Stony Brook University Office of Research Services
Month: March, 2011

Dear Colleague Letter for New Zealand and Japan – Rapid Response Grants – NSF 11-045

Dear Colleagues:

The February 21, 2011, earthquake in New Zealand and the March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami and nuclear power plant crises have shown us Nature’s enormous destructive capacity, once again. This letter is to remind you that NSF has mechanisms in place to respond to immediate research and education needs that arise from such unexpected events.  

For example, such mechanisms were used to support activities compelled by the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010, the Chinese Wenchun earthquake in 2008, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.

The Rapid Response Research (RAPID) mechanism is used to support activities having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Another mechanism is for a Principal Investigator (PI) to request supplemental funds to add an international dimension to an existing NSF grant. Supported activities are not limited to on-site research, and could include research conducted remotely via the use of information and communication technologies, temporarily hosting databases on behalf of affected institutions, and providing temporary laboratory space for researchers and students from affected institutions.

Individual NSF directorates and offices may provide specific guidance.  General guidelines for RAPID and supplement requests are described in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 11-001) at and, respectively.  PI(s) must contact the NSF program officer(s) whose program is most germane to the proposal topic before submitting a RAPID proposal or supplement request. PI(s) are also encouraged to contact the appropriate country contact in the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (see

Submitted proposals should address access to expertise, facilities, and resources at the New Zealand or Japanese sites. Whenever feasible or applicable, the proposal should demonstrate true collaboration with host country counterparts.

Given the scale of physical damage, areas in New Zealand and Japan may not be accessible to foreign investigators in the near term.  Proposals should include detailed research plans that incorporate specific details about country entry, if required, and logistics for data collection.  

Grantees are responsible for obtaining required visas for foreign travel and research permits and clearances.  Awardees are expected to adhere to U.S. State Department guidance regarding travel and stay in New Zealand and Japan:

For RAPID proposals, the budget should include travel costs for one trip to the Arlington, Virginia area to present results of the RAPID research at a workshop open to the public.  The workshop is anticipated to be held within a year.

The number of projects supported by NSF will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. While not a deadline, for timely consideration, submission of RAPID proposals electronically via the NSF FastLane system or and supplement requests electronically via the NSF FastLane system by Friday, April 15, 2011, is encouraged.

NSF looks forward to continuing to work with the research community on responses to these devastating events.


Subra Suresh

International College of Applied Kinesiology – Research Conference and Call for Abstracts/Papers

Abstracts are invited for current clinical or basic research relating to the following topics in the health sciences:


●Muscle physiology

●Manual muscle testing

●Manipulation of the spine or extremities



●Clinical research design

●Instrumentation relating to the above

Abstracts are limited to 400 words, structured into Title, Authors [with institutional affiliations and contact information], Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Cite up to 6 references in addition.

  • You are also invited to submit an original research paper pertaining to any of the 8 topics listed above, to be entered in a competition for two $350 awards [Best in Basic Sciences and Best in Clinical Sciences].
  • Not to exceed 2500 words (excluding tables, figures, and references).
  • Awards will be made at the Annual Meeting [with invited publication in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, if suitable arrangements can be made].

Deadline: April 25, 2011

Notification of acceptance: May 10, 2011

The ICAK-USA 2011 Annual Meeting and Research Forum conference will be held at the Peabody Hotel, Orlando, FL, June 2-5, 2011.

All applications and inquiries are to be directed to:

Anthony L. Rosner, Ph.D., LL.D.[Hon.], LLC

Research Director

International College of Applied Kinesiology-USA

1330 Beacon Street, Suite #315

Brookline, MA 02446-3202

617-734-3397 [office];

617-794-1372 [cell];

617-734-0989 FAX


Provost’s Lecture Series: Screening and Discussion – “Reteaching Gender & Sexuality”

March 29, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Charles B. Wang Center Theater

The Provost Lecture Series is pleased to present a screening and panel discussion by the group PUT THIS ON THE (MAP_ entitled “Reteaching Gender & Sexuality.”

In 2008-2009, a group in Seattle’s eastside suburbs came together to create the PUT THIS ON THE (MAP) pilot documentary. The project combined participatory action research strategies with youth leadership and community development. The result was the completion of a 34-minute documentary film in 2010.

In November 2010, they launched Reteaching Gender and Sexuality – a national education campaign. Now, they are on the road screening the documentary and talking with students and professionals at universities and various youth-serving sectors about issues impacting queer youth. They will also be collecting new media for their next documentary on similar themes.

This event will include a screening of the group’s pilot documentary, an award-winning 34-minute film. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Megan Kennedy and youth activist Kyle Rapiñan.

Provost Lecture Series: Tsunami ! One of Nature’s Most Destructive and Fearsome Events – Could it happen to us?

Wednesday, March 30 -  12:50 pm to 2:00 pm

Javits Center, Room 110

Malcolm Bowman is Professor of Physical Oceanography and Distinguished Service Professor at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He is the Founding Director of the Stony Brook Storm Surge Research Group, a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, President of the Stony Brook Environmental Conservancy and a Director of the Environmental Defence Society (NZ). He currently serves on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New York Panel on Climate Change which advises the Mayor, the City Council and city agencies on mitigation and adaptation measures for the protection of the City against the anticipated threats of climate change.

Abstract: The tsunami (translation “harbor wave”) following the March 11, 2011, magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the northeastern coast Japan, has led to widespread destruction, loss of life, exposure to nuclear fallout and untold human misery. This presentation will discuss the causes, properties and propagation of tsunami across the world’s oceans, and why are they so fearsome. Do future tsunami created by earthquakes in the Atlantic Ocean basin pose serious risks to the eastern seaboard of North America? If so, are there adequate warning systems in place comparable to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu? If not, why not? Co-sponsored by The Japan Center and the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences.

Stony Brook University Seed Grants for Survey Research (SGSR)

Application Deadlines: April 30, 2011

Announcement of Awards: Mid- May, 2011 for an immediate start date.

Program Goal:  To help faculty better position themselves to apply for and receive extramural funding for research designed to collect original survey research data. Recipients of SGSR awards are expected to use the data collected as part of the seed grant program to actively submit proposals to extramural sponsors for funding of survey data collection projects. The quality of the applicant’s SGSR proposal and the likelihood it will culminate in support by an extramural sponsor for a survey data collection project are the primary criteria used to allocate SGSR awards. Secondary considerations include the applicant’s relevant scholarly productivity and extramural funding record. Research proposals are encouraged in all areas that involve the collection of survey data from human respondents.

Eligibility: Tenured or Tenure-Track faculty members including: Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors. In addition, Assistant, Associate or Full Research Professors may apply. Proposals can be a collaborative effort among several faculty members.

Award Amount:  Two awards of up to $10,000 each will be allocated in 2011. Up to $2,000 of this budget can go towards an RA or other research-related expenses; the remainder is devoted to the cost of data collection.

Proposal:  Proposals should include a brief intellectual rationale for the project, sample survey questions, a data analysis plan, and a discussion of how pilot survey data will improve the applicant’s chances of receiving future extramural funding.

A CORIHS application for Approval for Research Involving Human Subjects must be submitted prior to the SGSR application deadline. Information about completing the CORIHS application can be found at Funds will not be released until the CORIHS application has been approved.

The review panel members, drawn from the Center for Survey Research plus faculty representing the fields of the applicants, will evaluate all proposals.

Budget and Project Scope:  Up to $2,000 of the budget can be allocated to the cost of an RA or other research-related expenses; the rest will be devoted to the costs associated with the collection of broad-based population telephone survey data. All data will be collected by the Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research and staff members will consult with all successful applicants on the final survey questions and design. In order to assess the proposal, the applicant must indicate the following details:

-          Whether the survey data will be collected by phone or internet

-          The geographic region surveyed (e.g., nation, state, specific locale)

-          The need for a specific subpopulation within a geographic area (e.g., parents, low income household, etc)

-          Number and type of questions to be included

-          Sample Size

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individuals wishing to collect telephone survey data. Prior to submission of proposal, applicants are strongly advised to discuss survey scope and costs with Soraya Zabihi at the Center for Survey Research, 631-632-4006. It is possible to include survey experiments in either the telephone or web surveys.

Proposal format:

Cover Sheet:  The names, addresses, phone #, and e-mail addresses of all PIs. The cover sheet should also include an Abstract of 200 words

Proposal:  a maximum of 3 single-spaced typewritten pages, in 12-point Arial type

Budget:  a brief justification for costs other than those related to the collection of survey data.

Vita:  Include CV’s for all faculty members involved in the proposal.

Proposal Submission:  Please send the complete proposal via email by April 30, 2011 to

Examples of Data Collection Research:

Below are examples of research projects we conduct.

1. Telephone polls with a representative sample of a specific geographic location (local, state, national) based on randomly generated RDD and cell phone samples

2. Telephone surveys with specialized subsets of the public, such as African-Americans, Latinos, parents with children in a specific age group, or individuals with a specific health problem

3. Telephone recruitment of subjects for research projects

4. Tracking of medical patients over time by web or telephone

5. Recruitment of research subjects for a control group to be matched to a specific research population such as patients with a specific disorder or disease

6. Telephone recruitment of participants for focus groups

7. Mixed mode surveys that involve a combination of telephone, web or mail

Reporting:  Faculty funded under this program are expected to file a final report with the Vice President for Research, Office of Sponsored Programs by March 31, 2012. The report should include a brief account of the data collected under the SGSR, any intent to publish or exhibit these results, and information about past, current or future efforts to apply for extramural funding using data collected as part of the SGSR.

All articles and paper published using data collected under the SGSR should acknowledge the support of the Stony Brook University Office of the Vice-President for Research. If you have questions or concerns, please call 632-4006.

NOT-OD-11-057: Change in Timetable for Opportunity to Shorten the Review Cycle for New Investigator R01 Applications Reviewed in Study Sections Convened by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Issued by
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

As part of the National Institutes of Health continuing commitment to New Investigators ( NIH has allowed New Investigators the option of submitting  resubmission (A1) applications for consecutive review cycles (  This provides quicker feedback on the initial peer review and potentially minimizes delays in the progression to funding.  Approximately 12% of the eligible New Investigators have used the option of next cycle submission since 2006. 

Subsequent to the establishment of this option NIH implemented a limitation of a single resubmission for all applications (  To give New Investigators who wish to use the consecutive review cycle option more time to prepare their resubmission (A1) application, NIH is changing the schedule for release of summary statements for the initial R01 (A0) applications and the due date for the next cycle resubmission.   The new schedule will begin for initial R01 (A0) applications submitted for the June 5, 2011 due date and reviewed in the fall 2011 Study Section meetings.  The recurring Study Sections for the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will meet on a schedule to allow consecutive cycle resubmissions.

  • Study Sections participating will schedule meetings so that New Investigators receive a summary statement no later than March 10, July 10, or November 10.
  • The summary statements for qualifying applications will have an explicit note indicating eligibility for next cycle submission. 
  • Resubmission applications for consideration at the next cycle must be successfully submitted by April 10, August 10, or December 10.
  • New Investigators who do not choose the next cycle option will use the standard resubmission dates for subsequent cycle submission (March 5, July 5, or November 5).

Due dates for New R01 (A0) applications: February 5, June 5 and October 5. Corresponding due dates for Next Round Resubmission (A1): August 10, December 10, and April 10.

Study Sections in the CSR AIDS and AIDS Related Research (AARR) Integrated Review Group already conduct reviews and produce summary statements on a schedule that allows consecutive cycle submission for New Investigator R01 applications. 

Note that R01 applications submitted by New Investigators in response to RFAs and PARs with special due dates are not eligible for this option.  The next cycle resubmission option only applies to R01 applications submitted by New Investigators for the standard due dates ( 

New Investigators are encouraged to consult with officials at their institution and the NIH Program Director assigned to their application (identified on the summary statement) in making the decision on whether to utilize this option.


For further information please contact:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
301-435-0715; 301-480-1987 (fax)

SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute

The SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute is the premier training module for underrepresented minority (URM) scientists interested in strengthening their leadership skills.
Developed in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute is an intensive five-day training filled with leadership courses, small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among participants.
Application Deadline: March 24, 2011

Postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and professionals in academia, industry, federal agencies, and nonprofits who meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:
1. Current SACNAS membership (required)
2. Doctoral degree (required) or equivalent
3. STEM field (preferred)

The director of the Leadership Institute is Dr. Joseph Garcia, Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Karen W. Morse for Leadership Western Washington University.  Dr. Joseph Garcia will be accompanied by co-facilitators Dr. Donna Blancero, Associate Professor of Management, Bentley University, and Mr. Richard Weibl, Director, Center for Careers in Science and Technology at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Participants will engage in a comprehensive curriculum.  Sample sessions include:

Building and Maintaining High Performance Teams
Challenges for People of Color in Leadership Roles
Decision Making and Delegation Skills
Creating a Leadership Development Plan (LDP)
Management and Conflict Resolution

We are in great admiration of your dedication to the STEM community and want to ensure membership fees do not affect your ability to apply for the Leadership Institute. To receive a SACNAS membership waiver, please follow these steps:
1. Complete the Membership Waiver Request form (see the membership page to explore other memberhsip options)
2. In the membership Request section, select Professional Waiver and click on the Waiver Request checkbox
3. Sign the Waiver Request section, select Waiver Type = Membership Campaign and type coupon code: LD11SLI in the Waiver Request Notes
4. To submit, click the Confirm Contribution button

John Milnor Wins Abel Prize for Mathematics

John Milnor, Professor of Mathematics and Co-director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook, has won the Abel Prize for Mathematics, which includes an award of 6 million kroner ($1 million).

The award committee made the announcement on Wednesday, March 23, stating that Milnor’s “profound ideas and fundamental discoveries have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.” They also cited his “pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry, and algebra.”

The annual Abel Prize was created by the Norwegian government in 2003 and is awarded to candidates who have contributed to the mathematical sciences. An international committee of five mathematicians select the winner. The prize will be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday, May 24.

In January 2011 Milnor was awarded the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) prestigious Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement, which is among the world’s most prestigious honors given for outstanding contributions to mathematics. He had previously won two other Steele Prizes from the AMS, for Mathematical Exposition (2004) and for Seminal Contribution to Research (1982).

Milnor spent his undergraduate and graduate student years at Princeton, studying knot theory under the supervision of Ralph Fox. He received an A.B. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton. After many years at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, with shorter stays at UCLA and MIT, he settled at Stony Brook. He has studied game theory, differential geometry, algebraic topology, differential topology, quadratic forms, and algebraic K-theory.

For the past 25 years, Milnor’s main focus has been on dynamical systems and particularly on low dimensional holomorphic dynamical systems. Among his current projects is the preparation of a book to be called Dynamics, Introductory Lectures. Five volumes of his older collected papers have been published by the AMS.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has also won the Fields Medal—the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics awarded to mathematicians under the age of 40 by the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union—and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics, Israel’s highest honor in mathematics.

SBU Pharmacology Researchers Uncover New Role for Mitochondria

Reported in Developmental Cell, the Findings May Provide Clues to Male Infertility

Michael Frohman, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and colleagues, have discovered a new role for mitochondria during ribonucleic acid (RNA) processing. This latest finding, reported in Developmental Cell, may hold clues to some causes of male infertility.

Long-recognized by scientists as the powerhouse of the cell involved in the role of energy production, mitochondria help regulate numerous cell biological processes. These processes involve communication between the mitochondria and the rest of the cell via signaling pathways on the mitochondrial surface that mediate interactions with cytoplasmic proteins. Some of the pathways involve lipids.

The research team studied a specific aspect of this mitochondria activity – the machinery that generates and senses protein and lipid signals. They focused their investigation of activities that occur on and around the mitochondrial surface.

“Our experimentation uncovered a new role for mitochondria in a specialized form of RNA-processing that appears to take place at the interface between the mitochondrial surface and adjacent granules of RNA and RNA-associated proteins,” says Dr. Frohman, summarizing the research results. “More specifically, we linked a signaling enzyme on the mitochondrial surface, called MitoPLD, to the production of piRNAs, which are produced from RNA copies early in spermatogenesis during meiosis.”

Dr. Frohman explained that the significance of the finding is that piRNAs are known for suppressing cellular transcription (copying of RNA) and thus mobilization of genetic elements known as transposons, which make up almost half of the human genome. Many types of piRNAs also target non-transposon genes. But without piRNAs, transposons replicate, leading to widespread DNA damage and subsequent death of differentiating sperm cells.

Furthering the research, the team genetically engineered mice to lack the gene MitoPLD. They found the mice to be normal, except that the males were infertile. No effect has been seen on female fertility.

“The long-term potential significance of our laboratory findings is the possibility that some cases of male infertility may be caused by inherited mutations in MitoPLD, the signaling enzyme, especially since at least one inactivating mutation is found in the database of sequenced human DNA,” says Dr. Frohman. “Conversely, pharmacological inhibitors of MitoPLD could have potential utility as male contraceptives.”

In their study, titled “piRNA-Associated Germline Nuage Formation and Spermatogenesis Require MitoPLD Profusogenic Mitochondrial-Surface Lipid Signaling,” the authors point out that despite their findings, the piRNA generation pathway is complex and the mechanism underlying MitoPLD effects on mitochondrial morphology and fusion are unknown. However, they believe the biological significance of their work has pharmacological potential.

“Because inhibitors have been developed for other members of the same enzyme family, MitoPLD is likely a feasible target,” theorizes Dr. Frohman.

Dr. Frohman’s co-authors include: Huiyan Huang, Qun Gao, Xiaoxue Peng, and Krishna Sarma, of the Center for Developmental Genetics, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University; Hongmei Ren and Andrew J. Morris, of the Gill Heart Institute, University of Kentucky, Lexington; and Seok-Yong Choi, of Stony Brook University and the Chonnam National University Medical School in Korea.

SUNY Science and Engineering Doctoral Students Offered Free Membership to New York Academy of Sciences

We’re delighted to announce that SUNY has joined The Science Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences, enabling all of SUNY’s science- and engineering-focused doctoral students to receive free NYAS memberships. As members, SUNY students can participate for free in cutting-edge scientific meetings and career development events, network with scientists from industry, government and academia, and have full access to a wealth of online content.

Please click here to get your free membership activated.

The primary goal of the Alliance is to provide unparalleled career and professional development mentoring to students and postdocs in sciences and engineering through a series of live and online events and a dedicated web portal. In addition, the Science Alliance provides students and postdocs the opportunity to network with their peers across institutions and with key leaders in industry, academia and government.

Once your membership has been created, NYAS will send you a Welcome Email and provide you links to access members-only content on their website as well as enabling you to register for events for free or at discounted rates only available to members.

Full membership benefits include:

Become a member of the New York Academy of Sciences for free today.

Stony Brook Leads National Clinical Trial to Determine Whether Treating Periodontitis Improves Diabetes Control

The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine is leading a multicenter national clinical trial to evaluate whether treatment of chronic periodontitis will help improve diabetes control. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT) monitors blood sugar levels of those with Type 2 diabetes after periodontal therapy. The trial is the first of its kind in the United States.

“We hope the results of this clinical trial will support the research that clearly shows an association between chronic periodontitis and Type 2 diabetes and evidence that treating periodontal infection and inflammation can improve glycemic control,” says Steven Engebretson, D.M.D., M.S., M.S., Principal Investigator for the trial and Assistant Professor of Periodontics and Implantology at the SBU School of Dental Medicine.

In 2008, Dr. Engebretson and colleagues within the School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine received a $12.5 million five-year grant from the NIH to develop the format and research plan for a multicenter trial investigating the effectiveness of periodontal therapy in improving blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes – now named the DPTT.

In 2011, a supplemental NIH grant for the DPTT to Stony Brook will provide an additional $1.4 million for the trial, bringing the total award to $13.9 million. This two-year grant supplement will be used to further develop a clinical site for ongoing recruitment of study participants through May 2012.

The periodontal treatment involves an in-depth cleaning called scaling and root planing (SRP). SRP is a careful cleaning of the tooth root surfaces to remove plaque from pockets and remove bacteria and toxins from tooth root. Dr. Engebretson points out that research has consistently shown that SRP reduces the amount of bacteria associated with periodontal disease. Due to this finding, SRP is usually the first mode of treatment recommended for most patients. Some people do not require any further active treatment after SRP.

The entire trial will span 30 months and include four clinical sites. Stony Brook is the coordinating clinical center, and the other clinical sites are the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sponsors the trial.

The shared goal of the four clinical centers is to recruit a total of 600 adults who also have untreated moderate to severe chronic periodontitis. Subjects will be recruited from the diabetes clinics, dental clinics and communities near each center.

Dr. Engebretson believes that in the long-run the study results have the potential to provide a scientific basis for an improvement in the standard of care for patients with diabetes, thus addressing one of the Public Health Service’s Healthy People 2010 goals. The trial is also carrying out a mandate from the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, which identified the relationship between improvement in periodontal health and glycemic control as an area in need of further investigation.

To participate in the clinical trial or to ask questions, please call Ruth J. Tenzler, RN, Study Coordinator at (631) 632-3964.


Provost Lecture Series: The Earthquake in Japan – What Happened, and Why?


dan davis

Over the next few weeks the Provost’s Lecture Series will host 3 lectures dedicated to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. The first of this three-part series will be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 12:50 p.m. in the Javits Center, Room 110,with a talk by Dan Davis, a member of our faculty in Stony Brook’s Department of Geosciences. Dan is a former faculty Director of Stony Brook’s Honors College and co-author of “Turn Left at Orion”, a well-known guide to amateur astronomers.

Dan Davis is a geophysicist who specializes in tectonics. His research focuses on the mechanics of convergent plate boundaries,both the continent-continent collisions that create great mountain belts and subduction boundaries like Japan. His other areas of research include the application of geophysics to studies of the recent geological history of Long Island and to nuclear arms control.Japan is located at a very active plate boundary, and its tectonic setting places it at high risk for powerful earthquakes, including the type most likely to produce tsunamis.

In his talk entitled “The Earthquake in Japan – What Happened, and Why?” Professor Davis will explore why and how this devastating earthquake and tsunami occurred,and what modern geology and seismology can tell us about the future seismic hazards on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. We are pleased to host this three-part lecture series, co-sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook.

Stony Brook Department Declared A Landmark

Benjamin Hsiao, chair department of Chemistry, Nancy B.

Photo credit: Joseph D. Sullivan | Benjamin Hsiao, chair department of Chemistry, Nancy B. Jackson, President of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Joseph A. Frank, National Institutes of Health and former student of Paul Lauterbur, John H. Marburger III, Vice President for Reasearch, Eriks Kupce, Senior Scientific Advisor, Agilent Technologies , UK, Daniel Raleigh, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Jerome Ackerman, Harvard Medical School and former student of Paul C. Lauterbur. Stony Brook MRI to earn historic status. The American Chemical Society Friday designates the development of the MRI at Stony Brook University's Chemistry Department as a national historic landmark. (March 10, 2011)


Forty years ago, during his second bite into a hamburger, Paul Lauterbur experienced a “Eureka” moment: He figured out the scientific basis of what was to become the MRI.

On Friday, the American Chemical Society honored Lauterbur posthumously by designating Stony Brook University’s chemistry department a historic landmark.

It’s the department where he taught for more than 20 years and refined his pioneering work on magnetic resonance imaging.

Stony Brook officials and Nancy Jackson, president of the chemical society, were on hand for the presentation of a plaque marking Lauterbur’s accomplishment.

He was wooed away from the school in 1985 by the University of Illinois and won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2003 for his groundbreaking ideas that produced truly useful images. Lauterbur died four years later at the age of 78.

“He developed the mathematical theory for magnetic resonance imaging and how we can detect information from the human body,” said Debiao Li, vice president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Lauterbur’s widow, Joan Dawson, an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, said her husband’s discovery came suddenly, while dining at a Long Island Big Boy restaurant with a colleague.

He jotted down his thoughts on a napkin but quickly ran out of space.

“Paul ran out to a drugstore and bought a spiral notebook, and wrote down his ideas,” Dawson recalled.

In 2003, Lauterbur told Newsday on the day he won the Nobel Prize, “I knew [MRI] would be a useful tool from the very first ideas, but not how useful.”

His development of MRI grew out of work involving nuclear resonance imaging.

MRI allows physicians to peer into the body without invasive surgery. It has proved useful for scanning the brain and other organs, as well as the spinal cord and joints. The images are comparable to those generated by three-dimensional CT scans but are produced without potentially harmful ionizing radiation.

MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the body. Dawson said she’s touched that Lauterbur is still remembered at Stony Brook.

“My husband has been awarded many honors over the years,” she said. “But this would be very special to him. And he would be proud to know this department still remembers him.”

New Look and Content to the Export Control Page

The Office of Sponsored Programs has updated the Export Control page in an effort to create a page with easier accessibility to information.   On the website, you can find information about export controls, international travel, foreign visitors, links to resources, training materials, and a set of faculty tools.  

Do you have questions about whether or not an export license would be required for  your project?  Start the review process rolling by providing basic information in our Request for a License Assessment on-line form.  The information will be electronically submitted to OSP for review and further follow up.   Find the Request for a License Assessment form at:

Comments, questions or concerns about Export Controls?  Contact Ivar Strand at or Susan Gasparo at or via telephone at 632-4402.

IRB Initiatives of SUNY REACH Clinical and Translational Research (CTR)

The Clinical and Translational Research group of SUNY REACH (Research Excellence in ACademic Health) is enhancing the foundation and tools for multi-campus research collaborations.  REACH Members include Stony Brook, Downstate, the Graduate Center for Vision Research at the SUNY College of Optometry (Manhattan), Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) and the University at Buffalo.

Multi-site projects will be coordinated by a Lead site (to be determined by the PIs); other sites joining the project/trial will be designated Participating sites.  It is expected that much of the documentation will flow through the Lead to the Sponsor, creating a single point of access to clinical research units across New York State.

REACH IRB Working Group and Facilitated Review

REACH requires a cross-institutional approach to IRB review of REACH studies.  The REACH CTR IRB Working Group is composed of members who oversee human research protection programs from each campus.  Judy Matuk, M.S., Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance, and Erin Infanzon, Clinical Research Assistant and Regulatory Coordinator for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, represent Stony Brook on the REACH IRB Working Group.

This group has initiated a facilitated IRB review program for REACH.  This program features the option for Participating sites to administratively review the results of the Lead Insititution’s IRB review.  Participating Institutions’ IRBs may then opt to accept the Lead’s findings, or to withdraw from the facilitated process and conduct their own review.   

Participating IRBs will also use the Lead Institution’s approved consent form, and the Working Group has specified the elements that Participating sites should change in conformance with local policies and requirements, and which elements must remain identical to the Lead’s approved language.

Electronic Management

SUNY REACH Members are also adopting electronic IRB management.  While Stony Brook has been using IRBNet since 2007, the other four sites had no such tool when REACH CTR began.  The advantages of this system include its facilitation of data and document management, tracking, and dissemination – - at the multicampus level as well as within a single site.  Moreover, an electronic system at the project’s Lead IRB will allow all other project investigators and their IRBs to have secure access, regardless of their geographical locations or SUNY affiliations.  Investigators as well as IRB staff will be able to upload documents and download approvals and other review materials on-line, expediting the paperwork for multi-campus projects.  To date, three of the sites have signed on with IRBNet; Upstate will be going live on March 9.  The fourth site is completing its system selection. 

For more information about SUNY REACH CTR, please contact Ann M. Gardner, REACH CTR Program Manager (  For more Information about Stony Brook’s Human Research Protection Program, contact Judy Matuk (