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Newswise: Extraordinary Natural Science Collection Gifted to SoMAS
Released: 12-Dec-2019 3:40 PM EST
Extraordinary Natural Science Collection Gifted to SoMAS
Stony Brook University

An extraordinary scientific collection of archived fish, as well as fish and water quality data taken from the Hudson River over more than five decades, has been gifted by Entergy Corporation (Entergy), to the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS).

Newswise: Study Shows Evolution Turns Genes Back On to Regain Function
Released: 25-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST
Study Shows Evolution Turns Genes Back On to Regain Function
Stony Brook University

Genes often mutate and lose their function over long-term evolution, which could be good if that stops drug resistance or cancer. A study by Stony Brook University researchers, published online in PNAS, shows that evolution can exploit positive feedback (PF) within cells to restore gene function.

Newswise: New Geologic Modeling Method Explains Collapse of Ancient Mountains in American West
Released: 19-Nov-2019 2:35 PM EST
New Geologic Modeling Method Explains Collapse of Ancient Mountains in American West
Stony Brook University

By using the latest computer technologies, combined with geologic data, researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a geodynamic model that explains the forces behind the collapse of what were lofty mountains some 30 million years ago in what is now part of the American West.

Newswise: Cell Chemistry Illuminated by Laser Light
Released: 4-Nov-2019 2:20 PM EST
Cell Chemistry Illuminated by Laser Light
Stony Brook University

Raman microspectroscopy is a laboratory technique to produce molecular fingerprints of materials, however fluorescence has interfered with its applications. Now scientists have devised a photochemical technique, published in Scientific Reports, that suppresses fluorescence.

Newswise: Magic Therapy Program Helps Reduce Pediatric Patient Anxiety
30-Oct-2019 3:50 PM EDT
Magic Therapy Program Helps Reduce Pediatric Patient Anxiety
Stony Brook University

The experience of stress and fears upon hospitalization is frequent with pediatric patients. A new study of pediatric patients at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital reveals that a program called MagicAid helps significantly reduce both patient and caregiver (parent) anxiety by about 25 percent.

Newswise: New Study Reveals Important yet Unprotected Global Ocean Areas
Released: 25-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
New Study Reveals Important yet Unprotected Global Ocean Areas
Stony Brook University

The largest synthesis and a first of its kind study of important marine areas conducted to date reveals that a large portion of earth’s oceans are considered important and are good candidates for protection.

Newswise: Ancient Molecules from the Sea Burst Into the Air From Ocean Waves
Released: 23-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Ancient Molecules from the Sea Burst Into the Air From Ocean Waves
Stony Brook University

When waves crash in the ocean, they inject tiny particles into the air that carry organic molecules more than 5,000 years old. This discovery, published in Science Advances by a national team of scientists, helps to solve a long-standing mystery as to what happens to ancient marine molecules.

Newswise: Stony Brook University Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, and Stroke Care
Released: 23-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Stony Brook University Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, and Stroke Care
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for the sixth consecutive year, one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ for five consecutive years, and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for five consecutive years according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

Newswise: Study Reveals How Collapse of Protein Processes is Driver of Aging and Death
Released: 16-Oct-2019 5:05 AM EDT
Study Reveals How Collapse of Protein Processes is Driver of Aging and Death
Stony Brook Medicine

A new Stony Brook University-led study, to be published in PNAS, provides a biophysical model that reveals how damage accumulates in proteins with age and is a trigger to death. The finding opens a door to a better understanding of the molecular origins of age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

Newswise: Study Reveals More Women, Fewer Men Diagnosed with Cognitive Impairment When Tests are Adjusted for Sex
Released: 10-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Study Reveals More Women, Fewer Men Diagnosed with Cognitive Impairment When Tests are Adjusted for Sex
Stony Brook Medicine

Using sex-specific scores on memory tests may change the diagnosis for 20 percent of those currently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), with possibly more women and fewer men being diagnosed with MCI, according to a new study published online in the journal Neurology.

Newswise: Researcher Investigates New Modeling Technology to Assess Climate Change Impact on Winter Storms
Released: 3-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Researcher Investigates New Modeling Technology to Assess Climate Change Impact on Winter Storms
Stony Brook Medicine

Scientists are investigating how extreme winter weather events are influenced by climate change. Edmund KM Chang, PhD, of Stony Brook University, has received a two-year $200,000 grant from NOAA/MAPP to study these storms using, for the first time, multi-model ensemble projections.

Newswise: New Approach Seeks Better Outcomes for Teen Depression
Released: 1-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
New Approach Seeks Better Outcomes for Teen Depression
Stony Brook Medicine

By developing brief, accessible interventions for youth psychopathology in depression, bolstered by a five-year, $2 million Early Independence Award (EIA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stony Brook University's Jessica Schleider, PhD, hopes to develop targeted treatments for teen depression.

Newswise: Study Shows Without the US, International Climate Change Agreement Could be Reached – But It Would Require Major Additional Contributions from Large Developing Countries
Released: 25-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Without the US, International Climate Change Agreement Could be Reached – But It Would Require Major Additional Contributions from Large Developing Countries
Stony Brook University

With the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, questions arise about the future global success of mitigating the effects of climate change. A new study addresses these questions in a recently published paper in the Journal of Theoretical Politics.

Newswise: Vampire Bats Help Unravel the Mystery of Smell
Released: 19-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Vampire Bats Help Unravel the Mystery of Smell
Stony Brook University

Smell is one of the most poorly understood of the major senses. But now an international research team led by Laurel Yohe of Stony Brook University suggests a new method to quantify olfactory receptors by sequencing them in vampire bats may hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of smell.

Newswise: MicroRNA-based Therapy May be New Weapon to Combat Cancer
Released: 18-Sep-2019 9:05 AM EDT
MicroRNA-based Therapy May be New Weapon to Combat Cancer
Stony Brook University

A technology that manipulates microRNAs (miRNAs) developed by Jingfang Ju, PhD, a biochemist and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and colleagues has shown promise when used as anti-cancer therapeutic.

Newswise: More Than Lyme: Tick Study Finds Multiple Agents of Tick-Borne Diseases
Released: 16-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
More Than Lyme: Tick Study Finds Multiple Agents of Tick-Borne Diseases
Stony Brook University

In a study published in mBio,, Jorge Benach and Rafal Tokarz, and their co-authors at Stony Brook University and Columbia University, reported on the prevalence of multiple agents capable of causing human disease that are present in three species of ticks in Long Island.

Newswise: Scientists Measure “Tones” of Black Holes for the First Time
Released: 12-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists Measure “Tones” of Black Holes for the First Time
Stony Brook University

A team of scientists including Will Farr, PhD, an astrophysicist at Stony Brook University, has found a way for the first time to detect multiple tones of a black hole ringing like a bell -- something that most astrophysicists thought would not be possible for a decade or more.

Newswise: Study Suggests PTSD Associated with Cognitive Impairment Onset in 911 Responders
Released: 9-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Study Suggests PTSD Associated with Cognitive Impairment Onset in 911 Responders
Stony Brook University

A new study led by Stony Brook University that includes 1,800 WTC 911 responders reveals that PTSD is strongly associated with onset of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The study, published early online in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Disease Monitoring,

Newswise: Drug Designed to Treat Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer May Help Extend Life
Released: 3-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Drug Designed to Treat Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer May Help Extend Life
Stony Brook University

A drug developed by researchers at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University that targets enzymes involved in the development of pancreatic cancer cells is showing promise for improved treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Newswise: Stony Brook University's Advanced Computing Institute Receives $6.3M Philanthropic Boost
Released: 15-Aug-2019 4:55 PM EDT
Stony Brook University's Advanced Computing Institute Receives $6.3M Philanthropic Boost
Stony Brook University

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University has received a $6.3 million anonymous donation to advance data-driven research that will improve understanding of some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, machine learning and next generation nuclear energy, among others.

Newswise: Stony Brook University to Test Supercomputers for Cutting-Edge, Data-Driven Research
Released: 15-Aug-2019 4:50 PM EDT
Stony Brook University to Test Supercomputers for Cutting-Edge, Data-Driven Research
Stony Brook University

A $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Institute of Advanced Computational Science (IACS) will enable researchers nationwide to test future supercomputing technologies and advance computational and data-driven research on the world’s most pressing challenges.

Released: 30-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Symposium-Brain Death: Ethical Decision Making-Medical, Cultural, Religious and Ethical Conflicts Encompassing Brain Death when Patients, Families and Healthcare Providers Disagree
Stony Brook University

How is brain death defined? What are the legal aspects of declaring brain death? How can professional and family conflicts surrounding brain death be handled? What are the solutions to ethical decision making in brain death? Answers to these questions and others will be addressed at a symposium about brain death on August 6 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm when leading medical, legal and religious experts come together at Stony Brook University for a unique program to discuss brain death.

Newswise: Hummingbird Adaptation in the Andes Reveals New Clues to the Biology of Evolution
Released: 23-Jul-2019 4:35 PM EDT
Hummingbird Adaptation in the Andes Reveals New Clues to the Biology of Evolution
Stony Brook University

Genetic changes are necessary for species to evolve and adapt to new environments. However, how can one predict such genetic changes? A new study led by Stony Brook University researchers reveals that this may be possible at a molecular level.

Newswise: Anniversary Event Highlights First Moon Landing, Future of Space Missions
Released: 12-Jul-2019 4:30 PM EDT
Anniversary Event Highlights First Moon Landing, Future of Space Missions
Stony Brook University

On July 20 at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton, Stony Brook University planetary scientist, Timothy Glotch, engineers who worked on the first lunar module, and a producer of the new documentary film “Apollo 11” will come together to discuss the historic event of the first Moon landing.

Newswise: Study Affirms Stony Brook University’s Vast Economic Impact
Released: 10-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT
Study Affirms Stony Brook University’s Vast Economic Impact
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University’s annual economic impact on Long Island totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased output, according to an economic impact report compiled by John A. Rizzo, Professor of Economics and Population, and supported by the University’s economic development office.

Newswise: Ancient Saharan Seaway Illustrates How Earth’s Climate and Creatures Can Undergo Extreme Change
2-Jul-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Ancient Saharan Seaway Illustrates How Earth’s Climate and Creatures Can Undergo Extreme Change
Stony Brook University

A new paper to be published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History integrates 20 years of research that describes the ancient Trans-Saharan Seaway of Africa and contains the first reconstructions of extinct aquatic species in their habitats along the seaway.

Newswise: Stony Brook Ecologist Wins Award Heralding the Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists
Released: 26-Jun-2019 4:15 PM EDT
Stony Brook Ecologist Wins Award Heralding the Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists
Stony Brook University

Heather Lynch, PhD, of Stony Brook University, has been named a winner of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in the category of Life Sciences. The award includes a $250,000 unrestricted scientific prize.

Newswise: Engineered Cell Evolution May Provide Pathway to Halting Cancer Drug Resistance
Released: 24-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Engineered Cell Evolution May Provide Pathway to Halting Cancer Drug Resistance
Stony Brook University

Scientists in recent years have hypothesized that cell-cell differences aides the emergence of drug resistance. A new study published online in Nature Communications has tested this theory and yielded findings that may provide a path to reduce chemotherapy resistance.

Newswise: Study Shows Opioid Poisoning Rates Higher and in a More Diverse Population
Released: 20-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Opioid Poisoning Rates Higher and in a More Diverse Population
Stony Brook University

A cohort study by Stony Brook University researchers of all payer hospital data on Long Island combined with census data indicates that opioid poisoning (OP) levels almost doubled from 2010 to 2016. The study also revealed that the demographics of patients with OP appears to be becoming more diverse.

Newswise: Can Facebook Help Predict and Monitor Disease? Study Says “Yes”
Released: 19-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Can Facebook Help Predict and Monitor Disease? Study Says “Yes”
Stony Brook University

A new study reveals Facebook posts alone can predict some 21 diseases and conditions, many of them interrelated such as diabetes and hypertension, and anxiety and depression.

Newswise: DNA Study Illustrates the Complex Story of Ancient Herders and Farmers in East Africa and How Food Production Entered Sub-Saharan Africa
29-May-2019 1:35 PM EDT
DNA Study Illustrates the Complex Story of Ancient Herders and Farmers in East Africa and How Food Production Entered Sub-Saharan Africa
Stony Brook University

How food production entered sub-Saharan Africa some 5,000 years ago and the ways in which herding and farming spread through the continent in ancient times has been a topic of archaeological debate. Now an international scientific team is unlocking some of those mysteries.

Newswise: Alan Alda Receives Honorary Degree at Stony Brook's Largest, Most Diverse Commencement Ceremony
Released: 24-May-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Alan Alda Receives Honorary Degree at Stony Brook's Largest, Most Diverse Commencement Ceremony
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University honored the largest graduating class in its history today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Class of 2019 joins the ranks of nearly 200,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by a vision of a bold new future.

Newswise: Study Finds Higher Education Linked to Later Onset Alzheimer’s-related Decline
Released: 22-May-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Study Finds Higher Education Linked to Later Onset Alzheimer’s-related Decline
Stony Brook University

A new study by Stony Brook University researchers reveals that higher education is associated with later onset of Alzheimer’s-related accelerated cognitive declines. Their findings will be published early online in the Journal of Gerontology.

Released: 15-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
International Panel of Experts Explain How Digital Media Affects Developing Minds
Stony Brook University

On Thursday May 16, a group of international experts will make up a panel at Stony Brook University that tackles the question: What effect is digital media having on the brain and even body development of children?

Released: 10-May-2019 6:05 PM EDT
Stony Brook University Launches New Institute for Artificial Intelligence Discovery
Stony Brook University

Today, Stony Brook University officially launched the new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation to advance AI research and apply the transformative power of innovation driven by AI across disciplines. The AI Institute will focus on four grand challenges: health care; infrastructure; education; and, finance. It will also focus on five foundational research areas: automated and scalable knowledge acquisition; predictive intelligence; explainable AI; trustworthy AI; and, ethical AI.

Newswise: New Collaboration to Accelerate Clean Energy Research at Stony Brook
Released: 8-May-2019 3:30 PM EDT
New Collaboration to Accelerate Clean Energy Research at Stony Brook
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University and the Center for Sustainable Energy® (CSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support and accelerate the development of clean and sustainable energy research being conducted in the Research & Development Park at Stony Brook University.

Newswise: A Small Dinosaur from New Mexico is a Big Piece in the Puzzle of Tyrannosaur Evolution
2-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
A Small Dinosaur from New Mexico is a Big Piece in the Puzzle of Tyrannosaur Evolution
Stony Brook University

Tyrannosauroid dinosaurs have a long evolutionary history and include iconic giants like Tyrannosaurus rex. Now an international research team including Alan H. Turner, PhD, from Stony Brook University, have uncovered the skeleton of a small tyrannosaur from Late Cretaceous rocks in New Mexico.

Newswise: Stony Brook to Award Honorary Degrees to Diverse Trio of Trailblazers
Released: 29-Apr-2019 3:00 PM EDT
Stony Brook to Award Honorary Degrees to Diverse Trio of Trailblazers
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University will award an honorary degree to three trailblazers at its 2019 commencement ceremony: actor and polymath, Alan Alda; Me Too Movement founder Tarana Burke, and Crittercam inventor Greg Marshall (SBU ‘88 MS Marine Science)., announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. The degrees will be conferred on Friday, May 24 at 11am at Stony Brook University’s 59th commencement ceremony at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Newswise: Is Kelp the New Kale for Long Island?
Released: 25-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Is Kelp the New Kale for Long Island?
Stony Brook University

In recent years, seaweeds have been notorious for washing up and fouling beaches on Long Island. Now, a collaborative team of scientists and marine farmers have demonstrated that the seaweed, sugar kelp, can be cultivated in the shallow estuaries of Long Island, a breakthrough that may unlock a wealth of economic and environmental opportunities for coastal communities.

Newswise: Il Memming Park, PhD Wins Stony Brook Discovery Prize
Released: 24-Apr-2019 5:05 PM EDT
Il Memming Park, PhD Wins Stony Brook Discovery Prize
Stony Brook University

Dr. Il Memming Park and three Stony Brook early career research colleagues took the stage and presented their high-risk, high-reward concepts to a panel of prestigious judges at the 2019 Discovery Prize competition in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre at Stony Brook University on April 23.

Newswise: Study Reveals Teens May Not be Aware of Nicotine Levels in E-Cigarettes
Released: 22-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Study Reveals Teens May Not be Aware of Nicotine Levels in E-Cigarettes
Stony Brook University

In an anonymous study of more than 500 adolescents aged 12 -21, comparing survey data with urinary metabolites of nicotine (cotinine) and marijuana (THC), researchers found that teens accurately reported their use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes and marijuana, but many were unaware of the level of nicotine they were using. The study, led by Rachel Boykan, MD, of the Department of Pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine, and colleagues in the department of Pediatrics, in collaboration with Dr. Maciej Goniewicz at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, is published early online in the May edition of Pediatrics.

Newswise: Scientists Create a Model for the Neural Basis of Expectation
Released: 12-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Scientists Create a Model for the Neural Basis of Expectation
Stony Brook University

Researchers from the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University have developed a theoretical model of how the primary gustatory cortex can mediate the expectation of receiving a taste.

Newswise: Stars of Stony Brook University Gala  Honoring Dr. Marilyn Hawrys SimonsRaises Record $28.2 Million
Released: 11-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Stars of Stony Brook University Gala Honoring Dr. Marilyn Hawrys SimonsRaises Record $28.2 Million
Stony Brook University

Over 850 guests gathered last evening at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City to honor alumna and Simons Foundation President Marilyn Hawrys Simons ’74, PhD ’84, at the 20th Stars of Stony Brook Gala. Hosted annually by the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees, this year’s celebration recognized Dr. Simons for her leadership as president of one of the nation’s premier philanthropic institutions devoted to driving progress in basic science, as well as her contributions to improving educational opportunities for the underserved at the university and beyond.

Newswise: Evolutionary Biologist Receives Award to Study the Regenerative Powers of the Shrew
Released: 8-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Evolutionary Biologist Receives Award to Study the Regenerative Powers of the Shrew
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University's Liliana Dávalos, PhD, is studying the phenomenal capabilities of the shrew, which shrinks up to 20 percent during winter months without hibernating. The research may shed light on the processes of neurological degeneration and regeneration in mammals.

Newswise: Stony Brook Medicine Launches Long Island’s First Mobile Stroke Units
Released: 8-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Stony Brook Medicine Launches Long Island’s First Mobile Stroke Units
Stony Brook Medicine

The Stony Brook Cerebrovascular and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CVCSC) and the Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine Department of Emergency Services offered a sneak preview of Long Island’s first Mobile Stroke Unit program last month before its official launch on April 8.

Newswise: Neuroscientist Receives Award to Investigate How the Sea Urchin “Sees” Without Eyes
Released: 5-Apr-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Neuroscientist Receives Award to Investigate How the Sea Urchin “Sees” Without Eyes
Stony Brook University

Sea urchins have no eyes, yet they can respond to light and accurately react to visual stimuli by way of photoreceptor cells. To better understand this phenomenon, an international research team is creating a computational model of the decentralized, “spherical” vision of the sea urchin from its makeup.


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