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Nurse Rebecca Young Shares What You Need To Know About Ticks

27east/Southampton Press

Ticks and tick-borne illnesses have long been a problem on the East End. There may not be a solution to ridding the region of the parasite, but there are ways to prevent getting a tick bite or a subsequent disease. Rebecca Young is the Help Line nurse for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, and fields hundreds of calls a year from those wanting to know more about ticks.

Riverhead ELL students participate in summer partnership with Stony Brook University

Riverhead Local

Riverhead Central School District and Stony Brook University partnered together this summer to offer a science program for English language learners. The program, coordinated by Jeremy Garritano, ran from July 8 through July 26 at Riley Avenue Elementary School and offered a variety of research projects. Students examined the relationship between earthworms and soybeans, created ecosystem dioramas using plastic lunch containers, kept scientific journals, explored erosion impacts on the ecosystem, engineered parachutes and took virtual field trips.

Trio behind supergravity breakthrough win Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The three physicists credited with “the invention of supergravity” have won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their work nearly 40 years ago. The announcement was made by the Selection Committee. In addition to the award, the three physicists—Sergio Ferrara, Daniel Freedman and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen—will also share 3 million dollars.

Stony Brook Medicine adds West Babylon family practice

Greater Port Jeff

Stony Brook Medicine added another practice to its fast-growing network. Earlier this month, it was announced Nassau Suffolk Medical Practice, a family medicine practice of West Babylon, will be joining Stony Brook.

Teacher Workshop Educates New York Teachers At Stony Brook Southampton Campus Press

Despite the close location to the water, many New York school districts lack marine science education. The lack of these programs inspired Christine Santora, assistant director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, to contact the regional leader for New York Master Teacher Program to help create a 4-day immersive program to give teachers in the program experience with marine science.  The program, hosted by Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, was offered to teachers in the Master Teacher program. The program created by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is an educational initiative designed to create a network of experienced K-12 STEM teachers. Selected Master Teachers are able to participate in professional development opportunities, such as the program at Stony Brook’s Southampton Campus, and share their knowledge with fellow teachers in their home district.

Physicists to Split $3 Million Breakthrough Prize for Supergravity


Physicists Sergio Ferrara, Dan Freedman, and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen will split a $3 million Breakthrough Prize for their theory of supergravity, which drives much of today’s physics research toward our understanding of the universe….Supergravity, which Freedman (now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ferrara, (now at the University of California, Los Angeles), and van Nieuwenhuizen (now at Stony Brook University) devised in 1976, offered a way to include gravity in the supersymmetric picture, as well as a way to unify quantum physics with general relativity. It proposed the existence of a “gravitino,” a supersymmetric partner to the “graviton,” a theorized particle whose behavior would govern the force of gravity. Supergravity became an influential theory, one that has appeared in many iterations of string theory.

Supergravity pioneers win $3m Special Breakthrough prize

The Guardian

The most lucrative prize in science has been awarded to three researchers for a landmark theory that married particle physics with Einstein’s description of gravity, and proposed a candidate for the mysterious cosmic goo known as dark matter to boot. Daniel Freedman, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen and Sergio Ferrara, from the US, the Netherlands and Italy respectively, developed “supergravity” in the 1970s, a mathematical feat that wrapped Einstein’s general relativity into a speculative theory of all the known particles in the universe.

Conservation: Can We Change How We Live?


Are offshore wind projects a magic bullet to save the environment? What about banning plastic bags? Have conservation efforts fallen by the wayside in favor of renewable energy projects that encourage energy usage, instead of energy reduction and preservation? Our guests: R. Lawrence Swanson, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and director, Waste Reduction and Management Institute, Stony Brook University; chair, Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality; member, New York State Ocean Acidification Task Force.

Shootings focus attention on guns, white supremacy and mental health

Deseret News

2015 Deseret News article examined the role of mental illness and the marginalization of men. It noted, “Some sociologists who study shootings contend that mental illness is only part of the underlying problem behind rampage shootings. A bigger question to be addressed, they say, is what it means to be a man in America today and how cultural ideas of manhood can lead some down a path of rejection, rage, mass murder and suicide.” “There are so many people with mental illness that never commit violence,” Stony Brook University researcher, criminologist and sociologist Rachel Kalish told the Deseret News. “But many rampage shooters have been made to feel marginalized in some way and our culture makes violence seem like an appropriate way to assert masculinity.”

What Drives People to Mass Shootings?

New York Times

In his speech, Mr. Trump mentioned the teenager who in 2018 killed 17 people a high school in Parkland, Fla. It’s a good example: Before his murder spree, the shooter talked of his intentions to such an extent that classmates joked that he was the student most likely to shoot up the school. “Unfortunately, it is wishful thinking to believe that there is a simple set of warning signs, a phone app or a checklist which can be used to identify a mass shooter,” said Dr. Deborah Weisbrot, director of the outpatient clinic of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stony Brook Universi


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