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5/3/2016 (Southampton Press) Stony Brook Southampton Campus Shifts FocusRoughly six years after massive budget cuts forced Stony Brook University officials to pull most of its academic courses from its Southampton campus, Stony Brook Southampton is in the middle of a resurgence, and is now being re-branded as a center for graduate studies.
5/2/2016 (Innovate LI) 5 Incubators, 40 Startups, One Big ShowcaseStony Brook University's vast business-development ecosystem will take a bow, and enjoy a healthy dose of self-promotion, during the university's first-ever Business Incubator Showcase.
5/2/2016 (Huffington Post) Is Swaziland Selling Live Elephants and Rhino Horns Simply for Profit?Carl Safina writes, "Back in February when Swaziland sold 17 formerly free-living African elephants to three U.S. zoos (Dallas, Omaha and Wichita), I made a phone call to the president of one of the United States' better zoos--a zoo not involved in this deal--asking if he thought it was OK to still be catching wild elephants for zoos."
5/1/2016 (Newsday) 'Docs Who Rock' battle to raise funds for patientsThe second annual Battle of the Bands was held at 89 North Music Venue in Patchogue on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to benefit bone marrow transplant patients at Stony Brook Hospital. The bands are made up of doctors, administrators and CEOs of area hospitals who say they love to have fun on stage and give to a worthy charity--though they freely admit they won't be quitting their day jobs.
4/29/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook students blow off pre-exam stress in Roth Pond RegattaAbout 3,000 Stony Brook University students looking to blow off pre-exam stress attended the annual Roth Pond Regatta on April 29, 2016. The event, which is a campuswide tradition, featured 100 boats competing in heats of four at a time, each vying to make it across the 200-yard pond first. The winners of the heats then competed for the championship.
4/30/2016 (National Geographic) Kenya Sets Ablaze 105 Tons of IvoryThe record-setting burn is meant to send a message to the world that ivory has no value and that its trade should be banned...Countries that hoard ivory stocks "are speculators on an evil, illegal commodity," added Richard Leakey, chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service and chair of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University, in a speech before the burn. "There can be no justification for speculating price rises in ivory down the road, and they should be shamed out of their position once and for all."
4/29/2016 (USA Today College) The top 10 schools for a degree in applied mathematicsA degree in applied mathematics combines classes on general mathematics with special mathematical models and formulas used in fields of engineering, science, medicine and business. This often prepares students for more specialized work in a variety of fields. Students are taught how to solve specific problems using mathematic formulas and algorithms, making them very valuable to employers. Graduates leave with advanced critical and analytical thinking skills....3. STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY Stony Brook is a research school that has a reputation for providing students with an excellent education highlighted by small class sizes and research opportunities. The undergraduate applied mathematics program is a top choice for students interested in entering actuarial science, engineering, systems analysis, operations research and more. The program is designed to teach students how to tackle problems using mathematical techniques. It is one of the largest science majors at Stony Brook and one of the best applied mathematics programs in the country. Graduates of this program earn an average starting salary of $53,000.
4/28/2016 (Washington Post) What's a degree worth? Depends on what you study -- and whereMark Schneider, distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Stony Brook University and a former senior education official in the George W. Bush administration, argues that what matters is not just the school that a student attends but the program of study. Schneider, now at the American Institutes for Research, has come up with some surprising findings through his work with states.
4/28/2016 (News12) New research indicates rise in childhood obesityFor those struggling with childhood obesity, there are some programs on Long Island that may be able to help, including one at Stony Brook University Hospital. Doctors say they work with children in the program, catering to their individual needs.
4/27/2016 (Scientific American) Richard Leakey Leads the Charge in Kenya's War on Elephant PoachingIn the world of science, Richard Leakey is as close to royalty by birth as one gets. The son of Louis and Mary Leakey, whose dramatic discoveries at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania helped establish Africa as the birthplace of humankind, Richard is best known for his excavation of a nearly complete 1.6 million-year-old skeleton of "Turkana Boy"--a young Homo erectus male found near Lake Turkana in Kenya in 1984.
4/27/2016 (Times Beacon Record) Hair dye from a beetle? Highlights from Earthstock 2016While representatives from many nations signed the landmark Paris Agreement about greenhouse gas emissions, students, professors and guest lecturers descended on Stony Brook last week to celebrate and discuss ways of protecting the environment as a part of Earthstock.
4/26/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook researcher Christopher Gobler wins national honorChristopher Gobler, a professor with the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, is seen with algae at the school's lab in Southampton on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Gobler has been recognized by the EPA for his work on aquatic ecosystems.
4/26/2016 (New York Times) A Move Very Much Out of Line with the ElectorateSamara Klar, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona, and Yanna Krupnikov, an assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University, are co-authors of "Independent Politics." The write, "Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich have finally agreed to cooperate, a move some conservative commenters have been pushing for several months: They will rally around one another to improve their odds in their best respective states, so as to withhold delegates from Donald Trump. But will it work? Americans, especially in this election cycle, have not been terribly keen on following the Republican Party's - or any party's - orders. If anything, there is a large and growing motivation in this country to explicitly reject partisan cues."
4/25/2016 (People Magazine) New York Mom with Cancer Sees Son Wed in Emotional Hospital Wedding: 'It Brought Us All Together'"I was just so sick and I didn't know what was happening to me. The oncologist came in and said, "Mrs. Holm, I think you have leukemia,' " Catherine tells PEOPLE of her diagnosis. "I was in shock. They moved me to Stony Brook University Hospital the day after Easter." When doctors told Catherine - who is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant - that flying could compromise her immune system, the caring staff at the hospital joined forces with her son, Mark Holm Jr. and his fiancée, Joanna, to plan the perfect wedding.
4/23/2016 (NPR) Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck?If a financial emergency struck -- say, a health problem or a car that needed repair -- would you be able to come up with $400? According to the Federal Reserve Board, 47 percent of Americans would have trouble doing so -- they would have to sell something, borrow money or simply couldn't pay. And this is true even for people who consider themselves middle class. Neal Gabler is one of them. He's a successful writer with five books under his belt, and he's a visiting professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
4/25/2015 (Forbes) A New Family Tree For One Of The World's Most Endangered MammalsWith 106 living species and almost every single one of them endangered, Madagascar's trademark mammal, the lemur, is in dire need of conservation. But how can studying their past inform scientists about their future? New research out today in Systematic Biology by James Herrera of the American Museum of Natural History and Professor Liliana Dávalos of the Stony Brook University reveals how the most complete lemur family tree ever constructed can begin to help these iconic creatures.
4/21/2016 (NPR) Can Whales And Humans Collaborate On Research?In "A Conversation with Whales" in The New York Times this past Sunday, James Nestor raises the tantalizing possibility of full-on collaboration between human observers and wild whales in research on whale communication...Carl Safina Safina, too, is comfortable with the free-diving practice: "I think the team assembled, as described in the article, is capable of doing good science. I have zero difficulty with the ethics. On a related note, I don't think it's good ethics to exile ourselves from all interactions with free-living animals, because they crucially need us to know them better."
4/22/2016 (Live Science) The Flu (Influenza): Causes, Symptoms and TreatmentAre there some cases where a seemingly healthy person may die of the flu? "There are some thoughts that a very robust immune system can have an overly exuberant inflammatory response to influenza, that could be potentially detrimental to the patient," Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of health care epidemiology at Stony Brook Medicine.
4/20/2016 (Newsday) Stony Brook University launches 'Far Beyond' branding initiativeStony Brook University launches a multiyear rebranding campaign Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that includes new campus banners and installations, such as those shown in this rendering. The effort has been in the making for two years and cost an estimated $650,000. Photo Credit: Stony Brook University
4/19/2016 (Fox News Health) Couple holds wedding ceremony at New York hospital for mother battling cancerCatherine Holm, of Long Island, N.Y., had picked out a dress and couldn't wait to fly to Puerto Rico for her 24-year-old son Mark's wedding on Saturday, April 23. But 58-year-old Holm's plans changed in March, when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Holm spent three weeks in the bone marrow transplant unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, in Stony Brook, N.Y., where some of her nurses suggested an early ceremony at the hospital-- an arrangement that would allow Holm to see her "baby boy" get hitched while awaiting a bone marrow transplant.More News