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Stony Brook lacrosse sisters visit cancer patient

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Kate and Kelly Keurner, sisters on the Stony Brook lacrosse team, visit Marissa at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center each week.

Excessive nitrogen harming LI storm-buffering salt marshes, says DEC


Excessive levels of nitrogen from wastewater, septic systems and other sources are increasingly harming Long Island salt marshes that provide protection from storm surges and flooding, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said yesterday.
Christopher Gobler, a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, said studies have shown that high levels of nitrogen weaken the salt marshes — a crucial storm buffer.

Federal report: Climate change puts LI at risk

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WOODBURY – A new report on climate change could have important implications for Long Island.
According to the National Climate Assessment released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, rising sea level and coastal flooding are problems that will need to be addressed over the next century.

Opinion: This planet comes with limits


Editor’s note: Carl Safina is an award-winning scientist and author, founding president of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University and host of the PBS television series "Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn’t have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course, economists have been saying this for decades.

Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Safina: Awe is Awe

Indianapolis Star

The list of accolades for Carl Safina is long. The founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, a nonprofit devoted to marine conservation, has won Guggenheim and Pew fellowships. He’s also received a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called genius grant.

And no wonder. The man holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University and is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. He has written more than 150 scientific papers and six popular books about conservation, many of which have won prizes. Now, he is one of the six finalists for the Indianapolis Prize, a $250,000 award that the Indianapolis Zoo gives every other year to an outstanding animal scientist and conservationist.

Technology to help keep loved ones safe

Riverhead News Review

About a month ago, 82-year-old Jean Taber of Riverside decided to go out for a walk with her dog Freckles — but Ms. Taber, who had been suffering from short-term memory loss, became disoriented and unable to find her way home.
It took more than two days — plus 250 volunteers and the help of a helicopter — to find her body in a wooded area.

Stony Brook pinwheels to spin for a cause

Times Beacon Record

Stony Brook University is looking for volunteers to help plant 6,000 pinwheels in the grass next to its South P Lot this Saturday, May 3, a display that will represent the people who die each year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

SBU’s Jim Simons in National Academy of Sciences

Times Beacon Journal

Simons is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries who were elected in recognition of their research, and brings the total number of Stony Brook University’s NAS membership to 24.

Report: Air Pollution Dangerously High for Almost Half of U.S.

WDTV Fox10

Almost half of the U.S. population lives in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerously high for them to breathe, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association. The group’s annual "State of the Air" report finds 47 percent of Americans live in counties with frequently unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution. That’s up from 42 percent in last year’s report.

Varicose veins fizzle away with new foam treatment


Varicose veins affect more than 30 million adults in the US aged between 18 to 70, with women twice as likely as men to develop the condition. These veins bulge and rise above the skin’s surface. They are often unattractive, uncomfortable and could cause further medical problems. Now, specialists at The Stony Brook Vein Center at Stony Brook Medicine have a new non-surgical approach to rid patients of their problem veins.