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Research Highlights

  • Stony Brook Receives Four NSF Graduate Research Fellowships – April 16
  • Dr. Sabine Brouxhon Receives SUNY Research Foundation TAF Award to Help Accelerate Development of a Novel Cancer Agent – June 7
  • Stony Brook Professor Receives Award for Lifetime Achievements in Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering – February 4
  • Martian Underground Could Contain Clues to Life’s Origins – January 25
  • URECA Researcher of the Month: Brian Ralph – January 15
  • Stony Brook University Faculty Mentors 34 Semifinalists in 2013 Intel Science Competition – January 10
  • Painless Painkiller Research Nets SBU-Mentored HS Student $10,000 Scholarship in Siemens Competition – December 6
  • SBU News and Updates

  • Discovery Fund – Call for Proposals – July 11
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners – April 17
  • Q & A session for The New PET RadioPharmaceutical Laboratory – April 7
  • Dr. David O. Conover Appointed Interim Vice President for Research – December 9
  • International Travel Policy – September 24
  • Provost’s Lecture Series – A Superposition of Brains – August 28
  • New Faculty Profiles Website Ready for Use – August 20
  • Federal News and Updates


  • NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy – December 10
  • New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015 – December 1
  • Notice of Clarification of 4-Year Limit of Postdoctoral Research Eligibility for K99 Applicants for PA-14-042 “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)” – October 27
  • Notice of Revised NIH Definition of “Clinical Trial” – October 27
  • NIH Biosketch – July 15
  • NIH Commons: User IDs – July 15
  • NIH Announces Updated Policy for Application Submission – April 22
  • NSF

  • NSF Releases Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 15-1 December 26, 2014 – November 24
  • Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus – NSF 15-006 – October 17
  • NSF Abstracts and Titles – June 2
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners – April 17
  • Stony Brook Receives Four NSF Graduate Research Fellowships – April 16
  • NSF Workshop at Cold Spring Harbor Labs – April 16
  • The National Science Foundation Launches a Demo Site – January 16
  • SBRO News and Updates

  • Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus – NSF 15-006 – October 17
  • RFSUNY Principal Investigator Award Interface (PIAI) and QuickView Users – April 24
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners – April 17
  • RFSUNY Oracle Shutdown Impact at Stony Brook University (Apr 25 – May 5) – April 16
  • Stony Brook University Export Controls Policy P212 Approved – April 16
  • Fringe Benefit Rates – April 16
  • Dr. David O. Conover Appointed Interim Vice President for Research – December 9
  • Funding Opportunities

  • Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus – NSF 15-006 – October 17
  • Discovery Fund – Call for Proposals – July 11
  • NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) – August 14
  • NIH Pioneer Award Program (DP1) – RFA-RM-13-006 – August 13
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute – HHMI Professors Program – March 22
  • SUNY Faculty Research Travel Grant Program – March 21
  • SUNY/RF Research Collaboration Fund Round Two – Invitation for Proposals – March 21
  • Seminars and Events

  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Clinic – April 8
  • Q & A session for The New PET RadioPharmaceutical Laboratory – April 7
  • Distinguished Lecture in Science and Engineering – April 4, 2014 – April 2
  • See Me If You Can! Art and the Limits of Neuroscience – March 27
  • Sequencing the Ashkenazi Genome – March 27
  • Provost’s Lecture Series – A Superposition of Brains – August 28
  • Provost’s Lecture Series will host Thomas Angelo on Thursday, August 8 – August 5
  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Clinic

    The Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University is announcing the Technology and Innovation Grants and Resources Program. (TIGR) This program will assist entrepreneurs of new technology companies in the pre-revenue phase to finance and carry out early stage product and business development.

    The program will begin with a free two day SBIR/STTR Program Phase 1 Proposal Writing Clinic July 8 & 9  2014 given by Sharon Ballard of Enable Ventures, Inc. This clinic will hone your skills and help you prepare to submit an application for a SBIR/STTR grant. Winning this grant will make you eligible for the TIGR program which assists SBIR/STTR award winners with a matching grant for machinery and/or equipment.

    In order to participate in the clinic you must become a SBDC client. The SBDC will examine your proposed idea to make sure it will qualify for this program. Space in the July Clinic is limited. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.

    In order to start the process please click on the link below:


    Please answer the questions and submit those answers via soft copy�
    to the following email address:

    The submissions will be reviewed by a committee and 20 people will be selected to participate in the clinic.

    Q & A session for The New PET RadioPharmaceutical Laboratory

    The PET users group is having question and answer session for investigators interested in using 18F PET radiopharmaceutical at SBU. It will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 4 pm – 5pm in the HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6.

    If you are unable to attend, but have a question about radiopharmaceuticals, please contact Dr Smith-Jones (, Tel: 8-1546).

    If you are interested in a specific radiopharmaceutical, please send your request to Michele Canton ( by April 20, 2014.

    Distinguished Lecture in Science and Engineering – April 4, 2014

    Dr. David Conover and I are pleased to host Professor Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland on April 4, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Wang Center Theater as a speaker in our series of University Distinguished Lectures in Science and Engineering. Professor Shneiderman will give a talk entitled “Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery.”

    Ben Shneiderman was the Founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, which last year celebrated its 30-year anniversary, and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, at the University of Maryland. His work is based on tools for interactive visualization of information that provide researchers with remarkable capabilities for discovery and insight into data. The central theme of his talk is the interface of statistics with visualization as applied to time-series data, such as electronic health records and social network data, which can lead to finding meaningful patterns and important exceptions.

    I am proud to welcome back this prominent alumnus to Stony Brook University. Professor Shneiderman received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stony Brook in 1973. Today, he is a Distinguished University Professor in the department of Computer Science at UMD, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of AAAS, ACM and IEEE.

    This lecture is free and open to all. Look for the full listing of University Distinguished Lectures at:


    Dennis N. Assanis
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs

    See Me If You Can! Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

    Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He works on the nature of mind and human experience. He is the author of Action in Perception (MIT Press, 2004); Out of Our Heads (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009); and most recently, Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012). Noë received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company, a dance company based in Germany. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.

    Abstract: This talk will examine the questions: What is art? Why does art matter to us? What does art teach us about ourselves? Why it is that neuroscience has proved unable to help us find answers?

    Monday, April 7, 4:00 pm, Humanities Institute 1006

    Sequencing the Ashkenazi Genome

    Itsik Pe’er is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University. His research involves developing computational methods for analysis of human genetic variation as part of the Genetic Analysis Information Network and the Cancer Genome Atlas projects. Previously, Dr. Pe’er participated in the International HapMap project during his postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from Tel Aviv University, where he developed computational solutions to problems in genome sequencing and evolution.

    Co-sponsors:  Department of Ecology and EvolutionLaufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

    Abstract: The Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) population, currently including ~10 million individuals, has long been recognized as genetically isolated and therefore advantageous for genetic studies. Yet, only recently available high throughput genetic data and mathematical modelling allowed reconstructing the unique demographic history that led to this isolation. It appears that Ashkenazi Jews had descended from a very small group, equivalent to hundreds of individuals, as recently as the late medieval times. This makes it feasible to catalog genetic variation in this group, for better personalized medicine. In a collaborative effort across multiple New York institutions, we have constructed a catalog of complete Ashkenazi genomes. We show that this group has ancestry in both the Levant and in Europe. Moreover, this admixed ancestry allows placing a timestamp on the event of these two ancestral populations splitting. We show that this occurred much later than the initial colonization of Europe, indicating that the current Europeans are mostly not descended from the first humans in this continent.

    April 10, 4:30 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

    Provost’s Lecture Series – A Superposition of Brains

    Alice Major is a distinguished poet of Western Canada who has published nine award-winning and highly praised collections of poetry.  She also has a life-long interest in science, triggered when she was given a book on the theory of relativity at the impressionable age of ten. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science. The book has received high praise in publications such as American Scientist and received several awards, including a National Magazine Award for one of its essays, “The Ultraviolet Catastrophe.”

    Co-Sponsors: CN Yang Institute for Theoretical PhysicsHumanities Institute

    Abstract: Popular stereotypes (which hardened throughout the last century) assume there are profound differences in the ways artists and scientists think. But poets and math majors both use the same basic brain set-up that has been evolving for billions of years, and share the same equipment for processing data from the world and creating meaning out of it. Human cognition can be thought of as a superposition of states, in which ‘artistic’ and ‘scientific’ are hopelessly entangled. Can we identify the differences?

    Tuesday, September 17, 4:30 pm, Humanities 1006
    A reception will follow the lecture.

    Provost’s Lecture Series will host Thomas Angelo on Thursday, August 8

    Thomas Angelo is Assistant Provost, Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, and Professor of Higher Education at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. He has directed six university teaching and learning centers, four of which he also designed and founded. He will present his lecture entitled “Deeper Learning by Design: Seven Key Lessons from a Quarter Century of Research” Thursday, August 8, at 4:00 PM, at the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2.