6/23/2015 Evolutionary Feeding Advantages of "Warm Fish" Now Affected by Human Impacts Scientists have commonly thought that fish which evolved to become endothermic, or warm-blooded, may allow them to be more active in colder waters and thus exploit more food sources. But a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Daniel Madigan, PhD, a Stony Brook University marine biologist, and colleagues nationally, reveals that this is not the case and that combined effects of overfishing and environmental changes can impact the performance of these fish.
6/22/2015 Astronomers Discover 854 Ultra-Dark Galaxies in the Famous Coma ClusterA team of researchers from Stony Brook University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have discovered 854 "ultra-dark galaxies" in the Coma Cluster by analyzing data from the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope. The new discovery, published in the June 2015 edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, surpasses the 2014 discovery of 47 mysterious dark galaxies by more than 800 and suggests that galaxy clusters are the key environment for the evolution of these mysterious dark galaxies.
6/16/2015 Climate and Ecosystem Instability Delayed Dinosaur SuccessClimate and plant community instability may have hampered the success of dinosaurs in the tropics during the Late Triassic Period (235-201 million years ago), according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This finding was reached by co-author Alan H. Turner, PhD, of Stony Brook University, and an international team of scientists by examining the sedimentary rocks and fossil record preserved in the Chinle Formation in northern New Mexico to investigate the environment in tropical latitudes during the Late Triassic.
6/15/2015 Stony Brook Enters Licensing Deal to Bring Anti-Cancer Technology to MarketStony Brook University has entered into a licensing agreement with a startup company, CadheRx Therapeutics, to develop and market an anti-cancer technology discovered by Sabine Brouxhon, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The technology involves use of an antibody-based cancer therapy that down-regulates a plethora of pathways associated with resistant disease. The approach could advance treatment for patients with many forms of cancer, including breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and other epithelial-derived cancers.
6/5/2015 Beam It Up Densely: Transporting Quantum Information Without Moving Matter A team of scientists have taken quantum teleportation - a method of communicating information from one location to another without having to physically move it - to a higher level by using certain high-dimensional states (which they dubbed "donut" states) for teleportation. Stony Brook University physicist Tzu-Chieh Wei, PhD, and colleagues nationally demonstrated that their method works, is more reliable than previous teleportation schemes, and could be a stepping stone toward building a quantum communications network. Their findings appear in Nature Communications.
6/1/2015 Critically Endangered Ocean Giant is Reproducing Without Sex in the WildAre males truly essential for reproduction? Female birds, reptiles and sharks living in captivity have sometimes surprised their keepers by giving birth even though, as far as anyone can remember, they have never been housed with a male. Scientists used DNA analysis to solve this mystery some time ago, showing that these offspring were produced by asexual reproduction, a process called parthenogenesis, or "virgin birth." Although these events have captured tremendous public interest, it was unknown if this ever occurred in wild populations of these animals.
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.