Samuel Stanley Jr.

No. 416: An SBU president, a Habitat Suffolk milestone, and raising a Glassdoor to Island CEOs

  Spring forward: And maybe add a somersault, dear readers, as we vault into summer – and leap into the waiting arms of another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday, June 21, and to our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, bundle up. The solstice with the mostess: Of course, that means it’s the summer solstice for us northerners – the longest day of the year (daylight-wise), New Year’s Day (for ancient Egyptians) and chock full of other…


No. 409: Affordable rentals, sudden departures and Fulbright scholars, starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby

  Welcome to Wednesday: And a happy midweek to you, dear reader, as we speed through another exciting (and blessedly abbreviated) week of socioeconomic innovation. Hard to believe, with Memorial Day over and summer unofficially started and all, but it’s still May out there. May 29, to be exact, and if you had Roman Emperor Julian defeating the Sasanian Army in the Battle of Ctesiphon on this date in 363 A.D., you’ve won 100 gold…


See you in September (not): Stanley stuns SBU, SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming file comes the sudden departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who has resigned his position and will step down July 31. Stanley, who become SBU’s fifth president in July 2009, will become the 21st president of Michigan State University, according to several news reports. His decision – which follows a decade-long tenure ripe with physical expansion and award-winning faculty research – has…


At new SBU hub, artificial intelligence is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cornerstone of Long Island’s innovation economy has partnered with a New York City-based technology icon to launch a new hub for regional AI research. Stony Brook University this week officially flipped the switch on its new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation, a research-and-development hub laser-focused on what the university calls “the AI-driven economy of the future.” At a May 9 launch event hosted in New York City by global…


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…


Shamash departs, SBU economic development realigns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is bidding farewell to its longtime economic-development guru – and saying hello to a new innovation-and-commercialization protocol, starting with a union of its mighty research and economic-development offices. University President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that effective April 1, SBU’s Office of Economic Development will be consolidated within the university’s Office of Research – creating the new Office of Industry-Research Partnerships & Business Services and the new Office of…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


In next-gen cancer battle, the MART money’s on SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // For sure, this is no Kwik-E-Mart. After more than 3 million workhours packed into years of planning and construction, the future has arrived at Stony Brook University, in the shape of Stony Brook Medicine’s new 240,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation Building. Going by MART, the cutting-edge medical facility – increasing Stony Brook Medicine’s cancer-patient capacity by 150 percent, while bringing to bear the latest and greatest cancer-fighting tools and techniques –…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators. Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington. The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation”…



As ransomware attacks multiply, SUNY steps up

By GREGORY ZELLER // With fresh ransomware attacks spreading chaos around the globe, Stony Brook University is stepping up its cybersecurity game. Leveraging $4.5 million in grants issued this week by the SUNY Empire Innovation Program, SBU is engaging an intensive recruitment effort to attract major minds in the fields of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The stipend from the EIP, a state-funded competitive grant program focused on recruiting and retaining top faculty throughout the SUNY…


Major ASCE honor for Stony Brook engineering dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University researcher working to put tide-powered electricity turbines in New York City’s East River has earned a prestigious award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fotis Sotiropoulos, who was named dean of SBU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September 2015, has received the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award from the ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resource Institute. The annual award recognizes an individual who has…


With federal funding in doubt, SBU Charity Gala scores

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Stony Brook Foundation’s message on scientific research: If you want it done, do it yourself. With scientists around the nation marching against President Donald Trump’s plans to eliminate federal funding for thousands of laboratory-research programs, the foundation – a registered 501(c)3 and the university’s philanthropic backbone – took matters into its own hands this week. In recognition of his dedication to cancer research, former Vice President Joseph Biden was the…


Hey, Biff … that’s DOCTOR McFly to you

At long last, teen hero Marty McFly will go degree-for-degree with his partner in time, Dr. Emmett Brown: Stony Brook University will confer an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree upon Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox during its 2017 commencement ceremony. Fox – whose award-winning, three-decade entertainment career also includes stints as a producer, author and voice performer – is a respected advocate for several important causes, and one in particular: With the exception, perhaps,…