York talks about reconceptualizing major depressive disorder as an infectious disease.
8/30/2016 Newsday (8/29/2016) 9/11 first responders show memory problems, researchers find Cognitive impairment, long considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, has been detected in a significant proportion of people who served as first responders during the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook University researchers have found.
8/30/2016 8/29/2016 (NPR's "The Two-Way") Scientists Divided Over How Lucy Died Another paleoanthropologist, William Jungers at Stony Brook University, says he was also skeptical when he first saw the research. He was one of the scientists who peer-reviewed the research paper before it was published, and when he read it closely, he concluded the findings were "plausible."
8/29/2016 8/29/2016 (Newsday) 9/11 first responders show memory problems, researchers find Cognitive impairment, long considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, has been detected in a significant proportion of people who served as first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook University researchers have found.
8/29/2016 8/26/2016 (Innovate LI) At Stony Brook University, The Space Vibe The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funding a five-year mission that has Stony Brook University geologists exploring strange, new worlds - and gearing up for future star treks. The university's Department of Geosciences on Friday officially launched its new 6,500-square-foot Center for Planetary Exploration, a three-laboratory consortium using next-generation science to unearth the solar system's oldest clues.
8/26/2016 8/26/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook welcome wagon kicks off move-in weekend Stony Brook University's welcome wagon kicks off moving-in weekend by welcoming the freshman class of 2020, on Aug. 26, 2016. Volunteer students help incoming freshman and parents with the transition to starting college.
8/26/2016 8/25/2016 (Times Beacon Record) A powerful partnership Two major power players in the field of medical help and research have come together to form a new partnership. Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Health System, of New York City, have joined together to create more academic research opportunities to streamline and expand clinical care initiatives.
8/26/2016 8/25/2016 (CBS New York) Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Mussels Wash Up On Long Island Dr. Christopher Gobler, professor of marine science at Stony Brook University, said it got too hot for the blue mussels, causing them to die and the tide cycle carried them ashore. "It's been a hot summer," Gobler said. "Water temperatures are higher than we've seen in many years in Long Island Sound."
8/25/2016 8/25/2016 (Times Beacon Record) A Powerful Partnership Two major power players in the field of medical help and research have come together to form a new partnership. Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Health System, of New York City, have joined together to create more academic research opportunities to streamline and expand clinical care initiatives
8/25/2016 8/24/2016 (FiOS1) Center for Planetary Exploration to open at Stony Brook University on Friday FiOS1 News gets a behind the scene tour of the new facility soon to open at Stony Brook University.
8/25/2016 8/24/2016 (Innovate LI) Commercialization Grant Backs LI Brain-Scan Study Farmingdale-based ALA Scientific Instruments and Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Perodi of Stony Brook University's Department of Biomedical Engineering have been jointly awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer grant by the NSF. The Phase I grant, which took effect July 1, will facilitate research and development of an fMRI-centered "Dynamic Phantom," a potentially game-changing tool for the detection and treatment of numerous brain diseases.
8/25/2016 8/24/2016 (Suffolk Times) Mussels 'as far as the eye can see' on L.I. Sound beach in Jamesport Christopher Gobler, associate dean and researcher with the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, said such an incident as hundreds of thousands of mussels being beached has two likely causes: high temperatures or rust tide. He said blue mussels "cannot handle high temperatures" and rust tide is lethal in bivalves.
8/24/2016 8/23/2016 (Scientific American) Regulators Put Limits on Fish No One Wants to Eat Atlantic saury, pearlsides, sand lances--you've probably never tasted any of these fish (or heard of them). But they and other "forage" species play a vital role in our oceans--they're food for the fish we eat...These small, nutrient-rich forage fish pump energy through the ecosystem in a way that no other marine animal can. They feed on the bottom of the food chain--on single-celled plankton, which larger fish cannot eat--and then they become prey for all sorts of upper-level predators like tuna, sea bass and halibut as well as seabirds and marine mammals. "I like to say that forage fish help turn sunlight into salmon," explains Ellen Pikitch, a professor of marine biology at Stony Brook University. "They support so much of the ocean ecosystem."
8/24/2016 8/23/2016 (Doctors Lounge) Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Can Lead to Eating Disorder Karen Tsai, from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, and colleagues present a case of ARFID in an adult male with PNE resulting from testicular cancer surgery. The patient was a 56-year-old Caucasian male, admitted for management of elevated liver and pancreatic enzymes in the context of severe cachexia and generalized weakness. He reported significant weight loss over the previous five years, and had several hospitalizations, including management for severe malnourishment.
8/24/2016 8/23/2016 (Newsday) Harmful rust tide spreads in Peconic Estuary, marine expert says The algae -- fed by warm water temperatures and high nitrogen levels -- may have also spread into Shinnecock Bay, said Chris Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
8/24/2016 8/23/2016 (News12) Rust tide spreads across entire Peconic Estuary The university's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences says the rust tide began as isolated patches near Sag Harbor earlier this month. It has since spread from Riverhead to East Hampton.
8/23/2016 8/23/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University names new provost Stony Brook University officials announced the appointment of Michael A. Bernstein, an economic and political historian and former provost of Tulane University, as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Bernstein will begin in his post on Oct. 31.
8/23/2016 8/22/2016 (NPR's Marketplace) Angry white men love Trump, and here's why Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, spoke to "Marketplace" about this pool of Trump voters who bought into the American Dream and are now frustrated that the social contract they felt entitled too has been broken and that they have been forgotten.
8/23/2016 8/23/2016 (Southampton Press/27east.com) Blue-Green Algae Blooms Discovered In Mecox Bay Yet another Southampton water body--Mecox Bay--was confirmed this week to have toxic blue-green algae blooms. Confirmed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday, the contamination was reported by scientists at Stony Brook University. The Suffolk County Health Department and Southampton Town Trustees are warning people not to swim or fish in Mecox Bay, as blue-green algae, which are formally called cyanobacteria, can be toxic to humans and animals if they start to grow and form blooms.
8/19/2016 8/19/2016 (Heathday.com) Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says. School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep a night, according to sleep specialist Dr. Susan Manganaro. And teens need eight to 10 hours. "It may take a few weeks for your child to get adjusted to an earlier bedtime," said Manganaro, an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Stony Brook University Children's Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y.
8/19/2016 8/18/2016 (East Hampton Star) Algae Back as Quickly as It Left The fluctuating but generally low measurements of cyanobacteria in Georgica Pond over the summer come amid intensifying blooms in 10 other East End lakes and ponds, Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences said on Saturday. These include Hook Pond in East Hampton, Wainscott Pond, Sagg Pond in Sagaponack, Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton, Mill Pond in Water Mill, and Old Town Pond and Lake Agawam in Southampton.
8/19/2016 8/18/2016 (Boston Globe) In 2016 race, women experts still cited less often than men Yanna Krupnikov, a political science professor at Stony Brook University and a member of Women Also Know Stuff's editorial board, said once journalists create networks of experts, they return again and again to those same people. Those initial contacts are often men.
8/19/2016 8/18/2016 (Long Island Business News) LI scientists land $1.3M grant to treat gum disease Stony Brook University's School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Bioscience, a bioscience company also in Stony Brook, received a $1.3 million grant to assist in its effort to treat gum disease.
8/18/2016 8/17/2016 (News12) Report: Many parents still put babies to sleep in unsafe ways Dr. Carolyn Milana, head of the pediatric division of Stony Brook Children's Hospital, says she makes it the hospital's mission to teach new parents how to avoid SIDS. She adds that rooms should be 68 to 72 degrees to avoid a child becoming overheated.
8/18/2016 8/18/2016 (Riverhead Local) Rapidly spreading plant forms thick mat on Peconic River's surface, could pose danger to river's fish and plants Scientists have identified a prolific plant growth overspreading a portion of the Peconic River as mosquito fern, an invasive, rapidly reproducing aquatic plant that thickly covers the surface of a waterbody.Mosquito fern, known also by its scientific name of Azolla, thrives in waters that are rich in nutrients.But an overgrowth of Azolla can be damaging to other native plants and fish, leading to low oxygen as it slows water motion, according to Stony Brook University marine researcher Christopher Gobler
8/18/2016 8/18/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook's Traverse Biosciences gets $1.3M award from NIH Traverse Biosciences Inc., a Stony Brook-based drug research and commercialization startup, has received a $1.3 million award from a division of the National Institutes of Health, the company announced Wednesday. The award, given by NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will be used for preclinical safety and efficacy testing of Traverse's leading drug candidate for the treatment of periodontal disease. The startup is partnered with Stony Brook's School of Dental Medicine on the drug research project.
8/18/2016 8/17/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook Medicine and Mount Sinai Health System team up, expanding scientific possibilities In order to create more academic research opportunities and streamline and expand clinical care initiatives, Stony Brook Medicine and Mount Sinai Health System, in New York City, have entered into a comprehensive affiliation agreement. The change will promote inter-institution collaboration encompassing all five of Stony Brook's Health Science schools, Stony Brook University Hospital, all 25 academic departments of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System facilities and Medical School, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai inclusive of seven hospitals and an expanding ambulatory network.
8/17/2016 8/16/2016 (Long Island Business News) Stony Brook adds two top Mt. Sinai heart docs In an early sign of growing collaboration between Stony Brook University and the Mt. Sinai Health System, the Long Island-based provider has named two top Mt. Sinai doctors to its cardiology department as of September.
8/16/2016 8/14/2016 (Scientific American) Morphing neutrinos provide clue to antimatter mystery Why the Universe is filled with matter, rather than antimatter, is one of physics' greatest mysteries. An experiment in Japan has now glimpsed a possible explanation: subatomic particles called neutrinos might behave differently in their matter and antimatter forms..."Without getting into complicated mathematics, this suggests that matter and antimatter do not oscillate in the same way," says Chang Kee Jung, a physicist at Stony Brook University in New York and a member of the T2K experiment.
8/16/2016 8/15/2016 (Business Insider) There's an easy way to keep the romance alive in your relationship, but you'll have to leave the house But doing just that is not as hard as it sounds. Research suggests there's one key way to maintain the spark: Try new things together. Much of that research has been spearheaded by Arthur Aron, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University. The research was cited in The New York Times.
8/16/2016 8/15/2016 (Washington Post) University collects medical samples via drones in Madagascar Stony Brook University, which has been working in the island nation off the coast of Africa for nearly three decades, has teamed with a Michigan start-up company called Vayu to transport medical samples by drone for laboratory analysis.
8/15/2016 8/12/2016 (Time) How Olympic Sexism Is Harming Young Girls Article written by Michael Kimmel, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University and author of Manhood in America. "There's a saying that all press is good press. But if you've read any headlines the last few days, especially if you're a woman, you might disagree. In women's sports, media coverage has long been rampant with sexism. Reporters and commentators regularly focus on the athletes' looks or view them only in comparison to men instead of zeroing in on their achievements."
8/15/2016 8/14/2016 (Newsday) Amityville to repair or replace 22 bulkheads for resiliency Even improved bulkheads will not inoculate Amityville and other waterfront communities from the next superstorm, said Ali Farhadzadeh, a certified floodplain manager and an assistant professor in Stony Brook University's Civil Engineering Department and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. "It sounds like you're sitting in a sinking boat, and you want to build a wall around yourself, thinking you're going to be saved by this type of protection," he said, citing New York State projections that area sea level will rise 11 to 21 inches by 2050 and 21 to 50 inches by 2100. "The whole area is going to be impacted."
8/15/2016 8/15/2016 (WNYC-NPR) Reformed Catcaller Speaks Out Looking back, Jared Marcelle said calling out to girls never really worked for him. It was more about seeking validation from his peers. Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University and expert on gender studies agrees. "It really has very little to do with the woman. It has to do with your relationship with other guys...although we think of street harassment as heterosexual, it is really what I call homosocial, which means it's done and performed for other guys."
8/15/2016 8/14/2016 (FiOS1) 132 incoming medical students begin journey at Stony Brook University Class at Stony Brook University takes Hippocratic Oath at White Coat Ceremony
8/12/2016 8/11/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook's Kozakov designs program that might speed vaccine design Dima Kozakov, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and faculty member of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University, has spent several years creating a general way to model the mechanical details of how two proteins interact. This tool could become useful for researchers who are studying problematic interactions.
8/11/2016 8/11/2016 (Healthcare Finance) Mt. Sinai Health, Stony Brook form research affiliation The Mount Sinai Health System in New York has formed a research affiliation with Stony Brook Medicine, a state-run health system and medical school on New York's Long Island, and will collaborate on research, academic programs, and clinical care initiatives.
8/11/2016 8/11/2016 (WSHU-NPR) Mount Sinai And Stony Brook Announce Partnership Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island and Mount Sinai Health Systems in New York City have entered into a partnership. As of Wednesday, the two organizations are collaborating on research, and medical students are now able to train at both sites.
8/11/2016 8/11/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University, Mount Sinai to be research partners Stony Brook University and Mount Sinai Health System will sign a formal agreement Thursday to collaborate on research projects, medical education and clinical trials expected to involve patients with a range of serious conditions, including cancer and heart disease, officials said.
8/11/2016 8/11/2016 (Long Island Business News) Stony Brook, Mount Sinai affiliate In a partnership between large healthcare providers on Long Island and Manhattan, Stony Brook University and the Mount Sinai Health System have signed an affiliation agreement including collaborations on research, academic programs and clinical care.
8/10/2016 8/10/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook football players host deaf kids, test signing skills Katerynne Fuentes is a big football fan. She's also deaf and not accustomed to finding non-deaf people who can communicate with her using sign language. So Katerynne, 14, was excited when she stood on the Stony Brook University football field Wednesday and saw nine football players laughing and signing with her and 30 other students from Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
8/10/2016 8/10/2016 (Associated Press) Study finds ship noise disrupting humpback whale feeding A study published Wednesday found that low-frequency noise from passing freighters and cargo ships near the coast could be disrupting humpback whales' ability to feed..."Overall, I was kind of surprised that we were able to detect any response statistically just because these humpback whales are very adaptable," said Hannah Blair, a graduate student at Stony Brook University in New York who led the analysis on the data.
8/10/2016 8/9/2016 (WSHU-NPR) Travel Precautions To Thwart Zika Spread Long Islanders who have traveled to regions affected by the Zika outbreak are being urged to take precautions when they return so the disease is not transmitted locally. Susan Donelan, assistant professor of epidemiology at Stony Brook University, says she's not worried about infected mosquitoes making their way up from South America, but of people who have been bitten and carrying Zika making their way back to the area.
8/10/2016 8/9/2016 (News12) Stony Brook University helps complete medical supply drone flight in Africa Drones are now being used to deliver medical supplies to rural communities where the delivery of care is hampered by poor or non-existent roads, thanks to a partnership involving Stony Brook University.
8/10/2016 8/9/2016 (Associated Press) University collects medical samples via drones in Madagascar A suburban New York university is using drone technology to improve the health care of people in remote parts of Madagascar. Stony Brook University, which has been working in the island nation off the coast of Africa for nearly three decades, has teamed with a Michigan startup company called Vayu Inc. to transport medical samples by drone for laboratory analysis.
8/9/2016 8/9/2016 (Bloomberg) Watch This Drone Do Something That Isn't Stupid Vayu, founded in 2014 and based in Michigan, works in Madagascar together with the Stony Brook University Global Health Institute and with the support of local governments and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is working on a drone that can fly for 100 kilometers (62 miles) and plans to use the technology in Papua New Guinea, Malawi, the Philippines, and Nepal.
8/9/2016 8/9/2016 (CBS New York/AP) WATCH: Stony Brook University Using Drones To Improve Healthcare In Madagascar Long Island's Stony Brook University is using emerging drone technology to improve the health care of people in remote parts of Madagascar.
8/9/2016 8/9/2016 (Last Minute Geek) Drones take medical samples to the sky in Madagascar Many of the remote villages in the Ifanadiana district of Madagascar aren't linked to the outside world by decent roads. Among other things, this means that it can be very difficult getting medical samples to labs in a timely fashion. That's where a project led by New York-based Stony Brook University comes in. It's been using autonomous drones to get biological samples from those villages to a central testing center, where they can be checked for diseases such as tuberculosis.
8/9/2016 8/8/2016 (WSHU-NPR) The Drake Equation: Helping Scientists Gauge The Probability Of Extraterrestrial Life Last spring scientists discovered three new Earth-sized planets outside of our solar system, raising the question: could intelligent live exist elsewhere? Some try to answer this question with the Drake Equation, an estimation equation named after astrophysicist Frank Drake, who developed it in 1961. Estimation equations can be about anything with an unknown answer, but generally take a complex problem and break it down into several smaller questions. Professor Frederick Walter of Stony Brook University gave an example of an estimation equation by using the upcoming presidential election.
8/8/2016 8/8/2016 (Newsday) LI manufacturers more optimistic than last year, poll finds Long Island manufacturers are slightly more optimistic about the economy than they were late last year, according to a survey released Monday..."There's growing optimism, but it's not a dramatic change from the November survey," said Leonie Huddy, the Stony Brook political scientist who designed and analyzed the poll. "Things are moving forward, but not rapidly."
8/8/2016 8/7/2016 (Innovate LI) National Stage for Stony Brook's Computer Science Center Stony Brook University's cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers.
8/8/2016 8/5/2016 (Woman's Day) Here's How to Cut Your Bagel To Make the Most Surface Area for Cream Cheese According to Foodbeast, Professor George W. Hart at Stony Brook University used math to come up with the best-ever way to cut a bagel. Not only does it link the two sides of the bagel together for easier eating, but it also creates more surface area for cream cheese schmearing. Check out the below video to learn from a pro how to cut your bagel like a mathematician.
8/4/2016 8/4/2016 (Today Show) A math genius shows us the perfect way to cut a bagel George W. Hart, a math professor at New York's Stony Brook University, used geometric principles to come up with a better way to slice a bagel. His clever cleaving technique links the two sides of the bagel together for easier eating--eliminating those two separate pieces that must inconveniently be picked up one at a time--while also creating more surface area for adding cream cheese and even-sized slices.
8/4/2016 8/3/2016 (Huffington Post) The Psychology Behind Why People Don't Recycle The experts say: Despite tangible evidence to the contrary, some respondents still said they didn't think recycling makes a difference. That's an indication there's a key disconnect between communities and recycling advocates, according to Suparna Rajaram, a psychology professor and director of the social memory and cognition lab at Stony Brook University. "People are not receiving information, whether it makes a difference and in what way it makes a difference," she said. "There's no direct connection."
8/3/2016 8/3/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Eye on Medicine: The Pursuit of Health Care Excellence Don't wait until an emergency happens to learn about health care facilities in your area. There is a lot of useful information available to help people make good choices, but it's best accessed before you need it. At Stony Brook University Hospital, we want to answer all your questions -- simply call our Department of Patient Advocacy at 631-444-2880 or visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.
8/3/2016 8/2/2015 (27east.com/Southampton Press) East Hampton Trustees Setting Baseline For Accabonac Water Quality Ahead Of Clearing Culvert The state DEC closed 20 acres of the harbor's southern reaches to shellfishing because of high bacteria levels. The water testing in the harbor which is being conducted by scientists from Stony Brook University, is recording levels of nitrogen, chlorophyll, phytoplankton and coliform bacteria.
8/3/2016 8/2/2016 (Newsday) U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list includes 7 on LI In addition to St. Francis Hospital, other Long Island hospitals were also ranked among the best in the region overall. Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola was ranked eighth in the metropolitan area, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park ranked ninth, followed by Huntington Hospital which was ranked tenth. North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset was ranked 16th. Both John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson and Stony Brook University Hospital were ranked 22nd.
8/2/2016 8/1/2016 (Self) Why Weight-Loss Supplements And Injections Are So Dangerous Furthermore, weight-loss supplements and injections can be dangerous. "Some doctors will administer hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is a fertility drug, to help adjust your metabolism," Aurora Pryor, M.D., of Stony Brook School of Medicine, tells SELF. "It is not FDA-approved for this use. Another drug is Saxenda. ... The side-effects of these regimens are not well-known and can lead to cardiac problems or unhelpful changes in your metabolism."
8/2/2016 8/1/2016 (Sun Magazine) Signs Of Intelligent Life Carl Safina's Evidence That Other Animals Think And Feel Anyone who's ever had a pet has probably sensed a conscious presence behind the animal's gaze, but the idea persists that other living creatures are motivated solely by instinct, not thoughts and feelings. It's a concept that ecologist, author and Stony Brook University Professor Carl Safina roundly rejects in his latest book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. "You have to deeply deny the evidence," he writes, "to conclude that humans alone are conscious, feeling beings."
8/2/2016 8/1/2016 (Delish) Here's How to Cut Your Next Bagel Using Math According to Foodbeast, Professor George W. Hart at Stony Brook University used math to come up with the best-ever way to cut a bagel. Not only does it link the two sides of the bagel together for easier eating, but it also creates more surface area for cream cheese schmearing. Check out the below video to learn from a pro how to cut your bagel like a mathematician.
8/1/2016 8/1/2016 (Yahoo News) Eco Safeguards Urged As Arctic Ice Retreats Dr Carl Safina, an ecologist from Stony Brook University in New York, told Sky News: "The sea floor is a complex place and the life down there, including the soft corals, may be many centuries old until a net just snaps them off - and that's it for centuries. Here we have a chance to get it right.
8/1/2016 7/31/2016 (FiOS1) Classic cars draw men to health screenings Prostate and cholesterol screenings, blood tests and healthy living tips at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
9/30/2016 9/29/2016 (Parent.co) The Dangers of Selfie Culture and How You Can Help Your Kids The world of social media, smart phones, and pictures are contributing to "virtual distance," a measure of what is lost when human beings gets translated through the machine -- discovered by the research of Professor Karen Sobel-Lojeski in the Department of Technology and Society.
9/30/2016 9/29/2016 (The New York Times) Who's Really Older, Trump or Clinton? The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, a research organization with the worst name in the world, published a study that pushed the line back, too. "When your life expectancy is 15 years and less, then you get counted as old," said Warren Sanderson, a professor at Stony Brook University who worked on the project. Using the most recent data available, Sanderson said that Trump, at 70, would have 14.6 years of life expectancy and Clinton, at 68, would have 18.3. So by that new, expansive definition, there's only one elderly candidate in this race, and his name is Donald.
9/30/2016 9/29/2016 (Bustle) 9 Things To Know About Upstart Awards Honoree Ruchi Shah Ruchi Shah spent her first summer after graduating from Stony Brook University doing what lots of young post grads do: traveling. Yet unlike many new graduates about to embark on a Euro trip, Shah's vacation wasn't bookended by an onslaught of job applications and the promise of entry-level employment upon her return. Instead, in the lead up to her vacation, she made a pit stop in Washington, D.C. to attend the United States of Women Summit, where she spoke about female entrepreneurship, dialing in on topics like how women can get loans for their business as well as how to find a support network to guide them along the way. And waiting for her upon her return? Classes at Stony Brook's School of Medicine, where she is currently pursuing a career as a physician and medical correspondent.
9/30/2016 9/29/2016 (Newsday) 'Artificial pancreas' for type 1 diabetes gets FDA approval Doctors are hailing federal regulatory approval of a so-called artificial pancreas, an electronic system for people with type 1 diabetes that constantly monitors sugar levels and automatically supplies lifesaving insulin. Miller said the system, which was designed by medical devicemaker Medtronic, "is the biggest step we have been able to take toward true insulin delivery."
9/30/2016 9/28/2016 (Long Island Business News) Coffee on the go: Starbucks truck debuts at SBU Stony Brook students may be more awake in class on this morning after a Starbucks truck - one of only eight in the United States and the first ever in New York State - rolled onto campus.
9/30/2016 9/28/2016 (Newsday) 'Guerrilla Girls' exhibit at Staller Center a witty look at feminism "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond," is making a statement at the Paul Zuccaire Gallery, illuminating and contextualizing the historical and ongoing work of the Guerrilla Girls' highly original, provocative and influential art which leads feminism and social change.
9/30/2016 9/28/2016 (Christian Science Monitor) Have CO2 levels reached a point of no return? The annual low for atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide has crossed the 400 parts per million threshold, a level last seen about 3.5 million years ago explains Associate Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences David Black.
9/30/2016 9/28/2016 (The New York Times/Reuters) Don't blame cocaine for South American forest loss, study says A study led by Liliana Davalos finds that infrastructure projects designed to open the western Amazon for investment are to blame for deforestation in parts of Peru, Colombia and Bolivia - rather than coca production, as claimed by policymakers and U.N. anti-drugs officials.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (Long Island Pulse) Find the Right Injectable Wrinkle Fighter The most commonly used injectables, such as Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero, are made of hyaluronic acid, a sugary substance that occurs naturally in the skin. This mixture can lift skin folds around the mouth, fill a forehead crease, plump up a cheek or a lip and erase under-eye puffiness and bags. The results are immediate and can last between six and nine months, said Dr. Sami Khan, director of cosmetic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital and medical director of Stony Brook Medicine's Bellavie MedSpa, where his 20-something patients request "lip augmentation" while 40-somethings and those older seek wrinkle smoothing.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (Innovate LI) Codagenix Commences Zika Vaccine Testing Farmingdale biotech Codagenix Inc. has commenced the first tests of its potential Zika virus vaccines in a living host, according to Codagenix Chief Science Officer Steffen Mueller, a Stony Brook University assistant research professor who cofounded the company four years ago with Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (College Magazine) CM's Guide to Stony Brook University Various students share with College Magazine what it's like to go to Stony Brook, including details on the vibe, where they hang, and the most popular majors and student organizations.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (Long Island Business News) Stony Brook nets $3M interdisciplinary studies grant The Institute for Advanced Computational Science has been awarded a five-year $3M National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (BBC) Presidential debate 2016: Four ways gender played a role In the past, Clinton has been criticised for not smiling enough, seen as another classic case of gender bias against female politicians, Professor Huddy explains. This time around, however, smiling too much seems to have been a point of attack.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Lawmakers, scientists and community members to attend panel discussion on opioids Opioid addiction will be the topic of discussion at a community forum on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Stony Brook University. The free event, titled The Opioid Epidemic, will be hosted by the group Scientists for Policy, Advocacy, Diplomacy and Education at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (News 12 Long Island) Study gives failing marks to food chains for antibiotics in meat A new report compiled by nonprofit groups set out to score food chains on the use of antibiotics in their meat products, and several popular eateries were given failing marks. Dr. Saul Hymes, of Stony Brook University Hospital, says animals are being given the drug to make them grow faster and bigger, but he says the practice contributes to the growing epidemic of drug-resistant infections in humans.
9/28/2016 9/27/2016 (Today.com) Can ANYTHING distract these 6-year-old girls from their iPads? Kids are spending too much time staring at screens, experts say -- an average of seven hours a day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Delaney Ruston of Stony Brook University Hospital, director of the film "Screenagers," says that when a child is engrossed in an iPad, tablet or similar device, "it releases a hormone in the brain, dopamine, that is so rewarding, kids want this more and more. And therefore when they are not on these highly stimulating screens, they actually can get really agitated."
9/27/2016 9/27/2016 (BBC) Presidential debate 2016: Four ways gender played a role "[Trump] doesn't smile a great deal in these debates and he can get away with that as a guy," says Leonie Huddy, a professor of political science at Stony Brook University. "A woman can't." This time around, however, smiling too much seems to have been a point of attack.
9/26/2016 9/24/2016 (Newsday) Long Island's Johnny Appleseed of voter registration Stony Brook University junior Rodman Serrano, 22, of North Bay Shore has registered 300 new voters this year.
9/26/2016 9/24/2016 (The Atlantic) Goat Captures the Dark Psychology of Frat Bros The first two minutes of the new drama Goat offer a nerve-wracking prologue. Shirtless fraternity brothers jump up and down in super-slow motion, screaming at the edge of a forest. Their mouths hang open while their fists pump, and the camera pans across the veins in their faces, capturing their rage. It's a horrifying image, and the message seems obvious: These young men are like animals. As Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University, writes in his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, masculinity isn't innate or "hard-wired" but something that is "coerced and policed relentlessly by other guys."
9/26/2016 9/24/2016 (The Huffington Post) "Lemons Problem" In The Media Market Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan, September 11, 2016, raises her concern about crowding out of accurate information by false information in the media. She further emphasizes her point by paraphrasing Richard Hornik, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University, that " The growth of truth-seeking efforts like The Post's Fact Checker or Politifact is great,..., but these efforts don't do much good if news consumers are unable to decide who or what to believe. OR worse, don't care."
9/26/2016 9/23/2016 (Newsday) Common beauty treatments and teens: What parents need to know Tweens and teens aren't immune to the allure of treatments that aim to make their skin tanner, their teeth whiter, their eyebrows shapelier. So what should parents consider before allowing their children to indulge in various techniques they think would improve their physical appearance? We asked Long Island medical and beauty experts to weigh in, and here is there advice on 12 common treatments.
9/23/2016 9/22/2016 (Vogue) Emma Watson's Latest Mission? Ending Campus Assault and Gender Inequality at Colleges U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson has delivered another rousing speech, this one during her latest visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York. The actress, who has actively campaigned for gender equality around the world since founding her HeForShe initiative in 2014, is now on a mission to shed light on two other issues affecting women around the world: campus assault and gender inequality in the university system. Before presenting a new HeForShe report on the vast disparity between the sexes in higher education, Watson delivered another moving speech, similar to her viral address on feminism in 2014, in which she talked about her own experiences attending Brown University. While she acknowledged Brown for shaping her politics and who she is today, she questioned whether other universities around the world are empowering young women in the same way. "What if our experience in university shows us that women don't belong in leadership? What if it shows us that, yes, women can study, but they shouldn't lead a seminar?" she said. "What if, as is the case in far too many universities, we are given the message that sexual violence isn't actually a form of violence?'' The HeForShe Impact 10X10X10 University Parity Report, which Watson presented, sheds light on three gender imbalances in the university system: "the ratio of men to women represented in university faculty and senior administrative positions, the fields of study selected by young women versus young men, and the number of female students at universities compared to their equal access to academic and professional career tracks." Ten universities around the world, including Georgetown University, the University of Hong Kong, and Stony Brook University, along with ten heads of state and ten CEOs, have pledged to carry out several college initiatives to close the gender gap in the higher education system, including addressing campus violence and closing the gap in academic positions.
9/22/2016 9/22/2016 (Fortune) Clinton's Gender Could Hurt Her in the Presidential Debate Stony Brook Professor of Political Science Leonie Huddy writes in this article, "Voters will watch the upcoming presidential debate from many perspectives -- partisan, economic, social. But few will realize that they're also watching the debate through a more subtle, though just as important, lens: gender. Through that lens, Hillary Clinton goes into the debate with an inherent disadvantage against Donald Trump. She will be more closely scrutinized than her male opponent based on how she looks, how she acts, and what she says. Clinton can overcome these obstacles, but overcoming voters' deeply embedded gender attitudes will require an effective and strategic performance."
9/22/2016 9/22/2016 (Long Island Business News) Stony Brook University president, students at UN Women event President Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. and 21 students from Stony Brook University joined world and corporate leaders and others Tuesday at a UN Women reception celebrating a gender equality initiative.
9/22/2016 9/21/2016 (USA Today) Emma Watson to U.N.: Women and minorities' safety is 'a right and not a privilege' During the 71st United Nations General Assembly, Emma Watson shared the first-ever HeForShe university parity report, which listed 10 universities that have pledged to improve gender equality on campus, including Georgetown University in Washington and Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. The report compiled data on women's representation on campus and outlined three key areas the participating universities need to address, including "the ratio of men to women represented in university faculty and senior administrative positions the fields of study selected by young women versus young men; and the number of female students at universities compared to their equal access to academic and professional career tracks."
9/21/2016 9/21/2016 (New York Times/AP) Watson, Ramirez Lend Glitz to UN Gender Equality Event Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley told The Associated Press his school has started anti-bias training for senior leaders and search committees in an effort to redress gender imbalances. Nearly two-thirds of tenured professors at the New York-based school are men, and a similar number make up its senior leadership.
9/21/2016 9/20/2016 (Newsday) Clinton, Trump's primary issues may return as debate tools Helmut Norpoth, a political scientist at Stony Brook University, said he expects Trump will resume promoting a top GOP primary issue: protecting gun owners' rights under the Second Amendment. But while such occasional comments in the general election will satisfy his base, he also could avoid a backlash and tap into broader support by crafting the position around a principle of leaving the Constitution untouched, Norpoth said. Norpoth also said "trigger events" such as another mass shooting or a terrorist attack will bring those issues to the fore immediately.
9/21/2016 9/20/2016 (Travel + Leisure) How to Sleep Better While your brain is busy thinking and learning during the day, potentially harmful metabolic by-products are building up. Fortunately, scientists have discovered that the brain has a cleanup crew: The glymphatic system, which shuttles toxins and waste products out of the brain to help maintain normal brain function, "is most active at night," says Helene Benveniste, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of anesthesiology at the Stony Brook School of Medicine, in New York, who has studied the glymphatic system.
9/20/2016 9/20/2016 (NPR) Can We See Taste? An exciting new paper on the gustatory cortex from the laboratory of Alfredo Fontanini at Stony Brook University shows that there are visual-, auditory-, olfactory- and touch-sensitive cells in the gustatory cortex of rats. There are even some cells that respond to stimuli in more than one modality. But what is more remarkable is that when rats learn to associate non-taste qualities -- tones, flashes of lights, etc. -- with food (sucrose in their study), there is a marked transformation in the gustatory cortex. Fontanini and his colleague Roberto Vincis found that the number of cells responding to cross-modal stimuli -- that is, to stimuli other than taste -- increases and, more remarkably, the number of cells that are responsive to more than one kind of stimulus increases.
9/20/2016 9/19/2016 (Rare) Alumni of these 50 big U.S. colleges earn the most money High school students searching for their top college options have many factors to weigh. Location, admissions selectivity and affordability are just some of the more immediate components to take into consideration. For those who look even further ahead to their post-college lives, a university's post-graduation salary can heavily impact the overall decision...18. Stony Brook University, Location: Stony Brook, N.Y., Median annual earnings: $55,500, Undergraduate enrollment: 25,723.
9/19/2016 9/16/2016 (Fox News Health) Workshop helps teens with cancer transition to college The School Intervention & Re-entry Program at Stony Brook Children's Hospital has begun offering a college planning workshop targeted to teens like Segovia who are diagnosed with pediatric cancers and blood disorders and are looking to transition back into school.
9/19/2016 9/19/2016 (Newsday) Chickenpox vaccine has saved many Associate Professor Janet Hearing, from Stony Brook Unversity School of Medicine writes, "This vaccine has reduced deaths due to the chickenpox virus overall by 87 percent and by 99 percent in people younger than 20. Vaccines save lives."
9/19/2016 9/18/2016 (Exit 10/55 with Richard Rose) 9/11 First Responders Battling Illnesses Stony Brook professor Sean Clouston and John Feal, from the Feal Good Foundation speak about first 9/11 first responders and seeking that neropathy be added to illnesses covered under federal funding.
9/19/2016 9/16/2016 (Times Beacon Record) LI Election Insights: Polls give Clinton the edge in 2016, but the race is not over Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and, in presidential election years, the traditional beginning of the general election campaign. At this juncture Nate Silver's popular website, FiveThirtyEight, has all but anointed Democrat Hillary Clinton as the inevitable winner over Republican Donald Trump in November. The 538 forecast based on an aggregation of polls gives Clinton a 70 percent chance, give or take a point, to defeat Trump. It is a victory not only in the popular vote but also in the Electoral College. The polling averages produced by RealClearPolitics and The Huffington Post agree. They all have shown a Clinton lead for months, punctured only briefly when Trump clinched the GOP nomination in primaries or won it at the Republican National Convention. Polls are shining a bright light on Clinton's prospects while casting a dark shadow on Trump's. So it seems. How serious should we take these poll-driven forecasts?
9/16/2016 9/16/2016 (New York Times) As Amazon Arrives, the Campus Bookstore Is a Books Store No More As school started at Stony Brook University this month, two freshmen, Juan Adames and John Taveras, set out to buy textbooks. They had not heard yet that the bookstore was a books store no more. This summer, Stony Brook, part of the State University of New York, announced a partnership with the online retailer Amazon, now the university's official book retailer. Students can purchase texts through a Stony Brook-specific Amazon page and have them delivered to campus.
9/16/2016 9/15/2016 (News12) Study questions early treatment vs. monitoring of prostate cancer "For something like this that is so complicated and where there are so many different opinions and strong elements of truth and science behind it, it's easier to discuss with the physician and ultimately decide what the best thing is to do," says Dr. Howard Adler, the medical director of the prostate care program at Stony Brook Medicine.
9/16/2016 9/15/2016 (Newsday) Staller, Tilles centers grear up for fall season Alan Inkles says his audience is beginning to trust him. "People are very protective of their arts center," he says, noting a conversation with a woman who moved to the area from the city. " 'I didn't think I could live here without culture,' " Inkles recalls her saying. "But I see we have it right here. And longtime patrons are now willing to take a chance on something new."
9/16/2016 9/15/2016 (Newsday) Long Island water quality is always of highest concern But there is still a long way to go, as illustrated by a Stony Brook University Marine Center report on Long Island's summertime water quality released last week. That study, headed by professor Christopher Gobler, analyzed 29 locations and rated 11 as good, 16 as fair and two as poor. Further, increasing reports on our freshwaters of blue-green algae -- which can irritate humans and harm pets -- plus nuisance weed species like Ludwigia and mosquito fern, continue to be a problem. "The real culprit," says Gobler, "continues to be nitrogen and phospherous, which seep into our ground waters and estuaries primarily from septic tanks, cesspools and outdated wastewater treatment plants."
9/15/2016 9/14/2016 (Medical Express) Finding shows muscular dystrophy-causing receptor has broader role in brain development Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell , may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism, and severe learning disabilities.
9/14/2016 9/13/2016 (Seattle Times) The urgency to create, protect marine sanctuaries Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch writes in the Seattle Times, "The ocean, as a natural resource for all of humanity, has reached an existential tipping point. The grim reality is that much of the world's fish stocks have collapsed at the hands of overfishing. As confirmed in July by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at biologically unsustainable levels -- triple the level of 1974."
9/14/2016 9/13/2016 (News12) Stony Brook University puts out call to developers for campus village Stony Brook University put out a call for developers to build new dorm units and other space to counter a housing problem.
9/14/2016 9/13/2016 (Newsday) Long Island must act to help clean Long Island's water If we get this right, the payoff will be huge. Stony Brook University professor Chris Gobler told lawmakers about places where water quality has improved. Like Northport Harbor, once known for its toxic red tide. Since its sewage treatment plant was upgraded in 2013, reducing nitrogen by half, its shellfish beds have not been closed once.
9/14/2016 9/13/2016 (Newsday) Americans got raises last year for first time since 2007 Economic indicators have shown the country posting job growth for seven years, but people had not seen a corresponding increase in wages, said Michael Zweig, professor emeritus of economics at Stony Brook University.
9/12/2016 9/9/2016 (CBS News) 9/11 first responders' health problems persist Thousands of 9/11 first responders are suffering from respiratory disease and cancer. Dr Bejamin Luft, a professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, joins CBSN with more on these patients.
9/12/2016 9/11/2016 (PBS Newshour) Fifteen years after 9/11, illness compound for first responders Dr. Benjamin Luft heads the Stony Brook World Trade Center Wellness Program and has been studying the interaction between physical and mental symptoms among responders.
9/12/2016 9/12/2016 (Chemical and Engineering News) Women crack the academic glass ceiling Nicole Sampson, chair of the chemistry department at Stony Brook University, theorizes that tight funding and increasing awareness about alternative careers is contributing to new graduates choosing careers outside of academia. "There has been a massive attempt to change the mindset that a Ph.D. is preparation for an academic job," she says. "Since I've been chair, we've run several faculty searches, and I've been disappointed at the fraction of the pool that are women, and these are pools of 200 to 400 candidates."
9/12/2016 9/11/2016 (Washington Post) These students didn't know Bin Laden was dead. How did we get so clueless about news? Veteran journalist Alan Miller tells the story of the high school students who, years after the fact, didn't know that Osama bin Laden had been killed. These were seniors, no less -- in a journalism class at a well-regarded New York City charter school...One leading corrective is happening at Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy, founded by former Newsday editor Howard Schneider, where the first news literacy course was taught in 2007. More than 16,000 students have taken the course at the university and elsewhere, including in 11 countries. Soon, a six-week MOOC (massive online open course) will spread the word much further.
9/9/2016 9/8/2016 (Newsday) Thousands of new patients seeking help for 9/11 illnesses "What seems to be so surprising is that, even though it's been 15 years, we continue to have new enrollees into the program," said Dr. Benjamin Luft, director of Stony Brook's clinic. "We feel that the new people who are enrolling tend to be sicker than the old enrollees."
9/9/2016 9/8/2016 (News12) Study reveals LI waterways with worst water quality Scientists say harmful algae blooms took a toll on the quality of Long Island's water this summer. A study by Stony Brook University Professor Dr. Chris Gobler shows Hempstead Harbor, Quantuck Bay, Eastern Moriches Bay, Western Flanders Bay and the Forge River all had some of the worst water quality on Long Island.
9/8/2016 9/7/2016 (News12) Christmas in July Toy Drop-Off at Stony Brook Childrens Stony Brook Children's Hospital patients receive gifts collected at Adventureland with a special visit by Adventureland's mascot Alfie.
9/8/2016 9/8/2016 (Reader's Digest) 8 Reasons Video Games Might Just Be Better for You Than Books A 2014 study conducted jointly by Brown University, the American Cancer Society and Stony Brook University found that smokers deprived of nicotine could reduce their cravings simply by playing two-player games or solving puzzles with their romantic partners. Why does this work? According to MRI scans of the participating couples' brains, cooperative play and puzzle solving activated the exact same reward centers as nicotine does.
9/8/2016 9/7/2016 (USA Today) Americans will never agree on what it means to be a patriot "Patriotism is completely subjective," said Leonie Huddy, a professor of political science at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and co-author of the study American Patriotism, National Identity, and Political Involvement.
9/7/2016 9/5/2016 (News12) Long Island Paralympians: Lora Webster Long Island Paralympians and Stony Brook University student Lora Webster will be traveling to Rio to represent the USA for a medal in the sitting vollyball competition.
9/7/2016 9/7/2016 (Inc.) New Research Says This Single, Common Risk Factor May Be Killing You "While loneliness is certainly a big problem among the elderly, the numbers may pale in comparison to the number of youth and adults that suffer the same malady from social isolation--due to technology mediation via social media and simply 'feeling' alone in a crowd as people 'screen skate' though their days," said Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski, a professor at Stony Brook University.
9/7/2016 9/2/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook faculty and students reach for the stars Even closer to home, the founder of Stony Brook University's Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Dr. Oliver Schaeffer, became the first person to date celestial objects. He confirmed that the moon rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts were more than four billion years old.
9/7/2016 9/6/2016 (New York Times) What We Can Do to Reduce Opioid Overuse The writer, T.J. GAN, MD, is chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Stony Brook University and writes, "As an anesthesiologist and president of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery, I applaud the surgeon general's campaign addressing the overprescribing and misuse of opioids."
9/7/2016 9/3/2016 (Washington Post) Election forecasters try to bring some order to a chaotic political year For those who wish this long and often dismal presidential campaign were over, help is already here. To the rescue have come the forecasters -- political scientists with prediction models that have already called the election, in some cases many months ago...One outlier is Helmut Norpoth of Stony Brook University. His model takes into account sentiment for a change in parties, but most important, and unusual, is his reliance on performance by the major-party candidates during the early presidential primaries, in this case New Hampshire and South Carolina. On that basis, he predicted last spring that Trump would win the election and said the prediction came with an 87 percent certainty.
9/1/2016 8/31/2015 (Science Daily) Brain perceives taste with all senses, scientific evidence reveals The phrase "it looks so good you can almost taste it" may actually be scientifically proven based on the findings of a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that explored how the brain processes stimuli predicting taste. They discovered that the gustatory cortex, the part of the brain that mediates the conscious perception of taste, relies on all the senses to anticipate taste.
9/1/2016 8/31/2016 (WSHU/NPR) Scientists Discover Earth-Like Planet If the Milky Way galaxy were the size of the continental United States, Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighboring star, would be about one-tenth of a mile away. Last week scientists discovered a new planet as it was orbiting Proxima Centauri. They're excited by the discovery because it exists in Proxima Centauri's habitable zone. This area, also called the goldilocks zone, is where liquid water can exist due to energy from the star. According to Stony Brook University's Dr. James Lattimer, in order for life as we know it to exist, it needs water, energy and carbon.
9/1/2016 9/1/2016 (Slate) One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times History Crossword puzzles are fleeting things. Sure, some get anthologized in books, but most are solved or abandoned in frustration, then piled up with the rest of the morning's paper, tossed into the recycling bin, and forgotten. Ben Tausig, the Stony Brook University professor of ethnomusicology and crossword constructor who wrote the puzzle, tweeted the following three weeks ago: Ben Tausig @datageneral Just got a yes for a NY Times puzzle theme that y'all are gonna like I bet... Stay tuned.
10/31/2016 10/30/2016 (New York Post) The secret forces that could lead to a Trump victory Spurning the poll-based forecasts in favor of historical analysis, professor Helmut Norpoth at SUNY Stony Brook -- who's correctly predicted the last five presidential elections -- gives the nod to Trump, 52.5-47.5 percent. Meanwhile, an artificial intelligence system developed in India that takes into account data from Google, YouTube and social media says Trump's "engagement data" points to a GOP victory.
10/31/2016 10/30/2016 (WSHU/NPR) Ghosts, Goblins And Gourds: Exploring The Roots Of Halloween Every year, we dress up, light jack-o-lanterns and celebrate Halloween at the end of October. But where did the holiday come from? Some Halloween traditions date all the way back to the Celtic holiday Samhain. Stony Brook University's Dr. Tara Rider explains the connection.
10/31/2016 10/28/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Councilwoman wants to grow New York's crop of organ donors Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University hosted the Organ Donor Enrollment Day event Oct. 6, including organ donator and Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner, in a statewide effort to boost the number of registered organ donors.
10/28/2016 10/28/2016 (ABC News Associated Press) 4 Years after Superstorm Sandy, Coast Continues To Recover The breach between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay initially raised concerns about flooding on Long Island's south shore. Experts say that hasn't happened, and now officials at the National Park Service are examining whether to leave the new waterway open. One argument in favor of doing so: The hole has helped flush pollution out of the bay, leading to a resurgence of clams and bass, according to Charles Flagg, a marine science professor at Stony Brook University.
10/28/2016 10/27/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Solovyov scores $1.15 million superconducting grant It's lighter, cheaper and just as strong. In the age of manufacturing the latest and greatest high-technology parts, that is a compelling combination. Indeed, the Department of Energy recently awarded the Brookhaven Technology Group, a business incubator tenant of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, $1.15 million to develop a high-temperature superconductor cable with a new architecture. The grant supports the research of Vyacheslav Solovyov, an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at SBU and the principal investigator at Brookhaven Technology Group.
10/28/2016 10/27/2016 (News12) Study reveals dangers of distracted student walkers The report found that 17 percent of middle school students and 27 percent of high school students were distracted by using some kind of mobile device while walking. Kristie Ladowski, the injury prevention coordinator for Stony Brook Trauma Center, says drivers are also distracted in school zones during busy pick-up and drop-off times.
10/28/2016 10/27/2016 (Bloomberg) Politics, Not Qualifications, Matter Most for SCOTUS At the same time, a Supreme Court Judge nominee's qualifications to serve on the bench "are not as important a factor as they once were," Jeffrey A. Segal, who teaches politics and the Supreme Court at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., told Bloomberg BNA.
10/26/2016 10/26/2016 (Riverhead Local) Riverhead biology students get expert lesson in anthropology from visiting Stony Brook University professors Riverhead high school science teacher Susan Monahan gave her AP Biology class a special treat by inviting Dr. Gabrielle Russo and Dr. Amy Lu, both Stony Brook University professors in the Department of Anthropology, to speak to her class this month.
10/26/2016 10/25/2016 (Innovate LI) The Stony Brook Ecologist Who Came In From the Cold If you've ever dreamt of tracking Antarctic penguin populations - and really, who hasn't? - Stony Brook University can now make it happen.
10/26/2016 10/25/2016 (Brides) 5 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Fall in Love Researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook found being in a love relationship can reduce anxiety and help people cope with stress better than those without this meaningful support system. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a lengthy report showing that people in marriages tend to abuse substances less and find better ways to alleviate stress. The report showed that people in marriages tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives in general than those that aren't in long-term love relationships.
10/26/2016 10/25/2016 (Long Island Pulse) Living with Autism According to Autism Speaks' 2013 housing and residential survey, waiting lists for group homes and supervised living facilities can be 5 to 15 years long, but just 24 percent of caregivers reported that the autistic individual are on one. This means a vast majority of autistic individuals are at risk for not having someone to look after them when their immediate caregiver is no longer able. Dr. Zoya Popoivker of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Stony Brook University Hospital stressed careful planning as early as the child's 14th birthday.
10/26/2016 10/25/2016 (CNBC) Stop it with the Clinton coronation. Trump can still win First off, people often do vote or tip off their vote with their feet. And Trump rallies are still jam-packed, compared not only to Clinton's rallies, but the usual attendance we see at political rallies even this close to Election Day. It's that kind of consistent enthusiastic turnout that has Stony Brook University Professor Helmut Norpoth convinced that Trump will win the election based on a model he constructed that's mapped out every election result since 1912 correctly, (except for 1960).
10/25/2016 10/25/2016 (Woman Around Town) Go Guerrilla Girls! Feminism Writ Large Just over thirty years ago, the Guerrilla Girls broke conceptual ground, pointing out glaring inequities in the global art market. It all started with a 1984 exhibition at MoMA claiming to be an overview of contemporary art. When it turned out that fewer than 10% of the artists included were women or people of color, the first generation of Guerrilla Girls was born. They claimed that art cannot represent society if it excludes the majority of that society. They woke some people up and scared the hell out of others. They're still doing it today. "Not Ready to Make Nice," an exhibition of these provocative, political, activist feminist artists just concluded at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
10/25/2016 10/24/2016 (New York Times/AP) Alan Alda Asks Scientists to Explain Energy to Children Alan Alda wants scientists to answer a question for 11-year-old children: What is energy? The actor is a visiting professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on eastern Long Island. He has been posing similar vexing questions to scientists since 2011.
10/25/2016 10/24/2016 (New York Post) Election wiz predicts Donald Trump will win election Donald Trump may be behind in most polls but one veteran New York prognosticator still predicts he will win come Election Day. "I think he was the strongest candidate in the primaries and that he will prevail," Helmut Norpoth, a political-science professor at SUNY Stony Brook, told The Post on Monday, even as the RealClearPolitics average shows the Republican candidate trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton by 6.1 percentage points.
10/24/2016 10/21/2016 (Times Beacon Record) A mother's Hope for Javier leads to hope for patients When Jennifer Portnoy of Stony Brook was given her son's diagnosis, the doctors told her that there was nothing she could do but love him and enjoy her time with him. Javier, she was told, had a rapidly progressive form of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an incurable genetic disorder most prevalent in boys.
10/24/2016 10/22/2016 (Fox News) Professor with Remarkable Track Record Predicts a Trump Election Win Saturday on Fox & Friends, Tucker Carlson sat down with a college professor with a remarkable record of predicting election outcomes. Professor Helmut Norpoth, from Stony Brook University in New York State, has correctly predicted the outcomes of the last five presidential elections. This year, he steadfastly believes Donald Trump will win the election. Norpoth said he uses two "models" to make his prediction:One is the "primary" model, where he compares a candidate's strength in their respective primaries. "The candidate who does better in his party's primary beats the other guy who does less well," Norpoth said. Looking at New Hampshire and South Carolina's primaries, Norpoth projected that Trump would be the general election favorite because of the strength of his showing, versus Hillary Clinton. The second model he created is called the "swing of the pendulum" model.
10/24/2016 10/23/2016 (Fox News Health) VBAC: What every pregnant woman needs to know Years ago, it was a common practice for women to have repeat C-sections with subsequent deliveries. The type of incision used at that time was prone to open up during labor so it was considered unsafe for women to have a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC), Dr. James Bernasko, an OB-GYN in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital said.
10/24/2016 10/21/2016 (Scientific American) Wild Monkeys' Stone "Tools" Force a Rethink of Human Uniqueness "It's clever that they studied monkey tools the same way we study [human] tools," says archaeologist Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University, who was not involved in the new research. "Many people are going to be disturbed that these tools can be made by capuchins," she adds, noting that video footage shot by Proffitt's team provides solid proof.
10/24/2016 10/24/2016 (CBS New York) Stories From Main Street: Separating Fact From Fiction In The News STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- In the digital age, it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. "We are all confronted daily with an absolute tsunami of information," said Howard Schneider, dean of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. "A sea of truths, half truths, propaganda, entertainment. The problem is what is news and what's masquerading as news and that's what this course is all about. How do you know the difference?"
10/21/2016 10/20/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Fontanini explores how other senses affect taste Alfredo Fontanini, an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Stony Brook University, recently conducted research on rodents in which he explored how other senses -- touch, taste, smell and sight -- contributed to the part of the brain responsible for taste, the gustatory cortex.
10/21/2016 10/20/2016 (Washington Post) Will sexism be the U.S. presidential election's November surprise? Here's what we found. Article written by John Barry Ryan is associate professor of political science at Stony Brook University and Ryan L. Claassen is professor of political science at Kent State University. They write, "Even before Hillary Clinton officially launched her bid for the White House last year, political observers speculated about whether she would be hurt by sexism. Would gender stereotypes lead voters to doubt Clinton's ability handle a national security crisis? Would people focus on her appearance instead of her policy ideas? Would Americans be willing to cast ballots for a female commander in chief? There was intense debate about these questions during, and especially after, Clinton's first primary battle eight years ago. The country now has an opportunity to ponder these questions in an entirely new way -- a presidential election in which for the first time in U.S. history, a male candidate faces a female opponent."
10/20/2016 10/19/2016 (Huffington Post) Fixing Our National Infrastructure Requires Fixing Our Science Infrastructure Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University and writes, "What we know for certain is two things: threats will arrive, and we are more capable of combating them than any nation in the world. It's time to give our scientific community the infrastructure that's needed and not expose Americans unnecessarily to threats that can be significantly reduced if not prevented."
10/20/2016 10/19/2016 (Time) You Asked: What Causes a Miscarriage? The majority of sporadic miscarriages are attributable to unpreventable "chromosomal abnormalities. In many cases, a new embryo will have more or fewer than the 23 chromosome pairs it's meant to have. "It's nature's mechanism to miscarry those embryos, which are not destined to develop into a healthy fetus," he says. The risk for chromosomal abnormalities goes up as a woman ages. "But no one's sure just why that is," says Dr. Richard Bronson, director of reproductive endocrinology at Stony Brook University.
10/20/2016 10/19/2016 (Newsday) New Stony Brook partnership aims to boost LI manufacturers Jeffrey Saelens, executive director of Stony Brook University's Manufacturing and Technology Resource Constorium addresses a group of manufacturers at a campus meeting in Stony Brook.
10/20/2016 10/19/2016 (Newsday) Guerrilla Girls member talks art, politics and new exhibition Students attend a preview reception for the exhibit "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond," which runs through Oct. 22, 2016, at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University.
10/20/2016 10/19/2016 (Discover) Monkey See, MONKEY SMASH! Are Monkeys Making Hominin-Style Stone Tools? I contacted paleoanthropologist John Shea of Stony Brook University, who is a bit of a rock star when it comes to the study of stone tools. He was not involved with the study but is familiar with it. "It is a good study, but I think the authors make a mistake by emphasizing the similarities between stone tools made by capuchins and stone tools made by humans," Shea told me in an email. "Similarities can reflect descent from a common ancestor, convergent evolution, or subjectively perceived analogies. In evolution, only differences matter."
10/19/2016 10/18/2016 (Yahoo) Melania Trump, 'Boy Talk' and the Bystander Effect "It is boy talk," says Michael Kimmel, PhD, professor of sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and the executive director of the University's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, to Yahoo Beauty. "But we expect boys to grow out of this kind of talk by the time they graduate from high school at least. By the time you're married with kids, you don't talk like this about women any more. So Melania's right -- this is completely regressive.
10/19/2016 10/19/2016 (ABC News/AP) Crying Inside? Creepy Craze No Joke for Real Clowns Those high-profile cases notwithstanding, experts say it's relatively common for people to feel creeped out by clowns. "It primarily has to do with the exaggerated makeup and features. We recognize it, but there is something abnormal," says Dr. Kristie Golden, associate director of operations for psychiatry and neurosciences at Stony Brook University Hospital. "We can be drawn in by that or we can be repelled."
10/18/2016 10/17/2016 (Daily Mail) 'Our polling methods are bunk': Political science professor says pollsters have NO IDEA who will vote in November Helmut Norpoth, a political science professor at Stony Brook University and an election forecaster whose model has correctly predicted the last five national contests, is advising voters to 'hold off on trusting poll-driven proclamations of a Clinton victory just yet. Clinton leads, but our polling methods are bunk,' the headline of his latest op-ed for The Hill declares.
10/18/2016 10/18/2016 (New York Times) New York Times: What Our Sons Are Learning From Donald Trump By calling it "locker room talk," Mr. Trump implied that all men act this way. But the "boys will be boys" excuse, for any kind of behavior, is demeaning to boys, said Michael Kimmel, a sociologist and executive director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University. "I think we do ourselves a great disservice when we just shrug our shoulders in resignation and say, 'Boys will be boys,'" he said. "We only say that when boys do bad things. That's male bashing."
10/18/2016 10/17/2016 (WCAI/NPR) Carl Safina on Science, Advocacy, and Animal Smarts Carl Safina is a marine conservationist and professor at Stony Brook University on Long Island who has been an advocate for the ocean for many years. Safina says he started out researching seabirds. "I left science behind, not intentionally," he told WCAI. "I started getting involved in these conservation debates. I thought I would do it for the non-field season, for a year or two. Then I realized my research was farther and farther back in the wake and I was not going to circle back to it."
10/17/2016 10/16/2016 (The Hill) You can't trust polls: Clinton leads, but our polling methods are bunk Helmut Norpoth is professor of political science at Stony Brook University. He is co-author of 'The American Voter Revisited' and has published widely on topics of electoral behavior. His book, "Commander in Chief: Franklin Roosevelt and the American People," is forthcoming. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He writes, "Virtually all the opinion polls right now give Hillary Clinton a firm lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House this November. The latest poll average compiled by RealClearPolitics puts her at least five points ahead of Trump, with or without Gary Johnson and Jill Stein included as choices; the Huffington Post Pollster projects a better than 99-percent chance that 'Clinton is very likely leading;' and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight gives her an 85 percent chance of winning. It looks like the race is decided, but...
10/17/2016 10/15/2016 (New York Times) How to Be a Man in the Age of Trump He didn't participate in such "locker room talk," but neither did he challenge it. "I was just there for the summer," he said. "So I put my head down and did my job." Yet, according to Michael Kimmel, the author of "Guyland" and a sociologist at Stony Brook University, silence in the face of cruelty or sexism "is one of the ways boys become men."
10/17/2016 1017/2016 (Fortune) Do You Have Unconscious Gender Bias? UN Women, PwC Launch a Course to Help You Find Out In the segment, Michael Kimmel, a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York, was arguing that gender identity does not develop as we mature, as I always thought, but starts at birth and is effectively set in stone at that early stage. "From the moment we're born, we're steered in one direction or another," he said.
10/14/2016 10/13/2016 (USA Today) Bob Dylan is busy being born: Column Jon Friedman, who teaches journalism at Stony Brook University, is the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" as well as this article in "USA Today." Friedman writes, "Bob Dylan once wrote and sang, 'He not busy being born is busy dying.' The master of reinvention and the maestro of longevity has added a new chapter to his book of achievements. Dylan, 75, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature early Thursday."
10/14/2016 10/13/2016 (New York Post) Bob Dylan's new book gets bumped up after Nobel Prize win "This Nobel Prize underscores the fact that Dylan is our Shakespeare and he occupies a special place in popular culture and society," said Jon Friedman, a journalism professor at Stony Brook University and author of the 2012 book, "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers and Creating a Personal Revolution." "He is more than a songwriter or poet or protest singer. He is a master of ideas," said Friedman.
10/14/2016 10/13/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Britain's Baroness Jay brings warning of threat to democracy A baroness and former leader of the British House of Lords, Margaret Jay, came to Stony Brook University to speak to us about "The new populism in America and Britain: What has happened to our politics?" The talk, which was open to the public and well attended, drew parallels between Trumpism and the Brexit movement in Britain and served as one way to understand our preelection frenzy.
10/12/2016 10/12/2016 (Fox News Health) Long-forgotten research unearths new mystery about Lyme disease Swiss Agent, now called Rickettsia helvetica, is likely not a major health risk in the United States, in part because such bacteria typically respond to antibiotics. Still, several of Burgdorfer's former colleagues called for infectious disease researchers to mount a search for the bacterium. "It should be done," said Jorge Benach, a professor emeritus at Stony Brook University and a coauthor of Burgdorfer's seminal 1982 paper describing the detection of the Lyme microbe. Public health concerns warrant a new study, Benach said, and with today's more advanced "weaponry for pathogen discovery, it would make perfect sense."
10/12/2016 10/12/2016 (Times Beacon Record) New SBU graduate student training program scores $3 million grant If Stony Brook University has its way, the university will stand out not only for the quality of the research its graduate students produce but also for the way those budding scientists present, explain and interpret their results to the public and to policy makers.
10/11/2016 10/11/2016 (WHSHU/NPR) Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Care Center Opens On L.I. The first comprehensive care center to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the tri-state area recently opened at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
10/11/2016 10/10/2016 (Chicago Tribune) Bill Clinton isn't running for president, but fine -- let's talk about his womanizing In Sunday's New York Times, Richard Perez-Pena talked to men about Trump's recorded comments about women. Michael Kimmel, a sociology professor at Stony Brook University, had this to say: "This frat house stuff, Army stuff, you might hear athletes and entertainers, these highly entitled people, talk like this, but most guys age out of it. The relationships they develop with real, live women mitigate against it."
10/11/2016 10/10/2016 (UPR/NPR) Alan Alda Takes A Leading Role, Inspires Scientists To Be Effective Communicators Scientists have "wonderful stories" to tell and Alan Alda, an actor who became famous for his work on the television series M*A*S*H and host of the PBS program Scientific American Frontiers, recognized that. Alda is a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The center conducts workshops and employs improvisational techniques to inspire better communication.
10/10/2016 10/9/2016 (MSN) Men Say Trump's Remarks on Sex and Women Are Beyond the Pale That (some) men talk crudely (sometimes) about sex and women's anatomies comes as news to few people who have gone through puberty..."What's unusual is not how he [Donald Trump] talked about women like they're objects or conquests; we all know there are men who talk like that, even if it's not most men," said Michael Kimmel, a sociology professor at Stony Brook University who has written several books on men, sex and masculinity. "It's his own behavior that he himself describes, and the confidence he has that he can act on it with impunity -- that's what's rare."
10/10/2016 10/9/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Life Lines: Do you know your food's centers of origin? Elof Axesl Carlson, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook writes," In preparation for his work on evolution by natural selection, Charles Darwin in the 1850s studied where domesticated animals came from. He went to hobby shows and looked at pigeons in particular to see where they originated. He claimed all the varieties stemmed from one species, the rock pigeon, Colomba livia. Today that origin is known in more detail, with domesticated pigeons described in both Sumerian and Egyptian writings some 5,000 years ago.'
10/10/2016 10/9/2016 (New York Times) Trump's Vision of Manhood Is Donald Trump a real man? But in other ways, Mr. Trump is a caricature, even a distortion, of American masculinity. Scholars point to an enduring ideal of American manhood, epitomized by the Western -- the strong, silent and chivalrous man. Gary Cooper in High Noon. Alan Ladd in Shane. "The cowboy types that show up in our imagination would have nothing to do with Trump," said Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender at Stony Brook University and the author of "Angry White Men." "He's not a man who's done a lick of real work in his life. Let's see you change a tire. Masculinity in America has always been something that you prove with your hands - not the size of your actual hands."
10/7/2016 10/6/2016 (WSHU-FM NPR) Stony Brook And Suffolk County Push For Organ Donor Registration Stony Brook Medicine and Suffolk County officials are teaming up to get more people registered as organ donors in the second annual Donor Enrollment Day.
10/7/2016 10/6/2016 (ABC News) Woman's Mystery Illness Turns Out to Be Tick-Borne Disease Dr. Sabina Anna Rebis is a family medicine resident at Stony Brook University Hospital and a medical contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit. She writes, "A 66-year-old woman's mysterious illness that left her feverish and with slurred speech initially stumped her doctors. As the woman's condition continued to deteriorate, an infectious disease doctor eventually identified the cause -- the woman had contracted a bacterial disease caused by a tick bite."
10/7/2016 10/7/2016 (Cosmos) Giant superhot blobs of gas fired from hidden star Hot balls of gas twice the size of Mars are blasted from a bloated star near the end of its life - but instead of coming from the dying giant, astronomers think they're pumped out by a younger hidden stellar companion. It's certainly an intriguing theory, one put forward by a trio from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. the University of California, Los Angeles and the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the US.
10/6/2016 10/6/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Panel Talks Heroin Trends in History, controversy with Narcan Dr. Constantine Ioannou, director of Stony Brook Medical Center's Adult Inpatient Unit addressed the current opioid crisis in the United States and specifically in Suffolk County during the event. "This is not the first opioid epidemic in the United States -- this is one of many," Ioannou said. He likened the current state of opioid prescribing and subsequent widespread addiction to a period in the late 1800s when morphine was first developed. He said doctors overprescribed the powerful painkiller and, in turn, opioid dependence skyrocketed.
10/6/2016 10/5/2016 (WABC-TV) New Hospital on Long Island Will Treat Rare Form of Muscular Dystrophy A remarkable new hospital center on Long Island was funded by a family so that kids like their 12 year old son will have a place to treat one of the most common and devastating genetic childhood diseases. Jennifer Portnoy, started the Hope for Javier Foundation, and she raised more than $600,000 to open a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
10/6/2016 10/6/2016 (Newsday) LI startup gets $1.15M grant for superconducting cable design Brookhaven Technology Group, a startup in the incubator of a Stony Brook University research center, has won a $1.15 million grant from the Department of Energy to create more cost-effective superconducting cable designs, the university announced Wednesday.
10/5/2016 10/4/2016 (National Science Foundation) Chemist developing new, sustainable water filtration Chemist Ben Hsiao and his team at Stony Brook University want to come up with a game changer that will bring sustainable clean water to everyone, regardless of economic status or location. The team is developing new nanotechnology to filter bacteria and viruses in water. They're also experimenting with ways to make the water filters from nanofibers extracted from trees, grasses, shrubs - even old paper. Watch this NSF-funded research in action: bit.ly/2cOblxt
10/5/2016 10/5/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook hosts symposium for tech entrepreneurs Two major centers at Stony Brook University will host a Technology Entrepreneurship Symposium next month for entrepreneurs, early phase companies and inventors.
10/4/2016 10/3/2016 (New York Times) On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing But research from Stony Brook University revealed that extreme high tides associated with storms in the six months after the hurricane were not the result of the breach, but were consistent with coastal patterns from Long Island to Cape Cod. Perhaps more striking is the improvement in water quality, especially in the eastern areas of the Great South Bay -- smaller bays like Bellport Bay and Narrow Bay and part of Moriches Bay. Chris Gobler, a professor of marine science at Stony Brook University, said that since the breach opened, nitrogen levels and water temperatures had fallen, while oxygen levels and water clarity had risen -- all healthy trends.
10/4/2016 10/3/2016 (Fierce Healthcare) Through 'TV doctors' ad, Cigna promotes a real social message about preventive care It was really, really interesting to be involved in pulling this together. We knew that we needed an iconic lead talent, and that somebody like Alan Alda would resonate across generations. When we really started to engage, what we found was his foundation--the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, at Stony Brook University--actually deals with how you increase communication between scientists, doctors and nurses, and in the case of scientists, their audiences, and in the case of doctors and nurses, their patients. So he was very interested in what we were trying to do.
10/4/2016 9/30/2016 (Buzz Feed News) This Lab Found Out What's Actually In The Kardashians' Favorite Hair Vitamin Arthur Grollman, a professor and director of Stony Brook University School of Medicine's Laboratory for Chemical Biology, told BuzzFeed News that the vitamin's label inaccuracy "reflects the lack of regulations" of the dietary supplement industry, which is not held to the same strict government standards as the pharmaceutical business.
10/3/2016 10/3/2016 (The New York Times) On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing Unlike the wreckage from Hurricane Sandy elsewhere, the breach that cuts through the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness has breathed new life into the bay, flushing in fresh ocean water and pulling out polluted bay water, say Stony Brook researchers.
10/3/2016 10/3/2016 (Insider Higher Ed) Coping With Stateless Students Alfreda James, assistant director for graduate students and postdocs at the career center at Stony Brook University, describes the challenges of dealing with the questions and behaviors of a generation without a legal or welcoming home.
10/3/2016 10/1/2016 (NPR) Trump And The Testosterone Takeover Of 2016 Perhaps all of 2016's manly rhetoric shouldn't be a surprise. After all, gender politics has long been a fixture on the campaign trail for candidates of both parties, even when all of the major-party candidates have been of the same sex. "It's always been there," said Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University who has done extensive research on masculinity. "In 1840, we had probably the most gendered election in our history."
10/3/2016 9/30/2016 (ABC News) Reptile With 'Bizarre' Front Limbs Tweaks Current Understanding of Evolution A new study, co-authored by Associate Professor Alan Turner, has shed light on our understanding of evolution by analyzing 212-million-year-old fossils from an extinct reptile drepanosaurus, finding that the bone structure, especially in the front limbs, were unlike any other animals from that time period.
10/3/2016 9/30/2016 (Newsday) CDC: NY leads nation in Zika cases, with 811 testing positive New York continues to lead the nation in Zika cases, with 811 people testing positive for the mosquito-borne virus, according to CDC. Dr. Susan Donelan explains the state has a large population of persons who hail from areas currently experiencing local transmission.
10/3/2016 9/30/2016 (Times Beacon Record) SBU team fetches $1.3 million award for pet periodontal treatment Scientists and dentists at Stony Brook have developed a new treatment for periodontal disease for dogs, and, they hope, eventually for humans. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a unit of the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded Stony Brook University's School of Dental Medicine and Traverse Biosciences Inc., a Long Island research company, a $1.3 million award to continue to evaluate the preclinical safety and effectiveness of TRB-NO224 to treat periodontal disease.
11/30/2016 11/30/2016 (New York Times/Associated Press) Ordinary people trained to save lives in shootings, attacks "We don't want you to just hide and bleed to death like we saw in Orlando and other places," said Lawrence Zacarese, the assistant chief of police at Stony Brook University, which is spearheading training for school districts and colleges across the country. "We want you hiding and maintaining and doing some administration of first aid until we can get there."
11/30/2016 11/29/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Cancer center's Adopt a Family program warms the heart Opportunities for warming hearts abound during the holiday season and those who give tend to receive much more. Five years ago, when Linda Bily, cancer patient advocacy and community outreach director at Stony Brook Cancer Center, and others noticed some patients did not have family members to share the holidays with, she started the Adopt a Family program.
11/30/2016 11/29/2016 (Wall Street Journal) How to Tell Which News Is Fake A six-week university course, "Making Sense of the News," starts next month on Coursera.org. Co-taught by journalism professors from Stony Brook University, New York, the course is available for free or for $49 to students who want to earn a certificate.
11/30/2016 11/29/2016 (Newsday) Doc, surgery team who saved cops score touchdown with Jets The New York Jets and Suffolk County Police Department surprised Stony Brook University Hospital chief of trauma surgery Dr. James Vosswinkel during a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The longtime Jets fan and his team saved the lives of two Suffolk County police officers injured in the line of duty. Vosswinkel and 20 members of his staff will be honored on the Jets' First Responder Day at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 5
11/29/2016 11/29/2016 (Washington Post) Burning less coal isn't just making air cleaner. It's making your tuna safer "The decline is real," Nicholas S. Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. He continued, "the decline is almost in parallel with declines in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants and the decline of mercury in the air. It appears that the fish are responding almost in real time. We thought that was pretty exciting."
11/29/2016 11/28/2016 (Hellenic News of America) Nikolaos Panou, Ph.D., Installed As Tsantes Endowed Professor In Greek Literature And Language At Stony Brook University The Stony Brook community came together to celebrate the formal installation of Nikolaos Panou, Ph.D., the inaugural Peter V. Tsantes Professor in Greek Literature and Language.
11/29/2016 11/28/2016 (The Atlantic) The Biologists Who Want to Overhaul Evolution "I think I'm expected to represent the Jurassic view of evolution," said Douglas Futuyma when he got up to the podium. Futuyma is a soft-spoken biologist at Stony Brook University in New York and the author of a leading textbook on evolution. In other words, he was the target of many complaints during the meeting that textbooks paid little heed to things like epigenetics and plasticity. In effect, Futuyma had been invited to tell his colleagues why those concepts were ignored.
11/28/2016 11/26/2016 (New York Times) In Madagascar Test, Drone Delivers Medicine by Air In test flights last summer, several organizations used a drone to connect remote villages in a roadless region of Madagascar with Centre ValBio, a Stony Brook University research hub. Medicines and medical samples can be swiftly transported this way.Credit Jaydon Kiernan
11/28/2016 11/26/2016 (Newsday) How demography proved Donald Trump's destiny Helmut Norpoth is professor of political science at Stony Brook University. His book "Commander in Chief: Franklin Roosevelt and the American People" is forthcoming. He writes, "Donald Trump was elected president with a playbook that not only ignored the admonitions of the RNC report, but it also downright defied it."
11/28/2016 11/23/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Harold Walker focuses on clean water Water, water everywhere and Harold "Hal" Walker is making sure there's more than a few drops on Long Island to drink. The head of the new Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook is one of two co-directors of the Center for Clean Water Technology. The center received a $5 million commitment from New York State to pilot test a variety of ways to remove contaminants from drinking water.
11/28/2016 11/24/2016 (New York Times) An Exercise to Sift for Sources Amid a Blitz of Fake News The Lamp is an exciting model for building online "survival skills" in schools and communities around New York City. A valuable set of learning tools is being disseminated by the Center for News Literacy of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.* There are web annotation efforts like Climate Feedback. Google and Facebook are trying to fight back.
11/25/2016 11/23/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University Harold Walker focuses on clean water Water, water everywhere and Harold "Hal" Walker is making sure there's more than a few drops on Long Island to drink. The head of the new Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook is one of two co-directors of the Center for Clean Water Technology. The center received a $5 million commitment from New York State to pilot test a variety of ways to remove contaminants from drinking water.
11/25/2016 11/25/2016 (Daily Mail) Nine year-old boy whose lips were ripped off by chimpanzees in the Congo is healthy and happy after facial reconstruction surgery in New York Dr Alexander Dagum, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, in New York, said in February that the first operation had already helped Dunia keep food inside his mouth, speak more clearly and stop constant drooling.
11/23/2016 11/23/2016 (Scientific American) Tuna's Declining Mercury Contamination Linked to U.S. Shift Away from Coal Although the researchers were aware of the decline in the amount of mercury entering the atmosphere over North America, it came as a surprise when this improvement also showed up in the flesh, says study co-author Nicholas Fisher, a marine biogeochemist at Stony Brook University. Atlantic bluefin tuna are big, fast-moving predators at the top of the food chain and live on average 15 to 30 years. Those traits make them perfectly suited to accumulating mercury and other environmental contaminants. "We could as easily have expected it to take a century" for the fish to show signs of recovery, Fisher remarks. The contrary finding "tells me we don't just have to ring our hands about the high level of mercury in these fish. There is something we can do about it and get pretty quick results."
11/23/2016 11/22/2016 (Wall Street Journal) Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds Students should learn to evaluate sources' reliability based on whether they're named, independent and well-informed or authoritative, says Jonathan Anzalone, assistant director of the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University in New York. Posts should cite multiple sources, and the information should be verifiable elsewhere, he says.
11/23/2016 11/22/2016 (AP) Get ready to build! Hands-on toys that teach are hot EARN BY BUILDING Educators agree that whether you're talking about a toddler playing with blocks, or a teen building a computer from scratch, the act of putting something together helps educational concepts sink in. "The way the world comes to us is actually through tactile activities, so tactile toys where we build stuff are incredible helpful," said Karen Sobel-Lojeski, who studies the effects of technology on children's brain development at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.
11/23/2016 FiOS1: (11/22/2016) Our Schools, Our Town: Tribe Shinnecock "Push Pause" on FiOS1 celebrates Native American Heritage Awareness at Stony Brook University.
11/22/2016 11/22/2016 (Fox News Health) Is your kid a 'Screenager?' Expert provides tips for easing device addiction Parents are taking notice and looking for ways to strike a healthy balance between family time and time spent watching TV, playing video games, or interacting on social media via smartphones and tablets, according to Dr. Delaney Ruston, a clinical professor of medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York and director of the documentary "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age."
11/22/2016 11/21/2016 (Neuroscience News) Unique Structure Of Brain Blood Vessel Amyloid Latest Clue To Alzheimer's Development? Accumulating amounts of amyloid, which is a fragment of a larger protein, in the brain have been associated with the development of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Now a team of neuroscience and biochemistry researchers at Stony Brook University have made a novel discovery that illustrates for the first time the difference between amyloid buildup in brain blood vessels and amyloid buildup around brain neurons. Their findings, which may provide a new path to research on Alzheimer's disease and its cause, will be published November 21 in "Nature Communications."
11/21/2016 11/19/2016 (USA Today College) Viewpoint: The future should be in our hands, literally Written by Stony Brook University's Statesman reporter Paula Perorella, reports bout the most recent USA Presidential election. She writes, "It seems silly to me that in a time where the most people ever in human history have had a platform to voice themselves, through social media that is, we've nominated the two least favorable and least representative candidates in history. We have a billionaire and a millionaire running for president while approximately half of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. We have a Democrat and a demagogue who vie for our youthful votes, yet ignore the issues that will affect our generation most: crippling student loan debt and climate change."
11/21/2016 11/20/2016 (Newsday) Trump win throws Obamacare penalties into question Parts of the law could be repealed initially through budget reconciliation, which involves eliminating funding for key pieces such as Medicaid expansion and state exchanges, said Debra Sabatini Dwyer, a health economist at Stony Brook University. Lawmakers also could put employer penalties on hold rather quickly, or once again extend the deadline to comply with ACA, she said.
11/18/2016 11/17/2016 (Innovate LI) On Ray Beams, Death Stars And Petaflops A national research team led by Stony Brook University scientists is about to get a close-up look at neutron-star explosions, thermonuclear supernovae and other spectacularly volatile astrophysical phenomena.
11/18/2016 11/17/2016 (Fortune) E-Cigarettes May Actually Be Just as Bad for Your Teeth as Real Ones A team of scientists from the University of Rochester and Stony Brook University found that the vapors released in e-cigarettes can cause tissue inflammation and damage comparable to that produces by regular ones.
11/17/2016 11/17/2016 (Fox News Health) New weight-loss balloon is nearly twice as effective as diet and exercise "The balloon treatment helped them eat less, but they were also learning to make healthier choices through the support provided with the program," says study author Aurora Pryor, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook University in New York. "And they were able to maintain those healthier choices even after the balloons were removed."
11/17/2016 11/16/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University marchers add voices to national anti-hate movement Dozens of students at Stony Brook University marched across the center of campus Wednesday afternoon, joining a national movement advocating inclusion and denouncing sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination and hate speech.
11/17/2016 11/16/2016 (CBS New York) Suffolk County Police Save 3 Young Women from Killing Themselves in Suicide Pact Contagious or cluster suicides are hard to prevent, according to Stony Brook Medicine's Dr. Gabrielle Carlson, because there aren't always warning signs. "It is a phenomenon, and it's a very concerning phenomenon," she said. "For whatever reason, the other kids are sort of caught up in the drama of it, and they are the ones that are the most difficult to predict." Carlson said parents should teach their teens to report any time a friend mentions suicide.
11/17/2016 11/16/2016 (Innovate LI) Schumer: Biz-Development Funds Big Deal for Stony Brook University New York's two U.S. Senators, including the freshly minted Senate minority leader, are heralding a series of competitive U.S. Department of Commerce grants that will fund business-development initiatives around the nation - including formal mentoring and new training through Stony Brook University's Center for Biotechnology.
11/17/2016 11/16/2016 (Christian Science Monitor) Why are thousands of dead fish floating in a New York canal? (+video) Long Island residents found themselves in a stinky situation on Monday morning, after thousands of dead fish mysteriously surfaced in a local canal..."There was a big school of bluefish in the bay earlier on Sunday," said Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Center manager Chris Paparo, according to CBS New York. "Bluefish eat bunker and they chase the bunker into the canal like this and the locks are closed, fish can't escape, and when they get pushed in they deplete the oxygen."
11/16/2016 11/16/2016 (WSHU/NPR) From Fear To Optimism, Muslim Students React To Trump Win It's been a week since the election, and it's been a time of soul searching for many college students...At Stony Brook University on Long Island, one Muslim student says she's not just worried for herself. She asked to be identified by her first name, Verdah. "My Facebook news feed is filled with hate crimes. Not just Muslim women, but against black people. Against queer people. Against undocumented folks. Against the Latino community."
11/16/2016 11/16/2016 (CNN) Crawling has some fitness experts going gaga More research is needed to scientifically support the argument that crawling "resets" your central nervous system, at least within the physician community, said Dr. Scott Simpson, a faculty member at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, who specializes in sports medicine at Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates. "To me, the benefit is that it's an efficient exercise," Simpson said of crawling, adding that he hadn't heard of the exercise before now.
11/16/2016 11/16/2016 (Washington Post) Thousands of dead fish clogged a New York canal. Why? Residents of Hampton Bays, N.Y., awoke Monday morning to find their local canal clogged with tens of thousands of silvery, dead fish. The bodies were packed together so tightly that it looked as though you could walk across them, one man told the local news channel News12. The air was thick with their noxious smell..."They chased them in here, but unfortunately the locks are closed so it's just a dead end, they can't get out," Chris Paparo, a lab manager at Stony Brook University Marine Sciences Center, told the New York Daily News. "And with the sheer number of fish in here, it just sucks the oxygen out of the water and they suffocate."
11/16/2016 11/15/2016 (CNN) Weight-loss balloon helps shed twice the weight, study says "The balloon treatment helped people eat less, but they were also learning to make healthier choices through the support provided with the program," says study author Aurora Pryor, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook University in New York. "And they were able to maintain those healthier choices even after the balloons were removed."
11/16/2016 11/14/2016 (News12) VIDEO: Interview with Stony Brook Marine Science Center's Chris Paparo VIDEO: Interview with Stony Brook Marine Science Center's Chris Paparo about the recent natural fish kill in the Shinnecock Canal.
11/16/2016 11/16/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook biotech center wins $500,000 to foster companies The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.
11/15/2016 11/14/2016 (Chronicle of Higher Education) Election 2016: How Did Higher Ed Leaders Respond? Some presidents are expressly interested in why higher education- particularly public higher education- must respond to the 2016 election. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. at Stony Brook University writes, "What we do at a public university has never been more important than today," anchored, he argues, as public universities are "in our strong values of diversity, access, and inclusiveness." The Chancellor at CUNY, James B. Milliken, notes that CUNY is "committed to providing opportunities to immigrants and low income and underrepresented students," a sentiment echoed by the president of the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The President of Cuyahoga Community College calls attention to their commitment to "access, equity, and success for all students." What these statements suggest is that the missions of access-oriented public institutions of higher education don't just justify the speaking up in the wake of the 2016 election; the missions require it.
11/15/2016 11/14/2016 (US News and World Report/AP) Academics Predicted Trump Victory "I had a lot of people saying, 'This isn't going to work. You're going to fall on your face.' I got emails berating me for being an idiot and irresponsible," says Helmut Norpoth, a longtime political science professor at Stony Brook. Norpoth has successfully predicted every presidential winner since developing the formula for the 1996 presidential race. He also used his formula to review every presidential election since 1912, and found the indicators would have accurately predicted the outcome every time except 1960.
11/15/2016 11/14/2016 (CBS New York) Thousands Of Dead Bunker Fish Pack Shinnecock Canal In Hampton Bays Tens of thousands of dead fish were found packing a canal in the Hamptons. "There was a big school of blue fish in the bay earlier on Sunday," Marine Scientist Center, Manager, at Stony Brook Southampton, Chris Paparo said. "Blue fish eat bunker and they chase the bunker into the canal like this and the locks are closed, fish can't escape, and when they get pushed in they deplete the oxygen."
11/14/2016 11/13/2016 (Wall Street Journal) Family History Inspires Cancer Lab Mr. Bahl and his wife, Kavita, are paying for a new cancer-research program at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine with a $13.5 million donation. Construction on the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Molecular Imaging Laboratory is scheduled to finish in 2018.
11/14/2016 11/11/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Eye on Education: Navigating the college application process Stony Brook University Dean of Undergraduate Admissions writes, "New technology influences everything, including your child's college application process. Websites, social media and streaming videos may be more common than catalogs as sources of information for the college-bound child, but the fundamentals of applying for college remain the same -- along with the anxiety and anticipation. So how do you help your children make the most of their college search and selection process?"
11/14/2016 11/13/2016 (Wall Street Journal/AP) Told you so: Some professors correctly predicted Trump win A political scientist at New York's Stony Brook University based his prediction on a formula using primary results and his "pendulum of change" theory. A Yale professor tied his pick to economic factors. And a history professor at American University relied on a formula he developed in the 1980s. "I had a lot of people saying, 'This isn't going to work. You're going to fall on your face.' I got emails berating me for being an idiot and irresponsible," says Helmut Norpoth, a longtime political science professor at Stony Brook.
11/14/2016 11/12/2016 (Washington Post) There may have been shy Trump supporters after all Stony Brook University Associate Professor of Political Science Yanna Krupnikov co-wrote this Washington Post article, saying,"If this is a modern "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment (though some disagree) how did it come to be? One possibility is that the polls were off because people were uncomfortable openly sharing with pollsters that they planned to vote for Trump."
11/10/2016 11/10/2016 (News12) Warm summer, rust tide kill off shellfish on East End East End bay men and restaurants are taking a large hit after realizing that the scallop harvest has been almost nonexistent. Dr. Chris Gobler, of Stony Brook University, says the warm spring and record-setting summer led to a high rate of mortality for the shellfish. "I think the prices will be pretty high because the yields are so low," says Gobler.
11/10/2016 11/9/2016 (FiOS1) Stony Brook professor predicted a Trump presidency since February Despite national polls and even political analysts right up to the elections saying Hillary Clinton was going to win, Stony Brook University Political Science Professor Helmut Norpoth says he's known Donald Trump was going to win the White House since February So what did the professor Norpoth do differently than everyone else?
11/10/2016 11/9/2016 (Dallas Morning News) Here's who was right about Trump, and what they knew that no one else did Donald Trump's surge to the presidency dumbfounded much of the country Tuesday night. But not everyone...Helmut Norpoth, a political science professor at Stony Brook University, also predicted a Trump win -- way back in March. He determined then that Trump had at least an 87 percent chance of winning the general election. A huge factor working against Clinton, Norpoth said, was that the White House is historically likely to swing the other direction after two terms with one political party.
11/10/2016 11/10/2016 (Boston Globe) Here are 3 people who correctly predicted Donald Trump would win the election A few prescient, nonpartisan political observers correctly predicted ahead of time what most could not believe including Professor Helmut Norpoth, a political science professor at Stony Brook University in New York, predicted nearly nine months ago that Trump had a 97 percent chance of pulling out a win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
11/10/2016 11/10/2016 (WNBC-TV) NY Professor Predicted Trump Win, Making 6 Straight Correct Predictions Stony Brook University professor Helmut Norpoth was one of the very few who predicted Donald Trump would win. Still, the outcome surprised even him. Greg Cergol gets a closer look at how he knew what would happen when most polls said otherwise.
11/9/2016 11/9/2016 (CBS News) Exit Polls: How Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency Stanley Feldman, professor of political science at Stony Brook University and Melissa Herrmann is president of SSRS wrote, "Many observers thought this presidential election would be decided by Donald Trump's polarizing rhetoric, his history of behavior toward women and his questionable qualifications for the office. Instead, CBS News exit polls suggest Trump's win was in large part a repudiation of Hillary Clinton by a substantial number of white voters. While Clinton did win big majorities of minority voters, she did not get the level of support from those groups that she needed to overcome her deficit among white voters."
11/9/2016 11/9/2016 (ABC Network/Australia) Predicting a Trump presidency Most pollsters, pundits and journalists failed to predict the Trump victory. However, one man whose modelling did predict a Donald Trump win is Helmut Norpoth, a Professor of Political Science Stony Brook University. He spoke with RN Drive.
11/7/2016 11/7/2016 (Long Island Business News) Amazon opens pickup location at Stony Brook University Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of the new Amazon@StonyBrook location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 3. The university partnered with Amazon Campus to provide the campus community with a convenient and secure location to pick up and return Amazon orders. Non-students will also have access to the service. Amazon Student and Prime members will receive free one-day pickup on select items, including textbooks, at the new location.
11/7/2016 11/6/2016 (Newsday) Penguin-poop scouts wanted to aid in tracking study Scientists who specialize in penguin research are calling on their amateur counterparts -- citizen scientists -- to help track the flightless birds by taking note of their poop stains, which can be captured by Earth-scanning satellites high above the planet. Stony Brook University researchers, who are collaborating with NASA, are inviting the public's help because the task is huge -- and critical.
11/7/2016 11/4/2016 (NBC News) Does Donald Trump Get a Pass on Telling Lies Because He's a Man? "We're so used to men who talk assertively, so when they talk assertively, we assume they know what they're talking about," explained sociologist Michael Kimmel, a leading expert in masculinity and professor at Stony Brook University. Women have to surpass more hurdles in how they speak and how they are perceived. "If you appear too feminine, they discredit you, if you appear not feminine enough, they discredit you too. What a line you have to walk," Kimmel said. "She's not only going to be president, she has to be first mother."
11/7/2016 11/6/2016 (CNBC) This 'primary model' points to a Trump win Helmut Norpoth, professor at Stony Brook University, explains why winning presidential primaries is key to winning the election in his prediction model.
11/7/2016 11/4/2016 (Elle Magazine) Want to Understand Trump's Masculinity? Ask a Trans Man Transgender people are uniquely positioned to tell us about our gendered selves in more complete ways than cisgender males and females ever can, says Anna Kłonkowska, a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at SUNY's Stony Brook University in New York, who specializes in transmasculinities. "Imagine a person who has never walked in their life, who then learns: They will be made aware of things the born-ambulatory are not. Similarly, those who move between genders can also give us a fuller picture of gender and how it's socially constructed."
11/4/2016 11/4/2016 (Health Day) Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight Obese patients who swallowed balloon capsules that helped them eat less lost an average of 15 pounds, roughly two times more weight than patients who just dieted and exercised, researchers report. In addition to the balloons, patients followed a moderate diet and behavior modification program. Whether the weight loss will last over the long term isn't known, said lead researcher Dr. Aurora Pryor, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook University in New York.
11/4/2016 11/2/2016 (Long Island Business News) High-tech communications boost care When Stony Brook University Hospital's new buildings open in 2018, they will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technologies to enhance staff and patient communication. But care teams won't have to wait two years to work with some of the new features, which are being implemented in stages at the existing facilities.
11/4/2016 11/3/2016 (News12 Long Island) Amazon pickup location opens at Stony Brook University Amazon's first pickup location in New York is now open at Stony Brook University. The college partnered with Amazon Campus to allow students easy access to return textbooks and other items ordered on Amazon.
11/4/2016 11/3/2016 (FiOS1) Stony Brook Concert Teaches Kids How to Fight Hunger Almost 1,000 middle schoolers from across Long Island filled cardboard bins with canned goods to benefit Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank during a concert at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University.
11/3/2016 11/2/2016 (Men's Journal) Is Bill Clinton Our New Model Husband? "What we call masculinity is often a hedge against being revealed as a fraud," writes Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University and author of Guyland and Manhood in America: A Cultural History, "an exaggerated set of activities that keep others from seeing through us, and a frenzied effort to keep at bay those fears within ourselves." Masculinity, in other words, is a fundamentally defensive posture that you have to prove again and again.
11/3/2016 11/3/2016 (Newsday) Amazon opens pick-up site at Stony Brook University Online giant Amazon has opened a pickup location at Stony Brook University, allowing customers to pick up and return Amazon orders. Stony Brook University partnered with Amazon Campus to provide students, faculty, staff and area residents with a location to pick up and return textbooks and other purchases ordered through Amazon.
11/2/2016 11/1/2016 (Health Day) Why You Need a Flu Shot Now Flu season is just about here, and now's the time to protect yourself with a flu shot, doctors say. "Every year about 40 million people in the United States get the flu. About 19 million people will have to see a doctor," said Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., an infectious disease specialist and president of Stony Brook University. "Many millions of people will miss work, and a lot of students miss classes," Stanley said in a university news release. The best protection is a flu shot, Stanly said. Others agree.
11/2/2016 11/1/2016 (Innovate LI) Amazon Enrolls At Stony Brook University With Trendy 'Pickup Point' Riding a high-tech trend toward convenience and cost-savings, Stony Brook University now has its very own Amazon "pickup location." Located on the lower level of SBU's Frank Melville Jr. Library, Amazon@StonyBrook provides a safe and secure place for students to receive packages from Amazon.com and return items to the e-commerce stalwart. Stony Brook is the first college or university in New York State to host an Amazon pickup point and one of only 15 in the United States.
11/2/2016 11/2/2016 (ABC News Radio) In New Online Video Series, Billy Joel Recalls the First Time He Made the Girls Scream Billy Joel's been a superstar for decades, but he still remembers his first public performance -- because it taught him that music could help him get girls...older girls. Billy holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Long Island's Stony Brook University and he's part of the university's new web video series, 5 Questions With. It features noted individuals talking about experiences that shaped their careers. In Billy's segment, he recalls how it all started for him.
12/30/2016 12/29/2016 (NPR) Is It Possible To Die of Grief? It's a common theme in literature -- 10 of Shakespeare's characters die of strong emotion -- but is it actually possible to die of a broken heart? But, like so many things, sadness might be "adaptive" only in moderation. Camille Wortman, a psychologist at Stony Brook University who studies grief and bereavement, is especially interested in cases where the loss of a loved one is very sudden or traumatic. She says there is a more extreme grief associated with the sudden loss of a child -- even if that child is an adult -- as was the case for Debbie Reynolds.
12/30/2016 12/29/2016 (Newsday) Experts: Debbie Reynolds could have died from a broken heart Though Debbie Reynolds, 84, had health problems in recent years, including a mini-stroke, a Long Island expert says her death could have been caused by a little-known cardiac condition known as "broken heart syndrome." William Lawson, a cardiologist and professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, said emotional distress caused by a traumatic event like the death of a loved one can trigger the symptoms.
12/30/2016 12/29/2016 (Rhode Island Public Radio) Mercury Levels in Gulf of Maine Tuna on the Decline There's some good news for sushi lovers. A new report finds that over an 8-year period, mercury levels in Gulf of Maine tuna declined 2 percent a year -- a decline that parallels reductions in mercury pollution from Midwest coal-fired power plants. Two years ago, Dr. Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University in New York, had a bit of luck -- he found out that a colleague had established a collection of 1,300 western Atlantic bluefin taken from the Gulf of Maine between 2004 and 2012.
12/30/2016 12/29/2016 (Times Beacon Record) 'MASH' star continues to effectively communicate science In a world of tirades and terrifying tweets, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is encouraging its professors and students to do something the center's namesake urges: Listen.
12/29/2016 12/29/2016 (Time Magazine) The Deadly Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning "This [carbon does happen quite often around this time of year, and the really sad thing is it that it's so preventable," says Susan Katz, a nurse practitioner and pediatric injury prevention coordinator at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in New York. Health spoke with Katz about how to protect yourself from this sneaky, silent killer.
12/28/2016 12/27/2016 (Newsday) Jets to honor Stony Brook surgeon, team who saved cops (Video) he New York Jets and Suffolk County Police Department surprised Stony Brook University Hospital chief of trauma surgery Dr. James Vosswinkel during a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The longtime Jets fan and his team saved the lives of two Suffolk County police officers injured in the line of duty. Vosswinkel and 20 members of his staff will be honored on the Jets' First Responder Day at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 5.
12/28/2016 12/28/2016 (Media Shift) How to Fight Fake News and Misinformation? Research Helps Point the Way The most high-profile of those approaches are news literacy training in schools, primarily done through the News Literacy Project and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. The News Literacy Project, targeting middle and high school students, does classroom, after-school and e-learning training, in addition to professional development for teachers. Its virtual classroom program is intended to broaden the project's reach. The Center for News Literacy, historically focused on higher education, has taught news literacy to thousands of students at Stony Brook and provided free training and materials to educators at dozens of universities.
12/28/2016 12/27/2016 (US News and World Report) 4 Investment Mistakes to Avoid After Age 50 Once upon a time, turning 50 meant you were "over the hill." Today, 50 is the new 40 and according to researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Stony Brook University, 60 is now middle-aged.
12/27/2016 12/23/2016 (CBS News) Innovative skull surgery helps baby celebrate first Christmas Baby Vincent was born with a type of craniosynostosis, a rare birth defect that causes a ridge on the forehead. For some children, surgery is necessary to allow the brain to grow and develop normally. "If it's not fixed in infancy, it becomes a deformity that really limits their ability," Dr. Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery at Stony Brook Medicine, told CBS News.
12/27/2016 12/26/2016 (Newsday) Baby's skull rebuilt at Stony Brook with help of 3-D printer model Mark and Nicole Bono found out that their unborn son's metopic bone was fused when Nicole was 36 weeks pregnant. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, the family spoke about the 3-D surgery that baby Vincent underwent at Stony Brook University Hospital.
12/27/2016 12/23/2016 (CNN) Sex quality of life doesn't have to decline as we age Stony Brook University researcher Nicholas Eaton co-wrote this article and says, "So, if there is no epidemic of age-related frigidity, why would sexual quality of life take a nosedive in later life? A common answer to this question cites declining physical health and sexual functioning with age. Another answer might be: The quality of our sex lives doesn't decline with age."
12/23/2016 12/22/2016 (WABC-TV) Stony Brook Trauma Center Teachers on How to Control Bleeding Stony Brook Trauma center is training teachers on how to treat bullet wounds in the event of a shooting.
12/23/2016 12/22/2016 (ABC News/AP) Unsafe Transport Leads to Death: Farmworkers 'Disposable'? In the two years prior to the bus crash transporting 19 Mexican guest workers in the United States, Vasquez Citrus had been cited 22 times for alleged violations, from underage drivers to vehicles with worn tires, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Labor Department had also cited Juan Vasquez for failure to provide safe vehicles, going back to 2007. But no fines were issued. Lori Flores, a history professor at Stony Brook University who has studied the Mexican farmworker movement, says the scenario is all too familiar. "It's an honor system," she says of the regulatory apparatus meant to ensure workers' safe transport. "And it's only when accidents ... happen that agencies might get involved. But then it's way too late."
12/23/2016 12/23/2016 (Newsday) Economists expect steady growth for LI next year "Consumer spending was pretty solid in 2016, up 2.4 percent on average," said John A. Rizzo, chief economist at the Long Island Association, the region's largest business group, and a Stony Brook University professor of economics. "It will be important next year as well."
12/23/2016 12/22/2016 (News12) Ex-WWE wrestler Mick Foley visits kids in Stony Brook Former WWE wrestler Mick Foley visited children at the Pediatric Cancer Center at Stony Brook Hospital Thursday dressed as Santa Claus.
12/22/2016 12/21/2016 (Fox News) Pregnancy brain changes may prepare women for motherhood Researchers say pregnancy actually changes a woman's brain leading to less gray matter. Dr. David Garry, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital is interviewed about this topic.
12/22/2016 12/22/2016 (Newsday) 2 college students buy East Hampton radio station WELJ The new owners of the East Hampton-based station -- at 104.7 FM on the dial -- are Stony Brook University senior Matthew Glaser and Andrew Adams, both residents of Smithtown. On Monday they are expected to announce a new format for the station.
12/22/2016 12/21/2016 (Times Beacon Record) $1 million endowment grant funds lifelong learning A substantial gift from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will extend Stony Brook University's ability to offer opportunities to individuals who are semi-retired or retired.
12/22/2016 12/21/2016 (Health) The Deadly Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Everyone Should Know "This does happen quite often around this time of year, and the really sad thing is it that it's so preventable," says Susan Katz, a nurse practitioner and pediatric injury prevention coordinator at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. Health spoke with Katz about how to protect yourself from this sneaky, silent killer.
12/21/2016 12/20/2016 (London Daily Mail) Watch the birth of an ice cloud in stunning detail: Time-lapse reveals the process that gives rise to Earth's cirrus clouds Stunning time-lapse footage has revealed the birth of an ice cloud in unprecedented detail, providing a glimpse at the processes that create Earth's wispy cirrus 'blanket.' It's known that ice clouds absorb radiation to heat the planet, but the complex chemistry of the airborne particles that provide the basis for these ice crystals have remained somewhat a mystery. Now, researchers at Stony Brook University have replicated the earliest stages of ice formation in the lab to show what happens 'moment by moment.'
12/21/2016 12/21/2016 (Maxim) Turns Out Sex Is Like a Fine Wine that Only Gets Better with Age According to professors of psychiatry Miri Forbes and Robert Krueger from the University of Minnesota, and professor Nicholas Eaton from Stony Brook University, a person's sex life improves over the course of their life, mainly because more emphasis is placed on the quality of a sexual encounter more so than quantity.
12/20/2016 12/20/2016 (Today Show) December 20th, 2016 Is there an afterlife? Science may be closer to an answer As TODAY's special series "Do You Believe: Touching the Afterlife" continues, correspondent Jenna Bush Hager visits Dr. Sam Parnia of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who is conducting cutting-edge research comparing the accounts of people who've had near-death experiences. There are remarkable consistencies in the accounts, Parnia says. More on this story here.
12/20/2016 12/19/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University takes aim at fake news with new course With fake news and what to do about it now a subject for headlines, Stony Brook University next month is launching a free online course to help students and the public better learn how to spot those lies.
12/20/2016 12/2o/2016 (National Geographic) The Many Ways Society Makes a Man (January 2017 Issue) Scientists and scholars can't offer him, or any of us, much clarity. The questions surrounding manhood and its kindred concepts of manliness and masculinity have been embroiled for centuries in politically inflected debates about culture and biology. Anthropologists and sociologists generally come down on the side of culture, believing that manhood is something societies construct. "Men" are made, not born, argues Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology at Stony Brook University: "Manhood is not a manifestation of an inner essence ... [it] does not bubble up to consciousness from our biological constitution; it is created in our culture. In fact the search for a transcendent, timeless definition of manhood is itself a sociological phenomenon--we tend to search for the timeless and external ... when the old definitions no longer work and the new ones are yet to be firmly established."
12/19/2016 12/16/2016 (PBS Newshour) Column: Why age doesn't get in the way of good sex Nicholas Eaton, Stony Brook University Aassistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, co-wrote this article that says, "We now know that age-related declines in sexual quality of life are largely related to modifiable factors, so we can target sexual skills, beliefs and attitudes in clinical interventions. Given that our life expectancy continues to grow, this research highlights the opportunity to facilitate positive sexual experiences across the lifespan."
12/19/2016 12/19/2016 (Columbus Dispatch) Helping others helps volunteers' own health, research finds "I think the time has come to take this very seriously as a matter of public health," said Post, the founder and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and the director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University in New York.
12/16/2016 12/14/2016 (The Conversation) Why sex gets better in older age NIcholas Eaton, Assistant Professor of Clinical co-wrote this Conversation article, asking "So, if there is no epidemic of age-related frigidity, why would sexual quality of life take a nosedive in later life?" It goes on to say, "A common answer to this question cites declining physical health and sexual functioning with age. Another answer might be: The quality of our sex lives doesn't decline with age."
12/16/2016 12/16/2016 (Newsday) High school girls soccer: Tallying risks of concussions James Pierre-Glaude, an athletic training professor at Stony Brook University, believes sports such as soccer do not receive the necessary attention from athletic trainers because the sport takes place at the same time as football.
12/16/2016 12/15/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Eye on Medicine: Stony Brook University's Bahl Center will transform approach to precision cancer medicine Propelled by the vision and support of Kavita and Lalit Bahl of Setauket and their two generous gifts totaling $13.75 million, this month the Stony Brook University Cancer Center unveiled The Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging.
12/14/2016 12/14/2016 (Nieman Lab) News Literacy, Bias, and "Hamilton" Look for heightened interest in resources like New York's Center of News Literacy at Stony Brook University as news organizations, tech companies, and universities put a greater focus on educating their audiences on what's trustworthy and fair. Also watch for more investment dollars in verification and fact-checking work such as Poynter's creation of a chair in journalism ethics.
12/14/2016 12/13/2016 (Newsday) Babylon to replace aging bulkhead, deck at Gilgo Beach Marina Henry J. Bokuniewicz, a professor of oceanography at Stony Brook University, said bulkheads are an effective way to strengthen coastlines.
12/14/2016 12/14/2016 (Live Science) 'Lucy' Species May Have Been Polygynous "It is amazing that, almost four decades after the original discovery, we have new footprints from the very same sediments," said William Jungers, a paleoanthropologist at Stony Brook University in New York who did not take part in this research. "They could have been made on the same day millions of years ago."
12/13/2016 12/12/2016 (Reuters) Lower mercury levels in Atlantic bluefin tuna linked to lower emissions A decrease in the mercury content in Atlantic bluefin tuna mirrors a fall in North American coal emissions, says new study by Stony Brook University in New York. Angela Moore reports.
12/13/2016 12/9/2016 (Fox News) Federal program trains citizens to save lives Stony Brook's "Stop the Bleed" demonstration showcases how to save perspective victims during a shooting incident.
12/13/2016 12/9/2016 (Moyers and Company) A Savvy News Consumer's Guide: How Not To Get Duped There already are efforts underway to educate the next generation on how to navigate news. The News Literacy Project is a nonprofit dedicated to educating students in middle and high school on how to accurately sniff out the truth. The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University works around the world providing tools to develop smarter news consumers.
12/9/2016 12/7/2016 (Time/Motto) Why More Men Should Stand Up for a Woman's Right to Abortion Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University and writes, "Among the many reversals possible in a new Trump administration, few are more terrifying than the anticipated appointment of a Supreme Court justice who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion advocates have chipped away at woman's right to choose for decades, making women's access to safe abortions more difficult and emotionally traumatic. Women now must often hurdle past gauntlets of protesters only to get access to doctors who are often required to ask demeaning and often insulting questions. This comes even as the Supreme Court in its last major decision on abortion --Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt -- upheld Roe's validity."
12/9/2016 12/8/2016 (Christian Science Monitor) Ancient plume: what a dinosaur tail encrusted in amber reveals about evolution It sounds like science fiction: a 99-million-year-old, feathery dinosaur tail encased in amber. But the specimen is real, and it is helping scientists envision how feathers evolved. "A lot of what we know about the evolution of feathers we've pieced together from two-dimensional data," Alan Turner, a paleontologist at Stony Brook University, tells The Christian Science Monitor. Most ancient feathers are preserved in compression fossils, formed in rock as preserved material is squished and flattened in the sediment. But feathers are not flat. So "having something three-dimensional like this is nice because the three-dimensional geometry is preserved."
12/9/2016 12/8/2016 (News12) Study: Some parents use screens over 9 hours a day "We need to get parents to be more realistic about what their activities are doing and modeling to kids as opposed to what they think they're modeling and that takes real conversations," says Dr. Delaney Ruston, of Stony Brook Medicine.
12/9/2016 12/8/2016 (London Daily Mail) Do YOU have undiagnosed hypertension? Why clinical tests fail to detect high blood pressure in 16% of people A new study by Stony Brook University and Columbia University in New York, however, found that out of a sample of about 888 people nearly 16 percent had masked hypertension.
12/9/2016 12/8/2016 (Innovate LI) Huge Gifts Take Stony Brook University's Cancer Fight to Tiniest Levels Consecutive gifts by philanthropists Kavita and Lalit Bahl totaling $13.75 million will fund a new Stony Brook Medicine center dedicated to understanding cancer on the most complex cellular levels. The Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging "advances the family's vision to elevate Stony Brook Medicine to the cutting edge of personalized cancer research, diagnostic imaging breakthroughs and evolving individualized cancer care," the Stony Brook University School of Medicine said in a statement.
12/9/2016 12/8/2016 (Huffington Post) Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges Recent studies show that diverse groups of scientists may be more successful in problem solving than homogenous groups. It's troubling, then, that only 8 percent of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professors come from underrepresented minority groups. Sixteen years ago, in an effort to broaden the pool of academic leaders in the STEM fields, one entry-level administrator started small. Nina Maung-Gaona gathered 33 minority graduate students at New York's Stony Brook University in hopes of giving them an academic peer group where they felt a sense of belonging.
12/8/2016 12/8/2016 (Nieman Reports) Why We Need News Literacy Now Our students in Stony Brook University's news literacy program outscore their peers on civic knowledge and media savvy, years after they pass our brutal three-hour final exam. That's no empty assertion, a plague news literacy vaccinates students against. Research out of the Shorenstein Center has documented the remarkable impact of the Stony Brook Model course.
12/8/2016 12/7/2016 (Dr Oz The Good Life) A Year in Medical Breakthroughs: 6 Exciting Innovations in 2016 Drones Bring Medical Care Way Out There: Drones can bring to mind bombs and surveillance, but this past July they were used to deliver lifesaving medical supplies to rural Madagascar, where nearly 70 percent of the population lives in hard-to-access areas. To be diagnosed or treated for diseases such as tuberculosis or tapeworms, villagers often must walk five hours just to reach the nearest road -- and then take a car to get to a doctor. A drone is able to complete that same trip in 22 minutes, flying in to pick up blood and stool samples, and then making another trip with medication when needed. "Here in the U.S. we may think tuberculosis is an out-of-date illness, but in underdeveloped countries like Madagascar, someone dies of TB about every 15 seconds," says Peter Small, MD, founding director of Stony Brook University's Global Health Institute, who coordinated the inaugural flight. "Our goal is to help combat this -- as well as other diseases -- with drones."
12/8/2016 12/7/2016 (New York Times) Will the Next Deepwater Horizon Be in Mexico? Christopher C. Sellers is a professor of history and the director of the Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice at Stony Brook University, and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is writing a book on the energy industries in Mexico and the United States. He writes, "Five years ago, Deepwater Horizon familiarized the world with the risks of deepwater drilling, and Americans are increasingly aware of the dangers of hydraulic fracking. In Mexico, the threats from both will be magnified: The state-owned oil company, Petroleros Mexicanos, or Pemex, has long operated with scant environmental oversight, a legacy that will most likely carry over as private-sector operations take over."
12/8/2016 12/8/2016 (Conversation) Masked hypertension is a silent killer - we must do more to detect it Some people with normal blood pressure have elevated blood pressure when their doctor takes the reading. This phenomenon is known as "white coat hypertension". But there's an opposite phenomenon, known as "masked hypertension", where a person's blood pressure is normal in a clinical setting, but high the rest of the time. Until now, it has not been clear how prevalent this problem is. A new study by Stony Brook University and Columbia University in New York, however, found that out of a sample of about 888 people nearly 16% had masked hypertension.
12/7/2016 12/6/2016 (Portland Press Herald) Our View: Pollution curbs on coal-fired plants have made Gulf of Maine tuna safer So we welcome a new report that shows Gulf of Maine tuna are becoming safer to eat as mercury-laden emissions from coal-fired power plants have declined - and we urge Maine's congressional delegation to resist efforts to roll back the policies that have made this progress possible. The good news comes out of a study published last month by researchers at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts and Stony Brook University in New York. Looking at samples of nearly 1,300 bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine from 2004 to 2012, the scientists found that levels of mercury in the bodies of the fish fell by about 2 percent each year, or nearly 20 percent over a decade.
12/7/2016 12/6/2016 (Time) Why You Might Have High Blood Pressure Without Knowing It For the new study, published yesterday in the journal Circulation, researchers from Stony Brook University and Columbia University recruited 888 healthy men and women with an average age of 45. They asked participants to wear a portable blood pressure cuff for 24 hours as they went about their daily activities to monitor their ambulatory (around-the-clock) blood pressure. Multiple blood pressure readings were also taken during three separate visits to a clinic to represent measurements taken in a doctor's-office setting.
12/7/2016 12/6/2016 (CNN) Are people without kids happier? Studies offer mixed picture A report by Princeton University and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found "very little difference" between the life satisfaction of parents and people without kids, once other factors -- such as income, education, religion and health -- were factored out, said Arthur Stone, one of the study's co-authors. People with kids living at home tend to have more money and are more highly educated, more religious and in better health, said Stone, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at Stony Brook University. "All of those are factors that go along with people having better life evaluations."
12/7/2016 12/6/2016 (Newsday) For babies and kids, ear protection at loud events always a good idea "It's like everybody should wear sunblock," agrees Dr. Ghassan Samara, associate professor of surgery in the division of otolaryngology at Stony Brook University. "Sustained loud noise and even brief, very loud noises can cause hearing loss and permanent hearing loss. If you're wearing headphones to drown out the noise in a very loud environment, that is a good idea. I'm all for that."
12/7/2016 12/6/2016 (Newsday) LI student, teammates win $20G in Siemens competition Alice Wu, 17, was the only student from a Long Island school in the national finals. She met her teammates -- Katherine Cao of Mequon, Wisconsin, and William Hu of Saratoga, California, both seniors and 17 -- in the Garcia Summer Program at Stony Brook University. The three of them stood, grinning, behind a giant fake check to represent the $20,000 they share in prize money. The team was mentored by Stony Brook University's Miriam Rafailovich, distinguished professor of materials science & engineering; Marcia Simon, professor and director for graduate studies at the School of Dental Medicine's Department of Oral Biology and Pathology; and Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, Garcia Summer Program coordinator in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering.
12/6/2016 12/5/2016 (Yahoo Finance/CNBC) Donald Trump's 'Unconventional' Cabinet Picks Helmut Norpoth, professor at Stony Brook University, weighs in on the appointment of Ben Carson as housing secretary.
12/6/2016 12/6/2016 (Today) Why Selfless People Have the Best Sex Lives For others, the results just made sense. "Any partner knows that cooperation and generosity are key, and that four hands are better than two," said Dr. Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University in New York. "In general, nice guys finish first, as do nice gals," he said. "Who wants to marry a 'schmuck'?"
12/6/2016 12/8/2016 (US News and World Report) 10 Top Universities With Rolling Admissions Colleges with rolling admissions have no mandatory submission deadline for applications, but many have a priority submission date. However, because these schools make acceptance decisions on an ongoing basis, submitting early can give prospective students an edge, experts say. Stony Brook University #10
12/6/2016 12/5/2016 (Newsday) 'Masked hypertension' hit 34% in LI study, researcher says Round-the-clock blood pressure monitoring of nearly 900 Long Islanders has uncovered what a Stony Brook University medical investigator is calling "masked hypertension" -- high blood pressure in people who had normal readings during physician visits but high blood pressure during daily routines.
12/5/2016 12/2/2016 (FiOS1) New Stony Brook cancer center could revolutionize how the disease is treated The next generation of scientists is hard at work conducting cancer research that can't be done anywhere else, thanks to state-of-the-art equipment at Stony Brook University Hospital.
12/5/2016 12/2/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Translational research program to help conquer cancer Generosity, particularly towards Stony Brook University, runs in the family at Renaissance Technologies. Lalit Bahl, a veteran of the hedge fund, and his wife Kavita, who are Setauket residents, recently agreed to donate $10 million to a new translational research program that will complement Stony Brook's effort to understand and conquer cancer. The financial gift, which will support a metabolomics and imaging center that will provide individualized cancer care, comes two years after the Bahls donated $3.5 million to a similar effort.
12/5/2016 12/2/2016 (Long Island Business New) Stony Brook University strengthens its commitment to diversity Stony Brook University strengthened its commitment to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and announced new efforts to attract employees from all backgrounds as part of its Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Initiative.
12/5/2016 12/2/2016 (WSHU-FM/NPR) Trauma Training Program Launched In L.I. School Districts Stony Brook University Hospital has launched survival training for officials in school districts across Long Island on how to handle injuries in the event of a shooting.
12/5/2016 12/4/2016 (Newsday) 7 ways to spot and debunk fake news Richard Hornik, a former editor and correspondent for Time magazine, teaches news literacy at Stony Brook University. He writes, "The problem isn't that a majority of people can't spot fake news; it's the appeal of information that agrees with our worldview. At Stony Brook University, we have taught 10,000 students in eight years to improve their ability to spot information that seems too good to be true, and to recognize their reluctance to accept information that conflicts with their predispositions."
12/1/2016 11/30/2016 (Newsday) Cancer research center opening at Stony Brook University Dr. Yusuf Hannun and Dr. Lina Obeid are co-directors of the new $13.75 million Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, which will focus on innovative approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
12/1/2016 12/1/2016 (Newsday) Codagenix in vaccine tech licensing deal with Stony Brook A Farmingdale-based startup has secured exclusive rights to a technology developed at Stony Brook University that could spur the creation of new vaccines for influenza, Zika and other diseases, officials said Wednesday.
12/1/2016 11/24/2016 (University Business) Feeding campus--sustainabily--from a container Designed by the company Freight Farms, the hydroponic lettuce farm inside a shipping container at Stony Brook University in New York uses 90 percent less water than traditional growing methods to provide an acre's worth of leafy greens to campus dining halls.
12/1/2016 11/30/2016 (CBS News) Ohio State University attack highlights need for training ordinary people to save lives "We don't want you to just hide and bleed to death like we saw in Orlando and other places," said Lawrence Zacarese, Stony Brook University's assistant chief of police. "We want you hiding and maintaining and doing some administration of first aid until we can get there."
12/1/2016 11/30/2016 (News12) Stony Brook holds training on gunshot wound treatment Dealing with the victims of terror attacks in the U.S. is now the focus of new training at Stony Brook University.