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5/1/2015 (First Coast News) Skin damage from lightbulbs? One study says yesDr. Miriam Rafailovich, who conducted the study at Stony Brook, could not comment directly on Leigh's concerns, but told First Coast News that she believes there are concerns with prolonged exposure to CFLs. "What we found was that these bulbs would emit radiation where if you were exposed to them you got your daily dose not in eight hours, but in minutes," she says. Her research found that cells exposed to close range compact fluorescent bulbs, "stopped growing and changed shape." The cause appears to be cracking or deterioration of bulb's protective white lining, which the study found could allow UVA and UVC to escape.
4/30/2015 (USA Today College): Win over any job interviewer with these 4 questionsYou know it's coming. At the end of every job interview, after you've wowed the hiring manager with your skills, experience and charm, he or she will probably ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" Don't miss this chance to show your potential employer you're a curious, savvy, must-hire candidate. "The act of asking questions can really set equally qualified candidates apart," says Marianna Savoca, director of the career center at Stony Brook University in New York.
4/28/2015 (Chicago Tribune) Middle schoolers take part in Alan Alda's Flame ChallengeSixth-graders at Prairie Middle School had the special opportunity on Tuesday to speak with actor Alan Alda and middle school students from around the world about the answer to a simple yet complex question: What is sleep? This unique gathering, conducted through Skype, was the 2015 Flame Challenge created by Alda and the New York-based Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
4/29/2015 (College Planning and Management) More Than Skin Deep: The Value of Interior Design (April Issue)College Planning & Management recently toured the campus of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and talked about interior design with John Fogarty, director of Capital Planning, and Yumi Yoshino-Hempel, architectural designer. The Long Island campus started 52 years ago with institutional, formulaic architecture inside and out.
4/26/2015 (Deseret News) The one joke we make about love may actually be trueDr. Arthur Aron of Stony Brook University told Bernstein that people can fall in love instantly when there's a willingness to open up and fall for another person. People also fall in love when they feel safe around someone and they feel commitment (which can happen on a first date, or down the road), Aron told WSJ.
4/24/2015 (New York Post/Page 6) Stars of Stony BrookJane Fonda and Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, president of Stony Brook University, attend the 16th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala on Wednesday at Chelsea Piers. The gala raised $2.8 million for scholarships and Stony Brook's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.
4/26/2015 (Newsweek) Coyotes Are New York's Newest Immigrants"Coyotes can get to Long Island the same way humans get to it: via the intricate network of bridges, tunnels and rail lines," says Javier Monzón, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Coyotes can also swim.
4/21/2015 (Nature) Oldest stone tools raise questions about their creatorsAware of this controversy, a team led by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University in New York set out in 2011 to find tools older than 3 million years, at a site west of Kenya's Lake Turkana.
4/20/2015 (Newsday) Billy Joel, Charles Wang, Ben Shneiderman to get honorary degrees from Stony BrookStony Brook University will award musician Billy Joel, Islanders owner Charles Wang and Ben Shneiderman, a computer scientist who pioneered the hyperlink, with honorary degrees at its 55th commencement ceremony next month, university officials said Monday.
4/19/2015 (Design and Trend) World's Oldest Stone Tools Predating Modern Humans Discovered In KenyaThe area surrounding Lake Turkana has yielded many fossils relating to early human life. A team lead by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University in New York was behind the latest discovery.
4/20/2015 (Science 2.0) People Are Aging More Slowly Than We ThinkFaster increases in life expectancy do not necessarily produce faster population aging, a counter-intuitive finding that came as a result of applying new measures of aging developed at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in order to project future populations for Europe out to the year 2050. Traditional measures of age simply categorize people as "old" at a specific age, usually 65, but previous research by Scherbov, Sanderson, and colleagues has shown that the traditional definition puts many people in the category of "old" who have characteristics of much younger people.
4/15/2015 (Today Show) 60 really is the new 50, scientists sayIn fact, 60 -- even 65 (or, maybe more) -- can be considered "middle-aged," according to population experts at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIAS) in Austria and Stony Brook University in New York...."We found that when the speed of life expectancy increase was faster, the new measures of aging increase more slowly," explains study co-author Warren Sanderson, a professor of economics and history at Stony Brook.
4/14/2015 (Business Insider) New High-tech Patches Can Deliver Vaccines PainlesslyBiomedical engineer Kasia Sawicka invented a painless alternative: a patch, called ImmunoMatrix, that can vaccinate patients without breaking the skin. "This technology can affect how vaccines are delivered, especially during pandemics," Sawicka says...As an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, she worked in a lab that stocked an extremely water-absorbent material called poly-vinylpyrrolidone. She found that this polymer (used in hairspray during the era of beehive hairdos) could pull water out of the skin.
4/15/2015 (Wired) An App That Hides Secret Messages in Starcraft Style GamesA group of graduate researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have built what they describe as a prototype tool for exploiting "covert channels" in real-time strategy games, the genre of desktop videogames that includes Starcraft, Warcraft, Shogun 2, and Company of Heroes. Their program, which they call Castle, is designed to encode secret messages into those multiplayer games' communications with opponents and teammates across the Internet, translating emails, articles, and even web pages into the game's commands and siphoning them to players who live in censorship regimes like China or Iran.
4/14/2015 (Newsday) Do babies need to watch their calories?"The rationale behind the 19 calorie per ounce is based on studies looking at the amount of calories in breast milk," says Dr. Carolyn Milana, medical director of the newborn nursery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. The concept is that breast-fed babies tend to have fewer problems with obesity in childhood.
4/13/2015 (Yahoo News) How Old Is Too Old To Be a Mom?Fifty is the general threshold for other fertility centers because "after this point patients are more likely to have health issues such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, which can get worse during pregnancy and put the mother and baby in danger," James Bernasko, M.D., director of the maternal-fetal medicine division at Stony Brook Hospital/SUNY Stony Brook, tells Yahoo Parenting. Using a younger woman's donor eggs (as almost all moms over 48 do, says Grifo) eliminates the risks of chromosomal damage, yet moms over 40 still have higher rates of complications such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, which can threaten their health and their baby's health.
4/13/2015 (Long Island Pulse) Bodacious BrasBold, beautiful and bodacious bras are on display at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University Hospital and come Thursday night, April 16, one of them could be yours. The Stony Brook University Cancer Center is hosting "Bodacious Bras for a Cure." The event features more than 20 creative bras, all of which will be auctioned off during the evening with the proceeds going to support programs for patients at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
4/13/2015 (Popular Science) A Patch that Delivers Vaccines, No Needles NecessarySkin doesn't absorb large molecules easily, which meant biomedical engineer Kasia Sawick had to find another way to get vaccines across that barrier. As an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, she worked in a lab that stocked an extremely water-absorbent material called poly-vinylpyrrolidone. She found that this polymer (used in hairspray during the era of beehive hairdos) could pull water out of the skin. When moisture returned, the outer layer of the skin swelled, allowing larger-than-usual molecules to enter.
4/9/2015 (Time Magazine) Not So Fast, BrontosaurusMichael D'Emic is a paleontologist, research instructor at Stony Brook University, and research associate at the Burpee Museum of Natural History and writes about the Brontosaurus.
4/8/2015 (Brookhaven News Herald) "Bodacious Bras For A Cure" Event Scheduled For April 16th At Wang CenterBra art creations will be auctioned off at the Bodacious Bras For A Cure event on Thursday, April 16th at the Wang Center on the campus of Stony Brook University. The event will run from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, and the proceeds from the event will benefit women's cancer programs at Stony Brook which include educational resources, comforting amenities and trained peer survivor mentors.More News