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Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Briefs NY Congressional Delegation on SBU Quantum Research and Digital Intelligence

Nicole Sampson on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, November 27, Dr. Nicole Sampson, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, briefed New York Congressional delegation staff in Washington, D.C. on Stony Brook University’s (SBU) latest quantum research initiative and forthcoming digital intelligence training program.

Nicole Sampson on Capitol HillSampson met with representatives of Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Congressman Thomas Suozzi, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, and Congressman Paul Tonko.

During the meetings, Sampson conveyed Stony Brook’s efforts to develop a SUNY Center for Quantum Information Science on Long Island in collaboration with other partners, including Brookhaven National Laboratory, to achieve groundbreaking research.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with members of the Congressional staff to discuss these exciting initiatives for our College and University community,” said Dr. Sampson. “Among the many innovative and economic benefits each will provide, both the SUNY Center of Quantum Information Science and the Digital Intelligence training program offer numerous educational and research opportunities that will empower our students and postdoctoral researchers to translate their research. And, the training program will prepare them for careers in today’s ever-evolving high tech marketplace.”  

To create the necessary interdisciplinary atmosphere, the Center will combine the efforts of groups working on the quantum sciences in academic, national laboratories and industrial campuses in New York and beyond. Potential research outcomes of the Center can be the basis for quantum technologies, which can stimulate new job opportunities and economic growth, resulting in broader state wide, and potentially, national impacts.

Additionally, Sampson briefed the New York congressional staffers on SBU’s forthcoming Digital Intelligence training program, which combines computer science with arts, humanities and social sciences programs. Initial offerings will include computer science paired with linguistics, philosophy or art, with an introductory curriculum providing a gateway to team projects that will earn digital badges in fundamental technology skills as students complete their respective programs. This diverse, interdisciplinary skill set will allow students to explore a variety of positions in the IT sector. The Digital Intelligence training program is a collaboration between Stony Brook University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science.

During the meetings, Sampson urged Congress to make robust federal investments in NSF, DOE, DOD, and NIH research in addition to higher education programs and student financial aid. Stony Brook’s Office of Government Relations continues to work closely with members of Congress on these priorities.

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