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President Stanley’s Statement on the NYSUNY 2020 Initiative

May 2, 2011

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s announcement of the NYSUNY 2020 Program.

“NYSUNY 2020 is exciting for SUNY, for Stony Brook University and for our region,” said President Stanley. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as well, for her commitment and support; together they are advancing the role of SUNY’s research institutions and the future of the State’s prospects for economic development.

“The Governor’s plan calls for an infusion of capital dollars for construction keyed to research and requires long term economic and academic plans which Stony Brook has finalized recently and will promptly submit for consideration,” said Dr. Stanley. “This visionary plan presents the opportunity for Stony Brook to increase tuition resulting in additional operating revenue while helping us generate the necessary private funding that will enable us to populate new facilities with leading research faculty and staff, and provide opportunities for the most exceptional students. In so doing, the plan will further our mission of education, research, and discovery of cutting edge technology and new medical treatments.

“As a top-tier research university and member of the prestigious AAU, Stony Brook University is poised to be the engine of a dynamic, interconnected and entrepreneurial regional network for economic innovation and will help NY excel under NYSUNY 2020. SBU accounts for 97% of all SUNY royalties; its average royalty income is $10 million – $15 million per year, and SBU’s gross royalty income for FY 09 was $17,220,322.57. In addition, SBU researchers have filed approximately 1,400 invention disclosures and have been awarded more than 800 patents.

“It is exceptional that the Governor and the Chancellor have recognized the track record of Stony Brook and the other University Centers for their leadership and ability to have a positive and productive impact on regional economic development. We look forward to working with the entire Long Island delegation, the Long Island Association and other key business leaders on Long Island to get their full support, which is critical for NYSUNY 2020 to succeed.


SUNY Technology Conference 2011 – Keeping IT Real: Effective Solutions for Teaching and Learning

Conference Date: June 20 -22, 2011

Location: Hilton Rye Town, Rye Brook NY

The STC Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Registration and Presentation Submittal is now open for STC 2011. This year’s conference will again be held at the Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, New York. We encourage all of you to share your challenges and accomplishments.  All session proposals are welcome!

Your participation is what makes this conference a great success.  Together, by sharing our vast array of knowledge, we will make this conference another very successful event.  If you have any questions regarding registration, presentations, or accommodations please feel free to contact anyone of the committee members.

The STC web site is now ready to accept your online registration, accommodations, and presentation submittal, please visit: for all current conference information and needs 

To Register: under “Attendees” click on “Registration”, this is where you will be able to register for the conference.

To Submit a Presentation: under “Attendees” click on “Presentation Submittal”. Please note you will be asked to create a login account, this is NOT a conference registration account, it is only used for the presentation submittal system.  If you have something on your campus you’d like to brag about, by all means, submit a presentation idea and you can be accommodated.

For Hotel Accommodations: under “Attendees” click on “Accommodations”, the hotel rate for this year is $119 at the Hilton Rye Town. The link will take you to Hilton’s official reservation site, if asked for a “Group Code” please use:  SUNYT2 

Further details about the SUNY Technology Conference 2011 can be found at

SUNY STEM Conference

SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity 

November 3-4, 2011, the Albany Crown Plaza, Albany, New York

Several SUNY Institutions are New York State and national leaders in enhancing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Much of the diversity work is done with the support of New York State, federal, business/industry, and private foundation support. 

The SUNY STEM conference will showcase successful programs dedicated to educating diverse students in SUNY and beyond.   The conference will include workshops and posters on best practices in diversity in STEM education–as well as two keynote speakers:  Dr. Irving McPhail, President and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), and Dr. Lorelle Espinosa, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore partnerships that include schools and higher education (SUNY and beyond), business/industry, and government.  The conference is being organized by the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity (ODEE) – led by Mr. Carlos Medina, Associate Provost/Associate Vice Chancellor for ODEE.  The co-chairs of the conference are Dr. David L. Ferguson, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, and Dr. Letitia Thomas, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Center for Academic Development Services in the Cora P. Maloney College at the University at Buffalo. 

Call for Proposals:

There will be two types of opportunities for presentations: workshops and posters. All confirmed workshop presenters should also be prepared to share a poster of their workshop. Submissions for “poster session only” proposals are also welcomed. The poster session will provide an opportunity for all conference attendees to be exposed to the wide variety of programs that exist across SUNY.

We seek 500-1,000-word proposals that demonstrate effective efforts at increasing the number of diverse students for STEM disciplines and professions. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with schools or industry with demonstrated success in increasing access, retention and graduation of historically underrepresented student populations in STEM majors are particularly encouraged.

Workshops will be approximately 75 minutes in length. Presentation proposals that outline one or more of the following strands are invited.

  • Recruiting – what are the most effective methods for recruiting diverse students into the STEM disciplines?
  • Retaining – what are the best practices and strategies for acquiring funding for retaining diverse students in the STEM disciplines?
  • Releasing – how do we best prepare diverse students for their futures, including but not limited to, graduate schools, professional schools, or their careers?
  • Partnering – what programs model the best practices between academia and some other group (for example: an outside industry, such as technology companies, businesses, or post-graduate and professional training programs; another school, such as a high school, community college, college/university, or graduate school) in the recruiting, retaining or releasing of diverse students in the STEM disciplines?

Posters are encouraged if they include elements of any of the strands discussed above. Posters will be on display throughout the meeting, with a specific time set aside for their presentation and discussion.

Deadline to submit proposals is June 1, 2011. 

The conference committee strongly encourages the participation of administrators, faculty, staff, business/industry professionals, and governmental leaders. Visit further information.

Registration is expected to open in July 2011.

BME Professors Awarded NIH Grant for Research

Helmut Strey, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Eric Brouzes, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for their research proposal, “Microfluidics for Single Cell Genomics.” This grant will bring in approximately $450K during its two-year funding period, and complements the $97K bioscience technology development proposal they recently received from the Center for Biotechnology for their microfluidics technology.

“Our NIH research grant is funding the development of high-throughput microfluidics used to measure gene expression in single cells,” said Strey. “This new approach has the potential to revolutionize how gene expression analysis is done.”

“This research is a wonderful example of science and technology development at the convergence of biology and engineering, with terrific potential to improve our ability to identify those at risk of disease or the efficacy of new treatments,” said Clinton Rubin, Chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University. “Helmut and Eric are at the cutting edge of biomedical diagnostics, and we are all very excited about seeing this science translate to improve healthcare. This is great for Stony Brook, and great for New York.”

Current gene expression analysis techniques are often limited because they combine the gene expression data of large cell populations and therefore miss the critical gene information expressed in single cells. This new single cell gene expression analysis allows for a better understanding of the individual cellular components of different groups of cells (tumors, brain tissue, etc.) and how genes in individual cells play a role during stem cell differentiation.

This new approach can be used by both researchers and clinicians. For example, it can be used to identify a single circulating tumor cell out of a billion cells present in the blood. Such an approach could lead to methods for early cancer diagnostics and cancer treatment monitoring.

SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund

Leveraging SUNY Assets to Commercialize Technology

In support of SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century, the Research Foundation of State University of New York has announced the launch of the State University of New York Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF).

The TAF is a product of collaborative efforts and support within the SUNY community and serves as an exciting means to stimulate entrepreneurial activity at our campuses.

SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund will tap into SUNY’s assets and expertise, and by working with SUNY technology transfer offices, Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology and the private sector, will identify opportunities where strategic investments will make a significant impact on moving products and services to the marketplace. 

The TAF will award grants up to $150,000 to support the commercialization of technology with market potential. Proposals must be submitted electronically by a SUNY regional technology transfer office.

Technology Sectors

TAF will accept proposals from technology sectors that include, but are not limited to:

• Life sciences/biomedical/ biotechnology

• Medical device and diagnostics

• Alternative energy

• Nanotechnology and material sciences

• High performance computing

Funding Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

• Disruptive nature of the science/ technology

• Ability to protect the intellectual property

• Commercial viability of the technology

• Relevance of project aims toward advancing the commercial opportunity

Submission, Review and Award Criteria

• Proposals must be submitted electronically by the regional technology transfer office

• Proposals will be considered in three rounds. See Application Deadlines

• Proposals will be reviewed by the Fund manager to identify omissions or other issues prior to forwarding to the Advisory Board for consideration

• Proposals will be evaluated by the Advisory Board

• Applicants will be informed of the status of their proposal within 14 days following evaluation by the Advisory Board

• TAF will execute a statement of work under the master grant agreement that will include deliverables, milestones, and reporting requirements

• A grant may be awarded in two phases with additional funding being contingent on the successful completion of milestones within certain timeframes

• A grant will be made to the campus of the inventor(s)

• Intellectual property developed during the project will be managed according to SUNY policy

Application Deadlines

1. May 16

2. August 15

3. November 14


Questions about the program or pro­posed submission should be emailed to: . 

Proposal specs will be available through the Region­al Technology Transfer Office.  Proposals must be submitted elec­tronically by the Regional Technol­ogy Transfer Office.

Dr. Chester Bisbee
Phone: (631) 632-9009

Stony Brook University And Rutgers University Awarded National Science Foundation Grant For New Research Center

New Designation Brings Together Academics and Industry for Solving Data Collection and Analysis Challenges

The National Science Foundation has designated the Center for Dynamic Data Analytics (CDDA)—a partnership between Stony Brook University and Rutgers University—as a new Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). The CDDA, based at Stony Brook’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) will have a base budget exceeding $2M over the initial five year period. It will unite academics and industry in an effort to improve IT technology and its relevance in the business world. The focus will be on innovative research and applications in the emerging field of dynamic data analysis based on the collaborative efforts between the two Universities and the member companies.

The Stony Brook CDDA’s corporate partners include CA Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, SAP, Siemens, VJ Technologies, Softheon, Future Tech, Intrigma, DrChrono, Reveal Analytics, and General Sentiment. Additional businesses in the process of joining include IBM, Verizon, JP Morgan, Siemens, Applied Vision, FalconStor, Fatwire, Language Mate, XSB and Adobe.

“Our mission is to advance our knowledge on how to analyze and visualize massive, complex, multi-dimensional and multi-scale dynamic data,” explains Principal Investigator Arie E. Kaufman, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and Chief Scientist of CEWIT at Stony Brook University. “The end result will be novel science, algorithms, systems and applications that transform chaos (due to the size of the data) into knowledge.”

“CA Technologies is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments—from mainframe and physical, to virtual and cloud,” says Russ Artzt Vice Chairman of CA Technologies, who serves as the Chairman of CEWIT Advisory Board. “CA manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services [and] as such CA is interested in dynamic and large data analytics and specifically interested in collaborating with the Stony Brook CEWIT on data experimental and analytics. The CDDA and the associated NSF funding will perfectly complement these activities.”

The team of researchers from Stony Brook University and Rutgers University are experts in data analysis and visualization and have a long history of collaboration, while the corporate partners are leaders in their respective fields. “The center will close the essential loop between science and applications that is equally lacking between computer science research and IT development,” notes Professor Kaufman. “The algorithm and system design will be tested, validated, and improved based on the close collaboration and research between the two universities and industry. This cycle of design, testing and improvement can only be accomplished through a close University-Industry collaboration and is especially significant in this situation because of the complexity of the data and the absence of relevant algorithms and systems.”

“My colleagues Dorin Comaniciu, Kevin Zhou and Gareth Funka-Lea attended the CDDA planning meeting [at CEWIT] in January 2010, and are excited at the potential for CDDA to drive important innovations in data analytics,” says Silvano Dall’Asta, Chief Financial Officer of Siemens.

In addition to advancing the science of dynamic data analytics, the CDDA will also accelerate its transfer to industry by working closely with its business partners in the definition and prioritization of projects to be pursued by the Center and will seek involvement from world renowned faculty and excellent students.

“Adobe Systems Inc. is delighted to participate as an industry partner in the IUCRC Center for Dynamic Data Analytics,” says Jue Wang, Senior Research Scientist at Adobe. “The proposed scope of work around computer vision, computer graphics, context aware computing and distributed processing are extremely relevant to portfolios Adobe is building in digital media authoring and publishing solutions. Additionally, the goal of the Center to apply these novel data analytic approaches to healthcare, entertainment, environmental monitoring, and computer networks aligns with our mission of enabling new products and services in these industries.”

Zhen Wen of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York, says, “The proposed scope of work around large-scale, distributed data processing and mining is extremely relevant to IBM’s portfolios in smarter planet solutions.”

Dall’Asta, of Siemens, notes, “We fully support the Center’s primary goal of accelerating both our understanding of the fundamentals of dynamic data analytics, and the transfer of these fundamentals into industry solutions.”

“Northrop Grumman Corporation is pleased to participate in the proposed center and is interested in the general area of dynamic data analytics and more specifically in multivariate analytics, multi-dimensional data visualization, advanced human/machine interfaces for managing multi-dimensional data,” says Lenny Poveromo, Director of Strategic University Alliances for Northrop Grumman.

“Our research will transform traditional research and significantly advance the computer science curriculum by improving the applications taught in our classes as well as having our industry partners lecture on the problems faced by industry,” notes Professor Kaufman. “Our students will spend time with our industrial affiliates as research assistants and through internships, and will thus improve their skills and design more sound and improved algorithms.”

The specific topics to be addressed by the Center are an emerging class of problems that are becoming increasingly important in many scientific and industrial areas, including computer science (e.g. cloud computing), biology, security, linguistics and the environmental sciences—all of which are confronted with analytics of massive and dynamic data. Ultimately, this endeavor will lead to new product development by the industrial partners in the area of dynamic data analytics. “The CDDA will transform traditional research in computer science and will have far-reaching consequences for both industry and homeland security,” notes Professor Kaufman.

Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence – Requests for Proposals 2011-2012

SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity

The Office of Diversity and Educational Equity (ODEE) invites applications from the universities and colleges of the SUNY System for support for innovative approaches that illuminate and strengthen the intersections between diversity and academic excellence.  

Diversity can be broadly defined to include all aspects of human difference, including but not limited to, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, social-economic status and status as a veteran. Without diminishing the importance of these aspects of diversity, the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity focuses in particular on achieving equal access, meaningful academic and intellectual inclusion in curriculum, research and service, and holistic integration into the academic culture of higher education at all levels for New York State’s underrepresented populations, and students who are economically disadvantaged.

ODEE will award up to $10,000 to support individual campus-based projects for the period beginning July 1, 2011 and ending on June 30, 2012.

Projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, those that involve improving the campus climate, improving access and success for students, course development and pedagogical innovations, conferences and symposia, film and speakers series, recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, campus-community dialogues, campus surveys that can be used to further any of the above, and other comparable programs. 

Proposals for projects that promote intra-campus (e.g. inter-departmental, faculty-student organizations, administrative-departmental) and inter-campus (i.e. involving two or more SUNY institutions) collaboration are especially encouraged. Successful proposals will demonstrate the project’s long-term impact on campus diversity, include a detailed budget, and identify additional sources of funding. Projects should be initiated as early in the academic year as possible, but must be completed by June 30, 2012.

Campuses that receive funding are required to contribute 25% of the total amount awarded by ODEE to support the project. Campus support can be either direct funding or in-kind services.

Please submit proposals electronically to The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 15, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.  For questions, please contact the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity at (518) 320-1189 and ask for the program liaison.

Mr. Carlos Medina
Assistant Provost and Acting Director
Office of Diversity and Educational Equity
State University of New York
State University Plaza, T501, Albany, NY 12246
(518) 320-1189

SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) 2010-2011

The State University of New York, through the State University Faculty Senate’s University Programs and Awards Committee, sponsors intercampus faculty conferences within and across academic disciplines known as “Conversations in the Disciplines.”  These conferences bring together State University members and visiting scholars to examine new trends, review promising research findings, and become acquainted with professional developments in their fields and on other campuses.

The emphasis of the program is scholarly and creative development rather than administrative, curricular, or instructional matters.  Through such interchange, both the professional and personal growth of individuals and the programs of instruction and research at participating campuses are enhanced.

The campus hosting the conference administers these intercampus gatherings.  No formula is applied in determining the number of colleges that should participate in the “Conversation.”

A sum not to exceed $5,000 may be made available to help support each approved conference.  Since 1965, nearly 461 “Conversations” have been held on various campuses in numerous disciplines. Conversations normally occur between September 1 and June 30.

Any full-time, regular SUNY faculty member or academic department (or equivalent organizational unit, such as a center or library) on a campus may develop a proposal for planning and hosting a conference.   Proposals must be submitted through appropriate campus channels.  Multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts are actively encouraged.  Only one proposal may be submitted per department per year, whether submitted singly or jointly.

All applications must be received by Friday, April 1, 2011.  Please upload your proposal to the Conversations Website: click on “Submit Proposal” and fill-in the proposal submission form.  For technical support, contact CID Webmaster:  Professor Kulathur Rajasethupathy at or (585) 395-5760.

The program guidelines may be found at:

Research Foundation Launches “Find a SUNY Scholar”

Application leverages capacity of SUNY research community to support SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century

The Research Foundation of State University of New York has launched “Find a SUNY Scholar”  to drive economic development and entrepreneurial opportunity across New York state.

Located on the Research Foundation website (, Find a SUNY Scholar contains over 21,000 profiles currently covering SUNY’s research, comprehensive and technical campuses – the largest and most comprehensive collection of faculty information in the country. The research profile database is also active on campus websites.

Find a SUNY Scholar directly supports SUNY and The Entrepreneurial Century, one of the SUNY Strategic Plan Six Big Ideas. It allows users to identify and connect to colleagues with whom they can collaborate. Private industry, funding sponsors and economic development organizations can identify faculty scholars within specific fields to generate entrepreneurial opportunity.

Designed to facilitate connections between research faculty and others, Find a SUNY Scholar relies on in-depth profiles created from publicly available faculty and researcher data. That data is optimized for keyword-to-person searching.

Find a SUNY Scholar includes a customized public view for individual campuses and for the SUNY system as a whole. These public views allow users to search and view full profiles for any faculty member or researcher at SUNY research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, and agricultural and technical institutes.

For more information, click on the Find a SUNY Scholar icon on the Research Foundation website (

Research Foundation of State University of New York Marks 60 Years

On February 15, 2011, the Research Foundation of State University of New York marked 60 Years of Supporting SUNY research.

Established in 1951, “to assist in developing and increasing the facilities of State University of New York to provide more extensive educational opportunities for and service to its students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to the people of the State of New York,” the Research Foundation has advanced to become the largest most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.

“Congratulations to the Research Foundation on reaching this milestone of longevity and success,” said State University of New York Chancellor and Research Foundation Board of Directors’ Chair Nancy L. Zimpher. “Innovation is the foundation for the 21st century jobs New York State needs to be the economic leader it must be. The Research Foundation’s role in supporting SUNY in our mission to revitalize the Empire State is more critical than ever. With the RF, we will continue to assemble the assets needed to move New York forward. With the RF and SUNY strategic goals clearly aligned, the Research Foundation serves as a key driver of the economic engine that is SUNY.”

In 1951, the Research Foundation signed its first contract for $32,000 to support research on wood processing and paper-making at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Today, the Research Foundation supports over $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually and is a major player in the development of entrepreneurial activity and economic development across New York State.

“The Research Foundation’s customers are the sponsoring agencies of the research grants we receive,” said Dr. John H. Marburger III, Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University. “They demand accountability and expensive and detailed regulatory compliance. The RF helps SUNY research faculty effectively serve sponsors by providing an infrastructure of support that allows researchers to dedicate their time to research.”