Forty-three years ago in this very room at Stony Brook University, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, a distinguished professor in Physics, came up with a theory called supergravity. “On this desk, yes,” said van Nieuwenhuizen.
As a child growing up in Korea, Dr. Samuel Ryu found a small stick and started injecting it, like a syringe, into his mother’s arm. At least that’s the story that she relayed to him years later. Dr. Ryu, the deputy director for Clinical Affairs for the Stony Brook University Cancer Center and designated director of the Phillips Family Cancer Center in Southampton, remembers making the decision to pursue a career in medicine while in high school. “Caring for human life appeared to be quite fascinating, and I felt that developing things to help mankind would be rewarding,” he says. “I have a big heart for helping people.”
Stony Brook Professor writes in this op-ed, “Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But when they are reduced to a line item on a list, their multimillion-year existences and roles in the complex living communities that include humans become invisible. Each minor species, whispering its testimony quietly from its corner, cannot make the larger class-action case, which is that, everywhere, trouble finds them.”
Physicist Peter van Nieuwenhuizen of Stony Brook University and two collaborators will share the most lucrative award in science — a $3 million Breakthrough Prize — for developing the highly influential theory of “supergravity. The recognition arrives 43 years after van Nieuwenhuizen and his colleagues formulated the theory, which has had a powerful impact on physics, including how theories advanced by Albert Einstein are understood. Van Nieuwenhuizen will share the prize with theoretical physicists Daniel Z. Freedman of MIT and Stanford University, and Sergio Ferrara of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. “I can truthfully say I didn’t expect it at all,” said van Nieuwenhuizen, who holds the title of distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook.
Environmental advocates applauded the plan, which is currently undergoing a detailed environmental review by the county Council on Environmental Quality. A 30-day public comment period is set to open Aug. 14, and public hearings are planned for Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in eastern Suffolk County and Thursday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m. in western Suffolk, a health department spokesperson said. The locations are still being finalized and will be published within two weeks on the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality website. “While I have spent my career documenting the degradation of Long Island’s fisheries and aquatic habitats, it is inspiring to finally see a plan designed and implemented that will reverse course on decades of negative trajectories,” said Christopher Gobler, chair of coastal ecology and conservation at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook University welcomed its 49th class of medical students to the recently renamed Renaissance School of Medicine on Sunday with a white-coat ceremony recognizing students’ accomplishments thus far and preparing them for the years ahead. One hundred and thirty-six students — chosen from an application pool of more than 5,000 — shrugged on white physician’s jackets and received stethoscopes to kick off their first week of medical school, which begins Monday.
Screws can’t be the best and only answer. That was the conclusion neurosurgeon Daniel Birk at the Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute came to when he was reconsidering the state-of-the-art treatment for spinal injuries. The screws, which hold the spine in place, create problems for patients in part because they aren’t as flexible as bone. That’s where Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, headed by Fotis Sotiropoulos, plans to pitch in. Working with Kenneth Kaushansky, dean of Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine, the two Stony Brook leaders have been immersed in uniting their two disciplines to find ways engineers can improve medical care.
Long Island’s bays, harbors, rivers and inlets received a mixed assessment this week via the Long Island Water Quality Report, which has not observed mostly “good” conditions at its 29 test sites for more than a month. As of this week’s sampling, 10 out of 29 shore locations were rated good, meaning clear water, adequate oxygen levels and no or low levels of algae and/or bacteria from human or animal waste, making for hospitable conditions for fish and shellfish. Fifteen sites were rated fair, and four, poor. The water quality report is a weekly score card issued from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is created by Chris Gobler, professor of marine science at Stony Brook University and director of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology, and his team of more than 20 students and scientists.
Ask most college students about the first lesson they learned as freshmen on the day they moved into their dorm and they’ll probably answer: “I brought way too many clothes.”…That was Gabby Pardo, 20, an incoming junior journalism major at Stony Brook, who walked into a triple dorm room (as in three women sharing it) her freshman year. “I should have cut at least a third of what I brought with me,” says Pardo, who is from Staten Island. “I had to bring a lot of shoes and clothes home.”
When you happen to come across an octopus, you probably don’t think it’s a good idea to take the creature and put it on your face. Unfortunately, one woman in Washington did, and it ended pretty much the way you’d expect…“You shouldn’t do this with any animal,” says Christopher Paparo, manager of Stony Brook University’s Southampton Marine Science Center. Most wild animals will want to run or swim away if they’re startled but, if they can’t, they’re going to defend themselves, Paparo says.For an octopus that can’t swim away, “the next best thing they can do is bite,” Paparo says. Octopuses actually have a beak like a parrot that they use to crush through crab shells and are “a pretty aggressive predator,” he says.