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The Last Front in the Battle to Save the ‘Most Important Fish’ in the Atlantic

Civil Eats

“In the last 10 years, [menhaden’s] range is expanding and the population is growing . . . but these fish are very vulnerable to exploitation and they could definitely be locally depleted or eliminated,” said forage fish expert Ellen Pikitch, the executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University in New York.

First Oscar nomination goes to Stony Brook University filmmaker


A Stony Brook University filmmaker has been nominated for an Oscar. “I mean I think we made a terrific movie… you know, from a first time director, and great stories always impact the community in a great way,” said Christine Vachon, artistic director for the university’s MFA in Film program. Vachon produced the film Past Livesa romantic drama that premiered in early June 2023. The movie highlights childhood best friends, Nora and Hae Sung, from South Korea. After Nora’s family moved to New York City, the duo were separated for 20 years. They reconnected for one week in the Big Apple — and fell in love.

Long Island hospitals lose millions in Medicare infection, readmission penalties


Stony Brook Medicine’s penalty for readmission rates fell from 1.48% a decade ago to 0.15%. Midway through the period, the data started to include Southampton and Greenport hospitals that had joined the network, CMS data shows. The health system didn’t respond to questions about how much the penalties amounted to.

LI needs to keep a strong focus on those living with disabilities


The remarkable life of Brooke Ellison, the disabled Stony Brook University bioethicist who died recently at age 45, is an inspiration to all Long Islanders, especially the disability community. Her example is a reminder that we must always be attentive to the hopes, needs and voices of the more than 500,000 adults and children living here with some form of disability.

The simple practice of being kind comes with many benefits


Its been well studied that kindness can have a positive effect on both recipients and givers.  Studies show that helping others can benefit your mental health by reducing stress and even improve physical health markers like cardiovascular conditioning.  For more, KCBS’s Liz Saint John spoke with  Dr. Stephen G. Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University and expert on giving and kindness.

18 Ways to Spread Joy on Random Acts of Kindness Day – And Everyday


“Kindness is uncomplicated,” says Stephen G. Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. “It doesn’t take much to be kind.” And the best part: We all have kindness built in, says Post, 72, adding that babies show natural kindness as early as 6 months old.

Smoking e-cigarettes a possible strategy in quitting tobacco cigarettes, study suggests


Dr. Rachel Boykan, a pediatrician and professor of clinical pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, called the study results “promising” but said there were “inherent concerns with using these very high nicotine content devices to stop tobacco smoking.”

Brooke Ellison, resilient disability rights activist, dies at 45

Washington Post

Ellison remained at Harvard after her undergraduate training to receive a master’s degree in public policy and then earned a doctorate in sociology from Stony Brook University, where she joined the faculty, teaching courses that touched on medical ethics, stem cell research and sociology.

COVID isolation guidelines may be changing-what you need to know


Dr. Sharon Nachman, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital joined On the Record with Steve Scott to talk about on possible changes on the CDC’s COVID isolation guidelines.

Report: CDC considers eliminating 5-day quarantine guideline for COVID implemented in 2021


“We’ve turned the corner from [COVID-19] being a totally novel pathogen — a totally brand new virus that we have no response to — to having some response,” said Dr. Sharon Nachman, division chief of pediatric infectious disease at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

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