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What the Research Is Saying About Hiring Autistic Job Candidates


Job candidates who are autistic are often thought of as a good fit for technology jobs such as roles testing the user experience of a website. But, autistic candidates tend to have skills that fit a wider array of roles, according to Matthew Lerner. Lerner, of Stony Brook University, is a leading researcher on autism-spectrum issues. He’s part of a large, global group of organizations that has taken a look at how to address the sky-high unemployment rate in the autism community.

Workouts: A Way to Ease Severe Chronic Anxiety?


Everyone experiences anxious moments now and then. But for those with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the worry is frequent and overwhelming, often interfering with everyday activities….Dr. Zachary Jacobs, an adolescent medicine specialist at Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital in New York, was not involved with the study but reviewed the findings. “While a majority of studies do show a positive impact of exercise on anxiety levels, it may not be as beneficial as traditional western medicine treatments of medication and therapy,” he said. Jacobs was not surprised by the findings, noting that his mood lightens when he works out.

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital throws prom night for teenage patients

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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital has been throwing a party for current and former patients alike each spring for the past four years. Basically, the teens get their very own prom — to help make new friends and provide a reprieve from medical care. Last year, the theme was New York, New York.On Saturday, June 8, the kids arrived at Stony Brook University’s Center for Leadership and Service to be treated to an evening of music, dancing and food inspired by a “Night in Paris.”

The latest disinformation threat online? Old news stories


Many resurrected stories are benign — like this one about a knife-stealing crow that recently saw a spike of traffic — but some cover divisive or political topics. Without the context of when the story was published, online posts that share these stories can be misleading — and may stoke discord ahead of Canada’s federal election in October. “This is different from fake news, but still misleading,” said Jonathan Anzalone, the assistant director for the Center for New Literacy at Stony Brook University in New York. “Taking something that’s true and taking it out of context can change its meaning, and can cause people to be misinformed.”

Small, furry and powerful: are mouse lemurs the next big thing in genetics?


A scientific strategy emerged that aimed to use powerful genetics tools in a minimally invasive way. Researchers would work with animals in the wild, screening them for distinctive traits and collecting their DNA for further analysis. There would be no genetic modification and no bringing animals back to Stanford or other overseas research institutions. Aside from periodic captures, the animals would reside in the forest. And the team would train Malagasy researchers to be part of the project. “We wanted to find a respectful way to do genetics,” Krasnow says. Patricia Wright, a renowned lemur primatologist at Stony Brook University in New York who founded and runs the Centre ValBio field station, soon became a key collaborator. By the middle of 2012, Krasnow and the students had brought in several hundred thousand dollars worth of equipment and supplies to outfit a molecular biology lab there. It is now their home base.

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital hosts annual prom

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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital held their annual prom Saturday night. This year’s theme was a “Night in Paris.” Before the big dance, dozens of patients were treated to some pampering that included complimentary hair, makeup and nails. Organizers say the goal of the evening is to raise the children’s spirits and help them forget any suffering.

Marilyn Simons takes a solo turn in philanthropy


Marilyn Hawrys was, like many college students, a bit fuzzy about her future. She liked numbers, but becoming an actuary seemed boring. So she chose to major in economics at Stony Brook University where, she recalls, she was mainly delighted with her improved social life as the lone girl in classrooms full of boys.

A Night To Remember – Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital prom brings together current and former patients, doctors and staff  for a night in “Paris.”

Why Hiding A Disability From Coworkers May Hurt Not Help You


When a recent article in the Harvard Business Review explained why people hide their disabilities at work—and a study they conducted showed the value of disclosing a disability in the workplace—it confirmed a hunch I’ve had for a long time. Keeping quiet about mental health issues or learning and attention differences on the job creates stress and anxiety….Allilsa Fernandez built her own support system and is now doing the same for her peers. In 2011, after becoming severely ill and entering recovery, Allilsa Fernandez asked a therapist, Will I be able to return to school and finish my bachelor’s degree? The answer floored her. She should probably focus on therapy, was the therapist’s advice. A second therapist and a psychiatrist advised that she let go of her dream of finishing school. “Against all odds, Fernandez says, “I entered school again in New York. “I broke down the first semester and was unable to find therapy. My advisor’s response when I asked for help? A form for me to drop out of school.” Spoiler alert: This spring she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Before graduating, Fernandez founded the Peer Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) program on Stony Brook’s campus, which she created to fill gaps in mental health coverage that are not being addressed by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Ed Kranepool returns to Citi Field 30 days after kidney transplant and offers to pinch-hit


Thirty days after receiving his new kidney, Ed Kranepool was back at Citi Field and immediately offered up his services to Mets manager Mickey Callaway. “I feel great, ready for a comeback. I told Mickey I can pinch-hit today for him if [Robinson] Cano can’t hit,” Kranepool joked at Citi Field before Thursday’s game against the Giants. “Some of these injuries, I’ll be ready to go out there. “This is 30 days after the fact and I’m feeling great. And this is because of the people up here, not myself. I’m not the star of this show. We have a number of people on stage that made this happen.” On that stage Thursday with Kranepool was his kidney donor, 56-year-old Mets fan Deborah Barbieri of Glenwood Landing, and his doctors Dr. Frank Darras and Dr. Wayne Waltzer. Darras is the medical director of the kidney transplant program at Stony Brook University Hospital, and Waltzer is the chief of transplant services and chairman of the department of urology.


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