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Bill Calls For An Emissions-Free NY By 2050


A bill in the New York State legislature would set the goal to cut greenhouse emissions by 100 percent by 2050. The Climate and Community Protection Act would place emissions caps on buildings and transportation. This would mean a drastic overhaul of energy and transportation infrastructure. Gang He is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University who focuses on energy economics and climate policy. He told lawmakers at a public hearing on Long Island last week that educating people should be part of any legislation that hopes to have a meaningful impact on climate change.

The Case Against Cough Medicine

New York Times

People anxious for relief and convinced that cough medicines shouldwork buy them anyway, Dr. Norman H. Edelman, a pulmonologist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and scientific adviser at the American Lung Association, told me. He’s not suggesting that cough medicines don’t work at all, just that there is as yet no proof that they do

Worry About Debt? Not So Fast, Some Economists Say

Wall Street Journal

Rather than looking at whether a new policy will add to the deficit, lawmakers should instead consider whether new spending could lead to higher inflation or create dislocation in the economy, said economist Stephanie Kelton, a Stony Brook University professor and former chief economist for Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee.

Erwin P. Staller, developer and philanthropist, dies at 97


Erwin P. Staller, a Long Island real estate developer and noted philanthropist of the arts, died Monday at his home. He was 97…A major focus of Staller’s life concerned his fundraising efforts in arts education, most notably his creation of an endowment for Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts.In 1988, Staller — a Stony Brook Foundation trustee for more than 30 years — and his family donated $1.8 million to the school, its biggest donation at the time. The university went on to rename its Staller Center for the Arts in honor of Staller’s parents, Max and Mary Staller. His family has contributed more than $16 million to the university over the years. “He was a lovely guy,” said James Simons, founder of East Setauket-based hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, who met Staller more than 30 years ago through their philanthropic work at Stony Brook. Simons said Staller was a “loyal member of the foundation board” for many years.

Stony Brook Models How Universities Can Help Financially-Insecure Students Succeed

The University Network

Many students face financial troubles while they are enrolled in school, causing them to skip meals, forego textbooks and even struggle to find housing. Consequently, colleges and universities are striving to develop ways to ensure students can afford to live while earning their degree.  Stony Brook University is one of the schools leading this charge.

Can Big Science Be Too Big?

New York Times

Psychologists have found that people working in larger groups tend to generate fewer ideas than when they work in smaller groups, or when working alone, and become less receptive to ideas from outside. Why that would be isn’t entirely clear, but it runs counter to intuition, said Suparna Rajaram, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University.

Breaking down a popular economic theory for some 2020 candidates


The 2020 presidential candidates will be talking a lot about their economic plans and MSNBC has talked about one economic theory that claims the US doesn’t have to balance its budget or worry about debt or deficits. Stony Brook University Professor Stephanie Kelton, the economist who popularized that theory, joins Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle to dive deeper into the Modern Monetary Theory.

Author Meg Wolitzer’s best advice: Write what’s important to you

PBS NewsHour

The PBS NewsHour pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This,” is Meg Wolitzer’s “The Wife.” Meg Wolitzer is the author of more than a dozen novels, as well as an instructor in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. Three of her books have become movies, including this month’s pick, “The Wife,” for which actress Glenn Close has been nominated for an Oscar. Wolitzer said she often turns to other books when she gets stuck in her writing, but doesn’t force herself to stay at her laptop if it’s not a good writing day.

Webtoons Provide Abundant Storylines For Korean Film And Drama Adaptations


“Unlike in the United States, it’s very common to see South Korean commuters riding the subway or the bus and indulging in webtoons via their cell phones,” said Jinyoung Jin, director of cultural programs at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, which hosted the 2016 exhibit Webtoon: The Evolution of Korean Digital Comics.  “This is likely because of the accessibility of high-speed Internet service almost everywhere in South Korea.”

Rising demand pushes enrollment to new heights at SUNY institutions

Long Island Business

Applications to the four-year State University of New York institutions on Long Island continue to increase as students recognize the value these schools provide for under $10,000 in tuition and fees. As demand has intensified, admission has become increasingly competitive. At Stony Brook, freshman applications for fall 2018 increased to 37,828, up 7.1 percent from the 35,313 applications received for 2017 and 24.8 percent from 30,300 applications five years earlier.


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