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Stony Brook Scientists Disprove Theory That Reconstructed Boron Surface is Metallic

Scientific inquiry is a hit and miss proposition, subject to constant checking and rechecking. Recently, a new class of materials was discovered called topological insulators—nonmetallic materials with a metallic surface capable of conducting electrons. The effect, based on relativity theory, exists only in special materials—those with heavy elements—and has the potential to revolutionize electronics. Read more ...

Biomedical Informatics Receives $3.2 Million from NCI to Study Tumor Makeup

Joel Saltz

Stony Brook Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Informatics has received a five-year $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a suite of informatics tools that will enable basic researchers to study tumors, including their structures, genetics, and protein expression patterns. The project will involve massive biomedical quantitative analyses of tumors to better understand how and why they grow. Read more ...

IACS Affiliate Alexander Orlov quoted in Newsweek

Alexander Orlov

IACS Affiliate Professor Alexander Orlov from the Materials Science & Engineering Department is quoted in a Newsweek article entitled, The Deodorant Spray That Eats Pollution (and Will Keep Your Stadium Clean). For the full text see http://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/04/deodorant-spray-will-clean-your-stadium-and-save-world-256134.html Read more ...

From Among Hundreds of Applicants, Two IACS Graduate Students are Chosen to Present at SuperComputing 2014

Li Zhang, Na Zhang

Two Ph.D. Stony Brook University graduate students in the Applied Mathematics & Statistics Department were chosen to present their research at the SuperComputing 2014 (SC14) annual conference, to be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana November 17-21. Read more ...

Perozzi and Jacobs win IACS Junior Researcher Fellowships

Bryan Perozzi

While studying mathematical models of related objects may not seem relevant to most people, this area of research has many everyday, applications: filling in missing data for social network users and electronic healthcare records; detecting online fraud; discovering attributes of proteins from their interactions; and the list goes on. Graph mining, as it is called, is the subject studied by IACS student Bryan Perozzi, one of this year’s winners of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) 2014 Junior Researcher Fellowship. Read more ...

HAPPY FEET III: ADÉLIE Penguin Population is Actually on the Rise

IACS Affiliate Heather Lynch

The first global census of the Adélie penguin, long considered a key indicator species to monitor and understand the effects of climate change and fishing in the Southern Ocean, has revealed its population (3.79 million breeding pairs) to be 53 percent larger than previously estimated. By using high-resolution satellite imagery, Stony Brook University ecologist Heather Lynch, PhD, and University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering researcher Michelle LaRue, PhD, have applied a new method that permits regular monitoring of Adélie penguins across their entire breeding range, and by extension the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Read more ...

IACS Professor is key contributor on $4.3M DOE Grant

Pedrag Krstic

IACS Research Professor Predrag Krstic is a key collaborator on a $4.3M Department of Energy grant that was successfully submitted by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The purpose of the grant is to research the role of plasma in the synthesis of nanoparticles. Read more ...

IACS Student Wins Highly Competitive Scholarship

Jesmin Jahan Tithi

“There are so many things I don’t know. There’s no limit to learning. I think one life is not enough to learn,” said SBU Ph.D. candidate Jesmin Jahan Tithi who recently won a prestigious scholarship from ACM-W, an organization dedicated to supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in all aspects of computing. Read more ...

Study Shows Success Breeds Success

Arnout van de Rijt

In a Stony Brook University-led study that uses website-based experiments to uncover whether the age-old adage that “success breeds success” is a reality, researchers found that early success bestowed on individuals produced significant increases in subsequent rates of success, in comparison to non-recipients of success. Read more ...