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Senators Flanagan and LaValle Announce Major Funding To Meet Demand For Engineering Degrees at Stony Brook University

Thu, 2018-08-16 12:05
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Chairman of the Senate's Higher Education Committee Kenneth LaValle (1st Senate District) announced the award of $25 million in funding to Stony Brook University that will enable the university to begin the initial phases for developing a new engineering building on campus. The funding will enable Stony Brook University to continue leading the effort to educate and train more engineers to live and work in the region and the state.

Removing the Most Common p53 Mutation in Colorectal Cancer Halts Disease Progression

Wed, 2018-08-15 13:26
By genetically manipulating and removing the most common mutant form of the p53 gene that promotes colorectal cancer in humans, an international team of scientists demonstrated that this therapy reduces tumor growth and tissue invasion. Led by Ute Moll, MD, Professor and cancer biologist in the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the findings are published in Cancer Cell.

Study of Ancient Forefoot Joints Reveals Bipedalism in Hominins Emerged Early

Tue, 2018-08-14 12:50
The feet of primates function as grasping organs. But the adoption of bipedal locomotion - which reduces the ability to grasp - was a critical step in human evolution. In the first comprehensive study of the forefoot joints of ancient hominins, to be published online in PNAS, an international team of researchers conclude that adaptations for bipedal walking in primates occurred as early as 4.4 million years ago, and in that process early hominin feet may have retained some grasping ability.

Stony Brook Jumps 20 Spots in Money Magazine's 'Best Colleges for Your Money Ranking"

Mon, 2018-08-13 13:30
MONEY Magazine has released its 2018 list of "Best Colleges For Your Money," and Stony Brook University ranks #34 overall this year, a 20-place increase from its 2017 ranking, and #22 among public universities, a 10-place jump from last year. Stony Brook's rise in the rankings comes from an increase in graduation rates alongside a slower growth in tuition rates compared to other institutions.

Gynecology and Obstetrics Practice Joins Stony Brook Medicine Physician Network

Wed, 2018-08-08 15:15
Stony Brook Gynecology and Obstetrics has joined Stony Brook Community Medical, Stony Brook Medicine's expanding network of community practices and physicians. The group practices gynecology, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics and urogynecology in Setauket, Bohemia and Rocky Point.

First In-Human Clinical Trial Targeting CD4 Protein for Aggressive T-cell Leukemia and Lymphoma to be Launched

Tue, 2018-08-07 11:23
Stony Brook University, iCell Gene Therapeutics, and the University of Louisville, have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an Investigational New Drug (IND) for the treatment of relapsed and refractory T-cell leukemia and lymphoma. The approach is the first to use chimeric antigen receptor engineered T-cells directed against the target protein CD4 (CD4CAR). Together, Stony Brook University, the University of Louisville, and iCell Gene Therapeutics expect the first in-human Phase I clinical trial to begin accruing patients before the end of 2018.

Heart Surgery Program Earns Top Quality Rating

Wed, 2018-08-01 14:38
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Stony Brook University Heart Institute has earned the highest quality rating of three stars from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its overall patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures, based on the latest analysis of data for CABG surgery from January to December 2017.

Scientists Develop Novel Approach to Spontaneous Emission Using Atomic Matter Waves

Thu, 2018-07-26 12:35
A research team led by Dominik Schneble, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, has developed a novel method to explore spontaneous emission - when an atom or molecule transitions from an excited energy state to a lower energy state. Using a principle called wave-particle duality, the team constructed artificial emitters that spontaneously decay by emitting single atoms, rather than single photons. This method, published in Nature, uses ultracold matter waves and provides a novel experimental platform that may help scientists advance their understanding of open quantum systems and their applications. The research is also featured in a Nature article titled Quantum optics without photons.

Study Shows Threatened Sharks Still Common in Fin Trade

Mon, 2018-07-23 15:06
Genetic analysis of 9,200 shark fin by-products in Hong Kong reveals that several threatened shark species are still common in the fin trade after being listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Hong Kong is one of the world's largest importers of shark fins, which are used to make the delicacy shark fin soup. The study, published in Conservation Letters, is the first assessment of the species composition of the fin trade after CITES regulations were put in place for commercially important shark species. The paper's lead author is Diego Cardeñosa, a PhD student in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University.

Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems to Advance Biology

Thu, 2018-07-19 13:58
Tremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and important processes. Now an international team of scientists including Jackie Collier, PhD, an Associate Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, is investigating how to genetically manipulate a variety of marine protists -unicellular microscopic organisms that are not classified as a plant, animal or fungus - to develop new experimental models that may help to advance scientific understanding in oceanography and other areas of the biological sciences.

Two Stony Brook Researchers Receive Energy Frontier Research Center Awards Totaling $21.75M

Tue, 2018-07-17 10:07
Stony Brook University received notification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that two proposals directed by SBU faculty to expand or develop Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security will receive funding totaling $21.75 million. The two Stony Brook EFRCs are the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M), led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, which will receive a four-year $12 million grant for the existing center; and the creation of a new EFRC, A Next Generation Synthesis Center (GENESIS) led by John Parise, PhD, which will receive a four-year $9.75 million grant.

Adding an Inert Polymer to Plastic Solar Cells Enables High Efficiency and Easy Production

Mon, 2018-07-02 13:30
Polymer plastic solar cells remain an industry priority because of their light weight, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Now scientists from Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have demonstrated that these types of solar cells can be more efficient and have more stability based on new research findings.

Targeting K17 in Pancreatic Cancer

Wed, 2018-06-27 14:08
Keratin 17 (K17), a protein that promotes cancer, may prove to be a key target gene in the battle against pancreatic cancer. New research involving K17 as a therapeutic target against this lethal disease is being conducted by Kenneth Shroyer, MD, PhD, the Marvin Kuschner Professor and Chair of Pathology at Stony Brook Medicine, and Luisa Escobar-Hoyos, PhD, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Pathology Translational Research Lab. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) awarded Drs. Shroyer and Escobar-Hoyas a $500,000 grant to carry out this research. This is the first time a PanCAN grant has been awarded to Stony Brook University. The two-year award will begin July 1, 2018.

Stony Brook University Hospital Receives National Award for Environmental Innovation in the Operating Room

Wed, 2018-06-27 12:03
In recognition for standard-setting innovation and environmental stewardship, Stony Brook University Hospital received this year's Greening the OR Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

Stony Brook University Hospital Receives National Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sustainability

Wed, 2018-06-27 11:57
In recognition for leading the healthcare industry in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Stony Brook University Hospital received the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

National and International Experts at Long Island Heart Conference

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:57
Cardiovascular experts from around the world gathered together for the second annual Long Island Heart: State-of-the-Art Cardiovascular Care for the Clinician symposium from May 18 to 19, 2018 at the Melville Marriott Long Island in Melville, NY.

Fossils Reveal Ancient Primates Had Claws, and Nails Too

Thu, 2018-06-21 11:24
Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher. Now, new fossil evidence shows that ancient primates - including one of the oldest known, Teilhardina brandti - had specialized grooming claws as well as nails. The findings, published online in the Journal of Human Evolution, overturn the prevailing assumption that the earliest primates had nails on all their digits and suggest the transition from claws to nails was more complex than previously thought.

Stony Brook's AERTC Selected for Leadership Role in Nationwide Consortium on Offshore Wind Industry

Wed, 2018-06-20 15:43
Stony Brook's Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week. New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo's initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Skiena Named Director of Stony Brook Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation

Wed, 2018-06-20 10:27
Steven Skiena, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named Director of the newly formed Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Stony Brook University.

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