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7/1/2016 (Huffington Post) Laughter for Health and Happiness-The Holistic Power of Laughter YogaIn terms of depression, there has been research claiming that "inflammation" may be the cause - the resultant hormonal and chemical imbalances mean the body does not function properly. Turhan Canli of Stony Brook University in New York talks about reconceptualizing major depressive disorder as an infectious disease.
6/30/2016 (Washington Post) Antarctica's penguins could be decimated by climate change"One of the key advances over the last decade is our ability to find penguin colonies from space and, nearly as important, to determine which areas of Antarctica do not support penguin colonies," co-author Heather J. Lynch, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University's Ecology and Evolution Department, said in a release. "Having both true presence and absence across a species' global range is unique to this system, and opens up new avenues for modeling habitat suitability."
6/29/2016 (New York Times) How to Talk to FirefliesI'd caught a sex-starved male, said Fredric Vencl, an evolutionary biologist who studies fireflies at Stony Brook University and consulted with Mr. Stein. "Imagine flying around in the middle of the night looking for sex, and all you need is a response to your pattern that has the correct timing features," he said. "He just thinks he's hit the jackpot."
6/28/2016 (WNBC-TV) Long Island Police Warn of Fireworks DangersJust days before the holiday weekend, Suffolk County Police are reminding everyone that fireworks and holiday celebrations can be a dangerous mix. Greg Cergol reports from Stony Brook University Hospital.
6/29/2016 (Today Show) I'm pregnant: What can I take for a headache?"It's absolutely essential to figure out the cause of the headache before attempting to treat it," said Dr. James Bernasko, Director of the Regional Perinatal Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Pregnancy headaches can range from "the merely inconvenient to the actually life-threatening," so context is particularly important, Bernasko added.
6/28/2016 (Hamptons.com) New York State Center For Clean Water Technology Exploring Cesspool Replacement OptionsThe New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University is making great strides in a positive direction as they attempt to introduce a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools. This replacement would remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater, a contaminant identified as the primary cause of local quality degradation on Long Island.
6/28/2016 (WSHU-FM/NPR) The Proof Is In The Physics: Olympic 'Sharkskin' Swimsuits Outperform Shark SkinThis year all of the Olympic swimmers are wearing swimsuits that were developed to mimic sharkskin. Now though, scientists have shown that the man-made design works better for swimmers in a pool than sharkskin does for sharks in the ocean...at least when it comes to drag. Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, worked with the University of Minnesota to study how sharks move and swim underwater.
6/28/2016 (East Hampton Press/27 east.com) New Septic Technology Could Cut Out 95 Percent Of Nitrogen In Local Ground WaterScientists at Stony Brook University say they are testing new septic treatment systems that could reduce the amount of nitrogen released into groundwater by as much as 95 percent, and could be installed on a residential property for as little as $10,000.
6/27/2016 (Fishbowl/Adweek) Stony Brook University Selects Inaugural Marie Colvin FellowNamed in honor of the Sunday Times of London journalist who was killed while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012, the Marie Colvin Fellowship sponsored by News Corp. has settled on its first Stony Brook University recipient. Heading to Mexico this summer to intern with the Wall Street Journal is 21-year-old 2016 graduate Hanaa' Tameez.
6/27/2016 (News12) Scientists: Brown tide threatening LI marine life"The levels this year, over a million cells per milliliter, are the worst we've seen since 2012," says Dr. Christopher Gobler, of Stony Brook University. "That is a level that is very harmful to marine life."
6/24/2016 (Psychology Today) Offering Patients Hope While Still Telling the TruthIn 2009, the actor Alan Alda founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a division of Stony Brook University whose mission is to "enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline." It's a noble goal, and one that is crucial to ensuring that both laypeople and professionals can make the best decisions for themselves and their communities.
6/25/2016 (WSHU Radio/NPR) Scientists Look To Nature To Tackle Nitrogen Wastewater ProblemStony Brook Professor Christopher Gobler, with the New York Center for Clean Water Technology, has developed a nitrogen-reducing biofilter that will remove the biggest contributor to nitrogen pollution on Long Island by filtering nitrogen out of household wastewater.
6/24/2016 (WSHU Radio/NPR) They're Baaaack! Periodical Cicadas Emerge After 17 Years UndergroundThe sound of cicadas is being heard across the Northeast right now, but the only place Long Islanders can see them this summer is in Wildwood State Park. Professor Douglas Futuyma, with Stony Brook University's Ecology and Evolution Department, said that periodical cicadas are not like ordinary insects. "Most insects live for at most a year," said Futuyma. "Many insects, they will have their entire life from when they're an egg until they die as adults, maybe just a few weeks. These things are living for 17 years underground."
6/24/2016 (Bloomberg) U.S. Politics Scares Overseas InvestorsSometimes, an economic paper delivers such a disturbing result that you have no choice but to sit up and take notice. That was the case for me, when I saw this new study by Stony Brook University's Marina Azzimonti. Azzimonti's disquieting hypothesis is that political partisanship is deterring overseas investment in the U.S.
6/24/2015 (Media Post) No Doubt Women Are Stereotyped In Ads; What About Men?Female empowerment is a key hot button issue during Cannes Lions 2016, yet there was only one session exploring male identity. 72andSunny's Stephanie Feeney hosted a panel that explored the evolving concept of male identity with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker, The Representation Project; Dr. Michael Kimmel, professor, gender studies and sociology, Stony Brook University; and model/personality Shaun Ross.
6/23/2016 (Newsday) Filtering Suffolk's wastewater studied at Stony BrookA simple layering of wood chips and sand could be one solution to Suffolk County's wastewater pollution problem, according to new research out of Stony Brook University's Center for Clean Water Technology.
6/24/2016 (News Medical) Stony Brook researcher receives grant to evaluate daily activity levels, heart rate patterns of CFS patientsBy better understanding daily activity levels and heart rate patterns of those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), scientists hope to discover more about this complex illness condition. Fred Friedberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take this research approach to determine if heart rate fluctuations in combination with certain daily activity patterns can be used to predict or prevent relapse in people with CFS.
6/22/2016 (New York Times) Food Pantries Address a Growing Hunger Problem at CollegesAt Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York, Teresa Tagliaferri, a recent graduate who served as site manager for the school's pantry, said students often appeared at the end of the semester, when their prepaid meal plans ran low. "That's when we see a larger number of people," she said.
6/22/2016 (Riverhead News-Review) DEC: No more harmful algal blooms found at Laurel LakeIn May, the Suffolk County Health Department issued a warning to residents and asked them to stay out of the lake since Stony Brook University professors found high levels of cyanobacteria -- also known as a blue-green algal bloom -- in the water.
6/21/2016 (News12) Stony Brook's nitrogen filter could help improve LI watersSOUTHAMPTON - New technology being developed at Stony Brook University could help reduce harmful nitrogen from septic systems that end up in Long Island's groundwater and waterways.More News