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3/2/2015 (New York Times) Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda's HelpThe two were participating in an improvisational acting exercise a couple of Saturdays ago. But they are not aspiring actresses or comedians. Dr. Furie is a professor of pathology at Stony Brook University, Dr. Holdener a professor of biochemistry and cell biology. "Anyone have any inkling what is going on?" asked one of the instructors for the session -- Alan Alda, the actor who played Hawkeye in the television series "M*A*S*H" more than three decades ago.
3/2/2015 (USA Today) Majority of pediatricians agree to delay vaccinationsOver time, families who are skeptical of vaccines may come to see that their pediatrician has their child's best interest at heart, says Saul Hymes, assistant professor and attending physician at Stony Brook University Hospital on New York's Long Island, who was not involved in the new study.
3/1/2015 (Newsday) Roosevelt-based Parabit Systems Develops Bank Security TechnologyBusinesses also need to make sure they have a reserve to cover pitfalls that may result because of some failed projects, said Ree S. Wackett, a senior business adviser at the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University.
2/27/2015 (New York Times) Destruction of Antiquities by ISIS Militants Is DenouncedAbdulamir al-Hamdani, an Iraqi archaeologist and a visiting researcher at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said some of the important Hatra sculptures that had been destroyed included a statue of Sanatruq, a king of Hatra; a statue of a priest of Hatra; and an important mask from Hatra.
2/28/2015 (NPR/"Weekend Edition Saturday") Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice AgeOver the last few decades, archaeologists have uncovered other sites that have pushed back estimates of when humans arrived in the New World. But so far, none of the oldest sites have yielded what many consider the smoking gun -- human remains. John Shea, an anthropologist and expert on early man at Stony Brook University, says positively dated human remains would change a lot of minds.
2/26/2015 (Huffington Post/Politics) The Great Game in the Holy LandMichael Schwartz, an emeritus distinguished teaching professor of sociology at Stony Brook University writes, "Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises."
2015-02-27 (MSN) Fears mount for Iraq heritage after IS museum rampageArchaeologists expressed fears Friday that after ransacking the Mosul museum in Iraq, Islamic State group jihadists would embark on a systematic destruction of heritage in areas under their control..."This is not the end of the story and the international community must intervene," said Abdelamir Hamdani, an Iraqi archaeologist at New York's Stony Brook University.
2/26/2015 (Suffolk Times) With icy air comes a frozen Long Island SoundStony Brook University oceanography professor Henry Bokuniewicz said, "It takes a severe event to cause the Sound to freeze," adding that it would be impossible for Long Island Sound to freeze over completely.
2/25/2015 (Newsday) Nassau sewage treatment plants most damaged by Sandy, says Stony Brook-NYU studyThe report about the damage from super-storm Sandy, done by Stony Brook University and New York University, focused on the impact of Sandy-related flooding on sewage treatment plants in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.
2/23/2015 (Long Island Business News) Watt: Time to be thinking bigger and bolderLong Island made its bones with big ideas. Jones Beach and our vaunted parks system revolutionized recreation for the masses. Grumman put men on the moon. Republic Aviation built machines that helped save the world for democracy. Computer Associates, Symbol Technologies, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and Hofstra University all excelled because of the power of the ideas and hard work.
2/24/2015 (AAU) 144 Universities Warn Congress Pending Patent Legislation Would Harm U.S. Innovation SystemAs Congress considers legislation related to the U.S. patent system, American universities and associated technology transfer foundations and organizations stand ready to work with you to address the patent litigation abuses we all agree are a problem. We are deeply concerned, however, that much of the patent legislation currently being discussed in Congress, including the Innovation Act, H.R. 9, goes well beyond what is needed to address the bad actions of a small number of patent holders, and would instead make it more difficult and expensive for patent holders to defend their rights in good faith.
2/23/2015 (MPR News/NPR) 8 things you need to know about sleepSleep experts -- Dr. Imran Khawaja of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at HCMC and Lauren Hale of the National Sleep Foundation journal Sleep Health -- joined MPR News to talk about the latest research and tips for getting a better night's rest.
2/23/2015 (CNN) Can a killer whale be a slave? (story originally appeared on 2/4/2015)Carl Safina holds the Endowed Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is author of the upcoming book, "Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
2/20/2015 (Newsday/Explore LI) Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Long IslandEach year is represented by an animal, and 2015 is the year of the goat. Or sheep. Or ram. It's not very definitive. "They're very similar in pronunciation and symbols," says Annalisa Manthos, director of the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University. "That's where the translation confusion comes in."
2/21/2015 (Time) The Dad 2.0 Summit: Making the Case for a New Kind of ManhoodFor all the progress the revolution has made, Kimmel, executive director at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University in New York, is here to spread the message that it's not time for back-patting yet, that men need to do more to support other men if America is really going to redefine what masculinity looks like (e.g., not just a big emotionless tree).
2/19/2015 (CBS New York) Officials Urge Caution As Potentially Record Low Temps Again Hit Tri-State AreaBut as CBS2's Matt Kozar reported, the beautiful great outdoors is actually fascinating for some. Dr. Laszlo Mihaly of Stony Brook University uses the bitter elements as his laboratory. "Put a little ice crystal, and see it freezes," he explained as he demonstrated the progression of ice formation. "Ice crystals grow and they grow downwards.... It's just beautiful."
2/19/2015 (Huffington Post/Healthy Living): As an ALS Patient, Here's What I Thought About "The Theory of Everything"Dr. Christopher Pendergast, founder and president of Ride For Life and founder and sustainer of The Christopher Pendergast ALS Center for Excellence at Stony Brook University writes about "The Theory of Everything."
2/17/2015 (East Hampton Star) Indie Film Producers and Stony Brook: PartnersIt is fitting that less than a month before this year's Academy Awards, to be announced on Sunday evening, the New York State Education Department approved Stony Brook University's Master of Fine Arts program in film, the first such program in the SUNY system.
2/18/2015 (Times Beacon Record) Stony Brook University Hospital births 10,000 babiesStony Brook brought in its 10,000th baby this month. The hospital's midwifery practice celebrated the big number Feb. 12, when little Lorilei Ann came into the world at 1:33 a.m. to meet her mom and dad, Phyllis and Joseph Boccio of Centereach. A team of excited midwives celebrated the birth as two other women were admitted into the labor and delivery unit Wednesday night, making the race to 10,000 births a close one.
2/18/2015 (The Street) Julianne Moore Oscar Nod a Box Office Boon Says 'Still Alice' ProducerAn Oscar win by Julianne Moore would be a box office blessing for a small independent film like 'Still Alice,' said Christine Vachon, the movie's producer and Founder of Killer Films. Vachon said the film industry's transition to tentpole movies is stealing attention away from story driven movies. Vachon is helping teach upcoming producers and directors about changes in the movie industry at Stony Brook University which recently introduced its first ever Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film. The MFA program focuses on screenwriting, directing, and producing culminating in a feature screenplay, a portfolio of short films including an MFA thesis film or a final producer's package.More News