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Healthy Habits: Screen Time and Kids’ Sleep

Motherhood Moment

Over the past 15 years, there has been growing concern about the association between electronic media use and sleep. Studies show that screen-time before bedtime can lead to shorter sleep duration, irregular sleep schedules, daytime fatigue, and more. According to Professor Lauren Hale, this is especially true for adolescents.  She calls the confluence of environmental challenges (i.e., earlier school start times), behavioral changes (e.g., less parental control), and intense preoccupation with screen-time a “perfect storm,” making teens particularly prone to the negative effects of electronic media on sleep.

Suffolk police officer injured in fatal crash leaves hospital


Suffolk police Officer Christian Vidal was so badly injured after a drunken driver crashed head-on into his police car that doctors placed him in a medically induced coma to heal. But even under heavy sedation, the 34-year-old Coram resident was battling back, fighting to wake up. “He kept trying to open his eyes,” said Dr. James Vosswinkel, chief of trauma surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital. “He didn’t want to give up. He was fighting for his life.”

Suffolk Police Officer Released from Stony Brook University Hospital

FiOS1 News

Suffolk police officer Christian Vidal was released from Stony Brook University Hospital and was received by family and friends.

US ATLAS phase I upgrade completed

Led by Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University (SBU), the U.S. ATLAS Phase I Upgrade is the initial stage of a larger upgrade planned for the LHC—the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) project. The goal is to substantially increase the LHC’s luminosity, enabling scientists to collect 10 times more data from particle collisions, observe very rare processes, and make new discoveries about the building blocks of matter. But first, long-term experiments like ATLAS needed to undergo initial upgrades to prepare for the coming years before the LHC will transition to the HL-LHC mode.

These simple fixes could boost voter turnout in a major way


Northwestern University and Stony Brook University are two leaders in getting their students registered to vote. Leaders at both universities said that they recognized the low rate of civic participation among their students and decided to take action to boost it. Northwestern launched a program to have returning students talk to each incoming student individually about voting. Likewise, Stony Brook University started a program during freshman orientation where student ambassadors provide one-on-one answers to every incoming student about how to vote.

Climate change created today’s large crocodiles

The Conversation

Pedro L. Grodoy, Postdoctoral Fellow in Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University writes in this Conversation article: “What does the term crocodylian bring to mind? A big reptile with a chomping jaw? Crocodylians are the 27 species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials that live all over Earth today, except for in Europe and Antarctica. There are some smaller species, but these top predators are usually big, at least 2 meters long. They also share a general shape and look – for instance, how easily can you tell an alligator and a crocodile apart?”


Opinion: These 10 solid U.S. colleges prove you don’t need Harvard or Yale to achieve the American Dream


The researchers found that highly selective colleges and universities such as Berkeley, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and Swarthmore (which I attended as a first-generation college student) actually do a very good job of elevating lower-income kids to the middle-class and beyond. But they take so few kids from the bottom 20% — less than 4% of enrollment — they can’t move the needle much.  Good state and local universities, however, can and do. That’s why they dominate the list of the 10 colleges that are most effective in helping their graduates move from the lowest 20% (family incomes below $25,000 a year) to the top 20% ($110,000 and above). That’s the stuff of Horatio Alger stories, yet it happens all the time at these American Dream machines. Two of the top 10 — Pace and St. John’s — are private. Only Stony Brook University (of the State University of New York) cracks U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 national universities rankings for 2020. ”The colleges that have the highest bottom-to-top-quintile mobility rates.” the study’s authors write, “are typically mid-tier public institutions” — colleges the kids of entitled parents like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin would avoid at any cost. All of these 10 schools are located in California, New York, and Texas.

SBU hurricane expert Kevin Reed discusses Dorian

Times Beacon Record

Hurricane Dorian has dominated the news cycle for weeks, as its violent winds, torrential rains and storm surge caused extensive damage throughout the Bahamas and brought flooding and tornadoes to North Carolina. For Kevin Reed, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences who models extreme weather events including hurricanes, Dorian followed patterns the climate scientist anticipates will continue to develop in future years. “Two things that are current with Dorian are consistent with what we’d expect from a changing climate,” said Reed. Dorian became a Category 5 storm, which is the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Second, the hurricane slowed down, which was also a trend that Hurricanes Harvey and Florence demonstrated.

We see flavored e-cigarettes causing conditions like popcorn lung: Dr. Rachel Boykan


CASAA CEO Alex Clark, and Dr. Rachel Boykan, Stony Brook University, join ‘The Exchange’ to discuss the health dangers of vaping and what the response should be.

Fat people are more than TWICE as likely to have overweight dogs because they feed their pet pooches fattening treats, study finds

Daily Mail

A genetic analysis of the world’s oldest known dog remains revealed that dogs were domesticated in a single event by humans living in Eurasia, around 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. Dr Krishna Veeramah, an assistant professor in evolution at Stony Brook University, told MailOnline: ‘The process of dog domestication would have been a very complex process, involving a number of generations where signature dog traits evolved gradually.


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