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SBU faculty receive biomed research funds

Long Island Business News

Two Stony Brook University School of Medicine faculty members will each receive about $150,000 in funding from the State University of New York Research Foundation to advance their biomedical research. Jessica Seeliger investigates new drug targets for treatment of tuberculosis, while Dr. Suzanne Fields focuses her research on age-related issues, including frailty.

Where Does MS Begin?

Everyday Health

Since the 1960s, neurologists have understood MS as an illness of the brain’s white matter. White matter, in the center of the brain, can be thought of as the cabling that connects brain regions with each other. It is like the bundles of wires coming off the back of a computer.

Population of Adélie Penguins Grows

Newsday Video

Heather Lynch, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University and another researcher, made an interesting discovery about Adélie penguins in the Antarctic: There are a lot more of them than people thought. Their findings are based on 10 months of reviewing hi-res satellite images looking for penguin excrement, which indicates how many breeding pairs are in an area. (Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz and David Meeks)

Researchers Tally 53 Percent More Adélie Penguins by Using More Satellites

Newsday

By counting penguins based on satellite imagery of their guano — that would be poop — two researchers, one from Stony Brook University, have determined 53 percent more Adélie penguins are living in Antarctica than previously estimated.

Dinosaur fossil with long feathers gives insight into prehistoric flight

Newsday

A four-winged, meat-eating dinosaur with long tail feathers apparently glided through the air, and its fossil is providing new insights into prehistoric flight, scientists reported Tuesday.

Plumage aplenty: fossil found of ‘four-winged’ feathered dinosaur

Reuters

It was built sort of like a biplane but probably did not fly as well, if at all.
Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of a strange dinosaur that lived in China 125 million years ago which was covered in feathers, looked like it had two sets of wings and may have been able to glide.

Building a Better Battery at BNL and SBU

Long Island Business News

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University are teaming up to search for a green version of the Holy Grail – a method to efficiently store energy generated by renewable sources, making alternative energies more useful. The bridge between the two institutions in this case is Esther Takeuchi, a researcher and professor at SBU and chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Global and Regional Solutions Directorate. Takeuchi’s mission is to build a better battery, and to help she recently received a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Center.

Adélie Penguin Census Shows Seabirds Are Thriving

Wall Street Journal

For the first time, researchers have counted all the world’s Adélie penguins–a sprightly seabird considered a bellwether of climate change–and discovered that millions of them are thriving in and around Antarctica. Rather than declining as feared due to warming temperatures that altered their habitats in some areas, the Adélie population generally is on the rise, the scientists said Thursday. "What we found surprised everyone," said ecologist Heather Lynch at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., who led the penguin census. "We found a 53% increase in abundance globally."

Ash Borers and a Deluge of Data

New York Times

TO THE EDITOR:

"NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon" (June 30) mentions that the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will take about 100,000 useful measurements a day, but fails to address how the data will be analyzed. Understanding our earth is of critical importance, and the unwavering support from the Obama administration is undoubtedly invaluable. However, are we fully prepared to engage the torrential flow of data from such satellites?

There is a whole field of data science that is emerging to help process and organize the huge and complex data sets just like that produced from this new satellite. However, even as private companies are creating new jobs for such expertise, universities in the United States are not yet prepared to produce people with such skills.

Therefore, in addition to funding rocket science, the Obama administration should encourage research and funding of data science to get the most out of the massive amounts of data that such multimillion-dollar space missions would produce.

You Quan Chong
Steven Jaret
Stony Brook, N.Y.
The writers are Ph.D. candidates at Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University President Honored at Hamptons Heart Ball

Dans Papers

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the Stony Brook University president, was the Distinguished Leadership Honoree at the 18th annual Hamptons Heart Ball on June 28.

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