James Simons

In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…


At BNL and SBU’s nuclear center, the force awakens

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new force is rising in the exploration of the physical universe. Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University on Tuesday announced the launch of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science, a research hub built to explore “the least understood and strongest force behind visible matter,” according to the university. Supported by a new $5 million grant from the Simons Foundation and some $3 million in research grants awarded to…


At SBU, snow slows – but can’t stop – the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Shark Tank” would have met “TED Talk” Thursday at Stony Brook University, if not for Niko. Instead, the blizzard busted up the final round of the 2017 Discovery Prize competition, wherein four finalists – all “early-career researchers at SBU,” according to the university – were to throw down at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre with 10-minute pitches explaining the science and societal significance of their work, and distinguished judges were…


With $650M bet, Cuomo all-in on life sciences

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York has launched a “groundbreaking” $650 million initiative to support life-science industries across the state. The initiative, announced Monday, will offer investment capital, operating support and tax incentives to companies dabbling in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life-systems tech, as well as “organizations and institutions that devote the majority of their efforts to the various stages of research, development, technology transfer and commercialization,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Included in the…