Then the penguin counting commenced. So, why count penguins? “They come back to the same place to nest every year, which means we can really keep tabs on their populations,” explains Alex Borowicz, a researcher at Stony Brook University. “By observing penguins and trying to figure out what makes their populations work, we can get an idea of the health of this whole area.”
While the planes are in the air, crews from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the State University of New York at Stony Brook will provide ground support, chasing storms that pop up in the Northeast and launching weather balloons when possible. The Stony Brook team will also deploy a truck-mounted radar, which it can use to rapidly scan storms as they roll ashore near Long Island. NASA will also be coordinating with the National Weather Service, which will be ready to launch additional weather balloons at its request.
Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUNY Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and author of “Your Place in the Universe.” Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.Modern physics has many achievements to be proud of. A quantum understanding of three of the forces of nature. A beautiful, elegant description of gravity though the bending of space-time. An understanding of the history of our universe stretching back billions of years. Physicists should rightly pat themselves on the back for such a bang-up job. This is isn’t easy stuff. And yet, mysteries abound, and sometimes we feel more in the dark than we did 100 years ago. Let’s explore some of the major issues that modern physics is still trying to understand.
In an accompanying editorial also published in The Lancet on January 3rd, Stony Brook Medicine physician Dr. Sharon Nachman wrote, ‘Why do I think that they did not find the best flu vaccine for this population? Excerpts from Dr. Nachman’s editorial are inserted below: ‘The issue is complicated by the length and variability of antiretroviral exposure before vaccination and perhaps the corresponding lack of successful virological control.’
Abhay Deshpande is professor of physics at Stony Brook University and write this op-ed. “Now the U.S. Department of Energy has said it will build a next-generation nuclear physics facility — an electron-ion collider — at Brookhaven National Laboratory. And with that tool, questions about the heart of the atom will be answered in Upton. This facility for nuclear physics research will be built at the site of the current Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Today at RHIC two circular accelerators move atoms stripped of their electrons — ions — in opposite directions. At several intersections, those ions collide. By the end of this decade, a new electron accelerator ring will be added to collide electrons with ions. Simply, the electron-ion collider will be similar to a microscope, allowing us to take 3D pictures of the subatomic quarks and gluons.
Stony Brook University’s organ donor registration program has been recognized as the number one college enrollment site in New York State. Five years ago campus volunteers partnered with LiveOnNY, a nonprofit that works to increase donor enrollment across the state. Since then, Stony Brook students have signed up more than 1,400 new donors to the state’s organ donation list.
About 5 percent of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease have a genetic mutation that likely contributed to a condition that causes cognitive declines. That means the vast majority of people with Alzheimer’s have other risk factors. Donghui Zhu, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine who joined Stony Brook University this summer, believes that age-related decline in the presence of the element magnesium in the brain may exacerbate or contribute to Alzheimer’s.
Nurse of the Week: US Marine Veteran Tori Levine Aims to Become Nurse Anesthetist for Doctors Without Borders
Our Nurse of the Week is Tori Levine, 22, a US Marine veteran and current nursing student at Stony Brook University who wants to become a nurse anesthetist for Doctors Without Borders. Levine is from Dix Hills, NY, and says she knew she wanted to enlist in the military when she was nine years old. When her senior year in high school rolled around, Levine decided to defer college to enroll in the Marine Corps. She soon found herself serving as a collateral duty inspector for combat jets while deployed to the Middle East.