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Geologists Question ‘Evidence Of Ancient Life’ In 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

NPR

Joel Hurowitz is a geochemist at Stony Brook University in New York. He says the rocks in Australia date back about 3 1/2 billion years. They contain cone-shaped structures created by masses of microbes growing up from a seafloor.

Stony Brook University shifts to gender-neutral titles for homecoming court

Newsday

The age of the homecoming “king” and “queen” at Stony Brook University is over. The school announced Wednesday that it is shifting to gender-neutral titles for members of its homecoming court. Instead of crowning a homecoming “king” and “queen” this fall, the university will choose three Stony Brook Royals, who can identify as any gender, the school said in a news release.

Justice Sotomayor to SBU students: ‘It’s not your journey alone’

Newsday

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stressed the vital importance of appreciating family and friends in speaking to Stony Brook University freshmen on Wednesday. When she was sworn in as the first Latina on the high court nine years ago, Sotomayor recalled, she was deeply moved by the presence not only of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, but all the people who had been a part of her life through the years.

What lessons can higher ed team K-12 about cybersecurity? 4 experts share their insights

Education Dive

Melissa Woo – Senior VP for IT and CIO, Stony Brook University recommends:  “I think the most important lesson is that awareness and training is key to reducing cybersecurity risk. We can spend millions of dollars on technological tools to protect data assets, but an individual’s behavior can nullify those investments. It would be great if students could obtain an education in safe computing behaviors before they get to college. Given the popularity of social networks, etc., it’s important that safe computing principles be learned at an early age.”

How your social media could give away tell-tale signs of depression

The Guardian

The information we post online could reveal insights into our mental health. In fact, according to US experts, it may spot key symptoms of depression and low-mood – months before a doctor’s formal diagnosis. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University published their work about this  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to appear at Stony Brook University

Newsday

Stony Brook University will host a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday as part of a program aimed at first-year students, the university announced last week.

Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

Medicine Line News

People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression. Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests. “Social media has made it possible for people to share a little bit of their daily life with researchers,” said study author Andrew Schwartz, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University in New York.

Stanley delivers 2018-19 state of the university address

Times Beacon Record

As Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. looks confidently to the future, the school’s budget deficit is still at the forefront of his mind. On Oct. 3, Stanley delivered his ninth state of the university address on the Staller Center’s main stage to an auditorium full of faculty, staff, students and elected officials. During the speech, which lasted about an hour, the university president touched on several topics including enrollment growth, Stony Brook Medicine’s future and financial woes and successes — like the university’s positive economic impact on Long Island

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