National Science Foundation

Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


Report: New York trails in national R&D

A little more than half of all research and development in the country is occurring in five states – none of which is New York. That according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, a division of the National Science Foundation that analyzes and disseminates objective data on U.S. scientific enterprises. According to the report, five states – California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Washington – accounted for better than…


SBU hitting its STRIDE, with NSF’s help

With Big Data piling up at an almost incalculable rate, a seven-figure National Science Foundation grant will help prepare Stony Brook University’s next generation of scientists for complex decision-making scenarios. A $3 million NSF Research Traineeship grant, awarded to SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, will benefit students across a wide range of departments and disciplines, SBU said this week, including those studying mathematics, biomedical informatics, computer science and ecology, among other subjects, as well…


Drink it up: LI nitrate-buster earns NSF grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Science Foundation is backing a Long Island innovator’s efforts to remove nitrates from wastewater – potentially, an enormous win for regional aquifers and surface waters. Northport-based Aqua Vectors Inc., a 2010 startup trying to create new clean-water technologies based on a patent-pending electrolytic detoxification method, has received a $224,500 NSF stipend aimed at speeding the new tech to market. Long Island water-quality issues made headlines again this week when…


Old Westbury, CSHL snag chunky NSF grants

High-profile plant-genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and new-fangled teaching methods at SUNY-Old Westbury have earned National Science Foundation backing. The NSF announced this week that professors at SUNY-Old Westbury have been awarded $296,189 to explore new inquiry-based methods of chemistry instruction, while CSHL researchers have received a $4.6 million stipend to continue work on plant genomes, with new edible crops and increased yields as their ultimate goal. Specifically, the $4,616,755 grant will help fund…


National stage for SBU’s computer-science center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers. The IACS will lend the number-crunching might of its high-speed SeaWulf computer cluster to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, a new national initiative supported by a five-year, $19.4 million National Science Foundation grant. All told, the NSF is pouring some $35 million over the…


SBU’s Jing Chen wins NSF award, $500K grant

Jing Chen, an assistant professor of computer science at Stony Brook University, has landed a prestigious award – and $500,000 grant – from the National Science Foundation to pursue her work in game theory, economics and social sciences. The foundation’s CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty nationwide who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research. Chen, who also teaches economics and is the adviser for Women in Computer…