11/30/2015 Home Intervention Improves Child Vaccination Rates Among Children Living in PovertyA program by Stony Brook Children's Hospital that involves the use of trained community health workers on child immunization reveals that home intervention and education improves vaccine/immunization rates in at-risk children, including those living in poverty. Overall, the intervention improved the likelihood of up-to-date immunization status by more than 15 percent for children up to 2 years of age compared to those without the intervention. The study involved more than 300 pediatric patients and is published in the journal Vaccine.
11/23/2015 Will troubleshooting a Quantum Systems-Based Computer be Easy for a Technician?A Stony Brook University research team has developed new tools to test the fundamental constituents of a quantum information processor, a device that manipulates data based on quantum mechanics rather than classical physics and therefore would have computing power well beyond the capabilities of a classic computer. Their findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.
11/19/2015 Microbiome Technology Developed at Stony Brook May Help Combat Certain Infections Stony Brook University and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that two patent applications were filed in the United States and internationally for nutrient based compositions utilizing an innovative microbiome technology that may help combat certain infections. Developed at Stony Brook University, these compositions have been exclusively licensed to Ortek as part of a long-standing and commercially successful collaboration with Stony Brook University and the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation.
11/17/2015 Stony Brook Researchers Confirm Information Is Contagious Among Social Connections A new study using advanced computer modeling, conducted by researchers from Stony Brook University, found that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections --- shedding light on the mechanisms that drive real-world contagious phenomena, including smoking, obesity, eyewitness testimony and even fads and fashion. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
11/11/2015 Single Tooth Analysis of Oldest-Known Plant-Visiting Bat Fossil Suggests it was OmnivorousA Stony Brook University-led team of evolutionary biologists has discovered that the oldest known nectar-drinking bat fossil, Palynephyllum antimaster, was probably omnivorous. They determined this by analyzing only a single molar of the fossil, which helped estimate the bat's skull length and infer its eating habits. Their findings are published in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters.
11/5/2015 Big Data Research at Stony Brook Gets Big Boost with NSF Funding for Computer ClusterThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Stony Brook University Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) a $1.4 million Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant to acquire an additional high-performance computer system that will further build the University's computational capacity and big data analyses in research and education initiatives encompassing all fields. Total funding for the computer cluster will reach $2 million, based on $600,000 in matching grants from internal University sources and the Empire State Development's NYSTAR program ($300,000).
11/4/2015 Stony Brook-led Team to Evaluate Racial Differences in GI Cancer BiologyAmericans of African descent are at a significantly higher risk for developing and dying from Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, which include colorectal and pancreatic cancers, compared to individuals who are of Caucasian descent. Because of this health disparity, researchers from Stony Brook University, SUNY Downstate, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), are teaming up to launch a program to assess GI cancer biology in patients.
11/2/2015 Research Team Achieves First Image of Molecular Machinery that Copies DNAThe molecular mechanisms behind DNA replication, an element essential to maintaining life, remain difficult for scientists to define or image. But now a team of researchers from Stony Brook University, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Rockefeller University, has taken a major step to better understand the "replisome" - a block of proteins that act as molecular machinery to duplicate DNA. Their findings are published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
10/27/2015 Group Living: For Baboons Intermediate Size is Optimal Living with others can offer tremendous benefits for social animals - including primates, but these benefits could come at a high costs. New research by a team of scientists led by Catherine Markham, PhD, a Stony Brook University anthropologist, reveals that intermediate-sized groups provide the most benefits to wild baboons.
10/26/2015 Study Suggests Targeting Invasive Cells Not Dividing Cells to Halt Cancer Most cancer drugs are designed to target dividing cells, but a new study by Stony Brook University researchers suggests that targeting invasive cells may be a new strategy to treat metastatic cancer.
10/22/2015 17 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists Mentored at Stony Brook Seventeen high school students mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers.
10/19/2015 Researchers Find Way to Control Heart Waves With LightElectrical waves regulate the rhythm of the heartbeat, and when those signals go awry, the result is a potentially fatal arrhythmia. Now, a team of researchers from Stony Brook University and Oxford University has found a way to precisely control these waves - using light.
10/15/2015 Stony Brook Researchers Receive $1 Million DOE Grant to Advance Engine TechnologyA Stony Brook University-led research team has received a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research on Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI), an emerging combustion technology which has the potential to simultaneously reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
10/6/2015 Chimpanzees Shed Light on Origins of Human Walking A research team led by Stony Brook University investigating human and chimpanzee locomotion have uncovered unexpected similarities in the way the two species use their upper body during two-legged walking. The results, reported in Nature Communications, indicate that our early human ancestors, including the famous fossil 'Lucy' (a species known as Australopithecus afarensis), may have been able to use their torsos to increase walking efficiency in the same way as modern humans.
10/1/2015 The Paper Ceiling - Women Underrepresented In Media CoverageMirroring a major problem in society at large, women are significantly shortchanged when it comes to media coverage, with men being mentioned in the news a whopping five times more than women. This is the major finding of a first-of-its-kind study by Stony Brook University researchers. The paper, titled "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News," is published in the American Sociological Review.
10/1/2015 Stony Brook Opens New $20-Million Supported Institute for Advanced Computational ScienceStony Brook University held a grand opening for the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), a $20-million supported 6,000 square-foot facility with the mission to make sustained advances in the science of computation and its applications to complex problems in many fields.
9/17/2015 Stony Brook Enters Licensing Agreement with OncoGenesis for Use of Cancer BiomarkerStony Brook University has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with molecular diagnostics company OncoGenesis Corporation, on the use of the protein biomarker Keratin 17 (K17) for diagnostic and prognostic applications for cervical cancer. These applications will be developed based on the research of Kenneth Shroyer, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, and colleagues at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
9/15/2015 Stony Brook University Secures NYSTAR CAT AwardsStony Brook University received two Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) awards from NYSTAR, Empire State Development's (ESD's) Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, including a new grant for the Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES), and a renewal grant for Stony Brook's existing Center for Biotechnology. ESD is New York State's chief economic development agency.
9/14/2015 Stony Brook Research Team Receives NSF Grant to Create "Ceramic Cloth" Blankets A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded a $935,056 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the continuous production of three-dimensional, self-supported, ceramic nano-fibrous materials that will act as photocatalysts for new energy production using water ponds as reactors. This project is led by Principal Investigator Pelagia Gouma, PhD, Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
9/9/2015 Sea Spray Aerosols May Affect Ice Cloud Formation and Global ClimateScientists believe that the thin film on the ocean's surface, which is involved in the formation of sea spray, holds many mysteries that impact our atmosphere and world. A team of Stony Brook University and international researchers may have discovered one key role of this thin layer. They found that biogenic materials in the layer may affect ice cloud formation and thus climate on a global scale, particularly when other known ice forming particles such as mineral dust are scarce or absent. Their findings are detailed in a paper published in Nature.