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How much sleep do you need? An expert panel releases its recommendations.

Washington Post

"Sleeping too little and too much are both associated with increased risk of mortality and a range of other adverse health issues: cardiovascular disease, possibly cancer and also impaired psychological well-being," said Lauren Hale, editor of the journal Sleep Health and associate professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University.

Transgender children aren’t confused about their gender identity, study finds

FOX News

An ongoing longitudinal study of transgender children and their siblings has revealed that these youths have a strong understanding of their gender identity. The paper’s findings, published in the February edition of the journal Psychological Science, counter the belief that transgender children are confused about their gender or are too young to understand what gender means.

Weekend To Do-Apply for Science Communications Awards, Fellowships and Internship Programs

Scientific American

iBiology Young Scientist Series. iBiology generally features research talks by well-known senior scientists, but is now expanding its focus to highlight the work of outstanding young scientists. PhD candidates or postdocs with an interesting research story and good presentation skills are only eligible to apply. Four winners will attend a two-day workshop at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected scientists will record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio. The talks will be posted on as part of a new Young Scientist Seminar Series. For young scientists, this is a unique opportunity to showcase your work! Apply by Feb 1st.

A Sustainable Flame Retardant for Timber Buildings


Researchers from Stony Brook University have developed a new type of timber flame retardant that is not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, but also radically raises the strength of treated materials. – See more at:

Deflategate theory: What if Pats inflated balls in warm environment?

USA Today

Dr. Chang Kee Jung, a football fan and physics professor at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, chuckled when the theory was explained. But he agreed it’s possible — not only because of the temperature change, but other effects from the steam in the sauna.

Climate questions surround ‘deflate-gate’


Was climate responsible for under-inflation of the Patriots’ footballs, as Coach Belichick claims could have been the case? Chang Kee Jung, Kavitha Davidson, Jason Page and Chris Valletta weigh in on "MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY"

‘Deflate-Gate’ Explained by Animated Stick Figures (and Dr. Chang Kee Jung)

ABC News

If the NFL’s New England Patriots did deflate their game balls, even slightly, it would have given them an advantage during their playoff win this past weekend, said Chang Kee Jung, who teaches a course on the physics of sports at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York.

The Pros and Cons of Sorority Parties

The Atlantic

I first heard the sorority-party idea from Michael Kimmel, an expert in masculinity and a professor at Stony Brook University in Long Island, whom I profiled for the magazine recently. During our interview, he suggested that colleges might be able to reduce their rates of rape simply by putting the women in charge of the alcohol.

36 Questions to Help Deepen Your Intimacy

Psychology Today

In a New York Times Modern Love column, writer Mandy Len Catron cited a study carried out a number of years ago by Stony Brook University psychologist Arthur Arons and collaborators. She claimed that by asking a potential love interest these 36 questions, you could not only determine whether this is a good mate for you, but you could actually use them to jump-start your relationship with this person.

Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were Driven to the Brink in Northern Nigeria

London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr. Shobana Shankar, assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University writes: "No simple explanation for Boko Haram–its opposition to western education, gruesome acts, and territorial aims within Nigeria and in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon–is entirely convincing."