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Energy Scientist and Pediatric Physician Researchers Named Endowed Chairs at Stony Brook University Ceremony

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:34
At an investiture ceremony on the Stony Brook University campus, three new endowed chairs were formally appointed; two leading pediatric clinical research physicians at Stony Brook Children's Hospital and a renowned materials scientist and chemical engineer at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The three new endowed faculty positions were funded by philanthropic gifts from the Knapp family through the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, and Jane and William Knapp respectively.

White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Wed, 2017-11-15 15:37
A new white paper designed to provide New York State healthcare providers and communities with the tools to manage and reduce opioid use disorder in pregnancy has been released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II. David Garry, DO, a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Co-Chair of the ACOG District II Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy Task Force, believes the white paper highlights key solutions that could help women's healthcare providers statewide care for women struggling with addiction and encourage providers to become buprenorphine prescribers.

Investment Portfolio Theory Helps Scientists Predict Animal Population Growth, Disease Spread

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:19
Population demography of plants, animals and microbes that cause diseases is central to understanding many problems in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Scientists have had limited information on collections of living populations to understand and predict what happens when you have many populations spread across vast geographic areas. Most research has focused only on local populations at small scales. A study published in PNAS details a new "landscape portfolio" theory that is based on Markowitz's "portfolio theory" in economics, melded with ecological landscape theory to predict population growth of living things.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Fri, 2017-11-10 14:50
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a comprehensive energy efficiency project at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County that will save the campus more than $832,000 in annual energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 tons a year - the equivalent of taking more than 730 cars off the road. The project support's Governor Cuomo's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, which is part of the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.

Caribbean Islands Reveal a "Lost World" of Ancient Mammals

Mon, 2017-11-06 00:01
Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago. Since people also arrived after that time, it has been impossible to determine whether natural changes or human influence are most responsible for these extinctions. A new review by an international team of scientists, including Stony Brook University Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, reports an analysis of the incredibly diverse "lost world" of Caribbean fossils that includes giant rodents, vampire bats, enigmatic monkeys, ground sloths, shrews and dozens of other ancient mammals. The article, published today in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, reveals that the arrival of humans and their subsequent activities throughout the islands was likely the primary cause of the extinction of native mammal species there.

Using an Electronic Device to Detect Cavities Early

Wed, 2017-11-01 10:10
Imagine if dentists could find clear signs of tooth decay long before dental lesions turn into cavities and without using X-rays. A new device cleared for commercialization this month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a potential tool for dentists to do just that. Developed and patented by researchers in the Division of Translational Oral Biology in the Department of Oral biology and Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and licensed to Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., the Electronic Cavity Detection (ECD) System uses electrical conductance to diagnose and monitor enamel lesions on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars.

Governor Cuomo Announces the Launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies

Mon, 2017-10-30 00:23
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), a new "applied think tank" led by New York University and Stony Brook University that will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters

Bamboozled! Climate Change Pushing Greater Bamboo Lemur Closer to the Brink of Extinction

Thu, 2017-10-26 12:51
Human disturbance of tropical rainforests in Madagascar including wildfires, burning and timber exploitation, have led to reduced rainfall and a longer dry season, further pushing the already critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur to the brink of extinction. Findings are published in a new study from primatologist and lemur expert, Patricia Chapple Wright of Stony Brook University, evolutionary biologist Jukka Jernvall of University of Helsinki in Finland, and colleagues, entitled Feeding Ecology and Morphology Make a Bamboo Specialist Vulnerable to Climate Change, in the Oct. 26 online edition of Current Biology.

Researchers to use Climate Data to Better Predict Marine Distribution in Northeast

Mon, 2017-10-23 15:09
Scientists from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciencesd (SoMAS) will be developing seasonal predictions of fish and marine mammal distributions in the Northeast United States with the goal to enhance protected species management. The research is supported by a $509,573 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, in partnership with NOAA Research's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program. The Northeast U.S. large marine ecosystem is highly productive and supports important commercial and recreational fisheries. It has also experienced some of the highest warming rates in recent decades. Communities in the Northeast have observed many climate-driven changes including shifts in fish distribution for most fish species, as well as changes in the timing of breeding or spawning, seasonal movements, and migrations.

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