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Distinguished Teaching Professor Inspires Smithsonian Magazine’s Spring Issue

Steven Skiena’s best-selling book Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank, co-authored by Google engineer Charles B. Ward, takes a new, algorithmic approach to identifying great figures in American history by ranking their cultural impact using Internet statistics. Read more ...

IACS Student Dreams Big for Herself and for the Future of All Women

Jesmin Jahan Tithi, a fourth-year computer science PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, said that receiving the honor to both attend and present at a prominent international supercomputing conference was “a great opportunity. There were around 10,000 attendees from researchers to students, professors, government organizations, labs and industry from all over the world.” Read more ...

Using his Knowledge of STEM for More than Just Discoveries

Matthew Reuter

Matthew Reuter, a theoretical chemist by training, credits a “fantastic” high school chemistry teacher with inspiring his pursuit of a career within the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Though initially he thought that his field would just be chemistry, he said that he quickly found it difficult to settle on just one… “As an undergraduate at Michigan Technological University, I ended up finishing four majors in the areas of chemistry and math, plus a minor in computer science,” said Reuter. “I didn’t really know which field I wanted to specialize in - I was so interested in them all.” Read more ...

IACS Professors Present at ICTP-IAEA Conference in Italy

Predrag Krstic

Professors Robert Harrison and Predrag Krstic of IACS were invited speakers at the 2014 Joint ICTP-IAEA conference on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices. Read more ...

IACS Director R.J. Harrison awarded $15M compute hours from DOE

Robert Harrison

IACS Director Robert Harrison was awarded 15,000,000 processor hours, from the Department of Energy's INCITE Leadership Computing program, on Argonne National Laboratory's IBM Blue Gene/Q for his proposal entitled Dynamic and Adaptive Parallel Programming for Exascale Research. Read more ...

Stony Brook Researchers Receive Two-Year INCITE Award of 50 Million Supercomputing Hours for Modeling Astrophysical Explosions

INCITE group

A team of Stony Brook University researchers has been awarded 50 million hours on the Titan Cray XK7 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to advance their research on modeling of astrophysical explosions. The two-year project, titled, “Approaching Exascale Models of Astrophysical Explosions,” led by Astronomy Professor Michael Zingale in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, stems from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment award (INCITE), which provides the supercomputing hours. Read more ...

IACS student gives his perspective on changing the world

Pramod Ganapathi

Computer Science student Pramod Ganapathi describes coming to this country to pursue his PhD as transformational: “Coming to the US was a life-changing experience for me. Here I learned about courage, positive thinking, passion and chasing dreams.” And the dream that has evolved for Pramod is to provide educational resources to remote villages in India using computers. Read more ...

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 ...