1/31/2017 1/30/2017 (New York Time) Science Will Suffer Under Trump's Travel Ban, Researchers Say "I'm concerned about it hampering our ability to recruit outstanding graduate students," said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the president of Stony Brook University on Long Island. Dr. Stanley spent the weekend monitoring the work of immigration lawyers in a successful effort to release a Stony Brook graduate student from Iran, Vahideh Rasekhi, who was en route to Kennedy Airport when the order was issued and was detained after she landed.
1/31/2017 1/30/2017 (CBS Boston) Advice On How To Spot 'Fake News' We've been hearing a lot about "fake news" from President Trump and many others these days. So what does it mean? About ten years ago, Stony Brook University pioneered a course called News Literacy. It teaches students the basics of news -- what is a good source, and a weak one, how to spot an agenda in a news story, how to spot propaganda and a public relations push. "We had to teach the audience what is reliable information and what was bunk," Stony Brook journalism school dean Howard Schneider told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
1/31/2017 1/30/2017 (Newsday) Colleges advise students to delay travel outside U.S. Over the weekend, Stony Brook University doctoral student Vahideh Rasekhi was detained at Kennedy Airport. Rasekhi, of Iran, is earning a Ph.D. in linguistics and is president of the school's Graduate Student Organization. She had been visiting her family and began her travels back to the United States before the executive order went into effect.
1/30/2017 1/27/2017 (Scientific American) Scientists Increasingly Speak Out "I think we're entering into an era where scientists are concerned it's not enough to speak the truth about what's happening, for example, with climate change or immunization or the natural world as a whole," said Laura Lindenfeld, director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. "I think people are drawn to us because we can help teach them different ways to convey that same information that is grounded in scientific truth."
1/30/2017 1/30/2017 (London Daily Mail) Triggers for painful memories can be 'erased' using LASERS: Breakthrough could someday help treat PTSD In separate research, Stony Brook University found a way to manipulate neurons in the brains of mice to strengthen or erase memories. In the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, pictured, a couple undergoes a procedure to have their memories of each other erased.
1/30/2017 1/29/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook student held at JFK in Trump travel ban released Vahideh Rasekhi, an Iranian sixth-year doctoral student in Stony Brook University's linguistics department, and other detainees were released from Kennedy Airport Sunday after being held under a U.S. entry ban issued Friday by the White House.Rasekhi is pursuing a doctorate in linguistics and is president of the Graduate Student Organization, SBU spokeswoman Lauren Sheprow said.
1/27/2017 1/26/2017 (News12) MTA to begin screening LIRR workers for sleep apnea Commuters tell News 12 that they believe the study is important. However, Dr. Avram Gold, a sleep apnea expert from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, says the screenings are not always accurate because many patients do not always exhibit the requisite symptoms.
1/27/2017 1/26/2017 (Popular Science) Take It from a Former Park Ranger: No One Is Going Rogue When snow collects on the ground, there's a lot of air between the flakes. Eventually--with the help of the kinds of cold temperatures easily achieved in Antarctica--this snow gets buried under more snow and is compressed into ice. Here, pockets of air get sealed off in bubbles, explains Briner. This process is so straightforward that "anyone who has a freezer has unintentionally done the same thing nature has," says David Black, who studies paleoclimatology at Stony Brook University. If you made ice yesterday, you have a record of Earth's atmospheric conditions from one day ago--congratulations. By extracting deep cores of Earth's oldest ice, scientists have made a record of Earth's climate from hundreds of thousands of years ago.
1/27/2017 1/26/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab's Frenkel combats chemical weapons with fine structure First responders, soldiers or those exposed to any kind of chemical weapons attack need a way to remove the gas from the air. While masks with activated carbon have been effective, the latest technological breakthrough involving a metal organic framework may not only remove the gas, but it could also disarm and decompose it. That's the recent finding from research led by Anatoly Frenkel in a study on a substance that simulates the action of sarin nerve gas. Frenkel, who is a senior chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, worked with metal organic frameworks, which contain zirconium cluster nodes that are connected through a lattice of organic linkages.
1/27/2017 1/26/2017 (USA Today College) How much do colleges truly improve the lives of their poorest students? How much is your degree worth? What's the connection between your degree and your future earnings? Most college students want to know the answers to these questions. And they're probably most pressing for students of limited means. Does a college education actually improve outcomes for lower-income students? And if so, by how much?...In contrast, at Stony Brook, a state university in New York, where about 16 percent of students came from low-income households, more than half of all students reached the top fifth of earners. Stony Brook has a mobility rate of 8.4 percent.
1/26/2017 1/26/2017 (USA Today) Trump's dangerous game with the news media: Column Article author Jon Friedman, who wrote MarketWatch's Media Web column for 13 years, teaches at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism writes, "Even before Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president, he had all but declared war on the American media. But if history is a reliable judge, Trump is playing a dangerous game."
1/26/2017 1/25/2017 (Newsday) Sales of George Orwell's '1984' up since Trump inauguration "['1984'] is such a detailed and nuanced depiction of a dystopian future that whenever people are uncomfortable with an authority figure or with government in general, you can find something in '1984' that will speak to that," said Celia Marshik, chair of the English department at Stony Brook University.
1/26/2017 1/25/2017 (Huffington Post) Erin Andrews' Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Is A Reminder For Women To Get Screened "Screening is designed to detect changes before they become severe," Michael Pearl, professor and director of the division of gynecological oncology at Stony Brook Hospital, told The Huffington Post. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women between the ages of 21 and 65 get the regular tests for the condition. According to the most updated data from the CDC, fewer than 5,000 women died from cervical cancer in 2013 and most women who died from the disease did not engage in routine screenings. "In reality there is no excuse not to get a pap," Pearl said.
1/25/2017 1/24/2017 (Symmetry) Five extreme facts about neutron stars It's been speculated that if there were life on neutron stars, it would be two-dimensional. Neutron stars have some of the strongest gravitational and magnetic fields in the universe. The gravity is strong enough to flatten almost anything on the surface. The magnetic fields of neutron stars can be a billion times to a million billion times the magnetic field on the surface of Earth. "Everything about neutron stars is extreme," says James Lattimer, a professor at Stony Brook University. "It goes to the point of almost being ridiculous."
1/24/2017 1/23/2017 (NBC News) Dr. Magician: Med Student Uses Magic to Make Patients' Fear Disappear With a deck of cards and stethoscope in hand, David Elkin is not your typical third-year medical student. Along with medicine, he practices magic on his patients to make their anxiety and fear disappear. "Magic is unique in that it allows you suspend your disbelief and make you feel that the impossible is possible." Elkin, 27, started MagicAid and serves as the resident "doctor magician" at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, performing for kids and their families every week on the pediatrics floor.
1/24/2017 1/23/2017 (Innovate LI) Four Fair Chances for Employers, Stony Brook University Grads With the Spring 2017 semester begun and graduation closing in - just over 100 days and counting - Stony Brook University is hosting a four-headed career fair for its latest professional crop. In February and March, thousands of university students - looking beyond their May 19 graduation date - will meet with recruiters in key technology and healthcare fields to discuss employment and internships. Hundreds of employers are expected to line up for the Stony Brook University Spring 2017 Job & Internship Fair, to be held over four days at the university's Student Activities Center.
1/24/2017 1/23/2017 (USA Today College) How universities are working to educate students and the public about fake news Other universities across the country, including CUNY and Stony Brook, are also joining in the fight against fake news. Schools are developing new journalism courses that help spot inaccuracies and identifying strategies to diversify online news and eliminate echo chambers.
1/23/2017 1/ 21/2017 (Newsweek) States, Cities Plan Robust Defense of Climate Science in Donald Trump Era And then there are the fights happening outside the walls of any council chamber, courthouse, or statehouse. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign has been taking its case directly to the public energy utilities that decide whether to close coal-fired power plants. Last year, the organization helped shutter 24 coal plants, extending a string of successes for Beyond Coal since it launched in 2010. Closing these plants has curbed carbon emissions and led to cleaner air and water. In November, a research team at Stony Brook University in New York examined Western Atlantic bluefin tuna and found that a poisonous byproduct of burning coal, methylmercury, had dropped 20 percent over the last decade.
1/19/2017 1/18/2017 (New York Times) America's Great Working-Class Colleges At City College, in Manhattan, 76 percent of students who enrolled in the late 1990s and came from families in the bottom fifth of the income distribution have ended up in the top three-fifths of the distribution. These students entered college poor. They left on their way to the middle class and often the upper middle class. The equivalent number at the University of Texas, El Paso, is 71 percent. At California State University in Bakersfield, it's 81 percent. At Stony Brook University, on Long Island, it's 78 percent, and at Baruch College in Manhattan, it's 79 percent.
1/19/2017 1/19/2017 (Inside Higher Ed) Uneven Access, Equal Success Although students who come from wealthy backgrounds are far more likely to attend highly selective colleges than students from poor families, rich and poor students who go to the same college will achieve equal financial success, a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project found...It's not immediately apparent how these institutions -- which include the University of Texas System, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and California State University, Los Angeles -- propel their students into success, Friedman said. The authors could not find a direct correlation with tuition costs, student-faculty ratios or emphasis on a certain field, such as STEM or business. And yet, at Stony Brook, 51 percent of the students who start in the bottom 20 percent will eventually rise to the top 20 percent. At Cal State, LA, that number is about 30 percent.
1/19/2017 1/18/2017 (Newsday) Masked hypertension affects millions, LI researchers say Millions of people who think they have healthy blood pressure because the clinician who measured it found it to be normal may be among the 1 in 8 Americans with so-called masked hypertension, Long Island researchers reported Wednesday. The condition is so widespread, said Joseph Schwartz, the Stony Brook University medical investigator who led the research, that scores of people have been misclassified as having healthy blood pressure. In reality, he said, these patients have masked hypertension, a term coined by Schwartz and his team. He estimates 17.1 million people nationwide have masked hypertenstion.
1/18/2017 1/17/2017 (Education Review) Information Security: Risky Business "We've established information security awareness and training as a priority, and are aligning resources to address it," said Melissa Woo, vice president for information technology and CIO at Stony Brook University and HEISC co-chair. "It helps that we don't have to reinvent the wheel because both the community and vendors already offer usable solutions."
1/18/2017 1/18/2017 (NBC News) Don't Panic Over That Sophie the Giraffe Mold Water and dark, cavernous places are breeding grounds for mold, notes Dr. Saul Hymes, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine, but adds that seldom is saliva alone the cause for the growth of mold. "Mold is probably getting in from the environment, not from your kid's mouth," said Hymes. "Where you live, where the toy goes, if there's any mold spores around [are all relevant factors]. It could be as simple as the toy being taken out more and exposed to the mold outside."
1/13/2017 1/12/2017 (Diverse Issues in Higher Education) 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs The list of 18 most promising places to work in student affairs at a university/college are (in alphabetical order): Bellarmine University; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo;California State University, Channel Islands; College of William & Mary; Hofstra University; Indiana University Southeast; Lynn University; Miami University; The Ohio State University; Olivet College; Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Saint Louis University; Shepherd University; Stony Brook University; University of North Carolina at Wilmington; University of Vermont; University of West Georgia and Virginia Tech.
1/13/2017 1/13/2017 (Newsday) A guide to keeping your New Year's resolution "Almost no one's ever made a New Year's resolution that they didn't break at least once," said Stephen Post, the director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.
1/12/2017 1/11/2017 (Newsday) Proposed East Quogue golf course remains a divisive issue Christopher Gobler, a marine biology professor at Stony Brook University, presented the Southampton Town Board with findings that the project could increase nitrogen levels into the groundwater nearby and in Shinnecock Bay.
1/12/2017 1/12/2017 (5 Towns Jewish Times) News from HANC On Thursday, January 5, students of the sophomore engineering class at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, along with their instructor, Mrs. Victoria Pero, took a trip to Queens College to attend the 20th annual science open house for high-school students presented by Stony Brook University. At the seminar, the students had the opportunity to experience different events related to biology and chemistry.
1/11/2017 1/10/2017 (New York Times) A 1964 Lesson in Fake News That Still Applies Students nowadays need to develop skills to think critically about today's flood of information. The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University has developed curriculums for middle school through college.
1/11/2017 1/10/2017 (Long Island Business News) Full STEM ahead Stony Brook University tapped Mónica Bugallo to serve as the inaugural faculty director for the Women in Science and Engineering Honors program in its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
1/10/2017 1/9/2017 (Men's Health) How to Quit Smoking, According To 3 Former Smokers The nicotine found in tobacco is addicting, and when your body stops getting it, you feel withdrawal symptoms like headache, depression, anxiety, irritability, altered sleep, and nervousness, says Norman Edelman, M.D., a pulmonologist and professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1/10/2017 1/9/2017 (Chronicle of Philanthropy) Gifts Roundup Lalit and Kavita Bahl gave more than $10.2 million to establish the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging, a cancer-research institute.The money will also go toward hiring four new cancer researchers. Mr. Bahl is a senior research scientist at Renaissance Technologies, an investment-management firm. The couple gave Stony Brook $3.5 million in 2014 for the purchase of a cyclotron, a device used in PET scanning, a technique that allows molecular imaging within the human body.
1/9/2017 1/7/2017 (Newsday) Officials raise concerns about proposed East Quogue development Christopher Gobler, a professor of marine biology at Stony Brook University, said the proposal could increase the amount of nitrogen that seeps into the groundwater and Shinnecock Bay. Nitrogen has already damaged the local ecosystem, he said, by degrading salt marshes that protect the land from coastal flooding.
1/9/2017 1/8/2017 (Wired) How to Build Beautiful 3-D Fractals Out of the Simple Equations The 3-D shapes that they build look strange, with broad plains, subtle bends and a zigzag seam that hints at how the objects were formed. DeMarco and Lindsey introduce the shapes in a forthcoming paper in the Arnold Mathematical Journal, a new publication from the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook University. The paper presents what little is known about the objects, such as how they're constructed and the measurements of their curvature. DeMarco and Lindsey also explain what they believe is a promising new method of inquiry: Using the shapes built from polynomial equations, they hope to come to understand more about the underlying equations--which is what mathematicians really care about.
1/6/2017 1/6/2017 (Moyers and Company) Check Out This Free Online News Literacy Course Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy's new course, "Making Sense of the News," aims to teach people how to critically consume information and become more informed and engaged citizens. It starts on Monday.
1/6/2017 1/5/2017 (Self Magazine) The U.S. Just Granted Its First Intersex Birth Certificate--Here's What That Means "Basically, when we're embryos, we're all genetically programmed initially to be born as females," Todd Griffin, M.D., chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine at Stony Brook Medicine, tells SELF. "Then if you have a Y chromosome, that forms testes and produces testosterone and mullerian prohibiting hormone. Those hormones then change your development to go from female to male. If there's any disruption of that--if the hormones aren't made properly or if the cells don't have proper receptors--you get a disruption in that process." That disruption, he says, can cause someone to be born intersex.
1/6/2017 1/5/2017 (WABC-TV News) Exclusive: Good Samaritan Recounts Rescuing Teen from Fiery Crash on Long Island Kristen Thorne spoke exclusively with the Good Samaritan, Richard Glaser, at Stony Brook University Hospital. Glaser, who works in the IT department at Stony Brook University Hospital, pulled a driver to safety after suffered from a crash at St. George Golf Course in Setauket.
1/5/2017 1/5/2016 (New York Times) A Promising Proposal for Free Tuition The state anticipates that the full-time student enrollment might grow by 10 percent -- but that might underestimate the appeal of a free tuition offer. The lure of free tuition could bring a rush of applicants across the system, particularly to major state university campuses at Buffalo and Stony Brook. And higher enrollment would mean a greater need for classrooms, teachers and faculty advisers.
1/5/2017 1/4/2017 (Newsday) 58 LI students named scholars in science competition Stony Brook officials reported Wednesday that faculty helped train 21 students named Regeneron scholars, including 15 from the Island. The campus sponsors summer sessions that attract teenage researchers nationwide.
1/4/2017 1/4/2017 (Fast Company) How To Ditch The Bad Habits That Will Hold You Back This Year Moving from aspiration to achievement takes commitment, but many of us believe talent and luck are sufficient, says Suparna Rajaram, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University. "Psychological research increasingly shows that grit, a mind-set to learn the needed skills, and sheer practice are necessary ingredients for accomplishing big or small tasks," she says. "When people lose sight of these steps, they look elsewhere to explain why they cannot complete a project on time. A continued pattern of this behavior can make us look outside for explanations, and one outcome of this can result in making excuses."
1/4/2017 1/3/2017 (Quanta Magazine) 3-D Fractals Offer Clues to Complex Systems The 3-D shapes that they build look strange, with broad plains, subtle bends and a zigzag seam that hints at how the objects were formed. DeMarco and Lindsey introduce the shapes in a forthcoming paper in the Arnold Mathematical Journal, a new publication from the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook University. The paper presents what little is known about the objects, such as how they're constructed and the measurements of their curvature.
1/3/2017 12/31/2016 (American Bazaar) Indian American couple donate $13.75 million to Stony Brook University for cancer research Stony Brook University held a dedication ceremony earlier this month for the new Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging advances, a new, one-of-a-kind translational research center for cancer, made possible by two back-to-back gifts from Kavita and Lalit Bahl totaling $13.75 million.
1/3/2017 1/2/2017 (Washington Post) Why does it take so long to recover from pneumonia? Cough is a primary way to clear the gunk. That's why doctors advise pneumonia patients not to take cough suppressants. You want to get that stuff out. It's harder to explain the lingering of symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. "We really don't understand the biology of this," says Norman Edelman, senior scientific adviser for the American Lung Association, who practices medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1/3/2017 1/3/2017 (Asian Scientist) The Next Supercomputing Superpower - Chinese Technology Comes Of Age In any case, the lack of access to US microchips does not appear to have slowed China down. "The ban has had an insignificant impact," said Deng Yuefan, a professor at Stony Brook University and a Mount Tai scholar at the National Supercomputer Center of China in Jinan, in an interview with Supercomputing Asia.
2/28/2017 2/27/2017 (University Herald) Mid-Tier Universities Boast Of Low-Income Students With Good Outcomes A study from the Equality Opportunity Project revealed that mid-tier universities have higher mobility rates compared to their Ivy League counterparts. Mobility is the term given to describe students from low-income families finishing college and earning more than their parents. It also includes having a better quality of life than their parents...Along with CSU are Pace University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook with an 8.4 percent mobility rate. Pace has an access rate of 15.2 percent and a success rate of 55.6 percent. SUNY Stony Brook, on the other hand, has a 16.4 percent access rate and 51.2 success rate.
2/28/2017 2/27/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University team explores division vs. invasion in fish, worm and cancer -- Part II Last week, the Times Beacon Record Newspapers profiled the work of David Matus, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University. Matus and Benjamin Martin, who has the same title in the same department, are working together on a new cancer study. While neither Matus nor Martin are cancer biologists, these researchers have experience in developmental biology with different organisms that could contribute to insights in cancer. Specifically, they are exploring the processes that lead to cell division or invasion. Matus is working with the transparent roundworm, while Martin is focusing on the zebrafish.
2/27/2017 2/27/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook's University Orchestra to perform at Staller Center The University Orchestra, a 70-member all-student ensemble of undergraduate students from Stony Brook University, will present its Annual Family Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Staller Center for the Arts Main Stage.
2/27/2017 2/27/2017 (The Guardian) 'Angry white men': the sociologist who studied Trump's base before Trump During the Obama years, various commentators made wild predictions about the death of the white male as a politically relevant demographic. Then came Trump, propelled to power by a wave of angry white men. The sociologist Michael Kimmel is one of the world's foremost experts on the phenomenon. As the director of Stony Brook University's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, he's a leader in the emerging field of masculinity studies. His recent research has looked at topics including spree killers (who are overwhelmingly male and white), as well as the relationship between masculinity and political extremism. He's also just wrapped up a new book studying why men join hate groups - and how they leave.
2/27/2017 2/25/2017 (Newsweek) Scott Pruitt's First EPA Speech Gets a D+/C- from Environmental Academics Environmental scholars have graded Scott Pruitt's first speech to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the new agency head barely passed. "I'd give Pruitt a D+ or a C-," says Chris Sellers, professor of history at Stony Brook University. "He showed effort, his writing was not that bad, but his research was pretty thin."
2/27/2017 2/26/2017 (NPR) Which Colleges Might Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck? A recent study took a look at each college in America and calculated the number of low-income graduates who wound up being top income earners. We call that mobility. The study comes from the Equality of Opportunity Project and is paired with an interactive tool from the New York Times...You can see the earnings outcomes of kids at different colleges. You need to be careful in interpreting that. For example, we see much higher earnings levels for kids who went to Harvard relative to kids who went to a number of other schools. That's not entirely because just going to Harvard is going to raise your earnings dramatically. It's also obviously because Harvard admits a very selective group of students who are likely to do very well no matter where they go to college. But, there are pieces of information that are quite useful. For instance, you see that if you attend Stony Brook University, your earnings outcomes look very similar if you attend Columbia University.
2/22/2017 2/21/2017 (Campus Technology) Mid-Tier Colleges Do Better Job of Upward Mobility An organization using data to understand how to improve the economic opportunities for low-income people has developed a set of "mobility report cards" to rank universities and colleges by how well their students "climb the income ladder." The mobility rate defined by the Equality of Opportunity Project considers a college's access, the size of the population of students from families in the bottom fifth of income distribution and its success rate in helping those students move into the top fifth of income distribution. Stony Brook University in New York came in second with a mobility rate of 8.4 percent.
2/21/2017 2/17/2017 (FiOS 1) Stony Brook University sees high demand for journalism class To say that President Trump has been at odds with many media outlets is putting it mildly. On Friday, the president tweeted: "The fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!" These sorts of accusations have many people reaching for a refresher on news judgment, which is exactly what one Stony Brook University professor is trying to impart to his students.
2/21/2017 2/19/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook retires Jameel Warney's No. 20 jersey The fact that Stony Brook University did not wait even one year to honor Jameel Warney was part of the honor itself. The school did its share of waiting for decades before it finally reached the NCAA Tournament, a wait that Warney ended last March.
2/20/2017 2/19/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook University contest puts positive spin on hacking More than a dozen college students were awarded a total of $5,000 for their inventions Sunday at a technology-development marathon at Stony Brook University.
2/20/2017 2/19/2017 (Newsday) Boy who lost face in chimp attack suffers infection after surgery Dr. Alexander Dagum, executive vice chairman of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, said the aim for Dunia was to coax the expansion of skin and underlying tissue to provide enough to address those portions of his face where damage was most extensive.
2/20/2017 2/16/2017 (Innovate LI) With Lasers, Almost Time To Cut The Data Center Cord From the Credit Where Credit Is Due file - and the Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science - comes a potentially groundbreaking innovation laser-focused on the future of data centers.
2/20/2017 2/15/2017 (Long Island Business News) Preparing tomorrow's scientists yesterday "It's been a long tradition to mentor students, and I keep encountering new professors who are excited to take new students," said Karen Kernan, director of undergraduate research and creative activities at Stony Brook University. "Outreach is what they do; their passion is training the next generation of scientists. Our faculty is willing and open to take students and mentor them; that's why these programs have grown so much."
2/20/2017 1/12/2017 (NCAA Champion Magazine) Something to Talk About College athletes stage meet-and-greets with young students all the time, but it's rare that the athletes are the nervous ones. That was the case in August, when student-athletes from Stony Brook University in New York met with 30 students from nearby Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Stony Brook is home to a summer sign language course that has proved popular for college athletes -- of 37 students in last summer's class, nine played football, and one was on the track team. Adjunct instructor Melissa Pendergast-Scriven took an opportunity to give the athletes in her class some real-world experience and the deaf school students an up-close look at college sports.
2/15/2017 2/14/2017 (Innovate LI) New Patent, New Partnership For Soaring Traverse When a new U.S. patent is your second-biggest announcement of the day, you're probably in a good place. It's all smiles (with healthy teeth, of course) lately at Stony Brook-based Traverse Biosciences, which on Tuesday announced a new patent and a material transfer agreement with what CEO Joseph Scaduto dubbed "a top-10 global animal-health company" - essentially, an agreement to privately test flagship formula TRB-N0224 against a host of animal illnesses.
2/15/2017 2/14/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University team explores division vs. invasion in fish, worm and cancer At first look, the connection between a roundworm, a zebrafish and cancer appears distant. After all, what can a transparent worm or a tropical fish native to India and the surrounding areas reveal about a disease that ravages its victims and devastates their families each year? Plenty, when talking to David Matus and Benjamin Martin, assistant professors in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University whose labs are next door to each other. The scientific tandem recently received the 2017 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, which includes a two-year grant of $300,000, followed by another renewable grant of $300,000 to continue this work.
2/13/2017 2/13/2017 (Associated Press) The New Civics Course in Schools: How to Avoid Fake News Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy pioneered the idea of educating future news consumers, and not just journalists, a decade ago with the rise of online news. About four in 10 Americans often get news online, a 2016 Pew Research Center report found. Stony Brook last month partnered with the University of Hong Kong to launch a free online course.
2/13/2017 2/10/2017 (Washington Post) Peter Mansfield, Nobel laureate who helped develop the MRI machine, dies at 83 Dr. Mansfield had focused his early research on using those principles to identify objects beneath the Earth's surface. But in the early 1970s, he learned that Paul Lauterbur, then at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, had used MRI techniques to produce two-dimensional images. By measuring signals from hydrogen atoms, Lauterbur was able to draw a visual distinction between ordinary water and "heavy water," which has a different atomic structure. He later produced internal images of living clams and mice.
2/13/2017 2/10/2017 (The Delaware News Journal) Think you can fall in love based on 36 questions? According to Stony Brook University psychologist Arthur Aron, asking 36 specific questions plus four minutes of sustained eye contact can create sparks between complete strangers or even for couples just starting out.
2/9/2017 2/8/2017 (PHYS ORG) Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution An investigation into the evolution of human walking by looking at how chimpanzees walk on two legs is the subject of a new research paper published in the March 2017 issue of Journal of Human Evolution...now, Nathan Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anatomy at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), is one of the researchers questioning some long-held ideas about the function and evolution of the human foot by investigating how chimpanzees use their feet when walking on two legs. The research team, including members Nicholas Holowka, Ph.D. (Harvard University); Brigitte Demes, Ph.D. (Stony Brook University School of Medicine); and Matthew O'Neill, Ph.D. (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix), conducted the research and collected data while all were at Stony Brook University (2013-2015).
2/9/2017 2/8/2017 (ZME Science) Helium can, in fact, react with other elements to form a stable compound. Better re-write those textbooks Taking cues from these earlier inspiring moments in chemistry, an international team of researchers crunched the numbers to see whether or not helium can react with anything. The team was led by Prof. Artem R. Oganov, a professor at Stony Brook University and head of Computational Materials Discovery laboratory at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
2/9/2017 2/9/2017 (Sealy News) Decision-making process of viruses may lead to new treatments Humans face hundreds of decisions every day. But we're not alone. Even the tiniest viruses also make decisions, and scientists are researching how they do so, to help lead to better treatments for some diseases...The lambda phage, for example, prefers to destroy E. coli bacteria, which makes it a prime target for researchers. In tracking that target, Zeng's graduate student Jimmy Trinh developed a four-color fluorescence reporter system to track it at the single-virus level. This was combined with computational models devised by Dr. Gábor Balázsi, a biomedical engineer and collaborator at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, "to unravel both the interactions between phages and how individual phages determine" the fate of a cell.
2/8/2017 2/7/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Staller Center continues its 2016-2017 season with dance, acrobatics After a month-long break this holiday season, Stony Brook University's Staller Center returns for the second half of its 2016-17 season with compelling performances. There is something for everybody, and you won't want to miss out on these exciting shows. "The second half of the Staller Center season really shows the diversity of our programs to fill the broad and varied tastes of our students, faculty, staff and greater community," said Alan Inkles, director of Staller Center for the Arts. "Shows range from the world's greatest violinist, Itzhak Perlman, to a spectacular cirque show, "Cuisine & Confessions" featuring aerealists, jugglers and acrobats and boasts a full kitchen where the cast cooks for our audience.
2/8/2017 2/7/2017 (Forbes) Helium And Sodium May Well Have Formed A Compound At High Pressure, But Doubts Remain A few of the unusual instances of helium reactivity took place at high pressure. So it seemed that would be a good way to look for much more stable helium compounds. And indeed, today's claim is about a stable compound between helium and sodium that forms at high pressure. But there's much more to the story. Study co-author Artem Oganov, a professor at Stony Brook University, is an expert at using supercomputers to make predictions about high-pressure chemistry. You might be familiar with his work on boron--Conan O'Brien featured it a few years back. Oganov also directs computational materials discovery at the Moscow Institute of Physics. So he's no stranger to international collaboration. According to Chemistry World magazine, this work started when Xiao Dong, a student from China on an extended visit to Oganov's lab, started running some numbers on helium reactivity. The searches implied that a compound of helium and sodium, Na2He, might be stable at very high pressures, over a million times higher than what we experience on Earth.
2/6/2017 2/5/2017 (Diverse Issues In Higher Education) Guillermo: How Far are Colleges, Scholars Ready to Go Against Trump? The schools represented were other Ivies such as Harvard and Yale, as well as other private schools, big and small, like Stanford, Emory, Davidson, and Pomona. Public institutions were in the mix too, including the University of California, the University of Maryland at College Park, Rutgers, University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University.
2/6/2017 2/3/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Davalos Living Her Dream Job Working with Luis Valente, a postdoctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum of Berlin, Liliana Davalos, an associate professor of conservation biology/ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, recently determined that the number of species of bats, like the people entering and leaving the bus, remained in relative equilibrium for millions of years over many generations.
2/3/2017 2/2/2017 (Moyers and Company) Making Sense of the News: What Is News? "I (author Michael Spikes) recently wrote a post for BillMoyers.com about an online course developed on Coursera by my colleagues at Stony Brook University and the University of Hong Kong. That course, "Making Sense of the News," presents our model of teaching news literacy -- an academic discipline that, as a subset of media literacy, focuses squarely on understanding news. Over the next few months, I'll highlight some of the concepts covered in the course, using recent news to help you develop your own filter for discerning whether a piece of information merits being called news. To do so, we start at the beginning, looking at what "news" means to us today."
2/3/2017 2/2/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook medical student-magician charms young patients Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts bring the Instrument Petting Zoo to schools and other locations around Long Island to give young children a hands-on experience with a wide variety of instruments. Staller Center outreach director Paul Newland and Stony Brook University concerts and community education director Michael Hershkowitz and Stony Brook University students showed the charms of playing music to children at North Coleman Road Elementary School in Centereach on Jan. 12, 2017.
2/3/2017 2/3/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook medical student-magician charms young patients Stony Brook University medical student David Elkin founded MagicAid, which trains medical personnel and other medical students to perform tricks to ease pediatric patients' anxiety while they're in the hospital. Newsday followed Elkin into one parient's room on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
2/3/2017 2/2/2017 (Washington Post) Ivy League and other university presidents call on Trump to revoke -- or change -- immigration order The presidents of nearly 50 universities, including all of the Ivy League, called on President Trump on Thursday to "rectify or rescind" an executive order on immigration that they warned could keep top scholars away from their campuses. This included: Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President, Stony Brook University.
2/2/2017 2/1/2017 (Times Beacon Record) North Shore student released after immigration ban The travel ban ordered by President Trump and its hasty roll out impacted Stony Brook University president of Graduate Student Organization, Vahideh Rasekhi, who is pursuing a doctorate in linguistics. According to a statement from university President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Rasekhi was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport when she arrived back in the U.S. from a trip to Iran to visit her family, though she arrived on a layover flight from Ukraine. She was detained and later released Jan. 29. Stanley addressed Trump's executive order, urging caution from international students, and recommending students from the seven countries listed in the order not travel outside of the U.S. unless absolutely necessary during the 90-day period.
2/2/2017 2/1/2017 (FiOS1) Stony Brook University students march for Muslims affected by travel ban Hundreds stand with Muslim peers st Stony Brook University after President Trump's executive order bans travel from several predominately Muslim countries.
2/2/2017 2/1/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook president denounces Trump's travel ban at rally Hundreds of Stony Brook University students, professors and staff crowded the plaza in front of the Student Activities Center on Wednesday night to voice full-throated support of the school's international community. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., addressing the throng, denounced President Donald Trump's executive order barring travel by non-U.S. citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States and vowed to fight it. "This form of discrimination is fundamentally opposed to the core values of Stony Brook University and the state of New York," he said.
2/1/2017 1/31/2017 (Newsday) Detained Stony Brook University doctoral student 'grateful" for return to school It's back to the books for Iranian-born Vahideh Rasekhi, a doctoral student who's "grateful" for her return to Stony Brook University after being detained at Kennedy Airport for more than a day under the Trump administration's order barring non-U.S. citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries. "I had recently traveled to Iran to visit my family and it was such a blessing to be able to visit with them again," Rasekhi, the president of the campus' Graduate Student Organization, said in a statement Tuesday.
2/1/2017 1/31/2017 (CBS New York) Neil Gorsuch To Visit Capitol Hill Following Supreme Court Nomination Some Democrats, still smarting over Trump's unexpected victory in the presidential election, have vowed to mount a vigorous challenge to nearly any nominee to what they view as the court's "stolen seat." President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy after Scalia's death, but Senate Republicans refused to consider the pick, saying the seat should be filled only after the November election. "Democrats are going to give him a lot of trouble," Jeffrey Segal, of Stony Brook University, said. "Democrats are very angry over what Republicans did with Merrick Garland. So it's payback time."
2/1/2017 1/31/2017 (Yahoo Finance) How Trump's immigration order 'dealt a blow to higher education' The ban has affected students like Vahideh Rasekhi, an Iranian who was returning from a trip to visit her family just after Trump issued his order. Rasekhi was initially told that she would not be allowed to enter the US. But with the aid of volunteer lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Legal Aid Society, Rasekhi was released over 16 hours later. Rasekhi, a sixth year doctoral student in linguistics, serves as the president of Stony Brook' University's graduate student organization. She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar at UC Santa Barbara and subsequently received her master's degree in linguistics.
3/30/2017 3/30/2017 (VICE) The State of the College Bro in 2017 According to Michael Kimmel, there are far more people today who are willing to scream out about their opposition to political correctness, and on college campuses, you might hear some of that, and in workplaces among younger people.
3/30/2017 3/28/2017 (The Atlantic) No, We Can't Say Whether Cancer Is Mostly Bad Luck Last week, a controversial duo returned with a second paper, which provides more data for their 2015 "bad-luck" cancer hypothesis. Still, Song Wu, a Stony Brook statistical geneticist, says that the team has likely overestimated the proportion of cancer mutations that arise during normal DNA replication.
3/30/2017 3/28/2017 (Language Magazine) "The Emergence of Culture Out of Anarchy": Self-Organization in the English Language The English language has progressed over time without a handbook or guidance, so one would think that the structure within the language would be nonexistent. A new study, however, proves otherwise. The study, by Kristian Berg of the University of Oldenburg and Mark Aronoff of Stony Brook University is titled "Self-Organization in the Spelling of English Suffixes: the Emergence of Culture Out of Anarchy."
3/28/2017 3/27/2017 (NPR's "Here and Now") The Origins Of A Complex American Health Care System The problems with the health care system in the United States may seem like they're new, but they're not. Stony Brook University Professor and historian Nancy Tomes explains to Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson how our uneven, expensive and complicated system came to be.
3/28/2017 3/27/2017 (Mogul) Former Vice President Joe Biden Guest of Honor at Stony Brook University Annual Gala Stony Brook University will recognize the 47th Vice President of the United States of America, the Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr., at its annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala on Wednesday, April 19 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers at 6:30 PM/ET in New York City. Vice President Biden is being recognized for his outstanding career and dedication to the fight against cancer.
3/28/2017 3/28/2017 (Money and Career Cheat Sheet) The 10 Best Colleges in the US to Become Rich College is supposed to be the ticket to a better life, but it doesn't work that way for everyone. Some students dedicate years of their lives and buckets of money to earn a degree, only to graduate and find they can't get a job that pays enough to cover their bills. Public, two- and four-year schools in just three states -- New York, California, and Texas -- dominate the list of best colleges for mobility. One private, for-profit college also cracked the top 10. Is your school on the list?...#3 Stony Brook University .
3/27/2017 3/27/2017 (Smithsonian Magazine) SMARTNEWS Keeping you current Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancer-Causing Mutations Are Unavoidable, Study Claims Despite the improvements to their methods, the team's recent findings have already been subjected to criticism. Dr. Graham Colditz, an epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, told Harris that the interplay of genetic, hereditary, and environmental factors in causing cancer is too "complex" to untangle into three neat categories. Song Wu, an Associate Professor at Stony Brook University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, told Gizmodo's Dvorsky that the study's "conclusions are somewhat too bold."
3/27/2017 3/24/2017 (USA Today) Analysts say Trump agenda may not be derailed by health care defeat Helmut Norpoth, a political science professor at Stony Brook University -- and one of the few to predict Trump's win last year -- said he also believes the fate of the bill doesn't presage the failure of the rest of his legislative agenda, and Trump may be better off moving on to his next priority, a tax overhaul. "Clearly the Republican Party as a whole would be much more receptive to vote on tax reform," Norpoth said. "On taxes, I think they're probably more in line with what he wants to do so I don't think they would necessarily torpedo that."
3/23/2017 3/22/2017 (Abilene Reporter-News) Tillerson trip minus media is a mistake Stony Brook University Journalism Professor Jon Friedman writes, "The Trump administration's war with the media has gone global. "I personally don't need it," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said dismissively of news coverage during his first diplomatic trip to Asia. Tillerson brought along only Erin McPike, the White House correspondent of the right-tilting Independent Journal Review, not the customary complement of State Department beat reporter."
3/23/2017 3/22/2017 (News Medical Life Sciences) Researchers develop new software tool to provide fast, accurate quantification of gene expression A group of computational biological researchers, led by Stony Brook University's Rob Patro, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has developed a new software tool, Salmon -- a lightweight method to provide fast and bias-aware quantification from RNA-sequencing reads. The research was published in the March 6 edition of Nature Methods.
3/23/2017 3/22/2017 (News12) LI garbage barge of '87 still influences solid waste disposal This week marks 30 years since the Long Island garbage barge put a spotlight on the problem of solid waste disposal. A Stony Brook University study revealed that the national average of garbage output per person per day is 4.5 pounds. On Long Island, it is nearly double - 7 pounds per person, per day. Professor David Tonjes explains how processing trash on the Long Island has evolved.
3/23/2017 3/22/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Lina Obeid finds captive cancer killer Many ways to kill cancer involve tapping into a cell's own termination system. With several cancers, however, the treatment only works until it becomes resistant to the therapy, bringing back a life-threatening disease. Collaborating with researchers at several other institutions, Dr. Lina Obeid, the director of research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has uncovered a way that cancer hides a cell-destroying lipid called ceramide from treatments. The ceramide "gets co-opted by fatty acids for a different species of fats, namely acylceramide, and gets stored side by side with the usual triglycerides," Obeid explained in an email about her recent finding, which was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. "It makes the ceramide inaccessible and hence the novelty." The ceramide gets stored as a lipid drop in the cel
3/22/2017 3/21/2017 (Vice) Can Librarians Save Us from Fake News? Howard Schneider, a string bean of a man who speaks emphatically with his hands, has been championing the news literacy cause since 2007, when he founded the Center for News Literacy at New York's Stony Brook University, where he's the dean of the journalism school. "Everybody's kind of discovered this as a phenomenon," said Schneider. "It's been a problem for a while."
3/22/2017 3/21/2017 (News12) Environmentalists push for septic filtration earmark in state budget Christopher Gobler, of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, says properties with aging septic tanks, including some directly on the waterfront, are leeching pollutants directly into groundwater and waterways
3/21/2017 3/20/2017 (New York Times) In an Era of Fake News, Teaching Students to Parse Fact From Fiction "People call me and say, 'Wow, isn't it great that you came up with this course to fight fake news?'" said Howard Schneider, the dean of the Stony Brook School of Journalism and a former editor of the Long Island newspaper Newsday. "It's like those actors who get discovered overnight when they've been working for 10 years. We've been fighting fake news since 2007." But the fight is not just about fake news. "If you define fake news as news that's totally fabricated," he said, "that's only a small part of a much bigger problem, which is this tsunami of information and misinformation, half-truths, advertising masquerading as news and opinion appearing as if it's fact-based. That's the problem, the information stew we're dealing with."
3/20/2017 3/17/2017 (WNBC-TV) NY Man With Cerebral Palsy Headed for Stanford Residency A letter in a white envelope pointed the way to Kip Guja's future Friday, one that his mother was unable to imagine when her middle child was born 33 years ago....Guja turned that advice into a way of life, earning a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University. This spring, he'll be awarded both a Ph.D. and a medical degree from Stony Brook University's School of Medicine.
3/17/2017 3-17-2017 (Science Alert) The English Language Managed to 'Organise' Itself Out of Chaos For Centuries Researchers have found that the English language has effectively organised itself for several hundred years, even without any kind of oversight or control from an official body. Some languages, like Italian and French, are actually controlled by national academies, but a study of texts stretching back almost a thousand years has discovered that English managed to self-organise without this kind of help - even before the arrival of printers and dictionaries. Linguist Mark Aronoff from Stony Brook University says the findings show a kind of 'natural selection' at work, with preferred spellings being decided on by the consensus of English writers over time.
3/17/2017 3/16/2017 (East Hampton Star) Cardiac 'Cath Labs' to Buy Crucial Time Stony Brook University Hospital will oversee the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories at Southampton Hospital, and policies and procedures in place at Stony Brook will be incorporated into Southampton's program, she said. "Residents of eastern Long Island will enjoy greater access to timely cardiac care because of the close collaboration and exceptional leadership between Stony Brook Medicine and Southampton Hospital in gaining approval for this new facility," said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, the senior vice president of health sciences and the dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
3/17/2017 3/16/2017 (CNN) Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton: Rescue the arts from the budget chopping block Julie Andrews and daughter and Stony Brook University director of the Young Artists and Writers Project at Stony Brook University wrote this piece for CNN and stated, "What if there was one activity that could guarantee your kids would do better in school and cope well with life's challenges? And what if this same activity helped them grow up to be lifelong learners, have more success in their chosen career, earn a higher salary and have more fulfilling relationships? What if it even made them more likely to volunteer, be philanthropic, vote -- and ultimately, live longer, healthier, happier lives?In fact, there is such an activity. It is participation in the arts."
3/16/2017 3/15/2017 (NPR's The Salt) I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing! All reputable seafood guides are based on science. Take these three for example - Seafood Watch, the Safina Center at Stony Brook University's seafood ratings guide, and the Environmental Defense Fund's Seafood Selector. All three use scientific data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which relies on a team of more than 20 scientists who weigh factors like fish population, harm to habitat, harm to other species, and management practices to determine the sustainability of a fishery. These factors produce ratings of green (best), yellow (good alternative), or red (avoid). Despite this shared source of data, the guides offer similar but different advice.
3/16/2017 3/15/2017 (Market Watch) American health care has been messed up for a long time 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."
3/15/2017 3/14/2017 (Newsday) Don't stress if you can't afford a prestigious private school Leaving high school four years ago, I didn't have the ability to go to a prestigious private school. Now, as I prepare to graduate from Stony Brook University, I don't feel disadvantaged by having attended a state school, but rather empowered by the work I've done and the opportunities I've had...In January, researchers from Stanford, Brown and UC Berkeley gathered to create Mobility Report Cards for universities across the country. They found that low-income students generally fared better at affordable schools than expensive private schools. The report analyzed two main factors -- access and success. Access rates were determined by what percentage of the student population at any given university is from the bottom 20 percent of income distribution. Success was determined by what percentage of those who graduate from that bottom 20 percent go on to become a part of the top 20 percent in the country. Stony Brook University was ranked third for social mobility, due its ability to improve the financial means of those who attend.
3/15/2017 3/13/2017 (Science News for Students) Teen invents a dip to keep germs away "I wanted to create a method that could [add] antibacterial properties to cellulose in a simple way," Jessica Tian, a senior high school student and Regeneron Science Talent Search finalist said. She wanted it to be inexpensive. It also had to be easy to apply on a large scale and pose little risk to the environment. To figure out how to do this, Jessica traveled across the country to spend a summer in the lab of Benjamin Hsaio. He's a chemist at Stony Brook University in New York. The Simons Summer Research Program for high school juniors connected Jessica with Hsaio. "This was the first time I got to work in a lab," she says. "I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere."
3/15/2017 3/14/2017 (HPC Wire) Stony Brook Unlocks New Research with 100 Gbps Connection Stony Brook University becomes the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) connection to the NYSERNet Research and Engineering network through which it also connects to Internet2, revolutionizing the quality, quantity and speed of digital research.
3/15/2017 3/14/2017 (New York Times) Bancroft Prize for History Awarded to 3 Scholars Nancy Tomes, a professor at Stony Brook University, won the Bancroft Prize for History for her book "Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers" (University of North Carolina Press), which examined the origins of the notion that patients should "shop" for health care.
3/13/2017 3/13/2017 (Wired) Listen to 'Tech Support' Scam Calls that Bilk Victims Out of Millions You probably (hopefully) know better than to dial that number. But three security researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook did it anyway. Again and again, for hours on end, they played out the full racket, calling actual human tech-support scammers who patiently, fraudulently "analyzed" their computers' security via a remote connection. Each time, they found it supposedly infected with viruses and spyware, and offered a cleanup for a fee--on average around $300.
3/13/2017 3/11/2017 (Long Island Press) GOP Health Care Plan Raises Serious Concerns For LI and NY, Say Rep. King and Experts Professor Debra Dwyer, a health economist at Stony Brook University in the College of Engineering who specializes in public policy, has been studying the health care issue for some time. She told the Press that she's alarmed by the details she's seen so far in the House Republicans' new plan. "It's kind of amazing to me how they're targeting the vulnerable populations," she said. "They're literally targeting older people and poorer people--those who are more likely to be sick--and their argument is that they cost us more. But the whole reason for having a social welfare network system is to protect the most vulnerable, which is why Medicare came about: to cover the aged and the disabled. Now they're targeting the 50-64 year olds who are going to have to get less in tax credits and pay higher premiums."
3/10/2017 3/9/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook University to honor former Vice President Joe Biden at annual gala Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the guest of honor at Stony Brook University's annual gala next month at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. According to university officials, Biden will be recognized for his outstanding career and dedication to the fight against cancer. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the April 19 event.
3/10/2017 3/9/2017 (Long Island Business News) Biden to Appear at Stony Brook University Event Former Vice President Joe Biden will be honored at a Stony Brook University event next month. Biden will be recognized at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala on April 19 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan for his dedication to the fight against cancer.
3/8/2017 3/7/2017 (CBS New York) Suffolk County Pilot Program Touts Potential Benefits Of Harvesting Kelp But kelp isn't just any seaweed. It's already being touted as a tastebud treat from Asia all the way to the British isles. In addition, studies at Stony Brook University's marine sciences laboratories show kelp works as a sponge to clean our waters suffocating in nitrogen, phosphorous, and carbon.
3/7/2017 4/6/2017 (Innovate LI) Schools Mark First Joint-Admissions Nursing Class The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College are slated to sign a deal Tuesday launching the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program, which will see students automatically transfer between the two institutions.
3/7/2017 3/6/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook University to offer SCCC nursing students automatic admission Nursing students in good standing at Suffolk County Community College will have the opportunity to be admitted automatically into the competitive bachelor's degree program at Stony Brook University because of a new partnership to begin this fall that aims to fast-track higher education for practicing nurses.
3/6/2017 3/4/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University's Schwartz shows prevalence of masked hypertension The cardiovascular skies may be clear and sunny, but there could also be a storm lurking behind them. About one in eight people who get a normal reading for their blood pressure have what's called masked hypertension. That's the finding in a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology led by Joseph Schwartz, a professor of psychiatry and sociology at Stony Brook University and a lecturer of medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center. Schwartz said his research suggests that some people may need closer monitoring to pick up the kinds of warning signs that might lead to serious conditions.
3/6/2017 3/4/2017 (Washington Post) Fish fight: Scientists battle over the true harm of mercury in tuna Lutcavage hoped to test the theory that selenium, a key chemical found in tuna, prevents mercury from being transferred to the people who eat them and that, therefore, the fish are safe to eat. So she gave her hard-won samples to a colleague, Stony Brook Univesity Professor Nick Fisher, to analyze in his lab.
3/3/2017 3/2/2017 (WABC-TV) Medical Student's Organization Brings Magic into Young Patients' Hospital Rooms on Long Island STONY BROOK, Long Island (WABC) -- A medical student at Stony Brook University is making a difference in his young patients' lives by adding a dose of magic. David Elkin dropped by to see Alex as the 10-year-old was getting a blood transfusion at Stony Brook Cancer Center.
3/3/2017 3/2/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook Medicine opens Advanced Specialty Care office Stony Brook Medicine on Thursday said it has opened its Advanced Specialty Care office in 120,000 square feet of space at the former Forest Labs headquarters on Commack Road in Commack.
3/2/2017 3/1/2017 (Southampton Press) Southampton Hospital Merger With Stony Brook Draws Near After nearly a decade of discussion, state approval for a pending partnership between Southampton and Stony Brook University is expected soon. Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital's president and CEO, said on Friday that although the state's regulatory staff is in the process of reviewing the proposal--which would bring the local hospital entirely under Stony Brook's operating license while preserving the community aspect of the hospital--he expects the state to sign off on the merger within a "matter of days or weeks."
3/2/2017 3/2/2017 (Newsday) Nissequogue, Head of the Harbor villages study rising seas Larry Swanson, associate dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, walks along the shore of Stony Brook Harbor in Stony Brook. Swanson says rising waters will impact the villages of Nissequogue and Head of the Harbor and drastically change conditions in Stony Brook Harbor. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas
3/1/2017 2/28/2017 (Triage Cancer Blog) A Model for All Children's Hospitals We need to talk about how children transition from treatment back to school. There is a lot of discussion about adults returning to work after taking time off to deal with a cancer diagnosis. We talk about the normalcy, the sense of the purpose, and the chance to socialize that work may bring. Well, for these kids, returning to school can mean exactly the same thing. And it also comes with its own degree of challenges. Thanks to Stony Brook Children's School Intervention and Re-Entry Program, there is now a model of how to help children transition from treatment to school.
3/1/2017 2/28/2017 (Vox) These colleges are better than Harvard at making poor kids rich Some universities, like Pace and Stony Brook University (and Cal State Poly Pomona) enroll a decent but not extraordinary share of low-income students, and then rocket a huge share of them to the top of the income scale.
4/28/2017 4/27/2017 (Huffington Post) It's Time To Admit That 'Diet' Food Is Bogus There are no quick fixes to be found at the grocery store...'Low-fat' foods and drinks won't help your heart. Products that feature low-fat labels in flashy text aren't really doing anything for your ticker, either. This is especially true for dairy: The message that you need to buy milk that's low in fat is misleading, according to Robert Bobrow, an associate professor of clinical family medicine at Stony Brook University.
4/28/2017 4/27/2017 (Politico Magazine) What the Press Still Doesn't Get About Trump (May/June 2017 issue) Helmut Norpoth, political science Professor at Stony Brook University writes, "During the campaign, almost nobody in the media gave Trump a chance to win the election. That gloomy prospect largely derived from his poor standing in the polls, both nationally and in the major battleground states, with almost no poll showing Trump leading in the three states that clinched his victory in the Electoral College--Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This failure, one might think, would give the media some pause in seizing on polls that now show Trump with low approval, the worst of any president at this stage. But no, polls nowadays feed news coverage that gives Trump little chance to make it through his first term and assumes there's no way for him to avoid a midterm disaster. Granted, presidential approval is not the same as a vote choice, but it is a proven predictor of the vote in midterm and presidential elections. It is odd to see journalists retain their faith in a discredited source instead of questioning its reliability. Shouldn't they instead launch an inquiry into the 2016 polling fiasco?"
4/28/2017 4/25/2017 (Southampton Press) Stony Brook, Southampton Hospital Merger Could Be Finalized This Summer Southampton Hospital officials expect a highly anticipated merger with Stony Brook University Hospital to be finalized within the next few months. Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital's president and CEO, said on Tuesday that the state's regulatory staff has finally signed off on the proposed merger, and now there is only one more step--a court-filing process--before final approval.
4/26/2017 4/24/2017 (CBS News) After the march, science advocates prepare for a marathon Laurie Krug, a scientist who marched in New York City on Saturday, seemed to agree. "I think you're going to see that scientists are going to be more active. We tend to be passive so that we're nonpartisan," said Krug, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University in New York, who researches herpes viruses. "And I don't feel like I am partisan, but I feel like I have to keep the STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] field strong and keep young people interested in research."
4/26/2017 4/25/2017 (USA Today) There are 12 million penguins in Antarctica. This researcher says that's not nearly enough "The penguins that we study on the (Antarctic) peninsula give us an unbelievably good case study in how climate change can impact organisms," said Heather Lynch, a statistical ecologist from Stony Brook University, who works with Naveen.
4/24/2017 4/22/2017 (Vox) How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism Stony Brook Professor Christopher Sellers writes about how Republicans have come to embrace anti-environmentalism.
4/24/2017 4/23/2017 (NBC Nightly News) What's Behind the Huge Spike in Insulin Costs? Insurers and Drug Makers Blame Each Other Correspondent Jo Ling Kent sat down with Stony Brook Medicine's Medical Director of Diabetes Care Dr. Joshua Miller to discuss the rising price of insulin and how patients and families are struggling to afford the drug.
4/24/2017 4/21/2017 (Innovate LI) With Federal Funding In Doubt, SBU Charity Gala Scores The Stony Brook Foundation's message on scientific research: If you want it done, do it yourself. With scientists around the nation marching against President Donald Trump's plans to eliminate federal funding for thousands of laboratory-research programs, the foundation - a registered 501(c)3 and the university's philanthropic backbone - took matters into its own hands this wee
4/20/2017 4/20/2017 (Newsday) Biden chides Trump's proposed cuts in medical, science research Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took aim at President Donald Trump's proposal to cut billions of dollars in federal funding for medical and environmental research, telling an audience of Stony Brook University alumni in Manhattan the cuts would put the nation "a generation behind" in developing lifesaving drugs and technology.
4/20/2017 4/20/2017 (Getty Images) 2017 Stars of Stony Brook Gala Photos taken from the Stars of Stony Brook Gala on April 19, 2017 at Chelsea Piers in New York City, NY. Former Vice President Joe Biden honored and spoke.
4/20/2017 4/18/2017 (WOSU-FM/NPR) Fake News The epidemic of fake news is relatively new but has already largely impacted the way people consume and disseminate information online. Facebook recently began displaying ways to avoid fake news on its news feeds, but this puts the responsibility on the consumer to avoid fake news, rather than on Facebook to eliminate it from news feeds. Today we'll discuss what fake news is, where it comes from and how it can be avoided. Stony Brook University's Prof. Richard Hornik interviewed.
4/20/2017 4/18/2017 (ABC's "Nightline") Doctors use drones to drop medical supplies in Madagascar ABC's Nightline reports regarding doctors using drones to drop medicine and supplies in Madagagascar. Stony Brook University's Dr. Peter Small interviewed. This island country is ravaged by tuberculosis and doctors are using this technology to treat villagers in rural areas without endangering themselves.
4/18/2017 4/17/2017 (Pharmaceutical Technology.com) Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building, Stony Brook University, United States of America The construction of the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building at the Stony Brook University (SBU) medical centre campus began in November 2013. The building is being constructed at Long Island in New York, US. Upon its completion in 2018, the new building will feature a cancer research centre as well as facilities for advanced medical imaging, neurosciences and cancer care.
4/18/2017 4/17/2017 (Philadelphia News) When U.S. politics sours, investors stall A former Federal Reserve economist and now an associate professor at Stony Brook University, Marina Azzimonti's working with the Philly Fed on another index that will focus particularly on trade-war conflict reports so they can be compared with trade levels: "I just got the data."
4/18/2017 4/17/2017 (Innovate LI) Debrief: Hitting The Accelerater With Peter Donnelly Not to be confused with the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund is the Accelerate New York Seed Fund, an all-new endowment operating under the auspices of nonprofit regional-commercialization booster Accelerate Long Island. Boasting a $6 million war chest ($3 million from Albany and $3 million from private investors, primarily Topspin Partners of Syosset), the new fund takes a wider view, injecting capital into early-stage innovators across Downstate New York. Leading the way is new Accelerate Long Island Executive Director Peter Donnelly, who's also wrapping up his fourth year as director of Stony Brook University's Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations. Donnelly, former deputy director of tech development at Argonne National Laboratory, has some highly educated ideas about how the new fund will operate - starting with the notion that Long Island cannot thrive in a commercialization vacuum. His view:
4/18/2017 4/18/2017 (Scientific American) Humans and Technology: From Reshaping Stone to Reshaping Our World (May 2017 issue) In this issue's cover story, "The New Origins of Technology," senior features editor Kate Wong investigates its surprisingly ancient beginnings. Recently Sonia Harmand and her husband, Jason Lewis, both at Stony Brook University, discovered 3.3-million-year-old tools at a site in Kenya called Lomekwi 3. The great age of the implements--far too early to be made by our own species, Homo--is forcing researchers to rethink what they believed they knew about the origins of technology and how incorporating tools into our existence has, in turn, shaped the human family tree.
4/17/2017 4/16/2017 (Wall Street Journal) New York Educators Fear Losing a Coding Whiz The company's founders, however, are concerned they soon may lose one of their biggest assets: Bo Feng, a 31-year-old software engineer whose student visa expires in June. They say Mr. Feng has an unusual knack for upgrading the platform, explaining coding concepts to people of all ages and helping university students hone their skills to land jobs...Mr. Feng, who lives in Centereach, Long Island, came to the U.S. in 2012 to get his master's degree in computer science from New York's Stony Brook University. He has tried unsuccessfully for the past three years to get an H-1B visa. If he doesn't secure one this year, he will have to leave the U.S.
4/14/2017 4/14/2017 (New York Times) Why Base Stealers Target Noah Syndergaard 2016 pitcher and catcher timing data from Baseball Info Solutions. Timing data from opening day from Chang Kee Jung, distinguished professor of physics, Stony Brook University (2016 pitcher and catcher timing data from Baseball Info Solutions. Timing data from opening day from Chang Kee Jung, distinguished professor of physics, Stony Brook University.)
4/14/2017 4/13/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University Center receives generous donation from The Ward Melville Heritage Organization On March 27, Stony Brook University's Cancer Center received a donation of $40,000 from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO), which were funds raised from WMHO's 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty and Hercules Run held on Oct. 23 of last year in historic Stony Brook Village.
4/14/2017 4/13/2017 (New York Times) After a Soprano's Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born After a break to work on her piano skills, Christine Goerke enrolled at the State University at Stony Brook in 1989 to take lessons from one of its most celebrated voice teachers, Elaine Bonazzi, recalling: "She immediately said, 'Look, I appreciate that you want to be a chorus teacher. But I really think that you should do this.'"
4/12/2017 4/11/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook's WTC wellness program gets $60M federal grant The federal government is giving more than $60 million over five years to Stony Brook University's WTC Wellness Program, which treats people with health problems stemming from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
4/12/2017 4/11/2017 (Fox News Tech) Scientists tout data storage breakthrough Scientists are touting a new ultra-thin film technology as a major breakthrough in data storage and processing. Researchers at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering invented the film, which was developed in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and Louisiana State University. The film harnesses tiny, swirling magnetic textures called skyrmions that can be used for data storage and processing on magnetic media such as hard drives.
4/12/2017 4/12/2017 (New York Times) Why Americans Vote 'Against Their Interest': Partisanship Why do people vote against their economic interests? The answer, experts say, is partisanship. Party affiliation has become an all-encompassing identity that outweighs the details of specific policies...Ms. Mason, along with Leonie Huddy, a professor at Stony Brook University, and Lene Aaroe of Aarhus University in Denmark, conducted an experiment to test the importance of policy. They found that people responded much more strongly to threats or support to their party than to particular issues. They became angry at perceived threats to their party, and enthusiastic about its perceived successes. Their responses to policy gains and losses, by contrast, were much more muted.
4/7/2017 4/6/2017 (Reuters) Women with bothersome menopausal symptoms can seek treatment Women who experience vaginal and urinary problems associated with menopause should seek help from their doctors, according to a new patient resource page from the JAMA journal..."Women presume these symptoms are just signs of aging, but they can be corrected by talking to a gynecologist or urologist," said Sardar Khan of Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, a co-author of the 2016 review.
4/7/2017 4/6/2017 (Washington Post) Colleges turn 'fake news' epidemic into a teachable moment Fake news existed long before the 2016 presidential race, in which falsehoods and conspiracy theories played major roles. But "this election has set off alarm bells," says Howard Schneider, executive director of Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy. As a result, he says, there has been a reawakening of interest in teaching media literacy at colleges and universities. Professors interviewed for this story are teaching students not just to identify "fake news" (a label previously reserved for hoaxes), but to detect bias, missing points of view, misleading slants and economic influences. "We taught everybody to read after we had the printing press," Schneider says. "And now we have to teach everybody these information-vetting skills."
4/6/2017 4/5/2017 (FiOS1-"Push Pause") Healthy Living: Heart2Heart Stony Brook Medicine's heart and vascular screenings look to check on the well-being of patients at risk for a stroke and/or aneurysm who are 65 years of age or older, have diabetes and/or high blood pressure or be a smoker.
4/6/2017 4/5/2017 (Innovate LI) Advice Abound in Stony Brook University's 2017 Boot Camp These boots are made for talking - and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it's time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight "idea champions" with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University's 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors - mostly science types with little to no business acumen - a clearer picture of what it takes to go from the drawing board to the board room.
4/6/2017 4/5/2017 (Albany Times Union) 2017's academic rankings of New York's top public colleges Business First released their 2017 rankings of the top public colleges in the nation. This year the top spot went to the University of Michigan, followed by the state universities of North Carolina and California. Read the full report here. #24 = Stony Brook University
4/6/2017 4/6/2017 (New York Times) 6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time Graduating from a four-year college in four years may sound like a fairly straightforward venture, but only 41 percent of students manage to do it...Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure whether credits will transfer to a new college is to ask. Most administrators will want to review a syllabus from your former school for comparison. And make sure to ask about credits within a major. "Sometimes students just look at how many credits will transfer and make their decisions from there," said Maria Campanella, director of the health sciences office of student services at Stony Brook University of the State University of New York. "What they really need to ask is, 'How many will apply to my degree?' "
4/5/2017 4/5/2017 (PHYS Org) Modeling protein interactions simplified with computer server Proteins are the most abundant substance in living cells aside from water, and their interactions with cellular functions are crucial to healthy life. When proteins fall short of their intended function or interact in an unusual way, these disruptions often lead to disease development. By modeling the structure of protein interactions - a process that has been complicated for researchers for years - scientists gain important insight to many diseases. Stony Brook University-led research team through the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology has created a user-friendly automated computer server that calculates complex computations of modeling protein interactions with a handful of clicks from a home computer. The resource, available researchers around the world, is detailed in a paper published in Nature Protocols.
4/5/2017 4/5/2017 (Scientific American) Alan Alda's Crusade to Make Science Talk a Jargon-Free Zone Some years ago, it struck Alan Alda that the techniques of improvisational theatre, could help scientists with their communication problem. The result of that insight was the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University where the faculty fuses journalism, theatre, hard science and social science into a program of study.
4/4/2017 4/3/2017 (Innovate LI) Hey Biff, that's DOCTOR McFly to You At long last, teen hero Marty McFly will go degree-for-degree with his partner in time, Dr. Emmett Brown: Stony Brook University will confer an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree upon Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox during its 2017 commencement ceremony.
4/4/2017 4/3/2017 (ABC News - Nightline) Tracking endangered lemurs in the heart of Madagascar ABC's Alex Marquardt treks through Madagascar's rainforest with Patricia Wright, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, and her team to search for elusive and endangered lemurs.
4/3/2017 4/3/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook University to give Michael J. Fox honorary degree Michael J. Fox, award-winning actor, activist, philanthropist and producer, is among the five people Stony Brook University has selected to receive an honorary degree at commencement on May 19, officials are expected to announce Monday morning.
4/3/2017 4/2/2017 (Newsday) Equal Pay Day highlights gender pay gap One of the studies co-authored by professor Julia Bear, who teaches in SBU's College of Business, found that when two equally qualified male and female job candidates were considered, people were more likely to assume the male candidate was the family breadwinner and offered him a significantly higher salary than the female candidate, who was assumed to be in the traditional role of caregiver.
4/3/2017 4/1/2017 (New York Times) Manhood in the Age of Trump There are ways in which Donald Trump's life, and his political career in particular, are a burlesque of manhood, "so craven and desperately needy that it has an air of danger and pathos," said Michael Kimmel, a Stony Brook University sociologist and the author of "Angry White Men," a 2013 book that will soon be reissued with a new preface that takes Trump into account.
4/3/2017 3/30/2017 (The Conversation) How better definitions of mental disorders could aid diagnosis and treatment Mental disorders are currently defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which includes hundreds of distinct diagnostic categories, but a new study we worked on suggests we could do better.
5/31/2017 5/30/2017 (Pacific Standard) Michael Li's Facination with the Human Mind For Michael Li, a freshman at Princeton University, the human brain is not a mystery so much as an endless source of intrigue. In 2015, when he was still a high school student in rural Maryland, Li was accepted into the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University, a highly competitive science-research program for high school students. Though he's long had an interest in neuroscience, Li was shocked to be accepted, and says that, afterward, his life changed drastically.
5/31/2017 5/27/2017 (Newsday) Scientists say tick population exploding across Long Island Scientists predict a record year for ticks on Long Island and the rest of the Northeast, and they are attributing the surge to a confluence of phenomena: climate, acorns and mice..."We definitely know that people can be co-infected," said Dr. Saul Hymes, director of the Pediatric Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. After identifying specific tick-transmitted agents, patients are treated for more than one infection, he said.
5/26/2017 5/25/2017 (Newsday) Brown tide in Great South Bay is 'troubling sign', expert says "The outbreak of brown tide in this part of Great South Bay this early in the season is a troubling sign for Long Island." said Christopher Gobler, professor of marine science at Stony Brook University. "Given the steady, ongoing rise of brown tide in eastern Great South Bay, Moriches Bay and Shinnecock Bay, the entire South Shore could be 'in bloom' in a matter of days to weeks."
5/25/2017 5/25/2017 (Photo Archive News) Mr. Oringer is now Dr. Oringer Congrats to Shutterstock owner/boss Jon Oringer who went back to his old school this week to collect his Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) at Stony Brook University Commencement.
5/23/2017 5/22/2017 (Health Day) Increasing Number of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease Many more American women with heart disease are choosing to have babies, a new study finds.Researchers looked at more than 81,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012. They found that the proportion who had babies rose 24 percent during that time. "We learned that in addition to the high and growing prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies, the reasons are mainly related to increases in women delivering babies with diseases such as cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension," study author Dr. Kathleen Stergiopoulos said in a Stony Brook University news release. She is a specialist in heart disease in women at the Stony Brook Heart Institute.
5/22/2017 5/19/2017 (FiOS1) Michael J. Fox delivers commencement address to graduates at Stony Brook University The actor, most famous for his role in the film "Back to the Future", encouraged students to remain optimistic
5/22/2017 5/19/2017 (London Express) Michael J. Fox looks emotional as he receives honorary degree amid Parkinson's battle MICHAEL J. FOX appeared close to tears as he received an honorary degree in Stony Brook City this afternoon. The Back to the Future star looked emotional as he became a Doctor of Fine Arts thanks to the New York state University.
5/22/2017 5/19/2017 (Newsday) Stony Brook University holds 57th commencement Stony Brook University held its 57th commencement Friday in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on the campus. 4,292 bachelor's, 1,999 master's, 449 doctoral, 226 certificates, 129 doctor of medicine and 40 doctor of dental surgery.
5/19/2017 5/19/2017 (AP) National Lab Receives 15 Million Dollars for Molecular Study A Department of Energy laboratory has been allocated $15 million by the state of New York for a new microscope - capable of studying objects and life-forms in extremely cold temperatures. The Brookhaven National Laboratory will use this new cryo-electron microscope in collaboration with two other Long Island scientific institutions: Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
5/18/2017 5/17/2017 (Voice of America) US Campus Uses High-tech Center to Keep Students Safe When Hurricane Sandy swept over Long Island, New York, in October 2012, power was knocked out and traffic lights were inoperable. While driving in her car, Stony Brook University student Vishwaja Muppa, 21, was struck by a police car and later died. The death of Muppa, from India, was one of 53 that were blamed on the storm. On Stony Brook's campus, damage was limited and students who sheltered remained safe. But university officials took the hurricane's visit as a wake-up call and planned a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
5/16/2017 5/16/2017 (Spectrum) The unexpected plus of parenting with autism "It breaks my heart to even say those words, but that's the message that I've heard: 'Does having autism or Asperger's, does that mean that being a parent is just not a thing for me?'" says Matthew Lerner, assistant professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics at Stony Brook University in New York. The experiences of Hurley and many other parents who are pioneering what it means to be a parent with autism could temper that worry with hope.
5/15/2017 5/12/2017 (Times Beacon Record) Eye on Medicine: SBU fundraiser raises millions for cancer, scholarships In recognition of his dedication to the cancer fight, Stony Brook University proudly honored the 47th Vice President of the United States Joseph R. Biden Jr. at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala -- our annual fundraising event -- on Wednesday, April 19.
5/12/2017 5/11/2017 (WNBC-TV) Patients Beg for Pricey Drugs on Facebook Black Market Desperate patients are swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs on Facebook, NBC News reported. NBC News searched Facebook and found postings to trade insulins, EpiPens, asthma inhalers and other prescription medications."Patients can put themselves in grave danger by using insulin 'traded' online," said Dr. Joshua Miller, medical director of diabetes care at Stony Brook Medicine, running the risk of infection, or fluctuating blood sugar levels if the insulin was expired or stored incorrectly.
5/11/2017 5/10/2017 (Washington Post) How authoritarianism is shaping American politics (and it's not just about Trump) Stony Brook University Professor Stanley Feldman contributed to this story about "the 2016 presidential campaign, political observers and scholars [who] have debated the importance of "authoritarianism" in affecting whether Americans supported Donald Trump in both the Republican primary and the general election.
5/10/2017 5/9/2017 (Globe and Mail) What online comments can reveal about the person behind the keyboard esearchers are searching for ways in which individuals' social media comments may predict their moods, personalities or various aspects of their health. A big challenge with this, however, is, in order to identify predictive patterns and signals, researchers must be able to compare what individuals say on social media with what is actually happening in their lives, Dr. Park says. One application for which there is great interest for this type of research is to monitor the mental health of consenting patients, says Dr. Andrew Schwartz, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University in New York State. Mental-health experts often note they lack the time and resources needed to meet the demand for mental-health care, he says.
5/9/2017 5/8/2017 (New York Times) 'Dead Rivers, Closed Beaches': A Water Crisis on Long Island Nitrogen is more harmful to coastal ecosystems than to sources of drinking water. According to Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, the federal standard for drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter, but anything above one milligram per liter will have an impact on coastal waters. In Suffolk County, the average concentration of nitrogen in groundwater is four milligrams per liter, he said.
5/8/2017 5/5/2017 (InnovateLI) Debrief: Learning As We Go With Imin Kao On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university's Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook's Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad directorial responsibilities - but already revels in the excitement of the business-development arena, particularly regarding Long Island's brilliant biotechnology future.
5/8/2017 5/6/2017 (Redbook) These Adorable Triplets Are Beating the Odds and Overcoming Their Rare Birth Defect When the triplets Hunter, Jackson, and Haden Howard hit 11 weeks, they were taken to Stony Brook Children's Hospital for an operation that would open up the fused seam in their skulls. Parents Amy and Mike were nervous to send their babies into surgery at such a young age, but everything went smoothly: the boys were the perfect patients, and they were back out of the hospital within two days.
5/8/2017 5/5/2017 (The Doctors) News in 2: Toddler Triplets Under Go Surgery for Rare Skull Condition Doctors at Stony Brook Hospital performed the proceedure on the Howard triplets to correct the skull malformation which occurred in utero. Dr. David Chesler tells News in 2 that the triplets will have to wear helmuts for the next few months.
5/5/2017 5/4/2017 (Innovate LI) New Director For Busy Business Incubator At Calverton Stony Brook University's Business Incubator at Calverton has a new head honcho. Chris Kempner, a former executive director of the Town of Riverhead's Community Development Agency, will take over as associate director of the Calverton incubator as of May 15, SBU announced Thursday.
5/5/2017 5/3/2017 (People) EXCLUSIVE One in 500 Trillion: New York Triplets Are First in the World to Undergo Surgery to Fix Rare Skull Condition: 'We've Been Blessed,' Says Dad There's no doubt that Hunter, Jackson and Kaden Howard look adorable in their tiny little helmets. But those helmets are there for a very serious reason -- the 6-month-old triplets were born with craniosynostosis, a rare birth defect that causes a baby to be born with an abnormally shaped head.They underwent laparoscopic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, to repair their skulls on January 5 and 6, at just 11 weeks old, and were unveiled at a news conference there earlier this week. The triplets have to wear the helmets 23 hours a day, seven days a week for the next next few months to ensure their skulls heal properly.
5/5/2017 5/4/2017 (US News and World Report) How Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia Can Hurt Your Health Another approach to treat low blood sugar is the 30/30 rule, recommended by Dr. Joshua Miller, an endocrinologist and medical director of diabetes care for Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. With this, you consume 30 grams of fast-acting sugar, and then check your blood sugar every 30 minutes to make sure it's rising.
5/3/2017 5/2/2017 (Inside Edition) Baby Triplets With Rare Skull Disorder Get Life-Saving Surgeries The Howard triplets look like members of a wrestling club for 6-month-olds. On their little heads are clear plastic helmets designed to protect their precious noggins while recuperating from skull surgery to correct a rare disorder. They were born with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes a baby's skull to prematurely fuse while its brain is still growing. It results in a misshapen head, which can destroy vision and mental development. Surgeons at New York's Stony Brook University Hospital came up with a strategy in January to remove tiny pieces of bone around the babies' soft spots - thereby allowing their heads to grow and expand normally - Amy and Mike Howard said yes.
5/1/2017 5/1/2017 (WSHU-FM/NPR) Stony Brook Scientists: Toxic Algal Blooms Linked To Ocean Warming Stony Brook University scientists have found links between increased toxic algae blooms in the North Atlantic and global warming.
5/1/2017 4/29/2017 (Newsday) LI study: Algae in warming seas taints marine life people eat Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, who has circled the globe studying ocean health, has discovered how a broad range of sealife can be damaged by algal toxins, including species consumed as food by human cultures worldwide.
5/1/2017 4/28/2017 (Elle) The Mysterious Answer to My Unrelenting Insomnia On the other hand, I had nothing to lose except debilitating insomnia, so I headed to the Stony Brook University Sleep Disorders Center in Smithtown, New York, where much of the research on UARS and somatic disorders has been done.
6/7/2017 6/6/2017 (Parade) Alan Alda Names Flame Challenge Champions Who Best Explain 'What Is Energy?' to 11-Year-Olds Oscar-nominated actor Alan Alda has starred on screens big and small for decades, but his most fulfilling role to date is in the world of science communication. As founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, Alda does the important work of helping scientists and health professionals communicate the complex topics they work with clearly and effectively to the public and their patients.
6/7/2017 6/6/2017 (Parade) Alan Alda Wants to Fix Our Failure to Communicate e know and love Alan Alda as the Emmy award-winning actor who starred as Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV series M*A*S*H*, as well as a slew of other TV and film roles (he was nominated for an Academy Award for The Aviator and recently, we've seen him in the movie Bridge of Spies and Louis C.K.'s comedy-drama web series Horace and Pete). But what Alda really wants us to know is how to better listen to and understand each other. So much so that he's written a new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? (Random House), where he shares what he's learned as the host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers and the very hands-on founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.
6/7/2017 6/6/2017 (Sports Illustrated) Late-night tweeting linked to weaker NBA performance Professional basketball players who sent tweets between 11 p.m and 7 a.m. the night before a game scored on average 1 point less and their shooting accuracy dropped by 1.7 percentage points compared with their performance in games that did not follow late-night tweeting, according to a study by Stony Brook University that was published in SLEEP, the official journal of the Sleep Research Society.
6/6/2017 6/5/2017 (New York Post) How late night tweeting could hurt your job performance So what's going on here? The researchers think that this has to do with players getting less sleep than they should. And, "Our findings are relevant beyond just sports science research," says study co-author Lauren Hale, a professor at Stony Brook University. "Our results demonstrate a broader phenomenon: to perform at your personal best, you should get a full night of sleep."
6/6/2017 6/5/2017 (Innovate LI) A Stony Brook University Sweep In Bioscience Hub's Latest Round Five research projects targeting advanced medical-imaging applications, computer-based drug discoveries and a range of new pharmaceutical treatments will be backed by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, on behalf of the LIBH, is scheduled to announce Tuesday the fourth funding round of the Hub's technology-commercialization initiative. This time around, a total of $400,000 has been earmarked for two "feasibility" and three "proof of concept" awards, each backing biomedical innovations in various stages of development.
6/6/2017 6/5/2017 (Men's Fitness) NBA players who tweet the night before a game may be harming their performance Researchers from Stony Brook University in New York recently presented the statistical study at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, and showed that if a player fired off a tweet between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., they scored on average around one point less in the next game, and their shot accuracy went down almost two percentage points when compared to games that followed no late-night tweets.
6/6/2017 6/5/2017 (Los Angeles Times) If there was ever life on Mars, Gale Crater could have hosted a variety of microbes, study says Scientists with NASA's Mars Curiosity rover mission have found that Gale Crater had the right physical and chemical conditions for life for 700 million years -- and for part of that history, held a lake that could have hosted a wide variety of microbial life.The findings, published last week in the journal Science, document a long-lasting Martian environment that had the potential to host a wide variety of living things."It helps to broaden our understanding of what it meant to be a habitable environment on Mars, 3 ½ billion years ago," said lead author Joel Hurowitz, a geochemist at Stony Brook University.
6/5/2017 6/2/2017 (London Daily News) Breakthrough in the search for life on Mars as Curiosity finds layered lake that offered 'multiple opportunities for different types of microbes to survive' Observations collected by NASA's Curiosity rover over 3.5 years have revealed that oxygen levels in an ancient Martian lake differed between shallow and deep water.And, researchers say this phenomenon is also common in lakes on Earth....According to the researchers, the stratification means the lake would have different environmental conditions at once, varying with the depth. This means it could have sustained different types of lifeforms, the researchers say."These were very different, co-existing environments in the same lake," said lead author Joel Hurowitz of Stony Brook University.
6/5/2017 6/4/2017 (Associated Press) New York invests in clams, oysters to fight harmful algae Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $2 million in funding to support research on Long Island that would increase clam and oyster populations to fight brown tide. These populations have been shown to filter and improve water quality. The money would go toward seeding programs and other initiatives at Stony Brook Research Center in ocean health research.
6/5/2017 6/2/2017 (Newsday) NY to give $2M for Long Island shellfish restoration, Cuomo says Cuomo spoke after visiting a clam spawning sanctuary in Western Shinnecock Bay where Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences runs the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Project. Projects like this are funded through Sea Grant, he said.
6/5/2017 5/26/2017 (WNBC) NY Funds $2 Million to Combat Brown Tide on Long Island Brown tide has left some waters on Long Island the color of a cup of coffee. This year's outbreak has hit early, as per Stony Brook University Professor Christopher Gobler, the earliest since 2008. The bacteria isn't dangerous to humans, but pollution helps cause it. Greg Cergol reports.
6/2/2017 6/1/2017 (Reader's Digest) 9 Signs Your “Heartburn” Is Actually Allergies With GERD and EoE sharing so many symptoms, how do you know which one you have? If you tend to experience these symptoms in spring and summer and you don't get any relief from antacids or acid-suppressing drugs, ask your doctor to order an endoscopy to see just how irritated your esophagus is. "When I see a patient having difficulty swallowing or pain without swallowing, it can often be EoE," says Alexandra Guillaume, MD, a gastroenterologist at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. "It happens when the eosinophils--reacting to some sort of allergy--overwhelm the esophagus, leading the esophagus itself to become spastic. This makes it difficult for patients to swallow."
6/2/2017 6/1/2017 (NBC News) Alan Alda: Empathy Can Save Science, Politics and Diplomacy Actor Alan Alda said he was twice approached on the set of the M*A*S*H by political organizers pleading him to run for office - but he turned down the offer to launch a U.S. Senate bid because he didn't have any experience. "I said 'Why? I'm not experienced at that. I probably wouldn't be good at that.' And they said, 'Yeah, but you can get elected.' So that's the criteria, I guess," Alda told Chuck Todd on "1947: The Meet the Press Podcast." "That's not my talent. My talent is what I am trying to do." The Emmy Award winner has built a second career for himself as a communications expert: He participated in the creation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and he's now out with a new book, "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?"
6/2/2017 6/1/2017 (Nature) Life could have survived in Mars crater NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring Gale Crater on Mars since 2012, and has collected data showing many chemical variations in the crater's sedimentary rocks. A team led by Joel Hurowitz of Stony Brook University in New York analysed the data and conclude that older rocks seem to have formed in relatively cold climates. By contrast, younger sediments suggest that environmental conditions were warmer and wetter. The crater could have been hospitable to life between 3.8 billion and 3.1 billion years ago, not long after it was first formed.
6/1/2017 5/31/2017 (Newsweek) The Secret to Good Communication? Alan Alda Shares His Wisdom on Relationships and Science That something turned out to be the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Inspired by the dramatic transformation he saw among the engineering students, Alda has dedicated himself to the science of communication.
6/1/2017 5/31/2017 (News12) Professor: Increased CO2 emissions puts LI at risk Stony Brook University Professor Dr. Christopher Gobler says if carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase, sea levels could rise more than 6 feet on Long Island.