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Sin Taxes

WSHU-FM/NPR

There is great debate in Connecticut and New York about the legalization, decriminalization and sale of recreational marijuana. Lawmakers expect large revenues from retail pot, but is it moral for the government to make money off it? What about other vices that lawmakers are pushing for, like additional casinos, not to mention more taxes on everything from e-cigarettes to sugary drinks? Prof. Peter DeScioli participated in this panel (joins at minute 14.22).

Stony Brook Grad Students Soar In NSF Nominations

Innovate LI

Stony Brook University dominated the field Tuesday as 18 SUNY graduate students were named candidates for prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships. All told, five State University of New York campuses were represented in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship nominees. The University at AlbanyBinghamton University and the University at Buffalo each posted two nominees, and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in upstate Oneida County added one. But SBU ruled the SUNY roost, with 11 Graduate Research Fellowship nominees – including nine women – among the 2019 field.

Women’s Di Notebook: Stony Brook Has Found Identity

Lacrosse Magazine

Ally Kennedy and Stony Brook have their identity and their confidence now, and that could make them a dangerous team in the coming month. The junior midfielder was named the Brine/USL Player of the Week after scoring 22 combined points in wins over then-No. 13 Johns Hopkins, Albany and then-No. 16 USC to push the Seawolves’ winning streak to six games.

Stony Brook Receives Grant To Study Ocean Twilight Zone

WSHU-FM/NPR

The ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide than it releases back into the atmosphere. Researchers say that will turn the water acidic someday. The National Science Foundation has awarded Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences more than $400,000 to study that process.

Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

The Conversation

Professor Warren Sanderson co-wrote this story in “The Conversation.”  They wrote: “In 1950, men and women at age 65 could expect to live about 11 years more on average. Today, that number has gone up to 17, and the United Nations forecaststhat it will increase by about five more years by the end of the century. One consequence of the increase in life expectancy is that the proportion of the population above age 65 has increased, too. In policy analyses and in the media, increases in these proportions are frequently taken to mean that the population will keep getting older. This is often interpreted as warning of a forthcoming crisis. As researchers who study aging, we believe that it’s better to think about older people not in terms of their chronological ages, but in terms of their remaining life expectancyIn our study, published on Feb. 26, we explored the implications of this alternative view for assessing the likely future of population aging. We found that, using this new perspective, population aging in high-income countries will likely come to an end shortly after the middle of the century.”

Meet Marilyn Simons, the Bricklayer’s Daughter Who Became a Philanthropist

Bloomberg Businessweek

“I had a lot of bricklayers in my family,” laughs Marilyn Hawrys Simons. “At various times, my father, a couple of uncles, my brother, my cousin, all worked laying brick.” They built some of the original structures of Stony Brook University in New York’s Long Island. Now she is the one building Stony Brook, this time with money. The bricklayer’s daughter grew up to be a woman of great wealth and became president of one of the nation’s leading philanthropic foundations.

‘Baby cuddlers’ help care for premature babies in NICU

WPIX-TV

Hospitals are adding a new team member to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit or NICU. These members don’t have a medical degree, but their lullaby game is top-notch. They’re known as “baby cuddlers” and they do exactly what it sounds like. They spend hours rocking, singing, cooing, and holding the tiniest premature infants. “Baby cuddlers” let nurses and doctors stay on top of their work and give parents a chance to care for other siblings or themselves, and most important of all, they help these fragile newborns to thrive. At Stony Brook University Hospital’s NICU, they have 14 “baby cuddlers” on staff and a wait list that is years’ long.

How a New Bill Could Help Restore Our Oceans and Lift Seabird Populations

Audubon

“These forage fish basically are dinner for most everything else in the ocean,” says Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University. Pikitch chaired a forage fish task force that in 2012 issued an influential report calling on fishery managers to set rules that reflect that ecological importance. “When you have a species group such as forage fish, where just about everything in the ecosystem relies upon them, it’s essential that the assessment and the management recognize those roles.”

Committee created to improve townwide recycling efforts in Brookhaven

Newsday

Brookhaven officials have appointed a committee including residents, town employees and a college student to improve recycling — and get more people to do it.

Tuberculosis case sets off testing at school in Copiague

FiOS1

Dr. Sharon Nachman explains how tuberculosis is spread through air by coughing and sneezing.

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