5/28/2015 Study Suggests that Dinosaurs were Warm-BloodedDinosaurs grew as fast as your average living mammal, according to a research paper published by Stony Brook University paleontologist Michael D'Emic, PhD. The paper, to published in Science on May 29, is a re-analysis of a widely publicized 2014 Science paper on dinosaur metabolism and growth that concluded dinosaurs were neither ectothermic nor endothermic--terms popularly simplified as 'cold-blooded' and 'warm-blooded'--but instead occupied an intermediate category.
5/26/2015 Removing Mutant p53 Significantly Regresses Tumors, Improves Cancer Survival Removing accumulated mutant p53 protein from a cancer model showed that tumors regress significantly and survival increases. This finding, by an international team of cancer researchers led by Ute Moll, MD, Professor of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is reported in a paper published advanced online May 25 in Nature.
5/20/2015 Stony Brook Archaeologists Find the Earliest Evidence of Stone Tool Making in Cradle of HumankindStony Brook, N.Y., May 20, 2015 - Our ancestors were making stone tools even earlier than we thought--some 700,000 years older. That's the finding of the West Turkana Archaeological Project (WTAP) team--co-led by Stony Brook University's Drs. Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis--who have found the earliest stone artifacts, dating to 3.3 million years ago, at a site named Lomekwi 3 on the western shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
5/20/2015 Stony Brook University Set To Launch Georgica Pond Research ProjectStony Brook University has partnered with a group of homeowners from the Georgica Pond community, and the East Hampton Town Trustees, to form a public-private partnership to address water quality issues on the east end of Long Island. Local residents have raised $359,000 to support the research project, which will investigate the causes of environmental degradation and the toxic algae blooms observed in Georgica Pond over the last several years. Research will be led by Dr. Chris Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Based on the research findings, the partnership will work closely with the Nature Conservancy to develop a plan of action to remediate the Georgica Pond eco-system. This plan will also help inform other communities in Long Island facing similar water quality issues.
5/20/2015 Researchers to Create "CyberHeart" Platform for Advanced Medical Device DevelopmentA virtual-heart platform proposed by Stony Brook researchers and colleagues to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $4.2 million over five years.
5/8/2015 Department of Chemistry Wins Safety AwardThe Stony Brook University Department of Chemistry is the 2015 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) University Safety Award. The award is presented to an academic department engaged in chemical research that has demonstrated significant progress in creating a culture of safety. The Department was presented with the award at the CCR Annual Meeting on May 6 in Alexandria, Va.
5/7/2015 Stony Brook Biological Anthropologist Named Chair of Anatomical SciencesRandy Susman, PhD, an expert in Biological Anthropology and a Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University for more than 25 years, has been named Chair of the Department, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Susman's tenure as Chair of Anatomical Sciences begins on May 10.
4/22/2015 Report: Single Stream Recycling Leads to 25 Percent Increase in Recyclables RecoveredResearchers at the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University released a report today that analyzed the 2014 Town of Brookhaven switch from dual stream recycling (separating the collection of paper and containers) to single stream recycling (paper and containers collected together). The report revealed that the change led to a 25 percent increase in recyclables recovered from 2013 to 2014, and significantly fewer recyclable materials mixed in with the disposable trash.
4/21/2015 New Mathematical Model to Predict Pharmacodynamic Activity May Improve Drug DiscoveryA new mathematical model that uses drug-target kinetics to predict how drugs work in vivo may provide a foundation to improve drug discovery, which is frequently hampered by the inability to predict effective doses of drugs. The discovery by Peter Tonge, a Professor of Chemistry and Radiology, and Director of Infectious Disease Research at the Institute for Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB & DD) at Stony Brook University, along with collaborators at Stony Brook University and AstraZeneca, is published advanced online in Nature Chemical Biology.
4/20/2015 60 = 50: New Study Reveals Increases in Life Expectancy Reflect Slower Population AgingEveryone knows that 60 is the new 50. But now, Warren Sanderson, a Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University, and Sergei Scherbov, a project leader at an Austrian research institute, have written an article about future population projections for Europe up to the year 2050 published in PLOS ONE, which shows that, counterintuitively, population aging is slower when life expectancy increase is faster - 60 really is the new 50.
4/14/2015 Leman Akoglu Receives NSF CAREER Award Leman Akoglu, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Akoglu will receive NSF CAREER funding of $507,000 over the next five years to support her project titled "A General Framework for Methodical and Interpretable Anomaly Mining."
4/8/2015 Stony Brook Receives NIH Award to Develop a Bioscience Hub The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Stony Brook University's Center for Biotechnology a three-year $3 million grant through the SUNY Research Foundation to establish the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH). The grant is part of the NIH's Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program and one of only three awarded nationwide. It is a collaboration between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory and is designed to help accelerate the translation of biomedical discoveries into new drugs, devices, and diagnostics to improve patient care and enhance health.
4/3/2015 Neurosurgery Leaders Endorse Interventional Thrombectomy to Treat Acute StrokeHenry Woo, MD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Neurological Surgery, Director of the Cerebrovascular Center and Co-Director of the Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center at Stony Brook Medicine's Neurosciences Institute, along with other national leaders in neurosurgery, strongly endorse interventional thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke secondary to emergent large brain vessel occlusions in a paper published online in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
3/18/2015 Stony Brook Professor Selected for China`s High-end Foreign Experts ProgramEnergy and environmental issues are both national and transnational in scope, and as such require the cooperation of experts and countries on a global scale. Stony Brook University is playing an important role in worldwide eco-partnership efforts, one research expert at a time, as Materials Science Professor Devinder Mahajan was selected by China to participate in its High-End Foreign Experts program. His first trip to China will be in April; he will travel there up to four times a year over the next three years.
3/18/2015 Stony Brook University Lauds SUNY BOT Vote to Advance New School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesStony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, lauded the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees for voting to adopt a resolution endorsing the University's effort to confer the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, subject to approval by the New York State Board of Regents. The vote is a major step forward establishing the Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). The SPPS would be the first School of Pharmacy on Long Island and adds to the existing Health Science Schools at Stony Brook University, joining the Schools of Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, Social Welfare and the Program in Public Health.
3/17/2015 Scientists Find Tropical Cyclone Size Controlled By Relative Sea-Surface Temperatures A team of scientists including Minghua Zhang, Dean and Director of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), have found that the size of tropical cyclones is controlled by their underlying sea-surface temperatures (SST) relative to the conditions of the mean SST within the surrounding tropical zone of the storms. Their findings, published early online in Nature Communications, imply that under a warmer climate, the size of tropical cyclones (including hurricanes), are not based on the absolute value of SST alone.
3/16/2015 Bioscience Company Licenses Stony Brook Discovery to Treat Canine Periodontal Disease Traverse Biosciences has signed an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to develop a drug to treat canine periodontal disease. The potential therapy would fulfill an unmet medical need, as periodontitis affects approximately 80 percent of dogs by the age of three and leads to tooth loss. The drug candidate comes from a discovery by Stony Brook University scientists who have developed a library of proprietary agents designed to treat inflammation.
3/5/2015 Rapid Changes in Lovejoy Comet's Tail ObservedA team of astronomy researchers from Stony Brook University, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and Tsuru University are the first to reveal clear details about the rapidly changing plasma tail of the comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy). The observation and details behind the discovery are published in a paper in the March 2015 edition of the Astronomical Journal.
2/25/2015 New Technology Tracks Cell Lineage To Watch Evolution at WorkEvolution is change, and not always for the better. Evolution, in fact, is at the core of many of the diseases that are hardest to treat. Pathogens such as bacteria and parasites evade their host's defenses or antimicrobial drugs through evolution. Cancer itself in an evolutionary process, whereby "rogue" cells evolve to grow beyond their normal barriers, migrate to distant locations in the body, and ultimately evade chemotherapy.
2/11/2015 Research Team Finds How CBD, a Component in Marijuana, Works Within CellsA team of Stony Brook University researchers have identified fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) as intracellular transporters for two ingredients in marijuana, THC and CBD (cannabidiol). The finding, published early online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is significant because it helps explain how CBD works within the cells. Recent clinical findings have shown that CBD may help reduce seizures and could be a potential new medicine to treat pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy.